Notre Dame's opponents improved to 54-43 this weekend. No. 9 USC's upset loss to Arizona was the most notable result Saturday. They went down to the wire in a week that was otherwise full of blowouts.
The Midshipmen ran their winning streak to four games Saturday with a 56-28 win over East Carolina. Freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who took the starting job from Trey Miller two weeks ago, threw for two touchdowns and ran for three more. Navy’s offense finished with 512 total yards, its highest output of the season and the highest since their last trip to East Carolina in 2010.
Purdue continued its surprising downward spiral this week by getting blown out on the road by Minnesota. The Gophers scored on four staright first-half possessions and then cruised to a 44-28 win, their first conference victory of the year. The Boilermakers are still winless in the Big Ten.
Michigan State (5-4)
The Spartans beat Wisconsin on the final play of the game for the second year in a row, this time in overtime. Andrew Maxwell threw a 12-yard pass to Bennie Fowler to win 16-13 on a day when star running back Le'Veon Bell was held at bay. He ran for 77 yards against the Badgers. The loss snapped a 21-game home winning streak for Wisconsin.
The Wolverines' offense stalled after losing Denard Robinson to an elbow injury in the first half and fell to Nebraska 23-9. The Cornhuskers' Ameer Abdullah ran for 101 yards on 24 carries to give Nebraska all offense it would need. They took the driver's seat from Michigan for the Big Ten Legends Division lead while giving the Wolverines their first conference loss.
The Hurricanes didn’t play this weekend. They take on Virginia Tech next week.
The Cardinal avoided another possible upset against Washington State thanks to its dominant pass rush. Stanford sacked Jeff Tuel 10 times Saturday and hung on to a 24-17 lead in the fourth quarter. Josh Nunes and the Cardinal offense had trouble finding a rhythm against the 2-6 Cougars.
Brigham Young (5-4)
BYU running back Jamaal Williams scored four rushing touchdowns in a 41-17 win at Georgia Tech. Williams ran for 107 yards and the Cougars defense held Georgia Tech to 117 on the ground to get BYU back on track after losses to two top ten teams in the last two weeks. Riley Nelson ran for a touchdown and Justin Sorensen added two more field goals.
Landry Jones threw for 365 yards at home, but couldn’t get the ball in the end zone in a 30-13 loss to Notre Dame. Manti Te’o sacked Jones and intercepted late in the game to clinch a win. Sophomore Blake Bell scored the Sooners only touchdown of the game with a one-yard run to tie the score 13-13 in the fourth quarter.
Pitt scored 31 points in the first half at Heinz Field and ended up rolling past Temple. 47-17. Ray Graham accounted for three scores and 109 rushing yards. Senior quarterback Tino Sunseri had 321 passing yards and three touchdowns passes. Temple fell to 2-2 in the Big East with the loss.
Boston College (2-6)
Boston College broke out its American-flag inspired uniforms and picked up its first win over an FBS program this season. They beat Maryland 20-17 when Johnathon Coleman caught a 14-yard touchdown pass with less than a minute remaining in the game. Maryland was forced to go to its fourth-string quarterback, Caleb Rowe, because of injuries. He threw a 66-yard touchdown to Stefon Diggs in the fourth quarter, but also had three interceptions.
Wake Forest (4-4)
Wake Forest got waxed by Clemson 42-13 on Thursday night this week. Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins both set school record for passing yards (428) and receiving yards (202) with an assault of deep throws. Tanner Price threw for 232 yards for the Demon Deacons, but didn’t his team into the end zone until the final seconds of the first half. Clemson had built a 35-0 lead by that point.
Southern California (6-2)
No. 9 USC lost its second game of the season in a 39-36 shootout with Arizona. Rich Rodriguez’s Wildcats trailed by 15 early in third quarter then reeled off four straight touchdowns and hung on late. Matt Scott threw three touchdowns passes and ran for 100 yards for Arizona. Marqise Lee made 16 catches for 345 yards and almost hauled in a desperation heave in the end zone on the final play of the game.