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No. 3 Alabama Drops Penn State

(AP) A.J. McCarron was poised and efficient in a rare trip into Big Ten country for No. 3 Alabama, throwing for 163 yards and a touchdown against No. 23 Penn State in a 27-11 victory on Saturday. Alabama completed a sweep of the home-and-home series between the two storied programs with a methodical and smothering performance reminiscent of last year’s 24-3 win in Tuscaloosa. Both teams came into the second week of the season with unsettled quarterback issues. For Penn State, Nittany Lions (1-1) fans might be wondering if either Robert Bolden or Matt McGloin are the answer. They combined to go 12 for 39 for 144 yards. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Colter, 'Cats Put Away Eastern Illinois

(AP) Kain Colter delivered again while filling in for star Dan Persa, running for a career-high 109 yards with three touchdowns and throwing for 104 more to lead Northwestern to a 42-21 victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday. With Persa in uniform but still recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, Colter came through with another impressive performance after leading the Wildcats to a 24-17 win at Boston College in the opener. The sophomore wound up with more than 100 yards rushing for the second time in his career. When he wasn’t running by the Panthers (1-1), he completed 10 of 13 passes without an interception to lead Northwestern (2-0) to an easy win over an FCS opponent. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Rice Nips Purdue, 24-22

(AP) Justin Allen blocked Carson Wiggs‘ 31-yard field-goal attempt as time expired and Rice snapped its 10-year losing streak against Bowl Championship Series teams with a 24-22 victory over Purdue on Saturday. The Owls (1-1) had lost 22 consecutive games to BCS opponents since a 15-13 win over Duke on Sept. 8, 2001. Rice had not beaten a Big Ten team since a 40-34 win at Northwestern in 1997. The Boilermakers got the ball near midfield with 1:52 remaining, and three long runs by Ralph Bolden moved them inside the 20. Purdue was content to let the clock run down so that Wiggs’ kick would be the final play. But Allen surged through the middle of the line and blocked it, and the Owls’ sideline emptied onto the field in celebration. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Ohio State Fends Off Toledo

(AP) Chris Fields returned a punt 69 yards and Carlos Hyderan for two more scores to lead No. 15 Ohio State past Toledo 27-22 Saturday, a win that was secure only after the Buckeyes held the Rockets’ on their last drive. The Rockets (1-1) drove from their own 28 to the Ohio State 17 before backup quarterback Terrance Owens threw incomplete on fourth down while being pressured by John Simon. Ohio State (2-0) has not lost to another Ohio team since 1921. The Buckeyes are 43-0-1 since that 7-6 setback to Oberlin. Toledo led 15-7 after a quarter and was on top 22-21 before Hyde’s 3-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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Iowa State Tops Iowa in Triple Overtime

(AP) James White’s 4-yard TD run in triple overtime pushed Iowa State past rival Iowa 44-41 on Saturday, snapping a three-game losing streak to the rival Hawkeyes in thrilling fashion. Steele Jantz led the way for Iowa State (2-0) with 279 yards passing and four touchdowns and White added a pair of OT touchdowns. White’s 1-yard run put the Cyclones on top 38-31 in double overtime, but Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg‘s 23-yard TD pass to Keenan Davis tied it back up. Iowa went ahead 41-38 on Mike Meyer’s 41-yard field goal. But the Hawkeyes defense had no answer for Jantz and White in extra time. Marcus Coker had 140 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Iowa (1-1). Read the full AP recap, check out the box score and see our Big Ten scoreboard.

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