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Former Foes Week 14

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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 (8-3)

Beat South Florida (4-8), 16-0

The Knights held USF to 200 total yards and a scant five yards rushing and stopped two red-zone attempts in the second half.  UCF scored half way through the second quarter, held USF to a three-and-out and then scored on the following possession to take a 14-0 halftime lead.

USF had the ball on UCF's 14 yard line but the drive stalled and a fake field goal failed. They had a 1st and goal from the one late in the game but a sack and a personal foul backed the Bulls up to the 22. Former Penn State quarterback Steven Bench's 4th down pass fell incomplete and USF's best opportunity to score was wasted.

UCF QB Justin Holman only passed for 150 yards but he did complete 20 of his 29 passes scoring one touchdown and throwing one pick. UCF now plays East Carolina for the AAC championship Thursday night.

Up Next: East Carolina (8-3)

Akron (5-7)

Lost to Kent State (2-9) 27-24

Akron overcame a 10-point deficit in the 4th quarter to take a  four point lead with 4:30 to play. But the Zips defense, which hasn't stopped anybody this season, failed to hold the lead. Kent State quarterback Colin Reardon tossed a five yard go ahead touchdown pass with just 1:00 to play. Akron answered with a Keith Pohl interception and the game, and Akron's hopes of a bowl, were over.

Lost in the loss was the good day from Zips running back Jawon Chisholm who rushed 19 times for 184 yards and all three of Akron's touchdowns.

Up Next: Season Over

BTPR (7-5)

Beat Maryland (7-5), 41-38

Rutgers gained 491 yards, Gary Nova threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns, three receivers finished with more than 100 yards, and the Scarlet Knights overcame a 25-point deficit.  Maryland scored three straight times in the second quarter thanks, in part, to a Nova fumble to take a 35-10 lead. Rutgers answered with a touchdown right before half and then scored the second-half's first two touchdowns to close within four. After a Maryland field goal, Rutgers scored two fourth quarter touchdowns and held Maryland off the scoreboard for the 41-38 come from behind win.

Gary Champagne Super Nova completed  28 of his 42 passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Maryland's Brandon Ross and C.J. Brown each had over 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a losing cause.

Up Next: Bowl

Massachusetts (3-9)

Lost to Buffalo (5-6), 41-21

Buffalo scored three touchdowns during the second and third quarters before UMass showed any kind of offensive pulse. The Minutemen defense gave up 548 yards of total offense including 237 yards of rushing and two touchdowns to Bulls running back Anthone Taylor. The only bright spot for UMass was running back Shadrach Abrokwah who rushed 15 times for 100 yards. UMass's dreadful season mercifully comes to an end.

Up Next: Season Over

Northwestern (5-7)

Lost to Illinois(6-6), 47-33

In the battle of bowl-eligibility Northwestern came up short. Illini QB Reilly O'Toole ran and passed for 147 yards and threw 3 touchdowns; his counterpart did not fare so well. NU quarterback Zack Oliver, who was starting in place of injured Trevor Siemian, accounted for all five of Northwestern's turnovers. He had 221 yards passing but only nine in the entire first half as the Fighting Beckman's rushed out to a 26-7 halftime lead. Northwestern tried to come back in the second half but every score was answered.

Up Next: Season Over

Michigan (5-7)

Lost to Ohio State (11-1), 42-28

Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee returned a fumble 33 yards for a touchdown with 4:58 to play giving the Buckeyes a 21-point lead and effectively ending the game. Michigan had previously tied the game halfway through the third quarter but OSU answered with two straight touchdowns. It was costly for the Buckeyes as QB J.T. Barrett went down with a broken ankle early in the 4th when he was tackled on a run play. Before the injury Barrett had thrown for 176 yards and a touchdown and ran for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Michigan QB Devin Gardner completed 22 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown with seven of those balls going to Devin Funchess for 108 yards.

Up Next: Season Over

#6 Ohio State (11-1)

Beat Michigan (5-7), 42-28
Up Next: Bowl

Maryland (7-5)

Lost to BTPR (7-5), 41-38
Up Next: Bowl

Indiana (4-8)

Beat Purdue (3-9), 23-16

In a game NO one wanted to see, Indiana scored a late field goal and touchdown in the fourth quarter to overcome a 16-13 deficit to beat Purdue. Indiana freshman quarterback Zander Diamont scored on a one-yard touchdown run with 27 seconds left for the final score. Hoosier running back Tevin Coleman carried the ball 29 times for 130 yards. In a game that saw six field goals, only three touchdowns, and six turnovers, you wouldn't be blamed for turning the channel at the 6-0 half.  That's enough about that game, moving on....

Up Next: Season Over

Temple (5-6)

Lost to Cincinnati (8-3), 14-6

Cincinnati scored two second quarter touchdowns and held Temple out of the endzone to sneak by the Owls. The Bearcats only allowed three field goal tries and forced eight punts. Temple didn't help things by turning the ball over at their own three-yard line that was converted for Cincinnati's first score one play later. In a low scoring game like this there's no one stat that jumps out at you off the stat sheet.

Up Next: Tulane (3-8)

Illinois (6-6)

Beat Northwestern (5-7), 47-33
Up Next: Bowl