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1. at Michigan 67 … Illinois 65 3OT
In a game with 1,237 yards of total offense, it was a defensive stop that finally ended the fun. In the third overtime, Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase was harassed and had to throw a desperation pass that went nowhere on a two-point conversion to finally give Michigan the win. Neither defense could come up with a stop as Scheelhaase threw three touchdown passes including a 25-yarder to Mikel Leshoure in the first overtime and a 27-yarder on the exact same wheel route early in the fourth. Leshoure scored five times on the day including a three-yarder in the third overtime before the ill-fated two-point conversion attempt. Michigan was unstoppable as Denard Robinson threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns before being replaced by Tate Forcier, who threw two touchdown passes including a nine-yarder to Darryl Stonum with under two minutes to play to force overtime. The Michigan receivers were terrific as Roy Roundtree caught nine passes for 246 yards and two scores, and Junior Hemingway caught six passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns highlighted by a shifty 45 yarder in the second as part of a 31-31 first half. Michigan put up 676 yards of total offense, but it turned the ball over five times.
Player of the Game: In a losing cause, Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure ran 25 times for 120 yards and three touchdowns, and he caught two passes for 52 yards and two scores.
2. at LSU 24 … Alabama 21
Jordan Jefferson connected with Reuben Randle for a 75 yard touchdown, and a brilliant fourth-and-one end around to DeAngelo Peterson led to a one-yard Stevan Ridley touchdown run as LSU came back to beat the Tide. Alabama got a one-yard touchdown catch from Trent Richardson and a five-yard Mark Ingram scoring run for a 14-10 lead going into the fourth, and pulled within three in the final minutes on a nine-yard Julio Jones catch, but the final drive stopped at midfield. LSU outgained Bama 433 yards to 325 and 225 rushing yards to 102.
Player of the Game: LSU QB Jordan Jefferson completed 10-of-13 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for seven yards for 27 yards.
3. at USC 34 … Arizona State 33
USC overcame a near-collapse when Torin Harris took a blocked extra points for two and Joe Houston nailed a 29-yard field goal in the final minutes. The Trojans got up 22-7 on a 74-yard Malcolm Smith interception return for a score and two of Matt Barkley’s three touchdown passes, including a two-yard strike to David Ausberry with three seconds to go in the first half, but Arizona State started to chip away with a 21-yard Gerell Robinson touchdown catch and a 100-yard kickoff return for a score from LeQuan Lewis following a 22-yard Stanley Havili score. Omar Bolden picked off Barkley and took it 66 yards for a score, and Jamal Miles caught a nine-yard touchdown pass as part of a 19-0 run, but then Harris made his play and the Trojans survived.
Player of the Game: USC RB Marc Tyler ran 12 times for 119 yards, and caught five passes for 32 yards and a score
4. Nebraska 31 … at Iowa State 30 OT
Nebraska escaped as Iowa State’s fake extra point attempt going for two failed as a Daniel Kuehl pass hung up in the air and was picked off by Eric Hagg. Before that, though, the Huskers, who were without Taylor Martinez, were in for a battle after getting up 24-10 after three quarters. Roy Helu ran for a six-yard score, Rex Burkhead ran for a two-yard touchdown, and Austin Cassidy picked off a pass for a 29-yard score, and then Iowa State rallied as Austin Arnaud ran for a one-yard score and Alexander Robinson tied it on a 14-yard pass play. In overtime, Burkhead ran for a 19-yard score to give Nebraska a 31-24 lead, and the Cyclones answered with a nine-yard Jake Williams catch before the ill-fated conversion attempt.
Player of the Game: Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead ran 20 times for 129 yards and two scores
5. at Duke 55 … Virginia 48
Desmond Scott ran for a 35-yard score with just 40 seconds to play to give Duke the win in a fun shootout. Duke held a 21-7 lead after the first quarter helped by two Brandon Connette runs from two and 20 yards away, but Virginia’s offense rolled as kicker Robert Randolph took an over-the-shoulder pitch 20 yards for a score and Marc Verica threw two touchdown passes with a 19-yarder to Kris Burd and a nine-yarder to Keith Payne. In a game of swings, the Blue Devils came back with Sean Renfree running for two fourth quarter scores and Donovan Varner running for a nine-yard touchdown. Virginia rallied back with a Dontrelle Inman ten-yard touchdown catch and Payne’s third score of the game coming on a six-yard dash, but the defense couldn’t hold in the final two minutes. Virginia outgained Duke 643 yards to 489.
Player of the Game: Duke QB Sean Renfree completed 17-of-29 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown, and he ran ten times for 22 yards and two scores.
6. at Kansas 52 … Colorado 45
Colorado was cruising up 38-10 in the third quarter highlighted by a 62-yard Paul Richardson touchdown catch and two of Rodney Stewart’s three touchdown runs, and the Kansas got hot. James Sims ran for a one-yard score late in the third quarter, but Stewart answered with an eight-yard touchdown run for a 45-17 lead in the fourth. And then came the epic run as KU scored 35 points in the final 11:05 on three James Sims runs from 13, six, and 28 yards out, a Johnathan Wilson 38-yard touchdown catch, and a fumble return for a score form Tyler Patmon. With the game tied at 45, Sims’ third scoring dash, coming from 28 yards away, came with 52 seconds left to complete the stunner.
Player of the Game: Kansas RB James Sims ran 20 times for 123 yards and four touchdowns, and he caught four passes for 22 yards
7. Fresno State 40 … at Louisiana Tech 34
Robbie Rouse ran 43 times for 286 yards with his 51-yard dash putting Fresno State ahead for good. Louisiana Tech rallied in the final minutes to get a 19-yard Richie Casey touchdown catch, but FSU recovered the onside kick. Fresno State rallied in the fourth quarter with 16 points in just over eight minutes with Ryan Colburn running for a one-yard score and hitting Jamel Hamler for a 33-yard touchdown, but Louisiana Tech wouldn’t go away as Phillip Livas returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a score. Colburn threw t touchdown passes to Hamler, while Tech got two Ross Jenkins touchdown passes to Taulib Ikharo from 28 and 29 yards out, and a fumble return for a score on the way to a 21-17 lead after three quarters before Fresno State went on its fourth quarter run. FSU held the ball for 41:02.
8. New Mexico 34 … at Wyoming 31
James Aho nailed a 31-yard field goal as time ran out to give New Mexico its first win of the season. In a seesaw game, the Lobos managed to get the ball last after a wild fourth quarter highlighted by a 40-yard touchdown catch from Lucas Reed and a five-yard run from Stump Godfrey, but Wyoming tied it up with a six-yard Alvester Alexander run with just under six minutes to play. Alexander scored from one yard out in the first and ripped off a 94-yard touchdown in the second, and Chris McNeill caught a 50-yard scoring pass as Wyoming rolled up 536 yards of total offense. However, four turnovers proved costly. The Lobos didn’t give the ball away.
Player of the Game: New Mexico QB Stump Godfrey completed 16-of-20 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran 23 times for 69 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Wyoming – Passing: Austyn Carta-Samuels, 6-11, 144 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
9. Troy 41 … at North Texas 35
Troy had a fight on its hands in a wild shootout with 975 yards of total offense and several big plays as Corey Robinson threw three touchdown passes for the Trojans starting off with a 69-yard play to Chip Reeves 15 seconds into the game, and a 39-yarder to Jason Bruce midway through the first quarter, but North Texas kept fighting back as Riley Dodge threw three second half touchdown passes with Lance Dunbar taking one 66 yards for a score and Tyler Stradford scoring from 24 yards away late in the fourth, but Troy was ahead the entire game.
Player of the Game: Troy QB Corey Robinson completed 26-of-39 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.
10. at FIU 42 … ULM 35 2OT
Darriet Perry gave FIU the lead in the second overtime on a 17-yard touchdown run, and the defense held as Ashlyn Parker came up with a stop to stall the FAU final attempt. In the first overtime, Anthony McCall caught a three-yard touchdown pass for ULM in the first overtime, and T.Y. Hilton answered with a 25-yard touchdown run for FIU. Hilton did a little bit of everything for the Golden Panthers, taking a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and catching scoring passes from 20 and 67 yards out to go along with the scoring run. ULM rallied back from down 11 as Kolton Browning threw three touchdown passes and Frank Goodin ran for a three-yard touchdown.
Player of the Game: FIU WR T.Y. Hilton caught four passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns, ran two times for 24 yards and a score, and returned four kickoffs for 168 yards and a touchdown.
WORST GAME OF THE WEEKEND
at BYU 55 … UNLV 7
Joshua Quezada scored three touchdowns from 13, 13, and four yards out, and Jake Heaps threw for a career-high 294 yards with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Cody Hoffman and a 42-yarder to Luke Ashworth on the way to a 55-0 lead. UNLV didn’t get on the board until there were 41 seconds remaining on a 24-yard Marcus Sullivan catch> the Cougars outgained the Rebels 516 yards to 144.
Player of the Game: BYU QB Jake Heaps completed 19-of-31 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns