On a day when Princeton honored 1951 Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier, Tigers quarterback Quinn Epperly came through with perhaps the best performance in school history.
Epperly set an NCAA Division I record by completing his first 29 passes in a 53-20 win over Cornell on Saturday. Epperly finished 32 of 35 for 325 yards passing and three touchdowns and added three TDs rushing, giving him six total scores in back-to-back games.
Though Epperly won't snap the league's 62-year Heisman drought, his numbers are nonetheless staggering. He has 32 touchdowns - 18 passing and 14 rushing - while completing 75 percent of his passes.
The Tigers moved to 6-1 and took sole possession of first place in the Ivy League heading into next week's game at defending conference champion Penn.
Here are some of the other efforts that stood out during the first weekend of November in college football:
LYNCH MOB: Like Epperly, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch is a longshot for the Heisman. But it's hard to imagine anyone in the country more valuable to his team. Lynch had five touchdowns in a 63-19 win at UMass on Saturday, including four on the ground in just 17 carries. Lynch has scored at least four touchdowns in his last three games and now has 31 overall for the unbeaten and 22nd-ranked Huskies.
NOT SO GROUNDED: Air Force tailback Anthony LaCoste, a former defensive back that has shared carries with a number of tailbacks this season, emerged Saturday with the best rushing effort in the nation in a 42-28 win over Army. LaCoste had touchdown runs of 73 and 78 yards en route to a career-high 263 yards and three scores. LaCoste finished with the second-most rushing yards in school history, falling 12 shy of Chad Hall's 275 yards against Army in 2007.
CARR-PER: Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Josh Harper were an unbeatable combination in a 41-23 win over Nevada. Harper caught 17 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns, helping Carr finish with 487 yards on 39 of 55 passing. The Bulldogs are now 8-0 and 5-0 in the Mountain West and have a good shot to finish the regular season undefeated - though San Jose State will have a say in that when the two teams meet in Spartan Stadium on Nov. 29.
RUN THE BALL Y'ALL: Carr led the country in passing yards over the weekend. But he was also the only quarterback to throw for over 390 yards and still win. Texas Tech's Davis Webb, Colorado State's Garrett Grayson, Casey Pachall of TCU and Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas all lost on Saturday, with each of them throwing at least one interception. Meanwhile, nine of the country's top 10 rushers this week played on winning teams, the exception being UMass freshman Lorenzo Woodley. He had 163 yards in the Minutemen's blowout loss to Lynch and the Huskies.
EXTRA POINTS: Oregon State's Sean Mannion (3,540 yards) and Brandin Cooks (1,344) still lead the country in yards passing and receiving, respectively. ... Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews is first with 1,290 yards rushing, but Lynch is now fourth with 1,150 yards. Wisconsin star Melvin Gordon was held to a season-low 62 yards in a 28-9 win at Iowa. ... Florida Atlantic junior D'Joun Smith had three interceptions in a 34-17 win over Tulane and moved into first place nationally with seven picks. ... Arizona State running back Marion Grice has 18 total touchdowns, two more than Cooks and three more than Colorado State's Kapri Bibbs.
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