Beat NC State (3-3) 24-10
Syracuse used a strong defensive effort and some tough running to beat the Wolfpack to get back to .500. 'Cuse running backs Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley each ran for over 100 yards as Syracuse ran for 362 yards as a team. Quarterback Terrel Hunt didn't do much through the air (10-20 for 74 yards with 2 int's) but, he even chipped in a late rushing score that put the game out of reach with 2:39 to play.
The two teams traded scores in the second quarter and the game was tied 10-10 with just over 10 minutes to go in the game. That's when the Orange got their run game going. Smith broke free for a 57 yard scamper up the middle and Gulley bounced outside for an 18-yard go-ahead touchdown. On Syracuse' next possession, Gulley busted off a 48-yard run which set up Hunt's 8-yard keeper that put the game away.
Next up: Georgia Tech (3-3)
Eastern Michigan (1-5)
Lost to Army (3-4) 50-25
Eastern Michigan is now officially in the "woeful' category after losing their fifth-straight game. Black Knights running back Terry Baggett had a monster day running for 4 TD's and a school-record 304 yards which is also the highest total in Division I yet this season. *insert failed government shutdown joke here* Army, like they always do, did all their damage on the ground, going for 513 rushing yards. Eastern didn't have a bad day on offense getting 417 total yards but 2 costly turnovers hurt the Eagles.
EMU jumped out to an early 15-7 1st quarter lead but Army tied it at 15 with just over 3 minutes to go in the quarter. Army then scored midway through the 2nd quarter and never looked back. The knights put the game away in the third scoring three unanswered touchdowns including a 96 yard run by Baggett.
Next up: Miami (of the Ohio variety) (0-6)
Next Up: #8 Louisville (5-0)
Kent State (2-4)
Lost to Ball State (6-1) 27-24
Kent State had a 24-20 lead with just 7:14 to go in the game. Ball State answered with a drive to the Golden Flashes' 10 yard line but Kent's defense held and stopped the Cardinals on 4th and 6. Kent couldn't produce and offense and punted after a 3 and out. Ball State then drove 50 yards to the Kent 7 and faced another 4th down. This time however, QB Keith Wenning hit receiver Willie Sneed in the end-zone to take the lead. Kent had one more chance but with little time, turned the ball over on downs. Game, set, match.
For the Flashes, wider receiver Chris Humphrey salvaged the day catching 9 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. It gets a little easier for Kent State as they take on 2-3 South Alabama.
Next up: South Alabama (2-3)
Lost to Michigan State (5-1) 42-28
I mentioned in last Thursday night's open thread that I was interested to see how Indiana plays after they beat Penn State.
Will Indiana come on and play like gangbusters like they did last week? Make amazing catches down the sideline and diving endzone touchdown grabs? Spoiler alert! NO.
I hate being correct but I just saw this coming from a mile away. Sudfeld who destroyed Penn State, was pulled after being largely ineffective and replaced by Tre Roberson who tossed two touchdowns. Cody Latimer who looked like Larry Fitzgerald against PSU was held in check catching 7 passes with a pedestrian 8.3 yards per catch.
Indiana came out swinging as running back Tevin Coleman scored on a 64 yard run for the Hosiers on their first drive. But that was all the offensive fireworks Indiana had. Michigan State scored back to back touchdowns in the 2nd quarter and MSU's defense did the rest. Sparty stretched a 21-14 halftime lead with two scores in the 3rd quarter and Indiana couldn't answer.
Next up: Michigan (5-1) - ed. note: I loved typing that 1
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