7:50 PM EDT, September 21, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. -- Aaron Murray threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns, ran for another score, and led No. 9 Georgia to a 45-21 victory over pesky North Texas on Saturday.
Murray overcame an early interception in the end zone, hooking up with freshman Reggie Davis on a 98-yard TD — the longest pass play in school history. Arthur Lynch and Chris Conley also had touchdown catches for the Bulldogs (2-1).
The Mean Green (2-2) came in as a 33-point underdog, but big plays on special teams helped make a game of it. Brelan Chancellor returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, and Zac Whitfield fell on a blocked punt in the end zone early in the second half to stunningly tie the game at 21.
Murray made sure the Bulldogs avoided the upset. He scored on a 1-yard sneak and went to Conley on a 4-yard TD.
No. 4 Ohio State 76, Florida A&M 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Kenny Guiton again starred in place of the injured Braxton Miller, setting a school record with six touchdown passes — all in the first half — to lead No. 4 Ohio State to a 76-0 victory against Florida A&M.
It was the most lopsided Ohio State win since 1935.
The Buckeyes (4-0) needed a total of four offensive plays and 46 seconds to go up 21-0 in the opening 6 minutes and never looked back. It was an epic mismatch between a team with national-title aspirations and a Football Championship Subdivision member getting a $900,000 guarantee.
FAMU (1-3), which suffered its worst loss ever, trailed 48-0 before picking up its initial first down in the second quarter.
Guiton completed 24 of 34 passes for 215 yards.
No. 7 Louisville 72, Florida International 0
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Teddy Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes and Louisville's defense allowed a school-record 30 yards, helping the seventh-ranked Cardinals blow out Florida International, 72-0.
It was the highest scoring game for the Cardinals (4-0) since a 73-10 victory over Murray State in 2007. It also matched the school's fourth-largest margin of victory.
Bridgewater hit DeVante Parker for two TD passes and Gerald Christian and Eli Rogers for one each before Will Gardner came in to throw another touchdown to Michaelee Harris in the fourth quarter. Dominique Brown, Senorise Perry, Michael Dyer and Brandon Radcliff rushed for scores.
Charles Gaines returned the second-half kickoff 93 yards for a TD and recovered a muffed punt to set up Bridgewater's second TD pass in the second quarter. Louisville's defense meanwhile didn't allow FIU (0-4) a first down until early in the second quarter and just two overall.
SEATTLE -- Keith Price threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns in less than a half, Deontae Cooper scored his first career touchdown after three major knee surgeries, and No. 17 Washington routed Idaho State, 56-0, in the Huskies' final tuneup before the start of Pac-12 Conference play.
Bishop Sankey, the national leader in yards rushing per game, barely broke a sweat against the Bengals (2-1) of the FCS. Sankey saw action on the Huskies' (3-0) first three series and scored on a 3-yard TD run in the first quarter. Sankey finished with 77 yards on four carries.
Price played a little more than 1 1/2 quarters, throwing TD passes of 1, 6 and 5 yards and adding a 1-yard TD run as the Huskies led 42-0 at halftime. It was the second straight season the Huskies overwhelmed a lower division opponent in the first half. Last year, Washington led Portland State 45-0 at halftime.
No. 18 Northwestern 35, Maine 21
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Linebacker Damien Proby and defensive end Dean Lowry each had an interception return for a touchdown to lead No. 18 Northwestern to a 35-21 win over Maine on Saturday.
Northwestern improved to 4-0 as it wrapped up its non-conference slate, but this was not the consistent, steady performance coach Pat Fitzgerald was looking for heading into the Big Ten season. If not for the interception returns for scores, Maine (3-1) very well could have been shooting for an upset down the stretch.
Running back Mike Trumpy and quarterback Kain Colter each had rushing touchdowns for Northwestern. Marcus Wasilewski was 25-for-40 for 237 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for Maine, which had a 379 to 373 edge over the Wildcats in total yards. Northwestern had posted better than 500 yards of offense in each of its first two games against California and Syracuse.
No. 19 Florida 31, Tennessee 17
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- After starting quarterback Jeff Driskel was lost to a season-ending ankle injury, Tyler Murphy led No. 19 Florida to five scores in a somewhat ugly game, helping the Gators open Southeastern Conference play with a 31-17 victory over Tennessee.
Murphy had a 52-yard touchdown throw to Solomon Patton, a swing pass that went the distance, and made several plays with his legs as Florida (2-1, 1-0 SEC) won its ninth consecutive game in the series.
Murphy's 7-yard TD scamper in the fourth quarter made it 31-10 and sent fans scrambling for the exits.
The Volunteers (2-2, 0-1) had hoped to rebound from an embarrassing, 59-14 loss at No. 2 Oregon a week ago. Instead, Tennessee and first-year coach Butch Jones left Gainesville with another double-digit setback.
No. 20 Baylor 70, Louisiana Monroe 7
WACO, Texas -- Bryce Petty threw for 351 yards with four touchdowns and ran 2 yards for another score as No. 20 Baylor kept piling up the points, beating Louisiana-Monroe, 70-7.
The fast-paced Bears (3-0) had seven offensive touchdowns in the 10 drives Petty played. Those TD drives took a total of 6 minutes.
Baylor is the first FBS team since LSU in 1930 to open a season with at least 60 points in three consecutive games, according to STATS. Those Tigers had at least 70 points in each of those games — Baylor scored 69 in its opener before 70 points in each of its last two games.
ULM (2-2), coming off a victory at Wake Forest of the ACC last week, suffered its worst loss since a 73-7 loss at Auburn in 2003.
No. 22 Notre Dame 17, Michigan State 13
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Cam McDaniel scored on a 7-yard run following a questionable pass interference call, one of several penalties that hurt Michigan State, as Notre Dame beat the Spartans, 17-13, for their 10th straight home win.
The Irish (3-1) also took advantage of another questionable pass interference in the first half that set up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Rees to TJ Jones and a holding penalty that kept alive a drive that led to a 41-yard field goal by Kyle Brindza. The Spartans (3-1) had 10 penalties for 115 yards by the Big Ten officials.
But Michigan State made some costly mistakes on its own, including a trick play after the Spartans appeared to be gaining momentum. After opening the second half with a field goal, receiver R.J. Shelton threw a pass that was intercepted by safety Matthias Farley and led to Notre Dame's go-ahead touchdown.
No. 24 Wisconsin 41, Purdoe 10
MADISON, Wis. -- Melvin Gordon ran for three touchdowns, James White added 145 yards and a 70-yard score, and No. 24 Wisconsin opened Big Ten play with a 41-10 win over Purdue.
Gordon scored from 5 and 27 yards in the first half before capping the opening drive of the second with a 15-yard touchdown run for the Badgers (3-1, 1-0).
Nose guard Warren Herring had a sack, and Chris Borland added six tackles to lead an active defense.
Wisconsin moved on nicely from last week's stunning 32-30 loss to Arizona State, after officials mishandled the final seconds to deprive the Badgers of a game-winning field-goal try.
No late worries this week.
Quarterback Rob Henry's 22-yard touchdown run provided one of the few highlights on the day for the Boilermakers (1-3, 0-1).
Penn State 34, Kent State 0
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Running back Zack Zwinak scored three times for the second consecutive week in leading Penn State to a 34-0 win over Kent State.
All three of Zwinak's runs came from inside 2 yards a week after his three touchdowns weren't enough in a 34-31 loss to Central Florida.
Bill Belton had 90 yards rushing and also scored on a 15-yard catch for Penn State (3-1), which now gets an extra week off before opening its Big Ten Conference schedule against Indiana on Oct. 5.
Kent State (1-3) lost its third straight game since opening the season with a 17-10 win over Liberty. And the Golden Flashes' offense continues to lack spark minus its top threat, running back Dri Archer, who did not play because of an injury to his left ankle. Quarterback Colin Reardon finished 12 of 28 for 100 yards passing and an interception as Kent State was limited to 190 yards offense.
Wake Forest 25, Army 11
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Josh Harris rushed for 96 yards and two second-half touchdowns, Michael Campanaro had a 66-yard scoring catch, and Wake Forest rallied past Army, 25-11.
It was the seventh straight victory in the series for Wake Forest (2-2), which overcame three costly errors to hold off the Black Knights (1-3).
Trailing 11-10 late in the third quarter, Wake Forest slowly assumed control as Harris came alive after a lackluster first half. He scored on a 15-yard run up the middle late in the third and gained 58 yards on seven carries on a decisive 62-yard drive midway through the fourth, scoring on a 6-yard run.
Terry Baggett led Army with a career-high 125 yards rushing on 16 carries and quarterback Angel Santiago added 60 yards rushing as the Black Knights finished with 271 yards on 55 rushes. Daniel Grochowski kicked a career-high three field goals for Army.
Georgia Tech 28, North Carolina 20
ATLANTA -- David Sims ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns and Georgia Tech recovered after North Carolina scored the first two touchdowns to beat the Tar Heels, 28-20.
Georgia Tech (3-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned its eighth straight home win in the series. North Carolina (1-2, 0-1) has not won at Bobby Dodd Stadium since 1997. Overall, Georgia Tech has won eight of the last nine in the series.
Vad Lee's 1-yard run gave Georgia Tech its first lead at 21-20 in the third quarter. Sims' 6-yard scoring run added to the lead early in the fourth quarter.
Robert Godhigh ran for 100 yards as Georgia Tech had 324 yards rushing.
North Carolina led 13-0 and 20-7 in the first half. Bryn Renner threw touchdown passes of 19 yards to tight end Eric Ebron and 24 yards to Sean Tapley after a 4-yard scoring run by Romar Morris.
Kansas 13, Louisiana Tech 10
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Walk-on kicker Matt Wyman hit a 52-yard field goal with no time left, sending Kansas to a 13-10 victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday and ending a 22-game losing streak against teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Jake Heaps threw for 279 yards and a touchdown for the Jayhawks (2-1), who hadn't defeated another FBS team since beating Northern Illinois on Sept. 10, 2011. James Sims added 78 yards rushing, while Tony Pierson had nine catches for 82 yards.
Louisiana Tech (1-3) was poised to score the go-ahead touchdown with when it marched to the Kansas 18 with 1:33 left. Kenneth Dixon got the carry and was fighting for extra yardage when the ball popped loose inside the 5-yard line, and the Jayhawks' Keon Stowers recovered it.
That gave Kansas the ball with just enough time for Heaps to get the Jayhawks in position for Wyman's game-winning field goal.
Minnesota 43, San Jose State 24
MINNEAPOLIS -- Quarterback Mitch Leidner rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns to lift Minnesota to a 43-24 victory over San Jose State on Saturday.
Leidner was filling in for injured starter Philip Nelson, who was out with a bad hamstring. He also passed for 71 yards as the Golden Gophers improved to 4-0. Gophers coach Jerry Kill returned to the sideline a week after missing the second half because of an epileptic seizure and made it through the game without incident.
David Fales threw for 439 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for San Jose State (1-2). Chandler Jones had seven catches for 197 yards and three touchdowns for the Spartans, who were missing top receiver Noah Grigsby with a knee injury.
David Cobb rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns and the Gophers dominated the time of possession 40:38-18:58 to grind Fales and the high-flying Spartans into submission.
Maryland 37, West Virginia 0
BALTIMORE -- A.J. Hendy scored on a 28-yard interception return and recovered two fumbles as unbeaten Maryland forced six turnovers in a surprisingly easy 37-0 victory over West Virginia on Saturday.
Off to their best start since 2001, the Terrapins (4-0) led 30-0 at halftime after limiting the Mountaineers (2-2) to two first downs and picking off two passes.
C.J. Brown rushed for a touchdown and passed for a score to help Maryland end a seven-game losing streak against its border rivals. It was the Terrapins' most lopsided win in the series since a 54-7 blowout in 1951.
Maryland gets a bye next weekend before opening their final Atlantic Coast Conference season at Florida State.
Brown and the offense played well, but the defense did most of the damage. Not only did Hendy score, but Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil picked off a pass near the West Virginia goal line to set up another touchdown.
Pittsburgh 58, Duke 55
DURHAM, N.C. -- Tom Savage tied an Atlantic Coast Conference record with six touchdown passes and Pittsburgh held on for a wild 58-55 win over Duke.
Savage threw for a career-high 424 yards on 23-of-33 passing with three scoring passes to freshman Tyler Boyd.
The Panthers (2-1, 1-1) never trailed and claimed their first ACC victory despite receiving plenty of scares down the stretch from a persistent Duke team.
Brandon Connette had four touchdown passes and four interceptions, and he rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns for Duke (2-2, 0-2).
Connette's 4-yard touchdown run with 3:17 left pulled the Blue Devils within three. Pitt recovered the onside kick, and Savage's 15-yard pass to Kevin Weatherspoon on third-and-7 helped the Panthers run out the clock.
The teams combined for 1,130 total yards.
Virginia Tech 29, Marshall 21
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Logan Thomas ran 2 yards for a touchdown and then ran for the 2-point conversion in the third overtime, as Virginia Tech overcame a sloppy performance and beat Marshall, 29-21.
The Hokies (3-1), who tied the game with 3:09 left in regulation, got the ball first in the third overtime, after neither team had scored in the first two,.
Thomas put some plays together. He ran for 2 yards, hit Chris Mangus for 10, ran for 2, and hit Josh Stanford. After a pass interference call on the Herd, Thomas bolted through the line for the touchdown, and then the PAT.
Marshall (2-2) got to the Hokies' 14, but then Rakeem Cato couldn't find a receiver, and when Davonte Allen couldn't come up with his fourth-down pass in the end zone, the marathon game was finally over.
The game was played in driving rain.
Harvard 42, San Diego 20
SAN DIEGO -- Conner Hempel threw for 345 yards and four touchdowns as Harvard turned a close game into a runaway, defeating San Diego 42-20 on Saturday.
Defensive end Zach Hodges picked up a Mason Mills fumble and rumbled 53 yards for a touchdown to open the scoring. Paul Stanton Jr. rushed 11 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and Harvard (1-0) held a one-point lead at half, 14-13.
Hempel took over in the second half, tossing four touchdown passes to three receivers to lead the onslaught.
Mills went 27 of 46 for 293 yards and hooked up with Reggie Bell (7 catches, 101 yards) for a 12-yard fourth quarter touchdown. Mills was intercepted on the next possession leading to Harvard's final touchdown, a 30-yard toss from Hempel to Andrew Fischer - his second score of the day. Harvard defeated San Diego (1-2) in its opener for the second consecutive season.
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