Tigers tame No. 25 UCLA

Ferguson’s 6 TD passes, 398 yards lead Mem­phis to 48-45 up­set of Bru­ins

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Ri­ley Ferguson threw for 398 yards and six touch­downs, Ja­cobi Fran­cis broke up a fourth-down pass in the clos­ing sec­onds and host Mem­phis held off No. 25 UCLA, 48-45, on Satur­day.

Fran­cis’ breakup with 56 sec­onds left pre­vented an­other fourth-quar­ter come­back by Bru­ins quar­ter­back Josh Rosen. He was 34 of 56 for 463 yards and four touch­downs.

“That was a grind against a Pac-12 op­po­nent, and one ranked Top 25 in the coun­try,” Mem­phis coach Mike Norvell said.

Un­like in the Bru­ins’ opener when Rosen led a fourth-quar­ter come­back in a 45-44 vic­tory over Texas A&M, the Mem­phis de­fense stiff­ened on UCLA’s fi­nal pos­ses­sion.

For all of the hype about Rosen, con­sid­ered one of the top quar­ter­backs in the coun­try, Ferguson matched his coun­ter­part, com­plet­ing 23 of 38 passes for Mem­phis (2-0). His con­nec­tions with wide re­ceiver An­thony Miller meant the dif­fer­ence. Miller caught nine passes for 185 yards and two touch­downs.

NO. 7 MICHI­GAN 29, AIR FORCE 13: Dono­van Peo­ples-Jones re­turned a punt 79 yards for a score and Quinn Nordin tied a school record with five field goals, help­ing the Wolver­ines (3-0) over­come its of­fen­sive strug­gles against the Fal­cons (1-1).

Michi­gan didn’t lead by more than three points un­til Peo­ples-Jones’ touch­down early in the third quar­ter.

NO. 8 OHIO STATE 38, ARMY 7: Fresh­man J.K. Dob­bins ran for 172 yards and a pair of touch­downs and the host Buck­eyes (2-1) re­bounded from a de­flat­ing loss to rout the Black Knights (2-1).

Dob­bins broke away for an elec­tri­fy­ing 52-yard touch­down run to open the se­cond half af­ter romp­ing for 22 yards on the pre­vi­ous play, ex­tend­ing Ohio State's 17-7 half­time lead. The Buck­eyes then got touch­downs on two of their next three drives to pull away.

NO. 9 OKLAHMOA STATE 59, PITTS­BURGH 21: Ma­son Ru­dolph threw five touch­down passes, all in the first half, to lead the Cow­boys (3-0) past the Pan­thers (1-2).

Ru­dolph com­pleted 23 of 32 passes for 497 yards be­fore be­ing pulled in the mid­dle of the third quar­ter with Ok­la­homa State in full com­mand. He did throw his first in­ter­cep­tion of the sea­son, ending a streak of 216 con­sec­u­tive passes with­out a pick dat­ing back to last sea­son. It was the long­est ac­tive streak in the FBS.

NORTH­ERN ILLINOIS 21, NE­BRASKA 17: Jor­dan Huff scored the win­ning touch­down mid­way through the fourth quar­ter, and the visit­ing Huskies (2-1) made two big de­fen­sive stops to fin­ish an up­set of the Corn­huskers (1-2).

North­ern Illinois be­came the first team not in a Power Five con­fer­ence or ma­jor in­de­pen­dent to win in Lin­coln since South­ern Mis­sis­sippi knocked off Ne­braska in 2004. The Huskies are now 4-1 against Big Ten teams un­der fifth-year coach Rod Carey.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI STATE 37, NO. 12 LSU 7: Nick Fitzger­ald threw two touch­down passes and ran for two more scores to help the host Bull­dogs (3-0, 1-0 SEC) rout the Tigers (2-1, 0-1).

Aeris Wil­liams led Mis­sis­sippi State with 146 yards rush­ing and av­er­aged 6.3 yards per carry. The Bull­dogs beat LSU for just the se­cond time in 18 tries dat­ing to 2000.

NO. 16 VIR­GINIA TECH 64, EAST CAROLINA 17: Red­shirt fresh­man Josh Jack­son threw for 372 yards and five touch­downs — three to Cam Phillips — for the visit­ing Hok­ies (3-0).

Phillips had a pro­gram-record 14 catches for 189 yards to help the Hok­ies im­prove to 3-0 for the first time since 2011.

NO. 20 TCU 56, SMU 36: Jalen Reagor made a leap­ing 38-yard catch be­tween four de­fend­ers in the end zone on the last play of the first half, fi­nally putting the host Horned Frogs (3-0) ahead to stay against up­set­minded Mus­tangs (2-1).

NOTRE DAME 49, BOS­TON COL­LEGE 20: Bran­don Wim­bush ran for four touch­downs and 207 yards — a record for a Fight­ing Ir­ish quar­ter­back — and Josh Adams had 229 rush­ing yards to help the Notre Dame (2-1) re­spond to their fall from the rank­ings with a vic­tory over the host Ea­gles (1-2).

PENN STATE 56, GEORGIA STATE 0: The Nit­tany Li­ons eased to their third straight vic­tory.

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