College Football Scores
Today is Sunday, September 24, 2017.
|Sunday, September 24, 2017|
|East Carolina||vs.||Connecticut||12:00 (EDT)|
|Saturday, September 23, 2017|
|Notre Dame||38||vs.||18||Michigan State||Final Recap|
Wimbush, Williams power Notre Dame past Michigan State
Sunday, September 24 at 12:16 AM (EDT)
Brandon Wimbush passed for a touchdown and ran for another, while Dexter Williams scored two first-half touchdowns to lead Notre Dame past Michigan State 38-18 on Saturday night at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich.
Wimbush completed 14-of-20 passes for 173 yards, including a scoring pass to Williams. He also gained 52 yards on eight carries for Notre Dame (3-1).
Williams gained 40 yards on eight carries, including a 14-yard scoring run. Cornerback Julian Love returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown as the Irish won the turnover battle 3-0.
Irish wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown caught four passes for 61 yards. Josh Adams led the ground game with 56 yards on nine carries.
Michigan State outgained Notre Dame 496-355 but couldn't overcome its mistakes. The Spartans were also penalized nine times for 97 yards.
Spartans quarterback Brian Lewerke completed 31-of-51 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns but also committed two turnovers. He gained 56 yards on nine carries.
Darrell Stewart caught six passes for 41 yards and a touchdown for Michigan State (2-1).
The Fighting Irish parlayed three Michigan State turnovers into 21 points to grab a 28-7 halftime lead.
Notre Dame scored on its opening possession, capped by Wimbush's 16-yard run. Love then jumped a route on Michigan State's first drive and raced to the end zone to make it 14-0.
The Spartans got on the board when Stewart made a leaping grab of a 4-yard pass from Lewerke for his first career touchdown.
A Lewerke fumble set up an 8-yard scoring pass from Wimbush to Williams. Michigan State was on the verge of scoring again when LJ Scott was stripped by Shaun Crawford at the goal line. The ball bounced beyond the end zone for a touchback and Williams soon scored his second touchdown on a 14-yard run.
Following a Spartans field goal, Deon McIntosh scored on a 9-yard run in the third quarter to give Notre Dame a 35-10 lead.
Justin Yoon added to that advantage with a 46-yard field goal. Lewerke connected with running back Gerald Holmes on a 25-yard touchdown pass with 3:09 remaining.
|UTEP||14||vs.||41||New Mexico State||Final|
|Prairie View A&M||34||vs.||0||Alabama State||Final|
|Southern Utah||27||vs.||54||Sacramento State||Final|
|Northern Arizona||28||vs.||10||Cal Poly||Final|
|Oregon||35||vs.||37||Arizona State||Final Recap|
Ruiz, Wilkins fuel Arizona State past No. 24 Oregon
Sunday, September 24 at 3:10 AM (EDT)
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Freshman Brandon Ruiz was in grade school the last time Arizona State beat Oregon.
His foot ended the 13-year drought Saturday.
Ruiz made a 41-yard field goal with 2:33 remaining and the Sun Devils stopped the No. 24 Ducks on downs twice in the final 69 seconds for a 37-35 victory in the Pac-12 opener for both at Sun Devil Stadium.
"Little freshman, I'm pretty proud of him," Arizona State coach Todd Graham said.
Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins passed for 347 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 35 yards and two touchdowns for the Sun Devils' first victory in the series since Oct. 2, 2004 in Eugene.
Wilkins drove the Sun Devils 57 yards in 11 plays to set up Ruiz's winning field goal, a drive that included nine rushes and a 10-yard completion to tight end Jalen Harvey on third-and-6 to move the ball into field goal range.
"Guys made big time plays in big time situations," Wilkins said.
"Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time times. We got out of this one. Now it's time to go out of the next one. We need to get this (bleep) rolling."
Arizona State (2-2, 1-0 Pac-12) outgained the Ducks in total yards (489-401) and had a 16:12 time of possession edge to end a two-game losing streak and likely end the Ducks' short stay in the Top 25.
Ruiz, who stands 5 feet 10, made three field goals and is 5 for 7 this season.
Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert passed for 281 yards and three touchdowns, but was stopped on a 4th-and-3 scramble at midfield with 1:10 remaining.
The Ducks (3-1, 0-1) got the ball back with 46 seconds remaining and got one first down before misfiring on four pass attempts from their 23.
"It was a lack of execution by everybody," Oregon coach Willie Taggart said. "Coaches, myself included, we didn't do a good job."
Herbert's 4-yard run with 6:41 remaining gave the Ducks a 35-34 advantage, their first lead of the game after Wilkins and Demario Richard scored rushing touchdowns in the first five minutes of the third quarter to make it 31-14.
Wide receiver N'Keal Harry caught seven passes for a career-high 170 yards and a touchdown. His 52-yard reception on third-and-27 pass from Wilkins on the final play of the third quarter set up a Ruiz 24-yard field goal for a 34-28 lead with 13:25 remaining.
"I just see a team that's hungry," Wilkins said "When I look in K'Neal's eyes I see, 'Throw me the ball.'"
Richard rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown and Harvey had eight receptions for 133 yards.
Oregon halfback Royce Freeman had 81 yards rushing and a touchdown, his 54th, breaking the school record. He was tied with LaMichael James.
The Ducks entered the game averaging 609 yards and 56 points a game. Their total offense ranked No. 2 in the FBS, and their point total was third. They were penalized 14 times for 99 yards.
"The penalties, the dropped balls -- it's hard to get in a rhythm, it's hard to go fast," Taggart said.
Arizona State came built a 17-7 lead in the first 13 1/2 minutes.
Wilkins scored on a 5-yard run on the Sun Devils' first series before Oregon tied it on Herbert's 7-yard touchdown pass to Dillon Mitchell.
Wilkins took Arizona State 75 yards on the next possession, completing a 3-yard touchdown pass to Harry for a 14-7 lead to cap a 15-play drive.
Arizona State successfully executed an onside kick and turned that into Ruiz's 29-yard field goal to go ahead 17-7 with 1:30 left in the quarter.
Oregon had one first down on six possessions the rest of the half, but closed the gap to 17-14 on Freeman's 12-yard touchdown run after Arizona State muffed a punt with 37 seconds left in the half.
NOTES: Arizona State QB Manny Wilkins set the school record for consecutive passes without an interception with his first pass of the game, a seven-yard completion to RB Kalen Ballage that extended his streak to 150 attempts without a pick. Rudy Carpenter had 149 straight in 2005-06. Wilkins extended his streak to 188. ... Oregon entered the AP rankings for the first time last week, the 20th straight season in which they have appeared in the Top 25. ... Arizona State senior LB Koron Crump (knee) did not play after suffering an injury at Texas Tech last week. Crump led the Sun Devils with 12 sacks last season and leads the team with four this year. His return this season is considered questionable.
No. 7 Washington runs over mistake-prone Colorado
Sunday, September 24 at 3:04 AM (EDT)
BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado's quick start was undone by a series of mistakes, and Washington's defense was at the center of the miscues.
Cornerback Myles Bryant returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown, cornerback Jordan Miller added a pair of interceptions and No. 7 Washington pulled away to beat mistake-prone Colorado 37-10 in a Pac-12 opener on a rainy Saturday night.
"Anytime you get that many turnovers in a game, you've got a chance to do something special on offense," Huskies quarterback Jake Browning said. "We usually get all the stats and the touchdowns. But we played really well on defense and capitalized on some opportunities."
Miller said the Huskies turned up the defensive pressure after Colorado scored on its opening possession.
"We have good guys on defense so we go in and hit," Miller said. We know it's going to take a toll and that's what we were saying. You have to keep hitting them and it was working out."
Myles Gaskin also had 202 yards rushing and two touchdowns, including a 57-yarder, and Salvon Ahmed scored on a 6-yard run in the fourth quarter for Washington (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12).
"The guys up front we're doing their job," Gaskin said. "They were making it easy for me. The rain and everything kind of factored in, so we were sticking to the run and it worked out."
Browning completed 11 of 21 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown for Washington, which beat Colorado (3-1, 0-1) for the eighth straight time.
"It is definitely humbling when you take a loss," said Colorado safety Afolabi Laguda. "You have to keep pushing and I think we will keep pushing. I think we are going to bounce back."
Bryant broke the game open when he stepped in front of wide receiver Bryce Bobo and raced down the right sideline untouched for the score late in the third quarter, boosting Washington's lead to 24-10.
Miller's interceptions, both coming in the first half, led to 10 points for Washington, which came out on top again in the first meeting since the Huskies routed Colorado 41-10 in last December's Pac-12 championship game.
Colorado quarterback Steven Montez had a rough night, throwing three interceptions. He completed 21 of 27 for 171 yards.
"When you play a game like that, you can't have mistakes. You can't have blocked punts. You can't have interceptions," Colorado defensive back Ryan Moeller said. "You have to be on the other end of that. Thankfully, we still have a lot of the season left."
The Huskies stretched their lead to 17-7 early in the third quarter when wide receiver Quinten Pounds outjumped two defenders to come down with a 43-yard touchdown catch. Browning completed the scoring pass on the first play after a facemask penalty against linebacker Drew Lewis as he rushed the passer.
Scoring for the first time since the early going, Colorado got a 49-yard field goal from James Stefano midway through the third quarter to cut the Buffaloes' deficit to 17-10.
Washington led 10-7 at halftime, scoring a touchdown after blocking a punt and adding a field goal after the first of two interceptions by Miller.
Defensive lineman Vita Vea broke through the middle to stuff Alex Kinney's punt and fellow lineman Levi Onwuzurike recovered the ball at the Colorado 12-yard line. Washington capitalized when Gaskin scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to even the score at 7.
Miller intercepted a pass that skipped off the hands of running back Phillip Lindsay, leading to a 25-yard field goal by Tristan Vizcaino late in the second quarter. He thwarted another Colorado drive later in the quarter with another interception in the end zone of Colorado's Steven Montez.
Colorado marched right down the field on its opening possession with Montez completing all four passes. Lindsay ran six times for 21 yards on the drive, punching through from 1 yard for the touchdown.
Washington missed an earlier chance to get on the board when Vizcaino was wide right on a 32-yard field-goal attempt early in the second quarter.
NOTES: A first-quarter replay review overturned an initial incompletion call and validated that Colorado DB Afolabi Laguda had intercepted a Jake Browning pass before tumbling out of bounds. ... Ralphie, Colorado's real-life buffalo mascot, could not make the traditional pregame romp around Folsom Field because of wet and slippery conditions caused by a rainstorm in the area. ... Many of Washington's players went through portions of their pregame warmups bare-chested despite the wet, chilly conditions. ... Washington CB Byron Murphy is expected to be sidelined about six weeks because of a broken foot.
Stanford beats UCLA behind backup QB
Sunday, September 24 at 2:48 AM (EDT)
Josh Rosen couldn't muster another improbable fourth quarter comeback in Week 4 as UCLA dropped its Pac-12 opener to Stanford by a 58-34 score on The Farm in Palo Alto, Calif.
It was the Cardinal quarterback situation, however, that was the story of the game as David Shaw used three signal callers to improve to 2-2 (1-1 Pac-12) on the year.
K.J. Costello stepped up after starter Keller Chryst left the game in the first half with an injury, finishing with 123 yards, a rushing score and the first two touchdown passes of the sophomore's career. Junior Ryan Burns added 13 yards via the air.
While Stanford's second-string quarterback was putting himself on the map, it was the Cardinal running game that wore down the Bruins. Bryce Love scored a touchdown and rushed for a career-best 272 of the team's 405 yards on the ground. It marked the fourth time this year that the junior rushed for 180 yards or more in a game.
Rosen, who threw four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter in the season opener against Texas A&M, connected on 40 of 60 passes for 480 yards, but a sloppy UCLA (2-2, 0-1) was its own worst enemy.
The Bruins fumbled three times, losing two of them. They had 12 penalties for 127 yards and had a kick blocked.
UCLA chipped away at its 23-13 halftime deficit. Soso Jamabo (100 yards rushing) cut into the lead with a 3-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter.
Costello and Stanford quickly answered, however, with a 15-yard strike to Trenton Irwin. Cameron Scarlett added his second of three rushing touchdowns on the night, after a UCLA fumble, to up the score to 37-20. The junior tallied 86 yards, also a career high.
Rosen kept UCLA in the game with touchdowns to Darren Andrews, Eldridge Massington and Jordan Lasley (158 receiving yards). But it wasn't enough to overcome Stanford. The Cardinal drove the final daggers into the Bruins with touchdowns by tight end Dalton Schultz and a 69-yard scamper by Love.
Officials ejected Stanford cornerback Alijah Holder for targeting early in the third quarter. The senior led the Cardinal with eight tackles prior to the ejection. Free safety Ben Edwards was flagged for targeting on the very next play, but was absolved of the personal foul upon video review. Edwards added an interception with 4:27 to play to seal the win.
UCLA safety Adarius Pickett was also ejected in the first half. The junior is the third Bruin to be ejected for targeting in as many games.
|Texas A&M||50||vs.||43||Arkansas||Final Recap|
Aggies rally to beat Razorbacks in OT
Saturday, September 23 at 4:26 PM (EDT)
Christian Kirk scored three touchdowns, including a 100-yard kickoff return, and Texas A&M rallied to beat Arkansas 50-43 in overtime Saturday afternoon in Arlington, Texas.
The Aggies (3-1) extended their winning streak in the series to six games in the SEC opener for both teams. Texas A&M hasn't lost to the Razorbacks (1-2) since joining the SEC in 2012.
Kirk caught the go-ahead score from quarterback Kellen Mond on the Aggies' first overtime possession. Texas A&M safety Armani Watts' interception in the end zone on Arkansas' ensuing drive ended the game.
Kirk finished with five receptions for 110 yards and two scores. His 100-yard return was one of seven lead changes after halftime, including four in the fourth quarter.
Mond accounted for 325 yards, with 216 passing and another 109 on the ground. The true freshman also had an apparent long touchdown run incorrectly ruled dead.
Aggies running back Keith Ford ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Trayveon Williams added another score and 72 yard as. Texas A&M rushed for 285 yards overall.
Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns. His interception on third down from the A&M 12-yard line in overtime was Arkansas' only turnover.
Razorbacks receiver Jonathan Nance had three catches for 100 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown in the fourth. David Williams ran for two touchdowns, his last giving Arkansas a 43-40 lead with 3:39 left in regulation.
A&M forced OT on Daniel LaCamera's 27-yard field goal with 4 seconds left.
Arkansas took control of the game in the first half. A pair of short touchdown passes from Allen and Cole Kelley, plus Chase Hayden's 6-yard score gave the Hogs a 21-7 lead less than five minutes into the second quarter.
The Aggies fought back to trail 21-17 at halftime. The score could have been tied, but Mond was ruled to have run out of bounds at the Arkansas 10-yard line on what would have been an 89-yard touchdown.
Texas A&M settled for a field goal. SEC officials released a statement at halftime acknowledging that the play was "incorrectly ruled out of bounds," but couldn't be reviewed since it was whistled dead.
Texas A&M also logged six straight wins over Arkansas from 1938-43.
|Army West Point||17||vs.||21||Tulane||Final|
|Walsh University||6||vs.||57||Central Connecticut State||Final|
|Kent State||3||vs.||42||Louisville||Final Recap|
No. 19 Louisville rolls past Kent State
Saturday, September 23 at 4:50 PM (EDT)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Coming off a loss to Clemson in a game with national title implications, Louisville finds itself in a bit of a schedule lull.
The only thing to do is exactly what the Cardinals did Saturday. No. 19 Louisville wasted no time in putting away hapless Kent State, scoring 21 first-quarter points en route to a 42-3 win at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
"We basically came out, took care of business and did what we were supposed to do," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said.
Louisville (3-1) plays host to FCS foe Murray State next week before things get interesting again with a Thursday night game on Oct. 5 at North Carolina State -- an upset winner at No. 12 Florida State on Saturday.
The Cardinals pounced on Kent State (1-3) behind quarterback Lamar Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, who found tight end Jordan Davis for a 69-yard completion on the first play of the game. Louisville scored on Malik Williams' 3-yard run three plays later.
"I like that we took the ball right down the field and scored," Petrino said. "I also liked what we did just before the half. It was a nice two-minute drive and we did a nice job executing it. ... I thought Lamar made really good decisions."
Jackson completed 18 of 22 passes for 299 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He ran eight times for 34 yards and a score. Jackson broke the school record for touchdowns responsible for in a career. He now has 89. The old record belonged to quarterback Chris Redman, who had 87 from 1996-1999.
"I'm not trying to set records," Jackson said. "I'm just trying to put my team in a good situation and win games. That's all it's about. If records come, they come."
Louisville committed four turnovers -- two interceptions and two fumbles -- which made Petrino unhappy. He said the team has been working on ball security in practice for weeks. He also pointed out that one of Jackson's interceptions wasn't on Jackson.
"The ball was right in Dez's (Fitzpatrick) hands, he should make that catch," Petrino said. "And the other one, I don't know what the heck happened on that one."
Kent State, which lost starting quarterback Nick Holley to an ACL tear last week, attempted only five passes, completing two for 11 yards. Dustin Crum ran 18 times for 62 yards for the Golden Flashes, who gained just 150 total yards.
"I thought the defense did a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage and being physical," Petrino said. "I like the way we tackled and it was good to get a whole bunch of guys in there and get experience. Obviously we weren't challenged with the passing game at all."
Turnovers aside, Louisville's offense was dominant. On Louisville's third drive, Williams broke free for a 33-yard touchdown scamper with 2:51 in the first quarter, capping a seven-play, 89-yard drive.
The Cardinals scored again just three plays later on an interception return for a touchdown. Cornerback Tru Washington, who earlier dropped a would-be interception that he likely could have returned for a touchdown, picked off a tipped pass and returned it 37 yards for a score.
Up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter, Louisville coughed up turnovers on its next two possessions, the second of which led to a 48-yard field goal by Kent State to cut the lead to 21-3.
Louisville responded quickly, marching 75 yards in just eight plays, capped by a 13-yard run by Jackson for his first touchdown of the game. Jackson added a pair of passing touchdowns in the third quarter, one to Seth Dawkins for 32 yards and another to Javonte Bagley for 15 yards to put Louisville up 42-3.
Kent State coach Paul Haynes, who missed time earlier this season as he battled prostate cancer, was in the coaching booth for Saturday's game.
"I still don't feel 100 percent," Haynes said, noting that he was sore after jogging onto the field last week. "The message is to keep fighting. I encourage everyone to go get tested (for prostate cancer). It's just a blood test. Every male should go get tested."
NOTES: Louisville's leading wide receiver, Jaylen Smith, and starting tight end, Micky Crum, were out for the game. Smith is out with a wrist injury and Crum was withheld due to injury. ... Louisville's preseason All-American CB Jaire Alexander also did not play; he has been recovering from a knee injury suffered in the first half of Louisville's first game. ... A squirrel ran onto the FieldTurf in the second quarter and ran to midfield. The squirrel ran into the end zone -- to a loud cheer from the crowd -- before getting caught in a bag on the sideline.
Kelly, Volunteers keep Minutemen winless
Saturday, September 23 at 3:46 PM (EDT)
Junior John Kelly rushed for 101 yards and one touchdown to help Tennessee overcome a subpar performance and record a 17-13 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday in nonconference play at Knoxville, Tenn.
Junior Quinten Dormady passed for 187 yards and one score but the Volunteers (3-1) struggled against the Minutemen (0-5). Sophomore Brandon Johnson contributed seven receptions for 123 yards.
Junior Andrew Ford threw for 129 yards and one touchdown for UMass before being helped off the field after being sacked late in the third quarter. Junior backup Ross Comis, who rushed for a score earlier in the contest, was unable to engineer a go-ahead drive as the Minutemen dropped their eighth consecutive game dating back to last season.
Tennessee totaled just 319 yards but limited UMass to 281.
The Volunteers led by eight at halftime and increased the lead to 17-6 on a 40-yard field goal by senior Aaron Medley midway through the third quarter. UMass narrowed its deficit to four when Ford threw a 13-yard scoring pass to sophomore Sadiq Palmer with 2:51 to go in the stanza.
The Minutemen lost their quarterback on their final possession of the third quarter when Volunteers senior linebacker Elliott Berry delivered the hit that knocked Ford out of the contest.
It took more than 25 minutes for Tennessee to get on the board as Kelly bounced an inside run to the left for a 12-yard scoring run. The Minutemen answered on a 5-yard keeper from Comis but the extra point was missed to keep UMass behind by one with 2:57 left in the half.
Dormady tossed an 8-yard scoring pass to sophomore Tyler Byrd with 25 seconds remaining to give the Volunteers a 14-6 halftime edge.
|UNLV||21||vs.||54||Ohio State||Final Recap|
Barrett throws five TDs as No. 10 Ohio State routs UNLV
Saturday, September 23 at 5:22 PM (EDT)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State slung the ball all over the lot and UNLV simply had no answer Saturday.
J.T. Barrett and Dwayne Haskins combined for seven touchdown passes as the Buckeyes finished with a school-record 474 yards passing in a 54-21 victory over the Rebels in a nonconference mismatch in Ohio Stadium.
No. 10 Ohio State (3-1) opened a 38-0 lead midway through the second quarter and began to substitute liberally the rest of the way on a warm afternoon in its final game before the Big Ten season begins in earnest next week.
Barrett threw for five touchdowns in just over 21 minutes and the only question from that point was whether the Buckeyes would cover the 40-point spread. They fell one TD short.
In less than a half, Barrett completed 12 of 17 passes for 209 yards before giving way to Haskins. Barrett, a senior who has been criticized by fans at times for his lack of accuracy, moved past Bobby Hoying and into second place in Ohio State career passing yards.
Did Barrett silence some of his critics with that performance?
"I started the press conference thanking our fan base for being there," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said, "but I'm not going to take a poll and ask them. Not being disrespectful to our fans, but quarterback's a tough position and he's continuing to work on it."
Haskins, the team's No. 2 quarterback, was impressive in his own right, adding two touchdown passes. The redshirt freshman connected on 15 of 23 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns.
His only mistake was throwing an interception that was returned 65 yards for a touchdown by UNLV's Javin White with 13:00 remaining in the game.
"I think Dwayne played pretty good," Meyer said. "But that's inexcusable (on the pick-six). Throw it right to the guy. Obviously, it's a young player, a freshman. And they've got to go through that."
As for the rest of the offense, Ohio State set a school record with seven different receivers catching a touchdown pass. Thirteen players caught at least one pass and nine had two or more receptions.
The Buckeyes finished with 664 total yards and limited the Rebels (1-2) to 264 yards, with only 88 through the air.
Asked his thoughts on the Ohio State offense, Meyer said, "Probably the same thoughts as everybody else. Let's go do it against a team that's equally matched."
Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins, averaging 149.3 rushing yards in Ohio State's first three games, ran for 95 yards on 14 carries before taking the second half off.
UNLV running back Lexington Thomas rushed for two touchdowns in the second half, one of those a 55-yard breakaway. He gained 84 yards on 12 carries.
Rebels freshman quarterback Armani Rogers completed 11 of 19 passes for 88 yards with two interceptions. He was sacked four times.
"Proud of my guys," UNLV coach Tony Sanchez said. "I tell you what, they never stopped fighting. They hung in there and kept playing hard against a high-caliber football team. You make a mistake against a team like Ohio State and they are going to make you pay, and they did that a lot of that early on."
Ohio State raced to a 38-0 lead in the first 21 minutes of the game and led 44-7 at halftime.
Before the first half ended, six different receivers caught touchdown passes for the Buckeyes.
On Ohio State's second play of the game, Parris Campbell turned a short pass from Barrett into a 69-yard touchdown to set the tone.
Later in the first quarter, Barrett hooked up with Johnnie Dixon for a 16-yard scoring strike to make it 14-0.
The Buckeyes added a defensive score with 1:02 left in the first quarter when defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones tackled Thomas in the end zone for a safety.
Campbell returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards to set up a 3-yard touchdown pass from Barrett to Binjamin Victor to start the second quarter.
On UNLV's next possession, Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette intercepted a Rogers pass and returned it 42 yards to the UNLV 7-yard line. Barrett put the ball in end zone again with a 4-yard pass to Terry McLaurin for a 30-0 lead.
Barrett added his fifth touchdown pass of the half after an interception by Ohio State safety Damon Webb. An 11-yard hookup with K.J. Hill capped an 11-play, 59-yard drive.
UNLV ended the shutout with a 2-yard touchdown run by Thomas with 3:32 left before halftime.
Ohio State closed out the first-half scoring with Haskins coming into the game and throwing a 28-yard touchdown strike to C.J. Saunders, who finished with a team-best six receptions for 102 yards.
Haskins added a 38-yard touchdown pass to Rashod Berry in the second half.
NOTES: Ohio State backup QB Joe Burrow was cleared this week to play after suffering a broken hand in preseason practice. He entered the game in the fourth quarter and was 4-of-4 passing for 37 yards. ... Ohio State RB Mike Weber, slowed all season by a hamstring injury, sat out the game. ... UNLV is 5-39 against ranked teams. Its last win over a ranked opponent was in 2008 against Arizona State. ... Ohio State and UNLV met for the first time. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is 3-0 vs. the Rebels, winning twice while he was at Utah. ... Ohio State's 13 tackles for loss were the most since it had 13 against Michigan in 2008. DE Nick Bosa led a career-best three tackles for loss.
|Texas Tech||27||vs.||24||Houston||Final Recap|
Shimonek guides Texas Tech to close win over Houston
Saturday, September 23 at 4:28 PM (EDT)
Senior Nic Shimonek passed for 321 yards and two touchdowns to help Texas Tech produce a 27-24 victory over host Houston in Saturday's nonconference game at TDECU Stadium.
Junior Keke Coutee recorded 11 catches for 161 yards, including a key 77-yard scoring play in the third quarter for the Red Raiders (3-0). Coutee entered the contest as the national leader in receiving yardage per game and rose his average to 148.7 with his latest strong effort.
Junior Kyle Allen was intercepted twice for the Cougars (2-1) and passed for 217 yards and one touchdown before being removed. Senior Kyle Postma ran for a score and pass for another in relief as Houston saw its 16-game home winning streak halted.
Texas Tech forced five turnovers and rolled up 521 yards.
The Red Raiders led by three points at the half and stretched out the advantage while Houston star defensive tackle Ed Oliver was out of the game dealing with leg cramps. The Cougars appeared to have trouble lining up, and Coutee ran free in the secondary and hauled in the catch and outraced the secondary on the 77-yard play to give Texas Tech a 20-10 edge with 4:48 remaining in the third quarter.
The Red Raiders increased the lead to 17 when Shimonek tossed a 20-yard scoring pass to senior running back Justin Stockton with 7:28 left. Stockton also rushed for 102 yards on 10 carries.
Postma energized the Cougars upon entering, scoring on a 9-yard keeper to move Houston within 27-17 with 4:29 remaining. He tossed a 4-yard score to senior wideout Linell Bonner with 15 seconds left but the ensuing onside kick was unsuccessful.
Texas Tech built a 13-0 lead over the first 19 minutes of the game on two field goals and a 3-yard run by junior Desmond Nisby. The Cougars responded with the next 10 points, and Allen's 18-yard scoring pass to sophomore D'Eriq King pulled Houston within 13-10 with 4:41 left in the half.
Red Raiders junior Vaughnte Dorsey was carted off on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital after making a diving hit on King during a fourth-quarter kickoff return. Dorsey dove head first for the tackle, and his head hit King's right knee. He displayed movement while being taken off the field.
|North Carolina State||27||vs.||21||Florida State||Final Recap|
N.C. State's upset drops No. 12 Florida State to 0-2
Saturday, September 23 at 5:19 PM (EDT)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren entered Saturday's game against No. 12 Florida State with a 27-27 record with the Wolfpack.
But Doeren broke that tie with arguably the biggest win of his career, and he achieved it on Florida State's home field.
N.C. State stunned the Seminoles 27-21, snapping a four-game losing streak in the series and spoiling Florida State's home opener that was delayed three weeks by Hurricane Irma.
"The feeling is euphoric," Doeren said. "I am so proud of our coaching staff. I am so proud of our players."
North Carolina State (3-1, 1-0 ACC), which entered as a 12-point underdog, never trailed. The Wolfpack got two touchdown passes from senior quarterback Ryan Finley to help the Wolfpack beat the Seminoles (0-2, 0-1) for the first time since the 2012 season.
The game was Florida State's first in 21 days after Hurricane Irma washed out Weeks 2 and 3 for the Seminoles, whose loss marked the program's first 0-2 start since 1989, when they opened the season with defeats to Southern Miss and Clemson.
Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher, however, refused to blame the loss on the long break.
"We had two long layoffs, but that's not an excuse. We also had a lot of time to practice," said Fisher, who was 7-0 in home openers.
"N.C. State has a very nice football team and they did the things they needed to do to win. They played well in critical moments, and we didn't finish drives. There's a lot of good there (on our football team), but there's still plenty bad."
Finley connected on scoring throws to receiver Jakobi Meyers and receiver/running back Jaylen Samuels. Finley finished 22 of 32 for 230 yards.
N.C. State linebacker Bradley Chubb had a huge game for the Wolfpack with seven tackles and two sacks, but there was a moment afterward -- when cameras caught him running to midfield and appearing to spit on the Seminoles' logo -- that Chubb was asked about repeatedly following the win.
"I honestly don't even remember doing that. I always spit when I'm playing football," Chubb said.
"It wasn't intentional at all. It wasn't (a) celebration. I celebrated with my teammates, talked to Coach Doeren and then I guess I just spit. I really didn't mean to. To finally pull it out (and beat Florida State) just really meant a lot to us."
Florida State kicker Ricky Aguayo cut the Wolfpack's lead to 27-21 with 3:01 left after linebacker Brian Burns blocked an N.C. State punt. The Seminoles -- who had no timeouts left -- opted to kick off deep, rather than try an onside kick. N.C. State then picked up one first down and ended the game.
Florida State true freshman quarterback James Blackman, replacing Deondre Francois -- who suffered a season-ending knee injury during the opener against No. 1 Alabama -- completed 22 of 38 passes for 278 yards and one touchdown. He also fumbled once in the first half when the Seminoles were threatening to score.
Florida State receiver Auden Tate had nine catches for 138 yards but left in the opening minutes of the third quarter with an apparent arm injury suffered on a 51-yard catch.
"I felt like we were ready, we just didn't execute. It's a tough loss," Burns said. "I preach the word of positivity, even when (Deondre) got hurt. Stay positive. That's all you really can do. We have nine more games. This is just one game. It's depressing right now. But I have no doubt we're going to bounce back."
After the teams combined to score 27 points in the first half -- with N.C. State taking a 17-10 lead at intermission -- they traded field goals in the third quarter as the Wolfpack led 20-13 going to the final 15 minutes.
Aguayo drilled a 37-yarder in the opening minute of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 20-16.
The Wolfpack answered with 9:16 remaining when Samuels took a 14-yard shovel pass for a touchdown to cap a 10-play, 75-yard drive for a 27-16 lead.
The Seminoles got life with 6:26 remaining after Finley botched a shotgun snap and it went out of the end zone for a Florida State safety. But the Seminoles' offense couldn't do anything on the ensuing possession, turning the ball over on downs with just over five minutes left in the game.
The N.C. State rushing attack was led by running back Nyheim Hines with 24 carries for 94 yards. Meyers caught five passes for a career-high 112 yards.
Florida State running back Cam Akers rushed 12 times for a team-high 56 yards.
NOTES: Saturday marked the earliest Florida State had faced an ACC opponent in the season since 2009 when it opened the year against Miami. ... N.C. State improved to 5-15 all-time on the road against the Seminoles. ... N.C. State's Jaylen Samuels' two touchdowns Saturday were the 37th and 38th of his career, good for fourth on the Wolfpack's career touchdown list. ... QB James Blackman's first career touchdown pass was the first thrown by a Seminoles true freshman quarterback since 2001. ... FSU LB Jacob Pugh was ejected late in the third quarter for targeting and he will miss the first half of next week's game at Wake Forest. ... Saturday's attendance was 70,541.
|Pittsburgh||17||vs.||35||Georgia Tech||Final Recap|
Georgia Tech's ground game overwhelms Pitt
Saturday, September 23 at 3:51 PM (EDT)
Sophomore B-back KirVonte Benson rushed 29 times for a career-high 196 yards and two touchdowns to lead Georgia Tech to a 35-17 win over Pittsburgh in the ACC opener for both teams at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.
Benson scored on runs of 5 and 47 yards, the final touchdown coming with 5:37 remaining that put the game out of reach for the Yellow Jackets (2-1, 1-0 ACC). Pitt turned the ball over on down on the ensuing drive.
Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall rushed 18 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns. He has run for 100 yards in each game.
Pitt (1-3, 0-1) gave sophomore quarterback Ben DiNucci his first start. He completed 12 of 19 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown but was lifted in the fourth quarter and replaced by erstwhile senior Max Browne. Browne was 10 of 15 passing for 88 yards.
The Yellow Jackets dominated with their option attack, gaining 436 yards on the ground and having just over 35 minutes in time of possession.
Georgia Tech had a 21-17 lead at halftime. Marshall scored on touchdown runs of 32 and 1 yards, and Benson added a 5-yard touchdown run.
Pittsburgh scored on a 28-yard pass from DiNucci to Qadree Ollison and an 80-yard punt return from Quadree Henderson. It was the second punt return for a touchdown in Henderson's career. The Panthers added a 55-yard field goal from redshirt freshman Alex Kessman as the first-half ended.
Georgia Tech held Pitt to 235 total yards and shut out the Panthers after halftime.
|Old Dominion||0||vs.||38||Virginia Tech||Final Recap|
No. 13 Virginia Tech shuts out ODU
Saturday, September 23 at 6:36 PM (EDT)
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- No. 13 Virginia Tech completed a perfect nonconference schedule with a convincing 38-0 win over Old Dominion on Saturday at Lane Stadium.
Now the Hokies (4-0) can finally set their sights on a mammoth ACC opener next week at home against No. 2 Clemson.
"We will be ready to play them when they come in," Tech wide receiver Cam Phillips said of the Tigers, who beat the Hokies 42-35 in last season's ACC championship game.
Said Tech junior defensive back Mook Reynolds: "The stakes are higher, but we try to go 1-0 each week. This just so happens to be the next game. We're going to enjoy this win and tomorrow we're going to start focusing on breaking everything down and getting ready to do everything we've gotta do."
The Hokies, who went 4-0 in nonconference play for the first time since 2011, used a dominating defensive performance to dispatch Old Dominion in the first-ever meeting between the teams.
The Hokies outgained the Monarchs 582-149 in securing their second shutout in their last three games.
ODU (2-2) was held scoreless for the first time since a 49-0 loss to Appalachian State in 2005.
"When you feel like you're controlling the game on the defensive side of the ball, it provides you more opportunities to try to get up on people and force the issue that way," Tech coach Justin Fuente said. "We should be good on defense. With the guys we had coming back and with the staff that we have and the way we train and practice, I'm not taking those things for granted, but we expect to play on a high level."
Despite throwing his first career interception, Hokies freshman quarterback Josh Jackson had another stellar start, passing for 298 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 20 of 30 passes.
Tech junior running back Steven Peoples had a career day with 135 total yards (73 receiving) and three touchdowns.
"The local guy got some shine today, so I guess that's pretty cool," said Peoples, who is from nearby Galax, Va.
The Hokies' defensive dominance spoiled a historic first start for ODU freshman quarterback Steven Williams Jr. At 17, Williams became the second-youngest starting quarterback in the history of the Football Bowl Subdivision, behind only David Walker of Texas A&M in 1973.
Williams passed for 85 yards on 8-of-26 passing, and he rushed six times for 24 yards. He couldn't provide much of a spark against Tech's defense, which held the Monarchs to seven first downs.
"I've never played in front of a big crowd like that. I was just going out there having fun," Williams said. "I didn't let the pressure get to me. I was just out there playing football."
The last time Tech held multiple opponents scoreless in the same season was 2006 when it notched four.
"This was clearly one of the best teams in the nation today, and they took advantage of us," ODU coach Bobby Wilder said.
The Hokies struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the first half, but they still took a 17-0 lead into the intermission.
Joey Slye's 31-yard first-quarter field goal provided Tech's only points until 6:07 remaining in the second quarter. That was when Peoples caught a screen pass from Jackson and took it 17 yards for a touchdown.
Peoples scored his second touchdown right before the end of the quarter on a 1-yard run.
"The plays were there. We just needed to make them," Jackson said. "We just really picked it up after those first couple of drives."
Tech broke open the game in the third quarter. Peoples caught a deflected pass from Jackson in the end zone for a 43-yard touchdown, and wide receiver C.J. Carroll caught his first career scoring reception from 5 yards out a short time later to make it 31-0.
Hokies running back Deshawn McClease scored on a 5-yard run early in the fourth quarter to push the lead to 38-0.
NOTES: Virginia Tech WR Cam Phillips has caught at least one pass in 31 straight games, breaking the previous school record set by Isaiah Ford last season. ... ODU fell to 0-9 all-time against Power 5 opponents. ... Hokies PK Joey Slye missed a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter, his first career miss inside the 30-yard line. He was 27-for-27 for his career before the miss. ... ODU's Steven Williams was the first opposing quarterback to make his first career start at Lane Stadium since Temple's Devin Scott in 1998. ... Former Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick was inducted into the school's sports Hall of Fame on Friday. ... Virginia Tech QB Josh Jackson threw his first career interception on his 100th pass of the season. ... Virginia Tech hosts No. 2 Clemson next Saturday. ODU returns to action at home against Florida Atlantic on Oct. 7.
|Norfolk State||17||vs.||7||Delaware State||Final|
|Idaho State||42||vs.||43||Northern Colorado||Final|
McGowan helps Central Florida roll over Maryland
Saturday, September 23 at 6:43 PM (EDT)
Taj McGowan ran for two first-half touchdowns and UCF pulled away for a 38-10 win at Maryland Saturday afternoon in what had been forecast as a high-scoring affair.
The potential shootout lost some luster early when Terrapins quarterback Kasim Hill was lost with a lower leg injury on Maryland's second series.
While Henry Darmstadter's 34-yard field goal spotted the Terrapins to an early 3-0 lead, UCF (2-0) controlled the rest of the game as Maryland accumulated just 197 yards of total offense.
UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton got that much -- and more -- by himself. Milton rushed for 94 yards on six carries, and completed 18 of 30 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. His 55-yard run early in the third quarter set up his 6-yard scoring pass to Jordan Akins to make it 21-3 at10:17.
The Knights went ahead earlier when McGowan scored from a yard with 13:42 remaining in the second quarter. He added a 3-yard run with 3:49 left, as the UCF defense clamped down on the Terrapins and led 14-3 at the half.
UCF opened the season with a 61-17 win over Florida International, but then had its next two games cancelled by Hurricane Irma. This was the Knights' first action since Aug. 31.
The Terrapins (2-1) turned to sophomore Max Bortenschlager in Hill's absence.
Hill, a freshman, had replaced Tyrrell Pigrome, the opening day starter. In that first game, Pigrome was lost to a season-ending knee injury.
This is the third straight season Maryland has lost at least one quarterback to injury.
If Bortenschlager starts next week at Minnesota, the Terrapins will have used three starting quarterbacks for the fourth time in six years and the third consecutive season. In 2012, they lost three and ended up playing a freshman linebacker (Shawn Petty) at the position.
Bortenschlager finished 15 of 26 for 132 yards and one interception. He was sacked five times.
In their first visit to College Park, Md., the Knights avenged Maryland's 30-24 double overtime win in Orlando last season in the first ever meeting between the two programs.
|Illinois State||34||vs.||9||Missouri State||Final|
|Duke||27||vs.||17||North Carolina||Final Recap|
INT return helps Duke top North Carolina
Saturday, September 23 at 7:12 PM (EDT)
Bryon Fields Jr. returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown with 4:01 left to help Duke hold off North Carolina 27-17 in an Atlantic Coast Conference game Saturday at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Duke (4-0, 1-0 ACC) took the lead with 6:09 remaining on Shaun Wilson's 1-yard run to cap an eight-play, 74-yard drive. The possession was kept alive on receiver Johnathan Lloyd's 12-yard reception on fourth-and-5 from the North Carolina 24.
Fields' interception of Tar Heels quarterback Chazz Surratt was the only turnover in the game.
It was the 100th career coaching victory for Duke's David Cutcliffe.
The Blue Devils have defeated their rivals two years in a row; this was the teams' earliest meeting in a season.
Duke quarterback Daniel Jones completed 18 of 34 passes for 202 yards. Running back Brittain Brown gained 90 yards on 10 carries.
A 19-play Duke drive resulted in Austin Parker's 24-yard field goal on the opening possession of the second half.
Surratt's 56-yard run untouched up the middle sent the Tar Heels (1-3, 0-2) to a 17-13 lead on their first drive of the second half. Surratt finished 17 of 32 for 259 yards.
North Carolina opened the scoring on Freeman Jones' 34-yard field goal with 1:50 left in the first quarter. Those points were set up by a 47-yard pass to Austin Proehl on a flea flicker.
Three plays later, Duke tight end Davis Koppenhaver was left alone as he scored on a 28-yard pass from Jones.
Duke's next drive stalled in 12 plays, so it settled for Parker's 27-yard field goal for a 10-3 lead. The Blue Devils had another 12-play drive go for naught when defensive lineman Jason Strowbridge blocked Parker's 24-yard attempt with 22 seconds left in the first half.
Two plays later, Anthony Ratliff-Williams caught Surratt's 45-yard pass to tie the game at the break.
|Montana State||49||vs.||21||North Dakota||Final|
|Louisiana Tech||16||vs.||17||South Carolina||Final Recap|
South Carolina avoids upset with freshman's late FG
Saturday, September 23 at 7:04 PM (EDT)
Freshman Parker White kicked his first career field goal -- a 31-yarder with four seconds left -- as South Carolina erased a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat upset-minded Louisiana Tech 17-16 on Saturday in Columbia, S.C.
Jonathan Barnes kicked a 25-yard field goal with 55 seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs a 16-14 lead.
Gamecocks quarterback Jake Bentley scrambled for 24 yards on third-and-10 on the ensuing possession and connected with wide receiver Bryan Edwards for 41 yards on the next play to set the stage for White, who missed his previous four kicks this season.
Running back Ty'Son Williams gained 95 yards on 13 carries, including a 35-yard touchdown run with 4:52 left to give South Carolina (3-1) a 14-13 lead. Bentley was 22 of 34 for 295 yards with an interception and a scoring pass to freshman wide receiver OrTre Smith with 11:06 remaining.
Edwards caught six passes for 122 yards.
Bulldogs quarterback J'Mar Smith was 23 of 33 for 281 yards with a touchdown and an interception as Louisiana Tech (2-2) fell to 8-76-2 all-time versus the SEC. Wide receiver Teddy Veal caught 10 passes for 110 yards and a score for the Bulldogs.
Louisiana Tech led 6-0 at halftime on a pair of field goals by Barnes -- the second being a season-long 52-yarder with 5:23 left in the second quarter, four plays after junior cornerback Aaron Roberson intercepted Bentley.
White missed both attempts in the first half -- a 34-yarder in the first quarter and a 46-yard try 48 seconds before intermission. White missed from 52 and 54 yards against Kentucky last week.
The Bulldogs took a 13-0 lead when Smith's 3-yard touchdown pass to Veal, who lost his helmet as he crossed the goal line, capped the opening drive of the second half. Five plays later, Bulldogs defensive tackle Deldrick Canty recovered a fumble by Williams.
The Gamecocks got on the board when OrTre Smith caught a pass over the middle, bounced off a hit from two defenders and continued to the end zone for a 28-yard score.
|Robert Morris||0||vs.||56||North Dakota State||Final|
No. 1 Alabama steamrolls Vanderbilt
Saturday, September 23 at 8:29 PM (EDT)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Top-ranked Alabama generally wins football games because it is bigger, stronger, faster and more prepared than its opponents.
All that -- plus a phenomenal rushing attack and an extra dose of motivation -- were the reasons the Crimson Tide pounded previously unbeaten Vanderbilt 59-0 on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Running back Damien Harris rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns as the Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) lit up the nation's No. 1 defense for 677 yards while holding the Commodores to just 78.
"I'm proud of our players today, the way we responded. ... I keep telling them, 'For three games, we win, but ...'" coach Nick Saban said. "There's a difference between winning and defeating your opponent in terms of how you dominate, what you do for 60 minutes in a game, and how you compete with consistency for 60 minutes in a game.
"Until we learn how to do that, which I think we did today, I don't think you'll ever get the respect you deserve. I think they earned a lot of respect today."
Fresh off an upset of then-No. 18 Kansas State last week, the Commodores were overmatched from the beginning. Vanderbilt (3-1, 0-1) had more penalties (five) than first downs (three).
"Credit Alabama. Alabama is exactly who everybody thinks they are," Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. "Extremely good football team, well coached, physical, and they play hard and don't beat themselves."
Leading by 31 points at halftime, the Crimson Tide went for the throat in the third quarter.
Harris scored his third touchdown on a 2-yard run, and true freshman backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes to make it 52-0.
It wasn't the same Alabama team that gave up 23 points and 391 yards to Colorado State last week. It was safe to say that the Commodores caught a motivated Crimson Tide squad.
After last week's upset of Kansas State, Vanderbilt defensive lineman Nifae Lealao uttered the words, "Alabama, you're next." Later in the week, Lealao clarified that all he meant was that the Crimson Tide was the next team on the schedule.
But that's not how Alabama took it. The Crimson Tide played with an edge and poured it on in the second half.
"Yeah, it definitely motivated us," Alabama defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne said when asked about Lealao's comments. "We take stuff like that personally, and we try to use it to our advantage."
After an first-quarter exchange of punts, Alabama took over in Vanderbilt territory and running back Bo Scarbrough dashed around left tackle for a 6-yard touchdown run.
After another Vandy punt, Harris dashed 61 yards through the left side of the defense on the drive's second play for a 14-0 advantage.
On the Commodores' next offensive snap, running back Khari Blasingame coughed it up, and Alabama defensive end Da'Shawn Hand recovered at the Vandy 26.
On third-and-goal from the 2 and the Crimson Tide in a jumbo formation, Harris easily dove in from 2 yards out to make it 21-0 with 42 seconds left in the first quarter.
Scarbrough added his second touchdown of the first half when he dashed into the end zone from the 2-yard line with 9:09 left in the second quarter.
Alabama had a 323-49 edge in total offense at the break, and had 19 first downs to Vanderbilt's two.
"For us, we dug ourselves a hole early and it snowballed on us," Mason said. "I didn't think we did a very good job responding. We had our struggles offensively and defensively in terms of third down. Getting off the field defensively and offensively really trying to sustain anything."
Even Saban, one of the biggest perfectionists in sports, could find little wrong with Alabama's performance.
"I can't say that there's anything negative, other than that we dropped a couple of balls," he said.
The Commodores had plenty of dropped balls of their own. Quarterback Kyle Shurmur entered Saturday leading the SEC in passing efficiency but was just 4 of 15 for 18 yards and an interception -- a deflection off the hands of wide-open tight end Jared Pinkney on the game's first drive.
NOTES: Vanderbilt was without a pair of veteran reserve cornerbacks on Saturday. Taurean Ferguson missed his fourth straight game with what's been termed an indefinite suspension, and Bryce Lewis was not dressed due to an undisclosed injury. ... The Commodores had given up 13 total points in three games, but allowed 21 in the first quarter on Saturday. ... Alabama S Ronnie Harrison had a first-quarter interception on a ball off the hands of Vandy TE Jared Pinkney. It was the first interception that Commodores QB Kyle Shurmur had thrown this season.
|Wake Forest||20||vs.||19||Appalachian State||Final Recap|
Wake Forest hangs on thanks to blocked FG
Saturday, September 23 at 7:30 PM (EDT)
Wake Forest's Scotty Washington blocked a 39-yard field goal attempt with five seconds to play, allowing the Demon Deacons to hold on for a 20-19 victory over host Appalachian State in a nonconference game Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C.
Mike Weaver's 25-yard field goal with 7:22 left provided the winning points as Wake Forest produced its second 4-0 start in consecutive years for the first time in program history.
Appalachian State kicker Michael Rubino was in position to boot the winning points after the Mountaineers moved into Wake Forest territory despite no timeouts on their final possession.
Wake Forest had trouble offensively in the first half, but produced second-half scoring drives of 97 and 75 yards. Quarterback John Wolford ended up 14-for-27 for 176 yards.
Appalachian State quarterback Taylor Lamb was 26-for-50 for 372 yards.
Midway through the third quarter, Appalachian State (2-2) scored in two plays with T.J. Watkins' 84-yard touchdown reception from Lamb for a 16-10 lead.
The Demon Deacons went back ahead on Cam Serigne's 6-yard pass from Wolford on a drive aided by a fourth-down offside penalty on Appalachian State.
Rubino's 39-yard field goal with 10:39 remaining gave the Mountaineers a short-lived lead.
Wake Forest drove 97 yards on its first second-half possession, taking the lead courtesy of Greg Dortch's 10-yard reception from Wolford.
In the first quarter, Appalachian State scored on a 20-yard double-reverse flea flicker, with Lamb throwing a 20-yard pass to tight end Levi Duffield.
The Demon Deacons scored first on Weaver's 27-yard field goal to cap an 11-play drive. But they had a six-possession stretch later in the half with a total of one first down. Wolford went through a 1-for-10 stretch.
A record crowd of 35,126 was announced for Wake Forest's first road game in the series, which is 23 games old. The teams hadn't met since 2001.
|Georgia Southern||17||vs.||52||Indiana||Final Recap|
Indiana's ground game flattens Georgia Southern
Saturday, September 23 at 8:08 PM (EDT)
Morgan Ellison rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns to help Indiana roll over Georgia Southern 52-17 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.
Ellison had 127 yards and both of his touchdowns in the first half, as the Hoosiers raced to a 31-7 lead. Indiana (2-1) also scored when Ellison's fumble at the Eagles 1-yard line was recovered in the end zone by wide receiver Simmie Cobbs.
Indiana piled up 282 yards on the ground.
Hoosiers quarterbacks Richard Lagow and Peyton Ramsey each had long touchdown passes in the second half.
Lagow hit Ian Thomas for a 71-yard score on Indiana's first possession of the third quarter to extend the lead to 38-7. Ramsey connected with Devonte Williams for 42 yards to make it 45-7 with 10:52 to go in the third quarter.
J-Shun Harris scored on a 70-yard punt return in the first quarter for the Hoosiers.
Georgia Southern (0-3) had some success moving the ball once the game was out of reach.
The Eagles' freshman quarterback, Shai Werts, was 7-for-15 for 133 yards and two touchdowns, his best performance of the season.
In its first two games, Georgia Southern was held to eight yards passing in a 41-7 loss to Auburn and 93 in a 22-12 loss to New Hampshire, an FCS school.
L.A. Ramsby had 18 carries for 108 yards for the Eagles, who had two fumbles that led to Indiana scores.
After a three-and-out on their first possession, the Hoosiers scored touchdowns on their next three drives.
More than half of Georgia Southern's 51 first-quarter yards came on two plays, including a 16-yard scramble by Werts that ended in a fumble that the Hoosiers recovered.
Indiana promptly drove 46 yards to make it 21-0.
Georgia Southern scored late in the first half on a 23-yard pass from Werts to Ellis Richardson. It was just Werts' second completion of the game.
|Boston College||7||vs.||34||Clemson||Final Recap|
No. 2 Clemson erupts in 4th quarter against BC
Saturday, September 23 at 9:31 PM (EDT)
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Travis Etienne didn't get the start, but he sure knew how to finish.
Etienne, a freshman running back, rushed for 113 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns as No. 2 Clemson rallied from a 7-7 tie for a 34-7 victory Saturday afternoon against Boston College.
Clemson (4-0, 2-0 in ACC) scored 27 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to defeat the Eagles for a seventh consecutive time.
"What a game, what a fourth quarter," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "That's what you can do when you've got depth and can wear people down. There's no question our depth was a factor today."
That depth included Etienne, who had 98 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown run, in Clemson's victory at Louisville last week.
The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Etienne didn't enter the game until the Tigers' second possession of the final quarter, but he quickly flashed his talent, breaking several tackles on a 50-yard touchdown run the first time he touched the ball.
Etienne, who is averaging 12.1 yards per carry, added a 10-yard touchdown run with 52 seconds left and totaled his 113 yards on only nine carries. He was presented with the O'Rourke-McFadden Leather Helmet Award as the game's most valuable player.
"He might be the first freshman to win that," Swinney said. "What a couple of explosive runs he had. He's just gaining confidence by the minute."
The Eagles (1-3, 0-2) tied the game on a 1-yard run by freshman running back AJ Dillon with 3:30 left in the third quarter, and it appeared the defending national champions were in for a down-to-the-wire battle.
But, sparked by Etienne and junior quarterback Kelly Bryant, Clemson won for the 35th time in 37 games, dating to the 2014 season.
"We took this team, that's the No. 2 team in the country, late into the fourth quarter," Boston College coach Steve Addazio said. "Our kids played their tails off. That's the storyline of the game. I'm proud of the way our kids fought and battled against this team."
Both Etienne and Bryant posted the first 100-yard rushing games of their careers. Bryant had 106 yards on 22 carries and scored his sixth and seventh touchdowns of the season.
Clemson sophomore Tavien Feaster, making the first start of his career, had 73 yards on 20 carries, to contribute to the Tigers' 342-yard rushing day.
Dillon had a career-high 18 carries for 57 yards, but the Eagles' offense struggled against Clemson's eighth-ranked defense. Boston College managed only 238 yards; freshman quarterback Anthony Brown completed 14 of 30 passes for 130 yards.
Boston College punter Mike Knoll enjoyed a solid day, averaging 42.3 yards per punt and downing six of his kicks inside Clemson's 20.
"They dug in and their punter was awesome," Swinney said. "We had terrible field position all day."
Addazio said he was proud of his team's effort.
"We wanted to drag this team into the fourth quarter, and we drug them into the fourth quarter," Addazio said. "We played with great heart and you can see the potential in this football team right now."
Despite outgaining the Eagles 222-125 in the first half, Clemson led only 7-0 at the break. The Tigers' lone score came on a 13-play, 94-yard drive midway through the second quarter that culminated with Bryant's 11-yard touchdown run, his sixth of the season.
Running back Adam Choice added a 6-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and Bryant scored on a 4-yard run. Bryant was 17 of 26 passing for 140 yards and two interceptions.
"Kelly hung in there and battled through a little bit of adversity," Swinney said. "But this is something we can grow from.
"To hold them to less than 100 yards rushing, hat's off to our defense. When we've needed them to go out there and get a stop, that's what they've done. Eventually we just wore them down."
NOTES: Clemson WR Ray-Ray McCloud was held to two receptions for minus-2 yards, one week after a seven-catch, career-high 115 yard game at Louisville. ... WR Hunter Renfrow has nine third-down receptions this season, with seven of them resulting in first downs. ... LB Kendall Joseph led Clemson with 12 tackles, including one tackle for loss. ... Boston College FS Lukas Denis had 13 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. ... WR Jeff Smith led the Eagles' receivers with four catches for 58 yards. ... RB Jon Hilliman, among the ACC leaders with 203 yards entering the game, managed 33 yards on nine carries.
|TCU||44||vs.||31||Oklahoma State||Final Recap|
No. 16 TCU upsets No. 6 Oklahoma State
Saturday, September 23 at 9:45 PM (EDT)
STILLWATER, Okla. -- TCU, for all its recent road success, had never won a Big 12 game in the state of Oklahoma.
The No. 16-ranked Horned Frogs picked an opportune time for a breakthrough Saturday, upsetting No. 6 Oklahoma State 44-31 before a sellout crowd of 56,790 at Boone Pickens Stadium.
"I love playing here," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "It's the first time we won here, and I love playing here."
TCU loved the result. The Horned Frogs used a balanced offense and took advantage of four Cowboys turnovers, three by quarterback Mason Rudolph, who saw his Heisman Trophy candidacy likely absorb a hit.
Horned Frogs running back Darius Anderson rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns, including a 42-yard romp to clinch the outcome with 2:37 remaining. TCU quarterback Kenny Hill played efficiently, completing 22 of 33 passes for 228 yards and a score.
Overall, the Horned Frogs rushed for 289 yards.
"I feel like we have a lot of (of confidence)," Anderson said. "The fact that they trust us helps us to keep working and keep pushing so we can stay on the run game, because we know we excel in that area."
Rudolph, who entered the game as one of the nation's top-rated quarterbacks, finished 22 of 41 for 398 yards and two scores but lost a fumble and tossed two interceptions.
"I wish I had the turnovers back, for sure," Rudolph said.
The Horned Frogs improved to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12. Oklahoma State dropped to 3-1 and 0-1.
A double-digit underdog, the Horned Frogs trailed only briefly before taking control in the second quarter, claiming a major road win that puts last year's disappointing 6-7 season behind them.
Oklahoma State had been 34-7 at home since 2011, with four of those losses coming against Oklahoma and Texas. TCU's 30-14 road record since 2009 -- with seven wins over Top 25 teams -- ranked No. 3 nationally.
But the Horned Frogs had never won a Big 12 game in the state of Oklahoma. Now they have, and a big one.
"We wanted to be relevant," Patterson said. "Our program has had our times when we've been relevant, and that's what you want to do. You want to win enough ballgames that people take notice.
"It was also an advantage for us that no one was giving us a chance. We play a lot better like that. Always have and always will."
Usually, time of possession isn't a relevant statistic when it comes to Oklahoma State. The Cowboys score and score fast.
On Saturday, however, it was telling in a first half dominated by TCU.
The Horned Frogs controlled the ball and the clock, owning a 21:11 to 8:49 advantage in time of possession and a 20-10 edge on the scoreboard.
"They did a good job maintaining the ball," Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said. "Time of possession is usually a non-factor for us, but this game it was big early.
"They did a good job with the run. They rushed for 238 yards -- way too many. In the big picture, in most cases, if you don't defend the run very well, you're kind of on your heels."
TCU used more time in marching to field goals on their first two possessions (9:54) than Oklahoma State was allowed through two quarters.
True to form, Oklahoma State's one first-half touchdown was a quick strike, with Rudolph hitting wideout James Washington for an 86-yard score, completing a two-play, 30-second drive as the Cowboys led 7-6.
But the Horned Frogs surged back ahead.
First, Anderson romped 28 yards for a touchdown to make it 13-7. Then Hill found wide receiver John Diarse for a 9-yard scoring pass, pushing the TCU lead to 20-7.
Oklahoma State's one extended drive, lasting 11 plays, resulted only in a 29-yard Matt Ammendola field goal that cut the lead to 20-10.
NOTES: Oklahoma State found itself facing adversity for the first time this season, playing the game without three starters: OL Zach Crabtree (toe) and Larry Williams (ankle) and WR Chris Lacy (shoulder). The biggest blow long term is Williams, who is lost for the season after suffering a broken ankle in practice during the week. Crabtree and Lacy will return. ... TCU was without starting RB Kyle Hicks, out with an undisclosed injury. ... The Horned Frogs had scored a touchdown on their first drive of each game this season, and the Cowboys hadn't allowed a first-quarter point. So something had to give Saturday. And it was the Oklahoma State defense, surrendering two first-quarter field goals.
|Rhode Island||14||vs.||28||New Hampshire||Final|
|Miami (OH)||31||vs.||14||Central Michigan||Final|
|Toledo||30||vs.||52||Miami (FL)||Final Recap|
Rosier sparks No. 14 Miami past Toledo
Saturday, September 23 at 9:24 PM (EDT)
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- With Miami down 16-10 early in the third quarter Saturday, former Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya sent out the following tweet:
"Offense going to find its rhythm," he tweeted, punctuating the missive with a "thumbs up" emoji.
Perhaps Kaaya should go buy a lottery ticket. He could not have been more on the money with this one.
Shortly after Kaaya's tweet, his successor, junior Malik Rosier responded by passing for 189 yards in the third quarter to rally the 14th-ranked Hurricanes to a 52-30 victory over Toledo on Saturday.
Rosier was 11-of-14 passing in the quarter and had his team sitting on a 38-16 lead before the visiting Rockets staged a mini-rally to close to within eight points. The Hurricanes (2-0) closed out the game with touchdowns runs by Rosier and running back Travis Homer.
Rosier passed for a career-high 333 yards and running back running back Mark Walton rushed for a career-high 204 as Miami amassed 527 yards of offense. Walton missed about a quarter of action after rolling his ankle while getting tackled in the second quarter. He returned late in the third.
He scored on a 44-yard run in the first quarter and had an 82-yard sprint to set up a field goal later in the period.
"Let's start from Square 1. Miami is a very good football team," said Toledo coach Jason Candle, whose Rockets (3-1) withstood Miami's 10-0 first-quarter outburst to lead 16-10 at the half. "Let's get that on the table first because I feel like that's not been said.
"That is a very good team. They're a Top 15 program and a Top 15 team for a reason. There's a lot of tremendous football players on that roster."
In addition to the contributions of Rosier and Walton, Homer scored two touchdowns on eight carries, tight end Christopher Herndon had eight catches, including one for a score, and wide receiver Braxton Berrios had a 55-yard reception to set up a score in the third period. Berrios added a 19-yard touchdown catch on the first play of the fourth to put the Hurricanes up 31-16.
Toledo came back with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter before the Hurricanes put the visitors away.
"I hate the fact we had the drama that we had once we kind of pulled away," Miami coach Mark Richt said. "But it's a tribute to them (the Rockets) and their ability to score, and we kind of got back on track."
Early on it appeared that the Hurricanes were showing no effects from the three-week layoff between games brought about by the threat of Hurricane Irma to South Florida earlier in the month. They were up 10 and looked ready to dominate before it turned around.
The visitors put together a 16-point second quarter on quarterback Logan Woodside's 37-yard touchdown pass and Jameson Vest's three field goals. Mistakes could have cost the Rockets more points as well.
"We did have some missed opportunities," Woodside said. "But that's a real good football team we played."
Woodside had 213 yards passing by halftime on his way to 342 for the game while Miami's Rosier had only 50 in the first two quarters.
"I wouldn't say rusty, but from the beginning we really didn't know what they were going to give us," Rosier said. "Every week when you watch this team play they give you different coverage.
"That was the big thing, figuring out how they were going to play us. It took us basically the whole first half to figure out what they were going to do. The second half we came and we game-planned them."
NOTES: Miami RB Mark Walton had the 10th 100-yard rushing game of career, with runs of 82 and 44 yards spurring him to 139 yards after just five carries. ... Toledo entered the game as the fourth-most penalized team in the country and lived up to that dubious distinction early in the game. The Rockets had three penalties (two false starts and delay of game) on their first two series, then had a key false start on fourth-and-goal from the Miami 2 that forced them to settle for a field goal. ... QB Logan Woodside's fumble on the final play of the third quarter was Toledo's first lost fumble since Sept. 2, 2016, against Arkansas State. It ended the Rockets' streak of 15 games without a lost fumble.
Lee helps Nebraska rebuff Rutgers
Saturday, September 23 at 7:33 PM (EDT)
Junior quarterback Tanner Lee overcame another shaky performance to throw a pair of touchdown passes as Nebraska rebuffed stubborn Rutgers 27-17 on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb., handing the Scarlet Knights their 15th straight Big Ten loss.
Lee, who threw three interceptions in last week's stunning 21-17 home loss to Northern Illinois, tossed two more picks Saturday -- giving him nine this season -- and finished 13 of 26 for 109 yards as the Cornhuskers (2-2, 1-0 Big Ten) snapped a two-game losing streak.
Running back Mikale Wilbon rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries while wide receivers De'Mornay Pierson-El and freshman JD Spielman caught scoring passes for Nebraska.
Quarterback Kyle Bolin was 15 of 29 for 126 yards and two interceptions for Rutgers (1-3, 0-1). Scarlet Knights running back Gus Edwards rushed for a touchdown while safety Kiy Hester returned an interception for a score.
Rutgers took a 7-0 lead as Edwards snuck into the left corner of the end zone from the 2-yard line on the opening drive. The Cornhuskers answered on their first possession when Lee had plenty of time to find Spielman, who recorded his first career touchdown after securing an 18-yard pass near the left boundary.
Nebraska trailed 10-7 when Pierson-El fielded a punt at his own 33, found a seam on the left sideline and reversed field for a 63-yard return. One play later, Wilbon bulled in from the 4 to give the Cornhuskers a 14-10 lead with 4:48 left in the first half.
Lee threw his third pick-six in the last two weeks to put the Scarlet Knights on top 17-14 in the first minute of the second half. Hester returned the interception 33 yards for his first career touchdown.
Lee atoned for his mistake by hitting Pierson-El over the middle on third-and-goal for an 8-yard touchdown to put the Cornhuskers ahead for good 21-17 with 2:49 left in the third quarter.
Nebraska defensive back Aaron Williams was ejected with 11:25 left in the first quarter for targeting after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Rutgers freshman wide receiver Hunter Hayek.
No. 5 USC capitalizes on miscues to beat Cal
Saturday, September 23 at 8:57 PM (EDT)
BERKELEY, Calif. -- For the second week in a row, fifth-ranked USC was less than dominant, again needing a fourth-quarter surge to stay unbeaten.
Last week, USC had to rally in the final minute to force overtime against Texas, eventually winning in the second overtime. On Saturday, California and USC were tied 13-13 entering the fourth quarter, but the Trojans took advantage of six turnovers, including four in the second half, to pull away for a 30-20 victory at Cal's Memorial Stadium.
"It's been a rough two games, but we're 2-0 in those games and that's all that matters to me," Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold said.
While winning its first road game of the season, USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) won its 13th straight game overall, dating back to last season. It also beat Cal (3-1, 0-1) for the 14th consecutive time.
The pivotal play of the game occurred early in the fourth quarter when the ball slipped out the hand of Cal quarterback Ross Bowers as he was throwing a pass from just outside his end zone. The ball was caught in the air as a fumble recovery by USC's Uchenna Nwosu at the 3-yard line, leading to Stephen Carr's 1-yard scoring run that gave the Trojans a 23-13 lead.
Ykili Ross intercepted a Bowers pass on Cal's next possession, and he returned it 49 yards to the Cal 33, setting up Darnold's 4-yard scoring pass to Deontay Burnett that put the Trojans ahead 30-13 with 10:56 left.
"We were tight there until the fourth quarter," first-year Cal coach Justin Wilcox said, "and then there were a series of plays that went from 16-13, three down, and within a matter of minutes it was 30-13 and the end of the game.
"You can't commit six turnovers and expect to beat a team like that."
Cal outgained USC 416-356, but committing four more turnovers than the Trojans doomed the Bears.
"Outstanding play by the defense in the second half," USC coach Clay Helton said. "They played good in the first half, but they took it to another level in the second. To have 17 points created off six turnovers and hold them -- an offense that can put up points in the second half -- to only scoring on that last drive in the second half, credit the defense."
Darnold completed 26 of 38 passes for 223 yards and two scores, but he also threw his seventh interception of the season to go along with his nine TD passes. Freshman Carr, making his first start, was USC's leading rusher with 86 yards, and he added 47 yards on six receptions.
Bowers was 22 of 50 for 303 yards and a touchdown, but he threw four interceptions along with the critical fumble.
"This is going to be one that sticks with you," Bowers said. "Going to be hard to get over. I'm really disappointed in the way I played."
Patrick Laird added 82 yards on the ground for the Bears, and wide receiver Kanawai Noa caught six passes for 110 yards.
USC was without its leading rusher, Ronald Jones II, who averaged 107.3 yards per game over the first three games but was out with an ankle injury. Both teams were missing a starting wide receiver. Cal's Demetris Robertson missed his second straight game with an unspecified injury, and USC's Steven Mitchell was out with a groin injury.
Cal missed a chance to jump ahead early in the third quarter. Laird dropped what would have been a 14-yard touchdown pass, and Matt Anderson missed a 29-yard field goal attempt.
The Trojans scored the first points of the second half when Chase McGrath booted a 46-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, giving USC a 16-13 lead. Nwosu then came up with the unusual fumble recovery that pushed the game in the Trojans' favor.
Cal had opened the scoring on Anderson's 36-yard field goal, but a Jack Jones interception of a tipped pass gave USC possession at the Cal 38, leading to a 37-yard field by goal by McGrath, which tied the game 3-3.
Cal took a 10-3 lead on Vic Enwere's 1-yard fourth-down run, but the Trojans tied the score 10-10 on Darnold's 16-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Petite.
The Trojans took a 13-10 lead on McGrath's 34-yard field goal, and Cal tied it on Anderson's 21-yard field goal on the final play of the half.
Although USC is 4-0, Helton realizes his offense needs work.
"The ball is being moved, that's not the issue," Helton said. "It's finishing drives."
NOTES: The last time Cal beat USC was 2003, when current Bears head coach Justin Wilcox was Cal's linebackers coach. ... Wilcox was USC's defensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015, and served under Clay Helton, who was the Trojans' interim head coach in 2015. Wilcox and three other assistants were fired six days after Helton was named USC's permanent head coach on Nov. 30, 2015. ... Saturday's contest was the Joe Roth Game, named after the Cal quarterback who led the Bears to a Pac-8 co-championship and a victory over USC in 1975 but died of cancer at the age of 21. Cal wore throw-back uniforms that the Bears wore in 1975. ... Most of the injured USC defenders who missed all or part of last week's game were available against Cal. Starting LB Porter Gustin (toe, biceps) did not play, however.
Backup QB O'Korn leads No. 8 Michigan past Purdue
Saturday, September 23 at 9:24 PM (EDT)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- John O'Korn has been patient yet emotional. The fifth-year transfer quarterback had no reason to complain about playing time with No. 8 Michigan off to a 3-0 start and Wilton Speight leading the offense.
But when Speight was injured during the first quarter Saturday after a hit to the head, it was O'Korn's turn to show what he can do as a quarterback for one of the nation's most tradition-rich programs.
O'Korn responded and led Michigan to a 28-10, come-from-behind victory over Purdue on Saturday in sold-out Ross-Ade Stadium.
"It was an emotional game for me, just for things to come full circle after everything I've been through," O'Korn said. "Moving forward, the quarterback situation is not up to me, even if I don't play the rest of the year. I will be ready if my number is called.
"Everybody knows that Wilton and I are good friends, and I hate that he had to get hurt for me to go in there.
"I am comfortable with the whole offense. The coaches have done a great job of keeping me in tune with the game plan every week and keeping me ready to play. It's cliche, but you always are one play away. It is a next-man-up mentality."
O'Korn, through Michigan's first three games, had completed his one pass attempt for 37 yards.
After Speight's head injury with 5:06 left in the first quarter, O'Korn led four touchdown drives, completing 18 of 26 passes for 270 yards and one touchdown. Speight was taken to a local hospital for X-rays but did return to Ross-Ade Stadium.
"I thought John really played great," Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. "He was seeing things really good right from the time he came into the ballgame.
"He ran the offense well and made big plays. I'm really proud of him and proud of the whole game. I learned today that we can win in the late rounds. That is a great thing to learn about your ballclub. You never know quite what the character is. Things get tough, and a lot of people start groping for alternatives. Our guys dug deep and finished them off."
Chris Evans' 49-yard touchdown run with 6:46 to play -- his second TD of the afternoon -- completed a 21-0 Michigan second-half blitz and helped the Wolverines (4-0, 1-0) remain unbeaten. Evans rushed 14 times for 97 yards.
"In the second half, Michigan beat us down the way Michigan beats people down," said Purdue coach Jeff Brohm, whose team gained 10 second-half yards and finished with 189. "In the second half, they were the better team. The second half was unproductive offensively. The better football team won."
Michigan had stretched its lead to 21-10 with 10:36 remaining on Ty Isaac's 1-yard run, capping a nine-play, 65-yard drive that included O'Korn completions of 23 and 14 yards that moved the ball to the Boilermakers' 3-yard line.
The Wolverines seized a 14-10 lead with 2:42 to play in third quarter on Evans' 10-yard run, completing a methodical 11-play, 86-yard drive that included O'Korn's 30-yard completion to Sean McKeon to the Purdue 37 and a targeting penalty.
Michigan took a 7-0 lead with 11:34 remaining in the second quarter on O'Korn's 12-yard pass to tight end Zach Gentry, capping a 13-play, 84-yard drive.
On the ensuing drive -- Elijah Sindelar's first after replacing starting quarterback David Blough -- Purdue (2-2, 0-1) drove 75 yards in five plays, pulling even at 7 on Sindelar's 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brycen Hopkins with 9:45 left in the half.
With 8:15 remaining in the second quarter, Boilermaker safety Navon Mosley intercepted O'Korn at the Wolverines' 27. J.D. Dellinger's 29-yard field goal with 6:04 remaining pushed Purdue into a 10-7 halftime lead.
The Boilermakers outgained the Wolverines 179-131 during the first 30 minutes, including 99 passing yards from Sindelar on 6 of 12 attempts. Blough was 3 of 7 for 11 yards during the four first-half drives he directed.
NOTES: Purdue rushing leader Tario Fuller (43 rushes, 261 yards in three games) did not dress because of an ankle sprain. ... Game time temperature was 89 degrees, the warmest in Ross-Ade Stadium since a 2011 game against Middle Tennessee State, when the temperature at kickoff was 90. ... The sellout crowd of 60,042 was Purdue's first home sellout since 63,107 -- the pre-renovation capacity -- watched the Boilermakers defeat Indiana on Nov. 22, 2008, in former coach Joe Tiller's final game at Purdue. ... Boilermakers S Jacob Thieneman was ejected for targeting with 4:38 remaining in the third quarter, driving his shoulder pads into the helmet of Michigan receiver Nick Eubanks. ... Purdue LB J'Whaun Bentley was ejected for targeting with 11:20 left in the fourth quarter ... Michigan has allowed only 54 points in 16 quarters.
|Tennessee State||16||vs.||31||UT Martin||Final|
|Tennessee Tech||21||vs.||24||Eastern Kentucky||Final|
|Florida A&M||20||vs.||14||Savannah State||Final|
|Point University||0||vs.||66||Charleston Southern||Final|
|Nevada||7||vs.||45||Washington State||Final Recap|
Falk (5 TDs) helps No. 18 Washington State rout Nevada
Saturday, September 23 at 10:36 PM (EDT)
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State offense turned the ball over on downs on its first drive against Nevada, but fears of a slow start were soon put to rest when the Cougars scored on each of its five remaining possessions in the first half.
Luke Falk threw for 478 yards and five touchdowns, and No. 18 Washington State rolled to a 45-7 victory over Nevada on Saturday.
Thirteen players caught a pass for the Cougars (4-0). Falk, who was 36 of 47, was replaced by backup Tyler Hilinski in the fourth quarter after Washington State built a 45-0 lead.
Senior running back Jamal Morrow rushed for a game-high 73 yards and also caught four passes for 40 yards and a touchdown for the Cougars.
"Luke (Falk) did a great job of getting a feel for how the defense was playing and what they were gonna give us," Morrow said. "If you're gonna give us the run, we're gonna take advantage of it."
Nevada (0-4) struggled to move the ball. Blake Wright had a team-best 37 yards on five carries and Wyatt Demps caught six passes for 39 yards.
"We didn't mount much of a charge offensively to really get us back in the game, so I was disappointed about that," Nevada coach Jay Norvell said.
Falk began with four consecutive incomplete passes and a sack but was able to shake it off and direct the Cougars to a quick lead. He connected with Tavares Martin Jr. for 52 yards on Washington State's second drive, setting up a 12-yard swing pass to Morrow for a 7-0 advantage.
That opened the floodgates on an overmatched Nevada defense. Washington State scored touchdowns on five consecutive drives.
The Wolf Pack offense faced similar woes. Quarterback Kaymen Cureton faced consistent pressure from the front line as he was sacked four times in the first quarter. Nevada managed 15 yards of offense in the first quarter.
Nevada switched to David Cornwell during the second quarter. Cornwell threw for 33 yards in the first half and guided the Wolf Pack across midfield for the first time midway through the second quarter.
"We need more productive play and leadership at the quarterback position," Norvell said. "I think with a little more leadership and productive play we would be in a different spot as a team."
Nevada's most promising drive of the first half ended like its others, however, as Cornwell was intercepted by safety Jalen Thompson.
Falk then maneuvered the Cougars down the field on another scoring drive, ending with a 6-yard touchdown reception by freshman Jamire Calvin.
Nevada held Washington State to 10 second-half points. The Wolf Pack forced two turnovers in the second half, including an interception by defensive back Nephi Sewell at the Washington State 8-yard line.
"The second half I thought we were more inconsistent as far as how we protected and how we run-blocked," Washington State coach Mike Leach said.
Two plays later, Cornwell returned the favor with his third interception of the day, this one by Thompson.
Nevada broke through with 1:56 remaining as Maliek Broady scored on from the 3-yard line.
NOTES: Washington State QB Luke Falk threw his 100th career touchdown pass in the first half to move into third in Pac-12 history ahead of USC's Matt Leinart. ... Nevada QB David Cornwell, a transfer from Alabama, completed his first pass of the season in the first half. ... Cougars CB Jalen Thompson had two interceptions, giving him three this season. ... Washington State WR Tavares Martin Jr. had his second straight 100-yard receiving game and third of his career. ... Washington State outgained Nevada 560-151. ... The Cougars end a five-game homestand to start the season on Friday night against No. 5 USC.
|Western Illinois||52||vs.||10||Coastal Carolina||Final|
No. 3 Sooners rally to defeat Baylor 49-41
Saturday, September 23 at 11:06 PM (EDT)
WACO, Texas -- Third-ranked Oklahoma played mistake-ridden, flat football for more than 40 minutes versus Baylor, but the Sooners bounced back in time to preserve a victory.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield threw a long touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeff Badet and running back Trey Sermon broke loose for a long touchdown run to propel Oklahoma past the Bears 49-41 on Saturday night at McLane Stadium.
Baylor overcame an early 14-point deficit and took the lead over Oklahoma late in the third quarter.
But Mayfield's 48-yard touchdown pass to Badet took the lead back for Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) with 55 seconds left in the third quarter.
On the Sooners' next offensive series, Sermon sliced through the Baylor defense for a 34-yard touchdown run that put Oklahoma ahead 42-31 with 10:31 left.
The Sooners piled up 342 rushing yards. Oklahoma running back Abdul Adams ran for 164 and a touchdown and Sermon added 157 and two scores.
Mayfield was caught on camera taunting the Baylor players before the game saying, "You forgot who daddy is. I'm gonna have to spank you today." He didn't have to eat his words after passing for 283 yards and three touchdowns, though he was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the play before he threw the go-ahead touchdown pass.
Baylor (0-4, 0-1), which has lost five straight at home, scored the first 14 points of the second half.
Bears quarterback Zach Smith hit wide receiver Chris Platt for a 72-yard touchdown pass in the first minute of the third quarter. Smith followed by connecting with Tony Nicholson on a two-point pass that cut Oklahoma's lead to three points.
Connor Martin then booted field goals of 41 and 46 yards, the latter giving Baylor its first lead 31-28 with 2:45 left in the third quarter.
Smith finished with 463 passing yards and four TDs, but Oklahoma held Baylor to 60 rushing yards on 35 carries.
Oklahoma staked an early 14-0 lead as Mayfield passed to wide-open teammates.
Mayfield found tight end Mark Andrews all alone behind the secondary for a 24-yard touchdown pass for the game's initial score.
Next up, Oklahoma fullback Dimitri Flowers ran unguarded in the middle of the field, hauling in a Mayfield pass for a 52-yard catch-and-run touchdown on which Flowers easily pushed away a Bears defender near the goal line.
Baylor responded to the 14-point deficit with a big play on special teams that slowed the Sooners' onslaught.
Bears punt returner Nicholson found a seam and raced down the home sideline before he was tackled at the Oklahoma 34. A late hit on Sooners cornerback Parnell Motley set up Baylor at the 19, and Smith quickly cashed in with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Denzel Mims on the first play of the drive.
The Bears appeared to build on the momentum when Oklahoma kick returner Badet fumbled the ensuing kickoff and had to fall on the ball at the Sooners' 1.
But Oklahoma immediately turned the flub into a highlight as running back Abdul Adams burst through a hole and went the distance for a 99-yard touchdown run.
Still, Baylor stayed close through halftime.
Smith tossed a 71-yard touchdown pass to Mims midway through the second quarter, slicing the Sooners' lead to 28-17.
Oklahoma didn't score in the final 10 minutes of the first half and led by 11 at the break.
NOTES: Oklahoma entered the game with the longest active winning streak in FBS at 13 games and a 12-game winning streak in road contests. ... Baylor won its first 10 home games in McLane Stadium, which opened at the start of the 2014 season. However, Oklahoma was the first opponent to defeat the Bears in their new stadium when the Sooners claimed a 44-34 victory in Waco in 2015. ... Oklahoma has won five straight home openers while snapping Baylor's winning streak in such games at four.
|UC Davis||3||vs.||41||Weber State||Final|
|North Carolina A&T||49||vs.||17||Morgan State||Final|
|San Diego State||28||vs.||24||Air Force||Final Recap|
No. 22 San Diego State hangs on to defeat Air Force
Sunday, September 24 at 12:45 AM (EDT)
Rashaad Penny's third touchdown turned the tide in No. 22 San Diego State's favor for good, and the Aztecs survived a back-and-forth challenge from Air Force 28-24 in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams Saturday at Air Force Academy, Colo.
The lead changed four times from the late third quarter until Penny's 53-yard scoring rush put San Diego State (4-0, 1-0 MWC) ahead for good in a game that included a 90-minute lightning delay. Air Force (1-2, 0-1) had two opportunities to respond, but Arion Worthman's last-ditch pass attempt was intercepted by San Diego State safety Trey Lomax.
"A couple of the long runs, they blocked superbly," Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun said, adding praise for Penny's play. "Certainly, it helps having a big-play running back. He's one of those guys who can outrun a contain (defense)."
Penny's 53-yard score came after Air Force took its second lead of the fourth quarter. Running back Tim McVey hurdled a trio of San Diego State defenders en route to a 12-yard touchdown.
Tight end David Wells, who caught the game-winning score a week earlier against Stanford, took a 28-yard pass over the top from quarterback Christian Chapman for a touchdown. The score came in response to Air Force's first points after the second-quarter lightning delay.
Garrett Kauppila blocked a San Diego State punt that Lesley Dagler recovered at the San Diego State 4-yard line. Worthman punched in the touchdown two plays later, then found Marcus Bennett for a two-point conversion pass.
"We were just prepared that we're going to have go down and score on every drive," Air Force fullback Parker Wilson said. "Unfortunately, things didn't go our way in the end. (But) as far as the mentality, everyone was locked in and ready to go."
The first of the lead changes came on Penny's second touchdown, an untouched 20-yard run late in the third quarter.
Penny saved the drive with a spectacular, one-handed reception of a pass that came out of Chapman's hand awkwardly after a blind-side hit.
Penny's 128 yards were a season low for the nation's rushing leader, who came in averaging 196, but his three rushing touchdowns set a career high.
"San Diego State played quite, quite well, especially in the second half," Calhoun said. "Quite frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if they win at least 10 (game) and a couple beyond that, as well."
The 90-minute lightning delay midway through the second quarter provided San Diego State a spark, but Air Force made a defensive stop to maintain a 9-7 lead at halftime.
"I thought we were beat at the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense in the first two-thirds of the first half," San Diego State head coach Rocky Long said. "I thought we played better at the line of scrimmage (after the delay)."
The Aztecs' first play out of the locker room following the delay was a 42-yard pass from Chapman to tight end Kahale Warring, setting up Penny for a 2-yard touchdown run.
An Air Force pass interference penalty in the end zone on third down helped continue the San Diego State scoring drive. It was the second costly Falcons penalty of the possession.
Just before the delay, defensive lineman Santo Coppola leveled San Diego State punter Brandon Heicklen for a 15-yard roughing penalty to extend the Aztecs' first scoring drive.
Both offenses struggled in the first half, combining for just 213 yards of total offense amid driving rain. Wind gusts reached 22 mph, rendering passing difficult, while soggy field conditions limited rushing attacks that came in ranked No. 6 and No. 24 in the nation. Penny finished the half with 29 on 10 carries.
Air Force got on the board first with a 29-yard Ronald Cleveland touchdown run, the longest single play of the half for the Falcons' triple-option offense.
A botched snap denied Air Force points on the ensuing point-after attempt. Another special teams snap miscue almost cost the Falcons again just before the half, setting up San Diego State deep in Air Force territory, but John Baron's 39-yard field-goal attempt went wide left.
Air Force built a 9-0 lead before the lightning delay when kicker Luke Strebel made a 45-yard field goal.
NOTES: San Diego State is 4-0 to open a season for the first time since 1981. ... Rashaad Penny has scored at least one touchdown in every game on the 2017 season, and has reached the end zone in five-of-six dating back to 2016. ... Air Force's 52 penalty yards were the Falcons' most this season. ... The lightning delay was only the second in the history of Falcon Stadium. The other was in a game between Air Force and San Diego State in 1993. ... The win was San Diego State's first as a Top 25 team since 1977. The Aztecs lost their very next game after entering the AP Top 25 Poll twice in the 2016 regular season.
|Mississippi State||3||vs.||31||Georgia||Final Recap|
No. 11 Georgia puts clamps on No. 17 Mississippi St.
Sunday, September 24 at 12:00 AM (EDT)
ATHENS, Ga. -- Kirby Smart isn't ready to start claiming greatness for 11th-ranked Georgia.
However, the Bulldogs are undoubtedly going to start gaining more attention after Saturday night's 31-3 rout of No. 17 Mississippi State. Just don't suggest to the Georgia coach that the team has turned some sort of corner.
Not yet, anyway.
"I know everyone wants to write how good this was, but we've still got dropped balls, we had missed blocks and we still had missed tackles," Smart said. "There's a lot of room for improvement and we've got a team that's got to go on the road (to Tennessee) this week just like Mississippi State had to after a big win."
Give Georgia's defense a tip of the cap for this one.
The Bulldogs made the game a nightmare for Mississippi State and Nick Fitzgerald, considered by many one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC.
Not on this night.
Fitzgerald completed just 14 of 29 passes with two interceptions for 89 yards as Georgia (4-0, 1-0 SEC) limited Mississippi State (3-1, 1-1) to 280 yards and zero touchdowns.
Coach Dan Mullen's Bulldogs entered the game as the leading offensive team in the SEC, averaging 47.7 points through three games.
"I think we came out with a good attitude," said Fitzgerald, who threw interceptions to Deandre Baker and Dominick Sanders during back-to-back series in the third quarter. "We played hard, there's no doubt about that. We just did not execute."
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm and running back Nick Chubb proved to be a formidable combination.
Fromm, a freshman, enjoyed his best game in three starts, completing 9 of 12 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Chubb, meanwhile, had a customary solid game, rushing for 81 yards and two scores, including a 28-yarder on the opening possession of the third quarter that extended Georgia's lead to 21-3.
A 41-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Nauta and a 49-yard field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship capped the scoring for the Bulldogs.
Freshman D'Andre Swift chipped with 10 carries for 69 yards for Georgia, which rushed for 203 yards.
"Balance is pretty much always the game plan," Chubb said. "We take what they give. I thought we did a great job with that. We just look forward to carrying it on."
Color Mullen impressed.
"They've got a ridiculous amount of talent," Mullen said. "That's evident."
After forcing Mississippi State into a quick three-and-out to start the game, Georgia wasted no time getting on the board.
On the Bulldogs' first offensive play, Chubb took the handoff, turned and tossed the ball back to Fromm, who found Terry Godwin open down the field for a 59-yard touchdown.
Georgia's second possession also resulted in a score, this one a 6-yard run by Chubb for a 14-0 lead with just over six minutes left in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs dodged a bullet in the second quarter when Swift fumbled inside the team's 40-yard line, but Mississippi State could not take advantage of the gift, ultimately punting for the fifth time in the first half.
The visitors got on the board with 1:14 to go before halftime on a 26-yard field goal by Jace Christmann.
Otherwise, not much went right for Mississippi State.
Fromm had the best half of his young career, completing 8 of 8 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown.
Georgia returns to action for the first of two back-to-back road games at Tennessee, followed by a trip to Vanderbilt.
"Humility is a week away," Smart said. "Whether we lost this one or lost this one, we'd have to refocus, concentrate and get ready to do this again."
NOTES: Georgia QB Jacob Eason dressed out for the first time since spraining his left knee in the first quarter against Appalachian State in the season opener. After the game, Kirby Smart said he was not cleared to play. ... Injured Mississippi State DT Cory Thomas did not play. ... Georgia lost starting LG Solomon Kindley to an ankle injury late in the third quarter. X-rays were negative, but coach Kirby Smart was unsure how long the redshirt freshman will be out.
|Ball State||21||vs.||33||Western Kentucky||Final|
|Nicholls||17||vs.||66||Sam Houston State||Final|
|Bowling Green||13||vs.||24||Middle Tennessee||Final|
|Arkansas-Pine Bluff||34||vs.||27||Jackson State||Final|
|Austin Peay||27||vs.||7||Murray State||Final|
|Southern University||31||vs.||48||Alcorn State||Final|
|Stephen F. Austin||20||vs.||10||Abilene Christian||Final|
No. 25 LSU holds off Syracuse 35-26
Sunday, September 24 at 12:08 AM (EDT)
BATON ROUGE, La. -- No. 25 LSU nearly blew an 18-point second-half lead, but wide receiver D.J. Chark raced 20 yards on a jet sweep for a touchdown with 1:52 left to seal a 35-26 victory over Syracuse Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.
Danny Etling threw touchdown passes of 87 and 43 yards for LSU (3-1), which was a heavy favorite but had its hands full with Syracuse.
The Orange rolled up 265 yards passing using a quick-tempo offense led by quarterback Eric Dungey.
After Syracuse trapped LSU tailback Darrel Williams for a safety, Dungey ran 14 yards for touchdown that narrowed the LSU lead to 28-19 late in the third quarter. Dungey also completed 32 of 53 passes, including a 22-yard scoring pass to Steve Ishmael late in the game that narrowed the deficit to 28-26 with 5:40 left.
Those touchdowns were part of Syracuse's 23-point second-half rally.
Clinging to a two-point lead and with the game on the line, LSU recovered an onside kick at the Tiger 44 and then reinserted Etling, who had been replaced for three series by freshman Myles Brennan.
With the aid of the short field, Etling engineered a 56-yard drive to put the game away.
Williams was the key player on the drive, racing 25 yards to the Syracuse 28 against a blitz. Williams finished with 92 yards rushing on 16 carries and added another 50 yards on three catches.
"I think the long ball saved us tonight," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said, referring to Etling's 43-yard scoring strike to Stephen Sullivan just before halftime, which gave the struggling LSU offense a 14-3 lead. Etling also had an 87-yard connection with Drake Davis on the first play of the second half that made it 21-3.
Etling finished 10 of 17 for 188 yards and two scores, and Brennan, getting his first significant action, went 4 of 6 for 75 yards. He also threw an interception at the Syracuse 20 that killed a potential scoring drive in the fourth quarter.
Orgeron quickly stamped out any speculation he was looking to move Brennan into the starter's role.
"We won with two guys," Orgeron said. "We were able to give Myles Brennan some reps when game was on the line, and obviously he did well in some situations and needs to do better in others. Danny is our starting quarterback. We wanted to give Myles some space with the game on the line."
Fullback J.D. Moore was upset that LSU failed to block better for Etling, who was under constant pressure.
"It was poor execution on our part," Moore said. "They ran a lot of complex pressures and movements."
While Syracuse coach Dino Babers said he was proud of his underdog team's valiant effort on the road, he said it wasn't good enough. He pointed particularly to LSU's quick TD strikes at the end of the first half and on the first play of the second half.
"I thought we had a good feel for their game plan," Babers said. "We had experience with their (offensive) coordinator (Matt Canada, who was with Pitt last year when the Panthers scored 72 points against Syracuse). I wish we could've done better coming out at halftime. Outside of that, I thought it was a really good (defensive) performance."
On Chark's decisive TD, he went right to left on a jet sweep, cut back inside near the left sideline and easily scored.
Syracuse lost its second consecutive game and dropped to 2-2.
LSU looked to be in control when Etling connected with Davis on a deep post route for an 87-yard score on the first play of the second half, giving the Tigers a 21-3 lead.
But Syracuse came right back with a 75-yard drive that was climaxed by a bit of trickery -- a handoff to running back Devin Butler, who wheeled and threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Ervin Philips, cutting the deficit to 21-10.
LSU switched to Brennan and regained an 18-point lead, 28-10, with a 91-yard, six-play drive. Williams gained 77 of the 91 yards on the drive, including a 43-yard swing pass that converted a third-and-4 and a 20-yard scoring run around left end.
After Syracuse backed LSU back at its 1-yard line with a 58-yard punt, linebacker Parris Bennett trapped Williams for a safety, making it 28-12. The Orange closed to 28-19 by taking the free kick 72 yards in 11 plays, with Dungey running around right end for a 14-yard score.
After Brennan was picked off at the Syracuse 20, the Orange continued their assault with an 80-yard, 13-play drive to close the gap to 28-26. The drive was kept alive by a roughing the passer call on 3rd-and-19 against LSU linebacker Devin White. Dungey connected with Ishmael for the 22-yard score with 5:40 left.
Even though LSU was having trouble moving the ball and had plenty of time to get the ball back, Babers attempted an onsides kick that LSU tight end Foster Moreau recovered at the 44, and LSU took advantage of the short field for the clinching TD.
NOTES: LSU benched P Josh Growden in the first half after he punted three times for a 34.7-yard average. Zach Von Rosenberg came in and nailed a 49-yarder that backed up Syracuse inside its 15. ... Syracuse P Sterling Hofrichter had a career game, averaging 46.7 yards on seven punts. He placed five punts inside the 20 and three inside the 10. ... Syracuse wasted a golden opportunity to take a 10-7 lead in the second quarter, but WR Sean Riley dropped a potential 55-yard TD pass in the end zone. ... LSU won its 49th consecutive home game against a nonconference opponent.
|Southeast Missouri State||16||vs.||19||Eastern Illinois||Final|
|Texas Southern||13||vs.||30||Alabama A&M||Final|
|Grambling State||38||vs.||6||Mississippi Valley State||Final|
|Utah State||61||vs.||10||San Jose State||Final|
No. 20 Florida rallies to beat Kentucky for 31st straight time
Sunday, September 24 at 1:23 AM (EDT)
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Luke Del Rio threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide-open wide receiver Freddie Swain with 43 seconds left as No. 20 Florida rallied for a 28-27 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night at Kroger Field.
It was the Gators' only lead of the game. Florida defeated the Wildcats for the 31st straight time dating to 1986.
"Well, that was fun," Florida coach Jim McElwain said. "Just can't tell you how much I really like our football team. They keep hanging in there and figuring out a way to play the game."
Florida (2-1, 2-0 SEC) used 13 plays and chewed up 5:48 in the game-winning drive. Eddy Pineiro's PAT provided the winning margin.
The deciding touchdown was a point of consternation among the Kentucky faithful as Swain was completely uncovered and frantically waving his hands for the ball even before it was snapped. Del Rio delivered and Swain walked into the end zone.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops explained that his defense got caught trying to substitute in bigger players for a possible goal-line stand. They only had 10 players on the field.
"We were getting into a big goal-line set and both corners came out and we left them uncovered," Stoops said. "That's our fault. We tried to change personnel groups too late. We should have lived with the call that we had and not tried to sub. We have got to communicate much better. We have got to do a better job of coaching them."
It was the second time in the game Florida had scored a touchdown after a wide receiver was left all alone.
With 3:16 before halftime, receiver Tyrie Cleveland was standing all alone next to the UK sidelines while all 11 UK players were clumped in the middle. The 45-yard touchdown followed.
"Quite honestly, we were looking at the unbalanced formation," Stoops said. "I was looking at the set and I was fixed on our fits because we were having some issues obviously with that set. We were looking at the bunch set and by the time we realized that there was nobody on him ... I tried to call a timeout and it was too late. I was fractions off of getting the timeout."
The Gators' long drive left Kentucky only 43 seconds to steal the win. Kentucky marched to the Florida 25-yard line, but a holding penalty against offensive lineman Nick Haynes nullified the play leaving the Wildcats with a desperation field-goal attempt of 57 yards. Austin MacGinnis' kick was straight, but fell short.
"Obviously, that was a heartbreaking penalty at that point," Stoops said. "Did you see it? I didn't either. So yeah, that's a heartbreaking call."
Florida, which used two quarterbacks, had 395 total yards offense. Feleipe Franks passed for 85 yards and one touchdown. Del Rio, who entered in the third quarter, passed for 74 yards and a score. Malik Davis led the rushing with 93 yards, Cleveland topped receivers with 110 yards and a touchdown.
"It's a great road win. Great crowd, sellout crowd. That's the loudest I've heard Kentucky's stadium," Del Rio said. "It sounded a lot louder than 62,000. They did a really good job filling the seats. Players played really hard. Glad we came out with a win."
Kentucky (3-1, 1-1) had 220 passing yards with senior quarterback Stephen Johnson collecting 196 and three touchdowns.
The Wildcats added 120 rushing yards for a total offensive production of 340 yards. Sophomore running back Sihiem King led the way with 64 yards.
"That one is going to hurt because of what we've invested," Stoops said. "Our players have worked to be in a position like that, and it definitely hurts when you've invested what we have put into it. You could have heard a pin drop in there."
After battling to a 14-14 tie at halftime, Kentucky appeared to take control with 13 unanswered points for a 27-14 lead early in the second half.
On its first possession of the second half, Kentucky marched 62 yards in four plays in 1:48 when Johnson passed 23 yards to tight end C.J. Conrad for the touchdown. It was Conrad's third touchdown in four games this season.
MacGinnis added two field goals to push the lead to 27-14 with 11:33 to play. The senior nailed a 42-yarder with 5:54 left in the third period and added a 50-yard kick with 11:33 left in the game. The 50-yarder was the 58th in MacGinnis' career, breaking a school record.
Florida's Brandon Powell rushed 6 yards for a touchdown with 7:58 left to set the stage for the last-minute heroics. It was the second straight week Florida won in the closing seconds, following a Hail Mary touchdown win over Tennessee.
"I guess people in the concession stands are liking us," McElwain said. "They are selling stuff all the way until the end."
Kentucky and Florida battled to a 14-14 tie at halftime with the teams alternating touchdowns.
The Wildcats scored first when Johnson found receiver Blake Bone in the left corner of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown with 5:06 remaining in the first quarter.
The Gators countered with a 36-yard scoring run by Kadarius Toney with 14:16 in the second quarter.
Stephen Johnson found Garrett Johnson in the right corner of the end for a 9-yard touchdown pass with 7:24 remaining in the second.
Florida bounced back to tie at 14 on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Franks to Cleveland 3:16 before halftime.
The Gators outgained the Wildcats 186-184 in the first half with Florida rushing for 101 yards and Kentucky passing for 100.
NOTES: Saturday's game in Lexington marked the first sellout for Kentucky since it faced Auburn on Oct. 15, 2015 -- a Thursday night. ... Kentucky entered Saturday's game ranked No. 3 nationally in rushing defense at 57.0 yards per game. ... Notre Dame transfer QB Malik Zaire did not win the starting job at Florida, but still proved valuable to the Gators. In preparation for Saturday's game, Zaire ran the scout team in the role of Kentucky's dual-threat QB Stephen Johnson. "Those things really help our defense, to give them a look at that type of player," Florida coach Jim McElwain said. ... Of the 68 games played between Florida and Kentucky, 22 have been decided by seven points or fewer. Florida leads in those games 16-6. ... Kentucky was denied its first 4-0 start since 2008 and its first 2-0 start in SEC play since 1977.
|Penn State||21||vs.||19||Iowa||Final Recap|
No. 4 Penn State stuns Iowa with TD on final play
Sunday, September 24 at 1:08 AM (EDT)
Champions find a way to win and James Franklin has No. 4 Penn State believing it can overcome any sort of adversity.
Quarterback Trace McSorley threaded the needle, completing a 7-yard touchdown pass to Juwan Johnson on the game's final play to give the Nittany Lions a 21-19 win on Saturday against a dogged Iowa Hawkeyes squad at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.
"Our team believes," Franklin said. "We've believed for two years now. We had great field position throughout the game. We just weren't able to get into the end zone."
In a game that was dominated by the defenses for most of the first three quarters, it was the offenses that rose to the occasion in the fourth quarter.
McSorley, who finished 31 of 48 for 284 yards with an interception, drove the Nittany Lions (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) 80 yards in 12 plays in the final 1:42 after the Hawkeyes (3-1, 0-1) took a 19-15 lead in only three plays.
"Trace is one of the toughest guys I've ever been around," Franklin said. "He never stops believing."
Akrum Wadley put Iowa in great position to pull off the upset when he scored on a 35-yard run to put the Hawkeyes up by four. Earlier in the quarter, Wadley and quarterback Nathan Stanley hooked up for a 70-yard touchdown pass.
Wadley scored twice and finished with 155 total yards on 19 carries and four receptions.
Penn State's Saquon Barkley rushed for a career-high 211 yards and one touchdown. He also had 12 receptions for 94 yards while earning Franklin's praise.
"From a coach's perspective, I can't imagine a better player in the country," Franklin said.
Barkley was quick to credit McSorley for engineering the victory.
"Trace did an unbelievable job going through his progression," he said. "I was able to make some guys miss and get some yards."
On the game-winning play, Barkley picked up a blitzing linebacker to give McSorley some extra time to throw the game-winning pass.
"We're disappointed with the loss," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "It's gonna hurt for a while. But we will have to move on. This team has great attitude and great character ... we'll flip the page on Monday."
The Nittany Lions could have taken an 18-13 lead with 2:28 left in the fourth quarter, but came up empty on a 15-play, 75-yard drive when Anthony Nelson blocked Tyler Davis' 31-yard field-goal attempt.
On that drive, Penn State leaned on Barkley, who converted a crucial fourth-and-1 with 5:38 left to keep the drive alive.
Three plays later, Barkley took a short pass 15 yards to the Iowa 15.
"It was a critical moment of the game," he said, adding that he had to "get the first down and do whatever it takes."
Barkley's 8-yard scamper midway through the third period gave the Nittany Lions a little breathing room at 15-7. The key play was his 44-yard run where he dodged tacklers and tiptoed down the sideline to set up Penn State's first touchdown
Barkley became the seventh player in Penn State history to reach 3,000 yards.
McSorley atoned for costly errors at the end of the second and third periods. His interception late in the second period led to the Hawkeyes' first touchdown.
Toward the end of the third period, he was sacked by A.J. Epenesa and fumbled on the Iowa 45. Josey Jewell recovered. The Hawkeyes moved into field-goal territory but came up empty as Miguel Recinos' 36-yard field-goal attempt was blocked by Troy Apke.
"That game is illustrative of what it takes to win in the conference," Ferentz said. "Both teams competed about as hard as you possibly can, and there were a lot of different swings in the game, certainly the last two drives; both teams executed well down the stretch."
The name of the game in the first half was defense.
With temperatures in the low 80s, the Hawkeyes' defense didn't wilt despite Penn State's offense holding a 2-to-1 time of possession advantage.
Even though the Iowa offense was thoroughly outplayed in the first 30 minutes, the Hawkeyes hung around and took a 7-5 lead into halftime.
Penn State held Iowa to 54 total yards and three first downs. The Hawkeyes had only one first down until the 4:34 mark of the second period.
More than a smattering of boos could be heard at Kinnick Stadium as the swarming Nittany Lions defense was in command.
"Playing night games at Kinnick are always special," Ferentz said.
Penn State's offense in the first half ran nearly 30 plays in Iowa territory and had 219 total yards but only three points to show for their effort as the Iowa defense matched the Nittany Lions tackle for tackle.
Penn State downed three punts inside the 10-yard line and the Nittany Lions defense finally took advantage of a third punt, which was downed on the 1-yard line.
On a second-and-8 from their own 3-yard line, Wadley took a pitch from Stanley and was tackled in the end zone by Shareef Miller for a safety and a 5-0 Penn State lead.
Iowa's best play was a Colten Rastetter 53-yard punt that backed up the Nittany Lions inside their 6-yard line with less than two minutes left. McSorley moved the Nittany Lions out of danger to their 45-yard line, but made a costly mistake by throwing an interception with 43 seconds left in the half.
Jewell returned the interception 33 yards to the Penn State 21-yard line. On the next play, and the first play the Hawkeyes ran in Penn State territory, Stanley connected with Nick Easley for a touchdown and a 7-5 Iowa lead.
NOTES: Penn State had scored 30-plus points in 10 straight games. ... Nittany Lions QB Trace McSorley has thrown a touchdown in 19 straight games. ... Penn State confirmed DE Torrance Brown, who injured his knee in a game against Georgia State, will miss the rest of the season. ... The Hawkeyes were averaging 33 points coming into Saturday night. ... The Nittany Lions had given up only two touchdowns in their first three games. ... Former Iowa LB Chad Greenway served as honorary captain.
No. 15 Auburn crushes Missouri 51-14
Sunday, September 24 at 12:44 AM (EDT)
No. 15 Auburn was in need of an offensive spark. Running back Kerryon Johnson delivered.
Johnson rushed for five touchdowns -- four in the first half -- and Auburn rolled past Missouri 51-14 on Saturday in Columbia, Mo.
Johnson battled a hamstring injury that caused him to miss Auburn's previous two games but started against Missouri on Saturday and added another element to coach Gus Malzahn's offense by running out of the wildcat formation.
Johnson finished with 48 of Auburn's 263 rushing yards. His five touchdowns were one shy of the school record set by Carnell "Cadillac" Williams in 2003.
"Our goal was to rush for over 200 yards," Malzahn said after the win. "We were able to do that."
Auburn thwarted a Missouri fake punt from its own 19-yard line early in the third quarter. Two plays later, Johnson scored out of the wildcat formation.
Quarterback Jarrett Stidham threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Nate Craig-Meyers on Auburn's next drive to extend the lead 45-7.
Missouri lost its third straight game and struggled on both sides of the ball. After scoring 72 points in an opening win over Missouri State, coach Barry Odom's Tigers have managed just 30 points in their last three games.
"I want to get one thing real straight," Odom said after the loss. "I'm going to win here. That will happen. We will win. This is a turnaround, whichever way you slice it or dice it."
Missouri quarterback Drew Lock threw touchdown passes to Damarea Crockett and J'Mon Moore. Sophomore receiver Johnathon Johnson caught 10 passes for 85 yards.
Auburn put together its most complete performance of an uneven first month of the season, which included a 14-6 loss at No. 2 Clemson and multiple lackluster offensive outings.
Malzahn and the offense caught heat after the loss to Clemson and a sluggish performance in an opening win over Georgia Southern. Stidham and the offense moved the ball in last week's win over Mercer but committed five turnovers in a closer-than-expected win over an FCS opponent.
But the Tigers' offense was sharp, balanced and explosive Saturday.
Stidham completed 13 of 17 passes for 218 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. He hooked up with receiver Kyle Davis on a 58-yard completion on Auburn's first play of the game and also threw a 46-yard completion to receiver Will Hastings.
While the offense found its groove, Auburn's defense kept doing what it has been doing all season -- dominating.
Auburn entered the game ranked second nationally in total defense
and put together another stellar performance. The Tigers forced four turnovers.
Junior defensive back Carlton Davis had an interception off a tipped pass that led to a touchdown, and sophomore defensive lineman Marlon Davidson returned a fumble to the Missouri 20-yard line, setting up Johnson's fourth touchdown run of the first half that put the Tigers up 28-0.
"We talked about wanting to play well in all three phases of the game," Malzahn said. "And I think we did that."
Johnson scored on runs of 7, 2, 1 and 1 yards in the first half.
Trailing by four touchdowns late in the second quarter, Missouri mounted its best drive of the first half. Lock hit a series of short throws before capping a 10-play drive with a well-executed screen pass to Crockett.
The drive accounted for 78 of Missouri's 173 yards in the first half.
After going 4-8 last season, Odom is squarely on the hot seat after this year's 1-3 start. But the second-year coach remains resilient.
"I'm the man to go get it done, with this staff, with this team, with this program," Odom said passionately.
Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson's 41-yard field goal sent the visiting Tigers into halftime with a commanding 31-7 lead. Carlson, who had some early misses this season, booted three field goals in Saturday's win.
"He's back," Malzahn said of his standout kicker.
So is Auburn's offense, which finished with 482 total yards.
NOTES: Auburn RB Kamryn Pettway, an All-SEC tailback, was "not 100 percent," according to Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, and did not receive a carry. ... Saturday's game marked the first-ever meeting between Auburn and Missouri. ... Auburn DB Carlton Davis had his fourth career interception. ... Auburn LB Jeff Holland had a fumble on a sack of Missouri QB Drew Lock in the first half.... Missouri has a bye next week, before returning to SEC play on Oct. 7 at Kentucky. ... Auburn hosts No. 17 Mississippi State next Saturday.