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UCF routed by surging SMU

JACKSONVILLE - J.J. McDermott threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns to lead SMU to a 38-17 win against UCF on Saturday. Cole Beasley caught 10 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown, and Zach Line rushed for two scores for the Mustangs (5-1, 3-0 C-USA). UCF (3-3, 1-1) closed to within 24-10 early in the fourth quarter on Jeff Godfrey's 27-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reese. But on the next play from scrimmage, McDermott hit Der'rikk Thompson for a 72-yard score. McDermott was 20 of 31 against the Golden Knights, who went into the game as the only FBS team that had not allowed a passing touchdown this season.
McDermott remained undefeated as the first-string quarterback. He came off the bench in SMU's season-opening loss against Texas A&M and has started since, throwing for 1,064 yards and nine TDs the last three games. Godfrey was 23 of 32 for 231 yards. Richard Crawford returned a second-quarter punt 92 yards for a touchdown for SMU.   BETHUNE-COOKMAN 58, FORT VALLEY STATE 30 Isidore Jackson scored three rushing touchdowns, Anthony Jordan added two scores and Bethune-Cookman (3-3) snapped a two-game skid by beating Division II Fort Valley State (1-6). Jackson, who ran for a career-high 150 yards on 19 carries, scored on runs of 13 and 8 yards in the second quarter and added a 20-yard rushing score in the second half. His 13-yard run gave B-CU a 27-7 lead with 13:15 left in the second. Both of Jordan's touchdowns runs came from 1 yard. Bethune-Cookman totaled 648 yards of offense, including 418 on the ground. Fort Valley State netted 422 yards — 321 of that through the air. Cameron Pearson led Fort Valley State with 321 yards passing and four touchdowns.   WESTERN KENTUCKY 20, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 0 Bobby Rainey rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns and Western Kentucky (2-4, 2-1 Sun Belt) played the role of spoiler by winning the first game in Florida Atlantic's new on-campus stadium. The game drew a near-sellout crowd in the 30,000-seat, $70 million stadium, but the winless Owls' offense gave fans little to cheer about. FAU (0-6, 0-3) totaled 121 yards and six first downs.   JACKSONVILLE 50, MOREHEAD STATE 14 Josh McGregor threw for 346 yards and five touchdowns as Jacksonville (5-2, 4-0 Pioneer Football League) rolled. McGregor, who threw seven touchdown passes against the Eagles last season, tossed scoring passes of 45, 32, 2, 38 and 71 yards. He sat down early in the fourth quarter after his fifth TD pass. McGregor has thrown 22 touchdown passes against Morehead State in their four meetings.
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