The top ten did their jobs. The bottom half of the top 25... did not, entirely. All that, and your amusing results from outside the polls, await!
#1 Alabama 41, Colorado State 23
Jalen Hurts racked up 248 yards and two touchdowns on a pretty efficient 12-17, and added 103 and six points on the ground, as the Crimson Tide rolled over Colorado State. The Rams made it look closer than it was with fourth-quarter garbage time points, which has Alabama fans -- who have to be mad about something — railing against their second-string defense.
Is this thing where Oklahoma looks mortal in the first half only to destroy the opponent after the intermission going to be a thing? The Sooners let Tulane hang with them early, with the game tied at 14 in the second quarter. But then Baker Mayfield did Baker Mayfield things, slinging four touchdown passes on 331 yards. Abdul Adams got 93 on the ground. For the Green Wave, Dontrell Hilliard rushed for 104, but that was the largest number anyone on his side put up; the Oklahoma defense held Johnathan Brantley to 53 yards passing.
#3 Clemson 47, #14 Louisville 21
Lamar Jackson threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns for the Cardinals, but Kelly Bryant nearly matched him with 316. He only threw for one score, but Clemson piled up 297 rushing yards and scored four times on the ground, and the Tiger defense threw in a Dorian O’Daniel pick-six for good measure while limiting Louisville to 113 yards rushing. Result? Blowout.
#4 Southern California 27, Texas 24 (2OT)
Oh, Texas. Chase McGrath tied it on a last-second field goal in regulation, then won it in the second overtime after Christian Rector stripped the ball from freshman Longhorn quarterback Sam Ehlinger at the goal line on the Texas possession.
Of course, it was Ehlinger, starting in place of an injured Shane Buechele, who got Texas into the lead as the clock waned. Ehlinger led a 91-yard, 14-play drive which culminated in a 14-yard touchdown pass to Armanti Foreman with only 45 seconds left to play. That put the Horns up 17-14, but the defense couldn’t stop Sam Darnold. Darnold finished with 397 yards and three touchdowns, albeit with two interceptions. Ehlinger had 298 yards, two scores, and two picks. The running backs? The two teams combined for only 139 yards on the ground. Oof.
#5 Penn State 56, Georgia State 0
Trace McSorely threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, and a three Nittany Lion running backs racked up 103 of Penn State’s 166 rushing yards on just one carry each. Georgia State never had a chance. There was controversy, as James Franklin called a timeout with 11 seconds left in the game as Georgia State kicker Brandon Wright lined up a 31-yard attempt to break the shutout. Franklin claimed it was because his second-team blocking unit wasn’t lined up right and he wanted to correct it, but one might be forgiven for assuming he was trying to ice the kicker to preserve the goose egg.
#6 Washington 48, Fresno State 16
Jake Browning three for 255 yards and four touchdowns, and despite Washington failing to break the 100-yard mark on the ground the Huskies showed which breed of dog is superior in a rout.
America gave Michigan all it could handle yesterday, but the Wolverines pulled away in the second half to escape an upset. Donovan Peoples-Jones housed a 79 yard punt return at the end of the first Falcon possession of the second half, but Arion Worthman hit Ronald Cleveland on a 64-yard strike just two minutes later to get Air Force back within a field goal. The Wolverines took a 19-13 lead with three minutes remaining in the third quarter, and then forced a three-and-out which led to Quinn Nordin’s fifth field goal of the game.
#8 Ohio State 38, Army 7
J.K. Dobbins ran for 172 yards, while J.T. Barrett threw for 270 and two scores, as Ohio State easily outclassed Army, proving that they too hate America.
#9 Oklahoma State 59, Pittsburgh 21
Mason Rudolph fired off 497 yards and five touchdowns through the air and Justice Hill rambled for 91 yards and two scores on the ground as the Pokes obliterated Pitt at Heinz Field. Oklahoma State had three different receivers eclipse the 100-yard mark, led by Jalen McClesky with 162 and three scores. The Pokes also picked off Ben Dinucci twice, with Justin Phillips returning one to the house, and held Pitt to only 103 yards on the ground for the game.
#10 Wisconsin 40, Brigham Young 6
Behind four touchdowns and 256 yards passing from Alex Hornibrook, the Badgers flat out destroyed BYU in Provo. Jonathan Taylor added 128 yards and a score on the ground. Beau Hoge was picked off twice, and the Cougars were held to 179 yards of total offense, only 68 rushing. Wow.
#11 Florida State vs #17 Miami - postponed
This one will be made up on October 7.
Mississippi State 37, #12 Louisiana State 7
Look for CLANGA to enter the top 25 today, as the Bulldog defense completely flummoxed LSU. Aeris Williams ran for 146 yards all by his lonesome, which was more than LSU could manage as a team -- and also more than LSU quarterback Danny Etling could manage through the air. Nick Fitzgerald ran for 88 yards and two scores, and threw for 180 and two.
#13 Georgia 42, Samford 14
Georgia had no trouble with their FCS opponent, holding Samford to 22 yards rushing while Nick Chubb racked up 131 yards and two scores himself. Jake Fromm, despite not having gaudy yardage numbers (only 165 yards), threw for three scores as well. Samford did have some success in the air, as Devlin Hodges threw for 227 yards and two scores without an interception.
#15 Auburn 24, Mercer Bears 10
Auburn, on the other hand, had to wait until their overmatched opponent got tired to put their game away. Auburn only led 10-3 at the half, but then got going. Jarrett Stidham did not throw a touchdown pass, but did get the Tigers downfield with 364 yards on an effective 32-37 passing day; Kamryn Pettway ran for 128 yards and three scores. The real story of the day was Auburn’s five turnovers, four lost fumbles and a Stidham pick.
#16 Virginia Tech 64, East Carolina 17
The curse of Ruffin McNeil continues apace. Once upon a time, this was one of those games the Pirates would have won just to be contrary. Yesterday, it looked like it might happen again as East Carolina led 17-7 at the end of the first quarter. But Virginia Tech was having none of it, and ripped off 57 unanswered points. Josh Jackson was 24-31 for 372 yards and five touchdowns, while a host of Hokie ball-carriers racked up 287 yards on the ground. To add insult to injury, East Carolina committed three turnovers to Tech’s none,
Vanderbilt 14, #18 Kansas State 7
San Diego State 20, #19 Stanford 17
Don’t look now, but the best team in the Pac-12 is apparently in San Diego, and they should be ranked today. The Aztecs, scoring on an 8-yard connection between Christian Chapman and David Wells with 54 seconds remaining, scored their second win in as many weeks over a Pac-12 opponent. On the next play from scrimmage, Kameron Kelly picked off Keller Chryst to seal the victory. The score happened just six plays after action resumed following a power outage sent the stadium into darkness.
It was a ground game for much of the duration. Stanford’s Bryce Love ran for 184 yards and two scores, but was matched by Aztec running back Rashaad Penny, who had 175 and one. Chryst was, frankly, horrible; 72 yards passing, no touchdowns, two interceptions, and a lost fumble.
#20 Texas Christian 56, Southern Methodist 36
Our purple brothers took home the Iron Skillet yet again, although it looked hairy early on as SMU took a 16-7 lead. But Kenny Hill erupted for 365 yards and four touchdowns, while Darius Anderson had 89 and two scores on the ground and Kyle Hicks added 84 more. For SMU, Ben Hicks threw for 305, but his two touchdowns were countered by two interceptions. TCU managed to lose three fumbles, and yet prevailed anyway.
#21 Washington State 52, Oregon State 23
Luke Falk had 396 yards passing and six touchdowns as Washington State, despite only rushing for 60 yards on the day, overwhelmed the hapless Beavers. Ryan Nall did run for 118 yards, so at least Oregon State has something to feel good about.
#22 South Florida 47, Illinois 23 (Friday)
Illinois is not the greatest team in all the Northwest Territory, but a resounding win over them is still enough to right the ship for South Florida’s dreams of capturing the Group of Five bid to a major bowl. The defense helped, picking off Illini quarterback Jeff George Jr. twice. Quinton Flowers threw one pick, but also had 280 yards and 4 touchdowns and ran for 106 yards and a score. That’s a ballgame.
Oh, the jokes. At the end of the third quarter, Florida led 6-3. Just 37 seconds later, it was 13-3... because C.J. Henderson scored on a pick-six. After Tennessee got that back on a 34-yard John Kelly touchdown run, Florida did the unthinkable: they finally scored an offensive touchdown. Brandon Powell hauled in a five-yard lob from Feleipe Franks, and the Gators’ long nightmare was finally over. But 30 seconds later, the Vols responded again, Quinten Dormady hitting Ethan Wolf from 28 yards out, and then Aaron Medley kicked a 27-yarder with just 50 seconds left to tie the game at 20.
Then this nonsense happened.
Each team had three turnovers. Kelly ran for 141 yards. None of that matters, because miracles live forever.
In a back-and-forth contest in which defense was optional, Memphis managed to get the final score with 9:56 left on a three-yard toss from Riley Ferguson to Phil Mayhue. The next drive for each team ended after 10 plays with an interception, eating seven valuable minutes. Memphis was then able to force a turnover on downs at midfield with less than a minute to play in order to seal the victory.
UCLA’s Josh Rosen had 463 yards passing and four touchdowns, but also threw two picks, one of which resulted in a 60-yard touchdown return by Tim Hart to give Memphis its largest lead of the night at 41-31. But Ferguson may have outshone the UCLA star. The Memphis quarterback threw for 398 yards himself, and connected for six touchdowns. Each team also had a big game from a receiver, with UCLA’s Darren Andrews recording 175 yards and a score while Anthony Miller had 185 and two for Memphis. Tiger running back Darrell Henderson also ran for 105 yards.
Remaining Big 12 contests, as well as more on those mentioned above, will be discussed later this week by wildcat00.
And now comes the time when we simply list scores for you to laugh at.
Duke 34, Baylor 20
Toledo 54, Tulsa 51 (okay, not funny, just HAM)
Louisiana Tech 23, Western Kentucky 22 (same)
Ohio 42, Kansas 30 (it was 39-14 after three)
Purdue 35, Missouri 3
Northern Illinois 21, Nebraska 17
Idaho State (FCS) 30, Nevada 28
Central Arkansas (FCS) 38, Southeastern Louisiana (FCS) 6
North Carolina A&T (FCS) 35, Charlotte 31