UCF (3-0, 1-0) thoroughly dominated Memphis (3-1, 0-1) in every facet of the game to the tune of a 40-13 victory on Saturday night at Spectrum Stadium. It was the American Athletic Conference opener for both squads.
The Knights ran wild over the Tigers with 350 rushing yards, led by Adrian Killins, Jr.’s career-high 115 on the ground. Quarterback McKenzie Milton ran for 88 yards and Taj McGowan added 63 yards and a rushing score. On the defensive side, the Black and Gold held the Tigers to 75 yards on the ground and forced four turnovers. Memphis reached UCF territory on seven drives, five of which ended in turnovers or on fourth-down stops.
Up 9-7 late in the first quarter and backed up to their own four-yard line, the Knights shifted the momentum when Killins, Jr. bounced a handoff outside all the way to the end zone, which set numerous records including the longest play from scrimmage in program history. The score opened the floodgates, as the Knights scored 36 unanswered points and rendering the highly rated Memphis offense inept. Milton was efficient in the pocket, throwing for 253 yards on 19-of-31 passing with three scoring tosses, leading the offense to its first 600-yard game since 2013.
Utah State senior cornerback Jalen Davis intercepted a career-high three passes and returned two of them for touchdowns as Utah State closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 40-24 win over BYU in front of 24,112 fans on Friday night on Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium.
Davis, who set a school record with his two pick-sixes, now has five interceptions on the season and 11 in his career, which is tied with three other players for the fourth-most in school history. Furthermore, the three picks tied a Mountain West record.
Senior quarterback Kent Myers was 16-of-27 passing for 176 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with 33 yards rushing, including a 19-yard touchdown run that gave the Aggies (3-2, 1-0 Mountain West) a 33-21 lead with 14:52 to go in the fourth quarter.
Utah State, which rallied from 14 points down to record the win, regained possession of the Old Wagon Wheel, the traveling trophy between the two schools.
San Diego State moved to 5-0 for the first time since 1975 after earning a hard-fought 34-28 triumph over Northern Illinois Saturday night in front of 35,717 fans at SDCCU Stadium.
Despite getting outgained 429-263, including a 269-136 spread in passing yardage, the Aztecs converted two Huskie turnovers into 14 points, before coming up with two crucial interceptions late in the fourth quarter to help secure the team’s seventh consecutive victory dating back to last year.
Rashaad Penny was bottled up for much of the first half, but still gained 107 yards on 25 carries, becoming the first Aztec running back since Marshall Faulk in 1992 to open a season with five straight games over 100 yards rushing.
In addition, Christian Chapman completed 10 of 19 passes for 136 and two touchdowns, finishing his third straight game without an interception, while tight end Kahale Warring posted three catches for 39 yards and one score.
Kyle Postma passed for 226 yards and a touchdown, and the Houston defense made three interceptions in a 20-13 victory over Temple on Saturday.
Houston’s defense held Temple to 324 total yards, including 142 rushing. Garrett Davis intercepted two of Logan Marchi’s passes and Isiah Johnson grabbed the other.
Postma, making his first start since Sept. 10, 2016, also gained 81 yards on 15 carries. He started for Kyle Allen, who did not play because of a coach’s decision after starting the first three games of the season.
D’Eriq King scored on a 13-yard run to open the scoring for Houston (2-1, 1-0 American Athletic). Postma, who was 25 of 36 with an interception, hit Linell Bonner on a 9-yard scoring strike to make it 20-0 in the third quarter.
Temple (2-2, 0-2), who was trounced by the USF Bulls 43-7 last week, had its best offensive performance in an 11-play, 85-yard drive capped by Marchi’s 1-yard scoring pass to David Hood, on fourth-and-goal in the fourth quarter. Marchi was 20 of 41 for 182 yards passing. Aaron Boumerhi kicked a 41-yard field goal.
Zach Abey rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries, while also throwing for 90 yards, to help lead unbeaten Navy to a 31-21 victory over Tulsa Saturday.
Malcolm Perry gained 104 yards and a touchdown on 10 rushes, while also adding 53 yards on two receptions, and Chris High ran for 89 yards on 13 carries as Navy (4-0, 3-0 The American) continued to display a devastating ground game. The Midshipmen rolled up 511 yards of total offense, 421 rushing.
Chad President rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown, while also completing 12 of 18 passes for 115 yards and another touchdown for Tulsa (1-4, 0-1), which lost its third straight contest.
The Golden Hurricane scored touchdowns on two of their first three drives, going ahead 14-0 on President’s 1-yard run with 32 seconds left in the opening quarter. The Navy defense buckled down after that, forcing Tulsa into 3-and-out on its next two possessions, and allowing just one first down the rest of the first half.
Meanwhile, the Midshipmen found their offense in the second quarter, scoring on back-to-back drives, less than four minutes apart, both on Abey runs. When Abey fell across the goal line 27 seconds before halftime, it sent the teams into the locker rooms at a 14-14 tie.
Jordan Chunn rushed for 191 yards and Troy forced four LSU turnovers as the Trojans stunned No. 22 LSU, 24-21, in front of more than 99,000 fans Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. The victory was Troy’s second ever over a ranked opponent and snapped LSU’s 49-game home non-conference winning streak.
Troy (4-1) built a 17-0 lead in the third quarter and sent many of the 99,879 fans in attendance for LSU’s Homecoming to the exits of Tiger Stadium early in the fourth quarter as Josh Anderson scored from seven yards out to give the Trojans a 24-7 lead with 8:14 to play.
LSU (3-2) rallied with a pair of Danny Etling touchdown passes, but Troy recovered two on-side kicks and Blace Brown intercepted his eighth career pass to ice the game. Brown also forced a fumble, recorded five tackles and broke up a pass.
Six different players scored touchdowns in USF’s most explosive game of the season, a 61-31 AAC conference victory at East Carolina (1-4, 1-1) on Saturday afternoon that marked the Bulls’ most points ever in a road game.
USF (5-0, 2-0) rushed for a season-high 390 yards and totaled 575 total yards while extending the nation’s second-longest active win streak to 10 games.
Quinton Flowers passed Tim Tebow to become the state of Florida’s top career rushing FBS quarterback (2,989 yards) as the senior posted 93 yards and a touchdown on just 10 carries. Flowers added two touchdown passes during his 253-yard day to help USF improve to 5-0 in AAC road openers.
D’Ernest Johnson posted his third straight 100-yard rushing game with a game-high 111 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in USF’s second-highest scoring game in American Athletic Conference play.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling totaled 75 of his 80 rushing yards on a scoring jet sweep and added another touchdown and 94 receiving yards on six catches.
USF’s defense brought their nation-leading interception total up to 14 with picks by Auggie Sanchez and Mazzi Wilkins. Sanchez ran a pick-6 in from 43 yards out and led the defense with 10 tackles. USF is tied with Utah State for the national lead of 16 takeaways.
USF extended its 30-plus point streak to 22 games, one off the AP Poll era record, by halftime after a highly productive first quarter. Two rushing touchdowns and a pick-6 by the defense helped the Bulls bust out of the gates with a 21-10 lead.
Colorado State improved to 3-2 (1-0 MW) on the season with a dominating 51-21 win over the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors (2-3; 0-2 MW) on Saturday. The Rams put up 610 yards of offense, which is the highest total under Head Coach Mike Bobo and 10th-highest figure in program history.
Starring offensively was the senior duo of quarterback Nick Stevens and wide receiver Michael Gallup. Stevens completed 18-of-22 passes for 351 yards and four touchdowns, while Gallup racked up 212 yards and a touchdown on eight catches. The performance moved Stevens to sixth all-time on CSU’s career passing list(3,334), and Gallup’s 212 receiving yards was one yard off his career high and the seventh-highest single-game total ever by a Ram. Stevens passed Bradlee Van Pelt (6,271) for seventh and Anthoney Hill (6,309) for sixth place in career passing yards.
Gallup’s 76-yard catch-and-run from Stevens to the 4 yard line was the longest play of the season for the Rams, and the longest play of both Stevens’ & Gallup’s careers. With his four touchdowns Stevens also moved into second all-time at CSU in passing touchdowns (53), passing Moses Moreno (51).
Running backs Dalyn Dawkins and Izzy Matthews had their best statistical games of the season, rushing for 130 and 95 yards, respectively. Both found the end zone, with Matthews’ coming on the end of a career-high 66-yard rush after an earlier 4-yd scoring run. Senior wide receiver Detrich Clark caught two touchdowns, and senior tight end Dalton Fackrell recorded the first touchdown reception of his career.
Western Michigan football head coach Tim Lester earned his first career Mid-American Conference win on Saturday night as the Broncos routed the Ball State Cardinals, 55-3, in front of 18,216 fans at Waldo Stadium.
Six different Broncos scored on the night, while WMU (3-2, 1-0 MAC) racked up 414 yards of total offense. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jon Wassink put up his biggest numbers of the year with a career-high 240 yards and three touchdowns on 14-of-20 passing.
Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Keishawn Watson had a stellar night with five receptions for 93 yards, also a career-high, and two touchdowns. Senior tight end Donnie Ernsberger had career-highs in receptions, four, and yards, 67, on the night along with a touchdown reception. Western Michigan gained 169 yards on the ground with Jamauri Bogan leading the way with 69 on 13 carries. Jarvion Franklin, Davon Tucker and LeVante Bellamy all had rushing touchdowns.
Sophomore linebacker Drake Spears’ seven tackles led a Western Michigan defense that allowed a just 238 total yards. Junior linebacker Alex Grace had two forced fumbles to go with senior safety Malik Rucker had six tackles and an interception. Ali Fayad, Caleb Bailey and Andre Turner all recorded sacks in the win. WMU now has an interception in four of five games this season.
Originally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. His prior writing experience is over 15 years having previously worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to College Sports Journal in 2016. His main focus is college football in the western half of the United States– the Big Sky Conference and Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS. And in 2017, he began also to look at the FBS Group of Five conferences of the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt.
Originally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. His prior writing experience is over 15 years having previously worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to College Sports Journal in 2016. His main focus is college football in the western half of the United States-- the Big Sky Conference and Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS. And in 2017, he began also to look at the FBS Group of Five conferences of the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt.