Saturday, October 15, 2016

McGough's 3 TDs help FIU rally to beat Charlotte 27-26

Alex McGough accounted for three touchdowns, including a 9-yard scoring pass to Jonnu Smithwith 1:05 to play, and Florida International beat Charlotte 27-26 on Saturday night for its third win in a row.
McGough completed 26 of 42 passes for 315 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and added a 19-yard scoring run in the first quarter.
Stephen Muscarello kicked a 32-yard field goal with 7:12 left to give Charlotte (2-5, 1-2 Conference USA) a 26-13 lead. But FIU responded with a seven-play, 75-yard drive - capped by McGough's 15-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Branisel fewer than 3 minutes later.
The Golden Panthers (3-4, 3-0) forced a punt, and a personal foul on the return gave them the ball at the Charlotte 45. After McGough hit Thomas Owens for 21 yards on first down, the 49ers were called for pass interference, setting up Smith's go-ahead TD grab.
Charlotte drove to the FIU 32, but Blake Brewer's 49-yard field goal attempt fell short with five seconds remaining.
After Robert Washington's 3-yard touchdown run gave the 49ers a 23-13 lead early in the fourth quarter, FIU blocked the PAT.

Williams returns, and powers No. 21 Utah past Beavers 19-14

 Joe Williams got the call Monday. Would he consider coming back to the Utes?
"It was a quick yes," the running back said.
With just a week of practice, Williams came out of retirement and ran for 179 yards and a touchdown for No. 21 Utah on Saturday in a rain-soaked 19-14 victory over Oregon State.
The senior who left the team following the second game of the season finished with 34 carries and the Utes (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) became bowl eligible with the victory.
"It's like riding a bike," he smiled.
Trailing 12-7, Oregon State (2-4, 1-2) got as close as the Utah 9 with 8:25 left in the game, but couldn't score andGarrett Owens' 27-yard field goal attempt went wide left.
After quarterback Troy Williams ran for an 8-yard touchdown to extend Utah's lead, the Beavers scored on Marcus McMaryion's 14-yard pass to Hunter Jarmon for the final margin. But ultimately Oregon State couldn't overcome its first-half struggles.
The game was costly for Oregon State. Starting quarterback Darell Garretson (ankle) and backup Conor Blount(knee) were both on crutches following the game. Running back Ryan Nall (foot) left the game after one carry.
"Yeah, we're down a few guys, but that's another reason I'm proud of this group," Oregon State coach Gary Andersen said. "They kept on fighting."
Joe Williams' return to practice this week was spurred by a spate of injuries to Utah's running backs corps - a concern because the wild weather expected for the game would undoubtedly impact the passing game.
Utah had lost sophomore running back Armand Shyne for the season during a 36-23 victory over Arizona last Saturday. Junior Jordan Howard made his debut at running back following Shyne's injury, but he was able to play against Oregon State, presumably because of injury. Junior Troy McCormick and freshman Zack Mosswere also unavailable.
In addition to pulling Joe Williams out of retirement, the Utes switched wide receiver Cory Butler-Boyd to running back this week.
"It was great to have him back, it was a huge blessing for us," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said about Williams. "It was nice to have an experienced guy like Joe back in the lineup."
Oregon State started Nall, who was seen in a boot earlier this week. But after a carry for 32 yards in the opening quarter, he did not return. Nall rushed for 221 yards and three touchdowns last week in Oregon State's 47-44 overtime victory over Cal.
Following Joe Williams' touchdown, the Utes also scored on a safety and Andy Phillips kicked a 25-yard goal to take a 12-0 lead into halftime.
Oregon State closed the gap with an 18-yard touchdown run from Artavis Pierce, but Owens missed a 51-yard field goal attempt midway through the third quarter that would have gotten the Beavers closer.
THE TAKEAWAY
Utah: Safety Chase Hansen had an interception a sack and two tackles for loss - all in the first quarter. ... Troy Williams was impacted by the weather, completing just four of 13 passes for 42 yards.
Oregon State: After a sloppy first half that included just 55 offensive yards, the Beavers exploded for 107 yards in the third quarter as they narrowed the game. ... Garretson completed just four of 20 passes for 24 yards before he was injured in the fourth quarter.
POLL IMPLICATIONS
Utah became bowl eligible with the victory, and should hold steady in Sunday's AP Top 25. The Utes were tied at the top of the Pac-12 South with Arizona State and Colorado going into the game, with the Sun Devils facing the Buffaloes on Saturday night in Colorado.
BLAME IT ON THE RAIN
The rough weather was caused by the remnants of a Pacific typhoon and led to widespread power outages in Western Oregon. The crowd for the game was meager, with many wearing orange rain ponchos, but they cheered when the sun briefly came out in the second quarter and "Walking on Sunshine" blared from the Reser Stadium PA system.
QUOTABLE: "Our O-line was blocking something vicious," said Butler-Boyd, who finished with 54 yards rushing.
UP NEXT
Utah: The Utes play a second straight game on the road at UCLA, which played at Washington State on Saturday night.
Oregon State: The Beavers visit No. 5 Washington, which had a bye this week. The Huskies are coming off a 70-21 rout of Oregon last weekend.

No. 18 Florida gets 2 defensive scores, beats Missouri 40-14

Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilsonreturned interceptions for touchdowns, helping No. 18 Florida beat Missouri 40-14 on Saturday and move into first place in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division.
The cornerback tandem provided nearly as many highlights as either offense and seemingly saved the Gators (5-1, 3-1) from a fourth homecoming loss in the last seven years.
"Anytime you get a defensive score or a non-offensive score, it's a momentum shift for the whole team," Tabor said. "I felt like I did that for my team today."
Tabor, widely considered a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, squatted on a short pass by Drew Lock and went untouched for a 39-yard score in the second quarter. It was Tabor's second Pick Six in as many years against the Tigers (2-4, 0-3). Not to be outdone, Wilson stepped in front of Sean Culkin on the ensuing possession, picked off Lock's pass and went 78 yards the other way for his first career touchdown.
"When you've got two great corners like that, they've got to pick one side of the field," Gators coach Jim McElwain said. "It's like pick your poison. Where you going to go with it?"
Florida, at least early, looked like it might need both of them on a rainy day in the Swamp.
Playing for the first time in a month, Luke Del Rio threw three interceptions in his return from a sprained left knee. And the Gators were flagged for eight false starts.
"Knee felt great," Del Rio said. "Brett Favre said it: Playing injured or hurt is not an excuse for playing poorly. The knee didn't affect me at all. It was just bad decisions, bad throws."
Florida's defense once again bailed out a less-than-sharp offense, which has become an all-too-often occurrence in Gainesville.
Missouri went three-and-out on its first six possessions, Lock threw for a meager 39 yards and the offense notched just 16 first downs. The result was a ninth consecutive conference loss for the Tigers.
"I didn't play good," Lock said. "I didn't play well enough for us to win this football game or even move the ball. In my mind, I played extremely bad today. I was disappointed."
Mizzou's latest loss came after an off week in which coach Barry Odom retooled his defense in hopes of better results. The Tigers allowed 418 yards rushing in a 42-7 loss at LSU two weeks ago.
Florida finished with 523 yards.
"They took advantage of mistakes we made, and that's what good teams do," Odum said.
Del Rio completed 18 of 38 passes for 236 yards and a TD pass freshman Tyrie ClevelandJordan Scarletthad 101 yards rushing. Lamical Perine added 106 on the ground.
Tabor and Wilson, though, will share the spotlight after this win.
"It's like a domino effect with those guys," Florida defensive tackle CeCe Jefferson said. "If one gets one, the other's guaranteed to get one. That was big, man. That was big. It definitely changed the momentum of the game. We were definitely rolling from there."
THE TAKEAWAY
Missouri: The Tigers will surely face more questions about an inept offense and a run-porous defense that has struggled to adjust to a new scheme.
Florida: Despite losing to rival Tennessee last month, the Gators now control their fate in the SEC East. But to win the division for the second consecutive year, Florida probably will need to beat Georgia, Arkansas, South Carolina and LSU in consecutive weeks down the stretch.
POLL IMPLICATIONS
Florida should move up a few spots in the next AP poll . The Gators topped 500 yards for the second time this season and would have enjoyed an even easier time had it not been for four turnovers.
UP NEXT
Missouri: Hosts Middle Tennessee next Saturday. The Tigers won the only other meeting, 41-40 in overtime in 2003.
Florida: Gets another off week before playing rival Georgia in nearby Jacksonville. The Gators have won 20 of the last 26 in the series.

Eric Dungey leads Syracuse past No. 17 Virginia Tech, 31-17

Eric Dungey rode off the field on celebrating fans' shoulders after Syracuse knocked off No. 17 Virginia Tech 31-17 on Saturday for its first victory over a ranked opponent since 2012.
Dungey accounted for 417 yards and two touchdowns to help the Orange beat the Hokies 31-17 on Saturday. Syracuse had lost 12 straight games against ranked opponents by an average of more than 20 points since a topping then-No. 9 Louisville in 2012.
"You can't explain it. It's unbelievable," Syracuse coach Dino Babers said. "Anytime you're trying to rebuild a program, you need that one signature win. ... To get this game right now, at this time, at this moment - this is big."
Dungey passed for 311 yards and ran for a career-high 106. He scored on a 1-yard sneak to give the Orange (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 24-17 lead with 7:56 to go, and hit Erv Phillips on a 58-yard scoring play in the first quarter. Syracuse shredded Virginia Tech's third-ranked defense for 561 yards.
"Coach Lewis (co-offensive coordinator Sean) and Coach Babers did a great job all week breaking them (Virginia Tech) down," Dungey said. "They helped us prepare to put us in the situation we were in today."
The Hokies were coming off a 34-3 victory at North Carolina.
"We played hard. We weren't as sharp at a couple of positions, but we'll look at that," coach Justin Fuente said. I think you have to give Syracuse credit. They played really well. They played very hard and played inspired football. That's what these guys do. They've been putting points up on everybody."
Held to their lowest offensive output of the season, the Hokies (4-2, 2-1) tied it at 17 with 13:53 to go on Jerod Evans' 10-yard pass to Bucky Hodges and a 2-point conversion catch by Chris Cunningham.
"We've had some trouble before (in the fourth quarter) but the crowd was really behind us," Strickland said.
The Orange had 347 yards of offense in the first half, 221 in the second quarter. The Hokies, ranked second nationally and first in the ACC in pass defense at 132.2 yards a game, yielded 310 yards passing in the first 30 minutes and 405 overall.
"Before the game we felt like we needed to come out with a chip on our shoulder," said running back Dontae Strickland, who connected with Brisly Estime for an 84-yard touchdown. "Even though we were the underdogs, we did that from the jump and you saw what happened. A lot of people doubted us about this game."
The Orange defense had its best half of the season, limiting the Hokies to Joey Slye's 36-yard field goal.
The Orange scored on their sixth play of the game, the 58-yard pass play from Dungey to Philips. On the second play of the second quarter, the Orange used a bit of trickery for their second score. Dungey flipped to Strickland, who threw a perfect strike to Estime for the 84-yard touchdown play and a 14-3 lead. Cole Murphy's 51-yard field gave the Orange a 17-3 halftime lead.
"I think we needed a win like this just to give us some momentum," Phillips said. "A win like this against a ranked opponent gives us a lot of confidence."
The Hokies had Evans' 17-yard touchdown run in the first half nullified by a holding penalty, and Slye then missed a 45-yard field goal. Syracuse defensive back Rodney Williams intercepted Evans' pass from the Syracuse 7 in the end zone, killing a drive, and Evans fumbled with 4:08 to go.
"Those were big momentum plays that changed the momentum," Fuente said. "The interception in the end zone was a big game-changer. We had everything going our way but they stepped up and made a great play."
SITTING OUT:
Syracuse starting defensive end Kendall Coleman sat out the first half as the result of a targeting penalty against Wake Forest a week ago. Coleman, a true freshman who had started every game, was penalized for targeting quarterback John Wolford in the fourth quarter of a 28-9 loss.
POLL IMPLICATIONS:
Virginia Tech will plummet after the upset loss, possibly out of the Top 25 poll.
THE TAKEAWAY:
Virginia Tech: The Hokies had only allowed 661 yards through the air in their first five games. Syracuse had 405. Virginia Tech had only allowed 20 points combined in its previous three games. The Hokies averaged 39.4 points entering the game.
Syracuse: Three Syracuse players completed passes in the first half: Dungey, Strickland and Estime. Dungey was not sacked in the first half but was knocked out of the game for one play on a hit by free safety Mook ReynoldsZack Mahoney replaced him. Philips had 11 receptions, Estime eight, Steven Ishmael six and Etta-Tawo five.
UP NEXT:
Virginia Tech: The Hokies host Miami on Thursday night.
Syracuse: The Orange travel to Boston College next Saturday.

No. 24 Western Michigan shuts out Zips 41-0

Javarion Franklin and Zach Terrell made sure one of the biggest weeks in the 100-year history of the Western Michigan football ended on a high note.
Franklin, a junior running back, rushed for a school-record 281 yards and quarterback Terrell threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as No. 24 Western Michigan - ranked in the Top 25 this week for the first time in school history - shut out Akron 41-0 on Saturday.
Corey Davis caught two touchdown passes to add to his career school record, finishing with eight catches for 63 yards. The Broncos (7-0, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) had 585 yards of offense.
"It was an incredible credit to our players," Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck said. "They played possessed. They executed the game plan perfectly."
Franklin, whose previous career-high rushing game was 211 yards against Idaho two seasons ago, ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Terrell was 21 for 31 for 207 yards.
"By the time the fourth quarter started, I really had no idea I had a lot of yards," Franklin said. "Jamauri (Bogan) kept saying something about 200 but I thought he was lying, so I'm like, `hey, whatever.' I just go out there and move the chains."
Western Michigan held Akron (4-3, 2-1) to 283 yards of offense and snuffed out their biggest threat in the second quarter when quarterback Tra'Von Chapman was intercepted by Broncos linebacker Casey Carson at the WMU 3-yard line.
Chapman, subbing for injured starter Thomas Woodson for the third straight game, was 13 for 31 for 153 yards and was intercepted twice.
THE TAKEAWAY
Western Michigan: The strong season continues for the Broncos. They looked efficient on most of their offensive drives and shut down the Zips. Every win makes coach P.J. Fleck more attractive to the Power Five teams expected to have coaching vacancies after the season.
Akron: The Zips suffered their first MAC loss, but they're still likely to compete for the East Division crown. That means they could see WMU again in the conference championship game.
"Every now and then, you just get beat," Akron coach Terry Bowden said. "Tonight, we just got beat on offense and on defense. Western Michigan just took it to us, and we didn't have any answers."
POLL IMPLICATIONS
Not many people saw Western Michigan roll over the Zips. But the score was decisive enough for the Broncos to hold their No. 24 spot or even move up.
GIVING IT UP
Western Michigan became the last FBS team in the nation to commit a turnover when Akron defensive endDaumantas Venckus recovered a Davon Tucker fumble at the Akron 14 in the second quarter. WMU's Terrell had thrown an interception deep in Akron territory in the first quarter, but a defensive holding call nullified the play. Akron intercepted Terrell for real in the fourth quarter.
WORKING ON A DREAM
Western Michigan is 7-0 for the first time since 1941, when it finished the season 8-0. The Broncos haven't won the conference since 1988, when they went 7-1 in the MAC and 9-3 overall. They were 1-13 in 2013 - Fleck's first season - before going 8-5 the past two years.
THAT'S NOT VERY NICE
A motivating technique for the Akron players Saturday was a pregame burning of an oar - designed to make light of Fleck's "Row the Boat" mantra, which is supposed to symbolize a group of people working in unison for a common goal. Fleck, who came up with the mantra after losing an infant son shortly after birth a few years ago, didn't like it.
"It's not very classy, in my opinion," Fleck said after the game. "We're not into revenge. I do believe in righteousness....Very simple, I think it's just two different cultures."
ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM
One of the biggest cheers from the sparse crowd at InfoCision Stadium came in the second quarter when the PA announcer informed the crowd that the Cleveland Indians had taken the lead in the American League Championship Series being played about 40 miles away at Progressive Field. The Indians took a 2-0 lead over Toronto.
UP NEXT
Western Michigan: The Broncos return home to play Eastern Michigan.
Akron: The Zips travel to face Ball State.

Silvers has late TD tosses, Troy holds off Georgia St. 31-21

 Brandon Silvers threw two touchdown tosses in the fourth quarter as Troy held off Georgia State 31-21 in Sun Belt Conference play on Saturday.
Georgia State scored to close within 10 and was driving midway through the final quarter when Junior Gnonkondesacked Conner Manning, causing a fumble. Troy's Baron Poole fell on the loose ball to stop the Panthers.
Silvers threw for 235 yards with one interception. Deondre Douglas grabbed six passes for 97 yards and one touchdown and Jordan Chunn rushed for 91 yards and a score.
Troy (5-1 3-0 Sun Belt), which opened conference play 3-0 for the first time since 2010, was trailing 14-6 midway in the third quarter. The Trojans pulled away to a 31-14 lead with 9:14 left in the game.
Manning hit Ari Werts on a 14-yard scoring play to close the gap before the Troy defense stopped Georgia State (1-5, 1-2).

Toledo rallies past Bowling Green 42-35, unbeaten in MAC

 Kareem Hunt scored from the 3 with 18 seconds left to play as Toledo snapped a late tie and rallied past Bowling Green 42-35 in a Mid-American Conference showdown on Saturday.
The win lifts the Rockets to 5-1, 2-0 MAC as the teams packed 42 points into the game's final 15:02. Hunt gained 99 yards on 25 carries.
Bowling Green (1-6, 0-3) scored consecutive touchdowns in the waning minutes to tie, 35-35 when James Morgan foundMarquis Zimmerman from the 20 and then Teo Redding from the 18.
Corey Jones scored on a 64-yard reception from Logan Woodside to boost Toledo's lead to 27-14 with two seconds left in the third. The teams traded TD passes to start the final period until Morgan forged the tie with TDs 3:40 apart. The freshman threw for 335 yards with five TDs and made Bowling Green history with his third-straight game of 250-yards passing or better.

Central Michigan tops Northern Illinois in triple OT

 Cooper Rush connected with Tyler Conklinfor a 25-yard touchdown pass on the first play of triple overtime, sending Central Michigan to a 34-28 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday.
Northern Illinois had the first possession in triple overtime, but Christian Hagan's 34-yard field goal attempt was blocked. On the next play, Conklin released up the seam and used his outstretched arms to haul in the game-winning grab.
Central Michigan (5-2, 2-1 Mid-American) had a chance to win it in regulation, but Brian Eavey's 33-yard attempt with 16 seconds remaining missed wide left. He also missed a potential game-winner in the first overtime - wide left again - this time from 35 yards out.
Rush's 25-yard pass to Corey Willis put CMU up 28-21 in double OT. NIU (1-6, 1-2) answered with a 13-yard strike from Anthony Maddie to Joel Bouagnon one play after converting on fourth down.
Devon Spalding and Jahray Hayes each ran for over 100 yards and a touchdown for the Chippewas.

Henderson's 326 yards receiving, 5 TDs lift Louisiana Tech

Ryan Higgins and wide receiverCarlos Henderson connected 12 times for 326 yards and five touchdowns, and Louisiana Tech beat UMass 56-28 on Saturday in their first all-time meeting.
It was the second most receiving yards for a single game in program history - trailing Troy Edwards' 405-yard performance in 1998. Henderson's scoring plays were from 50, 42, 5, 83 and 6 yards out.
Higgins went 26 of 33 for 484 yards and five touchdowns for his fourth 400-plus game this season for Louisiana Tech (4-3). The Bulldogs came in ranked fifth nationally in passing at 365 yards per game and totaled 690 yards against the Minutemen. Higgins entered with 181 consecutive passes without an interception but he threw a pick with 9:08 left in the third quarter. He sat out the final 7:14 of the game.
Higgins is 59 of 78 for 938 yards and 10 touchdowns in his last two games. Henderson has 20 catches and 558 yards over the same span.
Andrew Ford was 29-of-40 passing for 268 yards and three touchdowns for UMass (1-6).

North Carolina knocks off No. 16 Miami, 20-13

 Mitch Trubisky threw two touchdown passes, Malik Carney forced a turnover with 1:31 left to thwart Miami's last chance at a rally and North Carolina knocked off the 16th-ranked Hurricanes 20-13 on Saturday.
Ryan Switzer and Austin Proehl had scoring catches for the Tar Heels (5-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Bug Howardhad 10 catches for 156 yards for North Carolina, which rebounded in a big way from last weekend's blowout loss against Virginia Tech.
Trubisky completed 33 of 46 passes for 299 yards.
Mark Walton rushed for 82 yards and Joe Yearby ran for 74 more and a touchdown for Miami (4-2, 1-2), which lost its second straight game after last week's 20-19 loss to Florida State.
Brad Kaaya completed 16 of 31 passes for 224 yards for Miami, but he was hit by a blitzing Carney and lost the ball late in the game to send fans streaming for the exits. North Carolina took over and ran out the clock, sealing the deal when Elijah Hood rumbled 13 yards for a first down with 1:02 left - the 14th conversion in 23 third-down opportunities for the Tar Heels.
Miami's 2001 team - the last to win a national title for the Hurricanes and arguably one of the best college teams ever assembled - was honored at halftime, with coach Larry Coker running out of the traditional smoke first and followed by players who trotted from one of the end zones.
They got some cheers, though considering they took the field with Miami down 20-3, the reception was muted.
Among the first-half lowlights: Miami's Malcolm Lewis caught the opening kickoff and immediately went out of bounds at the 3-yard line, and Michael Badgley had a kick blocked for the second straight week - a field goal at the same end that his potentially game-tying extra-point was knocked away by Florida State late in last week's loss.
It was 10-0 North Carolina after one quarter, and Switzer made it 20-3 when he hauled in a 1-yard pass with 18 seconds left before halftime.
THE TAKEAWAY
North Carolina: The Tar Heels were flagged for false starts seven times. ... Switzer had a very strange stat line: 9 catches, 17 yards. But it was a historic line. The nine catches made him North Carolina's record-holder for career receptions with 206, passing Quinshad Davis.
Miami: Injuries are now a huge problem for Miami, which wasn't particularly deep to start the season. Defensive linemen Chad Thomas and Demetrius Jackson were knocked out of the game with injuries, and linebacker Michael Pinckey was shaken up twice - but returned both times. The Hurricanes' defense was so depleted that some players not even on the two-deep saw action in the second half.
POLL IMPLICATIONS
It's hard to envision Miami remaining in the AP Top 25 after two straight losses, meaning the Hurricanes would go from No. 10 to unranked in two weeks - the first time since 1968 that the program would go from top 10 to out so rapidly. North Carolina is likely to return to the poll for the second time this month and third time this season.
UP NEXT
North Carolina: The Tar Heels resume their Coastal stretch, going to Virginia next Saturday.
Miami: The Hurricanes play at Virginia Tech on Thursday night.

Gilbert's 264 yards keys Ball State's 31-21 win over Buffalo

 James Gilbert ran for 264 yards and two touchdowns, including a tie-breaking 80-yarder, to lead Ball State to a 31-21 win over Buffalo on Saturday.
Gilbert carried the ball 34 times on his way to the second-best day in Cardinals' history, just behind the 301 yards of MiQuale Lewis in 2009.
Late in the third quarter, Gilbert went off tackle and found a seam to the right sideline for a score that made it 21-14. The sophomore had scored on the opening drive for the Cardinals (4-3, 1-2 Mid-American) but Tyree Jackson had a pair of touchdown passes that gave the Bulls (1-5, 0-2) a 14-7 lead at the half.
Ball State quarterback Riley Neal tied the game midway through the third with a 9-yard run and he added another score on a 7-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
Jackson was 28 of 46 for 306 yards, all career-highs, and added a third TD pass in the fourth quarter.
Ball State finished with 568 yards, 356 on the ground, and Buffalo had 459 yards.

Gipson shines in Dallas return as UNM tops Air Force 45-40

Teriyon Gipson rushed for 140 yards with a touchdown and caught a pass for another score, leading New Mexico to a 45-40 victory over Air Force on Saturday.
Playing at the historic Cotton Bowl not far from his Dallas high school, Gipson ran 60 yards down the sideline on an option pitch to give the Lobos (3-3, 2-1 Mountain West) a 14-3 lead in the first quarter. New Mexico never trailed.
Nate Romine threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns for the Falcons (4-2, 1-2), who lost their second straight since a victory over service academy rival Navy.
The neutral site game at the Texas state fair featured teams with a combined 51 players from the Lone Star State, including 17 starters.
New Mexico's nation-leading rushing offense had 373 yards against an Air Force defense that was No. 2 nationally against the run and had allowed 401 yards all season coming in.
The teams combined for 974 yards - 443 for New Mexico and 531 for Air Force - and eight scoring drives of 70-plus yards.
But both defenses stiffened in the fourth quarter, when the Lobos had just 10 yards rushing and punted four times. Romine was sacked three times after halftime, and Air Force stalled twice in the final 3 1/2 minutes when trailing by five.
Lamar Jordan had a career-high two touchdown passes for the ground-oriented Lobos. After a 12-yarder to Gipson midway through the second quarter, he floated one to a wide-open Q' Drennan for a 45-yard score . It was one of the nine plays of 30-plus yards in the game.
Jalen Robinette had his third straight 100-yard receiving game for the Falcons, finishing with 169 yards and a 53-yard score .
Tyrone Owens had a career-high 126 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Lobos, who got two rushing TDs from Richard McQuarley.
THE TAKEAWAY
New Mexico: The Lobos bounced back strong from a blowout loss to No. 15 Boise State and might have taken a big step toward a second straight bowl season under fifth-year coach Bob Davie.
Air Force: The Falcons might have been thinking about making a run for the Top 25 after improving to 4-0 with a win over Navy, which handed No. 13 Houston its first loss a week later. But consecutive Mountain West losses have changed their outlook.
UP NEXT
New Mexico: Home against Louisiana-Monroe next Saturday.
Air Force: Home against Hawaii next Saturday.

No. 10 Nebraska hangs on for 27-22 victory at Indiana

Terrell Newby ran for one score andTommy Armstrong Jr. hooked up with Stanley Morgan Jr. on a 72-yard touchdown pass with 9:57 left to play, helping No. 10 Nebraska hold off Indiana 27-22 on Saturday.
The 10th-ranked Cornhuskers (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) won their seventh straight game overall and their fifth in a row in this series, last played in 1978. It's also the first time since 2001 that Nebraska has won its first six.
But the improving Hoosiers (3-3, 1-2) sure didn't make it easy as it tried to beat its first top 10 team since 1987.
After unveiling new uniforms that incorporated Indiana's trademark candy stripes on their shoulders and a script Indiana on the pants, in hopes of changing course, it didn't quite work.
Nebraska opened the game by driving for a field goal then got Newby's 4-yard TD run and Chris Jones' 33-yard interception return for a score in a 14-second span to make it 17-0. The Hoosiers answered with the next 15 points, finally getting into the end zone on the final play of the third quarter, a 33-yard TD run from Devine Redding on a fake reverse.
Nebraska took advantage when Indiana's two safeties ran into one another, allowing Morgan to turn about a 20-yard gain into a 72-yard TD.
Five plays later, Redding scored on a 4-yard TD catch that made it 24-22 with 8:26 to go.
The Cornhuskers closed it out by using all but 45 seconds of the remaining time while surviving a near-fumble from Newby 2:06 left. The officials ruled Newby was down when the ball came out and it was not overturned by replay review and they got a 39-yard field goal.
THE TAKEAWAYS
Nebraska: The 'Huskers could start to lock up the Big Ten West over the next two weeks. Nebraska is the only unbeaten team left on that side of the conference standings, and No. 8 Wisconsin comes to town in two weeks. A win there - or a loss by the Badgers before then - would make Nebraska a clear favorite to book a trip to December's Big Ten championship game.
Indiana: The Hoosiers are in solid shape heading into an easier second half. They've already upset one ranked team, seriously challenged two more and their usually maligned defense has proven it can hold up. That bodes well for the Hoosiers, who need three wins to become bowl eligible for a second straight season for the first time in a quarter century.
UP NEXT
Nebraska: Now the Cornhuskers head back to Lincoln with something to prove against Purdue. A year ago, the Boilermakers stunned Nebraska. But after Iowa's 49-35 victory, the Boilermakers are reeling and Nebraska needs to keep its momentum rolling before facing No. 8 Wisconsin and No. 2 Ohio State after Purdue.
Indiana: After finishing a brutal stretch against three straight Top 20 foes, the Hoosiers visit a Northwestern team that has underperformed. For the Hoosiers, it's a chance to get back on the right track with two more winnable games after Northwestern.

No. 1 Alabama trounces No. 9 Tennessee in 49-10 runaway

 Jalen Hurts and Bo Scarbrougheach rushed for over 100 yards Saturday and No. 1 Alabama again got points from its defense and special teams in a 49-10 blowout of No. 9 Tennessee.
Alabama (7-0, 4-0 SEC) earned its 19th straight victory overall and its 10th consecutive win in this annual series. Tennessee (5-2, 2-2) has lost its last 13 games against Southeastern Conference Western Division schools.
It was the most lopsided victory by either team in this rivalry since a 51-0 Alabama victory in 1906.
Hurts, the Crimson Tide's freshman quarterback, ran for 132 yards and three touchdowns as Alabama outrushed Tennessee 438-32. Scarborough rushed for 109 yards on just five carries, including an 85-yard touchdown.
Alabama posted its highest single-game rushing total since running for 457 yards in a 56-28 victory over Tennessee in 1986.
The Tide also scored on Ronnie Williams' 58-yard interception return and Eddie Jackson's 79-yard punt return. Alabama has 11 non-offensive touchdowns this season, including eight from its defense. The Tide entered the day leading all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in both categories.
Tennessee had erased double-digit deficits in five of its first six games - including a 45-38 loss at Texas A&M last week in which it forced overtime after trailing 28-7 - but the Volunteers couldn't deliver a similar comeback this time.
Alabama was too good and Tennessee was too hurt.
Tennessee was playing a ranked opponent for the fourth straight week, a stretch that has taken a physical toll.
Injuries decimated the Vols' defense to such an extent that linebacker Elliott Berry, cornerback Baylen Buchanan and defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie made their first career starts. McKenzie left in the first quarter after he appeared to hurt his shoulder.
On offense, injuries sidelined guard Jashon Robertson and center Dylan Wiesman for the entire game and knocked out Brett Kendrick in the first quarter. The only starting lineman from last week's loss to Texas A&M who played the majority of Saturday's game was right guard Jack Jones.
THE TAKEAWAY
This game showcased the versatility of Alabama's rushing attack as the Tide threatened to have three 100-yard rushers in one game. Damien Harris rushed for 94 yards on 14 carries.
Alabama's defense arguably was even more impressive as it suffocated a Tennessee offense that had gained 684 yards against Texas A&M one week earlier.
Tennessee: The Vols' off week comes at an ideal time as they attempt to get healthier. Even in a losing cause, Derek Barnett showed why he belongs in any conversation of the nation's top defensive players. Barnett recorded a sack and forced a fumble to set up Tennessee's first touchdown and later ended an Alabama scoring threat by making his first career interception.
UP NEXT
Alabama: In its third straight game against a ranked team, Alabama hosts No. 6 Texas A&M.
Tennessee: The Vols have the week off before visiting South Carolina on Oct. 29.

Northwestern rolls past Michigan State 54-40

 Justin Jackson rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns, and Northwestern moved the ball almost at will after a slow start, beating Michigan State 54-40 on Saturday night to hand the Spartans their fourth straight defeat.
Clayton Thorson threw for 281 yards and three TDs for the Wildcats, who rallied from an early 14-0 deficit. Michigan State (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten) is now mired in its longest losing streak in coach Mark Dantonio's 10 seasons at the helm.
The Spartans hadn't lost four in a row since 2006, and this was the most points they'd allowed since a 56-21 loss to Wisconsin in 2003.
Northwestern held Michigan State to 3 yards of offense in the second quarter.
The Spartans made a change at quarterback for this game, starting redshirt freshman Brian Lewerke instead of Tyler O'Connor, but Michigan State's problems extend well beyond one position.
The Spartans went back to O'Connor in the third quarter, and he threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns, but Michigan State couldn't stop Northwestern (3-3, 2-1) with any consistency.
Solomon Vault returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter to put the Wildcats up 40-31, and the Spartans never made it closer after that.
Michigan State is off to its worst start after six games since 1994, when the Spartans were 2-4 and later forfeited away the wins.
THE TAKEAWAY
Northwestern: After starting the season with losses to Western Michigan and Illinois State, the Wildcats have rebounded to win three of four. Northwestern has to be encouraged by the ease with which it shrugged off an early deficit Saturday, and although the secondary was beat for a couple long touchdowns in the second half, the Wildcats will win their share of games if they keep creating big holes for Jackson.
Michigan State: Dantonio shook things up by starting Lewerke at quarterback, then watched his defense give up so many yards and points it didn't really matter who was throwing passes for Michigan State. The Spartans were a mess on defense and still don't block well enough on offense to put together many sustained drives.
O'Connor did do his best to reclaim the quarterback spot with his work late in the game.
UP NEXT
Northwestern: The Wildcats host Indiana next weekend.
Michigan State: The Spartans play at Maryland on Saturday night. If you don't count games forfeited from 1994, the last time Michigan State lost five games in a row within one season was when the Spartans dropped their first five in 1991.