Ten Best Games of the Week
Sept. 4 - Week One
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GAME OF THE WEEK
at East Carolina 51 … Tulsa 49
What Happened: In a crazy shootout with no defense and 47 fourth quarter points, East Carolina pulled out the win for Ruffin McNeill in his opening game as the head coach when Dominique Davis heaved a last second throw into the end zone to Justin Jones, who outjumped the Tulsa secondary to make the 33-yard grab for the win. Davis threw five touchdown passes on the day, as did Tulsa’s G.J. Kinne, who connected with Charles Clay for a three-yard score with 1:22 to play. Neither defense could do anything to stop the opposing offense as Tulsa gained 579 yards to ECU’s 538, and the Pirates converted on all three of their fourth down chances. Five different receivers scored for Tulsa while Lance Lewis and Dwayne Harris each caught two touchdown passes for the Pirates.
Player of the Game: East Carolina QB Dominique Davis completed 27-of-46 passes for 385 yards and five touchdown with an interception, and he ran 11 times for 27 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: East Carolina
- Passing: Dominique Davis, 27-46, 385 yds, 5 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jonathan Williams, 15-90, 1 TD
Receiving: Dwayne Harris, 7-122, 2 TD
– Passing: G.J. Kinne, 28-43, 399 yds, 5 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Damaris Johnson, 7-57, 1 TD
Receiving: Charles Clay, 8-86, 1 TD
2. Boise State 33 … Virginia Tech 30 in Landover
What Happened: Kellen Moore connected with Austin Pettis for a 13-yard touchdown with 1:09 to play to give Boise State the lead, and Virginia Tech wasn’t able to answer as a last-gasp drive to get into field goal range stalled with a dropped pass. In the seesaw battle, Boise State jumped out to 17-0 first quarter lead helped by two Moore touchdown passes including an eight-yarder to Pettis. But the Hokies roared back with Ryan Williams running for a one-yard score and catching a 12-yard touchdown pass to close out the first half. Williams’ second one-yard touchdown run gave the Hokies a 21-20 lead, but Boise State quickly answered with a 71-yard D.J. Harper touchdown dash. Tech came back with nine straight points and had the ball late with a chance to close things out, but a few bad plays and a missed pass gave the Broncos life.
Player of the Game: Boise State QB Kellen Moore completed 23-of-38 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Boise State
- Passing: Kellen Moore, 23-38, 215 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Doug Martin, 12-83
Receiving: Titus Young 6-80
– Passing: Tyrod Taylor, 15-22, 186 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Tyrod Taylor, 16-73
Receiving: Jarrett Boykin, 6-102, 1 TD
3. LSU 30 … North Carolina 24 in Atl.
What Happened: In a wild game that looked like it was going to be a blowout, LSU held on as a last-second North Carolina pass into the end zone was broken up on what looked like could’ve been a penalty for defensive holding. LSU got up 30-10 going into the fourth quarter highlighted by a 51-yard Reuben Randle touchdown catch, an 87-yard punt return for a score from Patrick Peterson, and two scores from Russell Shephard on a six-yard grab and a 50-yard run. But UNC fought back with T.J. Yates finding a wide open Jheranie Boyd for a 97-yard score, and later hooking up with Erik Highsmith for a 14-yard touchdown with 2:32 to play. After recovering the onside kick, UNC lost the ball on a Yates fumble, but LSU ran the ball instead of taking a knee, Stevan Ridley fumbled, and the Tar Heels had a shot. Yates had a few shots into the end zone, but with no luck.
Player of the Game: In a losing cause, North Carolina QB T.J. Yates completed 28-of-46 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: LSU - Passing: Jordan Jefferson, 15-21, 151 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Stevan Ridley, 19-81 Receiving: Rueben Randle, 4-71, 1 TD
North Carolina – Passing: T.J. Yates, 28-46, 412 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Anthony Elzy, 14-46 Receiving: Zack Pianalto, 8-74
4. Jacksonville State 49 … Ole Miss 48 2OT
What Happened: Down six in the second overtime and facing a 4th and 15, JSU QB Coty Blanchard rolled to his right and threw a desperation pass into the end zone. Kevyn Cooper made a leaping grab and got one foot in to pull the Gamecocks within one, and then Blanchard made another big play dumping the ball (as he was being sacked) to Calvin Middleton, who barreled into the end zone for the two-point conversion and the win. Oe Miss had taken a 31-10 lead into halftime and seemed to be on cruise control helped by three Nathan Stanley touchdown passes, but JSU fought back helped by three takeaways and two touchdown catches from Alan Bonner. Just to get into overtime, JSU's other quarterback, Marques Ivory, came
up with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Bonner with 18 seconds to play, and then
he connected with Laray Williams
for the two point conversion and the tie. Brandon Bolden and Enrique Davis each scored from two yards out for the Rebels, but JSU started out the scoring with a seven-yard Bonner catch before putting the game away on its turn in the second overtime. Jeremiah Masoli split time with Stanley and completed 7-of-10 passes for 109 yards with an interception, and he also ran for 29 yards.
Player of the Game: Jacksonville State QB Coty Blanchard completed 9-of-13 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran four times for 16 yards.
Stat Leaders: Jacksonville State - Passing: Marques Ivory, 13-23, 126 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Calvin Middleton, 17-67, 1 TD Receiving: La’Ray Williams, 6-60
Ole Miss – Passing: Nathan Stanley, 6-10, 133 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Brandon Bolden, 17-104, 1 TD Receiving: Ferbia Allen, 2-37
5. at Utah 27 … Pitt 24 OT
What Happened: On the first play in overtime, Utah’s Brian Blechen picked off a Tino Sunseri pass, and the offense took advantage moving the ball into range for a 21-yard Joe Phillips field goal. The game wasn’t always pretty with 23 combined penalties and five turnovers, but each team came up with some big plays with Utah QB Jordan Wynn connecting with DeVonte Christopher for a 61-yard touchdown midway through the fourth, but Pitt answered with a 44-yard Jon Baldwin touchdown grab to pull within three. The Panthers had a chance to win in regulation, but had to settle for a 30-yard Dan Hutchins field goal after being going through two timeouts. Jereme Brooks caught two second quarter touchdown passes for the Utes.
Player of the Game: Utah QB Jordan Wynn completed 21-of-36 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns with an interception.
Stat Leaders: Utah - Passing: Jordan Wynn, 21-36, 283 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Matt Asiata, 16-65 Receiving: DeVonte Christopher, 8-155, 1 TD
Pitt – Passing: Tino Sunseri, 16-28, 184 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Dion Lewis, 25-75, 1 TD Receiving: Jon Baldwin, 4-71, 1 TD
5. Florida Atlantic 32 … at UAB 31
What Happened: Dino Cox blocked a 28-yard field goal attempt as time expired to seal a one-point win for Florida Atlantic and spoiling a huge day by Blazer QB David Isabelle. Isabelle ran for 214 yards and three scores from 50 yards out in the first quarter and followed up by two one-yard runs, but FAU had an answer every time with Lester Jean catching scoring passes from 25 and 77 yards away and Willie Floyd catching a 43-yard scoring pass late in the third. With 2:20 to play, Alfred Morris converted off an interception by running for a 38-yard score, but a missed two-point conversion allowed UAB to get a chance to win the game. The Owl defense couldn’t hold as Isabelle marched the Blazers into field goal range before the blocked kick.
Player of the Game: In a losing cause, UAB QB David Isabelle completed 9-of-19 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown with an interception, and he ran 22 times for 214 yards and three scores.
Stat Leaders: Florida Atlantic - Passing: Jeff Van Camp, 14-24, 254 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Alfred Morris, 16-103, 1 TD Receiving: Lester Jean, 9-164, 2 TD
UAB – Passing: David Isabelle, 9-19, 79 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: David Isabelle, 22-214, 3 TD Receiving: Justin Brooks, 2-19
7 at Temple 31 … Villanova 24
What Happened: Brandon McManus nailed a 43 yard field goal with three seconds to play, and Villanova’s last gasp, several-lateral return was picked off by Temple and taken for a score to end the excitement. The Owls got a 62-yard touchdown pass from Chester Stewart to Michael Campbell with just over four minutes to play for a one-point lead, but the Wildcats took the lead with just under two minutes led on a 41-yard Nick Yako field goal. VU held Temple to just 122 yards rushing, but the Owls came up with 322 yards to 311.
Player of the Game: Temple PK Brandon McManus hit field goals from 53, 44, 40, and the game winner from 43 yards out.
Stat Leaders: Temple - Passing: Chester Stewart, 16-27, 200 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Bernard Pierce, 20-75 Receiving: Michael Campbell, 8-127, 1 TD
Villanova – Passing: Chris Whitney, 18-26, 141 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Aaron Ball, 9-45 Receiving: Norman White, 8-69, 1 TD
8. at Troy 30 … Bowling Green 27
What Happened: Bowling Green appeared to be driving for the game-winning score, but Troy’s Tony Davis came up with an interception and the Trojan offense went to work. Corey Robinson connected on two passes and took off on a short run to get into field goal range and a penalty got it closer. Michael Taylor came though hitting the 34-yard game winner with four seconds to play. It was a see-saw battle the whole way with neither side ever up by more than one score. Jerrel Jernigan tore off a 49-yard touchdown dash for the Trojans in the third to answer a 63-yard Eugene Cooper punt return for a score for the Falcons. Each team committed 13 penalties.
Player of the Game: Troy QB Corey Robinson completed 25-of-37 passes for 252 yards and a score with two interceptions
Stat Leaders: Troy
- Passing: Corey Robinson, 25-37, 252 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Shawn Southward, 14-74, 1 TD
Receiving: TeBiarus Gill, 6-68
– Passing: Matt Schilz, 22-43, 221 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Willie Geter, 20-93, 1 TD
Receiving: Kamar Jordan, 9-111
9. Army 31 … at Eastern Michigan 27
What Happened: Army fullback Jared Hassin rumbled in for a seven-yard score with 38 seconds to play to cap of an entertaining, seesaw game. The Knights took a 24-14 lead in the second half helped by an 11-yard Patrick Mealy touchdown run and a 42-yard Alex Carlton kick, but Eastern Michigan came back as Alex Gillett, who ran for 126 yards, scored from one yard out and found Ben Thayer for a ten-yard score for a 27-24 lead with under three minutes to play. Army marched in quickly to get into range with Hussin finishing his night with his third touchdown run. He scored from three yards out in the first and second quarters, while EMU’s Dwayne Priest scored a pair of five-yard touchdowns in the first half.
Player of the Game: Army RB Jared Hassin ran 12 times for 68 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Army
- Passing: Trent Steelman, 5-11, 65 yds
Rushing: Patrick Mealy, 14-81, 1 TD
Receiving: George Jordan, 3-34
– Passing: Alex Gillett, 4-9, 31 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Dwayne Priest, 26-142, 2 TD
Receiving: Ben Thayer, 3-23, 1 TD
10. at BYU 23 … Washington 17
What Happened: Washington held a 17-13 lead at halftime helped by a Jake Locker nine-yard touchdown run, a 19-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse, and a school-record 54-yard field goal from Erik Polk as time ran out. BYU shut out the Huskies in the second half and took the lead for good on a 48-yard pass play to J.J. Di Luigi late in the third quarter. Washington had its chances and got down to the BYU 27, but a Locker pass on fourth and seven was tipped away incomplete and the Cougars held on. UW’s Mason Foster led all tacklers with 14 stops.
Player of the Game: BYU RB J.J. Di Luigi ran 13 times for 69 yards and caught four passes for 83 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: BYU - Passing: Riley Nelson, 11-17, 131 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: J.J. Di Luigi, 13-69 Receiving: Luke Ashworth, 6-24
Washington – Passing: Jake Locker, 290-37, 266 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Chris Polk, 16-92 Receiving: Jermaine Kearse, 5-108, 1 TD
WORST GAME OF THE WEEK
at Oregon 72 … New Mexico 0
What Happened: The machine kept on rolling even though Jeremiah Masoli was playing for Ole Miss and LaMichael James was suspended. Oregon cranked out 720 yards of total offense and was completely and totally dominant against the overmatched Lobos. Kenjon Barner scored on runs from one, 25, and ten yards out in the first quarter, and added a 41-yarder and a catch for a 60-yard score in the second on the way to a 59-0 Duck lead at halftime, New Mexico managed just 107 yards of total offense and was completely and totally inept with just 25 rushing yards and five turnovers. Oregon took its foot off the gas and still got points with Cliff Harris returning a punt 61 yards for a score and Eric Solis hitting three field goals.
Player of the Game: Oregon RB Kenjon Barner ran 17 times for 155 yards and four touchdowns, and he caught one pass for a 60-yard score.
Stat Leaders: New Mexico
- Passing: B.R. Holbrook, 11-24, 70 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Tarean Austin, 5-26
Receiving: Ty Kirk, 8-48
– Passing: Darron Thomas, 13-23, 220 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Kenjon Barner, 17-155, 147 yds, 4 TD
Receiving: Jeff Maehl, 5-91