Week 10 college football upsets, bad beats, and betting recap: Purdue stuns Nebraska

David Bell, Purdue Boilermakers, November 2019
Purdue's David Bell scores a game-winning touchdown (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Each Saturday of the 2019 college football season, we will update important betting results and information from across the gridiron. From upsets, to backdoor covers, and the always-popular bad beats, this article is all you need to recap the day’s action.

Purdue upsets Nebraska

Purdue 31, Nebraska 27

Line: Cornhuskers -4, 58

The biggest upset in the 10-game, noon ET FBS slate belongs to the Boilermakers after a 31-27 come-from-behind win hosting Nebraska as 4-point underdogs. The total pushed at 58 points.

Purdue fell behind 10-0 after the first quarter, but executed two two exceptional drives on its final two possessions of the first half to take a 14-10 lead into the break. The first was a 10-play, 89-yard possession that resulted in a 3-yard TD pass from QB Jake Plummer to King Doerue. The second drive was more impressive: a 12-play, 96-yard beauty finishing with a 16-yard strike from Plummer to Payne Durham.

Each kicking in a pair of field goals in the third quarter, the Big Ten rivals swapped leads twice in the fourth, both programs finding the end zone a pair of times before the end of regulation. Purdue’s David Bell scored the decisive touchdown on a 9-yard run with 1:08 to go in the contest. The Cornhuskers failed to move the chains on four plays with their final possession.

The Boilermakers have won four of their last six games outright at Ross-Ade Stadium catching points after today.

Backdoor cover burns Texas A&M backers

Texas A&M 45, Texas San Antonio 14

Line: Aggies -38, 55

Up 42-7 early in the fourth quarter, Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher gifted his backups some playing time against overmatched Conference USA opponent Texas San-Antonio. The Aggies kicked off 38-point favorites.

Replacing Kellen Mond under center, QB Zach Clazada tossed a pick-6 with 4:53 remaining to net the Roadrunners their second and last touchdown of the afternoon. Safety Dadrian Taylor took the interception 58 yards for the score and the backdoor cover.

Texas A&M has dropped three of its last four spreads against C-USA foes following today’s result.

Late-game safety spoils UCF-Houston total

Central Florida 44, Houston 29

Line: Knights -21.5, 73

Oddsmakers did not expect good defense in the Houston-UCF showdown Saturday, opening the game with a 70-point total last Sunday. A quick dip to 69.5 in early trading reversed and saw the number climb to a week-high 73 by kickoff, pushing the final tally.

Central Florida owned a commanding 44-29 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the score line all but complete and bets settled. Houston QB Clayton Tune, who was 18-of-30 for 179 yards, went down for a safety with 1:34 remaining. It was his fifth sack of the contest, and a critical one for total bettors depending on the line they purchased.

Desperation drive saves Notre Dame’s CFP chances; 1H bad beat

Notre Dame 21, Virginia Tech 20

Line: Irish -17.5, 59

Notre Dame QB Ian Book executed a miraculous 18-play, 87-yard scoring drive in the final three-and-a-half minutes of the fourth quarter to seal a come-from-behind 21-20 victory over Virginia Tech. Book, who led a pair of fourth-down conversions during the march, trotted in from the Hokies’ 7-yard line with 0:29 remaining to put the Irish on top. WR Chase Claypool’s toe-tapping catch featured in the drive:

Notre Dame backers laying -10 for the first half were seething at the break. Looking to go up 21-7, the Irish fumbled at the Virginia Tech two-yard line in the final seconds. Tech’s Divine Deablo scooped up the loose ball and strolled 98 yards to notch it 14 all with 0:09 remaining.

The 14-point swing presented the Hokies a tie and added confidence entering the second half, as well as the worst bad beat of the day in the betting market for those laying early points.

A 44-yard field goal from K Brian Johnson four minutes into the third quarter, gave the visitors the lead up until the final minute. Johnson booted another 25-yard effort at the 13:25 mark in the fourth. The Irish outgained Tech 442 to 235 yards, but were minus two in the turnover battle thanks to a pair of interceptions by Book.

Notre Dame has won 15 straight as home chalk in South Bend, but is just 4-7 ATS laying double digits in this spot following today’s result.

Check back throughout the day for updates.

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