Grier, No. 12 WVU hold on to beat No. 25 Texas Tech
Will Grier threw for 370 yards with three touchdowns, Keith Washington thwarted a rally with 51yard interception return for a score and No. 12 West Virginia held on for a 42-34 win over 25th-ranked Texas Tech on Saturday.
Marcus Simms had nine catches for a career-high 138 yards – all in the first half – for his third straight 100-yard game. The Mountaineers (4-0, 2-0 Big 12) scored 28 firstquarter points.
Texas Tech true freshman Alan Bowman, the nation’s leading passer coming in, didn’t return after getting injured in the first half when he was sandwiched on hits by Ezekiel Rose and Washington as he threw a pass.
Sophomore Jett Duffey had his first career touchdown pass and TD run filling in for Bowman as the Red Raiders (3-2, 1-1) stayed close after trailing 35-10 at halftime.
With Texas Tech driving for a potential tying score late in the fourth quarter, Duffey’s second interception was a leaping grab by Washington, who returned it for a 42-27 lead.
Duffey kept one drive alive with a 27-yard run on fourth-and-9 when he avoided three rushers on a blitz and cut inside another defender on the sideline when he was still short of the first down.
The Red Raiders pulled within eight when Duffey scored on a 3-yard run. The touchdown was set up by a 35-yard catch by Antoine Wesley, who made the grab after the ball bounced off Washington. Duffey threw for 172 yards and ran for 86.
No. 1 Alabama 56, Louisiana-Lafayette 14: Jaylen Waddle returned a punt for a touchdown and caught two scoring passes, including a 94-yarder, in No. 1 Alabama’s home victory over LouisianaLafayette.
Quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts staked the Crimson Tide (5-0) to a 49-0 halftime lead over the Ragin' Cajuns (1-3) en route to the defending national champions’ latest blowout.
Then third-teamer Mac Jones got into the act with his 94-yarder to the freshman Waddle late in the third quarter. It tied for the second-longest TD catch in Alabama history. No. 2 Georgia 38, Tennessee 12: D’Andre Swift and Justin Fields ran for two touchdowns apiece as No. 2 Georgia overcame a sluggish game on offense to win at home.
No. 6 Oklahoma 66, Baylor 33: Kyler Murray threw for 432 yards and six touchdowns as NO. 6 Oklahoma routed Baylor at home. Marquise Brown caught two of those TD passes.
No. 13 UCF 45, Pittsburgh 14: McKenzie Milton threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns as No. 13 UCF routed Pittsburgh at home.
No. 18 Texas 19, Kansas State 14: Sam Ehlinger threw for 207 yards and a touchdown, D'Shawn Jamison returned a punt 90 yards for another score and No. 18 Texas held off Kansas State to snap a five-game road losing streak to the Wildcats.
No. 21 Michigan State 31, Central Michigan 20: Brian Lewerke ran for two touchdowns in the first half, and No. 21 Michigan State overcame a slow start and an underwhelming finish to beat Central Michigan at East Lansing, Mich.
The Spartans entered with the nation’s topranked run defense and held CMU to 5 yards on the ground in the first two quarters. Michigan State led 31-3 before letting the Chippewas rally a bit in the fourth.
West Virginia’s Marcus Simms catches the ball against Texas Tech’s Demarcus Fields during the first half Saturday.