By RENALDO DORSETT
IT was mixed results for Bahamian players across the United States in week two of division I NCAA football.
Demitri Knowles and the Virginia Tech Hokies moved back into the winners’ column after an opening week loss with a 42-3 win over Furman.
Knowles finished with one catch for seven yards in a 42-3 win at home in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Virginia Tech finished with 583 yards of offence, their best since 2010 and most with offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, who took over in 2012. The Hokies finished with 299 yards rushing and 284 yards passing.
For Knowles, a junior season that began with lofty expectations and was derailed by off-season injury is back on track as the Hokies face depth issues at the wide receiver position.
The Hokies will face Purdue at home in Lane Stadium on September 19.
Alex Cooper and the Houston Cougars pulled off an upset win over the Louisville Cardinals, 34-31.
Cooper was named one of the team’s captains for the game, his 15th consecutive start.
Houston outgained Louisville 462-395, recorded four turnovers and broke a three-game losing streak to the Cardinals.
Cooper, the 6’4” 305-pound senior, has already completed his undergraduate degree headed into the season and was named to the 2015 Athlon Sports Preseason AAC Third Team.
Houston was picked to finish second in the west division of The American Athletic Conference in a poll of the league’s media.
The Cougars are scheduled to host Texas State next weekend.
Chris Ferguson and the Cincinnati Bearcats lost 34-26 to the Temple Owls. The redshirt freshman lineman is still awaiting his debut and faces Miami of Ohio next Saturday.
Kato Fawkes and the Idaho Vandals lost 59-9 to the USC Trojans. Fawkes is a redshirt senior lineman who transferred from Western Iowa.
Fawkes started every game for 11-1 Western Iowa and was a second-team Iowa Community College Athletic Conference selection.