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Tim Cary

California 35, Minnesota 21  
WHO is the "best" running back in the country (pun intended)?
California's Jahvid Best finished with 132 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns to spark the Bears to a win at TCF Bank Stadium.  Best ran for a pair of scores in the first quarter to stake Cal to an early lead, then found the end zone twice more in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Jahvid Best


Penn State 31, Temple 6

WHAT we're still trying to figure out: are the Lions this good or are their opponents that bad?
Penn State is now allowing exactly one first-half point per game after another easy non-conference win.  The Lions got 134 yards from Evan Royster on 19 carries, and if there was a champion of the "Cupcake League", Penn State would have the title sewn up already.


Northern Illinois 28, Purdue 21
WHEN Aaron Valentin fumbled not one, but two second-quarter punts, Northern Illinois was on their way to a big road win.
The visiting Huskies outscored the Boilers 21-0 in the pivotal second quarter and held on for a wild 28-21 win in Ross-Ade Stadium.


Michigan 45, Eastern Michigan 17
WHERE this game was won: the Wolverine backfield.
Michigan ran for a mind-blowing 380 yards, led by Carlos Brown's 189 yards and two touchdowns, and destroyed their neighbors from Eastern Michigan.  The Wolverines outscored the visitors 21-0 in the second half to improve their record to 3-0.
Oct 13, 2007 - Michigan v Purdue


Wisconsin 44, Wofford 14

WHY the Badgers got an easy victory: Wofford only attempted seven passes all day...and still got out-gained on the ground.
Wisconsin scored four touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 31-0 halftime lead and outrushed the Terriers 257-214 despite Wofford's 55 attempts.


Ohio State 38, Toledo 0
HOW could I be so wrong about the Rockets' offense?
Ohio State came to play in Cleveland today, completely shutting down Aaron Opelt and Toledo.  Terrelle Pryor rebounded from last week's disappointing performance with three touchdown passes and 110 yards on the ground, while Opelt never got in sync.  Credit the Buckeyes' defense for a big-time performance in pitching the shutout. 


 

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