Boise State: The Broncos finished with 676 yards - fifth most in school history - winning 37-24 over Colorado State - covering the eight point spread and going over the 54.5 total points. The Broncos led 30-10 at halftime and 37-10 after three quarters. Senior quarterback Grant Hedrick racked up 432 total yards and three touchdowns. Junior running back Jay Ajayi ran for 219 yards and added 63 more receiving, scoring three touchdowns in the process.
Boise had 10 penalties for 101 yards, while Colorado State only had two penalties for 20 yards. So, the Broncos hurt themselves and still handily won. They allowed 434 yards through the air, but only 1.2 yards per carry. If UConn still can't get any air attack going on Saturday, it could be another long day for the Huskies.
South Florida: The Bulls only turned the ball over once and forced SIX (not a typo) turnovers - with the defense returning one of those turnovers back to the house - against Randy Edsall's Maryland team. That's where the good news for the Bulls ends because the Terrapins somehow won 24-17.
USF's starting quarterback, Mike White, was injured on the first play of the game and replaced by junior Steven Bench. Marlon Mack, who was the nation's leading rusher, was held to 73 yards on 22 carries. South Florida did at least cover the +10.5-point spread. If you want to see football set back a few decades (maybe they'll play with leather helmets!), NC State plays at South Florida at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Temple: The Owls started right where they left off last week, scoring 1:46 into the game on a fumble recovery in the endzone against Navy. After allowing 1.9 yards per rush the previous week against Vanderbilt, Temple's defense allowed 487 rushing yards on 63 attempts - good for 7.7 yards per carry. Navy, a future member of the American Conference, covered the three point spread thanks to their dominating rushing performance. Temple forced another three turnovers, bringing the season total to 10 in just two games.
The Owls were 6 for 18 on third down and 4 for 5 on fourth down. The Huskies could be in trouble as Temple has a running quarterback - P.J. Walker threw for 240 yards and had 71 yards rushing on 13 attempts - similar to the one that worked them over in week 1.
Tulane: The Green Wave could not handle Georgia Tech's triple option, falling 38-21. Tulane played their first on-campus home game since 1974, the year before the Superdome opened. The sellout crowd of 30,000 at Yulman Stadium had a lot to cheer about at the beginning of the game as Tulane led 14-7 after one quarter. Georgia Tech ran for 344 yards (throwing for only 15) and converted 10 of12 opportunities on third down. The Yellowjackets covered as a 7.5-point favorite.
East Carolina: I said last week in the recaps to remember the name Shane Carden. Although ECU lost 33-23 to South Carolina, they covered the 14.5 point spread, outgained the Gamecocks 453 to 441 and had more first downs (27 to 26). Shane Carden finished the day going 32 for 46 with 321 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
ECU has two straight games against ACC opponents (at Virginia Tech and host North Carolina). After the Hokies went into Columbus and shocked Ohio State, I expect Virginia Tech to come out sluggish and I wouldn't be surprised to see it close for at least a half. ECU is a 10-point underdog going into next week.
Central Florida: Bye after travelling to Ireland in week 1.
Army: Army led 21-3 at halftime and won 47-39 - covering the three point spread against Buffalo. The Black Knights are led by first year coach Jeff Monken. Monken was the coach at Georgia Southern last year when they defeated the University of Florida and brought his his triple-option offense with him. Army gained 341 yards on 54 carries and scored seven rushing touchdowns. They allowed 554 total yards - including 401 through the air - and had 16 less first downs than Buffalo.
Army travels to Palo Alto to take on Stanford next week. Fun Fact: When Monken coached at Georgia Southern, they played Georgia, Alabama and Florida in consecutive years. In those three games, Georgia Southern was a combined 2 for 14 on passing attempts. On top of that, the most any of those teams led by at halftime was 10.
Cincinnati: The Bearcats had a bye for the second week in a row. (Presumably preparing for UConn in late November).
Memphis: The Tigers allowed 540 total yards to U.C.L.A. in a 42-35 loss. Memphis racked up 469 yards at 11th ranked U.C.L.A. This was a very impressive loss as Memphis scored twice in 37 seconds to tie the game at 35 with 13:44 left in the game. Memphis was a 22-point underdog. Memphis has now totaled 1,014 yards and scored 98 points in two games.
Southern Methodist: The Mustangs were 2.5-point underdogs to North Texas (reminder: UConn won a National Championship at that location of the same name) and lost 43 to 6. The Mustangs were held to eight yards rushing on 14 attempts, 1 for 11 on third downs and had five turnovers. SMU scored on a 33-yard pass on the final play of the game to avoid being shutout. SMU misses Garrett Gilbert. Since Garrett Gilbert was injured last year (just before halftime) in the third to the last game to the season, SMU has scored just 32 points in the last 18 quarters. Over that same time frame, SMU opponents have scored 145 points. Head coach June Jones resigned on Monday, maybe that'll help?