Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said he wasn’t focusing on the worst start ever. “Records to me are not the critical factor,” he said. “I’ll critically evaluate this game and get ready for Purdue.” The Spartans (4-0), the sixth straight team to score at least 30 against the Irish, blew the game open with a pair of third-quarter TDs, a 16-yard catch by Mark Dell and a 30-yard catch by Kellen Davis on a fourth-and-2 play to move ahead, 31-14. Davis also had a 3-yard TD catch and Devin Thomas had a 7-yard scoring catch. Notre Dame finally scored its first offensive touchdown of the season on a 1-yard run by Travis Thomas to cap a 9-yard drive in the first. The score was set up by a Michigan State fumble. Notre Dame later added an 80-yard scoring drive highlighted by a 43-yard run by James Aldridge. From news services Notre Dame hit new depths Saturday at South Bend, Ind., becoming the first team in the school’s 119-season history to lose its first four games. Brian Hoyer threw four touchdown passes and Javon Ringer rushed for 144 yards to lead Michigan State to a 31-14 victory. The Irish have lost six straight, including the final two games of last season, the second longest losing streak in school history. The Irish finished a game with positive rushing yardage for the first time this season as James Aldridge ran for 104 yards on 18 carries. The Irish ran for 117 yards; Michigan State 219 yards. Purdue 45, Minnesota 31: After a sluggish first half, quarterback Curtis Painter was nearly flawless in the final two quarters to lead Purdue (4-0) past Minnesota (1-3) at Minneapolis. Painter was 17-for-21 for 199 yards in the second half and finished with 338 yards passing and three touchdowns. Illinois 27, Indiana 14: Rashard Mendenhall ran for a career-high 214 yards and one touchdown and Illinois (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) forced four turnovers and blocked a punt in a victory over Indiana (3-1, 0-1) at Bloomington, Ind. Tennessee 48, Arkansas State 27: Erik Ainge threw for four touchdowns and a career-high 334 yards to help Tennessee (2-2) beat Arkansas State (1-2) at Knoxville, Tenn. Oklahoma State 49, Texas Tech 45: Tight end Brandon Pettigrew caught a 55-yard touchdown pass with 1:37 remaining to give Oklahoma State (2-2, 1-0 Big 12) a win over Texas Tech (3-1, 0-1) at Stillwater, Okla., despite a career-best 646 yards passing from Red Raiders quarterback Graham Harrell. Toledo 36, Iowa State 35: Linebacker Greg Hay recovered a botched punt in the end zone late in the fourth quarter, giving Toledo the game-winning touchdown as the Rockets (1-3) edged visiting Iowa State (1-3). Wake Forest 31, Maryland 24: Josh Adams scored on a 6-yard run on the first possession of overtime to help Wake Forest (2-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) cap a stunning 21-point comeback and beat Maryland (2-2, 0-1) at Winston-Salem, N.C. Virginia 28, Georgia Tech 23: Jameel Sewell threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Staton Jobe one play after a muffed punt recovery in the fourth quarter and Virginia (3-1, 3-0 ACC) rallied to defeat Georgia Tech (2-2, 0-2) at Charlottesville, Va. 28-23. Navy 46, Duke 43: Backup kicker Joey Bullen made a 44-yard field goal on the last play of the game to lift Navy (2-2) past Duke (1-3) at Annapolis, Md. Central Florida 56, Memphis 20: Kevin Smith had 124 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries to lead Central Florida (2-1, 1-0 Conference USA) over Memphis (1-2, 0-1) at Orlando, Fla. Tulane 35, SE Louisiana 27: Matt Forte set Conference USA and school records with 303 rushing yards and a school record with five rushing touchdowns as Tulane (1-2) beat Southeastern Louisiana (1-3) in New Orleans. It was Green Wave coach Bob Toledo’s first victory as a head coach since 2002 while at UCLA. Connecticut 34, Pittsburgh 14: Connecticut turned two turnovers by ineffective Pitt quarterback Kevan Smith and another by backup Pat Bostick into 17 points and the visiting Huskies (4-0, 1-0 in Big East) remained unbeaten with an easy victory over the Panthers (2-2, 0-1). Cincinnati 40, Marshall 14: Mike Mickens’ interception and fumble recovery set up Cincinnati’s first two touchdowns, and the unbeaten Bearcats (4-0) defeated visiting Marshall (0-4). Houston 38, Colorado State 27: Case Keenum’s 8-yard keeper midway through the fourth quarter gave Houston (2-1) the lead for good against visiting Colorado State, the Rams’ 10th straight loss. Colorado State (0-3) hasn’t won since beating UNLV last October. TCU 21, SMU 7: At Fort Worth, Texas, TCU (2-2) scored on a blocked punt and an interception return and then held on through a scoreless second half to defeat SMU (1-3). UTEP 52, Texas Southern 12: Texas-El Paso scored on its first five possessions and cruised to a victory over Texas Southern (0-4) at El Paso, Texas. The Miners (2-2) led, 24-0 after one quarter and had a 38-0 advantage at halftime.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!