• Army’s triple option produced three 100-yard rushers, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Northern Illinois. The Huskies took a 41-40 victory at West Point and play host to Kansas next week.
• Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase missed his second straight game, but the Illini had no trouble with Charleston Southern in a 44-0 victory.
• A week after beating three ranked teams, the Pac-12 just missed building on that momentum. Arizona State couldn’t complete a comeback at Missouri, falling 24-20, and California missed three field goals and had a touchdown nullified by penalty in a 35-28 loss at No. 12 Ohio State.
• Louisiana-Monroe couldn’t finish off its SEC opponent in overtime, but Western Kentucky did. The Hilltoppers beat Kentucky 32-31 on a trick play in overtime — a throw back pass to quarterback Kawaun Jakes that completed the game-ending two-point conversion.
• Long gone. Loser. Let it end. Just a few suggestions for the L. in Arkansas coach John L. Smith, whose Razorbacks walked off their home field on the wrong end of 52-0 to top-ranked Alabama.
• Penn State avoided its first 0-3 start since 2001, beating Navy 34-7. “It was a long time coming,” Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien said.HEATING UP
Louisville will need some study hall time in finishing school this week, but the end result was satisfying, a 39-34 victory over North Carolina that made the Cardinals 3-0. The lead was 36-7 at halftime, but the Tar Heels went on a 27-3 run in the second half and had the ball inside the Cardinals 10 in the late stages. Louisville held, and now takes its show on the road for three straight, at Florida International, Southern Mississippi and Pittsburgh. A 6-0 start is entirely possible.
Gene Chizik, whew! Auburn avoided its first 0-3 start since 1950 by surviving Louisiana-Monroe’s second upset bid in as many weeks, winning 31-28 in overtime. Last week, Louisiana-Monroe beat Arkansas 34-31 in overtime. The Warhawks, who scored 14 in the fourth quarter, forcing extra time, missed a 37-yard field goal on the first possession. The Tigers’ Cody Parkey then hit from 35 for the Auburn victory. The Warhawks get another chance of taking down a major player, and this one is at home. Baylor visits Monroe on Friday.REAL DEAL
Florida State treated nemesis Wake Forest like the Demon Deacons were Savannah State. The Seminoles won 52-0 and are looking like the team to beat in the ACC. Chris Thompson ran for 197 yards and he had TD runs of 74 and 80 yards on successive carries. Next week, defending ACC champion Clemson visits Tallahassee.FRAUD ALERT
Every year, it seems Virginia Tech is sold as a national championship contender, and an early loss bursts the bubble. Saturday, the Hokies lost to Pittsburgh 35-17. Pitt entered the game 0-2, but running back Ray Graham rushed for three touchdowns and the Panthers showed a pulse for the first time this season.NUMBER OF THE DAY
25 Consecutive victories in conference games by TCU. The previous 24 were in the Mountain West, where the Horned Frogs last lost in 2008. No. 25 came in the Horned Frogs Big 12 opener, 20-6 at Kansas.