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A couple of local players are really turning it on as the regular season nears it end. For the second week in a row, Utah's Shaky Smithson (Douglass) and Temple's Matt Brown, a Baltimore native, combined for three touchdowns.

This week it was Brown who scored twice, producing two TDs in the third quarter of Temple's 47-13 rout of visiting Kent State. The first came on a run of 71 yards and increased the Owls' lead to 19-10, while the freshman's second touchdown, this one a 1-yard rush, upped Temple's advantage to 33-10. Brown had a huge game overall, gaining 156 yards on the ground. Sophomore offensive linemen Pat and Sean Boyle (Calvert Hall) played for the Owls in the victory.Smithson saw all kinds of duty as Utah rolled over San Diego State at home, 38-7. The junior carried nine times for 34 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown run on third-and-1 in the second quarter that gave the Utes a 21-0 lead. Smithson also returned five punts for 54 yards (long of 20) and two kickoffs for 41 yards, and even completed a 7-yard pass to wide receiver David Reed on second-and-3 in the first quarter.

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In the penultimate game of his college career, Buffalo starting safety Mike Newton (Calvert Hall) had perhaps his best performance of his season in the Bulls' 42-17 victory over host Miami of Ohio on Wednesday. The senior recorded 10 tackles (five solo, five assist), intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble. Both of Newton's takeaways came when the RedHawks were driving deep into Buffalo territory and threatening to score. First, Newton picked off a pass from Miami quarterback Zac Dysert on the Bulls' goal line and returned it 30 yards in the first quarter. Then, in the fourth quarter, with Buffalo holding a 28-10 advantage, the safety scooped up the ball after defensive back Domonic Cook forced wide receiver Brayden Coombs to cough it up on the Bulls' 1. Newton returned the fumble 24 yards. He also broke up a pass in the game. Senior defensive tackle Dane Robinson (Calvert Hall) didn't start for Buffalo, but he recorded three solo tackles, including a sack of Dysert for a loss of 13 yards in the third quarter. Robinson also took down running back Thomas Merriweather for a loss of 1 yard in the first quarter.

Freshman wide receiver Alec Lemon (Arundel) came down with three catches for 41 yards in Syracuse's 31-13 home win over Rutgers, and all three resulted in first downs for the Orange. Lemon's longest reception went for 21 yards. Sophomore Nick Speller (Edmondson) started at left tackle for Syracuse, and senior tight end Andrew Robinson (Calvert Hall) played but recorded no statistics. Scarlet Knights senior wide receiver Andrew DePaola (Hereford) also saw action and had no stats in the loss.

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Wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) caught two passes for 29 yards in Maryland's heartbreaking 29-26 road loss to Florida State. The junior's longest catch was for a gain of 17 yards on third-and-13 in the fourth quarter and came on a drive that ended with a touchdown that gave the Terps a 19-14 lead. Starting senior strong safety Jamari McCollough (Randallstown) made two tackles (one solo, one assist) for the Terps. Redshirt freshman defensive tackle A.J. Francis, a Severn native, didn't start – Maryland opened the game with five defensive backs on the field – but assisted on a tackle in the fourth quarter. Freshman defensive back Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley) and senior linebacker Hakeem Sule (McDonogh) played for the Terps but didn't record any stats.

Starting redshirt freshman safety Jerome Junior (Archbishop Curley) made six tackles (two solo, four assists) as visiting Connecticut edged Notre Dame, 33-30, in double overtime.

Sophomore linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) recorded four stops (three solo, one assist) in North Carolina's 31-13 road triumph over Boston College.

Junior cornerback Shelton McCullough (Randallstown) contributed one solo tackle in Penn State's 42-12 victory over host Michigan State.

Junior Jacob Bohn (Mount St. Joseph) played in visiting Army's 17-13 win over North Texas, recording no stats.

Wide receiver Sheldon Bell (City) got onto the field in Duke's 34-16 defeat at the hands of host Miami, but the junior had no stats.

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