Memphis unable to upset No. 10 Knights
MEMPHIS — McKenzie Milton passed for 296 yards and ran for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter as No. 10 Central Florida weathered its first significant test of the season before escaping with a 31-30 victory at Memphis on Saturday.
Milton’s 7-yard touchdown with 12:14 left completed a comeback for the Knights (6-0, 3-0 American Athletic Conference), who trailed 30-14 with 2:04 left in the first half. The victory was their 19th straight — the nation’s longest winning streak — but it was by far the toughest game of the season for Central Florida, which had defeated its first five opponents by double-digits.
Even in the closing seconds, Memphis (4-3, 1-3) seemed on the way to at least having a chance for a game-winning field goal as the Tigers moved to the Knights’ 31. Memphis botched clock management in the final 30 seconds, though, getting hit with a motion penalty that required a clock runoff, and then Brady White completed a 9-yard pass to Tony Pollard and the seconds slipped away.
Darrell Henderson, who leads the nation in rushing, had 199 yards and a touchdown on the ground on a career-best 31 carries for Memphis.
› Birmingham-Southern 13, Sewanee 10
SEWANEE, Tenn. — Ryder Andrews’ 33-yard field goal with 13:33 remaining held up as the difference for the Panthers in their Southern Athletic Association road win.
Andrews kicked a 20-yarder in the first quarter and gave Birmingham-Southern (4-2, 2-2) a 10-0 lead with his extra point after a 14-play, 80-yard touchdown drive with 10:29 to go in the first half, but the Tigers (3-4, 2-3) got a 23-yard scoring pass from Grayson Baker to Daniel Armagh just before halftime and a tying 35-yard field goal from Michael Jacobs late in the third quarter.
› FIU 24, MTSU 21
MIAMI — James Morgan threw two touchdown passes and Jose Borregales made three field goals — from 44, 53 and 45 yards — as Florida International University (4-2, 2-0 Conference USA) topped Middle Tennessee State University (3-3, 2-1).
Morgan’s final touchdown pass was to C.J. Worton with 3:55 to play, and Maurice Alexander’s 2-point pass to Josh Colston provided the final points.
Asher O’Hara led the Blue Raiders with 85 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown. Tavares Thomas ran for two touchdowns but just 26 yards on 10 carries.
› SE Missouri State 31, Austin Peay 27
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Marquis Terry crashed in from the 2-yard line in the final seconds to give Southeast Missouri State a victory over the Governors in Ohio Valley Conference action.
Austin Peay (3-4, 1-3) had just completed an eight-play, 72-yard drive, capped by Jeremiah Oatsvall’s scoring toss to DeAngelo Wilson from the 17, to take a 27-24 lead with 3:41 remaining.
The Redhawks (4-2, 2-1) responded with a 73-yard drive to secure the win with 15 seconds left. Austin Peay had stalled them until Daniel Santacaterina connected with Jerrick Orr on a fourth-and-14 heave Orr pulled down for a 37-yard gain.
› Murray State 45, Tennessee State 21 MURRAY, Ky. — Drew Anderson ran for a score and threw five touchdown passes, including two to LaMartez Brooks, as Murray State secured its first 3-0 start in OVC play since 1997.
The Racers (3-3) went ahead 24-14 and for good inside the final minute of the first half on a 4-play, 45-yard touchdown drive that ended when Anderson hit Armani Hayes on a nine-yard pass.
Anderson finished 33-of-51 for 348 yards. Micheal Hughes was 30-of-45 passing for 307 yards with two touchdowns for the Tigers (2-3, 1-2).
› Eastern Kentucky 35, UT-Martin 34
MARTIN, Tenn. — Daryl McCleskey Jr. made two second-half touchdown runs to help Eastern Kentucky edge the University of Tennessee at Martin.
Alphonso Howard threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score for Eastern Kentucky (3-3, 2-1 OVC).
Dresser Winn threw a pair of touchdown passes but was intercepted twice for UT-Martin (1-5, 1-2). LaDarius Galloway ran for two scores for the Skyhawks, who led 34-21 on Ryan Courtright’s 39-yard field goal with 7:56 left in the third quarter. McCleskey scored on a 6-yard run in the period’s final minute and a 12-yarder early in the fourth quarter.