Top 25 Roundup
Lynch leads NIU in latest rout; Wisconsin stymies Iowa
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jameis Winston threw for 325 yards and No. 3 Florida State rolled to a 41-14 victory against No. 7 Miami in another matchup of undefeated Atlantic Coast Conference rivals that turned into a Seminoles' blowout.
Winston threw two interceptions in the first half after throwing four in the first seven games, but the Florida State defense shut out the Hurricanes (7-1, 3-1) in the second half after it was 21-14 at the break.
The Seminoles (8-0, 6-0) went on a 20-0 run after a skirmish broke out midway through the third quarter. The two teams were called for offsetting personal fouls and James Wilder Jr. scored on a 5-yard run on the next play. The rout was on from that point.
The Seminoles have handily defeated all three top-25 teams they played this season. Their national championship hopes are alive and well with Florida being the last real challenge in the regular season.
No. 4 Ohio State destroys Purdue 56-0 | Highlights
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Doran Grant picked off Purdue's first pass, returning it for a touchdown, and Braxton Miller threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns Saturday as No. 4 Ohio State extended the nation's longest winning streak to 21 with a 56-0 rout at Purdue.
The Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) have not lost in 22 months. Coach Urban Meyer also won his 22nd consecutive game, tying a personal best established at Florida. Ohio State scored the most points and produced the most lopsided scoring margin in the 56-game history of this series. Both topped the marks set in Ohio State's 49-0 victory in 2010.
Purdue (1-7, 0-4) lost its sixth in a row.
Gray's interception helped the Buckeyes take a 28-0 lead after one quarter, and they extended it to 42-0 at the half.
Miller finished 19 of 23. Kenny Guiton threw for one TD and ran for two more.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Tre Mason rushed for 168 yards and four touchdowns as No. 8 Auburn earned first-year coach Gus Malzahn a 35-17 win in his return to Arkansas.
Mason scored on runs of 9, 4, 5 and 12 yards as the Tigers (8-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) won their fifth in a row in Malzahn's first game in Fayetteville since leaving the Razorbacks as an assistant following the 2006 season.
Auburn's Nick Marshall, returning from a shoulder injury, accounted for 177 yards of total offense, including an 88-yard touchdown throw to Sammie Coates.
Jonathan Williams had 104 yards rushing and Alex Collins added 92 on the ground for Arkansas (3-6, 0-5), which has now lost six in a row. It's the longest losing streak for the Razorbacks since a seven-game stretch in 1990.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score and No. 9 Clemson broke the game open with three touchdowns in the last 4:18 of the first half in a 59-10 victory against Virginia on Saturday.
Boyd, a Hampton, Va., native, became the Atlantic Coast Conference's career leader in touchdown-making with a 33-yard pass to Sammy Watkins to start the scoring for the Tigers (8-1, 6-1 ACC). It broke a tie at 112 TDs with NC State's Philip Rivers. Boyd later added TD throws of 10 yards to Roderick McDowell and 96 yards to Watkins, and scored on a 1-yard run 13 seconds before halftime to make it 35-7.
Virginia (2-7, 0-5) lost its sixth in a row and for the 15th time in its last 19 games. It also suffered its second 59-10 loss at home this season, having lost by the same score against No. 2 Oregon in the second week of the season.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Maty Mauk threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, leading No. 10 Missouri's dominant and resilient effort in a 31-3 victory against Tennessee on Saturday night.
The Tigers (8-1, 4-1 SEC) responded smartly a week after squandering a 17-point cushion in the fourth quarter of a double-overtime loss to South Carolina. Andrew Baggett banged another chip-shot field goal attempt off the left goalpost, eerily similar to his game-ending misfire a week earlier, but instead of heartbreak they still took a 24-3 cushion into halftime.
Missouri forced three turnovers and committed none in Mauk's best game in three starts in place of injured James Franklin. Mauk had 114 yards on 13 carries, and threw touchdown passes to Dorial Green-Beckham, L'Damian Washington and Marcus Lucas in the first half. Franklin (shoulder sprain) warmed up before the game.
Tennessee (4-5, 1-4) is 0-4 on the road, all but one of them blowouts.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Johnny Manziel threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more scores in less than three quarters to lead No. 12 Texas A&M to a lopsided 57-7 win against UTEP on Saturday night.
The Aggies trailed by five points early before scoring 55 points in a row to cruise to the victory against the overmatched Miners, losers of six consecutive games.
Manziel threw touchdown passes of 44, 15, 17 and 26 yards and had TD runs of 10 and 49 yards before putting on his baseball cap with 7:39 left in the third quarter.
The Miners were done in by four turnovers, including two interceptions by A&M's Howard Matthews.
UTEP's Blaire Sullivan was making his first start with Jameill Showers, a transfer from A&M, out with a shoulder injury. Sullivan threw for 71 yards with three interceptions.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Connor Shaw threw for four touchdowns, Mike Davis ran for 128 yards to move past 1,000 yards this season and No. 14 South Carolina tied a school record with its 15th consecutive home victory, 34-16 against Mississippi State on Saturday.
Shaw matched his personal best for TD throws after missing two days of practice with a virus. Davis, the SEC's leading rusher, had his seventh game reaching the century mark and became the team's first 1,000-yard rusher since Marcus Lattimore gained 1,197 yards his freshman season three years ago.
South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) won its seventh in row against the Bulldogs (4-4, 1-3) and tied the record for consecutive victories at Williams-Brice Stadium, equaling the mark set from 1978-80. The Gamecocks will get the chance to break the record in two weeks when they close league play at home against Florida.
FRESNO, Calif. -- Derek Carr threw for 487 yards to break the Fresno State career passing record and lead the 16th-ranked Bulldogs to eight consecutive wins to open the season for the first time since 1989 with a 41-23 victory against Nevada on Saturday night.
Two weeks after setting the school record for touchdown passes and completions at home, Carr added another mark as he makes his case alongside his older brother David as one of the top quarterbacks ever at Fresno State.
Carr threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to lead the way for the Bulldogs (8-0, 5-0 Mountain West).
Josh Harper had 17 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns and Josh Quezada ran for 115 yards to move Fresno State to 8-0 for the fifth time in school history and keep the Bulldogs in the running to make a BCS bowl game for the first time.
Kendall Brock scored on a 43-yard run on the opening possession for the Wolf Pack (3-6, 2-4), who have lost four consecutive games in a season for the first time since 2001. Cody Fajardo threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Clint Chelf threw for two touchdowns and a season-high 211 yards and ran for two more scores to lead No. 18 Oklahoma State past No. 15 Texas Tech 52-34 on Saturday night.
Desmond Roland ran for three touchdowns, a week after getting four for Tech (7-2, 4-2).
Chelf scored on a 67 yard quarterback draw, and was 18-for-34 passing with two interceptions.
The win keeps Oklahoma State (7-1, 4-1) in the Big 12 title hunt and makes the road for Texas Tech (7-2, 4-2) more difficult. The Red Raiders have lost two consecutive.
Cowboys returner Josh Stewart set up the last of Roland's touchdowns after returning a punt 46 yards in the third quarter.
Davis Webb was 45 for 71 for 425 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions, for Texas Tech.
Jace Amaro finished with 174 yards and a touchdown on 15 catches for the Red Raiders.
PASADENA, Calif. -- Brett Hundley threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two more scores, Devin Fuller scored three touchdowns, and No. 17 UCLA shook off back-to-back losses with a 45-23 victory against Colorado on Saturday night.
Damien Thigpen also ran for a touchdown for the Bruins (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12), who rebounded from road defeats at Stanford and Oregon despite a sluggish start in their homecoming game.
Fuller caught a 76-yard TD pass for the Bruins' first score and added a rushing TD with 3:36 to play. Hundley passed for 273 yards and scored on runs of 11 and 1 yards while moving into third place on UCLA's career total yardage list.
Sefo Liufau passed for 247 yards for the Buffaloes (3-5, 0-5), who have lost 13 consecutive Pac-12 games.
QB Lynch leads No. 21 Northern Illinois to 63-19 thrashing of UMass | Highlights
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Jordan Lynch ran for 119 yards and four touchdowns and threw for another in a little more than a half to lead No. 21 Northern Illinois to a 63-19 victory against Massachusetts on Saturday.
The Huskies (9-0, 5-0 Mid-American Conference) scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and six of their seven drives in the first half. Cameron Stingily rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown, and Tommylee Lewis also ran one in for Northern Illinois.
Lynch, who leads all active FBS players in rushing yards, also completed 10 of 14 passes for 160 yards and threw for at least one touchdown for the 22nd consecutive game. He played one series in the third quarter.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- James White ran for 132 yards and a pair of late touchdowns as 22nd-ranked Wisconsin overwhelmed Iowa 28-9 on Saturday for its third consecutive win.
Joel Stave added two touchdown passes for the Badgers (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten), who are bowl eligible for the 12th year in a row.
Wisconsin's Pat Muldoon intercepted Iowa backup C.J. Beathard at the Hawkeyes 25-yard line with 7:43 left, setting up an 11-yard TD run by White.
White added a 2-yard touchdown with 1:35 left for the Badgers, who won despite a season-low 62 yards rushing from Melvin Gordon.
Hawkeyes quarterback Jake Rudock had 109 yards passing for the Hawkeyes (5-4, 2-3) before leaving the game in the third quarter with an apparent left leg injury.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Shilique Calhoun, Ed Davis and the rest of Michigan State's defense battered rival Michigan on Saturday, and the No. 24 Spartans remained unbeaten in the Big Ten with a 29-6 victory against the 23rd-ranked Wolverines.
Michigan State (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) has won five of the past six meetings with the Wolverines, and this was the Spartans' most lopsided win in the series since 1967. They held Michigan (6-2, 2-2) to minus-48 yards rushing, the worst output in the Ann Arbor program's history.
Connor Cook threw for a touchdown and ran for one, but this game belonged to Michigan State's defense, which solidified its spot among the nation's best with an overwhelming performance on a rainy afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
Calhoun and Davis each had 2 1/2 sacks.
Kelly totals seven TDs as No. 25 Arizona State pounds Washington State
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Arizona State has qualified for a bowl. Todd Graham has much bigger plans.
Taylor Kelly tossed five touchdown passes and ran for two more scores in a 55-21 victory against Washington State. Kelly, a redshirt junior, threw for 275 yards and rushed for 66 to help ASU (6-2, 4-1) win its first road game of the season after two losses.
The Sun Devils jumped out to a 42-14 lead in the first half and never let the Cougars back in the game. Arizona State produced 557 yards of total offense and extended its lead in the Pac-12 South to 1 1/2 games.
Connor Halliday had 300 yards passing for Washington State (4-5, 2-4), which has lost four of five. Halliday, who set an FBS record in his previous game with 89 pass attempts in a loss to No. 2 Oregon, was 29 of 54 with two touchdowns.
Marion Grice ran for 94 yards as ASU scored at least 50 points for the fifth time this season. Kelly completed 22 of 31 passes and was intercepted once.
Arizona State scored three times in the first quarter, thanks in part to great field position, and three more times in the second to build a lead the Cougars could not overcome.