BERKELEY Cal ran 99 plays and amassed 548 yards in its loss to Northwestern on Saturday night.
The Bears would have added to those numbers except for a series of injuries by Northwestern defensive players that stalled coach Sonny Dykes' "Bear Raid" offense.
"It seemed like every time we got a first down, they had an injury," Dykes said after the 44-30 loss in his debut as Cal's coach.
Dykes stopped short of saying it was an intentional ploy by the Wildcats, but he was visibly upset on the sideline when it continued to happen.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald bristled at the suggestion of gamesmanship.
"If anybody were to question the integrity of myself, our program or our players, I question theirs," Fitzgerald told the Chicago Tribune. "When our guys get dinged up, they are instructed to go down, not hobble off to the sideline."
Asked if Dykes raised the issue during the postgame handshake, Fitzgerald replied: "You can ask him."
No. 9 Louisville 49, Ohio 7 in Louisville, Ky. Teddy Bridgewater threw five touchdown passes, and Michael Dyer had a 46-yard touchdown run as the Cardinals defeated the Bobcats. Louisville is coming off an 11-2 finish and a Sugar Bowl upset of Florida.
Colorado 41, Colorado State 27 in Denver Greg Henderson scored on a 53-yard fumble return in the fourth quarter, and Connor Wood threw three touchdown passes, two to speedster Paul Richardson, to help Colorado beat Colorado State in Mike MacIntyre's coaching debut for the Buffaloes.
Richardson, who missed last season because of a torn left ACL, finished with 10 catches for 208 yards. He had an 82-yard touchdown catch on Colorado's first pass play and sealed it with a 75-yard grab late in the fourth.
Georgia Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his right ACL in Saturday's loss at Clemson.
Mitchell, the leading returning receiver for the No. 5 Bulldogs, hurt his knee when celebrating with a teammate following Todd Gurley's 75-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.