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College Football Notes: No Mystery, Just Chemistry Between Western Michigan's Terrell And Davis

Now you know.

If you didn't know about this thing going on between Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell and his ultra-talented wide receiver Corey Davis, you would have learned by watching the 17th-ranked Broncos pull apart Ball State 52-20 Tuesday.

The chemistry between them is off the charts.

The duo, one of the most dynamic in college football, and rolling out of the Mid-American Conference, were something to behold in the drilling of the Cardinals.

Davis caught 12 passes for a school-record 272 yards and three TDs, moving him into second place in FBS history with 4,796 in his career. With three games to go Davis, who averages 112.3, needs 210 more yards to top the mark of 5,005 Trevor Insley's set at Nevada from 1996-99.

The seniors are a big reason the Broncos won their 11th straight game Tuesday. They have shot out to 9-0, best start at the school since 1941. They entered the national rankings for the first time and are a primed for their first New Year's Six Bowl appearance – Cotton maybe - out of the Group of Five.

"We both started our careers really at the same time. He was a redshirt freshman and I was a true freshman so we've had a lot of time to work on our chemistry," Terrell said Thursday. "We've played in a lot of football games together and I think people are kind of getting to see that kind of finished product on Saturdays and Tuesdays on national television. It's a lot of hours, lot of extra time together. We watch film during the week together and stuff like that and lot of things people don't see that goes into the chemistry people are seeing on the field."

It helps that the Broncos have a running back in Jarvion Franklin who is already up over the 1,000-yard mark (1,018), eighth in the nation, too. And the defense ain't half bad, 38th in the country in holding its opponents to just under 370 yard per.

But as far as quarterback-receiver tandems go in college football go? You'd be hard-pressed to find a better one.

"It comes down to the love we have for each other," Davis said. "It's been built over the past four years. It definitely doesn't come easy. As you know, we were 1-11 (in 2013) but it shaped us and made us stronger as a team and the chemistry between us was a part of that. I don't know man it's something special we've just developed and we work hard at it."

Terrell, a redshirt senior, has been phenomenal this year in throwing 23 touchdowns to one interception. He's also completed 174 of his 243 attempts for 2,362 yards, many of which have come through Davis and his ability to launch his 6-foot-3 frame for yards after the catch. He is more than adept there but the track he and Terrell are on, the timing on precision plays, their ability to readjust on broken plays and make them positive, is fun to watch and extremely difficult to defend.

"There were a lot of things we felt we wanted to accomplish in our careers and see through," said Terrell, who threw for 367 yards Tuesday night and is fourth in the country in passing efficiency (183.7), ninth in TD passes and 18th in passing yards. "They're not really personal accomplishments but really team goals, things we wanted to do for Western Michigan. Western has done so much for us as a school and football program and we felt like we owed it to them to come back and give it our all for another season."

Lamar Jackson Heisman Watch

Speaking of quarterbacks fun to watch and also fun to hear talking about the fun they're having is Louisville sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson who continues to cement his place atop the Heisman Trophy watch by doing amazing things.

Count the game-winning drive against Virginia as one of those things. It would not have been a good look for the fifth-ranked Cardinals (7-1, 5-1 ACC) had they gone down in this one. Trailing by a point, the Cardinals drove 75 yards in 1:47 with Jackson covering the final 29 with 13 seconds left on a perfectly thrown ball to Jaylen Smith.

"First it was fourth down, like fourth and three yards and it was a very hard pass," Jackson said. "[Tight end Cole Hikutini] made a great a catch to the keep the drive going [at midfield] and our line held up very good and gave me enough time to get the ball to my receivers and on that last play Jaylen made a heck of a catch, couldn't catch it any better than that."

And Jackson was unrattled, unbelievably calm, cool and collected on the drive that has been his uncanny trademark for such a young player. It's Boston College's turn to see it up close and personal and the Eagles (4-4, 1-4) will Saturday at noon in Chestnut Hill (ESPN2).

"I have to keep going at it, it's never too many yards or anything like that, you have to always better yourself. There's always room for improvement," said Jackson, who leads the country in yards per completion (15.96) 13th in yards (2,552), is tied for 11th in TD passes (22) and leads the nation in touchdowns responsible for with 38. Jackson leads the country in rushing TDs with 16. He'll take what's there, something his idol, Michael Vick, loved but unlike Vick Jackson really doesn't want to be known as a dual threat. He never wanted to be recruited that way, either, a big reason he ended up at the Louisville. And for the record, he's 11th in the nation in passion efficiency (159.6). .

Central Looks To Get On Track

Two state teams, fifth-place Sacred Heart (6-2, 1-2) and seventh place Central (1-7, 0-3) meet Saturday at noon in New Britain. The Blue Devils have lost five straight. The Pioneers have win three of their last five but were handled pretty decisively in a 38-17 loss at home to league leader St. Francis….Trinity (6-0) hosts defending NESCAC champion Amherst (3-3) while Wesleyan (5-1) plays at Williams (0-6). If the locals win and Tufts and Middlebury also 5-1 do the same this week the last week of the season, Nov.12 could be a lot of fun. Wesleyan, winners of five straight, hosts Trinity on that day at noon. ... Game of the weekend: There's some semblance of a passing game going on at No. 15 LSU and as a result the Tigers (5-2, 3-1 SEC West) could pose a little bit more of a problem – a little bit - for No.1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC West) Saturday night in Baton Rouge (8 p.m. Ch. 3) than they would have before interim coach Ed Orgeron and offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger took over.

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