American Athletic Recaps & Scores, Week 7

    Quick recaps and takes on all the American Athletic Week 7 games.

    October 18, 2015

    Ole Miss at Memphis

    Final Score: Memphis 37, Ole Miss 24
    Pick: Ole Miss 40, Memphis 27
    Line: Ole Miss -10.5, o/u: 68

    Memphis stunned Ole Miss with three touchdown passes from Paxton Lynch and a four-yard Sam Craft run as part of a run of 31 straight points to take over the game. Ole Miss got up 14-0 on a trick play with Laquon Treadwell finding Quincy Adeboyejo for a 68-yard play, and Chad Kelly hitting Damore’ea Stringfellow for a 23-yard score, but then it was all Memphis. The Rebels fought back in the third quarter with a six-yard Treadwell catch to help get back within seven, but two Jake Elliott field goals put it away for the Tigers. Kelly threw for 372 yards and Treadwell caught 14 passes for 144 yards and a score, but Memphis controlled the clock and the game.

    Player of the Game: Memphis QB Paxton Lynch complete 39-of-53 passes for 384 yards and three scores with a pick.

    South Florida at Connecticut

    Final Score: South Florida 28, Connecticut 20
    Pick: South Florida 23, Connecticut 21
    Line: Connecticut -3, o/u: 45.5

    Connecticut dominated statistically, but South Florida got three touchdown catches from Rodney Adams, coming up with a big play from 44 yards out to start the scoring, giving the Bulls the lead on a 29-yard play in the third, and pulling ahead on a 44-yard score in the fourth. Connecticut bombed away with a 365-yard passing day from Bryant Shirriffs, along with a 36-yard touchdown run, but the Bulls were able to run out the clock as part of a huge second half from RB Marlon Mack. USF QB Quinton Flowers ran for 98 yards to go along with his two scoring passes.

    Player of the Game: South Florida WR Rodney Adams caught five passes for 118 yards and three scores.

    UCF at Temple

    Final Score: Temple 30, UCF 16
    Pick: Temple 38, UCF 0
    Line: Temple -21.5, o/u: 45

    Jahad Thomas ran for three scores and the Temple D held UCF to just 134 yards in the win. The Knights stayed alive thanks to four Temple turnovers with Shaquill Griffin taking a P.J. Walker pass 81 yards for a score in the second, and with two Matthew Wright field goals giving UCF a 16-14 lead going into the fourth, but the Owls worked on some takeaways of their own. Thomas ran for a 22-yard score to take the lead, and got a little breathing room with a 21-yard touchdown with just under five minutes to play.

    Player of the Game: Temple RB Jahad Thomas ran 31 times for 199 yards and three scores, and caught three passes for 25 yards.

    Tulsa at East Carolina

    Final Score: East Carolina 30, Tulsa 17
    Pick: East Carolina 40, Tulsa 34
    Line: East Carolina -10.5, o/u: 77.5

    East Carolina got up big with a 23-0 lead going into the fourth quarter starting with a 100-yard pick six from Josh Hawkins in the first, thee Davis Plowman field goals, and a 12-yard Chris Hairston touchdown catch. Tulsa tried rallying back in the fourth quarter with a Zack Langer scoring run, but the 47-yard Keyarris Garrett touchdown catch came with 30 seconds to play. Tulsa outgained ECU 463 yards to 382.

    Player of the Game: East Carolina QB James Summers completed 11-of-16 passes for 127 yards and a score with a pick, and ran 12 times for 44 yards and a touchdown.

    Cincinnati at BYU

    Final Score: BYU 38, Cincinnati 24
    Pick: BYU 40, Cincinnati 35
    Line: BYU -7, o/u: 65.5

    BYU pulled away in the fourth quarter with 21 unanswered points with scoring runs from Algernon Brown and Francis Bernard, and put away with a 53-yard Nick Kurtz touchdown catch after the Bearcats blew the coverage. The Bearcats got up 17-3 helped by a five-yard Mike Boone run, but BYU got back in it on a five-yard Brown run and a 19-yard Kurtz scoring grab. And then the Cougar defense took over and the offense took advantage. The two teams combined for 19 penalties.

    Player of the Game: BYU DE Bronson Kaufusi made six tackles with three sacks and a forced fumble with a blocked kick.

    Houston at Tulane

    Final Score: Houston 42, Tulane 7
    Pick: Houston 44, Tulane 21
    Line: Houston -17.5, o/u: 63.5

    Greg Ward Jr. found Chance Allen for a 49-yard touchdown pass, and ran for scores from 12, five and two yards out as Houston had few problems with a punchless Tulane. The Green Wave got on the board with a three-yard Dontrell Hilliard run in the second, but the Cougars responded on the next drive with a quick drive and Ward’s second scoring dash as part of a 28-point scoring run. Tulane managed just 262 yards of total offense.

    Player of the Game: Houston QB Greg Ward Jr. completed 17-of-25 passes for 222 yards and a score with a pick, and ran 14 times for 77 yards and three scores.

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