Weekend Recap: Cincinnati Wins at Notre Dame; Oregon Falls In OT; Kentucky Upends Florida

October 3, 2021 by Staff

Cincinnati, No. 12 in the Congrove Computer Rankings, helped its chances at a Final Four berth with a dominating performance in South Bend as the Bearcats clawed No. 5 Notre Dame 24-13. Cincinnati broke open a scoreless affair with a 17-point run in the second quarter, aided by a Notre Dame fumble of the kickoff after the Bearcats tallied the first TD of the game. That turnover led to a field goal to make it 10-0, and it was stretched to 17-0  just before the break when Tre Ticker's 27-yard haul from Desmond Ridder concluded a 5-play, 80-yard drive that took just a minute and eight seconds. The Irish got to within 17-13 halfway through the 4th, but Ridder's own 8-yard run with 5:08 left to play sealed the deal. Notre Dame had won 18 straight regular season games and 26 consecutive home games.

No. 7 Oregon was a 31-24 loser in overtime at Stanford, thanks to the late heroics of Tanner McKee. The Cardinal QB tossed a touchdown pass with no time left on the clock to force the extra period, and then threw a 14-yard TD pass in overtime to go ahead. Oregon's overtime possession ended in futility on an incomplete 4th-down pass from the 8.

Also in the PAC-12 North, Oregon State seized control of the division as the Beavers downed Washington 27-24 on a 24-yard walk-off field goal . Oregon State  improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference while the Huskies fell to 2-3, 1-1.

Arizona State now leads the PAC-12 South after a 42-23 win at UCLA. The Sun Devils outscored the Bruins 18-0 in the second half after a see-saw affair in the first half that saw both teams combine to score on 7 consecutive possessions.

scored on f5 of its first six possessions 2:14 AM ET AP Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print PASADENA, Calif. -- — Arizona State relied on its rushing attack in its first four games. Jayden Daniels and the passing game propelled the Sun Devils to an upset win over No. 20 UCLA on Saturday night. Daniels passed for 286 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Ricky Pearsall, and Arizona State used big plays in a convincing 42-23 victory at the Rose Bowl. ADVERTISEMENT "They’re going to try to press you and get you in those long downs. So really the game plan was to get the ball in my hands, max protect and take shots and we did that,” said Daniels, who completed 13 of 18 passes. Coach Herm Edwards said Daniels' performance was more inspiring after his grandfather passed away Friday. "Coming into this, he was a little emotional. I hugged him in the locker room and told him his spirit is in the stadium. His spirit is here, looking at you, watching you. And I thought he went out and really played well,” Edwards said. The Sun Devils (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) were forced to punt on their first drive before scoring on their next five to take control of the game and likely the Pac-12's South Division.

Kentucky was a 20-13 home winner over Florida, giving the Wildcats their second win over the Gators in the past 4 years and their first in Lexington since 1986. Kentucky returned a blocked 48-yard field goal attempt 76 yards for a 13-10 advantage in the 3rd, and lengthened the lead to 20-10 on a 9-yard run with 11:32 remaining after an interception return set up the Cats at the Florida 29. The Gators had a shot to tie or win on their final drive but a 4th-and-goal pass from the Kentucky 8 was knocked away to preserve the win.

No. 6 Michigan easily took down Wisconsin 38-17 in Madison to drop the Badgers to 1-3.

No. 8 Penn State continued to flex its defensive muscle with a 24-0 shutout of Indiana, ending a streak of 246 consecutive games that the Hoosiers had managed to get on the board.

Clemson got away with a 19-13 home win over Boston College in a somewhat sloppy game. The victory was clinched by a mishandled shotgun snap as BC was attempting a late scoring drive to pull off the upset.

Missouri was an unexpected 62-24 loser at home to Tennessee. The Vols were only a 3-point underdog but they flipped the spread by 41 points.

Mississippi State saddled Texas A&M with a second straight loss, a 26-22 setback at Kyle Field. The Aggies have only allowed 63 total points through 5 games but are just 3-2.

Auburn was a 24-19 winner at LSU on the strength of a 14-0 fourth quarter.

No. 1 Alabama jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead, and stretched it to 35-0 early in the 3rd, then cruised to a 42-21 in over Ole Miss. Nick Saban improved to 24-0 against former assistants-turned-head coaches as Lane Kiffin was victimized this time around.

No. 2 Iowa administered the same punishment to Maryland with a 51-14 beatdown of the previously-undefeated Terps on Friday. The Hawkeyes were a mere 3.5-point favorite and a 7.09-point computer pick.

No. 3 Oklahoma continued its habit of winning close ballgames and giving up comfy leads as the Sooners topped Kansas State 37-31.

No. 4 Georgia left no doubt who was going to win its game with Arkansas as the battle of unbeatens saw the 'Dawgs cook the Hogs 37-0. Georgia has allowed just 23 points through 5 games and registered shutouts in its last two.

Across the state, Georgia Southern was a 59-33 winner over visiting Arkansas State. It was the first game for the Eagles under interim head coach Kevin Whitley after Chad Lunsford was fired last Sunday.

Navy was a stunning 34-30 winner at UCF as the Midshipmen put 17 unanswered points on the board in the 4th quarter. Navy entered the game with an 0-3 mark and had only scored 30 points in those previous 3 games.

Nevada was a 41-31 upset winner at Boise State, dropping the Broncos to  2-3 and improving the Wolf Pack to 3-1.

Another Mountain West upset saw Hawaii force 6 turnovers and preserve a 27-24 home win over Fresno State with an intercepted pass at Hawaii's 2 with just 9 ticks left on the clock. The Warriors had taken the lead on a 33-yard field goal with 3:33 remaining.

Minnesota upset Purdue 20-13 in a downpour in West Lafayette. The Gophers have wrapped victories over the Boilermakers and Colorado around an inexplicable loss to Bowling Green.

Temple upset Memphis 34-31 as an 11.5-point underdog. The teams have alternated victories throughout all 7 meetings.

Michigan State improved to 5-0 with a 48-31 win over Western Kentucky in a game that was much more lopsided than the final score indicates as the Hilltoppers posted 15 points in the final stanza.

By the way, Kent State knocked off BGSU 27-20 as the Falcons were aiming for their first three-game winning streak since the last 3 games of the 2016 season.

The battle for the Victory Bell easily tilted in North Carolina's favor as the Tar Heels rolled 38-7 over Duke in Chapel Hill. UNC leads the series 61-40-4.

Florida State broke into the win column by edging Syracuse 33-30 at home on Ryan Fitzgerald's 34-yard walk-off field goal.

Vanderbilt ended an 8-game home losing streak with a 31-yard walk-off field goal to edge UConn 30-28.

Nebraska romped 56-7 over visiting Northwestern. It's the most points the 'Huskers have scored against a FBS foe since hitting that same number vs. Southern Miss in 2013.

Liberty improved to 4-1 with a 36-12 win at UAB, buoyed by a 21-0 3rd quarter in which Malik Willis ran for 2 scores and passed for another.

BYU is 5-0 after going 11-1 in 2020. The Cougars kept it rolling with a 34-20 win in Logan over rival Utah State on Friday night.

Houston was a 3-point underdog in the sportsbooks, but the Cougars embarrassed Tulsa on its home field with a 45-10 whipping. Houston was a 5.44-point dog in the Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com in that Friday night clash.

The FBS college football weekend began on Thursday with Miami missing a 33-yard walk-off field goal attempt with a doink off the left upright  to drop a 30-28 decision at home to Virginia.


2 teams will play 2 FCS teams this fall (UConn and UMass), and 115 teams will play 1 FCS school for a total of 117 such matchups. 105 of those 117 games have already been played.

No FCS-FBS games took place this week. The FBS is 95-10 this season. Since we began tracking this in 2003, the FBS teams are now 1,564-138 (.919).

Last year, 30 FBS teams played a total of just 34 games against FCS schools and the FCS won just 1 game (1-33). That honor also went to Jacksonville State with its 19-10 victory over FIU.

Here are the FCS wins in 2021:
September 2: UC Davis 19, Tulsa 17
September 2: Eastern Washington 35, UNLV 33 (2 OT)
September 3: South Dakota State 42, Colorado State 23
September 4: Holy Cross 38, UConn 28
September 4: Montana 13, Washington 7
September 4: ETSU 23, Vanderbilt 3
September 11: Duquesne 28, Ohio 26
September 11: Jacksonville State 20, Florida State 17.
September 18: Incarnate Word 42, Texas State 34.
September 18: Northern Arizona 21, Arizona 19

This was the only FCS win vs. the FBS in 2020:
October 23: Jacksonville State 19, FIU 10

In 2019, FBS teams were 111-3 (.974) in such games. These were the only FCS wins that season:
August 29: Central Arkansas 35, Western Kentucky 28
September 7: Southern Illinois 45, Massachusetts 20
September 14: The Citadel 27, Georgia Tech 24 (OT)


ALABAMA - Won 19 straight games overall (FBS longest).
Last: Won 42-21 at home vs. Ole Miss on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Next: Visits Texas A&M on Saturday, Oct. 9.

OHIO STATE - Won 23 straight conference games (FBS longest), and 11 straight road games (FBS longest).
Last: Won 52-13 at Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Next: Hosts Maryland on Saturday, Oct. 9.

NOTRE DAME - Had won 18 straight regular season games and 26 straight home games.
Last: Lost 24-13 at home to Cincinnati on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Next: Visits Virginia Tech on Saturday, Oct. 9.

CLEMSON - Won 31 straight home games (FBS longest).
Last: Won 19-13 at home over Boston College on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Next: Visits Syracuse on Friday, Oct. 15.

NEW MEXICO - Lost 15 straight road games (tied with Akron for FBS longest).
Last: Lost 38-10 at home to Air Force on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Next: Visits San Diego State on Saturday, Oct. 9.

AKRON - Lost 14 straight road games (one behind New Mexico for FBS second-longest).
Last: Lost 34-17 at home to Ohio on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Next: Visits Bowling Green on Saturday, Oct. 9.

KANSAS - Lost 17 straight to FBS schools, Lost 14 straight conference games (tied FBS longest with Vanderbilt).
Last: Lost 59-7 at Iowa State on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Next: Hosts Texas Tech on Saturday, Oct. 16.

ARIZONA - Lost 16 straight over-all (tied with UMass for FBS longest), and 15 straight to FBS schools (two behind Kansas for FBS longest).
Last: Lost 41-19 at Oregon Saturday, Sept. 25.
Next: Hosts UCLA on Saturday, Oct. 9.

MASSACHUSETTS - Lost 16 straight over-all (tied with Arizona for FBS second-longest).
Last: Lost 45-7 at home to Toledo on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Next: Hosts UConn on Saturday, Oct. 9.