Saturday’s Top 25 College Football Games


No. 1 Alabama 41, Fresno State 10

TUSCALOOSA, ALA.

Jalen Hurts ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns and passed for a third score in Alabama’s victory. The Crimson Tide (2-0) polished off the 44-point underdog Bulldogs (1-1) with a workmanlike performance on the heels of an opening victory over Florida State in Atlanta. Hurts completed 14 of 18 passes for 128 yards, but his biggest play came in the opening minute. He faked a handoff and sprinted 55 yards for a touchdown on the second offensive play, stepping out of a last-gasp tackle attempt at the 15. Hurts also hit a wide-open Hale Hentges for a 23-yarder in the first quarter.

No. 3 Clemson 14, No. 13 Auburn 6

CLEMSON, S.C.

Kelly Bryant ran for two touchdowns after getting knocked hard to the ground and defensive end Austin Bryant had four of Clemson’s 11 sacks in the No. 3 Tigers’ victory over Auburn. Bryant, making his second career start at quarterback for defending national champion Clemson, appeared to be seriously hurt after he remained on the ground on a hit by Dontavius Russell. But after a few moments in the medical tent, Bryant returned to direct a pair of touchdown drives that gave Clemson (2-0) the lead for good. Bryant’s 3-yard run right before halftime put Clemson ahead 7-6.

No. 7 Washington 63, Montana 7

SEATTLE

Dante Pettis weaved his way 67 yards for the seventh punt return touchdown of his career, and Jake Browning threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns for Washington.Pettis set a Pac-12 record, taking a punt back for a score for the second straight game. Pettis’ 61-yard return in the season opener against Rutgers last week tied him with DeSean Jackson for the Pac-12 mark and ignited Washington (2-0) after a sluggish start. The conference record is Pettis’ alone now.

NO. 12 LSU 45, Chattanooga 10

BATON ROUGE, LS.

Derrius Guice ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns, D.J. Chark returned a punt 65 yards for a score, and LSU overcame bouts of sloppiness. Danny Etling passed for 227 yards and a TD, connecting on eight of 14 attempts in less than three quarters of work for the Tigers (2-0). Etling’s scoring pass was a 36-yarder to Drake Davis.

No. 15 Georgia 20, No. 24 Notre Dame 19

SOUTH BEND, IND.

Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy led a swarming Georgia defense and the Bulldogs got just enough plays from an offense starting a freshman quarterback.Rodrigo Blankenship kicked a 30-yard field goal with 3:39 remaining to give the Bulldogs (2-0) a one-point lead, and that was enough for Carter and company.Georgia stopped Brandon Wimbush and the Fighting Irish (1-1) on downs once. Then, on Notre Dame’s final drive, Bellamy blind-sided the quarterback and Carter recovered the fumble with 1:27 left. Wimbush scored Notre Dame’s only touchdown in the first half on a 1-yard run and finished 20 for 40 for 210 yards with two lost fumbles. Carter had a strip sack in the second-half, too.

No. 17 Louisville 47, North Carolina 35

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.

Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson accounted for 525 total yards and six touchdowns and Louisville pulled away late. Jackson threw for 393 yards and three scores and ran for 132 yards and three TDs. The last came on a spinning-through-tacklers 11-yard run with 3:06 left to punctuate a dominant fourth-quarter effort by the Cardinals (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Junior Jaylen Smith had nine catches for a career-high 183 yards and a score, and Dez Fitzpatrick hauled in two TDs as the Cardinals rolled to 705 yards.

No. 18 Virginia Tech 27, Delaware 0

BLACKSBURG, VA.

Greg Stroman returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown and Josh Jackson threw two scoring passes for Virginia Tech. Stroman is the first player in Virginia Tech history to return a punt for a touchdown in three consecutive seasons. The Hokies (2-0), coming off a last-second win over West Virginia, struggled offensively for much of the game, but got scoring strikes of 4 and 28 yards from Jackson.

No. 19 Kansas State 55, Charlotte 7

MANHATTAN, KAN.

Kendall Adams scored on interception and fumble returns in the first half for Kansas State. Adams returned an interception 30 yards to give the Wildcats (2-0) a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, and had a 46-yard fumble return late in the second to make it 31-7. Alex Barnes, Jesse Ertz and Winston Dimel had touchdown runs. Charlotte dropped to 0-2.

No. 23 TCU 28, Arkansas 7

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK.

Darius Anderson ran for a career-high 106 yards and a touchdown and No. 23 TCU’s defense dominated once again. Anderson had 15 carries to help the Horned Frogs (2-0) win in Fayetteville for the first time since 1984 when both schools were in the Southwest Conference. The sophomore’s previous rushing best was 103 yards in a victory over Texas last season. Kenny Hill was 21-of-31 passing for 166 yards for TCU, and the Horned Frogs held the Razorbacks (1-1) to 267 yards of total offense.

No. 25 Tennessee 42, Indiana State 7

KNOXVILLE, TENN.

Ty Chandler returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, Carlin Fils-aime had two scoring runs and Tennessee breezed past Indiana State. Five days after John Kelly ran for four touchdowns in Tennessee’s 42-41 double-overtime triumph over Georgia Tech, he shared the spotlight with his backups in a game that had much less suspense. Kelly ran for 80 yards and caught five passes for 60 yards to lead the Volunteers (2-0) in rushing and receiving.

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