It wasn’t the deepest slate of Power Five games here in Week 10, but we have been treated to a giant Group of Five showdown. No. 24 Memphis hosted No. 15 SMU, the undefeated G5 leader entering today.
The Tigers have been one of the most consistent G5 teams since Justin Fuente engineered the impressive revival of the program. SMU has been a fantastic story this season, but Memphis was the better team so far.
The Tigers broke open a big lead, and held off a furious SMU comeback to win 54-48. The Mustangs scored with just over two minutes to go, but could not get the ball back. A win puts Memphis in the catbird seat in the AAC West.
Cincinnati is currently the favorite to win the East, with UCF lingering behind them. The winner of the AAC is probably the favorite to represent the G5 in the New Year’s Six bowls, especially if Boise State continues to struggle against San Jose State tonight. The Broncos trail 14-7 early, and already have a loss on their resume.
Earlier in the fourth quarter, Antonio Gibson broke perhaps the flashiest touchdown you’ll see on the highlights this weekend.
On the first play of Memphis’ drive with 9:31 in the fourth, Gibson miraculously shed two tackles and sprinted 78 yards to the end zone to put Memphis up 54-32.
Ridiculous Antonio Gibson. pic.twitter.com/kKqDB9nlsX
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) November 3, 2019
Gibson rushed three times for 97 yards and that score, and made six catches for 130 yards and a touchdown as well.
If you want offense, you can do worse than a good AAC game. These two combined for 102 points and 1,076 total yards on the day.
There are worse ways to wrap up your college football Saturday viewing experience.