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Louisiana-Lafayette now has two kick returns for a touchdown — one on a 95-yard kickoff and the other on a 83-yard punt return. On top of that, the Ragin’ Cajuns have a 78-yard touchdown pass. That’s 21 of their 24 points as they lead Iowa State 24-14 in the fourth Quarter. Big plays could fuel this potential upset. Meanwhile, Iowa State has been a little all over the place offensively. Brock Purdy hasn’t been sharp, but he’s also been under pressure. Wide receivers are dropping some key balls, too. Just looks like a team that’s not sharp and ULL is taking advantage.

World_newsUpset watch!

Eric Garror returns a punt 83 yards for a touchdown to put ULL up 24-14 on Iowa State with 14: 16 left!

World_newsFirst-wave reset:

Louisiana 17, Iowa State 14 — start 4Q

UNC 17, Syracuse 6 — early 4Q 

Kansas State 21, Arkansas State 21 — late 3Q 

Appalachian State 14, Charlotte 10 — late 3Q 

WVU 42, EKU 10 — mid 3Q 

Army 14, UL-Monroe 0 — mid 2Q

Upset alert brewing in Ames. The Ragin Cajuns hold a 17-14 lead over the No. 23 Cyclones at the end of the third Quarter. It’s been a pretty even game, both defenses have played well. However, Louisiana-Lafayette has had a couple of monster plays, including the kickoff returned for a touchdown and then this 78-yard bomb for six. Iowa State has started slow in these openers before, but Louisiana-Lafayette is a legit Group of Five team. The longer they hang around, the more interesting this gets.

Louisiana-Lafayette’s Asjilin Washington had a brilliant interception against Iowa State QB Brock Purdy in the third Quarter. The Ragin Cajuns couldn’t convert, however, and missed their second field goal of the day.

Army is up 14-0 on Louisiana-Monroe after one Quarter. The Black Knights picked up where they left off against Middle Tennessee in Week 1 with two touchdown runs in the first Quarter. One of those drives: 15 plays, taking nearly nine minutes of game clock. That’s classic Army. The Warhawks look overwhelmed.

World_newsUpset watch! 

Syracuse picks off Sam Howell for the second time but gets just three points out of it to come within 7-6 against UNC. That’s a total of six points for the Orange now on four trips inside the UNC 25-yard line. Tar Heels look awfully shaky.

World_newsHalf: West Virginia 42, Eastern Kentucky 7

The Mountaineers are missing 11 players due to suspension (more on that if you scroll down to the beginning of the blog). But it’s been of little consequence for them against an overmatched EKU team that dropped its opener at Marshall 55-0 last week. WVU QB Jarret Doege fended off Oklahoma transfer Austin Kendall in preseason camp and is off to a strong start with a 19-for-25, 3 TD, 0 INT half. Junior RB Leddie Brown also ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries in the half. Caught a TD, too (see below).

World_newsHalf: Kansas State 21, Arkansas State 14

The Wildcats returned only two offensive starters in QB Skylar Thompson and WR Malik Knowles. Speaking of those two, they connected for a pretty nice highlight you can see below. But Arkansas State is hanging tough after giving Memphis a scare last week. K-State will need to generate more in the running game in the second half if it wants to pull away.

World_newsHalf: Appalachian State 14, Charlotte 10

Appalachian State is favored to win the Sun Belt again, but Charlotte is considered a team on the rise under second-year coach Will Healy. This is a sneaky good Group Five game that’s living up to its billing so far.

Cam Peoples leads the Mountaineers with 8 rushes for 70 yards and this TD.

World_newsHalf: North Carolina 7, Syracuse 3

Not many highlights to choose from — as Ben notes below in his analysis below. So we’ll go with the only TD of the game so far.

World_newsHalf: Iowa State 14, Louisiana 10

If you followed Tom Fornelli’s advice in his“six pack”of packs and went for the under on the 56.5 point total, you were feeling pretty good for most of the half. Then the teams combined for three TDs and a FG in the final 4: 34 of the second Quarter. Louisiana’s Chris Smith provided the top highlight with a 95-yard kick return TD to tie it up.

Of all the possible upset alert games on Saturday, I don’t know if Syracuse-North Carolina was anyone’s pick. And yet the Tar Heels lead just 7-3 at the half. The Tar Heels haven’t done much offensively since their opening drive, punting on three of their next four drives while missing a field goal on the other. Howell is putting up some numbers — he has 142 yards passing — but he’s thrown a pick and North Carolina also fumbled a punt return. But Syracuse hasn’t played much cleaner, either, and has just three points on three trips inside UNC’s 25-yard line. A lot of missed opportunities on both sides.

Breece Hall waltzes in from 11 yards out to put Iowa State back on top of Louisiana 14-7. That offense seems to have found something. Brock Purdy looked in rhythm and coach Matt Campbell found a nice balance on that drive.

Dang! Chris Smith just went 95 yards on the ensuing kickoff to tie it back up at seven. That dude has SPEED. Louisiana is no joke. The Ragin’ Cajuns have amassed plenty of athletes under coach Billy Napier — one of the up-and-coming coaches in the country.

Kene Nwangwu punches it in from one yard out to give Iowa State a 7-0 lead over Louisiana. That eight play, 49-yard drive was needed. That was the first time all game that Brock Purdy and Co. had things cooking. The offensive line has struggled, but seemed to find a spark.

World_newsEnd 1Q: UNC 7, Syracuse 0

North Carolina’s first drive featured a lot: a 41-yard play called back for holding, a 4th-and-7 conversion, Syracuse gifting UNC a third-down conversion via penalty and finally a touchdown pass from Sam Howell to Garrett Walston.

Also of note: Howell threw a pick on UNC’s second series and Syracuse had a punt return for a touchdown called back.

World_news Highlight Alert!

This catch from Jonathan Adams. Jr. was eventually overturned. But Arkansas State DID tie it up at 7-7 shortly after. Still sick even though it didn’t count.

!!! Charlotte has a turnover trash can !!!

A full day of football is back, but not without a hitch. Eleven West Virginia players have been suspended by coach Neal Brown for today’s game against Eastern Kentucky. The news was first reported by 247Sports. Among the players suspended are starting left tackle Junior Uzebu, starting center Chase Behrndt, starting inside receiver T.J. Simmons. The ‘Eers are probably still okay in this game, but this team is dreadfully inexperienced along the offensive line. Keep an eye on true freshman Zach Frazier, who the Mountaineer coaches have been high on this offseason. If he has to play center today, that will an interesting story to watch. 

Big injury news for Iowa State against Louisiana today. Tight end Charlie Kolar is out with a lower body injury. Kolar was Iowa State’s top returning pass catcher with 51 grabs and 7 touchdowns last year. Obviously a tough blow, but the Cyclones do have a pretty good depth chart at tight end. Chase Allen caught 17 passes and two touchdowns a year ago and there are plenty of bodies at that position.

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