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2014 American Athletic Roundup: Week 2

Sept. 6 at UCLA 42, Memphis 35 
And You Care Because … UCLA got into a much bigger firefight than expected, seeing its 35-21 lead get erased by a 40-yard Doroland Dorceus touchdown run and a 17-yard pick six from Fritz Etienne to tie it up, but Brett Hundley responded with a strong nine-play, 75-yard drive closed out by a 33-yard Thomas Duarte touchdown catch. Hundley threw three touchdown passes and Paul Perkins ran for two scores, but Memphis wouldn’t go away with Paxton Lynch throwing a touchdown pass and adding a rushing touchdown to stay alive. However, UCLA never trailed after getting down 7-6 late in the first quarter. 
What Else? UCLA QB Brett Hundley completed 33-of-44 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns with a pick six, and he ran 11 times for 26 yards. 
– Memphis QB Paxton Lynch completed 27-of-41 passes for 305 yards and a score, and he ran ten times for 27 yards and a touchdown. 
– Memphis LB Tank Jakes was a force making 11.5 tackles with two sacks, four tackles for loss and a forced fumble. 
– Memphis got flagged ten times for 110 yards, UCLA was tagged nine times for 85 yards. 
Game Rating: B+ 

Sept. 6 at South Carolina 33, East Carolina 23 
And You Care Because … South Carolina held a 13-7 first half lead on two Warren Harvey field goals and a Chris Hairston ten-yard touchdown run, but Mike Davis ran well for the Gamecocks with two touchdowns, and Elliott Fry hit all four of his field goal attempts to keep the Pirates just out of reach. Dylan Thompson’s 16-yard touchdown pass to K.J. Brent helped USC pull away in the third, but ECU kept coming with Shane Carden pulling the Pirates to within seven in the fourth on a 17-yard touchdown pass to Cam Worthy. Fry’s 20-yard field goal finally put the game away. 
What Else? This was Steve Spurrier’s 200th win as an SEC head coach. 
– South Carolina controlled the game, holding on to the ball for over 36 minutes, but ECU outgained the Gamecocks 453 yards to 441. 
– ECU QB Shane Carden completed 32-of-46 passes for 321 yards and a score with two picks, and Justin Hardy caught 11 passes for 133 yards. 
– USC RB Mike Davis ran 18 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns. 
Game Rating: B 

Sept. 6 Georgia Tech 38, at Tulane 21 
And You Care Because … Down 21-14 in the second quarter, Georgia Tech scored 24 unanswered points with Tony Zenon running for two scores and Tim Byerly adding another. Mistakes killed Tulane with three turnovers – with a pick six – and ten penalties, but the offense was successful early with two Tanner Lee touchdown passes including a 61-yarder to Xavier Rush. The Yellow Jackets ran for 344 yards and converted 10-of-12 third down plays. 
Game Rating: C+ 

Sept. 6 Duke 34, at Troy 17 
And You Care Because … Troy jumped out to a 14-3 first half lead on short touchdown runs from Brandon Silvers and Jordan Chunn, but it was all Duke the rest of the way, going on a 31-3 run with Anthony Boone running for scores from 30 and five yards out and hitting Isaac Blakeney on a 49-yard touchdown. Troy only managed a 29-yard field goal in the third quarter to pull within seven, but the Blue Devils answered right back with a seven play drive finishing with Boone’s second scoring run. Boone completed 27-of-41 passes for 268 yards and a score, while Troy sputtered after a good start with Brandon Silvers completed 19-of-27 passes for 160 yards. 
Game Rating: C+ 

Sept. 6 at Connecticut 19, Stony Brook 16 
And You Care Because … Deshonn Foxx returned a punt 72 yards for a score to cap off a run of 16 straight points to take control. Stony Brook took a 10-3 lead on a fumble return for a score and a 33-yard field goal, but 12 penalties and no passing game proved to be disastrous. UConn’s Chandler Whitmer only completed 12-of-27 passes for 142 yards with a score. The two teams combined for just 523 yards.
Game Rating: C 

Sept. 6 Oklahoma 52, at Tulsa 7 
And You Care Because … The Sooners blew up for close to 600 yards on the day and rolled to a 31-0 field half lead helped by an 82-yard scoring dash from Alex Ross and a 31-yard touchdown run from Trevor Knight. Keith Ford started out the scoring with a seven-yard touchdown run and came up with a 23-yard score in the third. 
What Else? Trevor Knight wasn’t accurate, but he made his throws count completing 21-of-34 passes for 299 yards and two scores, and running five times for 35 yards and a score. 
– Sterling Shepard caught eight passes for 177 yards and a touchdown, but Knight did a nice job of spread the passing game around. 
– Tulsa’s offense moved the ball, but nothing came out of it other than a Keevan Lucas touchdown catch. He led the way with ten catches for 84 yards and a score. 
– The Golden Hurricane was -4 in turnover margin with OU generating a 38-yard pick six from Geneo Grissom. 
Game Rating: D 

Sept. 6 at Houston 47, Grambling 0 
And You Care Because … Houston got past the doldrums of its miserable Week One performance as John O’Korn threw for 200 yards and a score and Kenneth Farrow ran for 130 yards and a score. The score could’ve been much, much worse, but the Cougar offense kept stalling with Kyle Bullard kicking four field goals. Grambling was flagged 15 times for 147 yards and turned the ball over six times. 
Game Rating: D- 

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