(24) GEORGIA TECH 24 Virginia 7
Georgia Tech outgained the Cavaliers 335-166
with 124 of those total yards coming on two touchdown
tosses. Virginia scored its only touchdown off
a fumble recovery after being forced to punt on
its first eight possessions. The Cavaliers also
missed a field goal and fumbled at the Yellow
Jackets 39-yard line. Following its first drive
of the second half, Georgia Tech had only 34 yards
in its final five possessions.
NEVADA 31 Northwestern
The Wildcats actually outgained Nevada 368-353
but they committed five turnovers that led to
24 Wolf Pack points including an interception
return for a score that sealed the win late in
the fourth quarter. Northwestern finished 3-4
inside the redzone but were just 3-7 when crossing
the 35-yard line. Northwestern threw for only
122 yards but rushed for 246 yards on 37 carries
(8) Louisville 24 KANSAS
The Cardinals put up 401 yards of offense but
had three turnovers and also turned the ball over
on downs that kept their point total down. Kansas
St. had numerous opportunities to score but was
stopped on fourth down twice, missed a field goal
and threw an interception at the Louisville 14-yard
line. The Wildcats finished 3-16 on third down
conversions and were 0-2 inside the redzone.
(18) CLEMSON 52 North
Clemson racked up 504 yards of offense and scored
touchdowns on five of its first six possessions.
The Tar Heels had only 68 total yards in the first
three quarters before driving 80 yards in the
final period for their only score. The Tigers
controlled the clock for over 16 more minutes
thanks to 324 yards rushing on 58 carries (5.6
ypc). North Carolina finished with just eight
(11) VIRGINIA TECH 29
The Bearcats were outgained by just 55 total
yards and held a one-point lead heading into the
fourth quarter before the Hokies pulled away.
Virginia Tech scored on its next two possessions
and then returned an interception 72 yards to
put the game out of reach. Cincinnati controlled
the time of possession by over 10 more minutes
but its three turnovers were the ultimate difference.
(6) MICHIGAN 27 Wisconsin
Wisconsin and Michigan were tied 10-10 heading
into the fourth quarter before the Wolverines
scored 17 unanswered points to pull away. Michigan
held the Badgers to just 12 yards rushing on 27
carries (0.4 ypc) while going only 4-19 on third
and fourth down conversions. The Wolverines were
hurt by two interceptions occurring in Wisconsin
territory while also missing a fourth down play
at the 19-yard line.
PURDUE 27 Minnesota 21
Both teams finished with 421 total yards but
the turnovers were the difference as Purdue forced
two including an interception in the endzone right
before the end of the first half. The Gophers
pulled to within six points but the Boilermakers
took the ensuing kickoff and drove 93 yards to
put the game out of reach. Purdue held the potent
Minnesota running game to 194 yards.
(13) Iowa 24 ILLINOIS
Iowa only outgained the Illini by 29 yards but
Illinois was hurt by four interceptions inside
its own territory. 220 of Illinois’ 315
yards came on its final five drives after Iowa
had built a 24-0 lead. 17 of the Hawkeyes points
came on drives of 35 yards or less. The Illini
defense did stiffen in the second half as they
forced Iowa to punt on five of its six possessions
while allowing just 139 total yards.
(10) GEORGIA 14 Colorado
Georgia staked Colorado to a 13-0 lead through
three quarters but the Bulldogs rallied and scored
the game winning touchdown with just 46 seconds
remaining. The Bulldogs missed another opportunity
in the fourth quarter as Colorado stopped them
at the 12-yard line. The Buffaloes finished with
only 46 total yards in the second half after accumulating
267 yards in the opening half.
Kent State 38 BOWLING
Kent St. picked up its second straight upset
road victory thanks to six turnovers by the Falcons.
24 of the Golden Flashes 38 points came by way
of turnovers. Bowling Green finished with 282
total yards but four drives that totaled 193 yards
resulted in just three points. The Golden Flashes
rushed for 216 yards on 38 carries (5.7 ypc) and
they were a perfect 4-4 inside the redzone.
Tulsa 24 NAVY 23
Tulsa outgained the Midshipmen 444-356 but it
took a blocked extra point in overtime to pull
out the victory. The Golden Hurricane could have
jumped ahead early but missed a 29-yard field
goal on their first possession while turning the
ball over on downs at the Navy one-yard line on
their second possession. Both teams ran well withTulsa
gaining 5.3 ypc and Navy gaining 5.5 ypc.
(25) MISSOURI 31 Ohio
Missouri outgained the Bobcats 428-188 but took
just an eight-point lead into the break before
pulling away in the second half. The defense allowed
only 26 total yards in the second half while forcing
two turnovers. The Bobcats controlled the time
of possession despite having just 43 yards rushing
on 30 carries (1.4 ypc). The Tigers did have three
turnovers but none resulted in Ohio points.
(2) AUBURN 38 Buffalo
Buffalo was able to hang around for a half, going
into the break down just 10 points. Auburn came
out strong in the second half however as it scored
touchdowns on its first three possessions. The
Bulls pulled to within 10 points again in the
third quarter but the Tigers clamped down on defense,
forcing four straight punts and allowing just
17 total yards. Auburn finished with 261 yards
rushing on 36 carries (7.2 ypc).
B-Y-U 38 Utah State 0
BYU scored on it first four possessions and never
looked back as it outgained the Aggies 441-242.
Utah St. had four opportunities inside Cougars
territory to avoid the shutout but a missed field
goal and two turnovers kept them at zero. BYU
gained only 21 yards in its first five possessions
of the second half before putting together a 99-yard
drive on its final possession. Utah St. was 2-14
on third down conversions.
(20) CALIFORNIA 49 Arizona
Arizona St. actually outgained California 414-409
but mistakes and special teams killed the Sun
Devils. Arizona St. took the opening kickoff 76
yards for a touchdown but the Golden Bears scored
the next 35 points to put the game out of reach.
Overall, California scored 28 points off turnovers
including two interceptions that were returned
for touchdowns. The Bears also returned a punt
80 yards for a score.
Connecticut 14 INDIANA
Connecticut was responsible for the only offensive
touchdown in this game as its other score came
on an interception return while the lone Hoosiers
touchdown came on an 87-yard kickoff return. The
Huskies finished with 257 yards rushing on 53
carries (4.8 ypc) while Indiana had zero net yards
on 27 carries. Connecticut had three turnovers
and a missed field goal while Indiana had four
turnovers and two turnovers on downs.
(19) FLORIDA STATE 55
Florida St. finally got its offense in gear as
it generated 500 total yards including 287 yards
rushing on 38 carries (7.6 ypc). The Owls tied
the score at seven after their first possession
but they were forced to punt on eight of their
next nine possessions. Their final three possessions
resulted in two turnovers and a turnover on downs,
all in Seminoles territory. Florida St. was in
Rice territory in 11 of 13 possessions.
(1) OHIO STATE 28 Penn
Penn St. took a 3-0 lead into halftime and then
pulled to within eight points late in the fourth
quarter before the Ohio defense took over. The
Buckeyes picked off two passes on consecutive
possessions and returned both of them for touchdowns.
Overall, Penn St. was outgained by only five total
yards but two short field goals and a missed field
goal took away a possible 21 points.
(7) TEXAS 37 Iowa State
This game was delayed for 70 minutes at the end
of the third quarter but it mattered none as Texas
was already well on its way to victory. Iowa St.
passed for 302 yards but could get nothing going
on the ground, gaining only 21 yards on 27 carries
(0.8 ypc). The Cyclones pulled to within two points
midway through the second quarter but Texas scored
the final 21 points to seal the win.
Central Michigan 24 EASTERN
Central Michigan outgained the Eagles 452-345
but it took a touchdown and a defensive stop in
overtime to pull out the victory. The Chippewas
took a seven-point lead with just 1:44 remaining
but Eastern Michigan tied the game with only 13
seconds left following a 70-yard drive. This was
the third consecutive year that the game was decided
in overtime and the first time Central Michigan
came out on top.
ARKANSAS 24 Alabama 23
Arkansas won in double overtime thanks to a missed
extra point and overall, Alabama missed three
field goals from 37 yards or less. The Tide outgained
Arkansas 361-269 but 105 of those yards were lost
due to the missed kicks. The Razorbacks took a
seven-point lead after returning a fumble for
a score but Alabama drove 73 yards on the ensuing
possession to send the game into overtime.
(15) TENNESSEE 33 Marshall
Marshall pulled to within two points late in
the second quarter but the Volunteers scored the
final 24 points to pull away. The Thundering Herd
were able to cross midfield three more times but
fumbled once and also missed a field goal. Tennessee
was in Marshall territory in all but three of
its drives as it finished the game with 434 total
yards while the defense allowed just 236 yards.
Air Force 31 WYOMING
Air Force never trailed but it had to hold off
a late second half rally by the Cowboys to pull
out the victory. Wyoming scored on a fumble return
in the third quarter and then scored on its next
two offensive possessions to pull within a touchdown.
The Cowboys got the ball back with 1:32 remaining
but coughed it up to end the game. The Falcons
finished with 327 yards rushing and 40 yards passing.
(4) West Virginia 27
EAST CAROLINA 10
The Pirates did a great job of slowing down the
Mountaineers rushing game, allowing just 153 yards
on 42 carries (3.6 ypc) but late miscues on offense
killed any chance of an upset. East Carolina was
inside the West Virginia 14-yard line on four
of its last five possessions but came away with
just a field goal. Two turnovers and a turnover
on downs left the Pirates with three points on
Washington St 36 STANFORD
Washington St. jumped ahead 22-0 and never looked
back. The Cougars outgained Stanford 468-195 and
held the Cardinal to just 22 yards rushing on
31 carries (0.9 ypc). Washington St. did fumble
the ball twice in its first three possessions,
both times inside the redzone. Stanford didn’t
cross midfield until the second half as it generated
only 32 total yards in the opening half.
NEW MEXICO 26 Texas-El
New Mexico only outgained the Miners by 48 total
yards but it recovered a fumble on the third play
of the game that set up a short touchdown drive
and also came up with two big fourth down stops.
The Lobos were 9-14 on third down conversions
and a perfect 4-4 inside the redzone. UTEP went
three and out on its first four possessions and
fell in a hole it couldn’t recover from.
The Miners had 30 yards rushing on 23 carries
Wake Forest 27 OLE MISS
Wake Forest won the yardage battle by only 46
total yards but had a short field most of the
day. The Deacons average starting field position
was its own 41-yard line compared to the 22-yard
line for the Rebels. Ole Miss missed a field goal,
turned the ball over on downs at the Wake Forest
18-yard line and tossed an interception that set
up a one-play, one-yard drive for the Deacons
MARYLAND 14 Florida International
Maryland hung on despite getting outgained 310-275.
The Golden Panthers had to settle for a short
field goal at the start of the fourth quarter
and then were stopped at the Maryland nine-yard
line on a first and goal after an interception
as time expired. Florida International ran 17
less plays and lost the TOP battle by 12 minutes
but averaged 5.8 ypp compared to just 3.9 ypp
for the Terrapins.
AKRON 33 North Texas
The Mean Green actually outgained Akron 287-278
but the Zips jumped out to a 26-0 lead early in
the second quarter and coasted the rest of the
way. Akron scored touchdowns on its first five
drives but managed just 78 total yards in the
second half. North Texas had two turnovers inside
Zips territory and it also turned the ball over
on downs twice at the Akron four-yard line and
the eight-yard line.
Mississippi State 16
Mississippi St. outgained the Blazers 281-210
but mistakes and lack of execution nearly cost
it the game. The Bulldogs had two fumbles inside
the UAB 23-yard line and also turned the ball
over on downs at the 25-yard line. The Blazers
kicked the game-tying field goal with less than
two minutes remaining and then got the ball first
in overtime but threw an interception which opened
the door for the Bulldogs.
SOUTH CAROLINA 45 Florida
Florida Atlantic scored a touchdown on its opening
drive to pull within a point but the Gamecocks
ran off the final 38 points for the blowout win.
South Carolina outgained the Owls 492-243 and
the defense allowed them to cross midfield only
twice after that opening score. Florida Atlantic
was only 2-14 on third down conversions and finished
with only 105 yards through the air.
(21) NEBRASKA 56 Troy
Nebraska scored early and often as it registered
two touchdowns in every quarter while outgaining
the Trojans 597-140. The Huskers rushed for 316
yards on 46 carries (6.9 ypc) and held Troy to
just 48 yards on 27 carries (1.8 ypc). Troy crossed
midfield only once and that resulted in an interception.
Two other turnovers set up a short field for Nebraska
who held the Trojans to 1-11 on third down conversions.
(16) OKLAHOMA 59 Middle
Another blowout saw Oklahoma outgain the Blue
Raiders 462-95 in building a 45-0 lead at the
break. Middle Tennessee finished with only seven
first downs and its furthest penetration was the
Oklahoma 42-yard line on its final drive of the
game. The Sooners crossed midfield on every possession
thanks to their average starting field position
of their own 49-yard line.
TEXAS A&M 45 Louisiana
Louisiana Tech had a 7-0 lead at the end of the
first quarter following a fumble recovery that
set up a 24-yard touchdown run. The Aggies, who
had just seven total yards in the opening quarter,
ran off the next 38 points and scored on six straight
possessions. Texas A&M racked up 489 yards
of offense and went a perfect 4-4 inside the redzone.
The Bulldogs finished 2-14 on third down conversions.
WASHINGTON 29 U-C-L-A
UCLA jumped ahead 16-0 but the Huskies defense
took over as it held the Bruins to just 80 yards
in the final three quarters. Washington took the
lead midway through the fourth quarter and then
intercepted a Bruins pass on the very next play
and retuned it for a score to pull away. The Bruins
got the ball two more times but could manage just
two first downs. The Huskies had only 49 yards
rushing on 27 carries (1.8 ypc).
KANSAS 13 So Florida
Kansas outgained the Bulls 391-309 but it trailed
heading into the fourth quarter before two scores
put the game away. After a scoreless first half,
the Jayhawks took the opening possession of the
second half 60 yards to set up a field goal. South
Florida responded with the go ahead score before
Kansas pulled away. The Bulls had two turnovers
inside the Kansas 30-yard line and turned it over
on downs at the two-yard line.
SYRACUSE 34 Miami-Ohio
Syracuse outgained the RedHawks by just 43 total
yards but the defense came up with big stops when
needed. The Orange stopped Miami twice on fourth
down inside the 35-yard line and also blocked
a 35-yard field goal attempt. The defense also
returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown.
Syracuse registered eight sacks which dropped
the RedHawks net rushing to 31 yards on 29 carries
Army 27 BAYLOR 20
Baylor lost its second straight close game, this
one in overtime as it was unable to match an Army
touchdown. The Bears tied the game in the final
minute of regulation with a 24-yard field goal.
Army started the game by getting to the Baylor
19-yard line on its first three possessions but
settled for three field goal attempts, making
only one. The Bears were hurt by 11 penalties
for 107 yards.
WESTERN MICHIGAN 41 Temple
Western Michigan held Temple to just 149 total
yards and forced four turnovers, two of which
led to short touchdown drives in the second half.
The Broncos blocked a field goal as time expired
in the first half and retuned it for a touchdown.
Temple’s only touchdown was set up on a
fumbled punt. 13 of the the Owls 14 possessions
were five plays or less with 11 of those being
11 yards or fewer.
(5) FLORIDA 26 Kentucky
The Wildcats hung around for a half as they trailed
by just five points heading into the break. The
score should have been a lot worse as the Gators
outgained Kentucky 514-249 but they committed
two turnovers inside the Wildcats 30-yard line
while also turning it over on downs at the 19-yard
line. The Wildcats had just 54 total yards in
the second half and finished with only 39 yards
rushing on 22 carries (1.8 ypc).
(9) L-S-U 49 Tulane 7
The Tigers didn’t dominate as much as the
score indicates as they outgained Tulane 373-231
but used two turnovers to set up short touchdown
drives. The Green Wave made it inside LSU territory
on six of its last eight possessions but two interceptions,
a missed field goal and a turnover on downs kept
them scoreless until a touchdown on their final
drive. LSU was a perfect 7-7 inside the redzone.
NC STATE 17 Boston College
The Wolfpack pulled out the improbable victory
on a 34-yard touchdown pass with only five seconds
remaining. Boston College was down one point early
in the fourth quarter and scored a touchdown but
missed the two-point conversion which was the
ultimate difference. The Eagles outgained NC State
by one yard but missed two opportunities inside
the Wolfpack 32-yard line with an interception
and a turnover on downs.
(22) BOISE STATE 41 Hawaii
The offenses dominated as they racked up a combined
991 total yards but it was Hawaii that missed
out on numerous chances. The Warriors had three
turnovers inside Boise St. territory while turning
it over on downs at the Broncos four-yard line.
Hawaii pulled to within a touchdown with three
minutes remaining but was not able to get the
ball back. The Warriors ran 18 fewer plays and
outgained Boise St. by 1.6 ypp.
Utah 38 SAN DIEGO ST
San Diego St. tied the game at seven late in
the first quarter but then Utah scored the final
31 points of the game to pull away. After driving
74 yards for the tying score, the Aztecs crossed
midfield only once in their next 10 possessions,
gaining just 130 total yards in that span. The
Utes turned the ball over twice inside the redzone
but did return two of San Diego St.’s five
interceptions for touchdowns.
S-M-U 55 Arkansas State
The Mustangs racked up 457 yards of offense and
held the Indians to just 69 yards rushing on 41
carries (1.7 ypc). Arkansas St. pulled to within
a point in the first quarter on a 69-yard touchdown
pass but mistakes took over after that. The Indians
fumbled the ball four times, twice inside the
redzone and their five total turnovers led to
24 SMU points. The Mustangs were 5-5 inside the
(12) Notre Dame 40 MICHIGAN
Notre Dame pulled out a miracle comeback as it
scored 19 unanswered points in the fourth quarter
including a 27-yard interception return for a
score with 2:53 remaining. The Spartans had three
turnovers the entire game but all three came on
their final three possessions two of which led
to touchdowns. Michigan St. got down to the Notre
Dame 44-yard line before an interception ended
(3) U-S-C 20 ARIZONA
Arizona trailed by just a touchdown early in
the fourth quarter despite getting outgained 381-154.
The Trojans increased the lead to 10 points and
a fumble by the Wildcats late in the period set
up a short touchdown drive that put the game away.
USC finished 12-18 on third down conversions but
missed three scoring opportunities inside the
Arizona 30-yard line. The Wildcats had -16 yards
rushing on 19 carries (-0.8 ypc).
HOUSTON 34 Oklahoma State
The Cougars racked up 509 yards of offense and
controlled the time of possession by more than
10 minutes. The Cowboys had two costly fumbles
as Houston rallied from a seven-point second half
deficit to take a 10-point lead. Oklahoma St.
ran 25 less plays but still gained 446 yards on
offense and had a whopping 9.1 ypp average. The
teams were forced to punt only twice each.
OREGON STATE 38 Idaho
Oregon St. held the Vandals to just 185 total
yards and seven first downs while forcing six
turnovers. The Beavers returned an interception
for a score and had a short field the entire game.
Oregon St. had 380 yards of offense and finished
with just a 5.2 ypp average. Idaho finished with
only 57 yards rushing on 24 carries (2.4 ypc)
and was 0-10 on third down conversions.
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