Week 8 News & Notes (Part 1)
Louisiana had a commanding 20-6 lead vs North Texas and a 285-184 yd edge but NT, after a 27 yd punt, got a 2pl, 34 yd td to pull within 20-20 then got a FG for the lead, 23-20 with 11:44 left. UL tied it with 3:01 left on a 47 yd FG but on the key play of the game, on 3&8, NT QB Thompson threw a screen pass to Jimmerson who broke 2 huge tackles and raced 78 yards for a td with 1:54 left to deliver NT the win. UL fumbled at their own 32 on the next play.
SMU had an amazing 4 def td’s vs Houston but lead the game big. UH finished with a 30-20 FD and 560-384 yd edge. SMU’s first defensive td came with 1:03 left in the 1H to put them up 28-14. UH fumbled the opening KO and SMU returned it 20 yds for a td to make it 35-14 and after a 10 yd IR td, SMU had a commanding 45-14 lead. Later SMU led 59-28 when UH on 4&10 got a 49 yd td pass then got a 75 yd IR td to pull within 59-42 but SMU drove 75/15pl for a td then got a 36 yd IR td to close the scoring with 2:39 left. UH then gained 60 of their yards and 4 FD’s on their final drive.
Things did not start out well for Oregon. Arizona St DT Will Sutton blew up a play on the 2nd play of the game forcing a fumble and Arizona St got a 28 yd td pass on the next play to lead 7-0. Barner got a 71 yd td run 2pl later 8-7. ASU went 56/7pl and missed a 33 yd FG and that was the end of their chances. UO went 74/14p, 78/15, 6/3 (after int), 80/2, 86 yd td run by Mariotta and 1 yd (after int) for a 43-7 lead with 11:33 left. Much as they’d done all season long, UO put the offense away after that and did not score a point in the final 41:33. They brought bkp QB Bennett in on the first series of the 3Q and ASU got a 36 yd IR td with 9:33 left and went 77/11pl for a td with 4:47 left. Their final drive went 72/10pl getting to the Duck 8 giving them some garbage yards. UO’s D is actually in the top 5 of the NCAA in yards per play allowed when they are leading by 28 or less during the game.
Paul Pasqualoni returned to Syracuse 8 years after he was fired. Connecticut played a good game in the 1H as they trailed just 13-10 when SU went 77/7pl with a 41 yd pass to the 2 setting up a td. At half, SU only had a 189-169 yd edge. Perhaps the key play of the game came on 3&7 on their first drive of the 3Q. SU got a 68 yd pass to Lemon to the 4 and a td on the next play. SU went 41/10, 70/8, 51/7pl for 2 FG’s and a td on their next 3 drives, 40-10. For the game Connecticut had -6 yards rushing on 18 carries due to the fact when they trailed they went out of their offensive gameplan and QB Whitmer hit 23-41-296. While SU only had a 21-18 FD edge, they did have a 502-290 yd edge.
Bowling Green’s defense continues to impress as they had allowed just 10 ppg the previous 3 and they held Massachusetts to 118 yards in a 24-0 shutout win on the road. It was the first shutout by a Falcon D in 8 years. Surprisingly BG only had 282 yards offense in front of 10,846 fans at Gillette Stadium where the NE Patriots play. UM was 1-16 on 3rd down. After a 16 yd PR, BG went 35/7pl for a td with 5:12 left in the 1Q and the next 8 poss were punts and BG only led 7-0 at the half. The first four 3Q poss were punts and BG went 74/7pl for a td, got a 48 yd IR td then after an int, drove 34 yards for a 42 yd FG for a 24-0 lead with 10:11 left.
Wisconsin’s offense continues to thrive since they switched their OL schemes early in the season. They rushed for 337 yards vs Minnesota with James White rushing for 175 on 15 carries and Montee Ball 166 on 24 carries. Ball looked like a shell of himself at the start of the year but the last 2 games looked like last year’s Heisman Trophy finalist. UM surprisingly started Philip Nelson, a true frosh getting his first action in Madison. He had a decent game hitting 13-24-149 and rushed for 67. Max Shortell had hurt his knee the week before and MarQueis Gray had a sprained ankle. UW was able to claim the Paul Bunyon Axe. Joel Stave hit just 7-15-106. It was actually 7-6 after 1Q and just 14-6 at the half with UM missing a 51 yd FG on the final play of the half. UW went up 24-6 but UM went 66/9pl and got a td with :12 left in the 3Q to pull within 11. The Badgers then went 60/11pl for a td, after an int went 44/3pl for a td and UW was SOD on 4&2 at the UM 39 with :54 left and had 24-12 FD and 443-245 yd edges.
Rutgers had a misleading final last week vs Syracuse and had a semi misleading final vs Temple this past week. TU led 10-0 at half with a 142-110 yd edge. RU scored 5 td’s in the 2H with many on a short field and finished with a 17-9 FD edge and 371-191 yd edge. TU was trying to upset a ranked team for the first time since 1998. TU had 35,145 on hand, their 3rd largest in Lincoln Financial Field but RU had plenty of red-clad fans that made the trip down the New Jersey turnpike. TU was SOD on 4&1 at the RU21 on their opening drive and got a tipped pass for a td on their 3rd drive, missed a 48 yd FG but RU had an 8pl drive end on a 4&1 at the TU18. In the 2H RU went 75/6pl and 89/8pl for td then after an int went 49/7 for a td, after a partially blk’d punt, 26/5pl for a td then added a 20 yd IR td with 10:51 left for the 35-10 final.
Ohio St was playing with revenge and a huge favorite but was rather fortunate to escape especially after Braxton Miller was lost at the start of the 4Q with the Buckeyes trailing 20-14. OSU needed a late td and 2 pt conversion to force OT and won there, led by bkp QB Kenny Guiton. Guiton hit 6-11-77 and ran 2x for 2 yards. Purdue did have a couple of big plays. On the first play of the game, Terbush, from his own 17, hit Shavers with a pass to the 40 and he took it the rest of the way for an 83 yd td pass. OSU fumbled at the PU41 and then after OSU scored a td with 5:29 left 1Q, PU got a 102 yd KR td from Hunt who was doing the KR’s in place of their injured star KR Mostert. PU was int’d in the EZ with 8:06 left in the 2Q on 2&gl from the 7 and missed a 52 yd FG and PU had a 182-101 yd edge at the half one week after being dominated by Wisconsin. After OSU took the lead with 7:41 left in the 3Q after an 80 yd drive, PU went 82/8pl for a td. Miller fumbled at their own 37 but PU missed a 34 yd FG. OSU got a Miller 37 yd run but he was inj’d with 1 play left 3Q and missed the rest of the game, being taken by ambulance to a hospital. OSU missed a 50 yd FG then pinned at their own 1 was called for illegal blk in the EZ for a safety with 10:11 left and trailed 22-14. OSU’s chances appeared doomed when on 3&13 from their own 34, Guiton was int’d at their own 15. They got it back with just :47 left and Guiton guided OSU 61/7pl for a td and 2 pt with :03 left and OSU scored a td in OT. On 4&5 PU fired incomplete. PU had a 347-342 yd edge and 16-15 FD edge.
Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch passed for 222 and rushed for another 231 yards vs Akron and NI had a 528-199 yd edge and 28-15 FD edge. At half NI had a 266-127 yd edge and the key play of the game happened with :19 left in the half. NI was clinging to a 13-7 lead when on 3&7, Lynch ran 15 yds for a td with :19 left in the half. That gave them momentum into the 2H and they went 72/10pl for a 29 yd FG. After Akron punted, NI went 59/8pl for a td then 74/7pl and on 4&2 got a 35 yd td run by Lynch to open it up to 37-7 with 11:09 left.
Virginia finished with a 15-12 FD edge and 301-213 yard edge but had some tough plays go against them and ended up losing by 6 at home to drop their 6th straight game. In the 1H UVA had a 169-114 yd edge but trailed as Wake Forest had 2 big plays. They got a 60 yd PR to the UVA16 and then a 16 yd td run on their first offensive play made it 7-0. The 1H was a punt fest but UVA missed a 34 yd FG. UVA went 72/13pl and got a td with just :20 left to tie but WF ret’d the squib kick 20 yds and a personal foul moved it ahead to the UVA45. They hit a 41 yd pass to the 4 with :06 left and got a 22 yd FG to take momentum into the lockerroom, 10-7. WF opened the 3Q with a 55/9pl drive for a 44 yd FG and took their 3rd poss 30/10pl for a 24 yd FG after UVA fumbled the punt at their own 37. UVA got a 30 yd FG on their next poss but was int’d at the WF5 on 2&1 from the 34 with 8:51 left. UVA punted with just 2:56 left on 4&23 after getting to the WF40. WF went 3 &out punting with 2:01 left and UVA used all their time-outs but then UVA fumbled the PR at their own 43 and WF took knee.
Navy trailed the majority of the game vs Indiana and was outgained 417-353 but beat a Big Ten opponent for the first time since 1979. Navy got a crucial IR td with 2:52 left 1H trailing 17-7 and only trailed 20-14 at half despite being outgained 269-120. They took their second 3Q poss 81/11pl for a td and the lead but UI went 58/13pl for a 30 yd FG, 80/9pl for a td and led 30-21 with 12:18 left. Navy went 74/16pl. On 4&gl from the 1 they actually opted for an 18 yd FG since they were down 2 scores to pull within 30-24. They then forced an IU punt with 4:48 left and Navy went 72/9pl and got a 4 yd td run with 1:54 left for the lead. Two plays later they got an int at the IU42 and took a knee.
Tough loss for Western Michigan vs Kent St. WM finished with a 476-384 yd edge. On Kent St’s first drive they fumbled at the end of a reception but a helmet to helmet contact personal foul was called and instead of spotting it back on the line of scrimmage, they actually gave them the rec, forgot about the fumble and a personal foul moved it ahead to the WM22. That set Kent St up for a 22 yd td run on the next play. With 2:40 to go in the 1Q WM was at the Kent St 30 and there was a very questionable fumble. The refs had told WM Coach Cubit they would review it but never did and KSU got the snap off and continued on for a score. At the half WM had a 282-190 yd and 15-8 FD edge but trailed 17-7. They took their first 2 drives of the 3Q 68/11pl and 47/9pl for td’s and at this point in the game, had a 397-202 yd edge but Kent went 74/10pl getting a 3&13, 17 yd td pass, 85/5pl for a td and led 34-24 with 6:32 left WM was at the Kent St 15 trying to get back within 1 score but fumbled and Batton returned it 85 yards for a td in a misleading 41-24 win for Kent.
South Carolina was playing its 3rd straight tough game in a row after hosting Georgia, traveling to LSU and now traveling to Florida. Texas had played Oklahoma St, W Virginia and then had to travel to Oklahoma and was blown out. South Carolina turned the ball over early but the game was never in question in the 2H. The amazing stat is that in the 1H UF had 29 yards and 2 FD’s but led 21-6 but they seemed in control from start to finish and in fact, Coach Muschamp was highly upset at some questionable calls in the 1H. UF sacked Connor Shaw on the very first play of the game and he fumbled and UF recovered at the 2 and got a td. They forced SC to punt but an extremely questionable roughing the snapper call on 4&16 gave SC a FD. You are supposed to wait :01 before contacting the LS, which they did, the UF defender simply pushed the LS on the shoulders, which is legal and he fell down and it was a 15 yd penalty and crucial as SC would continue on thanks to that FD and get a 35 yd FG. Later UF had a sensational 41 yd td catch by Omarius Hines but a chop block wiped it out and they would punt. SC fumbled a punt and UF went 29/6pl for a td then fumbled the KO and UF went 1 yd for a td. At the end of the half, UF got an int on 3&4 but the refs ruled that UF lined up offsides giving SC a FD and they got a 51 yd FG. UF controlled the 3Q going 59/10pl for a td then 36/6pl for a 42 yd FG and 42/7pl for a 6 yd td pass to lead 37-8. Trailing 37-8 SC went 69/10pl for a 30 yd FG. A surprise was that Spurrier had turned to bkp QB Thompson for the entire 2H. At the end of the game UF was at the SC 19 taking a knee.
The big story of the Rice/Tulsa game was that QB Cody Green was a late scratch and Kalen Henderson hit just 8-23-201 while rushing twice for 6 yards. Also out for Tulsa was RB KR Tre Watts, with he and Green being the top players on the team in total offense accounting for 1,937 yards prior to this game. Rice with Sam McGuffie blocked a punt and returned it for a td early and Rice finished with a 21-16 FD edge although TU had a 436-393 yd edge. TU was SOD on 4&2 at the Rice 26, missed a 32 yd FG and trailed 21-14 at the half despite a 316-183 yd edge. Rice was int’d at its own 28 and TU got a td pass on the next play late 3Q. Rice got a 35 yd FG with 9:24 left to lead 24-21 and then TU only got off a 14 yd punt on 4&5 and Rice missed a 36 yd FG with 2:55 left. A huge play happened when Douglas on FD ripped off a 75 yd run to the Rice5. Singleton’s 1 yd td run 2pl later gave Tulsa their first lead of the game, 28-24 with 1:31 left. Rice was pinned at its 7 after the KO and on 4&10 gained 9 yards and Tulsa took a knee at the Rice16 at the end.
Ball St only had a 464-446 yd edge vs Central Michigan but got the road win. Trailing 14-10 CM got off a 14 yd punt and BS got a 40 yd FG to lead 17-10 and BS took over with 3:17 left in the half and went 53/9pl for a td to lead 24-10 with a 257-191 yd edge. CM fumbled and BS went 41/7pl for a td. The next 3 poss were all td’s as CM pulled within 38-23 with 11:45 left but CM punted on 4&10 from its own 7 and BS added a 32 yd FG with 3:00 left. CM went 79/7pl getting an 18 yd td pass with 1:32 left and BS recovered the onside kick.
Last year a much stronger Stanford team barely got past California. Cal is somewhat of a head case this year as when you expect them to do well, the do bad. When they don’t get any credit, they do well. I had expected them to play a good game vs SU but they were mauled. They were outFD’d 23-12, outgained 475-217 and SU led 21-3 at the half and there was no scoring in the 2H of the game. SU fumbled at the Cal 47 and missed a 40 yd FG. The next drive they had an incomplete pass wiped out by Def holding, which was crucial and SU got its first offensive td on the road in 29 poss on a 34/6pl drive following a 37 yd PR, 7-0. Cal got a 28 yd PR to the SU25 and on 2&18 a 31 yd screen to the 2 but settled for a 25 yd FG, 7-3. SU went 75/3pl for a td and then after a Cal fumble at their own 20, SU got a 20 yd td pass on the next play to lead 21-3. SU missed a 34 yd FG with 3:57 left. At the half SU had a 301-84 yd edge. The first 7 poss of the 3Q ended in 5 punts and each team was SOD around midfield. SU was int’d at the Cal7 and Cal went 78/13pl but on 4&11 were SOD at the SU5 with 5:14 left as SU went 76/9pl ending the game at the Cal19.
Paul Johnson fired DC Al Groh during the bye week and promoted Charles Kelly to interim coordinator and tried to simplify the scheme. Georgia Tech did have a 563-296 yd edge and 30-15 FD edge vs Boston College but actually only led by 14 before getting a td with 4:49 left in the game which came 9pl after a 4&15 roughing the punter gave them a FD and BC was int’d at the GT10 with 4:29 left. GT deserved the 20 pt win as they had a 22 yd FG blk’d and on their first 4 poss went 88/10p, 90/13, 63/11 and 57/10pl for 3 td’s and that blk’d FG. They got a 45 yd td run to lead 28-3 and missed a 28 yd FG. BC missed a 53 yd FG on the final play of the half but GT had a commanding 407-123 yd edge. BC fumbled to open the 3Q and GT went 20/9pl for a 32 yd FG then missed their 3rd FG of the game, this one from 41. BC went 76/5pl, 63/8pl to get back to 31-17 early 4Q before the roughing the P pen that allowed GT to win by more than the experts thought. As mentioned, BC got a FD pass to the GT29 but was int’d at the 10 with 4:28 left.
TCU/Texas Tech both had great D’s statistically coming in but neither was as good as their stats. They played a wild one that went 3OT’s and the game had many ebbs and flows. TCU led 17-7, TT led 36-26 and Seth Doege has a chance to perhaps jump to the front of the Heisman chase doing exactly what Collin Klein did last week. Keep in mind Klein took on the Heisman leader Geno Smith and outplayed him and now Klein is the frontrunner. Doege has already engineered an upset of Smith and he could knock off Klein this weekend, but let’s get back the TCU game. TCU frosh QB Boykin hit 26-44-332. TT trailing 17-7 went 75/4pl for a td and after TT went 51/7pl for a td with 3:28 left in the half, TCU went 52/11 to pull within 21-20. At the half TCU had a 245-172 yd edge. TCU was int’d at the TT8 then went 46/7pl and settled for a 32 yd FG and then got a 45 yd FG for a 26-21 lead early 4Q. After each team punted TT went 80/10 for a td and 2pt conv for the lead then went 62/4pl for a td and the 10 pt lead. TCU went 74/6 for a td with 2:25 left, forced a punt with 1:20 left, went 56/9pl getting the game tying 42 yd FG with :18 left. TT on 2&9 fired incomplete in the 1OT but roughing the passer gave them a FD and they got a td 2pl later. In the 3OT TCU settled for a 38 yd FG and Doege, on 2&8, got an 8 yd td pass.
As expected, Michigan/Michigan St was a low scoring defensive struggle with UM having a 327-304 yd edge. The Wolverines ended a 4 game losing streak to their “little brother”. UM was so happy that fans stormed the field at the end. Andrew Maxwell outpassed Denard Robinson hitting 21-34-192 while Robinson hit 14-29-163. Robinson did have 96 rushing (Maxwell -10). Robinson had just 17 yards rushing in the 1H. The Spartans had a chance to put the game away late but settled for a FG. MSU missed a 38 yd FG in the 1H and trailed 6-0. The Spartans opened the 3Q with an 80/10pl drive for a td, 7-6 (7:19 3Q). MSU was int’d at the UM43 and the Wolverines went 54/10pl getting a 21 yd FG for the lead. MSU got 1 FD then faked a punt on 4&9 for a FD to midfield and went 90/18pl. On the 1 yd line they settled for a 19 yd FG, a td might have clinched it. Each team punted and UM took over at their own 38 with 2:00 left and got 3 FD’s and got a 38 yd FG with :05 left to pull out the win.
Pittsburgh/Buffalo took place in wind and rain. UB finished with a 334-254 yd edge and 22-13 FD edge. Pitt jumped out to a 13-0 lead but BUF got a 27 yd FG with 4:16 left in the 1H and a 41 yd FG with :12 left to make it 13-6. UB had a 151-123 yd edge. Pitt went 58/9pl on their 2nd 3Q poss to lead 20-6. UB went 49/13pl but faked a 42 yd FG and were SOD. UB went 51/9pl but on 4&9 fired incomplete at the Pitt34. UB went 75/18pl but on 4&gl from the Pitt7 gained 2 yds on the final play of the game. That last drive did help give them the yardage edge for the game.
USF had a 386-384 yd edge and appeared to end Louisville’s undefeated season as they got a td with 3:09 left to lead 25-21. The key play probably happened late 3Q. Lindsey Lamar appeared to score on 1&gl but the official ruled him down at the 1. Amazingly a penalty on UL helped them. Now generally on offsides the officials do not blow the whistle and on 4&gl BJ Daniels pushed into the EZ for the easy td with 2:21 left but officials called UL offsides and negated the td moving the ball another inch closer to the goal line. This time Daniels kept the ball and was stopped, which would be a crucial series. USF trailed 21-10 but got a td with 8:02 left, forced a punt and went 89/7pl for a td with 3:09 left. UL took over at their 25, got 2 FD and on 3&10 a FD, a PF moved them to the 11 and they got an 11 yd td.
Zac Stacy became Vanderbilt’s all-time leading rusher and had 169 yards vs Auburn as VU moved to 3-4 to keep their bowl hopes alive. Auburn was all but eliminated from bowl contention and Gene Chizik’s hotseat grew a little hotter. VU finished with a 382-212 yd edge and 19-13 FD edge but Auburn had their chances at the end. AU took their opening drive 75/16pl for a td but VU was -3 in TO’s and also was SOD on 4th down a few times. VU ran a fake punt on 4&8 from their own 44 and ran the option and fumbled and Auburn rec’d (they would have been short anyway). AU got a 27 yd FG on the 8pl drive and VU was SOD at the Aub 48 with 3:42 left and this time AUB went 52/5pl for a td and the lead. VU took over with 1:21 left in the half and went 64/11pl getting a 30 yd FG to tie it at 10. VU opened the 3Q with an 86/7pl drive for a td. 4 punts. AUB49 went 28/7pl for a 40 yd FG, 17-13. VU fumbled at the AUB48 but then went 45/6 and fmbl’d at the AUB33 with 2:24 left. AUB got to the VU41 but on 4&13 fired incomplete.
Oklahoma St had a commanding 625-341 yd edge vs Iowa St and 28-16 FD edge but left some points off the board which made this one a little closer than it should have been. OSU was off a bye and playing with revenge vs Iowa St, the team that knocked them out of the National Title game the year before. OSU’s leading rec Isaac Anderson and Tracy Moore were out with inj’s but Charlie Moore had 129 yards on 8 catches. JW Walsh hit 32-47-415 and surprisingly ISU opened going 75/9pl for a td and took their 3rd drive 56/7pl for a 41 yd FG to lead 10-7. OSU went 72/12pl but settled for a 20 yd FG then got a 74 yd td bomb to Moore to go up 17-10. OSU got to the ISU18 but fumbled at the 3 with 5:31 left in the half and only led 17-10. OSU missed a 44 yd FG at the start of the 3Q but after an int drove 49/7pl for a td to lead 24-10. OSU fumbled at the ISU14 with 3:53 left 3Q then drove 55/9pl and missed a 51 yd FG. They went 76/5pl for a td and ISU had a chance to get back to 2 td’s going 59/13pl but on 4&14 gained 4 yds to the OSU16 with 5:19 left and the Cowboys got 3 FD’s running to the clock.
Eastern Michigan picked up its first win of the season as Tyler Benz hit 19-31-369 and last week’s start RB Bronson Hill continued his strong efforts with 185 yards on 26 carries. He had 283 yards the previous week vs Toledo. Trent Steelman had a career high 212 yards on 16 carries, the first Army player to top 200 yards since 2008 and the first QB to do so since 1986 when Tori Crawford accomplished it. EM took their opening drive 68/3pl for a td and Army had some punt snap problems as they punted and EM took over at the Army13 after a bad snap and went 13/5 for a td. Steelman’s 73 yd td run got Army back to 21-17 and EM was int’d at the 1 but after an Army punt, went 93/11 and on 4&gl got a 1 yd td with :07 left in the half. At half EM had a 350-242 yd edge. After EM got a 70/13 drive for a 34 yd FG, 31-17 lead, Steelman had a 75 yd td run to quickly made it 31-24. It was 45-31 when EM got a 23 yd FG with 4:26 left. Army went 72/8pl for a td with 2:15 left, rec’d the onside kick but on 4&10 gained 1 yard.
Tajh Boyd for Clemson hit 12-21-164 and had 1 int vs Virginia Tech. CU tied a school record with their 11th straight home victory, something they last accomplished in 1989-’91 and also did from 1937-’42. CU was outgained 406-295 and outFD’d 23-15. VT went 58/6pl for a td then 69/15pl but on 4&1 were SOD. VT was int’d at the CU41 but then had a punt go off the PR’s hit and CU went 26/6pl for a td with 9:30 left in the half to make it 10-7. The key play of the game happened when VT was at the CU47 and on 3&12 Logan Thomas threw a wobbly pass that was int’d and ret’d 74 yds for a td to give CU a 17-10 lead. The 3Q opened with 5 punts then CU went 52/7pl for a 12 yd td run, 24-10 then 47/3pl for a td, 31-10. VT got a td with 9:42 left to pull within 14 but ran a double pass from their own 37 and was int’d. CU went 40/9pl and got a 1 yd td run on 4&gl with 1:20 left for the final.
FIU got its starting QB, Jake Medlock, back last week and vs Troy he hit 18-29-316 yards. Troy lost its starting QB last week at the end of the 1H. Deon Anthony got the start and hit 29-41-245 and also rushed for 115 for Troy. Medlock tossed his first int in 203 attempts stopping his school record streak. FIU blew a big lead. Troy finished with a 27-20 FD edge and 432-428 yd edge. Things did not look good for them. FIU led 24-14 at the half and then it was 37-21 with 7:57 left 3Q and Troy was int’d at the FIU17. Troy then went 59/6pl for a td. FIU on 3&16 fumbled and Troy went 67/7pl for a td, 37-35. Troy punted their next 2 poss but took over with 2:06 left and went 69/6pl and got a 42 yd FG for their first lead with :11 left to pull out the win.
UTSA had a 17-13 FD edge but San Jose St led 28-0 getting a FR td and 58, 56 and 36 (after fmbl) yd td drives. It was 38-10 at half and SJSt had a 258-210 yd edge and coasted.
Team’s playing a 3rd straight tough game have struggled. Texas was blown out by Oklahoma after facing OSU and WV the previous 2 weeks. Last week SC coming off UGA and LSU, got blown out. LSU appeared on its way to a blowout as they were losing 12-0 late 2Q vs Texas A&M but Johnny Manziel’s Aggies turned it over a couple times and LSU got back in the game before the half to gain momentum and would win 24-19 allowing a late A&M td to make it that close. A&M had a 410-316 yd and 26-18 FD edges. Zach Mettenberger hit 11-29-97. The 87,425 was the 5th largest crowd in Kyle Field history. A&M took their opening drive 75/12pl for a td, 2nd 66/11pl for a 31 yd FG. A&M got a 50 yd FG with 7:24 left in the half but Manziel was int at the LSU39 up 12-0 and LSU went 58/7pl for a td. A&M got 1 FD and on 2&5 got a 5 yd run by Malena but he fumbled at the end with :46 left in the half. LSU went 41/6pl and got a 24 yd td pass with :11 left for momentum. The 3Q opened with 3 punts. A&M was int’d on a deflected pass but LSU missed a 54 yd FG. AM missed a 52 yd FG with 13:32 left and LSU went on a 55/12pl drive settling for a 28 yd FG. A&M got a 76 yd KR but missed a 33 yd FG with 7:33 left. A&M was int’d at the A&M47 and LSU got a 47 yd td run by Hill on the next play to make it 24-12. A&M went 80/11 for a td with 1:17 left but LSU rec’d the onside kick.
TOUGH LAST SECOND LOSSES
Nebraska could have won a lot easier than the final as they had 543-301 yd and 26-14 FD edges. Of course, the story of the week was Pat Fitzgerald giving his Northwestern team nap time at 9:00 am as opposed to their regular nap time which occurred in the afternoon. Big plays helped Northwestern lead 21-10 in the 3Q. Neb settled for a 27 yd FG after a 65/8pl drive. NW fmbl’d the punt but a PF on Neb overturned it. Neb fmbl’d 2 punts in the 1H, the first at their own 14 setting up a NW td and the 2nd at their own 38. Neb fmbl’d at the NW22 and only got off a 16 yd punt with 4:03 left 1H and NW converted on 4&1 to cont on a 52/8pl getting a 26 yd td pass to lead 14-10 at the half. NW got an 80 yd td run by Mark on 2&10, 21-10. Neb went 47/9pl and on 4&3 was SOD at the NW38. Neb got a td w/1:09 left in the 3Q but NW got a td w/8:31 left to lead by 12. Neb went 80/10pl and 76/6pl for td’s with 2:02 left for the lead. NW missed a 53 yd FG with 1:10 left
Florida Atlantic led South Alabama for most of the game and had a 461-359 yd edge but missed FG’s did them in. FAU went 64/8pl and 80/8pl on their first 2 poss to lead 14-7. They got a 23 yd FG on the final play of the 1H to lead 17-14 but had a commanding 258-135 yd edge. FAU opened the 3Q with a 53/6pl drive but had a 39 yd FG blk’d. They led 31-17 at the start of the 4Q and SA got a td with 5:45 left to pull within 7. SA went 85/9pl with a 4&7 PI keeping their next drive alive and got a td with 1:09 left. FAU drove for the game winning 32 yd FG but it was blk’d as time expired. Each team got a FG in the first OT but FAU had a 44 yd FG blk’d in the 2OT and SA got a 35 yd FG for the win.
WKU had 449-385 yd and 26-19 FD edges and appeared in control most of the game as they led 28-7 in the 2Q. Jakes hit 25-32-308 for WKU and ULM’s Browning 22-41-308. Leading 28-14 WKU was SOD on 4&1 at the ULM36 with 1:07 left 1H. ULM went 64/8pl and got a 30 yd Hail Mary on the final play, 28-21. ULM faked a 20 yd FG and was SOD at the WKU3 in the 3Q but WKU fmbl’d at the ULM10 at the end of an 87/10pl drive. Early 4Q WKU’s P went to a knee to pick up the ball and was ruled down which was like a blocked punt and that set up ULM for the game tying 46/7pl drive for a td. 2 punts. WKU went 64/10pl and got a 2 yd td run with 2:29 left but ULM went 90/7pl and got a 12 yd td pass with :31 left to force OT. Each team scored a td and ULM went for 2 and got it.
Maryland had 22-17 FD and 462-347 yd edges vs NC State despite losing QB Perry Hills. Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe combined to hit 5-6-97 in his place as Hills was inj on an int at the NCSt16 with :43 left 1H. MD trailed 10-3 at half despite a 200-156 yd edge. MD went 44/8pl for a td but had to chase a missed xp then failed on a 2 pt conv and trailed by 2. They got a FG with 13:39 left to lead 18-17 and forced 2 NCSt to punts with 9:39 left but MD had a FD at the 50 but fmbl’d on the fist play when they were trying to run the clock out. NCSt fired incomplete at the MD44 with 3:34 left. MD came up a yard short on 3&4 and punted and NCSt got a 43 yd FG with :32 left for the lead. With Rowe at QB, MD got 3 FD and then ran the ball in dead middle of the field to set up an easy 33 yd FG. Craddock’s kick had the distance but banged off the upright and MD came up short.