Top-ranked Alabama thwarts Ole Miss; Louisville routs FSU

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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.

JAMES PUGH — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Mis­sis­sippi wide re­ceiver A.J. Brown tries to avoid the tackle from Alabama de­fender Deionte Thomp­son on Sat­ur­day.

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