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Top-25 College Football Game Capsules(Saturday, September 13)
Final Score: (2) Oregon 48, Wyoming 14
Eugene, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcus Mariota and the second-ranked Oregon Ducks shook off a sluggish start to handily defeat the Wyoming Cowboys, 48-14, on Saturday at Autzen Stadium. Mariota threw for 221 yards on an efficient 19- of-23 passing with two touchdowns and also rushed for 71 yards and two scores. Byron Marshall rushed for 80 yards on six carries and a touchdown, while Royce Freeman and Kani Benoit each had a TD on the ground. Oregon (3-0), which trailed 7-0 after the first quarter, opens its Pac-12 schedule next week at Washington State. The Ducks had a stunning come-from-behind victory over then- No. 7 Michigan State last week, so a hangover as Helfrich put it could be understandable when playing a less-talented Cowboys team. Colby Kirkegaard tossed for 284 yards on 19-of-33 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions for Wyoming (2-1). Shaun Wick led all rushers with 122 yards on 16 carries in the setback.
Final Score: (3) Alabama 52, Southern Miss 12
Tuscaloosa, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Sims and Kenyan Drake each accounted for three touchdowns in third-ranked Alabama's 52-12 blowout over Southern Miss in a non-conference bout on Saturday. Sims took the bulk of the snaps under center for Alabama (3-0) and completed 12-of-17 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran five times for 46 yards and a score on the ground, while Drake led the running back-by-committee with three rushing scores. Amari Cooper had his fifth straight 100-yard receiving game and moved into a tie for second place on Alabama's all-time touchdown reception list with a 22-yard score in the first quarter. He finished with eight grabs for 135 yards. The Crimson Tide will conclude a three-game homestand when they kick off SEC play against the Florida Gators next Saturday. Nick Mullens passed for 207 yards for Southern Miss, which has now been outscored 101-12 by SEC foes this season. The Golden Eagles (1-2) opened the season with a 49-0 loss to Mississippi State. Corey Acosta kicked four field goals -- one in each quarter -- to account for all 12 points.
Final Score: (4) Oklahoma 34, Tennessee 10
Norman, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - The first of a home-and-home set between two storied programs went to Oklahoma. And it was never seriously threatened. Trevor Knight threw for 308 yards with a touchdown and an interception as the fourth-ranked Sooners rolled to a 34-10 victory over Tennessee on Saturday night. The Sooners (3-0), who have outscored their opponents 55-0 so far in the first quarter, raced out to a 13-0 start in this one and never looked back in the first meeting between these two heavyweights since OU beat Tennessee in the 1968 Orange Bowl. Knight completed 20-of-33 passes and ran for a score, Sterling Shepard caught five passes for 109 yards and Keith Ford carried the ball 15 times for 56 yards and a touchdown in the triumph. Zack Sanchez and Julian Wilson recorded interceptions in the end zone, with Wilson running his back for a 100-yard touchdown. Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops got another win against the SEC after the Sooners ripped SEC member Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. OU had dropped three straight games against the vaunted conference prior to the Sugar Bowl. Justin Worley was 21-of-44 for 201 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for the young and up-and-coming Volunteers (2-1), who were seeking their first 3-0 start since 2004. Jalen Hurd ran for 97 yards on 14 totes in defeat.
Final Score: (24) South Carolina 38, (6) Georgia 35
Columbia, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Dylan Thompson threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns and No. 24 South Carolina held off sixth-ranked Georgia, 38-35, in a shootout from Williams-Brice Stadium. South Carolina led by a field goal midway through the fourth quarter when Damian Swann intercepted Thompson in Gamecocks territory and returned it 18 yards, setting up Georgia's offense inside the 5. An intentional grounding penalty knocked the Bulldogs back to the 11, and Marshall Morgan missed a 28-yard chip shot by the slightest of margins. Morgan made two field goals earlier in the game, setting the SEC record for consecutive field goals made with 20 before missing two in the second half. The Gamecocks picked up two first downs and ran out the clock, securing their fourth win over Georgia in the last five meetings. Thompson completed 21-of-30 passes with an interception for the Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 SEC), winners in two straight following a humbling 52-28 setback to Texas A&M in the season opener. Thompson also ran for a touchdown and muscled his way for three inches on fourth down in the final minutes before kneeling three times to run out the clock. Georgia (1-1, 0-1) running back Todd Gurley followed up a career-best performance against Clemson by rushing 20 times for 131 yards and a touchdown. Hutson Mason completed 16-for-22 for 191 and a pair of scores through the air. The Gamecocks improved to 20-1 in its last 21 home games, and they are 35-2 since 2008 when scoring 30-plus points.
Final Score: (7) Texas A&M 38, Rice 10
College Station, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kenny Hill had four touchdown passes as No. 7 Texas A&M rolled to a 38-10 win over Rice on Saturday. Hill went 20-for-31 for 300 yards with Josh Reynolds catching two scoring passes for the Aggies (3-0), who also got a rushing touchdown from Tra Carson. Speedy Noil and Ricky Seals-Jones each caught a score as well. Driphus Jackson was 21-for-32 for 212 yards and a touchdown for the Owls (0-2), who opened their season on Aug. 30 with a loss to Notre Dame.
Final Score: Boston College 37, (9) Southern California 31
Chestnut Hill, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Murphy led a punishing Boston College ground attack with 191 yards and a touchdown, and an inspired Eagles team ended an 11-game losing streak against ranked opponents with a stunning 37-31 victory over ninth-ranked Southern California at Alumni Stadium. On a night they paid tribute to an alumnus killed while saving several lives during the September 11 attacks in New York in 2001, the Eagles churned out 452 rushing yards and scored 24 straight points at one stretch to record their first win over a top-25 foe since besting Florida State in 2009. Murphy, who managed just 54 passing yards on a 5-of-13 completion rate and was intercepted once, put the finishing touches on the upset by tearing off a 66-yard touchdown run that gave Boston College (2-1) a 37-24 lead with 3:30 remaining. Jon Hilliman had two of the Eagles' five rushing touchdowns, while Boston College's fired-up defense sacked Cody Kessler five times and held USC to a mere 20 rushing yards. Kessler did throw for four touchdowns and completed 31-of-41 attempts for 317 yards, but was mostly held in check after the Trojans built a 17-6 lead less than a minute into the second quarter. Javorius Allen finished with 118 yards and a touchdown on nine catches for a USC (2-1) squad fresh off last week's hard-earned win at defending Pac-12 champ Stanford. Nelson Agholor added 64 yards and a touchdown on nine grabs.
Final Score: (10) LSU 31, Louisiana-Monroe 0
Baton Rouge, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - It took some time, but the LSU offense got on a roll. The 10th-ranked Tigers' defense, meanwhile, was in top form throughout Saturday's 31-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe. LSU scored rushing touchdowns on each of its first three second-half possessions to blow open what had been a 10-0 game at halftime. Anthony Jennings completed 11-of-18 passes for 139 yards with one interception for the Tigers (3-0), who posted a second consecutive shutout and extended their regular-season winning streak against non-conference opponents to an FBS-record 48 games. LSU held Louisiana-Monroe (2-1) to 93 total yards of offense and six first downs.
Final Score: (11) Notre Dame 30, Purdue 14
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Everett Golson had two touchdown passes and ran in another as No. 11 Notre Dame grabbed a 30-14 win over Purdue on Saturday. Golson went 25-for-40 with 259 yards and added 56 yards on 14 carries for the Irish (3-0), who got a touchdown reception from Corey Robinson and William Fuller. Danny Etling was 27-for-40 for 234 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Boilermakers (1-2), who have dropped their past two after opening the season with a win over Western Michigan.
Final Score: (12) UCLA 20, Texas 17
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Jerry Neuheisel threw for two touchdowns in place of injured quarterback Brett Hundley as No. 12 UCLA held on to defeat Texas, 20-17, at AT&T Stadium. Neuheisel threw for 178 yards on 23-of-30 passing after Hundley came down hard on an 11-yard scramble in the first quarter and left with an injury to his non-throwing elbow. Hundley will be further evaluated at UCLA. Paul Perkins had a game-high 126 yards on 24 carries and finished with 195 all-purpose yards for the Bruins, who started off 3-0 for the third straight season. Jordan Payton and Nate Iese each caught touchdown passes from Neuheisel. Tyrone Swoopes completed 24 of his 34 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns for Texas (1-2). John Harris and M.J. McFarland each hauled in a TD pass in defeat.
Final Score: (14) Ole Miss 56, Louisiana 15
Oxford, MS (SportsNetwork.com) - Bo Wallace threw four touchdown passes, leading 14th-ranked Ole Miss to a 56-15 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. Wallace was 23-of-28 with 316 yards despite sitting out the majority of the second half with Ole Miss in firm control. Jaylen Walton ran for a 71- yard touchdown and caught another from Wallace as the Rebels opened 3-0 for the second straight year. Vince Sanders had two touchdown grabs and finished with 125 yards on eight receptions. Terrance Broadway was held to 129 yards on 15-of-30 passing by the Ole Miss defense. He was intercepted three times, including twice by Senquez Golson, who returned the second one 59 yards for a third-quarter touchdown. Elijah McGuire had 66 yards on 10 carries, and Alonzo Harris ran for the Ragin' Cajuns' (1-2) lone touchdown
Final Score: (15) Stanford 35, Army 0
Stanford, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Hogan threw three of his four touchdown passes to Devon Cajuste in 15th-ranked Stanford's 35-0 rout of Army on Saturday. Hogan completed 20-of-28 passes for 216 yards for the Cardinal (2-1), who bounced back from a 13-10 loss to USC last weekend. Stanford improved to 8-0 following a loss under head coach David Shaw. Cajuste caught four passes for 52 yards for the Cardinal, who racked up 415 yards of total offense. Ty Montgomery had 86 receiving yards with one touchdown and also rushed for a score, while Barry Sanders carried the ball nine times for 92 yards. Angel Santiago completed two passes for 13 yards and carried the ball eight times for 29 yards for the Black Knights (1-1). A.J. Schurr rushed for 65 yards on six carries.
Final Score: (16) Arizona State 38, Colorado 24
Boulder, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - D.J. Foster ran for 147 yards and a score and caught a touchdown pass as No. 16 Arizona State defeated Colorado, 38-24, in the Pac-12 opener for both teams on Saturday night. Taylor Kelly was 13- of-21 for 195 yards and three scores and added a 50-yard TD run before exiting with a right foot injury. Mike Bercovici finished the game at quarterback for ASU while Kelly was shown on the bench with a protective boot on his foot in the fourth quarter. Foster added 59 receiving yards on four catches and Jaelen Strong hauled in six receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown for the Sun Devils (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12), who improved to 6-0 all-time against the Buffaloes. Sefo Liufau was 31-of-46 for 278 yards and three touchdowns for Colorado (1-2, 0-1), which has lost 15 straight games against ranked opponents. Colorado outgained ASU, 545-426, but turned the ball over three times.
Final Score: East Carolina 28, (17) Virginia Tech 21
Blacksburg, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Shane Carden's 1-yard touchdown run with 16 seconds left in regulation lifted East Carolina to a 28-21 victory over No. 17 Virginia Tech on Saturday. Carden ended up 23-of-47 for 427 yards and threw for his team's first three score as the Pirates (2-1) wasted a 21-point first- half advantage before rallying to win. Trevon Brown, Isaiah Jones and Bryce Williams posted a TD grab apiece, with Breon Allen adding 54 yards on eight carries. Michael Brewer tossed three touchdowns and racked up 298 passing yards on 30- of-56 efficiency for the Hokies (2-1), who failed to capitalize on momentum gained from a surprise win last week at Ohio State. Isaiah Ford totaled 77 yards and two scores on seven receptions, while Cam Phillips added the game-tying TD catch late in the fourth period. Marshawn Williams picked up 74 yards on 17 rushes in defeat.
Final Score: (20) Missouri 38, UCF 10
Columbia, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Maty Mauk threw for 144 yards and four touchdowns as No. 20 Missouri claimed a 38-10 decision over UCF in Saturday's interconference clash. Bud Sasser and Jimmie Hunt each posted a pair of TD receptions for the Tigers (3-0), who have scored at least 30 points in each of their wins this season. Marcus Murphy contributed 94 yards on 15 carries. Justin Holman racked up 209 yards and one score through the air to William Stanback for the Knights (0-2), who were coming off a bye week following a loss to Penn State in Dublin.
Final Score: Virginia 23, (21) Louisville 21
Charlottesville, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ian Frye's 42-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter lifted the Virginia Cavaliers to a 23-21 victory over the 21st-ranked Louisville Cardinals on Saturday. Greyson Lambert completed 13-of-24 passes for 162 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Virginia (2-1, 1-0 ACC), which last defeated a ranked opponent on Nov. 19, 2011, a 14-13 victory over then-No. 23 Florida State. Miles Gooch hauled in four passes from Lambert for 78 yards and touchdown. Will Gardner struggled mightily for the Cardinals (2-1, 1-1), who were playing in their first road game as a member of the ACC. Gardner converted 14-of-34 passes for 164 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Dominique Brown rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown, while James Quick and Charles Standberry each had a touchdown reception in the setback.
Final Score: (22) Ohio State 66, Kent State 0
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - J.T. Barrett threw for 312 yards with six touchdowns, as 22nd-ranked Ohio State bounced back from its first regular- season loss in three years with a 66-0 rout of Kent State on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Barrett finished 23-for-30 passing with one interception and Curtis Samuel ran for 100 yards with two scores for Ohio State (2-1), which had its 25-game regular-season winning streak and a 15-game home winning streak stopped with last week's 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes rolled up 628 total yards against the overmatched Golden Flashes (0-3) and have now won 39 straight games against in-state opponents. Their last loss to a school from the state of Ohio was a 7-6 setback to Oberlin in 1921. Kent State, which lost to Ohio University and South Alabama to start the season, managed just 10 first downs and 126 yards of total offense.
09/14 03:06:56 ET
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