The Roadrunners almost pulled of a monumental program win, but came up in short in the final quarter. Kalen Ballage capped off a game sealing drive with less than four minutes left in the fourth quarter with a 2-yard run to put the Sun Devils up 32-28. UTSA quarterback Dalton Sturm threw for 229 yards, and three touchdowns, and added another 82-yards on the ground, but was sacked twice on UTSA's final drive to kill the Runners chance at a big home win. UTSA (1-2) virtually led the entire game despite being out gunned on the stat sheet, and will head east to open C-USA play against Old Dominion next week.
Rice gave Baylor a major first half scare, but were shut out in the second half as Baylor closed out the Owls 38-10 with a strong run game. Baylor ran for 306 yards rushing, and threw for another 342 as they move to 3-0 on the season. Rice drops to 0-3 and only averaged 3.8 yards per play. Darik Dillard ran for 124 yards for the Owls who host North Texas next week.
Kansas State handed FAU their worst loss in program history in the Little Apple. The WIldcats jumped out to a 42-zip lead at halftime, and ran for 360 yards, all while holding FAU to just 211 total yards. The 1-2 Owls host Ball State next week.
Marshall blew a 21-7 first quarter lead by allowing 34 second quarter points in a 65-38 home loss. Chase Litton threw for 413 yards and three touchdowns, but the defense could contain Akron who averaged 8.5 yards per play on the evening. Marshall's defense did force four turnovers, but Akron quarterback Thomas Woodson threw for 379 yard and four scores. Akron wideout Jojo Natson caught seven passes for 134 yards. Litton hit 12 different receivers, led by Josh Knight who caught seven passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Marshall (1-1) will now gear up to face the high powered Louisville Cardinals at home next week.
Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 470 yards and five touchdowns leading the Red Raiders against an upset minded LA Tech squad. Trent Taylor caught seven passes for 166 yard and two scores, while Jarred Craft ran for 155 yards and a 7.2 yard per carry average. Texas Tech put up 666 yards of offense, and led 35-10 at halftime, and took back full control of the game after 11-play 75 yard drive to go up 49-31 minutes into the fourth quarter. Louisiana Tech (1-2) opens C-USA play on the road at Middle Tennessee next week.
Middle Tennessee running back I'Tavius Mathers rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns to help Middle grab an FBS win for the conference. It was a close 28-21 game at halftime, then Middle Tennessee's defense took over in the second half. The Blue Raiders forced four turnovers, and Brent Stockstill threw three touchdowns passes while Middle improves to 2-1 on the season. They'll host LA Tech next week in what should be a solid showdown.
FIU quarterback Alex McGough fumbled on a 4th-and-1 on the Panthers game tying drive with less than three minutes left as the Panthers dropped a heart breaker in their first road trip of the year. Alex Gardner ran for 130 yards for FIU, but Andrew Fordthrew for 278 yards and three touchdowns for UMass. FIU in 0-3 and will play UCF at home next week.
WKU led 24-3 midway through the third quarter, and a Hail Mary from Miami with 1:17 left gave them a shot at an onside for a chance to tie. The Tops would recover the try, and Nicholas Norris set career highs in receptions and yards with 11 catches for 187 yards. Mike White threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns. WKU improves to 2-1 on the year, and will host Vanderbilt next week.
A Jaylen PIckett 36-yard interception return put Eastern Michigan up 34-6 heading into the fourth quarter as Charlotte took it on the chin to a MAC school. Eastern Michigan quarterback Todd Porter was solid throwing for 285 yards and two touchdowns. Robert Washington ran for 120 yards, but the 49ers turned it over three times. Charlotte takes their 1-2 to record to Philly next week to face Temple.
Nick Mullens' lone touchdown pass off the night brought the Golden Eagles within reach down 34-31 at the end of the third quarter. Southern Miss. had a chance with two seconds left inside the Troy 10-yard line, but Troy's defense was the difference in the game. Troy's defense recorded 10 pass breakups, forced three turnovers, and also forced eight three-and-outs in the game. Southern Miss falls to 2-1 on the season and heads to El Paso, opening their C-USA schedule with UTEP.
Florida only gave up 53 yards of Mean Green offense and pitched a shutout in the Swamp. The Gators ran for 255 yards, and owned a 36:16 time of possession mark in the game. North Texas (1-2) heads south to face Rice in Houston next week.
NC State quarterbacks were an efficient 27-of-32 passing for 312 yards and four touchdowns in a crisp beat down of ODU. Jeremy Cox finished with 91 yards rushing, 65 coming on a late ODU touchdown run. NC State was also 7-of-11 on third downs to drop ODU to 1-2 on the season. The Monarchs meet up with UTSA at home next week.
The only possession the Black Knights didn't score was when they took a knee on their final possession as they smacked around UTEP. UTEP had three possessions and 65 yards of total offense at halftime. Army rushed for 426 yards, and is off to a 3-0 start for the first time in 20 years. UTEP has been out scored 107-21 the past two weeks, and will host Southern Miss. next week.