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Inside the Boxscores, Week 6, Part 2
by Matt Fargo - 10/04/2008
Florida State 41 MIAMI-FLORIDA 39
Florida St. outgained the Hurricanes 440-256 and jumped ahead 24-0 before holding off a big Miami rally late. The Hurricanes cut that lead in half by the end of the third quarter and pulled to within two points midway through the fourth period before the Seminoles drove 81 yards for the game icing touchdown. Florida St. had four turnovers that led to 17 points while Miami had three turnovers that led to 10 points.
Temple 28 MIAMI-OHIO 10
Miami outgained the Owls 303-294 but it had four turnovers that led to two Temple touchdowns. The RedHawks also turned it over on downs twice in the second half and they finished with seven trips into Temple territory that resulted in no points. The Owls had only 11 first downs and they didnâ€™t help their cause by committing nine penalties for 81 yards.
Illinois 45 MICHIGAN 20
Michigan jumped ahead 14-3 after the first quarter before Illinois scored four unanswered touchdowns to pull away. The Illini won the yardage battle 501-319 and the defense stiffened in the second and third quarters by forcing seven punts and a fumble in the Wolverines eight possessions. Michigan committed only two turnovers but both led to Illinois touchdowns.
U-C-F 31 S-M-U 17
Central Florida won despite getting outgained 376-280 and finishing with only 11 first downs. The Mustangs finished with four turnovers, three of which took place inside Knights territory. SMU had a seven-point lead at the end of the first quarter before Central Florida scored three touchdowns in the next two quarters to pull away. The Mustangs rushed for just 25 yards on 21 carries (1.2 ypc).
Navy 33 AIR FORCE 27
Air Force lost to Navy for the sixth straight time as things simply did not go the right way for the Falcons. They outgained the Midshipmen 411-244 and they actually held Navy to a season low 206 yards rushing. Navy blocked two punts on the day, both of which were returned for touchdowns. The Falcons also fumbled twice inside their own 10-yard line which led to 10 more points for Navy.
Eastern Mich 24 BOWLING GREEN 21
Eastern Michigan pulled off the big upset as it outgained the Falcons 410-391. Bowling Green held a four-point lead with just 1:21 remaining but the Eagles drove 77 yards in just 45 seconds to produce the game winning touchdown. The Falcons had one last shot and they were able to get to the Eastern Michigan 36-yard line but missed the tying 53-yard field goal.
Nevada 49 IDAHO 14
Nevada racked up 507 yards of offense and it was very balanced with 243 yards passing and 264 yards rushing on 47 carries (5.6 ypc). Idaho started the game by missing a field goal on its first possession, missing a fourth down attempt on its second possession and fumbling a punt on its own one-yard line on its third possession. The Vandals finished with 316 total yard including just 24 yards rushing on 28 carries (0.9 ypc).
T-C-U 41 San Diego St 7
TCU dominated in all facets of the game. The 34-point setback for San Diego St. was actually more respectable than the game played out. The Aztecs were outgained by 413 total yards including 396 yards on the ground. San Diego St. finished with just 85 total yards and four first downs as it ran 49 fewer plays from scrimmage. The lone Aztecs touchdown was courtesy of a fumble that resulted in a one-yard scoring drive.
(13) VANDERBILT 14 (20) Auburn 13
Auburn built a 13-0 lead in the first quarter and it should have been more but it missed a fourth down attempt at the Vanderbilt one-yard line. The offense completely shut down after that as the Tigers had 157 total yards in that first period but just 51 yards the rest of the game. Auburn crossed midfield only once in 10 possessions in the final three periods. Vanderbilt finished with just 263 total yards.
(5) Texas 38 COLORADO 14
Texas jumped ahead 28-0 early in the third quarter and coasted the rest of the way. The Longhorns outgained Colorado 431-266 while holding the Buffaloes to 49 yards rushing on 28 carries (1.8 ypc). Colorado got into scoring position three times in the first half but missed three field goals. Texas won the time of possession battle by close to 14 more minutes.
(22) NORTH CAROLINA 38 Connecticut 12
North Carolina won going away despite getting outgained 378-263 by the Huskies and finishing with 10 fewer first downs. The Tar Heels blocked a punt for a touchdown before halftime and returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Connecticut ran 35 more plays from scrimmage but had three interceptions, two failed fourth down attempts and 11 penalties for 97 yards.
Florida Intl 42 NORTH TEXAS 10
Florida International built a 35-0 lead and won in a rout despite getting outgained 428-347. The Golden Panthers were aided by four North Texas turnovers that led to 21 points and they also blocked a punt and returned it 11 yards for a touchdown. Two of the Mean Green turnovers were inside the Florida International 30-yard line while they also missed a field goal and turned it over on fourth down at the 25-yard line.
Texas-El Paso 40 SOUTHERN MISS 37
UTEP won a wild one in double overtime despite getting outgained by the Golden Eagles 541-382. Southern Mississippi missed on countless opportunities as it missed three field goals while settling for three other short field goals of 29, 22 and 28 yards. The Miners could have put the game away as they were up three points late in the fourth quarter but missed on fourth down at the Golden Eagles two-yard line.
TENNESSEE 13 Northern Ill 9
Tennessee snuck out a close win as neither team was able to get any offense moving. The Volunteers finished with just 225 total yards and nine first downs while Northern Illinois had just 190 total yards and 12 first downs. Two of the three Huskies field goals were set up by Tennessee fumbles. Northern Illinois has four possessions in the fourth quarter but finished with minus nine yards.
(25) Ball State 31 TOLEDO 0
Ball St. remained undefeated as it dominated the Rockets in a shutout. The Cardinals outgained Toledo 482-157 and the score could have been worse but Ball St. settled for a 22-yard field goal on its opening drive while also missing two other attempts. The Rockets didnâ€™t cross midfield until halfway through the third quarter. Ball St. rushed for 240 yards on 44 carries (5.5 ypc) while Toledo had just 14 yards on 19 carries (0.7 ypc).
UL Lafayette 44 UL-MONROE 35
UL-Lafayette outgained the Warhawks 728-353 and built a big early lead but had to hold off a late rally. UL-Monroe pulled to within two points late in the fourth quarter but the Cajuns scored on an 80-yard touchdown run on their first offensive play to ice the game. UL-Lafayette finished with 556 yards rushing on just 37 carries (15.0 ypc) as it had touchdown runs of 89, 64, 87, 52 and 80 yards.
VIRGINIA 31 Maryland 0
Virginia pulled off a shocker as it outgained the Terrapins 427-302 and doubled them in first downs 26-13. Maryland was inside the Virginia 40-yard line five times but had two turnovers, two failed fourth down attempts and ran out of time at the eight-yard line at the end of the first half. The Terrapins were a combined 4-15 on third and fourth down while Virginia went a combined 12-19.
(17) OKLAHOMA STATE 56 Texas A&M 28
Oklahoma St. remained undefeated as it rolled over the Aggies despite getting outgained by one total yard. The Cowboys built an early 28-7 lead thanks to returning two interceptions for touchdowns and returning a punt 78 yards for another score. Texas A&M finished with five turnovers that led to 28 points for Oklahoma St. The game featured 19 penalties between both teams.
ARIZONA 48 Washington 14
Washington remained winless on the season as it was outgained 449-244 and was at a 28-12 disadvantage in first downs. The Wildcats owned the line of scrimmage as they rushed for 256 yards on 51 carries (5.0 ypc) while holding the Huskies to 63 yards on 28 carries (2.2 ypc). This enabled Arizona to finish with a 15-minute time of possession advantage in the second half. The Wildcats also scored on a 48-yard punt return.
TULSA 63 Rice 28
Tulsa tallied more than 56 points for a fourth straight game as it racked up 577 yards of offense. The Golden Hurricane crossed midfield in all but three of their 15 possessions and scored touchdowns on six of their first seven second half possessions to run away with it. Rice finished with 453 total yards but had four turnovers, missed a field goal and turned in over on downs at the Tulsa 20-yard line.
(8) U-S-C 44 Oregon 10
Oregon scored on its opening possession as it drove 70 yards for a touchdown but the Trojans took over after that. USC scored 44 of the final 47 points as it outgained the Ducks 598-169 after that opening possession. The Trojans gained 8.0 yppl compared to just 3.3 yppl for the Ducks. Oregon finished with only 60 yards rushing on 39 carries (1.9 ypc) with 55 of those rushing yards coming on that first drive.
(12) Ohio State 20 WISCONSIN 17
Ohio St. won the yardage battle by a single yard but it needed 80 of its 327 yards on its final possession to score the game winning touchdown. Wisconsin got the ball back with just over a minute remaining but tossed an interception on the first play to end the game. The game was even throughout as both teams finished with roughly the same time of possession, two turnovers and was separated by just two first downs.
(3) Missouri 52 NEBRASKA 17
Nebraska hung around for a quarter as it trailed 14-7 until the Tigers pulled away by scoring 38 of the next 41 points. Missouri was inside Huskers territory on all 10 of its possessions and the only two non-scoring drives were a missed field goal and a missed fourth down with just over three minutes remaining in the game. Nebraska was only outgained 462-369 but two turnovers led to 14 points.
NEW MEXICO 24 Wyoming 0
The defense was the story for the Lobos as they started the scoring with a 13-yard interception return on the games first play from scrimmage. New Mexico allowed the Cowboys just 201 total yards and 12 first downs in preserving the shutout. The Lobos finished with 317 yards rushing on 48 carries (6.6 ypc) but they did have only 33 yards passing and finished 2-13 on third down.
Hawaii 32 FRESNO STATE 29
Fresno St. lost its second game this season but just a field goal despite outgaining the Warriors 522-342. Hawaii built a 26-9 lead before the Bulldogs rallied culminating in a 70-yard drive that tied the game in the fourth quarter. Fresno St. got the ball first in overtime but missed a 35-yard field goal before Hawaii kicked the game winner from 33 yards. The Bulldogs finished with six turnovers leading to 20 Hawaii points.
U-C-L-A 28 Washington St 3
UCLA snapped a three-game losing streak as it held the Cougars to only 171 total yards and 11 first downs. Washington St. crossed midfield on its first three possessions but was forced to punt twice while also turning it over on downs at the Bruins 35-yard line. The Cougars entered UCLA territory only one more time in nine possessions after that. The Bruins went 9-18 on third down while Washington St. went 2-14.