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Top-25 College Football Game Capsules (Saturday, September 24th)
Final Score: (1) Oklahoma 38, Missouri 28
Norman, OK (Sports Network) - Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles hooked up for three touchdowns, and top-ranked Oklahoma overcame a slow start to top Missouri, 38-28, in the Big 12 opener for both programs. Jones finished with 448 yards and two interceptions on 35-of-48 throws, with Broyles hauling in 13 passes for 154 yards for the Sooners (3-0, 1-0 Big 12), who trailed 14-3 before taking control with 28 straight points. Dominique Whaley totaled 150 yards from scrimmage with a TD as Oklahoma ran its home winning streak to 38 games. James Franklin led Missouri (2-2, 0-1) with 291 yards and one touchdown on 16-of-33 throws, while adding 103 yards and two scores on the ground.
Final Score: (2) LSU 47, (16) West Virginia 21
Morgantown, WV (Sports Network) - Morris Claiborne's 99-yard kickoff return short-circuited a West Virginia comeback attempt, spurring No. 2 LSU to a 47-21 victory over the 16th-ranked Mountaineers. Jarrett Lee threw for 180 yards and touchdowns to Odell Beckham, Rueben Randle and Chase Clement for the Tigers (4-0), who scored 20 unanswered points to end the game. Michael Ford posted 82 yards and two rushing scores on 12 carries, and Spencer Ware added 92 yards on the ground. Geno Smith completed 38-of-65 passes for 463 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for West Virginia (3-1), who hadn't lost at home since last October 23 against Syracuse. Stedman Bailey and Tyler Urban were the beneficiaries of Smith TD passes, while Dustin Garrison posted a rushing score in defeat. Tavon Austin led all receivers with 187 yards on 11 receptions.
Final Score: (3) Alabama 38, (14) Arkansas 14
Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - Trent Richardson recorded 126 yards on 17 carries and added 85 yards and a touchdown on three receptions as third-ranked Alabama took a 38-14 victory over No. 14 Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. AJ McCarron connected on 15-of-20 passes for 200 yards and two scores in a winning effort for Alabama (4-0, 1-0 SEC) Tyler Wilson went 22-for-35 for 185 yards and two touchdowns through the air for Arkansas (3-1, 0-1). Dennis Johnson and Cobi Hamilton caught TD passes for the Razorbacks, who failed to reach 4-0 for the first time since 2003.
Final Score: (4) Boise State 41, Tulsa 21
Boise, ID (Sports Network) - Kellen Moore threw four touchdown passes to power the fourth-ranked Boise State Broncos to a 41-21 victory over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Moore finished with 279 yards while completing 23-of-29 attempts. Boise State (3-0) opened the home portion of its 2011 schedule by improving to 6-0 all-time against Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane (1-3) suffered their third loss to a Top-10 opponent this season. They began the season at Oklahoma and battled Oklahoma State last week.
Final Score: (6) Wisconsin 59, South Dakota 10
Madison, WI (Sports Network) - Russell Wilson threw for 345 yards and three touchdowns, as the sixth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers dominated the South Dakota Coyotes, 59-10. Wilson completed 19-of-25 passes for the Badgers (4-0), who are off to a 4-0 start for a third straight year. Nick Toon had a career day with seven catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns for Wisconsin, which has won 32 straight regular-season non-conference games, including all 24 under head coach Bret Bielema. Montee Ball carried the ball 15 times for 88 yards and two scores. James White rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Dante Warren connected on 8-of-15 passes for 41 yards and two interceptions for the Coyotes (2-2), who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: (7) Oklahoma State 30, (8) Texas A&M 29
College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Brandon Weeden threw for 437 yards and two touchdowns, as seventh-ranked Oklahoma State earned a 30-29 comeback victory over eighth-ranked Texas A&M in the Big 12 opener for both teams. Oklahoma State trailed 20-3 at the half, but Jeremy Smith, Justin Blackmon and Tracy Moore each scored a third-quarter touchdown for the Cowboys (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), who notched their seventh consecutive road victory. Blackmon finished with 11 catches for 121 yards, while Josh Cooper and Hubert Anyiam had 123 and 92 receiving yards, respectively. Ryan Tannehill threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted three times, the last of which coming with under two minutes remaining and the Aggies (2-1, 0-1) trailing, 30-27. Blackmon took a safety as time expired to seal the final margin.
Final Score: (10) Oregon 56, Arizona 31
Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) - LaMichael James exploded for a school-record 288 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns on 23 carries as No. 10 Oregon outgunned Arizona, 56-31, at Arizona Stadium. Kenjon Barner added two rushing TDs, while Darron Thomas completed 11-of-20 passes for two scores and also posted two touchdowns on the ground for the Ducks (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12), who won their 13th straight conference tilt. David Paulson posted three catches for 22 yards and another touchdown as Oregon racked up 516 yards of total offense. Nick Foles passed for 398 yards and three TDs but it wasn't enough for the Wildcats (1-3, 0-2), who lost despite piling up 480 yards in all. David Roberts notched 60 yards and two scores on four catches, Richard Morrison had a TD reception and Keola Antolin rushed for a score in defeat.
Final Score: (9) Nebraska 38, Wyoming 14
Laramie, WY (Sports Network) - Rex Burkhead rushed for a career-high 170 yards and two touchdowns as No. 9 Nebraska handled Wyoming 38-14. The previous five meetings between the schools were all played in Lincoln, Nebraska, with the Cornhuskers winning each game. Taylor Martinez completed 12-of-21 passes for 157 yards and a score. He also carried the ball 12 times for 37 yards with a touchdown for Nebraska (4-0). Brett Smith went 17-for-33 for 166 yards, two touchdowns and a pick for Wyoming (3-1). Mazi Ogbonna and Robert Herron each caught touchdown passes for the Cowboys.
Final Score: (21) Clemson 35, (11) Florida State 30
Clemson, SC (Sports Network) - Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for one as 21st-ranked Clemson took down No. 11 Florida State, 35-30, in a thriller in Death Valley. Boyd went 23-for-37 with 344 yards and an interception for the Tigers (4-0, 1-0 ACC), who took down defending champion and then-No. 21 Auburn last Saturday. Sammy Watkins caught eight passes for 141 yards and two scores while Dwayne Allen had four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown for Clemson, which plays at Virginia Tech next Saturday. Clint Trickett threw three touchdown passes and an interception on 24-for-38 passing with 336 yards for the Seminoles (2-2, 0-1), who lost at home against Oklahoma last Saturday. Rodney Smith had four catches for 118 yards and a score.
Final Score: (12) South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 3
Columbia, SC (Sports Network) - Stephen Garcia passed for 228 yards and Marcus Lattimore added a rushing touchdown and a TD reception as No. 12 South Carolina eased by Vanderbilt, 21-3, at Williams-Brice Stadium. Garcia completed 16-of-30 passes and was intercepted four times, but the Gamecocks (4-0, 2-0 SEC) still opened the year with four straight wins for the first time since the 2001 squad went 5-0. Lattimore finished with 77 yards on 20 carries, adding 73 yards on three catches for South Carolina, which held its foe to 77 total yards of offense. Larry Smith was 12-of-16 but threw for 44 yards and one pick for the Commodores (3-1, 1-1).
Final Score: (13) Virginia Tech 30, Marshall 10
Huntington, WV (Sports Network) - David Wilson rushed for 132 yards and a score on 26 carries, while Josh Oglesby added 75 more yards and two TDs on 12 attempts as No. 13 Virginia Tech defeated Marshall, 30-10. Logan Thomas completed 22-of-33 passes for 229 yards and added a rushing score for the Hokies (4-0), who have won their first four games for the first time since 2006. Virginia Tech opens up its ACC slate next Saturday by hosting 4-0 Clemson at Lane Stadium. Danny Coale and D.J. Coles combined for 173 receiving yards on 15 catches. Coles had 66 yards on eight catches, while Coale pulled down seven balls for 107 yards. Rakeem Cato threw for 245 yards and a score on 17-of-33 passing for Marshall (1-3), while Aaron Dobson caught five passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Marshall was held to six yards rushing on 24 total carries in defeat.
Final Score: (15) Florida 48, Kentucky 10
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Jeff Demps rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns to lead a spectacular ground attack, and No. 15 Florida had no trouble with SEC foe Kentucky in a 48-10 victory on Saturday. Chris Rainey gained 105 yards on the ground and John Brantley passed for 115 yards and a touchdown for the Gators (4-0, 2-0 SEC), who beat the Wildcats for the 25th straight time. Morgan Newton threw for 124 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions for Kentucky (2-2, 0-1), which has dropped two in a row after opening the season with back-to-back wins. Florida gained 405 yards on 46 carries by nine players, the sixth-best rushing performance in school history.
Final Score: (17) Baylor 56, Rice 31
Waco, TX (Sports Network) - Robert Griffin III threw five touchdown passes and added another score on the ground, powering the 17th-ranked Baylor Bears to a 56-31 victory over former Southwest Conference rival Rice at Floyd Casey Stadium. Griffin finished with 338 yards on 29-of-33 efficiency. The junior quarterback has now completed 70 of his 82 passes this season, and he has thrown more touchdown passes (13) than incompletions. Kendall Wright had 108 yards and one touchdown on 11 receptions for Baylor, which is off to its first 3-0 start since 2005. Taylor McHargue threw three touchdown passes for the Owls (1-2), who were coming off a win over Purdue, their first against a team from a BCS conference since 2001, ending an 0-22 stretch.
Final Score: (18) South Florida 52, UTEP 24
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - B.J. Daniels threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score in No. 18 South Florida's 52-24 victory over UTEP. Daniels completed 15-of-24 passes for 202 yards, while Darrell Scott, Victor Marc and Demetris Murray added rushing touchdowns. Lindsey Lamar caught four passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulls (4-0), who enjoyed their final tune up before opening Big East play at Pittsburgh on Thursday. Carson Meger, playing in place of the injured Nick Lamaison, completed 26-of-40 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns, but threw three interceptions. Kevin Perry and Anthony McGhee both caught touchdowns passes for the Miners (2-2), who return to Conference USA play on Thursday against Houston. They are 0-1 against league foes following a 28-17 loss to SMU on September 10.
Final Score: (20) TCU 55, Portland State 13
Fort Worth, TX (Sports Network) - Casey Pachall threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns, helping 20th-ranked TCU to a 55-13 rout of Portland State at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Waymon James scored on an 82-yard kick return and a 65-yard run for the Horned Frogs (3-1), who have won three in a row since losing to Baylor by two points in their season-opener. James finished with 136 rushing yards and TCU totaled 462 offensive yards in the win, which came fairly easily against the Vikings (2-1), a Football Championship Subdivision member. Running back Shaquille Richard finished with 90 yards and a touchdown for Portland State.
Final Score: (22) Michigan 28, San Diego State 7
Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) - When Brady Hoke left a blossoming program at San Diego State to take over at Michigan, he had one of the most dazzling players to rebuild around in Denard Robinson. The junior quarterback made sure his new coach's former team wouldn't spoil Michigan's perfect start. Robinson ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns to power the 22nd-ranked Wolverines to a 28-7 victory over the Aztecs at Michigan Stadium. Hoke led San Diego State to a record of 13-12 in his two years at the helm and was the Mountain West's top coach last year when the Aztecs were 9-4 and went to their first bowl game in 12 years. The former Michigan assistant was called back to Ann Arbor in January and is trying to turn around a Wolverine program that was 15-22 in three mostly dreadful seasons under Rich Rodriguez. Rocky Long, meanwhile, has taken what Hoke started and had San Diego State unbeaten after three games for the first time since 1981, but the Aztecs (3-1) hurt themselves with key turnovers and had no answer for Robinson in the Big House.
Final Score: Arizona State 43, (23) Southern California 22
Tempe, AZ (Sports Network) - Cameron Marshall rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns, and Arizona State snapped an 11-game losing streak to Southern California with a 43-22 victory over the 23rd-ranked Trojans. Brock Osweiler tossed for 223 yards and two touchdowns on 25-of-32 passes for the Sun Devils (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12), who had four takeaways and did not turn the ball over. Matt Barkley was 21-of-33 for 227 yards and one TD pass for USC (3-1, 1-1), but was intercepted twice, one getting returned 41 yards by Shelly Lyons to cap 22 straight unanswered points by ASU.
Final Score: (24) Illinois 23, Western Michigan 20
Champaign, IL (Sports Network) - Derek Dimke kicked a go-ahead 21-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, and No. 23 Illinois held on for a 23-20 win over Western Michigan on Saturday to remain undefeated. The Illini (4-0) easily survived a final Broncos drive in the last 1:05 of the game after they were stopped on 4th-and-4 at the Western Michigan 32. The Broncos (2-2) didn't have any remaining timeouts and only made it to the Illinois 41. Alex Carder was sacked for a loss of seven yards, running time off the clock, and completed two final passes for 20 yards before it ticked to zero. Troy Pollard rushed for 133 yards, Nathan Scheelhaase passed for 133 with a touchdown and Dimke kicked three field goals for Illinois. Carder passed for 306 yards and two touchdowns for Western Michigan, which built a 13-10 lead at halftime on his touchdown pass to Chleb Ravenell late in the second quarter.
Final Score: (25) Georgia Tech 35, North Carolina 28
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Tevin Washington's second touchdown run put Georgia Tech on top late in the fourth quarter, and the 25th-ranked Yellow Jackets held on for a 35-28 victory over North Carolina. Washington passed for 184 yards and a score for Georgia Tech (4-0, 1-0 ACC), which blew a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter before pulling out the victory. The Yellow Jackets are 4-0 for the first time since 1990, and stayed undefeated thanks to their potent running attack. After running for 604 yards in a record-breaking 66-24 blowout of Kansas last week, they posted 312 Saturday, including 74 from Washington and 79 from Orwin Smith. North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns, with two interceptions, while Giovani Bernard rushed for 155 yards and two scores. The Tar Heels (3-1, 1-1) had defeated Virginia last week in their conference opener, but couldn't stay undefeated.