Saturday, October 1, 2016

Ground game carries Washington State over Oregon 51-33

 Luke Falk threw for 371 yards and Washington State scored six rushing touchdowns as the Cougars beat Oregon 51-33 on Saturday.
Jamal MorrowGerard Wicks and James Williams each ran for two touchdowns for Washington State (2-2, 1-0 Pac-12), which was coming off a bye week. Washington State defeated Oregon in double overtime last year, a game that sparked the Cougars' run to a 9-4 record.
Oregon (2-3, 0-2) has lost three straight games and held a team meeting earlier in the week to seek a turnaround.
Royce Freeman, who missed the last game with a leg injury, ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns for Oregon.
Washington State piled up 651 yards of total offense, including 280 on the ground, to 416 total yards for Oregon.
Falk completed 36 of 48 passes with one touchdown.
Oregon's Dakota Prukop completed 14 of 22 passes for 132 yards.
Washington State came in averaging 121 rushing yards per game.
THE TAKEAWAY
Oregon: The Ducks lead the all-time series 47-40-7, but are clearly not as formidable as in recent years. Their defense looks suspect.
Washington State: The Air Raid offense also has a ground attack this year. The Cougars appear to be rebounding from an 0-2 start, and have topped 50 points for two consecutive games. WSU, which beat the Ducks 45-38 in double overtime last season, notched consecutive wins over Oregon for the first time since 2002 and 2003.
UP NEXT
Oregon hosts No. 10 Washington
Washington State plays at No. 7 Stanford, which lost big at Washington on Friday.

New Mexico State beats Louisiana Lafayette 37-31 in 2OT

 Sebastian Anderson had a game-winning fumble recovery in the end zone in double overtime to give New Mexico State a 37-31 win over Louisiana Lafayette on Saturday night.
The Ragin' Cajuns missed a field goal on the first possession of the second overtime. Then New Mexico State's Larry Rose III fumbled just before the goal line and Anderson, an offensive lineman, recovered it for the winning score.
Tyler Rogers threw for two touchdowns for the Aggies (2-3, 1-1 Sun Belt).
The Aggies were up 24-21 in the fourth when Louisiana Lafayette's Steve Artigue hit a 47-yard field goal to tie it up with 2:58 to play. The Aggies drove it 72 yards, but Parker Davidson missed a 20-yarder as time expired in regulation.
Anthony Jennings threw for 143 yards and a score for the Ragin' Cajuns (2-3, 1-1).

Darnold propels USC to rebound win over Arizona State, 41-20

Sam Darnold passed for 352 yards and three touchdowns in his first home start, and Southern California emerged from its rough September with a 41-20 victory over Arizona State on Saturday night.
JuJu Smith-Schuster caught seven passes for 123 yards and a career-high tying three TDs for the Trojans (2-3, 1-2 Pac-12), who emphatically avoided their first 0-3 start to conference play since 2001 with a blowout of the previously unbeaten Sun Devils (4-1, 1-1).
USC racked up 34 consecutive points to take a 41-6 lead during the middle two quarters, and Smith-Schuster scored on catches of 5, 3 and 67 yards. Justin Davis had a 37-yard TD run among his 123 yards rushing for the Trojans.
Arizona State lost starting quarterback Manny Wilkins shortly before halftime when he was hurt while getting sacked by Rasheem Green. After averaging 48.8 points in their first four games, the Sun Devils didn't reach the end zone against USC's inspired defense until Brady White threw a 13-yard TD pass to Raymond Epps with 8:37 to play.
Darnold was confident and exciting in front of the Trojans' home fans, rushing for a 3-yard score while going 23 for 33 with no interceptions. The freshman replaced Max Browne as USC's starter last week at Utah.
THE TAKEAWAY
Arizona State: The Sun Devils came crashing back to reality with this embarrassment, and Wilkins' long-term health could be an even bigger problem. They struggled to move the ball with either quarterback, and the defense was thoroughly overmatched - not for the first time this season, either. Arizona State has work to do.
USC: Just in time, the Trojans put together a comprehensively strong performance against a quality opponent. Their talent repeatedly shone through, and Darnold injected confidence and fun into a sometimes tentative team. USC still must scrap to get back in the Pac-12 race while keeping Helton's job safe, but the Trojans are in position make a run with three of their next four games at home.
UP NEXT
Arizona State: The Sun Devils return to Tempe to host UCLA. They beat the Bruins in Pasadena last year.
USC: The Trojans stay home to face surprising Colorado, which jumped to 4-1 with a blowout win over Oregon State. The Buffaloes are 2-0 in Pac-12 play after losing 40 of their first 45 league games.

Garvin leads South Alabama past No. 19 San Diego State

 Cole Garvin threw for 241 yards and three touchdowns in place of injured starter Dallas Davis, and South Alabama beat No. 19 San Diego State 42-24 on Saturday night.
A sophomore who transferred from Marshall, Garvin threw touchdown passes of 37 yards to Kevin Kutchera, 79 yards to tight end Gerald Everett, and 6 yards to Josh McGee.
"We had a great week of practice," Garvin said. "I was nervous until I got on the field. I mean, I haven't played in three years. But we had a great game plan and my receivers made some great, great catches."
San Diego State's Donnel Pumphrey ran for 156 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. He broke 100 yards rushing for the 25th time and went over 5,000 yards to become the Mountain West's career leader.
Jaguars coach Joey Jones said the plan was to keep Pumphrey hemmed in.
"Our defense believes in themselves," Jones said. "We had a plan to keep him off the perimeter and they played their tails off tonight."
It was a back and forth for most of the game, with the teams trading scores into the fourth quarter.
But after South Alabama (3-2) took a 28-24 lead on Garvin's strike to McGee in the left corner of the end zone with 11:58 left, a bad punt snap on the Aztecs' next possession set up South Alabama at the San Diego State 3 and Dami Ayola took it in from there for a 35-24 bulge.
Regular long snapper Turner Bernard went out early in the game, forcing freshman Mark Ellis into duty.
It got worse for the Aztecs (3-1) on the ensuing drive when South Alabama's Devon Earl returned a fumble 80 yards for a touchdown to seal it with 4:17 to go.
South Alabama's other score came on Tyreis Thomas' pinballing 12-yard run. On Everett's TD, he outraced the secondary the final 45 yards down the left sideline to the end zone.
San Diego State scored on Rashaad Penny's 15-yard run, Pumphrey's 7-yarder, John Baron II's field goal, a short TD pass from Christian Chapman to Kahale Warring, and a 2-point conversion throw to David Wells.
San Diego State fell to 0-2 all-time against South Alabama, and the Aztecs are now 13-6-1 against the Sun Belt Conference.
UP NEXT
SAN DIEGO STATE: Hosts UNLV next week.
SOUTH ALABAMA: Off next week.

Indiana uses late rally to upset No. 17 Spartans 24-21 in OT

 Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow caught a touchdown pass, threw for two more and took advantage of a second chance in overtime to set upGriffin Oakes for a 20-yard field goal and an improbable 24-21 victory over No. 17 Michigan State on Saturday night.
The Hoosiers (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) trailed 14-0 late in the third quarter before Lagow's 5-yard TD catch on third-and-goal finally helped the Hoosiers turn the corner.
Indiana ended a seven-game losing streak in the series, reclaimed the Old Brass Spittoon for the first time since 2006, beat a ranked team at home for the first time in a decade and earned their first overtime win since 2010.
"At the end of the game, they call a guy for leaping. That was a good call," coach Kevin Wilson said. "That's how the officials are in this league."
It sure wasn't easy.
Michigan State kicker Michael Geiger missed 49-yard field goal to start overtime, and Oakes missed a 33-yard field goal on the ensuing possession when Michigan State's Drake Martinez was called for leaping to give Indiana a first down. This time, the Hoosiers finished it off, unlike last season when they lost to Michigan in overtime - after also giving up a tying score on fourth-and-goal in the waning seconds of regulation.
Michigan State (2-2, 0-2) has lost back-to-back games for the first time since November 2012 despite holding the usually high-scoring Hoosiers scoreless until the final minute of the third quarter.
The Spartans controlled the game most of the night until receiver Mitchell Paige threw a perfect pass across the field to Lagow for a 5-yard score in the final minute of the third quarter.
Lagow tied it with a 22-yard TD pass to Ricky Jones midway through the fourth quarter. Indiana took the lead with Lagow's 15-yard TD pass to Paige with 4:38 to play.
O'Connor answered with a 2-yard TD pass to Josiah Price with 11 seconds left but it wasn't enough.
"Great drive at the end of the game to tie it up, but not very good in overtime - that's for sure," coach Mark Dantonio said. "We were sacked twice, we jump over the pile. Very disappointed. Now we have to claw our way back into things."
THE TAKEAWAY
Michigan State: The Spartans knew they were facing a big challenge after Connor Cook & Co. graduated. But nobody in East Lansing could have expected a 0-2 start in conference play. Now the defending Big Ten champs no longer control their own destiny, either, falling two games behind No. 2 Ohio State, No. 4 Michigan and unbeaten Maryland in the East Division.
Indiana: The Hoosiers turnaround continues. After making the postseason for the first time since 2007 last year, they have two trophies - the Old Oaken Bucket and the Old Brass Spittoon - on campus for the first time since 2001.
UP NEXT
Michigan State: Next weekend, the Spartans get a brief respite from conference play when they host Brigham Young. But the Spartans can't afford to slip up now. With seven straight Big Ten games on the docket following after next week, they need to get some momentum.
Indiana: The Hoosiers head into Round 2 of a grueling three-round stretch with a huge victory. They'll visit No. 2 Ohio State next week, but the Hoosiers have posed some major challenges for the Buckeyes in recent years including a seven-point loss last season with a backup quarterback and a three-point loss in 2012. Indiana hasn't won in Columbus since 1987.

Watson TDs lift No. 5 Clemson to 42-36 win over Louisville

 Deshaun Watson threw for five touchdowns, including two in the final seven minutes, as No. 5 Clemson rallied for a 42-36 victory over No. 3 Louisville after the Tigers lost an 18-point lead to Lamar Jackson and the high-flying Cardinals on Saturday night.
The Tigers (5-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) looked like they had this one wrapped up before halftime, scoring four TDs in the second quarter to lead 28-10 at the break. Then "Action" Jackson got moving and the Cardinals (4-1, 2-1) scored on five consecutive possessions to take a 36-28 lead with 7:50 left.
Artavis Scott began Clemson's comeback with a 77-yard kickoff return and Watson found Mike Williams for a 20-yard scoring pass two plays later. Clemson forced Louisville to punt for the only time in the second half and Watson guided the game-winning drive, ending on a 31-yard TD catch byJordan Leggett.
Jackson had one last surge, leading Louisville to Clemson's 9. But James Quick was knocked out of bounds by safetyVan Smith on fourth down with 33 seconds left to seal the win.
THE TAKEAWAY
Louisville: The Cardinals have climbed in the Top 25 and may wind up running the table without another loss in the regular season. Louisville will regret its slow first half in this one, which may have cost it an ACC title and possible national championship shot.
Clemson: Can anyone stop the Tigers from claiming the ACC Atlantic's spot in the league title game? Florida State's loss to North Carolina means the Tigers would have to lose at least twice for the Cardinals, Seminoles or anyone else in the Atlantic to have a chance. Clemson is 19-4 against its remaining ACC opponents the past five years, with three of the defeats coming to Florida State.
UP NEXT
LOUISVILLE: Gets next week off to regroup before returning to action with a Friday night game at home against Duke on Oct. 14.
CLEMSON: The Tigers have another short week, traveling to Boston College to play on Friday night.

Jones has 5 TD passes, Texas State tops Incarnate Word 48-17

 Tyler Jones passed for a school-record 475 yards and a career-high five touchdowns and Texas State beat Incarnate Word 48-17 Saturday night.
The Bobcats (2-2) were outscored 106-6 in their two previous games against then-No. 24 Arkansas and No. 6 Houston, but totaled 670 yards offense against the Cardinals (1-4), including a school-record 540 yards passing.
The Cardinals led on Broderick Reeves' 47-yard run in the opening quarter but Jones then threw scoring passes of 11 yards to Gabe Schrade, 44 to Thurman Morbley and 16 toEric Luna for a 21-10 halftime lead.
Jones, who finished 31-of-40 passing, added an 11-yard score to Schrade and a 46-yarder to PJ Anderson in the second half. Morbley finished with 133 yards on six catches.
Desmond Hite rushed for 107 yards on eight carries for the Cardinals, including a 71-yard score.
The game was the first meeting between schools that are a 50-mile drive apart on Interstate 35.

Pitt holds off rally, tops Marshall 43-27

A once seemingly insurmountable four-touchdown lead gone against resilient Marshall on Saturday night, Pittsburgh could have played it safe and tried to hold on.
Not this time.
Up by just a field goal and facing third down near midfield, Pitt quarterback Nate Peterman lobbed a deep ball to Jester Weah down the sideline. The junior wide receiver pulled it in over a defender and raced to the end zone for a 54-yard touchdown with 1:04 remaining and the Panthers pulled away late for a 43-27 win.
"I loved it when they called the play," Weah said. "I knew I had the ability to make the play. I just had to go out there and just do it."
And help Pitt (3-2) avoid another late meltdown. Two weeks after giving up the go ahead touchdown with 2:18 to play in a loss at Oklahoma State and seven days after a 13-point fourth-quarter lead turned into a last-second loss at North Carolina, the Panthers appeared in trouble again when Marshall's Keion Davis scored on a 1-yard run with 4:01 to play to pull the Thundering Herd (1-3) within 30-27.
After falling to the Tar Heels, Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said his team couldn't afford to become predictable in late-game situations. Offensive coordinator Matt Canada was listening. Peterman hit Scott Orndoff on third down to extend the drive before Peterman's second touchdown of the game let the Panthers exhale.
"The best thing is we made plays when we needed to at the end," Narduzzi said.
Peterman finished with a season-high 280 yards passing and two scores. Weah caught seven passes for 176 yards and freshman Chawntez Moss ran for 97 yards. Pitt outgained the Thundering Herd 532-344.
Still, it wasn't exactly easy.
Marshall quarterback Chase Litton returned after missing a loss to Louisville last week and threw for 240 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Michael Clark caught four passes for 147 yards, including an 83-yard touchdown as part of Marshall's methodical rally, one that hardly seemed possible after an opening 30 minutes in which Pitt did whatever it wanted.
PAYING TRIBUTE
Pitt held a moment of silence before the national anthem in honor of golfer Arnold Palmer. The native of Latrobe, Pennsylvania (about an hour from Heinz Field) passed away at 87 last week.
The Panthers also saluted Dr. Stanley Marks following the first quarter. Marks served as Pitt running backJames Conner's oncologist while the 2014 ACC Player of the Year underwent treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma discovered last Thanksgiving. Conner, who ran for 39 yards and a touchdown, ran in to give Marks a hug and Narduzzi jogged onto the field to follow suit.
WELCOME RETURN
Pitt entered the game with the 127th-ranked pass defense in the nation, next-to-last in the FBS. While Litton and Clark heated up in the second half, the Panthers got in the final word. Cornerback Avonte Maddox - picked on repeatedly by opponents over the last three weeks - returned a Litton pass 33 yards for a score on the game's final play.
"Avonte Maddox needed that," Narduzzi said.
THE TAKEAWAY
Marshall: Litton appears to be just fine and may have one of Conference USA's better wide receivers in Clark. The 6-foot-7 sophomore will be a matchup nightmare down the road.
Pitt: The kids are starting to deliver. Narduzzi gave considerable playing time to a handful of freshman, including Moss and freshman wide receivers Tre Tipton and Maurice Ffrench, with promising results. The trio combined for 156 yards of total offense and a pair of touchdowns. "That's what we expect," Tipton said. "
UP NEXT
Marshall: Opens Conference USA play on the road at North Texas next Saturday. The Thundering Herd beat the Mean Green 30-13 last year.
Pitt: Gets back into ACC action when it hosts Georgia Tech next Saturday. The Panthers edged the Yellow Jackets 31-28 in 2015 on Chris Blewitt's 56-yard field goal with 1:11 to go.

Guice helps LSU open Orgeron era with 42-7 win over Missouri

 Ed Orgeron held both arms in the air as he emerged from the Tiger Stadium tunnel for his first game as LSU's interim coach. Derrius Guice's long, crowd-thrilling touchdown runs ensured Orgeron would have every reason to leave Death Valley in an even better mood.
In the first game since the firing of coach Les Miles, and with star running back Leonard Fournette sidelined with ankle soreness, Guice rushed for a career-high 163 yards and three touchdowns, leading LSU to a 42-7 victory over Missouri on Saturday night.
Orgeron walked of the field beaming after his players gave him a celebratory drenching with a bucket of sports drink and handed him a game ball.
Guice scored the game's first touchdown on a zig-zagging, 42-yard run in which he left several would-be tacklers grasping at air before using his speed to race away for the final yards. He added TDs from 4 and 37 yards before the first half ended.
Darrel Williams added a career-high 130 yards and three short touchdowns for LSU (3-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), which finished with 418 yards on the ground.
Missouri (2-3, 0-2) struggled to sustain drives and didn't score until executing a reverse pass from receiverEric Laurent to quarterback Drew Lock with 6:11 left in the game. LSU dominated time of possession, 42:42 to 17:18 and ran 82 plays to Missouri's 60. LSU also finished with 634 yards - the school record for an SEC game- to Missouri's 265.
Getting rid of the ball quickly, Lock limited LSU's formidable pass rush to two sacks. But LSU's secondary didn't give the quarterback many easy throws. Lock, who came in averaging 377 yards passing, finished 17 of 37 for 167 yards and was intercepted once by Tre'Davious White on a long, over-thrown pass.
Miles, arguably the most successful coach in LSU history after winning 77 percent of his games in 11-plus seasons - including the 2007 national championship - was fired last Sunday, the day after an 18-13 loss at Auburn. That game marked the second time this season LSU's offense looked stagnant in a loss to an underdog that was not ranked at the time of the game.
Orgeron promised a different look on offense and delivered early with four wide-receiver sets and enough passes to keep Missouri's defense honest. But statistically, LSU looked a lot like some of Miles' most dominant teams, with more yards and scoring on the ground than through the air.
LSU QB Danny Etling completed 19 of 30 for 216 yards and did not turn the ball over.
THE TAKEAWAY
MISSOURI: Stats can be deceiving. Mizzou's offense, which came into the game leading the SEC, has looked far less prolific against teams from Power 5 conferences than the overmatched Eastern Michigan of the Mid-American Conference and Delaware State of the second-tier Football Championship Subdivision.
LSU: Les Miles may be out as coach but there's no questioning the talent he brought in when LSU gets rolling. And it's clear the Tigers were ready to play under Orgeron. LSU could be a tough out for a number of their remaining opponents.
POLL IMPLICATIONS
After falling out of the AP Poll last week, LSU could very well jump right back into the ranking with its emphatic rebound from its last-second lost at Auburn.
UP NEXT
MISSOURI: After a bye next weekend, Missouri will visit Florida on Oct. 15.
LSU: A clash with historical rival Florida in the Swamp next weekend is on tap for LSU, marking the first road game of the Orgeron era.

Norris has 3 TDs, Western Kentucky tops Houston Baptist 50-3

One week after a heartbreaking overtime loss to Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky took out its frustrations on Houston Baptist Saturday night.
Nicholas Norris scored three touchdowns, Western Kentucky scored on its first eight possessions and the Hilltoppers went on to rout Houston Baptist 50-3 in a nonconference game.
"We needed a lot of fine-tuning to do from the loss we had last week," Norris said. "So we tried to work on the little things, especially with us going into a hostile environment next week against Louisiana Tech."
Western Kentucky (3-2) wasted no time, going 82 yards in just four plays on the opening drive for the game's first touchdown. Anthony Wales capped the march, running nearly untouched through the Houston Baptist (2-3) defense for a 45-yard touchdown less than a minute-and-a-half into the contest.
Mike White's 34-yard touchdown pass to Norris made it 14-3 after the first quarter.
"We came out and did what we needed to do and executed early on," Western Kentucky coach Jeff Brohm said. "We moved the ball, scored points, and took care of the football. We improved upon certain things that we didn't do well last week. Overall, we just took care of business, it was a good win."
The Hilltoppers scored so fast and so often, that they had only 15:33 of possession through three quarters, compared to 29:27 for the Huskies, despite leading by 47 points.
Houston Baptist coach Vic Shealy knew quickly that his Huskies were overwhelmed. Houston Baptist is in only its fourth season of fielding a football team.
"When your only two losses are against SEC schools, and one of them is an overtime loss that many probably would like to have over again, you know they are a quality team coming in playing," Shealy said. "They didn't disappoint. They're really athletic, well coached and play hard. We knew who we were playing."
Brohm emphasized getting back on track after last Saturday's 31-30 overtime loss to Vanderbilt.
"I think it was important to clean some things up and learn from our mistakes," Brohm said. "And that's kind of how we've been the last couple of years. We just try to improve each and every week. We're pretty good at learning from our mistakes, being critical of ourselves. We did that today.
Norris also caught a 19-yard pass from White in the second quarter and had an 85-yard touchdown run on an end-around to open the Hilltoppers' scoring in the third period.
Also, in a 20-point third quarter, Nacarius Fant had a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown and Marcus Trigg had a 12-yard touchdown run.
Skyler Simcox added a 50-yard field goal as the game was quickly out of hand.
Houston Baptist's only points came on a 25-yard field goal by Alec Chadwick with 34 seconds left in the opening quarter.
THE TAKEAWAY
Houston Baptist: The Huskies have now given up at least 50 points in all three of their losses this season. They previously lost 56-13 to Central Arkansas and 52-16 to Sam Houston State.
Western Kentucky: The Hilltoppers dominated the game in nearly every facet and did not punt until the 1:33 mark of the fourth quarter. Western Kentucky piled up a season-high 535 yards of total offense and had 23 first downs in the game.
UP NEXT
Houston Baptist: The Huskies have a bye week next week, and then return to action for a homecoming matchup against Nichols on Oct. 15.
Western Kentucky: The Hilltoppers travel to Ruston, Louisiana, to face Conference USA foe Louisiana Tech on Thursday night.

Mullens, Southern Miss shatter records and Rice in 44-28 win

Nick Mullens threw for 591 yards and four touchdowns and Southern Mississippi set a school record with 702 yards of total offense in a 44-28 win over Rice on Saturday night.
On Nov. 15 last year against Rice, Southern Miss (4-1, 2-0 Conference USA) set the previous school record for total offense with 682 yards.
Mullens broke Austin Davis' previous school record of 461 passing yards in a game he set against the Owls on Oct. 18, 2008.
Allenzae Staggers had six receptions for 292 yards and touchdowns of 75, 81 and 93 yards. His yardage effort broke the previous record Kendrick Lee set against Houston on Nov. 11, 1996 with 260 yards.
Staggers' 93-yarder is the third-longest TD reception in school history and put the Eagles up 27-14.
Tyler Stehling threw a 7-yard TD pass to Samuel Stewart to give Rice (0-5, 0-3) its only lead of the game at 7-3.
Stewart had 19 carries for 132 yards and two scores.

Kelly, Brazley lead No. 16 Mississippi past Memphis 48-28

 Chad Kelly threw for 361 yards,Eugene Brazley ran for a career-high 124 yards and two touchdowns and No. 16 Mississippi pulled away late to beat Memphis 48-28 on Saturday night.
Ole Miss (3-2) jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter against the Tigers for a second straight season, but this time held on for the victory. Memphis beat Ole Miss 37-24 last season after falling behind by two touchdowns early.
There would be no such comeback Saturday. Memphis (3-1) made this one interesting for a while, but couldn't keep up with the Rebels' high-scoring offense.
"We know the only people who can stop us is ourselves," Kelly said. "We ran the ball, we threw the ball around a little bit and the guys up front protected me."
Ole Miss continued its trend of playing great in the first half, jumping out to a 24-7 by halftime. Kelly completed 17 of 24 passes for 200 yards and Jason Pellerin ran for two touchdowns before the break.
The Rebels might be the best team in the country if games lasted just two quarters. They've outscored opponents 131-40 in the first half and had the lead in all five games.
Ole Miss was a little shaky to start the second half - Memphis scored two quick touchdowns in the third quarter to pull to 27-21. But the Rebels responded with two touchdowns of their own - including a 12-yard strike from Kelly to tight end Evan Engram - to take control of the game.
"Offensively, we answered when we needed to," Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said.
Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson was 30 of 46 for 343 yards, but threw three interceptions, including one that was returned 31 yards for a touchdown by safety Zedrick Woods.
First-year coach Memphis coach Mike Norvell said he was proud of the team's effort, but that the Tigers made too many mistakes to pull off a road win.
"Turnovers, communication issues, penalties, missed tackles - all those things that can't happen in a close game with a quality opponent," Norvell said. "This team still has some things to clean up."
THE TAKEAWAY
Memphis: The Tigers were an interesting team after three blowout wins against Southeast Missouri, Kansas and Bowling Green. But the Ole Miss offense was too much for the Memphis defense, finishing with 624 total yards.
Ole Miss: The Rebels have won two straight games for the first time this season. It gives the program some momentum going into a bye week before difficult back-to-back road games against Arkansas and LSU.
ANDERSON TOSSED, GATES SUSPENDED
Ole Miss safety Deontay Anderson was ejected from the game for targeting after a hit on Memphis' Ferguson. Because the play happened in the second half, he'll also miss the first half of the Arkansas game on Oct. 15.
Ole Miss linebacker DeMarquis Gates didn't play on Saturday after being suspended for breaking team rules. Freeze said his status will be updated on a game-by-game basis. Gates came into the game leading the team with 30 tackles.
POLL IMPLICATIONS
Memphis: The Tigers received a few votes in last week's poll after a big win over Bowling Green. That probably won't happen again.
Ole Miss: The Rebels will likely climb a few stops.
UP NEXT
Memphis hosts Temple on Thursday.
Ole Miss has a bye next week. The Rebels play at Arkansas on Oct. 15.

Middle Tennessee's stingy D beats North Texas 30-13

Brent Stockstill passed for 295 yards with a pair of touchdowns and Middle Tennessee's defense clamped down during a 30-13 victory over North Texas on Saturday night.
The win boosts the Blue Raiders to 4-1 (2-0 in Conference USA) for this first time since 2001 when they started 5-0.
After giving up a 17-play drive and an early touchdown, Middle Tennessee's defense held North Texas scoreless on its next nine possessions as Stockstill and Canon Rookerrang up five straight scores to lead 23-7 into the fourth quarter.
Rooker kicked a career-high three field goals and Stockstill went 24-of-45 passing with a pair of touchdowns. The defense forced North Texas (2-3, 1-1) to punt eight times, including six three-and-outs.
Mason Fine ended the drought with a 5-yard pass to Kelvin Smith with 1:57 to play. I'Tavius Smith bounced the Blue Raiders right back with a 46-yard TD after the ensuing onside kick.

Flowers, Mack help USF pull away, beat Cincinnati 45-20

Quentin Flowers and Marlon Mack ran for two touchdowns apiece and Mack became South Florida's career rushing leader as the Bulls scored the final 28 points to beat Cincinnati 45-20 on Saturday night.
Mack finished 118 yards on 20 carries, including a 49-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that moved him past Andre Hall into first on South Florida's career rushing list. Mack, a junior, has 2,755 yards rushing in 28 career games.
Flowers completed 16 of 26 passes for 196 yards and added 74 yards rushing.
Mack's first touchdown, a 4-yard run, gave USF (4-1, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) a 24-20 lead with 1:40 left in the first half.
Flowers scored on a 19-yard run with 4:29 to play in the third quarter and, fewer than 3 minutes later, Johnny Ward returned an interception 11 yards for a touchdown to make it 38-20.
Bearcats' freshman Ross Trail threw for one touchdown and ran for another but threw three interceptions before being replaced by Gunner Kiel after Ward's pick-six. Tion Greene had 98 yards rushing and a touchdown on 12 carries for Cincinnati (3-2, 0-1).
THE TAKEAWAY
South Florida - The Bulls came into the game ranked 24th in the FBS with eight takeaways. They had four more against the Bearcats: three interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Cincinnati - Kiel, who threw 40 combined touchdown passes in 2014 and 2015, completed his first three passes before finishing 3-of-11 passing for 47 yards. Sophomore Hayden Moore started the first three games of the season, throwing for 785 yards with seven TDs and three interceptions, before injuring his ankle in a 40-16 loss to Houston on Sept. 15.
UP NEXT
South Florida - The Bulls host East Carolina in its second conference game October 8 at noon. USF edged East Carolina 22-17 in 2015.
Cincinnati - The Bearcats travel to Connecticut on October 8 for an 11:30 am game. Cincinnati was a 37-13 winner in their last meeting.

Western Michigan beats Central Michigan to remain undefeated

 Zach Terrell threw for three touchdowns and Corey Davis became the Mid-American Conference's all-time leader in career receiving yards as Western Michigan remained undefeated by beating rival Central Michigan 49-10 on Saturday night.
Terrell threw for 170 yards for the Broncos (5-0, 1-0) and Davis had 72 yards with two touchdowns.
Jarvion Franklin - who had 132 yards rushing - ran for two scores in the first half and Terrell threw a scoring pass toMichael Henry to give the Broncos a 21-3 halftime lead. They cruised from there.
Western Michigan receiver Carrington Thompson was hit high late in the second quarter by Central Michigan's Otis Kearny after a 22-yard reception. He was slow to get up, took two steps and collapsed before being helped off the field. He did not return.
Cooper Rush threw for 178 yards and a score for the Chippewas (3-2, 0-1).

Higgins totals 3 TDs, Louisiana Tech tops UTEP 28-7

 Ryan Higgins passed for 191 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 42 yards and another score, and Louisiana Tech beat UTEP 28-7 on Saturday night.
Higgins found Jarred Craft for a 17-yard score midway through the first quarter, then took the ball 22 yards to pay dirt later in the period to give Louisiana Tech (2-3, 1-1 Conference USA) a 14-0 lead.
After scoreless second and third quarters, UTEP (1-4, 0-1) got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard pass from Ryan Metz to Hayden Plinke. Craft went 70 yards two plays later to build Louisiana Tech's lead back to 14, 21-7.
Trent Taylor caught a 9-yard TD pass from Higgins with 1:29 left to round out the scoring.
Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz improved to 7-0 all time vs. UTEP - 4-0 with the Bulldogs, 2-0 at East Carolina and a win in his only game vs. the Miners while at South Florida.

McGough rallies FIU to 33-31 win over FAU

 Alex McGough ran for two touchdowns and passed for another, Austin Taylor kicked the go-ahead field goal and Florida International beat Florida Atlantic 33-31 on Saturday in a game that featured five lead changes.
FAU (1-4, 0-1 Conference USA) led 24-14 after Azeez Al-Shaair intercepted McGough's pass on the first play of the second half and returned it 30 yards for a score.
Anthony Jones replied with a 3-yard TD run to cap FIU's next drive, then McGough's 26-yard TD pass to Thomas Owensmade it 27-24 FIU.
FAU's Devin Singletary scored on a 1-yard run to regain the lead 31-27 for the Owls, but Taylor capped two FIU drives with 37- and 32-yard field goals.
McGough was 15 of 30 for 199 yards passing for FIU (0-4, 1-0).
Gregory Howell Jr. scored on a 68-yard run, Jason Driskel hit Marcus Clark on a 9-yard TD pass and Greg Joseph kicked a career-long 50-yard field goal for the Owls.

Hurts, No. 1 Alabama rout Kentucky 34-6 after rough week

Jalen Hurts threw two third-quarter touchdown passes to Calvin Ridley and Ronnie Harrisonscored on a 55-yard fumble return in No. 1 Alabama's 34-6 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) overcame a week full of potential distractions and a slow start to run away from the Wildcats (2-3, 1-2).
The Hurt and Ridley Show took over the second half, hooking up on scoring passes of 10 and 19 yards and plenty in between. Hurts passed for 262 yards, including 173 in the third quarter.
Ridley gained 174 yards on 11 catches.
Freshman tailback Joshua Jacobs rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown in his first start with Kentucky native Damien Harris playing a limited role after spraining his right ankle last week against Kent State.
The performance came two days after star linebacker Tim Williams' arrest on a misdemeanor charge of carrying a pistol without a permit. Backup quarterback Blake Barnett left the team and withdrew from school this week, too.
None of that mattered much in the final three quarters, though Kentucky did hold a 3-0 lead for half the first quarter.
Hurts couldn't produce any big plays in the passing game until the opening drive of the third quarter. He rolled toward the right sideline and found Ridley wide open for a 46-yard gain. Two plays later, he did the same thing and again Ridley was open - this time in the end zone.
THE TAKEAWAY
Kentucky: The Wildcats scored first but couldn't get anything going offensively, getting outgained 488-161. Stanley "Boom" Williams came in averaging 116 yards a game and finished with 22 yards on nine carries.
Alabama: The defense sparked the Tide when Hurts and the offense were misfiring early in the passing game. Harris logged only two carries and big-play receiver ArDarius Stewart sat out the second straight game with a knee injury.
NON-OFFENSIVE TDS: Rashaan Evans stripped the ball from quarterback Stephen Johnson and Harrison scooped it up and sprinted to the end zone in the second quarter. Alabama leads the nation with five defensive touchdowns and seven non-offensive TDs.
POLL IMPLICATIONS
Alabama could lose some ground at the No. 1 spot with No. 5 Clemson and No. 3 Louisville clashing in a much more meaningful game.
UP NEXT
Kentucky hosts Vanderbilt in a matchup of SEC East teams in need of a win.
Alabama visits No. 20 Arkansas to begin a three-week stretch against ranked teams.