Beat Buffalo (1-4) 38-31
When you amass over 500 total yards, including 313 yards on the ground, and possess the ball for over 35 minutes you expect to win, right? Not if you're Buffalo, and not if you give up 3 turnovers and a costly kickoff return for a touchdown. The Bulls jumped to a 14-point lead but gave up a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that sparked a 24-point run for Ohio. Buffalo tied the game at 24 a piece at the end of the third, but the Bobcats responded with two Ryan Boykin touchdown runs to close the deal. Buffalo scored a garbage touchdown with 8 seconds left to make the game seem closer than it really was.
Beau Blankenship, he of the 100-yard rushing club, was held in check running for 86 yards on 25 carries with a long of 14.
Next up: Akron (1-5)
Lost to Duke (5-1) 42-17
Arrrrggghhhhh! Can we just ignore Virginia from now on and act like Penn State never played them? The Cavaliers let a 17-14 first half lead fizzle away giving up 4 unanswered touchdowns in the second half. After gaining 184 yards rushing in the first half, at a 7.1 yards per rush rate, Virginia could only muster 5 first downs in the second half. Not only that but they let Duke's backup quarterback toss 212 yards and 4 touchdowns. Like Penn State, Virginia gambled quite a bit on 4th down going for it 3 times. Unlike Penn State, the Cavaliers FAILed all 3 times. Throw in 2 turnovers and bad special teams' play and you pretty much have the recipe for blowout loss.
Next up: Maryland (3-2)
Beat Air Force (2-3) 28-21 OT
Navy and Air Force combined for 866 yards of offense and one wild finish. With the score tied at 21, the game moved into overtime. Navy QB Keenan Reynolds fumbled the ball into the endzone where right guard Jake Zuzek recovered it for a touchdown. Navy's defense made the touchdown stand, holding Air Force out of the endzone on their overtime try. It was the second wacky finish for this game, last year Navy scored in overtime and was penalized for a controversial unsportsmanlike celebration which pushed the extra point try back which was missed.
Now if Navy beats Army on Dec. 8th, they will regain the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, which was in Air Force's possession the last two years.
Next up: Central Michigan (2-3)
Beat South Florida (2-4) 37-28
Temple's Chris Coyer did just enough with his arm (16/20, 167 yards, 1TD 0 INT) and Montel Harris carried Temple with his legs (24 carries, 133 yards, 2TDs) to lead Temple past South Florida. It was Temple's reemergence into the Big East after getting kicked out in 2004 (how's that working out for ya these days, Big East?) but it wasn't easy. With just 1:30 to play, the Bulls tried a 45-yard field goal that would have given them the lead but it was blocked and returned to South Florida's 35. Harris put the icing on the cake with a 35 yard touchdown run, which put Temple at 1-0 in the Big East and snapped a two-game skid. It was South Florida's fourth loss in a row.
Next UConn (3-3)
Lost to Wisconsin (4-2)31-14
At this point I almost feel bad for Tim Beckman and his struggling [insert non-offensive mascot here]. Almost. Nathan Scheelhaase ran for a 5-yard touchdown to open up the scoring, but Wisconsin scored 24 unanswered points before Scheelhaase would find the endzone again, late in the forth quarter. The Badgers found a running game and quarterback Joel Stave thew for 254 yards as Wisconsin compiled 427 yards of total offense. Scheelhasse was Illinois' leading rusher and passer but he got little help from anyone else. Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis had a nice game catching 7 balls for a 117 yards with a touchdown, recovered an onside kick, and Montee Ball rushed for 116 and two scores.
Next #25 Michigan (3-2)
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