by Bob Gaughan, Buffalo Sports Page
Each Sunday, Bob Gaughan catches you up on the wild Saturday of college football.
UB 31 Toledo 17
The season of firsts continues for the Bulls. The first time they win in the Glass Bowl, the first time they sweep the MAC West, the first time they have won five straight road games. For the second week in a row the defense came up large to win the game. The Bulls defense gave up two long TD plays. Other than that Toledo was shutdown for the entire contest. Toledo had eight first downs all game. In the second half Toledo had less than 70 yards of offense. This allowed UB to comeback from a 17-7 halftime deficit. Tyree Jackson threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns. Both touchdowns went to Anthony Johnson. Jaret Patterson got the Bulls running game going in the second half. Patterson ran for two scores and had 90 yards on the ground. The Bulls dominated time of possession holding the ball for nearly 40 minutes. The Bulls defense continues to create turnovers. The Bulls had three interceptions and a forced fumble on the day. UB is now 7-1 on the season and 4-0 in MAC play. The Bulls return home on Tuesday October 30th to play Miami-Ohio. This will be a huge contest in giving the winner the leg up on the MAC championship game. Miami of Ohio lost in double overtime to Army 31-30. Miami in spite of their 3-5 record is 3-0 in MAC play.
(6) Michigan 21 (24) Michigan State 7
Defense ruled the day for Michigan. Michigan held the Spartans to 94 yards of offense and MSU went 0 for 12 on third down conversions. This was a huge win for Jim Harbaugh. Michigan hadn’t beaten a ranked opponent on the road in over 10 years. Michigan had lost eight of the last ten times to Michigan State. Shea Patterson threw two touchdown passes to lead the Wolverines offense. There was bad blood at the start of the game. Michigan linebacker Devin Bush dragged his cleats over the Spartans logo at midfield. The Wolverines still have two huge contest left on their schedule. In two weeks they face Penn State and then they finish their regular season with their annual Ohio State battle.
Purdue 49 (2) Ohio State 20
Huge win for Purdue. This is the first time they had beaten a top 2 team since 1984. Defense was a key. Ohio State came in with the top scoring offense in college football. In four trips to the red zone they came away with only six points. David Blough threw for three touchdowns and DJ Knox ran for three more scores to lead the Boilermakers offense. Ohio State was held under 80 yards on the ground. As a result they threw 73 passes in the game. Last year the Buckeyes were able to comeback from a horrible loss at Iowa to make the playoff, so the Buckeyes could still make the final four but they need to re-group after this horrible loss.
(3) Clemson 41 (16) NC State 7
NC State came into this game undefeated. They had played Clemson tough the last two years. Many thought this would be a close game. It wasn’t. Clemson dominated from start to finish. Trevor Lawrence passed for a career high 308 yards in out dueling pro prospect Ryan Finley. Finley was picked off twice, fumbled once and only threw for 156 yards.
*Oklahoma improves to 6-1 by dominating TCU 52-27. Kyler Murray had four touchdown passes.
*Syracuse needs two OT’s to beat a 1-5 UNC team in the dome. Back-up QB Tommy Devito led the Orange to victory. He replaced an ineffective Eric Dungey.
*Third Saturday in October means Alabama must be playing Tennessee. The Tide jumped out to a 28-0 first quarter lead and cruised 58-21. Tua Tagovailoa did play and threw four TD passes.
*Nebraska got their first win of the season blasting Minnesota 53-28.
*LSU continues to look good. One week after dominating Georgia the Tigers hold 19th ranked Mississippi State to three points in a 19-3 victory.
*First time Gameday was out in the Palouse. A motivated Washington State team beats 12th ranked Oregon 34-20. Mike Leach’s Cougars team is now 6-1 on the season.
*Utah takes control of the Pac 12 South with a 41-28 win over USC.
*Three years ago UAB didn’t have a football team. With their 29-21 win over a good North Texas team, the Blazers are now 6-1 on the season. Great story.
*Could the Bills use another Josh Allen. You bet. The Kentucky linebacker maybe the best pass rusher in next year’s draft. His strip sack led Kentucky to a 14-7 win over Vanderbilt.