Trio of top-15 teams fall, led by USC
Top 25: Pitt races by No. 13 Va. Tech; Irish topple No. 10 MSU
Josh Nunes threw a go-ahead 37-yard touchdown to Zach Ertz, Stepfan Taylor ran for 153 yards and scored two touchdowns, and No. 21 Stanford upset second-ranked USC 21-14 on Saturday night for its fourth consecutive win in this series.
Heisman Trophy hopeful Matt Barkley threw for 254 yards and two interceptions while completing only 20 of 41 passes. He was sacked twice on the final drive for the Trojans (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) and threw out of bounds on a final, desperate heave on fourth-and-39 from USC's 25-yard line.
Coming out of a two-year bowl ban, USC had national title hopes. Now the Trojans will have to climb out of a hole to get there.
No. 1 Alabama 52, Arkansas 0 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Eddie Lacy ran for three touchdowns and No. 1 Alabama forced five turnovers in a 52-0 win against Arkansas.
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Vinnie Sunseri and Haha Clinton-Dix had interceptions against the Razorbacks, who played without quarterback Tyler Wilson because he had a head injury in last week's loss to Louisiana-Monroe.
The shutout was the second consecutive for the Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference). The last time Alabama, which has now forced 11 turnovers this season, had back-to-back shutouts was against Vanderbilt and Kentucky in 1980.
AJ McCarron was 11 of 16 passing for 189 yards and a touchdown.
The Razorbacks (1-2, 0-1) Arkansas had just 44 yards of total offense at halftime and 137 for the game. The Razorbacks were held scoreless in Razorback Stadium for the first time since a 7-0 loss to Baylor in 1966.
No. 3 LSU 63, Idaho 14-- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU defenders had their hands in the air even before they started celebrating interception returns for touchdowns.
Tigers safety Ronald Martin and defensive end Lavar Edwards each snagged deflected passes and returned them for scores, helping No. 3 LSU pull away for a 63-14 victory over winless Idaho on Saturday night.
The victory gave LSU (3-0) an NCAA FBS record 40th-straight non-conference regular season victory. LSU also set a Tiger Stadium mark with 20 consecutive home wins, while extending its nation-long regular-season winning streak to 16 games.
No. 4 Oregon 63, Tennessee Tech 14 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
EUGENE, Ore. -- Marcus Mariota threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns before No. 4 Oregon pulled its starters in a 63-14 victory against Tennessee Tech on Saturday.
Multitalented De'Anthony Thomas had 222 all-purpose yards on 10 touches. He ran for a 59-yard touchdown and caught a 16-yard scoring pass from Mariota.
The Ducks (3-0) were playing their final nonconference game before hosting Arizona next Saturday. They had 652 yards in total offense, compared to 177 yards for Tennessee Tech. Oregon did have its issues, however, with 12 penalties for 105 yards.
The Golden Eagles (2-1) have never defeated an FBS-level team in 28 tries. The game against the Ducks was the Ohio Valley Conference team's first against a Pac-12 opponent.
No. T5 Oklahoma -- Idle
No. T5 Florida State 52, Wake Forest 0 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Chris Thompson scored on runs of 74 and 80 yards on successive carries to lead No. 5 Florida State to a 52-0 victory against Wake Forest on Saturday.
Thompson, who suffered a broken back at Wake Forest a year ago that nearly ended his career, already had a career-high 197 yards following his 80-yard touchdown run that put the Seminoles into a 28-0 lead with 9:42 remaining in the first half.
His 74-yard touchdown followed a 60-yard punt return TD by Rashad Greene as the Seminoles (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 38-0 at the half.
Florida State's defense, which has allowed just three points this season, held Wake Forest (2-1, 1-1 ACC) to 126 yards. Tanner Price managed only 82 passing yards and Michael Campanaro had two catches for 8 yards.
No. 7 Georgia 56, Florida Atlantic 20 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
ATHENS, Ga. -- Aaron Murray passed for a career-best 342 yards and two touchdowns, also scored twice with short runs, and No. 7 Georgia bounced back from another slow start to blow out Florida Atlantic 56-20 on Saturday.
Playing without Jarvis Jones and two other defensive starters, Georgia (3-0) struggled in the first half to slow a Florida Atlantic team that scored a single touchdown against lower-division Wagner. The 44-point underdog Owls kept converting third downs and found themselves tied at 14 early in the second quarter.
But the Bulldogs had too many weapons for Florida Atlantic (1-2), piling up a school-record 713 yards. Murray completed 14 of 19, including a 67-yard touchdown to Michael Bennett and a 36-yarder to Arthur Lynch. Murray scored himself on a pair of 1-yard sneaks.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Connor Shaw went 8 of 14 for 107 yards before reinjuring his throwing shoulder as No. 8 South Carolina beat UAB 49-6 on Saturday.
Shaw left the game after taking a brutal hit late in the first half. Team officials said the junior aggravated the bruised right shoulder that kept him out of last week's game.
Sophomore Dylan Thompson took over, throwing a 95-yard touchdown pass to Damiere Byrd that put South Carolina (3-0) up 35-6 midway through the third quarter.
Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier picked up his 200th college coaching win, joining Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer, Texas' Mack Brown and Nevada's Chris Ault as the only active Division I coaches to reach that mark.
UAB (0-2) gained 267 yards, but was kept out of the end zone.
No. 9 West Virginia 42, James Madison 12 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
LANDOVER, Md. -- Geno Smith completed 34 of 39 passes for 411 yards and five touchdowns Saturday, and No. 9 West Virginia rolled to a 42-12 win against James Madison.
Smith set the school's career passing yardage record, topping Marc Bulger.
Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin both had 100 yards receiving before halftime for the Mountaineers, who improved to 2-0 and are 13-0 all time against FCS schools.
Bailey finished with 173 yards on 13 catches and three touchdowns. Austin had 113 yards on 11 receptions and one score.
The Dukes upset then-No. 13 Virginia Tech two years ago, but they never challenged the Mountaineers. They fell to 2-1.
The Mountaineers hosted the game at the Washington Redskins' stadium to help maintain an East Coast profile now that they've moved to the Big 12.
No. 20 Notre Dame 20, No. 10 Michigan State 3-- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Everett Golson threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score to help No. 20 Notre Dame beat No. 10 Michigan State 20-3 Saturday night.
The Fighting Irish (3-0) snapped a six-game losing streak against ranked teams and beat a top-10 opponent for the first time in seven years, giving Brian Kelly a signature win in his third season.
The Spartans (2-1) previously won 15 consecutve at home. The streak included a win over the Irish in 2010 on a fake field goal in overtime that preceded coach Mark Dantonio having a heart attack.
Notre Dame is off to its best start since 2002 when Tyrone Willingham won his first eight games as its coach. The Irish opened 0-2 last year and 1-3 the season before in Kelly's debut before bouncing back to finish with eight wins.
No. 11 Clemson 41, Furman 7 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Tajh Boyd threw for 310 yards and three touchdown passes, Sammy Watkins had a 58-yard touchdown run in his season debut and No. 11 Clemson won its 30th consecutive against Furman 41-7 on Saturday.
Andre Ellington added a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Tigers (3-0).
Watkins scored in the first quarter after taking an inside handoff from Boyd and rushing past the right side of Furman's defense. The All-American sophomore receiver spent the past two games on the sideline, suspended for a May drug arrest. He finished with four catches for 52 yards.
Boyd's three scoring throws gave him 43 for his career, second all time at Clemson and just six behind the record held by Charlie Whitehurst.
Furman of the Football Championship Subdivision opened 0-3 for the first time since 1979.
No. 12 Ohio State 35, California 28 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Braxton Miller lofted a 72-yard touchdown pass to an all-alone Devin Smith with 3:26 left and Christian Bryant snuffed out California's last chance with an interception to power No. 12 Ohio State to a 35-28 win on Saturday.
The Golden Bears (1-2) missed three field goals and had a touchdown called back by a penalty, while the Buckeyes (3-0) gave up 512 yards and were outplayed for much of the second half.
Taking over at his own 25 with the score knotted, it took just three plays until on third-and-7 a defensive back thought Miller would run. Instead he threw deep to a wide-open Smith, who galloped home for the winning score.
Bryant then picked off Zach Maynard's pass and returned it 38 yards to end the Bears' last threat.
Pitt 35, No. 13 Virginia Tech 17 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
PITTSBURGH – RB Ray Graham ran for 94 yards and two scores and added an 18-yard touchdown reception to lead Pitt to a 35-17 upset of No. 13 Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Tino Sunseri passed for 283 yards and two touchdowns and freshman running back Rushel Shell added 157 yards as Pitt (1-2) gave coach Paul Chryst his first career victory in emphatic fashion.
The Panthers never trailed, forced four turnovers and took advantage of uncharacteristically sloppy play by the Hokies.
Virginia Tech (2-1) had won 13 consecutive true road games, the longest active streak in the country, but let Pitt race to a quick three-touchdown lead and never really threatened. Logan Thomas completed just 14 of 31 passes for 265 yards and one touchdown against three interceptions.
No. 14 Texas 66, Mississippi 31 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
OXFORD, Miss. -- Texas started its night by running over Mississippi's defense. When that got boring, the Longhorns ran around it.
Finally, they let quarterback David Ash get in on the fun, lobbing long touchdowns as No. 14 Texas clobbered Mississippi 66-31 on Saturday night.
By the end of the evening, the statistics were impressive. Ash threw for a career-high 326 yards and four touchdowns, receiver Marquise Goodwin accounted for 182 yards and two touchdowns and the Longhorns gained 676 yards. Ash connected on touchdown passes of 46 and 55 yards while completing 19 of 23 passes in a nearly flawless performance. Mike Davis caught five passes for 124 yards and a touchdown.
It was the most points Ole Miss has given up in a game since 1917.
Texas (3-0) led 31-10 by halftime and 52-24 by the end of the third quarter. The Longhorns could have scored more than 70 points, but took a knee on their final two offensive plays rather than try to punch in one last touchdown.
No. 15 Kansas State 35, North Texas 21 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Collin Klein threw for 230 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, Tyler Lockett returned a kickoff 96 yards for another score and No. 15 Kansas State eased past North Texas 35-21 on Saturday.
Tramaine Thompson caught five passes for 102 yards and two scores, and John Hubert added a touchdown on the ground for Kansas State (3-0), which struggled to put away the tougher-than-expected Mean Green in its tuneup for next Saturday's showdown with fifth-ranked Oklahoma.
North Texas (1-2) fought its way within 14-13 late in the third quarter before Klein and Thompson hooked up for their second touchdown.
Hubert and Klein added fourth-quarter scoring runs to finally give Kansas State breathing room.
No. 16 TCU 20, Kansas 6 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Casey Pachall threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns, both of them to Brandon Carter, and No. 16 TCU beat Kansas 20-6 on Saturday in its Big 12 debut.
Carter finished with eight catches for 141 yards, and Waymon James added 99 yards rushing for the Horned Frogs (2-0, 1-0), who pushed the nation's longest winning streak to 10 games by beating up on the team picked to finish last in the conference in preseason polls.
Dayne Crist led the Jayhawks (1-2, 0-1) with 303 yards passing, but he was also intercepted once, fumbled as he was heading into the end zone in the fourth quarter, and missed several third-down throws that prevented Kansas from capitalizing on TCU turnovers.
No. 17 Michigan 63, Massachusetts 16 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Denard Robinson put up 397 yards of total offense and accounted for four touchdowns in No. 17 Michigan's 63-16 rout of Massachusetts on Saturday.
Robinson, who came out of the game with Michigan (2-1) leading 56-13 late in the third quarter, rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown and completed 16 of 24 passes for 291 yards and three scores. Tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint, who missed Michigan's opener due to suspension and then carried for just seven yards against Air Force, had 85 yards and a touchdown against the Minutemen.
Former Wolverine Michael Cox, now a grad student at UMass, led the Minutemen (0-3) with 76 yards rushing, but Michigan finished the game with a 585-259 edge in yardage.
No. 18 Florida 37, No. 23 Tennessee 20-- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Florida is quickly developing a reputation as the Southeastern Conference's comeback kings.
Jeff Driskel threw two touchdown passes and Trey Burton ran for a pair of scores as No. 18 Florida scored the game's final 24 points to beat No. 23 Tennessee 37-20 on Saturday.
The Gators have won eight straight against their SEC East rivals, and for the second straight week came from behind on the road to win a conference game.
The Gators (3-0, 2-0) rallied from a 17-10 halftime deficit to win 20-17 at Texas A&M last week. Florida lost all five games it trailed at halftime last season.
No. 19 Louisville 38, North Carolina 34 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Teddy Bridgewater threw three first-half touchdowns and No. 19 Louisville scored on its first six possessions, and then had to hold North Carolina with a late goal-line stand to come away with a 39-34 victory on Saturday.
Bryn Renner settled down from a rough first half to rally the Tar Heels (1-2) from a 36-7 deficit with four second-half touchdowns, including a screen pass to Romar Morris for a 50-yard touchdown with 1:45 remaining.
North Carolina's Norkeithus Otis then forced Adrian Bushell to fumble the ensuing kickoff, and the Tar Heels recovered at the Cardinals' 10. But after moving to the 3, North Carolina was penalized for a false start and Renner's final pass two plays later was broken up by Andrew Johnson in the end zone.
Bridgewater threw for 218 of his 279 yards in the first half for the Cardinals (3-0). He finished 23 of 28 passing for 279 yards.
Renner finished with five TD passes.
No. 22 UCLA 37, Houston 6 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
PASADENA, Calif. -- No. 22 UCLA showed what it can do on offense in its first two games of the season, rolling up 85 points and 1,299 yards. It was the Bruins' defense that stood out in the third game.
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Redshirt freshman Brett Hundley passed for 320 yards and two touchdowns, and the hard-hitting Bruins held high-scoring Houston in check Saturday night in a 37-6 victory.
Johnathan Franklin, the nation's leading rusher, gained 110 yards on 25 carries, Sheldon Price tied a school record with three of UCLA's five interceptions, and Ka'imi Fairbairn kicked three field goals.
Hundley completed 27 of 42 passes with two interceptions. Franklin, a senior who averaged 215.5 yards in his team's first two games, moved into second place on UCLA's career rushing list with 3,210 yards. Gaston Green gained 3,731 yards in the 1980s.
The teams combined for 11 turnovers - six by Houston.
No. 24 Arizona 56, South Carolina State 0 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Scoring almost when it wanted and barely giving South Carolina State's offense room to breathe, No. 24 Arizona breezed through its final nonconference game, rolling past the Bulldogs 56-0 on Saturday night.
Instead of a letdown as coach Rich Rodriguez feared, Arizona (3-0) handled a team from the Football Championship Subdivision as any good program would, racing out to a 28-0 lead by halftime and a school-record 43 first downs overall.
Matt Scott threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns on 30 of 36 passing, and added a 10-yard scoring run in another stellar performance to start his senior season.
Arizona's try-to-keep-up-with-us offense ran a school-record 102 plays and had 689 total yards, two short of another record.
The defense was just as dominant, holding South Carolina State (1-2) to 154 total yards for its first shutout in four years.
Saturday night, the 25th-ranked Cougars had two late chances only to have the same result, this time a 24-21 loss to Utah.
BYU, once down 24-7, stormed back and was driving for a potential tying field goal. A last gasp pass fell incomplete, and frenzied Utah fans ran onto the field thinking the game was over.
Not so fast. Officials reviewed the play and found that one second remained when the pass hit the ground.
They cleared the field, and Justin Sorensen lined up for a 51-yard attempt, only to see Star Lotulelei block it.
The Cougars would get yet another shot, from 15 yards closer, since the crowd had rushed the field again with a live ball, and Utah was assessed a penalty.
Riley Stephenson's 36-yard attempt with no time left clanked off the left upright, sending the Paint It Red fans back on the field for good to celebrate the upset.