ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Devin Gardner threw four touchdown passes, including a victory-sealing connection to former Parkview Baptist standout Drew Dileo with 4:18 left, and the dual-threat quarterback wearing No. 98 to honor Tom Harmon ran for a score to lead No. 17 Michigan to a 41-30 win over No. 14 Notre Dame on Saturday night in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 115,109.
The Wolverines (2-0) had a pair of 14-point leads, but the Fighting Irish (1-1) refused to get routed.
Notre Dame pulled within a TD early in the fourth quarter when defensive end Stephon Tuitt made a diving interception in the end zone.
Kyle Brindza made a 40-yard field goal with 9:15 left to pull Notre Dame within four points.
The Irish were called for pass interference twice on the ensuing drive and Gardner later took advantage with a 4-yard TD to Dileo.
Tommy Rees threw a second interception with 1:29 left.
BYU 40, NO. 15 TEXAS 21: In Provo, Utah, Taysom Hill led a big night on the ground for BYU, rushing for 259 yards — second-most in school history — and three touchdowns to help the Cougars beat No. 15 Texas in a game that was delayed for nearly two hours by lightning.
Hill was masterful in guiding the team’s new read-option offense as the Cougars (1-1) rolled up 550 yards rushing, eclipsing a 55-year-old team record. It’s also the most yards rushing Texas (1-1) has ever allowed.
The elusive Hill scored on runs of 68, 20 and 26 yards. He came close to breaking BYU’s single-game rushing record of 272 yards, a mark set by quarterback Eldon Fortie in 1962.
Jamaal Williams had a career-high 182 yards and Paul Lasike added 87 along with a score.
David Ash threw two TD passes to Mike Davis and Joe Bergeron had a short TD.
NO. 3 OHIO STATE 42, SAN DIEGO STATE 7: In Columbus, Ohio, Kenny Guiton took over when Braxton Miller left with a sprained left knee, running for one touchdown and passing for two in a victory over San Diego State.
Miller watched the last three quarters from the sideline after being sandwiched between two tacklers on the Buckeyes’ seventh offensive play. The Buckeyes (2-0) didn’t need him.
Guiton, who helped save Ohio State’s 12-0 season a year ago, had the most playing time he’s ever had in a game. He set career bests with 19-of-28 passing for 152 yards and 83 rushing yards.
It was another disappointing outing for the Aztecs (0-2), who lost 40-19 to FCS Eastern Illinois at home in their opener.
Guiton came in having completed 14 of 25 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in his 16 career games. He had totaled 59 yards rushing on 14 attempts.
No. 2 Oregon 59, Virginia 10: In Charlottesville, Va., De’Anthony Thomas ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns, and Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns and ran 71 yards for another score for Oregon.
The Ducks (2-0) finished with 557 yards and did all its scoring while possessing the ball for just 21 minutes 25 seconds.
No. 4 Clemson 52, South Carolina State 13: In Clemson, S.C., Tajh Boyd ran for a touchdown, and No. 4 Clemson returned two interceptions for scores for the first time in program history.
Boyd scored Clemson’s first touchdown and played only a half against the Bulldogs (0-2) before finding a spot on the sideline next to offensive coordinator Chad Morris.
Cornerbacks Martin Jenkins and Darius Robinson each had pick-6 scores to help the Tigers to a 38-7 lead by halftime.
No. 8 Louisville 44, Eastern Kentucky 7: In Louisville, Ky., Teddy Bridgewater threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns for the Cardinals.
Linebacker Preston Brown had two sacks for Louisville, and Calvin Pryor had an interception as Louisville limited Eastern Kentucky to 76 yards total offense in the first half.
The Cardinals (2-0) needed the defensive plays early. Louisville settled for a pair of field goals from John Wallace after turnovers gave the offense short fields.
The Cardinals also settled for a third field goal in the third quarter despite reaching Eastern Kentucky’s 4.
Bridgewater hit his first five passes to continue his strong start on the season and for his Heisman Trophy candidacy.
He tossed touchdown passes to Damian Copeland, Gerald Christian, and two to DeVante Parker while connecting with eight receivers.
No. 13 Oklahoma State 56, UTSA 35: In San Antonio, new starter J.W. Walsh completed his first 10 passes, finished 24-of-27 for 326 yards and four touchdown throws for Oklahoma State.
It’s the fourth start for the sophomore Walsh, his first this season after a quick relief performance for Clint Chelf last week.
With his speedy start against a Roadrunners team entering its third season of football, Walsh led the Cowboys (2-0) to touchdowns on five of six first-half possessions.
NO. 16 OKLAHOMA 16, WEST VIRGINIA 7: In Norman, Okla., Brennan Clay had career-high 170 yards rushing as Oklahoma overcame a second-half quarterback switch defeat West Virginia.
The No. 16 Sooners (2-0, 1-0 Big 12) scored the game’s final 16 points after trailing 7-0 in the first quarter. Freshman quarterback Trevor Knight threw a pair of third-quarter interceptions, leading to junior Blake Bell taking over in the fourth quarter.
Paul Millard was 21-of-42 passing for 218 yards for the Mountaineers (1-1, 0-1), whose lone score came on a 75-yard touchdown run by Dreamius Smith in the first quarter.
NO. 19 NORTHWESTERN 48, SYRACUSE 27: In Evanston, Ill., Trevor Siemian threw for 259 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, and Kain Colter passed for a score and ran for another to lead Northwestern.
Tony Jones added a personal-best 185 yards receiving and a 47-yard touchdown, and the Wildcats (2-0) racked up 581 yards on offense. They also intercepted Syracuse’s Drew Allen four times.
No. 21 Wisconsin 48, Tennessee Tech 0: In Madison, Wis., Melvin Gordon ran for 140 yards and a score, and Wisconsin’s overpowering defense got its second straight shutout.
Joel Stave was 24-of-28 for 219 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Defensive back Darius Hillary set the tone early by forcing a fumble that set up a score for the Badgers (2-0).
NO. 22 NEBRASKA 56, SOUTHERN MISS 13: In Lincoln, Neb., Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans returned first-quarter interceptions for touchdowns for Nebraska.
Taylor Martinez threw for three touchdowns, and Ameer Abdullah ran for two more for the Cornhuskers (2-0).
No. 23 Baylor 70, Buffalo 13: In Waco, Texas, Bryce Petty threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns, Lache Seastrunk ran for 150 yards with three scores, and Baylor’s first-team offense had 576 total yards in only 11 minutes with the ball.
The starters for the Bears (2-0) had eight touchdowns in their nine drives. The only nonscoring driving was when they had the ball at the end of the first half.
Baylor finished with a school-record 781 total yards and topped the 69 points scored a week earlier in what had been the most for the Bears since 1929.
Alex Neutz had six catches for a career-high 197 for Buffalo (0-2).
Petty completed 13 of 16 passes, and two of his incompletions were balls caught but ruled out of bounds. He also ran for a score.
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