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No. 3 Alabama rolls over No. 14 Arkansas 38-14 on Saturday

POSTED September 24, 2011 11:19 p.m.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The Crimson Tide scored on special teams, defense and using the old-fashioned power run to emphatically win the SEC West showdown.
AJ McCarron completed 15 of 20 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns, including a 37-yard TD pass to Michael Williams on a fake field goal for the Tide (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference).
Marquis Maze scored on an 83-yard punt return and DeQuan Menzie returned an interception 25 yards for another score.
Tyler Wilson sat out most of the fourth quarter after completing 22 of 35 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns for Arkansas (3-1, 0-1).

• No. 6 Wisconsin 59, South Dakota 10
MADISON, Wis. — Nick Toon had a career-high 155 yards receiving and two touchdowns in Wisconsin’s final tune-up for Nebraska at Camp Randall next week.
Wisconsin (4-0) recovered from a slow start to take control of the game with a 21-point outburst in the final six minutes of the second quarter.
James White had a 49-yard touchdown run, Toon scored on a 59-yard catch-and-run from quarterback Russell Wilson and Toon added another score with 12 seconds left to send Wisconsin into halftime with a 31-3 lead.
Wilson had another big day for the Badgers, completing 19 of 25 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns before taking a seat in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Dante Warren struggled for South Dakota (2-2), a Football Championship Subdivision school. He eventually was replaced by Josh Vander Maten, who led the Coyotes to a late score.

• No. 7 Oklahoma St. 30,
No. 8 Texas A&M 29

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Oklahoma State didn’t panic when it was down by 17 points to eighth-ranked Texas A&M at halftime on Saturday.
Brandon Weeden threw for a school-record 438 yards and two scores and Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper combined for 244 yards receiving as Oklahoma State rallied for a win over Texas A&M.
Jeff Fuller caught a 4-yard touchdown pass with 2:20 remaining for A&M’s first score since the second quarter to get A&M within 30-27.

• No. 21 Clemson 35,
No. 11 Florida State 30

CLEMSON, S.C. — Tajh Boyd threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Clemson opened Atlantic Coast Conference play with a victory.
Boyd threw for 344 yards for the Tigers, who reached 4-0 for the first time since 2007. Freshman Sammy Watkins had two of Boyd’s scoring passes for 24 and 62 yards as Clemson beat the Seminoles (2-2, 0-1) for the fifth straight time in Death Valley.
Watkins finished with eight catches for 141 yards, his second consecutive 100-yard receiving game.
Florida State played without starting quarterback EJ Manuel, hurt in last week’s 23-13 loss to top-ranked Oklahoma. Backup Clint Trickett kept the Seminoles in this, though, with 336 yards and three touchdown passes.

• No. 13 Virginia Tech 30, Marshall 10
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — David Wilson rushed for 132 yards, Josh Oglesby scored two touchdowns and Virginia Tech won its final tuneup before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play against Clemson.
It was another lackluster win over an opponent from a non-BCS conference for the Hokies, who are off to their first 4-0 start since 2006.
Virginia Tech displayed some big-play ability and kept the turnover-prone Thundering Herd (1-3) in their own end for much of the game. But Marshall continued to expose Tech’s vulnerabilities in the worrisome way East Carolina and Arkansas State did earlier this season.

• No. 20 TCU 55, Portland State 13
FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU scored three touchdowns in a span of 1:18 just before halftime and Waymon James ran 65 yards for a score on the first play of the second half as the Horned Frogs won easily.
The Horned Frogs (3-1) extended a school record with their 22nd consecutive win at home. But they were still tied 3-3 with the lower-division FCS team until finally busting loose just before halftime.
Casey Pachall threw a short pass to Josh Boyce, who turned upfield to find a wide-open lane for a 66-yard touchdown with 1:55 left.
Portland State (1-2) took only one snap after that before Tank Carder’s 26-yard interception return for a TD. After the Vikings went three-and-out on their next possession, Skye Dawson followed his 42-yard punt return with a 10-yard TD catch for a 24-3 halftime lead.
James also had an 82-yard kickoff return for a score.

• No. 22 Michigan 28,
San Diego State 7

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Denard Robinson ran for a season-high 200 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Wolverines past Michigan coach Brady Hoke’s former team.
Robinson ran 21 times and reached 200 yards rushing for the third time in his career for Michigan (4-0). He matched his career high with three rushing scores and did it in one half for the first time.
San Diego State (3-1) had won its first three games for the first time since 1981, Ryan Lindley and the offense started slowly against Michigan. Lindley completed 23 of 48 passes for 253 yards and a TD. Ronnie Hillman ran for 109 yards on 21 carries.

• No. 24 Illinois 23, Western Michigan 20
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Troy Pollard ran for a career-high 133 yards and Derek Dimke kicked three field goals as Illinois survived.
The Illini trailed at the half 13-10 and the game was tied 20-20 with less than nine minutes to play. Booing Illini fans recalled a 23-17 loss to the Broncos (2-2) the last time the teams met in 2008.
Pollard’s 49-yard burst midway through the fourth quarter set up a 21-yard Dimke field goal that gave the Illini (4-0) the three-point lead they wouldn’t give up.
Alex Carder was 30 of 48 with two touchdowns, 306 yards and one interception. His second-quarter scoring pass to Chleb Ravenell gave the Broncos their halftime lead. Jordan White caught 14 passes for 132 yards and a third-quarter touchdown that tied the game at 20.

• No. 25 Georgia Tech 35,
North Carolina 28

ATLANTA — Tevin Washington threw a long touchdown pass and ran for two scores, including a 5-yarder that gave Georgia Tech a 4-0 start.
The Tar Heels (3-1, 1-1 ACC) fought back from a 28-14 deficit, tying the game on freshman Giovani Bernard’s 55-yard run with 7:22 left. Georgia Tech (4-0, 1-0) needed only four plays to respond.
Roddy Jones reached out to take a pitch from Washington that looked too far in front of the running back, going 48 yards down the sideline to the North Carolina 9. Two snaps later, Washington took it in for the winning score with 5:20 left.
Stephen Hill had a huge game for Georgia Tech with six receptions for 151 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown. Bernard rushed for 155 yards and two TDs.

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