football-fbs flag

Tyler Greenawalt | NCAA.com | October 19, 2015

Top Performers: Memphis' Paxton Lynch, Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick and MSU's Jalen Watts-Jackson

Paxton Lynch, Memphis

Memphis played well as a unit against No. 13 Ole Miss on Saturday, but it the performance by redshirt junior quarterback Paxton Lynch that propelled the Tigers to a big 34-27 upset. Although the 6-foot-7-inch signalcaller did throw his first interception of the season, Lynch finished with 384 yards and three touchdowns, on 39-of-53 attempts.

Ole Miss jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, but Paxton rallied the Tigers and orchestrated four unanswered scoring drives -- two of which ended in Paxton passing touchdowns -- to give Memphis a 24-14 halftime lead. Paxton continued his dominance in the third quarter, completing a 31-yard touchdown and extending the Tiger lead to 31-14, a deficit the Rebels could not recover from.

Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick turned two interceptions from Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen into touchdowns in the Crimson Tide’s 41-23 win over the Aggies on Saturday. Fitzpatrick took an interception 33 yards to the house on Texas A&M’s opening driving, and then scored from 55-yards out on the Aggies’ final drive in the fourth quarter.

Jalen Watts-Jackson, Michigan State

In one of the craziest endings in college football this year, Michigan State defensive back Jalen Watts-Jackson scooped up a loose fumble by Michigan punter Blake O’Neill with 10 seconds in the game and returned the ball 38 yards for a game-winning touchdown as time expired in the Big House. The Spartans trailed the Wolverines the entire game, but the play by Watts-Jackson kept Michigan State’s undefeated record alive with the 27-23 victory.

2021 American Athletic softball preview: UCF, USF ready to battle for conference crown

With two Florida teams, UCF and South Florida, expected to lead the American Athletic Conference (AAC), which teams could play spoiler?
READ MORE

2021 American Athletic baseball preview: Tulane, others chasing East Carolina

Few teams were as disappointed to see the 2020 campaign come to an end as the top of the American Athletic Conference early last season. UCF, East Carolina, Tulane and Wichita State to be exact. Now it's time to turn to 2021.
READ MORE

9 of the most interesting court designs in college basketball

Here are nine of the most interesting court designs in college basketball today.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners