After another slightly above .500 weekend for the 12 teams on Notre Dame's schedule, the Irish opponents have a combined record of 60-48. That's the best winning percentage among the four unbeaten teams at the top of the BCS polls. Alabama's opponents are 55-54, Kansas State's are 56-49 and Oregon's are 56-52. Those three schools, though, have a much higher average margin of victory than the Irish.
Miami freshman Duke Johnson ran for 217 all-purpose yards in a win over Virginia Tech.
Plebe quarterback Keenan Reynolds is having a historic freshman year for Navy. He ran for one touchdown and threw for two more to help extend the Midshipmen’s winning streak to five games in a 24-17 win over Florida Atlantic. Reynolds has not lost since taking over as the team’s starting quarterback midway through the season. He also led the team with 159 rushing yards on Saturday. With two FCS schools and Army left on the schedule, Navy and its freshman quarterback have a chance to be one of the most successful teams on Notre Dame’s schedule this year.
The Boilermakers had only a field goal to their name before Antavian Edison scored on a two-yard pass as time expired in the fourth quarter. It was far from enough in a 34-9 loss to Penn State in West Lafayette. Nittany Lions quarterback Matt McGloin had 321 passing yards and two touchdowns to get his team to 4-1 almost exactly a year to the day after news of the earth-shattering Jerry Sandusky scandal broke.
Michigan State (5-5)
Michigan State’s last six games have been decided by four points or less, and the Spartans have been on the wrong side of most of them. In a familiar scene for the green and white, Nebraska’s Jamal Turner scored with six seconds left on the clock to give the Cornhuskers a 28-24 win. Taylor Martinez provided 365 yards of offense — 205 on the ground — for Nebraska in the win. Le’Veon Bell posted 188 rushing yards and two scores.
Even without Denard Robinson, Michigan had more than enough offense to beat Minnesota 35-13 on the road Saturday. Devin Gardner, who has taken most of his collegiate snaps at wide receiver, filled in for Robinson. He completed 12 of his 18 pass attempts for 234 yards and two touchdowns. The Wolverines defense held Minnesota to 275 total yards while keeping pace with Nebraska at the top of the Big Ten Legends Division.
The Hurricanes, coming off a bye week, ended a three-game losing streak by beating an underachieving Virginia Tech team. The Hokies outgained Miami 421-347 in total yard, but two uncharacteristic special teams gaffes early in the game set up Stephen Morris touchdown passes and the ‘Canes rolled to a 30-12 victory. Freshman Duke Johnson finished with 217 all-purpose yards, including seven on a rushing touchdown that helped Miami pull away in the fourth quarter.
Stanford had a stat-padder kind of Saturday against 1-8 Colorado. Freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan made his debut for the Cardinal offense that had been struggling before a 48-0 win over the Buffaloes. He completed 18 of 23 passes for 184 yards and two scores against the worst passing defense in the FBS. He also ran for a team-high 48 yards. Colorado scratched out 76 yards of offense (minus-21 on the ground) in the first home shutout in 26 years.
Brigham Young (5-4)
The Cougars were idle this week. They will play Idaho on Nov. 10 in Provo, Utah.
Landry Jones had no problem finding the end zone this week against Iowa State. He threw four touchdowns passes in a 35-20 win over the Cyclones to bounce back from last week’s home loss. Brennan Clay ran for a career-high 157 yards to contribute to the Sooners’ 593 total yards on offense. Bob Stoops tied legend Bud Wilkinson for second place on Oklahoma’s all-time wins list with his 145th career victory. Barry Switzer is the only coach ahead of him now with 157.
Ray Graham ran for 172 yards and the Panthers gave No. 3 Notre Dame everything they could handle, but came up just short in a 29-26 triple overtime loss. Kevin Harper missed a 33-yard field goal that would have won the game in the second overtime after Cierre Wood fumbled for the Irish on the previous series. Wood’s fumble was the second turnover Pittsburgh forced in its own end zone.
Boston College (2-7)
Chase Rettig threw for 369 yards against Wake Forest’s suspect secondary, but the Eagles managed only 12 yards on the ground and two touchdowns in a 28-14 loss. Rettig also threw three interceptions and fumbled once. The Demon Deacons converted two of those turnovers to touchdowns in the first half and rolled from there. The loss knocks Boston College officially out of bowl eligibility for the second year in a row. It also locks them into last place in the ACC Atlantic Division.
Wake Forest (5-4)
In a game that featured 106 pass attempts, junior Tanner Price completed 39 of the 57 balls he threw. Sixteen of them went to wide receiver Michael Campanaro who had three touchdown passes in the first half to go along with his conference record-setting number of receptions.
Southern California (6-3)
Matt Barkley had five touchdown passes. USC racked up 615 yards of offense and 51 points. Unfortunately, they were playing No. 3 Oregon who posted 62 points to stay unbeaten in a game with as much speed and talent on the field as any this year in college football. Ducks tailback Kenjon Barner scored five touchdowns and rushed for 321 yards in the win. USC dropped to 6-3 with the loss with tough games against UCLA and Notre Dame left on the schedule.