College football: Top 25 roundup
No. 8 West Virginia 31, Maryland 21
Geno Smith looked like a Heisman Trophy hopeful, throwing for 338 yards to help No. 8 West Virginia survive a tough test at home, 31-21, against Maryland on Saturday in Morgantown.
Smith and the Mountaineers had to work hard to fend off the Terrapins. Freshman quarterback Perry Hills passed for 305 yards for Maryland.
But Smith and Tavon Austin were too much, hooking up for three touchdowns. Austin, a Baltimore native, caught 13 passes for 179 yards.
For Maryland (2-2), Hills threw three touchdowns, two to freshman Stefon Diggs.
No. 1 Alabama 40, Fla. Atlantic 7
AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes, including an early 85-yarder to Kenny Bell, and No. 1 Alabama routed Florida Atlantic.
Eddie Lacy rushed for 106 yards in the first half for the Crimson Tide (4-0), which rolled to 134 consecutive points and two shutouts before allowing a late touchdown.
The Owls (1-3) managed only one first down through three quarters and were outgained 503-110 in total yards. McCarron was 15-of-25 passing for 212 yards before leaving midway through the third quarter. The 85-yarder came 1:42 into the game and is tied for the fifth-longest touchdown pass in Tide history.
The only suspense late was whether Alabama could complete a third straight shutout for the first time since Bear Bryant's unbeaten 1966 team.
No. 2 LSU 12, Auburn 10
LSU's defense delivered a first-quarter safety and shut out Auburn in the second half to give the second-ranked Tigers a hard-fought victory.
A fumbled punt return by Auburn's Quan Bray set up Drew Alleman's 30-yard field goal late in the third quarter that gave LSU (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) a 12-10 lead. Alleman missed a 34-yarder with 39 seconds remaining.
Auburn (1-3, 0-2 SEC) managed only one first down on its final possession. Kiehl Frazier's final pass was intercepted by Tharold Simon as the game ended.
No. 7 South Carolina 31, Missouri 10
Connor Shaw completed 20 straight passes and threw for two touchdowns and Marcus Lattimore ran for two scores as South Carolina manhandled Missouri in the Tigers' first Southeastern Conference road game.
Shaw missed his first pass to Lattimore on the game's first series, then hit his final 20 for the Gamecocks (2-0 SEC).
Missouri (2-2, 0-2) struggled against a Gamecocks defense that has given up three touchdowns all year. The Tigers had a season-low 254 yards.
Lattimore rushed for 85 yards. His touchdowns gave him South Carolina's career mark with 33 rushing scores, a record Lattimore shared with Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers and Harold Green.
No. 13 USC 27, California 9
Matt Barkley passed for 192 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Marqise Lee, and No. 13 Southern California bounced back from its first defeat.
Lee had 11 catches for 94 yards, and Silas Redd rushed for 158 yards and a score as the Trojans (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) grinded out their ninth consecutive win over the Golden Bears (1-3, 0-1) in the schools' 100th meeting.
No. 14 Florida 38, Kentucky 0
Jeff Driskel accounted for two touchdowns to help Florida beat Kentucky for the 26th straight time.
The Gators (4-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) also recorded their first shutout in conference play since a 52-0 victory against Mississippi State in 2001.
Florida struggled early in the game, not a great sign with No. 2 LSU up next in two weeks. The slow start also was a rarity against the Wildcats (1-3, 0-1). The Gators had outscored Kentucky 94-3 in the first quarter in the last four meetings, sealing games before some fans settled into their seats.
The Gators scored three times in the second quarter, enough to put Kentucky away and extend the nation's longest winning streak in a current series between two teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
The Wildcats played without quarterback Maxwell Smith. He sat out with a shoulder injury. Backup Morgan Newton threw three interceptions.
No. 16 Ohio State 29, UAB 15
Braxton Miller ran for two touchdowns and Ohio State overcame a lethargic, mistake-filled effort to hold off UAB.
UAB (0-3) more than held its own against the Buckeyes (4-0), who committed drive-killing penalties, had a punt blocked for a touchdown and had trouble scoring against a defense giving up 44 points and 477 yards a game.
The Blazers picked up points on special teams and started the second half by recovering an onside kick, but were undone by four chop-block penalties and a giveaway that led to a score.
Miller completed passes for 12, 14 and 18 yards and ran for 26 yards to set up his own clinching 1-yard TD run with 5:03 left.
No. 17 TCU 27, Virginia 7
Brandon Carter had a 68-yard touchdown on one of his two one-handed catches, linebacker Kenny Cain recovered a fumble along with two interceptions and TCU won its 11th straight game.
Casey Pachall threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns for the Horned Frogs (3-0), whose winning streak is the longest among FBS schools.
Josh Boyce had his TCU-record 18th touchdown catch. Freshman Jaden Oberkrom had field goals of 46 and 47 yards, the second field goal set up by Cain's 40-yard interception return.
The Frogs hadn't allowed a touchdown this season until Virginia (2-2) finally scored with 4.5 minutes left, when backup quarterback Phillip Sims threw a 5-yard TD to E.J. Scott.
Carter had five catches for 128 yards, his second consecutive 100-yard receiving game.
Oregon State 27, No. 19 UCLA 20
Sean Mannion passed for a career-high 379 yards and two touchdowns as Oregon State beat UCLA to start the teams' Pac-12 seasons.
The victory was the 74th at Oregon State for coach Mike Riley, matching the school record set by Lon Stiner, the Beavers' coach from 1933-48. Riley is in his 12th year with Oregon State (2-0).
Mannion completed 24 of 35 passes with one interception. Markus Wheaton had nine receptions for 150 yards, Brandin Cooks had six catches for 175 yards, and Storm Woods rushed for 96 yards on 21 carries and scored once for the Beavers.
Johnathan Franklin, the country's leading rusher with a 180.3-yard average, was held to 45 yards on 12 carries for UCLA (3-1, 0-1). Brett Hundley completed 27 of 42 passes for 372 yards and a touchdown.
No. 21 Michigan St. 23, EMU 7
Le'Veon Bell rushed for a career-high 253 yards and a touchdown to help stagnant Michigan State avoid a major upset.
Dan Conroy kicked three field goals for the No. 21 Spartans (3-1), who failed to score a TD for more than seven quarters until Andrew Maxwell hit tight end Dion Sims on a 10-yard pass with 7:19 left.
Michigan State struggled mightily through most of its final tuneup for next week's Big Ten opener against unbeaten Ohio State. But Maxwell finally found Sims three times for 73 yards in the fourth quarter.
The Spartans finished with a 428-183 edge in total offense over the Eagles (0-4), who came as close they ever have to beating a ranked opponent.
No. 25 Nebraska 73, Idaho State 7
Rex Burkhead ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns and Nebraska made quick work of Idaho State.
The Cornhuskers (3-1) led 35-0 after the first quarter and 45-0 at half.
The Bengals (1-2), of the Football Championship Subdivision, have lost 34 straight road games.
Burkhead, playing for the first time since he sprained his left knee in the opener, broke a 61-yard touchdown run on his third carry. His 2-yard TD in the second quarter made it 42-0.
Nebraska also got touchdowns on Ciante Evans' 29-yard interception return and Ameer Abdullah's 81-yard punt return, making it the first time since the 2009 game against Colorado that the Huskers scored on offense, defense and special teams.
Idaho State's score came on CJ Reyes' 28-yard pass to Luke Austin in the fourth quarter.
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