Mike Hart's return and Garrett Rivas's redemption gave Michigan a win it desperately needed against host Michigan State.
Hart ran for 218 yards and a touchdown in his first game back from an injury, and Rivas made up for missing a field goal in the final minute of regulation by kicking a 35-yarder in overtime to give the Wolverines a 34-31 win over the No. 11 Spartans yesterday.
"All I wanted was another chance," Rivas said. "Luckily, overtime went our way and we were able to get another shot."
John Goss narrowly missed a 37-yard field goal in overtime and didn't connect on a 23-yard attempt early in the fourth quarter that would have given the Spartans their only lead.
"I have no excuses for how I did," Goss said with watery eyes. "I feel bad for letting my teammates down."
Hart's return from a hamstring injury after missing two-plus games allowed the Wolverines (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) to avoid their worst start since 1967.
"I'll never forget this day," Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr said.
Coach John L. Smith hopes the Spartans don't, either.
"It hurts real bad, and it should hurt," Smith said. "I hope the players feel it and I hope they don't forget the feeling."
Drew Stanton was 20 of 30 for 282 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception for the Spartans (4-1, 1-1), who lost their fourth straight game in the rivalry.
"They just outplayed us," Stanton said. "They made fewer mistakes."
* NOTRE DAME 49, PURDUE 28: Brady Quinn passed for 440 yards and three touchdowns, two to Jeff Samardzija, as the No. 13 Irish won on the road.
Quinn was 20 for 23 for 283 yards in the first half to lead Notre Dame (4-1) to a 28-0 halftime lead.
The loss was the biggest by the 22nd-ranked Boilermakers (2-2) since losing, 31-3, at Michigan in 2003.
* FLORIDA STATE 38, SYRACUSE 14: In Tallahassee, Drew Weatherford passed for 234 yards and three touchdowns, including a 71-yard swing pass to Lorenzo Booker, to lead the sixth-ranked Seminoles.
Florida State (4-0), which had nine sacks in its opener against Miami, got Syracuse quarterback Perry Patterson seven times.
With the temperature approaching 90 degrees, Syracuse (1-3) was virtually helpless on offense through most of the game, managing only 57 yards and two first downs by halftime.
* MIAMI 27, SOUTH FLORIDA 7: Tyrone Moss matched a career high with three touchdowns to lift the No. 9 Hurricanes in Miami.
Moss ran for 89 yards and had scoring runs of one and 19 yards in the first quarter, when Miami (3-1) took advantage of three South Florida turnovers to build an 17-0 lead.
The teams combined for nine turnovers, with South Florida (3-2) having all five of its giveaways before halftime.
* TEXAS 51, MISSOURI 20: Vince Young ran for 108 yards and a touchdown and threw for two other scores, and the No. 2 Longhorns converted three turnovers by Tigers quarterback Brad Smith into touchdowns to win on the road.
Texas (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) has won 11 straight road games and 11 consecutive games overall. Jamaal Charles had one rushing and one receiving touchdown for Texas, which is 4-0 for the fourth time in five seasons and beat Missouri (2-2, 0-1) for the 14th time in 15 games.
* LSU 37, MISSISSIPPI STATE 7: JaMarcus Russell threw two touchdown passes to Dwayne Bowe, and the No. 4 Tigers bounced back from a bitter defeat by cruising to the win in Starkville, Miss.
LSU (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) scored on three consecutive first-half possessions and rolled to its 13th victory over Mississippi State (2-3, 0-3) in 14 meetings.
* TENNESSEE 27, MISSISSIPPI 10: Gerald Riggs ran for a touchdown, and Jonathan Wade returned an interception for another score in the first quarter to lead the host Volunteers.
The Rebels (1-3, 0-2 SEC) lost their 12th straight to Tennessee in new coach Ed Orgeron's first visit to Neyland Stadium.
The No. 10 Vols improved to 3-1, 2-1.
* WISCONSIN 41, INDIANA 24: Wide receiver Brandon Williams, who hadn't caught a touchdown pass in nearly two years, had two of them and also scored on a 63-yard punt return as the 17th-ranked Badgers won at home.
Wisconsin (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) won for the 10th straight time at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers also denied the Hoosiers (3-1, 0-1) their first 4-0 start in 15 years.
* TEXAS TECH 30, KANSAS 17: Cody Hodges threw for 333 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to lead the No. 16 Red Raiders at home.
Texas Tech (4-0, 1-0) led the nation in scoring coming into the game.
The loss dropped Kansas to 3-1 and 0-1.
* BOSTON COLLEGE 38, BALL STATE 0: Backup quarterback Matthew Ryan ran for a pair of first-half scores and threw a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, leading the No. 21 Eagles (4-1) at home.
Ball State (0-4) had 15 players sidelined after being suspended earlier in the week for violating an NCAA extra-benefits rule involving the use of textbooks.
* NEBRASKA 27, IOWA STATE 20: Zac Taylor finished his record day with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Cory Ross in the second overtime to give the Cornhuskers a win at home.
Taylor completed 36 of 55 passes for 431 yards for Nebraska (4-0, 1-0 Big 12). He set school records for completions and yards.
Iowa State fell to 3-1, 0-1.
* LOUISVILLE 61, FLA. ATLANTIC 10: Michael Bush ran for a career-high 204 yards, and the No. 24 Cardinals -- at home -- spoiled Howard Schnellenberger's return to the school.
Elvis Dumervil had three sacks to push his Big East-leading total to 12 and Louisville (3-1) held the Owls (0-5) to 15 yards rushing to bounce back from last week's 45-14 loss at South Florida.
* CALIFORNIA 28, ARIZONA 0: Marshawn Lynch ran for 107 yards and a touchdown in his first game back from an injury as the No. 12 Golden Bears, at home, shut out the Wildcats for the second straight year.
Joe Ayoob threw for two scores and ran for one for Cal (5-0, 2-0 Pac-10), which is off to its best start since 1996. Arizona fell to 1-3.