No. 21 Wisconsin 48, Tennessee Tech 0
The Badgers tossed a shutout on defense and had three backs go over 100 yards for a second straight game — including 140 yards and a 37-yard score for Melvin Gordon — in a home rout of FCS school Tennessee Tech.
A week after opening Andersen’s tenure in Madison with a 45-0 drubbing of Massachusetts, the Badgers bounced back with an equally impressive victory over thoroughly overmatched Tennessee Tech.
Wisconsin has back-to-back shutouts to open a season for the first time since holding Miami and Marquette scoreless in the first two games in 1958.
James White added 109 yards rushing on 22 carries, while freshman Corey Clement had 149 on 13 carries in the second half.
No. 22 Nebraska 56, Southern Miss. 13
Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans returned first-quarter interceptions for touchdowns and Nebraska made quick work of Southern Mississippi in a home victory.
Taylor Martinez threw for three touchdowns and Ameer Abdullah ran for two more for the Cornhuskers (2-0), who now turn their attention to next week’s home game against No. 18 UCLA.
Michigan State 21, South Florida 6
Shilique Calhoun scored on a fumble return and an interception return, enabling Michigan State to overcome another poor offensive performance in a home victory over South Florida.
The Spartans (2-0) rotated Connor Cook, Tyler O’Connor and Andrew Maxwell at quarterback, but their offense contributed only one touchdown. The defense has scored four of Michigan State’s six touchdowns this season.
Penn State 45, Eastern Michigan 7
Christian Hackenberg threw for 311 yards and a touchdown, and Zach Zwinak and Bill Belton each ran for two scores, leading Penn State past Eastern Michigan at home.
Hackenberg went 23-of-33 and overcame a shaky first couple of series to lead Penn State (2-0) to a win in its home opener. He set a Penn State single-game mark for yards passing by a freshman.
No. 19 Northwestern 48, Syracuse 27
Trevor Siemian threw for 259 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, Kain Colter passed for a touchdown and ran for one, and Northwestern pounded Syracuse at home.
Tony Jones added a personal-best 185 yards receiving and a 47-yard touchdowns, and the Wildcats (2-0) racked up 581 yards in all. They also intercepted Syracuse’s Drew Allen four times.
Illinois 45, Cincinnati 17
Nathan Scheelhaase passed for 312 yards and four touchdowns to lead Illinois to a surprise home win over Cincinnati.
For the Bearcats (1-1), the loss was made worse by quarterback Munchie Legaux’s injury. He left in the fourth quarter on a cart with an apparent serious leg injury.
Purdue 20, Indiana State 14
Ricardo Allen’s interception with 19 seconds remaining preserved Purdue’s home win over Indiana State.
Indiana State (0-2) reached the Purdue 36-yard line in the final minute before Allen stepped in front of Mike Perish’s pass and gave former Kent State coach Darrell Hazell his first win as Purdue’s coach.
Akeem Hunt returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and ran for 82 yards on 22 carries for the Boilermakers (1-1).
Iowa 28, Missouri State 14
Jake Rudock and Mark Weisman each ran for two touchdowns and Iowa beat Missouri State at home, snapping a seven-game losing streak dating back to 2012.
Weisman had 180 yards rushing for the Hawkeyes (1-1), who prevailed despite a somewhat shaky performance against an FCS opponent.
Navy 41, Indiana 35
Keenan Reynolds rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns, leading Navy to a season-opening victory on the road.
The Midshipmen (1-0) played almost flawlessly, finishing with 444 yards rushing, no turnovers, five penalties and only three carries for negative yards.