Auburn upends No. 10 South Carolina
Roundup: K-State tops No. 15 Baylor; Clemson downs No. 11 VT
No. 1 LSU 35, Kentucky 7 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Quarterback Jordan Jefferson scored on his first play back from suspension, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu scored after setting an LSU record for career forced fumbles, and the No. 1 Tigers methodically defeated Kentucky 35-7 on Saturday.
Jefferson was reinstated this week after a grand jury reduced his charges in connection with a bar fight to a misdemeanor. Jarrett Lee remained the starter.
LSU coach Les Miles inserted Jefferson on an early fourth-and-goal, and Jefferson dove over the goal line to give the Tigers (5-0, 2-0 SEC) a 7-0 lead. Lee later hit Odell Beckham Jr. for a 51-yard score, their second TD connection of more than 50 yards in two games.
Kentucky (2-3, 0-2) did not threaten to score until LSU led 35-0.
No. 2 Oklahoma 62, Ball State 6 -- Box Score | Full Recap
NORMAN, Okla. -- Landry Jones threw for 425 yards and five touchdowns, Tony Jefferson fueled a second-quarter scoring surge with three interceptions and second-ranked Oklahoma geared up for its rivalry game against Texas next week by beating Ball State 62-6 on Saturday night.
Jones had touchdown passes of 64 yards to Ryan Broyles and 56 yards to Jaz Reynolds a minute apart in the third quarter during the second high-volume scoring stretch for the Sooners (4-0).
Ball State (3-2) didn't stand much of a chance after recovering an onside kick to open the game, then going three-and-out. Jefferson stopped three straight Cardinal drives with picks midway through the second quarter.
No. 3 Alabama 38, No. 12 Florida 10 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Trent Richardson ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns, breaking tackles and carrying defenders along the way, and No. 3 Alabama rolled No. 12 Florida 38-10 Saturday night in an early season matchup of Southeastern Conference heavyweights.
Richardson finished with his fourth consecutive 100-yard game, and the latest one should solidify his position as one the Heisman Trophy front-runners.
With Richardson leading the way, the Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 SEC) extended its recent dominance in the series. Alabama has outscored the Gators (4-1, 2-1) 101-29 in three wins in as many seasons.
The latest one was over by halftime.
Florida struck first, getting a 65-yard touchdown pass from John Brantley to Andre Debose. It was one of few highlights for the Gators, who couldn’t run, couldn’t stop the run and lost Brantley to a right leg injury late in the second quarter.
|Nevada at Boise State|
BOISE, Idaho -- Doug Martin ran for two touchdowns and Boise State 's suffocating defense shut down Nevada's potent offense to help the No. 4 Broncos cruise to a 30-10 victory Saturday.
Boise State's defense dominated throughout the game and prevented the Wolf Pack (1-3) from crossing midfield until midway through the third quarter.
Martin rushed for 135 yards on 21 carries, and his 43-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter put the Broncos (4-0) up 27-0. His best game of the season helped offset a lackluster performance by Kellen Moore and the rest of the Boise State offense.
Moore threw two touchdowns, but was also intercepted on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter, the first inside the red zone while being hit by a defender. Moore's second touchdown pass, a 3-yarder to Matt Miller, gave him 113 in his career, moving past Colt McCoy of Texas for eighth best all-time.
No. 6 Stanford 45, UCLA 19 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
STANFORD, Calif. -- Andrew Luck threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns and padded his Heisman Trophy resume with an acrobatic one-handed catch, keeping sixth-ranked Stanford perfect with a 45-19 victory against UCLA on Saturday night.
Luck completed 23 of 27 passes and had the Cardinal (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) in cruise control to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 12 games. Stepfan Taylor ran for 112 yards and two scores and Coby Fleener caught two touchdowns in front of a rare sellout crowd of 50,360 at Stanford Stadium.
Richard Brehaut had 202 yards passing and tossed two touchdowns to Joseph Fauria for the Bruins (2-2, 1-1), who had a better showing than a 35-0 loss to Stanford at the Rose Bowl last season but still exposed the gap between the California schools.
No. 7 Wisconsin 48, No. 8 Nebraska 17 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
MADISON, Wis. -- Russell Wilson gave Nebraska a harsh welcome to the Big Ten, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another in No. 7 Wisconsin's 48-17 rout of the eighth-ranked Cornhuskers at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday night.
Montee Ball ran for 151 yards and four touchdowns for the Badgers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten). But Wilson was the main attraction for a prime-time television audience as Wisconsin overcame a slow start to solidify its status as the class of the conference.
Taylor Martinez threw three interceptions for the Huskers (4-1, 0-1), who showed they weren't quite ready for the best of the Big Ten.
Auburn 16, No. 10 South Carolina 13 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Barrett Trotter's 9-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Lutzenkirchen with 1:38 left lifted Auburn to a 16-13 victory against No. 10 South Carolina on Saturday.
The Tigers (4-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) had struggled to move the ball against South Carolina's defense. Trotter had thrown two interceptions and was sacked four times by the Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1). But down 13-9, Barrett led Auburn on a 12-play, 57-yard drive that ended with a pass to wide open Lutzenkirchen in front of the goal line.
The junior fumbled the ball into the end zone, then recovered it just before sliding out of bounds to put Auburn ahead.
South Carolina advanced to Auburn's 29 on its final possession before time expired.
Michael Dyer ran for 141 yards on a career-high 41 carries and had a 1-yard TD for Auburn, which has won its past 11 SEC games.
No. 13 Clemson 23, No. 11 Virginia Tech -- Box Score | Full Recap
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Tajh Boyd and No. 13 Clemson became the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to beat ranked teams three weeks in a row, and did it resoundingly with a 23-3 victory against No. 11 Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Boyd, a Virginia native recruited by the Hokies, threw for a touchdown and dissected a top-10 defense for the second week in a row in snapping the Hokies' 12-game ACC winning streak.
The Tigers got rushing touchdowns from Andre Ellington and Mike Bellamy and finished with 323 yards against a defense that was ranked fourth nationally, allowing just 231 yards per game.
The Hokies (4-1) had a miserable night offensively, gaining 258 yards.
No. 18 Arkansas 42, No. 14 Texas A&M 38 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tyler Wilson and Jarius Wright shattered school records for passing and receiving, and Broderick Green ran 3 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:41 left as No. 18 Arkansas gave No. 14 Texas A&M a rude preview of what it can expect from the SEC next season in a 42-38 victory Saturday.
The Razorbacks (5-1) trailed by 18 at halftime, and hadn't led before Green squeezed through the left side of the line.
This makes two consecutive weeks the Aggies (2-2) have thrown away a huge halftime lead. They were up by 17 at home against Oklahoma State last week.
Wilson was 30 of 51 for 510 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for a 2-point conversion that tied the game at 35.
Wright caught 13 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns. He also made a head's up recovery of a loose ball rolling into the end zone on the touchdown capped by Wilson's conversion.
Christine Michael ran for 230 yards and three touchdowns for A&M, but was stuffed on a fourth down to end his team's last chance.
Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown picked off Baylor's star quarterback in the closing minutes Saturday, setting up Anthony Cantele's 31-yard field goal that sent the Wildcats to a stunning 36-35 win against the No. 15 Bears.
Collin Klein threw for 146 yards and two touchdowns and added 113 yards and another score for the Wildcats (4-0), who won their third consecutive Big 12 opener -- this one in dramatic fashion.
Kansas State trailed 35-26 midway through the fourth quarter when Klein engineered a 13-play, 70-yard drive that he capped with a short touchdown plunge.
Still, Baylor (3-1) took over needing only a couple first downs to wrap up its first 4-0 start since 1991. Instead, Griffin missed Brown sliding over across the middle and Kansas State's defensive captain hauled in the throw after a slight, heart-stopping bobble.
It was the first interception thrown by Griffin this season.
Cantele, who missed earlier in the game from 42 yards, hit the go-ahead field goal with 3:10 left in the game, and the nation's sixth-ranked defense preserved the win.
The Pittsburgh running back rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers dominated the 16th-ranked Bulls 44-17 on Thursday night.
Graham's 13-yard touchdown gave Pitt (3-2, 1-0 Big East) the lead for good late in the first half and his 8-yard sprint up the middle early in the fourth quarter sealed it as the Panthers broke a five-game losing streak against ranked opponents.
The junior added four receptions for 42 yards and even returned kickoffs, a duty he insisted on after the Panthers struggled in the return game early.
Pitt kept USF's BJ Daniels under wraps all night. One of the nation's top duel-threat quarterbacks couldn't get it going with his arm or legs. Daniels ran for 43 yards -- almost all of it coming on a last-gasp drive -- and completed 18 of 36 passes for 223 mostly ineffective yards.
The Panthers hadn't beaten a ranked opponent since handling the then 10th-ranked Bulls in 2008. Five consecutive losses against quality competition followed, helping lead to former coach Dave Wannstedt's retirement at the end of last season.
No. 17 Texas 37, Iowa State 14 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
AMES, Iowa -- Freshman David Ash threw for 145 yards and his first two career touchdown passes and 17th-ranked Texas drilled Iowa State 37-14 in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Jaxon Shipley added 141 yards receiving and a TD for the Longhorns (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), who raced out to a 34-0 halftime lead to beat the previously-unbeaten Cyclones (3-1, 0-1).
Ash threw a 48-yard TD pass to Mike Davis and a 40-yard touchdown to Shipley, and Josh Turner took a blocked punt back 34 yards to help Texas blow the game open in the second quarter.
Steele Jantz was 28 of 51 passing for 251 yards and a late TD pass for Iowa State, which looked nothing like the team that stunned Texas 28-21 last season.
The mistake-prone Cyclones lost two fumbles, and Jantz added a pick in the opening half. They didn't score until James White's 2-yard TD run with 11:33 left.
|Minnesota at Michigan|
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for a TD to lead No. 19 Michigan in a 58-0 win against Minnesota.
The Wolverines (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) had their most lopsided win since beating Indiana by the same score in 2000.
Vincent Smith scored on a run, pass and catch to help Michigan lead 38-0 at halftime.
Robinson was 15 of 19 for 169 yards and didn't throw an interception for the first time since the opener and had a season-low six rushing attempts for 51 yards. He was taken out in the third quarter.
Freshman Max Shortell made his first start for the Gophers (1-4, 0-0) in place of MarQueis Gray, who missed the game with an injured toe on his left foot.
SMU 40, No. 20 TCU 33 (OT) -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
FORT WORTH, Texas -- J.J. McDermott threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Johnson in overtime and SMU recovered from a fourth-quarter comeback for a 40-33 upset of No. 20 TCU on Saturday.
The loss ended a school-record 22-game home winning streak for the Horned Frogs (3-2).
SMU (4-1) coughed up a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter before McDermott hit Johnson on a deep out route in the end zone for his fourth scoring toss of the game.
TCU's bid to tie ended when a tipped pass from Casey Pachall bounced off the chest of Brandon Carter just past the first-down marker.
The Mustangs beat a ranked opponent for just the second time since the NCAA imposed the so-called death penalty nearly 25 years ago.
No. 21 Georgia Tech 45, North Carolina State 35 -- Box Score | Full Recap
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Orwin Smith rushed for three touchdowns and No. 21 Georgia Tech beat North Carolina State 45-35 on Saturday to extend its best start in more than 20 years.
Smith finished with 74 yards and scored on runs of 13, 9 and 3 yards to help the Yellow Jackets (5-0, 2-0 ACC) open with five wins for the first time since their national championship season in 1990.
Georgia Tech led 21-0, briefly allowed N.C. State to make a game of it in the third quarter and pulled away with three touchdowns in a 2-minute, 22-second span of the fourth.
Mike Glennon was 20 of 29 for 163 yards with touchdown passes covering 9 yards to Jay Smith and 1 yard to Tyler Purvis. The Wolfpack (2-3, 0-2) remained winless against Bowl Subdivision teams.
No. 22 West Virginia 55, Bowling Green 10 -- Box Score | Full Recap
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Freshman Dustin Garrison rushed for 291 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 22 West Virginia to a 55-10 win against Bowling Green on Saturday.
West Virginia’s Geno Smith continued his solid season by throwing for three scores. But for the first time, the Mountaineers (4-1) found balance in their offense.
No one saw this coming. West Virginia entered the game as one of the worst rushing teams in the FBS with 306 total yards. The Mountaineers compiled 360 yards on the ground Saturday.
West Virginia held the Mid-American Conference’s highest-scoring offense to 217 total yards. The Falcons (3-2) entered the game averaging 38.5 points.
Bowling Green’s Matt Schilz came to Morgantown tied for the FBS lead with 14 touchdown passes. He threw for an early score but lost a fumble and was intercepted three times, twice by Keith Tandy. Schilz finished 13 of 25 for 114 yards.
No. 24 Illinois 38, Northwestern 35 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase scored a 1-yard touchdown with 13 seconds left Saturday to lead No. 24 Illinois to a 38-35 comeback win against Northwestern.
The sophomore QB threw for a career-high 391 yards and three touchdowns for the Illini (5-0, 1-0). All three TD passes went to A.J. Jenkins, who had 12 catches for a school-record 268 yards.
Scheelhaase had to engineer two comebacks to pull out the win against the Wildcats (2-2, 0-1).
First, Illinois scored 21 unanswered points after Northwestern took a 28-10 third-quarter lead. Then Scheelhaase scored the game-winning touchdown after a late touchdown run by Jacob Schmidt gave the Wildcats a 35-31 with just over a minute to play.
Wildcats quarterback Dan Persa played his first game in almost a year after tearing an Achilles tendon. He left late in the game but it wasn't immediately clear why.
No. 25 Arizona State 35, Oregon State 20 -- Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Cameron Marshall bulled his way to two touchdowns in the second half and No. 25 Arizona State overcame four turnovers to keep Oregon State winless with a 35-20 victory Saturday night.
Arizona State (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) had turnovers on its first three possessions to fall into a 13-0 hole before gathering itself in what was expected to be a rollover win.
Brock Osweiler threw both of his touchdown passes after a shaky start and Jamal Miles had Arizona State's first punt return for a touchdown since 2005 to put the Sun Devils up eight at halftime.
Oregon State (0-4, 0-2) pulled within one on James Rodgers' 5-yard touchdown reception before fading, unable to tackle Marshall on touchdown runs of 37 and 8 yards.
Sean Mannion had 341 yards and a touchdown on 40-of-66 passing, but had four interceptions to prolong the Beavers' worst start since 1996.