College roundup: Murray stars as No. 6 Sooners rout UCLA
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kyler Murray threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores, and No. 6 Oklahoma lost star running back Rodney Anderson to a leg injury in a 49-21 victory over UCLA on Saturday.
Anderson ran for 10 yards on the final play of the first quarter, and then got up slowly. He limped off on his own, and trainers tended to the preseason All-Big 12 pick before he headed to the locker room. He was back on the bench later, out of uniform.
Murray passed for 306 yards and ran for 69 yards for the Sooners (2-0). Thompson-Robinson completed 16 of 26 passes for 254 yards for UCLA.
NO. 1 ALABAMA 57, ARKANSAS STATE 7
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa passed for three first-quarter touchdowns and Jalen Hurts added two more before halftime for Alabama.
The Crimson Tide (2-0) racked up big plays on the way to a 40-0 halftime lead while rotating the quarterbacks who battled for the job throughout the offseason. Coach Nick Saban officially announced Tagovailoa would remain the starter Monday, but both were big parts of the plan again.
No. 2 Clemson 28,
Texas A&M 26
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Kelly Bryant threw for 205 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to help No. 2 Clemson escape with a 28-26 victory over Kellen Mond and Texas A&M.
Mond was spectacular in the second half, throwing for three touchdowns, with a 14-yard pass to Kendrick Rogers cutting the lead to 28-26 with 46 seconds left. But his big performance came up just short when the 2-point conversion attempt was intercepted in the end zone.
NO. 3 GEORGIA 41, NO. 24 SOUTH CAROLINA 17
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Jake Fromm threw for 194 yards and a touchdown, all three of Georgia’s latest running combo scored touchdowns and the expected Southeastern Conference showdown turned into a blowout.
The Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1) came in ranked for the first time in four years, and some thought they had a chance of upsetting the defending SEC champions early in the season. Instead, the Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0) used dominating offense and suffocating defense to win their fourth straight over South Carolina.
NO. 4 OHIO STATE 52,
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw four touchdown passes and Ohio State rolled to the 900th victory in program history.
Johnnie Dixon grabbed two of Haskins’ scoring strikes, and backup quarterback Tate Martell added another touchdown pass and a 47-yard scoring run on a gray, misty afternoon. The Buckeyes, playing in their second game without suspended coach Urban Meyer, piled up 579 offensive yards.
NO. 5 WISCONSIN 45,
NEW MEXICO 14
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jonathan Taylor ran for a career-high 253 yards and three touchdowns, and Wisconsin asserted its dominance after allowing a score on the game-opening drive.
A.J. Taylor had 134 yards receiving and a score to help the Badgers (2-0) win their 41st straight home nonconference game. That’s the longest active streak in the FBS.
NO. 6 OKLAHOMA 49, UCLA 21
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kyler Murray threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores, and Oklahoma lost star running back Rodney Anderson to a leg injury.
Anderson ran for 10 yards on the final play of the first quarter, and then got up slowly. He limped off on his own, and trainers tended to the preseason All-Big 12 pick before he headed to the locker room.
NO. 7 AUBURN 63,
ALABAMA STATE 9
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — JaTarvious Whitlow ran for 122 yards and receiver Anthony Schwartz accounted for 117 total yards and two touchdowns to help Auburn rout Alabama State.
Starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham played only into the second quarter, with the Tigers (2-0) leading 42-0. The redshirt junior finished 6 of 11 for 113 yards with a passing and rushing score.
NO. 8 NOTRE DAME 24, BALL STATE 16
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Jalen Elliott had two interceptions that Notre Dame turned into touchdowns and the Fighting Irish held off stubborn Ball State.
The Irish, coming off an emotional 24-17 season-opening victory over Michigan, looked lackluster against the Mid-American Conference foe.
NO. 9 WASHINGTON 45, NORTH DAKOTA 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Jake Browning threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns, Ty Jones had two touchdown receptions, and Washington pulled away in the second half.
The Huskies home opener was a chance to regroup after the letdown of last week’s season opener loss to No. 7 Auburn.
NO. 11 LSU 31,
SE LOUISIANA 0
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Joe Burrow passed for two touchdowns and ran for a short score, and LSU rode an opportunistic defensive performance.
NO. 12 VIRGINIA TECH 62, WILLIAM & MARY 17
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Steven Peoples had two first-half touchdown runs, and Josh Jackson threw for a touchdown and ran for another for Virginia Tech.
NO. 14 WEST VIRGINIA 52, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 17
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Will Grier threw three of his four touchdown passes to Gary Jennings to lead West Virginia.
NO. 18 MISSISSIPPI STATE 31, KANSAS STATE 10
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Nick Fitzgerald returned from a suspension to throw two touchdown passes, Kylin Hill ran for 211 yards and accounted for three scores for Mississippi State.
No. 19 UCF 38, South Carolina State 0
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — On a night when quarterback McKenzie Milton wasnát at his best, No. 19 UCF got it done with rushing and defense to beat South Carolina State and extend its winning streak to 15 games.
NO. 21 MICHIGAN 49, WESTERN MICHIGAN 3
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Shea Patterson threw three touchdown passes, one in each of the first three quarters, to help Michigan beat Western Michigan.
NO. 22 MIAMI 77, SAVANNAH STATE 0
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Malik Rosier threw for two scores and rushed for another, NáKosi Perry came off the bench to throw the first three touchdown passes of his collegiate career, and Miami set a school record for margin of victory.
NO. 23 OREGON 62,
PORTLAND STATE 14
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Justin Herbert threw for 250 yards and four touchdowns for Oregon before heading to the bench in the third quarter.
KENTUCKY 27, NO. 25 FLORIDA 16
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kentucky ended one of college footballás longest losing streaks by upsetting Florida. Terry Wilson accounted for three touchdowns, Benny Snell ran for 175 yards and the Wildcats (2-0) beat the Gators for the first time since 1986. Kentucky hadn’t won in Gainesville since 1979.