No. 3 Alabama blitzes past No. 12 Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Trent Richardson ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns, breaking tackles and carrying defenders along the way, and No. 3 Alabama rolled to a 38-10 win over No. 12 Florida in an early season matchup of Southeastern Conference heavyweights.
Richardson finished with his fourth consecutive 100-yard game, and the latest one should solidify his position as one the Heisman Trophy front-runners.
With Richardson leading the way, the Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 SEC) extended its recent dominance in the series. Alabama has outscored the Gators (4-1, 2-1) 101-29 in three wins in as many seasons.
The latest one was over by halftime.
Florida struck first, getting a 65-yard touchdown pass from John Brantley to Andre Debose. It was one of few highlights for the Gators, who couldn't run, couldn't stop the run and lost Brantley to a right leg injury late in the second quarter.
No. 1 LSU 35, Kentucky 7
At Baton Rouge, La., Jordan Jefferson scored on his first play back from suspension and cornerback Tyrann Mathieu scored after setting an LSU record for career forced fumbles.
Jefferson was reinstated this week after a grand jury reduced his charges in connection with a bar fight to a misdemeanor. Jarrett Lee remained the starter at quarterback.
LSU coach Les Miles inserted Jefferson on an early fourth-and-goal, and Jefferson dove over the goal line to give the Tigers (5-0, 2-0 SEC) a 7-0 lead. Lee later hit Odell Beckham Jr. for a 51-yard score, their second TD connection of more than 50 yards in two games.
No. 2 Oklahoma 62, Ball State 6
At Norman, Okla., Landry Jones threw for 425 yards and five touchdowns, Tony Jefferson fueled a second-quarter scoring surge with three interceptions and Oklahoma geared up for Texas.
Jones had touchdown passes of 64 yards to Ryan Broyles and 56 yards to Jaz Reynolds a minute apart in the third quarter during the second high-volume scoring stretch for the Sooners (4-0).
No. 4 Boise State 30, Nevada 10
At Boise, Idaho, Doug Martin ran for two touchdowns and Boise State's suffocating defense shut down Nevada's potent offense.
Boise State's defense dominated throughout the game and prevented the Wolf Pack (1-3) from crossing midfield until midway through the third quarter.
No. 7 Wisconsin 48,No. 8 Nebraska 17
At Madison, Wis., Russell Wilson gave Nebraska a harsh welcome to the Big Ten.
Montee Ball ran for 151 yards and four touchdowns for the Badgers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten). But Wilson was the main attraction for a prime-time television audience as Wisconsin overcame a slow start to solidify its status as the class of the conference.
Wilson was 14 for 20 for 255 yards.
Taylor Martinez threw three interceptions for the Huskers (4-1, 0-1), who showed they weren't quite ready for the best of the Big Ten.
Auburn 16,No. 10 South Carolina 13
At Columbia, S.C., Barrett Trotter threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Lutzenkirchen with 1:38 left to lift Auburn.
The Tigers (4-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) had struggled to move the ball against South Carolina's defense. Trotter had thrown two interceptions and was sacked four times by the Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1). But down 13-9, Barrett led Auburn on a 12-play, 57-yard drive that ended with a pass to wide open Lutzenkirchen in front of the goal line.
No. 17 Texas 37, Iowa State 14
At Ames, Iowa, freshman David Ash threw for 145 yards and his first two career touchdown passes and Texas won its Big 12 opener.
Jaxon Shipley added 141 yards receiving and a TD for the Longhorns (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), who raced out to a 34-0 halftime lead to beat the previously unbeaten Cyclones (3-1, 0-1).
No. 18 Arkansas 42,No. 14 Texas A&M 38
At Arlington, Texas, Tyler Wilson and Jarius Wright shattered school records for passing and receiving, and Broderick Green ran 3 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:41 left as Arkansas gave Texas A&M a preview of what it can expect from the SEC.
The Razorbacks (5-1) trailed by 18 at halftime, and hadn't led before Green squeezed through the left side of the line.
No. 19 Michigan 58, Minnesota 0
At Ann Arbor, Mich., Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for a TD to lead Michigan to its most-lopsided win since 2000.
Vincent Smith scored on a run, pass and catch to help Michigan (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) lead 38-0 at halftime.
SMU 40, No. 20 TCU 33, OT
At Fort Worth, Texas, J.J. McDermott threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Johnson in overtime and SMU recovered from a fourth-quarter comeback for an upset.
The loss ended a school-record 22-game home winning streak for the Horned Frogs (3-2).
No. 21 Georgia Tech 45,North Carolina State 35
At Raleigh, N.C., Orwin Smith rushed for three touchdowns and Georgia Tech extend its best start in more than 20 years.
Smith finished with 74 yards and scored on runs of 13, 9 and 3 yards to help the Yellow Jackets (5-0, 2-0 ACC) open with five wins for the first time since their national championship season in 1990.
No. 22 West Virginia 55,Bowling Green 10
At Morgantown, W.Va., Freshman Dustin Garrison rushed for 291 yards and two touchdowns to lead West Virginia.
West Virginia's Geno Smith continued his solid season by throwing for three scores. But for the first time, the Mountaineers (4-1) found balance in their offense.
No. 24 Illinois 38,Northwestern 35
At Champaign, Ill., quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase scored a 1-yard touchdown with 13 seconds left to lead Illinois to a comeback win.
The sophomore threw for a career-high 391 yards and three touchdowns for the Illini (5-0, 1-0). All three TD passes went to A.J. Jenkins, who had 12 catches for a school-record 268 yards.