Notre Dame cruises past Boston College
BOSTON — Brandon Wimbush ran for four touchdowns and 207 yards — a record for a Notre Dame quarterback — and Josh Adams had 229 rushing yards Saturday to help the Irish respond to their fall from the rankings with a 49-20 victory over Boston College.
Wimbush scored on runs of 1,2, 3, and 65 yards, setting up two other touchdowns with 46- and 32-yard runs. Adams broke free for 65and 64-yard runs but was chased down both times by BC defensive back Isaac Yiadom.
In the matchup of the only two Catholic schools in FBS — a rivalry known as the “Holy War” — Notre Dame (2-1) led just 14-13 midway through the third quarter before scoring the next three touchdowns to beat the Eagles for the sixth straight time.
After BC (1-2) was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 on the Notre Dame 30, Wimbush broke downfield for 46 yards to set up Tony Jones’ 1-yard touchdown. Adams opened the next Irish possession with a 36-yard run, Wimbush connected with Durham Smythe for 33 yards, and then two plays later the quarterback headed for the pylon to give the Irish a 28-13 lead.
When Notre Dame got the ball back, Wimbush broke right and then cut back across the field, outracing the BC defense 65 yards to the end zone.
Freshman Anthony Brown connected with Charlie Callinan on fourth-and-goal from the 14 for BC’s second touchdown of the game, cutting the deficit to 35-20. But Wimbush again got loose, running 32 yards to the 3.
Dexter Williams ran it in from there and added a 15-yard score with 4:57 left to make it 49-20.
Wimbush completed 11-of-24 passes for 96 yards, with one interception. In all, the Irish ran for 515 yards on 51 carries.
Brown was 24-of-40 for 215 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Notre Dame: The one-point loss to then-No. 15 Georgia last week wasn’t devastating, but a loss to a Boston College team that was blown out by Wake Forest last week might have been. Coach Brian Kelly’s job is safe for another week.
Boston College: The hype of the rivalry helped BC stay close for almost 40 minutes, and the Eagles even had a chance to take the lead late in the third quarter. But they were really just killing time before the next Notre Dame big play.
Memphis 48, No. 25 UCLA 45
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Riley Ferguson threw for 398 yards and six touchdowns, and Jacobi Francis broke up a fourth-down pass in the closing seconds in Memphis’ victory over No. 25 UCLA.
Francis’ breakup with 56 seconds left prevented another fourth-quarter comeback by Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen. He was 34-of-56 for 463 yards and four TDs. But unlike in the Bruins’ opener when Rosen led a fourth-quarter comeback to beat Texas A&M, the Memphis defense stiffened on UCLA’s final possession.
No. 7 Michigan 29, Air Force 13
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Donovan Peoples-Jones returned a punt 79 yards for a score and Quinn Nordin tied a school record with five field goals, helping Michigan overcome offensive struggles.
The Wolverines (3-0) didn’t lead by more than three points until Peoples-Jones’ touchdown early in the third quarter.
No. 9 Oklahama State 59, Pitt 21
PITTSBURGH — Mason Rudolph threw five touchdown passes, all in the first half, for Oklahoma State.
Rudolph completed 23-of-32 passes for 497 yards before being pulled in the middle of the third quarter with the Cowboys (3-0) in full command. He did throw his first interception of the season, ending a streak of 216 passes without a pick dating to last season. It was the longest active streak in the FBS.
No. 10 Wisconsin 40, BYU 6
PROVO, Utah — Alex Hornibrook threw for four touchdowns and 256 yards as No. 10 Wisconsin eased to a victory over BYU.
The Badgers (3-0) met little resistance as they put the game away in the first half and led 24-6 at halftime.
No. 15 Auburn 24, Mercer 10
AUBURN, Ala. — Kamryn Pettway ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns as No. 15 Auburn overcame five turnovers to hold off FCS school Mercer in another troubling performance by the Tigers’ offense.
No. 16 Va. Tech 64, E. Carolina 17
GREENVILLE, N.C. — Redshirt freshman Josh Jackson threw for 372 yards and five touchdowns — three to Cam Phillips — to help No. 16 Virginia Tech beat East Carolina.
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. 20 TCU 56, SMU 36
FORT WORTH, Texas — 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 No. 20 TCU ahead to stay in a victory over upset-minded SMU.
No. 24 Florida 26, No. 23 Tenn. 20
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Feleipe Franks heaved a 63-yard touchdown pass to Tyrie Cleveland as the clock expired, and No. 24 F lorida beat 23rd-ranked Tennessee in a wild, wacky and sometimes unwatchable rivalry game.
Notre Dame’s Josh Adams (33) breaks away from Boston College’s Will Harris (8) and others on the Eagles defense during the first half of Saturday’s game.