Our Group of Five game of the week featuring Boise State at San Diego State did not quite live up to the billing as the Broncos came to San Diego and pretty well dominated the previously undefeated Aztecs.
There were also one other CSJ Sagarin Top 25 match-ups that saw another previously undefeated team in Navy losing to Memphis.
With those two losses, there remains just two undefeated teams in USF and UCF and looks like the season ending match-up between those two AAC squads just might decide who goes to a New Year’s Day Six Bowl.
With UCF winning easily over East Carolina, the Golden Knights stay at 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
Boise State 31 San Diego State 14 (SAN DIEGO, Calif.)
Alexander Mattison ran for 128 yards and a touchdown and Boise State’s defense kept star running back Rashaad Penny in check to beat No. 19 San Diego State 31-14 on Saturday night.
Penny was limited to 53 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. It was his first game under 100 yards rushing this season for the Aztecs (6-1, 2-1 Mountain West).
Avery Williams returned a punt 53 yards for Boise State’s first touchdown, and less than two minutes later, Kekaula Kaniho returned a fumble by SDSU quarterback Christian Chapman 34 yards for a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
Memphis 30 Navy 27 (MEMPHIS, Tenn.)
Riley Ferguson threw three touchdown passes and Memphis took advantage for five turnovers by No. 25/24 Navy to hand the Midshipmen their first loss 30-27 on Saturday.
Navy quarterback Zach Abey ran for 146 yards for Navy (5-1, 301 American), but the Tigers held the nation’s leading running game 100 yards under its 416-yard average.
Abey surpassed 1,000 yards rushing this season with a 28-yard run late in the fourth quarter, but was responsible for all five turnovers. Memphis (5-1, 2-1) beat a top-25 opponent for the third straight time, including two this season. Ferguson passed for 279 yards and Anthony Miller had 10 receptions for 90 yards and two TDs.
The Tigers took a 20-19 lead on a 42-yard field goal by Riley Patterson late in the third quarter, the game’s fifth lead change. Memphis extended its lead to 27-19 by piecing together a 99-yard scoring drive early in the fourth, capped by an 8-yard TD pass to Miller.
Two Remaining Undefeated G5 Squads
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