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Inside the Boxscores, Week 5, Part 2
by Matt Fargo - 10/03/2006
Inside the Boxscores is a weekly feature from Matt Fargo that has been widely recognized as the best summation in college football. He takes an in-depth look at each game and pulls out the most pertinent information that will help you handicap games in the future. College football is filled with quirky plays, misleading scores and surprise endings. Fargo takes you inside the action.
Rice 48 ARMY 14
An inspired effort after losing a teammate by Rice saw it outgain Army 457-302. The Owls fell behind 7-0 as the Black Knights took the opening kickoff and drove for a score. The Owls ran off 28 unanswered points including an interception return for a touchdown. Rice scored in six of its first seven possessions and in total scored 20 points off four Army turnovers. Rice finished a perfect 5-5 inside the redzone.
(16) California 41 OREGON STATE 13
California jumped out to a 31-0 lead and cruised the rest of the way. The Golden Bears outgained Oregon St. 483-300 with the majority of their yardage coming in the first three quarters. The Beavers had a chance to tie the game early but fumbled at the Bears 12-yard line on their first possession and that was a momentum changer. Oregon St. finished with only 56 yards rushing on 24 carries (2.3 ypc).
UL LAFAYETTE 33 Eastern Michigan 14
UL-Lafayette scored the first 33 points of the game and shut down the Eagles until late in the fourth quarter. The Eagles produced 119 yards in their final two drives after gaining just 127 yards the entire game prior to that. The Cajuns were a surprising 0-13 on third down conversions but made up for it by going 3-4 on fourth down. Eastern Michigan finished with 75 yards rushing on 24 carries (3.1 ypc).
KENTUCKY 45 Central Michigan 36
Kentucky jumped out to a 21-0 lead but needed a final touchdown late in the game to secure the victory. The Chippewas actually outgained the Wildcats 558-373 but were hurt by four turnovers and two failed fourth down conversions. Central Michigan started the game by committing three turnovers in its first eight plays from scrimmage. Both teams finished 5-5 inside the redzone.
MIAMI-FLORIDA 14 Houston 13
Houston scored 13 straight points to take a lead early in the third quarter but Miami responded with its longest drive of the day and the defense held the rest of the way. Prior to the Hurricanes final score, the Cougars had a chance to extend its six-point lead but fumbled at the Miami eight-yard line. Houstonâ€™s fist 10 points were off Miami turnovers as the Hurricanes outgained the Cougars 420-276.
SAN JOSE ST 31 San Diego St 10
The Spartans jumped ahead 14-0 before San Diego St. pulled to within four points at the break but Jose St. scored the only 17 points of the second half to win going away. The Spartans accumulated 418 yards of offense and the score could have been worse but they missed a short field goal while also fumbling inside the redzone. San Jose St. held the Aztecs to just 85 yards in the second half.
Arkansas State 31 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 6
The Indians held Florida International to 186 total yards with 84 of those coming on its lone scoring drive. Arkansas St. scored 21 points off four Golden Panthers turnovers and it forced two fourth down failed conversions. Those three touchdowns off turnovers were 31 yards or less as the overall Indians average starting field position was their own 48-yard line. Florida International had nine yards rushing on 19 carries (0.5 ypc).
Northern Illinois 40 BALL STATE 28
Northern Illinois was down a touchdown early in the second quarter before scoring 33 unanswered points to pull away. The Huskies racked up 610 total yards including 358 yards rushing on 41 carries (8.7 ypc). Ball St. scored two meaningless touchdowns late in the game that accounted for 124 of its 385 total yards. The Huskies missed two other redzone scoring chances and didnâ€™t punt once the entire game.
(15) CLEMSON 51 Louisiana Tech 0
Clemson topped 50 points for a second straight game as it outgained the Bulldogs 526-259 and pitched the shutout thanks to forcing five turnovers. Louisiana Tech was inside the Tigers 40-yard line on five of eight possessions between the 2nd and 4th quarter but came away with nothing. Clemson allowed only 25 total yards on the Bulldogs first six possessions and stopped them at the five-yard line to end the first half.
Florida Atlantic 21 UL-MONROE 19
UL-Monroe outgained the Owls 407-336 and crossed midfield on eight of its nine possessions but an interception at the four-yard line before halftime ended up being costly. The Warhawks scored a touchdown with 1:57 remaining but missed the two-point conversion for the tie and never got the ball back. Florida Atlantic recovered the onside kick to seal the victory.
(22) NEBRASKA 39 Kansas 32
Kansas rallied from a 24-7 deficit by taking a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter. The Huskers responded with an 80-yard touchdown drive to reclaim the lead before Kansas once again rallied to send the game into overtime. Kansas outgained the Huskers 574-511 but the Jayhawks finished only 5-8 inside the redzone while the defense allowed three touchdown passes of 75 yards or more.
U-A-B 21 Troy 3
The Blazers only outgained Troy 285-202 but the Trojans were unable to capitalize on their two long drives, missing a field goal and fumbling. UAB scored touchdowns on two of its first three possessions and the Trojans were forced to abandon the running game early on as they finished with 58 yards rushing on 32 carries (1.8 ypc). Troy had only seven penalties but four of those resulted in first downs for UAB.
(3) U-S-C 28 WASHINGTON ST 22
Washington St. outgained the Trojans 418-404 but it was forced into three field goals whereas USC was able to get the ball into the endzone. The Cougars pulled to within six points late in the fourth quarter and then forced a punt to get the ball back but an interception on the final play ended the comeback bid. The Trojans controlled the clock for over nine more minutes in the second half.
BAYLOR 17 Kansas State 3
This game featured 19 punts and nine turnovers and both teams had 17 offensive possessions. Kansas St. outgained the Bears 341-312 but five turnovers, including two inside the Baylor 10-yard line and another at the 24-yard line killed three scoring opportunities. Of Baylorâ€™s 17 possessions, only one of those was longer than 34 yards. The teams combined for just 63 yards rushing.
VANDERBILT 43 Temple 14
Vanderbilt outgained Temple 448-270 as the rushing game could not be stopped. The Commodores finished with 279 yards rushing on 31 carries (9.0 ypc) even though the Owls controlled close to 15 more minutes of the clock. Of Vanderbiltâ€™s six touchdown drives, only one was more than five plays long. Temple had only 70 total yards in its first six possessions before scoring on a 78-yard run on the last play of the half.
Middle Tennessee 35 NORTH TEXAS 0
Middle Tennessee held the Mean Green to only 103 total yards and eight first downs. North Texas did not cross midfield in any of its 12 possessions and it had only one drive that was more than five plays long. The Blue Raiders scored touchdowns on its first two possessions and never looked back. They controlled over 40 minutes of the game clock while going 10-15 on third down conversions.
S-M-U 33 TULANE 28
SMU jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead and had to hold off a fierce Tulane rally to pull out the win. The Green Wave took the lead midway through the 4th quarter but the Mustangs responded by taking the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. SMU then recovered a fumble on the next possession to set up another scoring drive. Tulane won the yardage battle by six yards despite having -33 yards rushing on 21 carries (-1.6 ypc).
(6) Michigan 28 MINNESOTA 14
Michigan outgained the Gophers 518-323 and finished with 234 yards rushing on 45 carries (5.2 ypc). The Wolverines controlled over 15 more minutes of the clock as they had five possessions that were more than four minutes long compared to just one for Minnesota. Michigan finished 11-16 on third and fourth down while the Gophers went just 4-14.
(1) Ohio State 38 (19) IOWA 17
The Buckeyes outgained Iowa by only 64 total yards but the defense forced four turnovers that led to 14 points. The Hawkeyes pulled to within four points early in the second quarter but Ohio scored the next 17 points to pull away. The Buckeyes were able to control the game clock for over 40 minutes as the Hawkeyes had nine possessions that lasted less than two minutes.
(10) Georgia 14 OLE MISS 9
Georgia had to rally for the second straight week as it was shut out in the first half once again. The Bulldogs outgained Mississippi by only five total yards as they were forced to punt on each of their five first half possessions. The Rebels were hurt by a missed field goal in the first half and a turnover on downs at the Georgia 19-yard line in the third quarter. Mississippi had only 87 yards passing.
TEXAS-EL PASO 44 New Mexico St 38
New Mexico St. racked up 573 yards of offense while the Miners put up 537 yards. UTEP jumped ahead 17-0 but the Aggies rallied to tie the game at 31 apiece at the end of the third quarter but was never able to take the lead. New Mexico St. had one last chance but was intercepted at the Miners 47-yard line to end the game. The Aggies ran 43 more plays as UTEP averaged 10.1 ypp.
Nevada 31 U-N-L-V 3
Nevada only outgained the Rebels 311-227 but it forced four turnovers including one right before halftime that led to a nine-yard touchdown drive. UNLV did not get past the Wolf Packâ€™s 36-yard line until its 12th possession when it kicked a 21-yard field goal to avoid the shutout. Both teams converted only two third down conversions while the Rebels finished with only 74 yards rushing on 31 carries (2.4 ypc).
Colorado State 35 FRESNO STATE 23
Fresno St. took a three-point lead into halftime but the Rams scored the first three touchdowns of the second half to pull away. The Bulldogs outgained Colorado St. 320-302 but the Rams made their possessions count as four touchdown drives were 60 yards or more while the fifth score came on a punt return. Fresno St. scored its last touchdown on a blocked punt return.
Washington 21 ARIZONA 10
Washington scored 21 points in the second quarter and the defense did its job the rest of the way. The Huskies held Arizona to -7 yards rushing on 24 carries (-0.3 ypc) as six sacks for 54 yards helped the cause. The Wildcats finished only 1-14 on third down conversions while Washington was just 3-14 and the Huskies ended up being just 2-4 inside the redzone.
U-C-L-A 31 Stanford 0
UCLA was far from dominant on offense but the defense came through huge as it allowed just 166 total yards and 11 first downs. The Bruins scored its first touchdown on a blocked punt return and scored its last on a fumble return. Stanford finished with five turnovers and the only two times it crossed midfield resulted in a missed field goal and an interception. UCLA was just 2-4 inside the redzone.