MADISON, Wis. – Russell Wilson gave Nebraska a harsh welcome to the Big Ten, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another in No. 7 Wisconsin's 48-17 rout of the eighth-ranked Cornhuskers at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday night.
Montee Ball ran for 151 yards and four touchdowns for the Badgers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten). But Wilson was the main attraction for a prime-time television audience as Wisconsin overcame a slow start to solidify its status as the class of the conference.
Taylor Martinez threw three interceptions for the Huskers (4-1, 0-1), who showed they weren't quite ready for the best of the Big Ten.
No. 18 Arkansas 42, No. 14 Texas A&M 38
Texas A&M blew a big lead for the second straight game, losing 42-38 to Arkansas on Saturday in college football.
Tyler Wilson and Jarius Wright shattered school records for passing and receiving. Quarterback Wilson was 30 of 51 for 510 passing yards and also ran for a 2-point conversion that tied the game 35-35. Wright caught 13 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns.
Broderick Green ran 3 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:41 left as the No.18-ranked Razorbacks came from 18 points down to win and give Texas A&M a preview of what it can expect when it joins the Southeast Conference next season.
This makes two straight weeks the No.14-ranked Aggies have thrown away a huge halftime lead. They were up by 17 at home against Oklahoma State last week.
Auburn 16, No. 10 South Carolina 13
In Columbia, South Carolina, Barrett Trotter threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Lutzenkirchen with 1:38 left to lift Auburn over South Carolina.
The Tigers had struggled to move the ball against South Carolina's defense. Trotter had thrown two interceptions and was sacked four times by the Gamecocks. But down 13-9, Barrett led Auburn on a 12-play, 57-yard drive that ended with a pass to wide open Lutzenkirchen in front of the goal line.
The junior fumbled the ball into the end zone, then recovered it just before sliding out of bounds to put Auburn ahead.
South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia threw two interceptions.
No. 1 Louisiana State 35, Kentucky 7
In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jordan Jefferson scored on his first play back from suspension related to a bar fight, setting up Louisiana State's win over Kentucky.
Jefferson was brought into the game on an early fourth-and-goal and dived over the goal line to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead.
Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu scored after setting an LSU record for career forced fumbles.
No. 2 Oklahoma 62, Ball State 6
In Norman, Oklahoma, Landry Jones threw for 425 yards and five touchdowns, Tony Jefferson fueled a second-quarter scoring surge with three interceptions and Oklahoma geared up for Texas.
Jones had touchdown passes of 64 yards to Ryan Broyles and 56 yards to Jaz Reynolds a minute apart in the third quarter for the Sooners (4-0).
Ball State (3-2) didn't stand much of a chance after recovering an onside kick to open the game, then going three-and-out. Jefferson stopped three straight Cardinal drives with picks midway through the second quarter.
No. 4 Boise State 30, Nevada 10
In Boise, Idaho, Doug Martin ran for two touchdowns and Boise State's suffocating defense shut down Nevada's potent offense.
Boise State's defense dominated throughout the game and prevented the Wolf Pack from crossing midfield until midway through the third quarter.
Martin rushed for 126 yards on 21 carries, and his 43-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter put the Broncos up 27-0. His best game of the season helped offset a lackluster performance by Kellen Moore and the rest of the Boise State offense.
No. 17 Texas 37, Iowa State 14
At Ames, Iowa, Freshman David Ash threw for 145 yards and his first two career touchdown passes and Texas won its Big 12 opener.
Jaxon Shipley added 141 yards receiving and a TD for the Longhorns (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), who raced out to a 34-0 halftime lead to beat the previously-unbeaten Cyclones (3-1, 0-1).
Ash threw a 48-yard TD pass to Mike Davis and a 40-yard touchdown to Shipley, and Josh Turner took a blocked punt back 34 yards to help Texas blow the game open in the second quarter.
Steele Jantz was 28 of 51 passing for 251 yards and a late TD pass for Iowa State.
No. 19 Michigan 58, Minnesota 0
In Ann Arbor, Michigan, Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for a TD to lead Michigan to its most lopsided win since 2000.
Robinson was 15 of 19 for 169 yards and didn't throw an interception for the first time since the season opener and had a season-low six rushing attempts for 51 yards. He was taken out in the third quarter.
Vincent Smith scored on a run, pass and catch to help Michigan lead 38-0 at halftime.
Southern Methodist 40, No. 20 Texas Christian 33, OT
In Fort Worth, Texas, J.J. McDermott threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Johnson in overtime to complete SMU's comeback and an upset win over TCU.
SMU coughed up a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter before McDermott hit Johnson on a deep out route in the end zone for his fourth scoring pass of the game.
The loss ended a school-record 22-game home winning streak for the Horned Frogs.
No. 21 Georgia Tech 45, North Carolina State 35
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Orwin Smith rushed for three touchdowns as Georgia Tech beat North Carolina and extended its best start in more than 20 years.
Smith finished with 74 yards and scored on runs of 13, 9 and 3 yards to help the Yellow Jackets open with five wins for the first time since their national championship season in 1990.
Georgia Tech led 21-0, briefly allowed N.C. State to make a game of it in the third quarter and pulled away with three touchdowns in a 2-minute, 22-second span of the fourth.
No. 22 West Virginia 55, Bowling Green 10
In Morgantown, West Virginia, freshman Dustin Garrison rushed for 291 yards and two touchdowns to lead West Virginia over Bowling Green.
West Virginia's Geno Smith continued his solid season by throwing for three scores, but for the first time, the Mountaineers didn't need to rely on his arm. Having entered the game as one of the worst rushing teams, West Virginia compiled 360 yards rushing.
No. 24 Illinois 38, Northwestern 35
In Champaign, Illinois, quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase scored a 1-yard touchdown with 13 seconds left to lead Illinois to a comeback win over Northwestern.
He threw for a career-high 391 yards and three touchdowns for the Illini. All three TD passes went to A.J. Jenkins, who had 12 catches for a school-record 268 yards.
Scheelhaase had to engineer two comebacks to pull out the win over the Wildcats.