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The Best Games of Week Nine
Posted Oct 21, 2013

The best games, the biggest moments, and the most memorable battles of the week.

The Worst College Football Game On The Planet Was …

at Ole Miss 59, Idaho 14
Ole Miss rolled up 17 first quarter points and got up 38-7 with Ja-Mes Logan scoring from 37 and 65 yards out and Jaylen Walton ripping off scoring runs from 40 yards out in the first and one yard away in the second. Idaho had a few nice moments with Dezmon Epps coming up with a 62-yard touchdown catch, but that was about it. I’Tavius Mathers answered the Epps score with a 64-yard touchdown run to spark a run of 21 unanswered points 10. at Navy 24, Pitt 21
Nate Sloan hit a 30-yard field goal as time ran out to give Navy the win. Pitt had a 21-14 lead in the fourth quarter after Tom Savage threw two touchdown passes with a 12-yarder to Devin Street and a three-yarder to Tyler Boyd, but Navy kept fighting with a 58-yard touchdown catch from Marcus Thomas in the second quarter and with a two-yard Keenan Reynolds run late in the fourth. With the score tied, Navy forced a three and out, got the ball back after a horrible punt, and got down to the Pitt 13 to set up the game-winning field goal.
- Pitt controlled the game, Tom Savage hit 20-of-27 passes for 203 yards and two scores, and the defense did a nice job, but the team collapsed in the fourth quarter. The offensive line didn’t pound away like it should’ve, and the ground game came up with just 135 yards.

9. Toledo 28, at Bowling Green 25
Toledo got up 21-0 on two Terrance Owens touchdown passes and a one-yard Kareem Hunt run, but Bowling Green roared back with 25 straight points with Travis Greene running for two seven-yard touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Down four, Toledo rallied with Terrance Owens finish Alonzo Russell for his second touchdown catch of the day, coming with 1:22 to play, and the defense held on.

8. at Miami 24, Wake Forest 21
Duke Johnson punched it in from one-yard out with under a minute to play as Miami avoided the disastrous upset loss. Johnson scored on a four-yard touchdown run with just under six minutes to play to give the Hurricanes the lead, but Wake Forest answered with a 44-yard Dominique Gibson touchdown catch for a 21-17 advantage. The Hurricanes went 73 yards in a crisp ten plays for the win.

7. Western Michigan 31, at Massachusetts 30
UMass scored on a two-yard Lorenzo Woodley touchdown with 22 seconds to play to pull within one, but instead of going for overtime, the Minutemen tried for the two-point conversion and missed. WMU won its first game of the season thanks to two Corey Davis touchdown catches in the second half and four Zach Terrell touchdown passes overall. UMass matched the Broncos stride-for-stride after scoring first on the opening kickoff – Khary Bailey-Smith took it 90 yards for a score. Davis finished with ten catches for 154 yards and two scores for the Broncos.

6. Fresno State 35, at San Diego State 28 OT
Fresno State blocked a field goal attempt in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime, and won with a one-yard Marteze Waller touchdown run and a defensive stop. The Bulldogs were up 28-14 in the fourth helped by two Derek Carr touchdown passes to Davante Adams and a 78-yard fumble return for a score from Ejiro Ederaine, but the Aztecs owned the final nine minutes with touchdown runs from Aaron Boesch and Chad Young to tie the game with just over six minutes to play, and a long march over the final 4:32 set up a 37-yard Seamus McMorrow field goal attempt. Marcel Jensen rose up and got his hand on the kick, and Fresno State’s BCS hopes stayed alive. Aztec running back Adam Muema ran for 111 yards and two short scores.

5. at Oklahoma 38, Texas Tech 30
The Sooners controlled the game late and held on as Texas Tech kept pressing and had a late chance, but couldn’t move the ball after Michael Hunnicutt hit a 37-yard field goal to put the game away. Blake Bell threw two second quarter touchdown passes to Jalen Saunders from 15 and 76 yards out, Damien Williams ran for two three-yard touchdown runs, and Lacoltan Bester came up with a brilliant, weaving 35-yard touchdown on an end-around. But Texas Tech wouldn’t go away Davis Webb threw two third quarter touchdowns and Kenny Williams ran for a one-yard score and threw a two-yard touchdown pass on a halfback option.

4. San Jose State 51, at Wyoming 44
David Fales capped off a phenomenal day with a one-yard touchdown run with just eight seconds to play to give San Jose State a wild win. Wyoming came up with 642 yards of total offense led by Shaun Wick, who ran for 234 yards with a 15-yard score, and Brett Smith threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, but Fales helped the Spartans overcome a 30-14 deficit in the third quarter and got hot. With 482 yards through the air and five scores, Fales found Chandler Jones for three scores including a 76-yarder in the second and a 30-yard play in the fourth. Following a one-yard Tedder Easton run to help Wyoming tie it up at 44, San Jose State went 65 yards in 12 plays and just over five minutes to pull out the win.

3. at Texas State 33, South Alabama 31
Basically … Texas State overcame 11 penalties and two Danny Woodson touchdown catches to win on a 42-yard Jason Dann field goal with four seconds to play. In a wild fourth quarter with 37 combined points, USA’s Ross Metheny ran for a score and threw three touchdown passes including scoring plays to Woodson from 42 and 43 yards out, with the latter coming with just 1:32 to play, but Texas State kept coming back with Justin Iwuji returning a Metheny pick for a fourth quarter score. Dann hit three field goals in the fourth and four on the day, while Tyler Jones finished with two touchdown passes.

2. at Middle Tennessee 51, Marshall 49
Logan Kilgore hit Tavarres Jefferson on a nine-yard touchdown pass as time ran out to give Middle Tennessee the thrilling win. The Blue Raiders needed the comeback after Marshall took the lead in the fourth on short touchdown runs from Kevin Grooms and Essray Taliaferro, but it took just 2:29 to march for the game-winner. Rakeem Cato threw three touchdown passes for the Herd including a 39-yarder to Jazz King, while Kilgore kept pace with three scoring passes and a one-yard scoring run. Chris Brown gave the Blue Raiders a 14-7 first quarter lead on a blocked punt for a score.

1. South Carolina 27, at Missouri 24 2OT
South Carolina’s Elliott Fry nailed a 40-yard kick in the second overtime and Missouri’s Andrew Baggett clanged his 24-yard attempt of the upright to give the Gamecocks an improbable win. The Tigers were cruising along with a 17-0 lead in the fourth quarter, but USC turned to an injured Connor Shaw off the bench. He was magical, leading the way to two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, including a two-yarder to Nick Jones with just 42 seconds to play, and a 15-yard throw to Bruce Ellington on fourth down in the first overtime to keep the game alive. Maty Mauk connected with L’Damian Washington on a 96-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, and marched the Tigers to a scoring drive, capped off by a one-yard Marcus Murphy run, for a 24-17 overtime lead, but the defense couldn’t hold.