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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, September 08, 2019 1:00 am

Big Ten

Colorado shocks Huskers with upset overtime win

Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. – James Stefanou's 34-yard field goal in overtime gave Colorado its first lead and the Buffaloes beat No. 25 Nebraska 34-31 on Saturday when punter Isaac Armstrong's 49-yard try sailed wide right.

The students stormed the field in celebration of the Buffaloes' second straight win over their old Big 12 rival.

The Buffaloes rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit and improved to 2-0 under coach Mel Tucker while keeping Cornhuskers' second-year coach Scott Frost from winning his first road game.

Rank this one right up there with that one.

It included the longest touchdown in Colorado's history, a 96-yard flea-flicker from Steven Montez to K.D. Nixon in a frenetic fourth quarter that featured 38 points and began with Nebraska up 17-7.

No. 5 OHIO STATE 42, CINCINNATI 0: In Columbus, Ohio, Justin Fields passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more scores, and No. 5 Ohio State cruised to the rout.

J.K. Dobbins rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns – all in the first half – as the Buckeyes (2-0) dismantled Cincinnati in Luke Fickell's return to Ohio Stadium. The third-year Bearcats coach played at Ohio State then spent years on the other sideline as an assistant, and interim coach in 2011.

No. 20 IOWA 30, RUTGERS 0: In Iowa City, Iowa, Nate Stanley threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns and the Hawkeyes rolled in their Big Ten opener.

New Jersey native Ihmir Smith-Marsette caught two TD passes for the Hawkeyes (2-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who've allowed just 14 points in two games ahead of next week's rivalry showdown at No. 25 Iowa State.

MARYLAND 63, No. 21 SYRACUSE 20: In College Park, Maryland, Josh Jackson threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns to anchor another prolific offensive performance by the Terrapins, which scored 42 first-half points in a surprisingly lopsided win.

Anthony McFarland Jr. ran for two scores and caught a 6-yard TD pass from Jackson during a sparkling first half in which the Terrapins amassed 397 yards and built a 29-point lead against a Syracuse team coming off a season-opening shutout of Liberty.

ILLINOIS 31, UCONN 23: In East Hartford, Connecticut, Brandon Peters set career highs, throwing for 225 yards and four touchdowns as the Illini overcame an early 13-point deficit.

It was the first nonconference road win for the Illini (2-0) in a dozen years.

Jakari Norwood had 62 yards to lead a rushing attack that accounted for 130 yards.

No. 17 WISCONSIN 61, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 0: In Madison, Wisconsin, Jonathan Taylor rushed for three touchdowns and caught another, Quintez Cephus scored his first two touchdowns of the season and the Badgers cruised in their home opener.

While Wisconsin (2-0) had 599 yards of total offense, Central Michigan (1-1) managed just 58 yards and three first downs.

Chippewas quarterback Quinten Dormady completed 5 of 12 passes for 36 yards and was picked off by Badgers linebacker Jack Sanborn.