COLLEGE STATION, Texas — AJ McCarron threw four touchdown passes — one less than Johnny Manziel — and No. 1 Alabama beat No. 6 Texas A&M 49-42 on Saturday, paying back the Aggies for last season's upset win.
Vinnie Sunseri returned an interception 73 yards for a score — sidestepping Manziel on the way to the end zone — as the Crimson Tide (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) spotted the Aggies (2-1, 0-1) a 14-0 lead before scoring the next 35 points.
McCarron tossed three touchdowns in the first half to put Alabama up 28-14. Sunseri's score made it 35-14 less than 3 minutes into the third.
Manziel threw for a career-best 464 yards but a first-half interception in the end zone swung the game the Tide's way, and his third-quarter pick and whiff on the tackle put A&M in a deep hole.
Alabama gained 568 yards and kept Manziel on the bench with a couple of long drives.
Manziel found Mike Evans for a 95-yard pass and run that made it 42-35 with 8:04 left. Evans finished with 279 yards on seven catches.
On third-and-goal from the 5, McCarron flipped to Jalston Fowler for the TD that made it 49-35 with 2:28 left. Manziel threw one more TD with 15 seconds left, but Alabama grabbed the onside kick.
No. 7 Louisville 27, Kentucky 13
At Lexington, Ky., Senorise Perry ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns, Teddy Bridgewater overcame a shaky start to pass for 250 yards and Louisville scored on four consecutive drives to pull away from rival Kentucky for the win.
The Cardinals' defense forced three turnovers, including two in their territory to preserve a win that required more work after easy wins over Ohio and Eastern Kentucky.
Bridgewater connected with DeVante Parker for a 13-yard touchdown just before halftime that opened things up for Louisville (3-0). Perry followed with second-half TD runs of 1 and 36 yards sandwiched around John Wallace's 21-yard field goal that provided a cushion.
No. 8 LSU 45, Kent State 13
At Baton Rouge, La., Zach Mettenberger passed for three touchdowns, Jeremy Hill ran for two and LSU easily defeated Kent State.
Hill rushed 11 times for 117 yards, all in the first two quarters, as LSU (3-0) looked sound in its final tuneup before opening Southeastern Conference play against Auburn next weekend.
Mettenberger connected with Jarvis Landry on touchdown passes of 21 and 31 yards. His other scoring pass went for 5 yards to Odell Beckham Jr.
Terrance Magee added a 12-yard scoring run.
No. 10 Florida State 62, Nevada 7
At Tallahassee, Fla., Jameis Winston accounted for three touchdowns, Florida State's four tailbacks all scored and the Seminoles routed Nevada.
FSU (2-0) looked just as good in its home opener as it did to start the season 12 days ago. The Seminoles thumped Pitt 41-13 on the road, a game in which Winston grabbed headlines with a nearly flawless performance. This time he shared the spotlight with his running backs.
Devonta Freeman ran for 109 yards and a touchdown. James Wilder Jr. added 45 yards and a score.
Karlos Williams may have been the most impressive of the bunch. The former safety, who moved to offense after the opener, ran eight times for 110 yards and a score. His 65-yard scamper made it 31-7 early in the third quarter.
Nevada (1-2) turned Winston's first career interception into a touchdown.