Powerhouses cruise into conference season

Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan score big wins.

Marco LaNave

One week after Ohio State lost a chance to knock off No. 3 USC , the top of the Big Ten coasted to easy wins. No. 5 Penn State 31, Temple 6 The Nittany Lions (3-0) posted a convincing third consecutive win, defeating Temple for the 27th consecutive time . No. 11 Ohio State 38, Toledo 0 Buckeyes sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor threw three touchdown passes and was unhurt by two interceptions, as Ohio State (2-1) rolled over Toledo . No. 25 Michigan 45, Eastern Michigan 17 The Wolverines (3-0), which had six rushing touchdowns Saturday, led by just a touchdown at halftime, but three second-half scores finished off Eastern Michigan . Notre Dame 33, Michigan State 30 Irish quarterback Jimmy Clausen passed for 300 yards and two touchdowns , with the final score coming on a game-winning 33-yard pass to wide receiver Golden Tate with 5:18 to play against Michigan State (1-2). The Spartans have now lost two games in a row. Northern Illinois 28, Purdue 21 By holding off a rally by a Purdue team (1-2) facing a 28-7 deficit , Northern Illinois picked up its second victory ever âÄî and first in 21 years âÄî over a Big Ten team . Wisconsin 44, Wofford 14 A 28-point second quarter gave the Badgers (3-0) a 31-0 lead, and they cruised to a home win over the Terriers . Indiana 38, Akron 21 A touchdown with 0:38 to play before halftime gave the Hoosiers (3-0) a 17-14 lead. Indiana later scored three second-half touchdowns to pull away from Akron . Iowa 27, Arizona 17 The Hawkeyes (3-0) limited Arizona to just eight first downs and 253 total yards in a home victory . Syracuse 37, Northwestern 34 Orange kicker Ryan Lichtenstein hit a 41-yard field goal as time expired, giving Syracuse a victory over Northwestern (2-1) âÄî the first Big Ten team to fall to the Orange, which had lost to Minnesota and Penn State the last two weeks .