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Bison upset No. 13 Iowa

North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick, right, celebrates with teammate Chase Morlock after the Bison shocked the No. 13 Iowa Hawkeyes with a 23-21 win Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa.
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North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick, right, celebrates with teammate Chase Morlock after the Bison shocked the No. 13 Iowa Hawkeyes with a 23-21 win Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — With the biggest win in school history less than 3 yards away, North Dakota State went for two and failed.

The Bison earned the ball back though — and they finished off the program’s signature victory by running the ball right at Iowa.

Cam Pedersen kicked a 37-yard field as time expired and North Dakota State, of the FCS, rallied to beat No. 13 Iowa 23-21 on Saturday for its sixth straight win over an FBS opponent.

The Bison went for a 2-point conversion down 21-20 with 3:41 left, but couldn’t punch it in. North Dakota State’s defense then held, and quarterback Easton Stick’s 29-yard run put the Bison in position for the biggest win in school history.

“If we didn’t make it I thought we could stop them,” North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman said. “I thought our offense was kind of wearing them down.”

The loss was just the fourth by a ranked FBS team to an FCS school. North Dakota State isn’t just another Football Championship Subdivision team, though. The Bison have won the last five FCS national titles.

No. 4 Michigan rallies for 45-28 victory over Colorado

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — De’Veon Smith gave Michigan the lead with a 42-yard run early in the third quarter and the No. 4 Wolverines pulled away to beat Colorado 45-28 on Saturday.

The Wolverines (3-0) were behind 21-7 in the first quarter and by four points in the opening minute of the second half.

“There was no level of panic,” said Jabrill Peppers, who returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown

The Buffaloes (2-1) got to midfield on the final possession, but they were more than a Hail Mary away by the end of the matchup, which rekindled memories of Kordell Stewart’s 64-yard pass to Michael Westbrook in 1994 in the same stadium.

It didn’t help that Sefo Liufau was hurt after throwing his third TD pass, a 70-yarder to Shay Fields that put Colorado up 28-24 just after halftime.

Top-ranked Alabama rallies, beats No. 19 Ole Miss 48-43

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn’t know how many of these roller coaster rides he can take.

He watched his top-ranked squad fall behind by three touchdowns and then come roaring back.

And when his Tide looked to be in control and leading No. 19 Mississippi by 18 points in the fourth quarter, ‘Bama nearly blew it.

By the end of Alabama’s 48-43 victory over Ole Miss in a Southeastern Conference showdown on Saturday, a weary, bleary-eyed Saban looked exhausted when the clock finally hit all zeroes.

“It was an unbelievable game for fans to watch,” the 64-year-old Saban said with a wry smile. “It was really a difficult game for an old coach to have to suffer through. But we made it. We made it and I’m really proud of our players.”

Alabama freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 158 yards and ran for 146 more, but it was unlikely defensive touchdowns from Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne — along with a special teams score from Eddie Jackson — that proved to be the biggest plays of the game.

Ole Miss (1-2, 0-1 SEC) looked like it might be on its way to a third straight win over the Tide late in the second quarter. Instead, it was the Rebels’ second collapse in three games.

Jackson, No. 10 Louisville run over No. 2 Florida St 63-20

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson shrugged off chants of “Heisman! Heisman!” from Cardinals’ fans and seemed satisfied knowing he had played a role in one of the program’s biggest wins.

A very big role worthy of all the adulation.

Jackson ran for four touchdowns and threw for another as No. 10 Louisville poured it on for a 63-20 victory on Saturday, the most points ever allowed by Florida State.

His performance helped Cardinals establish themselves as a title contender in the Atlantic Coast Conference — and the national crown — by dismantling the second-ranked Seminoles in one of the worst defeats in FSU history.

What was billed as an ACC showdown quickly turned into a rout. And after blowing second-half leads against Florida State the past two years, Louisville kept the pressure on.

Jackson ran for 146 yards and four TDs and passed for 216 yards and a score to lead the Cardinals (3-0, 2-0 ACC).

Northern Arizona beats Div. II New Mexico Highlands 73-3

FLAGSTAFF (AP) — Case Cookus threw seven touchdowns as Northern Arizona picked up its first season win, beating Division II New Mexico Highlands 73-3 on Saturday.

Cookus was 14-of-25 passing for 296 yards for the Lumberjacks (1-2). Emmanuel Butler was his primary target, picking up 99 yards and five scores on five receptions. Elijah Marks had 143 yards and two scores receiving. Freshman Joe Logan — in his first career start — ran for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns, helping the Lumberjacks to amass 686 total yards.

Cookus threw four touchdowns in the first quarter and another two in the second for a 49-3 lead at the break.

New Mexico Highlands’ only score came on a 25-yard field goal by Luke Jones with 7:48 to go in the first half.

Cody Keith threw for 212 yards for the Cowboys.

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