Oct. 16, 2010
Dominique Davis scored on a 1-yard keeper while Damon Magazu intercepted Russell Wilson's final pass to help East Carolina beat NC State, 33-27 in overtime. Austin Davis threw three touchdowns to lead Southern Miss to a 41-19 win at Memphis.
EAST CAROLINA 33, NC STATE 27 (ot)
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Dominique Davis scored on a 1-yard keeper while Damon Magazu intercepted Russell Wilson's final pass to help East Carolina beat North Carolina State 33-27 in overtime Saturday.
Davis threw for 376 yards and two touchdowns for the Pirates (4-2), who survived a thrilling finish with their instate rival in front of a sellout and record home crowd. East Carolina ran out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead only to see the Wolfpack rally to take the lead late in the fourth quarter on a field goal from Josh Czajkowski before staging its own comeback.
Michael Barbour's field goal with 1:04 left sent the game into overtime, where Davis put the Pirates ahead for good by bouncing off a pile of tacklers on a sneak and falling across the goal line.
The Wolfpack (5-2) couldn't answer, with Wilson forcing a pass over the middle to Jarvis Williams that Magazu grabbed at the goal line.
Almost immediately, the East Carolina sideline spilled onto the field to celebrate in front of the roaring home crowd in the newly finished end zone section of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
It was quite a finish for the Pirates considering the game appeared to be slipping away only moments earlier. East Carolina committed countless mistakes, from 10 penalties to a pair of costly fumbles that both set up a touchdown for the Wolfpack and ended another drive just as the Pirates were crossing the goal line.
And yet, the Pirates figured out a way to beat N.C. State, a team that had won seven of 10 matchups with the state's four other Bowl Subdivision opponents under coach Tom O'Brien. That included two meetings with the Pirates.
Lance Lewis and Justin Jones had touchdown catches for the Pirates, while Jon Williams had a 5-yard TD run to cap East Carolina's first possession. The Pirates finished with 496 total yards, while their struggling defense hung in against Wilson and the Wolfpack's strong passing game.
Wilson threw for 322 yards and one touchdown to go with a rushing score, but he threw three interceptions and was charged with a fumble on a botched handoff with Mustafa Greene late in the first half.
SOUTHERN MISS 41, MEMPHIS 19
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Austin Davis threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to lead Southern Mississippi to a 41-19 victory over Memphis.
Davis completed 19 of 30 passes. Receiver Kelvin Bolden had eight receptions for 154 yards and one touchdown as the Golden Eagles (5-2, 2-1 Conference USA) won for the fifth time in their last six games. Their lone loss in the streak was the previous week to East Carolina 44-43.
Kendrick Hardy rushed for 101 yards on 11 carries and a second-half touchdown for Southern Miss.
The Golden Eagles defense, ranked 11th in the nation in yards allowed per game (a 291-yard average) did its job, limiting the Tigers (1-6, 0-4) to 269 yards, including only 32 on the ground.
Memphis quarterback Ryan Williams was 11-for-21 passing for 237 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
RICE 34, HOUSTON 31
HOUSTON -- Nick Fanuzzi threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns to lead Rice to a 34-31 win over Houston on Saturday.
The Cougars (3-3, 2-1 Conference USA) trailed 27-7 before scoring 24 unanswered points to take a 31-27 lead on a field goal by Matt Hogan with about nine minutes remaining.
But Fanuzzi threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Vance McDonald with 4:24 remaining for the win.
The Cougars tried to come back again, but on fourth-and-inches from the Rice 42, quarterback David Piland fumbled the snap and the Owls (2-5, 1-2) took over on downs.
Sam McGuffie rushed for 63 yards on 19 carries to lead Rice on the ground.
Piland threw for 282 yards and three touchdown on 23-of-45 passing, and Bryce Beall rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries to lead Houston.
NAVY 28, SMU 21
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Alexander Teich ran for a career-high 95 yards and two touchdowns, including the tiebreaking score with 1:38 left, and Navy rallied to beat SMU 28-21 on Saturday.
Navy (4-2) scored 21 straight points in the second half to take a 21-14 lead. After SMU tied it, Tyler Simmons intercepted a pass by Kyle Padron with 1:50 remaining set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Teich.
Padron went 28 for 42 for 254 yards and three touchdowns for SMU (4-3), which led 14-0 early in the second quarter. The Mustangs have lost 20 consecutive non-conference road games, a streak that began after a win against Navy in 1998.
Darius Johnson had 12 catches for 104 yards for SMU, now 1-7 against Navy since 1995.
The Mustangs moved 57 yards in 10 plays to tie it at 21 with 2:51 to go. Padron kept the drive alive by completing a 14-yard pass to Johnson on a fourth-and-4, then hit Aldrick Robinson for a 10-yard score on a third-and-7.
After SMU forced Navy to punt, Padron's first pass was picked off by Simmons and returned six yards to the SMU 13.
Navy mounted its first scoring drive immediately after halftime with the aid of a seldom-used weapon: the forward pass. Facing a third-and-17 at his own 12, Ricky Dobbs completed a 51-yard pass to Aaron Santiago. Then, on fourth-and-goal from the 3, Dobbs connected with Santiago in the back of the end zone.
The Midshipmen took a more traditional approach on their next possession, moving 80 yards on nine straight runs to draw even at 14. Wide receiver Greg Jones ran 33 yards on a reverse, and Gee Gee Greene finished with a 1-yard dive.
With the momentum on its side, Navy got a big play from its defense. Pressed out of the pocket, Padron fumbled when hit by linebacker Jerry Hauburger, and defensive end Jabaree Tuani recovered the ball at the SMU 31.
That set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Teich with 12:52 left.
Padron threw for 135 yards and SMU limited the Midshipmen to 124 yards in offense in the first half.
Navy endured a futile opening drive: Soon after Santiago dropped a potential 37-yard touchdown pass in the end zone, Dobbs came up short on a fourth-and-3 run.
SMU then moved 71 yards in seven plays and took a 7-0 lead on Padron's 5-yard touchdown pass to Cole Beasley.
After a Navy punt, Padron used his arm and legs to engineer a 74-yard drive. He ran twice for 24 yards and completed four passes for 39 yards, including a 4-yard TD pass to Johnson that made it 14-0 with 10:05 left in the second quarter.
UAB 21, UTEP 6
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Bryan Ellis threw for 272 yards and three touchdowns, two to Frantrell Forrest, as Alabama-Birmingham rolled up 500 yards total offense Saturday in a 21-6 upset of UTEP.
Ellis completed 20 of 28 passes as the Blazers (2-4, 1-2 Conference USA) came from behind for the win with scoring drives of 74, 80 and 99 yards.
The Miners (5-2, 2-2) led 6-0 on 25- and 20-yard field goals by Dakota Warren before Ellis' first touchdown pass, a 3-yarder to Jeffrey Anderson with 2:40 left in the third quarter.
Ellis hit Forrest with a 20-yard touchdown with 13:12 left in the fourth quarter. After the Miners downed a punt at the UAB 1, Ellis led a 14-play, 99-yard drive that took 7:59 and ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Forrest with 4:06 left.
Forrest finished with seven catches for 99 yards.
TULSA 52, TULANE 24
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa rolled up 332 yards rushing, including touchdown dashes of 29 and 40 yards by wide receiver Damaris Johnson, in a 52-24 victory over Tulane on Saturday night.
It was the most rushing yards for Tulsa since amassing 439 in a GMAC Bowl victory over Ball State in 2009, and a surprise to coach Todd Graham and his players, who thought going in they would do more damage through the air.
"We ran the ball very well tonight," said Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne, who threw for 206 yards and touchdown passes of 33 and 25 yards to Charles Clay. "We don't care how we win, whether rushing or throwing. They were covering us very well in the secondary, so that just opened up the run lanes."
Both of Johnson's touchdown runs were on reverses, and Ja'Terian Douglas ran 33 yards for a score on a counter in which he first lined up on the wrong side before being corrected by Kinne.
Alex Singleton had 5- and 1-yard TD runs for the Golden Hurricane (4-3, 2-2 Conference USA). Johnson led a balanced rushing attack with 87 yards on four carries. Tulsa had 10 players gain at least 10 yards rushing.
Kinne completed 15 of 25 passes and ran for 48 yards.
"We were taking what they gave us," Graham said. "We felt like they could really run to the ball well, which was the strength of their defense. We wanted to loosen them up and spread them out with a lot of misdirection."
Tulsa jumped to a 24-7 halftime lead, and Tulane never threatened despite a huge night by quarterback Ryan Griffin, who completed 36 of 51 passes for 412 yards - all career highs.
Tulane (2-4, 0-2), which lost its 11th consecutive C-USA road game, got within 24-14 after Griffin's 28-yard touchdown pass to Cody Sparks in the third quarter, but Tulsa struck back two plays later on the 40-yard reverse by Johnson.
The Green Wave had a season-high 527 yards of offense. Ryan Grant compiled 128 yards on six receptions, and Casey Robottom had 106 yards on nine catches for Tulane.
"Ryan made some nice throws, but unfortunately he made the one bad throw (a third-quarter interception in the end zone by Tulsa's Brian Moore)," said Tulane coach Bob Toledo. "He was under pressure a little bit and had a few sacks and he's also bothered by a shoulder injury. I thought he performed as well as he could under all the duress.
"It was the most yards we've had this season, and we were able to score 24 points. We're getting a lot of yards, but we have not been able to score a lot of points."
After Tulane tied the score at 7-7, Kinne found Clay open down the right sideline for his 37th career TD pass, moving him into fourth place on Tulsa's all-time list.
"(Kinne) is so mobile that even when you have him pinned, he makes a play with his legs and he threw the ball well," Toledo said. "He is the gasoline which makes that engine run. They have really skilled athletes, and in space, they are really dangerous."