Duke 40, Baylor 27
Kansas 55, Rutgers 14
Six takeaways, including two pick-6s, and an explosive running game carried Kansas to a blowout over Rutgers on Saturday at Lawrence, Kansas, marking the Jayhawks' first back-to-back wins over FBS opponents since 2009.
Bryce Torneden and Mike Lee each returned interceptions for touchdowns as the Scarlet Knights threw three picks and surrendered three fumbles. Couple that with the dominant performance on the ground, and you get a performance that surprised even coach David Beaty.
”I didn't see this coming against these guys because they are a very talent-rich football team and I've said so many times how good of a coach Chris Ash is,” Beaty said. “It was our day. Sometimes, it becomes your day.”
Turnovers plagued the Scarlet Knights from the start, as Torneden jumped in front of a Sitkowski pass on just Rutgers' second drive and returned it 39 yards for the game's first touchdown. Torneden was there again the next time out, recovering a fumble by Jonathan Hilliman that set up a field goal.
True freshman Pooka Williams was the star on offense, the leader of a group of several backs for Kansas that rushed for 400 yards and scored four times. Finishing with 158 yards — including a 52-yard touchdown run — Williams now has 283 yards and three touchdowns in his first two college games.
”It's crazy,” teammate Dom Williams said of Pooka. “It's incredible, especially just how fast he is.”
Kansas State 41, UTSA 17
Skylar Thompson threw for two scores and ran for another and Kansas State ran away from UTSA at Manhattan, Kansas.
Thompson, who had been in a much-discussed quarterback battle with Alex Delton through the spring and early part of fall camps, stood out with some stellar play and might have sealed up the starting job.
The Kansas State (2-1) signal caller threw for 213 yards on 13-of-18 passing and connected on long aerial bombs to Dalton Schoen and Isaiah Zuber. Thompson also was lethal on the ground with 66 yards rushing highlighted by a 27-yard scamper for a touchdown midway through the third quarter.
Quentin Harris threw for 174 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start for Duke, and the Blue Devils won at Waco, Texas while their home state of North Carolina was being inundated with rain from Tropical Storm Florence.
The Blue Devils (3-0) traveled to Texas on Thursday, a day earlier than usual to get out before Florence made landfall along the Carolina coast as a hurricane.
T.J. Rahming caught two of Harris' scoring strikes (28 and 7 yards) and Johnathan Lloyd had a 66-yard TD catch.
JaMycal Hasty returned a blocked punt for a 33-yard touchdown for Baylor (2-1).
Kansas running back Pooka Williams Jr. leaps over Rutgers defensive back Isaiah Wharton on Saturday in Lawrence, Kansas.