Tigers tame No. 25 UCLA
Ferguson’s 6 TD passes, 398 yards lead Memphis to 48-45 upset of Bruins
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.