Ohio State survives scare from Purdue
Top 25: USC's Barkley sets mark; WVU's Smith struggles again
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Many in a crowd of 105,290 thought No. 7 Ohio State had no chance of winning after star quarterback Braxton Miller went out with an injury late in the third quarter.
Backup Kenny Guiton had other ideas.
Guiton came off the bench in relief to lead touchdown drives in the final minute of regulation and in overtime, with Carlos Hyde scoring on a 1-yard run to clinch No. 7 Ohio State's 29-22 victory against Purdue on Saturday.
Purdue (3-4, 0-3 Big Ten) led 22-14 when Ohio State got the ball with just 47 seconds left in regulation. Guiton, inserted when Miller went out with an undisclosed injury, hit Chris Fields on a 2-yard touchdown pass with 3 seconds remaining. Guiton then found freshman Jeff Heuerman on the conversion pass to tie it at 22.
Hyde scored on a short plunge for Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) before Purdue's Caleb TerBush, who had two TD passes, misfired on four passes in the overtime.
A.J. McCarron threw four touchdown passes and threw for a career-high 306 yards Saturday as the top-ranked Crimson Tide trounced Tennessee 44-13 at Neyland Stadium. Freshman receiver Amari Cooper caught seven passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns, while freshman running back T.J. Yeldon ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.
Tyler Bray went 13-of-27 for 184 yards with two interceptions and no touchdown passes for Tennessee. The Volunteers had scored at least 31 points in each of their first six games, but they couldn't muster much offense against an Alabama team that entered the day leading the country in total defense, scoring defense, run defense and pass efficiency defense.
Tennessee (3-4, 0-4 SEC) has lost 11 of its last 12 SEC games and is 0-14 against the Top 25 since Derek Dooley took control of the program in 2010. The different circumstances facing each team were evident from a look at the stands, as more than one-third of the 102,455 fans were cheering for Alabama (7-0, 4-0). By the midway point of the fourth quarter, many of the Tennessee fans already had headed to the parking lot.
No. 2 Oregon 43, Arizona State 21 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Kenjon Barner ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Mariota added 135 yards, and No. 2 Oregon manhandled Arizona State in a 43-21 victory Thursday night.
Facing its first true road test, Oregon (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12) turned what was supposed to be a duel in the desert into another we've-seen-this-before rout by running over the Sun Devils in the first half.
The Ducks had their way against what had been the Pac-12's best defense, racing to a 36-point halftime lead and rushing for 406 yards to win their nation-leading 12th straight road game.
Arizona State (5-2, 3-1) got the start it wanted, forcing a fumble on Oregon's second play and scoring a touchdown on its first.
The Sun Devils wilted after that, unable to make up for the early loss of star defensive tackle Will Sutton or find a way to slow down the Ducks as they raced past.
No. 3 Florida 44, No. 9 South Carolina 11-- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jeff Driskel threw four touchdown passes -- three of them after turnovers - and the third-ranked Gators matched their win total from 2011.
The Gators avenged consecutive losses to the Gamecocks, including one a couple of years ago that ended with Steve Spurrier and his players celebrating a division title in The Swamp.
``We remember the feeling, how bad it hurt,'' center Jon Harrison said. ``We even had guys getting emotional over it. We just used that as pure motivation to come out here and completely dominate this team.''
Florida's latest whatever-it-takes win kept Muschamp's team undefeated and put it on the cusp of the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division title. The Gators (7-0, 6-0 SEC) can clinch a spot in the league's championship game by beating No. 13 Georgia next week in nearby Jacksonville.
Florida won this one with turnovers, stellar defense and more halftime adjustments -- the kind of successful tweaks that are making Muschamp and his staff seem like the right fit in Gainesville.
No. 4 Kansas State 55, No. 17 West Virginia 14 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Collin Klein ran for four touchdowns and threw three TD passes as No. 4 Kansas State got little resistance from No. 17 West Virginia in a win that turned a matchup of Heisman Trophy contenders into campaign ad for the Wildcats' quarterback.
Klein was 19 for 21 for a career-high 323 yards and ran for 41 yards for the Wildcats (7-0, 4-0 Big 12).
It was no surprise the Mountaineers (5-2, 2-2) were awful on defense, it's been that way all season. For the second consecutive game, though, Geno Smith and the offense did nothing to keep it close.
Smith followed up a clunker at Texas Tech last week with an even worse game, throwing his first two interceptions of the season and finishing 21 for 32 for 143 yards. This senior has gone from Heisman front-runner to long shot in two weeks.
Kansas State (7-0, 4-0) scored on its first eight possessions, making it 52-7 with 2:25 minutes left in the third quarter when Klein hit Tyler Lockett over the middle for a 20-yard score.
No. 5 Notre Dame 17, BYU 14 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Theo Riddick ran for a career-high 143 yards, Cierre Wood added 114 yards as No. 5 Notre Dame rallied for a victory.
Riddick had runs of 55 and 27, the two longest rushes of his career, to pace Notre Dame (7-0), which is off to its best start in a decade and has a big game ahead against No. 10 Oklahoma next week. The Cougars (4-4) fell to 0-3 on the road as they surrendered a season-high 270 yards rushing by an opponent.
Backup quarterback Tommy Rees, starting in place of injured Everett Golson, completed 6 of 7 passes in the first quarter for 86 yards and a touchdown, completing four of those to Tyler Eifert. But Rees went cold later and the Irish attempted only three passes in the second half.
No. 6 LSU 24, No. 20 Texas A&M 19 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Jeremy Hill rushed for a career-high 127 yards and a touchdown, and No. 6 LSU rallied from an early deficit to beat No. 20 Texas A&M 24-19 at Kyle Field on Saturday.
Michael Ford also had a touchdown run and Zach Mettenberger threw a TD pass to Kadron Boone for the Tigers (7-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference).
A&M (5-2, 2-2) outplayed the Tigers for much of the first half and led 12-0. But the Aggies gave away two costly turnovers just before halftime, and Boone's diving catch in the end zone with 11 seconds left put LSU up 14-12 at the break. Hill finished off A&M with a 47-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Johnny Manziel, A&M's dual-threat quarterback, completed 29 of 56 passes for 276 yards, but threw three interceptions.
No. 8 Oregon State 21, Utah 7 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State's defense helped out when quarterback Cody Vaz struggled in the rain, and the undefeated Beavers beat Utah for their best start in more than a century.
Vaz made his debut last weekend as the starter in place of injured Sean Mannion and threw for three touchdowns against BYU to earn Pac-12 player of the week honors. This time, he passed for 174 yards against the Utes. But the Beavers' defense had an interception and a fumble recovery that led to two first-half touchdown runs by Storm Woods.
Woods had all three TDs for Oregon State (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12), which hadn't opened 6-0 since 1907, when the school was the Oregon Agricultural College. The victory also meant bowl eligibility for the Beavers, who went 3-9 last season and were picked to finish last in the Pac-12 North this year.
Freshman Travis Wilson threw for 172 yards and a touchdown for Utah (2-5, 0-4), which began conference play with four consecutive losses for the second season in a row.
No. 10 Oklahoma 52, Kansas 7-- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
NORMAN, Okla. -- Landry Jones threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 10 Oklahoma scored on a kickoff return and a punt return in the same game for the first time in school history while clobbering Kansas.
Justin Brown made up for a lost fumble on his previous punt return by running his next chance back 90 yards and diving at the pylon for the score. Roy Finch then opened the second half with a 100-yard runback to stretch the lead to 45-0.
The Brown-Finch combo marked the first time the Sooners (5-1, 3-1 Big 12) have had two plays at least 90 yards long in the same game.
James Sims scored on a shutout-preventing touchdown run in the fourth quarter for Kansas (1-6, 0-4), which never presented much of a challenge while losing its 16th consecutive conference game and 27th out of the last 28.
No. 11 USC 50, Colorado 6 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
LOS ANGELES -- Matt Barkley threw for 298 yards and six touchdowns while setting Southern California's career record for TD passes, and Robert Woods caught a school-record four scoring passes while also surpassing USC's career receptions mark.
Barkley and Woods climbed atop the Trojans' record books during the most prolific day of their three-year partnership at USC (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12), connecting on scoring throws of 39, 29, 17 and 3 yards in the first 35 minutes against hapless Colorado (1-6, 1-3).
Barkley hit Woods with his 100th career TD pass in the second quarter to surpass Matt Leinart's USC and conference records. Woods passed Dwayne Jarrett on USC's career receptions list a few minutes later with his 217th career catch, going 17 yards for another TD.
No. 12 Florida State 33, Miami 20 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
MIAMI -- EJ Manuel threw for 229 yards, Devonta Freeman ran for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and No. 12 Florida State overcame a shaky start to beat Miami 33-20 on Saturday.
It was the Seminoles' third consecutive win against their ACC archrival.
Manuel completed 21 of 31 passes for Florida State (7-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which won despite 12 penalties and five fumbles, two of them lost. Dustin Hopkins kicked four field goals for the Seminoles, and James Wilder added a touchdown run.
Stephen Morris, playing a week after spraining his left ankle, started and threw for 223 yards and a late touchdown for Miami (4-4, 3-2 ACC), which has lost three in a row but controls its Coastal Division destiny.
Mike James had a touchdown run for the Hurricanes, who lost freshman Duke Johnson in the second half with an undisclosed injury.
Miami finished with 29 yards rushing on 21 attempts.
Murray threw four touchdown passes to become the school's career leader, with the first three crucial in rallying the No. 13 Bulldogs for a 29-24 victory against Kentucky.
The junior finished 30 of 38 for 427 yards for Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC), which stayed within reach of East-leading Florida entering next week's showdown against the Gators (7-0, 6-0) in Jacksonville, Fla.
Two of Murray's scores were to Tavarres King, who had nine receptions for 188 yards - including a 66-yard TD. Malcolm Mitchell had nine catches for 103 yards.
Arthur Lynch and Chris Conley also caught TDs for the Bulldogs. Todd Gurley added 47 rushing yards on 12 carries.
Georgia outgained Kentucky 504-329.
No. 14 Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 17 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Tajh Boyd ran for two touchdowns and passed for another and Jonathan Meeks had a 74-yard interception return score as No. 14 Clemson won its third in a row against Virginia Tech 38-17 on Saturday.
Andre Ellington had a 12-yard touchdown run and 96 yards for the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 ACC), who relied on their much-maligned defense to bail them out of this one.
Clemson finished with three interceptions and twice stopped fourth downs to end drives by the Hokies (4-4, 2-2). Logan Thomas passed for 207 yards and ran for 99, accounting for two Virginia Tech touchdowns. He was continually harassed by the Tigers and threw two picks.
Boyd was 12 of 21 for 160 yards, 131 fewer than he averaged coming in.
Clemson tied a school record with its 11th straight home victory, something it had done twice before from 1937-42 and 1989-91. To match the mark this time, the Tigers had to count on their usually unreliable defense as their high-flying offense was largely grounded.
The Hokies put up 406 yards, but that's still under the 445 a game Clemson had been allowing.
No. 15 Mississippi State 45, Middle Tennessee 3 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Tyler Russell threw for 191 yards and three touchdowns, Johnthan Banks tied a school record with his 16th career interception and No. 15 Mississippi State pulled away in the second half to beat Middle Tennessee 45-3 on Saturday.
Mississippi State (7-0) led just 10-3 at halftime, but scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to open a comfortable lead in the non-conference game. It was the ninth consecutive win for the Bulldogs, dating back to last season.
LaDarius Perkins shook Mississippi State's offense out of an extended drought midway through the third quarter, bursting through the middle of the line for a 64-yard touchdown to put the Bulldogs ahead 17-3. He finished with 125 yards rushing on 20 carries.
Mississippi State's Chris Smith caught a career-high seven passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns.
Middle Tennessee (4-3) was led by Jordan Parker's 66 yards rushing.
No. 16 Louisville 27, USF 25 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville coach Charlie Strong hopes his 16th-ranked Cardinals have learned they can't take any opponent for granted.
Teddy Bridgewater threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Eli Rogers with 1:35 left, and the undefeated Cardinals edged South Florida 27-25 on Saturday for their best start since 2006.
Louisville (7-0, 2-0 Big East) rallied after yielding 15 consecutive points to South Florida and a season-high 197 yards rushing. Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright each ran for a touchdown for the Cardinals, who can match the school's 8-0 start in 2006 on Friday night when they host No. 21 Cincinnati.
B.J. Daniels threw three TD passes in the second half, the last one putting South Florida ahead 25-21 with 3:09 left. The Bulls had one last chance for the win, but Adrian Bushell intercepted Daniels' last-gasp throw at the Louisville 10 as time ran out.
No. 18 Texas Tech 56, TCU 53 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Seth Doege stood in the pocket and completed the pass to Alex Torres like he has so many times in practice. There was another throw in the second overtime that was pretty sweet, too.
Doege's career-best seven touchdowns passes came in a variety of ways, and No. 18 Texas Tech needed every one of them on Saturday.
Doege found Torres for an 8-yard score in the third overtime after tossing a 25-yard TD to Jakeem Grant on an unconventional play in the second extra period, helping the Red Raiders top TCU 56-53 in the first league meeting between the teams since 1995.
After the Red Raiders (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) blew a 10-point lead late in regulation, Doege threw for a touchdown in each of the three overtimes. The last one came after TCU had to settle for freshman Jaden Oberkrom's Big 12-record sixth field goal to start the final extra period.
No. 19 Rutgers 35, Temple 10 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
PHILADELPHIA -- Gary Nova threw four touchdown passes in the second half to lead No. 19 Rutgers to a 35-10 comeback victory against Temple on Saturday.
Jawan Jamison had 114 yards rushing and 81 receiving, Nova threw for 232 yards, and the Scarlet Knights (7-0, 4-0 Big East) rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit in their first game against Temple (3-3, 2-1) since the Owls were kicked out of the conference in 2004.
Held to just 110 total yards in the first 30 minutes, Rutgers was unstoppable in the second half. The Scarlet Knights scored on their first four possessions and racked up 271 yards.
Toledo 29, No. 21 Cincinnati 23 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Bernard Reedy scored on a 91-yard kickoff return and Toledo beat No. 21 Cincinnati 29-23 on Saturday, handing the Bearcats their first loss of the season.
Cincinnati's only lead came late in the third quarter, and it only lasted a few seconds. Reedy was barely touched as he scampered up the field to put the Rockets in front 26-20.
It was Reedy's third TD on special teams in three weeks. He had an 89-yard kickoff return in a 52-47 victory against Eastern Michigan last Saturday and 66-yard punt return in a 50-35 win versus Central Michigan on Oct. 6.
Toledo (6-1) also got five field goals from Jeremiah Detmer, the last one coming with 42 seconds left after the Rockets ate up seven minutes with a pivotal drive. The Rockets have won six consecutive games after an opening loss at Arizona.
No. 22 Stanford 21, California 3 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Stanford coach David Shaw always wants his team to play physical on both sides of the ball, controlling the line of scrimmage with the kind of heart and hustle that has defined the program's resurgence. With Andrew Luck no longer around, often times that just hasn't happened this season.
Leave it to the Big Game for a breakout performance.
Stepfan Taylor ran for a career-high 189 yards and a touchdown, and No. 22 Stanford overwhelmed California 21-3 on Saturday for a third consecutive victory against its rival.
In the 115th meeting between the Bay Area schools and the first at remodeled Memorial Stadium, the sunny and serene Strawberry Canyon setting might have been the Golden Bears' best highlight. The Cardinal (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) outgained the Bears 475 to 217 yards, outrushed them 252-3 and never lost its grip on the coveted Stanford Axe, which players paraded around the turf while Bears fans exited in silence.
Josh Nunes completed 16 of 31 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown for Stanford. He also fumbled and threw an interception late in the fourth quarter to stop what could have been - and perhaps should have been - an even more lopsided score.
No. 23 Michigan 12, Michigan State 10 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan and Michigan State play for one of the uglier trophies in sports, a 4-foot high Paul Bunyan.
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The Wolverines, though, couldn't have been happier to finally welcome back the battered wooden lumberjack statue.
Brendan Gibbons made a 38-yard field goal with five seconds left, lifting No. 23 Michigan to a 12-10 win against Michigan State on Saturday.
The Wolverines (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) beat the Spartans for the first time since 2007 to avoid a school-record, five-game losing streak in the series.
The Spartans (4-4, 1-3) had a chance to retain the hardware - retaking the lead on Dan Conroy's 19-yard field goal with 5:48 left after a fake punt kept the possession alive - but they couldn't run out the clock on their last drive or make a second consecutive stop on defense.
Senior cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Jerrell Gavins shut down the Rebels' corps of fast, young receivers, accounted for two turnovers and teamed up on a second quarter touchdown that helped put the game out of reach before halftime in a 32-7 rout of UNLV on Saturday.
With Boise State leading 18-0 minutes before the half, Taylor chased down receiver Marcus Sullivan in the middle of the field and stripped the ball. Gavins, trailing behind, scooped up the loose ball and ran untouched 16 yards into the end zone.
Minutes before, Gavins squelched the Rebels' best scoring chance with an over-the-shoulder interception in the end zone, and Taylor had a sack to go with his career-high nine tackles to help lead the Broncos to their sixth consecutive win since losing the opener at Michigan State.
No. 25 Ohio -- IDLE