MADISON, Wis. -- Melvin Gordon darted for the end zone, carrying the lunging Purdue defender with him over the goal line.
Nothing seems to stop Wisconsin running backs.
Gordon ran for three touchdowns and 147 yards, James White added 145 yards and a 70-yard score, and the 24th-ranked Badgers opened Big Ten play by trampling over Purdue with a 41-10 win Saturday.
"They're just so dynamic, their ability to make people miss and they really kind of complement each other with the running styles, in my opinion," coach Gary Andersen said.
Wisconsin moved on nicely from last week's stunning 32-30 loss to Arizona State, after officials mishandled the final seconds to deprive the Badgers of a game-winning field-goal try.
No last-minute worries this week. Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0) led by two touchdowns at the half and by three scores early in the third quarter after Gordon fended off Ricardo Allen's failed last-ditch effort to stop the 15-yard touchdown run.
Andersen said he wanted his players to learn from the loss and move on -- but not necessarily forget about it.
That's a very sizable chip on the collective shoulders of the Badgers. They might be a field goal away from being unbeaten heading into next weekend's showdown at Ohio State.
"It's just getting started, it's not as if we're ever going to forget that," linebacker Chris Borland when asked about the Arizona State loss. "We're going to play with the idea of taking frustration out on our opponents all year."
Purdue (1-3, 0-1) got walloped with decisive disadvantages in total yards (546-180), yards rushing (388-45) and first downs (22-12).
Not the way coach Darrell Hazell hoped his first Big Ten game would go.
"Right now, we've got to do a good job as a football team soul-searching," he said. "Obviously, that's not the way Purdue football wants to play. We need to get a lot better."
Quarterback Rob Henry's 22-yard scramble for a score on what appeared to be a busted play provided one of the few highlights for the Boilermakers.
NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 72, FLA. INT. 0
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Teddy Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes and Louisville's defense allowed a school-record 30 yards, helping the Cardinals blow out Florida International.
It was the highest scoring game for the Cardinals (4-0) since a 73-10 victory over Murray State in 2007. It also matched the school's fifth-largest margin of victory.
NO. 9 GEORGIA 45, NO. TEXAS 21
ATHENS, Ga. -- Aaron Murray threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another score to lead Georgia over pesky North Texas.
Murray overcame an early interception in the end zone, hooking up with freshman Reggie Davis on a 98-yard TD -- the longest pass play in school history. Arthur Lynch and Chris Conley also had touchdown catches for the Bulldogs (2-1).
The Mean Green (2-2) came in as a 33-point underdog, but big plays on special teams helped make a game of it. Brelan Chancellor returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, and Zac Whitfield fell on a blocked punt in the end zone early in the second half to stunningly tie the game at 21.
NO. 17 WASHINGTON 56, IDAHO ST. 0
SEATTLE -- Keith Price threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns in less than a half, Deontae Cooper scored his first career touchdown after three major knee surgeries, and Washington routed Idaho State in the Huskies' final tuneup before the start of Pac-12 play.
Bishop Sankey, the national leader in yards rushing per game, barely broke a sweat against the Bengals (2-1) of the FCS. Sankey saw action on the Huskies' first three series and scored on a 3-yard TD run in the first quarter. Sankey finished with 77 yards on four carries.
NO.18 NWESTERN 35, MAINE 21
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Linebacker Damien Proby and defensive end Dean Lowry each had an interception return for a touchdown to lead Northwestern.
Northwestern improved to 4-0 as it wrapped up its non-conference slate, but this was not the consistent, steady performance coach Pat Fitzgerald was looking for heading into Big Ten play. If not for the interception returns, Maine (3-1) could have been in line for an upset down the stretch.
Running back Mike Trumpy and quarterback Kain Colter each had rushing TDs for Northwestern.
NO. 19 FLORIDA 31, TENN. 17
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- After starting quarterback Jeff Driskel was lost to a season-ending ankle injury, Tyler Murphy led Florida to five scores in a somewhat ugly game, helping the Gators open Southeastern Conference play with a victory over Tennessee.
Murphy had a 52-yard touchdown throw to Solomon Patton, a swing pass that went the distance, and made several plays with his legs as Florida (2-1, 1-0) won its ninth straight in the series. Murphy's 7-yard TD scamper in the fourth quarter made it 31-10 and sent fans scrambling for the exits.
The Volunteers (2-2, 0-1) had hoped to rebound from an embarrassing 59-14 loss at No. 2 Oregon a week ago, but they left Gainesville with another double-digit setback.
NO. 20 BAYLOR 70, LA. MONROE 7
WACO, Texas -- Bryce Petty threw for 351 yards with four touchdowns and ran 2 yards for another score, and Baylor kept piling up the points in a win over Louisiana-Monroe.
The fast-paced Bears (3-0) had seven offensive touchdowns in the 10 drives Petty played. Those TD drives took a total of 6 minutes.
Baylor is the first FBS team since LSU in 1930 to open a season with at least 60 points in three consecutive games, according to STATS. Those Tigers had at least 70 points in each of those games -- Baylor scored 69 in its opener before 70 points in each of its last two.
MINNESOTA 43, SAN JOSE STATE 24
MINNEAPOLIS -- Quarterback Mitch Leidner rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns to lift Minnesota over San Jose State.
Leidner was filling in for injured starter Philip Nelson, who was out with a bad hamstring. He also passed for 71 yards as the Golden Gophers improved to 4-0. Gophers coach Jerry Kill returned to the sideline a week after missing the second half because of an epileptic seizure and made it through the game without incident.
David Fales threw for 439 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for San Jose State (1-2). Chandler Jones had seven catches for 197 yards and three touchdowns for the Spartans, who were missing top receiver Noah Grigsby with a knee injury.
David Cobb rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns and the Gophers dominated the time of possession 40:38-18:58 to grind Fales and the high-flying Spartans into submission.
IOWA 59, WESTERN MICHIGAN 3
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kevonte Martin-Manley returned back-to-back punts for touchdowns; B.J. Lowery returned a pair of interceptions for TDs and Iowa rolled past Western Michigan.
The Hawkeyes (3-1) now enter Big Ten play with a three-game winning streak, their longest since 2010.
Martin-Manley scored on returns of 83 and 63 yards early in the second quarter as Iowa jumped out to a 38-3 halftime lead.
Lowery took back picks for 35 and 13-yard TDs for Iowa, which scored its most points since it had 62 against Northwestern in 2002.
Tyler Van Tubbergen had 114 yards passing for the Broncos (0-4).
Martin Manley was just the third player in Big Ten history with two punt returns for TDs in the same game and the first in 30 years.
NEBRASKA 59, SO. DAKOTA ST. 20
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Tommy Armstrong Jr. and Ron Kellogg III combined to pass for 305 yards, Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 139 yards and Nebraska shook off South Dakota State in the second quarter.
Armstrong got the start in place of the injured Taylor Martinez, but playing time was evenly split between the redshirt freshman and Kellogg.
Nebraska (3-1), which finished with 645 yards, scored 38 straight points after falling behind 17-14 in the first quarter against the Championship Subdivision Jackrabbits (3-1).
PENN STATE 34, KENT STATE 0
TATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Running back Zack Zwinak scored three times for the second consecutive week in leading Penn State.
All three of Zwinak's runs came from inside 2 yards a week after his three touchdowns weren't enough in a 34-31 loss to Central Florida.
Bill Belton had 90 yards rushing and also scored on a 15-yard catch for Penn State (3-1), which now gets an extra week off before opening its Big Ten Conference schedule against Indiana on Oct. 5.
Kent State (1-3) lost its third straight game since opening the season with a 17-10 win over Liberty. And the Golden Flashes' offense continues to lack spark minus its top threat, running back Dri Archer, who did not play because of an injury to his left ankle.
BOWLING GREEN 48, MURRAY ST. 7
BOWLING GREEN -- Matt Johnson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Bowling Green routed Murray State 48-7.
All three of Johnson's touchdowns came in the first half, beginning with a 4-yard pass to Chris Gallon. After throwing an interception on the following drive, Johnson responded with a 7-yard touchdown run and a 1-yard touchdown pass in the waning seconds of the half to give Bowling Green (3-1) a 27-0 lead.
Travis Greene ran for 133 yards on 17 carries, leading a Bowling Green rushing attack that featured four different players with touchdown runs. Greene's 8-yard score in the second quarter put the Falcons up 13-0 and began a streak of five consecutive touchdown drives for Bowling Green.
CINCINNATI 14, MIAMI 0
OXFORD -- Hosey Williams' 1-yard touchdown run broke a scoreless tie with 4:55 to go, and self-destructive Cincinnati beat Miami of Ohio for its eighth straight win in the rivalry.
Cincinnati (3-1) put together a 16-play drive -- its only notable one of the game -- that culminated in Williams' score. Quarterback Brendon Kay ran through a tackle to convert a third-down play and set up the touchdown.
After an interception, Kay went 1 yard on a keeper to put it away with 2:05 left.
The Bearcats kept it scoreless until the end by missing a field goal attempt, having another blocked and turning the ball over three times on a pair of interceptions and a fumble.
TOLEDO 38, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 17
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- David Fluellen rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns to lift Toledo.
Fluellen had 32 carries as the Toledo (2-2, 1-0 MAC) emphasized its running game against Central Michigan (1-3, 0-1 MAC). The Rockets piled up 252 yards rushing and 166 in the air, including a 3-yard touchdown pass from Terrance Owens to Alonzo Russell in the second quarter.
Toledo also scored on a fumble recovery by Junior Sylvestre, who ran it 22 yards for a touchdown, a 35-yard field goal and a 15-yard rushing touchdown by Damian Jones-Moore.
Central Michigan was held to 156 yards rushing, which included a 1-yard touchdown run by Saylor Lavalli in the second quarter, and 214 passing yards, including a 19-yard Cooper Rush throw to Connor Odykirk.
BALL ST. 51, EASTERN MICHIGAN 20
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Jahwan Edwards scored three rushing touchdowns to lead a powerful Ball State offense in a 51-20 victory over Eastern Michigan.
The performance by Ball State (3-1, 1-0 MAC) against Eastern Michigan (1-3, 0-1 MAC) showed why the Cardinals entered the game with the top-ranked scoring offense in the Mid-American Conference.
Eastern Michigan's Darius Jackson had a 7-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the game before the Ball State offense hurt the Eagles with four first-quarter touchdowns.
Edwards had a 36-yard touchdown run to open the scoring for Ball State and the Cardinals held a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game after the first-quarter scores.
Ball State's Keith Wenning threw for 317 yards and two touchdowns. Wenning has passed for more than 300 yards in all four Ball State games this season.
OHIO 38, AUSTIN PEAY 0
ATHENS -- Tyler Tettleton threw three first-half touchdowns to lead Ohio to a rout of Austin Peay.
Ohio (3-1) scored on three of its first four drives, beginning with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Tettleton to Matt Waters. Tettleton then tossed a 53-yard score to Donte Foster and a 23-yarder to Waters to give the Bobcats a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. Tettleton went 13 of 15 for 213 yards passing.
Ryan Boykin and Daz'mond Patterson added touchdown runs in the second half as Ohio finished with 251 yards rushing. The win was the Bobcats' largest margin of victory since 2002.
The Governors (0-4) punted on each of their first seven possessions.
VANDERBILT 24, MASSACHUSETTS 7
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Austyn Carta-Samuels threw for two touchdowns and Vanderbilt used a pair of TDs in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Carta-Samuels completed 18 of 27 passes for 219 yards and rushed for 38 more. He also caught a pass for a 21-yard gain that set up his 11-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews to put the Commodores (2-2) up 17-7 with 13:44 left to play.
Vanderbilt gained 167 of its 406 total yards in the fourth quarter, wearing down the Minutemen (0-4) after a tight first half and scoring twice in the final period.
YOUNGSTOWN ST. 59, DUQUESNE 17
YOUNGSTOWN -- Freshman Martin Ruiz rushed for a career-high three touchdowns as Youngstown State defeated Duquesne.
The Penguins (3-1), bolted to a 24-0 halftime lead, including Ruiz's 9-yard rushing TD, his first and longest of the day. Ruiz rushed for 65 yards and has scored at least one TD in each of the Penguins' four games.