College Football Recaps: Group of Five Game Rankings, Top Players, Week 3

College Football Recaps: Group of Five Game Rankings, Top Players, Week 3

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College Football Recaps: Group of Five Game Rankings, Top Players, Week 3


The quick recaps and ranking all of the Group of Five – American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Independent, Sun Belt – Week 3 college football games
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Cincinnati 55, Austin Peay 20

Cincinnati had no problems in its opener with 28 first half points and a 48-6 lead in the fourth helped by four touchdowns from Gerrid Doaks, and a defense that didn’t allow a touchdown until the game was well in hand. CJ Evans ran for two scores for Austin Peay.

Player of the Game: Cincinnati RB Gerrid Doaks ran ten times for 20 yards and three scores, and caught four passes for 64 yards and a score

Stat of the Game: Cincinnati passing yards: 249, rushing yards: 276

Troy 47, Middle Tennessee 14

Troy rolled by a punchless Middle Tennessee with 40 straight points to break a 7-7 tie. Khalil McClain caught two scoring passes and Gunnar Watson threw for two touchdowns. The defense forced three Blue Raider turnovers – all three interceptions – and the offense controlled the clock connecting on 13-of-19 third down plays.

Player of the Game: Troy QB Gunnar Watson completed 26-of-37 passes for 248 yards and two scores with a pick

Stat of the Game: Time of Possession: Troy 35:45 – Middle Tennessee 24:15


Coastal Carolina 43, Campbell 21

Coastal Carolina had no problem getting past the Camels with CJ Marable running for two scores and Isaiah Likely catching a 57-yard touchdown pass. Campbell controlled the clock and ran for 205 yards, but the Chanticleers were never threatened.

Player of the Game: Coastal Carolina LB Silas Kelly led the team with 8 tackles with two sacks

Stat of the Game: 3rd Down Conversions: Campbell 12-of-19, Coastal Carolina 4-of-5

UTSA 24, Stephen F. Austin 10

UTSA jumped out to a 17-0 lead, but let up and had to fight late. SFA came back with ten points, but Roadrunner QB Frank Harris ran for a 23-yard touchdown to put it away.

Player of the Game: UTSA QB Frank Harris completed 23-of-36 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown with a pick, and ran 17 times for a team-high 104 yards and two touchdowns

Stat of the Game: 3rd down conversions: UTSA 13-of-19 – SFA 2-of-12

SMU 65, North Texas 35

Shane Buechele threw four touchdown passes and Ulysses Bentley ran for three scores as SMU started scoring and kept scoring, getting out to a 24-0 lead and a 34-7 halftime advantage, cruising from there. North Texas was flagged 13 times and was -2 in turnover margin.

Player of the Game: SMU QB Shane Buechele completed 24-of-33 passes for 344 yards and four scores, and ran for 29 yards and a score

Stat of the Game: Total Yards: SMU 710 – North Texas 517

Marshall 17, Appalachian State 7

Marshall’s offense was able to keep things moving just enough, and the defense held on after only allowing a Jalen Virgil touchdown catch in the first quarter. The Herd started the scoring with a two-yard Brenden Knox run, and scored ten unanswered points for the win. App State only converted on 4-of-13 third down chances.

Player of the Game: Marshall RB Brenden Knox ran 28 times for 138 yards and a score

Stat of the Game: The two teams combined for 19 penalties for 199 yards

Oklahoma State 16, Tulsa 7

It took way too much for Oklahoma State to put the game away, settling for three Alex Hale field goals to go along with a three-yard Chuba Hubbard touchdown run for all the scoring. Tulsa took a 7-3 first half lead on a Josh Johnson 16-yard catchy but the offense stalled the rest of the way – 15 penalties for the team didn’t help. Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders suffered an early ankle injury and didn’t return.

Player of the Game: Oklahoma State QB Shane Illingworth stepped in and got the team going, hitting 4-of-5 passes for 74 yards

Stat of the Game: 3rd Down Conversions: Oklahoma State 6-of-15 – Tulsa 0-of-12

UCF 49, Georgia Tech 21

It was ugly, full of mistakes – Georgia Tech turned it over five times, and UCF twice – and was tight in the fourth quarter with a Jahmyr Gibbs 33-yard touchdown run pulling Georgia Tech to within seven. But up 28-21 and threatened, UCF closed out with 21 unanswered points helped by Dillon Gabriel’s fourth touchdown pass of the game.

Player of the Game: UCF QB Dillon Gabriel completed 27-of-41 passes for 417 yards and four scores and a pick. He also ran eight times for 30 yards.

Stat of the Game: Total Yards: UCF 660 – Georgia Tech 471

Liberty 30, WKU 24

Liberty ran for 354 yards with Auburn transfer QB Malik Willis and RB Joshua Mack each hitting the 100-yard mark, with two Willis touchdown runs leading the way to a 17-3 lead. WKU pushed back with two Tyrell Pigrome touchdown passes to tie it at 17, and got a third scoring pass late to pull within six, but Willis and the Flame running game were able to close it out.

Player of the Game: Liberty QB Malik Willis completed 13-of-21 passes for 133 yards, and ran 21 times for 168 yard and three touchdowns

Stat of the Game: Total Yards: Liberty 487 – WKU 291

Navy 27, Tulane 24

Navy roared back from a 24-0 halftime deficit with 27 unanswered points, closing out with a 33-yard Bijan Nichols field goal as time ran out for the win. Nelson Smith ran for two one-yard scores for the Midshipmen, and Dalen Morris connected on a 32-yard touchdown pass to Mychal Cooper as part of the comeback. Cameron Carroll ran for two scores for the Green Wave.

Player of the Game: Navy LB Diego Fagot made nine tackles with a sack, two tackles for loss, and two broken up passes

Stat of the Game: Rushing Yards: Tulane 265 – Navy 204

Louisiana 34, Georgia State 31 OT

Elijah Mitchell ran for a 12-yard touchdown in overtime to get Louisiana over a sleepy start for the win. Georgia State had a 21-7 lead late in the third quarter helped by a touchdown pass and a scoring run from Cornelious Brown, but the Ragin’ Cajuns went on a roll with 21 straight points, highlighted by a 59-yard Mitchell touchdown dash. Georgia State tied it with a four-yard Destin Coates touchdown run to force overtime, and took a lead in the extra frame on a 25-yard Noel Ruiz kick.

Player of the Game: Louisiana RB Elijah Mitchell ran 16 times for 164 yards and two scores

Stat of the Game: 3rd Down Conversions: Georgia State 8-of-20 – Louisiana 3-of-14

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