|Daily Blog • October 2nd|
SECOND HIGHEST SCORING WEEKEND IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL HISTORY
This past weekend was the 2nd highest scoring weekend in college football history, with the teams combining to average 60.8 points. West Virginia and Baylor set a ton of records as WV had an 807-700 yd edge. Stedman Bailey would have set the Big 12 record with 303 yds receiving but he was actually topped by BU WR Terrance Williams who had 314. BU’s 9 game win streak came to an end as the teams combined for 1,507 yds offense and 6 rec’s had 100+ rec’s in WV’s first Big 12 game. The most previous points in a game involving a team in the AP poll was 124 set back in 1980 when Oklahoma beat Colorado 82-42. The 19 td’s combined just tied an NCAA mark which was set when Navy beat NT 74-62 in 2007. BU led 21-14 but trailed 70-56 when they got the last td with 3:08 left. WV got to the KO deep and WV got 2 FD and was able to run off the clock.
Naturally a couple of SEC defenses like Tennessee and Georgia wouldn’t have had that type of game but they did. UGA had a 560-478 yd edge and Tenn a 26-20 FD edge. Tenn had a few missed opportunities as at the end of the 3Q they missed a 28 yd FG and with 5:55 left, UT at midfield was int’d at the UGA26. UT’s next poss got them to the UGA27 trailing by 7 pts but Bray was sk’d and fumbled with 1:22 left and UT’s final play was an int’d pass at the UGA48. UGA has topped over 40 pts in each of its first 5 games for the first time in school history.
Miami, Oh had 42 FD’s and Akron 28 in a wild 56-49 game. MU jumped out to a 13-0 and 28-14 lead but UA kept chipping away. It was 35-28 at the half with MU having a 395-342 yd edge. MU led 45-35 after 3Q’s but UA actually took the lead with 7:00 left and MU needed a td and 2 pt with 1:04 left to retake the lead, 56-49. UA got to the MU38 but was int’d at the 1 on the final play. Zac Dysert hit 34-49-516 yds and Dalton Williams 32-42-446
Way back in 1985 Illinois QB Jack Trudeau torched Purdue’s defense but Rakeem Kato topped those numbers hitting 45-69-439 yds, the highest number of comp and att ever vs PU. While PU led 42-14, Marshall battled back to only lose 51-41, MU did have a 534-443 yd edge. In fact, in a 5:00 span in the 2Q, saw PU score 4 td’s. It was a 14-14 game when PU got a 75/14pl drive for a td with 9:30 left. After an int, PU went 53/5pl for a td. They then got back to back 39 yd and 74 yd IR td’s to storm to a 42-14 lead with 4:34 left 1H. At half Marshall had a 290-248 yd edge. PU led 51-35 after missing an xp and MU went 75/13pl getting a td with 3:46 left but PU rec’d the onside kick and was SOD at the MU16 with 1:34 left. They got a sk and a fmbl and rec’d at the MU12 with :48 left and took a knee.
Cal is off to their worst start at 1-4 under Tedford. Granted, they did play Ohio St and USC on the road but they’ve also now lost 2 home games in the newly refurbished stadium which was expected to be a large home field edge this year. While Arizona St had not faced a 1st string QB all year, they made Zach Maynard look like a bkp as he hit 9-28-126. Cal was also hurt by 12 penalties for 119 yds. ASU finished with a 409-285 yd edge and 29-17 FD edge. Todd Graham stepped into a great situation and is making the most of it. The key play of the game probably came when Cal, down 10-7, fumbled with 3:11 left at the half at their own 37. On 3&gl from the 8, ASU got an 8 yd td pass to take a 17-7 lead and at the end of the game on 3&11, got a 22 yd td pass when clinging to a 20-17 lead.
While UCLA had a 336-127 yd edge at the half vs Colorado, they only led 21-7 and the game was just 28-7 after 3Q’s. UCLA went 35/4pl after an int for a td with 14:28 left then went 84/8pl for a td with 10:54 left, 42-7. CU would go 80/9pl getting a garbage 32 yd td pass behind backup QB Hirschman with 2:43 left for the 42-14 final. Jonathan Franklin rushed for 111 yards on 15 carries.
Charles Sims returned to the lineup for Houston at RB and rushed for 158 yds and 3 td’s vs Rice. Houston dominated early missing a 46 yd FG, they drove 65/7pl for a td. They were int’d at the 3, punted once then drove 79/10pl for a td and missed a 47 yd FG. At the half they had a 241-120 yd edge. UH went 88/5pl and 85/7 for td’s, building a 28-0 lead and it was 35-7 when Rice got a td with 6:50 left on an 88 yd pass. UH’s final drive got to the Rice10 where they took a knee.
I was very impressed with New Mexico’s effort vs Boise St. They piled up 22 FD’s vs a tough D and if not for 3 costly fumbles in the 1H which Boise turned into 18 points, it would have been much closer than 25-0 at the half. Boise fumbled the opening KO of the 3Q. NM got a td. BSU was SOD at the NM4 and NM went 96/7pl for a td to pull within 25-14. NM got a td with 7:42 left on a 1 yd drive after a 47 yd FR to pull within 32-29. BSU got 3 FD running off 4:00 of the clock but missed a 44 yd FG. NM’s last chance ended on a 4&4 incompletion from their own 33.
Iowa St QB Steele Jantz had been having a great season but hit just 10-20-73 and had 3 int and a fmbl vs Texas Tech. TT finished with a 395-189 yd edge and 20-13 FD edge. TT came in with the #1 ranked D in the NCAA and did hold ISU to 3.3 ypp. ISU’s only 1H td was an 87 yd IR td. TT got a td with 1:32 left in the half to tie and at the half TT did have a dominating 177-63 yd edge. ISU went 74/15pl to open the 3Q for a td but the xp was blk’d, 13-7. TT went 71/8pl for a td, had a 31 yd FG blk’d, but then after an int, got a 19/1pl td pass to go up 21-13. ISU fumbled at their own 49 with 6:50 left and TT got a clinching 29 yd FG with 2:20 left. Jantz’s final pass from the TT22 was int’d in the EZ for a TB with :57 left. ISU had just 2 FD’s in the 1H.
TCU and SMU both have high flying pass offenses but the game was played in a heavy rain storm and it picked up intensity around KO and remained throughout the game. SMU finished with a 12-11 FD edge and 220-156 yd edge. In fact, TCU had just 27 yds offense in the 2H. SMU QB Garrett Gilbert continued to struggle hitting 15-40-194 yds but there were at least 6 drops. TCU drove 41/5pl for a td after a fumble and after an int drove 8/3pl for a td and then at the end of the half, got a 64 yd PR to the 4 setting up another short td and it was 21-10 at the half. At the end of the half, TCU missed a 54 yd FG on what was thought to be the last play but a PF on TCU allowed SMU to kick a 54 yd FG and they also missed. SMU threw int on 3 of their first 4 2H poss, one setting up a 1 yd TCU drive for a 43 yd FG but TCU’s P fumbled the snap and SMU fumbled at the 1 and fired incomplete on 4&9. TCU’s P mishandled another snap and SMU went 35/2pl for a td with 2:08 left but SMU’s last chance ended on a 4&1 int at the TCU6 on a Hail Mary. That was the 6th TO for SMU vs 2 for TCU.
Florida Atlantic went 69/13pl but was int’d in the EZ and North Texas got a 68 yd td pass 3pl later. FAU went on a 64/12pl drive but fumbled at the NT16 at the end of the half and trailed 10-0 despite a 165-163 yd edge. It was 17-14 when NT had a 3&6 incompletion kept alive by a roughing the QB then a FG taken off by roughing the K and made a 28 yd’r 2pl later, 20-14. FAU’s last 2 drives did not cross midfield.
Louisiana jumped out to a 24-0 lead over FIU as FIU as playing without starting QB Jake Medlock. Terrance Broadway relieved Blaine Gautier who had hit just 6-12-36 (led team to 17-0 lead) and Broadway hit 15-19-228. It was 31-14 at half UL got a 7 yd td run on the first play of the 4Q to make it 48-20 and neither threatened after that.
Louisville/Southern Miss was played in a steady downpour. UL opened with a 68/7pl drive for a 29 yd td pass but the xp slipped through their hands. SM got a 23 yd IR td and then went 84/8pl but settled for a 21 yd FG and went 80/10pl for a td, 17-6. UL went 57/9pl and got a 1 yd td run, 17-12 at half. UL opened the 3Q with a 75/15pl drive for a FG, 17-15 and SM had a 47 yd FG bounce off the left upright. With 8:52 left, SM started at their 39 but on 4&33 after a sk, had the punt go off the side of the P’s foot for 6 yds at their own 24. UL went 24/6pl for a td, 21-17 and the lead. SM18 got 4 FD but on 4&5 from the UL25 fired incomplete with 1:02 left and UL escaped. Connor Shaw kept up his hot streak hitting 15-18-148 yds.
Steven Morris threw for school and ACC record 566 yards and 5 td’s incl a 62 yd td pass with :19 left. While Miami had 651 yards, they allowed 664 to NC State. UM did lead 37-27 with 8:00 left. It was the 2nd straight week they would have a 23-0 run as they jumped out to a 23-7 lead and the previous wk finished with a 23-0 run. At one point NCSt fumbled it away on 4 of 5 poss. NCSt scored on their 2nd poss on a 68/3pl drive for a td (7-0) then UM went 75/3pl for a td, NCSt had a high snap go thru the QB’s hands for a safety, UM went 74/5pl for a td then got a 76 yd td pass to go up 23-7. UM did have a 20 yd FG bounce off the upright early 2Q and missed a 41 yd FG. UM had a 340-278 yd edge at the half and led 23-14. UM missed their 3rd FG, this one from 43 yds with 4:08 left leading 37-34 and NCSt made a 50 yd FG with 1:58 left to tie. NCSt had the ball on their own 4 and got 1 FD but threw a deep pass that was int at the UM39 with :48 left. UM on 3&11 just threw a deep pass down the middle and Dorsett got behind everyone for a 62 yd td and a 44-37 lead with :19 left. NCSt got a 20 yd pass but their final play was a deep pass int at the 31.
Last week Ohio St came in to the Michigan St game allowing 395 ypg. In my article on ESPN Insider, I called for the Buckeyes to shut down the MSU offense and their defense yielded just 303 yds while the offense produced 383. Braxton Miller came out of the game a couple times including on the first poss when Guyton came in and guided them on the final 3pl for their td. OSU opened with a 75/8pl drive for a td and MSU went 40/9pl for a FG, then the expected def struggle took over. There were 7 punts, 2 TO’s and a missed FG the rest of the half and OSU had a 163-155 yd edge. MSU opened the 3Q with a 49/10pl drive for a 50 yd FG and OSU went 67/13pl settling for a 26 yd FG, 10-6. MSU got a 29 yd td pass but OSU answered with a 63 yd td pass on its next drive, 17-13 (3:05 3Q). OSU was driving but Miller was hurt and fumbled at the MSU32 and MSU got a 48 yd FG to pull within 17-16. After each team punted OSU took over with 4:10 left and was able to get 3 FD’s and run the clock.
UTSA is in their first year of FBS football but were actually favored on the road to beat New Mexico St. It started out well for NMSt as they went 51/11pl and were SOD at the UTSA27 then went 55/7pl and got an 8 yd td pass and at this point NMSt led 7-0 with 106-9 yd edge. They forced a punt then things started to unravel. They fumbled the punt at their own 48 and UTSA got a 48 yd td pass on its first play. UTSA went 84/13pl for a td then got an 82 yd td pass, 21-7 and NMSt fumbled at the UTSA28. At the half UTSA led by 14 but only had a 245-205 yd edge. NMSt was int’d on their 2nd 3Q poss and UTSA went 16/2pl for a td. NMSt went 70/15pl but was int’d in the EZ on 3&gl from the 5. UTSA won 35-14 with only a 398-350 yd edge but it was an impressive performance and Eric Soza hit 19-32-269.
The WKU/Arkansas St game was a tale of 2 halves and it’s very interesting. In the 1H ASU led 13-0 with a 212-114 yd edge and then the news came that at the half Kawaun Jakes would not return in the 2H so WKU would have to go with rFr James Mauro making their chances of winning appear to be slim but Mauro hit 8-12-104 and guided WKU to a 26-0 2H edge in which WKU had a 251-123 yd edge. WKU RB Antonio Andrews had 215 yds on 29 carries. ASU went on a 66/16pl drive and settled for a 20 yd FG, a 64/11pl drive and settled for a 33 yd FG and a 63/16pl drive for a td for their 13-0 halftime lead. After each team punted to open the 2H, WKU drove 52/8pl for a td then after an int drove 37/3pl for a td. They drove 54/9pl for a 22 yd FG, 17-13 then went 80/9pl for a td to go up by 2 scores. ASU was sk’d and fumbled at their own 24 with 4:51 left and WKU added a 27 yd FG with 2:56 left. At half ASU had a 16-5 FD edge but in the 2H WKU had a 14-7 FD edge.
Utah St is 4-1 for the first time since 1978 and Chuckie Keeton was the first USU QB to pass for 400+ yards since 2002. USU surprisingly only had a 21-19 FD edge but had a 564-304 yd edge. UNLV had a 7-3 lead early 2Q and USU only led 10-7 when they got a 50 yd td pass with 5:25 left in the half, then got an int with :31 left and a 45 yd pass to the 22 setting up a 31 yd FG with no time left. They did have a 304-169 yd edge. USU turned it over on their first 2 poss of the 3Q and punted and UNLV trimmed the lead to 20-13 but USU on 3&9 got a 74 yd td pass with 14:44 left then went 82/6pl for a td, 33-13. UNLV was pinned at their own 9 with 5:59 left and USU got a safety which allowed them to win by 22.
END OF THE HALF MOMENTUM
Since the beginning of the year I’ve been talking about how team’s that get late scores at the end of the half gained big momentum for the 2H. Well two teams this past weekend had big failure to score at the end of the half which ended up costing them. Yesterday I talked about how UCF had a 21-6 FD edge at the half but only led by 3, due partially to an 80 yd td pass they allowed and the fact that at the end of the half they botched a scoring opportunity with their QB taking a sack. Here is what I wrote yesterday.
Kentucky was playing with the heart of a champion vs South Carolina. The Wildcats lost their starting QB on the first series and were going with a frosh QB in Jaylen Whitlow who hit 12-23-114 yds. UK went on a 94/16pl drive but settled for a 22 yd FG but then UK went on a 66/9pl and after a blk’d punt, 34/5pl drives for td’s and led 17-7 when SC went for it on 4&1 at its own 36 and had a bad snap and UK took over at their 10. The Wildcats had a chance to make it 24-7 at the half but on 3&10, fumbled and the ball squirted around and UK recovered at the 2 but they could not get another play off even though it started with :24 left. The lack of a score ended up costing them and SC came out in the 2H going 73/6pl, 57/9pl and 81/14pl for td’s on their first 3 series to take a 28-17 lead and after UK threw an int the fans started to leave with 8:40 left in the game. It was still 28-17 when SC got an IR to the UK12 with 5:20 left and got a 4 yd td run then after a 12 yd punt, SC added a 31 yd FG with 2:27 left.
For the 2nd straight week Massachusetts had the yardage edge at the half as they did that vs Miami, OH the previous week and trailed. This time it was vs an Ohio team that was getting recognition as a possible BCS buster from multiple sources during the week. OU RB Blankenship rushed 43 times for 269 yards which was his 5th straight 100 yd rushing game. Coming in it was questionable if Tyler Tettleton would even play or would they go to the backup for a 2nd straight week. He did play and hit 15-27-229. UMass QB Mike Wegzyn looks nothing like the QB that began the season. He hit 27-51-373 yds. In the 1H UMass had a 326-320 yd edge. When UMass opened the 3Q with an 81/12pl drive incl a 4&6 conversion, they led 24-20 and at this point in the game had a 407-320 yd edge. They extended the lead to 27-20 after a 74/13pl drive but OU went 78/11pl for a td to tie and after a 17 yd PR, drove 36 yds for a 26 yd FG to take the lead with 9:35 left then a Blankenship 40 yd td run with 6:13 left capped the 70/4pl drive to put them up 37-27. UMass went 67/7pl and got an 11 yd td pass to pull back within 3 and OU punted with :50 left. UMass got to the OU45 but fired incomplete 4 times.
LSU got an early 78 yd td pass but Towson went 29/8pl after a fumble for a 26 yd FG and later rec’d a fmbl at the LSU45. They got a 3&9, 43 yd run by their QB down to the 1 and a td on the next play for a stunning 9-7 lead with 5:15 left in the 2Q. LSU went 62/6pl for a td and after a 6 yd punt, 17/6pl for a 23 yd FG, 17-9. At the half LSU had a 207-110 yd edge. Towson opened the 3Q with a 39/5pl drive and missed a 50 yd FG. LSU fumbled at the TU13 and TU fumbled a punt at their own 8 setting up an LSU td for some breathing room. The last 4 poss were all td’s with LSU taking leads of 31-9 and 38-16, the latter with 5:22 left and TU getting 64/12pl and 80/7pl drives for td’s, the latter with 1:30 left. LSU only finished with a 396-291 yd edge and TU actually had a 19-18 FD edge in the game.
Florida St finished with a 425-268 yd edge but the game was played on a slick turf vs USF. FSU was coming off their big win over Clemson at home in front of a charged crowd and now USF was excited and not given much respect after losing to Ball St the previous week. BJ Daniels accounted for 341 yds offense in their upset win over FSU 3 years ago and this time hit 17-33-143 while rushing 15x for 72 yds. EJ Manuel hit 19-26-242 yds and Chris Thompson rushed 16-74 and had a long td run called back. FSU settled for a 26 yd FG and missed a 48 yd FG and settled for a 43 yd FG and only led 14-3 at the half. USF blk’d a punt to open the 3Q and drove 80 yds for a td to pull within 13-10. FSU settled for another 23 yd FG to go up 23-10 then at 30-10 gave up a td with 12:37 left, 30-17. FSU’s final drive saw Thompson rip off a 17 yd run and possibly could have scored but he slid down to take a knee and the team took a knee after that at the 21 yd line.
The 2nd longest conf road trip in the country is between UTEP and E Carolina. LY EC lost on the road with a banged up team but this year got revenge with a 475-202 yd edge and 25-17 FD edge. Shane Carden hit 28-40-258. UTEP QB Nick Lamaison was having a solid year but hit just 9-27-143. UTEP actually jumped out to a 7-0 lead and after UTEP settled for a 24 yd FG to lead 10-7, EC went 72/7pl but was int’d in the EZ, went 47/6pl, was int’d at the 4 and drove 49/8pl for a td to lead 14-10 at the half with a 307-165 yd edge. EC punted twice to open the 3Q then drove 64/9pl for a 21-10 lead and after UTEP was int’d with 5:01 left, EC got a 24/1pl td run, 28-10. UTEP ret’d the KO 96 yds for a td, 28-18 then rec’d the onside kick but was int’d at the EC35 with 3:24 left.
Western Michigan started backup QB Tyler Van Tubbergen hit 26-46-246 but Toledo dominated the game. They led 17-0 before WM even got their first FD. They had a 336-120 yd edge at the half. WM tried to battle back trailing 37-17 fumbled at the UT9 and WM’s last drive got to the UT2 where they fired incomplete.
JW Walsh got the start for Oklahoma St and threw for 307 yards and 2 td’s and OSU actually had a 576-440 yd edge vs Texas. Joseph Randle ran for a career high 199 yards for OSU including a 69 yd td run on the game’s 2nd play. Texas only gained 29 yds on their first 22 rush att’s but kept trying and would wear OSU down gaining 106 on their last 20 tries. After falling behind 7-0. UT led 21-17 at the half with OSU missing a 53 yd FG with :42 left. UT was int’d at the 19 and OSU drove 61 yds for a 38 yd FG to pull within 1. UT went 75/13pl for a td. OSU went 43/2pl for a td but missed the 2 pt conv, 28-26 after 3Q’s. OSU took the lead with a td with 9:36 left. UT went 75/9pl and got a td but the 2 pt failed with 5:48 left, 34-33. OSU went 58/7pl and got a 24 yd FG with 2:34 left. UT25 on 4&6 got a 29 yd pass and continued on a 75/8pl drive. Bergeron took it in for the td but replay appeared to show he fumbled and it was not overturned and who recovered the ball was not known. OSU25 on 4&8 gained 11 yds on the final play of the game.
You can say that San Diego St led Fresno St 40-34 in the 3Q and that they did but FSU thoroughly dominated the game. To give you a little insight on my Saturdays: I wake up every morning at 5:10 am so when SDSt got that PR td, it was at 12:45 am and I actually went to bed at that point figuring FSU would lose but a look at the stat sheet showed that FSU had a 655-339 yd edge, 32-14 FD edge and survived 2 IR td’s including the 96 yarder. FSU had three 100 yd receivers in the game in Rashad Evans (10-100), Josh Harper (9-120) and Devante Adams (8-102) and Derek Carr hit 42-56-536 yds. SDSt’s first 2 td’s came on a 38 yd drive following a fmbl then a 32 yd IR td and they actually had leads of 14-0 at that point and 21-7 but FSU battled back for a 34-21 lead scoring td’s on 4 consecutive poss. Ryan Katz 67 yd run set up a SDS td with 1:17 left. SDS opened the 3Q after rec a fumble and went 55 yds for a td which came on 4&8 to pull within 36-34 then FSU went 75/6pl and had a 1st & gl at the 4 to give up a 96 yd IR td and trailed 40-36 with 9:08 left in the 3Q. FSU came back and dominated going 78/6, 67/11pl, punting and went 45/6pl for td’s, 52-40 and finished with that huge statistical edge.
Lou Holtz likes to say it’s a different team every week. I find it very interesting to compare the Alabama/Miss and Texas/Miss games and especially the way the 2 teams are thought of on the season. A couple weeks ago UT went into a hotbed at Miss as a fired up home crowd, catching UM’s A+ game in a game Miss had the crowd behind them. In that game, UT had a 679-399 yd edge and led 31-10 at the half and won 66-31 piling up 29 FD’s outgaining the Rebels by 277 yds on the road. Bama got the benefit of playing Miss at home. You might be surprised to see Bama only had a 17-16 FD edge and 304-215 yd edge with special teams guiding the win. Bama had not trailed in a game during regulation (did trail final play of OT to LSU) in 603 min 46 sec dating back to last year’s Tenn game but the Rebels got a td on a 75/13pl drive to go up 7-6 with 13:40 left in the 2Q. That lasted :13 as Bama ret’d the KO for a td. Miss put together a 3Q drive and went 70/16pl for a td, 23-14 but Bama got the game’s last 10 pts incl a td with 12:19 left and a 24 yd FG with 1:41 for their 33-14 win.
Mike Riley became Oregon St’s all-time career leader in wins with his 75th vs Arizona but it was not easy despite the fact OSU had a 17-0 lead. It looked like OSU would dominate early as they went 83/9pl on their 3rd poss for a td, 83/10pl settling for a 30 yd FG on their 4th and after Arizona missed a 41 yd FG, OSU went 77/7pl for a td, 17-0. It looked like Arizona would have the same problem they had the previous week vs Oregon and 6 times in the RZ they failed to score. Arizona went 85/9pl and Carry fumbled at the 1 and OSU rec’d but replay overturned it given them a td making it 17-7 and OSU went 57/12pl and missed a 35 yd FG. At half OSU had a 374-218 yd edge. Arizona actually scored td’s on their first two 3Q poss going 91/10pl and 52/3pl to take a 21-17 lead and the lead changed hands 5 more times with OSU getting a 75/10pl drive for a td with 1:09 left to make it 38-35. Arizona got to their own 42 but was int’d with :43 left.
Oregon/Washington St took place at Seattle Seahawks Stadium and the FD’s were even at 26 with UO only having a 469-402 yd edge. As usual, Mike Leach took plenty of gambles on the game and some of them turned it into a blowout. WSU did have a 79/15pl drive but settled for an 18 yd FG on 4&gl from the 2. After a 29 yd punt set up UO for a 30/1pl td pass, UO led 20-3 with 1:04 left in the 1Q. WSU battled back and got a 3&10, 26 yd td pass with 6:10 left in the half to pull within 23-19 and after forcing a 24 yd punt, drove to the UO17 with a chance to take the lead. They were sk’d on 2 consecutive plays for 18 and 6 yd losses and actually punted on 4&38 so at the half the Ducks were clinging to a 4 pt lead with a 230-179 yd edge. UO drove 76/18pl for a td, got a 34 yd IR td then after a punt, drove 41/7pl for a td to blow it open 44-19. WSU was SOD at the Duck18, SOD at the Duck23 and Tuel came in and hit a 25 yd td pass with 4:13 left, 51-26 with WSU getting to the Duck17 at the end. In the 2Q UO rec’d an onside kick and would drive 28/6pl and got a td.
Last year Nebraska set a school record for their largest rally in a game coming back from a 21 pt deficit in the 3Q to beat Ohio St. They nearly matched that this past week vs Wisconsin. In the 1H NU fumbled at their own 23 setting up a UW td, missed a 52 yd FG, forced a UW punt but roughing the K kept a UW drive alive and the Badgers would go 65/10pl getting a 29 yd td pass to lead 20-3. NU got a td with 3:11 left in the half and UW missed a 41 yd FG on the 1H last play. The Badgers had a 205-143 yd edge at the half. After recovering a fumble a the NU13, the Badgers’ 4pl later got a td, 27-10. NU then took over. They went 77/4pl, 75/10pl, 47/7pl for 2 td’s and a 38 yd FG to tie. The Huskers then went 68/12pl for a 41 yd FG, 30-27 and NU punted with 2:55 left and O’Brien came in at QB for UW10. They got 1 FD but on 4&1 fumbled.