Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights
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Has the Browns first NFL victory since 2016 got you so pumped that you can’t wait for Sunday to come around and fulfill your football needs?

Fear not, College football delivered up a three game Friday Night feast to kick start your weekend!

Florida Atlantic @ UCF

After a hurricane imposed bye week in week three, the high powered UCF offence looked to blow away Florida Atlantic in the first of the Friday night action.

Behind the arm (and legs) of junior QB McKenzie Milton, UCF extended their unbeaten run to an American Athletic Conference record 16 games, winning out 56-36.

Milton, who finished 8th in the Heisman race last year, threw for 306 yards and 3 TDs, adding a career best 3 TDs on the ground to overpower a spirited first half performance by Florida Atlantic.

After giving them ball away on their first possession and falling to a 14-0 deficit, Florida Atlantic forced their way back in to the game with two Devin Singletary touchdown runs and a 32 yard field goal to take a 17-14 lead.

They couldn’t hold it to the half however, going in 21-17 down thanks to a touchdown reception for Marlon Williams with just 31 seconds on the clock.

The might of the UCF offence in the second half, coupled with a game killing pick six towards the end of the fourth quarter, lead the Knights to the win.

Penn State @ Illinois

Saquon who?! Miles Sanders ran for a career high 200 yards and 3 touchdowns as Trace McSorley and the Nittany Lions rolled into Illinois and come out 63-24 winners to go 4-0 on the season.

Penn State didn’t have it all their own way however and in similar style to the first half in Florida it was a tight affair at the break, Penn State going in just four up at the half on the back of two rushing touchdowns from Sanders.

Illinois came out fighting in the second half and took a third quarter lead from a touchdown reception from Ricky Williams, his second on the game.

The fourth quarter was a whole different ball game, Penn State hitting 35 unanswered points with TD runs from Ricky Slade (2), Journey Brown and two TD throws from Heisman contender McSorley.

He ended the night 12-19, 160 yards, 3TD and 1 INT with an additional 92 yards on the ground. The Lions totalled 387 yards on the ground for the game.

Saquon who?!

Washington State @ USC

After starting the season 3-0, Washington State must have been hoping to take advantage of a shaky start to the Trojans season and come out of the Friday Night clash in the Coliseum with a W.

The Trojan’s special teams, guilty of their own slips in the shaky start, said no!

Going in 24-17 at the half, and adding to their lead with a Max Borghi rushing touchdown early in the third to make it 30-17, Washington State had 4-0 firmly in their sight.

USC’s freshman QB JT Daniels had other ideas, engineering touchdown throws of 30 and 50 yards to hand the Trojans a 31-30 lead early in the fourth.

Could the USC defence, shaky in the first half, hold firm? Minutes later, a 4 yard pass from Minshew would say not and Washington State retook the lead, crucially missing a two point try and leaving the game at 36-31.

With eight minutes remaining on the clock, USC struck again with a 2 yard touchdown run from Malepeai.

Daniels crucially converted the two point attempt to give the Trojans a field goal lead and give the home crowd hope that all isn’t lost so early in the season. That wasn’t the end of things, oh no.

With 1:41 left to play, Washington State got themselves in a position for a game tiring field goal. The 52,000 fans in the Coliseum held their breath. The ball is snapped. The ball is down. Jay Tufele’s hand is up and the kick is BLOCKED!

The USC special team go wild and so do the crowd. USC wins 39-36 moves to 2-2 and the season which seemed to be salting away so early is saved for another week.

If that wasn’t enough excitement for you on a Friday night, Saturday kicks off with Jake Fromm’s 3-0 Georgia rolling in to Missouri to take on Drew Lock’s 3-0 Mizzou. What else would you be doing with a weekend?

This guest piece was written by Oli Hodgkinson who is a Patriots and Boston College Eagles fan. He has followed the game since 2010 thanks to his brother who introduced him to the game via Madden. You can follow Oli on Twitter at @OJHodgkinson.

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