The week in lesser FBS luminaries:
• Case Keenum repays: From Friday: “Tune into Marshall-Houston, if you have the time, just to see how badly Case Keenum runs the score up on a pack of defenders who think bragging about knocking starting quarterbacks out of games makes up for losing four games in seven weeks.” How badly Case Keenum ran up the score: 376 yards on 24 completions, six touchdown passes (that’s two more touchdowns than incompletions), no picks and, perhaps most crucially given the pregame storyline, no sacks. Keenum’s backup, Cotton Turner, was in the game long enough to throw for over 100 yards himself. Big week for the Cougars all around, with perhaps some more to come. [BOX | RECAP]
• Florida International 23, Troy 20 (OT): Kicking off the college component of the season’s first seven-day football week, the Panthers edged the Trojans last night for their first conference win and evened their Sun Belt record to 2-2. With T.Y. Hilton contained to 62 yards on four receptions, FIU depended on the feet of Kendrick Rhodes, who dashed for 172 yards on 30 carries. [BOX | RECAP]
• No. 5 Boise State 37, Air Force 26: Back to Saturday action, where a rare challenger emerged for the Broncos. Kellen Moore tied Colt McCoy for career wins and the Broncos never trailed, despite being pressed throughout the game. [BOX | RECAP]
• Bowling Green 13, Temple 10: Bernard Pierce recorded more than 100 ground yards and scored the Owls’ only touchdown, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a rare overmatching for Temple. This week marked the first angry emails I’ve ever seen regarding Steve Addazio’s playcalling as a head coach. I’m forwarding them all to Gainesville, where I think y’all might find some like minds. [BOX | RECAP]
• Comings and goings in the All-Name Team: As mentioned this morning, Trent Steelman’s school record starting streak will be snapped thanks to a leg injury sustained against Vanderbilt.