Grier, No. 12 WVU hold on to beat No. 25 Texas Tech

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - College Football -

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.

NO­TABLE

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.

BRAD TOLLEFSON AP

West Vir­ginia’s Mar­cus Simms catches the ball against Texas Tech’s De­mar­cus Fields dur­ing the first half Satur­day.

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