Rashard Mendenhall ran for 150 yards and three TDs as the Illini beat host Syracuse 41-20. It was the Illini's second victory in a row; they stopped an eight-game losing streak last week. Illinois took a 7-0 lead on its first possession and was never threatened. The Illini had 508 yards, including 378 on the ground. Next: Saturday, at Indiana.
QB Kellen Lewis had a big game with his arm and his legs in a 41-24 victory over Akron. Lewis, a sophomore, threw three TD passes and also rushed for 198 yards and two scores on 18 carries as Indiana improved to 3-0 for just the third time since 1994. Next: Saturday, vs. Illinois.
The Hawkeyes fell for the fourth time in their past five games at Iowa State, losing 15-13 on a last-second field goal. All of Iowa State's points came on field goals, which means Iowa still has not given up a touchdown this season. The Hawkeyes trailed 12-0 at halftime. Next: Saturday, at Wisconsin.
The Wolverines got their first victory of the season in dominant fashion, blasting Notre Dame 38-0. Mike Hart ran for 187 yards and three TDs, and the much-maligned Wolverines defense held the Irish to 79 total yards. True freshman QB Ryan Mallett completed seven passes in his first college start, and three went for touchdowns.
Next: Saturday, vs. Penn State.
The defense came up big in a 17-13 victory over Pitt. All three scores came after Panthers turnovers, including an interception that was returned for a touchdowns by Travis Key. Pitt was 0-of-12 on third-down conversions. "Our play on third downs was pretty good – actually, great," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said.
Next: Saturday, at Notre Dame.
The Golden Gophers committed seven turnovers and suffered a 42-39 loss at Florida Atlantic. Minnesota gave up 463 passing yards. Adam Weber threw four TD passes for Minnesota, but he also tossed four interceptions. FAU led 35-14 at halftime. Next: Saturday, vs. Purdue.
The Wildcats' attempt to open 3-0 for the first time since 2001 was foiled in a 20-14 loss to Duke, which snapped a 22-game losing streak. C.J. Bacher threw for 368 yards but it wasn't enough for the Wildcats, who were without starting TB Tyrell Sutton (ankle injury). Next: Saturday, at Ohio State.
The Buckeyes got big games from TB Chris Wells and LB James Laurinaitis in winning 33-14 at Washington. Wells ran for 135 yards and a TD, and Laurinaitis had eight tackles, two interceptions and a sack. Ohio State rallied from a 7-3 halftime deficit to earn its 21st consecutive regular-season victory. It also was coach Jim Tressel's 200th career victory.
Next: Saturday, vs. Northwestern.
Junior QB Anthony Morelli tossed a career-high four TD passes as the Nittany Lions downed Buffalo 45-24. Backup TB Rodney Kinlaw, who came on after starter Austin Scott fumbled twice, ran for 129 yards and a score. Buffalo QB Drew Willy threw for 330 yards. Next: Saturday, at Michigan.
Curtis Painter threw for 360 yards and three touchdowns – giving him 13 for the season, with no interceptions – as the Boilermakers dumped Central Michigan 45-22. Purdue finished with 568 yards of offense, including 402 in the first half. The Boilermakers committed five turnovers. Purdue lost starting TB Jaycen Taylor for the season with a broken arm. Next: Saturday, at Minnesota.
The Badgers extended the nation's longest winning streak to 12 games, but it was tougher than expected in a 45-31 victory over I-AA Citadel. The score was 21-21 at halftime. P.J. Hill ran for five TDs for the Badgers. Hill, who tied a school record with the number of touchdowns, rushed for 168 yards on 25 carries. Next: Saturday, vs. Iowa.