Hurts leads Alabama to easy win over Colo. State
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.