It was not a good week for Penn State's former foes, the teams went 1-3 last week and looked pretty bad in doing so. It doesn't get any easier either every team plays an opponent with a winning record except EMU who plays Army.
Lost to #3 Clemson (5-0) 49-14
This was not a pretty game, I'm talking hide the women and children-type game. Clemson jumped out to a 21-0 lead by the end of the 1st quarter and just for fun scored two more times before half to take a 35-7 lead at the break. Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd put up XBox numbers throwing for 455 yards and 5 touchdowns as Clemson threw for 468 yards as a team. Boyd put those numbers up without playing in the 4th quarter as Clemson out gained Syracuse 624 to 397 total yards. Ugh, enough about this game.
Next up: NC State (3-2)
Eastern Michigan (1-4)
Lost to Buffalo (3-2) 42-14
Buffalo sprinted to a 21-0 score before Eastern got on the board late in the 2nd quarter. EMU had very little offense and the Bulls walked away with an easy win. Buffalo outgained Eastern 452 - 329 and did it with balance gaining 224 yards through the air and 228 on the ground. Buffalo running back Branden Oliver gained 150 yards and scored twice for the Bulls. No one on Eastern's offense had any kind of day to speak of. Running back Ryan Brumfield had 79 yards rushing but even that is deceiving, he had a 75 yard run for a touchdown in garbage time (1:29 left in the game).
Next up: Army (2-4)
Beat Memphis (1-3) 24-17
UCF must have been looking ahead to the big match-up with undefeated Louisville because they almost lost to 1-3 Memphis. In fact, UCF trailed 10-17 with just over 2 minutes to go in the game when lineman Chris Martin recovered a Storm Johnson fumble for a touchdown to tie the game. On the ensuing kickoff UCF recovered another fumble for the go-ahead touchdown. For those keeping score at home that's 2 touchdowns on fumble recoveries 9 seconds apart.
Blake Bortles had an average day completing 17 of his 36 passes for 160 yards and for the first time in 12 games, did not throw a touchdown. Wide receiver Breshad Perriman had a decent day catching 7 passes for 107 yards but was held out of the endzone. Memphis beat UCF in every statistical category except one: turnovers. Memphis committed 4 and UCF had none. The Knights capitalized when they needed, now they have to play a lot better this week if they are going to come away with the upset.
Next Up: #8 Louisville (5-0)
Kent State (2-4)
Lost to Northern Illinois (5-0) 38-24
Kent and NIU went back and fourth trading scores as KSU found themselves down 17-21 at the half. The Golden Flashes took a short lead scoring an early touchdown in the 3rd but the Huskies responded with 3 unanswered touchdowns to open the game up. NIU rushed for 454 yards with running back Cameron Stingily leading the way with 266 yards and 2 TD's. Quarterback Jordan Lynch threw for 244 yards, scored 2 touchdowns, and ran for 94 yards for the Huskies. The game was a rematch of last season's conference title game which NIU won 44-37 in double overtime.
Next up: Ball State (5-1)
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