Beat BYU (4-2), 31-24 (OT)
In what would turn out to be one of the weekend's most interesting games, UCF overcame a late deficit to tie the game and send it into overtime. On UCF's first OT possession, QB Justin Holman hit RB William Stanback for a 4-yard touchdown, then the Knights held BYU out of the endzone for the win.
It was a game of wild momentum shifts as UCF jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the 1st quarter. BYU then scored 24 unanswered points to take the lead midway through the 3rd quarter. But UCF scored two straight touchdowns to erase the 14-point lead and send it into overtime.
Holman threw a lot in this game--51 times to be exact. He completed 30 of those for a career-high 326 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 picks. Both teams didn't play particularly well on defense as both offenses gained around 350 yards but BYU was a lot more balanced.
Up Next: at Tulane (2-4)
Beat Miami (of the Ohio variety) (1-6), 29-19
Don't look now, but Akron is rollin'! Ok, they beat 1-5 Miami, but it's something. Akron had a zen-like balance of 167 yards passing and 151 yards rushing. Ohio? They had 352 yards passing, and 352 yards total. For those of you that are mathematically challenged, Ohio didn't have 1 lousy yard on the ground.
Akron scored in about every way possible to take a 12-0 lead. They started with a safety, kicked a field goal and then punched it in early in the second quarter. Ohio only came as close as 13-15 at half but the Zips scored touchdowns in each of the 3rd and 4th quarter to put the game away.
Zippy RB Jawon Chisholm led the team with 102 yards on 17 carries and 3 touchdowns. Red Hawks QB Andrew Hendrix completed 24 of his 41 passes for those 352 yards with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception in a losing cause. Next up, Akron stays in the state of Ohio and takes on the 3-4 Bobcats of Ohio U.
Up Next: Ohio (3-4)
Up Next: #13 Ohio State (4-1)
Beat Kent State (0-6) 40-17
Hey, would you look at that? UMass finally beat someone, and they did so in convincing fashion! Of course they couldn't do so without some drama as Kent jumped out to a 10-7 early 2nd quarter lead. But UMass scored 3 straight times (2 TD's, 1 FG) to take a 24-10 halftime lead and never looked back. Kent did close the lead to 7 with a 3rd quarter touchdown but that was as close as they would get.
UMass racked up 482 yards of offense, with Blake Frohnapfel throwing for 286 yards with 3 touchdowns and no picks. RB Lorenzo Woodley rushed 23 times for 160 yards and a TD. UMass is now (1-2) in conference and gets MAC opponent Directional Michigan next.
Up Next: E Michigan (2-4)
Lost to Minnesota (5-1)
You want slow, methodical, boring offense? You've got it in Northwestern-Minnesota, two teams that like to run the ball and take safe passes to avoid turnovers. Joe Paterno would be proud. The difference in this game? A kickoff return late in the 4th quarter by Minnesota's Jalen Myrick (100 yards) after NU marched 97 yards to tie the score. That was it, pack it up, everyone head home.
Wildcats QB Trevor Siemian did attempt 50 passes completing 30 for 269 yards with a TD and a pick as both teams turned the ball over once. Minnesota spread the wealth around as QB Mitch Leidner threw for 153 yards (with 1 pick) and ran for 31 yards including two touchdowns. Gopher RB David Cobb tossed in 97 yards on 30 carries.