Saturday Roll Call: A tip of the cap (and this pass) to Penn State's first win

The best of what you may not have seen during Saturday's games, but should have.

Luck of the Lions. Penn State picked up its first win under coach Bill O'Brien, beating Navy 34-7. The star of the day for the Nittany Lions was wide receiver Allen Robinson, who was one of very few receivers on the roster to resist the in the wake of NCAA sanctions this summer. He finished the day with 5 catches for 136 yards and 3 touchdowns. Of course, it's easy to pad those touchdown stats when you're catching touchdowns that weren't even meant for you. – Tom Fornelli

AIRBHG strikes again. Maybe fullbacks are impervious to the powers of the mighty Angry Iowa Running Back-Hating God.

The Hawkeyes lost two more running backs Saturday, as both Damon Bullock and Greg Garmon were forced to leave an eventual win over Northern Iowa early due to injuries. However, it appears Iowa has learned how to overcome the wrath of AIRBHG in the process: With so many other choices available, the Hawkeyes turned to fullback Mark Weisman, who ran over the UNI defense and AIRBHG en route to 113 yards and 3 touchdowns. Weisman was tackled about a foot shy of his fourth touchdown, which would have tied a school record for most rushing touchdowns in a single game. – Tom Fornelli

Warning: Winning Wildcats. Looking for a Big Ten dark horse? Look no further than the Northwestern Wildcats led by the exciting duo of Kain Colter and Venric Mark. The Cats moved to 3-0 after a 22-13 win over Boston College. A favorable schedule means Northwestern should be 7-0 when Nebraska comes to Evanston. Colter led an upset of the Cornhuskers in Lincoln last season. If history repeats itself, the Wildcats could be on their way to their best season since winning nine games in 2008. – Chris Huston

Thanks for showing up. Yeah, they were playing Bethune-Cookman, but based on the crowd for its home opener, Miami may be at risk soon of being outdrawn by neighbors Florida International or Florida Atlantic. This is in the second quarter:

Then again, based on the early returns from Maryland for the Terps' game against UConn, the effort in Miami may not have even been the worst in the ACC. Both announced official crowds below 40,000. – Bryan Fischer

Chris Thompson comes back, goes off. One year ago, Florida State running back Chris Thompson was tackled on a routine run play against Wake Forest and nearly saw his football career end due to two broken vertebrae in his back. Earlier this week, Thompson said it was going to be emotional facing the Demon Deacons again in Tallahassee, and he took out all the frustration of a long recovery process on the defense early: In the first half alone, he had 195 yards on just nine carries, most of them coming on touchdown runs of 75 and 80 yards on consecutive carries.

Thompson didn't touch the ball in the second half and still finished with the 10th-best single-game rushing performance in Florida State history. – Chip Patterson

Big Game Bigelow. California running back Brendan Bigelow's big game at <span data-shortcode= State" data-canon="Ohio Bobcats" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0"> was a long time coming. The redshirt sophomore was a heralded recruit out of Fresno, Calif., three years ago, but he was damaged goods after tearing an ACL during his senior year in high school. Bigelow struggled in his first two seasons in Berkeley and seemed to be a shadow of himself before Saturday's outburst in Columbus, where he exploded for 160 yards and two touchdowns on four carries in a 35-28 loss. His 81-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was maybe the best run of the college football season to date. – Chris Huston

Second coming? Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is a true sophomore dual-threat quarterback in his first year in Urban Meyer's offense, so comparisons to Tim Tebow's 2007 Heisman-winning sophomore year under Meyer at Florida are inevitable. So far, the numbers are pretty close. Through three games in 2007 (all Florida wins), Tebow rushed and passed for 1,027 yards and had 13 total touchdowns. In Miller's first three games (all Ohio State wins), he has 988 yards running and passing and 12 total touchdowns. The big difference: Tebow had a future All-American/first-round draft pick, Percy Harvin, as his cohort, while Ohio State has yet to develop a similar downfield threat. – Chris Huston

Purdon't. Whatever this is …

… coach Danny Hope should probably take it out of Purdue's playbook, burn it and then never speak of it again. – Tom Fornelli

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