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2013-09-21T21:00:00Z 2013-09-22T02:09:07Z College Football Today nwitimes.com
September 21, 2013 9:00 pm

STARS

• Tom Savage, Pittsburgh, threw for 424 yards and tied an Atlantic Coast Conference record with six TD passes to lead the Panthers to a wild 58-55 win over Duke.

• Bryce Petty, Baylor, threw for 351 yards with four TDs and ran 2 yards for another score as the No. 20 Bears kept piling up the points, beating Louisiana-Monroe 70-7.

• Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, threw four TD passes in the No. 7 Cardinals' 72-0 win over Florida International.

• Aaron Murray, Georgia, threw for 408 yards and three TDs to lead the No. 9 Bulldogs to a 45-21 victory over pesky North Texas.

• Mitch Leidner, Minnesota, rushed for 151 yards and four TDs in a 43-24 victory over San Jose State.

• David Fales, San Jose State, threw for 439 yards and three TDs in a 43-24 loss to Minnesota.

• Kevonte Martin-Manley, Iowa, returned back-to-back punts for TDs to help the Hawkeyes roll past Western Michigan 59-3.

• Conner Hempel, Harvard, threw for 345 yards and four TDs in a 42-20 win over San Diego.

• Marquis Warford, Memphis, rushed for 173 yards and a TD in a 31-7 victory over Arkansas State.

• Troy Mitchell, Western Carolina, threw for 350 yards and three TDs in a 30-23 win over Mars Hill.

• Zack Zwinak, Penn State, scored three TDs for the second consecutive week in leading the Nittany Lions to a 34-0 win over Kent State.

• David Fluellen, Toledo, rushed for 197 yards and two TDs in a 38-17 win over Central Michigan.

 

BIG-PLAY BAYLOR

The Baylor Bears are on quite a roll.

With their 70-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe, the 20th-ranked Bears are the first FBS team since LSU in 1930 to open a season with at least 60 points in three consecutive games, according to STATS. Those Tigers had at least 70 in each of those games — Baylor scored 69 in its opener before putting up 70 in each of its last two games.

Based on data available since 1996, STATS said Baylor was the first team to score at least 28 points in the first quarter in three consecutive games.

The only other FBS or FCS team since 1996 with 28 points or more in the first quarter in any three games in the same season was Oklahoma in 2008, when the Sooners had Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Sam Bradford and running back DeMarco Murray. That team had five consecutive games with at least 60 points in the middle of that season.

The Bears finished with 781 total yards, matching the school record they set in their last game two weeks ago in a 70-13 win over Buffalo.

 

NUMBERS

13 -- Sacks by Johnson Smith in its 35-22 win over Davidson.

22 -- Straight losses to FBS opponents by Kansas before the Jayhawks' 13-10 victory over Louisiana Tech.

 

REACTING TO BO

The loyalty of Nebraska fans was tested after two-year-old audio of coach Bo Pelini's expletive-filled rant against fans was leaked to the Deadspin.com sports website on Monday.

In interviews with fans before the game against South Dakota State, some were offended and said the tirade was a continuation of a pattern of bad behavior by Pelini. Some took the forgive-but-won't-forget stance. Others said they weren't insulted and pointed out Pelini's words were spoken at an emotional time and during what he thought was a private conversation.

All 10 fans said the person who leaked the audio showed bad form.

Pelini apologized in a statement Monday, again during the Big Ten coaches' teleconference on Tuesday and in a letter to fans that was posted on the athletic department's website Friday. University administrators said Wednesday they were putting the matter to rest.

 

DRISKEL INJURED

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is out for the season after breaking his right leg in the first quarter of the No. 19 Gators' 31-14 win over Tennessee.

Driskel, already playing with a brace on his sprained left knee, twisted his ankle while throwing an interception in the first quarter.

Devaun Swafford picked off the pass and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Marlon Walls pulled Driskel to the ground as he released the ball. Driskel tried to get up, but then dropped back to the turf and called for trainers.

 

DENSON INJURED

Auburn receiver Jaylon Denson appeared to seriously hurt his left knee on the opening drive at No. 6 LSU.

Denson appeared to be breaking free of LSU defensive backs for a potential big gain, but tripped on a rain-soaked field as he turned to track a pass lofted his way by Nick Marshall.

Denson remained on the field long after the pass fell incomplete. Trainers appeared to be performing stability tests on his knee to check for signs of ligament damage. Minutes later, Denson was carted off the field. — Associated Press

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