With Tago­v­ailoa at helm, Tide keeps rolling

No. 9 West Vir­ginia sur­vives turnovers; North­west­ern up­sets No. 20 Michi­gan St.

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Tua Tago­v­ailoa passed for 334 yards and four touch­downs and top-ranked Alabama ran its win­ning streak against host Arkansas to 12 with a 65-31.

It took just one play for Alabama (6-0, 3-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) to set the tone as Tago­v­ailoa hit tight end Irv Smith Jr. on a pass across the mid­dle that Smith took 76 yards to the end zone and a 7-0 lead just 21 sec­onds into the game.

On the Crim­son Tide's sec­ond pos­ses­sion, Tago­v­ailoa hit Smith again, and the 6-foot-4 ju­nior ripped off an­other big gain be­fore he was stripped from be­hind by Ryan Pul­ley. Alabama re­ceiver Henry Ruggs III picked up the fum­ble in stride and car­ried it the re­main­ing 12 yards for a touch­down and a 14-0 lead with 10:01 left in the first quar­ter. The mar­gin grew to 21-0 be­fore Arkansas (1-5, 0-3) got on the score­board.

NO. 3 OHIO STATE 49, IN­DI­ANA 26: Dwayne Hask­ins Jr. passed for a ca­reer-best 455 yards and school record-ty­ing six touch­downs and Ohio State pulled away in the fourth quar­ter.

A week af­ter a gritty vic­tory at Penn State, the Buck­eyes (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) were forced to work hard by quar­ter­back Pey­ton Ram­sey and an In­di­ana of­fense that took ad­van­tage of plenty of early de­fen­sive mis­takes. The Buck­eyes didn't get a han­dle on this one un­til Hask­ins hooked up with Terry McLau­rin for a 17-yard touch­down pass early in the fourth, and then added a 30-yard scor­ing pass to Bin­ji­men Vic­tor with seven min­utes left.

Hask­ins com­pleted 33 of 44 passes and con­nected for two touch­downs each with Par­ris Camp­bell and McLau­rin, and one each to John­nie Dixon and Vic­tor.

NO. 4 CLEM­SON 63, WAKE FOR­EST 3: Travis Eti­enne rushed for 167 yards and three touch­downs, and No. 4 Clem­son ran for 471 yards.

Three Tigers had at least 100 yards rush­ing, the first time they’ve done that since 2006 dur­ing their most pro­duc­tive rush­ing per­for­mance since 1981.

In ad­di­tion to Eti­enne — who scored on runs of 59, 3 and 70 yards — Lyn-J Dixon rushed for 163 yards and Adam Choice had 128. Dixon had touch­down runs of 65 and 52 yards, and Choice had a 64-yard TD run.

Trevor Lawrence was 20 of 25 for 175 yards with a 55-yard touch­down pass to Justyn Ross and a 20-yarder to Tee Hig­gins in about 21⁄2 quar­ters be­fore leav­ing with the score out of hand. They helped the Tigers (6-0, 3-0 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) open with six vic­to­ries for the fourth straight year.

MIS­SIS­SIPPI STATE 23, NO. 8 AUBURN 9: Nick Fitzger­ald ran for 195 yards and two touch­downs and Mis­sis­sippi State's de­fense had an­other dom­i­nant per­for­mance.

Mis­sis­sippi State (4-2, 1-2 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) came into the game among the na­tion's top 10 in scor­ing de­fense, and the Bull­dogs were bril­liant on that side of the ball once again. The Tigers hit on a cou­ple big plays, but once they neared the end zone the Bull­dogs clamped down.

Auburn (4-2, 1-2) set­tled for three field goals, which wasn't nearly enough.

NO. 9 WEST VIR­GINIA 38, KAN­SAS 22: Will Grier threw four touch­down passes, and com­mit­ted four turnovers, and No. 9 West Vir­ginia sur­vived against Kan­sas.

West Vir­ginia (5-0, 3-0 Big 12) has won its first five games for the sec­ond time in three sea­sons. The heav­ily-fa­vored Moun­taineers had no trou­ble mov­ing the ball but Grier's ef­forts to throw into tight cov­er­age near the goal line cost his team plenty of points.

The Heis­man Tro­phy hope­ful was in­ter­cepted three times in the first half ei­ther in the end zone or at the goal line, two of them by corner­back Hasan De­fense. Kan­sas (2-4, 0-3) en­tered the game lead­ing the Big 12 with eight in­ter­cep­tions, in­clud­ing three re­turned for touch­downs.

Grier also had a third-quar­ter fum­ble on a scram­ble. West Vir­ginia had com­mit­ted six to­tal turnovers in its pre­vi­ous four games.

NO. 17 MI­AMI 28, FLOR­IDA STATE 27: N’Kosi Perry threw four touch­down passes, and No. 17 Mi­ami pulled off its big­gest come­back ever against Flor­ida State by ral­ly­ing from 20 points down to top the Semi­noles 28-27 on Sat­ur­day night.

Brevin Jor­dan’s 41-yard touch­down grab with just un­der 12 min­utes left put the Hur­ri­canes (5-1, 2-0 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) ahead for good, as Mi­ami ral­lied from a 27-7 sec­ond-half deficit.

The win was Mi­ami’s first at home over Flor­ida State (3-3, 1-3) since 2004, snapping a six-game slide in South Flor­ida against its archri­val.

Perry’s num­bers weren’t great — 13 for 32, 204 yards — but he made some big throws when they mat­tered most. The go-ahead score to Jor­dan came one play af­ter Perry threaded a 32-yard throw to Jeff Thomas on third-and-10, mean­ing in the span of about a half-minute the Hur­ri­canes went 73 yards for the lead.

NORTH­WEST­ERN 29, NO. 20 MICHI­GAN STATE 19: Clay­ton Thor­son threw for 373 yards and three touch­downs and North­west­ern re­cov­ered from an­other sec­ond-half slip to beat Michi­gan State.

The Spar­tans (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) en­tered with the na­tion’s top-ranked run de­fense and held North­west­ern (2-3, 2-1) to 8 yards on the ground, but it didn’t mat­ter. The Wild­cats moved the ball con­sis­tently well through the air, and Michi­gan State’s of­fense was mostly in­ept.

NO. 21 COLORADO 28, ARI­ZONA STATE 21: Besmirch the un­blem­ished Buf­faloes all you want, Colorado proved it be­longs in the rank­ings. Knocked for a weak sched­ule with their op­po­nents a cu­mu­la­tive 1-16 en­ter­ing the week­end, the Buf­faloes (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) de­liv­ered big on both sides of the ball.

Laviska Shenault Jr. , the na­tion's lead­ing re­ceiver, scored four times, twice on re­cep­tions, twice on runs.

NO. 23 N.C. STATE 28, BOS­TON COL­LEGE 23: Reg­gie Gal­laspy ran for a ca­reerbest 104 yards and two touch­downs and North Carolina State held on af­ter squan­der­ing most of a big sec­ond-half lead.

Ryan Fin­ley threw for two touch­downs for the Wolf­pack (5-0, 2-0 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence), which led 28-3 on Fin­ley’s scor­ing strike to Kelvin Har­mon with 2:57 left in the third. But the Ea­gles (4-2, 1-1) re­sponded with 20 straight points, in­clud­ing a blocked punt re­turn for a score with 3:33 left.

Fin­ley made the clinch­ing play, con­nect­ing with Stephen Louis on the right side­line for 21 yards on a third down to move the chains with 1:08 left and send the Wolf­pack into kneel­down mode. The Wolf­pack won de­spite com­mit­ting four turnovers and hav­ing a blocked field goal to go with the blocked punt.

PITTS­BURGH 44, SYRA­CUSE 37: Pitts­burgh’s Dar­rin Hall ran for 107 yards and two touch­downs, in­clud­ing the go-ahead score in over­time, as the Panthers ral­lied past Syra­cuse. Hall’s 3-yard burst on the open­ing pos­ses­sion of the ex­tra pe­riod put the Panthers up and Pitt sopho­more de­fen­sive back Ther­ran Cole­man picked off Syra­cuse’s Eric Dungey in the end zone on the Or­ange’s first of­fen­sive snap to give the Panthers a stir­ring vic­tory.


Alabama quar­ter­back Tua Tago­v­ailoa rolls out be­fore throw­ing a touch­down pass on the first play from scrim­mage of the game against Arkansas. The Tide won, 65, 31.

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