McCarron and No. 1 Alabama too much for Manziel and Texas A&M
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to Jalston Fowler during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in College Station, Texas. Alabama won 49-42. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) collects himself after getting hit during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) gestures as he leaves the field after the Crimson Tide beat Texas A&M 49-42 in an an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) leaves the field as Alabama offensive linesman Arie Kouandjio (77) reaches to him after an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in College Station, Texas. Alabama won 49-42. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) throws a pass against Texas A&M during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
AJ McCarron threw four touchdown passes and No. 1 Alabama beat Johnny Manziel and No. 6 Texas A&M, 49-42, yesterday, paying back the Aggues for last season’s upset win.
Vinnie Sunseri returned an interception 73 yards for a score – sidestepping Manziel on the way to the end zone – as the Crimson Tide (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) spotted the Aggies (2-1, 0-1) a 14-0 lead before scoring the next 35 points.
McCarron tossed three touchdowns in the first half to put Alabama up 28-14. Sunseri’s score made it 35-14 less than 3 minutes into the third.
Manziel threw for five touchdowns and a career-best 464 yards but a first-half interception in the end zone swung the game the Tide’s way, and his third-quarter pick and whiff on the tackle put the Aggies in a deep hole.
Alabama’s best defense was its offense. The Tide gained 568 yards and kept Manziel on the bench with a couple of long drives.
Manziel found Mike Evans for a 95-yard pass and run that made it 42-35 with 8:04 left. Evans finished with 279 yards on seven catches.
On third-and-goal from the 5, McCarron flipped to Jalston Fowler for the touchdown that made it 49-35 with 2:28 left. Manziel threw one more TD with 15 seconds left, but Alabama grabbed the onside kick.
No. 2 OREGON 59, TENNESSEE 14
Marcus Mariota threw for a career-high 456 yards and four touchdowns for Oregon. Freshman Johnny Mundt, who replaced ailing tight end Colt Lyerla, had five catches for 121 yards and two TDs for the Ducks (3-0). Josh Huff added six catches for 125 yards and a score.
Mariota, who completed 23 of 33 passes, was the first Oregon quarterback to throw for more than 400 yards in a game since Kellen Clemens in 2005. The sophomore quarterback’s yardage ties for the third-most in a game in school history.
Tennessee (2-1) took an early lead, but it was fleeting and the Ducks led 38-7 at halftime.
Justin Worley completed 13 of 25 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown for the Volunteers.
The Ducks had 687 yards in total offense compared to 316 for the Vols.
No. 4 Ohio State 52, California 34
Kenny Guiton threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first six minutes of his first career start and No. 4 Ohio State rolled to its 15th straight victory.
Guiton, a fifth-year senior, got the start in place of injured Braxton Miller and there was no drop-off in performance for the Buckeyes (3-0).
Guiton connected with Devin Smith on a 90-yard pass on Ohio State’s second offensive play for the longest play from scrimmage in school history. He added a 47-yard touchdown to Smith and a 1-yarder to Chris Fields on fourth-and-goal as Ohio State jumped out to a 21-0 lead over the Golden Bears (1-2) less than halfway through the first quarter.
No. 5 STANFORD 34, ARMY 20
Kevin Hogan threw for three touchdowns and Tyler Gaffney had two touchdowns and 132 yards rushing for Stanford.
The Cardinal (2-0) entered the game as 30-point favorites but had their hands full from the opening kickoff, falling behind 6-0 to the much smaller Black Knights (1-2).
Hogan’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Gaffney after an Army turnover gave Stanford a 27-13 lead late in the third quarter and the Cardinal averted an embarrassing moment. Army has not defeated a ranked team since a 17-14 win over No. 15 Air Force on Nov. 4, 1972.
Ty Montgomery had six catches for 130 yards and one score, while Hogan was 11 of 18 for 188 yards passing for Stanford.
Terry Baggett led Army with 96 yards rushing on nine carries.
No. 7 Louisville 27, Kentucky 13
Senorise Perry ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns and Teddy Bridgewater overcame a shaky start to pass for 250 yards for Louisville, which scored on four consecutive drives to pull away from its instate rival.
The Cardinals (3-0) forced three turnovers, including two in their territory to preserve the win.
Bridgewater connected with DeVante Parker for a 13-yard touchdown just before halftime and Perry followed with second-half TD runs of 1 and 36 yards sandwiched around John Wallace’s 21-yard field goal.
Perry finished with 100 yards on 11 carries while Bridgewater completed 16 of 28 attempts to help the Cardinals earn their third straight Governor’s Cup.
Alex Montgomery caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Jalen Whitlow and Joe Mansour kicked two field goals for Kentucky (1-2).
No.8 LSU 45, Kent State 13
Zach Mettenberger passed for three touchdowns, Jeremy Hill ran for two and eighth-ranked LSU easily defeated Kent State.
Hill rushed 11 times for 117 yards, all in the first two quarters, as LSU (3-0) looked sound in its final tuneup before opening Southeastern Conference play against Auburn next weekend.
Mettenberger connected with Jarvis Landry on touchdown passes of 21 and 31 yards. His other scoring pass went for 5 yards to Odell Beckham Jr.
No. 10 FLORIDA ST. 62, Nevada 7
Jameis Winston accounted for three touchdowns and Florida State’s four tailbacks all scored.
Devonta Freeman ran nine times for 109 yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles (2-0) and James Wilder Jr. added 45 yards and a score. Karlos Williams may have been the most impressive of the bunch. The former safety, who moved to offense after the season opener, ran eight times for 110 yards and a score. His 65-yard run made it 31-7 early in the third quarter.
Winston, who threw two TD passes in the first half, scored on a 10-yard run in the third, his final play of the day. Fourth-string tailback Ryan Green rushed five times for 78 yards and a score.
Nevada (1-2) turned Winston’s first career interception into a touchdown – backup Devin Combs found Brandon Wimberly in the corner of the end zone – but the Seminoles scored the next 59 points.
No. 11 MICHIGAN 28, AKRON 24
Fitzgerald Toussaint scored a go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown with 2:49 left and Michigan made a desperately needed stop on the final play to hold on.
College football’s winningest program avoided getting upset at home – as it did against Appalachian State and Toledo – by a Mid-American Conference team that hasn’t won a road game in nearly five years and was expected to lose by more than five touchdowns.
The Wolverines (3-0) trailed twice in the second half – including with 4:10 left when Kyle Pohl threw a 1-yard TD – and allowed the Zips (1-2) to get to the Michigan 4 on the final drive of the game.
Pohl was pressured and hit by Brennen Beyer on the final play, leading to an incomplete pass in the end zone as time expired on fourth down.
Michigan won its 17th straight at home for the longest streak among BCS-conference teams and its best since winning the same number in a row from 1976-78.
Akron has lost 28 straight road games, the longest skid for visitors in the top tier of college football since Kansas State dropped 30 in a row from Nov. 9, 1985 to Nov. 2, 1991, according to STATS LLC.
No. 12 Oklahoma St 59, Lamar 3
Jeremy Smith rushed for three first-half touchdowns as No. 12 Oklahoma State routed Lamar in its home opener.
In addition to Smith’s 40 yards on 10 carries, J.W. Walsh completed 17 of 30 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys, who scored on their first three possessions.
Oklahoma State (3-0) has now scored a total of 115 points in its last two games, before getting a week off prior to their Big 12 Conference opener Sept. 28 at West Virginia.
Caleb Berry led the offense for Lamar (1-2), throwing for 114 yards on 18 of 38 passing.
No. 13 South Carolina 35, Vanderbilt 25
Connor Shaw passed for three scores, Jadeveon Clowney forced a fumble and No. 13 South Carolina withstood Vanderbilt’s rally from a four-touchdown deficit.
South Carolina (2-1, 1-1 SEC) appeared to have this one finished early, scoring on its first four possessions to lead 28-0. It still led 35-10 when it opened the second half with Shaw’s final TD pass, a 33-yarder to Brandon Wilds.
That’s when the Commodores (1-2, 0-2) threw a scare into the Gamecocks, aided by a fumbled kickoff and punt by South Carolina. Vanderbilt scored twice in a 13-second span of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 35-25.
No. 14 OKLAHOMA 51, TULSA 20
Blake Bell passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns in his first start for Oklahoma.
Sterling Shepard caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns – all career highs – and Jaz Reynolds had 109 yards receiving and one score for Oklahoma (3-0). The Sooners scored on their first five possessions against Tulsa (1-2) to continue their dominance in the series, having won 12 of the last 13 games between the instate rivals.
The Sooners are 13-0 against Tulsa as a ranked team and 7-0 against the Golden Hurricane since Bob Stoops became Oklahoma’s coach in 1999.
Bell, a junior, lost a preseason competition to redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, who bruised a knee against West Virginia. Bell, who served as a short-yardage rushing specialist the past two seasons backing up Landry Jones – was 27 of 37 passing.
Tulsa’s Cody Green completed 17 of 33 for 226 yards, while Trey Watts rushed for 60 yards on 14 carries and caught five passes for 65 yards. Watts, the son of former Oklahoma quarterback J.C. Watts, also returned a punt 77 yards to set up a field goal.
No. 16 UCLA 41, No. 23 NEBRASKA 21
Brett Hundley threw three touchdown passes in the third quarter and UCLA came back from an 18-point deficit.
The Huskers (2-1), wearing alternate black jerseys instead of their traditional home red, looked to be in total control the first half. The Bruins (2-0) scored 35 straight points in 16 minutes. The barrage started with Paul Perkins’ 10-yard touchdown run to cut Nebraska’s lead to 21-10 the halftime.
Jordon James scored from 3 yards before Hundley threw TD passes of 28 yards to Shaquelle Evans, 12 yards to Phillip Ruhl and 3 yards to Nate Iese.
Nebraska allowed 236 yards in the third quarter and 504 for the game.
Hundley completed 16 of 25 passes for 294 yards, with one interception. Jordon James ran 22 times for 105 yards and a TD.
Taylor Martinez was 21 of 35 for 203 yards and three touchdowns, and Abdullah had 98 yards on 23 carries for the Huskers.
No. 19 Washington 34, Illinois 24
Keith Price threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, Bishop Sankey ran for a career-high 208 yards and No. 19 Washington beat Illinois at Soldier Field.
Josh Shirley added three sacks, and the Huskies came out on top after dropping seven of nine away from home. They hadn’t won on the road outside the Pac-12 since beating Syracuse in 2007.
NEW HAMPSHIRE FOOTBALL
Plymouth State 37, Mount Ida 26
Andrew Foglia churned out 199 yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead the Panthers (1-1) to the road win.
Plymouth State was tested as Mount Ida chipped away at a 20-7 deficit, eventually narrowing the score to 27-26, but Rob Giles hit a 42-yard field goal and Foglia scored on a 15-yard run to seal the outcome.
Foglia also added a 21-yard touchdown reception from Jake Tyler, while Mark Hennessy ran for 14 yards and a touchdown. Mike Leonard had an interception for the Panthers.
Stonehill 52, Saint Anselm 24
The Hawks had no answer for the Stonehill attack, allowing 593 yards of offense and falling to 0-2 with the road loss.
Keith Charles (95 rushing yards) and quarterback Andrew Murphy (11) both ran for touchdowns, while Murphy went 27-for-45 for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Justin Bernard had eight catches for 85 yards, and teammate Ahkeen Williams caught seven passes for 75 yards.