Beat SMU (0-10), 53-7
It took 1 quarter for UCF to put this game away, the Knights jumped out to a 27-0 lead and never looked back. SMU had a mere 28 yards of offense in the opening quarter with 2 turnovers. For the game the Mustangs had a grand total of 116 yards and 4 first downs with 5 total turnovers. UCF QB Justin Holman threw for 228 yards with 2 touchdowns and running back Dontravious Wilson scored twice. The lone bright spot for SMU was that of return man Deion Sanders Jr. (yes that Deion Sanders) who took a kickoff 64 yards and set SMU up on the UCF 30 yard line. The Mustangs capitalized to score their only score of the game.
Up Next: South Florida (4-7)
Beat UMass (3-8), 30-6
Zips QB Kyle Pohl completed 26 of his 39 passes for 277 yards, throwing 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Akron proved too much for the Minutemen as they jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead before UMass was able to get on the board. Akron outgained UMass 411-235 and gave up half as many turnovers (4-2). Wider receiver Zach D'Orazio made 10 catches for 121 yards and running back Conor Hundley scored twice. Akron is knocking on the door of bowl eligibility if they can beat a 1-9 Kent State who is winless in the MAC.
Up Next: Kent State (1-9)
Lost to #11 Michigan State (9-2), 45-3
Sparty got big games from running back Jeremy Langford and two-way player Tony Lippett. Langford rushed for 126 yards, nearly 8 yards per carry, with 2 touchdowns. Lippett, playing both corner and wide receiver, led the team in catches snagging 5 for 72 yards and a touchdown. Langford now has 14-straight Big Ten games rushing over the century mark which is the longest active streak in FBS.
Sparty dominated the game after a shaky start holding Rutgers to 234 total yards while gaining 520 of their own. Rutgers was able to gain only 95 yards on the ground. MSU jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead and the defense did the rest.
Up Next: Maryland (7-4)
Lost to Akron (5-6), 30-6
Up Next: Buffalo (4-6)
Beat Purdue (3-8), 38-14
Northwestern jumped out to a 24-0 lead before Purdue scored late in the 2nd quarter. It could be a costly win though as QB Trevor Siemian went down with a knee injury in the 2nd quarter that appears to be a "serious one" according to Coach Pat Fitzgerald. QB Zach Oliver replaced Siemian but he wasn't needed much the defense and special teams finished what was started. NU Linebacker Jimmy Hall set up 2 scores with an interception and fumble recovery and running back Justin Jackson ran for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Wildcats also got a score on a 64-yard punt return by Tony Jones also in the 2nd quarter.
Now Northwestern and Illinois play 1 game with the winner getting bowl eligibility. Purdue is just glad basketball season is here.
Up Next: Illinois (5-6)
lost to Maryland (7-4), 23-16
In a boring game of field position the teams traded first-half field goals on their way to a 9-9 halftime tie. Devin Gardner scored on a 15 yard run in the middle of the 3rd to give Michigan a brief lead but Maryland answered at the beginning of the 4th. With 5:59 to go Maryland scored on a Wes Brown 1-yard touchdown run and Michigan was unable to answer. The Wolverines squandered away 2 time outs earlier and, after turning the ball over on downs with 4:16 remaining, were unable to get the ball back.
Gardner had a nice day running, gaining 82 yards and the team's only touchdown but he only threw for 106 yards and tossed a pick. Now Michigan's slim post season hopes rely on a big upset of rival Ohio State.
Up Next: #6 Ohio State (10-1)
#6 Ohio State (10-1)
Beat Indiana (3-8), 42-27
In a game that saw 922 yards of offense, Ohio State outlasted Indiana to clinch the Big Ten East Division title. It wasn't easy though, OSU jumped out to a 14-0 lead but Indiana clawed their way back to a 1-point deficit at half. The Hoosiers had a brief 20-14 lead mid way through the 3rd quarter but the Buckeyes scored 4 unanswered touchdowns to put the game away.
QB J.T. Barrett threw for 302 yards and ran for 78, his 3,507 yards of total offense this year set a new school record. Ohio State had 527 yards of total offense, 24 first downs, and overcame 3 turnovers.