Top Performers: Wisconsin's Gordon, FSU's Ramsey, Northwestern's Mitchell
Nebraska’s defense had no answer for Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon who rushed into the college football record books with his 408-yard effort in the 54-24 rout Saturday. His single game performance set an FBS record, eclipsing TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson's 406 rushing yards against UTEP in 1999. Stacking the box with eight, sometimes nine Cornhuskers, proved futile as Gordon, a 213-pounder, rumbled through arm tackles for four rushing touchdowns. His day was done before the fourth quarter.
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After a come-from-behind win two weeks prior at Louisville, Florida State escaped another nail biter Saturday, this time edging Miami 30-26. Jalen Ramsey came up big for the Seminoles picking off a Brad Kaaya pass with 39 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Ramsey, a hybrid safety/corner was asked to do a ton against Miami, which surged to a 23-7 lead in the first half. Besides his timely interception, he blitzed, dropped into coverage and forced a fumble. The win was enough to propel the Noles back to No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
After watching Notre Dame’s Kyle Brindza fail to connect on a 42-yarder, Northwestern’s Jack Mitchell sealed the 43-40 victory with a 41-yard blast in overtime. Mitchell also recorded a 45 yard field goal in the fourth quarter to force the game into overtime. For the day, he had three field goals from 40 yards or more. Notre Dame has now lost three of its past four games.