Missouri makes move
Tigers remain undefeated after crazy day in the SEC
Missouri took control of the SEC East and a new contender emerged in the SEC West.
A week after knocking off Georgia on the road, No. 14 Missouri followed it up by blowing out No. 22 Florida, 36-17, in Columbia, Mo.
In College Station, Texas, No. 24 Auburn used a late score to beat Johnny Manziel and No. 7 Texas A&M, 45-41.
It was a Saturday filled with upsets in the Southeastern Conference and most played in favor of Missouri. The Tigers (7-0, 3-0) manhandled the Gators with backup quarterback Maty Mauk making his first start.
Furthering Missouri’s cause, Vanderbilt rallied to beat No. 15 Georgia, 31-27, in Nashville, Tenn., and Tennessee kicked a last-second field goal to beat No. 11 South Carolina, 23-21.
The result is Missouri is the only team in the division that has lost fewer than two games. The Tigers outgained Florida 500-151, not missing a beat without injured quarterback James Franklin.
Auburn, which didn’t win an SEC game last season, suddenly looks like a it could be in the mix for a West title. The Tigers (6-1, 3-1) won a back-and-forth game with A&M (5-2, 2-2), with Tre Mason scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the final two minutes.
No. 1 ALABAMA 52, ARKANSAS 0
AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes and Kenyan Drake rushed for 104 yards and two scores to lead Alabama.
The Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead and easily avoided catching the upset bug that struck other SEC powers. Alabama has won by the same margin over Arkansas two years running.
Drake needed just eight carries to reach 100 yards for the second straight week. T.J. Yeldon had 88 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
NO. 4 OHIO STATE 34, IOWA 24
Carlos Hyde ran for 149 yards, including 106 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, to lead Ohio State to a victory over Iowa.
But it didn’t come easy. The Hawkeyes (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) dominated offensively in the first half and led 21-14 at the break behind the passing of Jake Rudock and running of Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock.
Mississippi 27, No. 6 LSU 24
Andrew Ritter made a 41-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to lift Mississippi to the upset.
Ole Miss (4-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) led by as many 17 points lead and was ahead nearly the entire game until late in the fourth quarter when LSU’s Zach Mettenberger hit Jarvis Landry for a 4-yard touchdown to tie it at 24 with 3:19 remaining.
No. 24 AUBURN 45, No. 7 TEXAS A&M 41
Nick Marshall accounted for four scores and Auburn battered Johnny Manziel in a win over Texas A&M.
Tre Mason’s 5-yard score with less than two minutes to play was first ruled down at the 1, but it was reviewed and ruled a touchdown.
Manziel threw for 454 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a fifth score, but also had two interceptions and missed a series in the fourth quarter with an apparent injury to his right arm or shoulder before returning.
No. 13 STANFORD 24, No. 9 UCLA 10
Tyler Gaffney ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and Stanford smothered Brett Hundley and UCLA.
Kevin Hogan threw for 227 yards and a spectacular touchdown to Kodi Whitfield as the Cardinal (6-1, 4-1) regrouped again after losing at Utah last week. Stanford has not lost consecutive games since October 2009.
Hundley completed 24 of 39 passes for 192 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
TENNESSEE 23, No. 11 SOUTH CAROLINA 21
Michael Palardy made a 19-yard field goal as time expired to give Tennessee a victory over South Carolina that ended the Volunteers’ 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents.
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw left the game after being sacked by Marlon Walls and Daniel McCullers with less than five minutes remaining. Team officials appeared to be looking at his left knee while he was on the sideline.
No. 12 BAYLOR 71, IOWA STATE 7
Bryce Petty threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns, Antwan Goodley had 182 yards receiving and two scores, and Baylor tied a school record with its 10th straight win.
The Bears led 37-0 at halftime and narrowly missed their first shutout win in the Big 12. Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) matched its 10-game winning streak from 1936-37.
No. 14 MISSOURI 36, No. 22 FLORIDA 17
Maty Mauk threw for 295 yards in his first career start and Andrew Baggett converted five field goals to help Missouri defeat Florida and open a two-game lead in the SEC East Division.
VANDERBILT 31, No. 15 GEORGIA 27
Jerron Seymour ran for a 13-yard touchdown with 2:53 left, and Vanderbilt rallied from a 13-point deficit by scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to upset Georgia.
No. 16 TEXAS TECH 37, WEST VIRGINIA 27
Davis Webb threw two touchdown passes and Texas Tech scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to beat West Virginia. In his first road start, Webb completed 36 of 50 passes for 462 yards.
No. 18 OKLAHOMA 34, KANSAS 19
Blake Bell threw for 131 yards and two touchdowns, and Oklahoma finally awoke from its Red River rout hangover to beat lowly Kansas.
ARIZONA ST. 53, No. 20 WASHINGTON 24
Taylor Kelly accounted for 352 yards and four touchdowns, Marion Grice scored three times and Arizona State’s defense bottled up Washington’s Bishop Sankey.
No. 21 OKLAHOMA STATE 24, TCU 10
Clint Chelf completed 10 of 25 passes for 178 yards and an interception and Oklahoma State used a quarterback change to earn a win over TCU.
No. 23 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 38,
CENTRAL MICHIGAN 17
Jordan Lynch rushed for 316 yards, an FBS record for a quarterback, and No. 23 Northern Illinois stayed unbeaten with a victory at Central Michigan.
Bucknell 17, Dartmouth 14
Matt DelMauro and CJ Williams each rushed for fourth quarter touchdowns as Bucknell rallied to defeat Dartmouth.
Dartmouth (2-3, 1-1 Ivy League) was limited to 252 total yards. Dominick Pierre finished with 19 carries for 75 yards rushing and a score in the loss.
Merrimack 51, Saint Anselm 9
The Hawks (0-7, 0-6 Northeast-10) trailed just 14-9 after the first quarter, but Merrimack (4-3) rolled after that.
Wide receiver Justin Bernard caught nine passes for 89 yards and the Hawks’ only touchdown, Andrew Murphy went 24-for-39 for 194 yards and a TD, and Keith Charles went over 200 all-purpose yards.
Bridgewater St. 56,
Plymouth St. 28
The Panthers (1-5, 0-4 MASCAC) were shredded for 512 yards of offense as Bears quarterback Mike McCarthy accounted for seven touchdowns.
Ryan Perron, in only his second start at quarterback for PSU, completed 14 of 24 throws for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Andrew Foglia rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.