No. 3 Boise State tops Oregon State
BOISE, Idaho – Kellen Moore threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns, Doug Martin rumbled for 138 yards and the Broncos overcame a bunch of mistakes to beat the Beavers, 37-24..
With a national audience watching again, the Broncos (3-0) failed to put away the Beavers (1-2) multiple times thanks a combination of special teams flaws and costly penalties.
But Moore and the Broncos’ offense was able to make up for the miscues. Moore tossed two TD passes in the first half, then hit Tyler Shoemaker on a 21-yard scoring strike in the third quarter. Austin Pettis caught a TD and threw a 6-yard TD on a reverse to Tommy Gallarda for Boise State’s first score.
Jacquizz Rodgers scored on a 4-yard TD run for Oregon State, but the shifty back was held to 46 yards on 18 carries.
NO. 7 TEXAS 12
AUSTIN, Texas – Johnathan Franklin rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown to lead UCLA to another stunning win in Austin, 13 years after the Bruins walloped the Longhorns 66-3 in the same stadium.
The Bruins (2-2) ran for 264 of their 291 total yards. Quarterback Kevin Prince’s 38-yard touchdown run in the third quarter put the game away against a Texas offense that misfired all afternoon.
After starting 0-2, including a 35-0 loss to Pac-10 rival Stanford, the Bruins have consecutive wins over Top 25 opponents.
Texas (3-1) lost its first home game since 2007 against Kansas State.
NO. 1 ALABAMA 24,
NO. 10 ARKANSAS 20
FAYETVILLE, Ark. – Top-ranked Alabama rallied from its deficit on the road and earned a tough 24-20 victory against No. 10 Arkansas, behind the hard running of Mark Ingram.
In the biggest game in Fayetteville, Ark., Ingram ran for 157 yards and scored the decisive touchdown on a 1-yard run with 3:18 to play for the defending national champions.
Robert Lester set up the score with his second interception of the day against Ryan Mallett. He returned it to the Arkansas 11, and Nick Saban gave the ball to his Heisman Trophy-winning running back on three straight plays to get the eventual winning score.
The Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0 SEC) was able to run out the clock after Mallett threw his third interception, this time to Dre Kirkpatrick.
No. 2 OHIO STATE 73,
E. MICHIGAN 20
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dane Sanzenbacher tied two school records by catching four touchdown passes from Terrelle Pryor, and the Buckeyes scored their most points in 60 years.
Ohio State (4-0) scored on its first six possessions. Pryor completed 20 of 26 passes for 224 yards and the four scores, rushed seven times for 104 yards and a touchdown and also caught a 20-yard scoring pass.
NO. 6 NEBRASKA 17,
S. DAKOTA ST. 3
LINCOLN, Neb. – Rex Burkhead and Kyler Reed scored on consecutive series in the first half, but the Cornhuskers turned in an uninspired performance in a win over the Jackrabbits.
The Cornhuskers (4-0) are off to their best start since 2005, but backups who figured to get lots of playing time against the Jackrabbits of the FCS watched while most of Nebraska’s starters went the distance.
NO. 8 OKLAHOMA 31,
CINCINNATI – Landry Jones ran an Oklahoma offense moving so fast that Cincinnati couldn’t even line up at times, throwing for 370 yards and two touchdowns, and the eighth-ranked Sooners withstood a late Bearcats rally to stay unbeaten.
Oklahoma (4-0) did a little of everything behind its sophomore quarterback, who completed a career-high 36 passes in 51 attempts with one interception. Ryan Broyles had his seventh straight 100-yard receiving game.
Jones’ only interception helped Cincinnati (1-3) make a late charge. Zach Collaros followed with a 36-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Woods that cut it to 24-22 with 9:45 left.
NO. 9 FLORIDA 48,
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Trey Burton scored six touchdowns, breaking former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow’s school record, and the Gators beat the Wildcats for the 24th consecutive time.
Burton became the fourth player in Southeastern Conference history to score six times in a single game and first since Auburn’s Cadillac Williams in 2003.
Meyer became the sixth fastest coach in NCAA history to reach 100 career wins.
NO. 11 WISCONSIN 70,
AUSTIN PEAY 3
MADISON, Wis. – Freshman James White rushed for four touchdowns and Scott Tolzien threw for three more scores for Wisconsin.
The Badgers (4-0) rolled in their final warmup for conference play, scoring touchdowns on all seven of their first-half possessions to take a 49-3 lead. It was a modern-era record for the Badgers, whose previous high was 69 points in a victory over New Mexico State in 1962.
NO. 17 AUBURN 35,
NO. 12 S.CAROLINA 27
AUBURN, Ala. – Cam Newton rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns and passed for two more scores, leading the Tigers to another come-from-behind victory, this one against the Gamecocks.
The Tigers (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) overcame a double-digit halftime deficit for the second straight week after falling behind 20-7.
South Carolina (3-1, 1-1) twice drove into Auburn territory in the final minutes behind freshman backup Connor Shaw, but he was intercepted both times.
NO. 13 UTAH 56,
SAN JOSE ST. 3
SALT LAKE CITY – Jordan Wynn threw for two touchdowns in his first game since the season opener and eight different players scored for the Utes in a rout of the Spartans.
Wynn completed 14 of 18 passes for 124 yards before heading back to the sidelines after just one series in the third quarter with Utah (4-0) already running away with its 20th straight home win.
No. 14 Arizona 10, California 9
TUCSON, Ariz. – Nick Foles threw a 3-yard pass to Juron Criner with 1:11 to play for the game’s only touchdown and No. 14 Arizona escaped with a victory over California in their Pac-10 opener.
The score was set up by Foles’ 51-yard pass to Criner, who had been questionable for the game because of a turf toe injury. Criner fought off California’s Darian Hagan to catch the 51-yarder.
The winning seven-play, 77-yard drive came after California’s Giorgio Tavecchhio missed a 40-yard field goal try with 2:37 to play.
NO. 15 LSU 20,
NO. 22 West Virginia 14
BATON ROUGE, La. – Patrick Peterson returned a punt 60 yards for a score and blocked a field goal, and No. 15 LSU held on for a victory over 22nd-ranked West Virginia .
NO. 16 STANFORD 37, NOTRE DAME 14
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Owen Marecic scored on a run and interception return 13 seconds apart and Nate Whitaker kicked a career-high five field goals, making the Cardinal 4-0 for the first time since 1986.
It was just the third victory in South Bend for Stanford, and its first since 1992.
Notre Dame got only a field goal off three turnovers – including Andrew Luck’s first two interceptions of the year – as it dropped its seventh in eight games.
Whitaker kicked field goals of 24, 41, 36, 33 and 29 yards. Luck finished 19 of 32 for 238 yards and a score.
NO. 18 IOWA 45,
BALL STATE 0
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Ricky Stanzi threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns as the Hawkeyes bounced back from last week’s loss at Arizona.
Adam Robinson added 115 yards rushing and a pair of TDs for the Hawkeyes (3-1). Stanzi threw touchdown passes of 8 and 22 yards in the second quarter to put Iowa ahead 21-0 at halftime.
No. 20 USC 50, WSU 16
PULLMAN, Wash – Matt Barkley completed 16 of 25 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns as the Trojans looked like their old powerhouse selves.
Stanley Havili ran for 80 yards and caught five passes for 107 for USC (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10). Allen Bradford rushed for 84 yards for the Trojans.
NO. 21 MICHIGAN 65, BOWLING GREEN 21
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The only scare Michigan got on Saturday came from an injury to star quarterback Denard Robinson.
Robinson, who led Michigan to wins in his first three starts, twisted his left knee in the first quarter and didn’t return, though he is expected to play next week. He ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns on five carries and was 4 for 4 for 60 yards on two drives plus one play.
NO. 25 MSU 45,
N. COLORADO 7
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Kirk Cousins threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns, and Michigan State had no trouble winning without coach Mark Dantonio.