Some G5 conference play got underway in Week 3 but it was the G5 wins over Power 5 teams that received most of my attention again this week. For the second straight week, BYU scored another overtime win over a Group of Five and this one was over AP Top 25 ranked USC.
But the top G5 win over a P5 team had to be Temple, who defeated another ranked team inMaryland. And the third G5 team in UCF really was not really an upset at all as it defeated Stanford easily. Air Force scored a third win over a Pac-12 team in its in-state victory at Colorado. Eastern Michigan was the fifth team this week to score a P5 win in its win at the Big 10’s Illinois.
The best two G5 versus G5 games had to be Marshall’s two point home victory over Ohio and the Southern Miss seven-point win at Troy.
I will go through my Top 5 G5 vs. P5 games in my top five games, as well as these two top all-G5 match-ups of the week below.
WR Kenny Yeboah put Temple ahead on a one-handed touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter, and the Owls used two stops at the goal line to hold off No. 21 Maryland 20-17.
DB Dayan Ghanwoloku intercepted a tipped pass in overtime after K Jake Oldroyd hita 43-yard field to give BYU the lead, and Cougars held on to beat No. 24 Southern California 30-27 on Saturday — one week after a similar fourth-quarter rally to knock off Tennessee.
RB Kadin Remsberg scored on a 25-yard run to start overtime Saturday and Air Force beat Colorado 30-23 after the Falcons squandered a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.
K Chad Ryland booted a 24-yard field goal as time expired to give Eastern Michigan a 34-31 win at Illinois. It was the Eagles third win over a Big Ten team all time and all have come in the last three years, following victories against Rutgers in 2017 and Purdue in 2018.
Freshman QB Dillon Gabriel threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns in his second college start, and UCF scored at least 30 points for the 29th consecutive game — the longest streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision since 1936 in its 45-27 win over Stanford. The Knights scored on six of seven possessions in the first half in building a 31-point halftime lead in what was expected to be a much tougher test for the best team in the G5 the last two seasons.
QB Isaiah Green threw two touchdown passes, including a 43-yard strike to TE Xavier Gaines that put Marshall ahead for good, and the Thundering Herd held Ohio scoreless the last half of the fourth quarter for a 33-31 victory. The win gave the Thundering Herd the Battle for the Bell trophy where Ohio still leads the all-time series with a 33–21–6 record.
KR Jaylond Adams returned a kickoff 100 yards to help Southern Mississippi stave off Troy’s come-back bid and secure a 47-42. Troy’s Reggie Todd had just returned a kickoff 69 yards as the Trojans closed to 33-28 with 11:28 remaining in the fourth quarter. Adams answered on the following kickoff to stretch the lead to 40-28. The teams then traded touchdowns until Troy’s QB Kaleb Barker hit WR Khalil McClain on a 35-yard touchdown toss to close to 47-42 with 2:51 remaining but the Eagles were able to capture the ensuing onside kick to seal the win.
See the full recaps in the link of the scores and also video highlighs of this week’s top games.
1. Temple 20 Maryland 17 (Philadelphia, Pa.)
2. BYU 30 USC 27 (OT) (Provo, Utah)
3. Air Force 30 Colorado 23 (OT) (Boulder, Colo.)
4. Eastern Michigan 34 Illinois 31 (Champaign, Ill.)
5. UCF 45 Stanford 27 (Orlando, Fla.)
Marshall 33 Ohio 31 (Huntington, W.Va.)
Southern Miss 47 Troy 40 (Troy, Ala.)
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 is the 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.
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