Saturday, October 8, 2016

Bilo's College Football PASS/FAIL Reports Week 6: AAC

PASS: Navy, U Conn, USF, Memphis, Tulsa
Navy won their first game over a top 10 opponent since 1984 today, using a 21 point 3rd quarter to take control of a close game in a win over Houston, who had been undefeated entering the day. Will Worth rushed for a TD and passed for 2 more for the Middies in the 46-40 win. It was the 13th consecutive home win for Navy.
U Conn used their vaunted defense to shut out Cincinnati after the half, beating the Bearcats 20-9 in East Hartford. Noel Thomas caught 9 passes for 109 yards in what was an otherwise pedestrian offensive performance by the Huskies.
Quinton Flowers passed for 250 yards and 3 TDs, and USF pulled away to drop East Carolina today in Tampa 38-22. Flowers also added 115 yards on the ground in the win. Marlon Mack added 152 yards and 2 TDs on the day rushing.
Memphis trailed Temple 13-3 at the half before exploding for 31 second half points in a 34-27 win over the Owls in conference play. Memphis scored 14 points in the 3rd quarter just over a minute apart in the win, with one coming on a fumble recovery following a 71 yard  return for a score on a kick.
Tulsa won their second straight OT game, and D’Angelo Brewer rushed for 182 yards in the win for the Golden Hurricane in a 43-40 win over SMU. Tulsa scored over 40 points for the 11th time under Phillip Montgomery.

FAIL: Houston, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Temple, SMU
In recent weeks, the Houston veneer was crumbling in games that the Cougars should have dominated. Today was such a day, and Houston could not overcome their failures this time in a 46-40 loss to Navy, who ran well against the Cougars’ highly ranked rush defense. The Cougars had allowed 210 rushing yards on the year, and Navy pounded them for 306 yards on the ground today.
Cincinnati could not score after the half on the road at U Conn, and Hayden Moore failed to throw a TD pass for the first time this season. Moore was also sacked 3 times in the loss. The loss ended a 5 game UC win streak over the Huskies.
East Carolina dropped their fourth straight game in a 38-22 AAC game to USF today in Tampa, wasting an 18 catch performance by Zay Jones. Jones has 4 straight 100 yard games this season, but ECU has been wasting those performances weekly, as their defense cannot keep up. The offense overall today played poorly as well.
Temple held the ball for 38 minutes, and led Memphis 13-3 at the half, but still imploded in the 3rd quarter to allow Memphis back into the game. Phillip Walker passed for 2 TDs, but was also picked twice in the loss. Temple had not lost a fumble in 434 plays, but lost a pair to the Tigers.
SMU’s Ben icks had tossed an FBS leading 9 picks entering the game with Tulsa on Friday night, but did not record one this week. Still, SMU fell just short in a 43-40 OT loss to Tulsa. SMU recorded their 13th defensive pick in the loss, which leads the nation, but the Mustangs are still just 2-4 on the season.

PPD: Tulane, UCF

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