Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sloppy Colorado holds off equally bad Stanford 10-5

Almost to a player, Colorado welcomed the idea of becoming bowl eligible for the first time in a decade with a collective shrug of the shoulders and a yawn.
Outside of a brief celebration in the northwest corner end zone at Stanford Stadium and an acknowledgement later in the locker room, the Buffaloes didn't make much of their 10-5 win over the Cardinal other than it was another step toward their ultimate goal of winning the Pac-12 championship.
That's exactly how coach Mike MacIntyre expected and wanted his team to react, no matter the historical implications.
"We have one goal, and that's Pac-12 champions," said running back Phillip Lindsay after rushing for 131 yards before leaving midway through the third quarter with an ankle injury. "Winning six games, that's cool, it's cute. But we have to continue to move on. We have bigger things to worry about."
That Colorado is even in the discussion for the Pac-12 championship seems far-fetched after the Buffaloes won only one conference game in 2015.
MacIntyre isn't too surprised, though, and told his team in the offseason he believed they would be in the running. At a meeting with his players in May, McIntyre discovered the Buffaloes felt the same way.
"We gelled at that time," MacIntyre said. "We were either going to get it done or we weren't. And they got it done."
Chris Graham kicked a 23-yard field goal with 2:13 remaining following two earlier misses, propelling the Buffaloes to their first win over the Cardinal since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.
Colorado (6-2, 4-1) went into the day tied with Utah for first place in the South division and inched one step closer toward a possible berth in the conference title game despite an off day by the offense.
The Buffaloes missed three field goals and had a touchdown called back by a pass interference penalty but held the Cardinal to three points while winning for the fourth time in five games. Quarterback Sefo Liufaupassed for 135 yards with one touchdown despite being sacked six times.
Liufau, one of three seniors starting on offense for Colorado, said the Buffaloes becoming bowl eligible was a reward to the team's older players who stuck it out through the lean years.
"No one left, no one from my class quit," Liufau said. "It's a great feeling. We worked so hard. To see it all come to fruition is a great feeling. I'll remember this season for the rest of my life no matter how it ends."
Stanford (4-3, 2-3) failed to score a touchdown for the first time this season despite getting running backChristian McCaffrey back in the lineup. McCaffrey, a 2015 Heisman Trophy finalist, was had 92 yards on 21 carries but was held in check most of the afternoon by Colorado's opportunistic defense.
The Buffaloes intercepted Stanford quarterback Ryan Burns three times, twice on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter to stall the Cardinal's comeback hopes.
At one point late in the first half the home crowd booed Stanford when it ran the ball on a 2nd-and-26 play.
"If you could see me on TV, I might have been the one booing," Cardinal coach David Shaw said. "It was not good enough.
COLORADO: It wasn't pretty any stretch of the imagination but coach Mike MacIntyre will take the Buffaloes first win against the Cardinal since 1990. Colorado, which has a bye this week, continues to control its own destiny and has a Nov. 26 showdown with Utah looming that could decide which team goes to the Pac-12 title game.
STANFORD: The Cardinal have lost three of four and are in danger of missing out on the postseason. Losing to a beefed-up Colorado team shouldn't hurt too much but this was a game Stanford needed to get back on track. Instead, it's another loss and another week of pondering what went wrong. "Offensively we've got to score more than three points . it's as simple as that," Shaw said. "There were a lot of things that we have to do better and some things that we have to look into tweaking."
Colorado is likely to move back into the Top 25 after being knocked out of the rankings earlier this season following its loss to USC.
COLORADO: The Buffaloes host UCLA on Nov. 3 and have put up nearly 1,100 yards of offense combined in the last two meetings with the Bruins but lost both times.
STANFORD: The Cardinal play at Arizona next Saturday and have won four straight and nine of the last 11 games against the Wildcats.

Zips rally past Ball State 35-25 with 4 TDs after halftime

 Thomas Woodson passed for 338 yards and ended a crucial late-game drive with three straight completions, including an insurance touchdown, as Akron rallied past Ball State 35-25 on Saturday, scoring 28 points after halftime.
The win keeps the Zips (5-3, 3-1 Mid-American) tied with Ohio atop the East Division as they rebounded from a crushing shutout loss to No. 23 Western Michigan a week earlier.
After losing to Western Michigan 41-0, Akron fell behind Ball State (4-4, 1-3) 10-0 before kicking into gear. Van Edwards broke the scoring drought with a 45-yard TD run early in the second quarter, and JoJo Natson put the Zips ahead for good at 21-17 late in the third when he hauled in a 23-yard pass from Woodson.
Akron's Jordan George sealed the win when he intercepted Neal Riley for the game's only turnover. Riley passed for 187 yards with a touchdown and ran for another.

Brown, Kemp lead Hawaii to 34-27 win over AFA in 2 OTs

Dru Brown to Marcus Kemp pulled Hawaii into a tie in overtime. Take II pushed them over the top as the dynamic duo came through in a big way.
Given a reprieve at the end of regulation by a missed field goal, the Rainbow Warriors took full advantage with back-to-back TD strikes as they beat Air Force 34-27 in double overtime on Saturday to end the Falcons' 15-game home winning streak.
Brown threw a 25-yard TD pass to Kemp on the first play of the second overtime to give Hawaii (4-4, 3-1 Mountain West) the lead. Jalen Rogers intercepted a Nate Romine pass on fourth down to seal it and the Rainbow Warriors rushed the field in exuberance.
"When the ball went in the air, I just knew it was over," Rogers said. "I knew I was either going to break it up or pick it."
Brown and Kemp also connected on a 13-yard score in the first OT after Romine summersaulted into the end zone for a 5-yard score on Air Force's possession.
Luke Strebel, who had made a Mountain West record 22 straight field goals, had a chance to win it on the final play of regulation, but his 32-yard attempt went wide right.
"They put me in a great spot to make a big play. Unfortunately, sometimes they don't go your way," Strebel said. "You look back on it and you think, `I make that 99 times out of 100. It's easy.' It's a shame that that had to be the one."
Brown finished with a career-high 312 yards passing for Hawaii, including a 40-yard TD strike to John Ursua to tie it at 20 with 11:51 remaining. He also threw two interceptions after entering with a streak of 112 passes without a pick.
Ursua had seven catches for 108 yards and Kemp six grabs for 151.
"To be a receiver you have to be confident. To be a big-time player you need to be confident in yourself, so I believe I can beat almost anybody," said Kemp, who burned Air Force senior DB Roland Ladipo for both OT scores.
The Falcons (4-3, 1-3) lost at Falcon Stadium for the first time since Nov. 21, 2013, against UNLV. They've now dropped three in a row after a 4-0 start.
There was a scary moment early in the third quarter when Air Force defensive back Jesse Washington was strapped to a stretcher and taken off the field after being tackled during an interception return. The senior was on the ground for several minutes and tended to by team medical personnel. He gave two thumbs up as he was taken off the field.
Washington was traveling up the right sideline on his 27-yard interception return when Hawaii tailback Diocemy Saint Juste tackled him. Washington's head appeared to snap back.
"That's our brother and you see him lying there with his eyes closed," said defensive back Brodie Hicks, who had the interception that ended Brown's string. "I've never been more scared in my life."
Washington had full movement in his extremities and was taken to a hospital as a precaution, the team announced.
HAWAII: Trailed three times and rallied back. The Rainbow Warriors were routed 58-7 last season by Air Force and a day later, head coach Norm Chow was fired.
"I was just so happy my team came away with the win because of last year and the score last year and the things that we went through," said Rogers, whose team captured the Kuter Trophy that's given to the winner of this rivalry. "But things are changing."
AIR FORCE: The Falcons couldn't get any sort of passing game going against the Rainbow Warriors. Romine finished 1 for 10 for 20 yards.
Rogers rushed over to the stands and threw the ball he intercepted to his mom.
"Hopefully she got away with it and I don't have to pay for it," Rogers said with a smile.
Air Force got the ball with 8:18 remaining in regulation and methodically worked it down the field, only to have Strebel's kick sail wide. He connected from 47 and 42 yards in the third quarter.
His teammates had his back.
"Sometimes, you just miss," Hicks said. "I'm not mad at him at all. The team isn't."
HAWAII: Hosts New Mexico next Saturday. The Lobos have won the last six over the Rainbow Warriors.
AIR FORCE: Travels to Fresno State on Friday.

Ohio rushes for 208 yards, 2 scores to beat Kent State 14-10

 Dorian Brown and Maleek Irons each rushed for one touchdown and Ohio gained 208 yards on the ground in a 14-10 victory over Kent State on Saturday.
Brown scored on a 49-yard run after breaking a tackle at the line of scrimmage to give Ohio a 7-0 lead. Irons made it 14-0 midway through the second quarter when he powered it up the middle from 4 yards out. On Ohio's next possession, Irons was stripped by Kevin Bourne near the goal line after a 68-yard drive.
Ohio's Papi White fumbled a punt with just over five minutes left at their 12-yard line. But four plays later, Nick Holley's pass to Brice Fackler in the end zone fell incomplete with 3:45 left and Ohio ran out the clock with an eight-play drive. Brown had three 10-plus-yard carries on the final drive.
Brown carried it 12 times for 110 yards and Irons added 83 yards for Ohio (5-3, 3-1 Mid-American Conference).
Holley was just 12 of 29 for 101 yards for Kent State (2-6, 1-3).

Dungey throws for 3 TDs; Syracuse beats BC 28-20

 Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey hesitated a bit before finally admitting that being in a first-quarter melee got him a little more excited.
Dungey threw three touchdown passes, Ervin Phillips had a pair of scores and Syracuse beat Boston College 28-20 on Saturday, sending the Eagles to their 12th straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.
Dungey went 32 for 38 for 434 yards. He also ran 17 times for 54 yards for the Orange (4-4, 2-2 ACC).
"I'm always anxious to get the ball back, but I guess a little bit," he said.
Phillips could see the excitement in his quarterback.
"He was definitely fired up," he said. "I think he composed himself well though."
In the opening quarter, a brief fight broke out on the Syracuse sideline between Dungey and a couple of Boston College players after an interception by BC'sWilliam Harris.
Dungey threw Harris to the ground and pushed BC linebacker Matt Milano into an equipment container near the stands after he stepped over the QB.
Players from both teams - with a few from BC running across the field - got involved in the shoving. A Syracuse staff member threw Harris to the ground before the officials and coaches got things under control.
"I was trying to finish the tackle. I get tackled all the time," Dungey said. "Some guy's standing over me talking smack. I just tried to get him off of me. One thing led to another."
Harris wouldn't comment on the member of Syracuse's staff - wearing an orange hat - who threw him down.
Last week, Dungey became the first player in school history to throw for over 300 yards and rush for over 100 in an upset victory over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech.
"I told (Dungey) that his job is to get the guy down, not hit him like a middle linebacker," Syracuse coach Dino Babers said. "He needs to preserve himself. Did a great job of stopping the touchdown. After that he needs to protect himself."
Patrick Towles went 4 of 14 for 45 yards for Boston College (3-4, 0-4) but did run 75 yards for a touchdown. He was taken out of the game early in the fourth quarter and appeared to be favoring his right leg with a hamstring injury.
"We were better today," BC coach Steve Addazio said. "The consistency in our throw game was just not there."
Back-up Darius Wade drove the Eagles deep into Syracuse territory, but was sacked and then threw incomplete on fourth-and-14 with just under 2 minutes left.
The Orange went 86 yards for a score to make it 21-10 after an interception by linebacker Parris Bennettinside their own 5.
Receiver Steve Ishmael made an 11-yard TD catch along the side of the end zone, making a leaping grab and getting one foot to touch before he was knocked out of bounds.
One play later, Towles broke around left end and went down the sideline for his score on the final play of the third quarter. Mike Knoll's second field goal - a 39-yarder - cut it to 21-20.
Dungey's third TD toss - a 68-yarder to Amba Etta-Tawo - made it 28-20.
Boston College's Myles Willis had an 89-yard kickoff return for a TD.
At halftime, Boston College retired former linebacker Luke Kuechly's jersey, hanging it alongside retired No. 22 - worn by Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie.
After leading the nation in tackles for two straight seasons, Kuechly left as the most decorated player in BC history, collecting the Nagurski, Butkus and Lombardi awards.
It was the 50th meeting. Syracuse leads 31-19.
SYRACUSE: The Orange didn't play smooth offensively, collecting a handful of false start penalties and turning the ball over three times, but they go into a bye week with a pair of key victories.
BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles can't make key plays when the game's close. They were driving for a possible go-ahead score late in the third when wide-open receiver Michael Walker bobbled a pass - with the ball flying into the air and into the hands of linebacker Bennett.
SYRACUSE: Travels to No. 4 Clemson on Nov. 5.
BOSTON COLLEGE: Faces North Carolina State on the road next Saturday.

Clement carries No. 10 Wisconsin to 17-9 win over Iowa

Don't count Wisconsin out of the Big Ten West race just yet.
Corey Clement ran for 134 yards and a touchdown and the 10th-ranked Badgers used a stout defense to beat Iowa 17-9 on Saturday, snapping a two-game skid.
Alex Hornibrook had 197 yards passing for the Badgers (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten), who won for the fourth straight time in Iowa City.
Back-to-back losses to Ohio State and Michigan put Wisconsin in a hole in its own division. But the Badgers survived a late Iowa surge - and next week they get division favorite Nebraska at home.
"They persevered. They kept playing, and they did it together," Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said.
Backup Bart Houston threw a touchdown pass for Wisconsin, and Clement's 1-yard TD run put the Badgers up 14-6 midway through the third quarter.
But Wisconsin was carried by its defense. The Badgers allowed just 236 yards on 60 plays and held the Hawkeyes (5-3, 3-2) without a touchdown for the first time all season - just a week after they scored 49 points against Purdue.
C.J. Beathard had 153 yards passing for Iowa, which lost its third straight at home.
"There were some plays that we left out there. That certainly didn't help our cause," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.
Wisconsin: Chryst wasn't just giving lip service to Wisconsin's perseverance. The Badgers overcame two missed field goals and a fumble that Iowa recovered in its own end zone, and their defense stopped Iowa 11 times on 13 third downs.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes offense, which has been inconsistent at times this season, bottomed out. Beathard hardly had any open receivers - and when he did, he missed them more than once. Iowa's hopes for a run at the West title now seem dim, with Penn State, Michigan and Nebraska still on its schedule.
Wisconsin became the first team in 25 years to earn a top-10 ranking after losing back-to-back games. The Badgers likely won't move up much unless some teams ahead of them suffer upsets.
Down 14-6 midway through the fourth quarter, Iowa finally found some life in the passing game. But the Hawkeyes drive stalled out at the Wisconsin 20, and Ferentz elected for a field goal to get within five. Freshman Keith Duncan pushed his kick wide right, though, and Clement broke a tackle in the backfield on 3rd-and-1 for a 34-yard gain with less than four minutes left. "I thought we did a pretty good job of keeping him under control. Then he popped that one at the end," Ferentz said of Clement, who had 35 carries.
Iowa appeared to pull to 17-12 with less than a minute left on a touchdown catch by freshman Noah Fant - which was set up by a brilliant kick return from Desmond King. But the officials said the ball hit the turf during "the process of the catch." The Hawkeyes elected to kick a field goal down 11 with 43 seconds left, but their subsequent on-side kick went out of bounds.
Houston, the senior who had ceded the starting job to Hornibrook, was 4 of 6 passing for 59 yards and led the Badgers to their first touchdown. Houston's package included some read option plays, giving the Badgers a different look. "For us to be the best team we can be, we're going to need everyone," Chryst said. "Bart gives us some stuff."
Wisconsin: The Badgers brutal stretch in the Big Ten continues next week when they host the Cornhuskers, who entered Saturday ranked eighth in the country. Wisconsin then travels to resurgent Northwestern before its schedule eases considerably in November.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes get their bye next week. They open November with a night game on the road against the Nittany Lions.

Woodside finds Thompson for 4 TDs, Toledo beats CMU 31-17

 Logan Woodside and receiver Cody Thompson connected seven times for 122 yards and four touchdowns to help Toledo beat Central Michigan 31-17 on Saturday.
It was the second-best scoring game for a wide receiver in program history, trailing just Eric Page with five scores in 2011.
Woodside found Thompson for two 16-yard touchdowns - on back-shoulder throws - in the third quarter as Toledo took a 17-0 lead. On the Rockets' first possession of the fourth, Thompson scored from 11 yards out for a 24-10 lead and the duo added a 34-yard TD with 7:30 remaining.
Woodside went 23 of 32 for 264 yards and four touchdowns for Toledo (6-1, 3-0 Mid-American Conference).
The Rockets forced two turnovers. Central Michigan running back Devon Spalding caught a screen pass late in the first half but fumbled it at goal line for a touchback. In the third quarter, Connery Swift jumped a route and made Toledo's third interception of the season.
Cooper Rush was 18-of-31 passing for 229 yards for Central Michigan (5-3, 2-2). He pulled the Chippewas within 17-7 when he scrambled from 20 yards out and broke several tackles near the end zone.

Bentley Time: South Carolina freshman QB leads 34-28 victory

South Carolina's offense finally opened things up this season. Freshman quarterback Jake Bentley was a big reason why.
Bentley threw for two touchdowns and 201 yards Saturday in his first college game to lead the Gamecocks to a 34-28 victory over Massachusetts. The victory matched the Gamecocks total from their dysfunctional 2015 season and was the most points they had scored this fall.
"We just really opened up the playbook when Jake was back there, because we know he can throw it very well," said receiver Deebo Samuel, who had eight catches for 106 yards.
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp was expecting to redshirt Bentley this season before the team's mounting offensive problems - they entered dead last in points per game in the Football Bowl Subdivision - left the first-year coach open to any solution.
Bentley proved the right answer against the Minutemen (1-7). He led the Gamecocks (3-4) to touchdowns on their first two series, and then threw a pair of pretty fade passes for TD, the first from 16 yards out to K.C. Crosby and later a 24-yarder to Bryan Edwards to lead 27-7.
When UMass cut things to 34-28 with less than 5 minutes left, Bentley accounted for 30 yards to help the Gamecocks run out the clock.
Muschamp said he and quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper decided Bentley had improved enough from August until now to be a positive change for the team's attack. Bentley had waited for his shot behind senior Perry Orth and fellow freshman Brandon McIlwain, who had each started three games this season.
"At the end of the day, we felt like he had progressed very well," he said.
Bentley was not available to the media per Muschamp's rules against letting freshman do interviews.
Running back David Williams ran for two 1-yard TDs for South Carolina, but said he was excited about Bentley's debut.
"I've just been impressed since I met, his IQ, how comfortable he is," leading the Gamecocks, Williams said.
Muschamp was frustrated with his defense, especially in the second half when the Minutemen rallied.
"It was an excited locker room because we won," he said. "But it's also a locker room that knows it made mistakes and corrections have to be made."
UMass did its share to help with three turnovers in the opening half, two which led to two South Carolina scores.
Tight end Adam Breneman had two TD catches for Massachusetts, which fell to 0-3 against Southeastern Conference teams this fall.
MASSACHUSETTS: UMass has been outscored 131-77 in its four games this season against teams from the Power 5 conferences.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Its future - and offensive recovery - may have started with Bentley behind center. The freshman, who'll turn 19 next month, is sure to have some bumps ahead, maybe as soon as next week's home game against No. 18 Tennessee. But there was little benefit keeping the strong-armed Bentley on the bench if he could spark up the offense this season.
After gaining only 30 yards in a 28-14 loss to Georgia two weeks ago, Gamecock runners put up 194 yards against the Minutemen. Freshman Rico Dowdle led the way with 87 yards and Williams had 69 yards.
Breneman said UMass knows how close it has come in its games with the SEC this season - losing 24-7 to Florida and 47-35 to Mississippi State before the South Carolina game.
"Is it impressive that we've played with three SEC teams so far and you look back on it and see that we could've won all three of those games if we would've made one less mistake," Breneman said. "At the same time, at some point, being close isn't good enough. I think that's the feeling in the locker room."
MASSACHUSETTS: The Minutemen return home to play Football Championship Subdivision opponent Wagner. The game ends the UMass home season as it finishes with games at Troy, BYU and Hawaii.
SOUTH CAROLINA: The Gamecocks go back to the Southeastern Conference grinder against No. 18 Tennessee. The Gamecocks have only won two SEC games the past two seasons and will face a difficult challenge against the Vols, who are in the thick of the Eastern Division chase.

Northwestern throttles Indiana 24-14 for third straight win

 Indiana and Northwestern have the look of two Big Ten teams passing in midseason.
Quarterback Clayton Thorson threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday, and the resurgent Wildcats bolted to an early lead then coasted past the Hoosiers 24-14 for their third straight victory.
In a reversal of its 1-3 start to the season, Northwestern (4-3, 3-1) took a 24-3 lead and wasn't seriously threatened the rest of the way.
"Without a doubt, (the difference) is the way we've prepared," Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald said in a hoarse voice that confirmed his more vocal leadership of late. "We really had to change gears with the way we practiced and worked out, a spring-ball type mentality."
Meanwhile, Indiana (3-4, 1-3) dropped its third consecutive game after three victories in the first four starts.
"To get out of this deal, we've got to batten down the hatches, circle the wagons and get better," coach Kevin Wilson said. "Five games left. We need to notch some victories."
Thorson became the first Northwestern signal-caller since at least 2000 to throw three or more touchdown passes in three consecutive games. He completed 24 passes in 43 attempts and did not throw an interception.
Running back Justin Jackson led the Northwestern ground attack with 106 yards in 28 carries.
"Everything worked for us in the first half," said Thorson, who left the game briefly because of an unspecified upper-body injury midway through the final period. "We ran for a bunch of yards. We passed for a bunch of yards. We were really balanced."
The Wildcats took the opening kickoff and drove 70 yards for a touchdown, as the Hoosiers had no answer for their no-huddle offense. Thorson connected with Solomon Vault on a 17-yard pass to complete the 11-play drive.
After Indiana was unable to move the ball on its next possession, Northwestern needed only five plays to score again.
Thorson completed three straight passes for first downs, the last to Austin Carr for a 34-yard touchdown. It marked the sixth straight game in which Carr scored on a pass reception.
Griffin Oakes cut the deficit to 14-3 on a 21-yard field five minutes later, but the Wildcats responded immediately.
On the first play of the second period, Thorson hooked up with Macan Wilson on a 32-yard strike to climax a nine-play, 79-yard drive.
"We were a little flat-footed early . but they got a handle on it, got a good bead on it," said Wilson, whose team didn't allow a point in the second half. "That's a credit to not just the coaches but the kids. Because they settled down, and they needed to."
Nick Westbrook scored Indiana's lone touchdown on a 3-yard run late in the third period.
Forced to throw often in the second half, Hoosiers quarterback Richard Lagow completed 35 of 59 attempts for 319 yards. He was intercepted twice.
Westbrook paced the receivers with 10 receptions for 126 yards.
Indiana: While the defense continues to hold its own, there has been little evidence of the high-powered attack that Wilson was expected to bring with him from Oklahoma five years ago. The offense scored just five touchdowns and 51 points in the last three games. "Same story -- can't run it and can't score points. So, poorly-coached," Wilson said.... Fitzgerald and White served as Northwestern assistants under since-deceased coach Randy Walker in the 2001 season. "Coach Walker was looking down on us today," Fitzgerald said.
Northwestern: After a slow start, Jackson has busted out in a big way with 465 yards rushing in the last three games. Jackson totaled 359 yards on 60 carries in victories at Iowa and Michigan the last two previous weeks. ... Carr caught seven balls for 125 yards. He was the Big Ten leader in and receptions (43), yards (595) and TDs (eight) at the start of the day. ... The six-pointer was the first for Wilson in his career.
Indiana hosts Maryland at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Northwestern faces a stiff test against Ohio Stadium on Saturday, when they meet second-ranked Ohio State in Columbus.

Minnesota hangs on to beat Rutgers 34-32

 When Emmitt Carpenter missed a 34-yard field goal wide right in the second quarter on Saturday, Minnesota was already leading 21-10 and was having the expected success against Rutgers' porous defense.
While the Golden Gophers were driving at will on offense as big favorites at home, Carpenter knew he would be needed again. In a bit of a surprise, Carpenter's time would be with 10 seconds left.
Carpenter connected for a 28-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining and Minnesota survived for a 34-32 victory against the Scarlet Knights.
"After that missed kick in the first half, I thought about it for a little bit just to kind of learn from the experience and what I did wrong, and then just kind of clean the slate," Carpenter said of getting another chance after his miss. "I knew that my name would be called again at some point in the game. I just had to respond for that."
The Gophers scored touchdowns on their first three possessions for a 21-0 lead against Rutgers, which entered the game allowing the most points per game and second-most yards per game in Big Ten play.
"We had a great week of practice and we come out of the gates," Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys said. "We didn't handle that lead for whatever reason."
Rodney Smith had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and ran for 111 yards and a touchdown for the Gophers (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten). Mitch Leidner returned after missing one game with a concussion and was 11-of-18 passing for 156 yards and an interception.
Rutgers cornerback Damon Hayes intercepted Leidner and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown with just over six minutes left in the third quarter, but Knights kicker David Bongaura couldn't tie the game when he missed the PAT.
Smith took Bongaura's ensuing kickoff and raced down the home sideline for the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a Minnesota player since Jalen Myrick in 2014.
Giovanni Rescigno was 22 of 38 for 220 yards passing in making his first start for Rutgers (2-6, 0-5). Rescigno threw three touchdown passes and two interceptions for the Knights, who had scored 14 points in four conference games prior to Saturday.
"A lot of heart, a lot of spirit; he made a lot of plays," coach Chris Ash said of Rescigno. "I'm really happy for the kid and really excited about what he can do as we move forward."
Bongaura made a 39-yard field goal with four minutes left, but Minnesota went 59 yards in 13 plays to set up Carpenter's game-winner. Smith had 25 yards rushing, including a 3-yard run on third down, spinning away from defenders twice for a first down.
"I kind of get the feel when the offense needs a spark, and we knew what we had to do to win the game," Smith said.
Shannon Brooks had 22 carries for 87 yards as the Gophers ran for 243 yards. Rutgers had allowed an average of 328 rushing yards in four previous Big Ten games.
"I feel for them," Ash said. "We're going to get better. We'll get over that hump. I don't know when it's going to be, but we'll get over that hump. There's no quit in these guys. The attitude's extremely high."
Minnesota linebacker Jack Lynn was ejected in the second half for targeting when he lowered his shoulder and hit receiver Jawuan Harris.
RUTGERS: Despite the two interceptions, Rescigno has given the Knights a spark at quarterback. With the Rescigno using his arm and legs (11 carries for 26 yards), Rutgers had its most impressive offensive performance of the season in Big Ten play.
MINNESOTA: The Gophers defense entered the game with the fifth-ranked defense in Big Ten play. But Minnesota was shaky against the relatively unknown Rescigno and gave up 372 total yards.
RUTGERS: Finally gets its bye week before hosting Indiana on Nov. 5.
Minnesota: The Gophers go on the road at Illinois on Oct. 29.

Jackson has 4 TDs, No. 7 Louisville routs NC State 54-13

Lamar Jackson and Louisville needed less than two minutes Saturday to get rid of a whole week's worth of bad feelings from a lackluster effort against Duke.
Jackson broke a school single-season record with four first-half touchdowns, Louisville had three interceptions leading to 17 points and the seventh-ranked Cardinals burst past North Carolina State 54-13 on Saturday.
"I was mad at myself from the Duke game and coach saw that," said Jackson, who completed 20 of 34 passes for 355 yards. "I was like, `I've got to prove I can't be out here, looking bad, looking to run all the time.' I tried to do less running and more throwing."
Jackson passed for three touchdowns and ran for a 36-yard score on the opening drive, giving him 34 TDs with five games to play. Dave Ragone and Brian Brohm each had 33.
Jackson, a sophomore quarterback and Heisman frontrunner, had 359 of his 431 yards on offense by halftime. He threw TD passes of 74 yards to Jaylen Smith, 3 yards to Cole Hikutini and 16 yards to Jamari Staples.
As for the record, Jackson added, "That's a goal, I guess. I accomplished it."
Jeremy Smith ran for a pair of 1-yard TDs for Louisville (6-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which reclaimed its high-scoring ways a week after managing a season-low 24 points against Duke and holding the ball for just 22 minutes.
Not to mention, its physicality.
"I think our guys took it personal and felt like we were the most physical team out there today," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. "We executed well. ... The game plan was to throw the football and our guys ran really good routes."
Blanton Creque had four field goals and six conversions to set a single-game school scoring record for a kicker with 18 points. Consecutive pickoffs by Jonathan Greenard and Stacy Thomas set up second-quarter TDs.
Whatever hope North Carolina State (4-3, 1-2 ACC) had of using its athleticism to slow the Cardinals and Jackson was quashed after kickoff.
Jackson's TD run capped a 72-yard, 93-second drive just as 55,218 were settling into their seats on homecoming. Louisville's next two scoring drives totaled 2:48 and the Cardinals might have had another if not for James Quick's fumble after a catch.
Jackson was just getting started making big plays.
His 67-yard pass to Hikutini - who finished with a career-best 118 yards receiving on six catches - set upJeremy Smith's first touchdown run. Hikutini's TD catch capped the next drive and Staples grabbed his first scoring pass of the season. Louisville outgained the Wolfpack 553-250 and held them to just 14 yards rushing on 25 attempts.
All this against an N.C. State defense that last week forced four turnovers and returned an interception for a TD at then-No. 3 Clemson before falling in overtime. The Wolfpack managed two third-quarter touchdowns to avoid a shutout, but not the rout.
And while N.C. State coach Dave Doeren acknowledged that players were hurt by the Clemson loss, he didn't expect this kind of hangover.
"We weren't ready to play today and that's on me," Doeren said. "It was not our best against their best. When you turn the ball over, you're going to look bad. When you give up long plays, you are not going to look good. ... That wasn't the team we played with seven days ago."
N.C. State: The Wolfpack's upset quest after last week's game slipped away at Clemson never got started. They were outgained 244 to minus-1 after one quarter before finishing with their second-lowest yardage this season.
Louisville: Other than a scoreless third quarter, Jackson and the Cardinals clicked on all phases in their most emphatic win since destroying Florida State. Jackson's TD passes to Jaylen Smith and Staples might have been his best, along with his run that got his day started. The Cardinals became bowl eligible for the seventh straight season.
Louisville's latest rout could boost its poll position and grab the attention of the playoff committee with the initial rankings just a couple of weeks away. Thomas, a linebacker, certainly thinks so.
"I feel like we made a pretty good statement that we're a team to contend for the playoff," he said. "Although they (the Wolfpack) had a pretty good game against Clemson, we knew we had to come in and handle our business."
Jackson (16 rushing touchdowns, 18 TD passes) is closing in on becoming the seventh FBS player and first since Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois in 2013 to score at least 20 touchdowns and pass for at least 20 touchdowns in the same season. Among the other six are three Heisman winners (Tim Tebow, 2007; Cam Newton, 2010; Johnny Manziel, 2012).
According to a tweet by ESPN Stats and Info, there have been eight instances of an ACC team yielding 40-plus points before halftime. N.C. State has been involved in three.
North Carolina State: The Wolfpack host Boston College next Saturday in search of their second straight series win against the Eagles.
Louisville: The Cardinals visit Virginia next Saturday, seeking to break a 2-2 series tie with their first win in Charlottesville over the Cavaliers.

Kansas State holds on for 24-21 victory over Texas

The only thing consistent about Kansas State this season has been Bill Snyder's postgame message.
One that laments the Wildcats' inconsistency.
Their yin-and-yang was on display once more on Saturday in a 24-21 victory over Texas. Kansas State was dominant on both sides of the ball in the first half, then committed a series of mistakes in the second half that provided the Longhorns an opportunity to make it a game.
"We played fine in the first half," Snyder said grimly, "and laid eggs in the second half."
Indeed, the Wildcats (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) raced to a 21-7 lead at the break, and added a field goal in the third quarter to take control. But three turnovers, including one by Charles Jonesat the goal line, allowed the Longhorns (3-4, 1-3) to get within 24-14 later in the quarter.
The Longhorns couldn't overcome their own multitude of mistakes, though. Among them was a badly missed 35-yard field-goal attempt with just over four minutes remaining that would have made it 24-17.
The Longhorns eventually got the ball back, but then squandered precious time with running plays beforeShane Buechele hit Dorian Leonard from 6 yards out with 46 seconds left. Then they knocked the ensuing onside kick out of bounds, preventing them from having a chance to kick a tying field goal.
"It's tough when you lose a game and we had the opportunity to go win it," said Texas coach Charlie Strong, whose hot seat only got hotter with his third loss in four games. "We needed big stops in the first half and we didn't make them. We were able to bounce back there in the second half - it's just that we've got to learn from it, got to move on. ... We've just got to get ourselves back together."
Jesse Ertz led the Wildcats with 171 yards passing and a touchdown and 78 yards rushing and two more scores. He also teamed with running backs Charles JonesJustin Silmon and Alex Barnes to pile up 240 yards on the ground against a Texas defense that began loading up the box to stop them.
The result was the Wildcats' fifth straight home win over Texas.
"I was kind of upset after last week," Kansas State linebacker Elijah Lee said of a lopsided loss to Oklahoma. "That's something you have to carry with you: The season isn't over. You have to take it game by game."
Buechele finished with 222 yards and two scores passing, but a big chunk of that came on an 80-yard pass toDevin Duvernay in the second quarter. Otherwise, Buechele was sacked twice and corralled most of the day.
D'Onta Foreman, the nation's second-leading rusher, carried 24 times for 124 yards. But he was repeatedly stuffed in key situations, a big reason why Texas was 3 of 11 on third down and 0 for 2 on fourth.
"Beats the tar out of a loss," Snyder said in summary, "but it's not so much the win as how. If we play and prepare well start to finish, we'd be better. That's why I'm not jumping up and down right now."
TEXAS: After eclipsing 500 yards total offense for the fourth time this season a week ago against Iowa State, the Longhorns struggled to move the ball. They managed a season-low 344 yards on Saturday.
KANSAS STATE: The fumble by Jones at the goal line summed up the Wildcats' inconsistency issues. The senior running back otherwise had a solid day but, as Snyder pointed out, "We're all taught when we're 5 years old to put two hands on the football."
Texas was penalized 10 times for 72 yards, drawing four flags on the Wildcats' scoring march to open the game. Kansas State countered with eight penalties for 75 yards. It made for a busy game for an officiating crew that also spent a whole lot of time reviewing plays.
The Wildcats had scored on 56 straight trips inside the red zone before Jones fumbled in the third quarter. The last time they failed to score was Oct. 17, 2015, in a shutout loss to the Sooners.
TEXAS: Ninth-ranked Baylor visits Austin on Saturday.
KANSAS STATE: A trip to Iowa State awaits Saturday.