NCAAF Week 5 Early Game Recap

West Virginia gets off the mat with a big upset [Early Games Recap]

9/28/13 in NCAAF   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - NCAAF Week 5 Early Game RecapA week ago, West Virginia was humiliated, losing 37-0 to Maryland, a team with six wins overall the past two years. Things looked bleak for Dana Holgorsen and company. A week later though, and they've notched a big win, one of the bigger upsets of the season, and the highlight of this week's early games.

West Virginia 31, (11) Oklahoma State 20 The Mountaineers (3-2, 1-0) had some help through mistakes by Oklahoma State (3-1, 0-1). The Cowboys turned the ball over three times, one that was returned for a touchdown and another that sealed the loss in the fourth, and committed 10 penalties for 96 yards. Despite some odd clock management, West Virginia was able to get a late field goal to make this a two possession game and seal a big win for a program that looked to be in deep trouble. Oklahoma State's Big 12 hopes take a hit with this loss.

(12) South Carolina 28, UCF 25 Maybe gave UCF a shot at the upset at home, and for a half, that looked very prescient. The Knights (3-1) led 10-0 at the half before the Gamecocks (3-1) woke up. South Carolina scored 28 straight points to start the second half and hung on from there as UCF made a last ditch comeback attempt. UCF is clearly a good team, so the close win shouldn't hurt South Carolina. However, they did lose quarterback Connor Shaw early in the game with a sprained shoulder. He's expected to be out 2-3 weeks, meaning he could potentially miss games against Kentucky and at Arkansas and Tennessee.

Tennessee 31, South Alabama 24 Up 31-7 early in third quarter, Tennessee (3-2) needed an interception in their own end zone with 1:51 to play to hold off a comeback attempt by South Alabama (2-2). In case you wanted to know if the Vols are any good at all, there is your answer.

Northern Illinois 55, Purdue 24 Last year's BCS busters are off to another good start. Northern Illinois (4-0) throttled Purdue (1-4) from the second quarter on, taking advantage of five Purdue turnovers. The Huskies are 4-0, 3-0 on the road, with two wins over the Big Ten.

(15) Miami 49, South Florida 21 South Florida (0-4) is a disaster right now. Miami (4-0) was up 49-7 before two garbage time touchdowns. The Bulls are so bad they can't even get punts right.

The Rest of the Early Games

Illinois 50, Miami (OH) 14
TCU 48, SMU 17
East Carolina 55, North Carolina 31
Pittsburgh 14, Virginia 3
Western Kentucky 19, Navy 3
Bowling Green 31, Akron 14
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