Top-ranked Alabama thwarts Ole Miss; Louisville routs FSU
Malvern Prep grad Hornibrook rallies Wisconsin
No. 1 Alabama scored two defensive touchdowns and another on special teams to overcome a three-touchdown deficit and beat No. 19 Mississippi 48-43 on Saturday.
Freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 158 yards and ran for 146 more, but it was unlikely touchdowns from Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne and Eddie Jackson that proved to be the biggest plays for the Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference).
Ole Miss (1-2, 0-1) looked as if it might be on its way to a third straight win over the Tide late in the second quarter. Instead, it was the Rebels’ second collapse in three games.
Ole Miss took a 24-3 lead with 2:47 remaining in the first half after defensive end Marquis Haynes’ big hit on Hurts, forcing a fumble that fellow defensive lineman John Youngblood scooped up and ran 44 yards for a touchdown.
But Alabama responded. The Tide needed just three plays and 37 seconds to pull to 24-10. Ole Miss was forced to punt on the next drive and Jackson returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown, evading several tacklers before bolting down the right sideline for the touchdown.
In just 65 seconds, Alabama had turned a 21-point deficit into a manageable 2417 game at halftime.
Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly threw for a career-high 421 yards and three touchdowns.
Lamar Jackson ran for four touchdowns and threw for another score and Louisville routed Florida State in what was billed as an Atlantic Coast Conferenceshowdown game.
Jackson ran for 146 yards and passed for 216 yards. The defense chipped in with nine sacks.
The Cardinals (3-0, 2-0) topped 60 points for the third straight game. The Seminoles (2-1, 0-1) suffered one of the worst losses in school history.
Jeremy Smith ran for two TDs for the Cardinals, and Jackson was nearly unstoppable in piling up 362 yards of offense. He also added to his collection of highlights as he faked one defender and spun off another en route to his final TD run of 47 yards. He has 18 TDs in three games.
Louisville’s defense held FSU to 284 yards and forced two turnovers. The Seminoles’ only bright spot was 10 straight points to cut it to 14-10 before Jackson and took over.
Jaire Alexander had a 69-yard punt return for a TD and a fumble recovery leading to another Louisville score. Brandon Radcliff rushed for 118 yards and a score. Bison (3-0) in position for the winning field goal.
The loss was just the fourth by a ranked FBS team to an FCS school. North Dakota State isn’t just another Football Championship Subdivision team, though. The Bison have won the last five FCS titles.
The Bison ran for 239 yards and held Iowa to 231 total yards. C.J. Beathard had three TD passes for Iowa (2-1). The Hawkeyes ran for just 34 yards on 25 carries. Watson threw three early touchdown passes in Clemson’s rout in the game that both coaches decided to shorten.
The game was such a mismatch that the Tigers (3-0) scored two touchdowns in the first quarter with no time running off the clock. An NCAA rule allows for games to be shortened by time if the coaches agree.
Clemson led 45-0 at the half against the FCS Bulldogs (0-3), and the thirdand fourth quarters were 12 minutes each instead of the usual 15 minutes.
Watson completed 12 of 15 passes for 152 yards. was suspended for team rules violations. During the first half, the Volunteers lost two of team captains to injuries — cornerback Cam Sutton and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin.
Ohio is 1-2.
Mississippi wide receiver A.J. Brown tries to avoid the tackle from Alabama defender Deionte Thompson on Saturday.