Week 2 Football Recaps

Saturday, Sept. 9
Michigan 36, Cincinnati 14: Ty Isaac ran for a career-high 133 yards and Wilton Speight threw two touchdowns to help Michigan pull away and beat Cincinnati 36-14 on Saturday. The Wolverines (2-0) led by just three points early in the second half before scoring 19 unanswered points to turn a closely contested game into a lopsided one. The Bearcats (1-1) failed to take advantage of Michigan's many mistakes and made some miscues of their own to spoil an upset bid. Cincinnati's Hayden Moore was 15 of 40 for 132 yards with a TD pass to Kahlil Lewis that cut Michigan's lead to 17-14 in the third quarter. Moore had some passes dropped and had some errant throws, two of which were intercepted and returned for scores by Tyree Kinnel in the first quarter and Lavert Hill late in the fourth. Speight completed 17 of 29 passes for 221 yards. He had TD passes to Kekoa Crawford early in the game and to Grant Perry in the third that gave Michigan a 10-point cushion. FULL STORY

Iowa 44, Iowa State 41 (OT): 
Nate Stanley threw a 5-yard TD pass to Ihmir Smith-Marsette in overtime and Iowa rallied to stun Iowa State 44-41 on Saturday, its third straight win over the rival Cyclones. Stanley threw for 333 yards and five touchdowns in his first road start for the Hawkeyes (2-0), who blew an early 11-point lead before rallying to force overtime on a brilliant catch and run by Akrum Wadley. Iowa's defense forced the Cyclones to settle for a field goal to open OT. Stanley then found Smith-Marsette to cap one of the most thrilling games this rivalry had ever seen. Hakeem Butler caught a 74-yard touchdown pass with 4:36 left in the fourth quarter to give the Cyclones a 38-31 lead. But Wadley, one of the nation's most dangerous players in space, caught a short pass over the middle and shredded Iowa State's defense to tie it up with 1:09 left. FULL STORY

Maryland 63, Towson 17: 
True freshman Kasim Hill threw two touchdown passes in his starting debut, Ty Johnson ran for two long scores and Maryland cruised past in-state foe Towson 63-17 on Saturday. D.J. Moore scored three touchdowns - on catches of 9 and 34 yards, along with a 21-yard run - to help the Terrapins (2-0) maintain the momentum created by their season-opening 51-41 win at Texas. It's the first time in school history that Maryland has started with two straight 50-point games. The 63 points were the most scored by the Terps since they crushed Missouri 74-13 in 1954. FULL STORY

Wisconsin 31, Florida Atlantic 14: Freshman Jonathan Taylor ran for 223 yards and three touchdowns, Alex Hornibrook threw for 201 yards and a score, and Wisconsin pulled away slowly from Florida Atlantic for a 31-14 win Saturday. The bigger Badgers (2-0) wore down the Owls (0-2) despite some middling play in the middle of the game. Wisconsin opened up 14-0 lead behind two first-quarter touchdowns from Taylor, but didn't have the game in hand until his third score with 1:12 left in the third quarter made it a 17-point game. FULL STORY

Duke 41, Northwestern 17: Daniel Jones accounted for 413 total yards and four touchdowns, and Duke cruised to a 41-17 victory over Northwestern on Saturday afternoon. Jones shook off his first interception since the middle of last season to pass for 305 yards and two touchdowns and rush for a career-high 108 yards and two scores. Jones' streak of 202 consecutive passes without an interception, longest in the nation, ended in the first quarter with a pick by Montre Hartage. Jones responded with touchdowns on the Blue Devils' next three possessions — a 52-yard pass to Chris Taylor and scoring runs of 11 and 4 yards — to get Duke out to a 21-10 halftime lead. Justin Jackson's 5-yard touchdown run at the end of the first half was all Northwestern's first-stringers could muster. Quarterback Clayton Thorson was 11 of 29 for 120 yards and two interceptions. FULL STORY

Michigan State 28, Western Michigan 14:  Brian Lewerke faked a handoff and the middle of the field opened up, so when the Michigan State quarterback took off running, it was clearly going to be a nice gain. The question was whether he could reach the end zone. Lewerke made it all the way for a 61-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and Michigan State's defense was impressive for a second straight week in a 28-14 victory over Western Michigan on Saturday. Lewerke added another touchdown on a quarterback sneak and also threw for a touchdown. FULL STORY

Penn State 33, Pittsburgh 14:  James Franklin kept trying to downplay the importance of Penn State's meeting with Pittsburgh. The most important game in the universe to be sure, the coach said in the run-up to the 98th meeting between the two schools just 140 miles apart. But only because it was the only one his team had this week. Funny, Franklin's players didn't quite see it the same way. A year after a loss to the Panthers ended up playing a role in keeping them out of the College Football Playoff, the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions exacted a bit of revenge with a 33-14 victory on Saturday that looked more lopsided on the scoreboard than it appeared at times on the field. FULL STORY

Eastern Michigan 16, Rutgers 13:  Minutes after knocking off Rutgers in what probably will go down as its biggest regular-season win in 126 seasons of football, Eastern Michigan players jogged to the area where its fans sat and celebrated. It didn't make a difference that there were only about two dozen Eagles' fans there, beating Rutgers 16-13 Saturday was like winning a national title or a bowl game. It was sheer joy and there were high fives and hugs to be exchanged. FULL STORY

Indiana 34, Virginia 17:  Indiana's redshirt freshman quarterback Peyton Ramsey was scheduled to play a little against Virginia on Saturday. But when senior Richard Lagow, who threw for 420 yards on a school-record 65 attempts against Ohio State last week, started 3 for 10 with an interception against the Cavaliers, Ramsey entered in the second quarter and never left. Ramsey completed 16 of 20 passes - including his first 11 - for 173 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Hoosiers to a 34-17 victory over Virginia at Scott Stadium. Ramsey also ran for a 26-yard touchdown. FULL STORY

Oregon 42, Nebraska 35:  Justin Herbert threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns, and the Oregon Ducks spoiled Mike Riley's homecoming with a 42-35 victory over Nebraska on Saturday. Royce Freeman rushed for 153 yards and two scores while Charles Nelson caught eight passes for a career-high 117 yards as the Ducks handed first-year coach Willie Taggart his second straight win to open the season. The Huskers (1-1) rallied from a 42-14 halftime deficit with three unanswered second-half touchdowns to close the gap, but ultimately fell short. FULL STORY

Illinois 20, Western Kentucky 7:  Illinois' young defense held Western Kentucky's high-powered attack in check Saturday and freshman running back Mike Epstein rushed for 111 yards on the way to a 20-7 win. The Illini (2-0) scored their first touchdown of the night on an interception return, and held the Hilltoppers (1-1) to 244 yards of offense. Western Kentucky didn't score until the fourth quarter. Hilltopper quarterback Mike White averaged 311.6 yards a game last season, but Saturday heavy Illini pressure limited him to 28 of 43 pasing for 238 yards and an interception. He also ran for a score. FULL STORY

Oklahoma 31, Ohio State 16:  Baker Mayfield threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns as Oklahoma pulled ahead in the second half to knock off Ohio State 31-16 on Saturday night to give first-year head coach Lincoln Riley an early signature victory. Mayfield lived up to his billing as a Heisman Trophy candidate in shifting the Sooners (2-0) into overdrive and piling up the yards in the second half as the Buckeyes' offense sputtered. Oklahoma took its first lead of the game near the end of the third quarter and cruised in the fourth. Mayfield sprinted around the field with a huge Sooners flag and emphatically planted it at midfield among his cheering teammates as the Buckeyes' marching band stood and watched nearby. FULL STORY

Minnesota 48, Oregon State 14:  The P.J. Fleck era at Minnesota is off to a 2-0 start after Shannon Brooks scored three touchdowns and the Gophers turned three Oregon State turnovers in 17 points in a 48-14 win over the Beavers on Saturday night. Conor Rhoda, who came into the game sharing the quarterback position with sophomore Demry Croft, completed 7 of 8 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown. Tyler Johnson caught four passes for 127 yards and a touchdown for Minnesota. Minnesota's running game punished the Oregon State (1-2) defense, allowing the Gophers to control the ball for more than 38 minutes. Rodney Smith ran 30 times for 92 yards and a touchdown, while Brooks had 17 carries for 91 yards. FULL STORY

Friday, Sept. 8
Purdue 44, Ohio 21:  David Blough led Purdue on a 24-0 first-half run and the Boilermakers pulled away for a 44-21 victory over Ohio on Friday night for coach Jeff Brohm's first program victory. Sophomore Elijah Sindelar started at quarterback and helped Purdue (1-1) take a 10-7 lead. But Blough took over with 11:07 remaining in the second quarter and produced 24 points in four possessions, including a 62-yard touchdown pass to Cole Herdman and a 31-yarder to Anthony Mahoungou. Blough had six completions in seven attempts for 172 yards in the first half. He added a 5-yard TD pass to Jackson Anthrop in the third and finished 11-for-13 passing for 235 yards and three scores. FULL STORY