Saturday, September 13, 2014

Air Force Outlasts Panthers in High-Scoring Tilt

Air Force won a high-flying affair in the Georgia Dome as the Falcons eased to a 48-38 victory against host Georgia State on Saturday. The 86 combined points were the most ever in a Panther game since GSU started its program started in 2010.

In their first home game against a non-conference FBS opponent, the Panthers kept clawing back, pulling within 45-31 early in the fourth quarter on LynQuez Blair’s second touchdown reception of the game. Blair hauled in TD passes of 15 and 13 yards while finishing with five catches for 74 yards.

Blair’s other score came midway through the third quarter as he helped GSU cut the deficit to 31-17. The teams then traded scores the rest of the way with GSU outscoring Air Force 28-17 in the second half.

The run-oriented Falcons finished with 539 yards of total offense, including 315 on the ground. Air Force made the difference in the passing game where quarterback Kale Pearson was more than efficient, finishing 12 of 15 for 224 yards and two scores through the air. He also ran for just five yards on nine attempts, and added a pair of rushing touchdowns despite running for only five yards on nine carries.

Pearson's second rushing score put Air Force ahead with its largest lead of the game at 38-17 before the Panthers rallied.

Georgia State outgained the Falcons by 10 yards, putting up 549 yards of total offense, the second-highest total in school history. The air game was a large part of that as it was working well behind quarterback Nick Arbuckle. The junior signal-caller finished 26 of 42 in the air, surpassing 1,000 passing yards for the season in just three games. He tossed a pair of TD strikes in the contest and ran for a 1-yard score as the Panthers fell to 1-2 on the season.

Arbuckle’s last completion was a 73-yard catch-and-run to Kyler Neal, and helped Arbuckle tie the school single-game mark for passing yards with 414. He had finished one yard shy of the record with 413 yards in the season-opening victory against Abilene Christian.

When Arbuckle wasn’t pushing the ball down the field through the air, the Panther ground game was effective with first-time starter Neal in the backfield. He had a career high rushing yards in the first half and finished with 80 yards on 10 carries to go along with his three catches for 91 yards.

Neal had the Panthers' first scoring play on a 25-yard rush in the second quarter, one of three rushing scores for GSU on the day. Along with Neal and Arbuckle, Duvall Smith crossed the goal line on the ground, scoring from 2 yards out with the final points of the game with 4:57 to play.

Saturday’s contest was the highest-scoring game in Georgia State history with 86 combined points. The previous record was 80 points in the GSU-Old Dominion (ODU 53, GSU 27) contest in 2012.
RB Kyler Neal had his first career score on a career-long 25-yard run, as he rushed around the left end to pull GSU within 14-7 with 12:49 remaining in the second quarter.
Neal also hauled in a pass he turned into an impressive 73-yard catch-and-run to set up the Panthers’ last score. It was the seventh longest play from scrimmage in school history, and the sixth longest pass play.
RB Duvall Smith also had a career-long rush as he reeled off a 32-yarder in the third quarter that set up the Panthers’ second touchdown. Smith also had a fourth-down conversion late in the third period to keep a GSU drive alive in its own territory. Smith finished with a career-best 50 yards on six carries including his first rushing touchdown.
LB Joseph Peterson’s 200th career tackle came on special teams as he bolted out of the left side to cut the returner short, breaking the school record originally set by Robert Ferguson. He finished with 13 total tackles on the day and has 207 tackles in his three-year Panther career.
TE Joel Ruiz and WR Donovan Harden each finished with at least 90 yards receiving (95 and 90, respectively), marking the second time in three games this year a pair of Panther receivers had at least 90 yards through the air.
PK Wil Lutz recorded his 100th career point during the contest and now has 102 points for his career. He ranks first among placekickers and is second overall in the Panther record book. He trails only Albert Wilson, who owns school record with 156 points.
The captains for Saturday’s game were Joel Ruiz, Sean Jeppesen and Joseph Peterson.
Georgia State hits the road for the first time in 2014 when it heads to Pac-12 foe Washington on Saturday, Sept. 20. The game will kick off at 6 p.m. ET and will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network. It will also be heard on 1340 the Fan 3 in Atlanta

Air Force Powers Past Georgia State, 48-38

Kale Pearson threw two touchdown passes and added two scoring runs to lead Air Force past Georgia State 48-38 on Saturday.

Pearson threw touchdown passes of 37 and 22 yards to Garrett Brown. Jacobi Owens ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns for Air Force (2-1).

Pearson completed 12 of 15 passes for 224 yards to add balance to the Falcons' option attack, which began the day ranked sixth in the nation in rushing.

Nick Arbuckle threw for 414 yards, including two touchdown passes to Lynquez Blair, for Georgia State (1-2).

Georgia State freshman running back Krysten Hammon, the team's leading rusher, was suspended for the game for conduct detrimental to the team.

The Panthers cut the Air Force lead to 10 on Duvall Smith's 1-yard touchdown run with 4:57 remaining. Georgia State then failed to recover an onside kick. Pearson completed a fourth-down pass to Brown to help the Falcons run out the clock.

Pearson posted his second straight game with more than 200 yards passing. He threw for 226 yards in last week's 17-13 loss at Wyoming - the most yards by an Air Force quarterback since Shaun Carney threw for 237 yards against Navy in 2007.

Air Force won in its first game in a dome in 20 years and ended a streak of nine straight road losses against FBS opponents. The Falcons' last road win against a FBS team was against Wyoming in 2012.

Owens' 2-yard touchdown run capped an impressive opening drive for Air Force, which never trailed.

Air Force linebacker Jordan Pierce delivered two key first-half plays which helped the Falcons retain their momentum. Pierce stopped Georgia State fullback Jonathan Lytle on a fourth-and-1 run to end the Panthers' opening possession.

With Air Force leading 14-7 early in the second quarter, Pierce's interception set up the drive which led to Owens' second touchdown run.

Air Force played its first game in the state of Georgia since losing at Georgia Tech in 1977.

The game was played at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons' last game in a dome was on Sept. 27, 1994, when it beat Texas-El Paso at the Alamodome.

Arbuckle threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Blair in the third quarter. The duo combined for a 13-yard touchdown pass in the final quarter.

Kyler Neal, filling in for Hammon, had 80 yards rushing, including a 25-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

The loss of Hammon to the suspension was significant for Georgia State. He ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns in last week's loss to New Mexico State. Georgia State wide receiver Avery Sweeting and safety Bryan Williams also were suspended for the game.

The 86 combined points were the most in Georgia State history.

WMU too much for Vandals

Despite 362 yards on 27-of-41 passing by Matt Linehan and 153 all-purpose yards by Richard Montgomery, the Idaho Vandals couldn’t overcome Western Michigan in a non-conference football game at the Kibbie Dome Saturday night.

“Disappointed,” said coach Paul Petrino when asked about his thoughts on the game. “I thought Matt Linehan competed his butt off. At times, some other guys made some good plays but overall it wasn’t good enough. I was really expecting a lot better effort.”

The Broncos used the running of freshman Jarvion Franklin to pound away at the Vandals. He racked up 210 yards on 33 carries and scored three times. His long play of 39 yards was one of a number of big plays that doomed the Vandals. There were pass plays of 61 and 57 yards, a 57-yard interception return and a 42-yard kickoff return.

“We can say whatever we want about it,” Petrino said, “they kicked our butt. They out-executed us. They out-coached us and out-played us.”

His players echoed his thoughts.

Linehan, who as back-to-back 300-plus games in his first season, said there were building blocks in the game.

“Offensively,” he said, “we did some good things today. Our mentality, especially in practice, has to improve. … We’re close though. We have to do a better job of fighting to the end.”

Linehan went to nine receivers during the game. Joshua McCain led the way with seven for 128 yards with Montgomery pulling in three for 88 yards, which includes at 62-yard scoring play that pulled the Vandals to within 21-17 early the second quarter. From that point on, though, the Broncos were the ones with the big plays and, but for a safety in the waning seconds of the quarter, protected their end zone and went into the half with a 35-19 lead.

“You’re not going to win too many games when you give up 45 points,” defensive end Maxx Forde said. “Credit to them but we’ve got to do our job. It didn’t feel like we tackled well enough.”

Montgomery rounded out his all-purpose rushing with 53 yards on two kickoff returns.

Jordan Grabski led the defense with 11 tackles with Jayshawn Jordan adding eight. Ford and Marc Millan had tackles for loss with Quayshawne Buckley tallying the team’s lone sack.

Broncos Row Their Way to 45-33 Win Over Idaho

Zach Terrell passed for 242 yards and three touchdowns and freshman running back Jarvion Franklin rushed for a career-high 33 carries and 211 yards with three touchdowns as Western Michigan defeated Idaho 45-33 in front of 14,721 at the Kibbie Dome on Saturday evening.

Terrell finished the night just 10-for-15 with no interceptions and was sacked just one time after a stellar performance by the WMU offensive line. All 10 of his completions went to either Corey Davis or Daniel Braverman. Davis finished with five receptions for a season-best 119 yards and a touchdown, while Braverman had his second-straight 100 yard receiving game with five catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively Grant DePalma and Devon Brant each had 10 tackles. Cleveland Smith finished with three sacks, all solos, for 23 yards loss. Jarell McKinney also had a sack and three tackles. Junior Ronald Zamort forced WMU’s first turnover of the season, an interception he returned 59 yards.

Overall the Broncos out-gained the Vandals 484-404 and did not commit a turnover.

After the WMU forced a three-and-out to open the game, Terrell found Davis in the flat and the reigning Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year weaved his way through traffic and took it to the house from 61 yards out to give WMU an early 7-0 lead.

The Vandals struck on their next drive when quarterback Matt Linehan capped off a 17 play 75-yard drive with a seven-yard touchdown run. Idaho two third downs and a fourth down to keep the drive going.

Western Michigan responded with a long drive of its own to retake the lead, 14-7. Franklin rushed it in from the one-yard line for his fourth touchdown of the season. The Tinley Park, Ill., native racked up 35 yards on the drive, including a 26-yard burst to move the Broncos into the red zone.

Idaho drove down the field again but the Bronco defense held tough in the red zone to force a field goal from 17 yards out. The Vandals had first and 10 from the Bronco 11 yard line but DePalma stopped Jerrel Brown at the seven yard-line. The defense forced two incomplete passes to force the field goal and hold the lead 14-10.

WMU’s big-play offense kept on rolling as Terrell connected with Braverman for a 31-yard touchdown. Braverman was wide open at the 10 yard line and trotted in for his first career touchdown reception to give WMU a 21-10 lead. The touchdown was the second of the night for Terrell and it closed out a five-play 75 yard drive.

The Vandals responded with a big play of their own when Linehan found Richard Montgomery for a 61-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 21-17.

Terrell and Braverman connected again on the next drive, this time from 57 yards out. The Broncos had the ball on their own 43 with third-and-five. Terrell found the speedy wide receiver in the slot and Braverman made a few Vandals miss and took it to the house for a career-long touchdown reception.

After a long Idaho drive Zamort stepped in front of a Linehan pass and intercepted it, returning it 57 yards to the vandal 41. Two plays later Franklin broke off his second touchdown run of the game, this time from 39 yards out to give WMU a 35-17.

The Broncos went into the half with a 35-19 lead after a bad snap on a punt resulted in an Idaho safety.

WMU opened the third quarter with a 13-play 63 yard drive that resulted in Andrew Haldeman’s first field goal of the season. The Broncos rushed the ball 13 straight times to get the ball to the Idaho goal line before Haldeman split the up-rights to push the lead to 38-19. Dareyon Chance had three carries for 21 yards on the drive.

Franklin ran in his third touchdown of the night towards the end of the quarter, this time from seven yards out to give WMU a 45-26 lead.

Joshua McCain caught a 75 yard touchdown pass from Linehan with 2:38 but the Broncos were able to kill the remaining time and seal the victory, 45-33.

Western Michigan hosts Murray State on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. for CommUniverCity night.

Football Falls in Final Minutes to Indiana State

The Ball State football team’s nine-game home winning streak came to an end Saturday with a 27-20 loss to Indiana State at Scheumann Stadium.

The Sycamores (2-1) reclaimed the Victory Bell in the first meeting between the teams since 2003. Ball State (1-2) had won the previous seven meetings.

“First of all I want to congratulate Indiana State,” Ball State head coach Pete Lembo said. “I thought they played extremely well. They haven’t turned the ball over yet this year and they didn’t turn it over today. We didn’t cause any turnovers, and we have to start doing that. I thought they made more plays and had some incredible catches by their receivers.”

The Cardinals were on the move in the final minute and had the ball inside the red zone, looking to tie the game. Quarterback Ozzie Mann scrambled and was tackled at the 2-yard line with 11 seconds to play, but time ran out before the ball could be spotted for one final play.

It was Ball State’s first home loss since an Oct. 12, 2012 game against Northern Illinois.

The Cardinals limited Indiana State to only 44 yards on the ground, but Sycamore quarterback Mike Perish logged 317 yards and three touchdowns through the air. The final score came on a 28-yard pass to Kyanni Harris that broke a 20-20 tie with 3:50 to play.

Ball State had the ball twice in the closing minutes. The Cardinals punted on the first of those possessions and got the ball back a second time after forcing a quick three-and-out and a punt. They then went 47 yards in 12 plays on the last drive before coming up just short.

“We are definitely disappointed, but this is where we are right now,” Lembo said. “There is going to be very little margin for error and we are going to be in a lot of close games. This will be a great test for our guys. I keep sending them a very honest, consistent message about where we are, and hopefully they are hearing the message.”

Mann, making his third career start, threw for a career-high 266 yards and hit Jordan Hogue for the freshman’s first career touchdown catch in the second quarter to give Ball State a 14-3 lead. But Indiana State limited the Cardinals to two Scott Secor field goals the rest of the way.

Jahwan Edwards accounted for the first Ball State score of the day with his 41st career touchdown run, extending his own school record. He also became only the third back in school history to surpass 3,500 rushing yards for his career.

Ball State will now hit the road for two straight games, staring with next Saturday’s Mid-American Conference opener at Toledo. That game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Mission Accomplished

The end of a 35-0 rout proved to be among the most riveting moments of Stanford’s victory over Army on Saturday at Stanford Stadium.

The Black Knights were perched on the Stanford 2-yard line and facing fourth down while the starters on the Stanford sideline crowded as close as possible to the imaginary bench-area boundary. As the Army option play unfolded, Stanford’s Peter Kalambayi blew up the play and Dallas Lloyd made the tackle.

“We were going crazy,” said linebacker Blake Martinez, watching from the sideline. “We were giving as much as we could to the second string guys just for them to be able to make that stop, and they did.”

With the shutout preserved, Stanford did what it sought to do in the wake of its 13-10 loss to USC the previous week: Improve its red-zone efficiency and continue to manhandle opposing offenses.

The former came to fruition -- three trips inside the Army 20 resulted in three touchdowns, plus touchdowns from 23 and 32 yards out. And the defense … well, it would be almost impossible to ask for more: Three games, 10 points allowed, two shutouts.

It marked the first time Stanford has earned two shutouts in its first three games since 1949 and extended its home winning streak over nonconference opponents to 12.

“They're playing unselfish defense, they're playing Stanford defense,” Shaw said. “They're playing tough, physical, know where your help is. It starts up front, top down. Those guys are playing to a tee.”

Martinez at inside linebacker had 11 tackles and A.J. Tarpley had a late interception – Stanford’s first interception of the season – to set up a Hogan to Montgomery 32-yard pass that closed the scoring.

The Stanford defense limited the Army triple-option, which had so flummoxed the Cardinal a year earlier at West Point, to 207 offensive yards, with more than half coming in the fourth quarter.

The stout defensive effort and Devon Cajuste’s three touchdown catches gave Stanford the momentum needed for the victory.

Cajuste came into the game with only one catch, but returned to his game-breaking prowess of last year with touchdown receptions of 23, 2, and 15 yards. He finished with five catches for 52 yards.

“Devon Cajuste is just a tough guy to guard,” Shaw said. “He's just under 6-foot-4 and 227 pounds and he can run and jump.”

Stanford labored offensively for much of the first half, but ultimately settled into gear, scoring on all three second-half possessions (the Cardinal ran out the clock on the fourth). Ty Montgomery scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns – one rushing, one receiving -- to blow open the game.

Montgomery had eight catches for 86 yards, and scored on a four-yard run out of the Wildcat, followed by his touchdown reception with 3:05 left.

Stanford now heads into a bye week and then the meat of its schedule, with consecutive road games against Washington and Notre Dame before returning home.

Afterward, each team paid their respects to the other. Stanford players stood behind their Army counterparts as the Army band played their alma mater. Both teams jogged to the opposite corner and Army players did the same, standing behind Stanford.

The military has always been close to the heart of David Shaw, Stanford’s Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football. Shaw has 10 extended family members who have been in the military, including his father, Willie, an Air Force sergeant in Vietnam.

Kevin Hogan had another efficient day, completing 22 of 30 passes for 216 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. This season, Hogan has completed 74 percent of his passes, with seven touchdowns and one interception.

The running game erupted on a third-quarter drive that drove up the team’s totals. Barry Sanders led the team with a collegiate-best 92 yards on nine carries, including a 44-yarder down the right sideline. As a team, Stanford gained 199 on 32 carries as part of a 415-yard offensive outing.

“We have explosive capabilities at the running back position,” Shaw said. “They just need a crease.”

As the running game continues to develop, Shaw made it a priority in the second half to get the ground game out of its funk.

“We were physical, and that got it back,” Shaw said. “And once we have that component back in our offense, then everything is back. Now the play action pass works and the drop back pass works.”

Stanford controlled Army from the outset. Rarely were Black Knight runners given space to run, and often the Cardinal linemen were regulars in the Army backfield. Army did gain 56 yards in the first half, but they were on 24 carries, for a 2.3-yard average.

Still, the Black Knights hovered. Stanford had bolted for a touchdown on its first possession, which ended when Hogan lofted a 23-yard pass to Cajuste on out pattern to the deep corner.

In between, however, the Cardinal struggled to maintain its momentum. Throughout the half, Stanford never converted a third down by run, and the Cardinal were forced to punt four times.

With 12:51 left in the second quarter, Stanford held only a 7-0 lead and Army was in Stanford territory with a chance to tie. That drive fizzled when Army tried an end around on third-and-8 that backfired, with James Vaughters dropping receiver Xavier Moss for a 12-yard loss.

Stanford’s break came with 1:12 left in the first half when cornerback Alex Carter swooped into the backfield to strip the ball from running back Larry Dixon and Stanford’s Kevin Anderson recovered on the Army 15.

On third-and-goal from the 2, with two backs lined up behind Hogan under center, the quarterback dropped back and tossed a short fade that Cajuste leaped for and brought down with 33 seconds left for a 14-0 lead.

Where does the Stanford offense stand?

“We're not where we want to be,” Hogan said. “It was a good day today executing, but we know we can get better. We stalled there in the first half. We have to find a way to continue those drives and put more points on the board. But that's something we can work on. “

Still, Stanford did what it came out to do – regain its red-zone confidence and continue to plunder opposing offenses.

Football Falls to Nationally Ranked Cardinal

The connection between Stanford's Kevin Hogan and Devon Cajuste produced three touchdowns through the air as the 15th-ranked Cardinal defeated the Black Knights, 35-0, on Saturday afternoon at Stanford Stadium in front of 49,680 fans.

Army (1-1) had 207 yards of total offense with 198 yards on the ground. A.J. Schurr rushed for a team-high 65 yards, all coming in the fourth quarter. Larry Dixon added 60 yards on 19 rushes. Angel Santiago was 2-for-2 for 13 yards in the passing game. Edgar Poe led the way receiving with one catch for 10 yards.

Stanford (2-1) was led by Kevin Hogan, who threw for 216 yards and four touchdowns. He was 20-for-28 and three of his passes were touchdowns to Devon Cajuste, which was a personal game-high. Ty Montgomery contributed with a pair of touchdowns, one on the ground and through the air.

The Cardinal got on the board first with Cajuste hauling in the first of his three on the day with a 23-yard touchdown strike from Hogan for the an early 7-0 lead. Cajuste broke the route to the corner of the end zone and Hogan found him. The drive was nine plays and ate up 4:16 on the clock. Army had an opportunity to stop Stanford in its own end, but Hogan found Austin Hooper in the middle of the field to convert the 3rd-and-4 with a nine-yard completion.

The Black Knights kept Stanford out of the end zone the rest of the quarter thanks to a pair of big third-down stops. The first came on a 3rd-and-1 and Jeremy Timpf flew up the gap and stopped the Cardinal running back for a loss of two, forcing the first punt of the day. The next stop came on third and long. Josh Jenkins jumped a route on Army's sideline and almost picked off Hogan, but the ball was tipped out of play.

Army forced the game's first turnover, which came on special teams with 13:54 on the clock in the second. Timpf came up and stuck Montgomery, who put the ball on the ground on a punt return early in the second and Matt Giachinta pounced on it for the recovery. The turnover gave Army its first plays on the Stanford side of the field. The Black Knights, however, couldn't capitalize and ended up punting after a reverse with Xavier Moss was sniffed out by the Cardinal defense on third down.

Stanford earned its best field position of the opening half after Dixon fumbled at his own 15-yard line, giving the Cardinal a chance with 1:28 left before halftime. Four plays later, Stanford made it 14-0 with Hogan connecting with Cajuste again. This time it was a fade in the corner of the end zone as Cajusted leaped over the Army defender for the score.

The lead increased to 21-0 in favor of the Cardinal with 2:51 left in the third quarter as Cajuste and Hogan found each other again. The 98-yard scoring drive took nine plays with one of the highlights coming from Barry Sanders, who rushed for 44 yards to help set up the 10-yard touchdown pass from Hogan.

Montgomery made it 28-0 after off the wildcat formation with 12:35 remaining in the game and then he caught a 32-yard touchdown pass for his second visit to pay dirt to make it 35-0 with just over six minutes left.

Army is back in action next Saturday at Wake Forest for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPN3.

Monarchs Rise Over Eagles in the Rain, 17-3

On a rainy night at S.B. Ballard Stadium in Norfolk, Va., the Eastern Michigan University football team fell to the Old Dominion University Monarchs 17-3, Sept. 13. The loss drops the Eagles to 1-2 on the season, while ODU improves to 2-1.

The EMU defense allowed just 10 points as ODU scored on special teams with a 46-yard punt return in the fourth quarter. The 10 points given up is the fewest allowed by an EMU defense since Oct. 22, 2011, when the Eagles defeated Western Michigan University, 14-10. The 17 points allowed overall on the night was the fewest surrendered by Eastern Michigan since a 30-17 victory over the University at Buffalo, Nov. 12, 2011.

Great Ibe (Hanover, Md.-Meade-Concordia) and Pat O'Connor (Chicago, Ill.-Saint Rita) led the Eagles on the defensive side of the ball. Ibe posted a team-high 11 tackles, while O'Connor recorded nine, including three for a loss. Two of the three tackles behind the line of scrimmage for O'Connor were sacks. The EMU defense went through a stretch where it held Old Dominion off the scoreboard for seven possessions, forcing five punts, a fumble and a turnover-on-downs at the goal line.

Rob Bolden (Orchard Lake, Mich.-Orchard Lake St. Mary's-Penn State-LSU) entered the contest at the end of the third quarter to lead the Eagles on its lone scoring drive. Junior Dylan Mulder (Saline, Mich.-Saline) booted a 43-yard field goal, tying the longest of his career. In just over one quarter of play, Bolden was 3-of-6 passing for 16, while rushing the ball 12 times for 31 yards.

On offense, Eastern finished with 215 total yards, including 143 on the ground. Bronson Hill (Grand Rapids, Mich.-Catholic Central) paced the Eagles' rushing attack with 78 yards on 16 carries. Starting quarterback Brogan Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Toledo St. John's Jesuit) led Eastern's passing game by going 9-of-17 for 56 yards.

ODU was led by Gerard Johnson on the ground, who carried the ball 19 times for 85 yards. Ray Lawry added four for 69 yards, including a 55-yard run for the only offensive touchdown of the game. ODU quarterback Taylor Heinicke completed 17-of-30 passing attempts for 187 yards. Antonio Vaughn led the Monarchs' receiving corps with 54 yards on two catches, and the ODU speedster also took a punt back 46 yards for a touchdown.

The Eagle defense took the field to begin the ballgame, and it did not take them long to get off the field. Facing third down, Heinicke took a shot deep down field, but the ball was underthrown and picked off by Kevin Johnson (McKeesport, Pa.-McKeesport). The interception was Johnson's first of his career as well as the Eagles' first of the season.

Roback led the EMU offense out on the field, making his first start of the season. Taking over after the turnover, the sophomore quarterback marched the Green and White 34 yards into ODU territory. However, the drive stalled at the 42-yard line, and the punt rolled into the end zone. Following the touchback, the Monarchs went 80 yards in seven plays for the game's first score. After a fourth down conversion on its own sign of the field, Old Dominion found paydirt with a 55-yard run by Ray Lawry. The drive lasted juat 3:24 and gave the home team a 7-0 lead with remaining in the first quarter.

After the ODU touchdown, the first half consisted of a defensive struggle. The Eagles and Monarchs combined for six straight punts until ODU entered the Eastern red zone. However, as the Monarchs entered the coveted territory, Amos Houston (Detroit, Mich.-Loyola) forced ODU's Antonio Vaughn to cough up the football. Linebacker Anthony Zappone (Westlake, Ohio-Westlake) recovered for the Eagles to cap off the second turnover of the game forced by the EMU defense.

Despite the turnover, the Eagles fumbled on their next driving to give the ball back to the Monarchs. Starting in EMU territory, ODU entered the red zone for the second-straight drive, only to be denied by the Eastern defense. Heinicke kept the ball on third-and-goal, scrambling to the pylon as Jason Beck (Indianapolis, Ind.-Aresenal Technical) prevented the ODU quarterback from crossing the goal line. Choosing to go for the touchdown, the Eagles' defense forced Heinicke to throw an incomplete pass on the run. Holding the Monarchs to three punts, a fumble and turnover-on-downs for the final five drives of the first half, Eastern Michigan headed to the locker room trailing by a single touchdown, 7-0.

Roback went 5-of-11 for 48 yards in the first half, completing all of his passes to a different receiver. His longest pass of 31 yards found the hands of David Gibson (Cleveland, Ohio-Solon), who hauled in the first reception of his EMU career. On the ground, Hill led the rushing attack with 36 yards on nine carries. Kris Strange (Pickerington, Ohio-Central) added a 17-yard rush for the first carry of his career, while Darius Jackson (Sparta, Ill.-Sparta) and Ryan Brumfield (Chester Springs, Pa.-Owen J. Robert) tallied four carries apiece.

The seven points allowed in the first half were the fewest EMU has given up in an opening half since Sept. 22, 2012, when the Eagles held then-No. 21 Michigan State University to just three points at intermission.

Old Dominion's offense produced 261 yards in the first half with Heinicke going 11-of-18 for 120 yards through the air. Lawry had four carries for 69 yards, including the 55-yard touchdown run. Aside from a 45 reception by Jonathan Duhart, David Washington led the Monarchs with three catches for 22 yards.

The third quarter was 15 minutes of field position. Following five punts between both teams, Old Dominion found itself with the ball at the EMU 37 yard-line after a holding call brought back a punt return for a touchdown. Six plays and 28 yards later, Ricky Segers converted a 26-yard field goal to increase the ODU lead to double digits, 10-0, with 11 second left in the third quarter.

With the offense kept off the scoreboard, EMU Head Coach Chris Creighton elected to make a change at quarterback, inserting Bolden at the end of the third quarter. The move paid off as Bolden led the Eagles on a 15-play 49-yard drive that ended in Mulder's 43-yard field goal. Bolden kept the ball throughout the drive, rushing eight times for 28 yards while also going 2-for-2 through the air for 12 yards. With 9:13 to go in the ballgame, the Eagles found themselves back within one possession.

The EMU defense forced a three-and-out, but poor field position combined with the offense unable to get a first down, Austin Barnes was forced to punt from the back of the end zone. Fielding the ball at the EMU 46-yard line, Vaughn found a hole down the sideline and remained in bounds to find the open space for the touchdown. The 46-yard punt return increased the margin to 17-3 with 7:28 left on the clock.

Down two touchdowns with not much time left, Bolden tried leading the Eagles to a comeback, but the ODU defense prevented that outcome. In an attempt to make a play, the senior quarterback fumbled to give the ball back to the Monarchs to put the game on ice.

Up next, EMU will play away from "The Factory" for the third-consecutive week when Coach Creighton leads the Eagles into East Lansing, Mich. to battle the nationally-ranked Spartans of Michigan State University. The 10th matchup between the two in-state institutions will kickoff at noon on the Big Ten Network.

#OldDominion Pushes Past Eastern Michigan, 17-3

The Old Dominion University defense held Eastern Michigan to just 215 yards while Ray Lawry and Antonio Vaughan scored touchdowns to push the Monarchs past EMU 17-3.
The three points allowed by ODU is the lowest in school history and the 215-yards allowed is the fourth-lowest. D.J. Simon led the way with 11 tackles, while TJ Ricks added 10, both numbers are career-highs. Chris Smith, Terrell Reid and Poncho Barnwell also recorded sacks.
With just under eight minutes to play and holding a 10-3 lead, Antonio Vaughan took a punt and returned it 46-yards to put the Monarchs on top 17-3 and give the Monarchs some breathing room.
Eastern Michigan got the ball back with three minutes to play but Poncho Barnwell sacked Rob Bolden, forcing a fumble that Andrew Everett recovered to clinch the game.
ODU got on the board first as Ray Lawry ran up the middle for a 55-yard touchdown to finish a seven play, 80-yard drive. The run was the longest of Lawry’s career.
The Monarchs took the 7-0 lead into the break, as the ODU defense held EMU to just 113 first half yards.
Midway through the third quarter, the EMU defense forced another stop, Vaughan returned a punt 51-yards for a touchdown, however, a holding penalty gave ODU the ball on the Eagles 37. Gerard Johnson rushed four times for 16-yards and Heinicke completed a pass to Vincent Lowe for 12 to set up a 26-yard Ricky Segers field goal to put the Monarchs on top 10-0.
Eastern Michigan put in Rob Bolden at quarterback following the field goal, and he drove the Eagles to the Monarchs’ 22 yardline before settling for a 43-yard Dylan Mulder field goal.
The ODU defense continued to make stops, leading to Vaughan’s key punt return touchdown.
Heinicke finished 17-of-30 for 187-yards, while Gerard Johnson carried 19 times for 85-yards. Lawry rushed for times for 69-yards, and his 55-yard TD. David Washington had four receptions for 23-yards while Vaughan had two receptions for 54-yards.
Bronson Hill led EMU with 16 rushed for 78-yards while Bolden added 31-yards on 12 carries. Brogan Roback was 9-of-17 for 56-yards.
Notes: Safety Christian Byrum joined Vincent Lowe as the only two true freshmen to start for ODU so far this season … True freshman Ray Lawry’s 55-yard first quarter TD was the longest of his career, and fourth career touchdown run … Jonathan Duhart’s 45-yards catch in the first half was the longest of his career … D.J. Simon led ODU with a career-best 11 tackles … TJ Ricks notched a career-best 10 tackles … Poncho Barnwell recorded a sack in his third-straight game to begin his ODU career … Freshman Jarrett Cervi punted for the first time in his career, punting a 47-yarder and one inside the 20.

UAB Beats Alabama A&M 41-14 on Vinson's Five TDs

D.J. Vinson ran for a UAB single-game record five touchdowns and the Blazers scored 41 unanswered points as the UAB football team defeated Alabama A&M, 41-14, Saturday at Legion Field.

Vinson had 106 yards on 25 carries for the Blazers (2-1). His five rushing touchdowns also tied the Conference USA mark for single-game rushing scores. UAB quarterback Cody Clements finished his day 18-of-23 for 228 yards.

The Bulldogs (1-2) went up 14-0 on a 77-yard punt return by Rashad Anderson late in the first quarter and a Brandon Wells 57-yard touchdown pass to Octayvius Miles early in the second.

Vinson scored three rushing touchdowns in the second quarter, taking UAB from a 14-point deficit to a 21-14 halftime lead. He and Ja'Won Arrington combined for three more UAB touchdowns in the third period to finish out the Blazers' scoring.

From then on, it was all Blazers, who scored 41 unanswered points.

"It was a big deal," UAB head coach Bill Clark said about his team's 41 unanswered points. "That's one thing that we can do, score in bunches. Other than a misjudged ball and getting our defense ready, I thought our defense played really well. We started giving the ball back to the offense a bunch and started scoring."

The UAB defense, which held Alabama A&M scoreless for close to three quarters, was led by four players who each recorded five tackles -- Calvin Jones, Jake Ganus, Diaheem Watkins and Jontavious Morris. Jones, as well as teammate and junior safety Bobby Baker, each recorded interceptions on Saturday.

The Blazers now have a week off before beginning Conference USA play on Saturday, Sept. 27 against FIU. UAB and the Panthers kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT at Legion Field.

RAZORBACK RUNS PAST TEXAS TECH, 49-28

A total of 438 rushing yards propelled Arkansas football (2-1) past the Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-1), 49-28, Saturday afternoon at Jones AT&T Stadium. Seven rushing touchdowns highlighted the Razorbacks’ offensive efforts.

The Razorback offense produced 499 total yards with 438 coming from the ground. Sophomore running back Alex Collins tallied a career-high 212 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while junior running back Jonathan Williams accumulated 145 yards and four touchdowns for the Razorbacks.

On the defensive side, senior Martrell Spaight led the Razorbacks with 11 total tackles, and one interception. Sophomore linebacker Brooks Ellis collected a career-high four pass break-ups, shattering his previous record of one, and collected eight tackles. Tevin Mitchell made his return from an injury to record two pass breakups in the first series of the game. As a team, the Razorbacks recorded 11 breakups on the day.

Arkansas held the Red Raider offense to a three-and-out in their first drive, the second consecutive game the Razorback defense has held the opposing team in the opening drive.

Following a Red Raider touchdown, Arkansas sophomore linebacker Brooks Ellis tallied his first career forced-fumble that was recovered by sophomore tackle Taiwan Johnson on Texas Tech’s 13 yard line. Jonathan Williams punched in a six yard rushing touchdown to tie the game, 7-7, on a drive that lasted two plays, 13 yards and 37 seconds.

On Arkansas’ next possession, junior quarterback Brandon Allen excited the Arkansas bench with a 21-yard rush to place the Razorbacks on the Red Raiders 13 yard line. Williams completed Arkansas’ scoring drive with a 13-yard touchdown to put the Razorbacks ahead 14-7 going into the second quarter.

Following a Texas Tech touchdown, Arkansas retaliated on the next drive. Sophomore running back Alex Collins rushed 15 yards and tiptoed into the Red Raiders’ end zone to place the Razorbacks back in the lead, 21-14.

Spaight then snagged his first interception of the season at Texas Tech’s 42 with a return of 30 yards. Williams punched in a touchdown for a drive that lasted one play, 12 yards and six seconds.

To open the second half, Arkansas successfully completed a fourth down conversation on a 21-yard rush from Williams. The rush placed the Razorbacks in position at Texas Tech’s 18-yard line. Brandon Allen then spun away from a sack and responded quickly under pressure, scampering in a five-yard touchdown and making the score, 35-21.

In exclamation-point fashion, Collins and Williams widened Arkansas’ lead in the fourth quarter. Williams tacked on his fourth trip to the end zone for the day from seven yards out. He became the first Arkansas player since Darren McFadden in 2007 against Florida International to rush for four touchdowns in a game. Collins capped Arkansas’ scoring when he broke free from the line of scrimmage with 10:56 remaining for a career-long 84-yard sprint for his second touchdown of the day and made the final score, 49-28.

The Razorbacks will head home to take on the Northern Illinois Huskies in Donald W. Reynolds Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. The match-up will be broadcasted on ESPNU.

Red Raiders Suffer First Loss of the Season

Jonathan Williams ran for four touchdowns and Alex Collins added two more to lead Arkansas past Texas Tech, 49-28, on Saturday in a matchup of two former Southwest Conference foes.

Williams finished with 145 yards on 22 carries for the Razorbacks (2-1). He scored on rushes of 6, 13, 12 and 6 yards.

Collins finished with a career-high 212 yards on 27 carries, the longest an 84-yard TD in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen also added 5-yard touchdown run.

The win gave the Razorbacks back-to-back wins for the first time in more than a year.

Texas Tech's Davis Webb completed 27 of 45 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for one TD and threw two interceptions.

Arkansas finished with 438 rushing yards and limited Texas Tech - which came in averaging 365 yards passing - to 252 yards through the air.

Arkansas held the ball (40:39) for more than twice the time the Red Raiders had it (19:21), grinding out 31 first downs.

The Razorbacks chewed up almost half of the third quarter on its first drive. On third-and-goal from the 5, Allen dropped back to pass and was being chased by two Texas Tech defenders. Looking downfield, Allen forced two defensive backs to stay on a receiver as he ran into the end zone, extending Arkansas' lead to 35-21.

But, true to form, the up-tempo Red Raiders offense struck quickly. Webb threw his final touchdown on a third-and-12 from the Arkansas 39, hitting Jakeem Grant, in stride, over the middle.

At the start of the fourth quarter, Texas Tech got only its second possession of the final half.

Texas Tech struggled against the run last season and Saturday was a repeat of those problems. In the Red Raiders' five-game losing streak to close the 2013 regular season, they gave up an average of 294 yards rushing.

Shaq Thompson Scores Twice As Dawgs Roll Illini

Linebacker Shaq Thompson returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown, picked up a fumble and rumbled 52 yards for another score, and Washington routed Illinois 44-19 on Saturday, improving to 3-0 under Chris Petersen.

Thompson became the first Washington player in 20 years to score via fumble and interception in the same game. Reggie Reser accomplished the feat in 1994 in a victory over California. Thompson was on the verge of adding a TD on offense but stumbled on a 13-yard run when it looked like he had a clear path to the end zone.

Washington quarterback Cyler Miles threw a 75-yard touchdown to John Ross as part of a 21-point blitz that took less than six minutes of the first half. Dwayne Washington's 12-yard TD run gave the Huskies a 28-3 lead on the first play of the second quarter.

Wes Lunt threw for 230 yards for the Fighting Illini (2-1), but was unable to take advantage of Washington's depleted secondary. Illinois was trying for just the fifth 3-0 start in the past 25 years.

Washington played without starting cornerbacks Marcus Peters (suspension) and Jermaine Kelly(injury) and it didn't matter. After two shaky outings in squeaking past Hawaii and FCS power Eastern Washington, the Huskies put together a complete performance.

Thompson was the catalyst. A week after racing 57 yards for a touchdown on offense, Thompson's two defensive TDs were part of a 28-2 scoring run by the Huskies. Thompson stepped in front of Lunt's pass and ran untouched for his first score, just four plays after Miles and Ross hooked up for their long touchdown.

Then early in the second quarter, Lunt was stripped by Andrew Hudson as he attempted to move in the pocket. Washington's John Timu shielded an Illinois player so Thompson had a clear path to scoop up the loose ball and run for his second touchdown and a 35-5 Washington lead.

Miles was 15 of 20 passing for 191 yards and added another 55 yards rushing. If there is a complaint for Washington it might be the run game. Collectively, the Huskies finished with 245 yards rushing -- most of those coming in the fourth quarter -- but there was no standout ball carrier. Dwayne Washington had 58 yards rushing on 11 carries while Jesse Callier ran for 53 yards and had a 3-yard TD run for Washington's first score.

The effort was what Petersen was hoping to see after offense struggles in the opening win at Hawaii and the defensive concerns that arose after last week's narrow victory over Eastern Washington.

Cameron Van Winkle added field goals of 20, 25 and 51 yards.

Geronimo Allison had six catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns, but was the bulk of the Illini offense. After throwing for 456 yards in last week's win over Western Kentucky, Lunt was sacked five times and when he did have time missed open receivers. Illinois was 1 of 10 on third downs and committed 11 penalties.

Early Turnovers Cost Illinois in 44-19 Loss at Washington

Linebacker Shaq Thompson returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown, picked up a fumble and rumbled 52 yards for another score, and Washington routed Illinois 44-19 on Saturday, improving to 3-0 under Chris Petersen.

Thompson became the first Washington player in 20 years to score via fumble and interception in the same game. Reggie Reser accomplished the feat in 1994 in a victory over California. Thompson was on the verge of adding a TD on offense but stumbled on a 13-yard run when it looked like he had a clear path to the end zone.

Washington quarterback Cyler Miles threw a 75-yard touchdown to John Ross as part of a 21-point blitz that took less than six minutes of the first half. Dwayne Washington's 12-yard TD run gave the Huskies a 28-3 lead on the first play of the second quarter.

Wes Lunt threw for 230 yards for the Fighting Illini (2-1), but was unable to take advantage of Washington's depleted secondary. Illinois was trying for just the fifth 3-0 start in the past 25 years.

Washington played without starting cornerbacks Marcus Peters (suspension) and Jermaine Kelly (injury) and it didn't matter. After two shaky outings in squeaking past Hawaii and FCS power Eastern Washington, the Huskies put together a complete performance.

Thompson was the catalyst. A week after racing 57 yards for a touchdown on offense, Thompson's two defensive TDs were part of a 28-2 scoring run by the Huskies. Thompson stepped in front of Lunt's pass and ran untouched for his first score, just four plays after Miles and Ross hooked up for their long touchdown.

Then early in the second quarter, Lunt was stripped by Andrew Hudson as he attempted to move in the pocket. Washington's John Timu shielded an Illinois player so Thompson had a clear path to scoop up the loose ball and run for his second touchdown and a 35-5 Washington lead.

Miles was 15 of 20 passing for 191 yards and added another 55 yards rushing. If there is a complaint for Washington it might be the run game. Collectively, the Huskies finished with 245 yards rushing - most of those coming in the fourth quarter - but there was no standout ball carrier. Dwayne Washington had 58 yards rushing on 11 carries while Jesse Callier ran for 53 yards and had a 3-yard TD run for Washington's first score.

The effort was what Petersen was hoping to see after offense struggles in the opening win at Hawaii and the defensive concerns that arose after last week's narrow victory over Eastern Washington.

Cameron Van Winkle added field goals of 20, 25 and 51 yards.

Geronimo Allison had six catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns, but was the bulk of the Illini offense. After throwing for 456 yards in last week's win over Western Kentucky, Lunt was sacked five times and when he did have time missed open receivers. Illinois was 1 of 10 on third downs and committed 11 penalties.

Doctson Scores Twice, TCU Beats Minnesota 30-7

Josh Doctson had two first-half touchdown receptions and TCU's defense smothered Minnesota's run-oriented attack for a 30-7 win Saturday.

TCU (2-0) forced five turnovers and held Minnesota (2-1) to 99 yards rushing - 134 below its average.

Doctson had a leaping grab with his right hand for a 7-yard score that increased TCU's lead to 17-0 early in the second quarter.

Trevone Boykin was 27 of 46 for 258 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed 12 times for 92 yards.

TCU held David Cobb to 41 yards on 15 carries. Cobb averaged 145.5 yards rushing in Minnesota's previous two victories.

The Gophers' lone score came on a 12-yard pass from freshman Chris Streveler to Maxx Williams with 10:56 to play.

Doctson opened the scoring with a 13-yard over-the-shoulder catch. He finished with six catches for 64 yards.

TCU's newly-installed up-tempo offense wasted little time adding points on the scoreboard. Only one of the Horned Frogs' six scoring drives took longer than 2 minutes.

Minnesota's starting quarterback, Mitch Leidner, left the game early in the fourth quarter following a hard tackle. Leidner was 12 of 26 for 151 yards and three interceptions and also lost a fumble.

Leidner had just returned after leaving last week's Gophers win over Middle Tennessee State with a sprained ligament in his left knee.

TCU scored on its first two possessions and was never seriously threatened the rest of the way. After Doctson's first touchdown catch, the Frogs followed Minnesota's second consecutive three-and-out with the first of Jaden Oberkrom's three field goals, from 46 yards.

The Frogs' opening scoring drive of 18 yards was set up by a 46-yard punt return by Cameron Echols-Luper.

Midway through the first quarter, TCU had outgained Minnesota in total yardage 50 to minus-1. The Gophers finished the first quarter with minus-1 yard rushing.

Two of Minnesota's three first-half turnovers were turned into TCU touchdowns. Cobb lost a fumble on the first play after Boykin was intercepted by Briean Boddy-Calhoun at the Gophers 39.

TCU converted that into a 1-yard touchdown run by B.J. Catalon for a 24-0 lead with 9:01 to play in the half.

Minnesota had opened each of its previous two seasons with four consecutive non-conference wins.

TCU coach Gary Patterson and Minnesota coach Jerry Kill are long-time friends. Kill served in Patterson's wedding party 10 years ago. The home-and-home series will resume when TCU visits Minneapolis next September in the season opener for both schools.

Golden Gophers Fall on Road at TCU

Receiver Josh Doctson caught two first-half touchdown receptions and TCU's defense smothered Minnesota's run-oriented attack for a 30-7 win Saturday.

TCU (2-0) forced five turnovers and held Minnesota (2-1) to 99 yards rushing -- 134 below its average.

Doctson had a leaping grab with his right hand for a 7-yard score that increased TCU's lead to 17-0 early in the second quarter.

Trevone Boykin was 27 of 46 for 258 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed 12 times for 92 yards.

TCU held David Cobb to 41 yards on 15 carries. Cobb averaged 145.5 yards rushing in Minnesota's previous two victories.

The Gophers' lone score came on a 12-yard pass from freshman Chris Streveler to Maxx Williams with 10:56 to play.

Doctson opened the scoring with a 13-yard over-the-shoulder catch. He finished with six catches for 64 yards.

TCU's newly-installed up-tempo offense wasted little time adding points on the scoreboard. Only one of the Horned Frogs' six scoring drives took longer than 2 minutes.

Minnesota's starting quarterback, Mitch Leidner, left the game early in the fourth quarter following a hard tackle. Leidner was 12 of 26 for 151 yards and three interceptions and also lost a fumble.

Leidner had just returned after leaving last week's Gophers win over Middle Tennessee State with a sprained ligament in his left knee.

TCU scored on its first two possessions and was never seriously threatened the rest of the way. After Doctson's first touchdown catch, the Frogs followed Minnesota's second consecutive three-and-out with the first of Jaden Oberkrom's three field goals, from 46 yards.

The Frogs' opening scoring drive of 18 yards was set up by a 46-yard punt return by Cameron Echols-Luper.

Midway through the first quarter, TCU had outgained Minnesota in total yardage 50 to minus-1. The Gophers finished the first quarter with minus-1 yard rushing.

Two of Minnesota's three first-half turnovers were turned into TCU touchdowns. Cobb lost a fumble on the first play after Boykin was intercepted by Briean Boddy-Calhoun at the Gophers 39.

TCU converted that into a 1-yard touchdown run by B.J. Catalon for a 24-0 lead with 9:01 to play in the half.

Minnesota had opened each of its previous two seasons with four consecutive non-conference wins.

TCU coach Gary Patterson and Minnesota coach Jerry Kill are long-time friends. Kill served in Patterson's wedding party 10 years ago. The home-and-home series will resume when TCU visits Minneapolis next September in the season opener for both schools.

Cy-Hawk Champs!

Cole Netten hit a 42-yard field goal in the waning moments as Iowa State defeated Iowa, 20-17, Saturday afternoon in an Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series showdown at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa State improves to 1-2 this season, while Iowa falls to 2-1.

Netten, who also hit a career-long 47-yard field goal earlier, originally missed the game-winning attempt, but Iowa called a timeout to negate the miss. Netten made the most of the kick that counted though and ISU stopped Iowa’s last-ditch efforts on the kick return as the Cyclones won for the second game in a row in Iowa City.

Keys of the Game
The Cyclones forced their first turnover of the season, a third quarter interception by T.J. Mutcherson, that turned the tides of the game. The Cyclones took the good field position and marched down to the goal line for a fourth-and-1. Sam Richardson faked to the running back and looked as though he would attempt to run it in, only to jump pass to E.J. Bibbs, who made a remarkable catch to cut the Hawkeye lead to 14-10 at the end of the third quarter.

The Cyclones took their first lead with 7:33 left in the game when Richardson swung it out to DeVondrick Nealy for a 27-yard pass and run touchdown, capping a 10-play, 92-yard drive. Iowa would respond with a 44-yard field goal by Marshall Koehn, but the Cyclones would take advantage of getting the ball last.

The Cyclones got a big third-down catch by Brett Medders to continue the game-winning drive. The drive was extended again on a defensive holding call on the Hawkeyes, and the Cyclones would move the ball down to the Hawkeye 24 where the Ankeny, Iowa native Netten sealed the Cyclones’ first win of the season.

Offensive Players of Note...
Richardson went 25-for-37 for a game-high 255 yards and two touchdowns, while picking up 29 yards on the ground. Richardson’s 255 yards through the air was a season-high.

Defensive Players of Note...
Defensive end Cory Morrissey set a career-high in tackles for loss (three) and sacks (two), while tying a career high with seven tackles. Along with recording Iowa State’s first takeaway of the season, Mutcherson recorded seven tackles.

Cyclone Quick Hits
*Three of ISU’s last four wins against Iowa have included fourth-quarter comebacks.
*This is the first time that the road team has won three consecutive games in the series since 1914-16, and the fourth time overall.
*E.J. Bibbs has caught a pass in 15-straight games.
*Cole Netten’s 47-yard field goal was a career-best.
*Cory Morrissey has been involved in a sack in each of his last four games.
*Morrissey tied his career best with seven total tackles and set new career-highs with six solo tackles and three tackles for loss.
*Qujuan Floyd made his first career start for the Cyclones at free safety and finished with five tackles.

Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series Update
Iowa State leads the series 5-0 following wins by football and soccer (2-1). Volleyball is up next with the Cyclones hosting the Hawkeyes on Sept. 20.

Next Up
Iowa State has next week off before returning to Jack Trice Stadium on Sept. 27 to host Baylor. Start time and television has yet to be announced.

Iowa State Rallies to Down Iowa, 20-17

Cole Netten's 42-yard field goal with two seconds remaining sent Iowa State to a 20-17 victory over the University of Iowa football team in an Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup Saturday afternoon inside a sold-out Kinnick Stadium.

"It was a tough loss for our football team," said UI head coach Kirk Ferentz. "Credit to our opponent, they did a great job, particularly in the second half, and that's where the game was decided. We got outplayed in the second half and it doesn't feel very good."

Following a game-tying 44-yard field goal by Iowa place kicker Marshall Koehn, the Cyclones drove 51 yards over 11 plays to set up the game-winning field goal. Starting at its own 25, Aaron Wimberly began the drive with a 7-yard rush on first down before Allen Lazard caught a 9-yard pass to move the Cyclones to the 41.

Iowa State moved the ball into Hawkeye territory when Sam B. Richardson connected with Brett Medders for seven yards on third-and-6. Iowa's defense forced a second third down on third-and-6 from the Iowa 43, but the drive stayed alive when freshman Josey Jewell was whistled for a defensive holding for an automatic first down.

After a pair of Wimberly rushes, a five-yard off-sides penalty on third down and a 3-yard Wimberly run to the Iowa 24, Iowa iced Netten before his first attempt with a timeout. The sophomore kicker followed by connecting on a 42-yard field goal to give the Cyclones the victory.

After trailing 14-3 at the half, the Cyclones outscored the Hawkeyes, 17-3, in the second half to rally for the victory. Iowa State out-gained Iowa, 337-275, for the game, which included a 190-102 advantage in the second half. The Hawkeyes ran for 129 yards on 44 attempts, and had 146 yards through the air.

"We did a decent job (offensively) in the first half, but the second half we never got in the traction," said Ferentz. "Part of that is self-inflicted and part of that is good play on their part, so the credit goes to them."

Iowa junior Jake Rudock completed 16-of-24 passes for 146 yards, while rushing for 39 yards and scoring a touchdown on 12 attempts. Senior Mark Weisman finished with 49 yards rushing and a touchdown, while senior Damon Bullock and junior Tevaun Smith both had four receptions.

Defensively, senior Quinton Alston had a game-high 10 tackles, finishing with seven solo and three assists. The linebacker also forced a fumble in the contest.

Richardson completed 25-of-37 attempts for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Lazard caught five passes for 53 yards, and E.J. Bibbs had three receptions for 32 yards with a touchdown. Wimberly led the Cyclone rushing attack, gaining 33 yards on 11 carries.

Trailing 14-3 at the break, Iowa State turned the game's momentum when it forced an Iowa turnover on the first drive of the second half. On third-and-10 from its own 17, Rudock's attempt toward Jake Duzey was intercepted by Cyclone safety T.J. Mutcherson at the Iowa 40, and returned eight yards to the 32.

The Cyclones capitalized, using a six-play, 32-yard drive to cut the lead to 14-10. Richardson opened the series with three-straight completions to move Iowa State to the 3. After being stopped for one yard gains on second and third down, Iowa State scored on fourth-and goal when Richardson faked an option before finding Bibbs wide open on a jump pass in the back of the end zone for the score.

Iowa State took the lead on its first drive of the fourth quarter, courtesy of a 10-play, 92-yard drive that took four minutes. Richardson completed a pair of passes for 17 yards to start the series and move the Cyclones out of the shadow of their own goal line.

On second-and-8 from the 27, Iowa State wide receiver Jarvis West dropped a pass in the seam, but Iowa safety Jordan Lomax was flagged for a 15-yard targeting personal foul on the play, which resulted in his ejection. After moving into Iowa territory, Richardson converted a key third down, scrambling for 12 yards on third-and-4 from the 39. On the next play, he found DeVonderick Nealy for a 27-yard touchdown pass out of the backfield to give Iowa State a 17-14 lead with 7:33 remaining.

After taking over at its own 18 yard line, Iowa drove 56 yards over 10 plays for the game-tying field goal. After a 5-yard false start and a 15-yard ISU personal foul on the first play of the series, Rudock moved Iowa into Cyclone territory with a pair of completions for nine and 14 yards sandwiched around a 4-yard run by Weisman.

Iowa's offense moved the ball to the ISU 26 on the series, before the drive stalled when Rudock misfired on an attempt to Jacob Hillyer on third-and-5, setting up Koehn's career-long 44-yard field goal to tie the game with 4:08 to play.

After trading possessions to start the game, Iowa's offense grinded out a 16-play, 55-yard drive to score the game's first points. The Hawkeyes converted a pair of fourth-downs on the series -- a 2-yard Weisman run up the middle on fourth-and-1 from the ISU 31 and a 1-yard Weisman plunge on fourth-and-goal from the 1. Iowa rushed 10 times for 18 yards on the series, including six-straight rushes from the Iowa State 12-yard line.

Iowa State scored its lone points of the opening half on the ensuing possession, moving 46 yards over 13 plays. After taking over at its own 25, the Cyclones needed five plays to move into Hawkeye territory, utilizing Richardson's arms and legs.

On third-and-6 from the 39, Richardson scrambled for seven yards to the 32. Iowa's defense buckled down, holding Nealy to 3-yard gain on first down before Richardson misfired on second and third down. Netten cut the deficit to 7-3 with a 47-yard field goal with 13:44 remaining in the second quarter.

Iowa pushed its lead to 14-3 with a 10-play, 61-yard drive after taking over at its own 39 yard line. Rudock connected with senior tight end Ray Hamilton in the seam for a 33-yard gain on first down to the Iowa State 28. The biggest play on the drive came when the Hawkeyes converted a fourth-and-8 from 16.

Rudock scrambled to his left, before connected with Hillyer for a 10-yard gain on a jump ball to the ISU 6. Three plays later Rudock scored via an option keeper on third-and-goal from the 5, pushing the Iowa advantage to 14-3 with 3:52 left.

Iowa dodged a bullet to keep the margin at 14-3 at the break. After taking over at its own 25, Richardson led the Cyclones deep into Hawkeye territory, connecting for 26 yards to West to midfield, 19-yards to Lazard to the Iowa 27 and a 22-yarder to Bibbs to the Iowa 2.

With the goal line at its back, the Hawkeyes forced the game's first turnover. On first and goal, Nealy ran off-tackle, where he was met by Alston before crossing the plane. The linebacker knocked the ball loose at the 1, and sophomore Greg Mabin recovered in the end zone to keep the Cyclones off the board.

Iowa (2-1) returns to action Sept. 20, hitting the road for its first away contest of the season at Pittsburgh.

Miami Topped by Michigan, 34-10

Despite scoring 10 unanswered points in the second quarter to knot the game, Miami University's football team (0-3) was unable to get on the board again, falling to the University of Michigan Wolverines (2-1) 34-10 Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium.

Miami overcame a slow start in the first quarter, which left the RedHawks trailing 10-0 just eight minutes into the game, with a revitalized effort in the second quarter. Senior defensive back Quinten Rollins snatched his second interception of the season at the Michigan 35-yardline, which set the stage for the RedHawks’ first score of the game as junior kicker Kaleb Patterson booted a 36-yard field goal at the 9:14 mark.

On the ensuing kickoff, freshman running back Paul Moses recovered a fumble on the Wolverines’ 21-yardline. Senior quarterback Andrew Hendrix completed successive passes to senior wide receiver David Frazier for 10 and 5 yards before a 3-yard rush by senior running back Spencer Treadwell put the ball on the Michigan 3-yardline. Hendrix connected with senior wide receiver Dawan Scott on a 3-yard touchdown pass with 7:00 left in the quarter. Patterson’s extra point evened the game at 10 points apiece.

The Wolverines fired back on the next drive, scoring on a 1-yard rush to cap a six-play, 66-yard drive to take a 17-10 lead, which they would carry into the half. Michigan extended its lead to 24-10 with 3:44 to go in the third quarter on a 29-yard touchdown pass. A 12-yard touchdown run at the 9:50 mark of the fourth quarter and a 40-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining pushed the score to 34-10.

Hendrix finished the game completing 12-of-26 attempts for 165 yards and one touchdown and one interception. Frazier finished with four receptions for 52 yards, while sophomore wide receiver Jared Murphy finished with three catches for 59 yards.

Senior defensive back Jarrell Jones led all players with 12 tackles, including seven solo stops.

As a team, Michigan finished with 460 yards of total offense with 276 on the ground and 184 in the air. The RedHawks tallied 198 yards of total offense.

Miami continues a three-game road stretch when the RedHawks travel to Paul Brown Stadium to face local foe Cincinnati for a 7 p.m. game on Saturday, Sept. 20. The game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.

Notes

- Jarrell Jones recorded a career-high in tackles with 12.

- Quinten Rollins had his second career interception and has a pick in two consecutive games. Rollins, who played basketball for Miami for the past four seasons, is believed to be the only player to ever record a field goal in Cameron Indoor and have in interception inside Michigan Stadium. He also had a career-high six tackles in the loss.

- Christian Koch had a career-high 8 punts versus the Wolverines.

- RedHawks held Michigan to just one sack and one tackles for loss for the game. Both are season-bests for Miami.

Rush of Green Turns RedHawks Blue at Big House

Sophomore running back Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) ran for 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while graduate student quarterback Devin Gardner (Detroit, Mich./Inkster) passed for 184 yards and two more scores, as the University of Michigan football team rebounded to down Miami University, 34-10, on Saturday (Sept. 13) inside Michigan Stadium.

Junior/sophomore wide receiver Amara Darboh (West Des Moines, Iowa/Dowling Catholic) had a career day, hauling in six receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown, while sophomore tight end Jake Butt (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) added three catches for 59 yards and a touchdown.

The U-M defense was particularly stifling, including posting a shutout in the second half. The Wolverines held Miami to only 33 yards rushing and 198 yards of total offense. Junior linebacker Joe Bolden (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) led the defense with seven tackles, while fifth-year senior linebacker Jake Ryan (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) was right behind him with six tackles.

The Wolverines jumped on the RedHawks early, going up 10-0 in the first quarter on a 29-yard field goal from senior kicker Matt Wile (San Diego, Calif./Francis Parker) and a 17-yard touchdown pass from Gardner to Darboh. The touchdown drive was set up by a Miami turnover -- the first Michigan had forced this season -- after sophomore defensive back Jourdan Lewis (Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical) made an acrobatic interception of Miami quarterback Andrew Hendrix to give the Wolverines a short field.

Michigan had trouble holding onto the ball in the second quarter, turning the ball over three times to allow Miami to get back into the game. A Darboh fumble after a long reception and a Gardner interception led to two Miami scoring drives, the first of which was a 26-yard field goal by Kaleb Patterson. On the ensuing kickoff, Patterson kicked off high and short, but Michigan could not field the ball cleanly, allowing Miami to recover the fumble. With a short field, the RedHawks got on the board with their first touchdown, a short three-yard touchdown pass from Hendrix to Dawan Scott, tying the game at 10-10.

The Wolverines responded on the next drive to take a 17-10 lead into the half. After Gardner was sacked to make it a 2nd-and-17, Green got his number called four consecutive times and covered 47 yards, capping the drive with a short one-yard touchdown run.

The two teams traded punts for most of the third quarter until Butt recorded a 29-yard touchdown reception from Gardner to make the score 24-10.

The Michigan defense opened up the fourth quarter by stopping Miami on fourth down. On the next drive, Gardner engineered a nine-play, 68-yard drive to tack on another touchdown, culminating with Green plowing into the end zone from 12 yards out, increasing the lead to 31-10 with 9:50 to play. Then, with 18 seconds left, Wile added a 40-yard field goal to cap the scoring at 34-10.

Michigan will be back in action next Saturday (Sept. 20), hosting Utah at 3:30 p.m. inside Michigan Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ABC.

Kansas Falls to Duke, 41-3

First-quarter woes doomed the Kansas football team as the Jayhawks fell to Duke, 41-3, Saturday evening inside Wallace Wade Stadium.

En route to holding Duke All-American wide receiver Jamison Crowder to two receptions for 14 yards - the fewest for the senior since 2012 - KU senior linebacker Ben Heeney tied his career-high with 15 stops and one tackle for loss, the 13th double-digit tackling performance of his tenure.

The Jayhawks (1-1) finished the game with 297 yards of offense, with running backs Corey Avery and De'Andre Mann paving the way with 87- and 65-yard performances, respectively. Sophomore quarterback Montell Cozart broke a career-long 36-yard rush and attempted a career-high 27 passes, but the KU aerial attack dwindled with just 89 yards in the game.

However, missed opportunities along with first-half turnovers, ended up haunting the Jayhawk offense, as the squad failed to punch one in the endzone on the first road trip of the season. Kansas instead settled for a first-quarter 34-yard field goal off of the foot of sophomore kicker Matthew Wyman for its only points of the day.

Contrary to Kansas, the Blue Devil offense wasted no time getting points on the board, exploding in the first quarter with 17 points on three-consecutive drives. Quarterback Anthony Boone connected on two touchdown passes, while Ross Martin booted a 20-yard field goal. However, the Duke offense struggled to regain form late in the first half and into the third quarter thanks to the leg of senior punter Trevor Pardula.

Pardula booted eight punts on the day for an average of 51.8 yards with two punts traveling over 70 yards (72, 70). He finished the contest with four kicks over the 50-yard mark and pinned two inside the 20 yard line.

The Jayhawk defense rallied behind the work of their senior punter, after allowing 154 yards and 17 points on three drives, KU stuffed the Duke offense for a three-and-out with 1:41 left in the first quarter. Kansas followed suit to open the second period, holding the Blue Devils to another three-and-out.

With consecutive stops, the offense looked primed to move the ball and close the gap, but the second interception by Cozart doomed Kansas and gifted Duke with adequate field position to tack on three more points, 20-3, to end the first half.

The second half opened with the Jayhawks forcing the Blue Devils to a punt, but once again, the lack of rhythm by the KU offense gave the ball right back by way of a 70-yard boot by Pardula.

KU's defense wasn't able to hold Duke any longer after the offense sputtered. Eight plays and 80 yards later, the Blue Devils found the endzone once again this time Boone connected with wide receiver Max McCaffrey for 10 yards with 5:23 left in the third quarter, 27-3.

With the contest long-sense decided, Duke tacked on another quick seven points, even after Pardula knocked Duke deep in its own territory again by way of a 72-yard punt. It was running back Shaun Wilson who burst 68 yards through the line of scrimmage, extending the lead once more, 34-3.

The Blue Devils tacked on their final points of the game when Wilson rushed 45 yards with 3:57 left in the game for his third touchdown on the night, 41-3.

The Jayhawks return home to Memorial Stadium as Kansas plays host to Central Michigan Saturday, September 20. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m., and can be seen on FOX Sports Net regional networks.

Wilson Carries Duke to 41-3 Win Over Kansas

Freshman running back Shaun Wilson broke the school single-game rushing record with 245 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Duke past Kansas, 41-3, Saturday in non-conference action at Wallace Wade Stadium. Head coach David Cutcliffe’s squad improved to 3-0 with the victory, marking the program’s best start since the 1994 season.

Wilson broke Robert Baldwin’s school record of 238 yards rushing on the final play of the game. Baldwin set the school standard in a 49-16 win over Maryland in the opening game of the 1994 season. Wilson’s 245 yards came on just 12 carries, good for a 20.4 yards per rush average. Wilson’s 252 all-purpose yards rank as the 12th-most in a single game in school history and the second-most by a Duke freshman.

Junior wide receiver Max McCaffrey added seven receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns to highlight a balanced attack by the Blue Devils. Duke outgained the Jayhawks 511-297 in the win and recorded 30-plus points for the third consecutive game.

The defense did its part in forcing two turnovers and limiting Kansas to just 17 first downs and only 95 yards through the air. Jeremy Cash headlined the unit with 12 tackles and a half of a sack. David Helton added 11 tackles, while Jonathan Jones picked up his first sack of the 2014 campaign. The 297 yards for the Kansas offense are the fewest Duke has allowed an opponent this season.

After forcing the Jayhawks into a three-and-out on the game’s opening possession, quarterback Anthony Boone led the Blue Devils 60 yards down the field to get on the scoreboard. Boone connected with redshirt senior Issac Blakeney twice on the drive and tossed a 36-yard scoring strike to McCaffrey for the junior wideout’s first touchdown reception of the season.

Redshirt sophomore DeVon Edwards recorded Duke’s first turnover of the year on Kansas’ ensuing possession, intercepting the ball at the Jayhawks’ 40-yard line to set up a 20-yard field goal by junior Ross Martin. The back-to-back scoring drives put the Blue Devils up 10-0 at the 7:13 mark in the first quarter.

Following another three-and-out by Kansas, Wilson took off on a 69-yard touchdown run. Wilson’s 69-yard burst tied for the second-longest rush by a rookie in program history. The Jayhawks had a 58-yard drive cut short on a quarterback hurry by Cash, resulting in a 34-yard field goal from Matthew Wyman which put the visiting squad on the board at 17-3.

In the first quarter, the Blue Devils outgained Kansas by a 166-73 yard margin.

Redshirt freshman Evrett Edwards hauled in the first interception of his career at the beginning of the second quarter and Martin capped the 16-yard drive with his second field goal of the day to extend Duke’s lead to 20-3.

The Blue Devils totaled 211 yards of offense in the first half while the defense forced two turnovers and held the visiting Jayhawks to just eight first downs and one field goal in the first 30 minutes.

Duke widened its lead late in the third quarter, as McCaffrey picked up his career-best second touchdown reception of the day on a 10-yard throw from Boone. Wilson then scampered 68 yards for his second touchdown of the game, bringing the score to 34-3. Wilson became just the second player in Duke history to log two rushes of 68 yards or more in a game and the only Blue Devil to do so as a freshman.

Wilson picked up where he left off in the fourth quarter, notching his third score on a 45-yard run with 3:57 remaining.

Boone finished 19-of-33 with 180 yards passing and two touchdowns. It marks the second straight game Boone threw for a pair of touchdowns and pushes his career touchdown passes total to 26.

The Blue Devils return to Wallace Wade Stadium next Saturday, Sept. 20 to host Tulane at 12:30 p.m. The contest will be televised by the Regional Sports Networks (RSN).

Big Plays Lift Miami to a 41-20 Win over A-State

Several big scoring plays by the Miami Hurricane proved too much for the Arkansas State University football team to overcome as the Red Wolves suffered a 41-20 loss in a non-league tilt this Saturday (Sept. 12) afternoon before 41,519 spectators at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Miami scored its touchdowns on passes covering 63 yards twice along with a pair of runs which covered 27 and 33 yards, respectively. The Hurricane, who improved their record to 2-1 this season, finished the day with 488 yards in total offense while A-State recorded 329 yards, which included 236 passing yards.

A-State trailed Miami 21-7 after the opening quarter as the Hurricane scored a touchdown on their first two possessions. A 63-yard scoring strike from true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya to wide receiver Phillip Dorsett on Miami’s second offensive play of the game put the hosts up 7-0 less than four minutes into the contest, but the Red Wolves managed to erase the deficit on their next offensive series.


A-State took the kickoff and marched 65 yards down the field in 11 plays culminating in junior Fredi Knighten’s one-yard quarterback keeper with 9:03 remaining in the quarter to tie the score at 7-7. Knighten completed five passes during A-State’s scoring drive, which included back-to-back 11-yard tosses to junior tight end Darion Griswold and junior wide receiver J.D. McKissic to set up the Red Wolves’ score. The game didn’t stay tied for long as Miami came right back on the ensuing kickoff and scored by utlizing the long pass. The Canes’ Brad Kaaya hooked up with Phillip Dorsett on a 51-yard aerial to give Miami the ball at the A-State 19-yard line and then on the next play, Kaaya then connected with Clive Walford on a 19-yard scoring pass as the Hurricane went back on top at 14-7 with 8:21 left in the stanza.

The Red Wolves then would face a 20-7 deficit late in the first quarter as Miami hit paydirt for the third straight time as running back Duke Johnson dashed 33 yards into the end zone with 3:12 to be played in the opening frame. A-State had its share of scoring opportunities but was unsuccessful in converting as junior kicker Luke Ferguson missed wide on a pair of field goal attempts from 36 yards in the first quarter and from 42 yards early in the second.

Miami extended its lead to 27-7 with 1:16 remaining before the end of the first half as running back Gus Edwards broke several tackles and scampered 27 yards for the Canes’ fourth TD. A 32-yard return by frosh Daryl Rollins-Davis on the Miami kickoff gave A-State the ball at its own 40-yard line and the Red Wolves would move into Hurricane territory on the next play as Knighten completed an 18-yard pass to J.D. McKissic. Two plays later, Miami was flagged for pass interference moving A-State to UM’s 19-yard line. The Red Wolves signaled for a trick play and the call paid dividends as J.D. McKissic took a Knighten handoff on a reverse and flipped the ball to junior wideout Tres Houston, who threw a backfield pass to a wide open Knighten at the nine-yard line. Knighten hauled in Houston’s pass and sprinted to goal-line marker with 16 seconds left as A-State sliced the deficit to 27-14 at intermission.

Miami upped its lead to 34-14 in the third quarter as defensive lineman Olsen Pierre recovered a Fredi Knighten fumble at the UM 40-yard line, which eventually led to a 63-yard TD scoring pass play from Brad Kaaya to Phillip Dorsett with 8:32 left on the clock. Kaaya would throw his fourth TD pass of the game less than five minutes later with a six-yard toss to wide receiver Braxton Berrios to make it 41-14.

A-State started the fourth quarter on a positive note as the Red Wolves drove 89 yards in 16 plays resulting in a seven-yard TD run by redshirt freshman running back Johnston White as the visitors narrowed the gap to 41-20 with a second under 10 minutes left in the game.

For the Red Wolves, Knighten ended the day throwing for 217 yards on 22-of-40 pass completions while his counterpart, Brady Kaaya chalked up 342 passing yards after completing 16-of-24 passes with four TD’s.

Johnston White led the A-State rushing attack with 83 yards on 14 carries for a 5.9 yards per attempt average while J.D. McKissic was the Red Wolves’ favorite target with seven receptions for 59 yards. Redshirt freshman wideout Brandon Cox contributed five grabs for 29 yards. Duke Johnson was the game’s top rusher with 90 yards on 14 attempts and Phillip Dorsett caught four passes for 201 yards and two TD’s to help key the Miami offense.

On the defensive side of the ball, redshirt junior defensive back Charleston Girley’s 10 tackles (six solos) led the way. Redshirt senior free safety Sterling Young compiled eight stops (five solos) as did redshirt senior defensive back Frankie Jackson (four solos), sophomore defensive back Money Hunter (four solos), and redshirt senior linebacker Qushaun Lee (four solos), who also notched a pass interception.

A-State, which drops to 1-2 overall this season, returns home to host the Utah State Aggies next Saturday, Sept. 20, in its final non-conference game of the 2014 regular season. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. (CT) at A-State's Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Ark., and the contest will be televised live on ESPN3.

Dorsett's Career Day Propels FB Past ASU

Phillip Dorsett had a quick pregame conversation with Miami coach Al Golden, who gave the senior wide receiver an encouraging prediction.

A prophetic one, too.

Dorsett had 201 receiving yards on only four catches - the first player to do that at college football's highest level since 1997 - and hauled in two touchdown passes for the second straight week, leading Miami past Arkansas State 41-20 on Saturday.

"I told him before the game I thought he was going to have a big one," Golden said. "Obviously, no one could have seen that big. But that's the way he's practicing right now, so good for him."

Good for Miami, too. The Hurricanes hadn't had a pass completion of more than 39 yards in the season's first two games. They needed two plays Saturday to change that.

Dorsett hauled in a 63-yard pass from Brad Kaaya on Miami's second snap, and the Hurricanes were off and running. A true freshman in just his third career game, Kaaya completed 16 of 24 passes for 342 yards and four touchdowns, the other two of those going to Clive Walford and Braxton Berrios as the Hurricanes rolled up 488 yards of offense.

"This is a very big confidence boost for Brad," running back Duke Johnson said. "Brad's first two games were kind of shaky. As a freshman, it's going to come with the territory, especially a freshman coming in and starting with a team like this."

Johnson had 14 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown, and Gus Edwards added another rushing score for Miami (2-1).

Fredi Knighten threw for 217 yards, ran for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass for Arkansas State (1-2). Johnston White had a rushing touchdown with 9:59 remaining for the Red Wolves.

"We played as a group. We just gave up too many big plays," Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson said. "Didn't execute when we needed to. ... We made them make tight throws and catches and they did it. Kaaya threw the ball well and Dorsett caught it. We really executed our coverages."

The Hurricanes visit Nebraska next week, the first time those teams will have met since the Rose Bowl at the end of the 2001 season - when Miami rolled to a 37-14 win that finished off the school's fifth and most recent national championship.

There was no looking ahead to that on Saturday. At least, not until the game was over.

"We've been trying to make it 12 one-game missions, and I think we did that," Golden said.

Dorsett's other catches went for 51, 24 and 63 yards again for another score in the third quarter. He finished with the third-highest receiving yard total in Miami history, topped by only Eddie Brown's 220 yards against Boston College on Nov. 23, 1984 - the game where Doug Flutie's pass to Gerard Phelan won it as time expired - and Wesley Carroll's 208 yards at California on Sept. 15, 1990.

"I'm not really a guy that looks at the Jumbotron a lot," Dorsett said. "I'm worried about the game."

Miami had touchdowns on its first three drives, including a 33-yard run from Johnson. The Hurricanes are now 13-0 all-time when Johnson rushes for at least one score.

Edwards rumbled 27 yards to make it 27-7 late in the half, before Knighten caught a 19-yard pass from receiver Tres Houston to get the Red Wolves within 13 at halftime.

Arkansas State recovered an onside kick to open the second half, even though Golden's first words at halftime to his team were about expecting such a play.

But the Red Wolves went nowhere with that chance, then fumbled the ball away on the next possession - a mistake that was followed by the second Kaaya-to-Dorsett 63-yarder for a touchdown that helped eliminate any mystery about the outcome.

"Glad we won," Kaaya said, after what Miami officials said was a record yardage total for a true freshman quarterback.

Miami allowed 329 yards, but Arkansas State needed 89 plays to get there. The Hurricanes got 8 yards per play on offense, and the defense allowed 3.7 yards per snap.

"I can't do the math," Golden said, "but that's pretty good."

First Half Dominance Leads to 49-17 Win at USF

Both the NC State offense and defense came out and dominated first half action, as the Pack cruised past USF for a 49-17 road win at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Wolfpack raced to a 35-7 halftime lead, and finished with 589 yards of total offense including 315 on the ground (most since 1994).

WOLFPACK DRIVE OF THE GAME - 1ST HALF
7 plays, 88 yard TD drive to open the game.

Hard to play favorites when NC State had five first half TD drives, but the Pack's opening series march down the field set the tone for the game. After holding USF to 17 yards on their opening drive, the Wolfpack took the ensuing punt and went 88 yards in seven plays over 2:50 to get on the scoreboard first for the first time this season.

Bra'Lon Cherry capped the drive with his first of three TDs on the day, as he took the read-option handoff for a 17 yards rushing score. On the opening series, the balanced offensive attach put up both 49 yards rushing and 49 yards passing. Tony Creecy had three rushes for 32 yards, while Jacoby Brissett was 2-of-3 for 49 yards, including a 42 catch and run by Bo Hines.

PLAYER OF THE GAME
• WR Bra'Lon Cherry: 3 catches for 50 yards and 1 TD - 2 rushes for 20 yards and 2 TDs

The first three times he touched the ball on offense, sophomore Bra'Lon Cherry found himself in the Pack's end zone. On the opening drive, Cherry rushed for a 17-yard TD, the next drive was finished with a 17-yard TD reception, and the third drive was another Cherry rushing TD. In the season opener, he caught two TD passes in the win over Georgia Southern.

Honorable Mentions
- NC State's 1st half defense - Held USF to just 94 yards, only two coming after the first two drives.
- QB Jacoby Brissett (20-of-29 for 266 yards and 2 Tds)
- NC State's offensive line - Pack rushing attach had 315 yards (most since 1994) and five scores on the ground.

NOTABLES
• NC State has started the season 3-0 for the first time since the 2010 season (4-0).

• The Pack's 35 points in the first half were the most for an NC State team on the road since scoring 38 at Navy in 2002. The 49 points scored were the most in a road game since scoring 51 at Texas Tech in 2002.

• USF posted 92 yards of offense on their first two drives, including a 75-yard score. But on the Bull's final five drives of the first half the Pack defense held them to just two total yards.

• The Pack finished with five rushing scores on the day, the most in a road contest since having six at Texas Tech in 2002.

• QB Jacoby led nine Wolfpack drives before giving way to back-up Garrett Leatham in the middle of the third quarter - he later returned late in the fourth quarter. In those first nine drives of the game, the Pack scored seven TDs, punted once, and ran two plays before the end of the first half.

• The Pack's 312 yards rushing were the most for an NC State team since 1994 against Maryland (327).

• For the second straight game, NC State rushed for over 200 yards - the first time in back-to-back games since early in 2012. Today, the Pack rushed for 312 yards after posting 242 on the ground last week against ODU.

UP NEXT
NC State returns to home action next weekend, as the Wolfpack will host Presbyterian Saturday at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

Bronson, Robbins Shine in Loss to NC State

Freshman Ryeshene Bronson hauled in a 75-yard touchdown catch and sophomore Lamar Robbins returned an interception 46 yards for a score in USF’s 49-17 loss to NC State before a crowd of 27,269 at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

NC State (3-0) scored on five of its first seven drives on the way to grabbing a 35-7 halftime lead. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett completed 20 of 29 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns, while Bra’Lon Cherry rushed for two touchdowns and added a scoring reception.

“We didn’t play well enough to beat a good football team,” head coach Willie Taggart said. “They got after us, especially in the trenches on both sides of the ball, and I thought that was a big difference in the football game.”

USF (1-2) was forced to punt on the game’s first drive and NC State grabbed a 7-0 lead with an 88-yard drive on its first possession. Brissett connected with Bo Hines for a 42-yard gain that got the Wolfpack to the USF 30 and Cherry capped off the seven-play drive with a 17-yard touchdown run with 9:20 remaining in the opening quarter.

The Bulls bounced back in a big way on the first play of their second drive when sophomore Mike White (Fort Lauderdale) threw a career-long, 75-yard touchdown pass to Bronson. It marked the first-career touchdown for Bronson, who was a four-star recruit out of Dunbar High School in Fort Myers.

“He’s another one of our freshmen that we think is really talented and can help our football team. He showed that today,” Taggart said.

Chris Dunkley’s 80-yard punt return for a touchdown, which would have given the Bulls the lead, was wiped out by a holding call on USF’s third possession before NC State regained the lead late in the first quarter. Brissett rushed for two first downs on the 12-play, 79-yard drive and the former Florida Gator threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Cherry with 1:32 remaining in the quarter for a 14-7 lead.

NC State was back in the end zone four plays later after coming up with a turnover deep in USF territory. Defensive tackle Thomas Teal forced a fumble while sacking White, who appeared to be throwing the ball when hit, that was recovered by Brandon Pittman at the USF 19. Cherry scored his third touchdown with a 3-yard run that helped NC State grab a 21-7 lead with 14:16 to go before halftime.

The Wolfpack extended their lead to 28-7 with a 3-yard scoring run Jaylen Samuels with 9:44 remaining in the second quarter. Brissett posted his second touchdown pass of the half when he found Tony Creecy from 8 yards out with 2:20 remaining.

NC State’s offense scored twice more in the second half before the Bulls scored 10 unanswered points thanks to heads-up plays on special teams and defense.

USF’s special teams stepped up midway through the third quarter when the Wolfpack muffed a 56-yard punt by Mattias Ciabatti (Tampa) that was recovered by Rahmon Swain (Lithonia, Ga.) at the NC State 26-yard line. Senior Marvin Kloss (Naples, Fla.) cut the deficit to 49-10 with a 43-yard field goal with 5:19 remaining in the quarter. Kloss, a Groza Award Watch List member, is now 5-for-6 in field goal attempts and 2-for-3 on attempts from 40-plus yards this season.

USF cut the deficit even more when Robbins (Miami) stepped in front of Garrett Leatham’s pass and returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown with 39 seconds remaining in the third quarter. It marked the second interception of Robbins’ career and the second touchdown scored by the USF defense this season. The Bulls have scored five touchdowns on defense in a little more than a season under defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan.

And while young players like Bronson and Robbins produced for the Bulls, Taggart got a chance to give freshman quarterback Quinton Flowers some playing time. The former Miami Jackson High School standout completed 1 of 4 passes for 7 yards and added 32 rushing yards on six attempts.

“I wanted to see Quintin come in there and see if he can give us something,” Taggart said.

The Bulls begin American Athletic Conference play Friday, Sept. 19 against UConn back at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Dramatic victory for Commodores

It wasn't easy, but Vanderbilt's Derek Mason got his first win as a head coach on Saturday against Massachusetts.

And he knows what it means to a lot of people.

"I'm so proud of our team," Mason said. "I'm so proud of our coaches. I'm so proud of our fan base. For me, it's joy and excitement. (Wins) are tough to come by."

Ralph Webb scored on a 4-yard run with 1:08 remaining to give Vanderbilt a come-from-behind 34-31 win.

The winning score was set up on a 36-yard completion from Patton Robinette to C.J. Duncan.

Robinette, a sophomore, entered the game in the second quarter after true freshman Wade Freebeck started the game. Freebeck was the third different starting quarterback for Vanderbilt in its three games.



"(Robinette) came in and had command of that offense. I had planned to play both and utilize their skill sets," Mason said. "Patton gave us something different today. He got off on a good roll. He got the attention of the team. I've been looking for somebody to take the team and put our guys on his shoulders.

"He gave us something that was different. You definitely want your quarterback to have command of the team."

UMass (0-3) drove to the Vanderbilt 4-yard line only to have Blake Lucas miss a 22-yard field-goal attempt to the left with 2 seconds remaining.

Robinette scored on a 1-yard run at 10:02 of the second quarter to give Vanderbilt its first offensive touchdown of the season.

"Once (Robinette) got in, you could see the energy he brought to the team," Mason said.

Vanderbilt (1-2) trailed by as many as 11 in the second half and scored 14 unanswered points in the final quarter to earn the win.

Mason got the game ball right after the final horn and kept it in his arm as he shook hands with UMass head coach Mark Whipple and headed off the field.

Freebeck played the entire first quarter and was 1 for 2 for 3 yards with an interception. He is the fourth quarterback to play for Vanderbilt this season.

Robinette started the first game of the season, a 37-7 loss home loss to Temple, while Stephen Rivers, a transfer from LSU and younger brother of San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers, started the second game. Vanderbilt lost that game 41-3 to Ole Miss to open the Southeastern Conference schedule for both teams at LP Field, the home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans.

UMass, which raced out to a 14-0 lead, scored on five of its first seven drives and that included a kneel-down by quarterback Blake Frohnapfel to end the first half.

Frohnapfel threw for 205 yards on 17-of-34 passing. He connected with Rodney Mills for a 13-yard TD to start the scoring for the Minutemen.

Frohnapfel wasn't the only Minuteman to throw a touchdown pass to Mills. Brian McDonald threw a 53-yard pass to Mills on a fake punt for Massachusetts' second score. McDonald is a former quarterback who played at Fitchburg (Massachusetts) State in 2011 before transferring to Morris (Minnesota) State to focus on punting in 2012. He is now in graduate school.

Robinette threw for 147 yards and a touchdown while connecting on 15 of 21 attempts.

It was apparent the Commodores wanted to focus on the running game due to the number of quarterbacks they've used so far this season. They rushed for 169 yards on 40 carries, led by Webb's 119 on 26 attempts.

"Even when everyone wants us to throw, we needed to stick with our plan (of running the ball), and it paid dividends for us," Mason said.

Massachusetts running back Lorenzo Woodley scored a career-high two touchdowns. He had a 2-yard scamper in the second quarter and another 2-yard run in the third quarter. He finished with 59 yards on 22 carries.

Vanderbilt defensive lineman/linebacker Caleb Azubike had two sacks on the day and led the team, along with linebacker Nigel Bowden, with seven tackles.

Whipple was disappointed to let this game slip away. His team finished 1-11 last year and couldn't finish off the Commodores.

"No question, they don't know how to win," Whipple said. "They want to win but they don't know how to prepare. We just have to go back to work. We have a huge test next weekend against Penn State. They have to look in the mirror and see what they can do to be a better football player. If everyone does a little bit more and does their job, then I know we will get better. But we just can't give a team 14 points."