It's been a rough season already, and we're only three weeks in. Thankfully, it hasn't been rough for just us.
Indiana State traveled to Ball State and came out of Scheumann Stadium with a 27-20 win. The teams finished with identical 361 yard offensive performances. Mike Perish tossed a touchdown pass to Kyani Harris with just under 4 minutes left in the game to win it for the Sycamores. 2-1 Indiana State has this week off.
#20 Missouri was in a dogfight early, but pulled away from UCF to cruise to a 38-10 win. The Tigers forced 4 UCF turnovers, including a fumble that was returned 60 yards for the final touchdown of the game. On the offensive side, Maty Mauk tossed a pair of touchdowns to both Jimmie Hunt and Bud Sasser as part of 14/24 passing. The undefeated Tigers host Indiana at 4pm this Saturday.
North Texas played host to Louisiana Tech last Thursday, and got rolled 42-21. The Bulldogs' Cody Sokol tossed 5 touchdowns in the romp, three of them in the second quarter alone. For the Mean Green, not picking up a first down until late in the first half doomed them to defeat, though they did outrush Tech 104-98. 1-2 North Texas hosts Nicholls State on Saturday.
And in the B1G:
Maryland lost a tough game at home to West Virginia 40-37. The Terps allowed West Virginia QB Clint Trickett to throw for 511 yards and 4 touchdowns, but nearly completed an epic comeback after trailing the entire game until a William Likely punt return touchdown brought them back even with the Mountaineers. However, Josh Lambert made a field goal with no time left on the clock to steal the win for West Virginia. Maryland falls to 2-1, and travels to Syracuse this Saturday.
Iowa gave their rival Iowa State one chance too many, and it cost them as Cole Netten hit the game winning field goal on his second try to knock off the Hawkeyes 20-17. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz called a timeout to try icing Netten, and instead of missing, the second chance from 42 yards out went through the uprights. Jake Rudock and Mark Weisman both ran for Iowa touchdowns, but it would prove to not be enough. 2-1 Iowa travel to Pitt this Saturday.
Michigan State was idle. They host Eastern Michigan this Saturday.
Michigan let Miami (OH) stay in the game early, but pulled away in the second half for a 34-10 victory. Derrick Green ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and Devin Gardner threw for two more. Matt Wile tacked on two field goals to complement the rest of their scoring. The Wolverines, now 2-1, host Utah this Saturday.
Penn State traveled to Rutgers, and welcomed the Scarlet Knights to the B1G by beating them 13-10 in New Jersey. Gary Nova threw 5 interceptions for Rutgers, and Christian Hackenberg tacked on one of his own for the Nittany Lions. Bill Belton ran for the winning touchdown with 1:13 left in the game, and Penn State held on from there. 2-1 Rutgers travels to Navy, while 3-0 Penn State hosts UMass this Saturday.
#22 Ohio State crushed Kent State 66-0. Buckeye QB J.T. Barrett threw 6 touchdown passes to tie a school record set by Kenny Guiton. The Buckeyes' defense held Kent State to 126 yards of total offense in a game that stopped being close early. Ohio State has a bye this week.
Purdue played #11 Notre Dame at Lucas Oil Stadium, and actually hang in with the Irish for a while before falling 30-14. Danny Etling threw two touchdowns, but also two interceptions, for the Boilers. Notre Dame also held Purdue to just 56 net yards rushing, a number equalled by Irish QB Everett Golson alone. 1-2 Purdue welcomes the Southern Illinois Salukis into Ross-Ade this weekend.