Fer­gu­son leads Mem­phis to up­set of No. 25 UCLA

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - SPORTS -

MEM­PHIS, TENN. » Ri­ley Fer­gu­son threw for 398 yards and six touch­downs, and Ja­cobi Fran­cis broke up a fourth-down pass in the clos­ing sec­onds in Mem­phis’ 48-45 vic­tory over No. 25-ranked UCLA on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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 TDs.

But un­like in the Bru­ins’ opener when Rosen led a fourth-quar­ter come­back to beat Texas A&M, the Mem­phis de­fense stiff­ened on UCLA’s fi­nal pos­ses­sion.

Fer­gu­son com­pleted 23 of 38 passes for Mem­phis (2-0), and his con­nec­tions with wide re­ceiver An­thony Miller meant the dif­fer­ence. Miller caught nine passes for 185 yards and a pair of touch­downs.

UCLA (2-1) took a 4541 lead early in the fourth quar­ter on a 22-yard pass from Rosen to Austin Roberts with 11:51 left. 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 Michi­gan over­come of­fen­sive strug­gles.

The Wolver­ines (3-0) didn’t lead by more than three points un­til Peo­plesJones’ touch­down early in the third quar­ter.

The Fal­cons (1-1) failed to con­vert a pass un­til Arion Worth­man threw a short pass to Ron­ald Cleve­land and the re­ceiver turned it into a 64-yard touch­down play with 11:54 left in the quar­ter that pulled the ser­vice academy within three points again.

Nordin kicked two more field goals, late in the third and early in the fourth, to share a sin­gle-game school mark with three play­ers. NO. 8 OHIO STATE 38, ARMY 7» Fresh­man J.K. Dob­bins ran for 172 yards and a pair of touch­downs and Ohio State re­bounded from a de­flat­ing loss to rout Army.

Dob­bins broke away for an elec­tri­fy­ing 52yard 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 (2-1) then got touch­downs on two of their next three drives to pull away.

J.T. Bar­rett, the tar­get this week of crit­ics who sug­gested he should be benched af­ter the 31(equals)16 home loss to Ok­la­homa, was 25 for 33 for 270 yards and two touch­downs. NO. 9 OK­LA­HOMA STATE 59, PITTS­BURGH 21 » Ma­son Ru­dolph threw five touch­down passes, all in the first half, for Ok­la­homa State.

Ru­dolph com­pleted 23 of 32 passes for 497 yards be­fore be­ing pulled in the mid­dle of the third quar­ter with the Cow­boys (3-0) in full com­mand. He did throw his first in­ter­cep­tion of the sea­son, end­ing a streak of 216 passes without a pick dat­ing to last sea­son. It was the long­est ac­tive streak in the FBS.

Jalen McCleskey caught seven passes for 162 yards and three touch­downs. James Wash­ing­ton added 124 yards re­ceiv­ing. Mar­cell Ate­man (109) and Dil­lon Stoner (100) also reached the 100-yard re­ceiv­ing mark, the first time in 12 years a team has had four 100-yard re­ceivers in a game. The Cow­boys did it de­spite miss­ing LSU trans­fer Ty­ron John­son, sus­pended for the game for a vi­o­la­tion of team rules. NO. 10 WIS­CON­SIN 40, BYU 6 » Alex Horni­brook threw for 256 yards and four touch­downs for Wis­con­sin.


Penn State run­ning back Saquon Barkley (26) car­ries it in for a touch­down af­ter a catch against Ge­or­gia State dur­ing the first half of Satur­day’s game in State Col­lege, Pa. This game ran too late for Sun­day’s edi­tion.

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