The biggest shocker was not just that Illinois won on Saturday against Cincinnati, but the ease that they seemed to do it with. On the other side of the coin, there had been talk coming into the season about Indiana possibly being bowl-eligible this season, but the Hoosiers didn't do themselves any favors with the tough loss they suffered in Bloomington. The rest of the results from week two can be found below.
Buffalo (0-2), LOST at #23 Baylor (70-13), NEXT GAME: vs. Stony Brook, Saturday 3:30 PM
After losing in Columbus last Saturday, things didn't get any easier for the Bulls this week, as Baylor rolled up a school record 781 total yards in the blowout win. The Bulls opened up the game with a 54-yard flea flicker, which led to a one-yard TD run by Brendan Oliver to go up 7-0. After that it was Baylor doing the majority of the scoring, with Bryce Petty throwing for 386 yards and two touchdowns and Lache Seastruck carrying the rushing attack with 150 yards and three touchdowns. Baylor bettered the 69 points, which was their highest scoring output since 1929, they scored last week against Wofford.
Buffalo will open their home schedule on Saturday against Stony Brook, and will be looking to be the team administering the blowout instead of being on the receiving end.
San Diego State (0-2), LOST at #3 Ohio State (42-7), NEXT GAME: vs. Oregon State, Septemeber 21st 7:30 PM
After losing in their season opener to FCS team Eastern Illinois, the troubles continued for the Aztecs as they fell behind to the Buckeyes 21-0 after one quarter and weren't able to do much the whole game. For a more in-depth review of the game, check out what our own Christopher Jason wrote after the game on Saturday. Adam Dingwell only threw five passes on Saturday, with the only one he completed being to a Buckeye, before being replaced by Quinn Kaehler. In relief duty Kaehler was 22 of 36 for 216 yards with a touchdown and a interception. Much like last week, San Diego State wasn't able to get Adam Meuma or anyone else going on the ground, only rushing for 64 on 27 carries as a team. A lot of San Diego State's rushing issues came from falling behind so early, not allowing the Aztecs any chance to try and establish the ground game. The good news for the Aztecs is that their streak of receiving the ball first in the game continued and now stands at 17 games. At this point the Aztecs will probably take just about anything to hang their hat on.
San Diego State has a much needed bye coming up this week before Oregon State visits next Saturday.
The Golden Bears erased a 20-10 deficit to come from behind and beat Portland State in Berkeley on Saturday. Freshman quarterback Jared Goff continued to fill up the stat sheet, passing for 485 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first Cal QB since 1996 to have back-to-back 400-yard passing games. The 485 yards passing that Goff accumulated is the second-highest total in school history, only trailing the 503 yards that Pat Barnes passed for in 1996. Bryce Treggs was Goff's main target in the game, hauling in eight passes for 121 yards.
Cal allowed Portland State to rack up 553 yards of offense on Saturday, 245 of those yards coming on the ground. With Ohio State coming into Berkeley this week the defense should be a concern for the Golden Bears, but the offense is showing that it is quickly adjusting to Sonny Dykes' "Bear Raid" offense.
#21 Wisconsin (2-0), WIN vs. Tennessee Tech (48-0), NEXT GAME: at Arizona State, Saturday 10:30 PM
Two games into his tenure as Wisconsin's head coach, Gary Andersen's team has still yet to allow any points on the season. While the caliber of competition that Wisconsin has gone up against these first two weeks hasn't been strong, the defense is still giving nothing away. Tennessee Tech was only able to gain 113 total yards against the Badger defense. Meanwhile, the running game for Wisconsin again had three rushers gain over 100 yards in the game. Chase Clement led the way with 149 yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yard TD run in the 4th. Melvin Gordon and James White pitched in with 140 yards and 109, respectively, and each found the end zone once. Joel Stave might have been able to gain some confidence at the quarterback position, completing 24 of 29 passes, and throwing for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
The Badgers will face their first test of the season on Saturday night, when they head to Tempe to face off with Todd Graham and the Arizona State Sun Devils.
#19 Northwestern (2-0), WIN vs. Syracuse (48-27), NEXT GAME: vs. Western Michigan, Saturday 9:00 PM
Northwestern used the combination of Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian to build an early 20-0 lead on the Orange and never look back in Evanston on Saturday night. Siemian did the damage through the air, going 15 for 19 for 259 yards and a career-high three passing touchdowns, while Colter added 116 yards and a touchdown through the air and 87 yards and another touchdown on the ground. Wide receiver Tony Jones also set a career-high 185 receiving yards on nine catches for Northwestern. The Wildcats capitalized on four interceptions that Syracuse quarterback Drew Allen threw, as Northwestern led by as many as 28 points before a late Syracuse TD closed the gap a little bit. The Wildcats were still missing running back Venric Mark, who is still trying to recover from a lower body injury, but they were able to find offense from other sources to win on Saturday.
The Wildcats will again be at home this week, PJ Fleck's Western Michigan team will make the journey to Evanston on Saturday for a night game.
Iowa (1-1), WIN vs. Missouri State (28-14), NEXT GAME: at Iowa State, Saturday 6:00 PM
Iowa was able to end a seven-game losing streak dating back to last year, with a 28-14 win over Missouri State on Saturday. The victory wasn't the prettiest for the Hawkeyes, as they committed 11 penalties for 100 yards, but it still counts in the win column. Mark Weisman was the workhorse for Iowa, carrying the ball 30 times for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Jake Rudock accounted for the other two touchdowns the Hawkeyes scored, in his second career start at quarterback. The Hawkeyes had the game well in hand before Missouri State scored two touchdowns in :10 on a 27-yard touchdown reception and a 28-yard interception to return to tighten the score up. Those were the only points Missouri State was able to score though, as Iowa clamped down on defense the rest of the way.
Iowa will hit the road for the first time this season on Saturday, as they travel to Ames to take on in-state rival Iowa State.
Penn State (2-0), WIN vs. Eastern Michigan (45-7), NEXT GAME: vs. UCF, Saturday 6:00 PM
Penn State fell behind early when Eastern Michigan's Hunter Matt returned a fumble 11 yards for a touchdown to make it 7-0, but that was the only points they allowed on Saturday afternoon in State College. The Nittany Lions reeled off 45 straight points after Eastern Michigan took the early lead, outgaining the Eagles in total yardage by a 574-183 margin. Christian Hackenberg completed 23 of 33 passes for 311 yards and threw a touchdown in his second start at quarterback for Penn State. Hackenberg again made Allen Robinson his main target, completing seven passes for 129 yards and a touchdown to him. Akeel Lynch and Bill Belton each rushed for 108 yards, with Belton and Zach Zwinak each scoring two touchdowns on the ground, while Lynch reached the end zone once. Sam Ficken hit a 39- yard field goal, which is a Penn State record 14th straight attempt.
This week will see UCF coming into Happy Valley on Saturday in a battle of two teams that are 2-0 so far on the season.
Purdue (1-1), WIN vs. Indiana State (20-14), NEXT GAME: vs. Notre Dame, Saturday 8:00 PM
Purdue handed FCS team Indiana State their second straight loss to a Big Ten team on Saturday, but it was a lot closer than the thumping Indiana State received from Indiana last week. Indiana State actually had a opportunity to take the lead late in the game, but Ricardo Allen's interception at the 36 with :19 seconds to go sealed Darrell Hazell's first victory as Purdue head coach. Akeem Hunt took the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown after B.J. Kanuf handed the football off to him. Hunt also added 82 rushing yards on 22 carriers to help the Boilermakers to victory. Rob Henry started at quarterback for the Boilermakers, but he put up marginal numbers, completing 15 of 24 passes for 150 yards.
The Boilermakers will try to avoid starting the season 1-2 on Saturday when they welcome Notre Dame into West Lafayette.
Illinois (2-0), WIN vs. Cincinnati (45-17), NEXT GAME: vs Washington, Saturday 6:00 PM
In one of the bigger surprises of the weekend, Illinois not only defeated CIncinnati, but they did it rather easily. There isn't too many people that expected Illinois to be 2-0 after the first two games of the season, but Nathan Scheelhaase was able to spread the football around to lead the Fighting Illini to victory. Scheelhaase hit 11 different receivers in going 26 of 37 for 312 yards and four touchdown passes. The four touchdown passes that Scheelhaase threw were to four different receivers. Illinois jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, and the Bearcats were only able to make it as close as 28-17 in the 3rd quarter before the Fighting Illini put even more distance on Cincinnati to secure the victory.
Illinois will now head to Chicago on Saturday night to try and keep their perfect start to the season, when they face Washington at Solider Field.
Indiana (1-1), LOSS vs. Navy (41-35), NEXT GAME: vs. Bowling Green, Saturday 12:00 PM
Indiana wasn't able to corral Navy's triple-option attack on Saturday night in Bloomington, allowing the Midshipmen to earn their first road win over a Big Ten team since 1979. Navy only attempted five passes during the game, but they didn't need to move it through the air with the running game working as well as it did. On the ground Navy rushed 70 times, rolling up 444 yards on the Hoosier defense. Quarterback Keenan Reynolds rushed for 127 yards on the ground to lead Navy, reaching the end zone three times in the process. The good news for Indiana is they might have found a starting quarterback, as Nate Sudfeld went 31 for 42 through the air for 363 yards and four touchdowns. Sudfeld was also Indiana's leading rusher with 35 yards, but with Navy jumping out to a 17-0 lead the rushing attack was taken out of play.
Now Indiana will try and rebound on Saturday when they welcome Bowling Green to Bloomington for a noon kickoff.
#17 Michigan (2-0), WIN vs. #14 Notre Dame (41-30), NEXT GAME: vs. Akron, Saturday 12:00 PM
An NCAA record 115,109 fans saw Michigan pick up a win under the lights, in what will probably be the last installment of the Notre Dame/Michigan series at Michigan Stadium for a while. If you tuned into the game you were probably confused as to why quarterback Devin Gardner was wearing #98, but it was a tribute to former Wolverine Tom Harmon. Gardner found the spotlight under the lights at The Big House to be to his liking, throwing for 294 yards and four touchdowns, while adding another 82 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Gardner's preferred target on the night was wide receiver Jeremy Gallon, who catch eight passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The biggest mistake on the night for Gardner was when he threw a ill-advised pass from his own end zone which was intercepted by Stephon Tuitt and ruled a Notre Dame touchdown. The Tuitt return made the score 34-27, but the Fighting Irish were only to close the score to 34-30 before Gardner hit Drew Dileo for the score that put the game away for the Wolverines.
This week Michigan welcomes Akron into Ann Arbor, where the Wolverines should be a heavy favorite against the Zips.