After falling behind early, No. 7 Cincinnati held off UCF. The Knights jumped out to a 14-3 lead less than eight minutes into the game. But Cincinnati settled in, scoring 16 in a row before UCF kicker Daniel Obarski nailed a 36-yard field with one second to play in the half. Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns while running for 57 yards and two scores as well. UCF's Dillon Gabriel (243 yards, three touchdown passes) had a strong outing, but threw a costly interception that Cincinnati safety Darrick Forrest returned to the Knights' 16-yard line. The Bearcats needed just four plays to score the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard run from Ridder.
The Cyclones posted their first shutout victory since 2017 in dominating fashion over the Wildcats. Iowa State held a slim 7-0 lead at the end of the first before dropping 28 points in the second quarter. Quarterback Brock Purdy was superb, completing 16 of his 20 passes while throwing for 236 yards and three touchdowns. However, it was a balanced attack for the Cyclones. Breece Hall ran for 135 yards and two scores on 15 carries, and Iowa State put up 539 yards of total offense while limiting Kansas State to just 149. Two quarterbacks, Nick Ast and Will Howard, saw action for the Wildcats, but combined for just 76 yards, nine completions and one interception on 19 passing attempts.
Liberty's perfect season is over. The Flames fell to unranked NC State in a game that saw just four touchdowns (and one safety). Liberty quarterback Malik Willis was responsible for two of those scores, but also threw three interceptions. Two of his turnovers came in the fourth quarter when the Flames trailed by one. Wolfpack running back Zonovan Knight led NC State's offense with 96 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.
The Chanticleers were pushed to the limit on Saturday. There were six lead changes in Coastal Carolina's 34-23 victory over the Mountaineers. Appalachian State only scored two touchdowns. But three field goals from Chandler Staton kept the Mountaineers within reach. Still, the Chanticleers found just enough offense to pull away in the end. Quarterback Grayson McCall threw for 200 yards and two touchdown passes while rushing for a score as well.