Top 25 roundup: No. 3 Ohio State rolls past No. 18 Penn State
Justin Fields threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns and No. 3 Ohio State defeated No. 18 Penn State 38-25 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa., on Saturday.
Fields’ second TD pass to tight end Jeremy Ruckert, on a fourth-and-1, extended the Ohio State lead to 38-19 with 9:14 left before Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson had his third TD catch, a 20-yarder, for the final score.
Fields finished 28 of 34 for the Buckeyes (2-0, 2-0 Big Ten). Chris Olave had seven catches for 120 yards and two TDs, Ruckert had the two touchdown catches and Garrett Wilson had 111 receiving yards on 11 catches and 62 more yards on the ground. Master Teague rushed for 110 yards and a TD on 23 carries.
Dotson made eight catches for 144 yards and Sean Clifford, after passing for 29 yards in the first half, finished 18 of 30 for 281 yards, three TDS and an interception for Penn State (0-2, 0-2).
No. 1 Clemson 34, Boston College 28
Freshman quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei passed for 342 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third as the Tigers survived a scare from the Eagles before holding on for a victory at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium.
Uiagalelei was making the first start of his career, filling in for three-year starter and Heisman Trophy favorite Trevor Lawrence, who missed the game while in isolation with COVID-19.
Uiagalelei was up to the task, even if the Tigers’ injury depleted defense wasn’t. Clemson (7-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) was missing three starters off its defense and it showed, particularly early in the game. But Uiagalelei came up big against the Eagles (4-3, 3-3), completing 30 of 41 passes and running for a 30-yard touchdown in a third-quarter rally that saw the Tigers outgain the Eagles 147-39 and outscored them 13-0.
No. 2 Alabama 41, Mississippi State 0
In a battle of the Southeastern Conference’s top-ranked offense and top-ranked defense, both Crimson Tide units were too much for the Bulldogs in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Mississippi State allowed 499 yards of total offense to the SEC’s leading offense, after the Bulldogs came in surrendering an average of 295.5 per game to lead the conference. Alabama (6-0, 6-0 SEC) was held under its yards-per-game average but had a 27-0 lead by halftime and cruised the rest of the way.
The Bulldogs (1-4) lost their fourth straight game, and lost quarterback K.J. Costello early in the second quarter to an apparent head injury. Costello was replaced by Will Rogers, who completed 24 of 37 passes for 147 yards and two interceptions.
No. 4 Notre Dame 31, Georgia Tech 13
Ian Book threw for 199 yards and one touchdown and Kyren Williams ran for two touchdowns to help the Fighting Irish beat the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta.
Book completed 18 of 26 passes and improved to 26-3 as a starter for Notre Dame (6-0, 5-0 ACC). He directed the methodical Irish offense to 426 total yards. Williams carried 15 times for 76 of the team’s 227 rushing yards.
Georgia Tech (2-5, 2-4) dropped its third straight decision and had no luck against the veteran Notre Dame defense, which had five sacks and nine tackles for loss. Notre Dame’s Daelin Hayes made five tackles, including two sacks, and also had two forced fumbles and one quarterback hurry. Yellow Jackets quarterback Jeff Sims completed 15 of 26 passes for 150 yards.
No. 5 Georgia 14, Kentucky 3
Zamir White rushed for a career-high 136 yards with a touchdown, and the Bulldogs beat the Wildcats for an 11th straight time in an SEC bout at Lexington, Ky.
Georgia (4-1, 4-1 SEC) led 7-3 at the break, and put the game away with White’s 22-yard touchdown on fourth-and-one to cap the first possession of the second half. Quarterback Stetson Bennett hit 9-of-13 passes for 131 yards and added a 2-yard first quarter scoring run, but was intercepted twice.
Kentucky (2-4, 2-4 SEC) got 108 rushing yards from Chris Rodriguez, but totaled just 229 yards. Quarterback Joey Gatewood, subbing for injured starter Terry Wilson, completed 15 of 25 passes but the receptions only covered 91 yards.
Texas 41, No. 6 Oklahoma State 34 (OT)
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger hit Joshua Moore with a 15-yard touchdown pass in overtime and the Longhorns’ defense kept the Cowboys out of the end zone to complete a wild Big 12 win in Stillwater, Okla.
Texas (4-2, 3-2 Big 12) clinched the win when Joseph Ossai sacked Spencer Sanders on fourth down. It was one of Ossai’s 12 tackles, six of which went for loss, including three sacks. Ehlinger threw for 169 yards and three touchdowns as the Longhorns picked up their first road win over a Top 10 team since 2010 at Nebraska.
Oklahoma State (4-1, 3-1) saw Sanders finish with 400 yards passing and four touchdowns, and Tylan Wallace had 11 catches for 187 yards and two scores. But Sanders’ three first-half turnovers gift-wrapped 20 Texas points, and the Longhorns’ D’Shawn Jamison returned a kickoff 100 yards in the third quarter.
No. 7 Cincinnati 49, Memphis 10
Junior quarterback Desmond Ridder accounted for a career-high five touchdowns and the Bearcats’ defense smothered the visiting Tigers at Nippert Stadium.
The Bearcats (5-0, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) avenged a pair of losses last season to Memphis (3-2, 2-2) and snapped a five-game skid against their AAC rivals. It was Cincinnati’s first home win against Memphis since 2004.
Ridder completed 21 of 26 passes for season-highs of 271 yards and three touchdowns against one interception. Ridder also rushed for 41 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Backup running back Jerome Ford added 116 yards rushing and two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Memphis, which was averaging 38.8 points per game, gave up six sacks, converted just 4 of 16 third-down chances and was 0 of 3 on fourth down.
No. 8 Texas A&M 42, Arkansas 31
Senior quarterback Kellen Mond threw three touchdown passes, including a pair to tight end Jalen Wydermyer, to lead the host Aggies to a win over the Razorbacks in the annual Southwest Classic in College Station, Texas.
The eighth-ranked Aggies (4-1, 4-1 SEC) won their ninth in a row over the Razorbacks (2-3, 2-3) as they hosted the annual rivalry game for the first time since 2012.
Mond completed 21 of 26 passes for 260 yards and surpassed 10,000 career total yards to become the all-time leader in school history, surpassing former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
No. 10 Florida 41, Missouri 17
Kyle Trask threw four touchdowns and Kadarius Toney scored three times to spark the Gators over the Tigers in a game marred by a halftime skirmish between the teams at Gainesville, Fla.
The Gators (3-1, 3-1 SEC) played for the first time since being sidelined by a COVID-19 outbreak following an Oct. 10 loss at Texas A&M. Florida outgained the Tigers 514-248 in total offense.
Toney teamed with Trask on two TD pass plays in the final 1:41 of the first half, then ran 16 yards on a jet sweep for another score that capped the first drive of the second half and gave Florida a 27-7 lead over the Tigers (2-3, 2-3).
No. 11 BYU 41, Western Kentucky 10
Zach Wilson threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score and the Cougars scored touchdowns on all five of their first-half possessions in cruising to a victory over the Hilltoppers in Provo, Utah.
Wilson completed 18-of-32 passes for 224 yards and was intercepted once in the third quarter, snapping a school-record streak of 184 passes without an interception. He also rushed for 35 yards on five carries, including a five-yard touchdown run, before giving way to backup Baylor Romney at the start of the fourth quarter.
Tyler Allgeier rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown and Dax Milne caught five passes for a game-high 67 yards and a touchdown for BYU, which improved to 7-0 for the fourth time in school history and the first time since 2001. The Cougars next travel to defending Mountain West champion No. 25 Boise State (2-0), a 49-30 winner at Air Force earlier in the day, on Friday night.
Michigan State 27, No. 13 Michigan 24
Rocky Lombardi threw three touchdown passes, two to Connor Heyward, and the Spartans stunned the host Wolverines in Big Ten action at Ann Arbor, Mich.
Lombardi completed 17 of 32 passes for 323 yards while Ricky White caught eight passes for 196 yards and a touchdown. White’s yardage total was the most by a freshman in school history. Jordon Simmons led the ground game with 55 yards on 14 carries.
The Spartans (1-1, 1-1 Big Ten), who committed seven turnovers in a season-opening loss to Rutgers a week earlier, did not have a giveaway in Mel Tucker’s first win as their head coach. Blake Corum had two rushing touchdowns for Michigan (1-1, 1-1).
Virginia 44, No. 15 North Carolina 41
Brennan Armstrong threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth as the Cavaliers upset the Tar Heels in Charlottesville, Va.
Armstrong completed 12 of 22 passes for 208 yards and an interception while adding 66 yards on 20 carries before leaving late in the game with a leg injury. The Cavaliers (2-4, 2-4 ACC) snapped a four-game losing streak despite being outgained 536-418.
The Tar Heels (4-2, 4-2) trimmed the deficit to three when Javonte Williams plowed 3 yards for a touchdown with 2:51 remaining. But the Cavaliers iced the game when Keytaon Thompson picked up 5 yards on a fake punt on fourth-and-4 from their 41 with 1:55 left.
West Virginia 37, No. 16 Kansas State 10
Jarret Doege threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns as the Mountaineers cuffed the Wildcats with their first Big 12 loss in an upset in Morgantown, W.Va.
West Virginia (4-2, 3-2 Big 12) improved to 4-0 at home as Doege completed 22 of 34 passes with no interceptions. Leddie Brown added 102 yards on 24 carries with a touchdown and Alec Sinkfield finished with 85 yards on 15 rushes. Bryce Ford-Wheaton had three catches for 104 yards.
Kansas State (4-2, 4-1) finished with only 225 total yards and 13 first downs. Freshman quarterback Will Howard hit on 19 of 37 passes for 184 yards and a score, but was intercepted three times including Dylan Tonkery’s pick-6 in the middle of the third that made it 34-10.
No. 17 Indiana 37, Rutgers 21
Michael Penix Jr. passed for three touchdowns and ran for another, and the Hoosiers were able to seal a victory after a stunning eight-lateral touchdown from the Scarlet Knights was overturned in Piscataway, N.J.
Two of Penix’s touchdown passes went to tight end Peyton Hendershot after Rutgers (1-1, 1-1 Big Ten) closed within 23-15 in the third quarter. Penix finished 17 of 26 for 238 yards for Indiana (2-0, 2-0), which was playing with its highest ranking in the AP poll since 1993.
Indiana scored 17 points off three interceptions of Noah Vedral. The Nebraska grad transfer was picked off on consecutive snaps in the second quarter, setting up the Hoosiers with short touchdown drives of 6 and 28 yards as they took a 20-7 lead at halftime.
No. 20 Coastal Carolina 20, Georgia State 0
Grayson McCall threw four touchdown passes in his return to action as the Chanticleers blasted the host Panthers in Atlanta.
McCall, who missed the previous game with an upper-body injury, completed 18 of 24 passes for 254 yards and also ran for a touchdown. Coastal Carolina (6-0, 4-0 Sun Belt), which was playing only its second game as a nationally ranked team on the FBS level, led 34-0 at halftime after a 27-point second quarter.
Georgia State (2-3, 1-3) was held to 106 yards of total offense and was forced to punt six times. Destin Coates gained 56 yards on 11 carries.
No. 22 SMU 51, Navy 37
The Mustangs unleashed a huge second-quarter outburst and kept plenty of pressure on in the second half on the way to a victory over the Midshipmen in Dallas.
SMU quarterback Shane Buechele passed for 300 yards with an efficient 23-of-28 performance and tossed three touchdown passes to anchor a dominant offensive performance a week after the Mustangs (6-1, 3-1 American Athletic Conference) sputtered in a 42-13 loss to Cincinnati.
Ulysses Bentley IV gave SMU nice balance with 149 rushing yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Lavine also reached the end zone twice on the ground.
No. 23 Iowa State 52, Kansas 22
Breece Hall rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns and Brock Purdy added 239 yards passing as the Cyclones stomped the Jayhawks at Lawrence, Kan.
Playing in a stiff south wind that gusted up to 30 mph, the Cyclones (4-2, 4-1 Big 12) balanced their attack and wore down the Jayhawks (0-6, 0-5) behind Hall, the nation’s second-leading rusher.
Playing in his home state, the Wichita sophomore carried 21 times and matched his career-best rushing game he set last week against Oklahoma State. Hall has gained 100 yards in each game this season.
No. 24 Oklahoma 62, Texas Tech 28
Rhamondre Stevenson ran for three touchdowns in his first game of the season as the Sooners hammered the Red Raiders at Lubbock, Texas.
After a rough start, the Sooners’ offense scored touchdowns on six consecutive drives while the defense held the Red Raiders without a score for six consecutive to put the game out of reach before halftime, 48-14.
Spencer Rattler was 21 of 30 for 288 yards and two touchdowns for the Sooners (4-2, 3-2 Big 12). In his second start for the Red Raiders (2-4, 1-4), Henri Colombi was 15 of 28 for 227 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 25 Boise State 49, Air Force 30
Jack Sears passed for 280 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for one score during a surprise starting assignment to lead the Broncos over the Falcons on the Air Force Academy grounds just outside Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sears completed 17 of 20 passes while starting in place of Hank Bachmeier, who didn’t make the trip with the team. Safety JL Skinner also didn’t travel. Boise State confirmed there was a player sidelined due to a COVID-19 positive test but didn’t reveal the identity.
Andrew Van Buren rushed for 70 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and CT Thomas caught two passes for 101 yards and two scores for the Broncos (2-0, 2-0 Mountain West Conference). Matthew Murla rushed for two touchdowns and Brandon Lewis gained 112 yards and one score for Air Force (1-2, 0-2).
–Field Level Media