Another top-ranked opponent on Notre Dame's schedule fell from the ranks of the undefeated this week when Oklahoma lost to Kansas State at home. Three teams sat out with byes this week, but most of those in action came away with wins. The overall record of teams the Irish will face this year sits at 27-16 after one month of football.
Miami quarterback Stephen Morris threw for 436 yards in an overtime victory for the 'Canes.
After two big losses to start the season, Navy thumped the Virginia Military Institute 41-3 this week for its first win of the year. Quarterback Trey Miller narrowly avoided being bench after two fumbles in the first quarter, but rectified a bad start with three rushing touchdowns. Fullback Noah Copeland had 126 rushing yards to lead the offense to a 500-plus yard day for the first time this season.
Purdue was idle this weekend. The Boilermakers will play Marshall at home next Saturday.
No. 20/18 Michigan State (3-1)
The Spartans avoided a stunner this weekend with two late scores against Eastern Michigan to win 23-7. Le’Veon Bell rushed for a career-high 253 yards for a Michigan State offense that was otherwise stagnant, settling for three field goals in the first three quarters. Six first-half dropped passes highlighted the team’s woes moving the ball and left coach Mark Dantonio in a salty mood during his post-game press conference.
Michigan fell out of both Top 25 polls this weekend after its loss in South Bend. Notre Dame intercepted Denard Robinson four times on four consecutive pass attempts in the first half en route to a 13-6 victory. The Wolverines made four trips inside the red zone, but couldn’t get a touchdown against the Irish.
The Hurricanes scored 23 unanswered points, including six in overtime, to beat ACC foe Georgia Tech 42-36 Saturday. The Yellow Jackets opted to try for a touchdown of fourth down from the 2-yard line in the first overtime period but were stuffed. Miami running back Mike James scored untouched form 25 yards out on the next play. Stephen Morris threw for 436 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
No. 8/9 Stanford (3-0)
The Cardinal moved up one spot in the AP poll this week despite not playing. They play Washington in Seattle on Thursday night this week.
Five turnovers, one of which was returned by Boise State nose guard Mike Atkinson for a touchdown, led to BYU’s 7-6 loss to the Broncos last Thursday night. Freshman quarterback Taysom Hill replaced Riley Nelson in the fourth quarter and led a 95-yard scoring drive, but the Cougars opted to try a two-point conversion and failed. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall said Nelson will remain the team’s starter.
No. 16/15 Oklahoma (2-1)
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones played second fiddle to Kansas State’s Collin Klein Saturday in a 24-19 Wildcats win. Klein totaled 228 all-purpose yards including a fourth quarter touchdown run that put his team up for good. The Sooners were recently thought to be invincible on their home turf, but this loss drops them to 5-2 in their last seven games in Norman and is the first home loss to a ranked team in 13 years under head coach Bob Stoops.
Pitt rolled past FCS opponent Gardner-Webb 55-10 this weekend. Senior quarterback Tino Sunseri threw for 344 yards and three scores against a clearly overmatched group of Bulldogs. Gardner-Webb’s lone touchdown came off a Ray Graham fumble returned 65 yards for a score. After losing to Youngstown State to start the season, Pitt recovered to get out of September with a .500 record.
Boston College (1-2)
The Eagles had a bye this weekend. They host Clemson next weekend.
Wake Forest (3-1)
Wake Forest bounced back from a shutout loss to Florida State a week ago by hanging 49 points on Army in a high-scoring affair. Running backs Deandre Martin and Josh Harris and wide receiver Michael Campanaro all had more than 100 yards of offense in the win. Army rushed for 429 yards and scored 37 points, but ran out of gas in the fourth quarter.
No. 13 USC (3-1)
The Trojans turned to running back Silas Redd to pound their team back on track Saturday in a 27-9 win over California. Redd ran for 158 yards and a score. Marqise Lee added two touchdown catches in a methodical win over the Golden Bears. USC’s defense held Cal (1-3) to 250 total yards of offense and only 77 on the ground.