Phil Steele’s College Football News and Notes: Week Seven

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USC took advantage of 5 Cal TO’s. In the 1H USC had a 187-132 yd edge and blew one opportunity off a TO by fumbling a snap on a fake FG. They settled for a 39 yd FG and also benefited from stopping a Cal fake punt at the Cal37 which 5pl later resulted in a USC TD. The Trojans led 20-0 at the half en route to the 30-9 win.

Air Force was missing all 3 starting DL and got worn down by San Diego St in the 2H. Ronnie Hillman rushed for 172 yards for the Aztecs including 22 and 57 yd TD runs on B2B plays to blow open a close game. AF had a 215-160 yd edge at the half.

San Jose St beat Hawaii at home on a Friday night in front of a charged home crowd. The game featured a 2011 season high of 12 TO’s with each team having 6. In the 1H SJS took advantage of some UH TO’s and could have led by more than 20-7 as they missed a FG, settled for a FG and had an IR TD called back by a personal foul that was 40 yards behind the play. In the 2H SJS turned it over on their first 5 poss but one of the key plays of the game happened after UH had just taken the lead, 21-20. SJS turned it over after an 8 pl drive at their own 40 and UH got a 32 yd TD run. The xp was blocked and returned for 2 and instead of leading 28-20, it was 27-22. Each team missed a FG and SJS got a TD with :36 left to go up 28-27 and missed the 2 pt conv. UH only got as far as its own 39.

Miami, Fl gained 263 of its 311 yards in the 1H and avoided their first 0-3 start in conf play in program history. They led 27-10 at the half with a 274-177 yd edge but North Carolina finished with a 429-311 yd edge. Giovanni Bernard became the school’s first NC player to rush for at least 100 yards in 5 consec game since Ethan Horton in 1984 and NC did get within 30-24. UM’s Lamar Miller was held to 29 yards on 16 carries. Once NC got a TD with :46 left to pull within 30-24 they actually rec’d the onside kick and got to the UM 30 but on 3&17 tried the lateral on the last play which came up short.

Ryan Tannehill threw for 415 yards and a career-high 6 TD’s for Texas A&M. Robert Griffin threw for a school-record 430 yards and 3 TD’s for Baylor but Texas A&M had a 266-50 yd edge on the ground. Baylor has not beaten Texas A&M in Kyle Field since 1984 and A&M had a 681-480 yard edge. While A&M opened a 31-14 lead, Baylor closed it to 34-28. A&M got a 68 yd TD pass and BU was SOD on 4&gl at the A&M4 with 13:12 left. A&M went 96/7pl for a TD to go up 48-28 then after an int went 66/7pl for a TD to turn it into a blowout, 55-28.

The Cincinnati Bearcats played their 3rd game in Bengals home, Paul Brown Stadium, and got their first victory. They also drew 40,971 fans, which almost matched the Bengals crowd for their last home game. A big play happened when UC trailed 9-7 and had the ball at the Louisville 46 and was intercepted and returned 63 yards for a TD with :06 left in the half and instead of getting into FG range for the lead, they trailed 16-7 at the half. UC finished with only 330-271 yd edge and didn’t take the lead until they got a 50 yd TD run by Pead with 12:19 left to go up 22-16. UL was SOD on 4&3 at their own 44 and UC added a 21 yd FG with 1:21 left.

Wisconsin shelled Indiana 59-7 but it actually wasn’t as bad as LY when they won 83-20. Trailing 14-0, Indy was SOD at the UW36 and UW drove 64 yards for a TD and after an int, drove 80 yards for a TD. They led 38-7 at the half but the yards were only 379-217 as IU was SOD at the UW36, intercepted at the 20 and intercepted setting up a UW39 yd TD in the final minute. In the 2H UW got a 60 yd PR for a TD and rec’d a fumble by the IU QB for a TD with 9:17 left to close the scoring.

Missouri probably dominated Iowa St even more than the 52-17 margin although they did lose DT Terrell Resonno who inj’d his right knee in the 1H and DNR. Missouri opened the game with 10 straight runs, the first on an 50/8pl TD drive. They led 28-3 and had the ball at the ISU27 yd line when they were intercepted and returned 78 yards for a TD. At the half MO had a 368-117 yd edge but only led 31-10. They expanded it to 52-10 in the 4Q and ISU went 74/6pl for a garbage TD and added 58 additional yards after that. Missouri had 13 yards on their final 4 poss with a backup QB.

Utah’s D dominated Pitt as they had a 251-120 yd edge. The Utes were without their QB Jordan Wynn (out for yr) and top WR Devon Christopher. Pitt appeared in control early thanks to special teams. The Panthers did got on a 10pl drive to open and punted and Utah went on a 12pl drive and settled for a 23 yd FG but Pitt got a 98 yd KR TD then blocked a punt for a TD. The KR TD was their first since 2006 and the blocked punt TD was their first since 1991. They led 14-3 but Utah, with 2:07 left in the half, with QB Hays under heavy pressure, threw a pass which tipped off the LB’s hand, over a DB and into WR Matthews hands which he took 33 yards for a TD to pull them within 14-13. Utah took a lead with a FG on the opening drive of the 3Q and never trailed again in a game played in 20-36 mph winds. Pitt trailed 19-14 when they were SOD at the Utah35 on 4&3 with backup QB Anderson in. On the next drive on 3&10 Anderson was intercepted and returned 23 yards for a TD with 1:10 left for a somewhat misleading 26-14 final.

Howard Schnellenberger called FAU’s first HG in their brand-new $70 mil stadium their most important game in school history. David Kooi, making his first career QB start hit just 10-21-79 and WKU dominated with 17-6 FD and 289-121 yd edges. It was just 6-0 at the half even though WK had a 131-43 yd edge. WK’s final score was off a blocked punt as they went 19/5pl for a TD with 2:40 left for the 20-0 final.

Teams with extra time to prepare for Georgia Tech’s option usually do well and Virginia upended #12 GT which had been off to its best start since 1966. UVA had 407-296 yd and 21-17 FD edges. UVA went 73/4pl and 45/12pl for TD’s on their first 2 poss to lead 14-0. GT got a 32 yd IR TD to pull back to 14-14 with 8:24 left in the half but UVA went 72/10pl and 21/8pl (after int) for a TD and a 36 yd FG and led 24-14 at the half with a 272-154 yd edge. GT opened the 3Q with an 85/19pl drive for a TD, 24-21 but punted on their next 3 poss and UVA took over at their 23 with 5:58 left in the game and would get 5 FD’s on the 69/13pl drive taking a knee at the GT6.

USF had a 339-253 yd edge vs Connecticut and tied a school record with 7 sacks. It was Skip Holtz’s return to CT where he was HC from 1994-’98. USF QB BJ Daniels, however, fumbled a shotgun snap at the UC16 and UC rec’d it. USF missed a 46 yd FG and Daniels was intercepted at the UC19 with 4:39 left in the half and CT led 6-3. With the score 10-9 USF fumbled and UC returned it 10 yards for a TD to take the lead 16-10. USF missed a 44 yd FG after a 52/10pl drive and was intercepted at the UC38 with 9:46 left. USF was SOD on 4&7 at the UC24 with 2:23 left and CT got 1 FD & ran out the clock.

Marshall benched QB starter Rakeem Cato and AJ Graham hit just 11-22-99 yards but rushed for 129 yards on 20 carries and was the team’s leading rusher. Rice finished with a 361-328 yd edge. Marshall went 69/1pl and 87/11pl for TD’s, 14-0 and Rice went on 43 and 50 yd drives for 2 FG’s, 14-6 at the half. Rice battled back to take a 20-17 lead. MAR rec’d a fumble at the Rice25 but was intercepted at the 8 with 11:42 left and after 4 punts, Rice fumbled at their own 23 with 3:31 left. MAR converted on 4&10 and went 23/5pl to get a 4 yd TD run by Martinez with 1:49 left to take the lead. Rice was SOD at their own 33 on 4&13.

Dan Herron returned to the lineup for Ohio St and rushed for 114 yards. Braxton Miller hit just 1-4 passes for 17 yards as the Buckeyes kept it on the ground but his only completion was a 17 yd TD pass to Jake Stoneburner to put the Buckeyes up 17-7. OSU did not throw its first pass until 7:22 mark in the 2Q. Illinois had a 285-228 yd edge and OSU went 45/10pl for a 43 yd FG to open and the next 9 poss resulted in punts. At the half OSU had a 105-95 yd edge. UI was intercepted and returned 37 yards to the 12 and Herron got a 12 yd TD run on the next play, 10-0 early 3Q. OSU rec’d a fumbled at the UI22 and on 3&5 got a 17 yd TD pass to Stoneburner 17-0. UI went 80/15pl for a 3 yd TD pass. UI’s last drives ended on an int at the OSU20 (from midfield) and a 41/8pl drive that was SOD at the OSU16 with 1:11 left.

Colorado was last in the Pac-12 in TD passes allowed while Washington was #1 in the conference in TD passes. Keith Price had 4 TD passes in the 1H as UW rolled up a 379-104 yd edge and led 44-10. UW scored on all 6 poss in the 1H. Price was pulled with 1:05 left in the 3Q and on Nick Montana’s first ever snap as a UW QB, he fumbled setting up a CU36/6pl TD drive which pulled them within 45-24. UW got a TD with 2:32 left for the 52-24 final. CU is a banged up team without top WR Paul Richardson, top rusher Stewart and numerous DB’s.

Michigan St is now 4-0 since the Mike Hart’s infamous “little brother” comment. The Spartans held Michigan’s potent offense to 250 yards and had 333 yards on offense. It was MSU’s first 4 game win streak in the series since 1962. MSU had 6 sacks for 54 yards while the Wolverines had zero sacks. MSU rushed for 213 yards on 39 carries while UM rushed for 82 yards on 36 carries. It was tied at 7 and MSU had a 162-138 yd edge and the Spartans had leads of 14-7 and 21-7. UM got a 34 yd TD pass with 9:49 left then rec’d a fumble but on 4&1 Robinson was tackled for a 10 yd loss. On the next drive Robinson was intercepted and returned 39 yards for a TD to put the Spartans up 28-14 with 4:31 left to clinch it. UM was SOD at their own 46 with 3:18 left and the Spartans ended the game at the UM 21.

Matt Simms made his first start of the season for Tennessee and hit 6-20-128 and 2 int. It was the 2nd straight backup QB LSU has now faced. The key play of the game happened at the end of a scoreless 1Q. UT was at the LSU42 when Simms threw into the EZ and was intercepted and returned 89 yards to the 5. That set up an LSU TD and a 7-0 lead. LSU then got a 10 yd PR setting up a 36/7pl drive for a TD to lead 14-0. It was 17-7 at the half. LSU had 3 poss in the 2H. They went 66/12pl, 99/16pl for TD’s to put them up 31-7. After Tenn was SOD on 4&7 at the LSU35, the Tigers went 65/10pl and on 4&3 got a 14 yd TD pass with 1:35 left. UT which had run for negative yards vs both Florida and Georgia rushed for 111 yards on LSU.

The Penn St/Purdue game was played in a heavy wind as were many games in the Midwest. At the end of the half, PSU on 3&10 threw a TD pass where the rec caught the ball in both hands and had both feet down but it was punched away and ruled incomplete. PSU settled for a FG, 10-6. PSU led 20-12 and was at the PU23 when a pass into the EZ was tipped into the air bouncing off both the DB and WR and their feet and it was returned 50 yards and PU got a TD to pull within 20-18. PSU got a 98 yd KR and their KR Powell just flipped the ball towards the ref but was called for a 15 yd pen which took the ball from the 3 back to the 18 and PSU settled for a 29 yd FG. PSU finished the game at the PUR5 taking a knee.

Northern Illinois/Western Michigan was a close game at the half. In fact, WM led 15-10 when they missed a 47 yd FG with just :38 left in the half which would have put them up 18-10. NI got a couple of big passes and nailed a 36 yd FG and only trailed 15-13 at the half. NI’s run game took over in the 2H and they finished with 494 yards rushing and a 697-324 yd edge. NI scored on their first 6 drives of the 2H to blow it open 51-15 and got back into the MAC West race.

In the 1H Tulane had a 229-184 yd edge but UTEP led 31-7 and rolled a 44-7 win. TU was intercepted setting up a UTEP 25 yd TD drive. UTEP went 92/9pl for a TD to tie it at 7. Down 21-7, TU had a punt blocked and rec’d for a TD then TU went 78/14pl and was intercepted in the EZ. TU was intercepted at the UTEP26 and returned 27 yards setting up another FG and trailed 31-7 at the half and UTEP got a 66 yd TD pass on the 2nd play of the 3Q to put it away.

Shovels of dirt were being thrown on Florida St after their 3rd straight loss but they dominated Duke with a 481-289 yd edge as EJ Manuel returned to the starting lineup but hit just 9-14-239. The game was tied 3-3 when FSU went 60/2pl for a TD then after a 26 yd PR went 64/4pl and 95/7pl for TD’s to blow it open, 24-3. At half they had a 286-106 yd edge. Duke recovered a pair of onside kicks in the 2H and got within 34-16 but a 3rd onside kick was recovered by FSU and the Seminoles went 39 yards for a TD in just 4 plays.

UCF actually had a 184-144 yd edge vs SMU in the 1H but allowed a 47 yd PR setting up a 19 yd TD drive and also allowed a 92 yd PR TD by Richard Crawford so they trailed 17-3 at the half and never got within 14 points the rest of the game.

As expected, the Miami, Oh/Kent St game was a low scoring defensive struggle. KSt finished with a 244-166 yd edge. KSU was intercepted in the EZ on the final play of the half, missed a 43 yd FG and only led 3-0. MU’s TD “drive” was 30 yards and came after kick catch interference and a personal foul for 30 yards in pen’s on a punt set them up at the KSt30. Later they got a safety for their other points. KSU’s final drive got to the MU33 where were SOD.

Texas had a 24-21 FD edge vs Oklahoma St but the Cowboys had a 420-370 yd edge. UT controlled the ball for 39:18 but had trouble punching it in. UT was SOD on 4&3 at the OSU32, settled for a 34 yd FG after a 10pl drive and trailed 21-10 at the half. Each team got a 100 yd KR for a TD to open the 3Q, 28-17. UT pulled within 28-24 but then gave up a 74 yd TD run with 4:14 left in the 3Q to fall down 14 pts. UT on 4&3 had an open receiver but was caught inches short of the EZ on 4th & gl. UT was sacked & fumbled at the OSU43 and intercepted at the OSU47 on their final 2 poss.

Brandon Ogletree had a big game forcing TO’s on 3 straight poss with an interception and 2 FF but BYU only turned those poss into 3 pts. Thanks to a 51 yd IR TD BYU and Oregon St were tied at 14 at the half despite BYU having a 222-141 yd edge. BYU was up 21-14 when OSU turned it over those 3 times and 24-14 after. OSU got a TD to pull within 24-21 but BYU got a TD with 10:39 left and then OSU missed a 48 yd FG and BYU went 69/6pl for a TD with 3:37 left to make it 38-21. OSU went 63/16pl getting a TD with :23 left for the 38-28 final.

Eastern Michigan got a big outright upset. They blocked a punt and returned it for a TD in the 3Q to go up 28-13 and that lead stood until Central Michigan got a TD with 3:36 left to pull within 28-20. CM then went 70/10pl and got a TD and 2 pt conversion with 1:09 left to tie it and apparently avoid the upset but EM got a 14 yd pass and a 20 yd run by QB Gillette followed by a 30 yd TD run by Gillette with :37 left to retake the lead. CM got down to the EM28 but was intercepted at the 4.

Memphis led East Carolina 10-7 at the half thanks to recovering a fumble in the EZ for a TD as EC had a 218-99 yd edge. EC got a 24 yd IR to the 9 setting up a TD to take its first lead 14-10 with 10:57 left in the 3Q. EC then went 89/7, 70/6pl and 65/7pl for TD’s to take command 35-10. Memphis got a TD with 5:12 left but EC ran off the final 5:12 getting 3 FD’s to the MEM31.

Temple set a school record rushing for 400 yards vs Buffalo and dominated with a 458-155 yd edge getting their 2nd straight shutout. RB Pierce set the single season rushing record with his fifth straight 100 yard game rushing for 152 yards and also became the career leading rusher and even backup Matt Brown had 120 yards.

Kansas St had another outright upset, this time over Texas Tech. KSU got a 24 yd IR TD early and then added a 100 yd KR for a TD 14-13. They missed the xp but Coach Snyder, unlike some other coaches in college ball (Lane Kiffin) doesn’t go for 2 unless needed and KSU would score 3 TD’s in the 2Q and 3Q and not once did Snyder go for the odd 2 points which helped the Cats stay ahead by 7 at the end of the game. At half TT actually led 28-20 with a 389-94 yd edge and had 2 FG’s blocked. KSU got a TD on the last play of the 3Q to take a 34-31 lead and would not relinquish it and KSU in the 4Q was SOD at the TT27 and missed a 31 yd FG. TT got a 19 yd FG with 2:32 left then rec’d the onside kick but on 4&4 fired incomplete from the KSU47 and the Wildcats remain unbeaten.

As you can see by the 49-7 final, Nevada dominated New Mexico with a 598-257 yd edge and in fact NV went on long drives on almost every poss. They fumbled at the NM22, were SOD at the NM27, and were intercepted at their own 47 but scored TD’s on their other 4 1H drives and had a 318-136 yd edge. NV scored TD’s on their first 3 poss of the 3Q and then went on a 12pl drive and had a 21 yd FG blocked with 1:10 left. NM only scored after trailing 49-0 with the backups in.

Alabama’s Trent Richardson may have had a Heisman moment vs Mississippi with a 76 yd TD run where he had 4 players cornering him on the sidelines at the end of a run, stopped and started up again and got the TD. Richardson rushed for 183 yards. Alabama actually gave up a 59 yd pass on the 3rd play of the game and Miss got a TD 2pl later for a stunning 7-0 lead. The Rebels had 72 yards on that drive and 69 yards the rest of the game as Bama finished with a 615-141 yd edge in their dominating 52-7 win.

Stanford turned the ball over 3 times all year but had 2 TO’s in the 1H vs Washington St. As usual, SU struggled a bit in the 1H, in fact the FD’s were even at 8 and SU only led 10-7. SU would score TD’s on 3 of their first 4 2H poss to go up 31-7. WSU was SOD on 4&8 at the SU9 with 10:31 left. SU went 91/12pl getting a TD with 4:26 left to make it 38-7. WSU gave Jeff Tuel the start as he returned from his collarbone inj but they brought in Marshall Lobbestael and he guided the Cougars 80/12pl for a TD with :14 left to make it 38-14 but Montgomery returned the ensuing KO 96 yards for a TD on what turned out to the be the final play of the game and SU won by 30.

Things did not look good for Virginia Tech early as Wake Forest had a 10-0 lead and a 122-2 yard edge after 1Q but VT would dominate the 2Q with 3 TD’s, the 3rd coming after WF was intercepted at their own 27 with :30 left in the half and VT went for it on the last play of the half and got a TD run by Thomas. VT had a 207-41 yard edge in the 2Q and opened the 3Q with an 80/6pl drive for a TD and rolled to a 38-17 win with a 473-320 yard edge.

Troy led 10-3 in the 3Q but ULM dominated statistically with a 523-126 yard edge. ULM was SOD at the Troy20 and 21 and Troy was intercepted at the ULM18 and after a fumbled punt, was SOD at the ULM1. Troy still led 3-0 after a 20 yard FG when ULM took over with 1:01 left in the half and went 58/7pl for a 34 yard FG, 3-3. ULM fumbled another punt and Troy got an 11 yard TD run to go up 10-3 with 11:18 left in the 3Q. ULM then dominated after that and finished the game with a commanding 523-126 yard edge and 20-9 FD edge and rolled to a 38-10 win.

A 14 point swing was huge in the Northwestern/Iowa game as NU had 495-378 yard and 29-17 FD edges but lost by 10. Trailing 3-0 they had a 1st & goal at the 8 when Persa was intercepted and returned 98 yards for a TD and instead of taking the lead, they trailed 10-0. At the half NU had a TOP edge of 20:58-9:02 and a 13-6 FD edge but trailed 17-7. They rallied to tie it at 17 but Iowa got their first 3rd down conversion of the game on their next drive and scored TD’s on their next 2 poss while NU missed a 47 yard FG and NU then fumbled at their own 20 setting up an Iowa 40 yard FG to blow it open 34-17. IU rec’d a pair of onside kicks, converting one into a 24 yard TD drive and ended the game at the NU9 up by 10.

Auburn and Florida both came in with major questions at QB and none of the questions were answered. Seven different players took snaps at QB. UF #2 QB Driskell was ? coming in and obviously not 100% but he was brought into the game in the 2H after Jacoby Brissett started and hit 5-10-45. AU starting QB Barrett Trotter has now lost confidence and hit 2-8-33 with Clint Moseley and Kiehl Frazier also seeing action. UF fumbled 2 punts setting up a 32/3pl TD drive and 22/6pl drive for a FG which was the majority of AU’s offense. UF had a couple of long drives end in settling for short FG’s then at the end were SOD at the AU16 after an 11 pl drive but AU finished with a 278-194 yard edge.

Ohio had a 3-0 TO deficit. Just before half, trailing 10-7 OU was intercepted and returned 34 yards to their 8 and Ball St got a FG on the last play of the half to go up 13-7. OU trailed 23-20 and was intercepted at the 18 with 13:27 left. They fumbled at the BSU36 with 5:27 left. They went 71/12pl and settled for a game tying 41 yard FG to put the game in OT but missed it with :36 left.

Toledo had 456-343 yard and 21-19 FD edges vs Bowling Green. Matt Schilz came in leading the MAC with 16 TD passes but was held to 1. UT missed a 41 yard FG and on the last play of the 1H with the score tied, BG faced a 4&25 and just threw the ball up for grabs in the EZ into a crowd of 9 players and BG’s WR Jordan grabbed it out of the air for the TD and an improbable 7-0 lead. UT led 21-14 when BG was SOD on 4&1 at the UT7. UT appeared to out the game away as they got a 59 yard pass then a 29 yard Williams run on 3&1 put them up 28-14 with 1:34 left. Booboo Gates returned the ensuring KO 88 yards for a TD with 1:20 left to get BG back in it. UT recovered the onside kick and took a knee.

A couple of blocked FG’s cost Navy a win and Rutgers from extending their lead in the last 5:00. RU had 423-305 yard and 22-15 FD edges. RU missed a 52 yard FG, fumbled at the Navy2 at the end of a 75/10pl drive but Navy was SOD at the 5 at the end of a 68/12pl drive. 2pl later Navy had a 16 yard IR TD to tie it at 7. RU was SOD at the N32 and had a 221-187 yard edge but Navy led 14-7 at the half thanks to a 54 yard TD run by Proctor. Navy extended it to 17-7 but RU went 52/6pl for a TD and then 66/7pl with a 3&9, 20 yard TD pass to go up 21-17. Navy got a 41 yard FG to make it 21-20 then had a 34 yard FG blocked with 4:50 left. RU got to the Navy24 but had a 41 yard FG blocked with :24 left.

Mississippi St had a slight 296-289 yard edge but 3 long drives in the 3Q only produced 3 points and they needed a safety on the final play of the game to make it look closer vs South Carolina. It was the Gamecocks first game without QB Stephen Garcia and first road start for Connor Shaw who hit 20-28-155 yards. Tyler Russell started for Miss St and hit 11-29-165. At the half SC was intercepted in the EZ with 4:06 left and intercepted at the 1 from the MSU41 with :12 left. In the 3Q, MSU went 52/9pl and missed a 40 yard FG. They went 44/7p land missed a 53 yard FG then went 70/11pl and settled for a 22 yard FG with 3 long drives only producing 3 pts, they only led 10-7 and SC went 79/12pl for a 4 yard TD pass with 3:50 left. MSU got to the SC32 but was intercepted at the 12 and on 4&13 SC ran out the clock taking a safety on the final play and to win by 2. The win was costly for SC as they lost LY’s SEC Frosh of the Year, Marcus Lattimore, for the season (knee).

The New Mexico St/Idaho game was a deceptively high scoring game as most of the scores were set up by special teams and short fields. NMSU got a 20/1pl TD pass after recovering a fumble to go up 14-0. Then after NMSU fumbled the punt at their 6, ID got a TD 3pl later, 14-7. NMSU got a 100 yard KR TD to go up 21-7 and it was 21-10 at the half with 10 punts in the 1H. For the game the two teams combined for 17 punts. ID got a 64 yard PR TD in the 3Q and NMSU drove 29/5pl after an interception for a TD. ID got a 95 yard KR TD to get back to 28-24. NMSU went on a 69/8pl drive and settled for a 20 yard FG with 13:11 left. ID fumbled at the NMSU31 with 12:37 left but took over with 8:23 left and went on an apparent game tying TD drive. From the 8 they went 91/18pl but on 4&gl from the 1 fired incomplete with :21 left.

North Texas vs Louisiana. UL got 2 FD’s and fumbled at their own 31. NT got 1 FD and nailed a 24 yard FG, 3-0. UL got a 65 yard pass to the 9 and a TD 2pl later, 7-3. 2 punts. NT went 68/7pl and got a 2 yard TD run by Dunbar, 10-7. UL16 on 4&1 was SOD at its own 25. NT started at the UL25 but had a 47 yard FG blocked. UL went 66/5pl and got a 25 yard TD pass to take the lead, 13-10 (8:57 2Q). 2 punts. NT31 went 34/9pl but fumbled at the UL35 with 2:01 left. At half UL did have a 200-124 yard edge. The 3Q opened with 2 punts. NT went 31/10pl but on 4&9 missed a 42-yd FG at the UL26. 3 punts. UL got 1 FD then a 44 yard TD pass to Surgent, 20-10. 2 punts. NT was intercepted and returned 11 yards to their 31. UL on 3&3 got a 24 yard TD pass to go up 27-10 with 8:55 left. NT went 3 & out and UL went 50/10pl getting a 31 yard FG with :44 left for the 30-10 win.

Utah St was 0-6 in Bulldog Stadium since 1980 but was still a slight favorite last Saturday vs Fresno St. USU opened strong with an 87/7pl TD drive. Fresno St went 68/12pl but on 2&gl fumbled at the 6. USU got a 36 yard pass to Leeuwen then on 2&12 a 59 yard TD run by Turbin made it 14-0. FSU went 84/5pl for a TD. USU went 64/7pl and missed a 35 yard FG and FSU went 80/11pl for a TD to tie it, 14-14. USU got a 52 yard KR and went 48/2pl with a Smith, 46 yard TD run, 21-14 (11:24 2Q). FSU got 2 FD’s and fumbled at the USt44. 3 punts. FSU got a 40 yard PR to midfield but on 4&1 was SOD. At the half USU had a 305-272 yard edge. The 3Q opened with 2 punts. FSU went 58/9pl for a 39 yard FG, 21-17. USU went 62/18pl for a 31 yard FG and it was blocked on the first play of the 4Q. FSU went 80/8pl and got a 23 yard TD pass on 3&14 with 11:54 left to lead, 24-21. USU on 3&10 fumbled at its own 23. FSU converted on 4&2 and then on 3&7 got a 9 yard TD run by Rouse, 31-21. 2 punts. USU went 44/11pl but their 53 yard FG hit the crossbar with 1:05 left.

UAB got 1 FD and punted. Tulsa went 64/8pl for an 18 yard TD pass. UAB went 3 & out. TU got 2 FD’s but on 4&1 were SOD at the 19. UAB went 3 & out. TU got 2 FD’s incl a personal foul to move down to the 22 on a 53/7pl drive but settled for a 30 yard FG, 10-0. UAB went 83/3pl with a 66 yard TD pass on 2&15, 10-7. TU got 1 FD and was intercepted at the UAB45. UAB went 55/3pl with a 45 yard TD pass by Nelson. Pass interference on 3&5 had given them the FD the play before and UAB led 14-10 (14:02 2Q). TU fumbled at their own 40 and UAB got a 20 yard FG on 4&gl at the 2, 17-10. TU went 72/9pl for a 15 yard TD pass with 2:46 left in the half to tie it. They took over with :49 left and got a 68 yard pass to the 12 and a 12 yard TD pass two plays later for the lead, 24-17 (:22). UAB got 2 FD’s on a 33 yard drive and got a 49 yard FG on the final play of the half, 24-20. TU fumbled at the UAB41 to open the 3Q then went 57/12pl for a 44 yard FG. TU went 55/11pl for a 22 yard FG, 30-20. 3 punts. TU got 1 FD then a 47 yard TD run by Douglas made it 37-20. 2 punts. UAB got 2 FD’s to the 41 but was intercepted and returned 41 yards to their 17. TU got 1 FD but on 1st & goal from the 4 fumbled. UAB went 82/16pl and was intercepted in the EZ for a TB with 2:46 left on 3&10. TU got 1 FD and took a knee.

Wyoming allowed 63 points vs Utah St the week earlier and Dave Christensen challenged his D in practice and then again at halftime. The Cowboys came out and allowed just 3 FD’s in the 2H vs UNLV. WY opened with an 80/5pl drive for a TD then after an int went 43/6pl for a TD and 2 poss later went 64/8pl and led 20-0 after 1Q. WY fumbled the punt at their own 29 setting up a UNLV TD and UNLV went 65/6pl for a TD to pull within 20-14 at the half and WY only had a 187-183 yard edge. The Cowboys had a 168-75 yard edge in the 2H getting a 24 yard FG at the end of a 12pl drive on their opening poss and then getting a 76 yard PR TD to lead 30-14 after 3Q’s and rolled to a 41-14 win.

Oklahoma only had a 335-246 yard edge at the half but in the 2H would hold Kansas to 6 total yards offense and went from a close game where they led just 27-17 to outscoring them by 20. Each team went 3 & out and OU, after a 33 yard PR, went 35/4pl for a TD, 7-0. OU went 68/11pl for a 36 yard FG, 10-0. KU got 1 FD then C Jeremy Hatch was inj’d and out for the game. On the next play on 4&1 KU got a 56 yard TD run on an option, 10-7. 2 punts. OU fumbled at their own 25 and KU got a 36 yard FG, 10-10. OU went 70/9pl for a TD and an 8 yard TD run made it 17-10. Broyles got a 15 yard PR and OU got a 57/1pl TD pass to Broyles. Broyles had 13 catches for a school record 217 yards and became the NCAA’s all-time career leading receiver. KU went 77/9pl for a TD and only trailed 24-17 (3:43 2Q). OU went 65/13pl for a 19 yard FG. The 3Q opened with 3 punts. OU went 44/6pl but Broyles fumbled into the EZ for a TB at the end of a 19 yard rec. OU went 51/12pl for a 27 yard FG to lead 30-17 (4:05 3Q). KU punted 20 yards and OU went 33/6 for a 20 yard FG, 33-17. KU went 3 &out and OU went 85/6pl for a 43 yard TD pass, 40-17. KU was SOD at their own 34 but OU was intercepted at the 28. Broyles got a 36 yard PR 4pl later and OU went 36/5pl getting a TD with 3:53 left to extend the margin to 30.

Boise St dominated Colorado St with 32-11 FD and 742-231 yard edges. BSU took its first poss 69/7pl for a TD then went 79/2pl with a 65 yard TD run by Martin. BSU went 38/8pl but was SOD on 4&3 at the CSU17. After partially blocking a punt, BSU went 52/1pl with a TD pass to Shoemaker, 21-0. BSU went 61/6pl for a TD, 28-0 and at this point, CSU had 0 FD’s. CSU got their first FD and fumbled and BSU went 33/4pl for a TD. CSU went 73/2pl with a 27 yard TD pass making it 35-6. BSU went 65/8pl but fumbled at the CSU13 and CSU went 87/5pl for a TD to make it 35-13 (4:01). 2 punts. BSU went 64/9pl and missed a 25 yard FG. At half BSU had a 476-147 yard edge. Hendrick came in at QB and BSU faked a punt on 4&6 on it first poss and went 80/9pl for a TD. BSU went 66/2pl for a TD. After an int, BSU went 17/4pl for a TD, 56-13. BSU got a 64 yard PR to the 10 and brought Southwick in at QB and went 10/2pl for a TD, 63-13. CSU got 3 FD’s and punted and BSU was SOD at the CSU29 (7:41). CSU was SOD at the BSU26 with 4:13 left and BSU got 2 FD’s. It was just the 2nd time in school history that BSU had over 700 yards offense.

Arizona St was playing without LaMichael James and then lost QB Thomas at the start of the 3Q. Oregon fumbled on their opening drive and ASU went 36/4pl for a TD, 7-0. 2 punts. After a 23 yard PR, UO went 47/3pl for a TD, 7-7 (7:33 1Q). ASU went 77/7pl for a 25 yard TD pass, 14-7. The Ducks faked a punt on 4&11 and were SOD at the 50 but ASU got 1 FD and punted (13:42 2Q). UO got a 45 yard pass and a 28 yard TD pass on the next play, 14-14. UO was intercepted at their 41 and returned to the 20 but ASU settled for a 37 yard FG to retake the lead 17-14 (7:52 2Q). ASU15 went 48/9pl to the Duck 37 but Osweiler was intercepted in the EZ as the WR fell down and it was returned 50 yards with just :51 left in the half, in the momentum changing play of the game. UO went 50/3pl with a 12 yard TD pass with :27 left and instead of trailing by 10, they led 21-17 and had a 245-219 yard edge at the half. The 3Q opened with Thomas getting injured and ASU went 67/4pl for a TD, 24-21. UO with backup QB Bennett went 68/6pl for a TD then ASU went 3 & out and UO went 88/5pl for a TD, 35-24. 3 punts. UO went 38/8pl for a 37 yard FG, 38-24. ASU went 57/8pl and had an 11 yard run called back on a hold and settled for a 30 yard FG, 38-27. UO went 58/9pl for a 24 yard FG, 41-27 (9:27). 2 punts. ASU5 took over with 4:19 left and went 87/12pl and had a 1st & goal at the 8 but was intercepted in the EZ for a TB with :42 left.

Clemson needed a big comeback to get past Maryland on the road but did finish with a 576-468 yard edge. CU opened with a 94/14 play drive for an 18 yard FG. CU fumbled the punt at their own 9 and MD got a TD 2pl later. 2 punts. CU was intercepted and returned 46 yards for a TD meaning MD had 9 offensive yards on their 2 scoring “drives” but led 14-3. CU got a 70 yard KR by Watkins and went 30/4pl for a TD, 14-10. MD answered with a 70/7pl TD drive, 21-10 then went 60/7pl for a TD, 28-10 with 8:38 left in the half. CU27 went 73/10pl for a TD, 28-17. At the half CU had a 283-183 yard edge. MD opened the 3Q with a 78/8pl drive for a TD, 35-17. CU went 3 & out but MD went for the throat and a pass was intercepted and returned 29 yards to their 15 and CU got back in it. On 3&8 they hit Watkins with a 13 yard TD pass, 35-24. MD11 went 80/10pl with a 27 yard FG, 38-24. CU38 got a 55 yard run by Ellington who finished with 212 yards but settled for a 23 yard FG on 4&6, 38-27. CU went 70/3pl for a TD, 38-35 and CU went 80/12pl for a TD and the lead, 42-38 but MD34 went 66/13pl for a 32 yard TD pass on 3&10. The drive including a 4&1 conversion and MD retook the lead with 7:35 left, 45-42. Watkins got an 89 yard KR TD, 49-45. Watkins claimed the CU record with 345 all-purpose yards. MD was SOD on 4&9 at the CU41 and after 1 FD Ellington broke off a 44 yard TD run with 3:55 left to make it 56-45. MD got 1 FD but on 4&36 fired incomplete from their own 24. CU gained 9 yards to the 15 where the game ended.

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