Hurricane Irma caused the CSJ Game of the Week to be postponed with Memphis at Central Florida as well as three other games involving G5 teams (Miami (FL) at Arkansas State, South Florida at Connecticut, and Louisiana-Monroe at Florida State) but there still was some great action in Week 2. Five G5 schools defeated Power 5 schools this week after not winning any such match-up in Week 1.
Houston highlighted the G5 vs. P5 wins and moved into the top spot in the CSJ Sagarin G5 rankings after its impressive victory over the Pac-12’s Arizona. San Diego State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Middle Tennessee State picked up the other G5 wins over P5 schools.
Below are these five 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.
Houston 19 Arizona 16 (TUSCON, Ariz.)
Quarterback Kyle Allen threw for 225 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice in his first game for Houston and the Cougars had to hold on to beat Arizona 19-16 in their week-delayed season opener on Saturday night. Houston (1-0) gave Major Applewhite a victory in his head coaching debut a week after the scheduled opener at UTSA was canceled due to Hurricane Harvey.
San Diego State 30 Arizona State 20 (TEMPE, Ariz.)
Rashaad Penny accounted for 353 all-purpose yards and showed off his versatility by scoring three different ways, leading San Diego State (2-0) to a convincing 30-20 victory over Arizona State. The Aztecs ended a 28-game road losing streak to Pac-12/10 teams and has won consecutive games against the conference — with a win over Cal last season — for the first time 1994-95. The Aztecs also ended Arizona State’s 17-game non-conference home winning streak and beat the Sun Devils for the first time in 12 tries (1-10-1).
Central Michigan 45 Kansas 27 (LAWRENCE, Kan.)
Shane Morris threw for 467 yards and five touchdowns on Saturday as Central Michigan ran past Kansas, 45-27, in a nonconference game at the Jayhawks’ Memorial Stadium.
The win was CMU’s second straight over a Big 12 opponent after last year’s 30-27 Hail Mary stunner at Oklahoma State. It also came a week after a lackluster performance in a triple-overtime season-opening win over FCS Rhode Island.
Eastern Michigan 16 Rutgers 13 (PISCATAWAY, N.J.)
The Eagles (2-0) won its first ever game against a Big Ten Conference foe in 39 overall games and this was the first win against a Power-5 school in 59 overall games. Their only other major win was a 30-27 victory over San Jose State in the California Bowl in 1987.
Paulie Fricano kicked a go-ahead 24-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and the Eagles made two late defensive stands to secure the victory.
Middle Tennessee State 30 Syracuse 23 (SYRACUSE, N.Y.)
Middle Tennessee outscored Syracuse 21-10 during a dominant second half to secure a 30-23 road upset here Saturday, giving the Blue Raiders their fifth win against a Power-5 team under Head Coach Rick Stockstill.
The Blue Raiders (1-1) defense allowed just two touchdowns – one in each half – and slowed the high-octane Syracuse offense. Middle Tennessee held Syracuse (1-1) to 308 yards total offense, with 182 coming through the air and 126 on the ground.
New Mexico State 30 New Mexico 28 (ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.)
The Battle of I-25 had its 108th installment between New Mexico State and the University of New Mexico at Dreamstyle Stadium on Saturday night. After forcing a fumble on the very first drive of the game, the Aggie defense continued to stifle the Lobos for three quarters of play. That was until a near comeback by the Lobos in the fourth quarter before the Aggies were able to hold on for a 30-28 victory on enemy territory.
UNM (1-1) put up 23 unanswered points in the fourth quarter which gave NM State (1-1) just a two-point lead, 30-28, with 1:11 remaining in the contest. This would be the final score of the contest as the Aggies set up on offense and ran the ball down the field to take the remaining 71 seconds off the clock to secure the team’s first win in Albuquerque since 2011.
(Also, Rice 31 UTEP 14 highlights below)
Utah 19 BYU 13 (PROVO, Utah)
BYU’s late comeback bid fell short in a 19-13 loss to No. 23 Utah Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
Freshman Ula Tolutau and junior Trey Dye scored their first collegiate touchdowns for the Cougars. Freshman tight end Matt Bushman led BYU with six receptions for 50 yards. Junior quarterback Tanner Mangum completed 21 of 39 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown, with three interceptions.
Top G5 vs. G5 Contests
Army 21 Buffalo 17 (WEST POINT, N.Y.)
A pair of fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns by junior Darnell Woolfolk propelled the Army West Point football team to a come-from-behind 21-17 victory over Buffalo on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium.
The win over Buffalo pushes the Black Knights to a 2-0 mark, while the Bulls slide to 0-2.
Navy 23 Tulane 21 (ANNAPOLIS, Md.)
Quarterback Zach Abey amassed 240 total yards with a touchdown, leading Navy (2-0) past Tulane 23-21 in the American Athletic Conference opener Saturday. He was the difference in this game with 108 yards on 29 carries. Abey also completed 4 of 12 passes for 132 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown throw to Tyler Carmona.
The Green Wave (1-1, 0-1) cut the margin to 23-21 on a 1-yard dive by Dontrell Hilliard and a two-point conversion with 12:56 left in the game. Tulane, however, failed to convert a pair of key fourth downs late in the game to extend drives.
Toledo 37 Nevada 24 (RENO, Nev.)
Senior quarterback Logan Woodside threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns, while senior wide receiver Cody Thompson caught a career-high eight passes for 101 yards to lead Toledo to a 37-24 victory over Nevada in Reno on Saturday. Senior running back Terry Swanson ran for 101 yards added two touchdowns to the cause.
Toledo (2-0) outgained the Wolfpack (0-2) in total yards, 426-386, and never trailed in the contest. The Rockets, who led by as many as 17 points in both halves, also forced two key turnovers in the second half.
Nearly P5 Upsets
Washington State 47 Boise State 44 (3OT) (PULLMAN, Wash.)
Jamal Morrow caught a 23-yard pass and dove across the goal line in the third overtime to lift No. 20 Washington State to a 47-44 comeback victory over Boise State on Saturday night.
Officials reviewed the play to make sure Morrow remained inbounds as he ran toward the end zone on the left side and left his feet near the pylon. It was ruled a touchdown for Washington State (2-0), which trailed by 21 points in the fourth quarter.
Boise State quarterback Montell Cozart came off the bench to spark his team for the second game in a row, but the Broncos (1-1) could not hold a big lead late in the game.
Both starting quarterbacks left the game. Cozart replaced Brett Rypien, and WSU’s Tyler Hilinski replaced an injured Luke Falk.
Michigan State 28 Western Michigan 14 (EAST LANSING, Mich.)
Western Michigan senior Darius Phillips had a remarkable day with two touchdowns on a 100-yard kickoff return and 67-yard return off a forced fumble in the Broncos’ 28-14 loss at Michigan State. Phillips also had an interception and tied a career-high with three pass breakups.
Despite Phillips’ efforts, Western Michigan could not overcome a 14-0 halftime deficit in the loss. Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke gave his team a 7-0 lead with a 61-yard run up the middle with 4:43 left in the first quarter. Lewerke then connected with LJ Scott for a 15-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to put MSU up by two scores at the half.
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