UL Lafayette 6 FLA ATLANTIC 0
UL-Lafayette won despite getting outgained by
the Owls 237-228. Florida Atlantic committed four
turnovers including a fumble inside the redzone
in the second half. The Cajuns put the only points
on the board even though they were 0-14 on third
down conversions. The Owls got the ball back on
a late fourth down stop and drove down to the
eight-yard line but an incomplete pass on the
final play ended the game.
VIRGINIA 23 North Carolina
Virginia pitched the shutout as it held the Tar
Heels to 182 total yards and 11 first downs. The
Cavaliers also forced three turnovers while committing
none. Two of those turnovers led to touchdowns
that put the game away. Virginia put up 370 yards
of offense including 194 yards rushing on 38 carries
(5.1 ypc). The Tar Heels didn’t have a drive
longer than 39 yards while amassing just 70 yards
in the first half.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN 31 Bowling
The Chippewas outgained Bowling Green by just
49 total yards and had only 12 first downs but
were able to put together two late long scoring
drives to pull away. Central Michigan scored its
second touchdown on an interception return and
then went up by 10 points in the fourth quarter
thanks to an 88-yard touchdown pass. The Falcons
then had a short field goal blocked, nullifying
their best drive of the night.
NEW MEXICO 34 Utah 31
Utah jumped ahead 24-3 but the Lobos ran off
24 unanswered points to take the lead in the fourth
quarter. The Utes regained the lead thanks to
an interception that led to an eight-yard scoring
drive but New Mexico responded with the game-winning
touchdown on a 78-yard possession. The Lobos racked
up 467 yards of offense including 350 yards through
the air, averaging 18.4 yards per catch.
(4) West Virginia 37
West Virginia outgained the Huskies 419-210 but
clung to just a three-point lead midway through
the second quarter before running off 24 unanswered
points. Three of the Mountaineers touchdowns came
on plays of 45 yards or more. West Virginia was
forced to punt only once as it rushed for 263
yards on 42 carries (6.3 ypc) while holding Connecticut
to 99 yards rushing on 33 carries (2.9 ypc).
(6) Louisville 28 SYRACUSE
Louisville outgained the Orange 426-322 but needed
a 31-yard touchdown run to put the game away.
Syracuse pulled to within eight points midway
through the fourth quarter but the Cardinals put
together a 93-yard drive to end the upset bid.
Louisville rushed for 223 yards on 36 carries
(6.2 ypc) while holding Syracuse to 19 yards rushing
on 28 carries (0.7 ypc).
MARYLAND 26 NC State
Maryland jumped ahead 20-0 and held on despite
a late Wolfpack rally. NC State outgained the
Terrapins 299-280 as the defense forced four field
goals, keeping the game within reach. The Wolfpack
also returned a punt for a touchdown. NC State
was hurt by three turnovers that led to 17 Terrapins
points as Maryland had five scoring drives of
48 yards or less.
Michigan State 41 NORTHWESTERN
The greatest comeback in college football history
took place in Evanston as the Spartans rallied
from a 38-3 deficit to pull out the miracle win.
The Wildcats were inside Michigan St. territory
on their first seven possessions but got past
midfield only once after that. The Spartans blocked
a punt for a touchdown to start the fourth quarter
and then picked off a pass that set up the game-winning
(5) Texas 22 (20) NEBRASKA
Texas was able to force a turnover at the Nebraska
45-yard line with just over two minutes remaining
and then drove for the game-winning field goal
with 23 seconds left. The Huskers rallied to take
the lead late in the fourth quarter but missed
the two-point conversion. All of Nebraska’s
touchdowns were on big pass plays as it failed
to reach the redzone the entire game.
(17) Wisconsin 24 PURDUE
Purdue scored on its second possession but the
Badgers scored 24 unanswered points to pull away.
The Boilermakers had plenty of opportunities but
missed a short field goal, threw an interception
at the 26-yard line and turned it over on downs
twice inside the 25-yard line. Purdue finished
3-17 on third and fourth down conversions while
accumulating only 286 total yards.
PENN STATE 26 Illinois
Penn St. spotted the Illini a 9-3 halftime lead
before rallying in the second half. Illinois outgained
the Nittany Lions 358-184 but Penn St. scored
its final two touchdowns on a fumble return and
a kickoff return while also scoring two points
on a safety. The defense forced four field goals
as Illinois’ scoring drives totaled 183
yards while Penn St.’s totaled only 77 yards.
(1) OHIO STATE 44 Indiana
Indiana started the scoring with a field goal
off a long punt return but the Buckeyes ran away
with it after that. Ohio St. outgained the Hoosiers
540-165 and after going three and out on its first
two possessions, its next 10 drives all made it
into Indiana territory. The Buckeyes rushed for
270 yards on 39 carries (6.9 ypc) while holding
Indiana to seven yards on 28 carries (0.2 ypc).
(13) ARKANSAS 38 Ole
Arkansas returned the opening kickoff 100 yards
for a score and never looked back. The Razorbacks
only outgained Mississippi 346-245 but the defense
came up big when needed as they stopped the Rebels
four times on fourth down inside the 40-yard line.
The Arkansas running game was held in check, gaining
just 141 yards on 37 carries (3.8 ypc) but the
passing game was efficient, completing 14 of 18
GEORGIA 27 Mississippi
Georgia outgained the Bulldogs 370-298 was needed
two late defensive stands to hold on to the win.
Mississippi St. drove down to the Georgia 31-yard
line but fumbled on the final play. 17 of Mississippi
St.’s 24 points came off turnovers as Georgia
gave it away five times. Mississippi St. finished
2-13 on third down conversions and threw an interception
at the Georgia 11-yard line to start the second
Miami-Florida 20 DUKE
A short-handed Miami team escaped with a win
thanks to an interception on the final play of
the game after Duke drove down to the six-yard
line. The Blue Devils outgained the Hurricanes
380-329 but they lost the turnover battle 5-1
with three of those miscues leading to 17 Miami
points. The Blue Devils actually turned it over
twice inside the redzone while also getting stopped
on fourth down at the 29-yard line.
(23) MISSOURI 41 Kansas
Kansas St. scored on a fumble return on the first
play of the game but the Tigers responded with
34 unanswered points to pull away. The Wildcats
had four turnovers, three of which led to 17 points
on consecutive possessions to start the second
half. Kansas St. was outgained by just 108 total
yards but it had a mere 63 yards through the air
compared to 262 yards for the Tigers.
Western Michigan 41 BALL
Ball St. started the scoring with a field goal
but the Cardinals then threw three interceptions
on its next three possessions, all leading to
Western Michigan touchdowns. The final one came
on a 29-yard return for a score. The Broncos allowed
just nine yards rushing on 29 carries (0.3 ypc)
but six of their 12 penalties led to Ball St.
first downs. Western Michigan completed 20 of
its 24 pass attempts.
OHIO U 42 Buffalo 7
Ohio held Buffalo to 59 total yards in the first
half as it jumped ahead 28-0. The Bobcats finished
9-14 on third and fourth down conversions while
going a perfect 5-5 inside the redzone. The Bulls
got past the Ohio 46-yard line only once on the
day as they were hurt by 13 penalties totaling
102 yards. Ohio rushed for 223 yards on 43 carries
(5.2 ypc) while holding Buffalo to 39 yards on
23 carries (1.7 ypc).
(7) AUBURN 38 Tulane
Auburn outgained the Green Wave by just 43 total
yards but forced three critical turnovers. Tulane
fumbled at its own 15-yard line in the second
quarter which enabled the Tigers to pull ahead
by two touchdowns. The Green Wave were inside
the Auburn redzone on each of their final four
possessions but were forced to kick two field
goals while turning it over on the other two possessions.
(11) NOTRE DAME 20 U-C-L-A
Notre Dame pulled off the improbable victory
as it forced a punt with a minute remaining and
then drove 80 yards on three plays including the
45-yard game-winning touchdown pass. The Irish
outgained UCLA 345-243 but they were forced to
kick two short field goals while missing another.
Notre Dame was just 4-19 on third down conversions
but went 4-5 on fourth down.
South Carolina 31 VANDERBILT
South Carolina outgained the Commodores 327-253
but needed two late touchdowns to secure the win.
Vanderbilt pulled to within four points midway
through the third quarter but could not score
again. The Gamecocks finished with four turnovers
including two on their final two drives but the
Commodores couldn’t take advantage as they
also gave it back twice.
B-Y-U 52 U-N-L-V 7
The Cougars racked up 574 yards of offense including
308 yards rushing on 41 carries (7.5 ypc). BYU
also forced six turnovers including four interceptions.
The Rebels went just 1-3 inside the redzone as
two turnovers killed two scoring chances. Five
of the Cougars scoring drives were 80 yards or
longer despite finishing with 12 penalties that
totaled 114 yards.
EAST CAROLINA 38 S-M-U
East Carolina was able to pull away by scoring
24 unanswered points starting with a touchdown
at the end of the first half to go ahead by seven
points. The Mustangs had opportunities in the
second half but missed a field goal and turned
it over on downs at the 28-yard line. SMU also
fumbled at its own 30-yard line setting up the
Pirates final score. East Carolina passed for
402 yards but rushed for just 36 yards.
EASTERN MICHIGAN 17 Toledo
Eastern Michigan held Toledo scoreless until
the fourth quarter when the Rockets scored two
touchdowns but had to rally in the final seconds.
The Eagles scored two points off a PAT return
on the second score and then scored the game-winning
touchdown with just 36 seconds remaining. Eastern
Michigan was just 3-12 on third down as it was
forced to kick three field goals while also coming
up short on two other trips inside the redzone.
BAYLOR 36 Kansas 35
Baylor rallied from a 35-17 deficit by outscoring
the Jayhawks 19-0 in the final quarter. Kansas
scored touchdowns on four of its first five possessions
and also had an interception return for a score
mixed in there. The Jayhawks were then shut down
in the second half while the Bears had 222 of
their 460 total yards come on those final three
NORTHERN ILLINOIS 43
Northern Illinois jumped ahead 40-0 in a game
that wasn’t nearly as close as the final
score indicates. Temple had only 42 total yards
up to that point and it put up 296 yards in its
final four possessions when the game was well
decided. The Owls finished with negative rushing
yards and surprisingly, the Huskies had only 89
yards rushing on 35 carries (2.5 ypc).
(18) Boston College 24
FLORIDA STATE 19
Boston College was outgained 354-322 but used
two Seminoles turnovers to score its first two
touchdowns. The Eagles recovered a fumble and
returned it to the Florida St. one-yard line to
set up the first score and then intercepted a
pass for a touchdown with 20 second left in the
first half. Florida St. had a chance to win late
but was stopped at the nine-yard line on fourth
down with two minutes left.
Texas Tech 42 IOWA STATE
Texas Tech outgained the Cyclones 475-221 but
Iowa St. trailed by just two points late in the
third quarter before the Red Raiders were able
to pull away. Texas Tech kept Iowa St. in the
game by turning it over twice, missing a field
goal and committing 14 penalties for 129 yards.
The Cyclones were just 3-15 on third down conversions
and their two interceptions led to two Texas Tech
ARIZONA STATE 38 Stanford
The Sun Devils held Stanford to just 145 total
yards and 11 first downs. Arizona St. scored on
five of its first six possessions and was in Cardinal
territory in all but one of its drives. The Sun
Devils only passed for 175 yards but were very
efficient, completing 17 of 19 passes while five
of their six scoring drives were 57 yards or more.
Both teams committed 10 penalties.
(12) CALIFORNIA 31 Washington
Washington nearly pulled off the huge upset as
the Huskies scored on a 40-yard pass as time expired
in regulation but they were intercepted in overtime
to fall short. Washington ended with five interceptions
but only one of those led to points for the Bears.
California was forced to punt on its first five
possessions but made it inside Washington territory
on each of its last seven possessions but did
miss two scoring chances.
(2) MICHIGAN 20 Iowa
Michigan only outgained the Hawkeyes 291-238
but Iowa was forced into two short field goals
while fumbling inside the Michigan 40-yard line
and turning it over on downs at the 15-yard line.
Neither rushing game excelled as Iowa rushed for
41 yards on 24 carries (1.7 ypc) while Michigan
rushed for 88 yards on 39 carries (2.3 ypc). The
Wolverines won the clock battle by close to 10
(8) TENNESSEE 16 Alabama
Tennessee outgained the Crimson Tide 359-211
but had to rally from a seven-point deficit midway
through the fourth quarter. The Volunteers were
hurt by three interceptions, a missed field goal
and a turnover on downs. Alabama took the lead
at the end of the third quarter and got the ball
back four more times but gained only 39 yards
and never crossed midfield.
T-C-U 31 ARMY 17
TCU outgained the Black Knights 359-196 and after
Army scored on its first possession, the Horned
Frogs ran off 31 unanswered points to pull away.
24 of those points were off turnovers in the first
half as Army committed four in consecutive possessions
in the second quarter in a span of just four plays.
The Horned Frogs also committed four turnovers
and missed two field goals.
WYOMING 24 Colorado State
Wyoming pitched the shutout despite allowing
259 yards but the defense forced three big turnovers.
The only scoring in the first half was a field
goal but the Cowboys broke it open in the second
half to pull away. Wyoming did hold the Rams to
42 yards rushing on 22 carries (1.9 ypc) while
the offense used the big play as all three touchdowns
were 25 yards or longer.
Rice 40 U-C-F 29
Central Florida actually outgained Rice 482-420
but two costly turnovers did the Golden Knights
in. They fumbled deep in Owls territory while
tossing an interception deep in their own territory
setting up a short Rice touchdown. Central Florida
was also forced into three short field goals.
Rice regained the lead midway through the third
quarter by scoring four of the next five touchdowns
to pull away.
WASHINGTON ST 34 (25)
The Ducks won the total yardage battle 471-372
but they missed numerous opportunities while committing
too many turnovers. In its first nine possessions,
Oregon had four turnovers, missed a field goal
and turned it over on downs at the Cougars eight-yard
line. By that point, Washington St. had a 24-point
lead and the Ducks couldn’t recover. Both
teams registered defensive touchdowns.
(15) Boise State 42 IDAHO
This game was close throughout as Idaho outgained
the Broncos 397-353 and pulled to within two points
midway through the fourth quarter but missed the
two-point conversion that would have tied the
game. Boise St. then took advantage of a long
kickoff return followed by a Vandals failed fourth
down attempt to put up two more scores. Boise
St. held Idaho to 69 yards on 28 carries (2.5
(16) Rutgers 20 PITTSBURGH
Rutgers outgained the Panthers 340-236 as the
defense pitched a first half shutout by allowing
Pittsburgh to cross midfield only once. The Panthers
pulled to within three points early in the fourth
quarter but the Scarlet Knights needed only four
plays to score on the next possession for the
final margin. Rutgers rushed for 268 yards on
48 carries (5.6 ypc) while holding Pittsburgh
to 67 yards on 26 caries (2.6 ypc).
AKRON 24 Miami-Ohio 13
Miami had the lead for a majority of the game
until the Zips scored the final two touchdowns
of the game to pull out the win. After a fumble
that led to a RedHawks field goal to take a one-point
lead, Akron drove down the field on its next two
possessions while the defense forced two punts
and a turnover on downs. Miami rushed for only
57 yards on 30 carries (1.9 ypc).
Oregon State 17 ARIZONA
Oregon St. outgained the Wildcats 332-183 but
the defense needed two late interceptions to pull
out the win. The Beavers scored two early touchdowns
but led by only four points midway through the
fourth quarter after Arizona returned a punt 67
yards for a touchdown. The Beavers held the Wildcats
to just 22 yards rushing on 28 carries (0.8 ypc)
which included three sacks for 27 yards.
VIRGINIA TECH 36 Southern
The Golden Eagles trailed by just a point after
the first quarter but Virginia Tech ran off 29
unanswered points to pull away. The Hokies outgained
Southern Mississippi 398-216 and following two
first quarter field goals, the Golden Eagles mustered
only 94 yards the rest of the way. Virginia Tech
rushed for 284 yards on 39 carries (7.3 ypc) while
holding Southern Mississippi to 82 yards on 37
carries (2.2 ypc).
LOUISIANA TECH 48 Utah
The Bulldogs racked up 570 total yards of offense
including 344 yards rushing on 47 carries (7.3
ypc). Utah St. threw an interception on the first
play of the game and could not get onto the scoreboard
until the second quarter after spotting Louisiana
Tech a 17-0 lead. The offense then put up four
solid touchdown drives while the defense returned
a fumble for a score.
NEVADA 23 San Jose St
Nevada outgained the Spartans 408-239 but the
game was still in question until late in the fourth
quarter. The Wolf Pack threw an interception with
18 seconds remaining in the first half and San
Jose St. scored on the next play to pull within
three points. The Spartans returned the favor
by fumbling on their first play of the second
half setting up a short Nevada touchdown. Nevada
iced it with an 88-yard scoring drive.
(19) OKLAHOMA 24 Colorado
Oklahoma held the Buffaloes to just 113 total
yards, including a mere 39 yards passing and only
five first downs. Colorado’s only score
came on a late field goal on its 11th possession
after gaining only 48 total yards up to that point.
Despite that, the Sooners had just a 10-point
lead going into the fourth quarter before icing
it late. Oklahoma controlled over 13 more minutes
of the clock and finished 9-18 on third down.
HOUSTON 34 Texas-El Paso
UTEP held a seven-point lead at halftime before
the Cougars scored the only 24 points of the second
half. The Miners had 213 yards in the first half
but were held to just eight total yards after
the break. Houston finished with 412 total yards
and crossed midfield on every possession while
going 10-16 on third down and 4-4 inside the redzone.
UTEP finished with only 30 yards rushing on 23
carries (1.3 ypc)
Marshall 31 U-A-B 24
Marshall outgained the Blazers 473-342 and had
317 yards rushing on 46 carries (6.9 ypc). The
Thundering Herd led the entire game as they scored
touchdowns on four of their first five possessions
while the defense forced two UAB interceptions
deep in its own territory. Marshall went 8-11
on third down conversions but went only 1-3 inside
Middle Tennessee 35 UL-MONROE
UL-Monroe had a seven-point lead at halftime
before the Blue Raiders dominated the second half.
Middle Tennessee scored three touchdowns on its
first four possessions after the break while the
defense held the Warhawks to just 44 total yards
in the second half. Middle Tennessee outgained
UL-Monroe 449-286 and the Blue Raiders used a
balanced offensive attack with 215 yards rushing
and 234 yards passing.
(22) Texas A&M 34
OKLAHOMA STATE 33
Texas A&M scored the tying touchdown with
just three seconds remaining in regulation while
the defense blocked an extra point in overtime
to pull out the win. The Aggies outgained Oklahoma
St. 423-359 and controlled the clock for over
10 more minutes but needed to rally twice in the
final quarter. Both teams went 6-13 on third down
conversions and 2-2 on fourth down.
ARKANSAS STATE 29 North
North Texas took a three-point lead in the second
quarter but then the Indians dominated the rest
of the way. Arkansas St. put up 466 yards of offense
while the defense held the Mean Green to 94 total
yards after their final score. The Indians finished
11-15 on third down conversions while going a
perfect 4-4 inside the redzone. The offense ran
23 more played while putting up 279 yards on the
(10) CLEMSON 31 (21)
Georgia Tech 7
This game was all Clemson as it outgained the
Yellow Jackets 426-205 despite running only 54
plays from scrimmage. The Tigers rushed for 321
yards on 38 carries (8.4 ypc) while holding Georgia
Tech to 88 yards on 37 carries (2.4 ypc). The
Yellow Jackets missed a field goal on its opening
possession and crossed midfield only once in its
next eight possessions.
Hawaii 49 NEW MEXICO
The Warriors outgained the Aggies by just 60
yards, 508-448 but three turnovers by New Mexico
St. led to 14 points for Hawaii. New Mexico St.
trailed by just four points heading into the fourth
quarter but Hawaii scored a touchdown on a 90-yard
drive and then returned a fumble for a score three
plays later to pull away. Hawaii was inside the
Aggies 31-yard line on all of its possessions.
SAN DIEGO ST 19 Air Force
Air Force actually outgained the Aztecs 344-284
but the Falcons missed a field goal on their opening
possession and then threw an interception at the
San Diego St. seven-yard line on their second.
San Diego St. was able to kick the game-winning
field goal with two seconds remaining and then
recovered a fumble in the endzone on the kickoff
for the final margin of victory.
Tulsa 35 MEMPHIS 14
Tulsa scored touchdowns on its first three possessions
and never looked back. The Golden Hurricane held
the Tigers to 232 total yards including 75 yards
rushing on 29 carries (2.6 ypc). Tulsa was very
efficient in the passing game, completing 17 of
20 passes while going 8-10 on third and fourth
down conversions. Memphis was in Tulsa territory
on four if its final five possessions but came
away with only one score.
(14) L-S-U 38 Fresno
The Tigers held Fresno St. to 211 total yards
and only 11 first downs while forcing eight punts.
The second punt was returned for a touchdown giving
LSU a 14-0 lead. The Tigers offense stalled, gaining
only 73 yards on their next five possessions before
exploding for 280 yards in the second half and
scoring three touchdowns. Fresno St. went 1-13
on third and fourth down conversions.
CINCINNATI 23 So Florida
The only scoring in the first half was a safety
by Cincinnati as the Bearcats defense held the
Bulls to 44 total yards before the break. Cincinnati
missed a field goal and turned it over on downs
at the South Florida 21-yard line thus shutting
out its own offense. The Bearcats returned a fumble
for its first score of the second half while the
defense didn’t allow the Bulls to score
until 51 seconds remaining.
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