Pennsylvania State University got its first victory under Bill O’Brien with a 34-7 home win yesterday over Navy, and Stanford University beat the University of Southern California for the fourth straight season.
Alabama, the top-ranked team in the Associated Press college football poll, cruised past Arkansas 52-0, while 20th-ranked Notre Dame beat No. 10 Michigan State 20-3.
Matt McGloin threw four touchdown passes, completing 13 of 21 attempts for 231 yards without an interception as Penn State (1-2) topped the Midshipmen (0-2) in Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.
The Nittany Lions’ last victory was over Ohio State on Nov. 19 last season, shortly after former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with child abuse in a case that exposed an alleged cover-up scandal, leading to the firing of 46-year head coach Joe Paterno. O’Brien became the team’s new coach in January and the school was fined $60 million and stripped of 112 wins in July.
Allen Robinson caught three touchdown passes from McGloin - - from 45 yards, 2 yards and 25 yards -- finishing with five receptions for 136 yards for the game.
Navy’s Gee Gee Greene was the leading rusher with 70 yards on eight carries, scoring his team’s only points on a 12-yard fourth-quarter run.
Second-ranked USC fell to the No. 21 Cardinal for the fourth straight time, getting outscored 14-0 in the second half to fall 21-14 at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California.
Cardinal running back Stepfan Taylor rushed for 156 yards, including a 59-yard first-quarter score, and caught a 23-yard touchdown toss from Josh Nunes. Nunes was 14-of-31 passing for 215 yards with two scoring passes and two interceptions as Stanford raised its record to 3-0.
Silas Redd, who transfered from Penn State before the season, rushed for both of the Trojans’ touchdowns, though he was kept to 17 yards on 13 carries. Senior quarterback Matt Barkley completed 20 of his 41 pass attempts for 253 yards. He was intercepted twice as USC fell to 2-1.
Alabama forced five Arkansas turnovers to win the matchup in both teams’ first Southeastern Conference game this season.
Eddy Lacy had three touchdown runs for the Crimson Tide (3-0), who recorded their second straight shutout. Playing without injured quarterback Tyler Wilson, the Razorbacks fell to 1-2.
John Goodman caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Everett Golson, who also rushed for a six-yard score as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-0) beat Michigan State (2-1) in East Lansing, Michigan.
No. 3 LSU beat Idaho 63-14; fourth-ranked Oregon beat Tennessee Tech 63-14; No. 5 Florida State shut out Wake Forest 52-0; eighth-ranked South Carolina topped Alabama at Birmingham 49-6; No. 9 West Virginia beat James Madison 42-12; 11th-ranked Clemson topped Furman 41-7; No. 12 Ohio State beat California 35-28; and No. 13 Virginia Tech was upset by Pittsburgh 35-17.