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.
(12) LSU 28 (13) TENNESSEE 24
LSU scored the game-winning touchdown with just nine seconds remaining. LSU outgained the Volunteers by 230 total yards but it had four turnovers that led to 17 points for Tennessee. One interception was returned for a touchdown while two other picks occurred within the Volunteers 35-yard line. The Tigers controlled the clock for over 41 minutes.
21 OREGON 34 Washington 14
The Ducks held Washington to 138 total yards and only 10 first downs yet the Huskies trailed by only three points midway through the third quarter. Oregon then scored the final 17 points to pull away. Both of Washington's touchdowns came off interceptions as the Ducks had three turnovers along with a missed field goal. Oregon had 316 yards rushing on 54 carries (5.9 ypc) while the Huskies had 13 yards on 21 carries (0.6 ypc).
Purdue 17 MICHIGAN STATE 15
The Spartans could not rally enough around head coach John L. Smith as Purdue kicked the game-winning field goal with 4:49 remaining. Michigan St. Got the ball back one more time but was stopped on fourth down at its own 40-yard line. The winning field goal was set up by the Spartans lone interception of the day. Both teams finished 3-12 on third down conversions while Purdue was only 2-5 inside the redzone.
Kansas State 34 COLORADO 21
Kansas St. Outgained the Buffaloes 439-370 and after jumping ahead 17-0, the Wildcats had to hold off a Colorado rally. The Buffaloes dropped to within six points early in the fourth quarter but the Wildcats cemented the win by scoring the next two touchdowns. Colorado turned the ball over on downs twice, once at the Wildcats one-yard line and also missed a field goal early in the game.
HOUSTON 27 Tulsa 10
Tulsa took a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter but the Cougars ran off the final 20 points to pull away. Houston outgained the Golden Hurricane 471-249 as it used a very balanced attack of 227 yards rushing and 244 yards passing. Tulsa was 1-3 inside the redzone although one of those missed opportunities occurred as time expired. The lone Tulsa touchdown was set up by a fumble that directed in a nine-yard drive.
(1) Ohio State 17 ILLINOIS 10
Illinois cave the Buckeyes all they could handle as it won the yardage battle by nine yards, holding the Ohio St.. Offense to just 224 total yards. Ohio St. Jumped ahead 17-0 but the Illini defense stiffened, forcing five punts and grabbing an interference in the final six holdings. Illinois did not cross midfield until early in the fourth quarter as it gained only 100 yards up to that point.
WESTERN MICH 27 Miami-Ohio 24
This game was close through and it culminated with a Western Michigan field goal with 1:16 remaining, following an 86-yard drive. Miami got the ball back last time but was stopped on its own 44-yard line. The RedHawks had three turnovers including a fumble at the Broncos 13-yard line late in the fourth quarter. Western Michigan was 9-16 on third down conversions and 5-5 inside the redzone.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE 35 Florida Atlantic 14
Florida Atlantic actually outgained the Blue Raiders 370-342 but Middle Tennessee scored touchdowns on a fumble return and a 94-yard kickoff return. The Owls had four turnovers in total, three of which led to Blue Raiders touchdowns. Florida Atlantic also missed a field goal and was stopped on fourth down at the Middle Tennessee one-yard line late in the third quarter.
TROY 42 UL Lafayette 28
The Cajuns jumped ahead 14-0 before Troy scored three consecutive touchdowns and historically dropped ahead by 14 points at the end of the third quarter. UL-Lafayette dropped to within seven points but the Trojans sealed the win with a 94-yard touchdown drive. The Cajuns won the yardage battle 400-361 but Troy had two touchdown drives that were 24 yards or less.
East Carolina 23 UCF 10
Missed opportunities hurt both sides but more so for the Golden Knights as they missed an early field goal and were stopped on fourth down at the East Carolina 17-yard line at the end of the 1st quarter. Central Florida also tossed two interceptions on its final two possessions, the first which was returned for a touchdown. The Golden Knights were held to just 58 yards rushing on 26 carries (2.2 ypc).
OREGON STATE 44 Arizona State 10
Oregon St. Outgained the Sun Devils 403-223 and scored on its first five possessions of the game, two of which were set up by interceptions. The Beavers scored 17 points off three drives that were seven yards or less. Arizona St. Was just 4-15 on third and fourth down conversions while the Beavers went 10-18. Oregon St. Finished a perfect 7-7 inside the redzone.
Arizona 27 WASHINGTON ST 17
Arizona dropped off the upset permanently getting outgained 310-275. Washington St. Fumbled at its own 28-yard line and turned it over on downs at its own 21-yard line but the Wildcats managed only two field goals from that. The Cougars also fumbled at the Wildcats three yard line on the opening possession of the second half. Two Arizona turnovers led to 10 Washington St. Points.
Nevada 45 IDAHO 7
Nevada held the Vandals to 209 yards of liability and 11 first downs while also forcing four turnovers. Idaho gained only 31 total yards on its first seven possessions as the Wolf Pack built a 31-0 lead. The score could have even been worn but Nevada missed a field goal, turned it over on downs at the Idaho 33-yard line and thread an interference at the 30-yard line. Nevada won the TOP battle by close to 16 minutes.
(25) BYU 24 COLORADO STATE 3
BYU outgained the Rams 402-151 and held Colorado St. To just seven first downs. The Rams got their only score on a field goal following a short punt that triggered in a short field. The Cougars held Colorado St. To 26 yards rushing on 23 carries (1.1 ypc) as five sacks helped decrease that average. BYU finished 8-13 on third down conversions while the Rams just just 2-12 on their attempts.
(7) USC 42 STANFORD 0
An angry Trojans team took their frustration out on an overmatched Stanford team despite winning just 355 yards of offense. The defense held the Cardinal to 208 total yards and 12 first downs while forging three turnovers. USC blocked a field goal for a touchdown and also stopped Stanford on fourth down at the 33-yard line to help keep the shutout.
18 WAKE FOREST 21 (22) Boston College 14
Wake Forest won for the third straight time by getting outgained, this time 430-280. The Deacons forced three turnovers, none of which were larger than the interception in the end zone with less than a minute remaining. Boston College thread another intercept in the end zone earlier in the game while also fumbling in the fourth quarter. The Eagles also turned in over on downs at the Deacons 27-yard line.
19 Georgia Tech 31 NC STATE 23
Georgia Tech outgained the Wolfpack 409-328 but needed to rally in the fourth quarter and put the game away with a touchdown with 2:24 remaining. NC State had one last chance but turned it over on downs at the Georgia Tech 30-yard line. The Wolfpack had touchdowns on an interception return and a kickoff return, both of which cut the Yellow Jackets lead to one-point.
Louisiana Tech 34 NORTH TEXAS 31
This was arguably the craziest game of the day as Louisiana Tech built a 21-0 lead before the Mean Green ran off 31 straight points to take a 10-point lead midway though the third quarter. The Bulldogs responded by scoring the final 13 points to pull out the win. North Texas finished with five turnovers including interceptions on three of its final four possessions. The Bulldogs scored 24 points off those turnovers.
4 TEXAS 36 Oklahoma State 10
Texas outgained the Cowboys 510-203 as it ran 25 more plays from scrimmage and controlled the clock for over 16 more minutes. Oklahoma St. Did not score an offensive touchdown as the only trip to the endzone came on an 89-yard kickoff return. Texas scored 17 points off Cowboys turnovers and Oklahoma St. Did not help matters by committing 10 penalties, four of which led to Texas first downs.
MARSHALL 42 Tulane 21
Marshall went ahead 21-0 but Tulane roared back to tie the game before the Herd scored the final 21 points to pull away. Marshall scored its second touchdown on an interception return and two of its final three touchdowns came on drives of 24 and 26 yards. Tulane finished 10-18 on third down conversions but was stopped on fourth down twice in the fourth quarter. Marshall was only 4-7 inside the redzone.
(11) Arkansas 26 SOUTH CAROLINA 20
Arkansas built a 26-6 lead but had to hold off a big Gamecocks rally to pull out the win. South Carolina drove 92 and 99 yards on consecutive possessions to pull within six points but was stopped by an interception at the Razorbacks 41-yard line with five minutes left. Arkansas was able to run the clock out on 11 plays to end the game. The Razorbacks had 495 yards of offense but went 2-4 inside the redzone.
(20) Virginia Tech 17 MIAMI-FLORIDA 10
Miami held the Hokies to just 109 total yards but two interceptions by the Hurricanes offense were the difference. Virginia Tech scored both touchdowns off those picks on drives of 36 and 26 yards, including the game winner with 1:39 remaining. Miami thread another interception on the very next play to seal the game. The Hurricanes lone touchdown came on a 50-yard run as they did not reach the redzone the entire game.
San Jose St 31 NEW MEXICO ST 21
San Jose St. Is bowl eligible and that is not a misprint. The Spartans rallied from a 21-8 deficiency by scoring the final 23 points of the game. San Jose St. Got the lead back thanks to a two-yard blocked punt return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The Aggies actually won the yardage battle 429-361 and scored touchdowns on their first three possessions but they turned it over on downs four times.
(8) CALIFORNIA 38 UCLA 24
California racked up 516 yards of defense and built a 35-10 lead to pull away. The Bruins put up 433 yards of offense but missed two field goals and threw two interceptions within the Bears 30-yard line. UCLA ran 16 less plays from scrimmage and actually outgained the Bears 7.5 ypp to 7.0 ypp. California was 10-17 on third down Conversions while UCLA was 6-9 and punted only once.
(17) Oklahoma 17 (24) TEXAS A & M 16
Oklahoma measured touchdowns on its first two possessions, both being 80-yard drives and continually earning just 103 yards the rest of the way, the Sooners never lost the lead. Texas A & M was forced to kick two field goals on it's last two possessions including one from the Sooners two-yard line. The Aggies recovered two fumbles in Oklahoma territory but the ensuing possession both resolved in negative yardage.
Rice 37 TEXAS-EL PASO 31
Rice jumped out to a 30-10 lead but had to hold off a late Miners rally to win its third straight game. The Owls stopped UTEP on fourth down at the three-yard line early in the fourth quarter and later missed a short field goal that would have sealed the win. After UTEP dropped to within six points, the Owls killed the final 7:30 of the game and never wave the ball back. Rice controlled the TOP by close to 14 more minutes.
Southern Miss 42 MEMPHIS 21
Southern Mississippi jumped ahead 28-0 and never looked back as it had a 229-42 yardage advantage midway through the second quarter. The Golden Eagles finished with 486 yards of liability including 254 yards rushing on 40 carries (6.3 ypc). The game featured no turnovers but the teams combined for 16 penalties for 136 yards. Memphis finished only 3-15 on third down conversions.