Our game of the week featuring San Diego State at Air Force definitely lived up to the billing with San Diego State prevailing in what was a driving rain storm in Colorado Springs.
There were also three other CSJ Sagarin Top 25 match-ups that were not quite as close but still compelling match-ups. We also started to see conference match-ups and three took extra time to decide a victor.
But the biggest highlight was a hugs G5 victory over a Power 5 teams in UCF (Central Florida) defeating Maryland on the road easily.
While last week’s top ranked G5 CSJ Sagarin team in Memphis won its game, although not easily over FCS Southern Illinois, UCF (Central Florida) by beating a Power Five team supplanted the Tigers in the top spot in this week’s rankings.
Below are these game highlights along with some other key game highlights this week. Click on the scores for a detailed game review and the video link to see highlights.
CSJ Sagarin Top 25 Match-ups
San Diego State 28 Air Force 24 (COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.)
The Mountain West opener for both teams began amid a driving rain and high winds and was interrupted by lightning with 7:56 remaining in the second quarter and Air Force leading 9-0. Attendance was announced at 27,575 at Falcons Stadium during the 1-hour, 28-minute delay.
The delay seemed to help the Aztecs regroup and comeback for a 28-24 victory as it came from behind to gain a 28-24 victory over the Falcons that provided the Aztecs with their first 4-0 start in 36 years.
SDSU scored the decisive points when running back Rashaad Penny broke free down the left sideline for a 53-yard run with 5:39 to play. The SDSU defense than did its part when safety Trey Lomax scored a last minute interception to put the game away.
Penny, who became the 14th player in SDSU school history to go over 2,000 career rushing yards in the game, carried 20 times for 128 yards and three touchdowns. He now has 716 rushing yards on the season with seven touchdowns (nine total with a touchdown receiving and kick returning).
South Florida 43 Temple 7 (TAMPA, Fla.)
Darius Tice rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns as USF beat defending American Athletic Conference champion Temple 43-7 on Thursday night for its school-record ninth consecutive victory. Tice scored on runs of 47 and 3 yards.
The Bulls (4-0) have not lost since falling by 16 points to Temple last October in Philadelphia — a setback that wound up costing them a berth in The American Championship.
Quinton Flowers, coming off accounting for 386 yards and five TDs in a 24-point blowout of Illinois, also ran for two touchdowns to take sole possession of first place on the Bulls’ career rushing touchdown list with 34. USF’s defense, meanwhile, forced six turnovers, including the first three interceptions of the season thrown by Temple’s Logan Marchi.
The Owls (2-2) were held to minus-4 yards net rushing and were outgained 408 yards to 85. Marchi threw for 767 yards, five TDs and no interceptions in his first three starts for Temple, but was just 3 of 13 for 32 yards on Thursday night.
Navy 42 Cincinnati 32 (ANNAPOLIS, Md.)
Quarterback Zach Abey ran for 128 of Navy’s 569 rushing yards in a 42-32 victory over Cincinnati in an American Athletic Conference game Saturday.
Navy (3-0, 2-0) amassed the second most rushing yards in program history, just three yards shy of the record of 572 set in 2007 against North Texas.
Bearcats quarterback Hayden Moore had a 3-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Cogswell on 4th down that pulled them to within 10 points with 6:06 left in the game. Cincinnati (2-2, 0-1) advanced to the Midshipmen’s 11-yard line with just over two minutes remaining, but Tyris Wooten stripped the ball while sacking Moore and D.J. Palmore recovered it to seal the win.
Abey ran for a pair of scores in the second half that helped keep Navy in control. He also had a 19-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Carmona in the first quarter.
SMU 44 Arkansas State 21 (DALLAS, Tex.)
Ben Hicks accounted for three touchdowns, Ke’Mon Freeman had 92 of SMU’s 315 yards rushing and two touchdowns and the Mustangs beat Arkansas State 44-21 on Saturday night.
Hicks had a 7-yard run to cap the scoring and threw touchdown passes of 55 and 49 yards to James Proche, who finished with three receptions for 131 yards for SMU (3-1). Xavier Jones had 19 carries for 146 yards and receiver Courtland Sutton added a 2-yard TD run.
Justice Hansen’s second touchdown pass, a 19-yarder to Mack Blake gave Arkansas State (1-2) a 14-10 lead with nine seconds left in the first quarter. Sutton’s touchdown early in the second put SMU in the lead for good, Freeman had a 35-yard scoring run with 3:32 left in the half and, after the Red Wolves went three-and-out on their next possession, Proche’s 49-yarder made it 30-14 at the break.
Jordan Wyatt’s interception return to the Arkansas State 33 set up Freeman’s second TD run that gave SMU a 23-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
Big Power 5 Upset!!
UCF 38 Maryland 10 (COLLEGE PARK, Md.)
Taj McGowan scored two touchdowns, quarterback McKenzie Milton ran for 94 yards and UCF capitalized on an early injury to Maryland quarterback Kasim Hill in a 38-10 win Saturday.
Coming off a three-week layoff because of Hurricane Irma, the Knights (2-0) used a 21-point run over the second and third quarters to take control against a team trying to adjust to its third different quarterback in three games.
Maryland (2-1) lost starter Tyrrell Pigrome in its season-opening win over Texas before turning to Hill, a true freshman with seemingly enough poise and talent to sufficiently fill the void. Hill finished off the Longhorns and helped beat Towson 63-17 before leaving this game in the first quarter with an apparent leg injury.
He was replaced by sophomore Max Bortenschlager, who went 15 for 26 for 132 yards and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a 57-yard touchdown by Mike Hughes with 5:11 left.
Bortenschlager was also sacked five times.
Almost Power Five Upsets
South Carolina 17 Louisiana Tech 16 (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
For the second straight week, Louisiana Tech found itself trailing late on the road against a formidable opponent — this time in SEC country against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium.
And for the second straight week, sophomore quarterback J’Mar Smith led a long scoring drive that allowed Jonathan Barnes to kick a 25-yard field goal with 55 seconds to play, giving Tech a 16-14 lead.
However, the Bulldog defense which shut South Carolina off the scoreboard through the first three quarters allowed Gamecock quarterback Jake Bentley to scramble 24 yards on a third down play. Bentley then completed a 41-yard Hail Mary to Bryan Edwards, setting up the game-winning 31-yard field goal by Parker White as USC defeated Tech 17-16 before over 71,000 fans.
Wake Forest 20 Appalachian State 19 (BOONE, N.C.)
On a record-breaking Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Appalachian State lost 20-19 against undefeated ACC program Wake Forest.
The Demon Deacons’ first-ever trip to Boone drew a stadium-record 35,126 fans, topping the previous mark of 34,658 set last year during Miami’s visit. It’s also a record in the 23-game series involving App State and Wake Forest, as the crowd of 33,400 in 1987 was the high for the 22 games played in Winston-Salem from 1975-2001.
The sixth lead change of a back-and-forth game occurred on Wake Forest kicker Mike Weaver’s 25-yard field goal with 7:22 left, and the Demon Deacons blocked a 39-yard field goal attempt with five seconds remaining.
Miami (FL) 52 Toledo 30 (MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.)
Senior quarterback Logan Woodside threw for 342 yards but it wasn’t enough for the Toledo Rockets in their upset bid over AP#14 Miami at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Saturday. Toledo (3-1) led at the half, 16-10, but the Hurricanes (2-0) controlled the final 30 minutes on their way to a 52-30 victory.
Woodside completed at least five passes to four different receivers, led by sophomore Diontae Johnson, who had a career-high eight receptions and 66 yards, and senior Cody Thompson, who pulled in five catches for 114 yards. Johnson also tied his career-high with a pair of touchdown receptions. Senior Terry Swanson led the rushing attack with 79 yards.
Toledo outgained Miami in total yards at the half, 296-190, but the Hurricanes out-distanced UT in the second half, 397-133. Junior quarterback Malik Rozier threw for 333 yards and three TDs while running for another to lead Miami. Junior Mark Walton added 204 yards rushing and one touchdown.
Tennessee 17 Massachusetts 13 (KNOXVILLE, Tenn.)
The Massachusetts (0-5) defense kept the Tennessee (3-1) offense unbalanced throughout a near-upset for the Minutemen at Neyland Stadium, but the Minutemen fell, 17-13. UMass totaled 12.0 TFLs – a single-game season-high – from 10 Minutemen combined, led by 2.0 each for Jarell Addo and Da’Sean Downey.
Ohio 27 Eastern Michigan 20 (2OT) (YPSILANTI, Mich.)
Behind two touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Nathan Rourke in overtime, the Ohio Bobcats (3-1) defeated Eastern Michigan 27-20 in double overtime Saturday (Sept. 23) at Rynearson Stadium.
With the game tied 13-13 headed into overtime, the Bobcats won the coin flip and opted to defend. EMU (2-1) scored on the first play from scrimmage, a 25-yard pass from quarterback Brogan Roback to wide receiver Sergio Bailey.
Rourke and the Bobcats were forced to score a touchdown, and they did as Rourke found redshirt senior wide receiver Brendan Cope in the back right corner of the end zone, an eight-yard connection. Then, in the second overtime, the Bobcats converted on third down when Rourke found redshirt freshman wide receiver Cameron Odom for a seven-yard touchdown pass. That would turn out to be the deciding score.
The Ohio defense held EMU to 45 rushing yards a season-low for a Bobcat opponent and stopped the Eagles offense to win the game. On the final three plays of the game, the Bobcats forced three incompletions, the final on fourth and four from the Ohio 19-yard line.
Louisiana-Monroe 56 Louisiana 50 (2OT) (LAFAYETTE, La.)
Caleb Evans rushed for five touchdowns and threw for one in overtime as Louisiana-Monroe managed to hang on for a 56-50 double-overtime victory over Louisiana in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.
Derrick Gore ran straight up the middle from the 8 to score in the second overtime to give ULM (1-2, 1-0) the win after Louisiana failed to get in the end zone and Calvin Linden missed a 39-yard field goal attempt.
Evans rushed for 129 yards and threw for another 343. Gore finished with 85 yards rushing. Marcus Green hauled in eight passes for 117 yards.
Louisiana (1-3, 0-1) scored 21 points in the fourth quarter. Andre Nunez led the Ragin’ Cajuns 84 yards in the final two minutes of regulation to tie it at 43-43 when he hit Ja’Marcus Bradley with a 14-yard touchdown pass.
Nunez, the backup quarterback, threw for 287 yards.
Wyoming 28 Hawaii 21 (OT) (LARAMIE, Wyo.)
A tipped Dru Brown pass was picked off by Cassh Maluia in the first overtime period as Wyoming secured a 28-21 Mountain West Conference victory today over Hawaii.
The Cowboys scored first on a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Allen to a wide-open James Price to take the seven-point lead that would hold up during this exciting league season-opening matchup. The victory leveled Wyoming’s overall mark at 2-2, and reduced Hawaii to the same mark.
Brown completed 29 of 40 passes for 280 yards and one touchdown. He also threw two costly interceptions. Allen was 9-for-19 for 92 yards. Hawaii dominated in this game, but penalties and turnovers cost them a chance at a rare road win in Laramie, where Hawaii hasn’t won since 1991.