GAME OF THE DAY: South Florida 45, Louisville 14
South Florida 45,
THE GAME: The experts had Louisville tabbed as this year's Auburn thanks to a potent offense and 'soft' Big East schedule that would lead to a perfect regular season. Well, that's not going to happen. South Florida took apart the Cardinals' defense and shut down their offense for 60 minutes en route to a 45-14 victory. Andre Hall and Amarri Jackson each scored two touchdowns while Jackson threw for another. The backbreaker came when Chad Simpson returned the second-half kickoff 94 yards to make it 31-7 and effectively turn out the lights on any thoughts of a Cardinal comeback.
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Drew Stanton, MSU QB
Michigan State 61,
THE PLAYER: The best quarterback and team in the state of Michigan is not Chad Henne and the Wolverines. Those honors belong to Drew Stanton and Michigan State. Coming off a brilliant effort in an overtime victory at South Bend, Stanton led the Spartans to a 61-14 devastation of Illinois with 229 yards and 5 touchdowns on 20-of-26 passing. Stanton & Co. will host Henne & Co. as the Wolverines look to play an unfamiliar spoiler role Saturday in East Lansing. Others Big Ten stars include Minnesota's Laurence Maroney, who had a workhorse-like 46 carries for 217 yards as the Gophers outlasted Purdue; and Wisconsin RB Brian Calhoun, who had 35 carries for 155 yards and 8 receptions for 58 yards as the Badgers bounced the Wolverines.
MOMENT OF THE DAY: Minn. 4th-Down Conversion
Purdue 35 (2 OT)
THE MOMENT: Minnesota was down to its last gasp. The Golden Gophers trailed Purdue by seven points in overtime and were facing a fourth-and-goal from the eight-yard-line. Logan Payne ran a slant route and Bryan Cupito found him to force a second session that resulted in a 42-35 Gopher triumph. Minnesota, now 4-0 for the fourth straight season, had previously come from behind in the last two minutes as Cupito hit tight end Matt Spaeth with a touchdown pass and took the 2-point conversion in himself.