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Inside the College Football Boxscores, Week 5

   by Matt Fargo - 09/26/2018

nside the CFB Boxscores Week Four

(303) Tulsa 31 at (304) Temple 17

Temple won by 14 points but it was fortune to get a victory that big, even one at all. The Owls were outgained by Tulsa 403-300 as the Golden Hurricane ran 50 more plays from scrimmage (107-57) and won the time of possession by nearly 15 minutes. They averaged only 3.8 yppl however and the big difference was turnovers as they gave it up five times which led to 17 Temple points.

(305) Florida Atlantic 36 at (306) Central Florida 56

This was a competitive game for a while as Florida Atlantic trailed by just four points at halftime but Central Florida scored a couple quick touchdowns in the third quarter and outscored the Owls 35-19 in the second half. The Knights outgained FAU 545-447 as they averaged 6.6 yppl while the defense picked off three passes including one that was returned for a touchdown.

(307) Penn State 63 at (308) Illinois 24

Illinois was sniffing upset as it scored a touchdown early in the third quarter to take a 24-21 lead but then Penn St. poured it on, outscoring the Illini 42-0 the rest of the way and pulling out the fortunate front door cover. The Nittany Lions racked up 581 total yards on 8.3 yppl with the running game leading the way with 387 yards on 51 carries (7.6 ypc). Additionally, they were 9-11 on third down.

(309) Washington State 36 at (310) Southern California 39

Washington State actually outgained USC 435-354 as it ran 19 more plays and controlled the time of possession 36:49-24:11. The Cougars took a 30-17 lead early in the third quarter but the offense sputtered after that as they went three-and-out on three of their final five drives and had a field goal blocked with 1:41 remaining. USC had good balance on offense but not much can be done in 24 minutes.

(311) Akron 13 at (312) Iowa State 26

The Iowa St. defense did its part as it held the Zips to 244 total yards on 4.1 yppl and holding them to just 15 first downs. The problem was the offense in the clutch as the Cyclones were just 6-16 on third down and they had to settle for four field goals. They also fumbled twice, the first in their own territory that led to an Akron touchdown and the second at the Zips 29-yard line.

(313) NC State 37 at (314) Marshall 20

Marshall pulled to within 10-7 early in the second quarter lead after an 80-yard touchdown drive but it was all Wolfpack after that as they outgained the Thundering Herd 385-191 the rest of the way. Each team scored a defensive touchdown including a 57-yard interception return for the Wolfpack with Marshall driving down 10 points with 28 seconds left which sealed the cover.

(315) Charlotte 31 at (316) Massachusetts 49

Massachusetts returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and never looked back as it jumped out to a 28-0 lead after one quarter. Charlotte actually won the yardage battle 364-331 as it ran 23 more plays and won the time of possession by close to 15 more minutes. It is skewed though as 165 of those yards from the 49ers came on their last three drives in garbage time when it was already decided.

(317) Michigan State 35 at (318) Indiana 21

Michigan St. outgained Indiana 350-301 but the game wax much closer than that and what the final score shows, The Spartans returned an interception for a touchdown to take a 14-0 lead and it was a close game late as Indiana pulled to within seven points late in the fourth quarter on a field goal but Michigan St. ripped off a 75-yards run on the first play of its next possession for the final margin.

(319) Minnesota 13 at (320) Maryland 42

Maryland dominated on both sides as the offense gained 432 yards on 8.5 yppl while it allowed 263 yards on 3.7 yppl. The Terrapins won the turnover battle 3-0 but it was far from a perfect game as they were just 4-10 on third down and committed 10 penalties for 118 yards. Minnesota struggled in both facets on offense especially running the ball where they rushed for 94 yards on 40 carries (2.4 ypc).

(321) Western Kentucky 28 at (322) Ball State 20

This was a competitive and back and forth game throughout but it was the Hilltoppers that made late plays to win. Ball St. took a six-point lead with 8:39 remaining but Western Kentucky went 75 yards on 11 plays to retake the lead. The Hilltoppers then forced a three-and-out and scored on a 70-yards drive. Ball St. had a chance as it went down to the Western Kentucky 33-yard line but time ran out.

(323) Boston College 13 at (324) Purdue 30

The national ranking did not last long for Boston College as it hung around for one quarter and that was it. The Eagles tied the game at seven put Purdue ran off 23 consecutive points to pull off the upset. Boston College had just 229 yards of offense and 80 of those came in the last two minutes when they scored a garbage touchdown. Purdue rushed for just 76 yards on 41 carries (1.9 ypc) but passed for 286 yards.

(325) Connecticut 21 at (326) Syracuse 51

Syracuse avoided a letdown as it built a 21-0 first quarter lead and scored on its first five possessions in the rout. The Orange outgained Connecticut 636-395 and it could have been even more of a domination if not for 11 penalties for 100 yards and going 4-13 on third down. Midway through the fourth quarter, Syracuse recovered a fumble at the Huskies 14-yard line but settled for a field goal and mossed the cover by a hook.

(327) Florida International 17 at (328) Miami 31

Miami got off to a slow on offense but eventually found its grove as it gained 488 yards and put the game out of reach in the third quarter 31-0. The defense was solid all game until the final quarter when the Hurricanes were already well in control. Florida International had 58 total yards through three quarters but did put up three scores in the fourth quarter where it gained 139 yards.

(329) Pittsburgh 35 at (330) North Carolina 38

A back and forth game with North Carolina winning by three points as it was able to run out the final 3:12 of the game. The Tar Heels won the yardage battle 486-402 but 254 of those yards came in their first four drives as the offense had only two drives over 37 yards in their final nine possessions. Pittsburgh had six drives between the second and third quarters where it gained 20 total yards.

(331) Northern Illinois 19 at (332) Florida State 37

Florida St. came out motivated as it scored touchdowns on its first two possessions totaling 145 yards. Overall, the Seminoles outgained Northern Illinois 473-221 and it was the defense that really shined, allowing just 3.6 yppl. They only averaged 5.3 yppl on offense as they ran 28 more plays and had the ball for 14 more minutes. The normally potent huskies rushing game managed just six yards on 20 carries (0.3 ypc).

(333) Miami (Ohio) 38 at (334) Bowling Green 23

Miami opened up a big lead early in the third quarter and the final score is a skewed number. Bowling Green had 385 total yards and 190 of those came on their last three possession where it scored touchdowns in each when the game was well decided including going 74 yards 33 seconds, scoring on a 40-yard touchdown pass as time expired. Miami finished with 296 yards rushing on 51 carries (5.8 ypc).

(335) Tulane 6 at (336) Ohio State 49

As expected, this game was never close with Ohio St. jumping out to a 21-0 lead and cruising the rest of the way. The Buckeyes scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and outgained Tulane 570-263. The Green Wave did put together a solid drive in the second quarter where they scored their only touchdown but it was tough going all day as they got into Ohio St. territory just three times.

(337) Clemson 49 at (338) Georgia Tech 21

The Georgia Tech defense started out good as it allowed just 13 yards on the first two possessions but then the wheels came off. Clemson scored its first touchdown on a fumble recovery in the end zone but then the offense clicked by scoring touchdowns in five of their next six possessions. The Tigers outgained Georgia Tech 480-203 and allowed just 3.2 yppl despite the defense being on the field for 11 more minutes.

(339) Ohio 30 at (340) Cincinnati 34

Ohio jumped out to a 21-0 lead, scoring a touchdown on three of its first four possessions but could only manage three field goals the rest of the game. Cincinnati slowly clawed away at the lead and got to within two points early in the fourth quarter. Ohio got the ball back and was forced to punt and the Bearcats went 92 yards for the go ahead score. Ohio drove down to the Cincinnati two-yard line but threw an interception.

(341) East Carolina 13 at (342) South Florida 20

This is a very misleading final as East Carolina outgained the Bulls 412-304 but managed only 13 points despite running 96 plays compared to just 49 for South Florida. Despite the yardage disparity, the Pirates managed only 4.3 yppl so that is why they were held off the scoreboard. Of the 10 times into Bulls territory, only three turned into scores. South Florida got the game winner on an 80-yard touchdown run.

(343) Notre Dame 56 at (344) Wake Forest 27

Notre Dame broke open a close game by scoring 28 unanswered points between the second and third quarters. The Irish outgained Wake Forest 566-398 and it was not even that close as the Demon Deacons ran 92 plays but managed just 4.3 yppl compared to 7.4 yppl for the Irish. A quarterback change for Notre Dame was the right move as Ian Book went 25-34 for 325 yards and two touchdowns.

(345) Nevada 44 at (346) Toledo 63

There was no shortage of offense in Toledo but it was Nevada that actually had the edge 582-460. That was not due to poor offensive play for the Rockets but they did not have the ball much early on as they scored on a blocked punt return and also returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Toledo was able to pull away late with touchdown drives on three straight possessions and grabbed a key interception late in the fourth quarter.

(347) Louisville 3 at (348) Virginia 27

After a slow start, Virginia was able to pull away with better execution on offense. The Cavaliers drove inside the Louisville 15-yard line three times in their first four possessions but had to settle for three field goal attempts and only made two. They were able to put three second half touchdowns, who of which came after Louisville turnovers. The Cardinals finished with just 214 yards on 57 plays (3.8 yppl).

(349) Western Michigan 34 at (350) Georgia State 15

Western Michigan hit its stride in the second quarter which started five straight possessions that turned into scores. The Broncos outgained Georgia St. 528-343 including 299-58 yards rushing as the Panthers were forced to abandon the run after falling behind by 25 points. Georgia St. got into Western Michigan territory six times and while it did score 17 points, they committed two turnovers while also giving it up on downs once.

(351) Buffalo 42 at (352) Rutgers 13

Buffalo allowed a pair of field goal to Rutgers in its first four possession and then completely shut down the Scarlett Knights as they were forced to punt on their next six possessions including five three-and-outs. The Bulls only ran six plays in it first two drives but then scored touchdowns on its next six possessions. Buffalo finished with 445 yards on 64 plays (7.0 yppl) while holing Rutgers to 284 yards on 75 plays (3.8 yppl)

(353) Arizona 35 at (354) Oregon State 14

Arizona dominated from start to finish as it outgained the Beavers 594-238 and it crossed midfield in all but one of its 11 drives. The Wildcats only put up 35 points however as they missed two field goals, ran out of time at the Oregon St. 13-yard line at the end of the half and fumbled at the Beavers one-yard line. The Beavers average only 3.4 yppl while rushing for only 97 yards on 44 carries (2.2 ypc).

(355) Stanford 38 at (356) Oregon 31

It was a wild one in Eugene as Stanford trailed by 17 points late in the third quarter with Oregon driving but it was able to recover a fumble and return it 80 yards for a touchdown. The Cardinal were still down 10 points late in the game but was able to pull within three on a 79-yard touchdown drive. Another fumble led to the game-tying field goal before they won in overtime. Oregon won the yardage battle 524-398.

(357) Florida 47 at (358) Tennessee 21

Florida jumped ahead 14-0 in the first quarter but the two scoring drives totaled just 29 yards as both were set up by Tennessee turnovers. The Gators outgained the Volunteers by only 18 total yards but the mistakes by the latter were the difference as Tennessee turned it over six times while turning it over on downs once. 24 of the 47 Florida points were scored off turnovers as it ran 26 fewer plays.

(359) Mississippi State 7 at (360) Kentucky 28

After a coreless first quarter, Mississippi St. struck first to take a 7-0 lead but Kentucky went on to score the final 28 points of the game. The Bulldogs managed only 64 yards after their touchdown drive and averaged only 3.4 yppl for the game while the Wildcats gained only 300 yards of offense but made the most of it. The Bulldogs hurt themselves with 16 penalties for 139 yards.

(361) Nebraska 10 at (362) Michigan 56

The score says it all here as it was all Michigan as it outgained the Huskers 491-132. The Wolverines scored on nine of their first 12 possessions and had only two three-and-outs the entire game. On the other side, Nebraska scored its only touchdown on its final drive in garbage time and has only two net yards of offense in the first half. For the entire game, the Huskers crossed midfield just three times.

(363) Kansas State 6 at (364) West Virginia 35

Another game dominated by the home team as West Virginia outgained Kansas St. 464-318 and did not allow a touchdown. The Mountaineers offense did not start well as they turned the ball over on their first two possessions and had four in total so the score could have been a lot worse. The Wildcats did not cross midfield until their first drive of the second half as they mustered only 77 total yards.

(365) Kent State 17 at (366) Mississippi 38

This was a competitive game for a while as Kent St. scored midway through the third quarter to make it a four-point game but Mississippi scored the final 17 points to pull away. Field position made the Rebels work for everything as 10 of their 13 drives started inside the 30-yard line as they racked up 651 yards of offense on 75 plays (8.7 yppl). Six of their drives were 65 yards or longer.

(367) Rice 22 at (368) Southern Mississippi 40

Southern Mississippi outgained Rice 566-262 and this was another game where field position made the game seem closer than it really was. The Golden Eagles started 10 of their 12 possessions inside the 30-yard line and yet were able to get into Rice territory in 10 of 12 possessions as well. The rushing stats were close to even but the Golden Eagles outpassed the Owls 428-125 which led to nearly a double yppl advantage.

(369) Arkansas 3 at (370) Auburn 34

This was one of the most misleading finals of the day as Arkansas actually outgained Auburn 290-225 but there is more to it than that as the Tiger benefitted from great field position as they had 248 return yards that led to short field. They also returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. Arkansas turned the ball over tice, both around midfield while going just 3-17 on third down conversion attempts.

(371) Texas Tech 41 at (372) Oklahoma State 17

While the Texas Tech offense racked up 621 yards of offense, the defense was the story as they shut out the Cowboys in the second half while allowing just 83 total yards. Oklahoma St. crossed midfield only once during the final two quarters and that drive resulted in a missed field goal. The Red Raiders had seven scoring drives of 62 or more yards as they ran 29 more plays than the Cowboys.

(373) Navy 30 at (374) Southern Methodist 31

SMU pulled off the minor upset in overtime as the Mustangs allowed a touchdown but responded with their own score and made the two-point conversion. It was even throughout the game as Navy won the yardage battle by just 50 yards and both teams registered right around five yppl. The difference in regulation ended up being turnovers as Navy committed three in its own territory that led to 14 SMU points.

(375) Coastal Carolina 30 at (376) UL Lafayette 28

Coastal Carolina jumped out to a 23-7 lead early in the third quarter and had to hold off a late charge from the Cajuns. The Chanticleers outgained Louisiana 503-381 as they used ball control by winning the time of possession 39:56-21:04. The Cajuns ran just 49 plays the entire game and after scoring a touchdown with 5:20 remaining to pull within two points, Coastal Carolina was able to run out the clock and not give the ball back.

(377) UNLV 20 at (378) Arkansas State 27

Arkansas St. has a 19-7 lead early in the third quarter but the Rebels scored two touchdowns late in the quarter thanks to a fourth down stop and a fumble recovery. The Red Wolves used great field position on their first possession of the fourth quarter to retake the lead and the defense took over as they did not allow UNLV to cross midfield in its last four possessions. UNLV was 5-21 for 23 yards passing and three picks.

(379) Texas Christian 16 at (380) Texas 31

TCU had a lead late in the third quarter but Texas closed the game by scoring the final three touchdowns to pull away. Two of those touchdowns were set up by two TCU turnovers and the third came after a Horned Frogs missed field goal. Overall, TCU committed four turnovers while Texas did not give it up and that was the difference as the Longhorns won the yardage battle 373-372.

(381) Army 21 at (382) Oklahoma 28

Army nearly pulled off the upset of the year thus far but fell short in overtime. The goal was to keep the ball out of the hands of the Oklahoma offense and they did just that as the Sooners had the ball for only 15:19 while running just 40 plays. Oklahoma scored touchdown on its first three possessions but did not score again until overtime. Army tossed an interception in Oklahoma territory on its final drive and again in overtime.

(383) Louisiana Tech 21 at (384) Louisiana State 38

LSU jumped ahead 24-0 but give the Bulldogs credit for not giving in as they scored three touchdowns between the second and fourth quarters while the defense shut the Tigers out over that stretch. Louisiana Tech won the yardage battle 417-409 but committed two costly turnovers deep in its own territory that let to a pair of LSU touchdowns that covered just 31 yards total.

(385) Kansas 7 at (386) Baylor 26

Kansas could not get out of its own way early in the game as it mustered only 72 yards in its first six possessions. The Jayhawks were held to 271 total yards and while it got inside the Baylor 30-yard line four times, it managed only one touchdown. While the Bears defense was doing their job, the offense was rolling in the first half, scoring on four straight possessions but only managed three second half points.

(387) South Carolina 37 at (388) Vanderbilt 14

South Carolina outgained the Commodores 534-284 and the score could have been a lot worse as the Gamecocks committed three turnovers, two inside the Vanderbilt 25-yard line including a fumble at the one-yard line. They also had to settle for three short field goals. It was just a six-point game at halftime when the defense took over, not allowing any points, making two fourth down stops and forcing a fumble.

(389) South Alabama 35 at (390) Memphis 52

South Alabama jumped ahead 7-0 and after Memphis ran off three straight touchdowns, the Jaguars were able to tie the game and keep it close until the fourth quarter. Memphis racked up 563 yards of offense as it punted only twice while six of the Tigers seven touchdown drives were 58 yards or more. South Alabama had two fumbles, both of which were inside the Memphis 15-yard line.

(391) Air Force 32 at (392) Utah State 42

After a back and forth game early on, Utah St. started to pull away after scoring 28 consecutive points to take a 21-point lead but Air Force was able to get it back to a three-point game as it scored the next 18 points including a fumble returned for a touchdown. The Aggies then went 80 yards in three plays to go up 10 points and stopped the Falcons on downs in their last two possessions including a stop at the Aggies 16-yard line.

(393) New Mexico State 27 at (394) Texas El Paso 20

UTEP outgained the Aggies 429-311 but the Miners committed three turnovers including a fumble that was returned 55 yards for a touchdown. Additionally, New Mexico St. returned a punt after the opening possession for a touchdown to start the scoring. UTEP ran 30 more plays as it won the time of possession by over 20 minutes but in seven trips past midfield, it settled for two field goals, missed another and fumbled twice.

(395) Texas State 21 at (396) Texas-San Antonio 25

Texas-San Antonio got the scoring started less than a minute into the game as it returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown and closed the game with a defensive safety for its final points. The Roadrunners won the yardage battle 272-248 as neither offense could get going in a game that had only five combined drives of over 32 yards. Texas St. rushed for only 26 yards on 25 carries (1.0 ypc).

(397) Troy 35 at (398) UL Monroe 27

UL Monroe put up the first score of the game before Troy ripped off 35 consecutive points but the Trojans nearly let the lead slip away. Troy was shut out in the second half as it gained only 91 total yards and the Warhawks had opportunities to try and make the full comeback as they turned it over on downs at the Troy 15-yard line and drove down the 11-yard line but tossed a pick with 39 second left.

(399) Virginia Tech 35 at (400) Old Dominion 49

The biggest upset of the day took place in Norfolk as Old Dominion went off in the fourth quarter by scoring 28 points and shocking the Hokies. The Monarchs gained 296 yards on those four touchdown drives and overall they racked up 632 yards of offense. Virginia Tech did some good things on offense but the defense was gashed for the most yards allowed ever under defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

(401) North Texas 47 at (402) Liberty 7

North Texas dominated from start to finish as it scored touchdowns on its first two possessions and after Liberty cut it to seven points, the Flames crossed midfield only two more times in their next eight possessions. Liberty did get inside the Mean Green 15-yard line twice but tossed an interception and missed a field goal. North Texas racked up 532 yards of offense including 346 yards rushing on 47 carries (7.4 ypc).

(403) Georgia 43 at (404) Missouri 29

Georgia scored first on a 64-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, one of three turnovers on the day committed by the Tigers. Missouri got into Georgia territory four times in the first half but scored only once as it turned it over twice and missed a field goal. The Bulldogs also blocked a punt for a touchdown and they only outgained the Tigers 445-393 as defense and special teams were the difference.

(405) Texas A&M 23 at (406) Alabama 45

Alabama failed to score 50 points for the first time this season as it was shutout over the last 17 minutes of the game, but still put up 524 yards of offense. Texas A&M threw an interception on its second play from scrimmage and the Tide scored on the next play. The Aggies remained close as they were down eight late in the second quarter before Alabama scored the next 17 points to pull away.

(407) Wisconsin 28 at (408) Iowa 17

Wisconsin avoided its second straight upset loss as it trailed Iowa by three points late in the fourth quarter and drove 88 yards for the go ahead score with less than a minute remaining. The Hawkeyes got the ball back but threw an interception three plays later and the Badgers scored again three plays later. Iowa committed three turnovers, including two fumbles on punts, which led to 14 Wisconsin points.

(409) Arizona State 20 at (410) Washington 27

Washington opened the game by throwing an interception on its first play and Arizona St. capitalized six plays later with a touchdown. The Huskies then went 80, 75 and 73 yards on its next three possessions to take a 17-10 and never relinquished the lead. Washington outgained the Sun Devils 373-268 and it was the passing defense that was most impressive, allowing just 104 yards through the air.

(411) Eastern Michigan 20 at (412) San Diego State 23

Eastern Michigan rallied from a 17-3 deficit to tie the game midway through the third quarter and then eventually took the lead on a field goal with over three minutes left. San Diego St. returned the ensuing kickoff to the 42-yard line and kicked a 50-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. Eastern Michigan got the ball first but threw an interception and the Aztecs kicked another field goal for the game winner.

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