Inside The Boxscores - CFB Opening Week

Matt Fargo | Aug 28, 2017 | ARCHIVE

Colorado State 58 Oregon State 27

Oregon St. played the Rams close for a half as it trailed by a touchdown in the closing seconds of the second quarter and appeared to score the tying touchdown but it was ruled an incomplete pass. The Beavers had to settle for a field goal and that apparently took the wind out of their sails as they were outscored 34-7 the rest of the way. Colorado St. won the yardage battle 525-456 while the Beavers committed five turnovers including an interception that was returned 44 yards for a touchdown. One bright spot for Oregon St. was junior running back Ryan Nall rushing for 115 yards on 15 carries (7.7 ypc).

Hawaii 38 Massachusetts 35

Hawaii racked up 503 yards of offense in a back and forth game that it claimed in the final minute on a seven-yard touchdown pass, part of an eight-play, 73-yard drive. The Warriors outgained the Minutemen by over 100 yards in the first half but turned the ball over on downs twice in UMass territory and racked up eight penalties for 83 yards while also throwing an interception. The Warriors trailed 28-14 late in the third quarter but cut the lead to seven and then recovered a fumble on a punt and scored two plays later to tie the game.

BYU 20 Portland State 6

BYU surprisingly had its hands full with the Vikings from the FCS as it won by just 14 points as a 37-point favorite. The Cougars did play solid defense, allowing Portland St. to gain just 220 total yards including 86 yards rushing on 36 carries (2.4 ypc). The Vikings had 12 possessions and only one of those started outside its own 30-yard line so they were pinned most of the game. The BYU offense had only 365 total yards as the Cougars were just 4-14 on third and fourth down conversions. Nine of their 12 possessions were six plays or fewer with only two of those resulting in points.

Stanford 62 Rice 7

It was all Stanford from start to finish as the Cardinal amassed 656 yards of offense in the 55-point drubbing of the Owls. Stanford scored touchdowns on its first four drives while Rice managed only 33 total yards over that stretch. The Cardinal scored on 10 of 12 possessions while punting just once and turning the ball over on downs on the other. Rice gained only 241 total yards with a quarter of those coming on one drive late in the fourth quarter. While the Owls did get into Stanford territory six times, they came away with only one score.

South Florida 42 San Jose State 22

South Florida spotted San Jose St. a 16-0 first quarter lead but then took the game over and outscored the Spartans 42-6 the rest of the way. The Bulls offense went three and out on four of their first five possessions while punting in all of those. San Jose St. scored on three of its first five drives and had more chances right after that as it got into South Florida territory on its next three possessions but threw two interceptions and turned it over on downs. The Bulls put up 548 total yards but were just 3-19 on third down while committing 10 penalties.

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