Keith Wenning threw five touchdown passes as Ball State remained undefeated in conference play with a 42-24 win over host Akron on Saturday.
Ball State (8-1, 5-0 Mid-American) scored on touchdown passes from Wenning to Willie Snead on each of its first two possessions. Snead hauled in a 12-yarder for the game's first score and then a 6-yarder on the following drive, putting the Cardinals up 14-3. Snead had seven catches for 100 yards.
Jordan Williams also caught two touchdown passes from Keith Wenning, an 8-yarder just before the half and a 20-yarder in the third quarter to give Ball State a 35-17 lead. Williams tallied over 100 yards receiving for the third time this season, finishing with 12 receptions for 124 yards. Jahwan Edwards added 120 yards rushing and a score for the Cardinals.
Jawon Chisholm ran for 166 yards and a touchdown for Akron (2-7, 1-4).
St. Joseph's 31, McKendree 13: Kobi Cook rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns and Braxton Shelton added 94 yards on the ground to lead the Pumas (6-2) to the victory. SJC led 14-13 at halftime before outscoring McKendree (2-5) 17-0 in the second half.
Drake 23, Valparaiso 10: Drake capitalized on three miscues to score 16 points late in the fourth quarter and continue its dominance over visiting Valparaiso with a win in a Pioneer League game.
A shanked punt from the end zone gave Drake (4-4, 3-2) the ball on the 19 to set up the go-ahead touchdown — a 3-yard run by Conley Wilkins — and a fumble recovery led to the clinching field goal. Another lost fumble at the 21 led to a 4-yard TD run for Wilkins, keeping Valparaiso winless in 10 trips to Des Moines.
The Bulldog defense kept the Crusaders (1-7, 1-4) bottled up except for a 73-yard touchdown pass from Eric Hoffman to Tony Taibi for a 10-7 lead early in the second half. Valparaiso was limited to 183 yards of total offense, just four on the ground.
Drakes's Andy Rice threw for 297 yards, 104 to Eric Saubert.
North Dakota State 56, Indiana State 10: Brock Jensen threw four touchdown passes and Jordon Strangler returned two punts for touchdowns as North Dakota State avenged its only loss from the 2012 season by beating Indiana State.
Jensen completed 13 of 14 passes for 186 yards and added 46 yards rushing and Zach Vraa caught seven balls for 122 yards and two touchdowns for the Bison (8-0, 5-0 Missouri Valley Conference).
Indiana State (1-7, 0-4) was limited to 157 total yards and converted just three of 15 third downs as NDSU racked up six sacks and 11 tackles for loss. The Bison, the two-time defending national champions, came into the game ranked first in the FCS in four statistical categories, including total defense (257.9) and third down conversion defense (.250).
Rob Tonyan Jr. and Kendall Walker combined to complete four of 20 passes for 59 yards for the Sycamores.
No. 4 Ohio St. 63, Penn State 14: Braxton Miller passed for three touchdowns and ran for two, and Carlos Hyde rushed for 147 yards and two more scores to lead Ohio State (8-0, 4-0 Big Ten) to a victory over Penn State (4-3, 1-2).
Minnesota 34, No. 25 Nebraska 23: Philip Nelson rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another, guiding Minnesota to an upset of Nebraska, the first win by the Gophers since 1960 against the Cornhuskers.
Nelson made all of his seven completions count, totaling 152 yards, and carried the ball eight times for 55 yards. He spun across the goal line from the 1 with 48 seconds left to seal the victory for the Gophers (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten), who became bowl-game eligible and stopped a 16-game losing streak to the Huskers (5-2, 2-1).
No. 1 Alabama 45, Tennessee 10: T.J. Yeldon scored on three 1-yard runs and AJ McCarron passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns to help Alabama (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) continue to roll along with a victory over Tennessee (4-4, 1-3).
No. 2 Oregon 42, No. 12 UCLA 14: Byron Marshall ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns, and Oregon (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) wore down the stout defense of UCLA (5-2, 2-2) for a victory.
No. 3 Florida State 49, North Carolina State 17: Jameis Winston threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns, and Florida State (7-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored 35 points in the first quarter on the way to a victory against North Carolina State (3-4, 0-4).
No. 20 South Carolina 27, No. 5 Missouri 24, 2 OT: Connor Shaw came off the bench in the second half and threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns, and Elliott Fry kicked the game-winning field goal to help South Carolina (6-2, 4-2 SEC) stun Missouri (7-1, 3-1) in two overtimes.
No. 6 Baylor 59, Kansas 14: Bryce Petty threw for 430 yards and three touchdowns in fewer than three quarters; Lache Seastrunk ran for 109 yards and a score, and Baylor (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) routed Kansas (2-5, 0-4) for its school-record 11th straight win.
No. 7 Miami 24, Wake Forest 21: Duke Johnson ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the second a 1-yard plunge with 53 seconds left, as Miami (7-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied twice to beat Wake Forest (4-4, 2-3).
No. 9 Clemson 40, Maryland 27: Tajh Boyd threw for a touchdown and ran for a score, Sammy Watkins had a school-record 14 catches for 163 yards, and Clemson (7-1, 5-1 ACC) wore down injury-riddled Maryland (5-3, 1-3).
No. 17 Oklahoma 38, No. 10 Texas Tech 30: Blake Bell threw for 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Damien Williams added two more scores as Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1 Big 12 Conference) outlasted Texas Tech (7-1, 4-1).
Duke 13, No. 16 Virginia Tech 10: Anthony Boone ran for a touchdown, Ross Martin kicked two long field goals, and Duke (6-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended a long history of losing to ranked teams by beating Virginia Tech (6-2, 3-1).
No. 14 Texas A&M 56, Vanderbilt 24: Johnny Manziel threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters, and Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) bounced back from a loss last week to beat Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-4).
No. 18 Louisville 34, USF 3: Teddy Bridgewater threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns, and Louisville (7-1, 3-1 American Athletic Conference) rebounded from its first loss of the season to beat USF (2-5, 2-1).
No. 19 Oklahoma State 58, Iowa State 27: Desmond Roland ran for a career-high 219 yards and four touchdowns and Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) won its third straight by beating Iowa State (1-6, 0-4).
No. 21 UCF 62, Connecticut 17: Blake Bortles threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as UCF (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) routed winless Connecticut (0-7, 0-3).