Top 25 roundup: NC State stuns No. 9 Clemson in 2OT
Devin Leary passed for 238 yards and four touchdowns, including one in each overtime, as North Carolina State defeated No. 9 Clemson 27-21 Saturday night at Raleigh, N.C.
It was the Wolfpack’s first victory against Clemson since 2011, snapping an eight-game losing streak in the series that had seen Clemson win 15 of the previous 16 meetings.
After Clemson (2-2, 1-1 ACC) scored first in overtime on a 9-yard pass from quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei to Justyn Ross, Leary tied it up with a 2-yard touchdown toss to Thayer Thomas, then won it by connecting with a diving Devin Carter for a 22-yard touchdown in the right corner of the end zone.
NC State’s defense then quieted the Tigers on four consecutive downs to clinch the victory. The Wolfpack (3-1, 1-0) held the Tigers to 214 total yards while NC State’s offense racked up 386 against a Clemson defense that had held each of its first three opponents this season without an offensive touchdown.
No. 1 Alabama 63, Southern Mississippi 14
Jameson Williams returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, leading the top-ranked Crimson Tide to a dominant win over the visiting Golden Eagles (1-3) in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Williams opened the game with a 100-yard return, then broke free for an 83-yard touchdown return early in the fourth quarter. He added an 81-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.
Bryce Young completed 20 of 22 passes for 313 yards, with five touchdowns and an interception. Tight end Cameron Latu caught two touchdown passes, and running backs Roydell Williams and Jase McClellan combined for 207 rushing yards for Alabama (4-0). The Crimson Tide gained 608 yards of total offense.
No. 2 Georgia 62, Vanderbilt 0
Tight end Brock Bowers scored three touchdowns and Ladd McConkey added two, and the Bulldogs delivered a dominating defensive performance to rout the host Commodores in Nashville, Tenn.
Bowers, a true freshman, finished with four receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns. He added a 12-yard scoring run. McConkey caught four passes for 62 yards and a score to go along with a 24-yard touchdown run for Georgia (4-0, 2-0 SEC).
The Commodores (1-3, 0-1) finished with just four first downs and 77 total yards. Georgia rolled up 524, including 326 during a first half in which it scored five touchdowns and a field goal. Georgia quarterback JT Daniels was 9-for-10 for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 3 Oregon 41, Arizona 19
Anthony Brown threw for three touchdowns, and a big-play defense rescued the Ducks by making five interceptions to help subdue the winless Wildcats in Eugene, Ore.
Brown completed 10 of 21 passes for 206 yards for Oregon (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12), which was in trouble entering the fourth quarter. Arizona (0-4, 0-1) — which has now lost an FBS-high 16 consecutive games — trailed just 24-19 after three periods.
But Oregon began to respond in the fourth quarter with a 43-yard field goal from Camden Lewis with 13:37 to go. After the Ducks forced their first three-and-out of the night, Oregon drove 59 yards, capped by an 18-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Webb for a 34-19 lead with 8:26 left.
No. 4 Oklahoma 16, West Virginia 13
Gabe Brkic hit a 30-yard field goal as time expired to lead the Sooners over the Mountaineers at Norman, Okla., despite the Oklahoma offense struggling most of the night.
But the Sooners came up big in the final four minutes, driving from their own 8 to the West Virginia 12 to set up Brkic’s game-winner.
The Sooners (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) managed just 313 yards of total offense, their third-lowest total since Lincoln Riley arrived as offensive coordinator in 2015. OU managed just 57 yards on the ground. But the offense for West Virginia (2-2. 0-1) struggled as well, finishing with just 226 yards, 47 on the ground.
No. 5 Iowa 24, Colorado State 14
Spencer Petras threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Hawkeyes recovered from a halftime deficit to beat the Rams in Iowa City as Keagan Johnson and Sam LaPorta each had a scoring catch.
Iowa (4-0), was favored by more than three scores after beating two ranked foes (No. 17 Indiana, No. 9 Iowa State) in their first two games and trouncing Kent State in last week’s contest.
But things did not come easy for Iowa, which barely outgained Colorado State (278-262) and lost the time of possession battle, 31:18 to 28:41. The Rams (1-3) converted nearly half of their third-down opportunities (11 of 23), while the Hawkeyes managed to convert only four of their 13 chances on third down. Petras finished 15 of 23 for 224 yards, while Tyler Goodson rushed 18 times for a game-high 57 yards.
No. 6 Penn State 38, Villanova 17
Sean Clifford threw the first of his four touchdowns on the opening play from scrimmage, Parker Washington caught two scores and the Nittany Lions defeated the visiting Wildcats in University Park, Pa.
In their first meeting with the FCS Wildcats (3-1) since 1951 — a Villanova victory — the Nittany Lions (4-0) saw Clifford connect on 19 of 26 passes for a career-high 401 yards with one interception.
Washington caught five passes for a game-high 148 yards, and Jahan Dotson caught seven passes for 117 yards and scored in his sixth consecutive game. Penn State, which piled up 509 yards of offense, improved to 6-3-1 in the all-time series and was victorious for the 19th consecutive time against schools from Pennsylvania.
No. 16 Arkansas 20, No. 7 Texas A&M 10
The host Razorbacks showed they are a heavyweight in the SEC, earning a convincing victory over the Aggies in Arlington, Texas. The Razorbacks beat the Aggies for the first time in their last 10 meetings, dating to 2012, when Texas A&M first became a member of the SEC.
The Razorbacks improved to 42-32-3 all-time against Texas A&M.
Arkansas quarterback K.J. Jefferson once again led an explosive Arkansas offense, completing 7-of-15 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Jefferson added another 50 yards on the ground.
No. 10 Ohio State 59, Akron 7
The Buckeyes spotted the Zips an early lead before freshman quarterback Kyle McCord, in his first collegiate action, helped fuel a rout in Columbus.
Akron (1-3) led 7-0 before the Buckeyes (3-1) took a 38-7 halftime lead on two McCord touchdown passes, a pair of rushing touchdowns by TreVeyon Henderson and a 46-yard pick-six by Ronnie Hickman.
McCord was 13-of-18 for 319 yards with the two touchdowns and an interception before being replaced midway through the third quarter. McCord was the fourth true freshman to start at quarterback for Ohio State. Along with running back Henderson (93 yards on eight carries), it was the first time Ohio State started two true freshmen in the backfield.
No. 11 Florida 38, Tennessee 14
Emory Jones threw for 209 yards and ran for 144 as the Gators pulled away from the Volunteers in the second half for a win in Gainesville, Fla.
Jones completed 21 of 27 passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions, marking the first time in four games that he hadn’t tossed a pick. Jones threw five in his first three games. In this one, he spearheaded a balanced effort by the Gators (3-1, 1-0 SEC), who finished with 505 total yards.
Volunteers quarterback Hendon Hooker hit 13 of 23 passes for 221 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions before leaving with just under nine minutes left in the game with an undisclosed injury. Tennessee fell to (2-2, 0-1).
No. 12 Notre Dame 41, No. 18 Wisconsin 13
Kevin Austin Jr. had a pair of touchdown receptions, Chris Tyree scored on a 96-yard kickoff return, and the Fighting Irish relied on 31 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to storm to a big win over the Badgers in Chicago.
It was a historic afternoon for Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, who surpassed Knute Rockne as the winningest coach in program history with his 106th victory.
Jack Coan, who transferred from Wisconsin (1-2), got the better of his former team by completing 15 of 29 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown for Notre Dame (4-0). Coan left in the second half with an apparent leg injury and was replaced by Drew Pyne, who completed 6 of 8 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.
Baylor 31, No. 14 Iowa State 29
Gerry Bohanon passed for 164 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third score, and Trestan Ebner scored on a 98-yard kickoff return as the Bears did just enough to beat the visiting Cyclones in Waco, Texas, in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.
It was Baylor’s first win over a ranked team since 2015 and first at home since 2014. Bohanon ran for an 8-yard touchdown, and his scoring tosses were a 21-yarder to Tyquan Thornton and a 33-yard strike to tight end Ben Sims, both in the second quarter. Bohanon ended up hitting on 14 of his 19 throws for the surprising Bears (4-0, 1-0 Big 12).
Breece Hall racked up 190 yards and two touchdowns, both 2-yard runs, on 27 carries for Iowa State (2-2, 0-1), in the process becoming the Cyclones’ leader in career TDs with 39.
No. 15 BYU 35, South Florida 27
Baylor Romney passed for 305 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cougars past the Bulls in Provo, Utah.
Romney completed 20 of 25 passes while starting in place of Jaren Hall (ribs). One of his scoring passes went to younger brother Gunner, who had five receptions for 119 yards.
Tyler Allgeier rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, and Neil Pau’u and Masen Wake also caught scoring passes for the Cougars (4-0). Jaren Mangham rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries, and Xavier Weaver scored on an end-around for South Florida (1-3).
No. 17 Coastal Carolina 53, UMass 3
Grayson McCall threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Chanticleers blew past the Minutemen in Conway, S.C.
Six different Coastal Carolina players scored touchdowns in the rout that saw the Chanticleers take the lead four minutes into the game. Tyson Mobley scored a pair of touchdowns for Coastal Carolina. Braydon Bennett was the top rusher for the Chanticleers, picking up 83 yards on eight carries and scoring a touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the second half.
It was the final nonconference tuneup for Coastal Carolina (4-0) before beginning Sun Belt Conference play. The Chanticleers have won all three of their home games by a double-digit margin. UMass fell to 0-4.
No. 19 Michigan 20, Rutgers 13
Hassan Haskins scored two first-half rushing touchdowns and the Wolverines held off the Scarlet Knights in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Blake Corum had 68 rushing yards and Haskins added 41 for the Wolverines (4-0, 1-0) in their conference opener. Cade McNamara completed 9-of-16 passes for 163 yards for Michigan, which was held scoreless in the second half after grabbing a 20-3 lead at the break.
The Wolverines opened with a methodical 17-play, 74-yard drive that took 7:36 off the clock in the first quarter. Haskins finished it off with a 1-yard run. Three more scoring drives in the first half provided all the points Michigan would need. Rutgers fell to 3-1 and 0-1.
No. 20 Michigan State 23, Nebraska 20 (OT)
Matt Coghlin kicked a 21-yard field goal in overtime to give the Spartans a win over the Cornhuskers at East Lansing, Mich.
Nebraska (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) had the ball first in overtime, but Michigan State cornerback Chester Kimbrough intercepted a pass from Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez to give the Spartans the ball. Running back Kenneth Walker ran the ball down to the 2-yard line, and then two plays later, Coghlin came on for his winning kick.
Michigan State (4-0, 2-0) pulled even at 20-20 with 3:47 left on a 62-yard punt return for a touchdown by Jayden Reed, who also scored the first touchdown of the game on a 35-yard pass from Payton Thorne.
Georgia Tech 45, No. 21 North Carolina 22
Reserve quarterback Jeff Sims ran for three touchdowns and passed for another as the Yellow Jackets knocked off the Tar Heels in Atlanta.
Georgia Tech (2-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which flirted with an upset a week earlier at Clemson, produced its first signature victory under third-year coach Geoff Collins. Sims gained 128 yards on 10 carries as part of Georgia Tech’s 261-yard rushing attack. He capped it with a 50-yard touchdown run.
North Carolina (2-2, 1-2) has lost both its road games, this time despite Sam Howell’s 306 yards on 25-for-39 passing for two touchdowns. He lost fumbles three times.
No. 23 Auburn 34, Georgia State 24
T.J. Finley threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Shedrick Jackson with 45 seconds remaining and the Tigers rallied past the Panthers at Auburn, Ala.
Finley was nearly tackled for a loss, but escaped, stepped up and found Jackson in the end zone for Auburn’s (3-1) only offensive touchdown of the day to cap a 13-play, 98-yard drive.
Georgia State (1-3), which led 24-12 at halftime, had one last chance, but Smoke Monday intercepted Darren Grainger and returned it 36 yards to ice it. Finley, who replaced starter Bo Nix in the third quarter, completed five-of-nine passes for 64 yards on the final drive and ran for 16 more.
No. 24 UCLA 35, Stanford 24
The Bruins’ Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Philips one play after the Cardinal had rallied into a fourth-quarter tie.
Thompson-Robinson, who played through a right shoulder injury much of the game, also rushed for two scores. He threw a game-clinching, 5-yard touchdown pass to Philips with 2:30 remaining for UCLA (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12), which bounced back from a 40-37 home loss to Fresno State last week.
Tanner McKee threw three long touchdown passes for Stanford (2-2, 1-1), including a 46-yarder to Bryce Farrell to tie the score at 21-all with 13:06 remaining.
Oklahoma State 31, No. 25 Kansas State 20
Spencer Sanders was 22-of-34 for 344 yards and two touchdowns as the Cowboys defeated the Wildcats in Stillwater, Okla. The Cowboys (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) raced to a 31-10 lead and then coasted. Jaylen Warren rushed for 123 yards.
Oklahoma State came in averaging 24 points per game and had not scored more than 28 in any game. They averaged 147 yards per game on the ground and 190 through the air. But they finished with 481 total yards, compared to just 260 for Kansas State. The Cowboys had 295 yards in the first half.
The Wildcats (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) opened with a 13-play, 68-yard drive but had to settle for a 32-yard field goal by Taiten Winkel. But Oklahoma State answered with a 2-yard touchdown run by Sanders. The touchdown capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive, keyed by a 52-yard gain on a screen pass from Sanders to Warren.
–Field Level Media