Donnell Kirkwood led Minnesota in the quarter. He ran for 34 yards and one touchdown, and the Golden Gophers now lead 14-3. Minnesota opened up the lead, 14-3, after marching down the field for a 12-play, 87-yard drive that ended when Kirkwood pounded in a one-yard touchdown run.
Louisiana Tech now leads Illinois, 45-17, thanks to a 24-point third quarter. The Bulldogs have scored 24 straight points. Louisiana Tech opened up the lead, 28-17, after marching down the field for a two-play, 81-yard drive that ended when Colby Cameron tossed a 78-yard touchdown to Quinton Patton.
Notre Dame and Michigan combined for a total of no points and one turnover in a sloppy third quarter and the margin is still 10, as the Fighting Irish lead 10-0.
Louisiana Tech’s front seven stepped up in the second quarter, allowing Illinois to gain just 21 rushing yards, and the Bulldogs now lead 21-17. The last 10 points have been scored by the Fighting Illini. Illinois capped a one-yard drive when Taylor Zalewski kicked a 26-yard field goal to make the score 21-10. A fumble recovery by the Fighting Illini set Illinois up at Louisiana Tech’s 10-yard line to start the drive.
Minnesota and Syracuse combined for a total of no points and one turnover in a sloppy second quarter and the margin is still four, as the Golden Gophers lead 7-3.
Tommy Rees had a productive quarter for Notre Dame. He threw for 45 yards and ran for two yards and one touchdown, and the Fighting Irish now lead 10-0. Notre Dame took the game’s first lead after Kyle Brindza drilled a 33-yard field goal on the last play of a four-play, one-yard drive.
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