Inside the Game - Misleading Final Scores

By: Tony Stoffo     Date: Sep 26, 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 4 in college football here.

Wisconsin 30 Michigan St. 6

Michigan St. outgained the Badgers 325-317 but four turnovers did the Spartans in. Wisconsin scored on a 66-yard fumble recovery while an interception set up another touchdown on a short field. Michigan St. had five drives of 46 yards or more and those resulted in just three points total.

Virginia Tech 54 East Carolina 17

East Carolina lost a second straight game despite playing better than the score shows. The Pirates were outgained by only 19 total yards against Virginia Tech but the Hokies opened the scoring with a punt return for a touchdown while East Carolina was just 3-17 on third and fourth down.

Wake Forest 33 Indiana 28

Indiana outgained the Demon Deacons 611-352 but Hoosiers quarterback Richard Lagow threw five interceptions, one which was returned for a touchdown while two others led to 10 points. Additionally, Indiana turned the ball over on downs twice inside the Wake Forest 30-yard line.

Vanderbilt 31 Western Kentucky 30

Western Kentucky won the yardage battle 496-389 but committed three costly turnovers all in Vanderbilt territory that wiped away 143 yards of offense. The Hilltoppers kicked a field goal with 1:02 left but Vanderbilt drove 75 yards for the tying touchdown with no time left and eventually won on a Western Kentucky missed two-point conversion.

Western Michigan 49 Georgia Southern 31

The Eagles were outgained by only 45 total yards but lost the turnover battle 4-0. Western Michigan scored a touchdown on a 70-yard interception return and recovered a fumble at the Western Kentucky 20-yard line which set up another touchdown. Additionally, the Broncos scored on a 100-yard kickoff return.

Buffalo 23 Army 20

Army won the time of possession by nearly 13 minutes, had a 21-13 first down edge and outgained Buffalo 444-265. The Black Knights blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead however had a chance to win the game but missed a 34-yard field goal at the end of regulation and missed a 43-yard field goal at the start of overtime.

Troy 52 New Mexico St. 6

Despite losing by 46 points, New Mexico St. won the yardage battle 539-492. The Aggies committed five turnovers and while those only led to 10 Troy points, all five took place in Trojans territory including three inside the redzone. Troy also had a blocked punt return for a touchdown and a 100-yard kickoff return for a score.

Idaho 33 UNLV 30

Despite losing in overtime, UNLV outgained the Vandals 539-378 but was unable to finish drives. Idaho opened the scoring by returning an interception 31 yards for a touchdown while the Rebels got into the Idaho redzone five times but had to settle for a field goal three times including one in the opening of overtime.

Arizona St. 51 California 41

California won the yardage battle 637-454 but committed three costly turnovers in the fourth quarter. With the game tied, Arizona St. turned the first one into a field goal while returning an interception for a touchdown two plays later. California drove 75 yards for a touchdown but the Sun Devils returned the ensuing onside kick for a touchdown.

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