Flutie Flays the Huskies – Boston College 17, Northern Illinois 14
Sept. 26 – Doug Flutie’s nephew Troy Flutie, making his first career start, led the Eagles to a close win over the Huskies.
Northern Illinois had the ball at the Boston College 35-yard line in the final two minutes but Drew Hale threw three straight incompletions to end the threat.
Northern Illinois held the ACC team to 18 first downs and just 326 total yards, including just 92 through the air, but the Huskies hurt themselves with seven penalties and a pair of turnovers.
Cowboys Rally Late – Oklahoma State 24, Central Michigan 13
Sept. 23 – Cooper Rush’s 16-yard touchdown scramble gave Central Michigan a 13-10 lead early in the third quarter, but Oklahoma State rallied for the game’s final 14 points in front of a loud Thursday night crowd at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant.
The Chippewas, trailing 10-3 late in the first half, drove to the Cowboys 4-yard line, but a false start penalty forced them to settle for a field goal.
Mason Rudolph gave Oklahoma State the lead for good with a 21-yard touchdown run. The Cowboys closed out the scoring with a Marcell Ateman 18-yard touchdown reception.
Orangemen Need OT to Defeat Central Michigan – Syracuse 30, Central Michigan 27
Sept. 19 – The Chippewas knocked Syracuse starting quarterback Eric Dungey out of the game with a vicious hit that drew a targeting penalty, but walk-on quarterback Zack Mahoney was able to guide the Orangemen to the overtime victory.
Cooper Rush’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Ben McCord with just seven seconds left in regulation sent the game to overtime. The Chippewas kicked a field goal with the first possession of overtime before Jordan Frederick’s touchdown won it for the Orange.
The key play of the game was CMU’s Mitch Staniszek’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Dungey in the second quarter that drew the ire of Syracuse fans, who were alleged to have sent death threats Staniszek’s way via social media.
The Chippewas dominated the statistical comparison. They had 30 first downs to Syracuse’s 11, rolled up 520 total yards to Syracuse’s 326 and won the time of possession battle, 39:06-20:54.