The Washington Post Sunday

Despite QB questions, Gators rout the Bulls

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No. 13 Florida tuned up for the start of SEC play with a 42-20 rout of overmatche­d South Florida that did little to answer the question of whether starter Emory Jones or backup Anthony Richardson is best suited to run the Gators’ offense.

“We have two quarterbac­ks that are pretty talented guys that can make things happen on the field, but there are a lot of things quarterbac­ks have to do,” said Coach Dan Mullen, who insists his team doesn’t have a quarterbac­k controvers­y.

Jones and Richardson shared playing time for the second straight week, with each having his way in the opening half against a USF defense that allowed touchdowns on five consecutiv­e possession­s.

No. 1 Alabama (2-0) def. Mercer, 48-14. Bryce Young threw three touchdown passes and Jase McClellan scored three times to help fuel an expected rout.

No. 2 Georgia (2-0) def. UAB, 56-7. Stetson Bennett tied a school record with five touchdown passes filling in for injured starter JT Daniels.

No. 3 Ohio State (1-1) lost to No. 12 Oregon, 35-28. Despite gaudy numbers from freshman quarterbac­k C.J. Stroud, the Buckeyes never led in a game they were favored to win by 141/2 points.

No. 4 Oklahoma (2-0) def. Western Carolina, 76-0. Spencer Rattler threw five touchdown passes, and the Sooners matched their fifthhighe­st point total in school history.

No. 5 Texas A&M (2-0) def. Colorado, 10-7. After the Aggies lost freshman quarterbac­k Haynes King to a leg injury, backup Zach Calzada threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Spiller with 2:41 remaining for the first lead of the day.

No. 6 Clemson (1-1) def. South Carolina State, 49-3. D.J. Uiagalelei ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third as the Tigers cranked up their offense after a sorry showing vs. Georgia last week.

No. 7 Cincinnati (2-0) def. Murray State, 42-7. Jerome Ford rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns and Desmond Ridder passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns for the Bearcats.

No. 8 Notre Dame (2-0) def. Toledo, 32-29. Jack Coan hit Michael Mayer for an 18-yard touchdown pass with 1:09 remaining for the third lead change in a wild fourth quarter as the Irish preserved a 25-game home winning streak.

No. 9 Iowa State (1-0) lost to No. 10 Iowa (2-0), 21-7. Jack Campbell returned a fumble six yards for a touchdown, and the Hawkeyes ran their winning streak against the Cyclones to six games. It ruined the most anticipate­d home game in Iowa State history — the first Cy-Hawk Trophy game matching ranked teams in 65 total meetings.

No. 11 Penn State (2-0) def. Ball State, 44-13. Sean Clifford completed 21 of 29 passes for 230 yards, ran for a touchdown and threw for another.

No. 12 Oregon (2-0) def. No. 3 Ohio State, 35-28. C.J. Verdell ran for 161 yards and had three touchdowns as the shorthande­d Ducks exploited a porous Buckeyes defense.

No. 14 Southern California (1-0) vs. Stanford, late. The rivalry between the Pac-12 teams was heated for many years, although it has cooled somewhat recently.

No. 15 Texas (1-1) lost to Arkansas, 40-21. The Longhorns allowed 333 rushing yards and did little on offense.

No. 16 UCLA (2-0) did not play. The Bruins will host Fresno State on Saturday.

No. 17 Coastal Carolina (2-0) def. Kansas, 49-22 (Friday). Reese White ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns, and Grayson McCall threw for two scores and ran for a third.

No. 18 Wisconsin (1-1) def. Eastern Michigan, 34-7. Chez Mellusi had 144 of the Badgers’ 352 rushing yards.

No. 19 Virginia Tech (2-0) def. Middle Tennessee, 35-14. Raheem Blackshear rushed for two touchdowns as the Hokies cruised.

No. 20 Mississipp­i (2-0) def. Austin Peay, 54-17. Matt Corral threw for five touchdowns — four in the first half — in a rout.

No. 21 Utah (1-0) at BYU, late. The Utes were going for their 10th straight win over the Cougars. The teams didn’t play each other last season.

No. 22 Miami (1-1) def. Appalachia­n State, 25-23. Freshman Andy Borregales kicked a go-ahead 43-yard field goal with 2:04 remaining as the Hurricanes rallied from a halftime deficit.

No. 23 Arizona State (1-0) vs. UNLV, late. The Sun Devils’ schedule is steadily building before Pac-12 play in two weeks.

No. 24 North Carolina (1-1) def. Georgia State, 59-17. Sam Howell threw three touchdown passes and rushed for two more scores to help the Tar Heels shake off the disappoint­ment of their season-opening loss.

No. 25 Auburn (2-0) def. Alabama State, 62-0. Wide receiver Demetris Robertson scored three touchdowns and Jarquez Hunter rushed for 147 yards for the Tigers.

 ?? CHRIS O'MEARA/ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Florida cruised to a victory over South Florida in Tampa. Next up is a matchup with No. 1 Alabama.
CHRIS O'MEARA/ASSOCIATED PRESS Florida cruised to a victory over South Florida in Tampa. Next up is a matchup with No. 1 Alabama.

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