Top-25 College Football Game Capsules
(Saturday, August 30)
Final Score: (2) Alabama 33, West Virginia 23
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - T.J. Yeldon racked up 126 yards and a pair of touchdowns to pace a potent rushing attack, as second-ranked Alabama took down West Virginia, 33-23, in the first-ever meeting between the programs from Georgia Dome. Derrick Henry added 113 yards and another score on 17 attempts for the Crimson Tide (1-0), while Blake Sims ended up 24-of-33 for 250 yards and one interception. Amari Cooper led all receivers with 12 receptions and racked up 130 yards for Alabama, which is seeking a third national title in the last four seasons. Clint Trickett ended up 29-of-45 for 365 yards and a TD pass to Kevin White for the Mountaineers (0-1). White collected 143 yards on nine grabs, while Mario Alford returned a kick 100 yards while adding 54 yards on five catches.
Final Score: (3) Oregon 62, South Dakota 13
Eugene, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcus Mariota threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as the 3rd-ranked Oregon Ducks trounced the South Dakota Coyotes, 62-13, on Saturday. Mariota went 14-of-20 for 267 yards and ran for 43 yards on six carries. He now has the most career total touchdowns in Oregon history with 82 after entering the game tied with Joey Harrington. Mariota also tied Darron Thomas' school record of 66 career touchdown passes. Byron Marshall ran eight times for a game-high 138 yards and two touchdowns, while leading all receivers with 89 yards on eight catches for Oregon (1-0), which won its 10th straight home opener. Kenny Bassett added a rushing touchdown, Charles Nelson returned a punt for a score and Pharaoh Brown and Dwayne Stanford each had a receiving touchdown in the win. South Dakota quarterback Kevin Earl completed 13 of his 26 passes for 136 yards, while Trevor Bouma scored the Coyotes'(0-1) lone touchdown.
Final Score: (4) Oklahoma 48, Louisiana Tech 16
Norman, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Keith Ford and Alex Ross each rushed for a pair of touchdowns as fourth-ranked Oklahoma kicked off its 2014 season with a 48-16 rout of Louisiana Tech. Ford added a team-high 65 receiving yards on four catches while amassing 51 yards on the ground on nine carries, with Trevor Knight chipping in 253 yards and a touchdown through the air in the Sooners' fifth straight season-opening triumph. Knight finished 19-of-34 with one interception for Oklahoma (1-0), with freshman Samaje Perine amassing 77 yards and a touchdown on 13 rush attempts. Cody Sokol threw for a pair of touchdowns in a losing cause for Louisiana Tech (0-1). Sterling Griffin led the Bulldogs with seven catches for 74 yards, while Trent Taylor had 68 yards and a touchdown on four grabs. Sokol ended with 191 yards and was intercepted once on 22-of-36 passing.
Final Score: (5) Ohio State 34, Navy 17
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - It took some time, but Ohio State's offense finally began to click under new quarterback J.T. Barrett and the fifth-ranked Buckeyes pulled away late for a 34-17 victory over Navy on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. Ohio State (1-0) entered its third season under Urban Meyer with national championship hopes, then lost star quarterback Braxton Miller to a shoulder injury earlier this month and turned to Barrett. The redshirt freshman completed his first pass attempt, a 14-yard toss to Devin Smith to open the game, and his 80-yard TD strike to Smith in the third quarter put Ohio State on top for good. The Buckeyes went on to add a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to seal their 25th straight regular-season win and 15th consecutive season-opening victory. Barrett completed 12-of-15 passes for 226 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 50 yards as Ohio State piled up 194 yards on the ground. Navy (0-1), which finished second in the nation in rushing last year during a 9-4 season, racked up 370 yards on the ground. Ryan Williams-Jenkins accounted for 118 on just seven carries, while quarterback Keenan Reynolds added 42. Reynolds threw the ball just four times and completed two for 20 yards.
Final Score: (6) Auburn 45, Arkansas 21
Auburn, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Marshall came off the bench to run for a tie-breaking touchdown in the third quarter, beginning a streak of 24 unanswered points that helped sixth-ranked Auburn pull away for a 45-21 victory over Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Marshall, the starting quarterback on the Tigers' 2013 SEC champion and BCS runner-up team, sat out the entire first half as a suspension for a marijuana possession citation over the summer. In his place, Jeremy Johnson threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns in an impressive two quarters of action. Jeremy Whitehead came through with a pivotal 33-yard interception return touchdown later in the third quarter, leading an Auburn defense that held the Razorbacks to no points and 61 total yards in a second half that saw an hour and 27-minute delay due to a severe thunderstorm. Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for a career- best 177 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries for Auburn (1-0, 1-0 SEC), while D'haquille Williams racked up 154 yards and a score on nine receptions in the win. Johnson completed 12-of-16 passes, with Marshall finishing 4- of-6 for 50 yards. Brandon Allen went 18-of-31 for 175 yards and two touchdowns with the one key interception for Arkansas (0-1, 0-1). A.J. Derby ended with four catches for 40 yards and a score, while Alex Collins ran for 68 yards on 10 attempts in the loss.
Final Score: (7) UCLA 28, Virginia 20
Charlottesville, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brett Hundley threw for 242 yards and ran for a critical touchdown as seventh-ranked UCLA overcame a stiff test from Virginia to hold on for a 28-20 win at Scott Stadium. Hundley's score made it 28-17 late in the third quarter for a Bruins program with national title aspirations. Paul Perkins finished with 80 yards on 16 carries for UCLA (1-0), which scored three defensive touchdowns in the second quarter. Greyson Lambert made his first collegiate start at quarterback for the Cavaliers (0-1), but was benched late in the first half in favor of fellow redshirt sophomore Matt Johns after having two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Johns tossed touchdown passes in relief.
Final Score: (11) Stanford 45, UC Davis 0
Stanford, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Hogan threw three first half touchdowns and ran in another as No. 11 Stanford rolled to a 45-0 win over UC Davis to kick off its 2014 season. Hogan got to rest for the second half after building a commanding lead over the first 30 minutes. The senior co- captain completed 12-of-16 passes for 204 yards with an interception. Ty Montgomery returned a punt for a touchdown and was one of four players with a receiving score for Stanford (1-0), which is hoping to win its third straight Pac-12 conference championship. Christian McCaffrey, Michael Rector and tight end Austin Hooper also caught touchdowns. UC Davis (0-1), an FCS program, never got its offense going against the Cardinal. Quarterback London Lacy was intercepted twice and finished with just 54 yards passing, while Justin Williams and Colton Silveria gained 36 and 34 yards, respectively, on the ground.
Final Score: (12) Georgia 45, (16) Clemson 21
Athens, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Todd Gurley scored two of his four touchdowns in a strong second half, posting a career-high 198 yards rushing, and No. 12 Georgia rolled past 16th-ranked Clemson by a 45-21 count in an interconference battle from Sanford Stadium. Hutson Mason threw for 131 yards on 18-of-26 efficiency and Nick Chubb contributed 70 yards and another score on the ground for the Bulldogs (1-0), who also benefited from a 100-yard kickoff return from Gurley in the second quarter. Michael Bennett led the hosts with five catches for 60 yards as Georgia produced 459 yards of total offense. Cole Stoudt ended up 15-of-28 for 130 yards and was sacked three times for the Tigers (0-1), while Mike Williams posted 88 yards on three receptions. C.J. Davidson and D.J. Howard picked up a rushing score each in defeat. Deshaun Watson threw a first-half TD pass to Charone Peake.
Final Score: (13) LSU 28, (14) Wisconsin 24
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - It might've been LSU's toughest challenge during its nation's longest regular-season non-conference winning streak. Kenny Hilliard made sure to make it 46 in a row. Hilliard ran for the go-ahead 28-yard score with 9:41 remaining as No. 13 LSU rallied from 17 points down to top No. 14 Wisconsin, 28-24, in the Texas Kickoff on Saturday night. The Tigers scored the final 21 points of the game. Anthony Jennings, taking over under center for the graduated Zach Mettenberger, was 9-of-21 for 239 yards and Travin Dural caught three passes for 151 yards, including an 80-yard TD catch for LSU (1-0), which went 10-3 last season. Melvin Gordon totaled 140 yards on the ground on 16 totes with a touchdown for the Badgers (0-1), who finished 9-4 a year ago. Former safety Tanner McEvoy was just 8- of-24 for 50 yards with two interceptions in his first career start in defeat. Gordon ran the ball just three times in the second half.
Final Score: (15) Southern California 52, Fresno State 13
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The 15th-ranked USC Trojans dealt with controversy, deceit and accusations over the past week. Cody Kessler made sure his team put those distractions behind them, leading the Trojans to a 52-13 rout of Fresno State in Saturday's season opener. Kessler threw for 394 yards on 25-of-37 passing and accounted for a career-high five touchdowns -- four passing and one rushing -- as the Steve Sarkisian era in Southern Cal started with a blowout victory. Sarkisian returns to the USC sideline after spending the last five years as head coach at Washington, following a seven- year stint as a Trojans assistant. Javorius Allen finished with 133 yards with a touchdown on 22 carries for the Trojans (1-0), who have won 16 straight openers. JuJu Smith led USC with 123 receiving yards on four catches, Nelson Agholor caught a pair of touchdown passes and Adoree Jackson and Bryce Dixon each hauled in a score from Kessler. Marteze Waller was the lone bright spot for Fresno State (0-1), rushing for 97 yards and two touchdowns in the setback.
Final Score: (17) Notre Dame 48, Rice 17
South Bend, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Everett Golson ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more as No. 17 Notre Dame handed Rice a 48-17 loss in the season opener at Notre Dame Stadium. The last time Golson donned a Fighting Irish uniform was in the BCS title game against Alabama two seasons ago. He missed his entire sophomore campaign after the university suspended him the next fall for academic reasons and spent his hiatus practicing with a quarterback guru. The early results were promising, as Golson completed 14- of-22 attempts for 295 yards while accounting for 41 of the Irish's 281 rushing yards. Notre Dame (1-0), which is in the middle of another academic scandal, went 9-4 last season without Golson and was playing a Rice (0-1) program coming off a Conference USA title. The Owls lost most of their offensive threats from last season, however, and the untested Driphus Jackson was shaky in his first road start under center. Hampered by conservative play calling, Jackson passed for 163 yards with a touchdown and an interception and gained a team-high 61 yards on the ground.
Final Score: (20) Kansas State 55, Stephen F. Austin 16
Manhattan, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Waters threw for two touchdowns and ran for two scores to lead the No. 20 Kansas State Wildcats to a 55-16 victory over the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks on Saturday. Waters completed 19 of his 28 passes for 223 yards and an interception, while rushing for 55 yards on 17 carries. Charles Jones also totaled 55 yards on the ground with two touchdowns for the Wildcats (1-0), who improved to 21-2 in home openers under head coach Bill Snyder. Kody Cook, Steven West and Tyler Lockett each caught a touchdown pass in the rout. Zach Conque went 17-of-30 for 118 yards, while Joe Minden threw 7-of-9 passes for 107 yards with a rushing touchdown for Stephen F. Austin (0-1). Gus Johnson led the Lumberjacks with 26 rushing yards on eight carries and a score, while Aaron Thomas had a game-high 85 receiving yards on six catches in the first ever meeting between the two schools.
Final Score: (22) Nebraska 55, Florida Atlantic 7
Lincoln, NE (SportsNetwork.com) - Tommy Armstrong had two touchdown passes and ran in one more as No. 22 Nebraska rolled to a 55-7 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday to open the season. Armstrong was 15-of-29 passing for 271 yards and added seven runs for 62 yards for the Cornhuskers (1-0), who went 9-4 last season and beat Georgia in the Gator Bowl. Ameer Abdullah finished the game with 232 yards on 21 carries and a score, while Terrell Newby added 16 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Jaquez Johnson was 6- for-12 for 61 yards and a score for the Owls (0-1), who won four in a row to end last season with a mark of 6-6.
Final Score: (23) North Carolina 56, Liberty 29
Chapel Hill, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Marquise Williams threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more, as No. 23 North Carolina exploded for four touchdowns over a four-minute span in the third quarter to take a 56-29 win over Liberty. Williams went 19-for-29 for 169 yards with two interceptions, and also had six carries for 52 yards for the Tar Heels (1-0), who went 7-6 last season, defeating Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl. Josh Woodrum was 16-for-33 for 189 yards with two interceptions, while Todd Macon had two rushing touchdowns for Liberty (0-1), an FCS team that went 8-4 last season.
Final Score: (24) Missouri 38, South Dakota State 18
Columbia, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Maty Mauk threw two of his three touchdown passes to Darius White as 24th-ranked Missouri opened the season with a 38-18 win over FCS foe South Dakota State. Russell Hansbrough had 126 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries for the Tigers (1-0), who posted 12 victories and captured the SEC Eastern Division title last season. Zach Lujan completed 21-of-28 passes for 239 yards with one interception in place of South Dakota State starter Austin Sumner. Sumner suffered a right foot/ankle injury on a first-quarter scramble and is expected to miss significant time. Zach Zenner had two touchdown runs for the Jackrabbits (0-1).
Final Score: (25) Washington 17, Hawaii 16
Honolulu, HI (SportsNetwork.com) - John Ross ran in for a score on a reverse and hauled in a 91-yard TD catch as No. 25 Washington held off Hawaii, 17-16, in head coach Chris Petersen's Huskies debut on Saturday night. Washington ran the final 2:40 off the clock to hang on for the victory. Jeff Lindquist was just 10-of-26 for 162 yards and a touchdown in his first start, replacing Cyler Miles due to suspension. Lavon Coleman carried the ball 19 times for 94 yards for the Huskies (1-0), who went 9-4 a year ago. Joey Iosefa accounted for 143 yards rushing and a score on 30 totes for Hawaii (0-1).
08/31 02:25:11 ET