SATURDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAMES


No. 1 Alabama 41, Arkansas 9

TUSCALOOSA, ALA.

Damien Harris opened with a 75-yard touchdown run and Alabama rode a fast start to a rout of Arkansas. The Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) had raced to a 17-0 start by midway through the first quarter before the Razorbacks (2-4, 0-3) managed to slow down the onslaught for a while. Harris ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. His run on the game’s first offensive play matched his career long set last week at Texas A&M, putting the Tide in front just 15 seconds into the game. The result was a second straight lopsided SEC loss for Arkansas and embattled coach Bret Bielema.

No. 4 Georgia 53, Missouri 28

ATHENS, GA.

Sony Michel ran for two touchdowns as Georgia found its running game after a slow start and took control with 26 unanswered points to beat Missouri. Georgia (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) recovered from an early scare by gaining 696 total yards, including 370 on the ground. Missouri (1-5, 0-4) suffered its fifth straight loss as it faded following a 21-all tie in the second quarter. Georgia’s Mecole Hardman scored on a 35-yard run in the first quarter and a 59-yard catch from Jake Fromm in the fourth quarter. Missouri showed the big-play potential in its passing game on Emanuel Hall’s two 63-yard touchdown catches in the first half. Drew Lock also threw a 4-yard scoring pass to tight end Albert Okwuegbunam. Lock threw for 253 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.

No. 6 TCU 26, Kansas State 6

MANHATTAN, KAN.

Kenny Hill threw for 297 yards and ran for a touchdown, TCU’s defense shut down Kansas State’s ailing offense and the sixth-ranked Horned Frogs remained unbeaten with a weather-delayed victory over the Wildcats. Sewo Olonilua added two short touchdown runs for the Horned Frogs (6-0, 3-0 Big 12), whose gritty defense held the Wildcats (3-3, 1-2) without points both times they ventured into the red zone. Kansas State was forced to play without quarterback Jesse Ertz, who was hurt in last week’s double-overtime loss at Texas. Sophomore backup Alex Delton got his first start and was 11 of 29 for 146 yards, struggling to run coach Bill Snyder’s complex offense against the Big 12’s best defense. The Wildcats’ ground-based attack managed just 70 yards on 29 carries.

LSU 27, No. 10 Auburn 23

BATON ROUGE, LA.

D.J. Chark returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, Connor Culp kicked clutch field goals of 42 and 36 yards inside the final three minutes, and LSU rallied from a 20-point, first-half deficit to beat Auburn. LSU’s defense improved dramatically in the second half, not allowing a point. That enabled LSU (5-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) to win with special teams play. Russell Gage made a diving 14-yard touchdown reception and had a 70-yard run that set up another TD for LSU. Kerryon Johnson rushed for 156 yards and a short TD for Auburn (5-2, 3-1), which had won four in a row.

No. 11 Miami 25, Georgia Tech 24

MIAMI GARDENS, FLA.

Darrell Langham made another miracle happen, a 28-yard catch on a tipped fourth-down ball keeping desperate Miami’s drive alive and setting up Michael Badgley’s 24-yard field goal with 4 seconds left as the Hurricanes somehow rallied to stun Georgia Tech. Langham — who had the winning catch to beat Florida State in the final seconds last week — pulled off a similar grab to get Miami to the Georgia Tech 15, and Badgley’s chip-shot came four snaps later as the Hurricanes (5-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) stretched their longest winning streak in more than a decade to 10 games.

No. 12 Oklahoma 29, Texas 24

DALLAS

Baker Mayfield threw 59 yards to Mark Andrews for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter after Oklahoma had blown a 20-point lead, and the 12th-ranked Sooners held on to beat Texas. Mayfield’s second TD throw of more than 50 yards came 68 seconds after freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger ran 8 yards to give the Longhorns their first lead after trailing 20-0 in the second quarter. The win kept the College Football Playoff hopes alive for the Sooners (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) a week after a stunning home loss to Iowa State when they were ranked third with a nation-leading 14-game winning streak.

No. 14 Oklahoma State 59, Baylor 16

STILLWATER, OKLA.

Mason Rudolph passed for 459 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to help Oklahoma State beat Baylor. Rudolph guided an offense that gained a school-record 747 yards. The senior got his first career win in four tries against the Bears. Oklahoma State’s James Washington caught six passes for 235 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for a 2-yard score. It was the second-best yardage total of his career. Marcell Ateman caught four passes for 119 yards and a touchdown, and Justice Hill ran for 117 yards and a score for the Cowboys (5-1, 2-1 Big 12).

No. 18 South Florida 33, Cincinnati 3

TAMPA, FLA.

Quinton Flowers eclipsed 3,000 yards career rushing and scored a touchdown to help South Florida extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 11 games. The dual-threat quarterback also set up a TD with a long completion to Temi Alaka and linebacker Auggie Sanchez scored on a 65-yard interception on the final play of the first half for the Bulls (6-0, 3-0 American Athletic Conference), who’ve matched the best start in school history. USF also began 6-0 in 2007, climbing to a No. 2 ranking in The Associated Press Poll before plummeting out of the national spotlight with three consecutive losses.

No. 20 N.C. State 35, Pittsburgh 17

PITTSBURGH

Nyheim Hines ran for an 83-yard touchdown and returned a punt 92 yards for another score on his way to 249 total yards, helping North Carolina State to its sixth straight victory. Jaylen Samuels added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown runs for the Wolfpack (6-1, 4-0), who matched their best Atlantic Coast Conference start since 2002 by relying on Hines early and Samuels late. Ryan Finley completed 14 of 25 passes for 198 yards and a 3-yard touchdown to Jakobi Meyers late in the third quarter to put N.C. State ahead to stay. Finley extended his streak of consecutive passes without an interception to 313, the second-longest in ACC history. Ben DiNucci threw for 170 yards and a touchdown for Pitt (2-5, 0-3) before being replaced in the third quarter by freshman Kenny Pickett. Pickett completed 5 of 13 for 61 yards and ran for 18 yards in the first extended action of his career before DiNucci returned in the final minutes.

West Virginia 46, No. 24 Texas Tech 35

MORGANTOWN, W.VA.

Will Grier threw four of his five touchdown passes in the second half and West Virginia overcame an 18-point deficit to get the win.West Virginia (4-2, 2-1) beat a ranked opponent for the first time in 10 tries. Nic Shimonek threw four first-half TD passes for Texas Tech, but the Red Raiders (4-2, 1-2) got little going after halftime and made plenty of mistakes to enable the Mountaineers to mount their comeback. Ka’Raun White had fourth-quarter TD catches of 32 and 17 yards to give the Mountaineers their first lead, and Grier capped the scoring with an 11-yard pass to Sills with 3:23 left. Grier completed 32 of 41 passes for 352 yards. Shimonek went 24 of 39 for 323 yards.

Memphis 30, No. 25 Navy 27

MEMPHIS, TENN.

Riley Ferguson threw three touchdown passes, and Memphis took advantage of five turnovers by Navy to hand the Midshipmen their first loss. Navy quarterback Zach Abey ran for 146 yards for Navy (5-1, 3-1 American Athletic Conference), but the Tigers held the nation’s leading running game 100 yards under its 416-yard average. He surpassed 1,000 yards rushing this season with a 28-yard run late in the fourth quarter, but was responsible for all five turnovers.

Associated Press\

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