Jahwan Edwards scored three rushing touchdowns to lead a powerful Ball State offense in a 51-20 victory over host Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
The performance by Ball State (3-1, 1-0 MAC) against Eastern Michigan (1-3, 0-1 MAC) showed why the Cardinals entered the game with the top-ranked scoring offense in the Mid-American Conference.
Eastern Michigan's Darius Jackson had a 7-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the game before the Ball State offense hurt the Eagles with four first-quarter touchdowns.
Edwards had a 36-yard touchdown run to open the scoring for Ball State and the Cardinals held a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game after the first-quarter scores.
Ball State's Keith Wenning threw for 317 yards and two touchdowns. Wenning has passed for more than 300 yards in all four Ball State games this season.
Bronson Hill rushed for a game-high 126 yards to lead the Eagles.
No. 4 Ohio St. 76, FAMU 0: Kenny Guiton again starred in place of the injured Braxton Miller, setting a school record with six touchdown passes — all in the first half — to lead Ohio State to a victory against Florida A&M (1-3).
It was the most lopsided Ohio State win since 1935. The Buckeyes (4-0) needed a total of four offensive plays and 46 seconds to go up 21-0 in the opening 6 minutes and never looked back. It was an epic mismatch between a team with national-title aspirations and a Football Championship Subdivision member getting a $900,000 guarantee.
No. 7 Louisville 72, Florida International 0: Teddy Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes and Louisville's defense allowed a school-record 30 yards, helping the Cardinals (4-0) blow out Florida International (0-4).
No. 9 Georgia 45, North Texas 21: Aaron Murray threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns, ran for another score, and led Georgia (2-1) to a victory over pesky North Texas (2-2).
No. 17 Washington 56, Idaho State 0: Keith Price threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns in less than a half, Deontae Cooper scored his first career touchdown after three major knee surgeries, and Washington (3-0) routed Idaho State (2-1) in the Huskies' final tuneup before the start of Pac-12 Conference play.
No. 19 Florida 31, Tennessee 17: After starting quarterback Jeff Driskel was lost to a season-ending ankle injury, Tyler Murphy led Florida to five scores in a somewhat ugly game, helping the Gators open Southeastern Conference play with a victory over Tennessee (2-2, 0-1).
Murphy had a 52-yard touchdown throw to Solomon Patton, a swing pass that went the distance, and made several plays with his legs as Florida (2-1, 1-0) won its ninth consecutive game in the series.
No. 20 Baylor 70, Louisiana Monroe 7: Bryce Petty threw for 351 yards with four touchdowns and ran 2 yards for another score as Baylor (3-0) kept piling up the points in beating Louisiana-Monroe (2-2). Baylor is the first FBS team since LSU in 1930 to open a season with at least 60 points in three consecutive games, according to STATS.
Minnesota 43, San Jose State 24: Quarterback Mitch Leidner rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns to lift Minnesota to a victory over San Jose State (1-2).
Leidner was filling in for injured starter Philip Nelson, who was out with a bad hamstring. He also passed for 71 yards as the Golden Gophers improved to 4-0. Gophers coach Jerry Kill returned to the sideline a week after missing the second half because of an epileptic seizure and made it through the game without incident.
Iowa 59, Western Michigan 3: Kevonte Martin-Manley returned back-to-back punts for touchdowns; B.J. Lowery returned a pair of interceptions for TDs, and Iowa rolled past Western Michigan (0-4). The Hawkeyes (3-1) now enter Big Ten play with a three-game winning streak, their longest since 2010.
Penn State 34, Kent State 0: Zack Zwinak had 65 yards rushing and scored three times for the second straight week in leading the Nittany Lions (3-1) to a win over the Kent State Golden Flashes (1-3).
Bill Belton had 90 yards rushing and scored on a 15-yard catch for Penn State, which now gets an extra week off before opening its Big Ten Conference schedule against Indiana on Oct. 5.
Nebraska 59, S. Dakota St. 20: Tommy Armstrong Jr. and Ron Kellogg III combined to pass for 305 yards; Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 139 yards, and Nebraska shook off South Dakota State in the second quarter.
Nebraska (3-1), which finished with 645 yards, scored 38 straight points after falling behind 17-14 in the first quarter against the Championship Subdivision Jackrabbits (3-1).
Drake 31, Indianapolis 14: Andy Rice connected with Nick Rosa twice for touchdowns and Drake overcame a slow start to beat Indianapolis.
After trailing 7-3 at the half, the Drake defense began to dominate and the Bulldogs (1-2, 0-1 Pioneer) scored 28 points, including a sack-fumble recovery in the end zone by linebacker Sean Conerty.
Rice hit Rosa on scoring passes of 3 and 6 yards in the third quarter, and connected with Kevin Marshall for a two-point conversion. Rice was 25 of 34 for 211 yards passing. Kicker Benjamin Tesson hit three field goals, including a 52-yarder.
Division II Indianapolis' scores came on Chris Mills passes to Greg Johnson and to Klay Fiechter. The Greyhounds dominated the first half, largely bottling up Rice, but the Bulldogs dug in and scored on their first possession of the second half to take the lead and shift the momentum in their favor.
St. Joseph’s 45, Alderson Broaddus 17: The Pumas (2-1) had three players with more than 100 yards rushing and the team totaled 529 in their road victory.
Braxton Shelton rushed 17 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns; Kobi Cook rushed 18 times for 121 yards, and quarterback Bill VandeMerkt rushed 16 times for 107. VandeMerkt also completed 7-fo-16 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
Also, James Wilson (Thornridge) rushed eight times for 41 yards and a score, and Gavin Voss (Wheeler) kicked a 22-yard field goal.
Dartmouth 30, Butler 23: Dartmouth opened its season by scoring on its first three possessions and held off a fourth-quarter rally to earn a win at Butler.
Dominick Pierre ran for a pair of touchdowns after Dalyn Williams opened the game by scoring on a 1-yard run on Dartmouth's first possession as the Big Green took a 21-3 lead early in the second quarter.
Pierre finished with three touchdowns and 93 yards on 23 carries. Williams ran for 119 yards on 18 carries while Big Green amassed 238 yards on the ground.
Matt Lancaster was 42 of 68 and a pair of touchdowns and sparked the fourth-quarter Butler rally with two long drives. Lancaster fired a 15-yard scoring pass to Brandon Collins with 7:36 left in the game, then drove the Bulldogs (2-2) 67 yards in 11 plays and capped the drive by burrowing in from the 1 with 2:11 left.