Ohio St. needs late stop to top Toledo
Roundup: Russell stays hot for Wisconsin as Big Ten opens 3-0
No. 15 Ohio State 27, Toledo 22 -- Box Score
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Chris Fields returned a punt 69 yards and Carlos Hyde ran for two more scores to lead No. 15 Ohio State past Toledo 27-22 Saturday, a win that was secure only after the Buckeyes held the Rockets' on their last drive.
The Rockets (1-1) drove from their own 28 to the Ohio State 17 before backup quarterback Terrance Owens threw incomplete on fourth down while being pressured by John Simon.
Ohio State (2-0) has not lost to another Ohio team since 1921. The Buckeyes are 43-0-1 since that 7-6 setback to Oberlin.
Toledo led 15-7 after a quarter and was on top 22-21 before Hyde's 3-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.
No. 2 LSU 49, Northwestern State 3 -- Box Score
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Spencer Ware and Michael Ford ran for two scores apiece and second-ranked LSU overwhelmed Northwestern State 49-3 on Saturday night.
LSU (2-0) led 28-3 by halftime, allowing coach Les Miles to give a number of starters some rest in advance of the Tigers' next game at Mississippi State on Thursday night. Coveted junior college transfer quarterback Zach Mettenberger made his debut in relief of LSU starter Jarrett Lee to open the second half.
After Lee completed 9 of 10 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown, Mettenberger went 8 of 11 for 92 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass.
John Shaughnessy kicked a 44-yard field goal for Northwestern State (1-1), the only points the Demons have scored against LSU in 11 meetings.
No. 3 Alabama 27, No. 23 Penn State 11 -- Box Score
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- A.J. McCarron was poised and efficient in a rare trip into Big Ten country for No. 3 Alabama, throwing for 163 yards and a touchdown against No. 23 Penn State in a 27-11 victory on Saturday.
Alabama completed a sweep of the home-and-home series between the two storied programs with a methodical and smothering performance reminiscent of last year's 24-3 win in Tuscaloosa. Both teams came into the second week of the season with unsettled quarterback issues. At Alabama (2-0), those appear to be settled.
McCarron was 19 for 31 with no turnovers and a 5-yard touchdown pass through traffic to Michael Williams in the first quarter.
For Penn State, Nittany Lions (1-1) fans might be wondering if either Robert Bolden or Matt McGloin are the answer. They combined to go 12 for 39 for 144 yards.
No. 5 Florida State 62, Charleston Southern 10 -- Box Score
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- EJ Manuel threw for a career-best 329 yards and four touchdowns Saturday as No. 5 Florida State defeated Charleston Southern 62-10 in a tune-up for next week's showdown against top-ranked Oklahoma.
The Buccaneers, who lost 62-0 last week at Central Florida, didn't complete a pass or have a first down in the first half, and trailed 34-0. Manuel hit Bert Reed on two short TD passes while the Seminoles' defense limited Charleston Southern to 84 total yards.
Charleston Southern (0-2) snapped a drought of 11 quarters without a touchdown when Teddy Allen flipped a 3-yard touchdown pass to Carson Leshin early in the third quarter.
Florida State (2-0) hosts the Sooners Sept. 17 in one of the most highly anticipated games of the young season.
No. 6 Stanford 44, Duke 14 -- Box Score
DURHAM, N.C. -- Andrew Luck matched a career high by throwing four touchdown passes in No. 6 Stanford's 44-14 rout of Duke on Saturday.
Luck was 20 of 28 for 290 yards with touchdown passes of 60 and 3 yards to Coby Fleener, 10 yards to Chris Owusu and 3 yards to Zach Ertz.
Stanford (2-0) won its 10th consecutive game dating to last season and claimed a rare regular-season win on the East Coast while denying the Blue Devils (0-2) their first top-25 win since 1994.
Lee Butler returned an interception 76 yards for a touchdown to pull Duke to 10-7 late in the first half. Luck then led four straight touchdown drives to turn it into a rout before exiting one play into the fourth quarter.
No. 8 Wisconsin 35, Oregon State 0 -- Box Score
MADISON, Wis. -- Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns and No. 8 Wisconsin overcame a slow start from its running game to beat Oregon State 35-0 at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.
With Oregon State's defense stuffing running backs Montee Ball and James White early on, Wisconsin pounced on special teams mistakes and leaned on Wilson and the defense to do the rest.
In his second career start for the Badgers (2-0) since transfering in the summer from NC State, Wilson was 17 of 21 for 189 yards and the three touchdowns, including a pair to tight end Jacob Pedersen. Wisconsin's running game broke through after halftime, and Ball had a pair of touchdowns in the second half.
No. 10 Nebraska 42, Fresno State 29 -- Box Score
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Ameer Abdullah returned a kickoff 100 yards after Fresno State made it a two-point game in the fourth quarter, and Taylor Martinez's 46-yard touchdown run secured the 10th-ranked Cornhuskers' 42-29 victory on Saturday night.
Martinez ran 15 times for 166 yards and two TDs and passed for another as the Huskers turned back an upset bid by the Bulldogs, who were four-touchdown underdogs.
Derek Carr threw incomplete to a well-covered A.J. Johnson on a 2-point try after his 26-yard TD pass to Josh Harper pulled the Bulldogs to 28-26.
Abdullah, who set a school record with 211 kick return yards, then made the biggest play of the night to break open the game.
Fresno's Robbie Rouse ran 36 times for 169 yards and Carr was 20 of 41 for 254 yards.
No. 11 Virginia Tech 17, East Carolina 10 -- Box Score
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Josh Oglesby ran for the go-ahead 10-yard score with 7:30 left, helping No. 11 Virginia Tech beat East Carolina 17-10 on Saturday to give coach Frank Beamer his 200th win at the school.
David Wilson ran for 138 yards to lead the Hokies (2-0) and quarterback Logan Thomas struggled in his second career start while the Hokies also committed 12 penalties and committed two turnovers, but their defense completely shut down the Pirates' high-powered passing attack and held East Carolina (0-2) to 112 total yards. That included minus-15 yards rushing, second fewest in ECU history.
Michael Dobson ran for a 2-yard touchdown for the Pirates. But in an unusual twist, it was their defense -- among the nation's worst last year -- that kept East Carolina in it until late.
No. 12 South Carolina 45, Georgia 42 -- Box Score
ATHENS, Ga. -- South Carolina scored twice off turnovers, including defensive end Melvin Ingram's second touchdown with 3:12 remaining, and the No. 12 Gamecocks beat mistake-prone Georgia 45-42 Saturday for the early lead in the Southeastern Conference East.
The Gamecocks (2-0, 1-0 SEC) set up another touchdown with a long fumble return, and Ingram scored his first career TD on a fake punt. Georgia (0-2, 0-1) dominated the stats but simply couldn't overcome all the major blunders.
Antonio Allen returned an interception 25 yards for a TD in the third quarter, and the Gamecocks clinched it when Jadeveon Clowney burst through the line and knocked the ball away from quarterback Aaron Murray. Ingram picked it up in the end zone to make it 45-35. Murray threw four touchdown passes.
No. 13 Oregon 69, Nevada 20 -- Box Score
EUGENE, Ore. -- Darron Thomas matched a school record with six touchdown passes and No. 13 Oregon bounced back from its season-opening loss to beat Nevada 69-20 on Saturday.
LaMichael James ran for 67 yards and a touchdown, caught a scoring pass from Thomas and returned a punt for a score to help the Ducks (1-1) to their 17th consecutive victory at Autzen Stadium. True freshman running back De'Anthony Thomas caught two passes -- both for touchdowns -- for 93 yards.
Tyler Lantrip, a fifth-year senior making his first career start, completed 21 of 35 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown for Nevada, which was playing its season opener.
No. 14 Arkansas 52, New Mexico 3 -- Box Score
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Tyler Wilson threw for 259 yards and accounted for a pair of touchdowns as No. 14 Arkansas defeated New Mexico 52-3 on Saturday.
Marquel Wade also returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown for the Razorbacks (2-0), who now have three special teams touchdowns in their first two games. Joe Adams returned a pair of punts for touchdowns in the first game.
Wilson's second touchdown was a 7-yard plunge into the end zone late in the first half, during which he barreled over a New Mexico defender. The junior didn't return in the second half and didn't appear on the sidelines until midway through the third quarter.
The Lobos (0-2), who allowed 10 quarterback sacks and lost three fumbles in a season-opening loss to Colorado State, didn't do either against the Razorbacks.
Auburn 41, No. 16 Mississippi State 34 -- Box Score
AUBURN, Ala. -- Ryan Smith stopped Chris Relf at the goal line on the final play to preserve Auburn's 41-34 win against No. 16 Mississippi State on Saturday.
Relf kept the ball on an option and headed for the end zone before Smith went low and brought the 240-pound quarterback down for the Tigers (2-0), who had gone from defending national champions to unranked underdog after needing a furious rally to beat Utah State.
This time they held on against the Bulldogs (1-1), who nearly pulled off a similar comeback.
They marched 66-plus yards in the final 2:52 with only one passing play. Before the game's last play, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen raced to an official, signaled timeout, and managed to get three seconds put back on the clock. All 10 remaining seconds ticked off when Relf came up short.
No. 17 Michigan State 44, FAU 0 -- Box Score
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Kirk Cousins threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 17 Michigan State held Florida Atlantic to one first down in a 44-0 victory over the Owls on Saturday.
B.J. Cunningham caught five passes for 73 yards, breaking a tie with Matt Trannon for Michigan State's career lead in receptions. The Spartans (2-0) led 27-0 at halftime and ended up outgaining FAU 434-48.
Cousins finished 16 of 21, and backup Andrew Maxwell also played quite a bit. Michigan State has held an opponent to one first down only one other time -- against Maryland in 1944.
No. 18 Florida 39, UAB 0 -- Box Score
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Chris Rainey ran for 119 yards and a touchdown, Caleb Sturgis kicked three field goals after the offense bogged down and No. 18 Florida beat UAB 39-0 Saturday night.
The Gators (2-0) dominated both sides of the lines of scrimmage for the second consecutive week and finished their early tune-ups by outgaining their opponents 979 yards to 349.
Next up -- Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee. The Volunteers should provide more of a test for a team with plenty of unanswered questions on both sides of the ball. This much is certain for UF: Rainey is clearly the team's top playmaker.
No. 19 West Virginia 55, Norfolk State 12 -- Box Score
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Geno Smith threw for 371 yards and four scores and West Virginia overcame a rough start to beat Norfolk State 55-12 Saturday.
The Mountaineers (2-0) scored on their first seven possessions of the second half to erase a 12-10 halftime deficit to an FCS opponent.
West Virginia needed just three plays to find the end zone after halftime, and after Smith hit Ivan McCartney with a 39-yard TD toss early in the fourth, the Mountaineers had scored five touchdowns in a 15-minute span.
Smith finished 20 of 34 passing after going 8 of 18 in the first half.
West Virginia's defense woke up, too, limiting Norfolk State (1-1) to two first downs in the second half. The Mountaineers have yet to allow an offensive touchdown in their first two games.
No. 22 South Florida 37, Ball State 7 -- Box Score
TAMPA, Fla. -- B.J. Daniels threw for a career-best 359 yards and one touchdown Saturday night, leading No. 22 South Florida to a 37-7 rout of Ball State.
USF coach Skip Holtz was interested to see how his players would react to being ranked for the first time in nearly two years, and the Bulls (2-0) responded with a focused, dominating performance.
No. 24 Texas 17, BYU 16 -- Box Score
AUSTIN, Texas -- Backup quarterbacks Case McCoy and David Ash pumped new life into a struggling Texas offense and Cody Johnson scored a fourth-quarter touchdown as the No. 24 Longhorns rallied to beat BYU 17-16 Saturday night.
With McCoy and Ash rotating snaps after ineffective starter Garrett Gilbert was pulled in the second quarter, the Longhorns (2-0) used a punishing running game to rally from a 13-3 halftime deficit. McCoy took most of the snaps on the drive to the winning touchdown, twice hitting Jaxon Shipley for big gains before Johnson punched in his second touchdown.
Jake Heaps led BYU (1-1)with 235 yards passing with one touchdown and two interceptions.
No. 25 TCU 35, Air Force 19 -- Box Score
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The 25th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs brushed off their Baylor blues and routed Air Force 35-19 Saturday for their 18th consecutive win in the Mountain West Conference.
The Horned Frogs (1-1) were efficient in bouncing back from their stunning 50-48 loss at Baylor last week that ended their BCS-best 25-game regular-season winning streak.
And they did it without their star running back and top tackler, as tailback Ed Wesley (shoulder) and linebacker Tanner Brock (foot) didn't make the trip after aggravating existing injuries in the Frogs' opener.
The Falcons (1-1) had their five-game winning streak snapped.