SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- Drew Smith ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns to help Albany beat Northeast Conference rival Bryant 31-14 Saturday.
With Albany (5-1, 3-0) trailing by a touchdown late in the third quarter, Smith's 1-yard run up the middle tied the game at 14. Then on Bryant's next possession, Justinian Mason intercepted Mike Westerhaus and returned it for 75 yards and a score to give the Great Danes a 21-14 lead.
The game never got any closer for Bryant (0-6, 0-4), who has gotten off to the worst start in school history.
Albany's stifling defense the entire second half ended any hope of a Bryant comeback. Smith's 2-yard touchdown run on Albany's first possession of the fourth quarter helped seal the victory for the Great Danes.
The Bulldogs have now lost four straight conference games after either leading or being tied in the second half.
The latest defensive triplets to be featured are Colorado's, as the Buffaloes are ranked ninth and could go even higher if their defense improves more.
Ohio State hits the road on Sept. 17 to take on Oklahoma, which returns QB Baker Mayfield and RB Samaje Perine after averaging 43.5 points in 2015.
The San Francisco 49ers made DeForest Buckner a first-round pick this year and will pair him with another former Oregon star in Arik Armstead.
The Horned Frogs are among the top teams in the Big 12. If Arkansas can beat them, it'll say something about how far Bret Bielema's team has come.
If you're not a preseason Heisman favorite, you need to grab the nation's attention with big plays in big games. Here are the games where 10 hopefuls can make their mark on the Heisman race.
With so much uncertainty at offensive tackle, the Boilermakers will be counting on newcomer Jalen Neal to make an immediate impact.
|William & Mary||6-2||9-4|
|St Francis (PA)||4-2||6-4|