>>Illinois State Derails South Dakota State
Marshaun Coprich ran for a career-best four touchdowns to lead Illinois State to a 45-10 rout of South Dakota State in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.
Coprich had a 32-yard touchdown run and three more scores from inside the 5. He finished with 24 carries and a career-high 174 yards. It was his fourth consecutive 100-plus yards rushing game. He now has 604 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
Tre Roberson, who was 7 of 19 for 168 yards passing, threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Meredith. Roberson also ran for 151 yards on 14 carries for Illinois State (4-0, 1-0).
Zach Lujan was 18 of 30 for 238 yards and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jake Wieneke for South Dakota State (3-2, 0-1). Zach Zenner, the conference's career rushing leader, had 139 yards on 25 carries for the Jackrabbits.
>>Purdue Gets By Illinois
ustin Appleby threw for a touchdown and ran for two more in his first career start, as the Purdue Boilermakers outlasted Illinois, 38-27, in a Big Ten Conference matchup at Memorial Stadium.
Appleby got the start under center in place of struggling sophomore Danny Etling, and he completed 15-of-20 passes for 202 yards while also running for 76. Akeem Hunt carried 30 times for 177 yards and a touchdown to help the Boilermakers (3-3, 1-1 Big Ten) regain the Cannon Trophy and emerge victorious in their first true road game of the season.
Wes Lunt was 27-of-39 for 332 yards and two touchdowns for the Fighting Illini (3-3, 0-2), who entered the day unbeaten at home in three tries. Josh Ferguson ran for 60 yards and a score on 15 carries, and he also caught a game-high 10 passes for 79 yards in the loss. Mike Dudek paced all receivers with 200 yards on eight catches.
Purdue out-gained Illinois on the ground, 349-65, as the Boilermakers averaged a healthy 7.8 ypc for the game. Illinois averaged just 2.6 ypc as a team.
>>North Dakota State Downs Western Illinois
John Crockett passed for the tying touchdown and ran for the winning score Saturday in North Dakota State's 17-10 comeback victory over Western Illinois.
The Bison defense held on fourth-and-3 at the NDSU 36 with 1:07 to play, allowing their offense to run out the clock for their Football Championship Subdivision-record 29th straight win. NDSU has given up just 16 points in the fourth quarter over its last 24 games.
Trailing 10-3 in the fourth quarter, Crockett took a handoff from Carson Wentz, rolled to his right, then threw back across the field to a wide-open Wentz for the score. After forcing a punt, the Bison got the ball back at WIU's 35 and Crockett capped the drive with a 7-yard TD run.
Crockett rushed 22 times for 79 yards.
>>College Football Saturday Filled With Upsets
(undated) -- It was a Saturday of upsets in college football. Bo Wallace threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns to lead number-11 Ole Miss to a 23-17 victory over top-ranked Alabama. It was the program's first-ever win over a number-one ranked team. Trevone Boykin tossed for 318 yards and two scores while the defense racked up two picks to give number-25 TCU a 37-33 victory at home against third-ranked Oklahoma. Dak Prescott totaled 336 yards and five total touchdowns as 14th-ranked Mississippi State dominated number-seven Texas A&M 48-31. Ka'imi Fairbairn missed a 50-yard field goal as time expired as unranked Utah held on for a 30-28 upset of number-nine UCLA. Northwestern rushed for 203 yards as a team and forced four turnovers to steal a 20-14 win over 16th-ranked Wisconsin.
NCAA Top-25 Football ("USA Today" Rankings)
#2 Florida State Seminoles 43, Wake Forest Demon Deacons 3
#5 Auburn Tigers 41, #15 LSU Tigers 7
#6 Baylor Bears 28, Texas Longhorns 7
#8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 17, #13 Stanford Cardinal 14
#10 Michigan State Spartans 27, #17 Nebraska Cornhuskers 22
#12 Georgia Bulldogs 44, Vanderbilt Commodores 17
#18 Ohio State Buckeyes 52, Maryland Terrapins 24
#24 Arizona State Sun Devils 38, #20 USC Trojans 34
#21 East Carolina Pirates 45, SMU Mustangs 24
#22 Kansas State Wildcats 45, Texas Tech Red Raiders 13
#23 Oklahoma State Cowboys 37, Iowa State Cyclones 20