College football roundup: No. 1 Alabama keeps rolling
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jonathan Allen returned a fumble 29 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter to help No. 1 Alabama beat sixth-ranked Texas A&M, 33-14, on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 SEC) moved on as the powerhouse league’s last unbeaten team, getting yet another in a long string of defensive scores.
Allen, a lineman, scooped up the ball after Ryan Anderson knocked it loose from Keith Ford to finally build a cushion over the Aggies (6-1, 4-1), who led 14-13 well into the third.
It was 20-14 when Allen extended Alabama’s streak to 10 games with a score on defense or special teams, half the duration of a winning streak now at 20 going into an open date.
Alabama’s freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts then galloped 37 yards for another score, stepping out of a defender’s grasp and making a nifty move to get past another. The Tide was rolling again, a powerful encore to easy wins over ranked Tennessee and Arkansas teams.
NO. 3 MICHIGAN 41,
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Wilton Speight threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns in three quarters before watching Michigan finish off Illinois.
The Wolverines (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) were leading 34-0 in the fourth quarter when Jim Harbaugh put backup quarterback John O’Korn in the game and rested Speight.
The Fighting Illini (2-5, 1-3) were relegated to starting their third-string quarterback with a familiar name. Jeff George Jr., son of the former Illinois and NFL quarterback, was 4 of 15 for 95 yards with a TD, an interception and a fumble in his first start. The redshirt freshman played because Wes Lunt and Chayce Crouch are injured.
NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 54, NORTH CAROLINA ST. 13
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Lamar Jackson broke Louisville’s single-season record with a hand in four first-half touchdowns, and the Cardinals had three interceptions.
Jackson threw three touchdown passes and had a 36-yard scoring run, giving him 34 TDs with five games to play. Dave Ragone and Brian Brohm each had 33.
NO. 8 NEBRASKA 27,
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Tommy Armstrong Jr. accounted for 303 yards of offense and two touchdowns, and Nebraska came back from a four-point halftime deficit to beat Purdue.
NO. 10 WISCONSIN 17, IOWA 9
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Corey Clement ran for 134 yards and a touchdown and Wisconsin snapped a two-game skid.
NO. 12 WEST VIRGINIA 34, TCU 10
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Skyler Howard threw four touchdown passes and West Virginia’s improving defense held TCU scoreless in the second half.
No. 19 UTAH 52, UCLA 45
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Joe Williams rushed for a school-record 332 yards and four touchdowns in his second game back from retirement, and No. 19 Utah held off pass-happy UCLA. Cory Butler-Byrd returned the opening kickoff for a 99-yard touchdown.
NO. 20 WESTERN MICH. 45, EASTERN MICHIGAN 31
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Zach Terrell threw for 398 yards and three touchdowns and Western Michigan had 569 yards of total offense.
NO. 21 AUBURN 56, NO. 17 ARKANSAS 3
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Eli Stove broke free for a 78-yard touchdown run on Auburnás first play, giving the Tigers momentum they never lost in a surprisingly dominant victory.
NO. 22 NORTH CAROLINA 35, VIRGINIA 14
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Mitch Trubisky threw three touchdown passes and North Carolina limited Virginia to one trick-play touchdown until the fourth quarter.
NO. 24 NAVY 42,
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Will Worth rushed for a career-high 201 yards and three touchdowns, and Navy ran over Memphis for its 14th consecutive home victory.