Saturday's Top 25 College Football Capsules
Sunday, September 18, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Kenny Stills reached high to grab a 37-yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones midway through the fourth quarter, and Oklahoma’s defense made the tiebreaking toss stand as the top-ranked Sooners beat No. 5 Florida State 23-13 on Saturday night.
Javon Harris picked off two passes for the Sooners (2-0), who forced three turnovers and harassed both Florida State quarterbacks all night.
The Seminoles (2-1) played the final 20 minutes without starting quarterback E.J. Manuel, who left in the third with a left shoulder injury.
Backup Clint Trickett kept the Seminoles in it. He hooked up with freshman Rashad Greene for a 56-yard touchdown on a third-and-28 with 9:32 left in the fourth quarter, tying it at 13.
But on the next possession, Jones went deep down the sideline to the 6-foot-1 Stills, who easily outleaped the 5-8 Greg Reid for the touchdown.
Trickett couldn’t respond. On the next drive, he had a pass tipped at the line by Ronnell Lewis, and Harris came up with his second interception near midfield. Just like the first pick, Oklahoma turned it into a field goal, this one from 31 yards out by Jimmy Stevens.
No. 2 Alabama 41, North Texas 0
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy had two long touchdown runs and career rushing highs each as the Tide’s defense smothered North Texas (0-3).
Richardson scored three times — including a 58-yarder and a career-long 71-yarder — and had most of his 167 yards on the two long ones. He had 24 yards at halftime against the Mean Green (0-3) and the nation’s 117th-rated defense.
Alabama recorded its first shutout since a 45-0 victory over Chattanooga on Nov. 21, 2009, thanks to a blocked field goal by Robert Lester and a goal line stand in the final minutes.
No. 6 Stanford 37, Arizona 10
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Andrew Luck threw for 325 yards and had both of his touchdown passes in the second half, helping Stanford pull away from Arizona.
Stanford (3-0) struggled to find the end zone in the first half, then wore Arizona down in the second.
Luck picked the Wildcats apart on 20-of-31 passing, throwing touchdown passes to Zach Ertz in the third quarter and Levine Toilolo in the fourth. Stepfan Taylor added a career-high 153 yards rushing and Stanford had a balanced 567 yards to win its 11th straight game, the Cardinal’s longest run since taking 13 straight from 1939-41.
Nick Foles threw for 239 yards and a touchdown, but couldn’t overcome Arizona’s anemic running game by himself. The Wildcats (1-2) had just 51 yards rushing on 23 carries in their sixth straight loss to an FBS team.
No. 7 Wisconsin 49, Northern Illinois 7
CHICAGO (AP) — Russell Wilson threw for 347 yards and three scores, Montee Ball rushed for another two TDs and the Badgers piled up more than 600 yards in the game at Soldier Field.
Ball finished with 91 yards on 18 carries, James White added 100 yards and another score, and Nick Toon had two TD catches for the Badgers (3-0), who have won 31 straight against non-conference opponents in the regular season. Wisconsin also improved to 12-1 against the Huskies (1-2).
No. 9 Texas A&M 37, Idaho 7
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Cyrus Gray had three touchdowns and 101 yards rushing, and Ryan Tannehill threw for 337 yards and two scores in less than three quarters as the Aggies (2-0) shook off a sloppy start.
Gray finished with 101 yards rushing for his ninth straight 100-yard game dating to last season.
Idaho (1-2) had to punt 10 times, converted two of 14 third downs and had nine penalties for 66 yards.
No. 10 South Carolina 24, Navy 21
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Marcus Lattimore ran for a career-high 246 yards and three touchdowns to help the Gamecocks (3-0) hang on to defeat Navy.
Lattimore carried 37 times and averaged 6.6 yards a carry. South Carolina ran 37 plays in the second half, and the sophomore touched the ball on 26 of them.
The Midshipmen (2-1) rushed for 274 yards split among seven players.
No. 11 Nebraska 51, Washington 38
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Taylor Martinez threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third to lead the Cornhuskers.
Martinez looked to have put away the Huskies with his 6-yard TD run, but Keith Price passed 52 yards to James Johnson for his fourth TD toss to make it a 13-point game with 4:27 left.
Nebraska (3-0) won the third meeting of the teams in 364 days. Nebraska won in Seattle last September but lost in a rematch at the Holiday Bowl.
The Huskies (2-1) had their six-game winning streak ended.
Washington’s Chris Polk ran for 130 yards. Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead had 120 yards rushing.
Price was 21 of 37 for 274 yards.
No. 12 Oregon 56, Missouri State 7
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — LaMichael James ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns, including a 90-yarder, and the Ducks cruised.
James’ 90-yard dash was Oregon’s longest run since 1938. He also had a 1-yard TD in the first quarter and a 50-yarder in the third.
Darron Thomas threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns for the Ducks (2-1). Lavasier Tuinei caught scoring passes of 8 and 34 yards, and Oregon sat most of its starters early in the second half. Missouri State fell to 0-3.
No. 13 Virginia Tech 26, Arkansas State 7
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Logan Thomas threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns for the Hokies, who are 3-0 for the first time since 2006.
Thomas hit D.J. Coles with a short pass that Coles took 49 yards for a touchdown and found Danny Coale from 4 yards out. Thomas was 21 for 33 and also threw two interceptions.
Arkansas State (1-2) came in averaging 480 yards but managed little after a 51-yard pass on its first offensive play set up its only scoring drive.
No. 14 Arkansas 38, Troy 28
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Ronnie Wingo rushed for a career-high 109 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Razorbacks (3-0) defeated Troy.
Tyler Wilson remained perfect as the starter at quarterback for Arkansas, which travels to No. 2 Alabama next week. Wilson finished 23 of 36 passing for 303 yards.
Arkansas led 31-7 early in the third quarter before the Trojans (0-2) scored back-to-back touchdowns to pull within 31-21. Troy quarterback Corey Robinson found Justin Albert for 32 yards for the first score, and safety LaDarrius Madden scored the second on a 53-yard interception return.
Robinson finished 36 of 63 passing for 373 yards.
Notre Dame 31, No. 15 Michigan State 13
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Cierre Wood ran for two touchdowns, freshman George Atkinson III returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score and Robert Blanton had a late interception for the Irish (1-2).
The Spartans (2-1), who stunned Notre Dame in overtime a year ago with a game-winning TD pass off a fake field goal, tried to surprise the Irish with another fake late in the first half. But it failed when Ethan Johnson broke up a shovel pass attempt and the Irish led 21-10 at the break.
Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins was 34 of 53 for 329 yards with one TD and one interception. Tommy Rees was 187 of 26 for 161 yards with a TD and an interception.
No. 16 Florida 33, Tennessee 23
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Rainey had 233 total yards, including an 83-yard touchdown catch, and the Gators extended two decades of dominance in the Southeastern Conference series.
Rainey finished with 108 yards rushing, 104 yards receiving and blocked a punt that led to a field goal. His touchdown pretty much sealed it, allowing the Gators (3-0, 1-0) to push their winning streak in the series to seven games.
Florida has won 16 of 22 since the Eastern Division teams started playing annually in 1990. The Volunteers (2-1, 0-1) had hoped to end the streak with quarterback Tyler Bray, but it ended with another Florida celebration in the Swamp.
Miami 24, No. 17 Ohio State 6
MIAMI (AP) — Lamar Miller ran for 184 yards, Jacory Harris threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to Allen Hurns and Miami (1-1) topped Ohio State.
Ohio State quarterbacks Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller combined to complete 4 of 18 passes, and the Buckeyes simply seemed to give up on the game in the final minutes.
Jordan Hall had 87 yards on 14 carries for the Buckeyes (2-1), who are now in danger now of falling out of the AP Top 25 for the first time in nearly seven years.
No. 18 West Virginia 37, Maryland 31
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Geno Smith threw for a career-high 388 yards, and the Mountaineers (3-0) withstood a furious comeback.
After WVU let a 24-point lead dwindle to 34-31 with 10:29 remaining, Smith directed a 14-play, 65-yard drive that produced a field goal with 4:42 left.
The Terrapins (1-1) then moved to the West Virginia 35 before Eain Smith intercepted a Danny O’Brien pass with 1:13 remaining to saddle coach Randy Edsall with his first defeat at Maryland.
No. 3 LSU visits West Virginia next Saturday.
No. 19 Baylor 48, Stephen F. Austin 0
WACO, Texas (AP) — Robert Griffin III and the Bears (2-0) celebrated their highest ranking since October 1991 by routing Stephen F. Austin in a game that ended in the third quarter because of lightning.
During a 41-minute wait late in the first half, with Baylor already up 31-0, the schools agreed to skip halftime and to trim the final two quarters by 3 minutes each. The game was halted for a second time with 2:58 left in the third quarter. Rather than wait it out, the coaches met at midfield, shook hands and decided to let the clock run out.
The Lumberjacks, an FCS program, fell to 1-2.
No. 20 South Florida 70, Florida A&M 17
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — B.J. Daniels threw for a career-high 382 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulls (3-0) destroyed Florida A&M.
Daniels led South Florida to touchdowns on eight of 10 drives before leaving the game for good in the third quarter. Darrell Scott had a big night, too, rushing for a career-best 146 yards and scoring two TDs on the ground.
Austin Trainor threw for 106 yards for FAMU (1-2), including second-quarter touchdowns of 4 yards to Lavante Page and 32 yards to Edmond Baker.
Clemson 38, No. 21 Auburn 24
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Auburn’s 17-game winning streak is over.
Tajh Boyd threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns to help Clemson snapped the nation’s longest winning streak.
Auburn (2-1) took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter before Boyd began hitting his targets over the final three periods. Clemson converted 10 straight third-down attempts as it improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2007.
Trailing 38-24 in the fourth quarter, Auburn moved to the Clemson 8. But Barrett Trotter was intercepted by Coty Sensabaugh to end the threat.
Michael Dyer led Auburn with 151 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Clemson players jumped around in celebration when the clock struck zero and fans swarmed the field.
Illinois 17, No. 22 Arizona State 14
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Nathan Scheelhaase threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Jenkins with less than 10 minutes left, and Illinois sacked Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler six times.
With Illinois trailing 14-10, defensive end Whitney Mercilus hit Osweiler in the back and knocked the ball loose to linebacker Ian Thomas. Four plays later, Scheelhaase found Jenkins for the winning score.
Scheelhaase was 11 of 15 for 135 yards for Illinois (3-0). He threw one interception but also ran for 67 yards. Jenkins had six catches for 103 yards.
The Sun Devils (2-1) outgained Illinois 362-240.
Osweiler completed 25 of 45 passes for 256 yards. He ran for a touchdown and threw for another, but also tossed two interceptions.
No. 23 Texas 49, UCLA 20
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Case McCoy passed for 168 yards and two touchdowns, D.J. Grant made his first three career TD catches, and the Longhorns avenged last season’s stunning home loss to the Bruins.
Malcolm Brown rushed for 110 yards and a score, and Fozzy Whittaker ran for two more touchdowns for the Longhorns (3-0), who got solid production from two young quarterbacks. McCoy went 12 for 15 without a turnover in his first career start, and freshman David Ash went 3 for 3 in frequent action.
Richard Brehaut passed for 150 yards after Kevin Prince threw three interceptions in the first quarter for the Bruins (1-2).
No. 23 TCU 38, Louisiana-Monroe 17
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Greg McCoy returned the second-half kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown for the Horned Frogs.
Three plays after McCoy’s sprint up the right sideline in front of the Louisiana-Monroe bench, the Warhawks (1-2) gave the ball back when Jyruss Edwards fumbled after a hit from Stansly Maponga. D.J. Yendrey recovered at the 28, setting up Matthew Tucker’s second TD run, a 1-yarder for a 35-17 lead less than 5 minutes into the second half.
TCU (2-1) matched a Mountain West Conference record with its 21st consecutive home win. The win gave Gary Patterson his 100th victory as the Horned Frogs’ coach.