Idaho-44 North Dakota-14:
When the Fighting Sioux went up 14-3, Vandal fans questioned coach Robb Akey and his reasons for leaving quarterback Brian Reader in the game. Akey’s faith in Reader proved to be beneficial for Idaho’s success and the senior completed 15 consecutive passes in the second and third quarter. Idaho closed the gap to 14-10 at halftime and went up when Reader and Marsel Posey hooked up early in the third. Freshman Bradley Njoku notched a pick six in the fourth quarter and the Vandals rolled to their first win of the season. Reader threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns; Vandal fans can now breathe.
Darron Thomas and the Ducks flew high over the Wolfpack defense, and the junior quarterback threw for 295 yards, while tying the school record for touchdowns in a game (6). Wolfpack quarterbacks Tyler Lantrip and Cody Fajardo combined for three interceptions and Nevada didn’t score until late in the first half, already down 34-0. Ducks freshman DeAnthony Thomas made up for two fumbles in last week’s loss to LSU by rushing for 81 yards on eight carries and receiving for 93 yards on two receptions and two touchdowns. End result- Nevada without Colin Kaepernick.
New Mexico State-28 Minnesota-21
The Aggies beat the Big-Ten! The Aggies beat the Big-Ten! Believe it or not but it did happen. The toilet team of the WAC upset the Golden Gophers in a game that saw NMSU up by two touchdownson two occasions. In terms of total offensive yards, the Aggies tallied just two more than the Gophers and each forced two turnovers. Andrew Manley’s 288 passing yards and three touchdown passes made the difference in this one, despite his two intereptions. NMSU will take advantage of the momentum going into three winnable games against UTEP, San Jose State and New Mexico.
The Rainbow Warriors proved too feeble away from the island and Husky quarterback Keith Price made the most of his second start for the Holuday Bowl Champions. Hawaii’s slow start led to three unanswered touchdowns from UW, two of those coming from Price and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, who only hooked up twice. Hawaii received a late second quarter boost from Richard Torres’ 99-yard interception return but Price took over once again, connecting with Devin Aguilar to put UW up by two touchdowns. Price finished with 315 passing yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
Nebraska-42 Fresno State-29
Nearly a miracle in Lincoln on Saturday. The Bulldogs took a three-point lead into halftime and added to it following an early third quarter field goal. Cornhusker quarterback Taylor Martinez led the game in rushing touchdowns with two but the sophomore’s passing TD to Quincy Enunwa would give the hosts the lead and Nebraska wouldn’t look back from there. Fresno State staged a late comeback effort that saw them down by two, but a 100-yard kickoff return sealed the deal for the No. 10 Cornhuskers. With tough battles against Cal and Nebraska, the Bulldogs look for a much easier challenege against North Dakota next weekend.
Louisiana Tech-48 Central Arkansas-42
La. Tech were less than impressive against their Southland Conference opponents but came away with the win in overtime to give the Bulldogs their second win of the season. Down 42-35 late in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs relied on their ground game and a rushing touchdown from Ray Holley, followed by one from Lennon Creer in overtime. The Bulldogs survived a career night from Bears quarterback Nathan Dick, who completed 29 passes and amassed 370 yards while throwing for four touchdowns.
Utah State- 54 Weber State- 17
After a four-point loss to last year’s national champion Auburn Tigers, the Aggies achieved the revenge they were seeking, against in-state rival Weber State. Robert Turbin led an upbeat Aggie squad with 180 rushing yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. The Wildcats posted a second quarter threat to the hosts when a touchdown pass and field goal gave Weber St. a seven point lead. Turbin’s 14-yard touchdown run set the game at a 17-17 deadlock but Utah St. stormed out in the second half to shut the Wildcats out and score five unanswered touchdowns.
UCLA-27 San Jose State-17
The Spartans had Bruins fans worried heading into the fourth quarter, when San Jose State’s Brandon Rutley ran for a 65-yard touchdown, tying the game at 17-17 late in the third. UCLA held their own in the fourth, scoring twice to help the Bruins to their first 2011 victory. SJSU, still winless, couldn’t find an offensive rhythm and quarterback Dasmen Stewart was 15 for 31 with 111 yards and one interception. Derrick Coleman and Jonathan Franklin combined for two rushing touchdowns and over 200 rushing yards for the Bruins, ultimately making the difference in this one.