Gardner, Michigan shine in win over IndianaNorthern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch gains yardage as CMU's Jeremy Gainer (21) and Shamari Benton (26) close in for a tackle during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 19,2013 (AP Photo/John L. Russell)
Michigan allowed its most yards in six years on Saturday and still beat Indiana by 16 points.
That's just one of the stats that marked a wild afternoon in Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines put up a bunch of wacky numbers, both good and bad, in beating the Hoosiers 63-47.
Jeremy Gallon racked up an astounding 369 yards receiving, trailing only the FBS-record 405 yards Troy Edwards had for Louisiana Tech in 1998. Devin Gardner finished with school records of 503 yards passing and 584 yards of offense and Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for four touchdowns.
That should have been more than enough for a blowout win.
But Michigan's defense was nearly as generous as Indiana's.
The Hoosiers threw for 410 yards, converted 8 of 14 third downs and had 28 first downs in just 21 1/2 minutes on offense.
Michigan (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) probably won't find it nearly as easy to score its next time out. The Wolverines play rival Michigan State, the nation's leader at just 228 yards allowed per game, on Nov. 2.
Here are some of the other performances to remember from the third weekend in October:
LYNCH MOB: Northern Illinois star Jordan Lynch put together yet another extraordinary performance in a 38-17 win over Central Michigan. Lynch set an FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 316 on 32 carries, and he scored three times on the ground. Lynch added 155 yards passing as the Huskies (7-0, 3-0 MAC) won their 13th straight road game - the nation's second-best such streak behind Oregon (18 games).
HALLIDAY NEEDS A VACATION: Washington State's Connor Halliday also set an FBS record for quarterbacks, although it came in a 62-38 loss to Oregon. Halliday completed 58 of 89 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns for the Cougars (4-4, 2-3 Pac-12), breaking the record for pass attempts of 83 set by Purdue's Drew Brees in 1998. But Halliday also threw four interceptions and has 17 total picks, the most in the country. Pac-12 rival Sean Mannion of Oregon State still leads the nation with 2,992 yards passing, but Halliday is now second with 2,798 yards
THAT 70s SHOW: The notion that Kansas State had discovered the blueprint for stopping Baylor was put to rest Saturday night in Waco. The sixth-ranked Bears, who were to held to just 35 in a win over the Wildcats last week, scored at least 70 points for the fourth time in five games and embarrassed Iowa State 71-7. How bad did Baylor beat the Cyclones? Iowa State had nine first downs - and the Bears scored nine touchdowns. Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) now has 53 touchdowns in six games and leads the nation in scoring offense at 64.7 points per game.
HEARTBREAK HILL: The most valuable performance on Saturday might have come from BYU quarterback Taysom Hill. He threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns, ran for 128 yards on 34 carries and threw the winning TD pass with 1:08 left as BYU (5-2) edged Houston 47-46. Hill either ran or threw the ball 78 times, leading an offense that compiled a staggering 41 first downs.
EXTRA POINTS: Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon became the second rusher to crack 1,000 yards this season with 142 yards in a 56-32 win over Illinois. Gordon is second nationally with 1,012 yards, just 24 behind Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews. ... Oregon State has the nation's leading passer in Mannion, the nation's leading receiver in Brandin Cooks (1,176 yards) and the national leader in interceptions in Steven Nelson. He's tied with Jimmie Ward of Northern Illinois with five picks. ... Missouri's Michael Sam is now tied with Clemson star Vic Beasley with 9 sacks after picking up 3 in a 36-17 win over Florida. ... Texas Tech's Ryan Bustin leads the country with 16 field goals and is 10-for-10 between 20 and 29 yards.