Top 25 Roundup
UCLA rallies from 18 down at Nebraska; Bama outlasts A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- AJ McCarron nearly matched Johnny Manziel with four touchdown passes and Vinnie Sunseri returned an interception 73 yards for a score, sidestepping Johnny Football on the way to the end zone, as No. 1 Alabama paid back No. 6 Texas A&M with a 49-42 victory Saturday.
Alabama (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) spotted the Aggies (2-1, 0-1) a 14-0 lead, shades of last season when A&M jumped out to a 20-0 lead in Tuscaloosa on the way to victory that all but won the Heisman for Manziel.
McCarron and the Tide didn't take as long to respond this time, ripping off the next 35 points.
Manziel was his spectacular self, throwing for a career-high 464 yards and five TDs.
But Alabama's best defense was its offense. The Tide gained 568 yards and kept Manziel on the bench with a couple of long drives.
EUGENE, Ore. -- Marcus Mariota threw for a career-high 456 yards and four touchdowns and No. 2 Oregon handed Tennessee its first loss of the season 59-14 on Saturday.
Freshman Johnny Mundt, who replaced ailing tight end Colt Lyerla, had five catches for 121 yards and two TDs for the Ducks (3-0). Josh Huff added six catches for 125 yards and a score.
Mariota, who completed 23 of 33 passes, was the first Oregon quarterback to throw for more than 400 yards in a game since Kellen Clemens in 2005. The sophomore quarterback's yardage ties for the third-most in a game in school history.
Oregon's sloppy play at the start -- four penalties for 35 yards in the first quarter -- helped Tennessee (2-1) take an early lead, but it was fleeting and the Ducks led 38-7 at halftime.
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Kenny Guiton threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first six minutes of his first career start and No. 4 Ohio State rolled to its 15th consecutive victory, 52-34 against California on Saturday.
Guiton, a fifth-year senior, got the start in place of injured Braxton Miller and there was no drop-off in performance for the Buckeyes (3-0).
Guiton completed 21 of 32 passes for 276 yards and added 92 yards rushing to lead the Buckeyes.
Jordan Hall added 168 yards on the ground and three touchdowns as Ohio State extended the longest winning streak in major college football by outgunning the Bears in a high-paced offensive game.
With both teams running no-huddle offenses for much of the game, the defenses were scrambling as the teams combined for 86 points, 11 touchdowns and 1,111 total yards on 177 plays.
Cal's prolific freshman quarterback Jared Goff just missed his third consecutive 400-yard game to begin his career, going 31 for 53 for 371 yards with three touchdowns.
Cal's injury-ravaged defense has allowed at least 500 yards every game this season under first-year coach Sonny Dykes and even the opportunity to face a backup quarterback in Guiton couldn't change that pattern.
Guiton had thrown just 26 career passes before stepping in during the first quarter last week against San Diego State when Miller left with a sprained left knee. Miller practiced sparingly this week but was unable to play in the game, giving Guiton his long-awaited shot as a starter.
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Kevin Hogan threw for three touchdowns, Tyler Gaffney had two touchdowns and 132 yards rushing, and No. 5 Stanford beat Army 34-20 on Saturday.
The Cardinal (2-0) had their hands full from the opening kickoff, falling behind 6-0 at the outset as the much smaller Black Knights (1-2) challenged at every turn.
Hogan's 23-yard touchdown pass to Gaffney after an Army turnover gave Stanford a 27-13 lead late in the third quarter and the Cardinal averted an embarrassing moment. Army has not defeated a ranked team since a 17-14 win against No. 15 Air Force on Nov. 4, 1972.
Ty Montgomery had six catches for 130 yards and one score, while Hogan was 11 of 18 for 188 yards passing for Stanford.
Terry Baggett led Army with 96 yards rushing on nine carries.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Senorise Perry ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns and Teddy Bridgewater overcame a shaky start to pass for 250 yards and No. 7 Louisville scored on four consecutive drives to pull away from rival Kentucky for a 27-13 victory on Saturday.
The Cardinals' defense forced three turnovers, including two in their territory to preserve a win that required more work after easy wins against Ohio and Eastern Kentucky.
Bridgewater connected with DeVante Parker for a 13-yard touchdown just before halftime that opened things up for Louisville (3-0).
Perry followed with second-half TD runs of 1 and 36 yards sandwiched around John Wallace's 21-yard field goal that provided a cushion.
Perry finished with 100 yards on 11 carries while Bridgewater completed 16 of 28 attempts to help the Cardinals earn their third consecutive Governor's Cup.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Zach Mettenberger passed for three touchdowns, Jeremy Hill ran for two and eighth-ranked LSU easily defeated Kent State, 45-13, on Saturday night.
Hill rushed 11 times for 117 yards, all in the first two quarters, as LSU (3-0) looked sound in its final tuneup before opening Southeastern Conference play against Auburn next weekend.
Mettenberger connected with Jarvis Landry on touchdown passes of 21 and 31 yards. His other scoring pass went for 5 yards to Odell Beckham Jr.
Terrance Magee added a 12-yard scoring run.
Kent State quarterback Colin Reardon completed 20 of 29 passes for 190 yards, ran for a short touchdown and was not intercepted. However, the Golden Flashes (1-2) allowed at least 570 yards for a second consecutive week and never threatened after falling behind 21-0.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jameis Winston accounted for three touchdowns, Florida State's four tailbacks all scored and the No. 10 Seminoles routed Nevada 62-7 Saturday.
Florida State (2-0) looked just as good in its home opener as it did to start the season 12 days ago.
The Seminoles thumped Pitt 41-13 on the road, a game in which Winston grabbed headlines with a nearly flawless performance.
He shared the spotlight Saturday with his running backs.
Devonta Freeman ran nine times for 109 yards and a touchdown. James Wilder Jr. added 45 yards and a score.
Karlos Williams may have been the most impressive of the bunch. The former safety, who moved to offense after the opener, ran eight times for 110 yards and a score. His 65-yard scamper made it 31-7 early in the third quarter.
Winston, who threw two TD passes in the first half, scored on a 10-yard run in the third. That was his final play of the day.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Fitzgerald Toussaint scored a go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown with 2:49 left and No. 11 Michigan made a desperately needed stop on the final play to hold on for a 28-24 victory against Akron on Saturday.
College football's winningest program avoided getting upset at home — as it did against Appalachian State and Toledo — by a Mid-American Conference team that hasn't won a road game in nearly five years and was expected to lose by more than five touchdowns.
The Wolverines (3-0) trailed twice in the second half — including with 4:10 left when Kyle Pohl threw a 1-yard TD — and allowed the Zips (1-2) to get to the Michigan 4 on the final drive of the game.
Pohl was pressured and hit by Brennen Beyer on the final play, leading to an incomplete pass in the end zone as time expired on fourth down.
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Jeremy Smith rushed for three first-half touchdowns as No. 12 Oklahoma State routed Lamar 59-3 in its home opener Saturday.
In addition to Smith's 40 yards on 10 carries, J.W. Walsh completed 17 of 30 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys, who scored on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead before the end of the opening quarter after a long week in which a series of Sports Illustrated articles detailed alleged misconduct in the football program dating to 2001.
Oklahoma State (3-0) has now scored a total of 115 points in its last two games, before getting a week off prior to their Big 12 Conference opener Sept. 28 at West Virginia.
Caleb Berry led the offense for Lamar (1-2), throwing for 114 yards on 18 of 38 passing.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Connor Shaw passed for three scores, Jadeveon Clowney forced a fumble and No. 13 South Carolina withstood Vanderbilt's rally from a four-touchdown deficit for a 35-25 victory Saturday night.
The win was the 13th consecutive win at home for the Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), who are tied with Georgia for the second-longest active streak in the nation. South Carolina appeared to have this one finished early, scoring on its first four possessions to lead 28-0. It still led 35-10 when it opened the second half with Shaw's final TD pass, a 33-yarder to Brandon Wilds.
That's when the Commodores (1-2, 0-2) threw a scare into the Gamecocks, aided by a fumbled kickoff and punt by South Carolina. Vanderbilt scored twice in a 13-second span of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 35-25.
The Commodores reached the Gamecocks 5 after recovering a fumbled punt, but threw a goal-line interception.
NORMAN, Okla. -- Blake Bell passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns in his first start as quarterback for No. 14 Oklahoma and the Sooners beat Tulsa 51-20 on Saturday.
Sterling Shepard caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns — all career highs — and Jaz Reynolds had 109 yards receiving and one score for Oklahoma (3-0). The Sooners scored on their first five possessions against Tulsa (1-2) to continue their dominance in the series, having won 12 of the last 13 games between the in-state rivals.
The Sooners are 13-0 against Tulsa as a ranked team and 7-0 against the Golden Hurricane since Bob Stoops became Oklahoma's coach in 1999.
Oklahoma is 3-0 for the third time for four seasons, heading into a showdown in two weeks at No. 21 Notre Dame, which beat the Sooners last year in Norman.
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Brett Hundley threw three touchdown passes in the third quarter and No. 16 UCLA came back from an 18-point deficit to defeat No. 23 Nebraska 41-21 in a monumental Cornhusker collapse at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
The Huskers (2-1), wearing alternate black jerseys instead of their traditional home red, looked to be in total control the first half.
Then they couldn't stop Hundley and a UCLA offense that gained 653 yards while beating them a year ago at the Rose Bowl.
The Bruins (2-0) scored 35 unanswered points in 16 minutes. The barrage started with Paul Perkins' 10-yard touchdown run to cut Nebraska's lead to 21-10 at the half.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Treyvon Green rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns, quarterback Kain Colter ran for 106 yards and a score and passed for another, and No. 17 Northwestern beat Western Michigan 38-17 on Saturday night.
Northwestern (3-0) had 474 yards of total offense - including 335 on the ground - to extend its winning streak in non-conference home games to 15.
Green, the No. 3 running back on the depth chart, took advantage of the absence of starter Venric Mark, who missed his second consecutive game with a lower-body injury.
Western Michigan (0-3) was led by quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen, who was 16 of 41 for 202 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
CHICAGO -- Keith Price threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, Bishop Sankey ran for a career-high 208 yards and No. 19 Washington beat Illinois 34-24 at Soldier Field on Saturday.
Josh Shirley added four sacks, and the Huskies came out on top after dropping seven of nine away from home. They hadn't won on the road outside the Pac-12 since beating Syracuse in 2007.
Washington (2-0) had a tougher time in this one after keeping high-powered Boise State without a touchdown in a 38-6 win two weeks ago.
The Huskies built a 21-point lead in the third quarter and hung on, sending Illinois (2-1) to its sixth consecutive loss against ranked opponents.
The Illini cut it to 31-24 on Aaron Bailey's 10-yard run with 9:10 remaining, but Washington's Travis Coons kicked a 32-yard field goal with 4:44 left. Gregory Ducre then picked off a deep pass by Nathan Scheelhaase, sealing the win.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Marion Grice scored two of his four touchdowns in the fourth quarter and Arizona State survived a bizarre ending to beat No. 20 Wisconsin 32-30 on Saturday night.
Grice scored on a 1-yard run in the closing seconds of the third quarter, then on runs of 2 and 12 yards in the fourth to put Arizona State (2-0) up 32-24.
Wisconsin (2-1) used a fake punt to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Melvin Gordon, but still trailed 32-20 when its 2-point conversion failed.
The Badgers then drove to Arizona State's 13-yard line and Joel Stave took knee to set up a potential winning field goal. He put the ball down as he tried to kneel and left it there, causing confusion as to whether the play was dead. The clock kept running, though, and the Badgers couldn't get another play after scrambling to the line of scrimmage.
Arizona State's Taylor Kelly hit 29 of 51 passes for 352 yards and a touchdown. Grice finished with 84 yards on 22 carries to help Arizona State kick off a tough stretch in the schedule with a big non-conference win.
Arizona State failed on a fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line its opening drive and had numerous dropped passes and miscues. A big one came in the second quarter, when punter Dom Vizzare compounded a bad snap by failing to fall on the football, giving Wisconsin's Beau Allen a chance to pull it out of a scramble for a touchdown that put the Badgers up 14-3.
Grice scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but the Sun Devils twice had to settle for field goals after driving deep into Wisconsin's end.
Wisconsin rushed for three yards in six carries in the first quarter before finding a rhythm offensively on a scoring drive that resulted in a 2-yard touchdown pass from Stave to Jacob Pedersen early in the second.
Wisconsin extended the lead on the first play of the third quarter, when Gordon took an end-around handoff and raced 80 yards for a touchdown. The Badgers' sixth play of 50 or more yards this season put them up 21-13.
Grice capped a 91-yard drive in third quarter with his second 1-yard TD run, but the 2-point conversion failed, keeping the Badgers up 21-19.
Arizona State followed Kyle French's field goal with another long drive, thanks to a couple of back-shoulder throws by Kelly and a pass interference call. Grice capped that one, too, bulling in for a 2-yard touchdown that put the Sun Devils up 25-24 after another 2-point conversion failed.
Grice gave Arizona State extra cushion midway through the quarter when raced in for a 12-yard touchdown to become the first Arizona State player to run for four TDs in a game since Mike Williams against Arizona in 2002.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- DaVaris Daniels made touchdown catches on two successive Notre Dame plays in the fourth quarter, and Bennett Jackson followed that flurry with a 34-yard interception return to lead No. 21 Notre Dame past Purdue 31-24 on Saturday night.
The Fighting Irish (2-1) were led by quarterback Tommy Rees, who was 20 of 33 for 309 yards and those two TD passes. Notre Dame has won six consecutive in a series that has been played every year since 1946.
Daniels outleaped one Purdue defender for a 9-yard TD pass to tie the score at 17 with 14:47 left. And when Notre Dame got the ball back, Tommy Rees hooked up with Daniels again, this time on an 82-yard catch-and-run to make it 24-17.
Henry, who had struggled the first two weeks, finished 25 of 40 for 256 yards and three touchdown passes - his first three of the year. Akeem Hunt played like the feature back the Boilermakers need, rushing 12 times for just 22 yards but catching nine passes for 72 yards and a score.
The junior receiver outjumped Antoine Lewis for the short pass from Rees to tie things up early in the fourth quarter. Then, after Notre Dame forced a punt, Rees threw deep for Daniels again, who caught the ball on the run and simultaneously stiff-armed a Purdue defender as he stayed in bounds for a long score to put the Irish ahead with 11:16 to go. Daniels finished with eight catches for 167 yards. Three plays after that, Jackson took advantage of Henry's mistake, cashing it in for a TD.
Henry answered with a 9-yard TD pass to tight end Justin Sinz to make it 31-24 and the Boilermakers had a chance to tie the score after recovering Amir Carlisle's fumble at the Notre Dame 41. But the Irish defense forced a punt and the Boilermakers never got the ball again.
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech backup quarterback Davis Webb practiced taking snaps and going to his knee in a victory formation along the sideline while his defense was on the field.
Webb had just thrown his first touchdown pass, a 19-yarder to Bradley Marquez that broke a tie with 3:48 remaining and sent the Red Raiders to a 20-10 victory against No. 24 TCU on Thursday night.
The score came after the Red Raiders (3-0, 1-0 Big 12) thought they'd scored on a 49-yard TD pass from Webb to DeAndre Washington, but he dropped the ball at the half-yard line. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty took them back to the TCU 14. Two plays later, Webb hit Marquez.
TCU (1-2, 0-1) scored its only touchdown when B. J. Catalon ran in from 17 yards to make it 10-all with 6:28 remaining
TCU's Trevone Boykin went 23 for 36 for 194 yards and two interceptions. He rushed for a career-high 101 yards on 20 carries.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Jeff Scott ran for 164 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 73-yard punt return, helping No. 25 Mississippi win against reeling Texas 44-23 on Saturday night.
Bo Wallace passed for two touchdowns and ran another for the Rebels (3-0), who led 14-0 midway through the first quarter before Texas scored 23 consecutive points.
The Rebels rallied when Andrew Ritter kicked a 52-yard field goal on the last play of the first half and Wallace directed consecutive touchdown drives in the third quarter. Scott eluded six tacklers on a weaving, cross-field touchdown return that put the Rebels ahead 37-23 late in the third.
Texas, which gave up 550 yards rushing a week earlier in a loss to BYU, surrendered 274 on the ground to Ole Miss.
Case McCoy started at quarterback for Texas (1-2) in place of injured David Ash. McCoy passed for 196 yards and one touchdown.