Friday, September 2, 2016

Indiana gets 3 late TDs, gets past FIU 34-13 in opener

A fourth-quarter deficit, on the road, in a season-opening game with a new quarterback wasn't exactly the scenario Indiana would have chosen for itself.
The Hoosiers made overcoming that challenge look easy.
Richard Lagow passed for one score and ran for another in the fourth quarter, and Indiana returned two interceptions for touchdowns in its season-opening 34-13 win over Florida International on Thursday night.
Indiana (1-0) trailed 13-12 going into the fourth, then outscored FIU 22-0 in the final 15 minutes.
"A pretty good team win," Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said. "This game had my attention a lot. First game on the road, you've got new defensive coaches, you're going to have some glitches ... and I saw a lot of things we can do better."
Most of those things were likely before the fourth quarter.
Lagow connected with Daniel Friend on a 21-yard touchdown pass to put Indiana on top for good early in the final quarter, capped the next Hoosiers drive with a 6-yard scoring run and Tegray Scales capped the night with a 16-yard interception return for another score.
Lagow said he wasn't worried, even when trailing going into the fourth.
"The whole team had played so well all night," Lagow said. "Defense had played their tails off. We had been real close, a lot. It was just a matter of keeping our foot on the pedal."
Devine Redding rushed for 135 yards and Rashard Fant returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown in the first half for Indiana (1-0). It was Indiana's first time with two interception-return touchdowns in the same game since 1966, school officials said.
Alex McGough completed 23 of 46 passes for 263 yards and three interceptions for FIU (0-1). Alex Gardner had a 1-yard rushing touchdown for the Panthers, who were outgained 486-331.
The game had a little of everything: a safety, a missed field goal, a bad snap on another field goal try, two defensive touchdowns and even an end-around for a 2-point conversion by the Hoosiers.
"We battled, we competed, we did some good things," FIU coach Ron Turner said. "But very, very disappointed in the outcome and very disappointing in the offensive execution and offensive performance. .... Way too many missed opportunities."
Friend's touchdown was his first in four years with the Hoosiers, two of those seasons getting cut short by injury.
Indiana played without six suspended players, including three who were probable starters - wide receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr., safety Chase Dutra and defensive tackle Ralph Green III.
THE TAKEAWAY
Indiana: Lagow completed 18 of 27 passes for 240 yards, and rarely seemed rattled. And there were some conditioning issues evident in the fourth on a hot, humid night in Miami - players cramping, players with hands on their hips - but Indiana did enough to escape. Tight end Jordan Fuchs had a "significant" injury, Wilson said, but there seemed to be some hope of it not being a season-ending situation.
FIU: It won't be an easy tape for the Panthers to watch. The defensive series that led to Indiana's go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter had some breakdowns as well, especially on the TD pass to a wide-open Friend. Taking a lead into the fourth and letting it slip away won't be easy for FIU to shake off.
UP NEXT
Indiana: Host Ball State, Sept. 10. This might not be the easiest home debut for the Hoosiers, either. Indiana has lost the last three games in that series, with two of those defeats coming in Bloomington.
FIU: Host Maryland, Sept. 9. Another Big Ten opponent comes in to face the Panthers. FIU is 0-4 all-time against the Terrapins, losing those games by a combined 127-61 score.

Despite offensive woes, Wake Forest holds off Tulane 7-3

Victories at Wake Forest in recent years have been few and - for the offense, anyway - forgettable.
The Demon Deacons started the season with another one of those on Thursday night.
Kendall Hinton ran for a short early touchdown and Wake Forest overcame some offensive struggles and held on for a season-opening 7-3 victory over Tulane.
It brought to mind that 6-3, double overtime victory over Virginia Tech in 2014. Or the 3-0 win at Boston College last year.
"The result is, it looks a lot like the other games we've won here," Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. "We're 1-0, we're excited, there's a lot to teach off of, but clearly, we have to be a lot more productive on offense. That was certainly the disappointment of the night. But again, I'd rather be coaching those mistakes after being 1-0."
Nothing came easy for the Demon Deacons (1-0) against a Tulane team playing its first game under new coach Willie Fritz and breaking in his run-heavy offense that produced the Bowl Subdivision's top rushing team in each of his two seasons at Georgia Southern.
Wake Forest managed just 175 total yards - 59 yards and three first downs in the second half - yet won a matchup of teams coming off consecutive 3-9 seasons.
"Obviously, on offense, we weren't as productive as we need to be," Clawson said.
Tulane (0-1) finished with 280 total yards for the game and held a nearly 10-minute advantage in time of possession.
"The defense was phenomenal, man," quarterback Glen Cuiellette said. "They kept us in the game."
The only touchdown came on Hinton's 1-yard run on the third play of the second quarter.
Andrew DiRocco capped Tulane's opening drive with a 41-yard field goal, but had a 43-yarder blocked early in the fourth quarter. That loomed large late because Tulane came up empty on its final two possessions: The Green Wave were stopped inside the Wake Forest red zone with 4:22 left, and got the ball back before Julian Jones stripped Cuiellette on fourth down near midfield with 50 seconds left.
TAKEAWAYS
TULANE: The Green Wave rode their new option game as hard as expected and out of a range of formations, including out of an "I" in the shotgun. Tulane had 47 carries to 23 pass attempts, with none of the four running backs in the rotation carrying it more than seven times, while Cuiellette added 54 yards rushing in his first college start at QB.
"I felt comfortable - honestly, people were texting me, calling me, `Are you nervous, are you good?' My mom was like, `Are you OK?'" Cuiellette said. "Overall, I felt fine. I wasn't really nervous. I was just ready to just play and show people what I could do because it's been so long. I was just ready to lead these guys."
WAKE FOREST: It's only one game, but there are already some huge questions about the offense. To put the Demon Deacons' yardage numbers in perspective, they averaged 216.3 yards in 2014 - when they ranked last in the Bowl Subdivision in total offense. The leading passer - John Wolford - was 9 of 17 for just 79 yards, while the leading rusher - Hinton, his backup - managed just 24 yards.
It's going to be worth watching how Clawson handles his quarterbacks the rest of the year. Wolford started but both he and Hinton played, just as Clawson said they would, with the pocket-passing Wolford even lining up at receiver once while Hinton took the snap. But little seemed to work.
"They were playing a lot of man coverage and a lot of blitz, and when you do that, you've got to make plays on the outside," Clawson said. "I think we're really improved at receiver, but we didn't make those plays today. ... (Tulane) won the one-on-ones against our receivers today."
KEY NUMBERS
Wake Forest ran just 26 plays in the second half - and two of those were kneels by Wolford to end the game. ... The Demon Deacons didn't have a play cover more than 16 yards - a pass by Wolford to Matt Colburn in the first quarter.
UP NEXT
TULANE: The Green Wave return home to take on Southern, a Championship Subdivision school from just up Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge.
WAKE FOREST: The Demon Deacons jump into Atlantic Coast Conference play when they visit instate rival Duke, which they haven't beaten since 2011, in their league opener.

Jackson has hand in 8 TDs in No. 19 Louisville's 70-14 rout

Lamar Jackson not only hit 16 Louisville receivers with passes - six for touchdowns - he weaved his way through Charlotte's beleaguered defense for a couple of hard-earned scores himself.
Jackson accounted for a school-record eight touchdowns and 405 offensive yards by halftime to help No. 19 Louisville dismantle Charlotte 70-14 on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
"I was just trying to get everyone the ball," said Jackson, who completed 17 of 23 passes for 286 yards. We have a lot of big-time players, and I'm trying to get the ball in their hands instead of it looking like me running around all the time."
Jackson broke Chris Redman's 1998 record for combined rushing and passing TDs and tied Redman's mark for passing TDs. He seemed poised to add a few more before exiting without taking a snap in the second half.
Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino joked, "He should've had nine."
Jackson rushed 11 times for 119 yards, including a 36-yard TD run on Louisville's opening drive. Louisville outgained Charlotte 663-208.
Jackson's performance was an impressive follow-up to his breakout freshman season in which he combined for 2,800 yards and 23 TDs - including 960 rushing to break Louisville season and career marks by a QB. His final game last season was a 453-yard, three-TD combined effort in a Music City Bowl win over Texas A&M that earned MVP honors.
That showing raised expectations for this year, and the 6-foot-3, 204-pound Jackson quickly delivered for a sellout crowd of 53,127.
That was only after a shaky start in which Jackson had to escape Charlotte's blitzes and run, while a couple of his passes sailed.
The 49ers barely touched Jackson several plays later as he broke through a left-side hole and barreled for the first of eight TDs on nine first-half possessions.
Jackson weaved a 1-yard TD run between a run of powerful throws that broke the game open. He hit six receivers with touchdowns long and short, and the 49ers could do nothing to stop them.
"We were having a hard time handling Lamar," Charlotte coach Brad Lambert said. "We had some free guys early in the game on some blitzes and he can do that to you. He can make you look bad."
Jackson was most pleased to do it with his arm, keeping with his goal of being a better pocket passer.
He made good use of his running backs, hitting Jeremy Smith out of the backfield for a 24-yard TD, Brandon Radcliffwith a 16-yard TD and L.J. Scott for a 20-yard score.
Jackson's best TD throw came late in the first half when he hit senior James Quick in the back of the end zone, a play initially ruled out of bounds. Replay showed Quick pulling in Jackson's pinpoint pass with little room to spare as his feet dragged past the end line; the call was reversed to the delight of a red-clad crowd as the score broke Redman's mark.
Given another scoring opportunity as seconds ticked down toward halftime, Jackson positioned Louisville with a 6-yard run to the 1 before coaches called timeout with nine seconds remaining. H-back Cole Hikutini then took Jackson's short pass for a 1-yard TD reception four seconds later, capping the record-setting night.
THE TAKEAWAY
CHARLOTTE: The learning process continues for the 49ers as they managed just 208 yards and failed to convert 13 third-down chances against their first ranked opponent. They're 0-2 in the Bluegrass State after losing big at Kentucky last fall.
LOUISVILLE: The Cardinals offensive line initially looked shaky as Jackson had to escape Charlotte's rush. But they settled down and didn't yield a sack with three QBs. The rout allowed Petrino to use a lot of his bench. "After getting the ball back and having that two-minute drive, we said let's get the 2s (second-teamers) out there," Petrino said.
UP NEXT
CHARLOTTE: The 49ers open at home against FCS Elon, looking to end an 11-game losing streak.
LOUISVILLE: The Cardinals own a two-game winning streak and 8-6 series lead against Syracuse as they travel to open Atlantic Coast Conference play and face new Orange coach Dino Babers on Sept. 9.

Puyol's kick gives UConn a 24-21 win over Maine

 Bobby Puyol hit a 37-yard field goal with 11 seconds left and UConn avoided a season-opening upset with a 24-21 win over Maine from the Football Championship Subdivision on Thursday night.
UConn defensive tackle Mike Myers blocked a 47-yard field-goal attempt with 1:48 to play and UConn drove 50 yards in nine plays for the winning score. Quarterback Bryant Shirreffs hit receiver Brian Lemelle with an 18-yard pass down the left sideline to set up the kick.
Shirreffs threw for 162 yards and ran for another 95. UConn tailback Ron Johnson added two rushing touchdowns for the Huskies.
Maine quarterback Dan Collins threw for 269 yards and two scores and receiver Jaleel Reed caught eight balls for 169 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown.
Black Bears cornerback Najee Goode Jr. forced a Shirreffs fumble and returned it 74 yards for a score that gave Maine a 21-14 fourth-quarter lead.

Cincinnati scores 22 points in 2nd half, tops UT Martin 28-7

Hayden Moore threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns, Mike Boone ran for a score and Cincinnati beat UT Martin 28-7 on Thursday night.
Cincinnati scored on a 3-yard pass from Moore to Nate Cole with 19 seconds left in the first half to pull to 7-6. Josh Pasley, who missed a 24-yard field goal earlier, missed the extra point.
Kahlil Lewis added a 3-yard TD catch late in the third and a successful two-point conversion made it 14-7. Boone's TD capped an 11-play drive and Tyrell Gilbert intercepted Gunnar Holcombe and returned it 58 yards to cap the scoring.
Tion Green ran for 97 yards for Cincinnati (1-0).
Jaimiee Bowe rushed for 102 yards for UT Martin (0-1). Holcombe threw for 146 yards but was intercepted twice.
Holcombe, a transfer from Marshall, led UT Martin on a 14-play, 75-yard season-opening drive. It ended in a 7-yard TD catch by Caylon Weathers for a 7-0 lead.
The Skyhawks are 1-21 all-time against FBS teams. The lone win was a 20-17 victory over Memphis on September 1, 2012.

Hayes scores 3 TDs, Central Michigan routs Presbyterian 49-3

Jahray Hayes ran for three touchdowns and Central Michigan rolled over Presbyterian 49-3 in the season opener for both teams on Thursday night.
On the second play from scrimmage, Devon Spalding broke off a 69-yard touchdown run and the rout was on. Spalding finished with 135 yards rushing on just 15 carries.
In the second quarter, Presbyterian punted from its own 7-yard line. A 26-yard return by Emmett Thomas set up a short field, and seven plays later Hayes punched it in from the 2 for a 14-0 lead.
Hayes added a 12-yard touchdown run and Cooper Rush hooked up withCorey Willis for a 46-yard scoring toss in the third quarter. In the fourth, Hayes scored his third TD on an 8-yard carry and Amari Coleman returned an interception 27 yards for a score. Jonathan Ward added a 45-yard touchdown run.
Presbyterian managed just 126 total yards and six first downs, while CMU amassed 492 yards - including 255 on the ground.

Cal Defeats UH In 2016 Season-Opener

In a historic matchup Down Under, the University of Hawai`i football team fell to the University of California, 51-31, in the opening game of the 2016 college football season at ANZ Stadium.
 
Cal racked up 630 yards of total offense to spoil the debut of UH head coach Nick Rolovich. The Bears were led by the exploits of senior transfer Davis Webb, who finished with 441 yards passing and four touchdowns. His target of choice was Chad Hansen who posted 14 catches for 160 yards and a pair of scores.
 
UH hung tough through more than a quarter and half before the game turned on miscues in the final four minutes of the opening half. That's when the Bears scored 17 straight points to take a commanding 34-14 lead at the break. UH would get no closer than 17 points in the second half.
 
The Rainbow Warriors did produce a strong ground performance with 248 yards rushing, including 118 yards and a touchdown from junior Diocemy Saint Juste. He was one of three UH running backs to score, with Steven Lakalaka and Paul Harris also finding the end zone.  
 
Senior quarterback Ikaika Woolsey, starting for the second time in a UH season-opener, went 17-of-34 for 234 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

UH came aggressively out of the gates, attempting an onside kick on the game's opening play. Cal recovered and capitalized right away on a Khalf Muhammad 34-yard scoring run a little more than a minute in.
 
However, UH countered with a Marcus Kemp 39-yard catch-and-run down the sideline for UH's first touchdown of the season. After Cal went up 14-7 on a Hansen 19-yard catch from Webb, UH again came right back with an electrifying run 53-yard touchdown run by Saint Juste.

Cal led just 17-14 late in the second quarter but a pair of special team miscues put UH in a quick hole. The Bears were able get a field goal after a UH leaping penalty on a Cal punt allowed the Bears to extend a drive. UH then fumbled the ensuing kickoff. Cal struck on the next play with a 34-yard touchdown from Hansen. The Bears concluded the pivotal stretch with an 85-yard drive in the final 1:35 of the half, capped by a Webb 4-yard touchdown run.
 
The Rainbow Warriors next head to Ann Arbor to face No. 7 Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 12:00 p.m. EST (6:00 a.m. HT).