Florida upends sluggish No. 4 LSU
Top 25: NC State rallies against No. 3 FSU; Iowa St. upsets TCU
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Mike Gillislee ran for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns, bringing No. 10 Florida to life in the second half as the Gators beat fourth-ranked LSU 14-6 Saturday.
Led by Gillislee and a dominant defense, Florida's grind-it-out victory provided a signature win for coach Will Muschamp in his second season in Gainesville. It was the program's first win against a ranked team since beating rival Georgia in 2010.
Gillislee’s third 100-yard game of the season led the way for the Gators, and it came against one of the league's most feared fronts. Highly touted defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery were neutralized much of the day. Linebacker Kevin Minter had a career day, finishing with 16 tackles.
Linebacker Jon Bostic, safety Matt Elam and defensive end Lerentee McCray provided the big plays on defense. Gillislee once again carried the load on offense.
Together, they wore down the Tigers (5-1, 1-1) in the second half -- no surprise since the Gators (5-0, 4-0) have been doing that all season. Florida, which trailed 6-0 at halftime, also came from behind to beat Texas A&M and Tennessee on the road last month.
The Gators harassed quarterback Zach Mettenberger, pretty much shut down running backs Spencer Ware, Kenny Hilliard and Michael Ford, and completely wore down LSU's vaunted defense.
Mettenberger completed 11 of 25 passes for 161 yards, with an interception.
No. 1 Alabama -- Idle
No. 2 Oregon 52, No. 23 Washington 21 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
EUGENE, Ore. -- Marcus Mariota says part of his progression as a young quarterback is learning how not to do too much. Oregon's redshirt freshman put his faith more in his teammates on Saturday night, throwing for 198 yards and four touchdowns in the No. 2 Ducks' 52-21 victory against No. 23 Washington.
Mariota rebounded from an interception on the Ducks' opening series to complete 15 of 24 passes and Oregon (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) won its ninth consecutive overall dating back to last season, as well as its ninth consecutive in the series against the rival Huskies (3-2, 1-1).
Mariota connected with tight end Colt Lyerla with two touchdowns, and also found Keanon Lowe and Josh Huff. Lyerla caught three passes for 71 yards, including touchdowns of 10 and 13 yards.
Kenjon Barner, who went into the game ranked 10th in the nation with an average of 121 yards rushing per game, joined in, running for 122 yards.
On Washington's side, Bishop Sankey ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Keith Price completed 19 of 31 passes for 145 yards. He threw two interceptions and was sacked once.
NC State 17, No. 3 Florida State 16 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mike Glennon found Bryan Underwood for a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 16 seconds left, helping North Carolina State rally to beat third-ranked Florida State 17-16 on Saturday.
The Seminoles (5-1, 2-1 ACC) appeared poised to strengthen their grip on their division, leading 16-0 at halftime behind a dominating defensive performance. But the Wolfpack (4-2, 1-1) inched closer after halftime before coming up with a game-turning blocked punt with 2:27 left, giving the ball back to Glennon at the FSU 43 with a chance to complete a stunning comeback.
Glennon marched the Wolfpack down the field and completed a pair of fourth-down passes, the second when he found Underwood alone over the middle to tie the game and take the lead on the ensuing point-after kick.
FSU drove near midfield in the final seconds, but the Wolfpack defense knocked down EJ Manuel's desperation heave near the goal line to end it.
No. 6 South Carolina 35, No. 5 Georgia 7 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Connor Shaw threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, Ace Sanders had a dazzling 70-yard punt return touchdown and No. 6 South Carolina's defense dominated fifth-ranked Georgia in a 35-7 victory Saturday.
The Gamecocks (6-0, 4-0 SEC) won their school-record 10th consecutive game with a performance that certainly marked them an Eastern Division front-runner - and maybe showed they're capable of even more.
Those tests come soon as South Carolina travels to once-beaten LSU next week and then to Florida on Oct. 20. It'd be hard to pick against the Gamecocks after this one.
South Carolina grounded "Gurshall," holding Georgia's stellar freshmen Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall to 76 yards combined. The Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1) finished with 224 yards, less than half their season's average coming in.
No. 7 Kansas State 56, Kansas 16 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- John Hubert ran for 101 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries, Collin Klein had two touchdowns running and throwing and No. 7 Kansas State routed Kansas 56-16 on Saturday.
Klein finished with 129 yards passing and 116 yards rushing to help the Wildcats (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) pile up more than 50 points for the third consecutive year against their biggest rival. They've won four consecutive against the Jayhawks (1-4, 0-2) since Bill Snyder returned to the sideline.
The longtime Kansas State coach probably had some choice words for his team at halftime, when a slew of mistakes resulted in a modest 21-14 lead. But the Wildcats scored four touchdowns in the third quarter, three in a span of about 5 minutes, to put the game away.
No. 8 West Virginia 48, No. 11 Texas 45 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
AUSTIN, Texas -- Geno Smith passed for four touchdowns, leading No. 8 West Virginia to another wild shootout win in the Big 12, this time taking out No. 11 Texas 48-45 on Saturday.
Smith, who has 24 touchdown passes this season without an interception, hit Tavon Austin with a 6-yard score with 10:50 left to play. Andrew Buie ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns, the second TD giving the Mountaineers a critical 10-point lead late.
West Virginia (5-0, 2-0) didn't seal the win until recovering an onside kick with 14 seconds left after Texas scored a touchdown on a pass from David Ash to Marquise Goodwin.
Joe Bergeron scored four touchdowns, all on short runs, for Texas (4-1, 1-1), which is 2-7 at home in conference games since 2010.
No. 9 Notre Dame 41, Miami (Fla.) 3 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
CHICAGO -- Cierre Wood and George Atkinson III gave Notre Dame its first 100-yard rushing duo in a decade, and Everett Golson came off the bench to lead the No. 9 Irish to a 41-3 victory against Miami (Fla.) on Saturday in what was a very tame sequel to the famed "Catholics vs. Convicts" rivalry.
Wood rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and Atkinson added 123 yards and another score. Golson, who sat the first series as punishment for violating team rules, completed his first six passes and finished 17 of 22 as Notre Dame improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2002.
The loss snapped a three-game win streak for Miami, which was held to just 285 yards after piling up 1,260 yards and 86 points in its previous two games. The Hurricanes (4-2) were hurt by at least a half-dozen drops by their receivers, including two certain touchdowns by Phillip Dorsett on Miami's very first drive.
Miami's only points came on Jake Wieclaw's 28-yard field goal in the first quarter.
No. 12 Ohio State 63, No. 21 Nebraska 38 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Urban Meyer promised a hurry-up, high-scoring offense. Six games into his Ohio State coaching career, the Buckeyes came through.
Braxton Miller rushed for 186 yards, zig-zagging 72 yards for one score and passing for another, to lead No. 12 Ohio State past No. 21 Nebraska 63-38 on Saturday before the largest crowd ever at Ohio Stadium.
Miller broke his own QB rushing mark at Ohio State (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten). Corey Brown returned a punt 76 yards for a TD, Bradley Roby brought back an interception 41 yards and Carlos Hyde scored on four runs before a raucous crowd of 106,102 in the Horseshoe's 90th season.
Taylor Martinez ran for two scores and completed 15 of 23 passes for 214 yards and a score but was intercepted three times for defenseless Nebraska (4-2, 1-1). Leading rusher Rex Burkhead injured his left knee early in the third quarter after rushing for 119 yards on 14 carries, but did not return.
No. 13 USC 38, Utah 28 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
SALT LAKE CITY -- After two blunders left No. 13 Southern California down two touchdowns early and Utah smelling upset, All-American wide receiver Robert Woods righted the USC offense, with quarterback Matt Barkley showing why he was a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy before the season started.
Barkley led the Trojans to 28 consecutive points, passing for 303 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-28 victory and the Trojans ruined one of the biggest games in Utah history -- it was USC's first trip to Salt Lake City in 95 years.
Leading 24-21, Barkley tossed an 83-yard TD pass to Marqise Lee to bump USC's lead to 10 points. Less than 3 minutes later, cornerback Nickell Robey intercepted a pass by Jon Hays and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown, putting the game away.
No. 14 Oregon State 19, Washington State 3 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State's Jordan Poyer was confident he would play well heading into Saturday's game against the Cougars. He was right, handling Washington State quarterbacks Connor Halliday and Jeff Tuel with ease as Poyer's second interception forced Halliday from the game. His third, with 3:18 remaining, sealed the Beavers' 19-3 victory.
The Beavers (4-0, 3-0 Pac-12) needed the defensive effort, as the offense -- and quarterback Sean Mannion -- struggled. Mannion threw three interceptions and finished 25 of 42 for 270 yards. He was sacked three times.
Markus Wheaton had 95 yards receiving and a touchdown. Oregon State has surpassed its win total for the 2011 season and is 4-0 for the first time since 2002.
Tuel was 11 of 17 for 126 yards after replacing Halliday, who threw three interceptions. Marquess Wilson had four catches for 54 yards to lead the Cougars (2-4, 0-3). Halliday was 9 for 20 for 81 yards.
Turnovers hurt the Cougars as they continue to implement new coach Mike Leach's pass-heavy offense. Crichton and sophomore defensive end Dylan Wynn kept both Halliday and Tuel on the run. All together, the Cougars had four interceptions and a fumble.
Iowa State 37, No. T-15 TCU 23 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jared Barnett threw three touchdowns to Josh Lenz, who later had a scoring toss of his own on a trick play, and Iowa State won 37-23 at No. 15 TCU on Saturday to end the Horned Frogs' FBS-best 12-game winning streak.
It was the first Big 12 home game for conference newcomer TCU (4-1, 1-1), which played without suspended quarterback Casey Pachall.
Barnett was 12 of 21 passing for 183 yards and ran nine times for 30 yards in his first start this season for the Cyclones (4-1, 1-1).
The Frogs had won a nation-best 25 conference games in a row, the first 24 while winning the Mountain West championship each of the last three seasons.
Lenz had TD catches of 51 and 74 yards in the first quarter.
Trevone Boykin started for TCU and was 23-of-40 passing for 270 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.
No. T-15 Clemson 47, Georgia Tech 31 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Tajh Boyd threw for a career high 397 yards and DeAndre Hopkins had 173 yards receiving as No. 15 Clemson beat Georgia Tech 47-31 on Saturday.
The shootout was expected when two struggling defenses materialized. The Tigers (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) gained 601 yards, while the Yellow Jackets (2-4, 1-3) gained 483 yards.
Boyd threw for two touchdowns, including a 35-yard touchdown to Hopkins that put Clemson up 38-31 with 10-29 left in the game.
Georgia Tech bobbled the kickoff and started its next possession at the 2-yard line. Tigers linebacker Spencer Shuey sniffed out an option pitch two plays later for a safety that crushed the Yellow Jackets' chances. It was the first time either team led by more than a touchdown.
No. 17 Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 20 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Landry Jones passed for two touchdowns, Blake Bell ran for two more and No. 17 Oklahoma beat Texas Tech 41-20, avenging the Sooners' home loss to the Red Raiders last season.
The win was crucial for Oklahoma to remain in the conversation for the Big 12 title.
Both of Jones' touchdown passes went for 13 yards -- one each to Justin Brown and Kenny Stills. Bell, in at quarterback, scored his touchdowns from a yard out.
Javon Harris put the game out of reach midway through the third quarter when he returned an interception 46 yards for a TD to put the Sooners (3-1, 1-1) up 38-13.
The Red Raiders had their worst defensive performance this year, giving up 380 total yards after coming in ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Seth Doege was 22 of 36 for 203 yards and had three interceptions for Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1).
No. 18 Stanford 54, Arizona 48 (OT) -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
STANFORD, Calif. -- Chase Thomas intercepted a tipped pass by Matt Scott in overtime, Stepfan Taylor ran for a 21-yard score two plays later and No. 18 Stanford rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to stun Arizona 54-48 on Saturday.
Josh Nunes threw for a career-high 360 yards and two touchdowns and ran for three more scores for Stanford (4-1, 2-1 Pac-12) to offset Scott's record-setting performance.
Scott completed 45 of 69 passes -- both school records -- for 491 yards and three touchdowns until Henry Anderson tipped his final pass in overtime that Thomas intercepted. Arizona (3-3, 0-3) amassed 617 total yards but lost for the third consecutive game and is still winless in conference play.
No. 19 Louisville -- Idle
No. 20 Mississippi State 27, Kentucky 14 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Tyler Russell passed for two touchdowns and Mississippi State held Kentucky to just 228 yards on offense, leading the No. 20 Bulldogs to a 27-14 victory Saturday.
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LaDarius Perkins carried 25 times for 110 yards, including a 31-yard score, and Devon Bell kicked field goals of 20 and 37 yards as Mississippi State moved to 5-0 for the first time since 1999. The Bulldogs are 2-0 in Southeastern Conference play.
Russell was 23 of 39 for 269 yards, hitting Adrian Marcus and Chad Bumphis for touchdowns of 10 and 27 yards, respectively.
Freshmen quarterbacks Patrick Towles and Jalen Whitlow both led scoring drives for Kentucky (1-5, 0-3), which lost its fourth consecutive. Whitlow played the second half after Towles sprained his ankle just before halftime.
No. 22 Rutgers 19, Connecticut 3 -- Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Jawan Jamison ran for 110 yards and Wayne Warren returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown as No. 22 Rutgers suffocated Connecticut 19-3 Saturday to remain undefeated.
The Scarlet Knights (5-0, 2-0 Big East) are off to their best start since 2007, and they avenged a bitter loss to the Huskies that ended last regular season and kept Rutgers from sharing the conference title.
Jamison ran it 28 times and recorded his sixth consecutive 100-yard game. Gary Nova hooked up with Mark Harrison on a 14-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter, and Warren put it away with 3:44 left in the fourth when he pushed across the goal line with some help from his teammates.
UConn benched leading rusher Lyle McCombs for the first quarter after he was arrested and charged with second-degree breaching the peace on Friday. He finished with 12 yards on 12 carries and the Huskies (3-3, 0-1) were held to their worst scoring output since getting shutout by Louisville in the middle of the 2010 season.
Penn State 39, No. 24 Northwestern 28 -- Boxscore | Recap College Football Highlights
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Quarterback Matt McGloin had the go-ahead score with a 5-yard touchdown run with 2:37 left and Penn State rallied from 11 points down in fourth quarter to beat No. 24 Northwestern 39-28 on Saturday.
The Nittany Lions scored three times in the final 9:49, starting with McGloin's 8-yard touchdown pass to Allen Robinson as the receiver dragged along the back line of the end zone. Michael Zordich had a 2-point conversion run to get within 28-25 before McGloin's scramble into the end zone sent the homecoming weekend crowd into a frenzy.
Penn State (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) then stuffed Northwestern's last-gasp drive after Trevor Siemian's pass for Kain Colter was tipped away on fourth down.
Things looked so good for Northwestern (5-1, 1-1) after Venric Mark's 75-yard punt return for a touchdown with 50 seconds left in the third quarter demoralized the blue-and-white faithful for a 28-17 lead.
Mark also ran for a score.
Cal 43, No. 25 UCLA 17 -- Boxscore | Recap College Football Higlights
BERKELEY, Calif. -- California quarterback Zach Maynard made a bad read on his first pass attempt when he tried to squeeze a pass into double coverage and it ended in an interception. He spent the rest of the night making UCLA's defense pay for his mistake.
Maynard matched his career high with four touchdown passes and added a fifth on the ground and California took advantage of six turnovers to stun No. 25 UCLA 43-17 on Saturday night.
Coming off one of the worst games of his career, Maynard repeatedly picked himself up off the turf at Memorial Stadium after getting drilled by the Bruins defense to help the Golden Bears (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) end their three-game losing streak. Cal beat UCLA (4-2, 1-2) at home for the consecutive straight time.
Maynard, who completed only 9 of 28 passes in last week's loss to Arizona State, was almost flawless against UCLA. He completed 13 consecutive throws during one stretch in the second half.
Richard Rodgers caught seven passes for 129 yards while Allen caught a pair of touchdowns and finished with eight receptions to move into third place on Cal's career list.
C.J. Anderson added 151 yards rushing, 68 on a touchdown run in the fourth quarter to extend Cal's lead to 26 points.
Johnathan Franklin ran for 103 yards for UCLA, which lost for the second time in three games and is likely to fall out of the rankings again.