Top 25 roundup: Adrian Martinez helps K-State upset No. 6 Oklahoma
Adrian Martinez ran for 148 yards and four touchdowns to lead Kansas State to a 41-34 win over No. 6 Oklahoma on Saturday in Norman, Okla.
It was the Wildcats’ third win over the Sooners in their last four meetings.
Martinez and running back Deuce Vaughn gave Oklahoma fits from the start, then continued pouring it on in the second half. The Sooners (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) had allowed just 30 points combined in their first three games.
Martinez delivered the backbreaking run with less than three minutes remaining, breaking off a 55-yard run on third-and-16 to set up his touchdown run moments later to put the Wildcats ahead by two scores.
Martinez passed for a season-high 234 yards with a touchdown for the Wildcats (3-1, 1-0).
No. 1 Georgia 39, Kent State 22
Tight end Brock Bowers rushed for two touchdowns to fuel the top-ranked Bulldogs to a victory over the visiting Golden Flashes. Bowers scored on both his carries, including the first on a 75-yard sweep in the first quarter.
Georgia (4-0), which entered the game averaging 155.7 rushing yards per game, totaled a season-high 257 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Quarterback Stetson Bennett and Kendall Milton each ran for a score.
Georgia entered the game with the nation’s top-ranked defense after allowing just 10 points and only one touchdown in three games. But the Bulldogs committed three turnovers, which led to 10 points for the Golden Flashes (1-3) and kept the 45-point underdogs in the game until the fourth quarter.
No. 2 Alabama 55, Vanderbilt 3
Bryce Young threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters as the Crimson Tide dominated the Commodores in a Southeastern Conference rout in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
In outgaining Vanderbilt (3-2, 0-1) 628-129 and allowing just nine first downs, Alabama (4-0, 1-0) made a case to return to the top spot in the polls after No. 1 Georgia muddled through a 39-22 win earlier Saturday against Kent State.
AJ Swann completed 13 of 26 passes for 115 yards for the Commodores, who have already won more games than they did all of last year. But they were physically overmatched Saturday, allowing five sacks and managing just one third-down conversion in 13 attempts.
No. 3 Ohio State 52, Wisconsin 21
C.J. Stroud threw five touchdowns as the Buckeyes scored early and often to defeat the Badgers in the Big Ten opener for both teams in Columbus, Ohio.
Stroud was 17-for-27 for 281 yards and an interception with Emeka Egbuka making six catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Cade Stover added four receptions for 51 yards and two TDs as well. The Buckeyes (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten, who scored 11 touchdowns on their first 12 possessions the previous game against Toledo, had four TDs and a field goal the first five times they had the ball to take a 31-7 halftime lead.
Graham Mertz passed for 94 yards with a TD and an interception for Wisconsin (2-2, 0-1), completing 11 of 20 passes, while Braelon Allen ran for 165 yards, including one 75-yard touchdown carry to make it 52-21 halfway through the fourth quarter.
No. 4 Michigan 34, Maryland 27
Blake Corum carried 30 times for 243 yards and two touchdowns as the Wolverines withstood a challenge from the Terrapins, winning in Ann Arbor, Mich., in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
J.J. McCarthy completed 18 of 26 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns as Michigan (4-0, 1-0) subdued Maryland (3-1, 0-1), which is 0-27 against ranked conference foes since joining the Big Ten in 2014.
Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa completed 20 of 30 passes for 207 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, but struggled after sustaining a blind-side hit from Michael Morris in the third quarter. Tagovailoa was replaced in the fourth quarter by Billy Edwards Jr.
No. 5 Clemson 51, No. 21 Wake Forest 45 (2OT)
DJ Uiagalelei passed for 371 yards and a career-best five touchdown passes as the Tigers fought off an upset bid against the Demon Deacons at Winston-Salem, N.C.
Uiagalelei’s 21-yard scoring pass to Davis Allen on the second possession of overtime was the decisive score for Clemson (4-0, 2-0 ACC). Allen caught two scoring passes for the Tigers, while Beaux Collins, Jake Briningstool and Brannon Spector had one apiece. Will Shipley rushed for 104 yards and one touchdown.
Wake Forest star Sam Hartman threw a school-record six touchdown passes but couldn’t prevent Wake Forest (3-1, 0-1) from losing to Clemson for the 14th consecutive time. Hartman passed for 337 yards to raise his career total to 10,228, sixth-most in ACC history, leaping over four former players — including ex-Tigers Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence.
No. 7 USC 17, Oregon State 14
Caleb Williams’ late touchdown pass to Jordan Addison and four interceptions made the difference as the Trojans escaped with a win over the Beavers in Corvallis, Ore.
The Trojans trailed 14-10 following an 18-yard Jam Griffin touchdown run, set up after the Oregon State defense forced a punt from deep in the USC end zone. The Beavers quickly capitalized on short field position for the score and appeared poised for a game-winning defensive stand on the ensuing possession.
The Beavers limited Williams — who came into Saturday completing more than 74 percent of his pass attempts for the season — to 16-of-36 passing for 180 yards. Oregon State struck first with Deshaun Fenwick’s 4-yard touchdown carry in the second quarter, then nursed the narrow advantage with an outstanding defensive effort.
No. 8 Kentucky 31, Northern Illinois 23
Will Levis threw four touchdown passes, one in each quarter, as the host Wildcats pulled away from the upset-minded Huskies for a victory in Lexington, Ky.
Levis completed 18 of 26 passes for 303 yards without a turnover. He had two touchdown passes to Tayvion Robinson and two to Barion Brown as Kentucky (4-0) tuned up for a Southeastern Conference clash next week at No. 16 Mississippi. Robinson hauled in seven passes for 147 yards, while highly touted freshman Brown added four receptions for 102 yards. Kavosiey Smoke added 85 yards on 12 carries.
In his second career start, Ethan Hampton completed 13 of 25 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown for the Huskies (1-3).
No. 11 Tennessee 38, No. 20 Florida 33
Hendon Hooker threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another to lift the Volunteers to a victory over the Gators in Knoxville, Tenn.
Hooker completed 22 of 28 passes for 349 yards and rushed for 112 yards to fuel the Volunteers (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference), who nearly squandered an 11-point lead in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.
Anthony Richardson connected on a 3-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Pearsall to trim Tennessee’s lead to 38-33 with 17 seconds left. The two-point conversion attempt failed, however Florida recovered the ensuing onside kick. Richardson, who threw for 453 yards and had four total touchdowns (two passing, two rushing), saw his bid for a last-gasp TD pass sail into the arms of the Volunteers’ Kamal Hadden to end the game.
No. 12 North Carolina State 41, Connecticut 10
Devin Leary threw four touchdown passes and the Wolfpack geared up for a showdown by rolling past the visiting Huskies in Raleigh, N.C.
North Carolina State (4-0) finished nonconference play and opens its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule next Saturday at unbeaten Clemson. Leary completed 32 of 44 passes for 320 yards with one interception in slightly more than three quarters of action. Thayer Thomas made five catches for 115 yards.
Connecticut’s (1-4) points came on Noe Ruelas’ 28-yard field goal on the last play of the first half and on Victor Rosa’s 11-yard run with 2:08 remaining.
No. 13 Utah 34, Arizona State 13
The Utes held the host Sun Devils to six yards rushing in their first game since the firing of head coach Herm Edwards to cruise to a victory in Tempe, Ariz.
Utah (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. Tavion Thomas was Utah’s leading rusher with 60 yards on 11 carries.
Utah held ASU (1-3, 0-1) to 267 yards of total offense. Arizona State’s Xazavian Valladay, who had more than 100 yards rushing in each of the first three games of the season, finished with only 30 on eight carries.
No. 14 Penn State 33, Central Michigan 14
Sean Clifford went 22-of-34 passing for 217 yards and accounted for four total touchdowns to lead the Nittany Lions to a home win over the Chippewas in University Park, Pa.
Clifford threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, while Kaytron Allen rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries for Penn State (4-0).
Daniel Richardson was 26-of-45 passing for 235 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in defeat for Central Michigan (1-3), which committed four turnovers and had two touchdowns called back because of penalties. Central Michigan gained 363 yards to 403 for Penn State but was hampered by eight penalties for 80 yards.
No. 15 Oregon 44, Washington State 41
Bo Nix threw for 428 yards and three touchdowns as the Ducks rallied for a victory against the host Cougars in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams in Pullman, Wash.
Oregon (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) scored 29 fourth-quarter points — including 22 in a late span of 2:47 — to take its first lead. The Ducks trailed 34-22 when Nix, who finished 33-of-44 passing, threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cam McCormick with 3:48 left.
Oregon’s defense held WSU (3-1, 0-1) to a three-and-out and Nix hit Troy Franklin on a 50-yard scoring strike with 1:21 left to give Oregon a 37-34 advantage.
No. 16 Ole Miss 35, Tulsa 27
Quinshon Judkins and Jaxson Dart both eclipsed 100 yards rushing, and the Rebels knocked out the nation’s top passer in their win over the visiting Golden Hurricane.
Judkins went for a game-high 140 yards on 27 carries and found the end zone twice as the Rebels (4-0) totaled 308 yards on the ground on 51 attempts.
Davis Brin — the nation’s leading passer at 402 yards per game — went 7-for-13 for 112 yards and a touchdown for Tulsa (2-2), adding another one rushing, before leaving the game with an injury in the first half.
No. 17 Baylor 31, Iowa State 24
The visiting Bears surged to a 17-point lead, then held off a late Cyclones rally for a win in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams in Ames, Iowa.
Baylor (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) was led by Blake Shapen, who produced 19-of-26 passing for 238 yards with three touchdowns spread to three different receivers. The victory marked the Bears’ first at Iowa State since 2016.
Iowa State quarterback Hunter Dekkers finished 23-for-36 for 284 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Jaylin Noel caught seven passes for a game-high 120 yards and a score for the Cyclones (3-1, 0-1).
No. 18 Washington 40, Stanford 22
Quarterback Michael Penix Jr., wide receiver Rome Odunze and running back Wayne Taulapapa had big games for the Huskies in their win over the visiting Cardinal in Seattle.
Penix completed 22 of 37 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. Odunze had eight catches for 161 yards with a touchdown, and Taulapapa had 13 carries for 120 yards, including a touchdown run. The Huskies (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) totaled 478 yards of offense. They have scored at least 39 points in each of their first four games this season.
Washington sacked Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee eight times, the most for the Huskies in a game since the 2017 season. Stanford (1-2, 0-2) scored a late touchdown to make it a more respectable final score. McKee finished 17 for 26 for 286 yards, with three touchdown passes and an interception.
No. 19 BYU 38, Wyoming 24
Jaren Hall threw for 337 yards and four touchdowns as the Cougars pulled away in the second half for a win over the visiting Cowboys in Provo, Utah.
BYU (3-1) finished with 525 total yards, more than enough to overcome 11 penalties for 109 yards. Hall hit on 26 of 32 passes, including a 68-yard bomb to Keanu Hill with 5:31 left that gave the Cougars a 35-17 lead. Hill caught five passes for 160 yards and two scores, while Miles Davis added 131 yards on 13 rushes. BYU converted 7 of 13 third downs.
Andrew Peasley completed 14 of 27 passes for 154 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Cowboys (3-2), who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Texas Tech 37, No. 22 Texas 34 (OT)
Trey Wolff kicked a 20-yard game-winning field goal as the Red Raiders outlasted and upset the visiting Longhorns in overtime in a wild Big 12 Conference opener for both teams in Lubbock, Texas.
The Red Raiders (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) beat Texas at home for the first time since 2008 by eschewing punts and short field goals. They converted 6 of 8 fourth-down attempts, including a fourth-and-3 from midfield late in the fourth. Donovan Smith passed for 331 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another for Texas Tech.
Bijan Robinson rushed for 101 yards and two TDs, and quarterback Hudson Card passed for 277 yards and two TDs for Texas (2-2, 0-1).
No. 23 Texas A&M 23, No. 10 Arkansas 21
Devon Achane rushed for a career-best 159 yards and a touchdown and Demani Richardson notched a momentum-changing defensive score as the Aggies recorded a victory over the Razorbacks in Southeastern Conference play at Arlington, Texas.
Arkansas had a chance to take the lead, but Cam Little’s 42-yard field-goal attempt hit the top of the right upright and floated down unsuccessfully into the end zone with 1:30 left to play.
Max Johnson passed for 151 yards and one touchdown for the Aggies (3-1, 1-0 SEC), who beat the Razorbacks for the 10th time in the past 11 meetings. K.J. Jefferson passed for 171 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 105 yards and one score for the Razorbacks (3-1, 1-1).
No. 24 Pittsburgh 45, Rhode Island 24
Israel Abanikanda rushed for 177 yards and four touchdowns as the Panthers beat the visiting Rams.
The Panthers (3-1) totaled 460 yards of total offense, and M.J. Devonshire returned a punt for a touchdown. Abanikanda’s afternoon included a 67-yard touchdown run.
The Rams (2-2) kept in contention through the first half, led by 223 passing yards from quarterback Kasim Hill. He averaged 13.1 yards per completion.
Middle Tennessee 45, No. 25 Miami 31
Chase Cunningham passed for 408 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score as the visiting Blue Raiders upset the Hurricanes.
MTSU’s DJ England-Chisolm caught two passes for 169 yards and two scores. Jaylin Lane had four catches for 130 yards, and Elijah Metcalf had one catch for a 69-yard score. MTSU (3-1) knocked off an Atlantic Coast Conference team for the first since beating Syracuse in 2017.
Miami (2-2) turned the ball over on its first three possessions, falling behind 24-3 in the second quarter. All three turnovers occurred deep in Miami territory. The Canes finally scored a touchdown on a 6-yard near-lateral pass to Henry Parrish Jr. with 1:20 left in the second quarter, cutting the Canes’ deficit to 24-10.
–Field Level Media