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Top-25 College Football Game Capsules (Saturday, September 10th)
Final Score: (2) LSU 49, Northwestern State 3
Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) - Spencer Ware and Michael Ford each ran for two touchdowns, and No. 2 LSU easily handled FCS foe Northwestern State, 49-3. LSU (2-0) had no hangover following its 40-27 victory over then-No. 3 Oregon last week, as the Tigers outgained the Demons, 400-95. Jarrett Lee and Zach Mettenberger had no problems with the Northwestern State secondary, combining for 225 yards and two touchdowns. Brad Henderson passed for just 74 yards with an interception on 16-of-26 throws for the Demons (1-1), who rallied to beat Delta State in their season opener.
Final Score: (3) Alabama 27, (23) Penn State 11
University Park, PA (Sports Network) - Trent Richardson ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns, as third-ranked Alabama controlled No. 23 Penn State, 27-11, in a battle of historic programs at Beaver Stadium. AJ McCarron passed for 163 yards and a touchdown for the Crimson Tide (2-0), who had beaten Penn State in Tuscaloosa last season by a 24-3 score. This year's matchup wasn't much different because of the Nittany Lions' ineffective offense. Penn State (1-1) gained only 251 yards because of shaky quarterback play. Matt McGloin completed just one of his 10 pass attempts, while Rob Bolden was 11- of-29 for 144 yards and an interception. Silas Redd totaled just 65 yards on 22 carries, and scored the lone touchdown late in the fourth quarter for the Lions, whose 23-game home non-conference winning streak was broken.
Final Score: (5) Florida State 62, Charleston Southern 10
Tallahassee, FL (Sports Network) - EJ Manuel completed 24-of-35 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns, as the fifth-ranked Florida State Seminoles annihilated the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 62-10. Clint Trickett also got some time behind center for Florida State, and connected on 6-of-7 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a touchdown. Rashad Greene hauled in two passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns for the Seminoles (2-0), who beat UL-Monroe, 34-0, last week. Rodney Smith caught five passes for 77 yards and a score. Florida State racked up 647 yards of total offense, while Charleston Southern managed just 84 yards. Malcolm Dixon completed 7-of-15 passes for 50 yards for the Buccaneers (0-2), who suffered a 62-0 loss to UCF last week.
Final Score: (6) Stanford 44, Duke 14
Durham, NC (Sports Network) - Andrew Luck passed for 290 yards and four touchdowns, and No. 6 Stanford shook off a little rust to rout Duke 44-14 on Saturday. Luck completed 20 of his 28 passes and led the Cardinal (2-0) on four straight touchdown drives after he had an interception taken back 76 yards for a Duke TD in the second quarter. Stanford, which was coming off a 57-3 win over San Jose State to open the season, starts its Pac-12 schedule next week at Arizona. Duke (0-2) missed three field goals in the first half, draining all of the momentum gained from three good drives, and didn't score an offensive touchdown until Anthony Boone's two-yard run late in the fourth quarter. Safety Lee Butler caught a tipped Luck pass and took it back for a TD in the second quarter.
Final Score: (8) Wisconsin 35, Oregon State 0
Madison, WI (Sports Network) - Russell Wilson passed for 189 yards and three touchdowns as No. 8 Wisconsin shut down Oregon State, 35-0, at Camp Randall Stadium. Montee Ball posted 118 yards and two rushing scores for the Badgers (2-0), who travel to Northern Illinois next Saturday. Jacob Pederson finished with six catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns as Wisconsin posted its first shutout in nearly two years. Nick Toon added seven grabs for 69 yards and one TD. Sean Mannion completed 25-of-38 passes for 244 yards but was sacked three times for the Beavers (0-2), who have a bye week before opening their Pac-12 slate on September 24 against UCLA. Jordan Bishop contributed 98 yards on five receptions in a losing effort.
Final Score: (10) Nebraska 42, Fresno State 29
Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) - Taylor Martinez rushed for a pair of touchdowns and threw for another, as the 10th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers used a strong fourth quarter to beat the Fresno State Bulldogs, 42-29, in front of an NCAA- record 313th consecutive sellout. Martinez completed 10-of-21 passes for 219 yards and two interceptions for the Cornhuskers (2-0), who squashed the Mocs of Tennessee-Chattanooga, 40-7, last week. He also carried the ball 15 times for 166 yards. Rex Burkhead also had a big game on the ground, rushing for 55 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Derek Carr connected on 20-of-41 passes for 254 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs (0-2), who lost 36-21 to California last week. Carr also ran for a score.
Final Score: (11) Virginia Tech 17, East Carolina 10
Greenville, NC (Sports Network) - Josh Oglesby's touchdown midway through the fourth quarter was the difference as No. 11 Virginia Tech bested East Carolina, 17-10, at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Logan Thomas was just 8-of-20 for 91 yards and an interception, but his performance was mitigated by David Wilson's 138 yards rushing as the Hokies (2-0) rewarded head coach Frank Beamer with his 200th victory in Blacksburg. Oglesby finished with 43 yards and two scores, but the Virginia Tech defense did its part by holding ECU to minus-15 yards on the ground. Dominique Davis went 20-of-38 for 127 yards but was sacked five times and was picked off once for the Pirates (0-2), who face a bye week before starting their Conference USA slate by hosting Alabama-Birmingham on September 24.
Final Score: (12) South Carolina 45, Georgia, 42
Athens, GA (Sports Network) - The No. 12 South Carolina Gamecocks scored two late touchdowns to take down the Georgia Bulldogs, 45-42, in a back-and-forth SEC opener for both teams. Marcus Lattimore punched in a three-yard touchdown with around three minutes remaining and Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was sacked on the ensuing possession, losing a fumble that was picked up by defensive end Melvin Ingram for a five-yard touchdown and 45-35 South Carolina lead. Ingram also recovered a Georgia onside kick attempt with around two minutes remaining to help the Gamecocks seal the win. Stephen Garcia threw for 142 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions on 11-of-25 passing, while Alshon Jeffery pulled in five passes for 85 yards and a touchdown for South Carolina (2-0, 1-0 SEC). Lattimore ran all over the Georgia defense, finishing with 176 yards and a score. Murray had a huge day in defeat, throwing for 248 yards on 19-of-29 passing, including four touchdowns and one pick.
Final Score: (13) Oregon 69, Nevada 20
Eugene, OR (Sports Network) - Darron Thomas tied a school record with six touchdown passes as 13th-ranked Oregon had little trouble in a 69-20 win over Nevada. Thomas went 13-for-19 with 295 yards for the Ducks (1-1), who bounced back from last week's loss to LSU. De'Anthony Thomas caught two touchdowns in the win. Tyler Lantrip threw for 219 yards on 21-for-35 passing with a score and two interceptions for the Wolf Pack (0-1), who played their first game of the season after a 2010 campaign that saw the team go 13-1 and finish 11th in the national polls.
Final Score: (14) Arkansas 52, New Mexico 3
Little Rock, AR (Sports Network) - Tyler Wilson passed for 259 yards and a touchdown, and six different players scored as No. 14 Arkansas had no trouble beating New Mexico, 52-3, on Saturday. New Mexico scored its only points on a field goal in the first quarter, but Marquel Wade returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and Arkansas cruised for the second week in a row after routing Missouri State 51-7 last week. Kody Walker had two rushing touchdowns for the Razorbacks (2-0) while Wilson and backup quarterback Brandon Mitchell also ran for scores. Cobi Hamilton and Jarius Wright hauled in TD passes. Wilson came out in the second half because of concussion-like symptoms and Mitchell went 8-of-13 for 99 yards and a touchdown. Wilson was 18-of-26 with an interception. Tarean Austin passed for 162 yards for the Lobos (0-2) who opened with a loss to Colorado State last week.
Final Score: (15) Ohio State 27, Toledo 22
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Two games and two wins for Luke Fickell as Ohio State head coach, but the second one didn't come nearly as easily as the first. Ohio State dominated Akron last week in Fickell's debut, but the 15th-ranked Buckeyes needed a late defensive stand to squeeze out a 27-22 win over Toledo on Saturday at the Horseshoe. Carlos Hyde ran for 76 yards and two scores for Ohio State (2-0), which will head out on the road next week for a matchup with Miami-Florida. Joe Bauserman threw for 189 yards with a score for the Buckeyes, who still haven't lost to a school from the state of Ohio since a 7-6 setback to Oberlin in 1921. Eric Page had a monster day for the Rockets (1-1), who were coming off a 58-22 win over FCS opponent New Hampshire to open their season. Page caught 12 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns, while also throwing for a two-point conversion in defeat.
Final Score: Auburn 41, (16) Mississippi State 34
Auburn, AL (Sports Network) - Defending champion Auburn's nation-best winning streak is still alive. By an inch or two. Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf was driven up into the air, landed with the football just inches from paydirt with seconds remaining, and the clock ticked down to all zeroes, setting off a wild celebration that came with the Tigers' 17th straight victory. Barrett Trotter threw two touchdown passes, Michael Dyer ran for 150 yards and two more scores, and Auburn took a thrilling, back-and-forth SEC opener from No. 16 Mississippi State, 41-34. Emory Blake caught seven passes for 108 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers (2-0, 1-0 SEC), who played with more fire and efficiency than they did in a 42-38 victory last Saturday against Utah State. The Tigers led by two touchdowns twice in this contest, but had to hold on in the final seconds. Relf threw for 195 yards with a touchdown and ran for 105 more yards, while Vick Ballard totaled 135 rushing yards and a score for the Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1), who lost despite racking up 530 total yards, including 332 on the ground.
Final Score: (17) Michigan State 44, Florida Atlantic 0
East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) - Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes and B.J. Cunningham became the Spartans' all-time receptions leader, as No. 17 Michigan State smothered Florida Atlantic, 44-0. Cunningham took little time in reaching the top of the receiving mountain, hauling in a first-quarter pass for his 149th career reception, moving past former football and basketball standout Matt Trannon for the top spot. Cunningham caught five passes for 73 yards on the day. Le'Veon Bell ran for 69 yards and a score, while Edwin Baker added 50 yards and a trip to paydirt for the Spartans (2-0), who face their first test next Saturday at Notre Dame. Cousins finished 16-of-21 for 183 yards in the victory. Florida Atlantic (0-2) was again on the wrong end of a rout after dropping a 41-3 decision to Florida last week. The Owls managed just 48 total yards one week after managing only 137. The quarterbacks finished 6-of-13 for 26 yards and were sacked three times. Florida Atlantic also posted just one first down in the game compared to 27 for the Spartans.
Final Score: (18) Florida 39, UAB 0
Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) - Chris Rainey ran for 119 yards and one of four rushing touchdowns the 18th-ranked Florida Gators used to rout UAB, 39-0, at the Swamp. Mike Gillislee rushed for 79 yards and a score for the Gators (2-0), who were coming off last weekend's 41-3 drubbing of Florida Atlantic. John Brantley completed 12-of-19 passes for 195 yards in the win. Bryan Ellis passed for 141 yards for the Blazers (0-1), who gained just 212 total yards. The Gators controlled the game from the outset, scoring 13 points in the first quarter.
Final Score: (19) West Virginia 55, Norfolk State 12
Morgantown, WV (Sports Network) - Geno Smith tossed four touchdowns, including two in a big third quarter, as No. 19 West Virginia rallied from a poor first half to take a 55-12 win over Norfolk State. Smith went 20-for-34 for 371 yards while Devon Brown caught four passes for 109 yards and a score for the Mountaineers (2-0), who were down by two points at the half, but scored 45 points in the final 30 minutes to take the victory. Chris Walley went 16- for-27 for 136 yards while Ryan Estep hit three of the four field goals for the Spartans (1-1), an FCS team that routed Virginia State, 37-3, last week.
Final Score: (22) South Florida 37, Ball State 7
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - B.J. Daniels threw for 359 yards and one touchdown on 28-of-39 passing to lead No. 22 South Florida to a 37-7 thrashing of Ball State on Saturday. Darrell Scott rushed 11 times for 82 yards and one score -- including a long run of 31 yards -- while Demetris Murray carried the ball 14 times for 49 yards and a touchdown for South Florida (2-0). Victor Marc grabbed four passes for 81 yards and a touchdown for the Bulls, while Terrence Mitchell hauled in seven balls for 60 yards. Maikon Bonani connected on 3-of-4 field goal attempts for South Florida, which was coming off last week's victory at Notre Dame. Keith Wenning completed 24-of-35 passes for 148 yards, while Jahwan Edwards rushed seven times for 42 yards and Ball State's only touchdown. Jack Tomlinson caught five balls for 39 yards for Ball State (1-1), which defeated Indiana last Saturday.
Final Score: (24) Texas 17, BYU 16
Austin, TX (Sports Network) - Cody Johnson ran for two touchdowns and No. 24 Texas kept BYU out of the end zone in the second half to come away with a hard-fought 17-16 victory. Texas (2-0), coming off a 25-point drubbing of Rice, trailed 13-0 early in the second quarter before benching starting quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who had two completions and two interceptions on eight attempts. Case McCoy and David Ash split time under center and played mistake free while letting the running game carry the load, as the Longhorns outgained their counterparts, 166-43, on the ground. Jake Heaps completed 22- of-38 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown but was picked off twice for the Cougars (1-1), who won at Ole Miss last week.
Final Score: (25) TCU 35, Air Force 19
Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) - Casey Pachall threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns, as No. 25 TCU rolled to a 35-19 victory over Air Force. Pachall completed 20-of-25 passes and ran for 37 yards. Matthew Tucker carried the ball 16 times for 95 yards and two scores for the Horned Frogs (1-1, 1-0 MWC), who had their nation-best, 25-game regular-season win streak snapped last Friday in a 50-48 loss to Baylor. Tim Jefferson completed 9-of-15 passes for 83 yards and ran 13 times for 40 yards for Air Force (1-1, 0-1), while Zack Kauth had two receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown. The Horned Frogs allowed 564 yards of offense last Friday, but held the Falcons to 416 yards in Saturday's win.