Donnell Kirkwood rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns and the Minnesota defense showed it is no longer the pushover it has been for decades in a 17-10 victory over Syracuse on Saturday night. The Golden Gophers forced four turnovers and Max Shortell threw for 231 yards in place of injured starter MarQueis Gray to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2008.
Manti Te’o had two interceptions as No. 11 Notre Dame picked off five Michigan passes and backup quarterback Tommy Rees sparked the Fighting Irish offense in a 13-6 win over the 18th-ranked Wolverines Saturday night. Denard Robinson, who amassed 948 yards of total offense in victories over the Irish past two years, wasn’t as effective this time as he threw four interceptions in the first half, then lost a fumble at the Notre Dame 8-yard line on the first drive of the second half.
Louisiana Tech turned six Illinois turnovers and a 284-yard, four-touchdown night from quarterback Colby Cameron into a 52-24 road upset of Illinois Saturday. Cameron’s favorite target was Quinton Patton who caught six balls for 164 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Illinois (2-2) turned the ball over three times in the first quarter and the Bulldogs (3-0) cashed in for an early 21-7 lead.
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.