Former Foes: Week 9

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Former Foes is a look back at the teams Penn State has already played

Syracuse (3-4)

Bye

Next up: Wake Forest (4-4)

Eastern Michigan (1-7)

Lost to #18 N. Illinois (8-0) 59-20

Eastern Michigan has given up 50 or more points in 4 out of the last 5 games.  Right now EMU is sitting at 124th in the nation at points against (44.4 per game).  That's not going to win you many football games.

NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch had a career day completing 16 of his 20 passes for 223 yards and 4 touchdowns.   He also ran 18 times for 99 yards and another touchdown, and just to complete the trifecta, he caught a touchdown pass on a trick play from wideout Tommylee Lewis.  Lewis led the team with 8 catches for 107 yards as Northern rushed for 327 yards and passed for 331 yards for a balanced 658 yards of total offense.  NIU jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter before EMU was able to put points on the board.  By halftime it was 38-3 and the game was all but over.

Next up: Toledo (5-3)

UCF (6-1)

Beat Connecticut (0-7) 62-17

Welcome to the big show UCF, you're ranked for the first time since 2010, congrats.  Now put the big-boy pants on and act like it... oh, 62-17?  That'll do.

The last time UCF was ranked it lasted one game, Blake Bortles made sure that wasn't the case this year.  Bortles threw for four touchdowns and ran for another destroying winless Connecticut 62-17.  He completed his first 8 passes of the game and finished with a pinpoint accurate 20 of 24 for 286 yards.  Considering he was pulled in the 3rd, those are impressive numbers.

Things didn't go well for the Huskies, they threw 2 first-half interceptions and turned the ball over a total of 4 times.  UConn managed only 223 yards of total offense and were 2 of 12 on third downs.  UCF now gets Houston who is an equal 6-1 but have no signature wins.  If UCF gets by the Cougars after the bye week, it will be easy sailing for the AAC's automatic BCS berth.

Next Up: Bye

Kent State (2-6)

Lost to Buffalo (5-2) 41-21

Kent State actually held a slim lead early in the 2nd quarter when the Golden Flashes scored to go ahead 7-6.  But the Bulls scored 4 unanswered touchdowns, two in the second and 2 in the third quarters, to take a 34-14 lead to start the 4th.  The two teams traded touchdowns and Buffalo was able to walk away still undefeated in the MAC.

KSU quarterback Colin Reardon completed 20 of his 32 passes for 260 yards but also threw 2 costly interceptions.  Buffalo won the yardage battle 491 to 363 as Bulls running back Brandon Oliver rushed 31 times for 185 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Next up: Akron (2-7)

Indiana (3-4)

Bye

Next up: Minnesota (6-2)

Michigan (6-1)

Bye

Next up: #22 Michigan State (7-1)


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