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Former Foes Week 4

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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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The season is already a 1/4 complete, and it seems like only yesterday we were watching the Blue & White game.  Time flies when you're having fun--especially when your team is playing for a bowl game (WOO HOO!).  Lets take a look at the three teams Penn State has already beaten and see how they are doing.  So, how are the Knights doing?

UCF (1-2)

Beat Bethune-Cookman (2-1): 41-7

UCF overcame a shaky start and soggy conditions to beat over-matched Bethune-Cookman for their first win of the season.  The Wildcats actually had a lead (7-3) at the end of the 1st quarter and held the ball for 8 more minutes than UCF in the first 30 minutes, but the Knights got 5 sacks and held B-C to 0 for 7 on third downs in that same time span.

UCF QB Justin Holman struggled with accuracy issues early on but recovered to complete 6 of 11 passes for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns. Running back William Stanback rushed 15 times for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns as most of the starters didn't make it past the 3rd quarter.  It was sloppy conditions and sloppy play as the two teams combined for 23 penalties.

Up Next: Bye

Akron (1-2)

Lost to Marshal (4-0): 48-17

Don't let that 17 points that Akron scored fool you, it wasn't even that close.  Marshal was up 24-0 before Akron scored a field goal half way through the 2nd quarter.  Akron also tacked on 2 meaningless touchdowns late in the 4th quarter to make the score seem a little more respectable-ish.

For Marshall, it was total domination. Both running backs Remi Watson (124) and Devon Johnson (103) rushed for over a hundred yards with each getting a score.  Marshall had 526 total yards and collected 4 Zip turnovers.  This game was also undisciplined as the two teams combined for 30 penalties.

Up Next: Pitt (3-1)


Beat Navy (2-2): 31-24

Rutgers bounced back from the Penn State loss to beat Navy, the nation's leading rushing team.  The game was fairly close, Navy got within a touchdown when they scored early in the 3rd to make it 24-17.  But Rutgers scored later in the quarter to stretch the lead to 31-17 and Navy couldn't make up the difference. Navy did make it interesting scoring with just over 5 minutes to play and marching the ball into Rutgers territory for one last chance.  But QB Keenan Reynolds' pass fell incomplete on 4th and goal from the Rutgers 19 and the Scarlet Knights held.

BTPR held Navy to just 171 yards rushing while running for 284 yards of their own.  Gary "Champagne Super" Nova didn't do much through the air but did score two touchdowns on the ground. Running back Justin Goodwin replaced an injured Paul James and carried the ball 26 times for 104 yards and a TD.

Up Next: Tulane (1-3)