AAC Roundup: Penn State Avenges Loss To Temple

At State College, Pa., Trace McSorley completed 18 of 24 passes for 287 yards with one touchdown and an interception and rushed for another score to lead Penn State over Temple 34-27.

A year after the Nittany Lions (2-1) were embarrassed in a season-opening loss to the Owls, Penn State scored on three of its first five drives to take a 21-10 halftime lead. Although he left the game with a left leg injury on the first play, running back Saquon Barkley returned in the second half and ended Temple's comeback bid with a 55-yard touchdown run with less than eight minutes to play.

Temple running back Jahad Thomas returned after missing the first two games with a dislocated left thumb and scored twice for the Owls (1-2). Quarterback Phillip Walker ran for another touchdown and Austin Jones kicked two field goals.

Penn State also honored Joe Paterno on the 50th anniversary of his first game. The in-game video presentation drew cheers from ardent fans in Beaver Stadium, but also drew criticism from some who said honoring Paterno is insensitive to victims in the school's sex abuse scandal.

Maryland 30, Temple 24 (2 OT): At Orlando, Fla., Maryland freshman quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome replaced starter Perry Hills and on his only play of the game raced 24 yards for the game-winning score in a 30-24 double-overtime win for the Terrapins over UCF on Saturday night. UCF freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton, making his first career start, committed his sixth fumble of the night and fourth turnover to begin the second overtime, setting the stage for Pigrome's heroics.

Navy 21, Tulane 14: At New Orleans, quarterback Will Worth rushed for 111 yards and the winning touchdown in the final three minutes as Navy rallied to win. Worth, a senior making his second start in place of Tago Smith, who suffered a torn ACL in the season opener, scored on a 1-yard run and then hit Toneo Gulley for a 2-point conversion to cap the scoring with 2:57 remaining. Worth had eight carries for 58 yards on the winning 10-play, 72-yard drive.

USF 45, Syracuse 20: At Syracuse, N.Y., Rodney Adams scored three touchdowns as USF's high-powered, quick-strike offense roared back from an early deficit to remain unbeaten this season. The Bulls (3-0) are 5-0 at the Carrier Dome. Led by Marlon Mack's 115 yards rushing, USF has won 10 of its last 12 games and gained at least 200 yards on the ground for the eighth straight game.

South Carolina 20, East Carolina 15: At Columbia, S.C., defense pushed the Gamecocks over the Pirates. South Carolina picked off a pass and recovered a fumble in its own end zone and had another interception at the Gamecocks 1. Zay Jones caught 22 passes for East Carolina (2-1), setting a school record. He was one reception away from the Football Bowl Subdivision record of 23 receptions.

Memphis 43, Kansas 7: At Memphis, Riley Ferguson threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns and Jake Elliot kicked a trio of field goals — including a 50-yarder — as Memphis built an early lead and coasted to the win. Ferguson completed 15 of 24 passes for Memphis (2-0), the bulk of his passing yards coming on an 84-yard completion to Anthony Miller for the game's first score.

Tulsa 58, N.C. A&T 21: At Tulsa, Okla., Dane Evans threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns to Keevan Lucas in less than three quarters and Tulsa rolled to victory.

SMU 29, Liberty 14: At Dallas, Braeden West rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns, the second on a 66-yard dash, and Southern Methodist pulled away. Stephen Calvert found Dante Shells with an 8-yard touchdown pass to get the Flames within striking distance, 19-14, with 2:35 left in the third quarter.

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