Jeffrey Wilson rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns and North Texas beat Army 35-18 on a wet, raw Saturday at Michie Stadium. Fresh from a bye week, North Texas (4-3) rallied in the second half behind Wilson, who was coming off a career-high 188-yard performance two weeks ago. Wilson scored on a 41-yard run and 1-yard plunge in the third quarter as the Mean Green stunned the Black Knights. Army (4-3) entered the game ranked second against the run, allowing just 99 yards per game. Wilson, held to seven yards rushing on two carries in the first half, staked the Mean Green to a 21-10 lead early in the third when he slithered through the left side of the defensive line and raced untouched for 41 yards and a touchdown. He had 153 yards on 13 carries in the second. The Black Knights seemed ready to counter right back, but quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw fumbled a snap on fourth-and-inches at midfield and the Mean Green took possession. Moments later, Army defensive back Elijah Riley was poised to make an interception but slipped down as he turned to catch the ball. That left Willie Robinson all alone for a 26-yard catch and Wilson's 1-yard run boosted the lead to 28-10 midway through the third. North Texas sealed the victory, its first in five tries against Army, on a turnover. Army was driving at midfield early in the fourth, but tight end Dalton Mendenhall had it stripped by Eric Jenkins and the Mean Green recovered at its own 12-yard line. THE TAKEAWAY:ARMY: If the Black Knights can control the turnovers, they still can contend to play in the postseason. The Black Knights can't afford to make those mistakes to have a chance to win, with the likes of Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Air Force and Navy still on the schedule. NORTH TEXAS: With a freshman quarterback at the helm and a solid running game, the Mean Green can be a contender in Conference USA. When Wilson is on, they win. In the team's first three victories, he averaged 142.7 rushing yards, and just 44.3 in the losses. UP NEXT:Army: Travels to play Wake Forest of the Atlantic Coast Conference on Saturday. North Texas: Plays at Texas-San Antonio on Saturday.---AP College Football Website: www.collegefootball.ap.org---Follow Kekis on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Greek1947
Quarterback Clayton Thorson passed for 285 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday, and resurgent Northwestern bolted to an early lead then coasted past Indiana 24-14 for its third straight victory. In a reversal of its 1-3 start to the season, Northwestern (4-3, 3-1) took a 24-3 lead and wasn't seriously threatened the rest of the way. Indiana (3-4, 1-3) dropped its third consecutive game after three victories in the first four starts. Thorson became the first Northwestern signal-caller since at least 2000 to throw three or more touchdown passes in three consecutive games. He completed 24 passes in 43 attempts and did not throw an interception. Running back Justin Jackson led the Northwestern ground attack with 106 yards in 28 carries. The Wildcats took the opening kickoff and drove 70 yards for a touchdown, as the Hoosiers had no answer for their no-huddle offense. Thorson connected with Solomon Vault on a 17-yard pass to complete the 11-play drive. TAKEAWAYIndiana: Lately, there has been little evidence of the high-powered attack that coach Kevin Wilson was expected to bring with him from Oklahoma five years ago. The offense scored just five touchdowns and 51 points in the last three games. ... White served as Northwestern offense coordinator from 1999-2001. Northwestern: After a slow start, Jackson has busted out in a big way with 465 yards rushing in the last three games. Jackson ran for 359 yards on 60 carries in victories at Iowa and Michigan the last two previous weeks. ... Carr caught seven balls for 125 yards. He was the Big Ten leader in and receptions (43), yards (595) and TDs (eight) at the start of the day. ... The six-pointer was the first for Wilson in his career. ... The Wildcats improved to 55-16 with a halftime lead under coach Pat Fitzgerald. UP NEXTIndiana hosts Maryland at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Northwestern travels to Ohio Stadium on Saturday, when they will meet second-ranked Ohio State in Columbus.
Mason Rudolph threw for 220 yards and one touchdown, Jalen McCleskey caught six passes for 129 yards, Justice Hill ran for 162 yards and Oklahoma State extinguished Kansas' homecoming excitement, winning 44-20 on Saturday. With less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter, Kansas (1-6, 0-4 Big 12) quarterback Montell Cozart was pressed on third-and-7 deep in Jayhawk territory and threw an interception straight into the hands of Oklahoma State defensive tackle DeQuinton Osborne. Osborne, standing at 6-foot and weighing 310 pounds, ran down to Kansas sideline to the 1-yard line. On the following play, Oklahoma State running back Rennie Childs punched in the ball to put the Cowboys (5-2, 3-1) up 31-20. Then things got weird. Six plays later, Cozart threw another interception. The deep pass was intended for wide receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez, but he batted the ball up and Oklahoma State free safety Jordan Sterns brought it down. Sterns scrambled up the field for 21 yards and then lateraled the ball to defensive tackle Vincent Taylor. Taylor then ran for 14 yards before lateraling to defensive end Jarrell Owens. Owens ran for another 29 yards before being brought down by Gonzalez at the Kansas 16. Oklahoma State chipped in a 25-yard field goal a few plays after the chaos. Kansas started off hot, scoring first halfway through the first quarter by a Cozart-to-Gonzalez 68-yard pass. The Jayhawks held a lead until three minutes before halftime when Hill inched in a 1-yard touchdown run to make the score 17-13. Kansas came close to getting within one point, as the Jayhawks prepared to attempt a 59-yard field goal as time expired before halftime. With five seconds remaining in the half, Oklahoma State's Motekiai Maile blocked the kick. Kansas couldn't recover, scoring only one more time before the game ended. Cozart threw for 250 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, Ke'aun Kinner rushed for 145 yards, and Gonzalez hauled in six passes for 106 yards in the Jayhawks' 21st-straight loss to FBS opponents. THE TAKEAWAYKansas: The Kansas defense sacked Mason Rudolph five times, the most a Jayhawk squad has brought down a Cowboy quarterback in program history. Dorance Armstrong sacked Rudolph once, extending his sack streak to five-straight games. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys scored 17 points off Jayhawk turnovers. UP NEXTKansas travels to Oklahoma t0 play the Sooners on Oct. 29. Oklahoma State hosts West Virginia on Oct. 29.
No. 10 Wisconsin's challenging October continues Saturday with a road game against archrival Iowa. The Badgers lost their past two games, both by a touchdown, to then-No. 4 Michigan and to No. 2 Ohio State in overtime, with a bye week sandwiched between those games. Wisconsin (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) desperately needs a win to remain in the Big Ten West race. A loss potentially would put the Badgers three games behind front-running Nebraska, which plays host to lowly Purdue this week. After facing Iowa (5-2, 3-1), Wisconsin returns home the following week for a showdown with No. 8 Nebraska. But first the Badgers must get past the Hawkeyes on Saturday (noon ET, ESPN) in Kinnick Stadium." It's going to be a fun and intense rivalry game, and I can't wait," Wisconsin cornerback Sojourn Shelton said. Playing this game on the road isn't necessarily a bad thing for Wisconsin. Strangely, the road team has fared well the past few years. The Badgers won on each of their past three visits to Iowa City in the evenly matched series (Wisconsin leads 44-43-2) but lost in Madison a year ago. The Heartland Trophy game between Iowa and Wisconsin is always hard-hitting and usually highly competitive. Last fall, Iowa came away with a 10-6 road win that propelled the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten championship game." Going a whole year with an empty trophy case, (without) seeing it in the locker room every day, it kind of makes you angry a little bit," Wisconsin redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook said. "Especially after that game when it wasn't sitting there in the locker room." That's definitely something that we want back, and we'll be doing everything we can to get it back." Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst doesn't spent much time thinking about the history between the teams." Those of us who were a part of it last year, we understand what happened, and yet none that carries over, carries forward," he said. "We've got a ton of respect for Iowa, and I do certainly for their program, but it's about this Saturday, who's the best team." Chryst is more concerned about bouncing back from last week's home loss to Ohio State and getting his team healthy. Wisconsin led 16-6 at halftime but couldn't close the deal. The Badgers came out of that game banged up. A long list of players are questionable on this week's injury report, including linebacker Vince Biegel, nose tackle Olive Sagapolu, wide receiver Robert Wheelwright, linebacker Zack Baun, offensive lineman Jon Dietzen, running back Taiwan Deal and safety Keelon Brookins. Wisconsin enters the game as a slight favorite over Iowa, which rebounded from stunning home losses to North Dakota State and Northwestern by recording consecutive road wins. The Hawkeyes' latest victories came against Minnesota and Purdue, though, and so it is difficult to gauge just how much Iowa improved the past two weeks. But it certainly will find out more this week." All of us are really feeling better than we did a couple of weeks ago," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "That was really a tough defeat (against Northwestern), but I think the guys really learned from it, and the last two weeks we've played better football with more intensity. We've done some things that are paramount to winning." After Iowa won a 14-7 slugfest at Minnesota two weeks ago, the Hawkeyes looked good last Saturday. Iowa beat Purdue 49-35 in West Lafayette, Ind., resulting in the firing of Boilermakers coach Darrell Hazell on Sunday. The Hawkeyes bolted to a 35-7 lead and began substituting freely in the second half, allowing Purdue to make the score respectable. Two areas of concern that Iowa appeared to address are its rushing offense and its run defense. The Hawkeyes ran for an impressive 365 yards against Purdue and held the Boilermakers to 47 yards on the ground. Those ground yards will be much tougher to come by against the Badgers, whose defense gave Ohio State some problems, particularly in the first half. The key to Saturday's game for Iowa could be its ability to effectively use its two backs -- LeShun Daniels Jr. and Akrum Wadley -- to move the ball against the Wisconsin defense and help loosen up the defense for quarterback C. J. Beathard, who has 11 touchdown passes and four interceptions this season but could be without one of his favorite targets, injured tight end George Kittle. Wadley rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown, and Daniels amassed 150 yards and two touchdowns against Purdue." They're both playing the best football of their careers," Ferentz said. "The two of them have really complemented each other. It's been a good combination." On defense, Iowa will be trying to slow down Wisconsin running back Corey Clement, who rushed for 164 yards against Ohio State, and Hornibrook. Clement leads the team with 483 rushing yards." No question we'll have to be at our best against No. 10-ranked team in the country coming in," Ferentz said. "It'll be a great environment. The big thing for us right now there is no tomorrow. We'll put all we can into this game. We're going to have to. We're playing a really outstanding opponent."
Corey Clement ran for 134 yards and a touchdown and 10th-ranked Wisconsin used a stout defense to beat Iowa 17-9 on Saturday and snap a two-game skid. Alex Hornibrook had 197 yards passing for the Badgers (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten), who won for the fourth straight time in Iowa City. Backup Bart Houston threw a touchdown pass for Wisconsin, and Clement's 1-yard TD run put the Badgers ahead 14-6 midway through the third quarter. But Wisconsin was carried by its defense. The Badgers allowed just 236 yards on 60 plays and held the Hawkeyes (5-3, 3-2) without a touchdown for the first time all season - just a week after Iowa scored 49 points against Purdue.'' They perservered. They kept playing, and they did it together,'' Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. C. J. Beathard had 153 yards passing for Iowa, which lost its third straight at home.'' There were some plays that we left out there. That certainly didn't help our cause,'' Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. THE TAKEAWAYWisconsin: The Badgers showed that they're not going to let Nebraska cruise to the Big Ten West title. Wisconsin overcame two missed field goals and a fumble that Iowa recovered in its own end zone, surviving to win its second straight on the road. Iowa: The Hawkeyes offense, which has been inconsistent at times this season, bottomed out. Beathard hardly had any open receivers - and when he did, he missed them more than once. Iowa's hopes for a run at the West title now seem dim, with Penn State, Michigan and Nebraska still on its schedule. UP NEXTWisconsin: The Badgers brutal stretch in the Big Ten continues next week when they host the Cornhuskers, who entered Saturday ranked eighth in the country. Wisconsin then travels to resurgent Northwestern before its schedule eases considerably in November. Iowa: The Hawkeyes get their bye next week. They open November with a night game on the road against the Nittany Lions.---Online: www.collegefootball.ap.org
What once looked to be no more than a small bump in the road for the No. 7 Louisville Cardinals on their way to double digits in wins took on a new dimension last week when the North Carolina State Wolfpack came within a missed field goal of knocking Clemson from its lofty ranking. The Cardinals and Wolfpack meet at noon ET Saturday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville (ABC). While the unranked Wolfpack (4-2, 1-1 ACC) were putting a scare into the unbeaten Tigers, the Cardinals (5-1, 3-1 ACC) were having an unexpected tussle with Duke at home. The Blue Devils may have given an example on how to slow Louisville quarterback and Heisman Trophy favorite Lamar Jackson: Keep him off the field. The Blue Devils controlled the ball and the clock, though ultimately not the scoreboard in a 24-14 Louisville win." It's a little frustrating," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said of Duke's ability to control the tempo. "There's no question about it. They got themselves into third-and-shorts and then converted." We're not used to that. We're used to getting off the field on defense and getting our offense the ball back, but we held in there and found a way to win." Duke controlled the football for over 37 minutes and managed to hold the Cardinals to just 61 plays, 19 fewer than what they were averaging coming into the game. Jackson still got his yards (144 on 21 rushes with one touchdown, 181 on 13 completions in 26 attempts with one score), but Louisville wasn't able to put the game away until a roughing-the-kicker-penalty kept alive a touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter and provided the Cardinals with a 10-point margin of victory. Jackson said Duke's strategy caught the Cardinals by surprise, but that isn't likely to happen with the Wolfpack. Unlike Duke, which is a member of the ACC's Coastal Division, N. C. State is a colleague with Louisville in the Atlantic and they play each other every season." We know them well because the majority of the players are the same guys we've been playing against for the last two years," Petrino said. "They're very well coached. They're a physical team." We've always had really good battles with them and found a way to win in the fourth quarter, so I imagine this is going be a very good football game." The Wolfpack are hoping to build momentum from its play against Clemson." I think we learned about how good we are," quarterback Ryan Finley said. "We took on the No. 3 team into overtime and really beat ourselves." We have a great squad and we are going to bounce back from this. This is not the end of our season." N. C. State's defense has received strong reviews during the first month-plus of the season, and that was on display against Clemson. Much of the good work from the defense might have been dismissed a week earlier because the 10-3 victory against Notre Dame was played in windy, rainy conditions brought on by Hurricane Matthew. But there was no mistake of the defense's ability against Clemson. N. C. State forced four turnovers in the game and held the Tigers to just 117 yards rushing, though Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson passed for 378. The Wolfpack had 397 yards in total offense to Clemson's 495. Wolfpack senior running back Matt Dayes had a triple-digit rushing game against the Tigers with 106 yards on 22 carries with one touchdown. Finley, a transfer from Boise State, passed for 231 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice, including his last pass in overtime to end the game." I definitely feel like the team realizes that we can compete with just about anybody in the country and we have just got to believe that," Dayes said. "We are a great offense and defense. We have just got to finish. ... We probably surprised them, but we weren't surprised ourselves." The Wolfpack aren't likely to catch Louisville by surprise." We have to go out this week and have a great week of practice and be more intense, more into our focus, more in the preparation that we've had for the other games that we've played early in the fall," Petrino said. "We weren't at the top of our game, and we need to get back to that, get back to our players you know, working to have the best game they've had all year."
Lamar Jackson broke a school single-season record with four first-half touchdowns, Louisville had three interceptions and the seventh-ranked Cardinals burst past North Carolina State 54-13 on Saturday. Jackson passed for three touchdowns and ran for a 36-yard score on the opening drive, giving him 34 TDs with five games to play. He passed Dave Ragone and Brian Brohm, who each had 33. Jackson, the sophomore quarterback and a Heisman frontrunner, had 359 of his 431 yards on offense by halftime. Jeremy Smith ran for a pair of 1-yard TDs for Louisville (6-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which reclaimed its high-scoring ways a week after managing a season-low 24 points against Duke. Jaylen Smith had a 74-yard TD reception, tight end Cole Hikutini added a 3-yard score and Jamari Staples a 16-yard catch for the Cardinals. Blanton Creque had four field goals and six conversions to set a single-game school scoring record for a kicker with 18 points. Whatever hope North Carolina State (4-3, 1-2 ACC) had of slowing the Cardinals and Jackson was quashed after kickoff. Jackson completed his first three passes for 36 yards before running another 36 on the left side for his first TD just as 55,218 were settling into their seats on homecoming. After Blanton Creque's 37-yard field goal made it 10-0, Jackson hit Jaylen Smith in stride down the middle and the receiver took off for the longest TD for him and the QB, who wasn't done making big plays. Jackson's 67-yard pass to Hikutini - who finished with a career-best 118 yards receiving on six catches - set up Jeremy Smith's first touchdown run. Hikutini's TD catch capped the next drive and Staples grabbed his first scoring pass of the season. Louisville outgained the Wolfpack 553-250. All this against an N. C. State defense that last week forced four turnovers and returned an interception for a TD at then-No. 3 Clemson before falling in overtime. The Wolfpack managed two third-quarter touchdowns to avoid a shutout, but not the rout. THE TAKEAWAYN. C. State: The Wolfpack's upset quest after last week's game slipped away at Clemson never got started. They were outgained 244 to minus-1 after one quarter before finishing with their second-lowest yardage this season. Louisville: Other than a scoreless third quarter, Jackson and the Cardinals clicked on all phases in their most emphatic win since destroying Florida State. Jackson's TD passes to Jaylen Smith and Staples might have been his best, along with his run that got his day started. The Cardinals became bowl eligible for the seventh straight season. POLL IMPLICATIONSLouisville's latest rout could boost its position and grab the attention of the playoff committee with the initial rankings just a couple of weeks away. UP NEXTNorth Carolina State: The Wolfpack host Boston College next Saturday. Louisville: The Cardinals visit Virginia next Saturday.
Logan Woodside and receiver Cody Thompson connected seven times for 122 yards and four touchdowns to help Toledo beat Central Michigan 31-17 on Saturday. It was the second-best scoring game for a wide receiver in program history, trailing just Eric Page with five scores in 2011. Woodside found Thompson for two 16-yard touchdowns - on back-shoulder throws - in the third quarter as Toledo took a 17-0 lead. On the Rockets' first possession of the fourth, Thompson scored from 11 yards out for a 24-10 lead and the duo added a 34-yard TD with 7:30 remaining. Woodside went 23 of 32 for 264 yards and four touchdowns for Toledo (6-1, 3-0 Mid-American Conference). The Rockets forced two turnovers. Central Michigan running back Devon Spalding caught a screen pass late in the first half but fumbled it at goal line for a touchback. In the third quarter, Connery Swift jumped a route and made Toledo's third interception of the season. Cooper Rush was 18-of-31 passing for 229 yards for Central Michigan (5-3, 2-2). He pulled the Chippewas within 17-7 when he scrambled from 20 yards out and broke several tackles near the end zone.
Freshman Jake Bentley threw for two touchdowns and 201 yards in his first college game and South Carolina matched its victory total from last year with a 34-28 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp was expecting to redshirt Bentley this season before the team's mounting offensive problems - they entered dead last in points per game in the Football Bowl Subdivision - left the first-year coach open to any solution. Bentley proved the right answer against the Minutemen (1-7). He led the Gamecocks (3-4) to touchdowns on their first two series, and then threw a pair of pretty fade passes for TD, the first from 16 yards out to K. C. Crosby and later a 24-yarder to Bryan Edwards to lead 27-7. When UMass cut things to 34-28 with less than 5 minutes left, Bentley accounted for 30 yards to help the Gamecocks run out the clock. It was the first time South Carolina had scored more than 20 points in a game this season. UMass did its share to help with three turnovers in the opening half, two which led to two South Carolina scores. Tight end Adam Breneman had two TD catches for Massachusetts, which fell to 0-3 against Southeastern Conference teams this fall. THE TAKEAWAYMASSACHUSETTS: UMass has been outscored 131-77 in its four games this season against teams from the Power 5 conferences. SOUTH CAROLINA: Its future - and offensive recovery - may have started with Bentley behind center. The freshman, who'll turn 19 next month, is sure to have some bumps ahead, maybe as soon as next week's home game against No. 18 Tennessee. But there was little benefit keeping the strong-armed Bentley on the bench if he could spark up the offense this season. UP NEXTMASSACHUSETTS: The Minutemen return home to play Football Championship Subdivision opponent Wagner. The game ends the UMass home season as it finishes with games at Troy, BYU and Hawaii. SOUTH CAROLINA: The Gamecocks go back to the Southeastern Conference grinder against No. 18 Tennessee. The Gamecocks have only won two SEC games the past two seasons and will face a difficult challenge against the Vols, who are in the thick of the Eastern Division chase.
McKenzie Milton threw for a season-high 317 yards and three touchdowns to lead UCF to a 24-16 win over UConn. The freshman completed 29 of 45 passes and the Knights (4-3, 2-1 American) moved over the .500 mark by scoring 17 unanswered points and holding the Huskies (3-5, 1-4) scoreless in the second half. Arkeel Newsome ran 21 times for 101 yards and Noel Thomas had his fifth straight 100-yard receiving game for UConn, catching nine passes for 165 yards. But Thomas dropped a pass in the end zone on a third down with just over 3 minutes remaining, and quarterback Bryant Shirreffs came up short on a fourth-down scramble. The Huskies got the ball back near midfield with just over 2 minutes left and drove to the 21, but failed to convert a fourth-down pass. The Knights took the lead on the first drive of the second half, when Milton hit running back Adrian Killins over the middle for a 39-yard touchdown. It was the third consecutive drive of more than 70 yards for UCF. A career-long 50-yard field goal by Matthew Wright early in the fourth quarter pushed the lead to eight points. UConn scored the game's first 13 points, capped by a 3-yard touchdown run from Newsome. The Huskies final points came on a 35-yard Puyol field goal, one of three he kicked in the first half. The lead was the first at halftime this season for the Huskies. THE TAKEAWAYUCF: The Knights have apparently found their quarterback in the freshman Milton, who started again over senior Justin Holman. It was Milton's fourth start this season. His 317 yards passing were the most since Holman threw for 336 yards against Temple in 2014. UConn: The Huskies have two offensive weapons in Newsome and Thomas and need to find a third. Shirreffs was again the team's second leading rusher with 49 yards. Alec Bloom was the team's second-leading receiver. He had two catches for 20 yards. UP NEXTUCF: The Knights visit No. 11 Houston next SaturdayUConn: The Huskies travel south to face East Carolina.
Gus Ragland threw for three touchdowns and Miami (Ohio) beat Bowling Green 40-26 on Saturday. The RedHawks (2-6, 2-2 Mid-American) won back-to-back games for the first time since October 2012 after opening this season with six losses. James Gardner had nine receptions for 120 yards and Kenny Young added another 118 yards, a career high, on eight carries for Miami. The Redhawks took the lead for good, 12-10, in the second quarter when a backwards pass by James Morgan went off Ronnie Moore into the end zone and resulted in a safety. Leading 19-17 at halftime, Ragland threw TD passes to Alonzo Smith and Ryan Smith with Spencer McInnis adding a 2-yard rushing TD. Morgan was 30 of 49 for a career-high 389 yards and three touchdowns but was intercepted three times. Scott Miller caught 11 balls for 178 yards, a career high, and two scores for the Falcons (1-7, 0-4), who have lost six straight.
Jesse Ertz ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score, Kansas State held Texas running back D'Onta Foreman in check and the Wildcats held on for a 24-21 victory on Saturday. Kansas State (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) beat the Longhorns (3-4, 1-3) for the fifth straight time at home, and almost certainly turned up the heat on Texas coach Charlie Strong - as if that was possible. He dropped to 14-18 with the Longhorns, and has lost three of his last four games. The way it happened was particularly damaging: Texas forced three turnovers without committing one, but was done in by nine penalties, two failed fourth-down conversions, and a badly missed 35-yard field-goal attempt with just over 4 minutes left that would have made it a 24-17 game. The Longhorns eventually got the ball back, and Shane Buechele hit Dorian Leonard from 6 yards out with 46 seconds left. But the ensuing onside kick went out of bounds to seal the outcome. Ertz threw for 171 yards while running for 78, one week after a shoulder injury prevented him from finishing a loss to Oklahoma. Ertz also teamed with running backs Charles Jones, Justin Silmon and Alex Barnes to pile up 240 yards on the ground. Foreman, the nation's second-leading rusher, carried 24 times for 124 yards. But he was repeatedly stopped in key situations, a big reason why the Longhorns were just 3 of 11 on third down. Buechele finished with 222 yards and two scores passing, but a big chunk came on an 80-yard pass to Devin Duvernay in the second quarter. He was also sacked twice and fumbled a snap. THE TAKEAWAYTEXAS: After eclipsing 500 yards total offense for the fourth time this season a week ago against Iowa State, the Longhorns struggled to move the ball. They had just 344 yards on Saturday. KANSAS STATE: Not everything went smoothly for the Wildcats. Jones fumbled just as he was about to score in the third quarter, cornerback Duke Shelley was burned on the long TD pass and special teams were shaky much of the afternoon. UP NEXTTEXAS: Ninth-ranked Baylor visits Austin on Saturday. KANSAS STATE: A trip to Iowa State awaits Saturday.
Emmitt Carpenter's 28-yard field goal with 10 seconds left helped Minnesota survive for a 34-32 victory against Rutgers on Saturday. Rodney Smith had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and ran for 111 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Gophers (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten). Mitch Leidner returned after missing one game with a concussion and was 11-of-18 passing for 156 yards and an interception. Rutgers cornerback Damon Hayes intercepted Leidner and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown with just over six minutes left in the third quarter, but Scarlet Knights kicker David Bongaura couldn't tie the game when he missed the PAT. Smith took Bongaura's ensuing kickoff and raced down the home sideline for the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a Minnesota player since Jalen Myrick in 2014. Giovanni Rescigno was 22 of 38 for 220 yards passing in making his first start for Rutgers (2-6, 0-5). Rescigno threw three touchdown passes and two interceptions for the Knights, who had scored 14 points in four conference games prior to Saturday. Justin Goodwin had 19 carries and 97 yards for the Knights. Bongaura made a 39-yard field goal with 4 minutes left, but Minnesota went 59 yards in 13 plays to set up Carpenter's game-winner. Smith had 25 yards rushing, including a 3-yard run on third down, spinning away from defenders twice for a first down. Shannon Brooks had 22 carries for 87 yards as the Gophers ran for 243 yards. Minnesota linebacker Jack Lynn was ejected in the second half for targeting when he lowered his shoulder and hit receiver Jawuan Harris. THE TAKEAWAYRUTGERS: Despite the two interceptions, Rescigno has given the Knights a spark at quarterback. With the Rescigno using his arm and legs (11 carries for 26 yards), Rutgers had its most impressive offensive performance of the season in Big Ten play. MINNESOTA: The Gophers defense entered the game with the fifth-ranked defense in Big Ten play. But Minnesota was shaky against the relatively unknown Rescigno and gave up 372 total yards. UP NEXTRUTGERS: Finally gets its bye week before hosting Indiana on Nov. 5. Minnesota: The Gophers go on the road at Illinois on Oct. 29.
Eric Dungey threw for three touchdowns, Ervin Phillips had a pair of scores and Syracuse beat Boston College 28-20 on Saturday, sending the Eagles to their 12th straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss. Dungey went 32 for 38 for 434 yards. He also ran 17 times for 54 yards for the Orange (4-4, 2-2 ACC). Last week, he became the first player in school history to throw for over 300 yards and rush for over 100 in an upset victory over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech. Patrick Towles went 4 of 14 for 45 yards for Boston College (3-4, 0-4) but did run 75 yards for a touchdown. He was taken out of the game early in the fourth quarter and appeared to be favoring his right leg. Back-up Darius Wade drove the Eagles deep into Syracuse territory, but was sacked and then threw incomplete on fourth-and-14 with just under 2 minutes left. The Orange went 86 yards for a score to make it 21-10 after an interception by linebacker Parris Bennett inside their own 5. Receiver Steve Ishmael made an 11-yard TD catch along the side of the end zone, making a leaping grab and getting one foot to touch before he was knocked out of bounds. One play later, Towles broke around left end and went down the sideline for his score on the final play of the third quarter. Mike Knoll's second field goal - a 39-yarder - cut it to 21-20. Dungey's third TD toss - a 68-yarder to Amba Etta-Tawo - made it 28-20. Boston College's Myles Willis had an 89-yard kickoff return for a TD. THE TAKEAWAYSYRACSE: The Orange didn't play smooth offensively, collecting a handful of false start penalties and turning the ball over three times, but they go into a bye week with a pair of key victories. BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles can't make key plays when the game's close. They were driving for a possible go-ahead score late in the third when wide-open receiver Michael Walker bobbled a pass - with the ball flying into the air and into the hands of linebacker Bennett. UP NEXTSYRACUSE: Travels to No. 4 Clemson on Nov. 5. BOSTON COLLEGE: Faces North Carolina State on the road next Saturday.
Dru Brown threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Kemp on the first play of the second overtime and Hawaii beat Air Force 34-27 on Saturday to end the Falcons' 15-game home winning streak. Jalen Rogers intercepted a Nate Romine pass on fourth down to seal it for the Rainbow Warriors, who won consecutive road games for the first time since 2010. Brown and Kemp also connected on a 13-yard score in the first OT after Romine summersaulted into the end zone for a 5-yard score. Luke Strebel had a chance to win it on the final play of regulation, but his 32-yard field goal attempt went wide right. Brown finished with a career-high 312 yards passing for Hawaii (4-4, 3-1 Mountain West), including a 40-yard TD strike to John Ursua to tie it at 20 with 11:51 remaining. He also threw two interceptions after entering with a streak of 112 passes without a pick. The Falcons (4-3, 1-3) lost at Falcon Stadium for the first time since Nov. 21, 2013, against UNLV. There was a scary moment early in the third quarter when Air Force defensive back Jesse Washington was strapped to a stretcher and taken off the field after being tackled during an interception return. The senior was on the ground for several minutes and tended to by team medical personnel. He gave two thumbs up as he was taken off the field. Washington was traveling up the right sideline on his 27-yard interception return when Hawaii tailback Diocemy Saint Juste tackled him. Washington's head appeared to snap back. Washington had full movement in his extremities and was taken to a hospital as a precaution, the team announced. THE TAKEAWAYHAWAII: Trailed three times and rallied back. The Rainbow Warriors were routed 58-7 last season by Air Force and a day later, head coach Norm Chow was fired. AIR FORCE: The Falcons couldn't get any sort of passing game going against the Rainbow Warriors. Romine finished 1 for 10 for 20 yards. UP NEXTHAWAII: Hosts New Mexico next Saturday. The Lobos have won the last six over the Rainbow Warriors. AIR FORCE: Travels to Fresno State on Friday.---AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org
North Carolina is not yet in control of its future when it comes to a return appearance in the ACC Championship Game as Virginia Tech holds the tiebreaker over the Tar Heels if those two teams end up tied at the top of the Coastal Division standings at the end of the regular season. But the No. 22 Tar Heels are sitting in a much better position heading into Saturday's game against Virginia at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va., (3 p.m. ET, RSN) than they were a week ago when they were bound for Miami coming off the big loss to the Hokies. The win over the Hurricanes put North Carolina (5-2, 3-1 ACC) alone in first place in the division when the Hokies lost at Syracuse to fall to 2-1 in league play. Unfortunately for the Tar Heels, however, their 20-13 victory over the Hurricanes came with a price. They lost wide receiver Mack Hollins to a broken collarbone and the senior will miss the rest of the season after having surgery. Hollins led North Carolina in touchdown catches with four among his 16 receptions. His 19.3 yards per catch average was tops among receivers with more than one catch. Fortunately for the Tar Heels, they do have depth at the position. Wide receiver Ryan Switzer has 58 catches for 606 yards, Bug Howard 29 for 429 and Austin Proehl 24 for 302. Running backs T. J. Logan and Elijah Hood have a combined 34 catches for 229 yards." We still got some guys that can stretch the field vertically," North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said. "That doesn't overly concern me." We'll miss Mack's ability to do it. That's probably the thing he does best, but we've got some guys who can get behind people." The Tar Heels, who have won six straight over Virginia, have gone through what arguably is the toughest part of their schedule with their four remaining conference games against teams with a combined 3-8 league mark. In addition to Virginia's 1-1 conference record, Georgia Tech is 1-3 in league play, Duke 0-3 and North Carolina State 1-1. North Carolina also has a non-conference affair against The Citadel. None of the conference games figures to be pushovers, though the Tar Heels likely will be favored in all four. If they are able to run the table, they still need Virginia Tech to lose at least one more time to get to the ACC title game. North Carolina already has beaten Pittsburgh (5-2, 2-1). Virginia (2-4, 1-1) could be an interesting matchup. The Cavaliers began the season by losing their first three games (Richmond, Oregon, Connecticut) but notched a win over Central Michigan before opening conference play by beating Duke 24-10. They lost a high-scoring 45-31 affair to Pittsburgh last week." I like my team," first-year coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "I like how hard they try and how they've embraced the culture. And we're moving up the scale of the effort and intent to position mastery and execution." That's basically where our team is right now. So we're becoming better in terms of our position mastery and playing our spots. Execution is not holding yet long enough from beginning to end in all three phases to have the outcomes that we would like." But more and more plays are looking how we would like them to be." Cavaliers quarterback Kurt Benkert, a transfer from East Carolina, has passed for 421, 336, and 278 yards the last three games but has seven interceptions against 14 touchdown passes for the season. The Cavaliers have a two-back approach to the rushing game with Taquan Mizzell rushing for a team-best 355 yards and Albert Reid 346. Defensively, the Cavaliers had some success at times stopping the run, holding Central Michigan to 93 yards rushing and Duke to 106, but gave up 209 yards to Pittsburgh their last outing and 301 to Oregon early in the season." We're still missing more plays in open field than what I would like," Mendenhall said. "But we're starting to make more than what we had before. So a work in progress." The series, which North Carolina leads 63-53-4, began in 1892 and is billed as the oldest rivalry in the South.
Mitch Trubisky threw three touchdown passes and No. 22 North Carolina limited Virginia to one trick-play touchdown until the fourth quarter Saturday in a 35-14 victory. Trubisky hit Bug Howard for 40 yards on a trick play, Thomas Jackson for 10 yards and Austin Proehl for 46 yards for touchdowns for the Tar Heels (6-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). North Carolina won its seventh straight in the series and ninth true road game in a row. The Cavaliers (2-5, 1-2) got their first touchdown when they lined up for a field goal, had the entire offensive line split out far to the left, and snapper Evan Butts threw the snap 30 yards to his left to Matt Johns, the holder now acting as the quarterback. Johns quickly hit Butts for an 11-yard touchdown strike. The Tar Heels led 14-7 at halftime and limited Virginia to 39 yards in the third quarter while opening a 28-7 lead. Elijah Hood ran for 107 yards and a 4-yard touchdown, and T. J. Logan scored on a 4-yard run. THE TAKEAWAYNorth Carolina: The Tar Heels moved back ahead of Virginia Tech in the Coastal Division race by virtue of having one more victory. The Hokies (3-1 in division), however, beat UNC three weeks ago, so they hold the tiebreaker, but either Virginia Tech or Pittsburgh (2-1 in division play) will fall off the pace in the loss column when they meet Thursday night at Heinz Field. The Tar Heels beat the Panthers 37-36 earlier this month on Trubisky's TD pass with 0:02 remaining. Virginia: Virginia called several running plays on third-and-medium plays against the Tar Heels, curious because the Cavaliers could already be playing in nothing-to-lose mode if a bowl game remains their goal. UP NEXTNorth Carolina returns home to face struggling Georgia Tech, which has lost the last two games in the series. Virginia wraps up a three-game homestand at home against No, 7 Louisville and Heisman Trophy contender Lamar Jackson.