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Broncos crush Golden Eagles

NIU QB Jordan Lynch throws one of his three TD passes. (Associated Press)
NIU QB Jordan Lynch throws one of his three TD passes. (Associated Press)

Joe Southwick passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns, before sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Boise State Broncos (3-2) put the hurt on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (0-4) with a 60-7 victory in nonconference play on Saturday in Boise.

The Broncos got TD runs from Shane Williams-Rhodes, Jay Ajayi, backup QB Grant Hedrick, Jack Fields and Charles Bertoli.

Northern Illinois 55, Purdue 24: Jordan Lynch threw for 207 yards and three TDs, and the Huskies (4-0) scored on a kickoff return and an interception return in a rout of the Boilermakers (1-4) in West Lafayette, Ind.

It’s the first time a Mid-American Conference team has beaten two Big Ten foes in the same season. NIU tied the MAC record for victory margin over a Big Ten school. Toledo beat Minnesota by 31 in 2001.

Army 35, Louisiana Tech 16: Terry Baggett rushed for 143 yards and two TDs, and the Black Knights (2-3) beat the Bulldogs (1-4) in Dallas.

Western Kentucky 19, Navy 7: Antonio Andrews ran for 182 yards and two touchdowns as the Hilltoppers (3-2) beat the Midshipmen (2-1) in Bowling Green, Ky.

Nevada 45, Air Force 42: Cody Fajardo threw for 389 yards and three TDs and ran for two scores – the last one with 1:45 left – to help the Wolf Pack (3-2, 2-0 MWC) rally past the Falcons (1-4, 0-4) in Reno, Nev.

UNLV 56, New Mexico 42: Quarterback Caleb Herring and receiver Devante Davis hooked up for three TDs to help the Rebels outlast New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., despite the Lobos having three 100-yard rushers for the first time in school history.

Tennessee 31, South Alabama 24: Brian Randolph made a game-clinching, fourth-and-goal interception in the end zone with 1:51 left as the Volunteers (3-2) squandered most of a 24-point lead before holding off the Jaguars (2-2) in Knoxville, Tenn.