Top-25 College Football Game Capsules
(Saturday, September 27)
Final Score: (1) Florida State 56, North Carolina State 41
Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Top-ranked Florida State survived a scare last week without its reigning Heisman Trophy winner. The Seminoles' unblemished record, which includes the nation's longest active winning streak, was in doubt again on Saturday. This time, however, Jameis Winston made sure it stayed intact. Winston threw for 365 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions to lead Florida State to a 56-41 win over upset-minded North Carolina State at Carter-Finley Stadium. The signal caller was suspended for last week's 23-17 overtime victory against then-No. 22 Clemson due to an inappropriate comment made in the student union. Backup Sean McGuire, making his first collegiate start, took over in Winston's absense and led the 'Noles to the tense home victory. Florida State has now won 20 straight dating back to its last setback against then-No. 6 Florida on Nov. 24, 2012. Karlos Williams had 126 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns and Rashad Greene hauled in 11 passes for 125 yards and a score for the Seminoles (4-0, 2-0 ACC), who have won 16 straight games in conference.
Final Score: (5) Auburn 45, Louisiana Tech 17
Auburn, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Marshall threw for three touchdowns to lead the fifth-ranked Auburn Tigers to a 45-17 victory over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Saturday. Marshall finished with 166 yards on 10-of-17 efficiency and rushed for 105 more yards on 13 carries. Quan Bray finished with 189 all- purpose yards and three scores, including a 76-yard punt return touchdown for Auburn (4-0), which won its 300th game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. D'haquille Williams and C.J. Uzomah both caught receiving touchdowns and Cameron Artis- Payne led the ground game with 116 yards on 22 carries and a score. Cody Sokol completed 20 of his 35 passes for 216 yards with an interception and Kenneth Dixon had two rushing touchdowns for Louisiana Tech (2-3), which has dropped its last two games.
Final Score: (6) Texas A&M 35, Arkansas 28 (OT)
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Malcome Kennedy's touchdown catch in overtime helped No. 6 Texas A&M survive a scare with a 35-28 win over Arkansas. The Aggies (5-0, 2-0 SEC) trailed by two touchdowns entering the fourth, but touchdown grabs by Edward Pope and Josh Reynolds rallied Texas A&M. Reynolds' 59-yard score tied the game with 2:08 left to set up overtime. Texas A&M began the extra session with the ball and the first play saw Kenny Hill rifle a pass over the middle where Kennedy caught the ball and ran it in for a 35-28 lead. Arkansas (3-2, 0-2) quickly faced a 4th-and-1, but Alex Collins was stuffed at the line and the Aggies held on for the win. Hill finished the game 21-for-41 for 386 yards with four touchdown passes and an interception, with Pope catching two of the scores among his four receptions for 151 yards for Texas A&M. Brandon Allen was 15-of-27 for 199 yards and one score for the Razorbacks, who got rushing scores from Collins, Jonathan Williams and Sam Irwin-Hill.
Final Score: (7) Baylor 49, Iowa State 28
Ames, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bryce Petty threw for 336 yards and a touchdown and scored twice on the ground, as No. 7 Baylor's top-ranked offense put up another big number in a 49-28 win over Iowa State on Saturday. With a couple of receivers back from injury, Petty completed 30-of-44 passes -- also throwing his first interception of the season -- and Shock Linwood rushed for 82 yards and three touchdowns for the Bears (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), who were coming off a bye week after winning their first three games by a combined score of 178-27. Corey Coleman played after sitting out the first three games with a hamstring injury and caught 12 passes for 154 yards and a score. Antwan Goodley, last season's leading receiver, appeared for the first time since injuring a quad in Week 1 and had six catches for 114 yards.
Final Score: (8) Notre Dame 31, Syracuse 15
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Everett Golson had an uneven performance in eighth-ranked Notre Dame's 31-15 win over the Syracuse Orange at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night. Golson was 32-of-39 for 362 yards with four touchdowns and set a Fighting Irish record with 25 straight completions, but also threw two interceptions -- one of which was returned for a score -- and fumbled twice. Notre Dame (4-0) committed a total of five turnovers, allowing Syracuse to hang around. Terrel Hunt completed 22-of-38 passes for 294 yards with one interception for the Orange (2-2).
Final Score: (9) Michigan State 56, Wyoming 14
East Lansing, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Connor Cook threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for a score, as ninth-ranked Michigan State had another easy tune-up for the Big Ten schedule with a 56-14 rout of Wyoming on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. Jeremy Langford ran for 137 yards with a score on 16 carries and Nick Hill chipped in 71 yards on the ground for the Spartans (3-1), who completed their non-conference slate and will open Big Ten play next Saturday at home against Nebraska. After a bye following their 46-27 loss at No. 2 Oregon three weeks ago, the Spartans have dominated the opposition the last two weeks. Last Saturday, Michigan State piled up 336 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns in a 73-14 demolition of Eastern Michigan. Against the overmatched Cowboys, Michigan State bettered that mark with 338 yards on the ground with five scores. Shaun Wick ran for 85 yards on five carries, including a 57-yard score, for Wyoming (3-2), while Colby Kirkegaard threw for 188 yards with a touchdown and an interception in defeat. The Cowboys have won each of their three home games and have been blown out by ranked opposition in their road outings. Wyoming went to Oregon two weeks ago and left with a 48-14 setback against the Ducks.
Final Score: (10) Ole Miss 24, Memphis 3
Oxford, MS (SportsNetwork.com) - Perhaps Mississippi was caught looking ahead with an October gauntlet in the SEC looming -- at least through the first three quarters. Bo Wallace tossed both of his touchdown passes to Laquon Treadwell, who posted five receptions for 123 yards, and the 10th-ranked Rebels pulled away from Memphis, 24-3, on Saturday night. Turnovers, penalties and missed field goals marred the offensive and special teams side of the ball, despite the Rebels outgaining the Tigers, 426-104. They recorded four turnovers, were penalized 10 times for 117 yards and Andrew Fletcher missed a pair of field goals. Ole Miss outscored Memphis 17-0 in the fourth quarter.
Final Score: (12) Georgia 35, Tennessee 32
Athens, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Todd Gurley had plenty of rest last week and his fresh legs carried 12th-ranked Georgia to a 35-32 win over Tennessee on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. Gurley sat out the final three quarters of last week's 66-0 rout of Troy and was the workhorse on Saturday. The Heisman candidate ran for a career-high 208 yards with a pair of touchdowns on 28 carries and caught four passes for 30 yards for the Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1 SEC), who beat Tennessee for the fifth straight time. Hutson Mason threw for 147 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, while adding a score on the ground for Georgia. The Bulldogs, who rallied from an early 10-0 hole on Saturday, had lost their SEC opener two weeks ago at South Carolina. Saturday was the conference opener for Tennessee (2-2, 0-1), which started its SEC slate with an opponent other than Florida for the first time since 2001. Justin Worley completed 23-of-35 passes for 264 yards with three touchdowns in defeat, but sat out a majority of the third quarter with an elbow injury. Jalen Hurd ran for 119 yards with a touchdown, but also had a costly fumble in the end zone that gave Georgia its clinching score in an exciting fourth quarter that featured a combined 29 points.
Final Score: Missouri 21, (13) South Carolina 20
Columbia, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Hansbrough had three touchdown runs, including a 1-yarder on fourth down with 1:36 left in the game that boosted Missouri to a 21-20 win over No. 13 South Carolina on Saturday. Missouri (4-1, 1-0 SEC) rallied from a 13-point deficit to win its conference opener, one week after suffering a 31-27 home loss to Indiana. It was a tough night for Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk, who completed only 12-of-34 passes for 132 yards, but more than half of them came during a big fourth-quarter drive. Marcus Murphy gained 98 yards on 16 carries, while Hansbrough ended with 43 yards on the ground. Dylan Thompson had 219 yards passing on 21-of-37 attempts along with a TD for the Gamecocks (3-2, 2-2).
Final Score: (16) Stanford 20, Washington 13
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Quarterback Kevin Hogan overcame two second- half turnovers to rush for the winning 5-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, lifting No. 16 Stanford to a 20-13 win over Washington on Saturday. Hogan had a 17-yard touchdown pass to Ty Montgomery in the first half, but threw an interception in the third quarter and fumbled in the red zone in the fourth before scrambling for the go-ahead score with 4:29 remaining after the Cardinal defense stuffed a fake punt attempt by Washington. Stanford (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) and its top-ranked defense has held all four of its opponents under 14 points this season, but many of the big plays on that side of the ball Saturday came from Washington (4-1, 0-1). Huskies linebacker Shaq Thompson scored on a fumble return to tie the game at 13-13 going into halftime and forced a fumble when he hit Hogan in the fourth quarter with Stanford threatening to take the lead. But Thompson was also the player who was stopped when Washington tried a fake punt on 4th-and-9 near midfield, leading to the Cardinal's winning score.
Final Score: (17) LSU 63, New Mexico State 7
Baton Rouge, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Freshman quarterback Brandon Harris took over for Anthony Jennings in the second quarter and scored five total touchdowns as the No. 17 LSU Tigers routed the New Mexico State Aggies, 63-7, on Saturday. Harris completed 11 of his 14 passes for 178 yards and three passing touchdowns. He also added 36 yards and two scores on the ground for the Tigers (4-1), who extended their non-conference regular season winning streak to 49 games. Malachi Dupree, Travin Dural and Melvin Jones each caught a touchdown and Leonard Fournette finished with a game-high 122 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in the best game of his young career. Tyler Rogers threw for 86 yards on 14-of-31 passing with two touchdowns for the Aggies (2-3), who had Andrew Allen run for 113 yards and a touchdown on five carries.
Final Score: (18) Southern California 35, Oregon State 10
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Cody Kessler eluded several tacklers and got rid of the football a split-second before Oregon State's Jaswha James converged on his throwing arm. Darreus Rogers hauled in the pass at the 1-yard line prior to crossing the goal line on the final play of the first half. Rogers caught a 48-yard Hail Mary pass and No. 18 Southern California routed Oregon State, 35-10, on Saturday night. The Trojans ripped off 28 unanswered points after trailing 10-7 early in the second quarter to rebound from their loss to Boston College two weeks ago. USC had a bye last week. Kessler finished 24-of-32 for 261 yards and two touchdowns and Javorius Allen carried the ball 20 times for 115 yards and a score for USC (3-1, 2-0 Pac-12), which outgained the Beavers, 461-181. Sean Mannion was 15-of-32 for 123 yards with two interceptions for the Beavers (3-1, 0-1), who haven't won at the Coliseum since 1960.
Final Score: (19) Wisconsin 27, South Florida 10
Madison, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Melvin Gordon ran for two second-half touchdowns to lead the 19th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers past the South Florida Bulls, 27-10, on Saturday. Gordon carried the ball 32 times for 181 yards for the Badgers (3-1), who have won 32 consecutive home games against non- conference opponents. The junior running back was coming off a career-high 253 yards and school record-tying five touchdowns on just 13 carries in a 68-17 win over Bowling Green last Saturday. After blasting Bowling Green with a Big Ten modern-era record 644 rushing yards, Wisconsin was limited to 294 yards on the ground against South Florida. Tanner McEvoy completed 11- of-18 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown for the Badgers. Alex Erickson caught six passes for 91 yards. Mike White connected on 8-of-19 passes for 173 yards and an interception for the Bulls (2-3), who have lost three of four since starting the season with a win over Western Carolina.
Final Score: (21) Nebraska 45, Illinois 14
Lincoln, NE (SportsNetwork.com) - Ameer Abdullah ran for 208 yards and three touchdowns to carry 21st-ranked Nebraska to a 45-14 rout of Illinois in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Tommy Armstrong Jr. completed 10-of-21 passes for 166 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Cornhuskers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who got rushing TDs from Imani Cross and Terrell Newby. Cross had 109 yards rushing, part of a 458-yard ground effort for the Cornhuskers. It was the second strong showing on the ground for Abdullah. Last week, the senior finished with 229 yards on a career-best 35 carries in a 41-31 win over Miami-Florida. Kenny Bell caught five balls for 105 yards and a score in the win, during which Nebraska piled up 624 yards. Reilly O'Toole started in place of an injured Wes Lunt (leg) and completed 17-of-38 throws for 261 yards with a score and three interceptions for Illinois (3-2, 0-1).
Final Score: (22) Ohio State 50, Cincinnati 28
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - J.T. Barrett threw four touchdown passes, Ezekiel Elliott had an impressive rushing performance and 22nd-ranked Ohio State pulled away to post a 50-28 victory over Cincinnati at Ohio Stadium. Barrett was 26-of-36 for 330 yards and added 79 yards on the ground, while Elliott ran for 182 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. Ohio State (3-1), which finished with 710 yards of offense and 45 first downs, hasn't lost to an in-state school since a 7-6 defeat against Oberlin in 1921. The Buckeyes haven't lost in 45 consecutive games against other Ohio-based teams. Chris Moore caught touchdown passes of 60, 83 and 78 yards from Cincinnati quarterback Gunner Kiel. Those were Moore's only three receptions in the game. Kiel also threw a touchdown pass to Johnny Holton and ended with 352 yards on 21-of-32 efficiency for the Bearcats (2-1), who were down only five in the third quarter before Ohio State scored the game's final 17 points.
Final Score: (25) Kansas State 58, UTEP 28
Manhattan, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Charles Jones rushed for 76 yards and three touchdowns, as No. 25 Kansas State staked its claim to remain in the rankings with a 58-28 thrashing of UTEP on Saturday afternoon. Jake Waters finished 10-of-15 for 209 yards with one touchdown through the air and one on the ground for the Wildcats (3-1), who face a Big 12 test next Saturday against Texas Tech. Tyler Lockett had 84 yards on four receptions and contributed a punt return for a score, while DeMarcus Robinson and Joe Hubener also added rushing TDs. Jameill Showers was 18-of-28 for 201 yards and four touchdowns for the Miners (2-2), who kick off their Conference USA slate at Louisiana Tech seven days from now. Ian Hamilton led all receivers with 112 yards on five grabs and a pair of scores, while Aaron Jones and Eric Tomlinson each posted a TD catch in defeat.
09/28 02:52:14 ET