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NORMAN, Okla. — Seth Doege threw for 441 yards and connected with Alex Torres on three of his four touchdown passes, and Texas Tech snapped No. 3 Oklahoma’s 39-game home winning streak with 41-38 victory Saturday night.
About 2 hours after No. 4 Wisconsin lost, a second top-five team went down on the first day of the college football season that really shook the rankings.
Doege carved up an Oklahoma defense missing three starters, guiding the Red Raiders (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) to their biggest win yet under second-year coach Tommy Tuberville. He pulled off a feat that Mike Leach couldn’t accomplish in his 10 years in charge in Lubbock, Texas, and Tech became just the third team to beat OU coach Bob Stoops at home. The Sooners are now 75-3 on Owen Field in Stoops’ 13 years.
Oklahoma State and TCU are responsible for the other losses. Landry Jones ended up with 412 yards passing and five touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to rally Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1) back from a sluggish start and save its unbeaten season.
No. 1 LSU 45, No. 19 Auburn 10 – Box Score | Full Recap
BATON ROUGE, La. — Rueben Randle caught a 42-yard scoring pass from Jordan Jefferson and a 46-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Lee, and No. 1 LSU once again overcame off-the-field distractions in style with a 45-10 victory against 19th-ranked Auburn.
LSU was without star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, leading rusher Spencer Ware and defensive back Tharold Simon — all suspended one game for violating the team’s drug policy.
Yet LSU continued to make team history with its eighth double-digit win in as many games this season, a streak that started with a season-opening triumph against Oregon without the then-suspended Jefferson and receiver Russell Shepard.
Off next week, LSU (8-0, 5-0 SEC) will be unbeaten entering its showdown at No. 2 Alabama on Nov. 5.
AJ McCarron passed for 284 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to lead No. 2 Alabama to a second-half surge and a 37-6 rout of the Volunteers Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) scored on its first five possessions after halftime to turn a tie game with the rival Volunteers (3-4, 0-4) into a blowout. That set up a two-week bonanza of hype ahead of Alabama’s showdown with No. 1 LSU, which routed Auburn 45-19 in a game that ended shortly before this one kicked off.
Now, both SEC powers head into an open date. The “LSU” chants began with a couple of minutes left with most of the fans staying until the end and giving a roar when the public address announcer invited them back to the next game. Alabama had either first downs or touchdowns on its first 10 plays of the second half to bust open a 6-6 game and let the pre-LSU hype start anew.
The Tide outgained the Vols 280-41 in the second half and the nation’s No. 1 defense didn’t allow a first down.
Trent Richardson scored two touchdowns in the second half but finished with 77 yards, leaving him tied with Shaun Alexander for the school mark of six straight 100-yard rushing games.
No. 15 Michigan State 37, No. 4 Wisconsin 31 – Box Score | Full Recap
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Keith Nichol caught a 44-yard Hail Mary on the game’s final play for a tiebreaking touchdown, giving No. 15 Michigan State a stunning 37-31 win against No. 4 Wisconsin on Saturday night.
With the game tied and 4 seconds left, Kirk Cousins rolled out to his right and threw one last pass. The ball went into the end zone but caromed off a Michigan State receiver back to Nichol, who caught it just outside the end zone and struggled for the goal line, fighting two Wisconsin defenders.
The former backup quarterback was initially ruled short of the end zone, but officials overturned the call after a review, giving the Spartans (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) the win and knocking the Badgers (6-1, 2-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Russell Wilson had led the Badgers from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to tie the game with 1:26 left on a to 2-yard touchdown pass to Montee Ball.
No. 5 Boise State 33, Air Force 26 – Box Score | Full Recap
BOISE, Idaho — Kellen Moore threw three touchdowns, Doug Martin scored twice and the defense and special teams did just enough to help No. 5 Boise State hold off Air Force in a 33-26 victory.
Moore was precise as usual, going 23 of 29 for 281 yards. His three TDs give him 123 in his career, making him fourth best all-time. The victory gave him 45 career wins, putting him in a tie with Colt McCoy for most wins all-time for college quarterbacks.
Martin rushed for 125 yards on 21 carries and the Broncos (7-0, 2-0 Mountain West Conference) rolled up 423 yards total offense.
But the Broncos’ defense struggled to stop Air Force and its potent option game. The Falcons (3-4, 0-3) pounded out 265 rushing yards, helping them control the clock and keep Boise State’s offense off the field.
No. 6 Oklahoma State 45, Missouri 24 – Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Joseph Randle scored four touchdowns, two on runs that capitalized on big defensive plays by Shaun Lewis, as No. 6 Oklahoma State remained unbeaten and ended Missouri’s 10-game home winning streak with a 45-24 victory on Saturday.
Randle had 138 yards on 14 carries and scored on runs of 16, 59 and 12 yards. He also caught a 13-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Brandon Weeden had three touchdown passes after the opening snap of the second quarter. Lewis’ interception and fumble recovery helped the Cowboys (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) pull away despite injuries to both starting wide receivers.
Justin Blackmon caught a touchdown pass in the first quarter before hurting his right shoulder. Hubert Anyiam was wearing a boot on his left foot in the second half.
Henry Josey had 138 yards on 25 carries and T.J. Moe had six catches for 103 yards and a score for Missouri (3-4, 1-3), which has yet to win consecutive games.
No. 7 Stanford 65, No. 22 Washington 21 – Box Score | Full Recap
STANFORD, Calif. — Stepfan Taylor, Tyler Gaffney and Anthony Wilkerson powered seventh-ranked Stanford to a school-record 446 yards rushing to blow past No. 22 Washington 65-21 on Saturday night.
The running backs gave Heisman Trophy hopeful Andrew Luck some rest as the Cardinal (7-0, 5-0 Pac-12) extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 15 games. Taylor ran for 138 yards, Gaffney 117 yards and Wilkerson 93 yards to break the previous team mark of 439 in a victory over Oregon State in 1981.
Facing its first ranked opponent of the season, Stanford pounded the Huskies (5-2, 4-1) in a critical Pac-12 North matchup.
Chris Polk ran for scores from 46 and 61 yards in the first half to keep Washington close early. He finished with 144 yards rushing as the Cardinal’s defense clamped down.
Luck threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns and completed 16 of 21 passes but was overshadowed, for once, by a running game that has quietly been among the nation’s best the last few years. No matter what happens next week at Southern California, the victory also almost guarantees that Nov. 12 matchup against Oregon at Stanford Stadium will decide the North’s representative in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game.
No. 8 Clemson 59, North Carolina 38 – Box Score | Full Recap
CLEMSON, S.C. — Tajh Boyd tied a school record with five touchdown passes, defensive end Kourtnei Brown scored on interception and fumble returns and No. 8 Clemson improved to 8-0 for the first time in 11 years with a 59-38 victory against North Carolina.
The Tigers (5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) again put on an offensive display with 450 yards as Boyd matched Cullen Harper’s 2007 mark on a day the school celebrated the 30th anniversary of its 1981 national champions.
Brown became the first Clemson defensive lineman to score a pair of touchdowns in one game in 57 years.
North Carolina (5-3, 1-3) turned the ball over six times and tailback Giovani Bernard was held to 44 yards, ending his streak of five consecutive games with 100 yards rushing.
The Ducks lost none of their quick-strike scoring ability without their injured quarterback and running back. Thomas was out with a knee injury and James missed his second consecutive game while recovering from a dislocated elbow.
With Bryan Bennett under center and Kenjon Barner at tailback, the Ducks (6-1, 4-0 Pac-10) used four drives that averaged just 1:36 each to build a 29-0 lead after one quarter.
Barner reeled off touchdown runs of 4 and 84 yards and Bennett found running back De’Anthony Thomas for a 14-yard touchdown and tight end David Paulson from 31 yards out.
No. 10 Arkansas 29, Mississippi 24 – Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
OXFORD, Miss. — Tyler Wilson threw for 232 yards and rushed for two touchdowns and No. 10 Arkansas rallied from an early 17-point deficit to beat Mississippi 29-24.
Arkansas (6-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) continues its best start under fourth-year coach Bobby Petrino, staying in the mix in the loaded Western Division that includes LSU and Alabama. Dennis Johnson rushed for 160 yards on 15 carries, including a 52-yard touchdown. Joe Adams caught four passes for 124 yards.
Eric Bennett’s late interception sealed the victory.
Ole Miss (2-5, 0-4) took a surprising 17-0 lead with 6:20 remaining in the second quarter after Randall Mackey’s 3-yard touchdown run, but the Razorbacks responded with 29 unanswered points to take the lead.
The Rebels have now set a program record for SEC futility, losing 10 consecutive league games dating back to last season.
High-powered West Virginia came to the Carrier Dome on Friday night with visions of avenging an upset loss to Syracuse in Morgantown last fall. The 11th-ranked Mountaineers departed a crestfallen group after a humbling 49-23 loss.
Syracuse (5-2, 1-1 Big East) hadn’t scored that many points in the series since a 45-0 win in 1960, and a crowd of 45,265, the largest in three years, roared its approval with thunderous cheers. It also is the highest-ranked opponent Syracuse has beaten since a 50-42 triple-overtime win against No. 8 Virginia Tech in 2002.
Ryan Nassib threw four touchdown passes — three to tight end Nick Provo — and had zero turnovers, and Dorian Graham returned a kickoff 98 yards for a critical score to key the victory.
The Orange also finished with 194 yards rushing — 125 by Antwon Bailey — and had zero lost yards on 41 carries, a sign of dominance up front.
No. 12 Kansas State 59, Kansas 21 – Box Score | Full Recap | Highlights
MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Sunflower Showdown always brings out the best in Bill Snyder. Now, the wily old coach can turn his attention to Oklahoma.
Collin Klein threw for a career-high 195 yards and accounted for five touchdowns, freshman Tyler Lockett returned a kickoff for a score and caught a touchdown pass, and No. 12 Kansas State tuned up for a big showdown next week with a 59-21 pasting of Kansas.
The Wildcats (7-0, 4-0) are riding their best start since 1999, when they won their first nine games. They’ll host the third-ranked Sooners next Saturday in a matchup that should go a long way toward deciding the Big 12 champion now that there’s no conference title game.
Jordan Webb threw for 169 yards and a touchdown for Kansas (2-5, 0-4), which has dropped five consecutive, including a 47-17 defeat to the Sooners last week.
The Huskers (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) took over TCF Bank Stadium in their first trip to the Twin Cities since 1989. More than two-thirds of the stadium was filled with red-clad Nebraska backers, and they had plenty to cheer about.
Taylor Martinez threw for 162 yards and a touchdown and Austin Cassidy returned a fumble for another score in the romp.
MarQueis Gray was 9 for 18 for 122 yards for the Golden Gophers (1-6, 0-3), but was just 2 for 8 for 9 yards in the first two quarters. Minnesota has been outscored 144-31 in three Big Ten games this season.
No. 16 Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 14 – Box Score | Full Recap
BLACKSBURG, Va. — David Wilson got Virginia Tech’s offense untracked with a long touchdown run in the third quarter and Logan Thomas threw for a touchdown and ran for another as the No. 16 Hokies beat Boston College 30-14 for their third consecutive victory.
The Hokies (7-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 7-6 at halftime, but Wilson broke off a 42-yard touchdown run on their first possession of the third quarter, and Thomas then led consecutive scoring drives, waking up a Lane Stadium crowd that had had little to cheer about.
Chase Rettig led a short scoring drive that gave the Eagles (1-6, 0-4) a 7-0 lead after just 3 minutes, and hit Chris Pantale with a 7-yard TD throw in the fourth quarter. He had trouble getting inside the Hokies’ 40 otherwise, and threw a drive-killing interception.
No. 17 Texas A&M 33, Iowa State 17 – Box Score | Full Recap
AMES, Iowa — Ryan Tannehill threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns and 17th-ranked Texas A&M held off Iowa State 33-17 for its third consecutive Big 12 win.
Christine Michael and Cyrus Gray each rushed for more than 100 yards for the Aggies (5-2, 3-1 Big 12), who used Tannehill’s scoring passes late in the first half to jump ahead 20-7.
Michael’s 9-yard TD run early in the third quarter gave Texas A&M a 30-7 lead.
Iowa State quickly cut it to 30-17, but the Aggies kept the Cyclones scoreless in the fourth quarter.
Michael had 142 yards on 18 carries, Gray added 125 yards and Jeff Fuller and Michael Lamothe each had TD receptions for Texas A&M.
Freshman Jared Barnett, who replaced a struggling Steele Jantz in the first quarter, was 16-of-36 passing for 180 yards for the Cyclones (3-4, 0-4), who have dropped four in a row.
Miami (Fla.) 24, No. 20 Georgia Tech 7 – Box Score | Full Recap
MIAMI — JoJo Nicholas recovered a fumbled punt for a touchdown plus added an interception, Lamar Miller ran for 93 yards and a score and Miami’s banged-up defense was dominant as the Hurricanes topped No. 20 Georgia Tech 24-7.
Mike James also had a touchdown run for Miami (4-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which won consecutive games for the first time this season and has now beaten Georgia Tech three consecutive times.
Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2) came into Saturday averaging 517 yards of offense this season. The Yellow Jackets got only 211 on Saturday, their lowest total since a loss to Iowa in the Orange Bowl after the 2009 season.
No. 21 Houston 63, Marshall 28 – Box Score | Full Recap
HOUSTON — Case Keenum became the Football Bowl Subdivision’s career leader in total offense, throwing for 376 yards and tying his career high with six touchdown passes in No. 21 Houston’s 63-28 win against Marshall.
The senior quarterback needed 130 yards to eclipse the record (16,910 yards) set by Hawaii’s Tim Chang from 2000-04. He moved past Chang on a 30-yard pass to Justin Johnson with 3:56 left in the first quarter.
Keenum completed 24 of 28 passes — 15 in a row during one stretch — and also crept closer to the FBS career records for passing yards and touchdown throws. He needs 802 passing yards to move ahead of Chang’s record (17,072) and five TD passes to eclipse the mark (134) set by Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell from 2005-08.
Raheem Mostert ran for a touchdown and tackled the punter on a play that led to another score for the Boilermakers (4-3, 2-1 Big Ten). It was Purdue’s first victory against a ranked team since beating No. 7 Ohio State in 2009.
Illinois (6-2, 2-2) lost its second consecutive. The Fighting Illini scored on a 16-yard run by Jason Ford with 8:12 remaining, and a 2-yard run by quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase to cut Purdue’s lead to 21-14 with 54 seconds to play.
But Purdue’s Justin Siller recovered the onside kick, and the Boilermakers ran out the clock.
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