TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL Saturday’s games
No. 1 Alabama 41, Colorado St. 23
Jalen Hurts passed for 248 yards and two long touchdowns and rushed for 103 yards to lead Alabama to a victory over Colorado State. The Crimson Tide (3-0) dominated early and emphatically answered a comeback attempt before outlasting the Rams (2-2). Hurts delivered his best all-around game of the season. He ran for a 27-yard touchdown and hit on a career-long 78-yard scoring pass to Calvin Ridley and a 52-yarder to Robert Foster. Hurts completed 12 of 17 passes and mixed in 11 carries before leaving late in the third quarter.
No. 2 Oklahoma 56, Tulane 14
Baker Mayfield passed for 331 yards and four touchdowns, and Oklahoma followed its impressive victory at Ohio State with a win over Tulane. Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb caught four passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns before he was ejected for targeting on a block in the second quarter. Marquise Brown had career highs of six catches for 155 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter for the Sooners (3-0). No. 9 Oklahoma State 59, Pittsburgh 21
Mason Rudolph threw for five touchdowns, all in the first half, and Oklahoma State drilled Pittsburgh. Rudolph completed 23 of 32 passes for 497 yards and the five scores before being pulled in the middle of the third quarter with the Cowboys (3-0) in full command. He did throw his first interception of the season, ending a streak of 216 consecutive passes without a pick dating back to last season. It was the longest active streak in the FBS. Jalen McCleskey caught seven passes for 162 yards and three touchdowns for Oklahoma State. James Washington added 124 yards receiving. Marcell Ateman (109) and Dillon Stoner (100) also reached the 100-yard receiving mark, the first time in 12 years a team has had four 100-yard receivers in the same game. Mississippi State 37, No. 12 Lsu 7
Nick Fitzgerald threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores to help Mississippi State rout LSU. Aeris Williams led the Bulldogs with 146 yards rushing and averaged 6.3 yards per carry. Mississippi State (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) beat LSU for just the second time in 18 tries dating to 2000. LSU (2-1, 0-1) easily won its first two games of the season, but was overmatched by Mississippi State on both sides of the ball. The Tigers were also sloppy — two touchdown plays were negated because of penalties. Fitzgerald was 15-of-23 passing for 180 yards.
No. 15 Auburn 24, Mercer 10
Kamryn Pettway ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns as Auburn overcame five turnovers to hold off FCS school Mercer in another troubling performance by the Tigers’ offense. Mercer (1-2), which only resumed its football program five years ago and plays a division down in the Southern Conference, gave the Tigers all they could handle, much to a chagrin of a disgruntled crowd at Jordan-Hare Stadium — many of whom didn’t bother returning to their seats after a lackluster first half in which the Southeastern Conference powerhouse led only 10-3. The Tigers lost three fumbles in the first half and another returning a punt on what should’ve been their first possession of the second half. The Bears (1-2) fell behind 17-3 on Pettway’s second TD, a 9-yard run midway through the third quarter. Mercer pushed 83 yards in 12 plays, capped by Kaelan Riley’s 7-yard scoring pass to Marquise Irvin with just less than 14 minutes to go. Auburn finally put the game away with Pettway’s third TD — a 4-yard run with 4:50 remaining.
No. 16 Virginia Tech 64, East Carolina 17
Redshirt freshman Josh Jackson threw for 372 yards and five touchdowns — three to Cam Phillips — to help No. 16 Virginia Tech beat East Carolina. Phillips had a program-record 14 catches for 189 yards to help the Hokies improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2011. He punctuated his day with a perfectly executed route that left him wide open, and Jackson hit him in stride for a 45-yard score with 7:46 left in the third quarter.
No. 20 TCU 56, SMU 36
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The Mustangs (2-1) led 19-7 before Kenny Hill threw three TD passes in the final 71/2 minutes of the second quarter. Darius Anderson ran for two touchdowns for TCU (3-0) in the second half, including the first drive after halftime.
No. 21 Washington State 52, Oregon State 23
Luke Falk threw six touchdown passes — three to Tavares Martin Jr. — and Washington State beat Oregon State for its fourth consecutive victory over the Beavers. Washington State (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) was coming off a triple-overtime victory over Boise State.
No. 24 Florida 26, No. 23 Tennessee
Feleipe Franks heaved a 63-yard touchdown pass to Tyrie Cleveland as the clock expired in a wild, wacky and sometimes unwatchable rivalry game. Franks scrambled away from the rush on a first-and-10 play with 9 seconds remaining and found Cleveland behind safety Micah Abernathy for a Hail Mary that no one — especially the Volunteers — saw coming. The final play capped a crazy fourth quarter in which the teams combined for 37 points and little, if any, defense. Tennessee (2-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) can blame three missed field goals for not being ahead late. The Gators (1-1, 1-0) looked as if they had the game in hand early in the final frame, but found a way to let the Volunteers get back in it. It looked for sure as if it was headed for overtime — and then Franks found Cleveland.
Memphis 48, No. 25 UCLA 45
Riley Ferguson threw for 398 yards and six touchdown passes, and Jacobi Francis broke up a fourth-down pass in the closing seconds to lead Memphis over UCLA. Francis’ breakup with 56 seconds left prevented another fourth-quarter comeback by Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen, who finished the game with 463 yards on 34 of 56 throws and four TD passes. For all of the hype about Rosen, considered one of the top quarterbacks in the country, Ferguson matched his counterpart, completing 23 of 38 passes for Memphis (2-0), and his connections with wide receiver Anthony Miller meant the difference. Miller caught nine passes for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns.