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Top-25 College Football Game Capsules (Saturday, September 17th)
Final Score: (1) Oklahoma 23, (5) Florida State 13
Tallahassee, FL (Sports Network) - Landry Jones' 37-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Kenny Stills proved the difference, as No. 1 Oklahoma wrestled a hard-fought, 23-13, victory from No. 5 Florida State at hostile Doak Campbell Stadium. The Seminoles (2-1) had tied the game, 13-13, on the previous possession when redshirt freshman quarterback Clint Trickett connected with Rashad Greene for a 56-yard touchdown strike. Jones responded. Facing a 3rd-and-12, he threw a 22-yard strike to Ryan Broyles, then hit Stills in the end zone for the go-ahead score. Jimmy Stevens tacked on a 31-yard field goal to seal the victory for the Sooners (2-0), who play Missouri next Saturday. Florida State starting quarterback E.J. Manuel left the game in the second half with a bruised left shoulder. He completed 13- of-19 passes, ran for 49 yards and threw two interceptions for the Seminoles, who were denied a measure of revenge after last year's 47-17 loss to the Sooners in Norman. They play Clemson next Saturday.
Final Score: (2) Alabama 41, North Texas 0
Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - Trent Richardson rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries, and Eddie Lacy added 161 yards and two scores on nine carries as No. 2 Alabama rolled over North Texas, 41-0. A.J. McCarron completed 15-of-21 passes for 190 yards for the Crimson Tide (3-0). Derek Thompson went 11-of-22 through the air for 80 yards for North Texas (0-3). Lance Dunbar caught four passes for 45 yards while James Hamilton ran for 33 yards on seven carries for the Mean Green.
Final Score: (6) Stanford 37, Arizona 10
Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) - Andrew Luck threw a pair of second-half touchdown passes, and the sixth-ranked Stanford Cardinal pulled away to notch a 37-10 road victory over the Arizona Wildcats in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. Luck, who finished with 325 yards, now has thrown 53 TD passes in his career, moving past Jim Plunkett for third place on the school's all- time list. He trails only John Elway (77) and Steve Stenstrom (72). Stepfan Taylor gained 153 yards on 22 carries for Stanford (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12), which has won 11 games in a row, the longest active winning streak in the nation after Auburn's 17-game run came to an end with Saturday's loss at Clemson. Nick Foles completed his first 17 passes for Arizona (1-2, 0-1), but went 7-for-16 the rest of the way.
Final Score: (7) Wisconsin 49, Northern Illinois 7
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns as No. 7 Wisconsin rolled to a 49-7 win over Northern Illinois at Soldier Field. Montee Ball had two one-yard TD runs while Nick Toon caught two touchdown passes for the Badgers (3-0), who have scored 135 points in their first three games this season. Wilson threw for 347 yards on 23-for-32 passing and also had an interception. Jasmin Hopkins' rushing touchdown in the first quarter accounted for all the points for the Huskies (1-2), who have dropped their past two after opening the season with a win. Chandler Harnish went 14- for-24 with 164 yards in the loss.
Final Score: (8) Oklahoma State 59, Tulsa 33
Tulsa, OK (Sports Network) - A three-plus hour delay and inclement weather could not derail the high-powered Oklahoma State attack, as the eighth-ranked Cowboys dismantled Tulsa, 59-33. Brandon Weeden threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns against two interceptions, while Joseph Randle ran for 128 yards and three scores for the Cowboys (3-0), who enjoyed a breezy tuneup before opening Big 12 play next Saturday against Texas A&M. Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne suffered a knee injury in the first quarter and the Golden Hurricane (1-2) failed to significantly produce in his stead. Kalen Henderson completed 6-of-20 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns against three interceptions. Ja'Terian Douglas ran for 173 yards and two scores.
Final Score: (9) Texas A&M 37, Idaho 7
College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Ryan Tannehill threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns, as No. 9 Texas A&M handled Idaho, 37-7. Tannehill completed 26-of-39 passes and had an interception, while Cyrus Gray ran for 101 yards and two scores and caught five passes for 58 yards and a touchdown. The Aggies (2-0) were sharp following an open week. They play Oklahoma State next Saturday. Brian Reader completed 17-of-29 passes for 131 yards and Troy Vital ran for a late score for the Vandals (1-2), who play Fresno State next Saturday.
Final Score: (10) South Carolina 24, Navy 21
Columbia, SC (Sports Network) - Marcus Lattimore rushed for a career-high 247 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 10 South Carolina past Navy, 24-21. Lattimore controlled the clock and the Navy defense with 37 carries and caught four passes for 25 yards. Stephen Garcia went 18-of-25 for 204 yards and an interception for the Gamecocks (3-0), who play Vanderbilt next Saturday. Alexander Teich ran for 93 yards and a score and quarterback Kriss Proctor carried the ball 17 times for 72 yards and a touchdown. John Howell also had a rushing touchdown out of Navy's triple option attack, which was upstaged by the bullish Lattimore. The Midshipmen (2-1) next play on October 1, versus Air Force.
Final Score: (11) Nebraska 51, Washington 38
Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) - Rex Burkhead carried the ball 22 times for 120 yards and two scores, as the 11th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers ran all over the Washington Huskies, 51-38, in front of an NCAA-record 314th consecutive sellout. Taylor Martinez completed 10-of-21 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns for the Cornhuskers (3-0), who have scored 133 points over their first three games of the season. Martinez also carried the ball 17 times for 83 yards and a score. The Cornhuskers ended with 309 rushing yards, compared to 146 for Washington. Nebraska has scored at least 40 points in each of its first three games. The last time Nebraska had at least 40 points in the first three games was the 1995 season when the Cornhuskers topped 40 points against Oklahoma State (64), Michigan State (50) and Arizona State (77) in the first three games. Keith Price connected on 21-of-37 passes for 274 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions for the Huskies (2-1), who saw a six-game winning streak come to an end.
Final Score: (12) Oregon 56, Missouri State 7
Eugene, OR (Sports Network) - LaMichael James rushed for 204 yards and three scores, including a career-high 90-yard scamper, as the No. 12 Oregon Ducks rolled by the Missouri State Bears, 56-7. Darron Thomas went 11-for-15 for 206 yards and three touchdowns. Thomas also rushed 10 times for 67 yards. Lavasier Tuinei caught four balls for 90 yards to lead the Ducks in receiving. He had scoring passes of eight and 34 yards. Oregon (2-1) racked up 681 yards of total offense, including 416 on the ground. Trevor Wooden threw for 91 yards on 6-for-13 passing in a losing effort for the Bears (0-3). He also led the team in rushing with 67 yards on 16 carries. The Ducks won their 18th straight home game, while the Bears fell to 0-3 for the first time since 1994.
Final Score: (13) Virginia Tech 26, Arkansas State 7
Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) - Logan Thomas threw for 292 yards and a pair of touchdowns as No. 13 Virginia Tech used an early defensive stop to kick- start a 26-7 victory over Arkansas State at Lane Stadium. David Wilson contributed 88 yards and a rushing score for the Hokies (3-0), who host Marshall next week before opening up their ACC schedule against Clemson two weeks from today. Danny Coale paced the receiving corps with 128 yards and a TD on seven receptions and D.J. Coles notched 61 yards and a score on a pair of catches. Ryan Aplin finished 16-of-36 for 205 yards and a pair of interceptions, adding 29 rushing yards and the lone touchdown for the Red Wolves (1-2), who welcome Central Arkansas next Saturday.
Final Score: (14) Arkansas 38, Troy 28
Fayetteville, AR (Sports Network) - Tyler Wilson threw for 303 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 23-of-36 passing to lead No. 14 Arkansas to a 38-28 win over Troy on Saturday night. Ronnie Wingo ran all over the Tojans defense, racking up 109 yards and two scores on 20 tries, while Joe Adams led the receivers with eight catches for 109 yards and a touchdown for Arkansas (3-0). Cobi Hamilton added five catches for 82 yards. Cory Robinson had a huge day in defeat for the Trojans (0-2), throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns on 36-of-63 passing. He also threw one interception. Eric Thomas snagged six passes for 81 yards and two scores.
Final Score: Notre Dame 31, (15) Michigan State 13
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Cierre Wood rushed for two touchdowns and Tommy Rees threw for another, as Notre Dame outpaced No. 15 Michigan State, 31-13, for its first victory of the season. Rees finished 18-of-26 for 161 yards, Wood ended with 61 yards on 14 carries and George Atkinson added an 89-yard kickoff return for the Irish (1-2), who recovered nicely from last week's shocking defeat in the final seconds at Michigan. Michael Floyd posted 84 yards on six catches and T.J. Jones posted a TD reception for Notre Dame, which won despite a 358-275 deficit in total yards. Kirk Cousins passed for 329 yards and B.J. Cunningham notched 12 receptions for 158 yards but it wasn't enough for the Spartans (2-1), who had opened up the year with easy wins against Youngstown State and Florida Atlantic. Michigan State was limited to 29 rushing yards in defeat on 23 attempts.
Final Score: (16) Florida 33, Tennessee 23
Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) - Chris Rainey rushed 21 times for 114 yards and added two catches for 104 yards and a score as Florida took a 33-23 victory over Tennessee. John Brantley went 14-for-23 through the air for 213 yards and two touchdowns for Florida (3-0). Mychal Rivera, Da'Rick Rogers and Marlin Lane Jr. each caught touchdown passes for Tennessee (2-1). Rivera caught five passes for 71 yards, Rogers pulled down five passes for 62 yards and Lane added two catches for 26 yards. Tyler Bray completed 26-of-48 passes for 288 yards and three TDs, but also tossed two interceptions.
Final Score: Miami-Florida 24, (17) Ohio State 6
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Jacory Harris threw a pair of three-yard touchdown passes to Allen Hurns in the first quarter, as the Miami-Florida Hurricanes shut down the 17th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, 24-6, at Sun Life Stadium. Saturday's contest featured a matchup of teams dealing with NCAA scandals. Back under center after serving a one-game suspension for accepting improper benefits from a booster, Harris finished with 123 yards while completing 16-of-23 throws. Lamar Miller gained 184 yards on 26 carries for the Hurricanes (1-1), who rebounded from a 32-24 loss at Maryland on September 5. While head coach Al Golden picked up his first victory at Miami, his counterpart from Ohio State, Luke Fickell, suffered his first loss as the Buckeyes (2-1) were held to only 35 yards through the air. Joe Bauserman connected on just 2-of-14 passes for 13 yards in defeat.
Final Score: (18) West Virginia 37, Maryland 31
College Park, MD (Sports Network) - Eain Smith's interception late in the fourth quarter halted a furious Maryland comeback and sealed 18th-ranked West Virginia's 37-31 win over the Terrapins at Byrd Stadium. Geno Smith threw for 388 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Mountaineers (3-0), who nearly blew a 24-point lead but held on to beat the Terrapins for the sixth straight time. It was a good test for West Virginia, which opened the season with easy wins over Marshall and Norfolk State and next week hosts SEC powerhouse LSU. Danny O'Brien completed 34-of-52 passes for 289 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in defeat. One of those picks was returned for a score. Davin Meggett rushed for 113 yards with a touchdown for the Terrapins (1-1), who hadn't played since a season-opening win over Miami-Florida on September 5.
Final Score: (19) Baylor 48, Stephen F. Austin 0
Waco, TX (Sports Network) - Robert Griffin III completed 20-of-22 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns, as the 19th-ranked Baylor Bears dominated the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, 48-0, in a weather-shortened game. Griffin also carried the ball eight times for 78 yards for the Bears (2-0), who captivated the country two weeks ago in a 50-48 win over defending Rose Bowl champion TCU. Terrance Ganaway rushed for 80 yards and a score on nine carries. Kendall Wright caught eight passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Baylor played a home game as a ranked team for the first time since November of 1991. Brady Attaway connected on 8-of-13 passes for 101 yards and an interception for the Lumberjacks (1-2), who have lost two in a row.
Final Score: (20) South Florida 70, Florida A&M 17
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - B.J. Daniels threw four touchdown passes and ran one in as 20th-ranked South Florida dominated Florida A&M, 70-17, at Raymond James Stadium. Daniels was 21-for-31 with 382 yards while Darrell Scott added 12 carries for 146 yards and three touchdowns and also caught a touchdown for the Bulls (3-0), who have scored 130 points in their season thus far. Sterling Griffin caught eight passes for 97 yards and a score. Austin Trainor threw two touchdowns and an interception on 10-for-24 passing with 106 yards for the Rattlers (1-2), who have dropped their past two games. Edmond Baker and Lavante Page each caught a score in the loss.
Final Score: Clemson 38, (21) Auburn 24
Clemson, SC (Sports Network) - Sophomore quarterback Tajh Boyd was instrumental in stopping a pair of streaks for Clemson, on a Saturday that will surely be remembered for a long time in Death Valley. Boyd threw four touchdown passes, leading Clemson to a 38-24 win over 21st-ranked Auburn, snapping the 17-game winning streak by the defending BCS champions and topping the SEC's Tigers for the first time since 1951. Auburn had wild wins in their first two games against Utah State and Mississippi State, but couldn't overcome a shoddy effort on defense by allowing 624 yards on this day. Sammy Watkins had a pair of TD catches and totaled 10 grabs for 155 yards for Clemson (3-0), which had lost the previous 14 meetings against Auburn. Boyd connected on 30-of-42 throws for 386 yards. Clemson knocked off a defending national champion for a third time at home in as many tries. In 1991, Clemson beat Georgia Tech (UPI champs) and 10 years earlier the Tigers topped Georgia.
Final Score: Illinois 17, (22) Arizona State 14
Champaign, IL (Sports Network) - A.J. Jenkins' 16-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter was the difference, as Illinois downed No. 22 Arizona State, 17-14, at Memorial Stadium. Jenkins led all receivers with 103 yards on six catches for the Illini (3-0), who continue their season-opening five-game homestand against Western Michigan next Saturday. Nathan Scheelhaase finished 11-of-15 for 135 yards, the TD strike to Jenkins and one interception, adding 67 yards on 18 carries. Jason Ford notched a rushing score for Illinois. Brock Osweiler threw for 256 yards and one touchdown but was picked off twice and sacked six times for the Sun Devils (2-1), who topped UC Davis and Missouri to begin the year. Gerell Robinson posted eight catches for 88 yards and a touchdown in defeat.
Final Score: (23) TCU 38, Louisiana-Monroe 17
Fort Worth, TX (Sports Network) - Greg McCoy returned the opening kickoff of the second half 94 yards for a touchdown and the TCU defense pitched a shutout for the final three quarters, as the 23rd-ranked Horned Frogs shook off a sluggish start and earned a 38-17 win over Louisiana-Monroe. Casey Pachall threw for 204 yards with a touchdown and Matthew Tucker rushed for a pair of scores for the Horned Frogs (2-1), who played at home for the first time this season after opening with a road loss at Baylor and a road win at Air Force. It also marked the 100th win at TCU for head coach Gary Patterson.
Final Score: (23) Texas 49, UCLA 20
Pasadena, CA (Sports Network) - Case McCoy threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-15 passing and the Texas defense forced four turnovers, as the No. 23 Longhorns pummeled the UCLA Bruins, 49-20, at the Rose Bowl. Malcolm Brown ran 22 times for 110 yards and a score, while Foswhitt Whittaker ran for 63 yards and two touchdowns for the Longhorns (3-0). D.J. Grant caught six passes for 77 yards and three scores, while Mike Davis hauled in three passes for 77 yards. Kevin Prince had a rough day in defeat, throwing for only 26 yards and three interceptions before getting pulled in the first quarter in favor of Richard Brehaut. Brehaut completed eight of his 19 passes for 150 yards, while John Franklin ran 15 times for 58 yards and Derric Coleman ran for 47 yards and two touchdowns. Nelson Rosario grabbed four passes for 68 yards as UCLA (1-2) couldn't sustain momentum from its win over San Jose State last Saturday.