The Best Games Of Week Nine

The best games, the biggest moments, and the most memorable battles of the week.

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at Appalachian State 44, Georgia State 0
And You Care Because … The Appalachian State defense came up with a gem, holding Georgia State to 62 yards, while the offense took care of the rest with Marcus Cox running for three scores and Taylor Lamb taking off for a nine-yard score. Georgia State couldn’t make anything go in the snow, and ASU took advantage with four sacks and seven tackles for loss, allowing just eight rushing yards.
What Else? Appalachian State RB Marcus Cox ran 29 times for 250 yards and three scores
- Georgia State QB Nick Arbuckle completed 8-of-17 passes for 47 yards and a pick
- Appalachian State RB Ricky Ferguson ran 14 times for 123 yards and a score
- Rushing yards: Appalachian State 469 and six touchdowns on 66 carries – Georgia State 8 yards on 26 carries 

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Colorado State 38, at San Jose State 31
And You Care Because … Dee Hart ran for four short scores, but it was still a battle for Colorado State as San Jose State always seemed to have an answer. Tyler Ervin ran for an 89-yard score, and Tyler Winston tied it in the fourth on a 20-yard run, but Hart took over, finishing off two key drives with two seven-yard touchdown runs. The Spartans responded with a 91-yard drive, finishing up with a Joe Gray four-yard run, but it wasn’t enough. Gray threw two touchdown passes with a nine-yarder to Jamari Carr and Tyler Winston for 20-yards away.
What Else? Colorado State RB Dee Hart ran 24 times for 104 yards and four scores
- San Jose State QB Joe Gray completed 26-of-51 passes for 308 yards and two scores with two picks
- Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins caught eight passes for 143 yards and a score
- San Jose State RB Tyler Ervin ran 18 times for 149 yards and a score

10. Notre Dame 49, at Navy 39
And You Care Because … Notre Dame got all it could handle from the Navy running game, but everything seemed to be fine with a 28-7 lead helped by a 78-yard C.J. Prosise touchdown catch and a five-yard run from Everett Golson. And then Navy too control, taking the lead 31-28 on 24 straight points with Demond Brown, Austin Grebe and Chris Swain all running for touchdowns. But the Irish got their groove back as Golson ran for his second score of the game and Tarean Folston ran for a 25-yard touchdown. Navy wouldn’t go away as Swain took a pass 12 yards for a touchdown, and the two-point conversion made I t a three point game, but the Irish got a good late drive with Golston running for his third touchdown.
What Else? Notre Dame QB Everett Golson completed 18-of-25 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns with a pick, and ran nine times for 33 yards and three touchdowns
- Navy RB Noah Copeland ran 16 times for 138 yards
- Notre Dame RB Tarean Folston ran 20 times for 149 yards and a score
- Rushing: Navy 336 yards and three scores – Notre Dame 218 yards and four scores.

9. Boston College 33, at Virginia Tech 31
And You Care Because … Tyler Murphy threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, and Myles Willis tore off a 68-yard scoring run as Boston College held on for the win. Down 23-10 going into the fourth. Virginia Tech roared back and took the lead on a Michael Brewer one-yard run and a seven-yard pass to Bucky Hodges. But BC took control back with a 44-yard Alex Howell field goal and Murphy’s 57-yard scoring run. Brewer found Ryan Malleck for a five-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds left to pull VT within two, but BC recovered the onside kick.
What Else? Rushing yards: Boston College 258 – Virginia Tech 69
- Boston College QB Tyler Murphy completed 8-of-15 passes for 110 yards and two scores, and ran 18 times for 122 yards and a touchdown
- Virginia Tech QB Michael Brewer completed 31-of-48 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for a score
- First downs: Virginia Tech 7-of-20 (1-of-3 on fourth downs) – Boston College 3-of-13 (4-of-5 on fourth downs)

8. Florida State 42, Louisville 31
And You Care Because … Florida State got down 21-0, and Jameis Winston was picked off three times, but it didn’t matter. The Seminoles wore down the Louisville defense as Winston threw three touchdown passes starting out with a 68-yard Travis Rudolph pass and threw a perfect strike to Ermon Lane for a 47-yard score for a 28-24 lead. Louisville answered right back with a 65-yard drive finishing up with Michael Dyer’s third touchdown run, but that was it for the Cardinals as Dalvin Cook took off for his second touchdown run of the game, scoring from 38 yards out, and the Noles put it away with a 35-yard Freddie Stevenson touchdown catch. The Cardinals got out fast thanks to a huge game from WR DeVante Parker and Dyer runs from four and 12 yards out.
What Else? Florida State QB Jameis Winston completed 25-of-48 passes for 401 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions
- Third down conversions: Florida State 9-of-16 – Louisville 1-of-11 (that one coming in garbage time)
- Louisville WR DeVante Parker caught eight passes for 214 yards
- Louisville RB Michael Dyer ran 28 times for 134 yards and three scores

7. UAB 31, at Florida Atlantic 28
And You Care Because … Ty Long hit a 24-yard field goal with two seconds to play to break the 28-28 tie and give UAB the win. The Blazers appeared to have things in hand with a 28-7 lead in the fourth quarter, helped by two Jordan Howard touchdown runs and a 78-yard Jamarcus Nelson scoring grab. But FAU roared back in the fourth with 21 straight points on three long drives. Jaquez Johnson threw two touchdown passes and Tony Moore ran for a five-yard score, but UAB had the ball with just over four minutes left, and made the most of it going 64 yards in 12 plays leading the Long’s game-winner.
What Else? Penalties: UAB 11 for 90 yards – FAU 3 for 30 yards
- UAB RB Jordan Howard ran 35 times for 167 yards and two scores
- FAU WR Lucky Whitehead caught eight passes for 83 yards and two scores
- UAB WR Jamarcus Nelson caught six passes for 125 yards and a touchdown

6. at Mississippi State 17, Arkansas 10
And You Care Because … Mississippi State hung on for dear life as Will Redmond intercepted a pass deep in Bulldog territory to preserve the win. Arkansas got up 10-0 in the first half with Alex Collins running for a one-yard score, and while MSU scored 17 unanswered points, it was a fight. Josh Robinson ran for a three-yard touchdown, and Fred Ross took a Dak Prescott pass 69 yards for a touchdown, but three turnovers and the Arkansas defense made it tough to close.
What Else? Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott completed 18-of-27 passes for 331 yards and a touchdown with two picks, and ran 13 times for 61 yards
- Time of possession: Arkansas 38:46 - Mississippi State 21:14
- Arkansas RB Alex Collins ran 16 times for 93 yards and a score
- Arkansas QB Brandon Allen completed 22-of-43 passes for 238 yards with an interception

5. at Arizona State 19, Utah 16 OT
And You Care Because … In overtime, Utah’s Andy Philips missed with right, but a time out was called, and he missed on his second chance wide left. Arizona State took advantage, winning on a 30-yard Zane Gonzalez field goal. It was a field goal fest, as Gonzalez gave ASU the lead on first quarter field goals from 20 and 45 yards out, but Utah got three from Phillips from 50, 36 and 44 yards out. There was some offensive punch, with Jaelen Strong catching a six-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to give ASU a 13-3 lead, but Utah tied it in the third on a four-yard Devontae Booker catch. Down three, Gonzalez tied it late on a 30-yard field goal, and while ASU had one last shot, the Hail Mary attempt was picked off.
What Else? Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly completed 18-of-32 passes for 205 yards and a score and a pick, and ran 14 times for 55 yards
- Utah RB Devontae Booker ran 37 times for 146 yards, and caught two passes for six yards and a score
- Arizona State RB Demario Richard ran 14 times for 116 yards
- Total yards: Arizona State 444 – Utah 241

4. TCU 31, at West Virginia 30
And You Care Because … TCU rallied late down 31-20 with a six-yard B.J. Catalon touchdown run with over seven minutes left and, helped by a 40-yard pass play to Kolby Listenbee, a 37-yard Jaden Oberkrom field goal as time ran out for the win. West Virginia got up 13-0 on a 23-yard Mario Alford catch and two Josh Lambert field goals, but TCU had the lead in the third after Trevone Boykin ran for a two-yard score and with a first quarter 47-yard touchdown pass to Deante Gray. The Mountaineer momentum came back with a five-yard Dreamius Smith run and a 35-yard fumble return for a touchdown from Terrell Chestnut, but on the day, five turnovers proved to be costly helping the Horned Frogs take over. Catalon kept the Horned Frogs alive with a 23-yard touchdown run late in the third, but Lambert appeared to give WVU the lead for good with a 23-yard field goal. It was all TCU the rest of the way.
What Else? Turnovers: West Virginia 5 – TCU 2
- West Virginia QB Clint Trickett completed 15-of-26 passes for 162 yards and a score with two interceptions
- TCU QB Trevone Boykin completed 12-of-30 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown with an interception, and ran nine times for 49 yards and a score
- TCU RB B.J. Catalon ran 20 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns

3. Tennessee 45, at South Carolina 42 OT
And You Care Because … Following an 85-yard pass play to Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina had a 35-21 lead in the fourth and appeared to be cruising. And then Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs went nuts, generating 21 points in the final 6:34, starting with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Hurd, but that was answered by a 70-yard Brandon Wilds run to get the lead back to 14. Dobbs had the Vol O roaring right back 75-yard drive ending with his three-yard scoring run. The D held and forced a punt, but Dobbs was at it again with a nine-play, 85-yard drive finishing off with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Jason Croom with 11 seconds to play for the tie. In the OT, Aaron Medley hit a 32-yard field goal to give the Vols the lead, but South Carolina couldn’t answer with Elliott Fry’s 58-yarder coming up short.
What Else? Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs completed 23-of-40 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and he ran 24 times for 166 yards and three scores
- South Carolina QB Dylan Thompson completed 20-of-32 passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns with a pick
- Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd ran 21 times for 125 yards, and South Carolina RB Brandon Wilds ran eight times for 143 yards and two touchdowns
- South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper caught 11 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns

2. Duke 51, at Pitt 48 2OT
And You Care Because … In the second overtime, Pitt settled for a 43-yard Chris Blewitt field goal, and Duke answered with a five-yard Thomas Sirk touchdown run for the win. In a back and forth shootout, the Blue Devils got three Anthony Boone touchdown passes and a 12-yard scoring run in the first overtime, but the defense couldn’t stop James Conner, who rumbled for three short touchdown runs. The game appeared to turn in the fourth after Blewitt tied the game at 31 with a 38-yard field goal, but got blown past for a kickoff return for a score on the ensuing boot by DeVon Edwards. Instead, the Panthers went on a long touchdown march ending with Conner’s third touchdown run to tie it, carrying over into overtime after Blewitt missed a late kick.
What Else? Tim of possession: Pitt 41:08 – Duke 18:52
- Duke QB Anthony Boone completed 23-of-31 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns, and ran seven times for a team-high 47 yards and a score
- Pitt RB James Conner ran 38 times for 268 yards and three scores
- Duke WR Jamison Crowder caught nine passes for 165 yards and two scores

1. Auburn 35, at Ole Miss 31
And You Care Because … Cameron Artis-Payne ran for a six-yard score to give Auburn the lead with just over ten minutes to play, but Ole Miss appeared to be on the verge of grabbing it back. Bo Wallace found Laquon Treadwell, who was on his way into the end zone when he was tackled awkwardly – suffering a broken leg – and fumbled just before getting in. Auburn recovered, and the defense was able to hang on over the final 35 seconds. Before the injury, Treadwell was having a great night, catching a ten-yard touchdown pass in the back-and-forth game, with Wallace running for a three-yard score and finding Evan Engram for a 50-yard touchdown, but Auburn’s Nick Marshall was sensational, running for two touchdowns and hitting Sammie Coates for a 57-yard touchdown and connecting with Marcus Davis for a 17-yard score.
What Else? Auburn QB Nick Marshall completed 15-of-22 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns, and ran ten times for 50 yards and two scores
- Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace completed 28-of-40 passes for 341 yards and two scores, and ran 14 times for a team-high 61 yards and a score
- Auburn RB Cameron Artis-Payne ran 27 times for 143 yards and a score
- Ole Miss TE Evan Engram caught eight passes for 123 yards and a score, WR Vince Sanders caught six passes for 105 yards, and Laquon Treadwell caught ten passes for 103 yards and a touchdown


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