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News & Notes - Week 10

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Week 10

Pittsburgh dominated their Wednesday night game vs Connecticut even more than the final score as in the 1H they had a 321-80 yd edge but had a FD at the UC22 with :13 left and no time-outs and took a sack and got zero points and only led 21-3. Pitt led 35-13 when UC took over with 3:22 left and went 71/8pl for a garbage TD with :43 left. The victory was costly for Pitt as they lost star RB Graham (knee) as well as starting OT Matt Rotheram (brk ankle) and starting WR Cameron Saddler (fractured sternum) all for the season...

Michigan RB Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for a career high 170 yards. UM had 339 yds rushing and a 535-311 yd edge. Things looked good for Purdue early as they got a 48 yd TD pass to lead 7-0 and UM scored a TD then was int'd on their next 2 drives but PU was sk'd for a safety then gave up a 37 yd FG, was int'd and UM drove 83/5pl for a TD and UM added a 22 yd FG on the final play of the half to lead 22-7 and PU's first four 2H poss were 3 punts and an SOD at the UM1 when trailing 36-7...

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had a 339-182 yd edge and led 27-3 when Syracuse took over with 2:53 left and went 63/6pl and on 4&7 got a 20 yd TD pass with 1:31 left to "only" lose 27-10...

Virginia Tech in the 1H vs Duke had a 301-162 yd edge, was int'd at the Duke2 and from the Duke30 was int'd in the EZ and also missed a 29 yd FG. In the 2H VT clinging to a 14-10 lead, punted with 1:50 left and Duke was int'd on 4&1 at their own 38 with :55 left...

Washington State actually had a 30-20 FD edge vs Oregon despite the fact that RB LaMichael James and QB Thomas ret'd and started. Brian Bennett replaced Thomas in the 2H. In the 2H WSU had a 260-215 yd edge but they were int'd at the 2 with 8:17 left in the 1Q, int'd at the 2 with 8:35 left and missed a 25 yd FG and trailed 15-10 at the half. The Ducks finally got some breathing room with a Thomas 93 yd KR TD and WSU trailed 43-20 when they went 85/13pl getting a 9 yd TD run and 2 pt conversion with 1:50 left in the game...

Oklahoma lost leading rusher Whaley to injury on the first play of the game and it was really a story of 2H's. In the 1H Kansas State led 17-14 mid2Q but a key play of the game happened with :19 left in the half. KSU was down by 3 and had the ball but fmbl'd and OU would get a 53 yd FG that just cleared the upright on the final play of the half which gave them momentum into the locker room and a 23-17 lead. The Sooners scored TD's on their first 5 poss of the 2H while KSU punted on all 5 and the game turned into a blowout with OU finishing with a 690-240 yd edge...

Notre Dame was coming off a disappointing loss the previous week to USC and held Navy to a season low 229 yds. Navy was starting backup QB Miller (5-13-33) who rushed for 55 yards on 19 carries. ND had 2 RB's score multiple TD's for the first time since 2001 and the starters sat the 4Q. ND led 35-7 at the half with a 258-100 yd edge. Navy was SOD at the ND14 on their opening 3Q drive and the Irish went 86/9pl for a TD to go up 42-7. Navy was SOD at their own 43 and the Irish 5pl later got another TD for a 49-7 lead en route to their 56-14 win...

As has been the case in all three Texas A&M losses this year they blew a double digit halftime lead as they led 28-17 at the half but only managed a FG in the 2H. A&M led 28-14 when Missouri got a 26 yd FG on the final play of the half to give them some momentum. Still the game shifted when A&M up 28-17 with 11:20 left was int'd at the 25 and ret'd 45 yds. MO drove 30/3pl to get a TD to get back in the game and then went 79/6pl for the lead, 31-28. A&M tied it on a FG with 4:10 left after having a FD at the 15. A&M was sk'd on FD at the MO42 with :25 left and fmbl'd and MO missed a 46 yd FG but got a TD on 3&8 in OT on an 11 yd pass and A&M was SOD on 4&5...

Arkansas is the anti-Texas A&M as for the 3rd time this season, they trailed by DD but rallied for a win. Casey Hayward broke up 6 passes and Vanderbilt actually finished with a 462-388 yd edge. Ark rallied to tie it on a 94 yd FR TD with 13:25 left in the game and took the lead on a 42 yd FG with 6:53 left but had the ball on their own 39 with 4:37 left and went conservative. On 3&8 that was partially blk'd, they ran for a 1 yd loss and punted and VU went 80/8pl but missed a tying 27 yd FG at the end...

Northwestern scored on 9 of their first 10 poss and piled up a 616-488 yd edge in a high scoring shootout vs Indiana. IU has now allowed 40+ points in 4 straight games. NU had a 59-31 lead when IU got a TD with 9:08 left and NU then ate up the final 9:08 going 54/17pl taking a knee at the IU8 to end it...

Minnesota students stormed the field after their upset of Iowa. It was a game where IU blew numerous chances to put the game away and left the scrappy Gophers in the game. UM had been outscored 48-0 in the 1Q of their first 7 games but it was scoreless. IU took their first 5 drives of the game into UM territory but were SOD at the UM31, punted 19 yds, missed a chip shot 21 yd FG on 4&2 and missed a 43 yd FG that clanged off the upright and it was just 7-7 at the half despite a 260-165 yd edge. UI leading 14-7 was at the UM14 when they were sk'd and fmbl'd and it was ret'd 43 yd getting the Gophers back in the game. It was still UI 21-10 when they gave up a TD with 8:22 left and UM then rec'd a surprise onside kick and would get a TD on 4&gl from the 3 with 2:48 left and went for the gutsy 2 pt conv (failed) but they still led by 1. IU was SOD on 4&10 at its own 31...

Tulsa pounded SMU with a 451-265 yd edge. The game was played with 28 mph swirling winds but TU settled for a 22 yd FG on their 2nd poss then after an int, drove 20/5pl for a TD and after a 27 yd punt into the wind and K/C interf, drove 25/6/pl for a TD to lead 17-0. It was 24-0 at the half and they had a 230-76 yd edge and increased the lead to 38-7 when SMU gained 72 and 56 yds on their final 2 drives which ended on SOD at the 3 and int in the EZ from the 4...

Florida lost their 4th in a row for the first time since 1988. Georgia had a 354-226 yd edge but ST hurt them as UF had a 99 yd KR TD and a 63 yd KR set up a 40 yd FG. UGA got a TD with 13:18 left to lead 24-20 and at the end of the game, UGA had a 4th & 2 at the UF10 and broke a tackle and was brought down at the 1 on what would be the last play of the game...

One week after North Carolina committed 6 TO's vs Clemson, they forced 5 from Wake Forest. It wasn't just the TO's that had NC winning 49-24 as they had a 562-331 yd edge. NC drove 34 and 77 yds on their first 2 poss, both after WF TO's for a 14-0 lead but only led 14-10 at the half with a 215-134 yd edge. NC missed a 47 yd FG and only led 21-17 when they went 80/9, 34/5pl (after int), 41/3pl (after int) and 75/6pl (WF SOD) for TD's on 4 consecutive poss to go up 49-17...

Joe Paterno broke Eddie Robinson's record for victories by a Div I coach with 409 but this was a low scoring defensive battle with 18 punts in a game played in snow. Illinois had 94 yds passing and the Lions just 98. Penn State was SOD on 4&1 at the UI35 and UI went 64/11pl for a TD and a 7-0 lead with 3:32 left 3Q, which appeared commanding. PSU settled for a 30 yd FG with 7:00 left and got it back at their 20 with 3:05 left and went 80/10pl for a TD with 1:08 left. UI did drive but a 42 yd FG bounced off the upright on the final play...

Army gave Max Jenkins his first career start in what would be his last game at Michie Stadium as a senior. The game was played in snow. Fordham was shutout for the first time in six years and allowed 50 points for the first time in over a decade. Army led 42-0 at the half and very few fans remained at the end in the freezing stands. Rich Ellerson who played in the CFL said he'd never played in a game with such high winds and that they were playing a team that wanted to throw the ball and it was difficult to throw. Army finished with 544-86 yd and 27-6 FD edges...

If you were watching the scoreboard, Oklahoma State absolutely dominated Baylor in their 59-24 win as it was 35-0 at half and 49-3 after 3Q's. BU actually finished with a 36-23 FD edge and it was not all garbage yards. In fact BU's first drive went 69/16pl but on 4&1 they were SOD at the gl line. BU fmbl'd the KO setting up a 13 yd OSU TD. BU went 49/7pl but missed a 48 yd FG. BU went 63/13pl but on 3&gl from the 5 was int'd in the EZ. BU went 46/11pl but on 4&1 was SOD at the OSU32. BU went 57/8pl but on FD from the OSU26 was int'd at the 11 and ret'd 34 yds. BU fmbl'd in the 3Q to set up an OSU 7 yd TD drive, went on a 10pl TD drive for a 36 yd FG, a 66/9pl drive but fmbl'd at the OSU1 before finally getting a TD on the first play of the 4Q when trailing 49-3...

Rutgers was led out on the field by former player Eric LeGrand and the game was played in poor conditions with rain and blowing snow. Footing was tortuous and no more than 5,000 were in the stands cutting down on RU's home edge. The Knights appeared poised for the upset as they led 31-21 at the half and were up 31-28 when with 11:02 left when they faked a 28 yd FG and had an open man in the EZ but the pass was floated and hung up for a little but was dropped. West Virginia got a TD with 6:18 left then RU fumbled at their own 37 and WV got the frontdoor cover on a 37/3pl drive for a TD with 4:50 left. RU's last 2 drives were SOD at the WV33 and int'd WV22...

Hawaii did have a 353-234 yd edge vs Idaho but it was a tough loss for the Vandals. In the 1H they were SOD on 4&1 at the UH42 which set up a UH FG and they trailed 13-7. UI got a 70 yd FR TD with 4:22 left in the 3Q to lead 14-13. Idaho had 2 chances to put it away. They went for it again on 4&1, this time at the UH16 with 14:11 left and was SOD. UI was driving again and with 3:04 left, up by 1, UI had 3&6 at the UH9 but was int'd at the 5. UH drove and got a 35 yd FG with :30 left for the lead. UI got 1 FD and then gained 6 yds on 2 passes and their 53 yd FG on the game's final play was no good...

Texas had a 5 game home losing streak in Big 12 play end in a thoroughly dominating 43-0 romp over Kansas. UT had a 35-3 FD and 590-46 yd edge. At the half they had a 316-10 yd edge and punted just once while KU punted 7 times...

Mississippi and Auburn were tied 17-17 at half and UM had a 215-191 edge but Clint Moseley would have his first 4 career TD passes and AUB got WR Blake back and he had 71 yards rec. AUB dominated the 3Q with a 141-22 yd edge and pulled away in their 41-23 win with UM even getting a 10 yd TD pass on the game's final play...

Clemson came in unbeaten and Georgia Tech off 2 losses and a key injury note was that RB Andre Ellington for CU DNP. CU took their opening drive 67/12pl but settled for a 34 yd FG. CU fmbl'd on their own 19 and GT would go 71/8pl, 80/11pl and 78/9pl on their next 3 poss all for TD's to lead 24-3 at the half with CU missing a 40 yd FG. CU got a TD with 14:47 left to get within 14 then got a 26 yd IR to the GT9 but threw an int in the EZ and GT went on a back breaking 58/16pl drive before being SOD with 1:29 left while CU's final play was an int at midfield with 1:06 left..Kentucky lost starting QB Morgan Newton on the 3rd series of the game trailing 7-3 at the time. MSU had a 21-6 lead at the half and was int'd at the 2 with the Bulldogs having a 271-127 yd edge. Frosh QB Maxwell Smith for UK caught his stride in the 2H. He led UK 51/12pl for a 35 yd FG on the first drive then 70/11pl for a TD to pull them within 28-16 with 13:50 left. On their 3rd and last drive of the 4Q, UK went 68/16pl but on 4&7 was SOD at the 8 with 4:46 left and the Bulldogs got 3 FD's running out the clock.

FRONTDOOR COVERS

East Carolina did have a 461-266 yd edge vs Tulane but TU actually led 10-7 at one point after an 11 yd punt set them up for a 47/2pl TD drive. It was 17-13 at the half and 27-13 when TU was SOD on 4&9 at the EC44. EC went 56/5pl getting a TD with 2:11 left to go up 34-14...

Arizona State did score 3 TD's in the 1Q and led 21-0 vs a banged up Colorado team. Tyler Hansen did not start but came off the bench in CU's 3rd series and threw for 285 yards. ASU only had a 522-420 yd edge. They led 31-7 at the half and it was 34-7 when CU was SOD on 4&gl at the ASU1. CU then fmbl'd the punt at their own 13 and ASU got a TD to go up 41-7 but CU answered with a TD with 12:45 left, 41-14. CU was SOD on 4&2 at the ASU49 with 8:23 left and ASU went 51/5pl for an 8 yd TD run with 6:20 left to get ahead of the spread. Hirschman came in for QB Colorado and they went 70/7pl. On 2&11 from the aSU15 Ford got a 12 yd run to the 2 but fmbl'd and ASU hung on for the cover.

SHUTOUTS

Air Force lost QB Tim Jefferson in the 1Q but Connor Dietz filled in well even though he threw 1 pass, he rushed 6 times for 87 yds. AF, despite being in a flat spot, did lead 35-0 at the half with a 240-115 yd edge. New Mexico fumbled the punt on their own 24 and was int'd with 3:06 left in the half setting up an AF TD with 1:55 left. NM was int'd at the AF14 and missed 40 and 30 yd FG's on their 3 poss in the 2H resulting in a 42-0 shutout...

Florida State had a 444-166 yd edge including 249-106 in the 1H where they led 24-0. N.C. State's best scoring chances ended on a missed 51 yd FG and a fumble at the FSU30. FSU only led 24-0 when they got a 39 yd FG with 8:56 left and added a 26 yd TD pass with 4:28 left.

SITUATIONAL EDGES

Nebraska had a huge situational edge vs Michigan State catching the Spartans off 2 big home wins vs Michigan and Wisconsin and they had little left in the tank while Nebraska was off a bye and an easy romp over Minnesota. In the 1H NU led 10-3 but only had a 101-83 yd edge with a 25 yd TD drive after an int. The Huskers went 80/13pl and 89/11pl on their first 2 drives of the 3Q to take command, 24-3 and at the Legends division, as they now hold the tie-breaker over MSU. NU only finished with a 270-187 yd edge...

Kent State was fresh off a bye while Bowling Green was playing their 9th straight grueling game and came off a big upset of Temple. BG did have a 4-2 TO deficit. The final score came with KSU leading 20-15 when BG with :15 left was sk'd and KSU ret'd it for a TD in the 27-15 win...

Central Florida was off an upset loss as a big HF and Memphis was off an upset win as a DD road dog. The situation said UCF would be angry and smack someone and that they did. They had 28-6 FD and 501-134 yd edges in their 41-0 win...

Texas Tech was off their big upset win over Oklahoma, moving up to #19 in the polls and were thoroughly waxed by Iowa State as they were outgained 512-290 and ISU's 368 yds rushing was their most since 2002. It was the 2nd straight year ISU beat a ranked team on the road and there was nothing fluky about it. The Cyclones had 67 and 80 yd TD drives and after a 41 yd IR, got a 1 yd TD drive to go up 21-0 and it was 24-7 at the half. They got a 71 yd TD run in the 3Q then leading 31-7 took over with 4:48 left in the 3Q and went on a back breaking 82/17pl drive for a TD with 11:08 left to make it 38-7. TT had just 191 yds passing...

Ohio State had a large situational edge vs Wisconsin, catching them on their 2nd straight national TV road game while OSU was fresh off a bye, playing with revenge and in a rare role of home underdog. At the half UW led 7-3 but their powerful run game was held to 10 yds rushing and for the game OSU had a 268-89 yd edge. OSU led 26-14 after getting a TD with 4:39 left but the Badgers got 2 TD's to take the lead with 1:18 left, 29-26. After a 41 yd KR, OSU got a 40 yd TD pass with :20 left and UW had an untimed down at the OSU43 after a face mask pen and Russell Wilson was hit as he threw and the ball fell incomplete.

  
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