Southern Miss 19 U-C-F 14
Central Florida outgained the Golden Eagles 325-273
but turnovers were the difference. The Golden
Knights fumbled at the Southern Mississippi one-yard
line and also threw an interception at their own
one-yard line that was returned for a touchdown.
They also missed a 23-yard field goal in their
only scoring chance in the first half. Southern
Mississippi finished 3-14 on third down conversions.
B-Y-U 31 T-C-U 17
TCU actually outgained the Cougars 437-393 but
the Horned Frogs could not execute in the first
half and fell behind and couldn’t recover.
TCU’s first four drives totaled 194 yards
but a fumble inside the redzone and a missed field
goal killed two opportunities. Even worse, three
of those four drives were 10 plays or more. BYU
finished with just 72 yards rushing on 34 carries
(2) Auburn 24 SOUTH CAROLINA
The Tigers dodged a huge bullet as the Gamecocks
had a chance to tie this game up but turned it
over on downs at the five-yard line to end the
game. In the first half, South Carolina turned
the ball over twice inside the Auburn 30-yard
line. The Gamecocks outyarded the Tigers 349-307
but going just 1-4 inside the redzone was the
ultimate difference. Auburn was held to 127 yards
rushing on 35 carries (3.6 ypc).
(24) Rutgers 22 SOUTH
South Florida blocked a field goal late in the
fourth quarter setting up a possible game-tying
drive. The Bulls drove 66 yards to pull within
two points with 15 second left but the two-point
conversion was unsuccessful. South Florida had
three turnovers and also missed a field goal.
Rutgers controlled the clock by over 14 more minutes
thanks to 226 yards rushing on 45 carries (5.0
(13) Tennessee 41 MEMPHIS
Tennessee racked up 566 yards of offense while
holding the Tigers to just 121 total yards including
only 42 yards rushing on 20 carries (2.1 ypc).
Things could have been even worse but the Volunteers
fumbled once at midfield early in the game while
turning it over on downs at the Tigers one-yard
line. Memphis’ only touchdown came off a
late Tennessee fumble that set up a 21-yard, one-play
PITTSBURGH 45 Toledo
Pittsburgh only outgained the Rockets 374-230
but it used four Toledo turnovers to score 21
points. The Panthers jumped out ahead 17-0 and
only had 55 yards of offense at that point. Not
only did the Rockets have four turnovers but also
turned the ball over on downs three times, giving
the Panthers an average starting field position
of their own 39-yard line. Toledo threw for only
Virginia 37 DUKE 0
Virginia managed only 253 yards of offense but
the defense held the Blue Devils to 100 yards
and just eight first downs. Duke had a blocked
punt and fumbled a snap on fourth down that set
up two easy scores. The Cavaliers scored 31 points
on Blue Devils miscues as Duke finished with five
turnovers. Duke crossed midfield only once and
had just one possession that was more than 15
Navy 41 CONNECTICUT 17
Navy racked up 605 yards of offense including
464 yards rushing on 56 carries (8.3 ypc). The
Huskies pulled to within 10 points late in the
third quarter but they could mange only 61 total
yards in the final period, committing one fumble
and turning it over on downs twice. Three of the
Midshipmen’s touchdowns were 52 or more
yards and all three of those occurred on the opening
play of each drive.
Illinois 23 MICHIGAN
Illinois won its second conference game in its
last 26 tries as it drove 58 yards to set up the
game winning field goal with just six seconds
left. The Illini outgained Michigan St. 390-259
but the Spartans returned an interception for
a touchdown and scored its final touchdown thanks
to a video replay that reversed a fumble. Michigan
St. opened the game by fumbling at the Illinois
two-yard line on its first possession.
Wisconsin 52 INDIANA
The Badgers tallied 539 yards of offense and
built a 52-0 lead before the Hoosiers got most
of their offense going. Indiana finished with
280 total yards but 167 of those came in the final
quarter. Wisconsin punted on its opening drive
but then scored on eight of its next nine possessions,
with a missed field goal being the only exception.
The Badgers were 4-8 on third down and a perfect
7-7 inside the redzone.
(9) L-S-U 48 Mississippi
LSU outgained the Bulldogs 446-226 while jumping
out to an early 35-0 lead and put it on cruise
the rest of the way. The Tigers scored touchdown
on their first five drives but had trouble executing
on its next four possessions and they gained just
52 yards and threw an interception that was returned
for a touchdown. LSU finished 7-9 on third down
conversions while the Bulldogs went 2-11.
(23) MISSOURI 28 Colorado
Colorado outgained the Tigers 373-353 but the
problem came down to 4th down executions. The
Buffaloes went 0-5 on fourth down conversions
that included two failed attempts inside the redzone.
Missouri was able to move the ball at will in
its first two possessions but the offense faltered
somewhat after that despite going 11-18 on third
SYRACUSE 40 Wyoming 34
The Cowboys outgained Syracuse 512-275 but they
had four turnovers, three of which occurred deep
inside their own territory. They also missed two
field goals and had another turnover at the Orange
30-yard line. Of Syracuse’s five scoring
drives in regulation, only two were more than
21 yards while a fourth was 44 yards. Wyoming
missed a fourth down conversion in overtime giving
the ball over to Syracuse.
Bowling Green 21 OHIO
Bowling Green outgained the Bobcats by just 14
total yards but Ohio turned the ball over twice
inside the Falcons 34-yard line, threw an interception
at its own 31-yard line and missed a field goal
on its opening possession. The Falcons held Ohio
to 54 yards rushing on 32 carries (1.7 ypc) and
also had four sacks that cut into that total.
Bowling Green finished with just 108 yards passing.
AIR FORCE 24 New Mexico
New Mexico held the Falcons to 281 yards while
the offense put up 273 yards but it lost the turnover
battle 3-1 and those three turnovers resulted
in two touchdowns for Air Force. The Lobos also
turned the ball over on downs in their own territory
that led to a field goal. Air Force has just one
drive of more than 45 yards while New Mexico finished
with 41 yards rushing on 31 carries (1.3 ypc).
KENT STATE 37 Akron 15
Kent St. jumped out to a 30-7 lead early in the
third quarter and cruised the rest of the way.
The Golden Flashes should have been up a lot more
but fumbled at the Akron five-yard line on their
opening drive and then had a 22-yard field goal
blocked on its next possession. Kent St. finished
with 461 total yards while Akron turned the ball
over three times past midfield and had only 73
yards rushing on 23 carries (3.2 ypc).
(12) NOTRE DAME 35 Purdue
Notre Dame was outgained 490-454 but the Boilermakers
missed a field goal, fumbled at the Irish 34-yard
line and turned the ball over on downs three times,
all in Notre Dame territory. The Irish scored
touchdowns on four of their first five possessions
and basically put it in neutral after scoring
their final touchdown early in the third quarter.
Notre Dame controlled the clock for over 16 more
(20) Boise State 36 UTAH
After the first quarter, the game was knotted
at three apiece before the Broncos took control
and scored the final 33 points. Boise St. scored
17 points off turnovers as the Utes threw four
interceptions. Once the Broncos went up 17-3,
Utah managed a total of 44 yards over its last
eight possessions. Utah was held to just 51 yards
through the air and finished with a 3.2 ypp average.
Idaho 41 UTAH STATE 21
Utah St. jumped out to a 14-0 lead but the Vandals
responded with 41 unanswered points to pull away.
Idaho outgained the Aggies by only 11 total yards
but had an interception return and a fumble recovery
that both went for touchdowns after Utah St. was
driving. The Aggies were inside the Vandals 38-yard
line on four of six possessions between the 2nd
and 4th quarters but managed no points.
PENN STATE 33 Northwestern
Penn St. racked up 528 yards of offense but were
forced to kick four field goals. The Nittany Lions
were inside the Wildcats 17-yard line on their
first four possessions but came away with only
three field goals after fumbling on their first
possession. Of Northwestern’s 238 total
yards, 108 of those came in the fourth quarter.
Its only touchdown came on a short drive off a
Texas Tech 31 TEXAS A&M
Texas Tech outgained the Aggies 433-353 but it
needed a touchdown with 26 seconds remaining to
pull out the victory. Texas A&M broke a tie
with a field goal with 2:12 remaining before the
Red Raiders drove 80 yards for the winning score.
The Aggies rushed for 250 yards on 47 carries
(5.3 ypc) and thus controlled over 14 more minutes
of the clock. Texas Tech was just 1-7 on third
(11) Oregon 48 ARIZONA
Oregon outgained the Sun Devils 574-175 while
jumping out to a 31-3 lead and never looked back.
The Ducks were inside Arizona St. territory on
all but three possessions as they racked up 28
first downs and rushed for 315 yards on 40 carries
(7.9 ypc). The Sun Devils passed for an improbable
33 yards as they were sacked six times. They finished
the game only 1-13 on third down conversions.
CINCINNATI 24 Miami-Ohio
Cincinnati outgained the RedHawks 296-226 and
left the door wide open for Miami. The Bearcats
were up 17-3 before allowing an 80-yard punt return
for a score but sealed it with an early 4th quarter
score. Cincinnati mustered only 81 total yards
in the second half and Miami was able to get inside
the Bearcats 40-yard line on its last three possessions
but two interceptions and a turnover on downs
left it with nothing.
(18) Georgia Tech 38
(21) VIRGINIA TECH 27
Virginia Tech actually outgained the Yellow Jackets
381-325 but two turnovers ended up being the difference.
Georgia Tech had an 11-point lead heading into
the second half before returning two fumbles for
touchdowns that broke the game open. The Hokies
scored two meaningless touchdowns in the fourth
quarter and then ended the game at the Yellow
Jackets two-yard line. Virginia Tech had 42 yards
rushing on 27 carries (1.6 ypc).
(5) FLORIDA 28 Alabama
Florida rallied form an early 10-0 deficit and
pulled away late by scoring the final 14 points
of the game. The Tide returned a fumble for a
touchdown to take that early lead and the Gators
returned the favor by returning an interception
70 yards for the final touchdown after Alabama
was looking to tie the game. Florida’s last
two scores came off turnovers as it outgained
the Tide by just seven total yards.
Rice 48 ARMY 14
An inspired effort after losing a teammate by
Rice saw it outgain Army 457-302. The Owls fell
behind 7-0 as the Black Knights took the opening
kickoff and drove for a score. The Owls ran off
28 unanswered points including an interception
return for a touchdown. Rice scored in six of
its first seven possessions and in total scored
20 points off four Army turnovers. Rice finished
a perfect 5-5 inside the redzone.
(16) California 41 OREGON
California jumped out to a 31-0 lead and cruised
the rest of the way. The Golden Bears outgained
Oregon St. 483-300 with the majority of their
yardage coming in the first three quarters. The
Beavers had a chance to tie the game early but
fumbled at the Bears 12-yard line on their first
possession and that was a momentum changer. Oregon
St. finished with only 56 yards rushing on 24
carries (2.3 ypc).
UL LAFAYETTE 33 Eastern
UL-Lafayette scored the first 33 points of the
game and shut down the Eagles until late in the
fourth quarter. The Eagles produced 119 yards
in their final two drives after gaining just 127
yards the entire game prior to that. The Cajuns
were a surprising 0-13 on third down conversions
but made up for it by going 3-4 on fourth down.
Eastern Michigan finished with 75 yards rushing
on 24 carries (3.1 ypc).
KENTUCKY 45 Central Michigan
Kentucky jumped out to a 21-0 lead but needed
a final touchdown late in the game to secure the
victory. The Chippewas actually outgained the
Wildcats 558-373 but were hurt by four turnovers
and two failed fourth down conversions. Central
Michigan started the game by committing three
turnovers in its first eight plays from scrimmage.
Both teams finished 5-5 inside the redzone.
MIAMI-FLORIDA 14 Houston
Houston scored 13 straight points to take a lead
early in the third quarter but Miami responded
with its longest drive of the day and the defense
held the rest of the way. Prior to the Hurricanes
final score, the Cougars had a chance to extend
its six-point lead but fumbled at the Miami eight-yard
line. Houston’s fist 10 points were off
Miami turnovers as the Hurricanes outgained the
SAN JOSE ST 31 San Diego
The Spartans jumped ahead 14-0 before San Diego
St. pulled to within four points at the break
but Jose St. scored the only 17 points of the
second half to win going away. The Spartans accumulated
418 yards of offense and the score could have
been worse but they missed a short field goal
while also fumbling inside the redzone. San Jose
St. held the Aztecs to just 85 yards in the second
Arkansas State 31 FLORIDA
The Indians held Florida International to 186
total yards with 84 of those coming on its lone
scoring drive. Arkansas St. scored 21 points off
four Golden Panthers turnovers and it forced two
fourth down failed conversions. Those three touchdowns
off turnovers were 31 yards or less as the overall
Indians average starting field position was their
own 48-yard line. Florida International had nine
yards rushing on 19 carries (0.5 ypc).
Northern Illinois 40
BALL STATE 28
Northern Illinois was down a touchdown early
in the second quarter before scoring 33 unanswered
points to pull away. The Huskies racked up 610
total yards including 358 yards rushing on 41
carries (8.7 ypc). Ball St. scored two meaningless
touchdowns late in the game that accounted for
124 of its 385 total yards. The Huskies missed
two other redzone scoring chances and didn’t
punt once the entire game.
(15) CLEMSON 51 Louisiana
Clemson topped 50 points for a second straight
game as it outgained the Bulldogs 526-259 and
pitched the shutout thanks to forcing five turnovers.
Louisiana Tech was inside the Tigers 40-yard line
on five of eight possessions between the 2nd and
4th quarter but came away with nothing. Clemson
allowed only 25 total yards on the Bulldogs first
six possessions and stopped them at the five-yard
line to end the first half.
Florida Atlantic 21 UL-MONROE
UL-Monroe outgained the Owls 407-336 and crossed
midfield on eight of its nine possessions but
an interception at the four-yard line before halftime
ended up being costly. The Warhawks scored a touchdown
with 1:57 remaining but missed the two-point conversion
for the tie and never got the ball back. Florida
Atlantic recovered the onside kick to seal the
(22) NEBRASKA 39 Kansas
Kansas rallied from a 24-7 deficit by taking
a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter. The
Huskers responded with an 80-yard touchdown drive
to reclaim the lead before Kansas once again rallied
to send the game into overtime. Kansas outgained
the Huskers 574-511 but the Jayhawks finished
only 5-8 inside the redzone while the defense
allowed three touchdown passes of 75 yards or
U-A-B 21 Troy 3
The Blazers only outgained Troy 285-202 but the
Trojans were unable to capitalize on their two
long drives, missing a field goal and fumbling.
UAB scored touchdowns on two of its first three
possessions and the Trojans were forced to abandon
the running game early on as they finished with
58 yards rushing on 32 carries (1.8 ypc). Troy
had only seven penalties but four of those resulted
in first downs for UAB.
(3) U-S-C 28 WASHINGTON
Washington St. outgained the Trojans 418-404
but it was forced into three field goals whereas
USC was able to get the ball into the endzone.
The Cougars pulled to within six points late in
the fourth quarter and then forced a punt to get
the ball back but an interception on the final
play ended the comeback bid. The Trojans controlled
the clock for over nine more minutes in the second
BAYLOR 17 Kansas State
This game featured 19 punts and nine turnovers
and both teams had 17 offensive possessions. Kansas
St. outgained the Bears 341-312 but five turnovers,
including two inside the Baylor 10-yard line and
another at the 24-yard line killed three scoring
opportunities. Of Baylor’s 17 possessions,
only one of those was longer than 34 yards. The
teams combined for just 63 yards rushing.
VANDERBILT 43 Temple
Vanderbilt outgained Temple 448-270 as the rushing
game could not be stopped. The Commodores finished
with 279 yards rushing on 31 carries (9.0 ypc)
even though the Owls controlled close to 15 more
minutes of the clock. Of Vanderbilt’s six
touchdown drives, only one was more than five
plays long. Temple had only 70 total yards in
its first six possessions before scoring on a
78-yard run on the last play of the half.
Middle Tennessee 35 NORTH
Middle Tennessee held the Mean Green to only
103 total yards and eight first downs. North Texas
did not cross midfield in any of its 12 possessions
and it had only one drive that was more than five
plays long. The Blue Raiders scored touchdowns
on its first two possessions and never looked
back. They controlled over 40 minutes of the game
clock while going 10-15 on third down conversions.
S-M-U 33 TULANE 28
SMU jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead and had
to hold off a fierce Tulane rally to pull out
the win. The Green Wave took the lead midway through
the 4th quarter but the Mustangs responded by
taking the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.
SMU then recovered a fumble on the next possession
to set up another scoring drive. Tulane won the
yardage battle by six yards despite having -33
yards rushing on 21 carries (-1.6 ypc).
(6) Michigan 28 MINNESOTA
Michigan outgained the Gophers 518-323 and finished
with 234 yards rushing on 45 carries (5.2 ypc).
The Wolverines controlled over 15 more minutes
of the clock as they had five possessions that
were more than four minutes long compared to just
one for Minnesota. Michigan finished 11-16 on
third and fourth down while the Gophers went just
(1) Ohio State 38 (19)
The Buckeyes outgained Iowa by only 64 total
yards but the defense forced four turnovers that
led to 14 points. The Hawkeyes pulled to within
four points early in the second quarter but Ohio
scored the next 17 points to pull away. The Buckeyes
were able to control the game clock for over 40
minutes as the Hawkeyes had nine possessions that
lasted less than two minutes.
(10) Georgia 14 OLE MISS
Georgia had to rally for the second straight
week as it was shut out in the first half once
again. The Bulldogs outgained Mississippi by only
five total yards as they were forced to punt on
each of their five first half possessions. The
Rebels were hurt by a missed field goal in the
first half and a turnover on downs at the Georgia
19-yard line in the third quarter. Mississippi
had only 87 yards passing.
TEXAS-EL PASO 44 New
Mexico St 38
New Mexico St. racked up 573 yards of offense
while the Miners put up 537 yards. UTEP jumped
ahead 17-0 but the Aggies rallied to tie the game
at 31 apiece at the end of the third quarter but
was never able to take the lead. New Mexico St.
had one last chance but was intercepted at the
Miners 47-yard line to end the game. The Aggies
ran 43 more plays as UTEP averaged 10.1 ypp.
Nevada 31 U-N-L-V 3
Nevada only outgained the Rebels 311-227 but
it forced four turnovers including one right before
halftime that led to a nine-yard touchdown drive.
UNLV did not get past the Wolf Pack’s 36-yard
line until its 12th possession when it kicked
a 21-yard field goal to avoid the shutout. Both
teams converted only two third down conversions
while the Rebels finished with only 74 yards rushing
on 31 carries (2.4 ypc).
Colorado State 35 FRESNO
Fresno St. took a three-point lead into halftime
but the Rams scored the first three touchdowns
of the second half to pull away. The Bulldogs
outgained Colorado St. 320-302 but the Rams made
their possessions count as four touchdown drives
were 60 yards or more while the fifth score came
on a punt return. Fresno St. scored its last touchdown
on a blocked punt return.
Washington 21 ARIZONA
Washington scored 21 points in the second quarter
and the defense did its job the rest of the way.
The Huskies held Arizona to -7 yards rushing on
24 carries (-0.3 ypc) as six sacks for 54 yards
helped the cause. The Wildcats finished only 1-14
on third down conversions while Washington was
just 3-14 and the Huskies ended up being just
2-4 inside the redzone.
U-C-L-A 31 Stanford 0
UCLA was far from dominant on offense but the
defense came through huge as it allowed just 166
total yards and 11 first downs. The Bruins scored
its first touchdown on a blocked punt return and
scored its last on a fumble return. Stanford finished
with five turnovers and the only two times it
crossed midfield resulted in a missed field goal
and an interception. UCLA was just 2-4 inside
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