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Top 25: No. 1 LSU rolls; Alabama tops Florida

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No. 1 LSU 35, Kentucky 7

BATON ROUGE, La. – Jordan Jefferson scored on his first play back from suspension and cornerback Tyrann Mathieu scored after setting an LSU record for career forced fumbles.

Jefferson was reinstated this week after a grand jury reduced his charges in connection with a bar fight to a misdemeanor. Jarrett Lee remained the starter at quarterback.

LSU coach Les Miles inserted Jefferson on an early fourth-and-goal, and Jefferson dove over the goal line to give the Tigers (5-0, 2-0 SEC) a 7-0 lead. Lee later hit Odell Beckham Jr. for a 51-yard score, their second TD connection of more than 50 yards in two games.

Kentucky (2-3, 0-2) did not threaten to score until LSU led 35-0.

No. 2 Oklahoma 62, Ball State 6

NORMAN, Okla. – Landry Jones threw for 425 yards and five touchdowns, Tony Jefferson fueled a second-quarter scoring surge with three interceptions and Oklahoma geared up for Texas.

Jones had touchdown passes of 64 yards to Ryan Broyles and 56 yards to Jaz Reynolds a minute apart in the third quarter during the second high-volume scoring stretch for the Sooners (4-0).

No. 3 Alabama 38,

No. 12 Florida 10

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 3 Alabama showed it can run and stop the run better than 12th-ranked Florida, maybe better than anyone in the country.

Trent Richardson had 181 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

With Richardson leading the way, the Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 SEC) extended its recent dominance in the series. Alabama has outscored Florida (4-1, 2-1) 101-29 in the last three meetings, all wins.

No. 7 Wisconsin 48,

No. 8 Nebraska 17

MADISON, Wis. – Russell Wilson gave Nebraska a harsh welcome to the Big Ten, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another in No. 7 Wisconsin’s rout of the eighth-ranked Cornhuskers on Saturday night.

Montee Ball ran for 151 yards and four touchdowns for the Badgers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten). But Wilson was the main attraction for a prime-time television audience as Wisconsin overcame a slow start to solidify its status as the class of the conference.

Taylor Martinez threw three interceptions for the Huskers (4-1, 0-1), who showed they weren’t quite ready for the best of the Big Ten.

Auburn 16,

No. 10 South Carolina 13

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Barrett Trotter threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Lutzenkirchen with 1:38 left to lift Auburn.

The Tigers (4-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) had struggled to move the ball against South Carolina’s defense. Trotter had thrown two interceptions and was sacked four times by the Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1). But down 13-9, Barrett led Auburn on a 12-play, 57-yard drive that ended with a pass to wide open Lutzenkirchen in front of the goal line.

No. 13 Clemson 23,

No. 11 Virginia Tech 3

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Logan Thomas was eager to show his skills on a big stage.

Instead, No. 13 Clemson never let him get comfortable. Thomas committed two turnovers and made countless drive-stalling mistakes as No. 11 Virginia Tech lost 23-3 to the Tigers on Saturday night.

“They kept me on my toes, didn’t give me a chance to get a good feel for the game,” Thomas said after completing 15 of 27 passes for 125 yards with an interception.

Clemson (5-0, 2-0) became the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to beat ranked teams three weeks in a row, and ended the Hokies’ 12-game ACC winning streak.

No. 17 Texas 37, Iowa State 14

AMES, Iowa – Freshman David Ash threw for 145 yards and his first two career touchdown passes and Texas won its Big 12 opener.

Jaxon Shipley added 141 yards receiving and a TD for the Longhorns (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), who raced out to a 34-0 halftime lead to beat the previously-unbeaten Cyclones (3-1, 0-1).

No. 18 Arkansas 42,

No. 14 Texas A&M 38

ARLINGTON, Texas – Tyler Wilson and Jarius Wright shattered school records for passing and receiving, and Broderick Green ran 3 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:41 left as Arkansas gave Texas A&M a preview of what it can expect from the SEC.

The Razorbacks (5-1) trailed by 18 at halftime, and hadn’t led before Green squeezed through the left side of the line.

Kansas State 36, No. 15 Baylor 35

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Robert Griffin III threw his first interception at exactly the wrong time.

Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown picked off Baylor’s star quarterback in the closing minutes Saturday, setting up Anthony Cantele’s 31-yard field goal that sent the Wildcats to a stunning 36-35 win over the No. 15 Bears (3-1).

Collin Klein threw for 146 yards and two touchdowns and added 113 yards and another score for the Wildcats (4-0), who won their third straight Big 12 opener – this one in dramatic fashion.

No. 19 Michigan 58, Minnesota 0

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for a TD to lead Michigan to its most lopsided win since 2000.

Vincent Smith scored on a run, pass and catch to help Michigan (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) lead 38-0 at halftime.

SMU 40, No. 20 TCU 33, OT

FORT WORTH, Texas – J.J. McDermott threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Johnson in overtime and SMU recovered from a fourth-quarter comeback for an upset.

The loss ended a school-record 22-game home winning streak for the Horned Frogs (3-2).

SMU (4-1) coughed up a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter before McDermott hit Johnson on a deep out route in the end zone for his fourth scoring toss of the game.

No. 21 Georgia Tech 45,

North Carolina State 35

RALEIGH, N.C. – Orwin Smith rushed for three touchdowns and Georgia Tech extend its best start in more than 20 years.

Smith finished with 74 yards and scored on runs of 13, 9 and 3 yards to help the Yellow Jackets (5-0, 2-0 ACC) open with five wins for the first time since their national championship season in 1990.

No. 22 West Virginia 55,

Bowling Green 10

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Freshman Dustin Garrison rushed for 291 yards and two touchdowns to lead West Virginia.

West Virginia’s Geno Smith

continued his solid season by throwing for three scores. But for the first time, the Mountaineers (4-1) found balance in their offense.

No. 24 Illinois 38, Northwestern 35

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase scored a 1-yard touchdown with 13 seconds left to lead Illinois to a comeback win.

The sophomore threw for a career-high 391 yards and three touchdowns for the Illini (5-0, 1-0). All three TD passes went to A.J. Jenkins, who had 12 catches for a school-record 268 yards.

Scheelhaase had to engineer two comebacks to pull out the win over the Wildcats (2-2, 0-1).

No. 24 Illinois 38, Northwestern 35

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase scored a 1-yard touchdown with 13 seconds left to lead Illinois to a comeback win.

The sophomore threw for a career-high 391 yards and three touchdowns for the Illini (5-0, 1-0). All three TD passes went to A.J. Jenkins, who had 12 catches for a school-record 268 yards.

Scheelhaase had to engineer two comebacks to pull out the win over the Wildcats (2-2, 0-1).

No. 6 Stanford 45, UCLA 19

STANFORD, Calif. – Andrew Luck threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns and padded his Heisman Trophy resume with an acrobatic one-handed catch, keeping Stanford perfect with a victory over UCLA.

Luck completed 23 of 27 passes and had the Cardinal (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) in cruise control to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 12 games. Stepfan Taylor ran for 112 yards and two scores and Coby Fleener caught two touchdown passes in front of a rare sellout crowd of 50,360 at Stanford Stadium.

No. 25 Arizona St. 35,

Oregon State 20

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Sun Devils used a 21-point second quarter to erase a 13-point Oregon State lead en route to the win.

Each team had four turnovers but the Beavers 126 penalty yards didn’t help.

Arizona State (4-1, 2-0) plays Utah next weekend.