Freshman Tyrell Sutton scored from a yard out on fourth down with 1 minute 50 seconds left to give Northwestern a 34-29 victory over host Purdue yesterday.
Purdue drove near midfield after Sutton scored. But Marquice Cole intercepted a pass by Brandon Kirsch with a minute left to secure the victory. Northwestern (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) led 28-9 at the half, only to see Purdue storm back and pull ahead 29-28 before the Wildcats pulled together for the game-winning drive.
Brett Basanez threw for 463 yards and three touchdowns and ran seven times for 43 yards and a score as Northwestern piled up 603 yards. Purdue (2-4, 0-2), which totaled 505 yards, has lost four in a row after being ranked No. 11.
* IOWA 38, INDIANA 21: Drew Tate threw two touchdown passes and Albert Young scored on a 26-yard run in the fourth quarter for the Hawkeyes. Iowa (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) survived a big game by the Hoosiers' potent passing combination of Blake Powers to James Hardy.
Hardy, a 6-foot-7, 215-pounder who also plays basketball at Indiana (4-2, 1-2), caught 12 passes for 203 yards.
* RUTGERS 31, SYRACUSE 9: In Syracuse, N.Y., the Scarlet Knights' Corey Barnes returned a blocked punt and a fumble for touchdowns and Mike Teel, a redshirt freshman quarterback, threw for two scores.
Syracuse (1-5, 0-3 Big East) lost five of nine fumbles; meantime, Rutgers (4-2, 2-1) threw three interceptions.
Still, the Scarlet Knights came away with their first win at the Carrier Dome since 1986 after nine straight losses.
"I'm so proud of our team because we kept fighting the entire game," said Rutgers Coach Greg Schiano, whose gamble on a quarterback change paid off.
Senior Ryan Hart had started a school-record 32 straight games and is the school's career leader in passing yardage. He did not play yesterday.
* NEBRASKA 23, BAYLOR 14: Zac Taylor threw two touchdown passes and led visiting Nebraska to scores on four of its first five drives. On a night the Bears (4-2, 1-2 Big 12) hoped would be their coming-out party, the Cornhuskers (5-1, 2-1) made a statement of their own by matching last season's win total and moving within a victory of being eligible for the postseason.
The game drew a crowd of 40,857, the largest at Floyd Casey Stadium since September 1996 for a game against anyone but Texas or Texas A&M. About one-fourth of the fans, however, were backing Nebraska.
* OKLAHOMA 19, KANSAS 3: Rhett Bomar's fourth-quarter pass capped the Sooners' only touchdown drive on a sloppy, mistake-filled night in Kansas City, Mo. Bomar, the redshirt freshman who came in as the Big 12's 12th-ranked passer, connected with Malcom Kelly on a 25-yard scoring pass with 10:17 left for Oklahoma (3-3, 1-1).
Much of the game, the 99th meeting of these two old rivals have played, was a festival of mistakes.
* MISSOURI 27, IOWA STATE 24: Freshman quarterback Chase Daniel led the host Tigers to two fourth-quarter scores and Adam Crossett's 26-yard field goal in overtime was the difference.
The Cyclones had the ball first in overtime, and Bret Culbertson was wide right on a 43-yard field goal attempt. The Tigers (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) also beat Iowa State (3-3, 0-3) in overtime a year ago.
* PITTSBURGH 31, SOUTH FLORIDA 17: Tyler Palko finally looked comfortable in an offense redesigned by new coach Dave Wannstedt to emphasize the run as he threw three touchdown passes and ran for another for the Panthers (3-4, 2-1 Big East) at home.
"I can't do both," Palko said, referring to being the excitable leader he was a year ago and running the offense.
Pitt fell behind 10-0 early.
* GEORGIA TECH 35, DUKE 10: Reserve running back Tashard Choice rushed for a career-high 107 yards and two touchdowns after the Yellow Jackets' P.J. Daniels left with an injury in Durham, N.C.
Daniels aggravated a shoulder ailment in the first half, but the Yellow Jackets (4-2, 2-2 ACC) hardly missed him. Choice, a transfer from Oklahoma who served as Adrian Peterson's backup last season, got a waiver from the NCAA because of a family hardship to gain eligibility right away.
* AIR FORCE 42, UNLV 7: Falcons quarterback Shaun Carney ran for four touchdowns and totaled 157 yards in Colorado Springs.
* NEW MEXICO 27, WYOMING 24: The Lobos' DonTrell Moore scored three touchdowns and rushed for a season-high 181 yards on the road.
* CINCINNATI 28, CONNECTICUT 17: Bradley Glatthaar ran for 123 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, for the Bearcats (3-3, 1-1 Big East) in their first Big East home game.
* MARSHALL 20, ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM 19: Ivan Clark blocked two punts that set up touchdowns for the host Thundering Herd (3-3, 2-1 Conference USA).
* TEXAS A&M 62, OKLAHOMA STATE 23: Reggie McNeal threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score and the host Aggies (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) calmed concerns after being blown out last week.