Notre Dame has eight teams with winning records on its 2012 schedule after the sixth week of college football. Stanford and Navy both won overtime decisions this weekend to push the combined opponents record to 37-26 on the year.
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson ran for 235 yards in a 44-13 win over Purdue.
The Midshipmen picked up their first win against an FBS team in dramatic fashion Saturday, beating rival Air Force 28-21 in over time. Right guard Jake Zuzek got his 15 seconds of fame for Navy by falling on a fumble in the end zone to clinch the win. Junior Trey Miller ran for 110 yards before he was knocked out of the game by an ankle injury.
The Boilermakers could only scratch out 56 rushing yards against Michigan in West Lafayette in a 44-13 loss that was never close. All three of Purdue’s quarterbacks played, led by Caleb TerBush who completed 16 of his 25 passes but for only 125 yards of offense. The talented defensive front had a long day trying to stop a motivated Denard Robinson.
Michigan State (4-2)
Michigan State squeaked out a Big Ten win against Indiana Saturday after spotting the Hoosiers 17 first-quarter points. The Spartans scored the final two touchdowns of the game to take a 31-27 lead with less than seven minutes remaining. Junior quarterback Andrew Maxwell threw for 290 yards and a pair of scores. Le’Veon Bell turned in a pedestrian 121-yard rushing performance.
Denard Robinson had no reason to apologize this weekend. Two weeks after playing what he described as the worst game of his life against Notre Dame, the Michigan quarterback got back to his old ways with 235 rushing yards on 24 carries. Fitzgerald Toussaint had two rushing touchdowns in 44-13 blowout.
The Hurricanes offense fell flat in Chicago. A pair of dropped passes on the opening drive were Miami’s best chance for a touchdown during a 41-3 bludgeoning at the hands of the Irish. Notre Dame ran for 197 of its 376 rushing yards in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Cardinal quarterback Josh Nunes had the most productive game of his young career in a 54-48 overtime win against Pac-12 foe Arizona. He threw for 360 yards and accounted for four touchdowns — two passing and two rushing — before Stepfan Taylor iced the win with a 21-yard run in overtime for the 17th-ranked Cardinal. The normally stout Stanford defense gave up 491 passing yards to Arizona’s Matt Scott.
Brigham Young (4-2)
The Cougars remained inconsistent on offense, but held Utah State out of the end zone for a 6-3 victory in Provo. Freshman quarterback Taysom Hill connected with JD Falslev on a 3-yard pass for the game’s only touchdown. Hill played the whole game and completed 24 of his 36 passes with one score and one interception. Utah had only been its own state for 50 years the last time the Cougars won while scoring so few points in 1946.
No. 13 Oklahoma bounced back from its loss to Kansas State with a 41-20 definitive win over Texas Tech Saturday. Landry Jones threw for 259 and Blake Bell finished two drives with rushing touchdowns on QB keepers. The Sooners defense picked off three passes, including one that Javon Harris returned for a 46-yard score.
The Panthers couldn’t quite dig out of a 14-point hole against Syracuse Friday night, losing by a point to fall back below .500. Ray Graham scored Pitt’s only touchdown on the night. Kevin Harper added two field goals, but the Orange salted away the last five minutes of the game on an extended drive to keep Pitt from completely closing the gap Syracuse opened with two first-quarter scores.
Boston College (1-4)
Army quarterback Trent Steelman scored from 29 yards out with less than a minute remaining to complete a 34-31 comeback win over the Eagles. Boston College’s defense stuffed the Black Knights at the goal line minutes before, but the offense couldn’t hang on to the ball long enough to prevent Army from getting another chance. Junior Andrew Williams ran for 191 yards in a losing effort. Army, though, dwarfed that number with 516 rushing yards.
Wake Forest (3-3)
The Demon Deacons fell to 3-3 with a 19-14 loss to Maryland Saturday. Former Notre Dame recruiting target Stefon Diggs set up the winning score in the fourth quarter with a 63-yard reception that ended at the 1-yard line. The Terps held Wake to 71 rushing yards and only 11 first downs in the game.
Southern California (4-1)
Matt Barkley and the Trojans stumbled out of the gates in a rare Thursday night game before taking control in a 38-28 win over Utah. The Utes scored two touchdowns in the first three minutes of the game. Barkley recovered for 303 passing yards the three touchdowns. Marqise Lee was one the other end of 192 of those yards and one of the scores.