Reviewing Games of September 3…Opening Night in FBS

#2 Texas Christian 23, Minnesota 17
The Gophers’ defense played well against T.C.U.’s usually explosive offense, forcing field goal attempts on several occasions.   Quarterback and  Heisman candidate Trevon Boykin missed open receivers and generally had an off night.  But let’s define ‘off night’:  26 of 42 for 246 yards with one TD pass and one pick, 92 yards rushing with a touchdown.
Solid, if closer-than-expected, win for T.C.U.

South Carolina 17, North Carolina 13
In a game that produced nowhere near the number of points expected, South Carolina beat
North Carolina 17 to 13.  Tar heels quarterback Marquise Williams threw three picks in the red zone.  Two of the interceptions were made by Gamecocks linebacker Skai Moore in the end zone, the last of which came with 3:48 to play and his team clinging to the four-point lead after trailing for most of the game.

Utah 24, Michigan 17
Jim Harbaugh’s debut as coach at Michigan was ruined by Utah.  Worse, the Wolverines were plagued by some of the same problems they had last year – turnovers and an inability to run the ball.  Quarterback Jake Rudock threw only five interceptions in 345 pass attempts last year for Iowa;
he had three last night, including a fourth-quarter pick six that killed Michigan’s chances for an upset.  Utah allowed only 76 rushing yards.  Ute quarterback Travis Wilson went 24 of 33 for 208 yards and added 53 yards on the ground, including a 14-yard scamper for a score.

#22 Arizona 42, Texas-San Antonio 32
Arizona’s All-American linebacker Scooby Wright left the game with a left knee injury in the first quarter, but it’s not believed to be serious.  The greater problem for Rich Rodriguez’s team was how it played against an opponent that had only two starters back on offense.  U.T.S.A. gashed the Wildcats for 525 yards and allowed only 392.

Oklahoma State 24, Central Michigan 13
Central Michigan held a 13-10 lead in the second half before the Cowboys woke up and took control.  Oklahoma State’s defensive line was the key to the game, pressuring Central quarterback Cooper Rush all night.  Seven different Cowboys recorded tackles for loss.  Tackle Vincent Taylor had three.

Florida International 15, Central Florida 14
This upset was preserved when Imarjaye Albury blocked a 47-yard field goal try in the closing seconds.  UCF had led 14-3 at the half before being shut down.  The loss snapped a 10-game home winning streak for the Knights.

#17 Georgia Tech 69, Alcorn State 6
Tech scored on its first seven possessions and led 34-0 after one quarter.  Freshman Marcus Marshall ran for 184 yards, including touchdowns of 49 and 64 yards.  The officials were letting the clock run in the second quarter!
Faithful readers  will remember that coforepr  has long railed against these FBS-FCS matchups.

For the most part, however, the FCS teams hung in there pretty well.
Utah State 12, Southern Utah 9
Nevada 31, U.C. Davis 17
Fresno State 34, Abilene Christian 13
San Jose State 43, New Hampshire 13
Connecticut 20, Villanova 15
Wake Forest 41, Elon 3     
(Okay, maybe not so well!)
Ball State 48, Virginia Military Institute 36

Other games…
Hawaii 28, Colorado 20      (Another long year for the Buffaloes)
Duke 37, Tulane 7
Ohio 45, Idaho 28
Western Kentucky 14, Vanderbilt 12

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