Six teams on Notre Dame’s schedule are bowl eligible after the 11th week of the season, and all except Boston College still have a shot to get there. Stanford’s win over No. 11 Oregon State highlighted another week full of games decided in the fourth quarter for the Irish opponents.
Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro threw a touchdown pass for his team's only points Saturday.
Navy dug itself to deep of a first quarter hole against 5-5 Troy and ended up losing its first game since Sept. 29. Troy scored the game’s first three touchdowns then held of to win a back-and-forth battle, 41-31. Corey Robinson completed 25 of his 28 passes against the Midshipmen defense for 322 yards.
Purdue snapped a five-game losing skid and got its first Big Ten win in a 27-24 final over Iowa. Paul Griggs gave the Boilermakers the victory by hitting a 46-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter. Robert Marve started at quarterback for Purdue. He threw two touchdowns passes and had 266 total yards.
Michigan State (5-5)
Michigan State did not play during the past week. They take on Northwestern on Nov. 17.
The Wolverines might just have a quarterback controversy. Devin Gardner led Michigan to a 38-31 win over Northwestern in his second consecutive start in place of injured Denard Robinson. Gardner connected with Roy Roundtree on a 32-yard pass to set up a game-tying field goal in the fourth quarter. Then he scored the game’s winning touchdown on a one-yard run in overtime. Michigan’s defense held on for the win.
The Hurricanes let a win slip away by giving up a touchdown pass to Virginia with six seconds left in the game. Stephen Morris threw for three scores in the 41-40 loss. Freshman Duke Johnson returned a punt for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to earn 247Sports’ True Freshman of the Week award.
Virginia’s Michael Rocco had 388 passing yards, including two fourth quarter touchdowns to seal the game.
The Cardinal upset No. 11 Oregon State 27-23 with a fourth quarter touchdown from tight end Zach Ertz. No. 14 Stanford looked like a different team with freshman Kevin Hogan at quarterback. He ran for 49 yards and passed for 254. He also threw three touchdowns in just his second career start.
Brigham Young (6-4)
BYU officially became the sixth bowl eligible team on Notre Dame’s schedule with a 52-13 win over Idaho. Wide receiver Cody Hoffman made three touchdown catches in the first half and finished with nine receptions for 108 yards. The Vandals ran for only 51 yards and lost the time of possession battle by more than 10 minutes.
The Sooners ran for four touchdowns and quarterback Landry Jones threw for two to outlast the high-flying Baylor offense, 42-34. Sophomore Blake Bell’s 55-yards touchdown run in the fourth quarter sealed career victory No. 146 for Bob Stoops. His defense kept Baylor quarterback Nick Florence to 172 passing yards and zero touchdowns through the air.
After taking the Irish to overtime a week ago, Pittsburgh fell behind 24-0 to a UConn team that was previously winless in the Big East. The Panthers managed to make the final score a respectable 24-17 thanks to two fourth quarter touchdown passes from Tino Sunseri. He finished 19-of-34 passing for 302 yards. Lyle McCombs ran for 120 yards and a touchdown for the Huskies.
Boston College (2-8)
Boston College became the fifth team this season to fail to score a touchdown against Notre Dame. Nate Freeze kicked a pair of field goals for the Eagles, but they fell 21-6 in a sleepy Saturday night affair.
Wake Forest (5-5)
If the Demon Deacons hadn’t completely given up on their rushing attack yet, they did this week. Wake Forest ran the ball 23 times for a total of 16 yards in a 37-6 loss to North Carolina State. That’s the second straight week Wake Forest has run the ball less than 25 times.
The Wolfpack returned the opening kick of the second half 100 yards to take a 24-6 lead and cruised from there. Wake’s only points came from wide receiver Michael Campanaro’s third career touchdown pass. He caught a bubble screen near midfield then hit wide open Terence Davis for the score.
Southern California (7-3)
USC righted its ship with a strong defensive performance against Arizona State. The Trojan’s offensive superstars did their part too — Marqise Lee had 10 catches for 161 yards and Curtis McNeal ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns — while they rolled to a 38-17 win. After losing in back-to-back weeks, the defense held the Sun Devils to 250 total yards. Despite the implosive early November stretch, Lane Kiffin’s team can still make the Pac-12 Championship game with a win against UCLA next week.