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Former Foes Week 9

Former Foes focuses on the teams Penn State has already played, keeping track of the of the Akrons of college football.

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UCF (5-2)

Beat Temple (4-3), 34-14

UCF charged out of the gate to a 17-0 lead by the beginning of the 2nd quarter; they then stretched that lead to 27-14 at the half, and the defense held Temple scoreless in the second for the easy 3-score victory.   Knight QB Justin Holman threw 2 touchdowns and running back William Stanback rushed for 2 more.  Temple did close the lead to 10 points halfway through the 2nd quarter, but that was the last score fore the Owls as UCF's defense held Temple to 182 total yards for the day.

Holman finished 25 of 39 for 336 yards those 2 touchdowns and no interceptions.  Stanback finished with 27 carries for 94 yards and his 2 TD's.  Holman's 25 completions were spread around to 7 different receivers as the running game opened up passing lanes.  Temple did block 2 UCF punts and turned one  into a touchdown but they couldn't capitalize on the second.

Up Next: UConn (1-6)

Akron (4-3)

Lost to Ball State (3-5), 35-21

Akron was beating Ball State by more than 2 touchdowns (21-6), but Ball State finished scoring the last 29 points to walk away with what looked like an easy win.  In the 4th quarter alone, BSU intercepted a pass, recovered a muffed punt, and blocked another one as Akron turned the ball over 5 times.  Zips QB Tommy Woodson completed 24 passes unfortunately, 4 of those were to the other team.  RB Conor Hundley  gathered 72 yards on 14 carries including 2 touchdowns in a losing effort.

Up Next: Bowling Green (5-3)

BTPR (5-3)

Lost to #16 Nebraska (7-1), 42-24

Rutgers has now lost 2 in a row, and both were in pretty convincing fashion.  Last week, it was Ohio State clubbing them like baby seals; this week BTPR got Abdullah'd, as in Ameer Abdullah--who ran for 225 yards and 3 touchdowns. Abdullah now leads the nation in games of rushing for 200+ yards, Rutgers was his 4th.  He also broke Roy Helu Jr.'s team record of 321 all-purpose yards with 341.

Nebraska opened up the second quarter with a Abdullah TD run to break a 7-7 tie and never looked back.  The Cornhuskers scored three straight, unanswered touchdowns in the 2nd and 3rd quarter before Rutgers kicked a field goal to stretch the lead to 28-10. It didn't help that the Scarlet Knights lost quarterback Gary Nova at the end of the 1st half but his absence only quickened the inevitable.

Up Next: Wisconsin (5-2)

Massachusetts (2-7)

Lost to Toledo (5-3), 42-35

UMass had a two touchdown lead in the first half, but fell behind in the third quarter.  They then tied it twice in a wild 4th quarter that saw 4 touchdowns and 2 lead changes.  Unfortunately for UMass, Toledo running back Terry Swanson jolted 19 yards for the final go-ahead touchdown with 38 seconds to play and that was the game.

It was another big game for UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel who completed 28 of his 56 passes for 438 yards and 5 touchdowns, but he did throw 2 costly picks. Minutemen WR Jean Sifrin was Frohnapfel's favorite target catching 6 passes for 185 yards and a TD.

Up Next: Bye

Northwestern (3-4)

Up Next: Iowa (5-2)

Michigan (3-5)

Lost to Michigan State (7-1), 35-11

Michigan didn't reach the endzone until there was 3:48 left to play in the game, and Sparty had a comfortable 28-3 lead.  Michigan State led in almost every facet of the game; they had a 446-186 advantage in total yards, held Michigan to 0 yards rushing in the first half and won the turnover battle.  The only bad thing that can be said about MSU is they doubled Michigan in penalties, but Spikegate probably had something to do with that.

Devin Gardner had a forgettable afternoon completing only 50% of his passes for 125 yards, a 4.2 per completion average, threw no touchdowns and 2 interceptions.  Brady Hoke's team is on postseason life support they have a must-win game against Indiana next week.

Up Next: Indiana(3-4)