LSU, Oklahoma St. impress on road
Roundup: Broyles picks up slack for Sooners; Alabama rolls
No. 2 LSU 47, No. 16 West Virginia 21 -- Box Score | Full Recap
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- LSU's opportunistic defense overcame a record performance from West Virginia's Geno Smith, and the Tigers made their case to replace Oklahoma as the No. 1 team in the nation.
Jarrett Lee had another solid performance with three touchdown passes, Michael Ford ran for two scores and LSU beat No. 16 West Virginia 47-21 Saturday night.
Now it's up to the voters to decide whether LSU deserves to move ahead of No. 1 Oklahoma, which came from 11 points down to beat Missouri 38-28.
LSU coach Les Miles doesn't believe the Tigers are there yet.
"I like the position we're in, but I don't think we're the best team in college football today," Miles said. "I think there is a hope and want and desire to be there. I don't know if we're good enough right now to do everything we want to do. That's putting the cart before the horse."
|LSU at West Virginia|
The Tigers (4-0) converted two of the four turnovers they created into scores, built a big early lead and withstood West Virginia's strong comeback for its third win against a ranked opponent this season, with all of three coming away from home. Every win so far has been by double digits.
West Virginia (3-1) outgained LSU 533-366. Smith set school records for completions (38), attempts (65) and passing yards (463). But he was intercepted twice after throwing one in the previous three games.
And for the second consecutive year, the Mountaineers (3-1) couldn't overcome a double-digit halftime deficit to the Tigers.
"We got down early and we came out in the second half and fought to the end," Smith said. "We learned that if we don't shoot ourselves in the foot, we can pretty much play with anybody."
Lee wasn't too shabby, either. His three TD passes tied a career high and matched his output of the three previous games. He finished 16 of 28 for 180 yards.
No. 1 Oklahoma 38, Missouri 28 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
NORMAN, Okla. -- Landry Jones threw for 448 yards and three touchdowns to Ryan Broyles, leading top-ranked Oklahoma back from a rare home deficit to beat Missouri 38-28.
With two starting receivers out of the lineup, Broyles had to play up to his usual All-American standard without proven sidekicks. Kenny Stills, who caught the go-ahead touchdown in a win at then-No. 5 Florida State last week, was out with a head injury and Trey Franks is suspended indefinitely.
The Tigers (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) pounced early to take a 14-3 first-quarter lead, breaking a streak of 20 consecutive home games in which Oklahoma (3-0, 1-0) never trailed. It didn't last long, though.
The Sooners roared back with 28 consecutive points to avenge a loss in Columbia last year when they were first in the BCS standings, and moved their home winning streak to 38 consecutive games.
Missouri also had a hot start in last season's upset, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown, but then was able to close strong with 16 consecutive fourth-quarter points for a 36-27 victory. It wasn't as easy this time.
No. 3 Alabama 38, No. 14 Arkansas 14 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trent Richardson rushed for 120 yards and caught a 61-yard touchdown pass and No. 3 Alabama overwhelmed No. 14 Arkansas in a 38-14 win on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) scored on special teams, defense and using the old-fashioned power run to emphatically win the SEC West showdown that the Razorbacks (3-1, 0-1) hoped would stamp them as a legitimate contender.
Instead, the league's top defense thoroughly overpowered Tyler Wilson and the No. 1 offense.
Tide quarterback AJ McCarron also came up big in his first SEC start. He completed 15 of 20 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns.
Marquis Maze scored on an 83-yard punt return and DeQuan Menzie returned an interception 25 yards for another score. McCarron, also the holder, hooked up with tight end Michael Williams for a 37-yard touchdown on a fake field goal.
No. 4 Boise State 41, Tulsa 21 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
BOISE, Idaho -- Kellen Moore tossed four touchdown passes, a pair to Tyler Shoemaker, in less than 2 1/2 quarters, and Jerrell Givens intercepted Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinnie twice as No. 4 Boise State rolled to a 41-21 in its home opener.
The Broncos (3-0) won their 33rd consecutive regular-season home game and this one was in hand by halftime, sending a large chunk of the student section off to celebrate thanks to a 27-0 lead at the break.
Moore added one more TD pass on the Broncos' first drive of the second half, a 10-yard strike to Mitch Burroughs with 9:25 left in the third quarter, then donned a blue baseball cap and headset the rest of the night. He finished 23 of 29 for 279 yards and now has 12 touchdowns against two interceptions in three games.
No. 6 Wisconsin 59, South Dakota 10 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
MADISON, Wis. -- Nick Toon had a career-high 155 yards receiving and two touchdowns, helping No. 6 Wisconsin rout South Dakota 59-10 at Camp Randall Stadium.
Wisconsin (4-0) recovered from a slow start to take control of the game with a 21-point outburst in the final six minutes of the second quarter.
James White had a 49-yard touchdown run, Toon scored on a 59-yard catch-and-run from quarterback Russell Wilson and Toon added another score with 12 seconds left to send Wisconsin into halftime with a 31-3 lead.
Wilson had another big day for the Badgers, completing 19 of 25 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns before taking a seat in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Dante Warren struggled for South Dakota (2-2), a Football Championship Subdivision school. He eventually was replaced by Josh Vander Maten, who led the Coyotes to a late score.
|Oklahoma State at Texas A&M|
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Brandon Weeden threw for a school-record 438 yards and two scores and Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper combined for 244 yards receiving as No. 7 Oklahoma State rallied for a 30-29 win against No. 8 Texas A&M.
The Aggies built a 20-3 halftime lead before the Cowboys (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) took advantage of three Texas A&M turnovers and numerous penalties to reel off 27 consecutive points to take a 30-20 lead.
Jeff Fuller caught a 4-yard touchdown pass with 2:20 remaining for A&M's first score since the second quarter to get A&M within 30-27.
A&M's defense forced a punt and the Aggies (2-1, 0-1) got the ball back with almost two minutes remaining, but Ryan Tannehill threw his third interception to seal the Cowboys' win.
No. 9 Nebraska 38, Wyoming 14 -- Box Score | Full Recap
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Rex Burkhead rushed for two touchdowns and a career-high 170 yards, Taylor Martinez threw for 157 yards and another score and No. 9 Nebraska beat Wyoming 38-14.
The Huskers (4-0) rolled up 490 yards total offense, including 333 on the ground, in their first road game of the season and last game before their highly anticipated Big Ten opener at Wisconsin next weekend.
Burkhead had TD runs of 45 and 16 yards, piling up the yards on just 15 carries. His previous career high was 129 yards against Iowa State in 2010.
Wyoming (3-1) was led by quarterback Brett Smith, who passed for 166 yards and two scores. The Cowboys entered the game with their first 3-0 start since 1996, although two of their games this year were against lower-division FCS teams.
No. 10 Oregon 56, Arizona 31 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
TUCSON, Ariz. -- LaMichael James rushed for a school-record 288 yards and broke the Oregon mark for career rushing touchdowns with two scores to lead the No. 10 Ducks to a 56-31 victory against Arizona in their Pac-12 opener.
Oregon (3-1), the two-time defending Pac-10 champion, won its 13th consecutive conference game, blowing open a 35-3 lead then holding off a Wildcats' rally before pulling away again with its lightning-quick offense.
All but the last of the Ducks' seven touchdown drives lasted less than three minutes. Darron Thomas passed for two scores and ran for two more.
Nick Foles completed 33 of 55 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns for the Wildcats (1-3).
No. 21 Clemson 35, No. 11 FSU 30 -- Box Score | Full Recap
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Tajh Boyd threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as No. 21 Clemson opened Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 35-30 victory against No. 11 Florida State.
Boyd threw for 344 yards for the Tigers, who reached 4-0 for the first time since 2007. Freshman Sammy Watkins had two of Boyd's scoring passes for 24 and 62 yards as Clemson beat the Seminoles (2-2, 0-1) for the fifth consecutive time in Death Valley.
Watkins finished with eight catches for 141 yards, his second consecutive 100-yard receiving game.
Florida State played without starting quarterback EJ Manuel, hurt in last week's 23-13 loss to top-ranked Oklahoma. Backup Clint Trickett kept the Seminoles in this, though, with 336 yards and three touchdown passes.
His 9-yard touchdown throw to Kenny Shaw brought Florida State to 35-30 with 7:21 to go. The Seminoles had one final chance, but Trickett was sacked by lineman Rennie Moore on fourth down and the Tigers ran out the clock.
No. 12 South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 3 -- Box Score | Full Recap
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Marcus Lattimore scored two touchdowns and had 150 total yards from scrimmage to lead No. 12 South Carolina to a 21-3 win against Vanderbilt.
The Gamecocks (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) won on defense, holding the Commodores (3-1, 1-1) to 77 yards.
South Carolina is 4-0 for the first time in coach Steve Spurrier's seven years with the team. But it was frustrating for the coach. Quarterback Stephen Garcia threw four interceptions.
Garcia did throw his third touchdown pass, as many as defensive end Melvin Ingram has now scored this season. Ingram recovered a teammate's fumble in the end zone to go with two sacks, a tackle for an 8-yard loss and swatted away a pass.
No. 13 Virginia Tech 30, Marshall 10 -- Box Score | Full Recap
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- David Wilson rushed for 132 yards, Josh Oglesby scored two touchdowns and No. 13 Virginia Tech beat Marshall 30-10 in a final tuneup before its anticipated Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
It was another lackluster win over an opponent from a non-BCS conference for the Hokies, who are off to their first 4-0 start since 2006. But the pressure's about to ratchet up with No. 21 Clemson due up next.
Virginia Tech displayed some big-play ability and kept the turnover-prone Thundering Herd (1-3) in their own end for much of the game. But Marshall continued to expose Tech's vulnerabilities in the worrisome way East Carolina and Arkansas State did earlier this season.
No. 15 Florida 48, Kentucky 10 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Jeff Demps ran 10 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns as No. 15 Florida routed Kentucky 48-10 for the Gators' 25th consecutive win in the series.
Florida (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) scored three touchdowns in a 4:31 span during the first quarter, taking advantage of two turnovers by Kentucky (2-2, 0-1). Trey Burton had a 1-yard touchdown run that put the Gators up 21-0.
Demps had an 84-yard touchdown run, Florida's longest since Emmitt Smith's 96 yarder against Mississippi State in 1988. Chris Raney added 105 yards, and John Brantley was 8 for 14 for 115 yards and a score.
Kentucky's lone touchdown came after an interception thrown by backup Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel. Morgan Newton, who was 16 of 33 for 124 and two interceptions, threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to La'Rod King with 1:18 before halftime to cut the Gators' lead to 31-10.
No. 17 Baylor 56, Rice 31 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
WACO, Texas -- Robert Griffin III continued his incredible feat of throwing more touchdown passes than incompletions, tossing for five scores and running for another to lead No. 17 Baylor to a 56-31 victory against Rice.
Griffin was 29 of 33 for 338 yards, upping his season totals to 13 touchdowns and 12 incompletions. He came into the game leading the nation in passing efficiency and third in total yards.
Griffin ran for 51 yards and even punted once, on a quick kick, for 39 yards. He led Baylor to touchdowns on five consecutive drives in the first half, putting the Bears (3-0) ahead 35-7.
Rice (1-2) was coming off a win against Purdue, its first against a team from a BCS conference since 2001, but never made this game close.
Daniels scored on a 71-yard run on the Bulls' second offensive play and threw touchdown passes of 54 and 18 yards to Lindsey Lamar in the second half. The redshirt junior's long TD burst was the fourth-longest in USF's relatively brief football history, and receiver Victor Marc's 67-yard scoring run later in the opening quarter was the fifth-longest.
There was no immediate word on the nature or severity of an injury to Bulls punt returner Terrence Mitchell, who was carted off the field in the fourth quarter after making a tackle on UTEP punter Ian Campbell at the end of a 19-yard run on a fake punt play.
No. 20 TCU 55, Portland State 13 -- Box Score | Full Recap
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU scored three touchdowns in a span of 1:18 just before halftime and Waymon James ran 65 yards for a score on the first play of the second half as the No. 20 Horned Frogs won 55-13 past Portland State.
The Horned Frogs (3-1) extended a school record with their 22nd consecutive win at home. But they were still tied 3-3 with the lower-division FCS team until finally busting loose just before halftime.
Casey Pachall threw a short pass to Josh Boyce, who turned upfield to find a wide-open lane for a 66-yard touchdown with 1:55 left.
Portland State (1-2) took only one snap after that before Tank Carder's 26-yard interception return for a TD. After the Vikings went three-and-out on their next possession, Skye Dawson had a 42-yard punt return and a 10-yard TD catch for a 24-3 halftime lead.
James also had an 82-yard kickoff return for a score.
No. 22 Michigan 28, San Diego State 7 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Denard Robinson ran for three scores in the first half to give No. 22 Michigan a three-touchdown lead and finished with a season-high 200 yards rushing, helping the Wolverines beat San Diego State 28-7.
The Wolverines (4-0) sputtered Saturday on offense after halftime because Robinson struggled in the passing game. Michigan was fortunate Ryan Lindley couldn't hit open Aztecs.
After Lindley missed a teammate on fourth down midway through the fourth quarter, Robinson's 30-yard sprint set up Vincent Smith's 7-yard run to give Michigan a 28-7 lead.
San Diego State (3-1) won its first three games for the first time since 1981, then became the first team to not start strong against former coach Brady Hoke this season.
Arizona State 43, No. 23 USC 22 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Cameron Marshall ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns, and Arizona State forced four turnovers to end an 11-game losing streak to Southern California with a 43-22 win against the No. 23 Trojans.
Arizona State (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) survived a first-quarter dust storm and a third-quarter flurry by USC to hand the Trojans (3-1, 1-1) their first loss after three home wins.
The Sun Devils got past the Trojans with a balanced offense, with Marshall powering through the Trojans while Brock Osweiler hit 25 of 32 passes for 223 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Arizona State had no turnovers while its defense forced USC quarterback Matt Barkley into three, the final a 41-yard interception return by Shelly Lyons that put the Sun Devils up 21 midway through the fourth quarter.
No. 24 Illinois 23, Western Michigan 20 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Troy Pollard carried the ball for a career-high 133 yards and No. 24 needed all three of Derek Dimke's field goals to survive Western Michigan 23-20.
The Illini trailed at the half 13-10 and the game was tied 20-20 with less than nine minutes to play. Booing Illini fans recalled a 23-17 loss to the Broncos (2-2) the last time the teams met in 2008.
Pollard's 49-yard burst midway through the fourth quarter set up a 21-yard Dimke field goal that gave the Illini (4-0) the three-point lead they wouldn't give up.
Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder was 30 of 48 with two touchdowns, 306 yards and one interception. His second-quarter scoring pass to Chleb Ravenell gave the Broncos their halftime lead.
Broncos receiver Jordan White caught 14 passes for 132 yards and a third-quarter touchdown that tied the game at 20.
No. 25 Georgia Tech 35, North Carolina 28 -- Box Score | Full Recap
ATLANTA -- Tevin Washington threw a long touchdown pass and ran for two scores, including a 5-yarder that gave No. 25 Georgia Tech a 35-28 victory against North Carolina.
The Tar Heels (3-1, 1-1 ACC) fought back from a 28-14 deficit, tying the game on freshman Giovani Bernard's 55-yard run with 7:22 left. Georgia Tech (4-0, 1-0) needed only four plays to respond.
Roddy Jones reached out to take a pitch from Washington that looked too far in front of the running back, going 48 yards down the sideline to the North Carolina 9. Two snaps later, Washington took it in for the winning score with 5:20 left.
Stephen Hill had a huge game for Georgia Tech with six receptions for 151 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown. Bernard rushed for 155 yards and two TDs.