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Top 25 roundup: Fresno State shocks No. 13 UCLA with late TD

Top 25 roundup: Fresno State shocks No. 13 UCLA with late TD

Jake Haener threw his two touchdown passes in the final 2:55, including a 13-yard game-winner to Jalen Cropper with 14 seconds remaining, and Fresno State survived to upset No. 13 UCLA 40-37 on Saturday in Pasadena, Calif.Haener finished with 455 yards passing. Running back Ronnie Rivers, who rushed for 136 yards, scored on touchdown runs of 1 yard and 36 yards in the first half, and Cropper scored on a goal-line carry as the Bulldogs exploited a 49-16 disparity in plays run over the first two periods.Fresno State (3-1) built a 23-10 lead at halftime over a UCLA team playing its first game since a Sept. 4 upset of LSU, but the Bruins (2-1) came back, holding Fresno State out of the end zone for more than 33 minutes of game time after the second of Rivers' touchdowns, and Philips had 113 yards receiving.Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw three touchdown passes, including a pair to Kyle Philips, and Zach Charbonnet rushed for the second of two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to give UCLA two different leads. Thompson-Robinson went 14-of-24 for 278 yards.No. 1 Alabama 31, No. 11 Florida 29The Crimson Tide got three touchdown passes from freshman Bryce Young and stopped a potential game-tying 2-point conversion late in the fourth quarter to hold off the Gators in Gainesville, Fla.The Gators (2-1, 0-1 SEC) pulled within two points with 3:10 left in the game on a 17-yard touchdown run by Dameon Pierce. But Malik Davis' 2-point attempt to even the score failed. The Gators missed an extra-point try in the second quarter, setting up the two-point deficit.Young completed 22 of 35 passes for 233 yards and no interceptions in his first true road start for Alabama (3-0, 1-0). Emory Jones completed 17 of 27 passes for 181 yards and an interception for the Gators, his fifth in three games. He also rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, while Davis added a game-high 96 rushing yards on 11 attempts.No. 2 Georgia 40, South Carolina 13JT Daniels threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a victory over the visiting Gamecocks (2-1, 0-1 SEC) in the SEC opener for both teams in Athens, Ga.Adonai Mitchell caught four passes for a team-high 77 yards. Kendall Milton (66 yards) James Cook (51 yards) and Zamir White (51 yards) powered a ground game that rushed for 184 yards on 31 carries -- an average of 5.9 yards per attempt -- as the Bulldogs amassed 491 yards of total offense.Georgia (3-0, 1-0 SEC) needed just six plays to take a 7-0 lead, as Cook capped a 75-yard drive with a 23-yard burst up the middle less than three minutes into the game.No. 3 Oklahoma 23, Nebraska 16Spencer Rattler threw for 214 yards and a touchdown as the Sooners (3-0) beat the visiting Cornhuskers (2-2). The Sooners' 23 points were their fewest in more than five years.Nebraska got the ball back with a chance to force overtime in the final minute, before a pair of Sooners sacks, and then a stop of Rahmir Johnson just short of the first-down marker ended the game.Oklahoma managed just 408 total yards, with 194 on the ground. Eric Gray ran 15 times for 84 yards for the Sooners.No. 4 Oregon 48, Stony Brook 7Freshman quarterback Ty Thompson threw the first two touchdown passes of his college career after taking over for injured Anthony Brown in the third quarter, helping the Ducks pull away from the visiting Seawolves in a nonconference game.In a game delayed 37 minutes by lightning, the Ducks nabbed three interceptions and a fumble to dispatch the Seawolves. One week after Oregon beat Ohio State in Columbus, the Ducks (3-0) led only 17-7 at halftime. Thompson went 6-for-9 for 82 yards, while Brown completed 14 of 18 passes for 159 yards and one touchdown in the first halfTy Son Lawton scored on a 5-yard run on the final play of the first quarter to keep the Seawolves (1-2) close. Stony Brook quarterback Tyquell Fields was 10-for-23 passing for 131 yards. Three of his completions went to Shawn Harris Jr., who accumulated a game-high 67 receiving yards.No. 5 Iowa 30, Kent State 7The Hawkeyes -- helped by an incredible 20-play, 95-yard drive -- defeated the visiting Golden Flashes (1-2) in nonconference play at Iowa City.Tyler Goodson ran for 153 yards, a 7.0 average, and three touchdowns to lead the Hawkeyes (3-0), who have won nine straight games dating to last season.Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras completed 25 of 36 passes for 209 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.No. 6 Clemson 14, Georgia Tech 8Will Shipley rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers survived the Yellow Jackets as well as an extended lightning delay en route to a victory at Clemson's Memorial Stadium.Clemson (2-1) notched its 30th consecutive home victory, extending the school record as well as the nation's longest active home winning streak. The Tigers have won seven consecutive games against the Yellow Jackets (1-2), but got more than they bargained for.Georgia Tech outplayed Clemson for much of the game and outgained the Tigers 309-284, but Clemson's defense came up big in crucial situations. Linebacker James Skalski thwarted a shovel pass from Georgia Tech quarterback Jordan Yates to Dylan Deveney on fourth-and-goal from the Clemson 2-yard line with 15 seconds remaining as the Tigers survived in the ACC opener for both teams.No. 7 Texas A&M 34, New Mexico 0Zach Calzada passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns as the Aggies rolled over the Lobos in College Station, Texas.Calzada completed 19 of 33 passes with one interception in his first career start for the Aggies (3-0), who won their 11th consecutive game and posted their first shutout since September 2016 against Prairie View A&M.The 11-game win streak is the program's longest since 1992 and Texas A&M is off to its best start since opening 6-0 in 2016.No. 8 Cincinnati 38, Indiana 24Demond Ridder connected with Alec Pierce on a 19-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to fuel the Bearcats over the Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind.Ridder completed 20 of 36 passes for 210 yards and Jerome Ford added 66 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Bearcats (3-0), who have won 13 of their last 14 games.Indiana (1-2) turned it over four times, including twice in the red zone, with a fumble by running back Tim Baldwin Jr. at Cincinnati's 2-yard line negating a potential go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter.No. 9 Ohio State 41, Tulsa 20TreVeyon Henderson broke two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin's Ohio State freshman single-game rushing record with 277 yards and added three touchdowns as the Buckeyes (2-1) pulled away late from the visiting Golden Hurricane.Henderson's 52-yard score to make it 27-13 on the last play of the third quarter gave him 243 yards, four more than Griffin had against North Carolina on Sept. 30, 1972. He ran for a 48-yard TD on Ohio State's fifth snap of the third quarter for a 20-6 lead. He also had 5-yard TD among his 24 carries.For Tulsa (0-3), quarterback Davis Brin had a 22-yard TD to Josh Johnson with 12:07 to play to make it 27-20. Davis threw for 428 yards against an embattled Ohio State defense.No. 10 Penn State 28, No. 22 Auburn 20Sean Clifford threw two touchdown passes to lead the Nittany Lions past the Tigers in an exciting nonconference matchup in University Park, Pa.The Nittany Lions (3-0) led throughout the second half, but the Tigers (2-1) drove to the Penn State 2 in the waning minutes. On fourth down, Bo Nix's pass fell incomplete to Kobe Hudson, who got tangled up with Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker, but no flags were thrown.Clifford finished 28 of 32 for 280 yards, while Jahan Dotson hauled in 10 receptions for 78 yards and a score. Noah Cain and Tyler Warren rushed for touchdowns for the Nittany Lions. Nix was 21 of 37 for 185 yards without a touchdown or an interception. Tank Bigsby carried 23 times for the visitors, accumulating 102 yards and two scores.No. 12 Notre Dame 27, Purdue 13Jack Coan threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns as the Fighting Irish pulled away from the visiting Boilermakers (2-1) in South Bend, Ind.Kyren Williams had a rushing and receiving touchdown for Notre Dame (3-0), which posted its biggest win of the season. Avery Davis led Fighting Irish receivers with five catches for 120 yards and a touchdown.It was the 105th win at Notre Dame for head coach Brian Kelly. He tied Knute Rockne as the winningest coach in school history.No. 14 Iowa State 48, UNLV 3Brock Purdy passed for 288 yards to set the school record for career passing yards as the Cyclones rolled to victory over the Rebels (0-3) in a nonconference game in Las Vegas.Purdy completed 21 of 24 passes for three touchdowns while increasing his yardage total to 9,607. He passed Bret Meyer, who had 9,499 from 2004-07.
No. 23 BYU upends No. 19 Arizona St.

No. 23 BYU upends No. 19 Arizona St.

Jaren Hall passed for 214 yards and rushed for 38 before a late injury to lead No. 23 BYU to a 27-17 win over No. 19 Arizona State on Saturday night at Provo, Utah.Hall managed to walk off the field but did not return following a 13-yard run that took BYU to the Arizona State 4 with 2:17 left.Backup quarterback Baylor Romney almost dropped the ball and fell on the snap on third-and-goal at the 3, but he completed the game-securing touchdown pass to Isaac Rex with 1:19 left.The Sun Devils, playing their first road game with fans in the stands in two seasons, were beset by 16 penalties for 121 yards.Arizona State (2-1) looked like it could rally to take the lead with 6 seconds left in the third quarter when Merlin Robertson intercepted a pass by Hall, but he was caught from behind by Tyler Allgeier during a 60-yard return.Allgeier punched the ball loose and Hall recovered at the BYU 15, preserving the Cougars' 21-17 lead.BYU improved to 3-0, all against Pac-12 opponents -- Arizona, Utah and Arizona State.BYU scored 37 seconds into the game after the Cougars' Hayden Livingston recovered a fumble by Geordon Porter on the opening kickoff at the Arizona State 12.Three plays later, Allgeier scored on a 4-yard touchdown run.
Brock Purdy sets Iowa State passing record in rout of UNLV

Brock Purdy sets Iowa State passing record in rout of UNLV

Brock Purdy passed for 288 yards to set the school record for career passing yards as No. 14 Iowa State rolled to a 48-3 victory over UNLV in a nonconference game on Saturday night in Las Vegas.Purdy completed 21 of 24 passes for three touchdowns while increasing his yardage total to 9,607. He passed Bret Meyer, who had 9,499 from 2004-07.Breece Hall rushed for 100 yards and two scores on 21 carries for the Cyclones (2-1). He scored at least one rushing touchdown for the 15th straight game to tie the Big 12 record held by Missouri's Corby Jones (1997-98).Xavier Hutchinson caught 10 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns, and Charlie Kolar also had a scoring reception for Iowa State.Daniel Gutierrez kicked a 30-yard field goal for UNLV (0-3), which has lost nine straight games since winning its 2019 finale against Nevada.Rebels quarterback Doug Brumfield missed the game, stemming from a hard hit he took against Arizona State one week ago. Cameron Friel completed 8 of 13 passes for 67 yards and one interception, and Tate Martell was 2-of-6 passing for 27 yards.Martell, who formerly played for Ohio State and Miami, made his UNLV debut.Charles Williams rushed for 42 yards on 19 carries for the Rebels.Iowa State outgained the Rebels 493 to 130 and had a 27-7 edge in first downs.
Arizona shocked by Northern Arizona, losing streak reaches 15 games

Arizona shocked by Northern Arizona, losing streak reaches 15 games

Arizona shocked by Northern Arizona, losing streak reaches 15 gamesFCS team Northern Arizona stopped a 2-point conversion attempt with 2:16 to go to stun host Arizona 21-19 on Saturday night in Tucson, Ariz., extending the Wildcats' losing streak to 15 games.Jordan McCloud's pass wobbled over the middle and hit the turf in the end zone before Brian Casteel could corral it.NAU (1-2) recovered a pooch kick and ran out the clock.Arizona (0-3) has the longest FBS losing streak in the nation. The Lumberjacks had lost 14 consecutive matchups against the Wildcats, last winning on Oct. 29, 1932, in Phoenix.NAU trailed 13-0 early in the second quarter, but got a boost with the debut of third-team quarterback RJ Martinez and a pick-six from Brady Shough just before halftime.The Lumberjacks used three quarterbacks in the first quarter and settled on Martinez, a true freshman from Texas. He was efficient, completing 11 of 16 passes for 88 yards with a touchdown and interception. He ran six times for 43 yards.Devontae Ingram intercepted Arizona starting quarterback Will Plummer at the NAU 40 with 12:43 to go in the game. Martinez drove the team 60 yards for a touchdown, capped by a 9-yard pass to Hendrix Johnson with 7:53 left for a 21-13 lead.
Matt Corral (7 TDs) leads No. 17 Ole Miss in rout

Matt Corral (7 TDs) leads No. 17 Ole Miss in rout

Matt Corral tied an Ole Miss record by producing seven touchdowns -- four rushing, three passing -- as the No. 17 Rebels throttled Tulane 61-21 in a weather-delayed contest Saturday night in Oxford, Miss.Corral -- 23-of-31 for 335 yards and no interceptions -- tossed a scoring pass for his 15th straight game and added 68 yards rushing on 13 carries. He did all of his scoring in three quarters.The Rebels (3-0) received two touchdowns from Dontario Drummond (rushing, receiving), and a scoring reception from Jonathan Mingo (six catches, career-high 136 yards) and Braylon Sanders. Henry Parrish Jr. rushed for one. Jerrion Ealy rushed 15 times for a game-high 105 yards.Drummond scored via the air for the eighth consecutive contest -- the longest active streak in the FBS.Ole Miss won for the 12th straight time in the series, moved to 13-2 against Tulane in Oxford, and started a season with three wins for the first time since 2015.Cameron Carroll, Shae Wyatt and Tyrick James scored for the New Orleans-based Green Wave (1-2), who have been training in Tuscaloosa, Ala., at the Crimson Tide's facility in the wake of Hurricane Ida.Michael Pratt played three quarters and finished 10-for-18 for 166 yards with two TDs and no picks.In a matchup featuring two of the top FBS offenses, Ole Miss notched 707 total yards to Tulane's 305.Kickoff between the former SEC foes was delayed nearly two hours because of day-long rain and lightning, but Ole Miss showed the soaked home fans that the wait was worth it.
Stony Brook turnovers, backup QB spark No. 4 Oregon

Stony Brook turnovers, backup QB spark No. 4 Oregon

Freshman quarterback Ty Thompson threw the first two touchdown passes of his college career after taking over for injured Anthony Brown in the third quarter, helping No. 4 Oregon pull away from visiting Stony Brook 48-7 in a non-conference game Saturday night.In a game delayed 37 minutes by lightning, the Ducks (3-0) nabbed three interceptions and a fumble to dispatch the Seawolves (1-2).One week after Oregon beat Ohio State in Columbus, the Ducks led only 17-7 at halftime.It was following the break that Brown didn't return to the field. He shaken up by two sacks late in the second quarter.Thompson, who didn't attempt a pass in either of Oregon's first two games, capped a 48-yard drive on the Ducks' second possession of the second half with a 1-yard scoring flip to Terrance Ferguson to ignite a run of 31 unanswered points to the finish.Thompson added to the Oregon scoring in the fourth quarter with a 54-yard touchdown strike to Dont'e Thornton, putting the Ducks up 41-7 with 8:26 to go.Brown, who engineered last week's upset against Ohio State, completed 14 of 18 passes for 159 yards and one touchdown in the first half. The score came on a 9-yard connection with running back CJ Verdell.Brown scored on a 7-yard run before Travis Dye and Trey Benson each ran in from 3 yards out for Oregon touchdowns, while Camden Lewis nailed 40- and 35-yard field goals.Thompson went 6-for-9 for 82 yards. Dye led all rushers with 87 yards on 15 carries.
Stanford pulls away from Vanderbilt, 41-23

Stanford pulls away from Vanderbilt, 41-23

Freshman quarterback Tanner McKee threw for 218 yards and accounted for three touchdowns Saturday night as Stanford pulled away from Vanderbilt just before halftime and cruised to a 41-23 non-conference win in Nashville, Tenn.McKee completed 19 of 29 passes as the Cardinal (2-1) scored more than 40 points in consecutive games for the first time since November 2018. They were coming off a 42-28 upset last week at Southern Cal.Stanford finished with 422 total yards, split almost evenly between rushing and passing. It picked up 204 yards on the ground, getting 80 on just seven carries from Austin Jones.The Commodores (1-2), who were coming off a stirring 24-21 win last week at Colorado State, managed just a field goal in the final 2 1/2 quarters until a last-play touchdown pass from backup quarterback Michael Wright to Cam Johnson.Starting quarterback Ken Seals completed only 16 of 37 passes for 120 yards for Vanderbilt. Rocko Griffin rushed for a game-high 107 yards on 19 carries.The teams traded touchdown drives for most of the first half.
Coming off loss, Texas runs roughshod over Rice

Coming off loss, Texas runs roughshod over Rice

Bijan Robinson racked up 127 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns, and Casey Thompson passed for two scores in the final 1:38 of the first half as host Texas rebounded from a loss a week ago by thrashing undermanned Rice 58-0 on Saturday in Austin, Texas.Robinson scored on runs on 6, 7 and 62 yards in in the first two quarters as the Longhorns (2-1) bounced back from a poor performance at Arkansas by walloping their former Southwest Conference rival. Texas has now defeated the Owls 15 straight times and shut out an opponent for the first time since early in the 2017 season.Much of the discussion heading up to the game centered on the Longhorns' starting quarterback switch from Hudson Card to Thompson, but Texas' domination on the ground made that all but a moot point. Thompson started and hit on 15 of 18 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.The Longhorns had 241 yards rushing in the first two quarters alone and ended up with a 620-284 edge in total yards, including a 427-156 advantage on the ground.Roschon Johnson finished with 112 yards on only three carries for Texas.The Owls (0-3) were forced to play the final two-plus quarters with third-string quarterback Jake Constantine under center after starter Luke McCaffrey and backup Wiley Green suffered injuries.Rice has been outscored 140-24 in its first three games. Its first two losses were to Arkansas and Houston.
No. 6 Clemson weathers storm, late G-Tech rally for win

No. 6 Clemson weathers storm, late G-Tech rally for win

No. 6 Clemson weathers storm, late G-Tech rally for winWill Shipley rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns as No. 6 Clemson survived Georgia Tech as well as an extended lightning delay en route to a 14-8 victory Saturday at Clemson's Memorial Stadium.Clemson (2-1, 1-0 in ACC) notched its 30th consecutive home victory, extending the school record as well as the nation's longest active home winning streak.The Tigers have won seven consecutive games against the Yellow Jackets (1-2, 0-1 ACC), but got more than they bargained for after trouncing Georgia Tech 73-7 last season.Georgia Tech outplayed Clemson for much of the game and outgained the Tigers 309-285, but Clemson's defense came up big in crucial situations. Linebacker James Skalski thwarted a shovel pass from Georgia Tech quarterback Jordan Yates to Dylan Deveney on fourth-and-goal from the Clemson 2-yard line with 15 seconds remaining as the Tigers survived in the ACC opener for both teams.The Tigers' defense has not allowed a touchdown through three games this season, marking the first time they've done that to open a season since 1950.Shipley, a freshman running back, scored on a pair of three-yard runs -- one in the first quarter, the second in the fourth -- as the Tigers stuck to a conservative running game. Shipley, the ACC's Rookie of the Week last week, has rushed for 169 yards and four touchdowns in Clemson's last two games.
No. 1 Alabama outlasts No. 11 Florida, 31-29

No. 1 Alabama outlasts No. 11 Florida, 31-29

Top-ranked Alabama got three touchdown passes from freshman Bryce Young on Saturday and stopped a potential game-tying 2-point conversion late in the fourth quarter to hold off No. 11 Florida 31-29 in Gainesville, Fla.The Gators (2-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) pulled within two points with 3:10 left in the game on a 17-yard touchdown run by Dameon Pierce. But Malik Davis' 2-point attempt to even the score failed.The Gators missed an extra-point try in the second quarter, setting up the two-point deficit.By the time Florida got the ball back, it had just 4 seconds and was at its own 24. The Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0) made it academic by sacking Emory Jones to end the game.Young completed 22 of 35 passes for 233 yards and no interceptions in his first true road start. Brian Robinson Jr. rushed for 75 yards on 14 carries, scoring touchdowns on the ground and in the air.Jones completed 17 of 27 passes for 181 yards and an interception, his fifth in three games. He also rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, while Davis added a game-high 96 rushing yards on 11 attempts.
No. 1 Alabama outlasts No. 11 Florida, 31-29

No. 1 Alabama outlasts No. 11 Florida, 31-29

Top-ranked Alabama got three touchdown passes from freshman Bryce Young on Saturday and stopped a potential game-tying 2-point conversion late in the fourth quarter to hold off No. 11 Florida 31-29 in Gainesville, Fla.The Gators (2-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) pulled within two points with 3:10 left in the game on a 17-yard touchdown run by Dameon Pierce. But Malik Davis' 2-point attempt to even the score failed.The Gators missed an extra-point try in the second quarter, setting up the two-point deficit.By the time Florida got the ball back, it had just 4 seconds and was at its own 24. The Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0) made it academic by sacking Emory Jones to end the game.Young completed 22 of 35 passes for 233 yards and no interceptions in his first true road start. Brian Robinson Jr. rushed for 75 yards on 14 carries, scoring touchdowns on the ground and in the air.Jones completed 17 of 27 passes for 181 yards and an interception, his fifth in three games. He also rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, while Davis added a game-high 96 rushing yards on 11 attempts.
Calvin Austin III ignites Memphis rally, win over Miss. St.

Calvin Austin III ignites Memphis rally, win over Miss. St.

Calvin Austin III scored three second-half touchdowns Saturday and Memphis withstood a 419-yard passing outburst from Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers to log a 31-29 non-conference win in Memphis.The Tigers couldn't secure the win until Rogers' attempt to run in a game-tying 2-point conversion with 1:32 left in the game came up short. Memphis recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock to improve to 3-0.Rogers, who completed 50 of 67 passes, brought the Bulldogs (2-1) within two points on a 36-yard touchdown pass to Makai Polk. It was Rogers' third scoring strike of the day.But it wasn't enough to outdo Austin, the Tigers' most dangerous weapon on offense. He almost single-handedly erased a 17-7 halftime deficit with his scores in a 15 1/2-minute span of the second half.Austin caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Seth Henigan with 6:20 left in the third quarter, bringing Memphis within three points. Then he put the Tigers ahead for good with a 25-yard scoring grab at the 7:48 mark of the fourth quarter.Just over two minutes later, Austin produced a 94-yard punt return for the Tigers' second non-offensive touchdown of the game. They initiated scoring in the first quarter on a 49-yard fumble return by Sanchez Blake.
Calvin Austin III ignites Memphis rally, win over Miss. St.

Calvin Austin III ignites Memphis rally, win over Miss. St.

Calvin Austin III scored three second-half touchdowns Saturday and Memphis withstood a 419-yard passing outburst from Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers to log a 31-29 non-conference win in Memphis.The Tigers couldn't secure the win until Rogers' attempt to run in a game-tying 2-point conversion with 1:32 left in the game came up short. Memphis recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock to improve to 3-0.Rogers, who completed 50 of 67 passes, brought the Bulldogs (2-1) within two points on a 36-yard touchdown pass to Makai Polk. It was Rogers' third scoring strike of the day.But it wasn't enough to outdo Austin, the Tigers' most dangerous weapon on offense. He almost single-handedly erased a 17-7 halftime deficit with his scores in a 15 1/2-minute span of the second half.Austin caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Seth Henigan with 6:20 left in the third quarter, bringing Memphis within three points. Then he put the Tigers ahead for good with a 25-yard scoring grab at the 7:48 mark of the fourth quarter.Just over two minutes later, Austin produced a 94-yard punt return for the Tigers' second non-offensive touchdown of the game. They initiated scoring in the first quarter on a 49-yard fumble return by Sanchez Blake.
Duke starts strong, holds off Northwestern

Duke starts strong, holds off Northwestern

The Duke Blue Devils scored 27 consecutive points to start the game and held off a second-half comeback from the Northwestern Wildcats to win 30-23 in Durham, N.C., on Saturday night.Gunnar Holmberg threw for 314 yards and one touchdown, and Mataeo Durant added 102 yards on the ground and a touchdown for the Blue Devils (2-1), who racked up 420 of their 558 yards in the first half and did not score in the second half.The Wildcats (1-2) used three quarterbacks in the game. Starter Hunter Johnson was pulled late in the first half after throwing three interceptions and fumbling in the red zone.Andrew Marty replaced him and led three straight touchdown drives but was injured in the fourth quarter and was ruled out for the rest of the game. South Carolina transfer Ryan Hilinski led the final two drives of the game: a 3-and-out and a field goal.After forcing a 3-and-out on the first possession of the game, Duke needed only 51 seconds to go 60 yards and score its first touchdown - an 11-yard pass from Holmberg to Durant.Durant scored two minutes later on a 21-yard rush as the Blue Devils traveled 70 yards on only five plays. Jordan Moore added a 9-yard rush at the end of the quarter to give Duke a 21-0 lead at the end of 15 minutes.Duke's Charlie Ham hit three field goals in the second quarter, including a 50-yard field goal with one second remaining.
Washington routs Arkansas St. for first win of season

Washington routs Arkansas St. for first win of season

Dylan Morris threw for a career-high 367 yards and three touchdowns as Washington earned its first victory of the season, defeating Arkansas State 52-3 on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Seattle.The Red Wolves (1-2), who entered the game fourth nationally with 596.5 yards of total offense per game, were limited to just 268 while UW amassed 598.The Huskies (1-2), upset by Montana of the Football Championship Subdivision in their home opener before a loss last week at Michigan, went three-and-out on their first possession. But the Huskies scored touchdowns on their next four drives -- all 70 yards or longer -- to take a 28-0 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter.Washington got a boost from two players making their season debuts -- wide receiver Jalen McMillan and running back Sean McGrew. McMillan, who suffered a hand injury midway through fall camp, had 10 receptions for 175 yards and a touchdown. McGrew, a preseason Doak Walker Award candidate, hadn't played in the first two games but rushed for two scores.Morris hit tight end Cade Otton with a 13-yard pass to open the scoring.After Arkansas State missed a short field-goal attempt, McGrew scored on a 13-yard run.Richard Newton Jr., who led the Huskies with 52 yards rushing on 10 attempts, scored on a 2-yard run early in the second quarter.McMillan caught a 33-yard scoring strike from Morris with 10 minutes left in the half.McGrew scored on a 2-yard run with 4:37 left in the third quarter to make it 35-0 before the Red Wolves finally got on the board on Blake Grupe's 26-yard field goal.
Chase Garbers helps Cal down Sacramento State

Chase Garbers helps Cal down Sacramento State

Chase Garbers passed for two scores and ran for another on Saturday afternoon, guiding California to its first football win of the season with a 42-30 victory over Sacramento State in a nonconference game at Berkeley, Calif.Damien Moore rushed for two touchdowns, Jeremiah Hunter and Trevon Clark hauled in scoring passes, and Nikko Remigio returned the opening kickoff of the second half 99 yards for the Golden Bears (1-2), who had opened the season with losses to Nevada and Texas Christian.Jake Dunniway threw for 370 yards and two touchdowns and his backup, Asher O'Hara, ran for a pair of scores for the Hornets (1-2), an FCS team that lost its second straight.Cal never trailed in the game, with Moore scoring twice from 4 yards out in the first quarter and Garber hitting Hunter for 45 yards in the second period to account for a 21-6 halftime advantage.Remigio's return immediately following the halftime break broke open the contest, which matched teams located 90 miles apart in Northern California.Sacramento State didn't go down without a fight, twice rallying within two scores in the third quarter on O'Hara's second rushing touchdown, a 2-yarder, and a 34-yard pass from Dunniway to Marshel Martin.Ahead just 35-20 after three quarters, Cal finally gave its home fans a comfort zone when Garbers ran 16 yards for the Golden Bears' final touchdown with 12:50 to go.
TreVeyon Henderson runs for 277 yards as Ohio State beats Tulsa

TreVeyon Henderson runs for 277 yards as Ohio State beats Tulsa

TreVeyon Henderson broke two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin's Ohio State freshman single-game rushing record with 277 yards and added three touchdowns as the No. 9 Buckeyes pulled away late from visiting Tulsa 41-20 on Saturday.Henderson's 52-yard score to make it 27-13 on the last play of the third quarter gave him 243 yards, four more than Griffin had against North Carolina on Sept. 30, 1972.The Buckeyes (2-1) needed Henderson. He ran for a 48-yard TD on Ohio State's fifth snap of the third quarter for a 20-6 lead. He also had 5-yard TD among his 24 carries.For Tulsa (0-3), quarterback Davis Brin had a 22-yard TD to Josh Johnson with 12:07 to play to make it 27-20. Davis threw for 428 yards against an embattled Ohio State defense.Ohio State extended the lead to 34-20 with 3:07 left on a C.J. Stroud 22-yard pass to Garrett Wilson on a drive that included a 31-yard run by Henderson. Stroud was 15 of 25 for 185 yards, a TD and an interception.Cameron Martinez had a 61-yard interception return with 1:50 left for the final score.Ohio Stadium was less than three-fourths filled with 76,540 fans even though the full capacity of 102,780 was permitted.
Wake Forest drubs Florida St., drops Seminoles to 0-3

Wake Forest drubs Florida St., drops Seminoles to 0-3

Sam Hartman threw two touchdown passes and Wake Forest handled visiting Florida State 35-14 on Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C., sending the Seminoles to an 0-3 record for the first time in 45 years.Hartman completed 22 of 31 passes for 259 yards with an interception in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.Wake Forest (3-0, 1-0 ACC) has won three home games by lopsided margins.Florida State (0-3, 0-1) lost on the final play of home games to Notre Dame and Jacksonville State, but the Seminoles couldn't keep this one close. They didn't score in the second half, finishing the game with six turnovers.Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis threw two touchdown passes and was picked off once in relief of McKenzie Milton, who was intercepted twice. They combined to throw for 226 yards -- 119 for Milton, 107 for Travis.Wake Forest led 24-7 in the second quarter. The Seminoles struck quickly on Travis' 65-yard pass play to Ontaria Wilson on the first play of the next possession.The Demon Deacons forced a punt on Florida State's first possession of the second half, and then padded their lead with Justice Ellison's 1-yard run and Hartman's two-point conversion run that capped a 90-yard drive on 14 plays.The Seminoles then drove 60 yards and stalled at the Wake Forest 11.
Jaxson Dart excels as USC rolls past Washington State

Jaxson Dart excels as USC rolls past Washington State

Jaxson Dart threw for 391 yards and four touchdowns in relief of an injured Kedon Slovis to help Southern California roll to a 45-14 win over Washington State on Saturday in Pullman, Wash.USC (2-1, 1-1 Pac-12) overcame a 14-point deficit to cruise to a win in the debut of Trojans interim coach Donte Williams. Clay Helton was fired on Monday, two days after the then-No. 14 Trojans were pummeled 42-28 by Stanford.The Cougars (1-2, 0-1) jumped ahead 14-0 in their Pac-12 opener when Jayden de Laura capped an 89-yard scoring drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Travell Harris.Washington State's score followed a sack of Slovis, who was sidelined the rest of the game with an apparent neck injury.Dart initially struggled, with his first drive ending when Daniel Isom intercepted a pass in Washington State territory. A second de Laura touchdown pass to Harris put the Cougars ahead by two scores.From there, USC took over the game.Dart threw the first of his four touchdown passes to Gary Bryant Jr., a connection of 38 yards just before halftime. The score marked the beginning of a 45-0 run.Dart found Drake London for touchdowns of 5 and 31 yards. He also hooked up with Kyle Ford on a 36-yard strike for the latter's first career touchdown reception.
KJ Jefferson tosses 3 TDs as No. 20 Arkansas beats Ga. Southern

KJ Jefferson tosses 3 TDs as No. 20 Arkansas beats Ga. Southern

KJ Jefferson threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 20 Arkansas Razorbacks to a 45-10 victory over visiting Georgia Southern in a nonconference game Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.Dominique Johnson rushed for a team-high 72 yards and touchdown on five carries as Arkansas (3-0) ran for 269 yards on 48 carries -- an average of 5.6 yards per attempt -- and rolled up 633 yards of total offense.Jefferson, who went 13-for-23 passing, highlighted his day by throwing a 91-yard touchdown pass to Treylon Burks in the third quarter. It ranked only behind Matt Jones' 92-yard scoring strike to Richard Smith against Tennessee in 2002 in the school's record book.Arkansas took control on its first possession en route to its first 3-0 start in five years.After a 47-yard pass from Jefferson to Tyson Morris pushed the pass to the Eagles' 21 yard-line, Smith capped the drive three plays later by scoring on a 13-yard run for a 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.Arkansas doubled its lead on its next possession, when Dominique Johnson capped a 15-play, 94-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown run with 3:31 left in the opening quarter.After Morris caught 14-yard touchdown pass from Jefferson for a 21-0 lead with 8:42 left in second quarter, the Eagles (1-2) finally broke through on their next possession behind redshirt junior quarterback Justin Tomlin.Tomlin kept the ball on a 3rd down play and cut to his right before outrunning the entire defense for a 76-yard touchdown with 7:22 left in the first half.