Minnesota got things going through the air, passing for 91 yards in the quarter, and the Golden Gophers lead 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. Minnesota scored when Donnell Kirkwood ran two yards to paydirt to put the finishing touches on a five-play, 58-yard drive, giving the Golden Gophers the game’s first lead. The key play on Minnesota’s drive was Antonio Johnson’s 40-yard pass to Devin Crawford-Tufts.
The first quarter saw both teams combine for no points and two turnovers and the game is tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. No. 15 Notre Dame will start the second quarter with possession at its own 31-yard line.
Rex Burkhead ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns and No. 25 Nebraska made quick work of Idaho State in a 73-7 victory Saturday. The Cornhuskers (3-1) led 35-0 after the first quarter and 45-0 at half. The Bengals (1-2), of the Football Championship Subdivision, have lost 34 straight road games.
Matt McGloin threw for a career-high 318 yards and ran for two short scores, and linebacker Michael Mauti led another strong defensive effort to lead Penn State to a 24-13 win Saturday over Temple. Allen Robinson added to his torrid start as the Nittany Lions’ top receiver came up with a 41-yard touchdown catch on a fourth-down play in rookie coach Bill O’Brien’s new offense.
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Le’Veon Bell rushed for a career-high 253 yards and a touchdown to help stagnant Michigan State avoid a major upset with a 23-7 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Dan Conroy kicked three field goals for the No. 21 Spartans (3-1), who failed to score a TD for more than seven quarters until Andrew Maxwell hit tight end Dion Sims on a 10-yard pass with 7:19 left.
Venric Mark ran for 117 yards and three touchdowns to lead Northwestern to an easy 38-7 victory over South Dakota on Saturday afternoon. This one figured to be a breather for the Wildcats (4-0), and that’s exactly what it was. They barely broke a sweat against a FCS opponent after tight victories over Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Boston College, building a 28-0 halftime lead with Mark going off for 97 yards and doing all his scoring.
Nebraska ran for 101 yards in the quarter, and the Cornhuskers now lead 66-0. Nebraska held Idaho State to negative rushing yardage (-4 yards) in the quarter. The Cornhuskers made the score 52-0 when Ameer Abdullah returned a punt for a touchdown.
Penn State’s secondary stifled the passing game allowing just 12 yards through the air to Temple in the third quarter, and the Nittany Lions now lead 21-6. Penn State made it 21-3 when Matt McGloin turned a quarterback sneak into a two-yard touchdown run on the last play of an 11-play, 80-yard drive.
Northwestern racked up 84 rushing yards in the third, and the margin is still 28, as the Wildcats lead 35-7. Northwestern made its lead 35-0 when Treyvon Green pounded in a 33-yard touchdown run on the last play of a six-play, 71-yard drive. The Wildcats kept the ball on the ground during the drive, throwing only one pass.
Michigan State’s defense held tough in the third quarter, holding Eastern Michigan to 31 total yards of offense, and the Spartans have taken the lead 9-7. Michigan State’s front seven stepped up in the quarter, allowing the Eagles to gain just 17 rushing yards.
At the end of the second quarter, Nebraska holds a commanding 45-0 lead over Idaho State. The Cornhuskers’ Rex Burkhead ran for 30 yards and one touchdown in the quarter. Nebraska opened up the lead, 42-0, after Burkhead ran two yards to paydirt to end a five-play, 40-yard drive. The Cornhuskers started in good field position when Nebraska recovered a fumble.
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Eastern Michigan’s defense shut down Michigan State’s aerial attack in the second quarter, holding the Spartans to 31 passing yards and the Eagles now lead 7-3. Michigan State scored when Dan Conroy kicked a 35-yard field goal to polish off a 12-play, 74-yard drive, giving the Spartans the game’s first lead.
Northwestern gained 62 yards on the ground in the second, and the Wildcats now lead 28-0. Northwestern added to its advantage when Venric Mark pounded in a six-yard touchdown run, putting a bow on a six-play, 57-yard drive to give the Wildcats the lead, 21-0.
Penn State racked up 99 passing yards in the quarter, and the Nittany Lions now lead 14-3. Temple finished off a 58-yard drive when Brandon McManus kicked a 34-yard field goal to make the score 7-3. The Owls went to the air just two times on that drive.
With 35 points in the first quarter, No. 22 Nebraska now holds a 35-0 lead over Idaho State. The Cornhuskers got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a two-play, 68-yard drive that ended in a score when Rex Burkhead turned a handoff into a 61-yard touchdown. Nebraska expanded its lead to 14-0 thanks to a six-play, 44-yard drive that ended when Ameer Abdullah ran eight yards to paydirt.
The two teams combined for more punts than points in a slow first quarter and the game is tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. With neither team able to move the ball, there were four punts in the quarter.
Thanks to a mean rushing attack, Northwestern leads 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Wildcats rushed for 82 yards in the quarter.
Allen Robinson had a productive quarter for Penn State. He caught two passes for 45 yards and one touchdown, and the Nittany Lions lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
James White rushed for a pair of touchdowns Saturday, helping Wisconsin overcome the early loss of Montee Ball in a 37-26 victory over UTEP. Ball suffered a head injury on a 1-yard scoring run at the start of the second quarter, and was on the sidelines in street clothes for the second half. It was a tough day all around for the Heisman Trophy finalist, who had the first fumble of his career on Wisconsin’s opening drive.
Central Michigan’s David Harman drilled a 47-yard field goal with three seconds left, and the Chippewas scored nine points in the final 45 seconds and stunned Iowa 32-31 on Saturday.
Braxton Miller ran for two touchdowns and No. 16 Ohio State overcame a lethargic, mistake-filled effort to hold off UAB 29-15 on Saturday in the Buckeyes’ final tune-up before Big Ten play. UAB (0-3) more than held its own against the Buckeyes (4-0), who committed drive-killing penalties, had a punt blocked for a touchdown and had trouble scoring against a defense giving up 44 points and 477 yards a game.
Xay Williams led UTEP in the quarter. He ran for 22 yards and one touchdown, and the Miners have closed the gap to 23-16. Wisconsin’s James White ran for 25 yards in the quarter. The Badgers have given up the last 10 points.
The third quarter was so slow, the teams combined for more punts than points, and the margin is still nine, as Ohio State leads 21-12. Both teams saw their defenses make stands, forcing four punts in the quarter.
Mark Weisman led Iowa in the quarter as he ran for 78 yards and one overpowering touchdown, and the Hawkeyes have closed the gap to 23-21. A 54-yard drive that ended when Weisman pounded in a five-yard touchdown run.
Ohio State’s offense looked sharp in the second quarter, scoring 21 points, and the Buckeyes have taken the lead 21-12. Ohio State threw for 81 yards and ran for 101 yards in the quarter. The Buckeyes have scored 14 straight points.