Florida A&M, 37-3
Central Florida, 31-14
Penn State, 13-23
South Florida ran their record to 2-1 at the expense of cross-state rival Central Florida (0-2). The Bulls built a 21-0 halftime advantage behind the rushing attack of Andre Hall who finished the game with 155 yards and two touchdowns. South Florida played a strong ground game overall, rushing for 326 yards in front of a crowd of 45,139, the second largest in USF history.
Once thought to be an up and coming powerhouse, the Central Florida Golden Knights own the nation's longest losing streak at 17 games, last tasting victory on October 25, 2003 against Central Michigan.
Cincinnati Bearcats (2-1)
Eastern Michigan, 28-26
Western Carolina, 7-3
Penn State, 24-42
In a low scoring game dominated by defensive play, a Bradley Glatthaar touchdown run late in the first half proved to be the margin as Cincinnati held off Division I-AA Western Carolina. Bearcat quarterback Dustin Grutza went 10 of 24 for 88 yards and an interception while being sacked 3 times.
Western Carolina edged Cincinnati in total yardage 284-273, but turned the ball over three times, including an interception at the Cincinnati 2 yard line after a Western Carolina touchdown was negated by a holding penalty. The Catamounts also suffered an interception on the final posession of the game as they drove to the Cincinnati 37 on a potential game winning drive.
Central Michigan Chippewas (1-2)
Penn State, 3-40
Central Michigan has spent the non-conference season as a Big Ten whipping boy, opening their schedule with a loss to Indiana. This week the Chippewas were completely dominated by a Nittany Lion team eager to make a statement as they prepare for their conference schedule.
Northwestern Wildcats (2-1)
Northern Illinois, 38-37
Arizona State, 21-52
After a narrow victory over Northern Illinois in week 2, Northwestern jumped out to a 7-0 early lead over the #18 Arizona State Sun Devils. It would be the last lead they would see, as Arizona QB Sam Keller passed for four touchdowns while ASU freshman Keegan Herring added 197 yards on the ground and two more scores in a 52-21 demolition.
Keller accounted for 409 yards through the air for a Sun Devil team that ran up more than 500 yards of total offense - before halftime, and a school record 773 for the game.
Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-0)
The Golden Gophers have not scored less than 41 points in any of their three non-conference wins, looking impressive in a 46-7 thrashing of Florida Atlantic this week. Minnesota accumulated 579 yards of total offense, and scored 20 points in each of the first two quarters to build a 40-0 halftime advantage before setting cruise control for the second half.
Florida Atlantic, in their second Div I-A season fell to 0-3, scoring just once in the third quarter on a 1 yard run by Di Ivory Edgecomb. The Gophers scored on the 4th play of the game on a 38 yard burst by Laurence Maroney, the first of his two touchdowns on the night.
#9 Ohio State Buckeyes (2-1)
Miami Ohio, 34-14
San Diego State, 27-6
The Buckeyes required one play to shake off memories of last week's heartbreaking loss to Texas, and San Diego State took advantage of that play with a quick pass from qb Kevin O'Connell to Brett Swain who ran untouched for an 80 yard touchdown. This would be the high point for the Aztecs, who managed just 3 first downs and 99 yards of offense the rest of the way, as the Buckeyes demonstrated their superiority in a showcase game for the Ohio State defense.
#14 Michigan Wolverines (2-1)
Northern Illinois, 33-17
Eastern Michigan, 55-0
Notre Dame, 10-17
One week after suffering defeat at the hands of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Wolverines were in no mood to take lightly their directionally challenged Ypsilanti neighbor, Eastern Michigan. Michigan tied a school record 28 points in the first quarter behind two Max Martin rushing touchdowns and two Chad Henne scoring passes to Jason Avant.
Scoring on nine of their first 10 posessions, the Wolverines recorded their first shutout in two years, and their most one-sided win since a 58-0 thumping of Indiana in 2000.
Illinois Fighting Illini (2-1)
Ron Zook took Illinois to California to play, and until about halfway through the third quarter appeared to have the upper hand on the #15 Golden Bears. Building a 10 point lead at halftime, the Illini began to "play not to lose," according to Zook, who added, "when you play not to lose, you're not as aggressive."
Instead it was Cal who became the aggressors, scoring four touchdowns in a 17 minute span to claim the lead and the victory, and sending the Illini to their first loss of the year.
#12 Purdue Boilermakers (2-0)
Tailback Jerod Void emerged as the hero in the Boilermaker's late victory over Arizona, carrying 18 times for 107 yards and three touchdowns in a rare game which saw Purdue amass 239 yards on the ground, but not throw for a single score. Coach Joe Tiller discounted the idea that times are changing for the Boiler offense, claiming, "We still play sissy ball at Purdue."
Quarterback Brandon Kirsch disagreed, claiming Purdue is changing from the old "basketball on grass" style to an offense that will "pound it, pound it, and run some play option things off that."
Wisconsin Badgers (3-0)
Colorado transfer Brian Calhoun led a trademark Badger rushing attack with 171 yards and two touchdowns, in an ugly low scoring matchup that was not decided until halfway through the 4th quarter. With the Badgers clinging to the same 7-3 margin they held at the half, Calhoun accounted for 44 yards in a decisive drive.
Carolina quarterback Matt Baker completed a gutsy performance, suffering from bruised ribs and limping badly from another hard hit as he drove the Tar Heels to the Badger 4 yard line in the waning minutes before his desparation 4th down pass to the end zone sailed high. Ken DeBauche, the Wisconsin punter, killed the final seconds by running across the end zone before stepping out of bounds and taking a safety to end the scoring.
Michigan State Spartans (3-0)
Michigan State owns the keys to Notre Dame stadium, and celebrated their fifth consecutive victory there by planting a Spartan flag in the turf at the 50 yard line after spoiling Charlie Weis' home opener and knocking the Irish from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 44-41 overtime win.
Returning from a suspension, Jason Teague took an option pitch 19 yards for the winning score, after the Spartan defense held Notre Dame to a field goal in the overtime shootout. Notre Dame saw their 21 point comeback fall short, despite Brady Quinn's Notre Dame record five touchdown passes, and career high 487 yards through the air.
Other Big Ten Games
#21 Iowa Hawkeyes (2-1)
Ball State, 56-0
Northern Iowa, 45-21
Iowa State, 3-23
The Iowa Hawkeyes showed gaps in the secondary as Northern Iowa quarterback Eric Sanders exploited the Hawkeyes for three touchdown passes, and scrambled to elude the defense on several occasions. It was not enough to lead the Division I-AA challenger to victory, as Iowa claimed their 20th consecutive home victory.
Indiana Hoosiers (3-0)
Central Michigan, 20-13
Nicholls State, 35-31
For the first time since 1994, the Indiana Hoosiers opened their season 3-0 by dropping Kentucky 38-14. Finishing the game with 305 yards on the ground, the Hoosiers spread the Kentucky defense with 4 receiver sets, then pounded the ball behind the rushing of Chris Taylor who finished with 176 yards. Quarterback Blake Powers hit for four scoring passes for the victorious Hoosiers.
Kentucky opened the game sluggish, managing just three first downs in the first half of the game, but woke up to put 14 points on the board in the third quarter. It was not enough, as the Hoosiers held a 17 point advantage at the intermission, and tacked on 21 more in the second half to make Terry Hoeppner the first Hoosier coach since 1905 to open his first season with three straight wins.