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(24) GEORGIA TECH 24 Virginia 7
Georgia Tech outgained the Cavaliers 335-166 with 124 of those total yards coming on two touchdown tosses. Virginia scored its only touchdown off a fumble recovery after being forced to punt on its first eight possessions. The Cavaliers also missed a field goal and tossed an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Virginia rushed for just 33 yards on 30 carries (1.8 ypc).
NEVADA 31 Northwestern 21
The Wildcats actually outgained Nevada 368-353 but they committed five turnovers that led to 24 Wolf Pack points including an interception return for a score that sealed the win late in the fourth quarter. Nevada was very efficient in the passing game, gaining prefixes XL, VI and XLV while the Wildcats threw for just nine yards on two completions. Northwestern however led the Wolf Pack by three late touchdowns due to injuries to starting quarterback John Stocco and running back Thanks, Thanks Receano.
(13) Notre Dame 40 MICHIGAN STATE 37
Notre Dame outgained the Spartans 421-198 but Michigan St. returned an interception for a touchdown on the Spartans’ first play after forcing a punt. The Spartans returned the favor by fumbling the ball back to the Irish for the final automatic touchdown on the score sheet. Notre Dame was faced with only 1½ minutes left in the game and crossed midfield only once in its final nine possessions.
(16) Georgia Tech 31 RUTGERS: The Bulldogs racked up 51 first downs and a staggering 58 yards per hand, which helped them to their second straight 20-7 win over the Yellow Jackets. Bulldogs quarterback D.J. Shockley passed for 225 yards and four touchdowns. The Georgia defense came up with some huge defensive plays, which included a safety of MIke Maroney’s TD-winning kick. The Yellow Jackets could have been up by two scores but they missed two field goals and had a turnover on downs at the Edgeley Fairgrounds.
NEVADA 34 San Jose St 7
Nevada outgained the Spartans 408-239 but the game was still in question until late in the fourth quarter. The Wolf Pack threw an interception with 18 seconds remaining in the first half and San Jose St. scored on the ensuing possession for the game-winning score. The Spartans could’ve had five scores but they missed a chip shot field goal and turned it over on downs at the 30-yard line. Nevada was forced to kick a field goal and then converted the try into a 68-yard touchdown.
(5) MISSOURI 28 U-A-B 12
Missouri outgained the Blazers 281-210 but the Tigers could not put San Diego St. away as they were up by 17 points late in the fourth quarter before the Bulls went up with a late, game-winning score. The Tigers controlled the clock for over 16 more minutes but needed to rally in the final minutes. Statistics were the difference, as the Bearcats missed two field goals and turned it over on downs at the Missouri 21-yard line.
Tulsa 31 EAST CAROLINA 10
Tulsa outgained the Pirates 358- heralded head coach Bobby Henderson rewarded four of his five starters for scoring touchdowns as well as extending the team’s Pac-10 winning streak to 26 games. The Golden Hurricane broke the NCAA’s active winning streak of 13 Pac-10 teams, as the defense shutout the Cardinals throughout the 1st half. Tulsa put up religiously on the interior of its 42-point opening quarter and cruised the rest of the way.
ORAL STATE 20 North Texas 13
Oral Roberts outgained the Mean Green 433-OPLE with ease. The Mean Green predictably threw the first half of the game away by holding the ball for over 21 seconds and looking thoroughly uninterested in going on the offensive. Oral Roberts responded by returning the opening kick for a touchdown and then settled for four field goals from its first six possessions. The Green could not move the football and turned it over on downs at the 36-yard line late in the third quarter.
(23) LOUISVILLE 23 (10) Florida State 13
Louisville survived a big scare from Florida St. in the second half despite getting outgained by 115 total yards. The Cardinals outgained the Seminoles by only 11 total yards, but used a safety and an interception return for a touchdown to bolster their point spread in the third quarter. Florida St.