Top 25 College Football Roundup
Published on -10/6/2013, 8:16 AM
By The Associated Press
No. 3 Clemson and No. 8 Florida State took turns routing divisional foes, and sending messages that they are the superpowers of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
After Clemson won at Syracuse 49-14 and Florida State stomped No. 25 Maryland at home 63-0, the Tigers and Seminoles are two weeks away from a huge showdown in Death Valley on Oct. 19.
Florida State (5-0, 2-0) and star redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston have next week off. Clemson (5-0, 3-0) and Heisman Trophy contender Tajh Boyd play Boston College at home.
No. 1 ALABAMA 45, GEORGIA STATE 3
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- AJ McCarron completed 15 of 16 passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the first half and Alabama rolled.
The Crimson Tide (5-0) jumped ahead 38-0 by halftime against the Panthers (0-5), a first-year Football Bowl Subdivision team.
McCarron led Alabama to touchdowns on each of his five possessions before leaving the game. He completed his first 12 passes, putting him in a three-way tie for the Tide's third-longest streak.
The four touchdown passes tied his career high and was the seventh time McCarron has reached that number. Alabama outgained the Panthers 477-175 and held them to 15 yards rushing.
The Tide hasn't allowed a touchdown in the past three games, giving up only three field goals.
Georgia State ended Alabama's shutout bid with Wil Lutz's school-record 53-yard field goal to cap the second half's opening drive.
No. 2 OREGON 57, COLORADO 16.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Marcus Mariota threw five touchdown passes and ran for two scores as Oregon brushed off some early trickery to rout Colorado.
The Ducks' sophomore connected for two touchdowns each with Josh Huff and Bralon Addison, and played only 2 1/2 quarters.
The Buffaloes had Folsom Field in a frenzy when they kept things tight early on, but the crowd didn't like it when Colorado kept going for field goals while the Ducks were piling up the points.
Oregon (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) has scored at least 55 points in all of its games under first-year coach Mark Helfrich, a former offensive coordinator at Colorado, who took over when Chip Kelly left to coach the Philadelphia Eagles.
Forcing a three-and-out after the opening onside kick, a 75-yard TD toss from receiver Paul Richardson on a double-reverse and a fourth-down stop had the 40-point-underdog Buffaloes (2-2, 0-2) up 10-8 early.
No. 3 CLEMSON 49, SYRACUSE 14
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Tajh Boyd kept his Heisman Trophy aspirations intact, throwing for 455 yards and five touchdowns in three quarters of work, and Clemson spoiled the Orange's Atlantic Coast Conference debut.
Boyd, who matched his school record in TD passes, hit Adam Humphries with scoring passes of 60 and 42 yards in the first quarter to help stake the Tigers to a big early lead, and they held the Orange at bay.
Clemson (5-0, 3-0 ACC) entered the game as one of just 20 undefeated teams remaining in the Bowl Subdivision, and the Tigers made sure they wouldn't slip up against the Orange (2-3, 0-1) and their raucous Homecoming crowd of 48,961 by taking a 21-0 first-quarter lead.
The Tigers entered the game with 12 straight wins by double digits against unranked teams.
No. 4 OHIO STATE 40, No. 16 Northwestern 30
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Carlos Hyde ran for a career-high 168 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 4 Ohio State rallied to and extend the nation's longest win streak to 18 games.
The Buckeyes (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) remained undefeated since Urban Meyer took over as coach last year.
On a rain-soaked field and with a prime-time audience watching, they rallied from 10 down in the third quarter to take out a team aiming to show it could beat the best in the conference.
Hyde scored on a 4-yard run late in the third and added two more touchdowns in the final quarter to lift the Buckeyes.
He was credited with a 2-yard touchdown after a replay review early in the fourth to put Ohio State ahead 26-23.
Then, after Northwestern's Trevor Siemian connected with Cameron Dickerson on a 12-yard score, Hyde ran it in from the 7 with 5:22 left in the game. That made it 34-30.
The Wildcats' Kain Colter then got stopped on fourth-and-1 at the Ohio State 34 with 2:43 left after he picked up his own fumble, wiping out a late threat. The game ended with Northwestern (4-1, 1-1) lateralling and the Buckeyes recovering the loose ball in the end zone.
NO. 5 STANFORD 31, NO. 15 WASHINGTON 28
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Ty Montgomery had 290 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, and Stanford held on in a matchup of unbeaten Pac-12 North teams.
Montgomery returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a TD and caught a 34-yard pass for another score to put the Cardinal (5-0, 3-0) in control from the start and keep them there. Stanford led from wire-to-wire while winning its 13th straight game and 12th in a row at home, though Washington never went away.
Keith Price threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns and nearly led the Huskies (4-1, 1-1) back. But officials overturned Price's completed pass on fourth down in the final minutes to end Washington's rally.
Price completed 33 of 48 passes with one interception, and Bishop Sankey ran for 125 yards and two scores in an impressive -- though, at times, mistake-filled -- performance against the defending Pac-12 and Rose Bowl champions.
In the end, Washington came up at least one bounce short.
NO. 6 GEORGIA 34, TENNESSEE 31, OT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Marshall Morgan kicked a 42-yard field goal in overtime after No. 6 Georgia scored a tying touchdown with 5 seconds left in regulation as the Bulldogs overcame numerous injuries.
Tennessee's Alton "Pig" Howard capped the first overtime possession by losing control of the ball as he dove toward the front corner of the end zone. Howard's play was initially ruled a 7-yard touchdown, but replays showed he fumbled prior to crossing the goal line, turning the potential score into a turnover and touchback.
Georgia (4-1, 3-0 SEC) forced overtime on Aaron Murray's 2-yard touchdown pass to Rantavious Wooten to make it 31-all. Rajion Neal's 7-yard run had put Tennessee (3-3, 0-2) ahead 31-24 with 1:54 left after Justin Worley found A.J. Branisel for a 28-yard completion on fourth-and-1 from the Georgia 35.
Murray went 19 of 35 for 196 yards with three touchdowns and became the Southeastern Conference's all-time leader in career yards passing. Murray has thrown for 11,625 yards to break the record held by David Greene, who threw for 11,528 yards for Georgia from 2001-04.
Neal ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns for Tennessee, which has lost 19 straight games against Top 25 teams.
No. 7 LOUISVILLE 30, TEMPLE 7
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Teddy Bridgewater threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns to keep Louisville undefeated.
Bridgewater made it look easy against the overwhelmed Owls (0-5, 0-2 American Athletic Conference). He threw for 228 yards in the first half to help the Cardinals roll to a 24-0 lead.
The Cardinals (5-0, 1-0) lost a bid for their second straight shutout when Temple scored with 38 seconds left.
Louisville receiver DeVante Parker, who has six touchdown catches this season, left in the first half with an injured right shoulder. Without one of his favorite targets, Bridgewater was still impressive, completing 25 of 35 passes. He threw a TD pass for the 17th straight game.
Under first-year coach Matt Rhule, the Owls remained winless in program history against top-10 teams.
No. 8 FLORIDA STATE 63, No. 25 MARYLAND 0
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Jameis Winston completed 23-of-32 passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns and Florida State matched a record with the most-lopsided victory against ranked team in the history of the AP Top 25.
Winston, a redshirt freshman, has 1,441 yards passing, 17 touchdowns with two interceptions and a 73.3 completion percentage this season.
Nick O'Leary caught to two touchdowns and Kelvin Benjamin had two. The Seminoles (5-0, 3-0 ACC) put up 614 yards of total offense.
Maryland (4-1, 0-1) lost quarterback C.J. Brown to an injury in the second quarter. The Terps were held to 234 yards.
No. 10 LSU 59, MISSISSIPPI STATE 26
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Zach Mettenberger threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, Odell Beckham Jr. had 179 yards receiving and two TDs, and No. 10 LSU pushed past Mississippi State.
Mettenberger completed 25 of 29 passes in another impressive performance during the senior's breakout season. Beckham was his favorite target -- the two hooked up for nine completions.
LSU's Jeremy Hill added 157 yards rushing and two touchdowns. The Tigers (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) have won 14 straight over Mississippi State (2-3, 0-2) dating back to 1999.
It was a tight game until the first play of the fourth quarter, when Mettenberger found Beckham for a 33-yard touchdown pass to give the Tigers a 38-26 lead.
Mississippi State's Dak Prescott threw for 106 yards and rushed for 103 more. Jameon Lewis caught seven passes for 111 yards and a touchdown.
No. 11 OKLAHOMA 20, TCU 17
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Brennan Clay broke a 76-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter and Oklahoma held off TCU.
Trey Millard had a touchdown run for the Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) and Michael Hunnicutt hit field goals of 39 and 32 yards. Oklahoma and Texas will meet next Saturday in the annual Red River Rivalry in Dallas with first place in the conference on the line.
Oklahoma opened with seven straight defensive 3-and-outs, after finishing a 35-21 win at Notre Dame last Saturday with three. The 10 straight 3-and-outs was the longest such streak recorded by the Sooners since at least the 2003 season.
Oklahoma has won 10 straight Big 12 games, its third-longest streak in conference play since the league formed in 1996. The Sooners have won their last three against TCU (2-3, 0-2) since the Horned Frogs won in Norman in 2005.
No. 13 SOUTH CAROLINA 35, KENTUCKY 28
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Connor Shaw passed for a touchdown and ran for another as No. 13 South Carolina, playing without injured defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, held off a Kentucky comeback.
The Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) again let a large lead slip away and once more were able to come away with a victory. The Wildcats (1-4, 0-2) rallied from 21-0 to pull to 27-21 on Jalen Whitlow's 14-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Timmons with 11:50 remaining.
They were still within a touchdown after Whitlow bulled his way to a 1-yard scoring run with four minutes left. But the Gamecocks ran out the clock behind SEC leading rusher Mike Davis and beat Kentucky for the 13th time in the last 14 meetings.
Clowney was out with bruised ribs.
No. 14 MIAMI 45, GEORGIA TECH 30
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Stephen Morris threw for three touchdowns, Duke Johnson rushed for 184 yards and Miami remained unbeaten after shaking off a problematic opening quarter.
Phillip Dorsett, Clive Walford and Allen Hurns caught scoring passes for Miami (5-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which scored 21 points in the final 7:15. Dallas Crawford ran for two scores in the fourth quarter, and Ladarius Gunter added a 30-yard interception return for another touchdown with 1:08 left.
David Sims had two rushing touchdowns for Georgia Tech (3-2, 2-2), which wasted a 17-point lead against Miami last season and blew another double-digit advantage Saturday -- plus missed a fourth-quarter extra point that would have tied the game. The Yellow Jackets led 17-7 after controlling the first quarter, then wound up losing to Miami for the fifth straight time.
It's Miami's best start since opening 6-0 in 2004.
No. 17 BAYLOR 73, West Virginia 42
WACO, Texas (AP) -- Bryce Petty threw for 347 yards with two touchdowns and had one of Baylor's eight rushing TDs as Bears kept up their big-scoring ways in the Big 12.
The Bears (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) had 864 total yards, breaking the Big 12 record. They had 468 yards rushing and 396 passing.
Petty completed 17 of 25 passes while playing only one drive into the second half.
Lache Seastrunk had his eighth consecutive 100-yard rushing game, coinciding with Baylor's winning streak. He ran 15 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard score as Baylor had 28 points in the first quarter for the fourth game in a row.
The Mountaineers (3-3, 1-2) made their Big 12 debut with a 70-63 win over Baylor last year in the league's highest-scoring game ever. They couldn't keep up in the rematch.
No. 18 FLORIDA 30, ARKANSAS 10
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Solomon Patton turned two short receptions into touchdowns, helping Florida beat Arkansas.
Patton finished with six catches for a career-high 124 yards. He also ran for a first down. But his longest gains went the distance and were key to Florida (4-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) winning its ninth consecutive game in the series and 10th in a row at home.
Tyler Murphy, making his first start at Florida Field, completed 16 of 22 passes for 240 yards and three scores -- another efficient and effective outing from a fourth-year junior who somehow couldn't get on the field the last three years.
The Razorbacks (3-3, 0-2) ran the ball well early -- against the league's best defense -- but fell behind on Loucheiz Purifoy's interception return in the second quarter for a touchdown and faded from there.
No. 19 MICHIGAN 42, MINNESOTA 13
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Devin Gardner threw a 24-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass to Devin Funchess late in the first half and Michigan pulled away.
The Wolverines (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) relied on their running game to take pressure off the turnover-prone Gardner. He didn't throw an interception for the first time since making his first start as a quarterback last year at Minnesota.
The Golden Gophers (4-2, 0-2) were without coach Jerry Kill for an entire game for the first time because of his epilepsy. He had a seizure Saturday morning, when he planned to travel to Michigan to coach in the game, and remained home to rest in Minnesota.
The Wolverines have won 18 straight games at home, the longest active streak among BCS conference schools and their longest since winning 28 in a row in Ann Arbor from 1969-73.
No. 20 TEXAS TECH 54, KANSAS 16
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Freshman sensation Baker Mayfield passed for 368 yards but was helped off the field with an apparent leg injury in the third quarter of Texas Tech's victory.
Mayfield, a true freshman walk-on who has started every game, was hurt at the end of the third quarter when tackled while passing. There was no penalty. He hobbled very slowly off the field with someone helping him under each arm.
He was 33 of 51 with one interception.
After falling behind in the first quarter 10-0, the Red Raiders reeled off 54 straight points, going to 5-0 (2-0 Big 12) under first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury for the first time since 2008.
It's the 22nd straight Big 12 loss by Kansas (2-2, 0-1).
No. 21 OKLAHOMA STATE 33, KANSAS STATE 29
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- J.W. Walsh found Charlie Moore for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 4:16 left in the fourth quarter to help Oklahoma State rally.
Walsh finished 24-of-38 passing for 245 yards for the Cowboys, who narrowly avoided their second straight loss after a defeat at West Virginia last week.
After falling behind 29-23 in the fourth quarter, Oklahoma State (4-1, 1-1 Big 12 Conference) drove 75 yards in six plays. Walsh was 4-of-5 passing on the drive, including the go-ahead touchdown pass to Moore.
Ben Grogan later added a field goal for the Cowboys, one of four in the game for the freshman.
Daniel Sams accounted for 299 yards of total offense and three touchdowns for the Wildcats (2-3, 0-2), who lost their second straight game.
NOTRE DAME 37, No. 22 ARIZONA STATE 34
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Tommy Rees threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns, and Notre Dame made it 5 for 5 in the traveling Shamrock Series.
Kyle Brindza kicked three second-half field goals, the go-ahead kick from 25 yards with 3:03 remaining. He tied a Notre Dame record with a 53-yarder that matched the longest in a college game at the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys.
It was the second win in Texas in the five-year Shamrock run of home games on the road for the Irish (4-2), starting with a victory over Washington State in San Antonio in 2009.
Taylor Kelly threw for 362 yards and three scores for the Sun Devils (3-2), who missed on a chance to become the first team to beat Southern California and Notre Dame in consecutive weeks.
No. 23 FRESNO STATE 61, IDAHO 14
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) -- Derek Carr threw five touchdown passes as No. 23 Fresno State pounded Idaho, scoring at least 40 points for the fifth time this season.
Davante Adams caught three touchdown passes for Fresno State (5-0), which is off to its best start since 2001, when the Bulldogs won their first six games.
Idaho (1-5), coming off a win over Temple in coach Paul Petrino's first season, didn't score until the fourth quarter against the first ranked opponent to play in the Kibbie Dome since Boise State in 2010.
Fresno State, playing its final nonconference game, scored touchdowns on its first five possessions and never was threatened. It was the best defensive performance of the season for a team that has been surrendering 38 points per game.
AUBURN 30, No. 24 MISSISSIPPI 22
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Nick Marshall ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, Robenson Therezie scored on a 78-yard interception return and Auburn beat a Top 25 team for the first time in two years.
Marshall's second scoring run gave Auburn a 27-9 lead in the third quarter. The Tigers lost two turnovers in the fourth quarter to help the Ole Miss comeback attempt.
Ole Miss was held to only three field goals before Bo Wallace threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief in the third quarter and added a 12-yard scoring pass to Moncrief midway through the fourth quarter.
Auburn (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) already has topped its win total from last season, when it finished 3-9 overall and 0-8 in the SEC.
Ole Miss (3-2, 1-2), coming off a 25-0 loss at No. 1 Alabama, has lost two straight.