UConn football scored the first 10 points of the evening against Tulsa but they would only score nine more the rest of the night as Tulsa dominated, 49-19. How did the teams occupying the final three slots on the schedule do over the weekend?
SMU (4-5) - Nov. 10
Houston jumped into the coaches’ poll at No. 17 after a sound defeat of then-No. 20 USF, but the Mustangs pushed the Cougars right back out with a sound 45-31 defeat. Houston scored twice in 54 seconds at the beginning of the second quarter to close what was a 17-0 gap to 17-14, but the hosts answered back with two quick scores just before the half, helping weather a late Cougar comeback bid.
SMU quarterback Ben Hicks threw for four touchdowns on 28-of-43 passing for 318 yards, while running back Ke’Mon Freeman rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns.
ECU (2-6) - Nov. 17
ECU trailed by just four points headed into the fourth quarter, but Memphis scored three touchdowns in the final stanza to win comfortably, 59-41. Holton Ahlers threw an incredible 62 passes, completing 34 of them for 449 yards and three touchdowns. He also was the Pirates’ leading rusher, going for 57 yards, while Darius Pinnix scored twice on just three rushes.
Temple (5-4) - Nov. 24
Temple took it to the undefeated, No. 10-ranked UCF Knights in Orlando, opening up a 34-28 halftime lead, but the hosts scored 24 points to the Owls’ six in the second half to keep the nation’s longest winning streak alive at 21 games, winning 52-40. Both sides finished with more than 600 yards of offense and 35 first downs, despite Temple out-possessing UCF by 17 minutes.
Temple quarterback Anthony Russo was 31-of-52 passing for 444 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. He also rushed for 44 more yards with a score while Ryquell Armstead had 142 yards on the ground.