Sept. 6 at North Carolina 31, San Diego State 27
And You Care Because … In a terrific game, North Carolina came up with an interception from Tim Scott in the end zone to finally secure the win and stop a final San Diego State rally. Brian Walker started off the scoring the Tar Heels with the first of his two interceptions, taking his first 100 yards for a touchdown, but San Diego State rallied back with 21 straight points on two Donnel Pumphrey touchdown runs and a 56-yard score from Eric Judge. The two traded scores, but down ten, the Tar Heels outscored the Aztecs 17-3 with Mack Hollins scoring on a 91-yard pass play and Elijah Hood giving UNC the lead for good on a two-yard run. A Nick Weller 23-yard field goal put the Tar Heels up by four, forcing SDSU to go for the end zone in the final moments.
What Else? North Carolina QB Marquise Williams completed 20-of-29 passes for 255 yards and two scores, and led the team with 63 rushing yards on 12 carries.
– SDSU RB Donnel Pumphrey ran 17 times for 100 yards and two scores.
– SDSU QB Quinn Kaehler completed 23-of-39 passes for 341 yards and a score with three picks.
– The Aztecs owned the time of possession, keeping the ball for 37:26 to 22:34.
Game Rating: A
Sept. 6 at Wyoming 17, Air Force 13
And You Care Because … Colby Kirkegaard found J.D. Krill for a three-yard touchdown catch with 58 seconds to play in the comeback win. Air Force took the lead with 3:25 to play on a 32-yard Will Conant field goal, but the Cowboys went on their strongest drive of the day going 75 yards in nine plays to pull off the win. Air Force had a 10-0 first half lead, but Kirkegaard came back with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Claiborne and got a 33-yard Stuart Williams to tie it up in the fourth.
What Else? Wyoming QB Colby Kirkegaard completed 23-of-37 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns. Dominic Rufran caught six passes for 119 yards.
– Air Force was held to 2.9 yards per carry, running 52 times for 151 yards. Jacobi Owens ran 18 times for 76 yards and a score.
– Wyoming LB Jordan Stanton came up with 13 tackles with a sack and a forced fumble, while Devin Harris came up with 13 stops with a tackle for loss and a forced fumble.
– Air Force converted 10-of-21 third down chances, Wyoming 4-of-14.
Game Rating: B+
Sept. 6 Oregon State 38, at Hawaii 30
And You Care Because … Oregon State got up 38-7 going into the fourth quarter on four Sean Mannion touchdown passes, and Terron Ward ran for touchdowns from 22 and two yards out, but had to hang on late. Hawaii scored 23 fourth quarter points with Joey Iosefa running for two of his three touchdowns on the day, and Ikaika Woolsey ran for a two-yard score to pull the Rainbow Warriors within eight with 1:35 to play, but the Beavers got out.
What Else? Oregon State QB Sean Mannion completed 26-of-37 passes for 300 yards with three touchdowns and a pick.
– Hawaii RB Joey Iosefa ran 19 times for 54 yards and three touchdowns, and caught three passes for 33 yards.
– Oregon State RB Terron Ward ran 15 times for 124 yards and two scores, and Victor Bolden caught 11 passes for 119 yards and a score.
– In a penalty-marred game, Oregon State was flagged 13 times for 99 yards, and Hawaii was hit 12 times for 108 yards. Both teams turned it over twice.
Game Rating: B-
Sept. 6 at Boise State 37, Colorado State 24
And You Care Because … Boise State broke open a close game with 24 straight points with two of Jay Ajayi’s four touchdowns scoring from 14 and 21 yards out in the second after coming up with an eight-yarder in the first. Grant Hedrick ran for a score and found Matt Miller for a 44-yard touchdown. Colorado State tried to rally late with Garrett Grayson finding Joe Hansley for a 55-yard touchdown pass and hitting Jasen Oden Jr. for a seven-yarder, but couldn’t get closer than 13.
What Else? Boise State RB Jay Ajayi ran 33 times for 219 yards and two scores, and caught four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.
– The Colorado State running game that rocked Colorado was shut down cold. Dee Hart ran ten times for 16 yards, and the team finished with 28 yards on 23 carries.
– CSU QB Garrett Grayson completed 31-of-58 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns with two picks. Joe Hansley caught seven passes for 149 yards and a score and Rashard Higgins caught 11 passes for 143 yards.
– Boise State QB Grant Hedrick completed 22-of-33 passes for 352 yards and two scores with a pick, and he ran 16 times for 80 yards and a touchdown. Matt Miller caught eight passes for 151 yards and a score.
Game Rating: C+
Sept. 5 at Nevada, 24, Washington State 13
And You Care Because … Don Jackson ran for two short scores, with the first one set up by a 45-yard interception return by Kendall Jackson, and James Butler added a rushing score as Nevada got by the high-powered Cougars. Wazzu was heled to just 13 points and one touchdown on a 13-yard Vince Mayle catch. The Wolf Pack never trailed, getting up 14-0 and breaking away from a 14-10 lead in the fourth quarter, put away by a 40-yard Brent Zuzo field goal.
What Else? Highlighted by an impressive 55-yard dash, Nevada’s Cody Fajardo led the way with 100 yards on 16 carries, and completed 12-of-21 passes for 110 yards.
– Washington State’s Connor Halliday completed 38-of-57 passes for 389 yards and a touchdown with two sacks.
– How did Nevada keep the Cougar offense under wraps? Pass rush. Nevada got to Halliday for four sacks and came up with constant pressure behind the line.
– Missed field goals were a big problem for the Cougars. Erik Powell hit a 25-yarder, but missed third quarter shots from 37 and 38 yards away. If he hits those, Wazzu has the lead.
Game Rating: C
Sept. 6 Arizona State 58, at New Mexico 23
And You Care Because … Arizona State jumped out to a 22-0 first quarter lead on one-yard runs from Deante Lewis and Kalen Ballage and a 12-yard Taylor Kelly scoring dash. New Mexico fought its way back with touchdown runs from Jhurell Pressley and Crusoe Gongbay and a 32-yard Teriyon Gipson scoring grab to pull within eight, but ASU pulled away with 17 straight points helped by a 41-yard Cameron Smith touchdown catch.
What Else? Arizona State might have suffered a little bit of a lull, but it finished with 621 yards of total offense. New Mexico ended with 337.
– New Mexico isn’t built to comeback, but it did. Lamar Jordan completed 7-of-11 passes for 130 yards and a score, and the ground game ran for 207 yards and two scores averaging 3.6 yards per carry.
– Arizona State RB D.J. Foster ran 19 times for 216 yards and a score. The Sun Devil offensive line was terrific, pounding away for 423 yards and six touchdowns for a ground game that averaged 8.8 yards per carry.
– New Mexico held on to the ball for almost 35 minutes, but Arizona State kept striking quickly.
Game Rating: C
Sept. 6 at UNLV 13, Northern Colorado 12
And You Care Because … In an ugly game, UNLV survived four turnovers with a six-yard Marcus Sullivan touchdown catch and field goals from 54 yards out from Nicolai Bornand and 35 yards out from Jonathan Leiva. Northern Colorado took advantage of the mistakes, but Seth Czapenski missed a short field goal late and the Rebels got out with the win. Blake Decker completed 11-of-18 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown with three picks for the Rebels, and George Naufahu ran 22 times for 90 yards.
Game Rating: D+
Sept. 6 at Utah State 40, Idaho State 20
And You Care Because … Utah State never looked quite right, but there wasn’t a problem after being locked up at 6-6 in the middle of the second. The Aggies needed a little bit of help, needing a 52-yard JoJo Natson punt return for a touchdown and helped by two Jalen Davis interceptions including a 44-yard pick six. Chuckie Keeton had a rough day completing 13-of-30 passes for 116 yards with a pick, but he led the team with 74 rushing yards on eight carries. The two teams combined for 25 penalties with Idaho State turning it over four times and Utah State giving it up twice.
Game Rating: D+
Sept. 6 at Utah 59, Fresno State 27
And You Care Because … Utah blew out to a 24-0 first half lead on three of Travis Wilson’s five touchdown passes on the day. He only completed 11-of-20 passes for 181 yards, but he made them count. Kenneth Scott scores from seven and 36 yards out, while Dres Anderson came up with a 38-yard touchdown and a five-yard score – the Utes were never threatened. Greg Watson scored twice for Fresno State in the fourth from 42 and four yards out. Utah committed 12 penalties for 118 yards.
Game Rating: D
Sept. 6 at North Carolina 31, San Diego State 27