TOP 25: Top-ranked Tigers cruise
BATON ROUGE, La. – Spencer Ware rushed for 109 yards and two scores and each of LSU’s quarterbacks passed for touchdowns in the 41-17 win over No. 17 Florida.
Jarrett Lee gave the No. 1 Tigers (6-0, 3-0 SEC) the lead for good on their second offensive play, hitting Rueben Randle deep over the middle for a 46-yard touchdown. Jordan Jefferson used a jump pass to Mitch Joseph for another score.
LSU’s fast, fierce defense was too much for Florida (4-2, 2-2), which started freshman Jacoby Brissett at quarterback because of injuries to senior John Brantley and freshman Jeff Driskel.
Brissett was intercepted twice on deep throws, once each by safety Brandon Taylor and star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu.
No. 2 Alabama 34, Vanderbilt 0
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – AJ McCarron passed for career-highs of 237 yards and four touchdowns for Alabama.
Trent Richardson rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown in his fifth straight 100-yard effort for the Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference).
No. 3 Oklahoma 55, No. 11 Texas 17
DALLAS – Landry Jones threw for 367 yards a three touchdowns, Dominique Whaley ran 64 yards for another touchdown and the Oklahoma defense scored three more touchdowns.
Having slipped from first to second to third over successive weeks, Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) stomped its top rival almost as easily as it did lowly Ball State the previous week. The Sooners wound up with their most lopsided win in this series since 2003, when they won by a series-record 52 points.
The Longhorns (4-1, 1-1) couldn’t get anything going on offense. Their only touchdowns came on a kickoff return late in the first half, and a pass in the final minutes when they were down by 45.
No. 7 Stanford 48, Colorado 7
STANFORD, Calif. – Andrew Luck threw for a season-high 370 yards and three touchdowns, and Stanford stayed perfect.
With former Stanford standouts Tiger Woods and John Elway joining the crush of NFL scouts on the sidelines, Luck completed 26 of 33 passes with a rare interception to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 13 games. Max Bergen blocked a field goal and returned it for a score and Ryan Hewitt caught two touchdown passes to help the Cardinal (5-0, 3-0) cruise past another opponent.
No. 8 Clemson 36, Boston College 14
CLEMSON, S.C. – Tajh Boyd threw for a touchdown and ran for another before leaving with a hip injury.
The severity of Boyd’s injury was unknown. He came in leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in total offense and has been the catalyst for the Tigers’ first 6-0 start in 11 years.
Clemson (3-0 ACC) got five field goals from Chandler Catanzaro and 117 yards and a touchdown from tailback Andre Ellington to put away Boston College (1-5, 0-3).
No. 6 Oklahoma State 70, Kansas 28
STILLWATER, Okla. – Brandon Weeden threw for 288 yards and five touchdowns playing less than a half and Oklahoma State had its highest scoring game since 1970.
Jamie Blatnick recovered a fumble and leaped to tip an interception to himself for two of the Cowboys’ four first-half takeaways, and Oklahoma State (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) scored touchdowns on all eight of its possessions before halftime against the nation’s worst defense.
No. 10 Arkansas 38, Auburn 14
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Tyler Wilson threw for 262 yards, completing 19 straight passes at one point for Arkansas.
Wilson, who set a school record with 510 passing yards in a win over Texas A&M last week, ended the first half against the Tigers by completing 18 straight passes. That included a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jarius Wright in the second quarter that gave the Razorbacks (5-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) their first lead at 21-14.
No. 13 Georgia Tech 21, Maryland 16
ATLANTA – Tevin Washington ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns and Georgia Tech’s least impressive offensive showing of the season was enough.
Georgia Tech led 21-3 before holding off the Terrapins’ fourth-quarter comeback.
Georgia Tech (6-0 overall, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) matched its wins total from 2010, when it finished 6-7. The Yellow Jackets averaged almost 52 points in their first five wins and began the day ranked first in the nation in rushing and second in scoring.
No. 16 West Virginia 43, Connecticut 16
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Geno Smith threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns and West Virginia navigated through another slow start to win its Big East opener.
West Virginia (5-1, 1-0) struggled to a 10-9 halftime lead before erupting for 23 points in a 7:35 span of the third quarter to take control.
No. 18 S. Carolina 54, Kentucky 3
COLUMBIA, S.C. – New starting quarterback Connor Shaw threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns for South Carolina.
Shaw, a sophomore who took over as starter this week from fifth-year senior Stephen Garcia, completed 26 of 39 passes and had no interceptions.
The Gamecocks (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) gained 639 yards in their biggest win in an SEC game since joining the league in 1992.
No. 19 Illinois 41, Indiana 20
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Nathan Scheelhaase and A.J. Jenkins hooked up on two long TD passes to lead the Illini.
Illinois (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) is off to its best start since the 1951 team was 7-0.
Indiana (1-5, 0-2) lost its third in a row, still has not beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision team this season and has lost 13 consecutive games against Top 25 teams since a 31-28 victory over then No. 13 Iowa on Oct. 14, 2006.
No. 20 Kansas State 24, Missouri 17
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Collin Klein ran for three touchdowns and the Wildcats, who nearly blew a big second-half lead, improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2000.
Klein finished with 157 yards of total offense and John Hubert added 126 yards on the ground for the Wildcats, who had lost the last five matchups between the Big 12 rivals.
No. 21 Virginia Tech 38, Miami 35
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Logan Thomas ran 19 yards for a touchdown with 56 seconds to play, capping a wild fourth quarter for Virginia Tech.
The Hokies (5-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) rescued their chances of contending in the Coastal Division with the dramatic rally, and may have killed the hopes for Miami (2-3, 0-2).
No. 22 Arizona State 35, Utah 14
SALT LAKE CITY – Brock Osweiler passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns and Arizona State forced five turnovers.
Jon Hays threw three interceptions in his first major-college start for the Utes (2-3, 0-3 Pac-12).
Osweiler had the third 300-yard game of his career to lead the Sun Devils (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12).
Wake Forest 35, No. 23 Florida State 30
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Tanner Price threw three touchdown passes, Josh Harris rushed for 136 yards and Wake Forest beat Florida State.
Price was 21 of 35 for 233 yards with touchdowns covering 22 yards to Chris Givens, 2 yards to Tommy Bohanon and 8 yards to Terence Davis to give the Demon Deacons (4-1, 3-0) their best start to ACC play in school history.
Wake Forest – a 10-point underdog – trailed for only about five minutes of the first half, led the entire second half and rolled up 391 yards against one of the ACC’s toughest defenses. Florida State (2-3, 0-2) entered giving up just 257 total yards per game.
No. 24 Texas A&M 45, Texas Tech 40
LUBBOCK, Texas – Ryan Tannehill ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead Texas A&M.
After leading by double-digits at halftime and losing the last two weeks, Texas A&M finally put together four quarters, despite being outscored 20-14 in the second half.
The Aggies (3-2, 1-1) ran for 205 yards on 46 carries.
No. 25 Baylor 49, Iowa State 26
WACO, Texas – Robert Griffin ran for a season-high 107 yards and Terrance Ganaway rushed for a career-high 200 yards for Baylor.
Tevin Elliott returned a fumble 86 yards for a touchdown for the Bears (4-1, 1-1 Big 12), who bounced back from a 36-35 loss last weekend to No. 20 Kansas State.