Robert Cooper ran for 143 yards and a touchdown and Deontey Kenner scored on a five-yard run yesterday as Cincinnati upset visiting No. 9 Wisconsin, 17-12, to spoil a record-setting performance by Ron Dayne.
Cincinnati was 2-9 last season and lost at home last week to Division I-AA Troy State.
"We didn't play the type of game we usually play," Wisconsin Coach Barry Alvarez said. "We usually play mistake-free."
Dayne passed Archie Griffin to become the Big Ten Conference's career rushing leader with 5,615 yards, including bowl games.
Dayne carried 28 times for 231 yards to move into sixth place on the NCAA career rushing list, which does not include bowl games. He has 5,087 regular season yards, 1,193 shy of breaking Ricky Williams's NCAA career mark set last season.
Kenner's touchdown run gave the Bearcats a 14-6 lead with 9 minutes 59 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Wisconsin closed to 14-12 on Dayne's 18-yard touchdown run with 5:15 remaining in the third, but the Badgers self-destructed in the fourth.
Dayne fumbled into the Cincinnati end zone midway through the final quarter and the Bearcats recovered. Later in the quarter, Wisconsin's Nick Davis fumbled a punt and Carlton Sykes recovered for Cincinnati at the Wisconsin 25, setting up a 41-yard field goal by Jonathan Ruffin that put the Bearcats ahead, 17-12, with 5:01 left.
Wisconsin scored the apparent go-ahead touchdown on a fourth-down pass in the final minute, but it was nullified by an illegal motion penalty. On the next play, Scott Kavanaugh overthrew Davis in the end zone with six seconds remaining.
LOUISIANA TECH 29, ALABAMA 28: Reserve quarterback Brian Stallworth threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Sean Cangelosi with two seconds to play to lead the Bulldogs to the upset over the 18th-ranked Crimson Tide in Birmingham.
Louisiana Tech (2-2) trailed 28-22 and was facing fourth and 26 without its quarterback, Tim Rattay, who was last season's national total-offense leader. He had left the game two plays before with an injury.
FLORIDA STATE 42, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 11: Sebastian Janikowski booted five field goals and the No. 1 Seminoles forced six turnovers to cruise past the No. 20 Wolfpack in Tallahassee.
Florida State (3-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) is 100-13-1 this decade -- the only school to reach the century mark in wins. The Seminoles also are 56-2 in the ACC as they seek an eighth straight league title.
MICHIGAN STATE 23, NOTRE DAME 13: The Irish did not lose this one in the last minute. They never got the chance.
Bill Burke found Gari Scott for an 80-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown with 5:11 remaining as the Spartans upset No. 24 Notre Dame, dropping the Irish to their second 1-3 start in the last three seasons. They have lost five of their last six games.
Notre Dame lost to Purdue last week after being stopped from inside the 1-yard line on two straight plays in the final seconds. Two weeks ago, the Irish lost to Michigan when a last-minute drive ended on the 10-yard line as time ran out. And they seemed poised for yet another last-minute finish after entering the final quarter tied at 7.
But Burke ended any hope of last-minute heroics.
NEBRASKA 20, SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 13: Linebacker Julius Jackson returned a fumble and an interception for touchdowns as the fourth-ranked Huskers defense compensated for the team's poor offensive showing in Lincoln, Neb.
Southern Mississippi (2-1) outgained Nebraska 293 yards to 185 and threatened to tie the game with 1:17 remaining, but Keyuo Craver intercepted Jeff Kelly at the Nebraska 1-yard line as the Huskers (3-0) avoided an upset. It was Craver's second interception of the game.
NEW MEXICO STATE 35, ARIZONA ST. 7: K.C. Enzminger threw for a career-high 205 yards and two touchdowns and the unheralded visiting Aggies shocked the No. 22 Sun Devils for their first victory over a ranked team in recent history.
Enzminger also ran for 52 yards to lead New Mexico State to its first 3-0 start in seven years and its first triumph over a Pacific-10 team.
MICHIGAN 18, SYRACUSE 13: Led by cornerback James Whitley, the Wolverines' defense set up two field goals with interceptions, came up with a key safety and turned back a final drive to lead No. 6 Michigan on the road.
The Orangemen (2-1) looked ready to steal a victory away from the Wolverines (3-0) as they drove the length of the field in the final three minutes. Syracuse made it to the Michigan 9, but Madei Williams's fourth-and-four pass was beyond the reach of a diving Pat Woodcock.
PURDUE 58, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 16: Vinny Sutherland set a school punt-return record as the 14th-ranked Boilermakers improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1969 with the home win.
Sutherland returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown en route to topping a 50-year school record for punt return yardage in a game. Sutherland finished with 142 yards on five returns. The record of 138 was set by Ken Gorgal on seven returns against Pittsburgh in 1948.
Sutherland, who became the first Purdue player since 1982 to return a punt for a touchdown, also had a career-high 134 receiving yards and contributed another 30 yards on three end-around runs.
Drew Brees continued his climb on Purdue's career passing lists, going 25 of 39 for 320 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game with 2:29 remaining in the third quarter with the game well in hand.
UCLA 35, FRESNO STATE 21: Drew Bennett, who had lost his starting quarterback job, came in as a reserve to spark the No. 21 Bruins at the Rose Bowl.
Demoted in favor of Cory Paus, Bennett threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Brad Melsby and a two-point conversion pass to Freddie Mitchell to give UCLA a 28-21 lead with 1:51 left in the third quarter. Paus left the game for good after bruising his ribs when he was sacked in the second quarter.
GEORGIA TECH 41, CENTRAL FLORIDA 10: A week after passing for a career-high 387 yards against No. 1 Florida State, Joe Hamilton showed off running skills against lesser competition.
The Georgia Tech quarterback rushed for a career-best 100 yards and two touchdowns, passed for 161 yards and another score to guide the No. 12 Yellow Jackets to the win in Atlanta.
TEXAS A&M 62, TULSA 13: Randy McCown accounted for three touchdowns, one running and two passing, including a school record 96-yarder to Chris Taylor, as the No. 7 Aggies stretched their home winning streak to 14 games.
ARKANSAS 44, LOUISIANA-MONROE 6: The 15th-ranked Razorbacks converted three kicking game mistakes into 17 points in the third quarter to pull away in Little Rock.
Michael Mitchell's 33-yard run early in the fourth quarter ended Arkansas' bid for its first back-to-back shutouts since 1974. The Razorbacks improved to 2-0, the Indians fell to 1-2.
Arkansas quarterback Clint Stoerner injured his right shoulder in the fourth quarter and left the game.
KANSAS STATE 40, UTEP 7: Frank Murphy rushed for 162 yards and Quincy Morgan caught two touchdown passes, sparking a sputtering offense and leading the No. 16 Wildcats in Manhattan, Kan.
OHIO STATE 40, OHIO 16: Michael Wiley scored two touchdowns and Steve Bellisari connected with Ken-Yon Rambo for two scoring passes as the No. 13 Buckeyes overcame a sluggish first half to roll in the home win.
USC 24, SAN DIEGO STATE 21: Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes for the No. 17 Trojans in Los Angeles. Southern California (2-0) led 17-0 late in the first half, but the Aztecs (1-2) rallied late to make it close.