|Top 25 Capsules|
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|Saturday, 06 September 2008 10:47|
Lightly regarded even in the Mid-American Conference, Ohio put a scare into No. 3 Ohio State before the Buckeyes righted things in the fourth quarter of a 26-14 victory Saturday.
With star tailback Chris Wells sidelined by a foot injury, the Buckeyes (2-0) struggled to move the ball until Brandon Saine's short plunge on the third play of the final quarter finally put them on top. Ray Small added some breathing room with a late 69-yard punt return for a TD.
This was not the tuneup the Buckeyes needed before traveling next week to meet No. 1 Southern California.
Ohio (0-2) had five costly turnovers - two in the fourth quarter - to help its bigger, badder neighbors escape.
No. 9 Auburn 27, Southern Miss 13
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Chris Todd completed 21 of 31 passes for 248 yards in his first start and gave Auburn's passing game a needed lift.
The junior college transfer might have ended the Tigers' quarterback question by completing an array of short and mid-range passes and effectively running the new spread offense.
He also led a late scoring drive for Auburn (2-0) after Southern Miss (1-1) surged back with a pair of touchdowns against a defense that had pitched a shutout for the first 102 minutes of the season.
Ben Tate ran for 71 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 51 yards for the Tigers.
Shawn Nelson had 12 catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns for Southern Miss.
No. 11 Wisconsin 51, Marshall 14
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Allan Evridge threw for 308 yards and a touchdown as Wisconsin reeled off 51 straight points to turn a potential upset into a walkover.
A loss would have snapped the second-longest home winning streak in major college football and cost the Badgers (2-0) momentum heading into a tough test at Fresno State.
But after watching Marshall (1-1) shut down its highly regarded running game, Wisconsin got big plays out of Evridge and the defense to pull out its 16th straight win at Camp Randall Stadium.
Evridge, a transfer from Kansas State who backed up Tyler Donovan last year, was 17-for-26 after throwing only 10 passes in Wisconsin's victory over Akron last week.
The Badgers led 17-14 at halftime, and ended Marshall's first three possessions of the second half with interceptions that led to a pair of touchdowns.
No. 24 Illinois 47, Eastern Illinois 21
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Juice Williams ran for 174 yards and two touchdowns to lead Illinois to its first win of the season.
Williams broke the Illinois quarterback record of 145 yards he set in 2006, and threw for 124 yards and a touchdown. But the junior also threw two interceptions and fumbled the ball a yard short of a third-quarter TD.
Travorus Bess rushed for 183 yards for Eastern Illinois (0-2), a Championship Subdivision school 45 miles south of Champaign in Charleston.
Illinois (1-1) scored four touchdowns in a decisive, 13-minute span that started late in the first half, going from a 13-7 lead to 40-7 after mistakes and bad luck let Eastern hang around for most of the first half.