Nebraska gained 98 yards on the ground in the second, and the Cornhuskers now lead 28-3. A 59-yard drive that ended when Brian Davis drilled a 31-yard field goal helped Arkansas State narrow the deficit to 14-3.
Illinois’ secondary stifled the passing game, allowing just eight yards through the air to Charleston Southern in the second quarter and the Fighting Illini now lead 20-0. Illinois made its lead 20-0 when Dami Ayoola turned a handoff into a 28-yard touchdown on the last play of a seven-play, 57-yard drive.
No. 12 Ohio State put up 13 points in the first, and the Buckeyes lead 13-7 at the end of the first quarter. Ohio State racked up 83 passing yards and 74 rushing yards in the quarter. The Buckeyes took the game’s first lead after Braxton Miller took a quarterback draw all the way for a 55-yard touchdown run on the last play of a three-play, 61-yard drive.
Ameer Abdullah led No. 24 Nebraska in the quarter. He ran for 19 yards and one touchdown and caught one pass for 26 yards, and the Cornhuskers lead 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Cornhuskers took the game’s first lead after Abdullah pounded in a one-yard touchdown run on the last play of a nine-play, 51-yard drive. Nebraska threw just two times on that drive.
llinois held Charleston Southern to 24 total yards during the first quarter and the Fighting Illini lead 13-0 at the end of the first quarter. Illinois held the Buccaneers to just nine rushing yards in the quarter.