Beat Maryland (5-4) 20-3
Another week, another strong defensive effort for Syracuse. The Orange forced five fumbles, recovered two and intercepted Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown twice. Jerome Smith ran for 118 yards, scoring two touchdowns, as Syracuse relied mostly on the ground game (242 total rushing yards). A week after shutting out Wake Forest, the Syracuse D did it again, holding Maryland to only a field goal. The Orange scored on their first and last possessions of the first half to take a 10-0 lead and held on for the win.
Syracuse will need all the defense they can muster because they have to travel to Doak Campbell Stadium to take on Florida State who is currently ranked 2nd in the nation.
Next up: #2 Florida State (9-0)
Eastern Michigan (2-8)
Beat Western Michigan(1-9) 35-32 OT
EMU fired Ron English on Friday for "inappropriate language" during a film session with players. Eastern responded by coming from behind and winning in overtime for interim head coach Stan Parrish. Western Michigan kicked a field goal in their overtime and Eastern ran the ball 3 times to Ryan Brumfield, the last ending in a 4-yard touchdown and finishing the game.
Brumfield rushed 15 times for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns and teammate Bronson Hill rushed 24 times for 111 yards and a touchdown. Down 29-21 late in the fourth quarter, EMU scored when Brogan Roback threw a 10-yard touchdown to Dustin Creel with just 51 seconds to play. The Eagles then converted the 2-point conversion to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Next up: Bye
Beat Houston (7-2) 19-14
Usually the UCF offense is the star of the show, but this week it was the Knights defense that held one of the nation's better scoring offenses to 14 points. Trailing 13-7 in the fourth at their own 2 yard line, UCF managed a 7-play 98-yard scoring drive to take the lead. It was the longest drive of the season for the team. Houston then drove to the UCF 10 yard line in the final minute, but quarterback John O'Korn's final two passes never connected and UCF held on for the win.
Blake Bortles had a forgettable day completing 17 of his 24 passes for a pedestrian 210 yards no touchdowns and 1 interception. Running back Storm Johnson ran 28 times for 127 yards and fellow running back William Stanback rushed 9 times for 74 yards and 2 touchdowns. UCF now has the inside track to the school's first BCS bowl.
Next Up: Temple (1-8)
Kent State (2-8)
Next up: Miami (of the Ohio variety) (0-9)
Beat Illinois (3-6) 52 - 35
Illinois receiver Steve Hull and Hoosier receiver Cody Latimer played the one-up game as Hull caught 9 passes for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns and Latimer caught a career-high 11 passes for 189 yards and 3 touchdowns. The two offenses combined for 1262 yards and 87 points. The game was actually close at one point, early in the fourth quarter the game was tied at 35 but Indiana ripped off three scores (2 TD's, 1 FG) to blow the game open.
Nathan Scheelhaase completed 38 of his 57 passes for 450 yards and 2 touchdowns in a losing effort. Indiana running back Tevin Coleman rushed 15 times for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns including a 75-yarder to start Indiana's scoring string in the 4th.
Next up: Wisconsin (7-2)
Lost to Nebraska (7-2) (17-13)
A week after getting held to minus 48 yards rushing, Michigan was again held, this time to minus 21. Brendan Gibbons kicked a 40 yard field goal halfway through the fourth quarter to give Michigan a 13-10 lead. But with 2:03 left in the game, Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong threw a left-handed 5 yard shovel pass to Ameer Abdullah for a go-ahead touchdown and Michigan failed to answer. The lone bright spot on either offense was Abdullah, who rushed a workhorse-like 27 times for 105 yards and a touchdown.
Next up: Northwestern (4-5)
Ohio State (9-0)
Next up: Illinois (3-6)
Lost to Indiana (4-5) 52-35
Next up: #3 Ohio State (9-0)
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