TCU’s victory is No. 100 for Patterson
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No. 23 TCU 38, ULM 17 -- Box Score
FORT WORTH, Texas -- After TCU players heard from an irritated coach Gary Patterson at halftime, they quickly took it out on Louisiana-Monroe.
Greg McCoy returned the second-half kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, and the TCU defense came up with a big play right after as the 23rd-ranked Horned Frogs finally took control in a 38-17 victory that was Patterson's 100th win as head coach.
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"He was pretty intense,'' quarterback Casey Pachall said. "He got after all of us in there; we had to step it up.''
Patterson's rant had nothing to do with his milestone victory. The 11th-year coach is more concerned about the maturation of his young team after losing so many key players from last year's Rose Bowl championship season.
Louisiana-Monroe (1-2) piled up 189 total yards in the first quarter, when it scored all of its points to take a 17-14 lead.
"Hopefully, we'll learn to get back to fanatic TCU effort, because when they turned up the knob, good things happened,'' a hoarse-throated Patterson said afterward. "But we've got to keep turning up the knob. You've got to start from the opening bell.''
Despite what Patterson called "terrible'' defense in the first quarter and "terrible'' offense in the fourth quarter, TCU (2-1) matched a Mountain West Conference record with its 21st consecutive home win. It was also the 10th consecutive winning home opener under Patterson.
The Frogs led 21-17 before McCoy took the second-half kick at the 6, then took one step toward the middle of the field before cutting back toward the sideline. He ran nearly untouched to the end zone, his path completely clear once the kicker was knocked down near midfield.
"It was terrible,'' Warhawks receiver Brent Leonard said. "That special teams play and then that fumble, that kind of killed us. It's hard to come back from things like that.''
Three plays after McCoy's sprint up the right sideline in front of the ULM bench, the Warhawks (1-2) gave the ball back when Jyruss Edwards fumbled after taking a crushing blow from Stansly Maponga. D.J. Yendrey recovered at the 28, setting up Matthew Tucker's second TD run, a 1-yarder for a 35-17 lead less than 5 minutes into the second half.
"I gave our guys a pretty good [halftime] lecture, too. We had missed some opportunities,'' coach Todd Berry said. "I knew [Patterson] was going to get on them. I told the players, 'Get ready. They're going to come out fired up, and we need to match that intensity.' I felt good about it, our team's focus and then all of a sudden you have the kickoff returned for a touchdown. That's not the way you want to open the second half.''
TCU didn't score again until Ross Evans kicked a 28-yard field goal with 27 seconds remaining.
Louisiana-Monroe, now 0-22 against Top 25 teams, led 17-14 on Tavarese Maye's 37-yard touchdown catch with 19 seconds left in the first quarter. Maye lunged forward in the middle of the end zone for the grab after cornerback Kevin White stumbled and fell against the receiver's legs.
The Warhawks gained only 125 more yards after that.
|Oklahoma at Florida State|
No. 1 Oklahoma 23, No. 5 Fla. State 13 -- Box Score
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Kenny Stills reached high to grab a 37-yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones midway through the fourth quarter for the tiebreaking score, and Oklahoma's defense made the lead stand as the top-ranked Sooners beat No. 5 Florida State 23-13 on Saturday night.
Javon Harris picked off two passes for the Sooners (2-0), who forced three turnovers and harassed both Florida State quarterbacks all night. The Seminoles (2-1) played the final 20 minutes without starting quarterback E.J. Manuel, who left in the third with a left shoulder injury.
Backup Clint Trickett kept the Seminoles in it. He hooked up with freshman Rashad Greene for a 56-yard touchdown on a third-and-28 with 9:32 left in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 13.
But on the next possession, Jones went deep down the sideline to the 6-foot-1 Stills, who easily outleaped 5-8 Greg Reid for the touchdown.
No. 2 Alabama 41, North Texas 0 -- Box Score | Highlights
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy each had two long touchdown runs and career rushing highs and No. 2 Alabama's defense smothered North Texas in a 41-0 victory Saturday night.
Richardson scored three times -- including a 58-yarder and a career-long 71-yarder -- and had most of his 167 yards on the two long ones to help the Crimson Tide (3-0) race into its showdown with No. 14 Arkansas. He had 24 yards at halftime against the Mean Green (0-3) and the nation's 117th-rated defense.
Lacy scored on runs of 43 and 67 yards and gained 161 yards.
Alabama recorded its first shutout since a 45-0 victory against Chattanooga on Nov. 21, 2009, thanks to a blocked field goal by Robert Lester and a goal-line stand in the final minutes.
The No. 3 Tigers finished off No. 25 Mississippi State 19-6 on Thursday night, using its trademark running game and defense to slowly grind the Bulldogs into submission.
This time there was an added twist to LSU's domination -- quarterback Jarrett Lee completed 21 of 27 passes for 213 yards and a crucial touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Lee's emergence makes it even harder to find any LSU (3-0, 1-0 SEC) weaknesses.
The 6-foot-2, 206-pound senior is filling in for expected starter Jordan Jefferson, who was indefinitely suspended following his arrest after a bar fight in August. The Tigers haven't missed a beat -- beating Oregon in a high-profile season opener before wins against Northwestern State and now Mississippi State.
|Boise State at Toledo|
No. 4 Boise State 40, Toledo 15 -- Box Score
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Boise State's Kellen Moore admits he has a little selfish streak. That's a good thing for the No. 4 Broncos.
At least the quarterback didn't mind sharing the ball Friday night, spreading his throws around to nine different receivers against Toledo in 40-15 over the Rockets.
Boise State leaned heavily on Moore after they weren't able to get their running game on track. He didn't mind at all. "Yeah, I want to throw the ball every play,'' Moore said.
Moore finished with 455 passing yards and five touchdowns, playing pitch and catch at times. He missed on his first two throws but not many times after that, connecting on 32 of 42 passes.
No. 6 Stanford 37, Arizona 10 -- Box Score | Highlights
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Andrew Luck threw for 325 yards and had both of his touchdown passes in the second half, helping No. 6 Stanford pull away for a 37-10 victory against Arizona on Saturday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Stanford (3-0) struggled to find the end zone in the first half, then wore down Arizona in the second.
Luck picked apart the Wildcats on 20-of-31 passing, throwing touchdown passes to Zach Ertz in the third quarter and Levine Toilolo in the fourth. Stepfan Taylor added a career-high 153 yards rushing and Stanford had a balanced 567 yards to win its 11th consecutive game, the Cardinal's longest run since taking 13 in a row from 1939-41.
Nick Foles threw for 239 yards and a touchdown, but couldn't overcome Arizona's anemic running game by himself. The Wildcats (1-2) had just 51 yards rushing on 23 carries in their sixth consecutive loss to an FBS team.
No. 7 Wisconsin 49, Northern Ill. 7 -- Box Score
CHICAGO -- Russell Wilson threw for 347 yards and three scores, Montee Ball rushed for another two touchdowns and No. 7 Wisconsin piled up more than 600 yards of total offense Saturday in a 49-7 rout of Northern Illinois at Soldier Field.
Ball finished with 91 yards on 18 carries, James White added 100 yards and another score, and Nick Toon had two touchdown catches for the Badgers (3-0), who have won 31 consecutive against non-conference opponents in the regular season. Wisconsin also improved to 12-1 against the Huskies (1-2).
The only blemish for the Badgers was Wilson's interception in the third quarter, the first turnover of the season for Wisconsin.
Jasmin Hopkins scored the only touchdown for the Huskies, who fell to 4-27 against Top 25 teams.
No. 8 Oklahoma State 59, Tulsa 33 -- Box Score | Highlights
TULSA, Okla. -- Brandon Weeden threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns, Joseph Randle ran for 128 yards and three more scores and No. 8 Oklahoma State waited out a three-hour rain delay before beating Tulsa 59-33 on Sunday in a game that didn't start until after midnight CT.
A change in location, an extended weather delay and a much later than usual start did nothing to change the results for the Cowboys (3-0) in a rematch of a 65-28 win against Tulsa (1-2) last year in Stillwater.
About the only thing missing was a 100-yard receiving game from Justin Blackmon. The Biletnikoff Award winner's NCAA record run of 14 consecutive games in triple digits was halted. He had a 4-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter but had only 57 yards when the game ended at 3:35 a.m.
The NCAA doesn't keep records showing where the game ranks among the latest to start or finish.
No. 9 Texas A&M 37, Idaho 7 -- Box Score
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Cyrus Gray had three touchdowns and 101 yards rushing, Ryan Tannehill threw for 337 yards and two scores in less than three quarters and No. 9 Texas A&M shook off a sloppy start for a 37-7 win against Idaho on Saturday night.
The Aggies had two turnovers in the first quarter, but Idaho didn't take advantage. Texas A&M had tacked on 27 points before halftime thanks to two touchdowns by Gray to take a comfortable lead and go on to the win.
Gray finished with 101 yards rushing for his ninth consecutive 100-yard game dating to last season. He had a 17-yard touchdown run and a 3-yard reception for a score in the second quarter. His 1-yard run midway through the third quarter pushed the lead to 37-0.
No. 10 South Carolina 24, Navy 21 -- Box Score | Highlights
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Marcus Lattimore ran for a career-high 246 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 10 South Carolina hang on for a 24-21 victory against Navy on Saturday night.
Lattimore carried 37 times and averaged 6.6 yards a carry. The Gamecocks (3-0) ran 37 plays in the second half, and the sophomore touched the ball on 26 of them.
The Midshipmen (2-1) ran their option efficiently, rushing for 274 yards split among seven players.
After Lattimore was stopped for a loss for the first time in the game on a fourth down, Navy got the ball at its 6-yard line with 5:34 left. But Antonio Allen picked off a fourth down pass with a minute to go to seal the Gamecocks' win.
No. 11 Nebraska 51, Washington 38 -- Box Score | Highlights
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Taylor Martinez threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third, and No. 11 Nebraska held off Washington for a wild 51-38 victory on Saturday.
Martinez looked to have put away the Huskies with his 6-yard TD run, but Keith Price passed 52 yards to James Johnson for his fourth TD toss to make it a 13-point game with 4:27 left.
Nebraska (3-0) won the third meeting of the teams in 364 days. Nebraska won in Seattle last September but lost in a rematch at the Holiday Bowl.
The Huskies (2-1), who had their six-game winning streak ended, kept coming back even after big mistakes allowed Nebraska to quickly increase its 20-17 halftime lead to 34-17.
No. 12 Oregon 56, Missouri State 7 -- Box Score
EUGENE, Ore. -- LaMichael James ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns, including a 90-yarder, and No. 12 Oregon cruised to a 56-7 victory against Missouri State on Saturday.
James' 90-yard dash was Oregon's longest run since 1938. The Heisman Trophy finalist from last season also had a 1-yard TD in the first quarter and a 50-yarder in the third.
Darron Thomas threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns for the Ducks (2-1). Lavasier Tuinei caught scoring passes of 8 and 34 yards, and Oregon sat most of its starters early in the second half.
Missouri State (0-3) scored on its first possession. The Bears were efficient in a nine-play, 84-yard drive that was capped by Chris Douglas' 3-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0. By halftime, though, the Ducks were ahead 35-7.
No. 13 Virginia Tech 26, Arkansas St. 7 -- Box Score
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Logan Thomas threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 13 Virginia Tech overcame a sluggish offensive performance for a 26-7 victory against Arkansas State on Saturday.
Thomas hit D.J. Coles with a short pass that Coles took 49 yards for a touchdown and found Danny Coale from 4 yards out as the Hokies improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2006. Thomas was 21 for 33 and also threw two interceptions.
Arkansas State (1-2) came in averaging 480 yards but managed little after a 51-yard pass on its first offensive play set up its only scoring drive. The Red Wolves finished with 269 yards, ending their string of 14 consecutive games with at least 300 total yards.
No. 14 Arkansas 38, Troy 28 -- Box Score | Highlights
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Ronnie Wingo and Joe Adams provided Arkansas the boost it needed Saturday night. With three senior starters out -- defensive end Jake Bequette and receivers Jarius Wright and Greg Childs -- Wingo and Adams provided the big plays for the No. 14 Razorbacks in a 38-28 win against Troy.
Wingo rushed for a career-high 109 yards and scored three touchdowns, and Adams had eight catches for 109 yards in helping Arkansas remain undefeated as it prepares to travel to No. 2 Alabama next week.
The effort was especially rewarding for Wingo, whose previous best was an 86-yard rushing effort against Texas A&M as a freshman in 2009. The junior, who the Razorbacks (3-0) have counted on to shine this season following Knile Davis' season-ending ankle injury in August, scored on touchdown runs of 22 and 21 yards in the first half and also had a touchdown catch.
Wingo nearly doubled his season output of 116 yards rushing entering the game with the performance. His three touchdowns were also a personal best, topping the two he scored -- one rushing and one receiving -- against Troy in 2009.
Notre Dame 31, No. 15 Michigan State 13 -- Box Score
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Cierre Wood ran for two touchdowns, freshman George Atkinson III returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score and Robert Blanton had a late interception Saturday as Notre Dame beat No. 15 Michigan State 31-13 for its first win.
The Spartans (2-1), who stunned Notre Dame in overtime a year ago with a game-winning TD pass off a fake field goal, tried to surprise the Irish with another fake near the end of the first half.
Notre Dame (1-2) was ready this time. On fourth-and-goal from the 2, Ethan Johnson broke up a shovel pass attempt and the Irish led 21-10 at halftime.
Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, who had 11 consecutive completions at one juncture of the second half, was 34-for-53 for 329 yards but he was intercepted at the Notre Dame 6 with just under four minutes left by Blanton, who returned it 82 yards to the 12.
No. 16 Florida 33, Tennessee 23 -- Box Score | Highlights
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Chris Rainey had 233 total yards, including an 83-yard touchdown catch, and No. 16 Florida beat rival Tennessee 33-23 on Saturday, extending two decades of dominance in the Southeastern Conference series.
Rainey finished with 108 yards rushing, 104 yards receiving and blocked a punt that led to a field goal. His touchdown pretty much sealed it, allowing the Gators (3-0, 1-0) to push their winning streak in the series to seven games.
Florida has won 16 of 22 since the Eastern Division teams started playing annually in 1990. The Volunteers (2-1, 0-1) had hoped to end the streak with quarterback Tyler Bray, but it ended with another Florida celebration in the Swamp.
Miami (Fla.) 24, No. 17 Ohio State 6 -- Box Score
MIAMI -- Lamar Miller ran for 188 yards, Jacory Harris threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to Allen Hurns and Miami avoided matching its longest losing streak in 33 years by topping No. 17 Ohio State 24-6 on Saturday night.
Ohio State quarterbacks Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller combined to complete 4 of 17 passes for only 36 yards. The Buckeyes simply seemed to give up on the game in the final minutes, not even bothering to try and stop the clock despite having three timeouts with Miami driving in the final minutes with a 17-6 lead.
Mike James capped the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run with 33 seconds left.
Jordan Hall had 87 yards on 14 carries for the Buckeyes, who now are in danger now of falling out of the AP Top 25 for the first time in nearly seven years.
No. 18 West Virginia 37, Maryland 31 -- Box Score
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- One of these days, West Virginia will put together two good halves in the same afternoon. ... For now, one outstanding half per game is good enough.
Geno Smith threw for a career-high 388 yards, and the 18th-ranked Mountaineers withstood a furious comeback by Maryland to pull out a 37-31 victory Saturday.
One week earlier, West Virginia (3-0) trailed Norfolk State at halftime before pulling away. The Mountaineers addressed that deficiency and used what they learned to build a 27-10 lead at the break against the stunned Terrapins.
The margin swelled to 24 points before Maryland rallied, closing to 34-31 with 10:29 remaining.
No. 19 Baylor 48, Stephen F. Austin 0 -- Box Score
WACO, Texas -- Robert Griffin III continued his sterling start to the season and No. 19 Baylor celebrated its highest ranking since October 1991 by routing Stephen F. Austin 48-0 on Saturday night in a game that was ended in the third quarter because of lightning.
During a 41-minute lightning delay late in the first half, with Baylor already up 31-0, the schools agreed to skip halftime and to trim the final two quarters by 3 minutes each. When more lightning approached with 2:58 left in the third quarter, the coaches met at midfield, shook hands and let the clock run out in the quarter to make it an official game.
Although it went only 42 minutes -- well, 39:02, plus the run-off -- the Bears (2-0) still get credit for their first shutout since 1995 and first at home since 1985.
The Lumberjacks (1-2), an FCS program, drove deep into Baylor territory on their first three tries, but turned the ball over on downs, an interception and a fumble inside the 5. They hardly threatened again and remained scoreless in four games all-time against the Bears.
No. 20 South Florida 70, Florida A&M 17 -- Box Score
TAMPA, Fla. -- B.J. Daniels threw for a career-high 382 yards and four touchdowns, pacing No. 20 South Florida's 70-17 rout of Florida A&M on Saturday night.
A week after throwing for 359 yards but just one TD in a 30-point victory against Ball State, Daniels led the Bulls (3-0) to touchdowns on eight of 10 drives he led before leaving the game for good in the third quarter. The redshirt junior who grew up near the FAMU campus in Tallahassee completed 21 of 33 passes and also scored on a 5-yard run.
Darrell Scott had a big night, too, rushing for a career-best 146 yards and scoring two TDs on the ground. The 240-pound transfer from Colorado also turned a screen pass into an 84-yard touchdown, rumbling up the left sideline before cutting back to the middle on the field to stay ahead of the pursuit.
|Auburn at Clemson|
Clemson 38, No. 21 Auburn 24 -- Box Score
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Auburn certainly misses Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Cam Newton. It may miss star defensive tackle Nick Fairley even more.
No. 21 Auburn's luck ended Saturday along with its 17-game winning streak as Clemson piled up 624 yards in beating the defending national champions 38-24.
"It's been a long time since we lost,'' Auburn safety Demetruce McNeal said. "I guess it's a new feeling for us all.''
And a new one for Clemson, which hadn't opened 3-0 since 2007.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd led the way, completing 30 of 42 passes for 386 yards and four touchdowns in his third start. While Clemson's offense was rolling up yardage, its defense was shutting down an Auburn attack that had a knack for staging late-game rallies. That's what happened a year ago when Auburn overcame a 17-0 deficit to beat Clemson 27-24 in overtime.
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Illinois 17, No. 22 Arizona State 14 -- Box Score | Highlights
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois sacked Arizona State's Brock Osweiler six times and turned one into a touchdown in a 17-14 win against the No. 22 Sun Devils on Saturday night.
With Illinois trailing 14-10 in the fourth quarter, defensive end Whitney Mercilus hit Osweiler in the back and knocked the ball loose to linebacker Ian Thomas. Four plays later, Nathan Scheelhaase hit A.J. Jenkins for a 16-yard touchdown that gave Illinois (3-0) the win.
Scheelhaase was 11-of-15 for 135 yards. He threw one interception but also ran for 67 yards. Jenkins had six catches for 103 yards.
The Sun Devils (2-1) outgained Illinois 362-239. Each team had three turnovers.
Osweiler completed 25 of 45 passes for 256 yards. He ran for a touchdown and threw for another, but also tossed two interceptions.
Mercilus had two sacks, and Jonathan Brown had an interception and a sack that led to another interception.
No. 23 Texas 49, UCLA 20 -- Box Score | Highlights
PASADENA, Calif. -- Case McCoy passed for 168 yards and two touchdowns, D.J. Grant made his first three career touchdown catches, and No. 23 Texas avenged last season's stunning home loss to UCLA with a 49-20 victory against the Bruins on Saturday.
Malcolm Brown rushed for 110 yards and a score, and Fozzy Whittaker ran for two more touchdowns for the Longhorns (3-0), who got solid production from two young quarterbacks. McCoy went 12 for 15 without a turnover in his first career start, and freshman David Ash went 3-for-3 in frequent action.
Jaxon Shipley caught five passes and threw a TD pass for the Longhorns, whose spiral to a losing record last season began with that 34-12 loss to UCLA.
Richard Brehaut passed for 150 yards after Kevin Prince threw three interceptions in the first quarter for the Bruins (1-2), who are 3-8 since that win in Austin last September.
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