No. 2 Clemson Escapes With 28-26 Win At Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Kelly Bryant threw for 205 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to help No. 2 Clemson escape with a 28-26 victory over Kellen Mond and Texas A&M on Saturday night.
Mond was spectacular in the second half, throwing for three touchdowns, with a 14-yard pass to Kendrick Rogers cutting the lead to 28-26 with 46 seconds left. But his big performance came up just short when the 2-point conversion attempt was intercepted in the end zone.
Mond finished with a career-high 430 yards passing, and Rogers had 120 yards receiving and two TDs to help Clemson (2-0) edge the Aggies (1-1).
NO. 1 ALABAMA 57,
ARKANSAS STATE 7
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Tua Tagovailoa passed for three first-quarter touchdowns and Jalen Hurts added two more before halftime for Alabama.
The Crimson Tide (2-0) racked up big plays on the way to a 40-0 halftime lead while rotating the quarterbacks who battled for the job throughout the offseason. Coach Nick Saban officially announced Tagovailoa would remain the starter Monday, but both were big parts of the plan again.
NO. 3 GEORGIA 41,
NO. 24 SOUTH CAROLINA 17
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jake Fromm threw for 194 yards and a touchdown, all three of Georgia’s latest running combo scored touchdowns and the expected Southeastern Conference showdown turned into a blowout.
NO. 4 OHIO STATE 52, RUTGERS 3
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw four touchdown passes and Ohio State rolled to the 900th victory in program history.
Johnnie Dixon grabbed two of Haskins’ scoring strikes, and backup quarterback Tate Martell added another touchdown pass and a 47-yard scoring run on a gray, misty afternoon.
NO. 5 WISCONSIN 45, NEW MEXICO 14
MADISON, Wis. — Jonathan Taylor ran for a career-high 253 yards and three touchdowns, and Wisconsin asserted its dominance after allowing a score on the game-opening drive.
NO. 6 OKLAHOMA 49, UCLA 21
NORMAN, Okla. — Kyler Murray threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores, and Oklahoma lost star running back Rodney Anderson to a leg injury.
NO. 7 AUBURN 63, ALABAMA STATE 9
AUBURN, Ala. — JaTarvious Whitlow ran for 122 yards and receiver Anthony Schwartz accounted for 117 total yards and two touchdowns to help Auburn rout Alabama State.
NO. 8 NOTRE DAME 24, BALL STATE 16
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jalen Elliott had two interceptions that Notre Dame turned into touchdowns and the Fighting Irish held off stubborn Ball State.
NO. 9 WASHINGTON 45,
NORTH DAKOTA 3
SEATTLE — Jake Browning threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns, Ty Jones had two touchdown receptions, and Washington pulled away in the second half.
NO. 11 LSU 31, SE LOUISIANA 0
BATON ROUGE, La. — Joe Burrow passed for two touchdowns and ran for a short score, and LSU rode an opportunistic defensive performance.
NO. 12 VIRGINIA TECH 62,
WILLIAM & MARY 17
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Steven Peoples had two first-half touchdown runs, and Josh Jackson threw for a touchdown and ran for another for Virginia Tech.
Jackson went to the bench before halftime with the Hokies (2-0) up 31-7, and backup Ryan Willis led a touchdown drive on his first college series.
NO. 14 WEST VIRGINIA 52, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 17
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Will Grier threw three of his four touchdown passes to Gary Jennings to lead West Virginia.
The Mountaineers (2-0) piled up 625 total yards in winning their 15th straight home opener.
NO. 18 MISSISSIPPI STATE 31,
KANSAS STATE 10
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Nick Fitzgerald returned from a suspension to throw two touchdown passes, Kylin Hill ran for 211 yards and accounted for three scores for Mississippi State.
NO. 19 UCF 38,
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 0
ORLANDO, Fla. — Adrian Killins Jr. ran for 89 yards and two touchdowns to help UCF rout South Carolina State for its 15th straight victory.
NO. 21 MICHIGAN 49,
WESTERN MICHIGAN 3
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Shea Patterson threw three touchdown passes, one in each of the first three quarters, to help Michigan beat Western Michigan.
NO. 22 MIAMI 77, SAVANNAH STATE 0
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Malik Rosier threw for two scores and rushed for another, N’Kosi Perry came off the bench to throw the first three touchdown passes of his collegiate career, and Miami set a school record for margin of victory/
NO. 23 OREGON 62,
PORTLAND STATE 14
EUGENE, Ore. — Justin Herbert threw for 250 yards and four touchdowns for Oregon before heading to the bench in the third quarter.
KENTUCKY 27, NO. 25 FLORIDA 16
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kentucky ended one of college football’s longest losing streaks by upsetting Florida.
Terry Wilson accounted for three touchdowns, Benny Snell ran for 175 yards and the Wildcats (2-0) beat the Gators for the first time since 1986. Kentucky hadn’t won in Gainesville since 1979.