No. 2 LSU 49, Northwestern State 3
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Spencer Ware and Michael Ford ran for two scores apiece and second-ranked LSU overwhelmed Northwestern State on Saturday night.
LSU (2-0) led 28-3 by halftime, allowing coach Les Miles to give a number of starters some rest in advance of the Tigers’ next game at Mississippi State on Thursday night.
Coveted junior college transfer quarterback Zach Mettenberger made his debut in relief of LSU starter Jarrett Lee to open the second half.
After Lee completed 9 of 10 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown, Mettenberger went 8 of 11 for 92 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass.
John Shaughnessy kicked a 44-yard field goal for Northwestern State (1-1), the only points the Demons have scored against LSU in 11 meetings.
No. 3 Alabama 27,
No. 23 Penn State 11
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A.J. McCarron was poised and efficient in a rare trip into Big Ten country for No. 3 Alabama, throwing for 163 yards and a touchdown against No. 23 Penn State in a victory on Saturday.
Alabama completed a sweep of the home-and-home series between the two storied programs with a methodical and smothering performance reminiscent of last year’s 24-3 win in Tuscaloosa.
Both teams came into the second week of the season with unsettled quarterback issues. At Alabama (2-0), those appear to be settled.
McCarron was 19 for 31 with no turnovers and a 5-yard touchdown pass through traffic to Michael Williams in the first quarter.
For Penn State (1-1), Nittany Lions fans might be wondering if either Robert Bolden or Matt McGloin are the answer. They combined to go 12 for 39 for 144 yards.
No. 6 Stanford 44, Duke 14
DURHAM, N.C. — Andrew Luck matched a career high by throwing four touchdown passes for Stanford.
Luck was 20 of 28 for 290 yards with touchdown passes of 60 and 3 yards to Coby Fleener, 10 yards to Chris Owusu and 3 yards to Zach Ertz.
Stanford (2-0) won its 10th straight game dating to last season and claimed a rare regular-season win on the East Coast while denying the Blue Devils (0-2) their first Top 25 win since 1994.
Lee Butler returned an interception 76 yards for a touchdown to pull Duke to 10-7 late in the first half. Luck then led four straight touchdown drives to turn it into a rout before exiting one play into the fourth quarter.
No. 11 Virginia Tech 17,
East Carolina 10
GREENVILLE, N.C. — Josh Oglesby ran for the go-ahead 10-yard score with 7:30 left, helping Virginia Tech give coach Frank Beamer his 200th win at the school.
David Wilson ran for 138 yards to lead the Hokies (2-0) and quarterback Logan Thomas struggled in his second career start while the Hokies also committed 12 penalties and committed two turnovers, but their defense completely shut down the Pirates’ high-powered passing attack and held East Carolina (0-2) to 112 total yards.
That included minus-15 yards rushing, second fewest in ECU history.
Michael Dobson ran for a 2-yard touchdown for the Pirates. But in an unusual twist, it was their defense — among the nation’s worst last year — that kept East Carolina in it until late.
No. 13 Oregon 69, Nevada 20
EUGENE, Ore. — Darron Thomas matched a school record with six touchdown passes and No. 13 Oregon bounced back from its season-opening loss.
LaMichael James ran for 67 yards and a touchdown, caught a scoring pass from Thomas and returned a punt for a score to help the Ducks (1-1) to their 17th straight victory at Autzen Stadium.
True freshman running back De’Anthony Thomas caught two passes — both for touchdowns — for 93 yards.
Tyler Lantrip, a fifth-year senior making his first career start, completed 21 of 35 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown for Nevada, which was playing its season opener.
The loss snapped Nevada’s seven-game winning streak, which dated to last season when the Wolf Pack went 13-1 and were ranked No. 11 to end the season.
No. 15 Ohio State 27, Toledo 22
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Buckeyes’ 90 years of in-state domination almost ended on a single play.
John Simon pressured backup Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens, forcing an incompletion on fourth down with 48 seconds left.
The Rockets (1-1) drove from their own 28 and were 17 yards away from becoming the first in-state team to beat the Buckeyes since 1921. Ohio State is 43-0-1 against its closest neighbors since that long ago 7-6 setback to Oberlin.
Toledo led 15-7 after a quarter and was on top 22-21 before Carlos Hyde went 3 yards for the winning points late in the third quarter.
The Buckeyes (2-0) only had to run out the clock on their last possession, but freshman Rod Smith lost a fumble to give the Rockets a final shot.
No. 16 Mississippi State 34
AUBURN, Ala. — Ryan Smith stopped the Bulldogs’ Chris Relf at the goal line on the final play.
Relf kept the ball on an option and headed for the end zone before Smith went low and brought the 240-pound quarterback down for the Tigers (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference), who had gone from defending national champions to unranked underdog after needing a furious rally to beat Utah State.
This time they held on against the Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1), who nearly pulled off a similar comeback to force overtime.
They marched 66-plus yards in the final 2:52 with only one pass. Before the game’s last play, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen raced to an official, signaling timeout, and managed to get three seconds put back on the clock.
Daren Bates, Jake Holland and Neiko Thorpe had led a swarm of defenders to stop Vick Ballard for a short loss on the previous play.
Mike Dyer rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers, who extended major college football’s longest win streak to 17 games. This one will do more to convince poll voters that they can still be competitive in the SEC despite the loss of Cam Newton, Nick Fairley and a host of other starters.
No. 17 Michigan State 44,
Florida Atlantic 0
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Kirk Cousins threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns, and Michigan State held Florida Atlantic to one first down.
B.J. Cunningham caught five passes for 73 yards, breaking a tie with Matt Trannon for Michigan State’s career lead in receptions. The Spartans (2-0) led 27-0 at halftime and ended up outgaining FAU 434-48.
The Owls (0-2) have scheduled a brutal opening month. They opened at Florida and play at Auburn in two weeks.
Cousins finished 16 of 21, and backup Andrew Maxwell also played quite a bit.
Michigan State has held an opponent to one first down only one other time — against Maryland in 1944.
No. 19 West Virginia 55,
Norfolk State 12
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Geno Smith threw for 371 yards and four scores and the Mountaineers scored on their first seven possessions of the second half to erase a two-point halftime deficit to an FCS opponent.
West Virginia (2-0) needed just three plays to find the end zone after halftime, and after Smith hit Ivan McCartney with a 39-yard TD toss early in the fourth, the Mountaineers had scored five touchdowns in a 15-minute span.
Smith finished 20 of 34 passing after going 8 of 18 in the first half.
West Virginia’s defense woke up, too, limiting Norfolk State (1-1) to two first downs in the second half. The Mountaineers have yet to allow an offensive touchdown in their first two games.
Arizona State 37,
No. 21 Missouri 30
TEMPE, Ariz. — Missouri quarterback James Franklin accounted for 428 yards and three touchdowns, but Missouri’s chances ended when his final pass in overtime fell harmlessly to the ground in the 21st-ranked Tigers’ loss to Arizona State on Friday night.
The Sun Devils opened overtime with the 11-yard touchdown from Osweiler to Miles on a swing pass, then swarmed the field after Franklin’s fourth-down pass fell into the end zone, ending a back-and-forth game that included 23 penalties for 224 yards.
Aaron Pflugrad caught eight passes for a career-high 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns — the second on a trick-play pass by Miles — and Arizona State finished with 492 yards to beat a ranked opponent for the first time in its last 11 tries.
No. 25 TCU 35, Air Force 19
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — TCU brushed off the Baylor blues and routed Air Force for its 18th straight win in the Mountain West Conference.
The Horned Frogs (1-1) were efficient in bouncing back from their stunning 50-48 loss at Baylor last week that ended their BCS-best 25-game regular-season winning streak.
And they did it without their star running back and top tackler, as tailback Ed Wesley (shoulder) and linebacker Tanner Brock (foot) didn’t make the trip after aggravating existing injuries in the Frogs’ opener.
The Falcons (1-1) had their five-game winning streak snapped.
Wesley was replaced by Matthew Tucker, who scored on a 1-yard leap and a 3-yard run in the first half as TCU built a 21-0 lead.
Tucker finished with 95 yards on 16 carries, and Waymon James rushed 13 times for 55 yards and a TD.