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
— Cincinnati Football (@GoBearcatsFB) September 19, 2020
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
How's that for a first career reception!?
Jacob Free connects with Tyler Hussey on the slant route for a touchdown, and Troy's lead is 40!
— Troy Trojans Football 😷 (@TroyTrojansFB) September 19, 2020
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
Protect this House🏰
— Coastal Football (@CoastalFootball) September 19, 2020
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
— UTSA Football 🏈 (@UTSAFTBL) September 20, 2020
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
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 20, 2020
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
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) September 19, 2020
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
— OSU Cowboy Football 🇨🇦🤠 (@CowboyFB) September 19, 2020
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
What a performance from Dillon Gabriel 😤
417 pass yards and four TDs 👏 pic.twitter.com/fyKH3szG4f
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 19, 2020
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
Maybe “THE best catch you’ll see all week” https://t.co/phi7QXFH5m
— Liberty Football (@LibertyFootball) September 19, 2020
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
— Navy Football (@NavyFB) September 19, 2020
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
👋 See ya, Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/RVtnVAKZQ7
— Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns® Football (@RaginCajunsFB) September 19, 2020