East Carolina (5-1): The Pirates got their fifth win of the season after defeating South Florida 28-17, which gives the Pirates their best start since 1999. ECU was down 17-7 at halftime, before Shane Carden completed 13 of 15 passes for 134 yards in the second half while leading scoring drives of 84, 86 and 79 yards on ECU's first three possessions. Carden finished the day 24 for 33 for 250 yards, with a touchdown and interception.
Justin Hardy grabbed 10 passes for 114 yards, which puts him 37 catches away from the NCAA Division 1-A career mark of 349 that is held by current Detroit Lion and former Oklahoma Sooner, Ryan Broyles. Breon Allen finished with 18 carries for 124 yards, four receptions for 50 yards and a rushing and receiving score. ECU held USF to 93 yards rushing, but allowed 257 yards passing. The Pirates host the Huskies on a Thursday night and I'm scared that what will happen in that game won't be legal for television. It probably explains why the game is on ESPNU.
Central Florida (3-2): The Knights started out playing very well, leading the Taysom-less Hill BYU Cougars 10-0 at after the first quarter and held a 10-3 halftime lead. BYU came hot in the second half, scoring three touchdowns in three minutes. But UCF was able to score near the end of third quarter and in the fourth to tie the game at 24 and send the game to overtime.
UCF would go on to score a touchdown to win 31-24. UCF's quarterback, Justin Holman, threw for a career high 326 yards, completing 30 of 51 attempts for two touchdowns and two interceptions. Holman also added 26 yards and touchdown on 10 carries. Three different receivers for the Knights had at least five catches and 70 yards. The Knights allowed 189 yards rushing and 153 through the air. Although, BYU turned the ball twice, UCF committed four turnovers.
Army (2-4): Rice was 12-3 after an outright win and Army was 0-13 after a straight up win. Last week, Army defeated Ball State and Rice defeated Hawaii. These streaks continued as Rice won 41-21 over Army. The Black Knights have not won in consecutive weeks since beating North Texas and Duke in mid-September 2010. Let's hope Army can defeat Air Force the week before they play UConn, so hopefully the Huskies can continue this streak. Army scored a touchdown with 10 seconds left in the half to trail 24-14 at halftime. Army allowed 391 total yards and accumulated 341, but lost the turnover batter 2-0.
Cincinnati (2-3): The Bearcats once again played in a shootout and once again lost - losing their third straight as they fell to the Miami Hurricanes 55-34. Gunner Kiel continues his outstanding season - even with injured ribs - going 31 for 57 with 355 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions, but the defense continued its awful play, allowing an 80-yard touchdown run 43 seconds into the game to set the pace for the rest of the game. Miami had 13 penalties for 155 yards and was 3 of 10 on third downs and ran 29 less plays than the Bearcats, but it did not matter as Miami averaged 9.6 yards per carry and 11.4 yards per pass, resulting in 286 passing yards and 335 rushing yards, good for 621 total yards. The Bearcats only forced turnover was a fumble that was returned to the endzone with 4:27 left in the game.
Memphis (3-3): The Tigers continued their streak of winning every other game (the Tigers should be able to continue the trend as they play SMU next), losing at home to Houston 28-24. Memphis led 14-0 early in the second quarter, but the lead was cut to 21-14 by halftime. This game was ugly for both teams as Houston committed three turnovers and Memphis turned the ball over five times. Memphis quarterback, Paxton Lynch, finished the day 26 for 37 for 243 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, while adding a touchdown and 35 yards rushing on 15 carries.
SMU: After doubling their point total through the first four games in their previous game, the Mustangs got a much needed bye.