Sunday, October 4, 2015
Week 5 PASS/FAIL Report: AAC
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
PASS: Cincinnati, Memphis, Temple, USF, Houston, Tulane, Navy, East Carolina
Cincinnati beat Miami for the 1st time since 1947, and Hayden Moore passed for two TDs and ran for one more in the win over Miami in non con action.
Memphis didn’t play their best game of the season, and found themselves behind to USF 10-0 at one point, but their defense led a charge, and the Tigers used a 17-7 run in the 2nd half to win 24-17. Paxton Lynch accounted for all three TDs in the passing game.
USF gets a pass this week, as they largely played their best game of the season against the AAC favorites, and had every chance at winning this game despite falling short.
Temple rolled to an easy 37-3 win over Charlotte, and scored 20 points in the 3rd to blow the game open. Jahad Thomas rushed for two TDs in the win.
Greg Ward passed for 273 yards, and added 186 yards on the ground, and Houston used a 14-7 4th to put Tulsa away for good. The Cougars rolled up 347 yards rushing in the win.
Tulane received 4 TD passes from Tanner Lee, and the Green Wave beat UCF in the AAC opener for both. Tulane has now won two straight.
Navy jumped ahead of Air Force 21-0 and cruised to a 33-11 win. The Middies have an overall 8 game winning streak for the first time since 1979, and Keenan Reynolds accounted for 314 yards on the day with a passing score.
East Carolina outscored SMU 28-0 in the 2nd half on the way to a 49-23 blowout win over the Mustangs, and backup QB James Summers came in and passed for 2 TDs in the win. Summers will likely become the starter moving forward.
FAIL: U Conn, Tulsa, UCF, SMU
U Conn was neck and neck with BYU, but then allowed the Cougars to outscore them 20-3 in the 3rd, and BYU pulled away for the win. The Huskies finished just 3/14 on 3rd downs, and lost their third straight game.
Tulsa gave up 674 yards in the conference opening loss to Houston, and the Golden Hurricane recorded 10 penalties in the loss.
UCF has now fallen to 0-5 on the season after a 45-31 loss to Tulane to open AAC play. The Knights rushed for just 14 yards on only 11 carries on the day.
SMU was shut out by East Carolina after the half, as the Mustangs led 23-21 at the break before losing 49-23. SMU jumped to a 23-7 lead, and never scored again. The Mustangs were held to just 40 yards rushing in the loss.