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-Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, threw for four touchdowns, caught a TD pass and ran for another score as the No. 23 Huskies reached their best start as a major program with a 59-20 victory over Eastern Michigan.

-Garrett Gilbert, SMU, accounted for 635 total yards, including a school-record 538 passing, and six TDs to lead the Mustangs back from a 21-point deficit to beat Temple 59-49.

-Desmond Roland, Oklahoma State, ran for a career-high 219 yards and four TDs in the 19th-ranked Cowboys' 58-27 rout over Iowa State.

-Sammy Watkins, Clemson, had a school-record 14 catches for 163 yards as the No. 9 Tigers wore down injury-riddled Maryland 40-27.

-Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, threw for 344 yards and three TDs and the No. 18 Cardinals rebounded from their first loss of the season with a 34-3 rout of South Florida.

-Tommy Rees, Notre Dame, showed no signs of a strained neck that knocked him out a week ago, throwing a career-high five TD passes to help the Fighting Irish rout Air Force 45-10.

-Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington, threw for 457 yards and matched his own school record with six TD passes in a 42-37 victory over Montana.

-Mason Mills, San Diego, threw for 407 yards to go over 10,000 for his career and had five TD passes in a 42-14 win over Butler.

-Blake Bortles, UCF, threw for four TDs and ran for another as the No. 21 Knights routed winless Connecticut 62-17.

-Terrance West, Towson, rushed for 272 yards and four TDs, and caught a TD pass in a 48-32 victory over Richmond.

-Ryan Howard, Central Arkansas, threw for 403 yards and four TDs in a 66-31 rout over Stephen F. Austin.

-John O'Korn, Houston, threw for career bests of 364 yards and five TDs in a 49-14 rout of Rutgers.

-Kameron Bryant, Appalachian State, threw for 381 yards and accounted for four TDs in a 38-14 win over Georgian Southern.

-Tarik Cohen, North Carolina A&T, ran for 210 and scored his third touchdown in overtime in a 20-13 win over Florida A&M.

-Drew Reed, Lafayette, threw for five TDs a 41-23 win over Holy Cross.

-Keith Wenning, Ball State, threw five TD passes in a 42-24 win over Akron.



Miami put its last-minute comeback hopes into Duke Johnson's hands, and he delivered.

Twice, actually.

Johnson ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the second a 1-yard plunge with 53 seconds left, as No. 7 Miami beat Wake Forest 24-21 to remain unbeaten and cap a wild week of emotions.

The NCAA mess that overshadowed Miami for 2 1/2 years finally ended Tuesday and, four days later, Johnson made sure there was cause for a second celebration.

Johnson had 30 rushes - eight more than his previous collegiate best - and finished with 168 yards. In the fourth quarter alone, he had 14 carries for 85 yards, including the two go-ahead touchdown runs as the Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) set up a showdown at Florida State next week and matched the program's best start since 2003.

It was the third straight game where Miami overcame a double-digit deficit, and the second straight game where the Hurricanes got the go-ahead score in the final seconds after Dallas Crawford's late touchdown run gave them a win at North Carolina on Oct. 17.



20-Straight home wins by Sam Houston State after its 44-10 rout of Northwestern State.

26-Consecutive Southern Conference games Western Carolina had lost before a 27-24 overtime win over Elon.

35-Points scored by No. 3 Florida State in its 49-17 win over North Carolina State.

42-Years since Duke beat a ranked team on the road before a 13-10 victory against No. 16 Virginia Tech.

3,494-Career yards receiving by Bryant's Jordan Harris to break the Northeast Conference record.



Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin didn't know if Johnny Manziel would be able to play Saturday against Vanderbilt until pregame warm-ups.

''Johnny Football'' didn't have any of those doubts.

Manziel threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters, and No. 14 Texas A&M bounced back with a 56-24 victory over Vanderbilt.

Manziel showed no signs that the right shoulder he injured last week was bothering him. He threw three TDs in the first quarter to help A&M (6-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) build a 28-point lead. He tacked on another score before sitting down with 6 minutes left in the third quarter and the Aggies leading 42-17.



Tusculum's Bo Cordell broke the NCAA Division II record for career yards passing in a 41-33 loss to Wingate.

Cordell threw for 349 yards against Wingate to increase his career total to 15,049. That broke the Division II record set by Zach Amedro, who threw for 14,733 yards for West Liberty from 2007-10.

Case Keenum, who played at Houston from 2007-11, holds the record for most career yards passing (19,217) of any college player regardless of classification.



When Philip Nelson picked Minnesota, he envisioned program-lifting wins like this.

With recovering coach Jerry Kill providing extra motivation, the Gophers pushed around Nebraska all afternoon to beat the Cornhuskers for the first time since 1960.

Nelson rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another, guiding Minnesota to a 34-23 upset of 25th-ranked Nebraska.

The Gophers (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) became bowl-game eligible and stopped a 16-game losing streak to the Huskers during which they were outscored by an average of 40-9.

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