MINNEAPOLIS — With Minnesota coach Jerry Kill at a hospital after a seizure at halftime, David Cobb and Rodrick Williams each rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Gophers past Western Illinois 29-12 on Saturday afternoon.
Kill has epilepsy, and this is the fourth time in three seasons with the Gophers he’s had an episode on game day. The scene of Kill writhing back and forth on the sideline is always jarring nonetheless, and the sluggish Gophers (3-0) found themselves trailing 12-7 until late in the third quarter.
But they got their running game on track in time to pull away. Cobb carried 13 times for 82 yards and Williams had 10 rushes for 46 yards. Mitch Leidner replaced the injured Philip Nelson at quarterback and ran 17 times for 64 yards.
Trenton Norvell threw two touchdown passes without a turnover for the Leathernecks (2-1), the latest FCS foe in position for an upset at Minnesota. But Norvell finished 11 for 23 for 162 yards, and Western Illinois was outgained on the ground 213 yards rushing to 68. The Gophers forced eight punts.
No. 4 Ohio St. 52, California 34
BERKELEY, Calif. — Kenny Guiton threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first six minutes of his first career start and Ohio State rolled to its 15th straight victory with an easy victory over California.
Guiton, a fifth-year senior, got the start in place of injured Braxton Miller, and there was no drop-off in performance for the Buckeyes (3-0).
Guiton connected with Devin Smith on a 90-yard pass on Ohio State’s second offensive play for the longest play from scrimmage in school history. He added a 47-yard touchdown to Smith and a 1-yarder to Chris Fields on fourth-and-goal as Ohio State jumped out to a 21-0 lead over the Golden Bears (1-2) less than halfway through the first quarter.
Guiton completed 21 of 32 passes for 276 yards and added 92 yards rushing to lead the Buckeyes.
No. 11 Michigan 28, Akron 24
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Fitzgerald Toussaint scored a go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown with 2:49 left and Michigan made a desperately needed stop on the final play to hold on.
College football’s winningest program avoided getting upset at home — as it did against Appalachian State and Toledo — by a Mid-American Conference team that hasn’t won a road game in nearly five years and was expected to lose by more than five touchdowns.
The Wolverines (3-0) trailed twice in the second half — including with 4:10 left when Kyle Pohl threw a 1-yard TD — and allowed the Zips (1-2) to get to the Michigan 4 on the final drive of the game.
No. 19 Washington 34, Illinois 24
CHICAGO — Keith Price threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, Bishop Sankey ran for a career-high 208 yards as Washington beat Illinois at Soldier Field.
Josh Shirley added four sacks and the Huskies came out on top after dropping seven of nine away from home. They hadn’t won on the road outside the Pac-12 since beating Syracuse in 2007.
Washington (2-0) had a tougher time in this one after keeping high-powered Boise State without a touchdown in a 38-6 win two weeks ago. The Huskies built a 21-point lead in the third quarter and hung on, sending Illinois (2-1) to its sixth straight loss against ranked opponents.
Indiana 42, Bowling Green 10
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Nate Sudfeld threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns and Cody Latimer had a career-high 137 yards receiving as Indiana pulled away in the second half for the victory.
Sudfeld’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Latimer with 10:11 left in the third quarter stretched the lead to 18 and allowed the Hoosiers (2-1) to coast the rest of the way. After giving up seven scores in nine possessions last week in a 41-35 loss to Navy, Indiana finished Saturday’s game having allowed just three points in 11 defensive series.
The Hoosiers compiled 601 yards of total offense and ended the day on a 35-0 run. Bowling Green (2-1) headed into Memorial Stadium seeking its first 3-0 start since 2003, but a normally reliable defense saw more than it could handle.
Michigan St. 55, Youngstown St. 17
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Connor Cook threw four touchdown passes in the first half, and the Michigan State offense finally looked smooth in a victory over Youngstown State.
Cook went 15 of 22 for 202 yards before being replaced by Tyler O’Connor early in the third quarter.
Michigan State (3-0) needed one of its quarterbacks to show progress after the defense accounted for four of the team’s six touchdowns in the first two games. Cook looked sharp, albeit against an opponent from the Football Championship Subdivision, and now the Spartans can prepare to play Notre Dame next weekend.
Iowa 27, Iowa State 21
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Jake Rudock threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another score, Mark Weisman added 145 yards rushing and Iowa hung on to beat rival Iowa State.
Kevonte Martin Manley had seven catches and a TD for the Hawkeyes (2-1). Iowa ran the ball 60 times for 218 yards and snapped a two-game losing streak against the Cyclones.