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Top-25 College Football Game Capsules (Saturday, October 1st)
Final Score: (1) LSU 35, Kentucky 7
Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) - Jordan Jefferson scored a touchdown in his return to the field, and top-ranked LSU stymied the Kentucky Wildcats, 35-7, at Tiger Stadium. Jefferson was suspended from the team on August 26 when he was arrested on felony charges in connection with a bar fight. He returned to the program this week when a grand jury reduced his charges to a misdemeanor. Alfred Blue and Terrence Magee joined Jefferson with one-yard TD runs for LSU (5-0, 2-0 SEC), which extended its home winning streak to 13 games. Kentucky (2-3, 0-2) generated only 155 yards of total offense, including a meager 66 yards through the air. Morgan Newton completed 6-of-20 passes in the loss, the Wildcats' third in a row.
Final Score: (2) Oklahoma 62, Ball State 6
Norman, OK (Sports Network) - Landry Jones threw for 425 yards and five touchdowns, as No. 2 Oklahoma pummeled Ball State, 62-6. The Sooners (4-0) excelled in virtually every phase of the game to stretch their nation's-best home win streak to 39. Dominique Whaley carried the ball 15 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns, while Jaz Reynolds caught five passes for 141 yards and a score. Ryan Broyles caught four passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns, moving into first place in Big 12 history with 304 career receptions. Tony Jefferson sparked the Oklahoma defense, recording three interceptions to tie a school record. In all, the Sooners compiled 655 yards of total offense, compared to 214 for Ball State. Keith Wenning threw for 84 yards on 12-of-31 passing, while Jahwan Edwards had 53 rushing yards on 16 carries for the Cardinals (3-2).
Final Score: (3) Alabama 38, (12) Florida 10
Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) - Trent Richardson ran for two scores as No. 3 Alabama routed 12th-ranked Florida, 38-10, in an SEC matchup at The Swamp. Richardson had a career-high 181 yards on 29 carries while Eddie Lacy and A.J. McCarron added rushing touchdowns for the Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 SEC), who have won all of their games by double-digits. McCarron also went 12-for-25 with 140 yards passing. Florida (4-1, 2-1) quarterback John Brantley went 11-for-16 with 190 yards, one score and one interception, but left the game late in the second quarter with a right leg injury after getting sacked.
Final Score: (4) Boise State 30, Nevada 10
Boise, ID (Sports Network) - Kellen Moore threw for 142 yards and two touchdowns while Doug Martin ran for two scores, leading fourth-ranked Boise State in a 30-10 defeat of Nevada. Moore completed 19-of-33 passes and was intercepted twice, but the turnovers didn't end up costing the Broncos (4-0), who held the Wolf Pack to 176 total yards and off the board until the first minute of the fourth quarter. Martin finished with 126 yards on the ground to help Boise State extend its home winning streak to 34 games. Nevada starting quarterback Tyler Lantrip completed only 5-of-16 passes for 50 yards with an interception. Sophomore Mason Magleby led the Wolf Pack (1-3) to a touchdown in the final minute, when it was far too late for them to avoid a second straight loss.
Final Score: (6) Stanford 45, UCLA 19
Stanford, CA (Sports Network) - Andrew Luck missed on just four of his passes all night and threw for three touchdowns to power sixth-ranked Stanford to a 45-19 rout of UCLA. Luck completed 23-of-27 passes for 227 yards. Stepfan Taylor rushed for 112 yards and a pair of scores for Stanford (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12), which has the nation's longest winning streak at 12 games. This marks the program's best victory string since 1939-41, when Stanford won 13 straight games over the course of three seasons, tying a school record. UCLA won its conference opener last Saturday, defeating Oregon State in Corvallis. One week later, the Bruins (2-3, 1-1) ran into a buzz saw offense, as the Cardinal totaled 442 yards of offense. Richard Brehaut connected on 18-of-33 passes for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Joseph Fauria for UCLA, which also got 96 yards on the ground from Johnathan Franklin.
Final Score: (7) Wisconsin 48, (8) Nebraska 17
Madison, WI (Sports Network) - The Big Ten opener certainly didn't go according to plan for the Cornhuskers. It did for the Badgers. Montee Ball rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns, landing No. 7 Wisconsin to a 48-17 blowout of eighth-ranked Nebraska. Russell Wilson completed 14-of-20 passes for 255 yards and a pair of scores for the Badgers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who won their 13th straight home game. The Badger offense came into Saturday night's showdown at Camp Randall Stadium as one of the nation's most balanced units and had rolled up more than 530 yards per game. Wisconsin had 486 against the Cornhuskers. Nebraska had more than 300 yards on the ground in its last two games, against Washington and Wyoming. But on this evening, the Cornhuskers were held to 159 yards rushing. Taylor Martinez was victimized for three interceptions and completed half of his 22 passes for 176 yards. Rex Burkhead and Martinez each ran for scores for the Cornhuskers (4-1, 0-1), who led 14-7, but then gave up 34 straight points.
Final Score: Auburn 16, (10) South Carolina 13
Columbia, SC (Sports Network) - Barrett Trotter threw a touchdown pass to Philip Lutzenkirchen with 1:38 remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Auburn Tigers upset the 10th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks, 16-13, at Williams- Brice Stadium. Facing a 3rd-and-five from the South Carolina nine-yard line, Trotter found Lutzenkirchen cutting across the middle towards the left sideline. South Carolina linebacker Reginald Bowens stripped the ball at the goal line, but the Auburn tight end managed to recover and secure possession in the end zone before sliding out of bounds. Stephen Garcia then guided the Gamecocks into enemy territory and completed a 12-yard pass to Bruce Ellington, setting up a first down at the 30. But South Carolina was unable to attempt a potential game-tying field goal because time had expired. Trotter finished with 112 yards and two interceptions on 12-of-23 tosses for Auburn (4-1, 2-0 SEC). Garcia completed just 9-of-23 passes for 160 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for the Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1), who were looking to start a season with five straight wins for the first time since 2001.
Final Score: (13) Clemson 23, (11) Virginia Tech 3
Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) - Andre Branch led the Tigers' defensive efforts with three sacks, as No. 13 Clemson stayed perfect with a 23-3 victory over the No. 11 Virginia Tech Hokies. Clemson (5-0, 2-0 ACC) is off to its first 5-0 start since 2000. It's the first time in program history that the Tigers defeated three ranked opponents in consecutive weeks. The nations touchdown receptions leader, Sammy Watkins, was held in check for just 38 yards on three catches, but tight end Dwayne Allen picked up the slack with 75 yards and a score on four receptions. Tajh Boyd had 204 yards and a score on just 13-of-32 passing for Clemson. He scrambled for 28 yards on 10 rushes. Mike Bellamy had 47 yards on the ground, including a 31-yard score, while Andre Ellington racked up 40 yards on 16 carries. It was a tough evening for Hokies signal-caller Logan Thomas, who threw for just 125 yards, including an interception, on 15-of-27 passing. David Wilson led all rushers with 123 yards on 20 carries for Virginia Tech (4-1, 0-1). D.J. Coles caught four balls for 44 yards, while Danny Coale had five receptions for 41 yards.
Final Score: (18) Arkansas 42, (14) Texas A&M 38
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Broderick Green broke through the line for a three-yard touchdown with 1:41 remaining, capping a 90-yard drive and lifting No. 18 Arkansas to a 42-38 win over future SEC foe Texas A&M on Saturday. Arkansas trailed the 14th-ranked Aggies by 18 points at halftime, but rallied back and tied the game in the fourth quarter when Jarius Wright recovered his teammate's fumble in the end zone. Later, the Razorbacks' game-winning touchdown drive was kept alive early on by a penalty on Texas A&M's Jonathan Stewart for hitting an Arkansas receiver with his helmet on an incomplete second-down pass. Tyler Wilson was 30-of-51 for a school-record 510 yards for Arkansas (4-1), while Wright caught 13 passes for 281 yards and scored twice. Christine Michael rushed for 230 yards on 32 carries, scoring three touchdowns for an Aggies (2-2) team that has dropped two straight games. Ryan Tannehill passed for 247 yards and rushed for 56 in the loss. The teams, former Southwest Conference foes, will again be conference rivals when Texas A&M leaves the Big 12 to join the SEC next season.
Final Score: Kansas State 36, (15) Baylor 35
Manhattan, KS (Sports Network) - Robert Griffin III's first interception of the season proved costly. Griffin threw five touchdown passes, but committed a crucial turnover in the waning minutes of the 15th-ranked Baylor Bears' 36-35 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats. Trailing 35-33, Arthur Brown intercepted a Griffin pass to give the Wildcats (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) the ball deep in Baylor territory. Four plays later, Anthony Cantele kicked a 31-yard, game-winning field goal. Griffin threw for 346 yards on 23-of-31 passing for the Bears (3-1, 0-1), while Kendall Wright had nine catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
Final Score: (17) Texas 37, Iowa State 14
Ames, IA (Sports Network) - Case McCoy and David Ash combined to throw for 255 yards and two touchdowns, leading 17th-ranked Texas to a 37-14 victory over Iowa State in their Big 12 opener. Both quarterbacks completed 7-of-12 passes for the Longhorns (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), while Ash threw for both scores. Jaxon Shipley had six receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown in the lopsided victory. Josh Turner returned a blocked punt for a touchdown for Texas, while Justin Tucker kicked three field goals. Steele Jantz threw for 251 yards and a score, with one interception, for the Cyclones (3-1, 0-1), who won their first three games by a combined eight points.
Final Score: (19) Michigan 58, Minnesota 0
Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) - Denard Robinson accounted for "only" three of Michigan's seven touchdowns, as the 19th-ranked Wolverines annihilated Minnesota, 58-0, to keep the Little Brown Jug for a fourth straight meeting. Michigan (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten), playing in its fifth straight home game to open the season, outgained its rival, 580-177, had 24 more first downs and did not allow the Golden Gophers to convert a third down try. Robinson threw for 169 yards and two scores on 15-of-19 attempts and gained 51 yards and a TD on the ground. Vincent Smith also showed his athleticism with a touchdown pass, catch and run in the blowout. Max Shortell completed just half of his 22 attempts for 104 yards for the Gophers (1-4, 0-1), whose head coach, Jerry Kill, was on the sideline despite going back to the hospital this week to resolve his ongoing seizure issues.
Final Score: SMU 40, (20) TCU 33 (OT)
Fort Worth, TX (Sports Network) - Jeremy Johnson hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass from J.J. McDermott in overtime to lift the SMU Mustangs over the 20th- ranked TCU Horned Frogs, 40-33, in the Battle for the Iron Skillet. Casey Pachall's pass on 4th-and-2 on the ensuing TCU possession fell incomplete as SMU celebrated its first win over the Horned Frogs since 2005. Darius Johnson had a fantastic day for SMU (4-1) as he caught 12 balls for 153 yards and two scores. Terrance Wilkerson had 97 yards and a score on three receptions, while Jeremy Johnson accumulated 69 yards on six catches for the Mustangs, who are off to their best start since 1986. McDermott threw for 349 yards and four scores on 23-for-45 passing, while Zach Line led all rushers with 120 yards on 21 carries. Pachall accounted for 304 yards and three touchdowns on 30-of-42 passing, Ed Wesley rushed for 93 yards on 11 carries and Josh Boyce had 94 yards and a score on seven receptions for TCU (3-2). TCU came into the game with the third-longest home-winning steak in the country with 22 straight wins, behind Oklahoma (38) and Boise State (33). SMU lost four consecutive games against TCU, and 10 of the past 11 meetings coming in.
Final Score: (21) Georgia Tech 45, North Carolina State 35
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Orwin Smith ran in three touchdowns as 21st- ranked Georgia Tech took a 45-35 win over North Carolina State in ACC play. Tevin Washington completed just 4-of-12 passes, but did throw two touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets (5-0, 2-0 ACC), who have won four of their five games this season by double-digits. Mike Glennon went 20-for-29 with 163 yards, two scores and an interception while James Washington had 20 carries for 117 yards and a touchdown for the Wolfpack (2-3, 0-2), who have dropped their past two games.
Final Score: (22) West Virginia 55, Bowling Green 10
Morgantown, WV (Sports Network) - Dustin Garrison rushed for 291 yards and two touchdowns on 32 attempts, leading No. 22 West Virginia to a 55-10 thrashing of Bowling Green on Saturday afternoon. Shawne Alston ran for 49 yards and two scores, Geno Smith threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns and Stedman Bailey caught four passes for 112 yards for the Mountaineers (4-1). Matt Schilz threw for 114 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions, while Jamel Martin ran 23 times for 111 yards. Kamar Jorden hauled in five passes for 46 yards and Ray Hutson scored the lone touchdown for the Falcons. Bowling Green (3-2) held a 10-3 lead in the first quarter, but West Virginia's offense exploded from then on, scoring seven touchdowns, including six consecutive, and a field goal to put the Falcons away.
Final Score: (24) Illinois 38, Northwestern 35
Champaign, IL (Sports Network) - Nathan Scheelhaase bowled his way into the end zone with 13 seconds remaining, sending No. 24 Illinois to a 38-35 win over Northwestern on Saturday afternoon. Scheelhaase began the decisive drive from his own 31-yard line with just over a minute left, and hit A.J. Jenkins with a 28-yard pass on the first play. He ran for 22 yards on 2nd-and-10 and was brought down with a horse collar tackle, resulting in an extra 15 yards and putting the ball on the four-yard line. The quarterback finally punched in the winning score on 3rd-and-goal from the one. Scheelhaase threw for a career-high 391 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, while Jenkins also had a career day for the Fighting Illini (5-0; 1-0 Big Ten), catching 12 passes for 268 yards and three scores.
Final Score: (25) Arizona State 35, Oregon State 20
Tempe, AZ (Sports Network) - Cameron Marshall rushed for two touchdowns in the second half to lift the 25th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils over the Oregon State Beavers, 35-20, in a Pac-12 battle. Marshall carried the ball 14 times for 80 yards for the Sun Devils (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12), who have won two in a row since a loss to Illinois on September 17. Brock Osweiler completed 24-of-37 passes for 258 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions for Arizona State. Gerell Robinson caught two passes for 68 yards and a score. A.J. Pickens hauled in three passes for 35 yards and a touchdown. Sean Mannion connected on 40-of-66 passes for 341 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions for the Beavers (0-4, 0-2), who are off to an 0-4 start for the first time since 1996. Markus Wheaton caught 11 passes for 116 yards for Oregon State, which has lost six in a row dating back to last season. Terron Ward carried the ball five times for 30 yards.