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Top 25 roundup: No. 10 Oregon slams No. 19 Colorado

Field Level Media
24 Sep 2023, 16:19 GMT+10

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Bo Nix passed for three touchdowns and rushed for one as No. 10 Oregon relentlessly pounded No. 19 Colorado 42-6 in the Pac-12 opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Eugene, Ore.

Nix completed 28 of 33 passes for 276 yards and one interception as Oregon (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) handed Deion Sanders his first setback as Colorado coach. The Ducks have won 10 of the past 11 meetings with the Buffaloes.

Troy Franklin caught eight passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns for the Ducks. Casey Kelly caught a touchdown pass and Noah Whittington and Jordan James rushed for scores for Oregon, which had 522 total yards and 30 first downs.

Shedeur Sanders produced a season-low 159 yards and one touchdown on 23-of-33 passing for Colorado (3-1, 0-1). Sanders threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Michael Harrison with 2:51 remaining as the Buffaloes averted being blanked. The Buffaloes, who entered averaging 41.3 points per game, had just 199 yards and 13 first downs.

No. 6 Ohio State 17, No. 9 Notre Dame 14

Chip Trayanum scored on a 1-yard run with one second left as the Buckeyes stunned the Irish in South Bend, Ind.

Ohio State (4-0) drove 65 yards in 15 plays, with Kyle McCord's 21-yard pass to Emeka Egbuka on third-and-19 putting the ball at the 1-yard-line with seven seconds to play. McCord threw a pair of incompletions before Trayanum's score on third down.

Sam Hartman's 2-yard pass to freshman Rico Flores Jr. with 8:22 left in the game capped a 96-yard, 11-play drive to give Notre Dame (4-1) a 14-10 lead. It was Flores' first career TD catch.

No. 1 Georgia 49, UAB 21

Carson Beck accounted for four touchdowns and Brock Bowers made two scoring receptions as the host Bulldogs rolled over the Blazers in Athens, Ga.

Beck completed 22 of 32 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a rushing score. Bowers finished with team highs in catches (nine) and yards (120) and added scoring receptions of 41 and 10 yards. Tailback Daijun Edwards added two touchdowns rushing.

UAB quarterback Jacob Zeno passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 22 yards and a score on the ground. Blazers wideout Amare Thomas finished with nine grabs for 60 yards and a score.

No. 2 Michigan 31, Rutgers 7

Blake Corum rushed for two touchdowns, J.J. McCarthy passed for one and the Wolverines eased to a comfortable win over the visiting Scarlett Knights in a Big Ten matchup in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Corum carried the ball 21 times for 97 yards. McCarthy, a week after throwing three interceptions, completed 15 of 21 passes for 214 yards without a pick, while cornerback and captain Mike Sainristil returned an interception for a touchdown for Michigan (4-0, 1-0).

Rutgers quarterback Gavin Wimsatt completed 11 of 21 passes for 180 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He added a team-high 28 rushing yards. The Scarlet Knights (3-1, 1-1) were limited to 3-of-10 on third-down conversions and went 0-for-3 on fourth down.

No. 3 Texas 38, Baylor 6

Quinn Ewers passed for 293 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as the Longhorns dominated throughout against the Bears in Waco, Texas, in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

The game was the 113th meeting in the all-time series and the final scheduled between the two longtime Southwest Conference and Big 12 rivals as Texas moves to the Southeastern Conference beginning next season.

Ewers completed 18 of 23 attempts as the Longhorns (4-0, 1-0) have started the season with four victories for the first time since 2012. Sawyer Robertson threw for 203 yards and an interception for Baylor (1-3, 0-1).

No. 4 Florida State 31, Clemson 24 (OT)

Keon Coleman caught a 24-yard jump-ball touchdown pass in overtime as the Seminoles beat the Tigers in Clemson, S.C. On second down, Coleman went up over Tigers cornerback Jeadyn Lukus and pulled in the game winner to put the Seminoles (4-0, 2-0 ACC) ahead for the first time.

On fourth-and-2 on his team's OT series, Tigers quarterback Cade Klubnik threw errantly on fourth down as (Clemson 2-2, 0-2) lost for the first time in eight meetings with FSU.

FSU's Jordan Travis went 21 of 37 for 289 yards including two scores to Coleman. The Seminoles lead the series 21-15 and won for the first time in five games at Clemson. Tigers kicker Jonathan Weitz missed a tiebreaking 29-yard field goal inside the final two minutes of regulation.

No. 7 Penn State 31, No. 24 Iowa 0

Drew Allar threw for four touchdowns and the Nittany Lions limited the Hawkeyes to 76 total yards and four first downs in a Big Ten Conference blowout in University Park, Pa.

Allar overcame rainy, chilly conditions to complete 25 of 37 passes for 166 yards in an efficient, mistake-free performance. Penn State (4-0, 2-0) played a clean game with no turnovers and just four penalties for 45 yards.

Meanwhile, Iowa (3-1, 0-1) was just overwhelmed across the board. Cade McNamara completed only 5 of 14 passes for 42 yards and was sacked twice before being benched in the fourth quarter. The running game produced just 20 yards on 17 carries.

No. 11 Utah 14, No. 22 UCLA 7

Karene Reid's interception returned for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage set the tone for as the Utes' defense overwhelmed the Bruins en route to a Pac-12 Conference win in Salt Lake City.

Utah (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) held UCLA to just 243 total yards, an average of 3.6 per play, and went until late in the fourth quarter without surrendering a point.

UCLA (3-1, 0-1) leaned on the freshman quarterback Dante Moore with the run game rendered ineffective. The Bruins rushed for just 9 yards officially, a byproduct of Moore being sacked seven times.

No. 12 LSU 34, Arkansas 31

Jayden Daniels passed for 320 yards and four touchdowns, Damian Ramos kicked a winning 20-yard field goal with five seconds left and the Tigers edged the Razorbacks in an SEC shootout in Baton Rouge, La.

Daniels threw two touchdowns to Malik Nabers, who finished with 130 yards, and two more to Brian Thomas Jr. (133) for LSU (3-1, 2-0).

KJ Jefferson passed for 289 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to Luke Hasz (116 receiving yards), to lead Arkansas (2-2, 0-1).

No. 13 Alabama 24, No. 15 Ole Miss 10

Jalen Milroe returned from a one-game benching to pass for 225 yards and a touchdown as the Crimson Tide defeated the Rebels in the SEC opener for both teams in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Milroe, who completed 17 of 21 passes, was efficient except for one interception, and the Crimson Tide (3-1, 1-0 SEC) shut down a Rebels' offense that had averaged 52.7 points in three nonconference wins. Jase McClellan's 8-yard touchdown run gave Alabama a 24-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. He finished with 105 yards on 17 rushes.

Jaxson Dart passed for 244 yards and rushed for a touchdown for the Rebels (3-1, 0-1), who lost for the eighth consecutive time to their West division rival after rushing for just 56 yards.

No. 21 Washington State 38, No. 14 Oregon State 35

Cameron Ward threw four touchdown passes, three to Josh Kelly, and the Cougars (4-0, 1-0) held off the Beavers (3-1, 0-1) in Pullman, Wash., in a battle of the only Pac-12 schools who haven't announced their intentions to leave the conference after this season.

Oregon State's DJ Uiagalelei threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jack Velling with 1:12 remaining, but the Cougars recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock.

Ward was 28-of-34 passing for 404 yards. Kelly made eight receptions for 159 yards, and Kyle Williams had seven catches for 174 yards and a score.

No. 16 Oklahoma 20, Cincinnati 6

Dillon Gabriel threw for 322 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as the Sooners defeated the host Bearcats.

It was the Sooners' final Big 12 opener, with Oklahoma set to move into the Southeastern Conference for next season, while it was the Bearcats' Power 5 debut after moving from the American Athletic Conference in the offseason. The Sooners' defense led the way, holding the Bearcats to 376 yards of total offense and to just 3 of 15 on third down.

The Sooners twice picked off Cincinnati quarterback Emory Jones and forced three turnovers on downs. Andrel Anthony led the Sooners (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) with seven catches for 117 yards. Jones was 22 of 41 for 235 yards passing for the Bearcats (2-2, 0-1).

No. 17 North Carolina 41, Pitt 24

Drake Maye ran for two touchdowns and threw a scoring pass left-handed as the Tar Heels breezed past the host Panthers.

Maye normally throws right-handed but he added a left-handed toss while draped by a defender as the Tar Heels (4-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won in their first true road game of the season. Alijah Huzzie had a first-half punt return for a touchdown and made a second-half interception for North Carolina, which benefited from the Panthers' three turnovers.

Pittsburgh (1-3, 0-1) couldn't keep up despite a kickoff return for a touchdown by Kenny Johnson. North Carolina lost in overtime in each of previous two visits to Pittsburgh.

No. 18 Duke 41, Connecticut 7

The Blue Devils' defense dominated and running back Jordan Waters ran for two touchdowns rout over the host Huskies in East Hartford, Conn.

Quarterback Riley Leonard threw for 248 yards on 23-of-34 passing with a touchdown as Duke (4-0) took control in the second quarter on the way to setting up a showdown with visiting Notre Dame next weekend.

UConn (0-4) had 203 yards of total offense, with 108 of those coming in the fourth quarter. Huskies quarterback Ta'Quan Roberson was 13-for-28 for 114 yards in the air, though he ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the waning seconds.

No. 20 Miami 41, Temple 7

Tyler Van Dyke tossed three touchdown passes and added the longest run of his college career, a 37-yarder, as the Hurricanes defeated the Owls on a rainy and windy afternoon in Philadelphia.

Henry Parrish Jr. rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 8.7 yards on his 16 carries, as Miami (4-0) defeated Temple (2-2) for the 14th straight time.

Temple, which hadn't played Miami since 2005, was led by quarterback E.J. Warner, who completed 22 of 39 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown. However, Warner, the son of former NFL star Kurt Warner, turned the ball over three times.

No. 23 Tennessee 45, UTSA 14

Tennessee quarterback Tennessee's Joe Milton III bolted 81 yards untouched to the checkered end zone on the game's first snap, sending the host Volunteers on their way to a blowout of the Roadrunners in Knoxville, Tenn.

Tennessee (3-1) thrived on the ground despite an injury to Jaylen Wright, who entered as the second-leading rusher in the SEC but sat out the second half after carrying for 16 yards on four rushes. Dylan Sampson carried the load in reserve, rushing 11 times for a career-high 139 yards and two touchdowns. Jabari Small added 61 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Milton had 89 on five carries.

Injury-riddled UTSA (1-3) was without its Heisman preseason candidate, quarterback Frank Harris (turf toe). The Roadrunners had the ball in Volunteers' territory only once in the first half and the drive ended at the Tennessee 19 on a fourth-down incompletion.

No. 25 Florida 22, Charlotte 7

Graham Mertz threw for 259 yards, Trey Smack kicked five field goals, but the defense was the story of the night as the Gators smothered the 49ers in Gainesville, Fla.

Coming off an upset of then-No. 11 Tennessee, the Gators (3-1) started fast, scoring on their first four possessions as Mertz completed his first seven passes. But the rest of the night was a struggle for the Florida offense.

Charlotte (1-3) stayed close as the 49ers repeatedly stopped the Gators when backed into their own territory, forcing Florida to settle for field goals. The Gators' defense ultimately paved the way, however, limiting the 49ers to 210 yards and 10 first downs.

--Field Level Media

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