Crazy games at college football week 8
Fan Frenzy teams end the weekend with a strong 8-3 record with some dramatic outcomes in the process.
Let’s start with the Boise State Broncos losing their undefeated status to a BYU team determined to upset a favorite and turn around their season with a victory 28-25. The Cougars managed to catch the Broncos off guard with a pair of trick plays, and BYU earned its third win in the series and first since 2015. All three of Boise State’s losses in the series have come on the road. The Broncos offense struggled to create explosive plays in the passing game. On defense, Boise State struggled to get off the field early and couldn’t stop BYU on fourth-and-inches late to give themselves one last chance at the win. Boise State is off this week before playing Nov. 2 at San Jose State. BYU returns to action week 10 against the Utah State Aggies in Logan.
Speaking of Utah State, the Aggies beat Nevada 36-10. Utah State’s defense held Nevada scoreless for 49:57, allowing a score on Nevada’s second possession and its final possession. The Aggies held the Wolf Pack to just three drives of more than three plays. Junior Savon Scarver sets Aggies record with his fifth career kickoff return for a touchdown. Another Utah team that keeps putting impressive defensive numbers is the Utah Utes. They beat Arizona State 21-3 at the University of Utah Rice-Eccles stadium. Utah totaled 342 yards while ASU managed just 136 yards, with junior running back Eno Benjamin accounting for 104 of that on the ground. Utah defensive front was led by seniors Leki Fotu and Bradlee Anae, to secure the Utes overwhelming victory.
Oregon earned their sixth straight win against Washington 35-31 at the Husky Stadium last Saturday. This victory allowed the Ducks to leapfrog the Huskies in the standings, placing Oregon at number 1 in the conference.
The Iowa State Cyclones continue to roll with another victory for a third straight. This time over Texas Tech Red Raiders 34-24 in a very even game in which the difference was the scoreless first quarter by the Iowa State defense.
The Illinois Fighting Illini shocked the Wisconsin Badgers pulling out a 1-point victory 23-24 handing them their first loss of the season. The Badgers had not allowed a first-half touchdown all season, nor had they trailed at any point in a game until last Saturday against Illinois. The Illini, who came in as 30.5-point underdogs, became the first team to win outright as a more-than-30-point underdog since Iowa State (plus-30.5) stunned Oklahoma in 2017. Illinois' James McCourt hit a 39-yard field goal as time expired to give the Illini a 24-23 upset over No. 6 Wisconsin.
The Iowa Hawkeyes defeat the Purdue Boilermakers 26-20. This was not a perfect day for the 22nd-ranked Hawkeyes, but it was ultimately a successful one. They needed a win after consecutive tight-game losses to Big Ten Conference heavyweights. And now they are 5-2 overall, 2-2 in the league with Saturday's much-needed result.
The Florida Atlantic Owls have been dominant at home this season, still they fell short against the Marshall Thundering Herd 36-31. The Owls came in as favorite to win the match until Brenden Knox took over for Marshall University. Knox piled up 220 rushing yards in the second half , the longest being a 17-yard touchdown run with 36 seconds to play in the game sealing the victory.
The Kansas Jayhawks lost to Texas on Saturday night on the game’s final play. The 50-48 loss at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium send a pretty important message, that unlike before, these Jayhawks now have the firepower to compete with any team left on the schedule.
Week 9 upcoming games: USC at Colorado, Illinois at Purdue, Iowa at Northwestern, Bowling Green at Western Michigan, Oklahoma at Kansas State, Nevada at Wyoming, NM State at Georgia Southern, Central Michigan at Buffalo, Eastern Michigan at Toledo, FL Atlantic at Old Dominion, Oklahoma St at Iowa State, Miami OH at Kent State, Memphis at Tulsa, Texas Tech at Kansas, Boston College at Clemson, Missouri at Kentucky, Colorado State at Fresno State, California at Utah, Utah State at Air Force, Washington St at Oregon.