San Jose State at Arkansas
Final Score: San Jose State 31, Arkansas 24
Recap (Matthew Kenerly): The Spartans outplayed the Razorbacks and answered a comeback attempt with a late touchdown that enabled SJSU to score its first win over a Power 5 program in 13 years.
Quarterback Josh Love was one catalyst in the upset, completing 32-of-49 for 402 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while wide receiver Tre Walker traded his role as a deep threat to help the Spartans move the chains, tallying 12 catches for 161 yards.
The other bigger catalyst, though, was a Spartan defense that intercepted five passes, including three on their own side of the field.
Final Score: Nevada 37, UTEP 21
Recap (Brandon Blake): Nevada quarterback Cristian Solano filled in for the injured Carson Strong and led the Wolf Pack to a 37-21 victory over the UTEP Miners. Solano completed 13 of 19 pass attempts for 182 yards and threw two touchdown passes in the win. Solano lead all rushers for the Wolf Pack as he ran for 100 yards as Nevada improves their record to 3-1. Wide receiver Elijah Cooks had a big night as he caught four passes for 82 yards and caught two touchdown passes.
Final Score: Fresno State 34, Sacramento State 20
Recap (Matthew Kenerly): It wasn’t the most convincing performance we’ve seen from the Bulldogs recently, but the Bulldogs held Sacramento State to 4.2 yards per play and overcame some red zone woes to get into the win column for the first time in 2019.
Quarterback Jorge Reyna finished the evening 26-of-39 for 312 yards and two touchdowns, but the real hero of the day was running back Josh Hokit, who made an impact late with 72 yards on 12 carries and two fourth-quarter touchdowns, helping erase the Hornets’ upset bid.
Final Score: Toledo 41, Colorado State 35
Recap (Josh Fredlund): Colorado State’s slow start to the second half cost them the game this week. They allowed two quick touchdowns back to back before starting to slow the Rockets offense down. The Rams twice came up short on plays that would give them the lead/win them the game, as they were stopped short of the goal line both times.
Marvin Kinsey had a monster game with 23 carries for 246 yards and two touchdowns. Patrick O’Brien did okay in his first start for the Rams. He missed some easy throws early that potentially could’ve made the difference, but he finished 35-of-52 for 405 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Final Score: Utah State 23, San Diego State 17
Recap (Matthew Kenerly): The anticipated battle between the Aggies and Aztecs was as good as advertised, but SDSU’s defensive efforts weren’t enough to keep Utah State from surviving in each team’s Mountain West opener.
San Diego State held the Aggies to 5.1 yards per play, breaking up six passes while holding Jordan Love to 30-of-47 and 293 yards, but the Utah State defensive line had the upper hand with ten tackles for loss against the Aztecs running game, which lost Jordan Byrd to injury and managed only 3.5 yards per carry (after adjusting for USU’s four sacks). Chance Bell led SDSU with 63 rushing yards on 18 carries, while Jaylen Warren led the Aggies with 74 yards and a third-quarter touchdown that would be the difference in this game.
Ryan Agnew completed 20-of-37 passes for 281 yards with two touchdowns, but a first-quarter pick-six by Shaq Bond would prove to be critical late and a last-ditch effort in the game’s closing moments ended with a long backwards scramble.
Final Score: Hawaii 35, Central Arkansas 16
Recap (Matthew Kenerly): The Warriors defense helped the offense overcome four turnovers by holding UCA to 4.4 yards per play in a solid win.
Cole McDonald rebounded from last week’s rough performance by throwing for 300 yards with four touchdowns and an interception on 25-of-32 pass attempts, while Jared Smart was the wide receiver of choice this time around with eight catches on nine targets for 121 yards and a score.
(Brandon T) Cole McDonald was back to his good ol’ self this Homecoming night as he was 25 for 32 with 300 yards and four touchdowns. It was the first time this season McDonald threw to four different receivers with his four TDs. The turnover bug is still in Hawaii’s core but rescinding it with a Kai Kaneshiro pick-six in the first quarter will certainly make it better.
That led to the offense continuing the momentum scoring three more times to put the ‘Bows up with a 28-0 cushion. It was the Rainbow Warrior defense who prevented Central Arkansas from coming back by only letting up 7 points in the second half. Central Arkansas did score 16 unanswered points but the McDonald to Lincoln Victor TD late in the fourth quarter sealed the deal.