#24 Toledo 38, Kent State 7
How’s this for a bad start? A penalty wipes out an 89-yard return of the opening kickoff by Diontae Johnson. So Toledo’s not up by 7. The Rockets go three and out. The snap to the punter sails over his head and is recovered in the end zone for a Kent touchdown. So now Toledo’s down by 7!
But from there, the Rockets kick butt. It’s 24-7 by halftime. Terry Swanson runs for 161 yards and a touchdown. Kareem Hunt adds 85 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Phillip Ely passes for 305 yards and two more scores, as Toledo rolls in its first 2015 game as a ranked team. The Rockets are 5-0.
The game no one wanted…
Wake Forest 3, Boston College 0
*How often are 5 first downs, 142 yards of offense and 3 points enough to win a game?
*A chronology of wasted opportunities by both teams:
1) Boston College kicker Colton Lichtenberg slams the right upright from 31 yards. No good.
2) Wake Forest kicker Mike Weaver is wide right on a 43-yard attempt. It’s only his third miss of the season, against eight makes.
3) B.C.’s Jordan Gowins fumbles at his own 5 early in the third quarter; Wake forest linebacker Brandon Chubb recovers. Wake loses two yards before Weaver kicks a 25-yard field goal for the game’s only points.
4) Assisted by a pair of unsportsmanlike penalties on the Demon Deacons, B.C. drives inside the Wake 10, but Lichtenberg is wide left from 26 yards.
5) Under two minutes to go…The Eagles reach the Wake Forest 8 and face 3rd and 1. Quarterback Troy Flutie fumbles while attempting a sneak. The ball squirts from the pile and linebacker Zach Dancel recovers.
6) Wake quarterback John Wolford fumbles the ball back to B.C. with 56 seconds left. B.C. has 1st and goal at the one with 29 seconds remaining. With no time outs the Eagles inexplicably run the ball: Tyler Rouse gains nothing. The clock runs. Quarterback Jeff Smith spikes the ball as the clock hits all zeroes. Replay review. Game over.
* Wake Forest was 2 for 16 on third down; B.C. was 2 for 14.
*Boston College averaged 50 points per game against two FCS foes but is averaging 6 ppg versus four FBS opponents.
Wisconsin 23, Nebraska 21
* Nebraska fullback Andy Janovich ran 55 yards for a touchdown that gave his team a 21-20 lead with 3:38 to go. With 1:26 remaining Wisconsin placekicker Rafael Gaglianone missed a 39-yard field goal try; his kick struck the right upright. The Cornhuskers went ultra-conservative on the ensuing series as Wisconsin used time outs to save clock. The Badgers got the ball back at their 30 with 1:03 left and drove into field goal range to give Gaglianone another chance. He nailed the game-winner from 46 yards with :04 on the clock.
* Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave threw 50 passes, completing half of them for 322 yards and a touchdown. Dare Ogunbowale ran for 117 yards after Taiwan Deal, the Badgers’ starting running back, departed in the first quarter with a left ankle injury.
* Nebraska is now 2-4, with all four losses coming on its opponent’s last offensive play. Unbelievable!
Tueday, October 13, 2015
Arkansas State 49, South Alabama 31
* The Red Wolves trailed 31-20 early in the fourth quarter before scoring 29 unanswered points in less than five and a half minutes!
* A 38-yard Fredi Knighten-to-Tres Houston touchdown pass got the rally started. Cody Brown intercepted a pass on South Alabama’s next offensive play, and Arkansas State drove 43 yards to take the lead, scoring on a 1-yard Johnston White run. Arkansas State’s defense came up with the last two touchdowns: Chris Stone recovered a fumble in the end zone and Justin Clifton returned an interception 37 yards.
* Such monumental collapses usually occur on the road, but South Alabama was playing at home.