TOP 25 ROUNDUP: No. 1 Alabama wins again
AJ McCarron passed for 258 yards and threw a 30-yard touchdown to DeAndrew White in the fourth quarter to lift No. 1 Alabama to a 31-6 victory over Colorado State on Saturday night.
Kenyan Drake set up one touchdown with a blocked punt returned 15 yards by Dillon Lee and scored on a 3-yard touchdown run for the Crimson Tide (3-0), who led 17-6 heading to the fourth. Alabama managed only one offensive touchdown and no third-down conversions in the first three quarters a week after winning a 49-42 shootout over Texas A&M.
Coached by former Tide offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, the Rams (1-3) nursed hopes for a monumental upset into the fourth quarter before allowing two touchdowns. Trey DePriest stripped the ball from quarterback Garrett Grayson and recovered the fumble early in the quarter.
The next play, McCarron laced a perfect strike to White in the end zone and restless Alabama fans had something to cheer about.
McCarron completed 20 of 26 passes but also was intercepted on an ill-advised throw. T.J. Yeldon ran seven times for 49 yards and Christion Jones caught nine passes for 90 yards.
NO. 4 OHIO ST. 76, FAMU 0: Kenny Guiton again started in place of Braxton Miller, setting a school record with six touchdown passes — all in the first half — to lead Ohio State over Florida A&M.
It was the Buckeyes’ most lopsided win since 1935.
Ohio State (4-0) needed a total of four offensive plays and 46 seconds to go up 21-0 in the opening 6 minutes and never looked back. It was an epic mismatch between a team with national-title aspirations and a Football Championship Subdivision member getting a $900,000 guarantee.
NO. 5 STANFORD 42, NO. 23 ARIZONA ST. 28: Tyler Gaffney ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns, Anthony Wilkerson added 68 yards and another score, and Stanford started strong en route to a victory over Arizona State in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
The defending conference champions controlled every facet of the game to turn the only matchup between ranked opponents this week into a 29-0 halftime lead.
The Cardinal (3-0, 1-0) scored in the air and on the ground, forced two turnovers, blocked two punts, tallied 10 tackles for loss and recorded three sacks.
NO. 6 LSU 35, AUBURN 21: Jeremy Hill rushed for a career-high 184 yards and tied a career best with three touchdowns to help LSU hand Auburn its first loss of the season.
Hill scored touchdowns of 49, 10 and 6 yards, and also set up another score with a 54-yard scamper in which he was shoved out of bounds at the 1. Fullback J.C. Copeland scored from there.
Tre Mason rushed for 132 yards and had two short touchdown runs in the third quarter for Auburn (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference).
Zach Mettenberger completed his only touchdown pass — a 32-yarder to Jarvis Landry — early in the fourth quarter as LSU (4-0, 1-0) dimmed Auburn’s hopes for a comeback.
NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 72, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 0: Teddy Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes and Louisville’s defense allowed a school-record 30 yards, helping the Cardinals blow out Florida International.
It was the highest scoring game for the Cardinals (4-0) since a 73-10 victory over Murray State in 2007. It also matched the school’s fifth-largest margin of victory.
Bridgewater had 212 yards on 17 of 22 passing, part of Louisville’s 464-yard effort against winless FIU (0-4).
NO. 8 FLORIDA ST. 54, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 6: Florida State and quarterback Jameis Winston defeated FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman despite plenty of sloppy play.
The defending ACC champions (3-0) will want to clean up their offense before starting a seven-game stretch against conference foes next week.
All three starting FSU receivers had dropped passes in the second quarter, including two for TDs.
Winston completed 10 of 19 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Devonta Freeman ran for a game-high 112 yards and a touchdown.
NO. 9 GEORGIA 45, NORTH TEXAS 21: Aaron Murray threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another score to lead Georgia over pesky North Texas.
Murray overcame an early interception in the end zone, hooking up with freshman Reggie Davis on a 98-yard TD — the longest pass play in school history. Arthur Lynch and Chris Conley also had TD catches for the Bulldogs (2-1).
The Mean Green (2-2) came in as a 33-point underdog, but big plays on special teams helped make a game of it. Brelan Chancellor returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, and Zac Whitfield fell on a blocked punt in the end zone early in the second half to stunningly tie the game at 21.
NO. 10 TEXAS A&M 42, SMU 13: Johnny Manziel accounted for 346 yards with three touchdowns in just more than a half to help Texas A&M cruise past SMU.
Texas A&M (3-1) was up 32-6 at halftime, and Manziel led the Aggies to a touchdown on their first drive of the third quarter before the Heisman Trophy winner went to the bench.
It was a nice bounce-back game for Texas A&M after falling to No. 1 Alabama 49-42 last week.
Manziel had 244 yards passing with a touchdown and ran for 102 yards and two more scores.
NO. 15 MICHIGAN 24, CONNECTICUT 21: Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns, Desmond Morgan made a one-handed interception in the fourth quarter that swung the game Michigan’s way and the Wolverines dodged another upset with a victory against Connecticut.
A week after Michigan needed a last-second stand to hold off Akron, Brendan Gibbons kicked a 21-yard field goal with 4:36 left to give the Wolverines (4-0) their first lead of the second half.
Chandler Whitmer threw two touchdowns and Ty-Meer Brown returned a fumble 34 yards for a score in the third quarter that put UConn (0-3) up 21-7.
NO. 16 MIAMI 77, SAVANNAH ST. 7: Dallas Crawford and Gus Edwards both scored three touchdowns and Miami got into the end zone on its first seven possessions in rolling to a victory over Savannah State.
The Hurricanes set a school record for points, topping the 75 scored against Fordham in 1954.
Miami (3-0) lost quarterback Stephen Morris to a lower right leg injury with 8:51 left in the opening quarter. Coach Al Golden said in a televised halftime interview that X-rays were negative.
Stacy Coley had a kickoff return for a score and a touchdown catch for Miami, which has won five straight games for the first time since 2008.
NO. 17 WASHINGTON 56, IDAHO ST. 0: Keith Price threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns in less than a half, Deontae Cooper scored his first career touchdown after three major knee surgeries, and Washington routed Idaho State in the Huskies’ final tuneup before the start of Pac-12 play.
Bishop Sankey, the national leader in yards rushing per game, barely broke a sweat against the Bengals (2-1) of the FCS. Sankey saw action on the Huskies’ first three series and scored on a 3-yard TD run in the first quarter.
NO. 18 NORTHWESTERN 35, MAINE 21: Linebacker Damien Proby and defensive end Dean Lowry each had an interception return for a touchdown to lead Northwestern over Maine.
Northwestern improved to 4-0 as it wrapped up its non-conference slate, but this was not the consistent, steady performance coach Pat Fitzgerald was looking for heading into Big Ten play. If not for the interception returns, Maine (3-1) could have been in line for an upset down the stretch.
NO. 19 FLORIDA 31, TENNESSEE 17: Tyler Murphy led Florida to five scores in a somewhat ugly game, helping the Gators open Southeastern Conference play with a victory over Tennessee.
Murphy’s 7-yard TD scamper in the fourth quarter made it 31-10 and sent fans scrambling for the exits.
The Volunteers (2-2, 0-1) had hoped to rebound from an embarrassing 59-14 loss at No. 2 Oregon a week ago, but they left Gainesville with another double-digit setback.
NO. 20 BAYLOR 70, LOUISIANA MONROE 7: Bryce Petty threw for 351 yards with four touchdowns and ran 2 yards for another score, and Baylor kept piling up the points in a win over Louisiana Monroe.
The fast-paced Bears (3-0) had seven offensive touchdowns in the 10 drives Petty played. Those TD drives took a total of 6 minutes.
Baylor is the first FBS team since LSU in 1930 to open a season with at least 60 points in three consecutive games, according to STATS. The Bears finished with 781 total yards, matching the school record they set in their last game, two weeks ago in a 70-13 win over Buffalo.
NO. 22 NOTRE DAME 17, MICHIGAN ST. 13: Cam McDaniel scored on a 7-yard run following a questionable pass interference call, one of several penalties that hurt Michigan State, and Notre Dame beat the Spartans for its 10th straight home win.
The Fighting Irish (3-1) also took advantage of another questionable pass interference call in the first half that set up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Rees to TJ Jones and a holding penalty that kept alive a drive that led to a 41-yard field goal by Kyle Brindza. The Spartans (3-1) had 10 penalties for 115 yards by the Big Ten officials.
NO. 24 WISCONSIN 41, PURDUE 10: Melvin Gordon ran for three touchdowns, James White added 145 yards rushing and a 70-yard score, and Wisconsin opened Big Ten play with a win over Purdue.
Gordon scored from 5 and 27 yards in the first half before capping the opening drive of the second half with a 15-yard touchdown run to give Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0) a 31-10 lead.
NO. 25 TEXAS TECH 33, TEXAS ST. 7: Backup quarterback Davis Webb threw for two touchdowns and 310 yards to lead Texas Tech over Texas State.
Webb threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ward in the third quarter and a 10-yarder to Bradley Marquez in the fourth after Texas State failed on a fake punt deep in its own territory.
Webb finished 19-for-43 and had two interceptions.