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


Teams have success in their first game with an interim HC which was the case on Thursday night. Arizona scored 6 TD’s on six 1H possessions and had a 416-177 yard edge. New HC Kish installed the old Arizona (Double Eagle) Flex D as they led 42-7 at the half and increased it to 48-7 in the 4Q before UCLA scored the game’s final 5 pts. UA finished with a 32-15 FD edge. Four UA and 6 UCLA players’ were suspended by the Pac-12 for all or part of the next week’s games after a fight before half.

Purdue was in control almost the entire game vs Illinois. They went 91/13pl for a TD with 3:25 left in the 1Q then went 88/9pl for another TD and after recovering a fumble went 14/4pl for a TD and led 21-0 at the half with a 229-129 yard edge. The 3Q opened with 8 punts before IL got a TD with 8:12 left and added another TD on a 12pl drive with just :54 left but PU rec’d the onside kick.

Kentucky had a depleted backfield including top rusher Clemons who was ruled out for the season. Williams ran for a career high 148 yards vs FCS member Jacksonville St. JSU RB Washaun Ealy is a UGA transfer who led the Bulldogs in rushing last year and had 120 yards on 16 carries. UK led 21-0 and 31-7 en route to their 31-14 lead.

Oklahoma St only had a 27-26 FD edge but in the 2H Missouri had 2 interceptions and lost a fumble at the OSU4 when threatening to make a game of it. Missouri was also SOD at their own 46 in the 2H. Trailing 38-24 MO got to the OSU35 but was tipped and intercepted and their next drive they were intercepted again and were returned to the MO43 with 3:38 left and OSU tacked on a 12 yard TD run 7 plays later for the 21 pt final margin.

USF blew some opportunities vs Cincinnati. At the end of the half, they had a 1&gl at the 2 and were stuffed for no gain with :20 left but they let the clock run down to :02 and took a 20 yard FG. USF still stormed to a 27-17 lead after 3Q’s but UC battled back to lead 30-27. USF got a TD with 1:27 left for a 34-30 lead but UC, led by Zach Collaros, would go 70/7pl and got a 2 yard TD run by Collaros on FD with :12 left. USF got a 20 yard run by Daniels but then when surrounded he did the lateral play and UC recovered.

Buffalo deserved better than the loss to Northern Illinois. The Bulls had a 33-15 FD edge and 572-328 yard edge. BUF settled for a 31 yard FG and missed a 38 yard FG in the 1H. In the 2H they were intercepted at the 20, fumbled the punt at their 33 setting up a short NI TD drive, were intercepted at the NI17 but at the end got the game tying TD with :14 left to make it 31-31 or so it seemed. The xp was wide left and instead of OT, they had a loss.

Tajh Boyd tied a school record with 5 TD passes and Kourtnei Brown had an IR and FR TD’s on the D, the first DL to score a pair of TD’s in a game in 57 years. UNC had a 6-1 TO deficit. The game was tied at 10 when Clemson drove for a TD then 2 poss later Brown got his IR TD to make it 24-10. CU would expand it to 59-24 but UNC got the game’s final 2 TD’s with 7:38 and 2:19 left in the game.

Western Michigan led Eastern Michigan 10-7 but gave up a TD with 7:46 left. WM went 66/7pl. On 4&gl from the 1 with 4:56 left they were SOD and EM got 2 FD’s and on 3&11 their QB ran 14 yards for a FD to clinch it.

Wake Forest jumped out to a 17-3 lead vs Duke but in the 2H Duke would run 38 plays to 6 and held Wake to 1 total yard and stormed back a play after Duke settled for a 19 yard FG to lead by 6, 23-17, WF got a 66 yard TD pass from Price with 6:52 left. Duke got to the WF40 but their 4&7 pass was incomplete and on their final drive started at their 28 but were intercepted at the 42 on the only play.

TCU had a 515-85 yard edge but New Mexico actually fumbled on their first 2 possessions setting up the Frogs for 22 and 24 yard TD drives, staking them to a 14-0 lead, not like the Frogs needed any help. It was 41-0 at the half and 55-0 after TCU blocked a punt for a TD and the Frogs, after a 24 yard punt with 2:55 left, even added a 33/6pl drive for a TD for the 69-0 win.

NC State DB David Amerson got his school record tying 8th interception and is #1 in the NCAA in that category. All the talk for NCSt is about the departed Russell Wilson but Mike Glennon hit 20-36-231 yards and on the season is completing 144-229 for 1717 yards with a 19-6 ratio. NCSt had a 345-249 yard edge in a game that was dominated by punts (comb for 17). At 14-7 NCSt got a 79 yard TD pass but on the next pay UVa got a 60 yard TD pass to pull within 21-14 but the game was decided when Amerson got a 12 yard IR TD with 6:08 left for the 28-14 upset.

Ohio had a 30-18 FD edge vs Akron and 556-249 yard edge. OU was intercepted at the UA12, settled for 24 and 27 yard FG’s and only led 13-3 at the half. They went on a 91/14pl drive and settled for a 23 yard FG then a fumble was returned to the OU5 and on 4&4 UA got a 4 yard TD pass to pull within 23-10. OU extended it to 37-13 and AU, in the final 5:00, went 74/9pl and on 4&gl got a 6 yard TD pass with 2:11 left to make the final somewhat respectable at 37-20.

Virginia Tech had a 482-272 yard edge vs Boston College. VT settled for a couple of FG’s in the 1H and actually trailed 7-6 but opened the 2H with 60, 89 and 56 yard TD drives to lead 27-7. BC got a 4&6, 7 yard TD pass with 9:08 left and VT went 74/11pl but settled for a 24 yard FG with 3:43 left on 4&2. BC fumbled on the next play and VT got a FD at the 9 and ran 1 more play before taking a knee.

Oregon was without QB Thomas and RB LaMichael James but still rolled to a 29-0 lead after 1Q and dominated with a 527-231 yard edge with Colorado’s only score coming when UO’s PR went backwards and was tackled for a safety. Not getting as much publicity but equally important was that CU was missing a dozen starters including RB Stewart and WR Richardson who accounted for 60% of their yards from scrimmage on the season. They then lost SS Perkins and KR Godson to inj’s in the 1Q.

LSU was without star CB Mathieu and top rusher Ware but still dominated Auburn. They did only lead 7-3 when AU punted with 6:57 left in the half and LSU would get 42 and 46 yard TD passes, the first by Jefferson and the 2nd by Lee both to Rueben Randall for TD’s to pull away 21-3. LSU extended it 45-3 with AU going on an 86/10pl drive for a garbage TD with 2:22 left.

Miami has now beaten Georgia Tech 3 straight times by a combined score of 92-34. GT came in averaging 517 yards offense but was held to 211 although their D held UM to just 262 total yards. With the score 7-0, GT fumbled a punt into the EZ and UM fell on it for a TD. GT went on a 92/20pl drive and got a TD with 1:02 left in the half when UM got an important drive. Knowing GT was going to get the ball out to start the 3Q, UM returned the KO to the 46 and would go 46/3pl getting a TD with :25 left in the half to go up 21-7 and retake the momentum.

In the 1H Nevada went on a 78/11pl drive but settled for a 22 yard FG and then went on a 73/9pl drive also settling for a 22 yard FG. With 6:47 left in the game, UNR got a TD to go up 37-24. Fresno St went 59/3pl to get a TD with 6:00 left but UNR went 80/7pl and got a TD with 2:12 left, this time 45-31 with a 2 pt conv. FSU had a 3rd & 10 and fired incomplete into the EZ but pass interference gave them a FD at the 2 and they got at he TD 2pl later. UNR recovered the onside kick and FSU used both their final time-outs RB Ball took a 3&1 run, broke a tackle, then broke a couple more tackles for a 15 yard run down field but was brought down at the 18 and they took a knee. Cody Fajardo threw for 313 yards for the Wolf Pack as UNR piled up 581 yards and 29 FD’s.

Boise St’s Chris Petersen took the opposite approach of TCU’s Gary Patterson by not prepping for Air Force’s option during the offseason. BSU only had a 423-408 yard edge and only led by 1 score with 1:00 to play. They were taking on AF’s banged up D and in the 1H did fumble at the AF10 yard line, up 7-0. A key play happened with AF trailing 13-7 when they faked a punt from their own 31 and fumbled and BSU scooped it up and returned it for a TD for some margin and it was 20-10 at the half. It was 27-20 with 9:47 left when BSU went 69/10pl for a TD with 5:07 left. AF got a TD with 3:31 left to get back within 1 score but BSU rec’d he onside kick and got a 25 yard FG with :42 left to clinch it. Kellen Moore tied Colt McCoy for most career victories by a starting QB (45).

Case Keenum became the FBS’s career leader in total offense but Houston’s win over Marshall was not as easy as the final score. Marshall had 2 long TD drives and the game was tied at 14 before UH scored on 3 straight drives for TD’s to go up 35-14. MU went 77/14pl but on 4&gl at the 1, lost 2 yards on the final play of the half. MU opened the 3Q with a 79 yard drive for a TD to trail 35-21. UH, leading 42-21, got a 20 yard IR TD and then MU went 67/12pl but was intercepted again and returned 69 yards. UH went 20/4pl for a TD to close it 56-21 and each team brought in backup QB’s after that.

Tulane fired Coach Bob Toledo and Memphis pulled the upset. UM did have a 200-178 yard edge at the half and led 14-10. TU drove for a TD to open the 3Q, 17-14 and was driving again to go up 2 scores when they were intercepted and returned 79 yards for a TD and UM led 20-17. UM blocked a punt setting up a TD to go up 26-17 but missed a 46 yard FG and fumbled at the UM24 and despite a 459-289 yard TU edge, UM won 33-17.

For the 2nd straight week it was the tale of two halves for Alabama. At half, thanks to a 52 yard FG that just snuck over the crossbar and inside the upright, Tennessee tied it at 6 and Bama only had a 157-114 yard edge. Bama had a 282-41 yard edge in the 2H with UT getting zero FD’s in the 2H. Bama’s first 10 plays of the 3Q either went for a FD or a TD. They not only led, 37-6 but their 2nd last poss was SOD on 4&gl at the 1 when they could have gone up by 38 and UT was SOD at its own 8 with Alabama taking a knee at the end.

Joe Paterno tied Eddie Robinson’s record with his 408th career win on Saturday night. Silas Redd rushed for 164 yards and when Paterno tied Bear Bryant with 323 wins, he also did so vs Northwestern. The QB controversy is over at Penn St as Matt McGloin started and played the entire game hitting 17-26-192 and PSU put up 34 pts. Dan Persa hobbled off the field in the 4Q after injuring his ankle. It was a wild 1H with PSU having a 293-281 yard edge. NU got a 25 yard FG to lead 24-20 with :47 left in the half when PSU on 3&1 got a 42 yard run by Redd to the 12 setting up a TD with :07 left in the half and PSU took the lead, 27-24. PSU got a 63 yard IR to the NU19 early 3Q and Redd’s 19 yard TD run on the next pay gave them a 10 pt lead, 34-24. After the wild offense in the 1H, the next 8 poss were all punts with NU being SOD at their own 12 with 1:54 left on 4&16 and PSU taking a knee.

Florida St won their 2nd consecutive game by the identical 41-16 margin. It took a couple of late scores in the final minute to get here. FSU generally controlled the 1H leading 17-0 missing a 33 yard FG and settling for a short FG when Maryland in the final 2:35 went 75/14pl for a 23 yard FG to pull within 17-3 and close the yardage gap to 256-146. FSU only led 24-10 after 3Q’s but got a 24 yard FG with 10:16 left then a 41 yard TD run by Freeman with 5:57 left to go up 34-10. After a MD punt, FSU went 51/9pl getting a TD with :47 left, 41-10. MD then went 63/3pl getting a TD with :05 left. MD QB Brown rushed for 0 yards on 10 carries after having 286 yards in the previous 2 games and now bkp QB O’Brien led the team to a TD on an 80/6pl drive late 3Q.

ULM/North Texas was much closer than the final score as with a little over 5:00 left in the game, ULM only trailed 24-21 and had the ball but they were sk’d and fumbled and returned 16 yards for a TD. Five plays later ULM was intercepted and 2pl later NT got a 60 yard TD run by Dunbar who became the 25th player in NCAA history to have 3,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving as NT won by 17.

Probably one key for Washington vs Stanford’s offense was keeping pace but they blew some opportunities, got behind and then suffered a costly TO before the half which blew the game open. Polk had 46 and 61 yard TD runs and they trailed just 17-14 but UW had a FD at the 10 called back on a hold, settled for a 46 yard FG and it bounced off the upright. Trailing 31-14, they were intercepted and returned 61 yards for a TD with :56 left in the half to blow it open, 38-14. At the half SU only had a 356-321 yard edge. In the 4Q UW fumbled the KO setting up a SU FG and then was intercepted and SU got a TD with 1:25 left to close the scoring, 65-21. SU did have a dominating 446 yards rushing and 615 ttl yards offense to UW’s 430.

Notre Dame punted on their first 4 drives vs USC while the Trojans got 2 TD’s, a FG and were SOD at the ND36 but the Irish still managed to pull back within 17-10 when they had a 3rd & gl at the 2 yard line about to tie it. Shades of USF occurred when bkp QB Crist (st’r vs USF) fumbled the snap and USC returned it 80 yards for a TD and the Trojans went up 24-10. Down 24-17, ND threw a backward pass and it bounced off the RB’s hands and USC rec’d at the 18 and on 3&6 got a 14 yard TD pass to ice it, 31-17. USC did finish the game at the ND2 and had a 443-267 yard edge.

Jordan Rodgers got his first start for Vanderbilt and while he hit just 10-27 he threw for 186 yards and rushed for 96. Zac Stacy rushed for 198 yards and 3 TD’s. Army lost starting QB Trent Steelman to a leg inj late in the 1H and suffered their 4th str road blowout loss. VU led the game 37-6 before allowing a TD then a 70 yard IR TD which made it 37-21 with 11:52 left. Army used their first time-out with 6:49 left, down 2 scores on 3rd & 5 but VU got a 55 yard TD run by Stacy on the next play to ice it, 44-21 with 6:38 left.

Oklahoma was a massive favorite but there was a 1 hour and 35 minute rain delay and the sitting around in the locker room seemed to affect Oklahoma more than it did Texas Tech. TT opened with a 41 yard KR and went 54/4pl for a 44 yard TD pass, 7-0. OU got a 55 yard run by Finch and on 2&11, a 15 yard TD pass to Stills, 7-7. 5 punts. OU4 went 74/15pl but settled for and missed a 39 yard FG, the first of 2 key FG misses. TT went 78/10pl and on 4&1 they snuck it in for the TD, 14-7. OU fumbled and TT went 69/8pl for a TD and a shocking 21-7 lead (8:56). 3 punts. TT, after a 29 yard OU punt, started at the OU47 and got 2 FD’s and nailed a 40 yard FG, 24-7 (1:26). At half TT had a 329-205 yard edge. OU punted to open the 3Q and TT went 72/4pl for a commanding 31-7 lead. OU then went 70/4pl with a 58 yard TD pass to Stills. Tuberville took 2 chances for TT which appeared to keep OU in the game. They went 69/7pl but on 4&1 were SOD at the OU8. OU got 1 FD and was intercepted on a tipped pass. TT (OU44) punted and Broyles returned it 25 yards. OU went 50/8pl but settled for a 22 yard FG, 31-17 (2:38 3Q). TT faked a punt and came up inches short and OU quickly went 44/7pl for a TD on the first play of the 4Q to pull within 7, 31-24. TT surprisingly answered again going 54/10pl getting a 37 yard FG, 34-24 (12:06). OU went 3 & out again. TT went 74/6pl and the OU crowd was stunned on a 14 yard TD pass which made it 41-24 (7:38). The Sooners still had a chance. They converted on 4&3 then got a 55 yard TD pass on the next play, 41-31. OU forced a punt with 4:22 left. OU started at the TT45 and got 2 FD’s but on 3&10 threw too high in the EZ and would settle for a 28 yard FG to pull them within 1 score but the FG bounced off the upright with 2:52 left. TT20 punted with 1:45 left and OU40 went 60/4pl and got a 22 yard TD pass, 41-38. They brought in 2 kickers for the onside kick but Crawford hauled it in, TT took a knee and got the upset.

California had the situational edge over Utah at home, off a Thursday night loss while the Utes had just traveled to the East Coast and were now on the West Coast. At the half Cal had a commanding 20-0 lead and 223-27 yard edge and it was 34-0 in the 4Q. Utah got a FG and then took over with 3:46 left and got a 64/6pl drive for a garbage TD with 1:06 left which made the stats respectable as Cal had a 389-114 yard edge prior to that drive.

Southern Miss had the situational edge vs SMU as they were off of a bye, at home, in front of a sellout vs an SMU team off a big game with another big game on deck. In the 1H SM only had a 210-174 yard edge but did have a 15-7 FD edge. They scored a TD and a FG in their first 2 possessions to lead 10-0 and they were intercepted at the SMU15 and fumbled at the SMU18 on 2 other drives. It was just 13-3 and SMU had a 3&gl at the 5 when they were intercepted in the EZ. Six plays later SM got a 55 yard TD run with 7:30 left and then 2pl later a 41 yard IR TD with 6:54 left to blow it open, 27-3. SM finished with a 28-14 FD edge.

Navy QB Proctor was injured early but Miller hit 5-12-126 yards and rushed for 36 on 13 carries. East Carolina’s Dominique Davis broke the single game record with 26 straight compl (23, set in 1998 by Tee Martin of Tenn vs S Carolina and later tied by Aaron Rodgers of Cal vs USC). The first 3 drives of the game were 10, 9 and 15 plays but resulted in 2 missed FG’s and SOD and it was a scoreless 1Q. EC finished with a 32-23 FD edge and EC led 17-7 at the half and 31-21 in the 4Q but Navy got a TD on a 37 yard pass from Miller with 7:51 left to actually lead, 35-31. EC got a 77/15pl drive for a TD with 2:14 left. Navy lined up for the game tying 42 yard FG but instead of OT the FG hit the upright.

Mississippi set a school record with 10 straight SEC losses and they’ve actually been in the SEC since 1933. Houston Nutt nearly pulled off another one of his famous upsets as Ole Miss jumped out to 17-0 lead and they led 17-7 at the half with a 250-128 yard edge. Leading 24-17 Arkansas fumbled into the EZ at the 1 and after a 54/9pl drive settled for a 23 yard FG. UM got a TD with 1:23 left and rec’d the onside kick at the 43 but their pass was intercepted at the 40 and almost returned for a TD but Ark was knocked OOB at the 14.

Nebraska was back in Minneapolis for the first time since 1989 and more than 2/3 of the stadium was filled with red-clad NU fans. The game was even a bigger blowout than the final score as at the half NU led 34-0 with a 330-88 yard edge and it was 41-7 when Minnesota took over at their 11 with 9:40 left and went on an 89/16pl drive for a garbage TD with 1:41 left.

Kansas St is off to their best start since 1999 when they won their first 9 games. KSU jumped out to a 21-0 lead over Kansas but it was trimmed to 31-14 at the half. KSU returned the opening 3Q KO 97 yards for a TD then recovered a pair of fumbles and went 8 and 48 yards for TD’s to blow it open 52-14. They led 59-14 when Kansas went on a 72/13pl drive in the final 3:10 getting a garbage 2 yard TD pass on 4&gl with :01 left.

Indiana/Iowa was tied at 14 after each team scored a TD on their first 2 drives. Iowa scored TD’s on all 3 of their 2Q drives to lead 35-14 at the half. Trailing 38-17, Indy was SOD on 4&gl at the 5 and Iowa got a TD with 3:10 left to lead 45-17. Indy went 78/9pl and got a 1 yard TD run with :50 left. Marvin McNutt became Iowa’s career leader in TD receptions with his 3 in the game putting him at 24 in his career as he’d been tied with Tim Dwight and Danan Hughes.

The key for UTEP in their win over Colorado St is the FD’s were even at 18. CSU had a 42 yard FG blocked early and later went on a 41/11pl drive but settled for a 22 yard FG. CSU was at the UTEP23 trailing 14-10 when they were intercepted at the goal line and returned 74 yards to the CSU26. UTEP got a 36 yard FG to lead 17-10 at the half. In the 1H Frazier got a 48 yard TD run and in the 3Q on 2&4 from their own 17, got an 83 yard TD run to make it 24-10. It was 31-17 when UTEP punted 55 yards and it was returned 17 to the UTEP44. CSU got 2 FD’s and were at the UTEP9 but on 4&6 fired incomplete with 2:41 left and UTEP got 3 FD’s and were able to run out the clock.

Middle Tennessee QB Logan Kilgore hit his first 19 passes as MTSU jumped out to a 21-0 lead over Florida Atlantic. FAU did not score any points in their home opener, but finally scored in the 2Q to pull within 21-7. FAU did miss an open receiver on what would have been a TD on their opening drive but MTSU went 63/8pl, 80/10pl and 68/6pl for TD’s to lead 21-0 after 1Q. FAU went on a 10pl drive and had a FD at the MTSU28 but on 4&25 punted for a TB. FAU went 79/5pl and got a 5 yard TD pass with 9:57 to go in the 2Q. FAU fumbled at the MTSU48 but MTSU was SOD on 4&1 at the FAU32. FAU fumbled at the MTSU44 and MTSU drove 48/8pl and on 3&gl from the 8 was intercepted at the 7 with :23 left in the half. FAU fumbled at the MTSU35 early 3Q. 2 punts. MTSU was at midfield and was intercepted at the FAU41 and returned 33 yards to the MTSU26 but FAU returned the favor on the next pay when they were intercepted in the EZ and returned 79 yards. MTSU got a 32 yard FG. 2 punts. FAU fumbled at their own 13 and MTSU got a TD 2 plays later, 31-7. MTSU fumbled at their own 27 (14:23 4Q) and FAU went 27/5pl for a TD (12:59). MTSU went on an 12pl drive but on 4&3 lost 17 yards to the 20. MTSU then went 54/10pl and on 2&1 got a 1 yard TD run, 38-14. FAU fumbled at the MTSU37 on their last drive.

Central Michigan finished with 569-455 yard edge but blew a 20-3 3Q lead. CM went 61/12pl settling for a 45 yard FG. CM went 93/8pl and on 3&10 got a 19 yard TD pass, 10-0. Ball St went 51/9pl. They faked a punt for a FD to the 24 but after a FD to the 19 were intercepted at the 9. CM went 91/7pl and got a 60 yard TD pass on 3&8 and looked firmly in control, 17-0 (10:25 2Q). 6 punts. BS18 got a 46 yard pass with :38 left in the half on the first play and would get 2 more FD’s to get a 25 yard FG to take momentum into the locker room. CM went 46/8pl for a 38 yard FG, 20-3. BS went 88/12pl for a TD, 20-10 (6:42 3Q). CM fumbled and BS went 38/4pl for a TD to get within 20-17 (5:14). BS went 77/5pl for a TD with 1:18 left in the 3Q and the lead, 24-20. CM went 85/8pl and on 3&9 got a 10 yard TD pass, 27-24 (11:45). BS went 60/6pl for a TD, 31-27 (9:41). CM went 56/7pl and they had a FD at the BS27 but fumbled on the play. BS got 3 FD’s and punted with :56 left. CM got 3 FD’s to the BS35 but was intercepted on a Hail Mary.

Sean Mannion threw for a career high 376 yards for Oregon St hitting 26-34 as Washington St’s front 7 put little pressure on him. OSU finished with a 29-19 FD edge and 551-315 yard edge. WSU went 46/11pl but fumbled on 4&2 at the OSU24. OSU got a 37 yard pass on the first play and a 31 yard TD pass 3 plays later, 7-0. OSU went 34/6pl and had a FD at the 16 but on 1st & 25 from the 41 was intercepted in the EZ for a TB. WSU, would start Tuel at QB, went 60/8pl for a TD, 7-7. OSU went 89/9pl for a 12 yard TD pass, 14-7. WSU got a 48 yard pass and a face mask to the 10 and on 2&1 a Tuel 1 yard TD run tied it at 14. OSU went 78/9pl and got a 3 yard TD run, 21-14. WSU got 1 FD and was sacked and fumbled at their own 31. OSU got 1 FD and settled for a 26 yard FG, 24-14 with :30 left in the half. OSU had a 300-193 yard edge at the half. OSU opened the 3Q with a 75/8pl drive for a 25 yard TD pass then went 91/15pl settling for a 25 yard FG, 34-14. WSU was led by Loebestael in the 2H and he guided them 61/9pl for a TD with 11:00 left, 34-21. OSU went 72/7pl for an 18 yard TD pass. WSU on 4&2 at their own 25 fired incomplete and OSU got 1 FD and tacked on a 25 yard FG with 3:31 left, 44-21. WSU got a 55 yard KR to the OSU36 but was intercepted in the EZ with 3:14 left. OSU punted for the first time 4pl later with :55 left.

The first 3 possessions were punts. Hawaii went 67/8pl and on 3&17 got a 24 yard TD pass, 7-0. New Mexico St got 1 FD and UH blocked a punt and rec’d for a TD, 14-0 (1:55 1Q). NMS went 79/4pl with a 47 yard WR pass from Lee to Franklin, 14-7. UH went 43/9pl and missed a 41 yard FG. NM went 45/8pl but was SOD at the UH31. 2 punts. UH went 57/6pl for a 25 yard TD pass. NMS went 64/6pl for a 41 yard TD pass, 21-14 (1:29 2Q). UH went 61/4pl for a TD, 27-14 (xpng). NMS QB Matt Christian hurt his arm and missed a few series. The 3Q opened with 4 punts. UH went 56/7pl and got an 18 yard TD run. NMS had Christian back and went 67/2pl with a 46 yard TD run by Turner, 33-20. 2 punts. UH went 52/5pl for a TD with 11:32 left, 39-20. NMS went 58/6pl for a TD, 39-26 (9:10). UH went 69/5pl for a TD with 6:50 left, 45-26. UH brought in backup QB Graves in with 6:27 left and fumbled with 3:21 left and NMS went 53/8pl and got a 9 yard TD pass on 4&4 with 1:48 left.

Rice QB McHargue threw 2 interceptions and fumbled in Rice’s first 3 possessions and Tulsa went 26, 34, and 6 yards on their first 3 possessions to lead 17-0. Rice went 32/8pl for a 32 yard FG (17-3). TU went 77/11pl but fumbled into the EZ for a TB from the 1. 3 punts. TU took over with 1:12 left in the half and got 1 FD then a 64 yard TD pass made it 24-3 but Rice went 66/6pl and on 2&10 got a 40 yard TD pass to Wilson, 24-10 at the half. TU only had a 226-161 yard edge. TU went 62/13pl for a 35 yard FG to open the 3Q but missed. 2 punts. Rice got 1 FD and nailed a 36 yard FG, 24-13. TU went 43/6pl but on 4&8 from the Rice33 in no man’s land fired incomplete. TU went 80/9pl for a 3 yard TD run, 31-13 (11:41). 2 punts. Rice went 76/10pl and got a 2 yard TD run, 31-20 with 5:47 left but TU went 76/7pl and got a 41 yard TD pass with 2:36 left to go up by 18. Rice got to midfield but fumbled with 1:33 left.

Every week on National ESPN radio on Saturday at 9:15 they ask me for an upset pick and those upset picks have been perfect so far this year – all winning outright. This past week my upset pick was Michigan State. Wisconsin took their opening drive 80/11pl for a TD, 7-0. MSU got a 5 yard gain but fumbled. UW went 30/3pl for another TD, 14-0. MSU got 2 FD’s and punted. UW23 got 2 FD’s to midfield but then Wilson was intercepted at the 25. MSU got a 32 yard run by Bell punted pinning UW at the 5. On 2&13, Wilson was called for intentional grounding in the EZ for a safety. MSU after the free kick went 72/4pl and a double reverse to WR Martin went 34 yards for a TD, 14-9. UW got 3 FD’s but had a 30 yard FG blocked (5:55 2Q). MSU went 80/8pl and got a 35 yard TD pass on 4&2, 16-14 (1:20). UW went 3 &out and MSU blocked a punt and recovered for a TD with :37 left for a 23-14 halftime lead and 213-201 yard edge. MSU got 1 FD and punted to open the 3Q and UW went 58/8pl for a 33 yard FG, 23-17. 2 punts. MSU went 80/13pl and on 3&11 got a 15 yard TD pass and 2pt conversion, 31-17. 2 punts. UW got a 33 yard PR and went 43/3pl for a TD with 8:10 left to pull within 31-24. MSU went 3 & out. UW was intercepted at the MSU39 with 6:54 left but the Spartans went 3 &out again punting with 4:28 left. UW went 87/8pl and got a TD with 1:26 left to tie. MSU got 1 FD but then lost 10 yards. UW Coach Bielema smartly called time-out with :42 left as they had good success on PR’s and came close to blocking some punts and then after MSU gained 12 yards they used their 2nd time-out forcing a 3&8. MSU got a key 11 yard pass with :23 left and then on 3&1 a Hail Mary pass to the EZ was hit in the EZ, caught by Nichol at the 1 and he bowled his way into the EZ. It was originally ruled down but was clearly a TD and the Spartans pulled off the upset, 37-31.