Week 1 of the college football season kicked off last night. 12 games involving FBS teams got things started on Thursday night.
Here’s what happened in each of last night’s college football games.
The biggest match-up of the night went down between two solid Big Ten West programs.
Northwestern Wildcats – 31, Purdue Boilermakers – 27
And now you know why we call them Purdon't. pic.twitter.com/uXIK6kvQAL
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) August 31, 2018
This was a weird one. Northwestern jumped out to a two touchdown lead early, but stalled when Pat Fitzgerald made a quarterback switch due to a “pitch count” for veteran Clayton Thorson, who is recovering from a torn ACL. Purdue also juggled quarterbacks, after three interceptions from starter Elijah Sindelar. Ultimately, the game was sealed for the Wildcats because of an incredible stupid unnecessary roughness penalty on Purdue, shown above, in the final three minutes, allowing Northwestern to run out the clock on the road.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons – 23, Tulane Green Wave – 17 (OT)
Tulane tried a hook and ladder on 4th & 25…. receiver got cracked! pic.twitter.com/iL4J0qPQyj
— Prime Bam Childress (@fearthe_beard11) August 31, 2018
Wake and Tulane had a low-scoring battle in New Orleans, which went to overtime in large part due to the Green Wave’s inability to do anything offensively once in Demon Deacon territory. On the first drive of overtime, Tulane wound up in a 4th-and-25, outside of field goal range, resulting in a pretty poor hook-and-latter attempt on the short side of the field. Wake Forest punched in a game-winning touchdown a few plays later.
21 UCF Knights – 56, UConn Huskies – 17
We charted McKenzie Milton with just 17 throwaways last season… Why throw it away when you can make magic happen? pic.twitter.com/wFc1jLQjZx
— Cam Mellor (@PFF_Cam) August 31, 2018
If UConn knows where the now-fabled—and currently missing—Civil ConFLiCT trophy is, it will have to wait another year to break it out. Knights QB McKenzie Milton went for 346 yards and five touchdowns through the air.
Minnesota Golden Gophers – 48, New Mexico State Aggies – 10
— Minnesota on BTN (@MinnesotaOnBTN) August 31, 2018
New Mexico State had some life early, going up 10-7 after an early Gophers touchdown. From there, it was all Minnesota, as the Gophers poured on 28 points in the second quarter alone. Minnesota had two separate 100-yard runners, and totaled 295 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in total.
Oklahoma State Cowboys – 58, Missouri State Bears – 17
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) August 31, 2018
This game is what you expect from your Oklahoma State teams against an FCS opponent. Justice Hill and LD Brown each only needed 10 carries to eclipse 100 yards, while new quarterback Taylor Cornelius managed 295 yards and five scores through the air.
Utah Utes – 41, Weber State Wildcats – 10
AND HE'S GONE. ??♂️?
Zack Moss runs it in 86 yards to give @Utah_Football the lead.
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) August 31, 2018
Through the first 10 minutes of the game, Weber State led 10-0. It didn’t stay that way.
Texas A&M Aggies 59 – Northwestern State Demons – 7
Trayveon Williams made this 73-yard TD look EASY ? pic.twitter.com/Xh9wfnrSuL
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) August 31, 2018
Quarterback Kellen Mond had a solid first outing under Jimbo Fisher, but the story was Trayveon Williams, who went for 240 yards and three scores on 20 carries.
UC Davis Aggies – 44, San Jose State Spartans – 38
UC Davis upsets San Jose State 44-38. pic.twitter.com/ZQOii9PgXF
— Jackson Moore (@JacksonMoore247) August 31, 2018
The Aggies pulled the first FCS-over-FBS upset of the year, leading from the mid-first quarter on.
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks – 34, Southeastern Louisiana Lions – 31
— Cole Dial (@dialcole13) August 31, 2018
ULM nearly became that first team to lose to an FCS program, but blocked what would have been a last-second game-tying field goal to win it.
Georgia State Panthers – 24, Kennesaw State Owls – 20
Georgia State scores with 41 seconds left to beat Kennesaw State: pic.twitter.com/2LbBRB9BaC
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) August 31, 2018
The FBS and FCS teams from Georgia were pretty evenly matched, but the Panthers picked up the win with a last-minute go-ahead touchdown pass from Dan Ellington to Diondre Champaigne.
Ball State Cardinals – 42, Central Connecticut Blue Devils – 6
— Ball State Football (@BallStateFB) August 31, 2018
Run of the mill FBS over FCS game here. Ball State ran for 316 yards and three scores, and held Central Connecticut to under 4.5 yards per offensive play.
UAB Blazers – 52, Savannah State Tigers – 0
— UAB Football (@UAB_FB) August 31, 2018
The Blazers keep it rolling in year three of their return from the dead. Savannah State only managed 23 yards through the air on an abysmal 1-of-17 passing.