Friday, October 7, 2016

Cox runs for 162, 2 TDs, leads Old Dominion past UMass 36-16

Jeremy Cox ran for a career-high 162 yards and two touchdowns, leading Old Dominion to a 36-16 victory over Massachusetts on Friday night.
The game was moved up from Saturday because of Hurricane Matthew.
Ray Lawry added 88 yards and a touchdown, the 30th of his career, tying Thomas DeMarco for the ODU career record for rushing touchdowns.
David Washington was 20 of 35 for 248 yards. He threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Travis Fulgham in the first quarter, when the Monarchs (4-2) took a 10-0 lead.
Lawry's score came late in the third quarter after UMass (1-5) had made it 22-16 on Andrew Ford's 11-yard TD pass to Andy Isabella.
Cox added his second score in the fourth quarter and Ron Thompson and Shadow Williams had interceptions to seal the win.
Marquis Young had 153 yards and a touchdown for UMass.

Watson and No. 3 Clemson take of care business at BC, 56-10

 Deshaun Watson threw four touchdown passes and helped clear the way for Wayne Gallman's 59-yard scoring run with a block and No. 3 Clemson beat Boston College 56-10 on Friday night.
Clemson (6-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended its conference winning streak to 12 games and its road winning streak to eight, which matches a school record set from 1978-79.
Boston College (3-3, 0-3) lost its 11th consecutive ACC game.
Clemson broke three plays of at least 50 yards in the first quarter, two for touchdowns and another that set up a score. Watson picked off a defender on the edge to help spring Gallman for the game's first touchdown. Watson's 59-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Leggett made it 21-0 late in the first half. That was all the Tigers needed.
TAKEAWAY
Clemson: Hard to expect an A-plus effort from the Tigers, who were coming off a draining, dramatic victory against Louisville and traveled north on short rest. There were plenty of Clemson fans in the sellout crowd of 44,500, but not much intensity in Alumni Stadium. Still, the Tigers took care of business and seemed to come out of the game healthy.
Boston College: The Eagles just can't match-up against this level of opposition. BC's best first-half drive covered 80 yards and got inside the Clemson 1. Twice on fourth-and-goal, quarterback Patrick Towles fumbled the snap because center Jim Cashman was knocked into the backfield by Tigers tackle Scott Pagano. The first one was wiped out by an offside penalty by Clemson, so Pagano did it again.
HOMECOMING
Clemson star defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, from Springfield, Massachusetts, had four tackles, two for loss, including a sack, in his first college game in his home state.
UP NEXT
Clemson: The Tigers return home to face North Carolina State on Oct. 15.
Boston College: If the Eagles are going to break the ACC losing streak, the next game could be their best opportunity. Boston College hosts Syracuse on Oct. 22 in a matchup of one team that can't play offense (BC) and another that can't play defense (Syracuse).

Cardinals capitalize on 49ers mistakes to win 33-21

 With Carson Palmer sidelined by a concussion, the one-win Arizona Cardinals turned to Larry FitzgeraldDavid Johnson and an opportunistic defense for a much-needed victory.
Drew Stanton threw two touchdown passes to Fitzgerald in the quarterback's first start in two years, Johnson ran for two scores and the Cardinals capitalized on San Francisco mistakes to beat the 49ers 33-21 on Thursday night.
"We were a hungry team, a team that knows that we dug a hole for ourselves and we had to win this game," coach Bruce Arians said.
The Cardinals (2-3) got 17 points off three turnovers by the 49ers (1-4) - two interceptions by Blaine Gabbert and a fumbled kickoff return by Chris Davis - and also had one drive extended by a running-into-the-kicker penalty.
Those three scoring drives totaled just 41 yards, but proved to be enough to beat the sloppy 49ers as the Cardinals survived a week with without Palmer out with a concussion.
"I don't think anybody played well on offense. Nobody," Niners coach Chip Kelly said. "I don't think we protected well enough, I don't think we threw it well enough and we had too many drops and two interceptions."
Stanton didn't produce much, going 11 for 27 for 124 yards. But Arizona didn't turn the ball over and got 157 yards rushing from Johnson to get the win. Johnson added 28 yards receiving, and Fitzgerald caught six passes for 81 yards as that duo combined to gain 266 of the team's 288 yards from scrimmage.
The defense did the rest with the two interceptions and seven sacks.
"We've been saying all week it just starts with one. Just get one win and try to stack them," defensive linemanCalais Campbell said. "We've been a team in the past that can rip off a bunch of them. ... Now we have to figure out what we can do to keep that ball rolling."
QUICK TURNAROUND: The game changed in a span of less than 4 minutes starting late in the second quarter. Campbell's interception of a deflected pass set up Arizona's first score on a 21-yard pass from Stanton to Fitzgerald with 1:40 left in the half. Davis' fumble of the second-half kickoff then set up Johnson's 4-yard run that put Arizona up for good.
"We got the momentum going," Stanton said. "Unfortunately, I think, it's one of those things as an offense you're waiting to make a play, and got that spark from the defense. Then to come out in the second half and get the ball right there was huge."
WE WANT KAP: There were several thousand empty seats at the game but the fans who did show up were frustrated by what they saw. At one point in the third quarter, a chant of "We want Kap! We want Kap!" started up as fans wanted to give former starter Colin Kaepernick a shot at quarterback. Gabbert responded by leading an 82-yard TD drive fueled in part by his 24-yard run .
The chants started again after Gabbert threw his second interception .
Gabbert finished 18 for 31 for 162 yards and Kelly would not address whether it was time to make a quarterback change.
"We're 1-4. We're going to look at everything," he said. "We have to make sure we're giving our team the best chance to go out and win."
FAVORITE TARGET: Jeremy Kerley, acquired two weeks before the start of the season in a trade with Detroit, has quickly established himself as Gabbert's most trusted receiver. After nine straight punts to open the game, Gabbert completed four passes for 63 yards on one drive in the second quarter, capped by a 9-yard TD pass to Kerley .
PUNT PARTY: The first quarter featured six drives, six punts, zero points and only five completed passes as both offenses struggled mightily. Gabbert and Stanton missed open receivers, had other throws dropped and neither offense could generate much of anything.
SACK PARTY: Markus Golden and Campbell each had two of Arizona's seven sacks as the Cardinals put constant pressure on Gabbert. Pass protection had been one of the few positives on offense for the 49ers, who had allowed just three sacks the first four games.

Memphis rallies with 27 straight, beats Temple 34-27

 Tony Pollard returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to help Memphis hold a fourth-quarter lead and Chauncey Lanier's interception with 18 second left sealed the Tigers' 34-27 victory over Temple on Thursday night.
Memphis (4-1, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) scored 27 straight after trailing 13-0 in the second quarter. Jack Elliot made a pair of field goals, Doroland Dorceus had a 71-yard TD run and Genard Avery returned an interception for a score less than a minute later that gave the Tigers the lead for good at 20-13. Darrell Henderson added a 28-yard touchdown run with 8:14 left in the game.
Temple (3-3, 1-1) quickly answered on Phillip Walker's 61-yard TD pass to Jahad Thomas to make it 27-20 with 6:47 left.
Pollard scored on the ensuing kickoff return and the Owls again pulled within a touchdown when Walker and Thomas connected for a 9-yard strike with 3:49 left.
Pollard had Memphis' first kickoff return for a touchdown since 1996.

Higgins, Louisiana Tech hold off Western Kentucky 55-52

 Ryan Higgins passed for 454 yards and five touchdowns and Louisiana Tech held off Western Kentucky 55-52 on Thursday night.
Louisiana Tech (5-5, 2-1 Conference USA) led 49-24 in the middle of the third quarter and Jonathan Barnes' career-long 54-yard field goal with 11 minutes left in the game proved enough to withstand Western Kentucky's rally.
Mike White rallied the Hilltoppers (3-3, 1-1) with TD passes of 31, 8 and 11 yards that made it 55-45 with 7:24 left.
Shaquille Johnson blocked a punt and Kylen Townerrecovered and scored to pull WKU within three with 5:02 left. The Hilltoppers forced a punt, but Louisiana Tech's Aaron Brown strip-sacked White on the next play to secure the win.
Carlos Henderson had eight catches for 232 yards and three touchdowns for Louisiana Tech. White had 340 yards and five touchdowns passing for Western Kentucky.

Arkansas State overcomes 5 turnovers, beats Georgia Southern

 Omar Bayless caught an 8-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone with 9 seconds left and Arkansas State overcame five turnovers to beat Georgia Southern 27-26 on Wednesday night.
Down 26-20 with 2:41 remaining, Arkansas State (1-4, 1-0 Sun Belt) went on a 13-play, 70-yard drive - kept alive byJustice Hansen's 18-yard scramble on fourth-and 16. Hansen also completed a 29-yard back-shoulder pass to Kendall Sanders with 18 seconds left and connected with Bayless on a fade route for the winner.
Arkansas State, which turned it over seven times in its last two games, fumbled on its first three drives. Georgia Southern (3-2, 2-1) recovered two of them and Joshua Moon intercepted a tipped pass later in the first quarter. In the fourth, Cam Echols-Luper muffed a long punt and Hansen threw his second interception.
Hansen was 16 of 27 for 182 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for Arkansas State.
Georgia Southern scored on its first two possession of the second half to take a 23-10 lead. Younghoe Kookicked a 24-yard field goal, and Myles Campbell caught a short pass, broke a tackle and outran the defense for a 63-yard touchdown. But the Eagles were held to just three fourth-quarter points.
It was the first meeting between the teams since Georgia Southern's victory in the 1986 NCAA Division I-AA national championship game.