LINCOLN, Neb. — Ameer Abdullah ran for 225 yards and three touchdowns and set a school record with 341 all-purpose yards, leading No. 16 Nebraska to a 42-24 victory against Rutgers on Saturday.
Abdullah surpassed 200 yards rushing for a nation-leading fourth time this season and fifth time in his career. He broke Roy Helu Jr.
The Cornhuskers (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) reached the halfway point of conference play tied with Minnesota for first in the West Division.
Big Ten newcomer Rutgers lost 56-17 at Ohio State a week ago and has been outscored 98-41 in its past two games.
The Scarlet Knights (5-3, 1-3) lost quarterback Gary Nova on the second-to-last play of the first half. Nova held his right knee after Maliek Collins brought him down as Nova got rid of the ball. Chris Laviano played the rest of the game.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Marcus Mariota matched his season high with five touchdown passes and broke the Oregon record for career passing yards in the No. 6 Ducks’ 59-41 victory against California on Friday night in the first college game at Levi’s Stadium.
Mariota completed 18 of 30 passes for 326 yards in the win.
Mariota pushed his career total to 8,625 yards, breaking Bill Musgrave’s record of 8,343 on the Ducks’ opening possession with the first of two touchdown throws to Dwayne Stanford. Mariota has at least one TD pass in all 34 of his career games.
Royce Freeman ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns to overcome an early turnover, and Charles Nelson scored on a 58-yard punt return to help Oregon (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12) win its sixth consecutive game against Cal.
The Golden Bears got to within three in the second quarter before the Ducks reeled off 21 unanswered points to put the game away.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State’s rapidly improving defense pitched the first shutout of Texas in more than a decade in a 23-0 victory Saturday that kept the No. 11 Wildcats unbeaten in Big 12 play.
Matthew McCrane kicked three field goals, and DeMarcus Robinson and Charles Jones each ran for a touchdown to lead the Wildcats (6-1, 4-0 Big 12). Jake Waters threw for 224 yards, and Tyler Lockett had eight catches for 103 yards.
Tyrone Swoopes was just 13 of 25 for 106 yards for the Longhorns (3-5, 2-3), who were shut out for the first time since a 12-0 loss to Oklahoma on Oct. 9, 2004. The blanking came just one week after they put up 524 yards of offense in a 48-45 victory against Iowa State.
GREENVILLE, N.C. — East Carolina needed a strong fourth quarter — and another huge performance from Shane Carden — to pull away from pesky UConn 31-21 Thursday night.
Carden threw for a season-high 445 yards — his seventh career 400-yard performance — on 38 of 64 passing, and Breon Allen ran for two touchdowns.
They helped the No. 18 Pirates (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) sidestep a major upset bid by four-touchdown-underdog UConn (1-6, 0-4) in East Carolina’s first prime-time, weeknight showcase game in its new league.
Warren Harvey kicked the go-ahead 31-yard field goal with 6:15 left, Carden threw touchdown passes of 13 yards to Justin Hardy and 10 yards to Bryce Williams, and Allen scored on runs of 1 and 9 yards.
Chandler Whitmer was 18 of 30 for a season-high 303 yards with two tying touchdown passes in the third quarter after rushing for a short score for the Huskies.
BOULDER, Colo. — Quarterback Brett Hundley had an 8-yard touchdown run in double overtime to give No. 25 UCLA a 40-37 victory against Colorado on Saturday.
UCLA (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) squandered a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter as Colorado tied the game on a 35-yard field goal by Will Oliver with 36 seconds remaining.
The teams traded field goals in the first OT. The Bruins then stopped the Buffaloes (2-6, 0-5) in the second OT and they settled for a 34-yarder from Oliver.
Hundley faked a handoff and went into the end zone untouched for the winning score.
Hundley rushed for 110 yards, and also threw for 200 yards and one TD pass, giving him 67 in his career and moving him one away from tying Cade NcNown for most in program history.