Rutgers freshman Justin Goodwin’s 17-yard touchdown run gave the Scarlet Knights a 55-52 victory over Southern Methodist in three overtimes on Saturday in Dallas.
The Knights survived SMU’s rallies from two 21-point deficits in the first game in the new American Athletic Conference for both Rutgers (4-1) and the Mustangs (1-4).
Mustangs quarterback Garrett Gilbert led the comeback with a career-high five touchdown passes. He added a game-tying two-point conversion pass with 1 minute 19 seconds remaining in regulation, two rushing touchdowns in overtime and a school-record 484 passing yards.
Rutgers matched Gilbert’s overtime scores with two touchdown passes to Leonte Carroo from Gary Nova.
Goodwin came off the bench to score three touchdowns and account for 222 yards rushing and receiving.
●BOSTON COLLEGE 38, ARMY 27: Andre Williams rushed for 263 yards and tied a school record by running for five touchdowns to spark the Eagles in Boston.
Williams entered as the Atlantic Coast Conference rushing leader with 515 yards and 128.8 per game. The senior scored on runs of 34, one, 37 and three yards before capping his scoring with another 34-yarder early in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles’ single-game rushing record of 264 yards was set by Montel Harris in 2009 against North Carolina State.
●WAKE FOREST 28, N.C. STATE 13: In Winston-Salem, N.C., Tanner Price threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score as the Demon Deacons beat the Wolfpack (3-2, 0-2 ACC) for the sixth straight time at home.
Michael Campanaro (River Hill) caught two touchdowns for Wake Forest (3-3, 1-2).
Price threw for 268 yards while Campanaro had 12 catches for 153 yards.
●INDIANA 44, PENN STATE 24: Nate Sudfeld threw two touchdown passes and Tre Roberson ran for two more scores, leading the Hoosiers to their first win ever against the visiting Nittany Lions.
Indiana (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) capped a five-game homestand by ending a 16-game losing streak to Penn State (3-2, 0-1).
After the Nittany Lions took the lead on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Christian Hackenberg to Allen Robinson early in the third quarter, Indiana answered with a scoring flurry. Tevin Coleman scored on a 44-yard run and Roberson scored on a two-point conversion run. Roberson then added a two-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter after Penn State failed on fourth and two from its own 33.
●MICHIGAN ST. 26, IOWA 14: Connor Cook threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Spartans in Iowa City.
Darqueze Dennard had a pair of interceptions for Michigan State (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten), which held the Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-1) scoreless in the second half.
Cook put Michigan State ahead to stay with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler early in the third quarter. Michael Geiger added three field goals in the second half for the Spartans, who held Iowa to 23 yards rushing.
●NEBRASKA 39, ILLINOIS 19: Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 225 yards and two touchdowns and the Cornhuskers (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) displayed improved defense to win at home.
Tommy Armstrong, starting his second straight game in place of injured quarterback Taylor Martinez, led Nebraska to touchdowns on his first three series. He was 8 of 13 for 135 yards.
The Illini (3-2, 0-1), who came in averaging 40 points per game, didn’t score a touchdown until the middle of the third quarter.
●WASHINGTON ST. 44, CALIFORNIA 22: In Berkeley, Calif., Conner Halliday threw for 521 yards and three touchdowns and the Cougars used their highest scoring conference game in 10 years to snap an eight-game skid against the Golden Bears.
Vince Mayle caught two touchdown passes for Washington State (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12). Freshman Jared Goff threw for 489 yards and two scores for California (1-4, 0-2) and Chris Harper had 13 catches for 216 yards and a score.
●SOUTH FLORIDA 26, CINCINNATI 20: In Tampa, Nate Godwin scored on a long blocked field goal return and DeDe Lattimore scooped up a fumble for another touchdown to help the Bulls (1-4, 1-0) begin American Athletic Conference play with a win over the Bearcats.
Cincinnati (3-2, 0-1) was playing for the first time since redshirt freshman Ben Flick was killed in a car accident.
●MISSOURI 51, VANDERBILT 28: James Franklin threw for four touchdowns and the visiting Tigers moved to 5-0 by winning their SEC opener against the Commodores (3-3, 0-3).
Franklin guided Missouri on scoring drives on its first six possessions and finished 19 of 28 for 278 yards.. Henry Josey added two touchdown runs for the Tigers, who recorded 523 yards of total offense.