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GAME OF THE WEEK
1. Alabama 24 … at Arkansas 20
Down 20-7 late in the third after a 48-yard Zach Hocker field goal for the Hogs, Alabama scored 17 unanswered points in the final 15:44 with Trent Richardson taking a pass 20 yards for a score and Mark Ingram capitalizing off Robert Lester's second pick of the game. Ryan Mallett threw for 357 yards for Arkansas, and he took advantage of a blown coverage to hit Ronnie Wingo for a 43-yard touchdown in the opening minute of the game, but he also threw three picks including one to Lester in the end zone and one in the final drive to Dre Kirkpatrick to snuff out a last chance. Ingram tied the game in the first on a brilliant 54-yard touchdown dash, tightroping the sidelines for the final few yards, but an interception in the end zone was the only other big scoring chance before late in the third.
Player of the Game: Alabama RB Mark Ingram ran 24 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught two passes for 27 yards
2. at Troy 35 … Arkansas State 28
Corey Robinson connected with Shawn Southward from 17 yards out with 22 seconds to play to give Troy the win in a wild shootout. The Trojans dominated early with a 21-7 lead helped by a 70-yard Jerrel Jernigan touchdown catch and a Tebiarus Gill scoring grab, but lightning struck. Literally. After a long delay of almost two hours, Arkansas State came back roaring with Ryan Aplin throwing two touchdown passes with a four-yarder to Kedric Murry and a 30-yard play to Allen Muse for a 28-27 lead with 50 seconds to play. Starting on his own 33, Robinson found Jernigan for pass plays of 30 and ten yards on the way to the game-winning touchdown. The two teams combined for five turnovers and 955 yards of total offense.
Player of the Game: Troy QB Corey Robinson completed 18-of-38 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.
3. at Marshall 24 … Ohio 23
Ohio's Boo Jackson connected with Terrence McCrae for a 36-yard touchdown pass with no time left on the clock to pull the Bobcats within one, but instead of kicking the extra point and going for overtime, they went for it and missed as Jackson's pass fired through the end zone. Marshall got up 13-3 helped by a 45 yard touchdown catch from Antavious Wilson, but Ohio fought back with McCrae catching a two-yard scoring pass and Paul Hershey scoring from six yards out for the Bobcats' only lead of the game. A Wilson 12-yard touchdown catch midway in the fourth would give the Herd the lead for good.
Player of the Game: Marshall WR Antavious Wilson caught seven passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns
4. at Tennessee 32 … UAB 29 2OT
In the second overtime, Matt Simms connected with Denarius Moore from 25 yards out to put away a pesky UAB team. The Vols had the game seemingly in hand in the first half after Prentiss Waggner picked off a Bryan Ellis pass nine yards for a touchdown for a 23-7 lead. But the Blazers owned the second half shutting out the Vols and getting a 27-yards Frantrell Forrest touchdown grab and a six-yard scoring run from David Isabelle. The Blazer converted the two point conversions after each score. The two teams traded field goals in the first overtime and Josh Zahn, who missed four field goals, gave UAB the brief lead with a 21-yard kick in the second overtime. UAB outgained Tennessee 544 yards to 287.
Player of the Game: In a losing cause, UAB QB Bryan Ellis completed 29-of-55 passes for 373 yards and a touchdown with an interception.
5. at Auburn 35 … South Carolina 27
In a typical SEC thriller, Auburn QB Cameron Newton tore off touchdown runs from 54, three, and four yards away, but South Carolina kept up the pace with Alshon Jeffery catching scoring passes from 30 and six yards out. The Gamecocks took a 27-21 lead late in the third quarter on a Tori Gurley touchdown catch, and then the real fun began. Stephen Garcia threw three touchdown passes for the Gamecocks, but he lost two fumbled leading to 14 Tiger points with Philip Lutzenkirchen catching a seven-yard touchdown pass from Newton and Emory Blake taking a pass 12 yards for a score. Steve Spurrier decided to throw in the untested Connor Shaw at quarterback, and he was picked off by Josh Bynes on his first possession, but after a Tiger three and out, he got one last shot. South Carolina moved the ball down to the Auburn 18, and Shaw's found Jeffery in the end zone, but Jeffery couldn't hang on to the ball and Demond Washington sealed the win with a pick.
Player of the Game: Auburn QB Cameron Newton completed 16-of-21 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran 25 times for 176 yards and three scores.
6. Oregon 42 … at Arizona State 31
In a wild game with 17 penalties, nine turnovers (seven from Arizona State), and over 1,000 yards of total offense, Oregon overcame a 24-14 first half deficit with 28 straight points as Darron Thomas threw two touchdown passes, including a 54-yarder to Josh Huff, and Boseko Lokombo returned a fumble 32 yards for a score. ASU hit its share of home runs with Steven Threet throwing three touchdowns passes and Deantre Lewis tearing off a 53-yard touchdown run, but drive after drive stalled on turnovers. Four of ASU's final five drives ended with a turnover, including the game's last three drives.
Player of the Game: Oregon FS John Boyett made 11 tackles with an interception for a score and three broken up passes.
7. at Kansas State 17 … UCF 13
UCF and a weather delay controlled the game, but Kansas State came through late as Carson Coffman ran for a seven-yard score with just 24 seconds to play to avoid the upset. UCF got a eight-yard Ronnie Weaver run and two fourth quarter field goals from Nick Cattoi to take the lead, but Coffman came up bit with a 58-yard touchdown pass to Aubrey Quarles and the late touchdown dash for the Wildcats' first lead of the game. UCF held on to the ball for 36:35 and outgained KSU 344 to 272.
Player of the Game: Kansas State QB Carson Coffman completed 11-of-22 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown with an interception, and he ran seven times for ten yards and the game-winning score.
8. at Colorado State 36 … Idaho 34
Colorado State came up with its first win of the year as Ben DeLine nailed a 35-yard field goal as time ran out to make up for an earlier mistake. The Rams rallied by from an early 13-0 deficit with three Pete Thomas touchdown passes and two scores from Raymond Carter, who scores on pass plays from 23 and 72 yards out and ran for a one-yard touchdown. A Thomas 11-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Borky with just over six minutes to play pulled the Rams within one, but DeLine missed the extra point. The Vandals got 347 passing yards from Nathan Enderle helped by a 59-yard fourth quarter touchdown pass to Justin Veltung and a 37-yarder to Maurice Shaw in the third, but the offense stalled late.
Player of the Game: Colorado State QB Pete Thomas completed 29-of-37 passes for 386 yards and three touchdowns with an interception, and RB Raymond Carter ran 16 times for 104 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 120 yards and two scores.
9. at Arizona 10 … California 9
Juron Criner caught a 51-yard pass to set up his three-yard touchdown catch with just 1:11 to play to bail Arizona out. Giorgio Tavecchhio hit three field goals for Cal, but he missed a 40-yard field goal with just over four minutes to play to give the Wildcats live. Arizona went 77 yards in seven plays for the game-winner, and then held on as Joseph Perkins picked off a Kevin Riley pass to end the drama. The two teams combined for 18 penalties with Arizona committing ten.
Player of the Game: Arizona WR Juron Criner caught five passes for 68 yards and the game-winning touchdown.
10. at UTEP 16 … Memphis 13
UTEP went on a 95-yard scoring drive leading to an 18-yard Dakota Warren field goal and the win. Warren also nailed shots from 57 and 59 yards out, and Joseph Banyard ran for a six-yard score. Memphis got its lone touchdown in the second quarter on a Jermaine McKenzie touchdown, but could only manage a 35-yard Paulo Henriques field goal the rest of the way. Both teams gained 288 yards of total offense.
Player of the Game: UTEP PK Dakota Warren hit three of four field goals connecting from 57, 50, and the game-winner from 18 yards out.
Worst Game of The Weekend
at Wisconsin 70 … Austin Peay 3
What Happened: Wisconsin scored on its first drive of the game, and the next, and the next, and the next, and it kept on going on the way to a 49-3 lead at halftime. James White scored two of his four touchdown runs in the second half, and Scott Tolzien threw three touchdown passes. Austin Peay managed a 51-yard Stephen Stansell field goal early in the second quarter, but it was all Badgers as they cranked out 618 yards of total offense and allowed 157 yards.
Player of the Game: Wisconsin RB James White ran 11 times for 145 yards and foru touchdowns, and he caught a pass for 12 yards.