Notre Dame's opponents didn't win many games this weekend, but when they did they won big. Navy, Michigan and Oklahoma all won lopsided victories to help save a week where the Irish schedule finished 4-7. That makes the season-long record for Notre Dame foes 41-33.
Landry Jones threw for 321 yards in a 63-21 win over Texas Saturday afternoon.
Navy moved to .500 on the season, beating Central Michigan 31-13 on the arm of freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds. Starting for an injured Trey Miller, Reynolds completed six passes, three of them for touchdowns to beat the Chippewas on the road. Sophomore Noah Copeland ran for a team-high 70 yards on 15 carries in the win. The Midshipmen play Indiana next week.
The Boilermakers’ defensive front that held Notre Dame to 52 rushing yards in September was nowhere to be found this weekend. They gave up 467 yards on the ground to Wisconsin in their second straight conference blowout. The Badgers improved to 5-2 with the 38-14 win. Montee Ball had 247 yards and three scores. Purdue’s Akeem Hunt made the final score a little more respectable with an 81-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.
Michigan State (4-3)
The Spartans let a touchdown lead slip away in the fourth quarter and eventually lost to Iowa 19-16 in double overtime. Former Hawkeye walk-on Mark Weisman scored with 55 seconds left in the game to tie the score 13-13. After thee straight field goals in overtime, Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell threw an interception to end the game. Le’Veon Bell had 140 yards and the Spartans’ only touchdown.
Denard Robinson had another four-touchdown performance as the Wolverines rolled over Illinois 45-0 to stay unbeaten in Big Ten play. Robinson threw for two scores and ran for two more in a steady assault on the Illini defense that netted 527 total yards. At 4-2, Michigan looks to be returning to its BCS form from a year ago.
The Hurricanes squeezed only two touchdowns out of their 415 total yards in an 18-14 loss to North Carolina Saturday. Stephen Morris ran for one of the team’s two scores before missing most of the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle. Tar Heel running back Giovani Bernard ran for 177 yards to help North Carolina overcome a day filled with penalties.
The Cardinal came up a few inches short, although running back Stepfan Taylor begs to differ, in a 20-13 overtime loss to Notre Dame Saturday. Taylor ran for 102 yards, but could not get his offense into the end zone. The Cardinal defense created its only touchdown of the day by prying the ball loose from Irish quarterback Everett Golson in the end zone.
Brigham Young (4-3)
No. 10 Oregon State tacked on a couple late touchdowns to beat the Cougars 42-24 in an otherwise close game. BYU had allowed a total of 49 points this season prior to giving up six touchdowns to the Beavers and backup quarterback Cody Zav. Senior quarterback Riley Nelson returned to the starting lineup for the Cougars despite feeling less than 100 percent. He threw for 305 yards, but also had three interceptions including one that was returned for a 49-yard score to ice the game.
The ninth-ranked Sooners left no doubt in the Red River Rivalry. They blew out border rival Texas 63-21 in a lopsided game at the Cotton Bowl. Oklahoma led 36-2 at halftime thanks to Blake Bell’s four rushing touchdowns and a 95-yard run by Damien Williams. Starting quarterback Landry Jones had two touchdowns passes and 321 yards through the air against a sloppy Longhorn defense.
DeVante Parker’s 75-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the second half gave Louisville a 28-21 lead and the undefeated Cardinals never looked back. They dropped Pitt 45-35, leaving the Panthers 0-3 in Big East play. Parker caught three other passes for a total of 153 yards in the game. Freshman Rushel Shell led the Pitt rushing attack with 96 yards on 18 carries.
Boston College (1-5)
Boston College ran into an angry Florida State team Saturday like a fly into a windshield. The Seminoles scored the game’s first 28 points and rolled to an easy win in Tallahassee. E.J. Manuel had a career-high 439 passing yards and four touchdowns. Junior Andre Williams ran for 104 yards for the Eagles.
Wake Forest (3-3)
The Demon Deacons were idle this week. They visit Virginia next week in hopes of snapping a two-game losing streak.
Southern California (5-1)
A conservative Trojans offense collected a workman’s like win, 24-14, over Pac-12 opponent Washington on Saturday. Silas Redd ran for 155 yards and one touchdown for No. 11 USC. The defense forced four turnovers and held the Huskies scoreless for the entire second half.