AROUND THE NA­TION

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BIG TEN

N. Illi­nois 21, Ne­braska 17: Jor­dan Huff scored the win­ning touch­down mid­way through the fourth quar­ter, and North­ern Illi­nois (2-1) made two big de­fen­sive stops to fin­ish an up­set of host Ne­braska (1-2). The Huskies be­came the first non-Power Five con­fer­ence mem­ber or ma­jor in­de­pen­dent to win in Lin­coln since South­ern Mis­sis­sippi knocked off the Corn­huskers in 2004. North­ern Illi­nois is now 4-1 against Big Ten teams un­der fifth-year coach Rod Carey. Ne­braska was held score­less in the first half at home for the first time since 2007, and the Huskers were booed as they headed to the locker room.

Min­nesota 34, Mid­dle Ten­nessee State 3: Kobe McCrary rushed for 107 yards and three touch­downs and Ja­cob Huff re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 67 yards for a touch­down to lead host Min­nesota (3-0) to a vic­tory over Mid­dle Ten­nessee State (1-2). Rodney Smith rushed for 107 yards in the first half be­fore leav­ing with an in­jury and Conor Rhoda com­pleted 11 of 18 passes for 122 yards in his first game since be­ing named the full­time starter for the Golden Go­phers, who wore all gold for the first time since 1974. John Urzua was 19 for 34 for 135 yards and two in­ter­cep­tions for Mid­dle Ten­nessee af­ter start­ing quar­ter­back Brent Stock­still was ruled out with a shoul­der in­jury. Star re­ceiver Richie James had just one catch be­fore leav­ing early in the sec­ond quar­ter with an an­kle in­jury.

Iowa 31, North Texas 14: Nate Stan­ley threw for 197 yards and a pair of touch­downs and host Iowa (3-0) over­whelmed North Texas (1-2) to fin­ish the non-con­fer­ence sea­son un­beaten. Fresh­man Ivory Kelly-Martin added 74 yards rush­ing and two TDs for the Hawkeyes, who played most of the sec­ond half with­out run­ning backs Akrum Wadley and James But­ler. Iowa pulled ahead 17-14 on a 23-yard TD pass from Stan­ley to Noah Fant — on fourth down and 5 — late in the third quar­ter. Kel­lyMartin added a 2-yard touch­down, the first of his ca­reer, with 8:16 left to cap a drive that cov­ered 87 yards and burned nearly nine min­utes. Kelly-Martin also scored a 6-yard TD run with 1:47 to go.

Rut­gers 65, Mor­gan State 0: Fresh­man quar­ter­back Johnathan Lewis ran for four touch­downs and passed for an­other in part-time ac­tion, and host Rut­gers (1-2) de­feated Mor­gan State (0-3) to snap an 11-game los­ing streak. Af­ter gain­ing 22 yards and one first down on the first two drives against the FCS Bears, Rut­gers’ of­fense was sparked by Robert Martin’s 13-yard touch­down run to cap a drive in which the run­ning back had four car­ries for 32 yards.

Pur­due 35, Mis­souri 3: David Blough passed for one touch­down and ran for an­other as Pur­due (2-1) dom­i­nated host Mis­souri (1-2). The Boil­er­mak­ers head into Big Ten Con­fer­ence play just one win shy of last year’s to­tal. It’s the fewest points al­lowed by Pur­due since a 59-0 win over South­east Mis­souri State in 2011. Pur­due scored touch­downs on its first three drives and led 28-3 at half­time.

BIG 12

No. 3 Ok­la­homa 56, Tu­lane 14: The Soon­ers and Green Wave were tied at 14 in the sec­ond quar­ter be­fore Ok­la­homa’s Par­nell Mot­ley re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 77 yards for a touch­down to turn the mo­men­tum for good. Ok­la­homa ex­tended its na­tion-lead­ing win streak to 13 games. Tu­lane scored on its first two drives and never scored again. Don­trell Hil­liard ran for 104 yards and a touch­down to sur­pass 2,000 yards rush­ing in his ca­reer for the Green Wave.

ACC

No. 8 Ok­la­homa State 59, Pitts­burgh 21: Ma­son Ru­dolph threw for five touch­downs, all in the first half, and Ok­la­homa State (3-0) drilled host Pitts­burgh (1-2). Ru­dolph com­pleted 23 of 32 passes for 497 yards and the five scores be­fore be­ing pulled in the mid­dle of the third quar­ter with the Cow­boys (No. 9 AP) in full com­mand. Jalen McCleskey caught seven passes for 162 yards and three touch­downs for Ok­la­homa State. James Wash­ing­ton added 124 yards re­ceiv­ing. Mar­cell Ate­man (109) and Dil­lon Stoner (100) also reached the 100yard re­ceiv­ing mark, the first time in 12 years a team has had four 100-yard re­ceivers in the same game. The Cow­boys reached the end zone on each of their first seven pos­ses­sions.

SEC

No. 17 Auburn 24, Mercer 10: Kam­ryn Pettway ran for 128 yards and three touch­downs as host Auburn (2-1) over­came five turnovers to hold off FCS school Mercer (1-2) in an­other trou­bling per­for­mance by the Tigers’ of­fense. Af­ter be­ing held with­out a touch­down in a 14-6 loss at Clem­son the pre­vi­ous week, Auburn (No. 15 AP) could at least point to a stout de­fen­sive op­po­nent as the rea­son for its trou­bles. Not this time. Mercer, which only re­sumed its foot­ball pro­gram five years ago and plays a di­vi­sion down in the South­ern Con­fer­ence, gave the Tigers all they could han­dle, much to a cha­grin of a dis­grun­tled crowd at Jor­dan-Hare Sta­dium — many of whom didn’t bother re­turn­ing to their seats af­ter a lack­lus­ter first half in which the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence pow­er­house led only 10-3.

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