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August 31, 2008|From the Associated Press

* at No. 13 Wisconsin 38, Akron 17: P.J. Hill ran for 210 yards and two touchdowns, but the Badgers needed two third-quarter scores to shake free from the Zips at Madison. It was the second career game of more than 200 yards rushing for Hill, who gained more than 1,200 yards in each of his first two seasons with the Badgers despite nagging injuries.

* at No. 22 Penn State 66, Coastal Carolina 10: Evan Royster ran for three touchdowns and Derrick Williams had an 89-yard kickoff return for another score at State College as Joe Paterno tied Bobby Bowden atop the career list for major-college coaches with his 373rd victory.

* at Minnesota 31, Northern Illinois 27: Duane Bennett pushed his way in for a one-yard score with 22 seconds left to lift the Gophers at Minneapolis. Coach Tim Brewster, who doubled his career victory total after a 1-11 season, told his team to go for it on fourth and one at the three-yard line after calling his final timeout with 38 seconds remaining. Bennett charged forward for two yards on that play, before muscling in for the winner, his second touchdown of the game.

* at Northwestern 30, Syracuse 10: Tyrell Sutton ran for 144 yards, and C.J. Bacher threw three scoring passes for the Wildcats at Evanston, Ill. Syracuse managed 225 yards on offense -- 68 in the second half -- compared with 484 for Northwestern.

* at Indiana 31, Western Kentucky 13: Junior quarterback Kellen Lewis ran for touchdowns of 75 and 62 yards and threw for two more scores at Bloomington to break the school's career record for touchdown passes. Lewis wasn't even sure he'd start until Tuesday. He had served a four-month suspension for violating team rules during the spring and summer, then had to fight off sophomore Ben Chappell to win back the starting job.

* at Iowa 46, Maine 3: Shonn Greene, who missed last season because of academic issues at a junior college, ran for 109 yards and a touchdown, and freshman Jewel Hampton added two late scores for the Hawkeyes at Iowa City.

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