• Tulsa knocked off Marshall 45-38 despite being outgained 572-340, and having the Thundering Herd convert 13 of 19 first downs.
• A crisp salute to Army, which collected its first victory. Trent Steelman’s 29-yard rushing touchdown with 45 seconds left gave the Cadets a 34-31 triumph over Boston College.
• It wasn’t pretty but it was gutsy. Michigan State fell behind Indiana 17-0 but ran down the Hoosiers 31-27. Indiana quarterback Cameron Coffman — the youngest of the Coffman brothers from Raymore-Peculiar High — had his best game this season with 282 yards and three touchdowns.
• An offensive guard scored the game-winner in overtime in Navy’s 28-21 victory over Air Force. Right guard Jake Zuzek recovered quarterback Keenan Reynolds’ fumbled snap in the end zone.
Remember those first two weeks for Penn State, losses to Ohio and Virginia? Would the Nittany Lions beat anybody after their tumultuous off season?
Yes, times four.
Penn State’s fourth straight victory was its most impressive, a 39-28 triumph over Northwestern. The Nittany Lions outscored Northwestern 22-0 in the third quarter.
FEELING THE HEAT
How much can Gene Chizik leverage a national championship? After a 24-7 home loss to Arkansas, with fans streaming out of Jordan-Hare Stadium before the final gun, Chizik will need a huge second half to get back in the good graces.
He knows this, and that’s why his post game comments included an apology to fans.
“The Auburn fans, and the Auburn family they did not deserve this today,” Chizik said. “I apologize to anybody who came out and watched it.”
Stanford stood at the fork in a road. Beat Southern California, lose to Washington. Which way would the Cardinal go? It came down to a final play, but Stanford outlasted Arizona 54-48 in overtime, making up a 14-point deficit in the final nine minutes. The Wildcats wasted an excellent performance by quarterback Matt Scott, who was 45 of 69 for 491 yards and three touchdowns.
Virginia Tech, ranked 16th in the preseason, fell to 3-3 with a 48-34 loss at North Carolina. The Hokies surrendered 533 total yards, one of the worst days in the Frank Beamer tenure. Tar Heels running back Giovani Bernard rushed for 262, the most ever against Virginia Tech. “Long day at the office,” defensive coordinator Bud Foster said.
NUMBER OF THE DAY
239 Career receptions by Duke wide receiver Conner Vernon to become the ACC’s career leader in catches. Vernon had seven in the Blue Devils’ 42-17 victory over Virginia.