• Big day for quarterbacks, and not just West Virginia’s Geno Smith. Stephen Morris of Miami set an ACC record with 566 yards in a 44-37 victory over North Carolina State. The final 62 came on a touchdown to Phillip Dorsett with 19 seconds remaining for the game-winner.
• Welcome back, Iowa. Not much good to say about the Hawkeyes in the season’s first month. But Iowa easily won Floyd of Rosedale — a trophy with a bronze pig on top — with a 31-13 victory over previous undefeated Minnesota.
• Stony Brook 23, Army 3. The Cadets were supposed to be better than this.
• Virginia Tech made it 0-2 against Big East teams when one of the great names in college football, Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux, hit Damon Julian with a 39-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds remaining for the game-winner.Heating up
How about some Sun Belt love? For a few weeks, Louisiana-Monroe carried the banner, beating Arkansas and falling to Auburn in overtime. But Middle Tennessee State pitched in with a big victory of its own. The Blue Raiders got a huge game from running back Benny Cunningham — 217 yards and five touchdowns — and ran Georgia Tech out of its own stadium in a 49-28 victory. Middle Tennessee outscored the Yellow Jackets 28-7 after halftime.Feeling the heat
It’s only the conference opener, so plenty of time for Michigan State to jump into the division race. But the 17-16 loss to Ohio State was the second in three games for the Spartans — both at East Lansing. Michigan State couldn’t stop Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller, who threw for 179 yards and ran for 130.Real deal
Duke. Don’t laugh. The Blue Devils won a close conference game on the road, 34-27 over Wake Forest, and improved to 4-1 overall. Florida State looks like the real deal in the ACC, and Clemson next. But after that? With a terrific offense, Duke should have the opportunity to win a few more games and perhaps compete for the Coastal Division championship.Fraud alert
Back to Thursday for this one. Stanford, 12 days removed from its big victory over Southern California, couldn’t keep the momentum and fell at Washington 17-13. With almost every Pac-12 outcome, the gap between second-ranked Oregon and the rest of the league seems to grow wider.Number of the day
633 According to NCAA records that’s how many losses Indiana’s program has accumulated since the Hoosiers fielded their first team in 1887. Entering Saturday’s game with Northwestern, the Hoosiers and Wildcats were tied for the bottom at 632. Northwestern’s 44-29 triumph means Indiana is by itself at the bottom.