Inside the Game - Misleading CFB Wk 8 Final Scores

By: Tony Stoffo     Date: Oct 25, 2016

While the scoreboard tells us who won and lost, it is important to look inside the game to see if there were any misleading final scores. We break down Week 8 in college football here.

Boise St. 28 BYU 27

Boise St. jumped out to a 14-0 lead but needed a blocked field goal as time expired to pull out the win. The game was not as close as the final score indicates as the Broncos outgained the Cougars 571-322 but committed five turnovers which led to 17 points for BYU including a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns in the second quarter.

Miami Ohio 40 Bowling Green 26

Bowling Green outgained the RedHawks 446-433 but lost the turnover battle 4-1 with all four of those turnovers occurring in the second half. The Falcons pulled to within three points late in the third quarter but then committed turnovers on four of their next five possessions including a string of three straight interceptions in a span of 17 plays.

Oklahoma St. 44 Kansas 20

Kansas played a lot better than this score indicates as the Jayhawks were outgained by just 28 total yards but they were hurt by three turnovers that led to 17 points for the Cowboys. Kansas trailed by just four points late in the third quarter but tossed a pair of interceptions and also turned it over on downs twice in the fourth quarter.

North Texas 35 Army 18

Army jumped ahead 7-0 but North Texas took its first lead 14-7 on an interception return for a touchdown, one of seven turnovers for the Black Knights, and never gave the lead back. Army won the yardage battle 396-320 but 178 of those yards were wiped out by the seven miscues. The Mean Green scored 21 points off the turnovers.

Hawaii 34 Air Force 27

This game took double overtime to decide and Hawaii pulled off the upset as it intercepted Air Force on a fourth and seven in the second overtime to sneak out the win. That was one of three turnovers for Air Force as it fumbled twice in its own territory leading to 10 points for the Warriors. The Falcons won the yardage battle 409-387.

Kentucky 40 Mississippi St. 38

Kentucky outgained the Bulldogs 554-362 and had 10 more first downs but needed a last second 51-yard field goal to pull out the win. The Wildcats had a pair of turnovers that led to 14 points for Mississippi St. which included an 81-yard fumble returned for a touchdown. Additionally, Kentucky had to settle for five field goal attempts.

Penn St. 24 Ohio St. 21

The upset of the day took place in State College as Penn St. defeated the Buckeyes and put a big dent in their playoff chances. Ohio St. won the yardage battle 413-319 but had a field goal blocked which the Nittany Lions returned 60 yards for a touchdown. The Buckeyes got the ball back one last time but managed just 12 yards on 10 plays.

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