You know what I love about this post? When Penn State plays like they did Saturday, against an opponent they were highly favored to beat, and loses in the manner in which they did I get to relive it every...damn...week. I can't wait to write about how Wisconsin ran them over next week or when they have no answer for Minnesota's offense in two weeks, or how they have a pathetic 3-game losing streak when Nebraska destroys them. I'm depressed. Anyhoo...
Up Next: at Houston (2-2)
Beat Pitt (3-2): 21-10
Pitt entered this game with the nation's leading runner in back James Conner, but it was Zips running back Conor Hundley who stole the show, rushing for 148 yards on 19 carries for a 7.8 yard average. Meanwhile, Akron held Conner in check, only allowing 92 yards on 25 carries--all while holding him out of the endzone.
Akron broke open a halftime tie scoring with a TD early in the 3rd and early in the 4th while only allowing a 2nd half field goal from the Panthers. It was the first time Akron beat a team from a power conference in six years and it was Zip coach Terry Bowden's biggest victory in his 3 year Akron career. Akron may have found the recipe for stopping Conner: stack eight and nine guys in the box and dare Pitt QB Chad Voytik to beat you. He couldn't.
Up Next: E Michigan (1-3)
Beat Tulane (2-2): 31-6
Gary Nova became Rutger's all-time leader in career passing touchdowns tossing 4 in a 31-6 beat down of Tulane. The Scarlet Knights were up 21-0 in the 2nd quarter before Tulane manged their only score of the game. Nova completed all 9 of his first half passes for 195 yards. He finished the day completing 14 of his 21 passes for 291 yards, those 4 touchdowns and 1 pick. Teammate Leonte Carroo was Nova's main target hauling in 7 passes for 140 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The numbers seldom tell the true story of the game but not so in this one. Rutgers beat Tulane on nearly every conceivable stat gaining 7 more first downs, winning the time of possession and penalty battle. Rutgers also out-gained Tulane 462 - 304 in total yards. BTPR now gets to see how much of a Powerhouse they truly are getting Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. Shit just got real.
Up Next: Michigan (2-3)
Lost to Bowling Green (2-3): 47-42
UMass was marching late when QB Blake Frohnapfel completed a pass to J.T. Blyden, who promptly fumbled the ball and the game away. BGSU took over and ran the clock out to win 47-42, but a lot happened to get to that point. These two teams combined for 1306 yards. No, that is not a typo: 1306! BGSU had 668 and UMass had 638. Defense? We don't need no stinking defense.
The aforementioned Blake Frohnapfel had a career day throwing for 589 yards and 5 touchdowns easily shattering his career high of 267 yards. This game was Xbox-like; the two teams combined for 17 penalties, they attempted 40 3rd down conversions, 6 4th down conversion and there were 7 combined turnovers. The lead changed hands 6 times with UMass overcoming a 12-point deficit with two long Frohnapfel touchdown passes in the 3rd.