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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Sean Mannion threw for 276 yards and a touchdown, Oregon State’s defense smothered Wisconsin’s Montee Ball and the Beavers upset the No. 13 Badgers 10-7 on Saturday.
Mannion connected with Brandin Cooks on a 20-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the second half to give the Beavers a 10-0 lead then turned it over to the Oregon State (1-0) defense that forced two turnovers and held Ball to 61 yards rushing.
The win snapped Wisconsin’s 33-game non-conference winning streak, the second-longest in the country behind LSU.
Wisconsin finished with 207 yards and only 35 on the ground. It was the lowest total yardage for Wisconsin in five years. The previous non-conference loss for Wisconsin (1-1) came early in the 2003 season when the Badgers lost to UNLV.
No. 1 Alabama 35, Western Kentucky 0 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — AJ McCarron passed for 219 yards and matched his career high with four touchdown passes to lead No. 1 Alabama to a 35-0 win against Western Kentucky on Saturday.
McCarron had two scoring tosses apiece to Christion Jones and Kevin Norwood in a performance that was more about big plays than consistent, muscle-flexing dominance for the top-ranked Crimson Tide (2-0). The Hilltoppers (1-1) were 40-point underdogs and the sandwich opponent between top-10 opponents Michigan and No. 8 Arkansas.
A running game that produced 232 yards against the Wolverines took a back seat to McCarron and the capitalistic defense. McCarron completed 14 of 19 passes and played all but the final series.
Norwood caught three passes for 92 yards.
Alabama forced four turnovers, three fumbles and a C.J. Mosley interception.
Kawaun Jakes competed 20 of 31 passes for 178 yards for the Hilltoppers, who also played LSU last season.
No. 2 Southern California 42, Syracuse 29 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Matt Barkley threw a career-best six touchdown passes, and Robert Woods was spectacular with 200 all-purpose yards and two scores, to help No. 2 Southern California shake free of Syracuse 42-29 on Saturday.
The rare trip to the northeast for the Trojans was choppy at times, and Syracuse’s hurry-up offense kept USC working hard for four quarters at MetLife Stadium.
Ryan Nassib and Syracuse’s hurry-up offense kept things close with consecutive touchdowns in the third quarter to make it 21-16 heading into the fourth. Nassib finished with 322 yards passing, two touchdown passes and a touchdown run.
But the Orange simply had no answer for Woods.
The All-American reached over a defender for a 29-yard score in the second quarter and boxed out a defensive back on a 4-yard touchdown in the third. He finished with 10 catches for 93 yards.
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The rest of LSU’s running backs made it a really long night for the overmatched Huskies.
Blue rushed for 101 yards, including a 21-yard score, and No. 3 LSU racked up 242 yards on the ground in a 41-3 victory against Washington on Saturday night.
Kenny Hilliard added a pair of short TDs and fullback J.C. Copeland pounded through the pile for another score for LSU (2-0), which ran at will while averaging nearly five yards per carry.
Tigers QB Zach Mettenberger was 12 of 18 for 195 yards, including a 32-yard scoring pass to Kadron Boone. James Wright caught five passes for 75 yards.
Keith Price was 17 of 36 for 157 yards for the Huskies (1-1). Normally a good scrambler, Price had trouble with LSU’s speedy defenders, who sacked him four times and intercepted him once.
No. 4 Oregon 42, Fresno State 25 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
EUGENE, Ore. — Kenjon Barner ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 4 Oregon to a 42-25 victory against Fresno State on Saturday.
De’Anthony Thomas ran for 102 yards and two additional scores for the Ducks (2-0), who sprinted to a 35-6 lead in the first half before the Bulldogs were able to slow them a bit in the second. Redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 19 of 27 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.
Derek Carr, the younger brother of former Bulldogs QB David Carr, completed 29 of 47 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown for Fresno State (1-1), a new member of the Mountain West Conference this season. Quentin Breshears kicked four field goals, including one from 43 yards.
No. 5 Oklahoma 69, Florida A&M 13 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
NORMAN, Okla. — Damien Williams ran for 156 yards and four touchdowns in a record-setting Owen Field debut, Kenny Stills added 120 yards receiving and a score, and No. 5 Oklahoma beat Florida A&M 69-13 on Saturday night.
Williams’ rushing total was the most for a player in his first game at the Sooners’ home field, and he became only the fourth player at the school to eclipse 100 yards rushing in each of his first two games. Adrian Peterson was the last to do it, in 2004.
Landry Jones threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for the Sooners (2-0), who had dropped a spot in the rankings after an unimpressive 24-7 victory in their opener at UTEP.
Travis Harvey caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Damien Fleming and finished with 118 yards receiving for Florida A&M (0-2) of the Football Championship Subdivision.
No. 6 Florida State 55, Savannah State 0 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — EJ Manuel passed for three touchdowns in the opening seven minutes and sixth-ranked Florida State’s defense held lower-division Savannah State to 28 yards Saturday on its way to a 55-0 victory in a game called in the third quarter because of lightning.
The Seminoles bolted to a 35-0 lead in the first quarter as Manuel completed 11 of 13 passes for 161 yards and five different Seminoles scored touchdowns. Manuel didn’t play after the opening quarter.
Florida State (2-0) led 48-0 at halftime and finished with 413 yards. James Wilder Jr. and Kelvin Benjamin each scored two touchdowns.
The Tigers have been outscored by a combined 139-0 in their first two games this season. They were beaten 84-0 at Oklahoma State last week.
No. 7 Georgia 41, Missouri 20 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Aaron Murray hit Marlon Brown for two of his three touchdown passes, the second for the go-ahead score as No. 7 Georgia recover from a shaky start with 32 second-half points that spoiled Missouri’s SEC debut in a 41-20 victory on Saturday night.
The Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0) trailed 17-9 early in the third quarter before turning Missouri’s SEC debut into an unsatisfying initiation for the Tigers (1-1, 0-1) and a sellout crowd of 71,004 clad in yellow and waving yellow pom-pons.
Up by 21 points with the clock winding down, Georgia’s fan contingent, mostly concentrated in one corner of the end zone, chanted “Old Man Football! Old Man Football!” That was in reference to comments by excitable Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who said he turned off the TV last week during Georgia’s opening victory against Buffalo because he was unimpressed with the Bulldogs’ no-frills style of play.
Louisiana-Monroe 34, No. 8 Arkansas 31 (OT) – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Kolton Browning’s 16-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-1 lifted Louisiana-Monroe to a 34-31 overtime win against No. 8 Arkansas.
Browning accounted for 481 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to lead the Warhawks (1-0) to their first win against a Southeastern Conference team since defeating Alabama in 2007.
The Razorbacks (1-1) played the second half without quarterback Tyler Wilson, who suffered a head injury after taking several big hits in the first half.
Wilson, who also missed the second half against New Mexico last season with concussion-like symptoms, was 11 of 20 passing for 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns before leaving the game at halftime.
Louisiana-Monroe outgained Arkansas 550-377 in total yards.
No. 9 South Carolina 48, East Carolina 10 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Dylan Thompson completed 21 of 37 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 9 South Carolina (2-0) beat East Carolina 48-10 Saturday.
Thompson started the game in place of the injured Connor Shaw, and left little doubt coach Steve Spurrier made the right choice to let Shaw rest.
Thompson’s first completion was a 53-yard pass to Damiere Byrd. He finished the game averaging almost 16 yards a completion and did not throw an interception.
The rejuvenated passing game allowed Spurrier to use star running back Marcus Lattimore sparingly. He gained 40 yards on 13 carries.
East Carolina (1-1) gained 400 yards. But the Pirates turned the ball over five times, including four interceptions and a fumble in just 16 plays.
No. 11 Michigan State 41, Central Michigan 7 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Andrew Maxwell threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 11 Michigan State cruised to a 41-7 win against Central Michigan on Saturday.
The Spartans (2-0) scored 10 points in the final minute of the first half to take a 24-0 lead. Michigan State was playing at Central Michigan (1-1) for the first time, part of a decade-long series of games against the Chippewas, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan.
Le’Veon Bell had 70 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns, shouldering a lighter load after carrying 44 times for 210 yards in Michigan State’s opener against Boise State.
The Spartans haven’t allowed an offensive touchdown this season.
No. 12 Clemson 52, Ball State 17 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
CLEMSON, S.C. — DeAndre Hopkins caught three touchdown passes, Andre Ellington rushed for two scores and Spencer Benton kicked a 61-yard field goal to set an Atlantic Coast Conference record in No. 12 Clemson’s 52-27 victory against Ball State on Saturday.
Ellington’s two short TD runs helped the Tigers (2-0) get off to a fast start, and Tajh Boyd found Hopkins for touchdown passes of 13, 34 and 15 yards in the second period to help increase the lead to 35-10.
Benton finished the Tigers’ 45-point half with his record-setting kick as time ran out. The NCAA record for longest kick by an FBS player is 67 yards set three times, most recently in 1978.
Ball State (1-1) had hoped to use its fast-paced attack to keep up. But Keith Wenning threw two interceptions, both which led to Clemson scores.
No. 14 Ohio State 31, Central Florida 16 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Braxton Miller became the first Ohio State quarterback to rush for three touchdowns in a game in 34 years and he passed for another score to lead the 14th-ranked Buckeyes to a 31-16 victory against Central Florida on Saturday.
A week after setting a school quarterback record with 161 rushing yards in a 56-10 win against Miami (Ohio), Miller ran for 141 yards on 27 carries. His number kept coming up after starting running back Carlos Hyde left with a first-half knee injury.
Miller’s scoring runs covered 37, 6 and 8 yards. He also found Jake Stoneburner on a 12-yard touchdown pass for the Buckeyes (2-0).
Blake Bortles threw two TD passes for UCF (1-1) but he was also intercepted three times.
No. 15 Virginia Tech 42, Austin Peay 7 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Virginia Tech used two big plays in the punt return game to overcome a lethargic offensive start and the No. 15 Hokies beat Austin Peay 42-7 Saturday.
Kyshoen Jarrett’s 46-yard punt return set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Michael Holmes to give the Hokies a 7-0 lead.
Still not clicking on offense, especially in the running game, Virginia Tech (2-0) got a momentum-building punt block by Tony Gregory midway through the second period. Five plays later, Logan Thomas scored on a 1-yard sneak.
A 30-yard touchdown pass from Thomas to Corey Fuller with 26 seconds left in the half made it 21-0, and the rout of an overmatched FCS opponent was on.
Austin Peay (0-2) got its lone score on Terrence Oliver’s 10-yard run.
UCLA 36, No. 16 Nebraska 30 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
PASADENA, Calif. — Brett Hundley passed for 305 yards and four touchdowns in an outstanding Rose Bowl debut, Datone Jones sacked Taylor Martinez for a tiebreaking safety with 8:44 to play, and UCLA surprised No. 17 Nebraska 36-30 Saturday night.
Johnathan Franklin rushed for 217 yards and caught an 8-yard TD pass with 2:13 to play for the Bruins, who improved to 2-0 under new coach Jim Mora with an impressive offensive performance against the Cornhuskers (1-1).
Joseph Fauria caught two TD passes and Steven Manfro grabbed another from Hundley, the redshirt freshman who went 21-for-31 and led the Bruins to 653 total yards.
After Jones’ ferocious sack put the Bruins ahead in a defense-dominated second half, Andrew Abbott intercepted a long pass by Martinez and returned it to the Nebraska 16, setting up Franklin’s TD catch.
No. 17 Texas 45, New Mexico 0 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas quarterback David Ash scored on a 49-yard touchdown run and had receivers turn short throws into two more scores and the No. 17 Longhorns routed New Mexico 45-0 Saturday night.
Ash’s touchdown run came on Texas’ sixth play from scrimmage. Mike Davis caught a 22-yard touchdown pass just before halftime. In the third quarter, Ash flipped the ball to Daje Johnson in the backfield and the freshman scooted around the end for a 45-yard TD.
Ash was 16 of 22 for a career-high 221 yards for Texas (2-0).
New Mexico (1-1) held the ball for nearly 20 minutes in the first half, but starting quarterback B.R. Holbrook was knocked out of the game in the second quarter after taking a blow to the helmet on a tackle.
No. 19 Michigan 31, Air Force 25 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Denard Robinson ran for 218 yards, threw for 208 and scored four times to help No. 19 Michigan hold off Air Force for a 31-25 win Saturday.
Robinson became the first player in major college football since at least 1996 to have at least 200 yards rushing and 200 passing in three games, according to STATS LLC.
The Wolverines (1-1) bounced back after a 41-14 loss to Alabama, though they had a tough time beating the Falcons (1-1) in a game they were favored to win easily.
Cody Getz ran for 130 yards, with his third rushing TD and a 2-point conversion pulling Air Force within three early in the fourth.
The Falcons had a shot to snap their 19-game losing streak against teams in the Associated Press poll, but turned the ball over on downs with 1:28 left at its 35 when Jake Ryan batted down a pass.
No. 20 TCU 56, Grambling 0 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU got off to a fast start in its first game as a Big 12 Conference member and debut of its $164 million completely redone stadium.
The 20th-ranked Horned Frogs also made Gary Patterson the winningest coach in school history.
Casey Pachall threw three touchdown passes, two to Josh Boyce, after the Frogs had already scored on special teams and defense in a season-opening 56-0 victory against Grambling State on Saturday night.
After being one of only four FBS teams that didn’t play on college football’s opening weekend, TCU had 531 total yards against FCS team Grambling (0-2). That included 276 passing by two quarterbacks who combined to complete all 17 passes attempted – the most in FBS history without an incompletion.
No. 21 Kansas State 52, Miami (Fla.) 13 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Collin Klein threw for 210 yards and ran for 71 more Saturday, accounting for four touchdowns and leading No. 21 Kansas State to a 52-13 rout of Miami (Fla.).
John Hubert added 106 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Daniel Sams added two scores on the ground as the Wildcats (2-0) rolled up 498 yards of total offense while holding Miami to 262.
The blowout stood in stark contrast to last season’s meeting in Coral Gables, Fla., when Kansas State needed a dramatic goal-line stand in the closing minutes to secure a 28-24 victory.
Stephen Morris threw for 215 yards for Miami (1-1), but he was also sacked five times. The Canes lost three fumbles and managed just 40 yards rushing — an average of 1.4 per attempt.
No. 22 Notre Dame 20, Purdue 17 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Tommy Rees came off the bench to lead Notre Dame on a last-minute, winning drive Saturday as the No. 22 Irish got a 27-yard field goal from Kyle Brindza with seven seconds to go and beat Purdue 20-17.
Rees, who was suspended for the opener after he was involved in a skirmish with police at a party in May, relieved starter Everett Golson late in the fourth quarter.
Purdue (1-1) had tied the game at 17-17 when Caleb TerBush threw a 15-yard TD pass to Antavian Edison with 2:12 left, the score set up by Josh Johnson’s recovery of a Golson fumble. Golson was shaken up on the play and the Irish turned to Rees, who started 12 games last season.
Rees connected on key third down passes of 10 yards to John Goodman and 21 yards to Robby Toma to get Brindza in position for the game-winning kick. Notre Dame is 2-0 for the first time since 2008.
No. 23 Louisville 35, Missouri State 7 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Teddy Bridgewater kept No. 23 Louisville’s offense clicking Saturday by passing for a career-high 344 yards and two touchdowns, while the defense stifled Missouri State in a 35-7 rout.
Despite a statistical falloff from last week’s 19 of 21 effort against Kentucky, Bridgewater still completed 30 of 39 passing attempts. He once again involved others and often, with seven of his 10 targets catching at least three passes.
Eli Rogers led the way with six receptions, while Charles Gaines had a game-high 73 yards. Tight ends Nate Nord and Ryan Hubbell caught TDs as the Cardinals totaled 475 yards, eight more than last week.
Missouri State (0-2) did little against Louisville’s defense, gaining just 222 yards with its lone touchdown of the season coming late in the first half. Ashton Glaser was just 14 of 23 passing for 125 yards with a sack and an interception.
No. 24 Florida 20, Texas A&M 17 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Mike Gillislee ran for 83 yards and two touchdowns and No. 24 Florida shut down Texas A&M’s offense in the second half in a 20-17 win on Saturday in the Aggies’ first Southeastern Conference game after moving from the Big 12.
Florida trailed 17-10 at halftime after a first half when Texas A&M’s offense under new coach Kevin Sumlin pretty much did what it wanted. Things changed in the second half as the Gators clamped down and forced punts each of A&M’s six possessions after the break.
Gillislee’s second touchdown of the day on a 12 yard run put Florida up 20-17 early in the fourth quarter.
Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel threw for 173 yards and ran for 60 more, but he couldn’t move A&M’s offense after halftime.
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