CI Week 11 Football Highlights

Below, please find highlights from Week 11.

Hurricanes, quarterback D’Eriq King do it again with fourth-quarter comeback thriller
Despite being down 13 players, the Hurricanes rallied late for the second time in as many weeks to stun Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Last week, the Canes scored 10 points in the final 6:12 to rally for a 44-41 win over NC State. This week, it was a touchdown with 5:59 remaining to cap a comeback from being down 24-13 late in the third quarter. RB Cam’ron Harris got the rally started when he scored a 6-yard rushing touchdown with just over a minute left in the third quarter to cut the deficit to five. QB D’Eriq King completed the job when he connected with WR Mark Pope on a 36-yard touchdown pass to put Miami on top, 25-24. As he has all season, Harris paced the Canes’ triumvirate of running backs, racking up 63 rushing yards while freshmen Jaylan Knighton and Donald Chaney, Jr. finished with 27 and 25 rushing yards, respectively. Congratulations to Miami RB Coach Eric Hickson (@CoachEHickson) on the win! Hickson is in his second year at Miami, returning to South Florida in 2019 after having coached at the high school level in the area from 2003-11. He spent the 2018 season coaching running backs at his alma mater, Kansas State, where he helped RB Alex Barnes earn First Team All-Big 12 honors and lead the conference in rushing. Hickson previously spent three years in the same role at Akron and has also served as the interim head coach at Garden City Community College in Kansas.

Corral’s arm, Moore’s hands lift Rebels over South Carolina
In a back-and-forth contest that saw seven lead changes and three ties, Ole Miss’ defense got stops when it mattered most to lift the Rebels to a 59-42 win over South Carolina. Ole Miss took a 24-21 lead into halftime and maintained a three-point advantage going into the fourth quarter, but the Gamecocks jumped ahead, 42-38, with just under 13 minutes to play in the game. From there, it was all Rebels as the hosts scored 21 unanswered points to win their third SEC game of the year. DL Ryder Anderson led the way up front for Ole Miss, accounting for three tackles and a half-sack. DT Hal Northern also contributed with two tackles and a pass breakup. Congratulations to Ole Miss DL Coach Deke Adams (@CoachDekeAdams) on the win! Adams is in his first season in Oxford after spending the 2019 campaign on the other side of the Egg Bowl rivalry as the defensive line coach at Mississippi State. He spent two seasons in the same role at North Carolina and previously coached the defensive line at South Carolina, where he worked with two First Team All-Americans, Jadeveon Clowney and Kelcy Quarles. Adams has participated in six bowl games and was a member of the Southern Miss staff that won the 2011 C-USA Championship.

Aztecs run wild in win over Hawai’i
In a season full of scheduling quirks, the fact that San Diego State is playing its home games 110 miles off-campus seems almost normal. Unlike other scheduling oddities, though, the Aztecs home away from home is by design as the school is currently constructing a new stadium in the footprint of the old Qualcomm Stadium. For now, San Diego State has embraced Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson and improved to 2-1 at the venue with a 34-10 win over Hawai’i on Saturday afternoon. The teams opened the game by combining for six straight punts before the Aztec offense finally came to life when RB Jordan Byrd broke free for a 51-yard touchdown run to open the scoring. The SDSU defense made sure that the Rainbow Warriors didn’t ever get going. After two touchdown runs by RB Greg Bell put the Aztecs up 21-0, SDSU LB Segun Olubi returned an interception 71 yards for a score just before halftime and the rout was on. By the time Hawai’i finally reached the end zone in the fourth quarter, the outcome was hardly in doubt. For the game, the Aztecs held the Rainbow Warriors to just 275 yards of total offense and 3-of-17 on third down. In addition to Olubi’s pick-six, LB Caden McDonald also had a big day for the Aztec defense, tying for the team lead with seven tackles, including three tackles-for-loss and two sacks. Congratulations on the win to SDSU Senior Defensive Analyst Kevin Wolthausen (@kwolthausen)! Wolthausen is in his first season in San Diego after three years at Purdue where he served as the Boilermakers’ special teams coordinator and defensive ends coach. A coaching veteran with over 30 years of experience, he spent the previous three years at UConn and has also served on staffs for the Atlanta Falcons, Louisville, Arizona State, Oklahoma, USC and Arizona.

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