Dan Jacob rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns and Connor Kacsor added 124 yards and two scores as host Dayton cruised to a 45-0 victory over winless Valparaiso on Saturday.
Rob Washington also had two touchdowns on 75 yards rushing for Dayton (4-4, 3-2 Pioneer Football League), which won its third straight game.
After the Flyers stormed to a 31-0 lead with 7:40 to go in the first half, Jacob and Kacsor broke away for long TD runs in the second — Jacob for 83 yards and Kacsor for 77. The pair combined for only 19 carries in the game.
Dayton rolled up 473 yards on the ground, compared to just 76 for the Crusaders (0-7, 0-4). Dayton finished with 631 total yards, the most since it became a non-scholarship program in 1977, with Valparaiso amassing only 164.
The Flyers never let the Crusaders get past the Dayton 38-yard line.
Nebraska 29, Northwestern 28: Taylor Martinez threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns, and Nebraska rallied to beat Northwestern.
The Cornhuskers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) came back from 12 down in the fourth, taking a one-point lead when Martinez hit Ben Cotton with a 7-yard pass with just over 2 minutes left, and hung on when a 53-yard field goal attempt by Northwestern's Jeff Budzien barely missed wide right with 1:10 remaining. That kept Nebraska in the thick of the Legends division race after being blown out at Ohio State two weeks earlier.
The Cornhuskers can thank Martinez for that. He led them to two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and completed 27 of 39 passes in the game, helping Nebraska rack up 543 yards of total offense.
Quincy Enunwa added 110 yards receiving, while Kenny Bell caught six passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. Ameer Abdullah ran for 101 yards on a day when Rex Burkhead left with an unspecified injury after a short run early on.
Venric Mark led Northwestern (6-2, 2-2) with 118 yards rushing, including an 80-yard touchdown that made it an 11-point game early in the third. Trevor Siemian threw for two touchdowns but was just 15 of 35 for 116 yards as the Wildcats lost for the second time in three games.
Ball State 41, Central Michigan 30: Keith Wenning threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and Ball State (5-3, 2-2 Mid-American) defeated Central Michigan (2-5, 0-3). Wenning completed 23 of 30 passes for 231 yards.
Ball State also got big rushing efforts from Jahwan Edwards (128 yards) and Barrington Scott (99 yards, TD). Scott also caught a TD pass.
Northern Illinois 37, Akron 7: Jordan Lynch threw two touchdowns and rushed for two more as Northen Illinois routed Akron (1-7, 0-4) in Mid-American Conference action.
Lynch, a Mount Carmel graduate, Times 2008 offensive player and 2009 Times male athlete of the year, finished with 223 yards on 20 of 33 passing and threw touchdown passes of nine and four yards.
Northern Illinois (7-1, 4-1) held a 13-7 lead before Lynch's 15-yard touchdown run gave the Huskies a 20-7 advantage at halftime.
After Lynch's second touchdown pass pushed the lead to 30-7, his second touchdown run, this time a 35-yarder, created the final margin.
Lynch, who finished with 131 yards on the ground, has rushed for 100-plus yards in each of the Huskies' last six games.
Northern Illinois has won 16 of its last 17 games. Its last lost was by one point to Iowa in the 2012 season opener.
Missouri State 24, Illinois State 17: Kierra Harris and Ashton Glaser each ran for a touchdown, and the defense of Missouri State (2-6, 2-3 Missouri Valley) recorded two safeties to shock Illinois State (6-2, 3-2).
Nick Aussieker's 47-yard field goal pulled ISU within seven with 10 seconds left, but the Redbirds couldn't recover the ensuing onside kick. ISU had been trying for its first 7-1 start since 1967.
Southern Illinois 38, Youngstown State 21: Southern Illinois took advantage of five Youngstown State turnovers to capture a comeback victory in a Missouri Valley Conference game.
Youngstown State (4-3, 1-3) led 21-10 late in the second quarter before the turnovers struck. Southern Illinois (5-3, 4-1) finished the game with 28 unanswered points to extend its winning streak to three games.
Wisconsin 38, Minnesota 13: James White raced 15 times through Minnesota's defense for 175 yards rushing and three touchdowns, carrying Wisconsin (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) to a over Minnesota (4-3, 0-3), the ninth straight time the Badgers have beaten the Gophers to keep Paul Bunyan's Axe.
No. 23 Michigan 12, Michigan State 10: Brendan Gibbons made a 38-yard field goal with 5 seconds left, lifting Michigan (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) to a win over Michigan State (4-4, 1-3).