It's been 40 years since California and Ohio State met on a field. They had enough excitement in one game to make up for that long wait.
Braxton Miller lofted a 72-yard touchdown pass to an all-alone Devin Smith with 3:26 left and Christian Bryant snuffed out the Golden Bears' last chance with an interception to power the 12th-ranked Buckeyes to a 35-28 win on Saturday.
The Golden Bears (1-2) missed three field goals and had a touchdown called back by a penalty, while the Buckeyes (3-0) gave up 512 yards and were manhandled for much of the second half.
Taking over at Ohio State's 25 with the score knotted, it took just three plays until on third-and-7 a defensive back thought Miller would run and he instead threw deep to Smith.
Bryant then picked off Zach Maynard's pass and returned it 38 yards to end the Bears' last threat with about a minute left.
Ohio State built a 20-7 lead at half but managed 25 yards and no first downs on 14 plays in the third quarter.
Cal's brightest star was undoubtedly backup tailback Brendan Bigelow, who raced 81 yards on his first carry of the game — the longest run ever by an opposing back in 90-year-old Ohio Stadium. Maynard then kept on a 1-yard sneak to give Cal a 21-20 lead early in the fourth quarter.
NO. 17 MICHIGAN 63,
Denard Robinson put up 397 yards of total offense and accounted for four touchdowns in Michigan's rout of Massachusetts.
Robinson, who came out of the game with Michigan (2-1) leading 56-13 late in the third quarter, rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown and completed 16 of 24 passes for 291 yards and three scores. Tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint, who missed Michigan's opener due to suspension and then carried for just seven yards against Air Force, had 85 yards and a touchdown against the Minutemen (0-3).
Former Wolverine Michael Cox, now a grad student at UMass, led the Minutemen with 76 yards rushing, but Michigan finished the game with a 585-259 edge in yardage.
ARKANSAS STATE 13
Nebraska (2-1) defeated Arkansas State (1-2) after Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini was taken to the hospital by ambulance at halftime for what he called "precautionary tests."
Taylor Martinez threw two touchdown passes to Kenny Bell for Nebraska and Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 167 yards and two scores, filling in for the injured Rex Burkhead.
Pelini said in a statement from the hospital after the game that he was doing fine.
Defensive coordinator John Papuchis served as acting head coach in the second half.
BOSTON COLLEGE 13
Mike Trumpy ran for 106 yards with a late touchdown as Northwestern (3-0) beat Boston College (1-2).
Jeff Budzien tied a school record with five field goals and the Wildcats made it three wins over three BCS teams to start the season even though they didn't reach the end zone until the closing minutes.
They downed a punt at the 1 to pin Boston College against the goal line and took over on the Eagles' 44 with 2:35 left in the game after they went three-and-out.
PURDUE 54, E. MICHIGAN 16
Caleb TerBush passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to help Purdue (2-1) defeat Eastern Michigan (0-3).
Akeem Hunt ran for 106 yards and a touchdown on just four attempts and scored a 50-yard touchdown on his only catch. Brandon Cottom ran for 95 yards and Antavian Edison caught five passes for 78 yards for the Boilermakers, who were coming off a last-minute 20-17 loss to Notre Dame.
WESTERN MICHIGAN 23
Max Shortell replaced an injured MarQueis Gray and passed for 188 yards and three touchdowns, helping Minnesota (3-0) overcome a sluggish start to beat Western Michigan (1-2).
Gray hurt his left leg late in the second quarter with the Gophers trailing, but Shortell steered a six-play, 78-yard march for the go-ahead score that A.J. Barker capped with his second of three touchdown receptions.
CHARLESTON SO. 0
Reilly O'Toole threw for 333 yards and five touchdowns and receiver Ryan Lankford had 97 yards and two scores to lead Illinois (2-1) past Charleston Southern (3-0).
The Illini were missing a handful of starters who were injured, including quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. O'Toole got the start and connected with Lankford twice in the first quarter for short touchdowns that gave the Illini a 13-0 lead.
IOWA 27, N. IOWA 16
Walk-on fullback Mark Weisman rushed for 113 yards and three short touchdowns as Iowa (2-1) held off Northern Iowa (1-2).
James Vandenberg added 228 yards passing for the Hawkeyes, who beat the Panthers, a Football Championship Subdivision program, for the 15th straight time despite losing backs Damon Bullock and Greg Garmon to injuries.