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Inside the Game - Misleading Final Scores
Tony Stoffo
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By: Tony Stoffo     Date: Sep 26, 2016
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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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