Five games involving G5 FBS teams to open the 2017 season this Saturday. The opening of the new Colorado State Stadium was the highlight for the G5 with CSU defeating the Pac-12’s Oregon State handily. Click on the score for a more detailed recap.
Colorado State 58 Oregon State 27—(Fort Collins, Colo.) The Colorado State Rams opened their new on-campus stadium in style on Saturday, beating Pac-12 Conference foe Oregon State 58-27. The new facility was broken in by a sellout crowd of 37,583 fans, making it the highest-attended season-opener and third-highest attended home game in school history. Senior quarterback Nick Stevens completed 26-of-39 passes (66.7 percent) for 334 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.
BYU 20 Portland State 6—(Provo, Utah) Tanner Mangum completed 16 of 27 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown, and Squally Canada had 13 carries for a career-high 90 yards and a score to help BYU escape in an ugly win over FCS Portland State 20-6 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
Hawaii 38 Massachusetts 35—(Amherst, Mass.) Down four with less than three minutes to play, Hawaii quarterback Dru Brown engineered a masterful drive. Brown hit Metuisela ’Unga with a 7-yard touchdown pass over the middle with 48 seconds to play as Hawaii defeated UMass, 38-35, in both football teams’ season opener Saturday at McGuirk Stadium. Brown threw for 391 yards and three TDs, and John Ursua caught 12 passes for 272 yards.
South Florida 42 San Jose State 22–(San Jose, Calif.) USF stormed back from an early 16-point deficit with 42 unanswered points and started off the Charlie Strong era with a 42-22 victory at SJSU on Saturday night.
USF matched a program record with 28 points in the second quarter of the season opener and racked up 548 total yards of offense in new offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert‘s up-tempo attack. USF extended its nation-leading streak of 30-plus point games to 18. Senior featured back D’Ernest Johnson highlighted USF’s 315-yard rushing night with 22 carries for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Heisman hopeful Quinton Flowers threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns on top of rushing for 70 yards, including a 1-yard score, in about three and a half quarters of work.
Stanford 62 Rice 7 –(Sydney, Australia) Rice was out gained 656-to-241, as the Owls dropped their season opener, 62-7, to the Pac-12’s Stanford, Saturday night in the so named Sydney Cup. On the first play of the game, Bryce Love ran for 62 yards. Two plays later, the Cardinal put the ball in the end zone and the route was on. Stanford went on to score the game’s first 55 points. Rice finally got on the board in the fourth quarter as Austin Walter took a hand-off and rushed 23-yards for the score.
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