James McCourt kicked a 39-yard field as time expired and Illinois pulled off the biggest upset of the college football season, knocking off No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23 on Saturday.
Tony Adams picked off a pass by Jack Coan for the 30 1/2-point underdog Illini (1-3 Big Ten, 3-5) at midfield with 2:33 remaining. Dre Brown’s tackle-breaking 13-yard run got Illinois to the Wisconsin 25, setting up McCourt to attempt the winner. The junior’s kick was down the middle to give coach Lovie Smith the most significant victory of his four-year tenure in Champaign.
Wisconsin had not trailed this season and was looking to roll into a showdown with No. 3 Ohio State next week in Columbus. Instead, the Badgers (4-1, 6-1) blew a nine-point lead in the final 9:46 of the fourth quarter.
No. 2 LSU 36, Mississippi 13: Joe Burrow threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns to break the LSU season record with 29.
LSU (3-0 SEC, 7-0) had 415 yards of total offense and averaged 6.9 yards per play.
Mississippi State (1-3, 3-4) sacked Burrows three times and regularly confounded the Tigers on third down, but LSU managed to score points on every drive of the first half and led 22-7 at the break. A pair of third-quarter touchdowns sealed the win.
No. 3 Clemson 45, Luosiville 10: Trevor Lawrence overcame two early interceptions to throw three touchdown passes, Travis Etienne ran for 192 yards and a score and Clemson routed Louisville for its 22nd consecutive victory.
Darien Rencher and Chez Mellusi added rushing TDs for the Tigers (5-0 ACC, 7-0), who missed first-quarter chances to build a big lead when Lawrence’s passes were picked off twice near the goal line. The sophomore settled down to hit Joseph Ngata and Justyn Ross with second-quarter touchdown passes for a 17-3 halftime lead.
Lawrence’s 10-yard TD to Cornell Powell made it 31-3, and he finished 20 of 29 for 233 yards.
No. 9 Florida 38, South Carolina 27: Kyle Trask threw a career-high four touchdown passes, three in the fourth quarter, to help Florida bounce back from its loss at LSU.
The Gators (4-1 SEC, 7-1) slogged through a soggy field from Tropical Storm Nestor for much of the game. The rallied past a South Carolina (2-3, 3-4) team looking to take down a Top 10 opponent for the second straight week after its 20-17 double-overtime win at Georgia. Instead, it was Florida, off its 42-28 defeat at LSU, that kept making plays on the way to its best start since 2015.
In the final period, down 20-17, Trask faced fourth-and-3 on South Carolina’s 34 before scrambling from pressure to pick up the first down with a 9-yard pass to Kyle Pitts. Trask followed with the go-ahead 25-yard touchdown throw to Lamical Perine.
No. 11 Auburn 51, Arkansas 10: Bo Nix passed for three touchdowns and ran for another for Auburn.
Nix turned a close game into a blowout by throwing two TD passes in a 22-seconds in the third quarter. Before the quick scores, Arkansas had pulled within 17-3 on Connor Limpert’s 28-yard field goal.
No. 12 Oregon 35, No. 25 Washington 31: Justin Herbert hit Jaylon Redd for a 5-yard touchdown with 5:10 left, the last of his four scoring passes, and Oregon overcame a 14-point deficit to beat Washington.
Herbert was 24 of 38 for 280 yards. He threw TDs of 12 yards to Spencer Webb and 16 yards to Redd in the first half.
The victory gave Oregon (4-0 Pac-12, 6-1) complete control in the North Division. Four of the five other teams already have three conference losses, with Oregon State at 2-2 the closest to the Ducks.
Jacob Eason was 23 of 30 for 289 yards and three touchdowns for Washington (2-3, 5-3).
No. 18 Baylor 45, Oklahoma State 27:
Charlie Brewer completed 13 of 17 passes for 312 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score and Baylor extended its school-record winning streak to nine games.
JaMycal Hasty rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries and had 66 yards on three receptions for Baylor (4-0 Big 12, 7-0).
No. 19 SMU 45, Temple 21: Shane Buechele set career highs with six touchdown passes and 457 passing yards to help SMU improve to 7-0.
Reggie Roberson Jr. had a career-high 250 receiving yards on seven catches, including touchdowns of 75, 60 and 33 yards.
The Mustangs have opened the season with seven straight wins for the first time since 1982, when they were 10-0-0 en route to an 11-0-1 finish.
No. 20 Minnesota 42, Rutgers 7: Rodney Smith ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns and Minnesota improved to 7-0 for the first time since winning the national title in 1960.
No. 21 Cincinnati 24, Tulsa 13: Gerrid Doaks ran for a pair of touchdowns and turned a short pass into a 28-yard score, helping Cincinnati hold on after losing its top running back.
Doaks moved into a bigger role when Michael Warren II left the game twice with leg injuries. He became the focal point of an offense that had just enough to get Cincinnati (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic) a win on a day when the Bearcats remembered one of their best teams.
Vanderbilt 21, No. 22 Missouri 14: Riley Neal came off the bench and threw a 21-yard touchdown to Cam Johnson with 8:57 left, and Vanderbilt upset Missouri with a stifling defensive performance.
No. 23 Iowa 26, Purdue 20: Mekhi Sargent scored on a 14-yard run with 2:16 left and Iowa held off Purdue to snap a two-game losing streak.
Tyler Goodson scored his first career touchdown from a yard out and Keith Duncan kicked four field goals for the Hawkeyes.
No. 24 Appalachian State 52, Louisiana-Monroe 7: Zac Thomas threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score and Appalachian State beat Louisiana-Monroe for its first victory as a Top 25 team.