Hurts leads Alabama to easy win over Colo. State

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No. 1 Alabama 41, Colorado State 23: Jalen Hurts passed for 248 yards and two long touch­downs and rushed for 103 yards to lead host Alabama (3-0) to a vic­tory over Colorado State (2-2). The Crim­son Tide dom­i­nated early and em­phat­i­cally an­swered a come­back at­tempt be­fore out­last­ing the Rams. Hurts de­liv­ered his best all-around game of the sea­son. He ran for a 27-yard touch­down and hit on a ca­reer-long 78-yard scor­ing pass to Calvin Ri­d­ley and a 52-yarder to Robert Fos­ter. Hurts com­pleted 12 of 17 passes and mixed in 11 car­ries be­fore leav­ing late in the third quar­ter. It was his sec­ond straight 100-plus yard rush­ing per­for­mance.

No. 2 Clem­son 47, No. 14 Louisville 21: Clem­son held 2016 Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner La­mar Jack­son in check for most of the game, quar­ter­back coun­ter­part Kelly Bryant ac­counted for three touch­downs, and the Tigers (3-0, 1-0) routed host Louisville (2-1, 1-1) in an At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence show­down. Jack­son passed for 317 yards and three TDs, but most of that came with things al­ready in hand for Clem­son (No. 3 AP). The Tigers’ Do­rian O’Don­nell re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 44 yards for a TD and a 26-7 thirdquar­ter lead, and they sacked Jack­son four times.

No. 3 Ok­la­homa 56, Tu­lane14: Baker May­field passed for 331 yards and four touch­downs, and host Ok­la­homa (3-0) fol­lowed its im­pres­sive vic­tory at Ohio State with a win over Tulane (1-2). Ok­la­homa re­ceiver CeeDee Lamb caught four passes for 131 yards and two touch­downs be­fore he was ejected for tar­get­ing on a block in the sec­ond quar­ter. Mar­quise Brown had ca­reer highs of six catches for 155 yards, in­clud­ing an 87yard touch­down grab in the fourth quar­ter for the Soon­ers (No. 2 AP).

No. 5 Penn State 56, Ge­or­gia State 0: Trace McSor­ley threw a Beaver Sta­dium-record 85-yard touch­down pass to Saquon Barkley for one of his four scor­ing strikes and also ran for a touch­down in an easy vic­tory for Penn State (3-0) vic­tory over Ge­or­gia State (0-2). A week af­ter a shaky start against Pitts­burgh, McSor­ley bounced back in a rare prime­time game against a non-Power Five school. He com­pleted 14 of 19 passes for 258 yards in the first half to help Penn State take a 35-0 lead. McSor­ley fin­ished 18 of 23 for 309 yards.

No. 7 Michi­gan 29, Air Force 13: Dono­van Peo­ples-Jones re­turned a punt 79 yards for a score and Quinn Nordin tied a school record with five field goals, help­ing host Michi­gan (3-0) over­come its of­fen­sive strug­gles in a win over Air Force (1-1). The Wolver­ines didn’t lead by more than three points un­til Peo­ples-Jones’ touch­down early in the third quar­ter. The Fal­cons failed to con­vert a pass un­til Arion Worth­man threw a short pass to Ron­ald Cleve­land and the re­ceiver turned it into a 64-yard TD with 11:54 left in the quar­ter that pulled the ser­vice academy within three points again.

No. 8 Ok­la­homa State 59, Pitts­burgh 21: Ma­son Ru­dolph threw for five touch­downs, all in the first half, and Ok­la­homa State (3-0) drilled host Pitts­burgh (1-2). Ru­dolph com­pleted 23 of 32 passes for 497 yards and the five scores be­fore be­ing pulled in the mid­dle of the third quar­ter with the Cow­boys (No. 9 AP) in full com­mand. He did throw his first in­ter­cep­tion of the sea­son, end­ing a streak of 216 con­sec­u­tive passes with­out a pick dat­ing back to last sea­son. It was the long­est ac­tive streak in the FBS.

No. 9 Ohio State 38, Army 7: Fresh­man J.K. Dob­bins ran for 172 yards and a pair of touch­downs as host Ohio State (2-1) re­bounded from a de­flat­ing loss to rout Army (2-1). Dob­bins broke away for an elec­tri­fy­ing 52-yard touch­down run to open the sec­ond half af­ter romp­ing for 22 yards on the pre­vi­ous play, ex­tend­ing Ohio State’s 17-7 half­time lead. The Buck­eyes (No. 8 AP) then got touch­downs on two of their next three drives to pull away.

Mis­sis­sippi State 37, No. 11 LSU 7: Nick Fitzger­ald threw two touch­down passes and ran for two more scores to help host Mis­sis­sippi State (3-0, 1-0 SEC) rout LSU (2-1, 0-1). Aeris Wil­liams led the Bull­dogs with 146 yards rush­ing and av­er­aged 6.3 yards per carry. Mis­sis­sippi State beat LSU for just the sec­ond time in 18 tries dat­ing to 2000. LSU (No. 12 AP) eas­ily won its first two games of the sea­son, but was over­matched by Mis­sis­sippi State on both sides of the ball.

No. 12 Wis­con­sin 40, BYU 6: Alex Horni­brook threw for four touch­downs and 256 yards as Wis­con­sin (3-0) eased to a vic­tory at BYU (1-3). The Badgers (No. 10 AP) met lit­tle re­sis­tance as they put the game away in the first half and led 24-6 at half­time. Horni­brook missed on only one pass all day. He com­pleted 10 of 11 passes in the first half for 149 yards and two touch­downs.

No 13 Ge­or­gia 42, Sam­ford 14: Nick Chubb ran for 131 yards and two touch­downs, fresh­man Jake Fromm threw three scor­ing passes in his first home start, and host Ge­or­gia (3-0) showed a dom­i­nant de­fense in a vic­tory over Sam­ford (2-1).

No. 16 Vir­ginia Tech 64, East Carolina 17: Red­shirt fresh­man Josh Jack­son threw for 372 yards and five touch­downs — three to Cam Phillips — to help Vir­ginia Tech (2-0) beat host East Carolina (0-2). Phillips had a pro­gram-record 14 catches for 189 yards to help the Hok­ies im­prove to 3-0 for the first time since 2011.

No. 17 Auburn 24, Mercer 10: Kam­ryn Pettway ran for 128 yards and three touch­downs as host Auburn (2-1) over­came five turnovers to hold off FCS school Mercer (1-2) in an­other trou­bling per­for­mance by the Tigers’ of­fense. Af­ter be­ing held with­out a touch­down in a 14-6 loss at Clem­son the pre­vi­ous week, Auburn (No. 15 AP) could at least point to a stout de­fen­sive op­po­nent as the rea­son for its trou­bles. Not this time.

Van­der­bilt 14, No. 18 Kansas State 7: Kyle Shur­mur scored on a 2-yard run with 8:23 left, and host Van­der­bilt (3-0) up­set Kansas State (2-1) for the Com­modores’ first win over a ranked, non­con­fer­ence op­po­nent since 1946. With the win, Van­der­bilt im­proved to 3-0 for the first time since 2011 with the Com­modores’ first win over a ranked, non­con­fer­ence op­po­nent since beat­ing North Carolina State.

No. 20 TCU 56, SMU 36: Jalen Reagor made a leap­ing 38-yard catch be­tween four de­fend­ers in the end zone on the last play of the first half, fi­nally putting host TCU (3-0) ahead to stay in a vic­tory over up­set-minded SMU (2-1). The Mus­tangs led 19-7 be­fore Kenny Hill threw three TD passes in the fi­nal 7 1/2 min­utes of the sec­ond quar­ter.

No. 22 Washington State 52, Ore­gon State 23: Luke Falk threw six touch­down passes — three to Tavares Martin Jr. — and host Washington State (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) beat Ore­gon State (1-3, 0-1) for its fourth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory over the Beavers. Washington State (No. 21 AP) was com­ing off a triple-over­time vic­tory over Boise State.

No. 25 Florida 26, No. 23 Ten­nessee 20: Feleipe Franks heaved a 63-yard touch­down pass to Tyrie Cleve­land as the clock ex­pired, and host Florida (1-1, 1-0) beat Ten­nessee (2-1, 0-1) in a wild, wacky and some­times un­watch­able ri­valry game.


Michi­gan kicker Quinn Nordin is con­grat­u­lated by quar­ter­back Gar­rett Moores and long snap­per Ca­maron Cheese­man af­ter mak­ing an ex­tra point in the third quar­ter.

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