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Inside the Boxscores, Week 10, Part 1

   by Matt Fargo - 11/05/2006

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.

S-M-U 22 U-A-B 9

SMU outgained the Blazers by just 36 total yards but the defense stiffened when needed, holding UAB to four field goal attempts. The Mustangs were down by two points midway through the 4th quarter but used a short field to set up the go ahead touchdown and then returned an interception for a score two plays later to pull away. UAB ran 21 more plays but finished with an average of only 3.2 ypp.

(14) BOISE STATE 45 Fresno State 21

Fresno St. grabbed the early lead after returning a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown but the Broncos scored the next five touchdowns to pull away. The Bulldogs finished with just 223 total yards and 11 first downs as one of its other touchdowns came on an interception return. Boise St. was 10-15 on third and fourth down conversions and finished with 300 yards rushing on 47 carries (6.4 ypc).

(3) LOUISVILLE 44 (10) West Virginia 34

The teams combined for 1,008 total yards with West Virginia finishing with a 72-yard edge but the Cardinals used touchdowns on a fumble return and a punt return in the third quarter to break the game open. Louisville was inside West Virginia territory on all of its possessions with the exception of the final one. The Mountaineers finished with 318 yards rushing on 50 carries (6.4 ypc).

Air Force 43 ARMY 7

The difference was turnovers, as Army committed six including a fumble at the Air Force two-yard line that was returned 98 for the first touchdown on the game. The Falcons also recovered another fumble in the endzone for another score in the second quarter. Army ran only 49 offensive plays but outgained the Falcons 5.1 ypp to 4.6 ypp. Three of the Black Knights interceptions were inside their own 30-yard line.

SOUTH FLORIDA 22 Pittsburgh 12

South Florida held the Panthers to just 214 total yards and 12 first downs while eating up over 11 more minutes of the clock. The Bulls ran 28 more plays from scrimmage as they had seven dives of six or more plays compared to just three for Pittsburgh. The Panthers longest drive came in garbage time when they drove 80 yards for their final score. The teams combined for 21 penalties.

(23) Maryland 13 CLEMSON 12

Maryland kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired to pull off the upset. Clemson outgained the Terrapins 394-301 but failed to get into the endzone, settling for four field goals, three of which were 27 yards or less. The Tigers regained the lead with 2:25 remaining but Maryland went 52 yards on 12 plays including a crucial fourth down conversion to set up the game winner.

FLORIDA STATE 33 Virginia 0

Florida St. returned an interception for a touchdown on the third play of the game and never looked back. The defense held the Cavaliers to 183 total yards including 58 yards rushing on 32 carries (1.8 ypc). The Seminoles second touchdown came on a two-yard drive that was set up by a blocked punt. Virginia did not make it past the Florida St. 36-yard line as it punted 10 times.

Northwestern 21 IOWA 7

Northwestern dominated this game and the score should have been much worse. The Wildcats outgained Iowa 443-264 but missed a chip shot field goal while also throwing an interception at the Hawkeyes 14-yard line. After scoring on its opening drive, the Wildcats missed that field goal but were set up by an Iowa fumble for a short touchdown drive. Iowa’s only score came off an interception.

(2) MICHIGAN 34 Ball State 26

Michigan escaped as it held the Cardinals on a critical fourth down attempt at the seven-yard line midway through the fourth that could have tied the game. The Wolverines outgained Ball St. 507-297 but the Cardinals used a safety and an interception return for a touchdown to bolster their scoring. The Wolverines were forced to punt on all three fourth quarter possessions keeping Ball St. alive.

(16) WISCONSIN 13 Penn State 3

Wisconsin held the Nittany Lions to just 201 total yards and 12 first downs while forcing two critical turnovers and two late fourth down stops. The second Penn St. fumble set up Wisconsin’s final field goal and the Nittany Lions were stopped in Badgers territory on their final two possessions. Wisconsin won the time of possession battle by over 15 minutes as it ran 16 more plays from scrimmage.

NEBRASKA 34 Missouri 20

Nebraska jumped out to a 27-6 halftime lead as it grabbed two interceptions that led to short touchdown drives. Missouri scored touchdowns on its first two possessions of the second half but turned it over on downs and fumbled at midfield on its last two. The Huskers were 11-17 on third down conversions while Missouri went just 3-13. Nebraska was in Tigers territory on 10 of its 12 possessions.

TEXAS TECH 55 Baylor 21

Baylor enjoyed a seven-point lead early in the second quarter thanks to an interception but the Red Raiders ran off five consecutive touchdowns to pull away. Texas Tech racked up 682 yards of offense while holding the Bears to just 217 yards including 20 yards rushing on 29 carries (0.7 ypc). Texas Tech scored on eight consecutive possessions as it finished a perfect 6-6 inside the redzone.

MINNESOTA 63 Indiana 26

Minnesota built a 35-0 lead after running only 18 plays from scrimmage and Indiana could never recover. The Gophers outgained Indiana by only 41 total yards, 541-500 but most of the Hoosiers production came when the game was well decided. Indiana ran 26 more plays as the Gophers gained a solid 9.3 ypp. 21 of Minnesota’s points came off turnovers as its average starting field position was the 41-yard line.

(6) Florida 25 VANDERBILT 19

Florida set up its first touchdown off a blocked punt and then held off a late Commodores rally to win the SEC East title. Vanderbilt actually outgained Florida 391-330 but a missed field in the second half along with a turnover on downs at the Florida 10-yard line ended up being the difference. Florida was not sharp with just 88 yards rushing and two third down conversions in nine tries.

Mississippi State 24 ALABAMA 16

Alabama outgained the Bulldogs 288 -274 but the Tide were forced to kick three short field goals and gained just 20 total yards in three fourth quarter possessions. Both teams returned interceptions for touchdowns including Mississippi St’s before halftime to build a 14-point lead. Alabama drove 76 yards on the ensuing possession but was stopped at the one-yard line as time expired at the half.

KENTUCKY 24 Georgia 20

Kentucky scored the game winning touchdown with 1:21 remaining after Georgia regained the lead three minutes prior with an 83-yard scoring drive. The Bulldogs outgained Kentucky 389-351 but they had four turnovers while missing two field goals. One of those turnovers was an interception at the Wildcats two-yard line right before halftime.

Navy 38 DUKE 13

Duke jumped ahead 6-0 on its opening possession but the Midshipmen ran off 38 unanswered points to pull off the rout. Navy rushed for 435 yards on 70 carries (6.2 ypc) and threw the ball only five times. The Blue Devils were inside the Navy 12-yard line four times but came away with just two scores. Navy didn’t punt once but did have three fumbles and a turnover on downs.

Central Michigan 42 TEMPLE 26

Central Michigan outgained the Owls 499-309 but even that is misleading as Temple generated only six total yards on its first five possessions while falling behind 28-0. Four of the six Chippewas touchdowns came on plays of 30 yards or more while five of those scoring drives were 65 yards or more. Central Michigan finished with 216 yards rushing on 32 carries (6.8 ypc).

BUFFALO 41 Kent State 14

Buffalo spotted Kent St. a 14-0 lead before the Bulls took over and scored the final 41 points of the game. The Golden Flashes generated 144 yards on its two scoring drives but managed only 154 total yards after that. Kent St. had five turnovers that led to 21 points and also turned it over on downs deep in its own territory to set up another touchdown. Buffalo was just 1-10 on third down conversions.

AKRON 35 Bowling Green 28

Akron outgained the Falcons 470-368 but it took a late fourth down stop to secure the victory. The Zips were down by a touchdown but scored on three straight possessions to take a 14-point lead. After the Falcons pulled to within a touchdown, they recovered the onsides kick but were stopped at the 34-yard line as time expired. Akron missed a short field goal and was intercepted in the Bowling Green endzone.


Ohio avoided the upset as the defense allowed only 57 total yards in the second half while the offense scored the winning touchdown late in the third quarter. The Bobcats used a strong rushing attack, generating 278 yards on 51 carries (5.5 ypc) while passing for just 46 yards. All three of Ohio’s scoring drives were 41 yards or less while three possessions that each totaled more yards resulted in no points.

Kansas 41 IOWA STATE 10

Iowa St. got the scoring going with a field goal but Kansas ripped off 41 unanswered points to win in a blowout. The Jayhawks outgained Iowa St. 403-213 with 90 of those Cyclones yards coming in the fourth quarter. Both teams had four turnovers and while the Cyclones got only three points from theirs, the Jayhawks scored 21 points. Iowa St. rushed for just 33 yards on 30 carries (1.1 ypc).

(9) NOTRE DAME 45 North Carolina 26

Notre Dame outgained the Tar Heels 452-244 but the Irish could not put them away as they were up by only 12 points after a 72-yard touchdown pass by North Carolina midway through the third quarter. The Notre Dame defense allowed -1 yards after that to seal the win. The Irish ran 23 more plays, finished 8-14 on third down conversions and went a perfect 5-5 inside the redzone.

(5) AUBURN 27 Arkansas State 0

Auburn held the Indians to just 177 total yards while the Tigers offense was very efficient, gaining 399 yards on only 50 plays (8.0 ypp). Arkansas St. didn’t cross midfield until midway through the fourth quarter where it was stopped at the 15-yard line on fourth down. The one Auburn downfall was committing four turnovers, all of which were inside Indians territory.

T-C-U 25 U-N-L-V 10

TCU outgained the Rebels 416-246 in a game that was not as close as the final score indicates. UNLV had 80 yards on its lone touchdown drive in garbage time while the Horned Frogs fumbled twice and also turned it over on downs at the Rebels one-yard line. UNLV finished 1-3 inside the redzone and went 1-11 on third and fourth down conversions.

WYOMING 27 San Diego St 24

San Diego St. jumped ahead 17-3 following a fumble recovery for a touchdown but the Cowboys responded with 24 unanswered points to pull away. Wyoming held the Aztecs to 232 total yards and 10 first downs but San Diego St. pulled to within three points late in the game and then failed to recover the onsides kick. Wyoming controlled the clock for 16 more minutes as it ran 38 more plays from scrimmage.

Hawaii 63 UTAH STATE 10

The Warriors offense continues to feast on the opposition as they tallied 572 total yards on only 51 plays (11.2 ypp). Hawaii was inside Aggies territory on all but two possessions. Utah St. kicked a field goal on its opening possession of the first half and a touchdown on its opening possession of the second half but managed only 231 yards on its other 12 possessions.

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