Players of the Weekend

National - Freshman Nick Chubb, again subbing for suspended Heisman Trophy contender Todd Gurley, rushed for 202 yards and two touchowns in Georgia's 45-32 win at Arkansas.

Local - Alex Stewart tied an NCAA record by blocking three punts in Widener's 59-12 win over Wilkes (2-4, 2-3 MAC). The Pride (6-0, 5-0) is ranked 13th in Division III. Nobody in the 134-year history of the program had blocked more than two punts in a season.

Around Town

Villanova 35, Wm. & Mary 31

The Wildcats (6-1, 4-0 CAA), ranked fifth in FCS, went 69 yards in seven plays (following a 2-yard punt) with no timeouts in just under a minute to score on a 13-yard pass from John Robertson to Kevin Gulyas with 52 seconds left in Williamsburg, Va., against the No. 15 Tribe (4-3, 1-2).

It was the only reception for Gulyas.

There were three ties and four lead changes, three in the closing 17 minutes.

Robertson again accounted for what has become his usual four TDs, this time two on the ground and another pair through the air. He passed for 267 yards and rushed for 63. On the winning drive he was 3-for-7, to three different receivers. The first two completions went for 22 and 34 yards. The second, to Clay Horne two plays before the go-ahead hookup, came on a third-and-10.

The Tribe gained 518 yards, 74 more than the visitors.

Linebacker Don Cherry had a career-high 16 tackles (nine solo) and a forced fumble. It was his third straight game in double digits, and fourth in the last five.

The Wildcats are home this week against Morgan State (4-3), then go to No. 19 Richmond (5-2, 2-1).

Penn 31, Columbia 7

The Quakers (1-4, 1-1 Ivy League) broke an eight-game losing streak by beating the Lions (0-5, 0-2), who lost their 16th in a row.

It was Columbia's 18th consecutive loss in the series, an Ivy record, and ties for the fifth-longest streak in FCS history.

Columbia did at least score first at Franklin Field. It was 14-7 at the half, and 28-7 after three quarters. This was the third straight game in which Columbia led.

The Quakers, who have been hurt by injuries at running back, rushed for 276 yards, 256 more than the visitors.

Alek Torgersen threw for 214 and ran for 70. Another sophomore, Brian Schoenauer, had 18 carries for 77. After not playing in 2013, his numbers for this season had been 16 for 22.

Next for the Quakers is a trip to Yale (4-1, 1-1).

Houston 31, Temple 10

In case you missed it because of the late start on Friday night, the Owls (4-2, 2-1 American) had their three-game winning streak stopped.

The Cougars (4-3, 2-1) never trailed, putting things away with two third-quarter TDs.

The Owls, who forced 17 turnovers in their first four games, came up with none for the second straight week. But they had four, against a team that's very good at doing that.

In their wins they allowed a total of 41 points. In both losses (the other was at home to Navy) they gave up 31.

Temple's TD came on a 39-yard pass just before halftime from P.J. Walker (three interceptions and a fumble) to Keith Kirkwood, a sophomore transfer from Hawaii who just had his eligibility cleared by the NCAA.

Now the Owls go to Central Florida (4-2, 2-0), like Houston a team they almost beat up here last year.

Almost Irish

In Tallahasee, it was about as entertaining as you can get. And then it ended in controversy. Notre Dame, which never trailed until midway through the fourth quarter, scored on a 2-yard TD pass with 13 seconds left. But it was wiped out by an offensive pass interference penalty that replays seemed to confirm was actually the correct call. It happens.

This was still ND's best performance in a really big spot in a while. So there is that. Everett Golson, who has had his turnover issues, had to complete a fourth-and-18 pass around midfield just to keep the final drive going. Yet Jameis Winston, despite what much of America might think of him, completed all but one of his 16 second-half passes and FSU found a way to survive at home for the second time in a month.

If the Irish can finish 11-1, and given the sked that's anything but a gimme, a loss like that at the defending national champion might not be enough to keep them out of the playoffs. Unless maybe FSU - which has no current ranked opponents left - also has one loss. Then things could really get controversial.

Did You Notice?

* Jay Accorsi got his 100th victory at Rowan (4-2, 3-0 NJAC), 31-0 at home over Morrisville State (5-2, 3-1).

* Marshall's Rakeem Cato threw for a TD in his 39th straight game, breaking the FBS record set by Russell Wilson at North Carolina State and Wisconsin.

* Kentucky has now lost its last four games at LSU by a combined 159-10.

* For the first time, Ohio State has scored at least 50 in four straight games.

* In a 41-27 loss at West Virginia, Baylor was penalized 18 times for a Big 12-record 215 yards. The mark had been 183, by Texas Tech against Rice in 2007.

* Cody Kessler set a USC record with seven TD passes in a 56-28 win over Colorado.

* Alabama set a school record for points in a quarter against Texas A&M, with 35 in the second. The Aggies were shut out for the first time since 2003, and the 59-0 loss was their second-most lopsided.

* UCLA won at Cal for the first time since 1998.

* Stanford failed to score in the first half for the first time since 2007 in a 26-10 loss at Arizona State.

* Michigan State tied a school record with its eighth straight conference road win.

Baylor: Just had someone email me asking why people weren't saying more about Baylor. Well, now we are. For the wrong reason. Sorry.
Texas A&M: Remember when we thought the win at South Carolina was such a big deal? Now both have three losses. So maybe Kenny Hill isn't the next Johnny Football just yet.
Oklahoma: No sin losing to Kansas State, even at home, especially on a missed short kick. Still, the story line's getting too redundant.
Kentucky: If you want to be taken seriously, you shouldn't be losing by 38 at LSU, which just got clubbed at Auburn and nearly lost at Florida.
Oklahoma State: It's OK to lose at TCU, but maybe not by 42-9.
Nearly went with a one-loss Rutgers losing by 39 at Ohio State.
1. Mississippi State (6-0). Idle. Has beaten Kentucky five straight, including three at Kentucky. Saturday: at Kentucky.
2. Florida State (7-0). Beat Notre Dame, 31-27. All the Seminoles do is keep winning. Next: Oct. 30 at Louisville.
3. Mississippi (7-0). Beat Tennessee, 34-3. Could just as easily have these guys 1 or 2. Of last five games with LSU, four were decided by seven or less. Saturday: at LSU.
4. Auburn (5-1). Idle. Is 9-1-1 against South Carolina. Loss was in 1933. Saturday: vs. South Carolina.
5. Alabama (6-1). Beat Texas A&M, 59-0. Hasn't lost to Tennessee since 2006. That's pre-Saban. Wonder if Nick was happy after this one? Saturday: at Tennessee.
6. Notre Dame (6-1). Lost at Florida State, 31-27. Could have been biggest win since 1993 vs. FSU. Next: Nov. 1 vs. Navy in Landover, Md.
7. Oregon (6-1). Beat Washington, 45-20. Remaining schedule says Ducks are strong playoff possibility, maybe even probability. But like with Oklahoma, that's been said before. Friday: vs. Cal, in Santa Clara.
8. Michigan State (6-1). Beat Indiana, 56-17. The 19-point loss at Oregon could be a long-term problem. Saturday: vs. Michigan.
9. Georgia (6-1). Beat Arkansas, 45-32. So who needs Todd Gurley? Nick Chubb for Heisman. Next: Nov. 1, vs. Florida in Jacksonville.
10. Kansas State (5-1). Beat Oklahoma, 31-30. Maybe the Wildcats got lucky, but that's two straight wins in Norman. How many can say that? Saturday: vs. Texas.
The next five: Arizona (5-1), Baylor (6-1), TCU (5-1), Ohio State (5-1) and Arizona State (5-1).