Sunday, September 28, 2014

College Football: Week 5 Results



There were a couple of close shaves this week but only one upset: #13 South Carolina got beat by one point by Missouri. That lone upset, combined with the number of teams with the weekend off, should mean there are few changes coming prior to Week Six.

(Ranks on the left are those of the AP/Coaches Top 25/CBSSPORTS.COM 128 Polls as reported by CBSSports.com. NR = Not Ranked)

1/1/4 Florida State (4-0) The Seminoles beat the North Carolina State Wolfpack (4-1), 56-41. North Carolina lead 24-7 after one quarter and 24-21 at the half but Florida State wasn’t about to go away, winning the second half 35-17.  Jacoby Brissett almost outshined Jameis Winston—almost Brissett threw for 359 yards and three TDs and no INTs for the Wolfpack, but he did lose one fumble. Winston threw for 365 yards, two INTs and four TDs including one following that Brissett fumble. Bo Hines and Shadrach Thornton (twice) scored rushing TDs for NC State. Dalvin Cook ran for a TD Karlos Williams rushed for three TDs for FSU

2/4/1 Oregon (4-0) The Ducks had this weekend off.

3/2/3 Alabama (4-0) The Crimson Tide were idle this week.

4/3/2 Oklahoma (4-0) The Sooners were also idle this weekend.

5/5/5 Auburn (4-0) The Tigers trounced the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2-3), 45-17. Nick Marshall threw for three TDs--two of them to Quan Bray who also returned a punt 76 yards for a TD. Marshall also rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries and Cameron Artis-Payne gained 116 on 22 carries as Auburn dominated the Bulldogs.

6/7/6 Texas A&M (5-0) The Aggies had to come from behind and go into overtime to defeat the Arkansas Razorbacks (3-2), 35-28. A&M trailed by 14 entering the fourth quarter but the defense shut out the Razorbacks and the offense behind Kenny Hill (21 of 41 for 386 yards and 4 TDs) tied the game before winning it in OT. It was in OT that Hill connected with Malcome Kennedy for 25 yards and a TD on the first play and the defense proceeded to shut down Arkansas on four plays.

7/6/7 Baylor (4-0) The Bears beat the Iowa State Cyclones (1-3), 49-28. And it wasn’t as close as it sounds. Bryce Petty threw for 336 yards and a touchdown while running for two more. Shock Linwood scored three TDs rushing. Baylor jumped out to a 35-7 halftime lead and never looked back.

8/8/8 Notre Dame (4-0) The Fighting Irish beat the Syracuse Orange (2-2), 31-15. Everett Golson went 32 of 39 for 362 yards and four TDs. BUT two of those misses were INTs one of which Durell Eskridge returned 29 yards for a Syracuse TD. Notre Dame committed five turnovers or this might have been worse for the Orange.

9/9/9 Michigan State (3-1) The Spartans rode roughshod over the Wyoming Cowboys (3-2), 56-14. Michigan State had six drives in the first half—and scored touchdowns on all six. Jeremy Langford carried the ball 16 times for 137 yards and a TD and Connor Cook tossed two TD passes and ran for a third before taking a seat late in the second quarter.

10/11/11 Ole Miss (4-0) The Rebels beat the Memphis Tigers (2-2), 24-3. It wasn’t pretty as the Ole Miss offense kept shooting itself in the foot. It was 7-3 at the end of three quarters before the offense righted itself. Good thing the defense held Memphis to just 104 yards. Bo Wallace did throw two TD passes but he also tossed two INTs and lost a fumble. Markell Pack fumbled a punt that Memphis recovered as Ole Miss had four turnovers and committed 10 penalties (117 yards) as they stumbled their way to the win.

11/10/10 UCLA (4-0) The Bruins trounced the #15 Arizona State Sun Devils (3-1) on the road Thursday night, 62-27. Mike Bercovici threw for 488 yards and three TDs for the Sun Devils but Brett Hundley threw for 355 yards and four TDs—two of them 80-yard bombs--for the Bruins. UCLA’s Ishmael Adams returned an interception 95 yards for a TD and later returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score.

12/13/15 Georgia (3-1) The Bulldogs held off the Tennessee Volunteers (2-2) 35-32. Todd Gurley rushed for a career-high 208 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yarder in the fourth quarter but it was Josh Dawson’s recovery of a fumble in the endzone for a touchdown and a cover of an onsides kick attempt that provided the difference. Justin Worley threw three TD passes and Jalen Hurd rushed for 114 yards and a TD for the Vols.

13/15/12 South Carolina (3-2) The Gamecocks got edged by the Missouri Tigers (4-1), 21-20. The Tigers scored first (Russell Hansbrough 18-yard run) but then South Carolina ripped off 20 unanswered points to lead 20-7 midway through the fourth quarter. Maty Mauk was limited to a 12 of 34 day for just 132 yards and no TDs and Mizzou would have just 2 first downs in the first 23 minutes of the second half but the Tigers would not quit, however. In those last 7 minutes, Hansborough scored twice on one-yard runs to give the Tigers a 21-20 victory.

14/16/13 Mississippi State (4-0) The Bulldogs had this weekend off.

15/12/14 Arizona State (3-1) The Sun Devils got whipped by #11 UCLA (4-0), 62-27. See above for more.

16/14/20 Stanford (3-1) The Cardinal edged the Washington Huskies (4-1), 20-13. A failed fake punt late in the fourth quarter led to a Cardinal TD on a Kevin Hogan 5-yard run. On the other hand, three turnovers by the Cardinal (one INT and two lost fumbles) heled keep the Huskies in the game.

17/18/16 LSU (4-1) The Tigers routed the New Mexico State Aggies (2-3), 63-7. Freshman Brandon Harris made his first start for the Tigers. He had a heck of a day with three TD passes and two TD runs. (In LSU’s loss to Mississippi State last week, Harris entered the game with five minutes to play and the Tigers down 34-10. He led two touchdown drives (and two 2-pt conversions) to make it 34-28.) What he was doing playing in the second half this week when it was 42-7 at the half, is anyone’s guess.

18/22/19 Southern California (3-1) The Trojans beat the Oregon State Beavers (3-1), 35-10. Su’a Cravens returned an interception 31 yards for the first Trojan score in the first quarter. Ryan Murphy returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for the Beavers. Unfortunately, the Trojans weren’t done on either offense or defense. They held the Beavers to just one field goal the remainder of the game. Meanwhile, Cody Kessler would go on to throw two TD passes, one of them a 48-yard hail Mary to Darreus Rogers to end the first half. Justin Davis caught the other and also ran for one. Javorius Allen rushed 20 times for 115 yards and a USC touchdown.  The refs must have had to soak their arms afterward. There were 27 accepted penalties in the game: 13 against Oregon State for 108 yards and 14 against USC for 124 yards.

19/17/22 Wisconsin (3-1) The Badgers beat the surprisingly stubborn South Florida Bulls (2-3), 27-10. It was 3-3 at the half but the Badgers came out and scored on their first two drives in the second half. Melvin Gordon scored both those TDs and finished the day with 181 yards on 32 carries. Still, the Bulls would not fold scoring a TD of their own on a 26 yard run by Rodney Adams making it 17-10 at the end of three quarters. But the Wisconsin’s defense shut the door and the offense tacked on 10 more points.

20/21/18 Brigham Young (4-0) The Cougars had the weekend off.

21/19/17 Nebraska (5-0) The Cornhuskers ran over the Fighting Illini of Illinois (3-2), 45-14. Ameer Abdullah ran for 208 yards—196 of them in the first half and three TDs. Nebraska rushed 70 times for 458 yards, 190 in the first quarter as Abdullah surpassed the 100-yard mark with less than 10 minutes gone in the game.

22/20/21 Ohio State (3-1) The Buckeyes roughed up the Cincinnati Bearcats (2-1), 50-28. Cincy scored first but then Ohio State reeled off 30 unanswered points and never looked back. J.T. Barrett completed 26 of 36 for 330 yards and four TDs for the Buckeyes. Gunner Kiel also tossed four TD passes including a 60-yarder to Chris Moore to open the scoring and an 83-yarder and 78-yarder both to the same Chris Moore who had three catches for three TDs and 221 yards. Not a bad day—except for the “L” the Bearcats were given by the Buckeyes.

23/24/25 East Carolina (3-1) The Pirates enjoyed a bit of shore leave this weekend.

24/NR/NR Oklahoma State (3-1) The Cowboys beat the Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-2) 45-35 on Thursday night. Daxx Garman threw for 370 yards and four TDs and ran for a fifth for the Cowboys, Davis Webb threw for 374 yards and four touchdowns for the Red Raiders. (Each of them also threw two INTs.) Entertaining? Hell yeah!

25/25/23 Kansas State (3-1) The Wildcats routed the Texas-El Paso Miners (2-2), 58-28—and it wasn’t that close. Charles Jones ran for three TDs and Tyler Lockett returned a punt 58 yards for another score—in the first half. It was 45-0 in the third quarter before the Miners got on the board.

NR/23/NR Duke (4-1) The Blue Devils got beat by the Miami Hurricanes (3-2), 22-10. Miami had its own Duke, Duke Johnson who ran for 155 yards and a TD. Brad Kaaya tossed two TD passes for the ‘Canes who snapped Duke’s 12-game regular season winning streak. It was only the second time in the last 36 games that Duke was held to 10 points or less. (Florida State is the other team to accomplish that feat.)

NR/NR/24 Clemson (2-2) The Tigers beat the University of North Carolina Tar Heels (2-2), 50-35. Freshman Deshaun Watson made his first start under center for the Tigers. All he did was toss six TD passes as he went 27 of 36 for 435 yards. There is room for improvement; he threw one interception.

My Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-1) trounced the Tulane Green Wave (1-4), 31-6. Gary Nova threw four TD passes setting anew Rutgers’ record of 61 for his career (38 games) more than Mike Teel’s 59. Three of those went to Nova’s high school teammate Leonte Carroo. The fourth was a 93-yarder to Andrew Turzilli. Tulane’s only score came on an 86-yard run by Sherman Badie. Desmond Peoples rushed for 83 yards on 21 carries. He also had two catches for 50 yards. Justin Goodwin added 82 yards rushing on 12 carries as Rutgers played their first game without Paul James. Defense contributed 4 sacks giving them 21 for the season.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pre Week 5 Polls:
Week 5 Opponents



Week Five….already? Some movement in the polls this week. Not in the top seven but not far below that. LSU drops from #8 to #17 while Mississippi State debuts at #14 after the Bulldogs decisively beat LSU last week. Other changes occurred because of that one game.

Once more there are a number of teams with the weekend off, but that won’t mean there’s no changes coming. Several PAC-12 games pit teams of comparable abilities including #11 UCLA vs #15 Arizona State, and those games could shack the rankings.

(Ranks on the left are those of the AP/Coaches Top 25/CBSSPORTS.COM 128 Polls as reported by CBSSports.com. NR = Not Ranked)

1/1/4 Florida State (3-0) The Seminoles will head north to face the North Carolina State Wolfpack (4-0). FSU will win…even on the road.

2/4/1 Oregon (4-0) The Ducks have this weekend off.

3/2/3 Alabama (4-0) The Crimson Tide will be idle this week.

4/3/2 Oklahoma (4-0) The Sooners are also idle this weekend.

5/5/5 Auburn (3-0) The Tigers host the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2-2). Auburn wins.

6/7/6 Texas A&M (4-0) The Aggies play the Arkansas Razorbacks (3-1) in a “neutral” site near Dallas. Aggies will do fine on defense and the offense will continue to roll.

7/6/7 Baylor (3-0) The Bears are on the road to face the Iowa State Cyclones (1-2). Bears will add to the Cyclones woes.

8/8/8 Notre Dame (3-0) The Fighting Irish will play the Syracuse Orange (2-1) in MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, NJ. The Orange usually play the Irish tough. Won’t be enough this time. (Two teams poaching in Rutgers backyard. Bet the Syracuse students are real pleased with this “home” game 200+ miles from home.)

9/9/9 Michigan State (2-1) The Spartans host the Wyoming Cowboys (3-1). Michigan State by a bundle.

10/11/11 Ole Miss (3-0) The Rebels will host the Memphis Tigers (2-1). Give a Rebel yell.

11/10/10 UCLA (3-0) The Bruins hit the road to face the #15 Arizona State Sun Devils (3-0). Good tight game. Pick ‘em.

12/13/15 Georgia (2-1) The Bulldogs host the Tennessee Volunteers (2-1). Bulldogs win.

13/15/12 South Carolina (3-1) The Gamecocks host the Missouri Tigers (3-1). Mizzou lost one they shouldn’t have to Indiana last week. They could rebound against the Gamecocks.

14/16/13 Mississippi State (4-0) The Bulldogs have this weekend off.

15/12/14 Arizona State (3-0) The Sun Devils will host #11 UCLA (3-0). Pick ‘em.

16/14/20 Stanford (2-1) The Cardinal head north to face the Washington Huskies (4-0). Huskies at home will keep this a tight game. They might even prevail.

17/18/16 LSU (3-1) The Tigers host the New Mexico State Aggies (2-2). Tiger, tiger shining bright. After being embarrassed at home last week, look for the Bounce!

18/22/19 Southern California (2-1) The Trojans host the Oregon State Beavers (3-0). Another of the PAC-12 games that will be pick ‘em.

19/17/22 Wisconsin (2-1) The Badgers host the South Florida Bulls (2-2). Bulls break their legs in Badger holes. Wisconsin by a bunch.

20/21/18 Brigham Young (4-0) The Cougars will have the weekend off.

21/19/17 Nebraska (4-0) The Cornhuskers will host the Fighting Illini of Illinois (3-1). Huskers win.

22/20/21 Ohio State (2-1) The Buckeyes will host the Cincinnati Bearcats (2-0). Buckeyes win the title for best team in Ohio.

23/24/25 East Carolina (3-1) The Pirates have shore leave this weekend.

24/NR/NR Oklahoma State (2-1) The Cowboys host Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-1) on Thursday night. Good game to start the weekend. I’d say pick ‘em, but my gut says Cowboys.

25/25/23 Kansas State (2-1) The Wildcats host the Texas-El Paso Miners (2-1). Wildcats aren’t feeling so giving this week.

NR/23/NR Duke (4-0) The Blue Devils head south to face the Miami Hurricanes (2-2). Devils win a close one.

NR/NR/24 Clemson (1-2) The Tigers host the University of North Carolina Tar Heels (2-1). Clemson wins.

My Rutgers Scarlet Knights lost junior running back Paul James for the second consecutive year due to a leg injury. Last year it was a broken leg. This year it’s a torn ACL. Last year he had 850+ yards in four + games and was leading the nation in rushing yards. This year he was averaging 5.7+ yards per carry and had 363 yards in a little over three games. Hopefully, Rutgers will have the depth to absorb that huge loss. As if anticipating James’ injury, they had moved Justin Goodwin back to running back after he had switched to defensive corner. Along with Desmon Peoples there’s a chance the slack will be picked up. (Goodwin and Peoples rushed for 186 yards against Navy AFTER James had 96 yards in the first half.)

This week, Rutgers (3-1) hosts the Tulane Green Wave (1-3). Look for the Knights to win this one as they tune up for the remainder of their BIG Ten schedule.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

College Football: Week 4 Results



We had a couple of more upsets in week 4, so you can expect more changes in the polls this week. Not in the top five, but, with #8 LSU losing to an unranked Mississippi State expect lots of movement from there on down. Much of the movement will be determined by the size of victory for most of the teams until you get to #18 Missouri, losers to Indiana; #20 Kansas State losers to #5 Auburn; #22 Clemson losers (in OT) to #1 Florida State; and, though not ranked in the AP Poll, North Carolina and Virginia Tech both lost and should fade from the Coaches Poll and CBSSports.com top 25.

(Ranks on the left are those of the AP/Coaches Top 25/CBSSPORTS.COM 128 Polls as reported by CBSSports.com. NR = Not Ranked)

1/1/3 Florida State (3-0) The Seminoles, playing without Jameis Winston who was suspended for acting like a 19 year-old idiot, edged the #22 Clemson Tigers (1-2) 23-17 in OT. Sean Maguire, out of Sparta, NJ, QBed FSU and, while not great, did enough. Maguire went 21 of 39 for 305 yards and one TD but also threw two INTs. Clemson was geared up for FSU to run the ball and held the Seminoles to just 13 yards on 27 carries. THIRTEEN!? Included in that 13 yards was Karlos Williams 12 yard run in overtime for the win. And Mario Pender’s 1 yard run for a TD in the third quarter. (Maguire’s minus 46 yards didn’t help.)

2/3/1 Oregon (4-0) The Ducks had a surprisingly close game but managed to prevail over the Washington State Cougars (1-3) 38-31. Marcus Mariota and Connor Halliday traded blows on offense with Mariota completing 21 of 25 for 329 for 5 TDs while Halliday went 43 of 63 for 436 yards but only 4 TDs and that latter number proved to be the difference. That and the fact that Mariota had 58 net yards rushing…despite being sacked seven times!

3/2/4 Alabama (4-0) The Crimson Tide doubled up on the Florida Gators (2-1) 42-21. Blake Sims threw for 445 yards and four touchdowns. Amari Cooper caught three TD passes (two from Sims and one from Jake Coker) and finished the night with 10 catches for 201 yards. Derrick Henry rushed for 111 yards and a TD. Keneau Neal returned a fumble 49 yards for a TD to briefly give the Gators a 14-7 lead in the first quarter but it was pretty much all Alabama after that.

4/4/6 Oklahoma (4-0) The Sooners beat the West Virginia Mountaineers (2-2) 45-33. Sooners won on the road thanks to the hard running of Samaje Perine who rushed 34 times for 242 yards and four TDs. Alex Ross returned a kickoff late in the second period 100 yards for a Sooners’ TD a 24-24 halftime. WVU’s Clint Trickett completed 25 of 41 attempts for 376 yards and two TDs, both in the first.

5/5/5 Auburn (3-0) The Tigers beat the #19 Kansas State Wildcats (2-1) 20-14 on Thursday night. “…if the Wildcats can avoid mistakes.” They couldn’t. Two INTs, one lost fumble and three missed field goals by the Wildcats made this an early Christmas for Auburn.

6/7/7 Texas A&M (4-0) The Aggies romped over the SMU Mustangs (0-3) 58-6. Kenny Hill completed 16 of 22 passes for 265 yards with two TDs and threw his first career interception. He then sat for the second half allowing Kyle Allen to complete 8 of 15 for 130 yards and a TD.

7/6/9 Baylor (3-0) The Bears had the weekend off.

8/8/11 LSU (3-1) The Tigers fell to the Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-0) 34-28. LSU outscored the Bulldogs 19-3 in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late. Josh Robinson rushed 16 timed for 197 yards and a TD for Mississippi State as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead that undoubtedly shocked the LSU fans. Anielle Hunter returned a fumble 25 yards for LSU’s only TD in the third quarter but that was quickly offset by a Dak Prescott 56 yard TD run and a 74-yard pass from Prescott to Jameon Lewis. Making it 31-10 at the end of three periods.

9/9/10 Notre Dame (3-0) The Fighting Irish were idle this weekend.

10/12/16 Ole Miss (3-0) The Rebels took the weekend off.

11/11/14 Michigan State (2-1) The Spartans routed the Eagles of Eastern Michigan (1-3) 73-14. Michigan State out gained the Eagles 320 yards to 1 in the first half and to just five first downs for the game. The Spartans ran the ball 60 times for 336 yards. Delton Williams carried the ball 10 times for 103 yards and  three TDs…two of them in the fourth quarter…one an 80 yard run…when MSU kept the ball on the ground. Connor Cook tossed two TD passes and ran for a third…in the first quarter.

12/10/13 UCLA (3-0) The Bruins are idle this weekend.

13/14/2 Georgia (2-1) The Bulldogs shutout the Troy Trojans (0-4) 66-0. Sony Michel rushed for 155 yards and three TDs on just 10 carries for the Bulldogs. Isaiah McKenzie returned a punt 52 yards for a TD. Michael Bennett caught two TD passes and Faton Bauta rushed for two late scores.

14/16/22 South Carolina (3-1) The Gamecocks outscored the Vanderbilt Commodores (1-3) 48-34. Darrius Sims returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for Vandy and the Commodores lead 14-0 at the end of the first period. South Carolina scored 24 unanswered points including a 53-yard interception return by Brison Williams. Then Sims did it again, returning a kickoff 100 yards for a Vandy TD.  Oh, and along the way, Dylan Thompson threw for three TDs and ran for a fourth for South Carolina.

15/13/18 Arizona State (3-0) The Sun Devils were idle this week.

16/15/15 Stanford (2-1) The Cardinal did not be playing this weekend.

17/21/8 Southern California (2-1) The Trojans were also idle this weekend.

18/19/NR Missouri (3-1) The Tigers were upset by Indiana Hoosiers (2-1) 31-27. The Hoosiers’ D'Angelo Roberts scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 22 seconds remaining. Tevin Coleman rushed 19 times gaining 132 yards for Indiana. Maty Mauk completed 28 of 47 for 326 yards and two TDs but saw his Tigers tackled for a loss 11 times by a swarming Indiana defense.

19/17/NR Wisconsin (2-1) The Badgers routed the Bowling Green Falcons (2-2) 68-17. Melvin Gordon rushed for 253 yards and five (5) TDs on just 13 carries for the Badgers. Tanner McEvoy, 11 carries for 158 yards; Corey Clement, 16carries for 111 yards; and Dare Ogunbowale, 14 carries for 94 yards helped Wisconsin set a Big Ten record with 644 yards rushing.

20/20/17 Kansas State (2-1) The Wildcats fell to the #5 Auburn Tigers (3-0) on Thursday night 20-14. Wildcats made too many mistakes and missed three FGs. More above.

21/23/20 Brigham Young (4-0) The Cougars came back from a 16-13 halftime deficit to beat the Virginia Cavaliers (2-2) 41-33. Taysom Hill threw for two TDs and ran for a third and Adam Hine returned a kickoff 99 yards for BYU’s final score.

22/24/21 Clemson (1-2) The Tigers were edged by the #1 Florida State Seminoles (3-0) 23-17 in OT. More above.

23/18/23 Ohio State (2-1) The Buckeyes had this weekend off.

24/22/24 Nebraska (3-0) The Cornhuskers beat the Miami Hurricanes (2-2) 41-31. Ameer Abdullah ran 35 times for 229 yards and two TDs. He also caught a 3-yard pass from Tommy Armstrong for a TD. Armstrong also rushed for 96 yards on 13 carries as the Huskers rushed for 343 yards. Josh Mitchell returned a fumble 57 yards for a TD.

25/NR/NR Oklahoma State (2-1) The Cowboys had the weekend off.

NR/25/NR North Carolina (2-1) The Tar Heels got keel hauled by the East Carolina Pirates (3-1) 70-41. The Pirates led 14-13 at the end of the first period and never looked back. Zeek Bigger had a 46 yard interception return for the Pirates. Shane Carden completed 30 of 48 attempts for 438 yards and four TDs and also ran for a fifth. Breon Allen rushed 18 times for 211 yards and two TDs.

NR/NR/12 Virginia Tech (2-2) The Hokies fell to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-0) 27-24. Harrison Butker kicked a 24-yard field goal with no time remaining to complete a Yellow Jackets’ comeback. Justin Thomas ran for one TD and threw for another and Paul Davis returned an interception 41 yards for a Georgia Tech TD. It was one of three INTs by the Hokies.

NR/NR/19 Louisville (3-1) The Cardinals beat the Florida International University Golden Panthers (1-3) 34-3. Gerod Holliman returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown and James Quick caught TD passes of 74 and 37 yards all in the second quarter as the Cardinals exploded to a 28-0 lead over FIU.

NR/NR/25 Marshall (4-0) The Thundering Herd trampled the Akron Zips (1-2) 48-17. Remi Watson rushed for 124 yards on just 9 carries including an 80-yard TD run, Rakeem Cato ran for two TDs and threw for a third.


My Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-1) held on to defeat the Navy Midshipmen (2-2) 31-24. Justin Goodwin, who started the year on the defensive side of the ball and made an INT in game one against Washington State, rushed the ball 26 times for the Scarlet Knights gaining 104 yards and scoring a TD…after Paul James had carried 7 times for 96 yards and a TD in the first period and a half before being injured. Desmond Peoples carried 19 times for 82 yards and Gary Nova ran three times for three yards and two TDs as Rutgers rushed 56 times for 284 yards. Navy managed just 171 yards on the ground well below their season’s average. Then again, they were behind much of the game and were forced to pass. While Gary Nova (RU) was 11 of 14 for 151 yards and no TDs and, more importantly, no INTs, Keenan Reynolds (USNA), who rushed for two TDs, was 12 of 22 for 231 yards. 

BTW for all those who hate the Big 10, they won all the games they played this week...except for Michigan. Michigan lost to 3-0 Utah.The conference went 12-1 this week (Ohio State was idle) including upsets over #18 Missouri by Indiana.