Saturday’s best

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) is pushed out of bounds by North Carolina's Donnie Miles (15) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. Louisville won 47-35. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

STARS

-Lamar Jackson, Louisville, accounted for 525 total yards and six TDs to help the No. 17 Cardinals pull away late and beat North Carolina 47-35.

-Shea Patterson, Mississippi, threw for a school-record 489 yards and five TDs as the Rebels rallied from a second-quarter deficit to defeat UT Martin 45-23.

-Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, threw for 386 yards and three TDs as the No. 5 Sooners pulled ahead in the second half to knock off No. 2 Ohio State 31-16.

-Shane Morris, Central Michigan, threw for 467 yards and five TDs in a 45-27 victory over Kansas.

-Will Grier, West Virginia, threw for 352 yards and five TDs in a 56-20 victory over East Carolina.

-Royce Freeman, Oregon, rushed for 153 yards and two scores as the Ducks spoiled Mike Riley’s state homecoming with a 42-35 victory over Nebraska.

-D’Angelo Brewer, Tulsa, rushed for a career-high 262 yards and three TDs to help the Golden Hurricane beat Louisiana 66-42.

-Daniel Jones, Duke, accounted for 413 yards and four TDs, and the Blue Devils cruised to a 41-17 victory over Northwestern.

-Patrick Laird, California, ran for 191 yards and three TDs to help the Bears overcome a lackluster performance with a late rally to beat lower-level Weber State 33-20.

-Josh Mack, Maine, ran for 255 yards and three TDs in a 60-12 win over Bryant.

-Josh Rosen, UCLA, was 22 of 25 for 329 yards and a career-high five touchdown passes as the Bruins defeated Hawaii 56-23.

-Jalen Hurts, Alabama, ran for 154 yards and two TDs, and passed for a third score in the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s 41-10 victory over Fresno State.

-Bryan Schor, James Madison, threw for 304 yards and a career-tying five TDs in a 52-10 victory over East Tennessee State.

-Chris Warren III, Texas, ran for 166 yards and two TDs to help the Longhorns beat San Jose State 56-0.

-Tyler Rogers, New Mexico State, threw for 401 yards and four TDs to help the Aggies beat New Mexico 30-28.

-Lexington Thomas, UNLV, had a career-high 190 yards rushing and three TDs, leading the Rebels to a 44-16 win over Idaho.

-Grant Kraemer, Drake, tied a school record with six TD passes in a 55-14 win over NAIA Southwestern College.

STELLAR JACKSON

Lamar Jackson shrugged off preseason questions about his chances of becoming only the second two-time Heisman Trophy winner, saying it wasn’t a focus when he won it last year, nor would it be this fall.

That approach is working just fine, too.

Jackson accounted for 525 total yards and six touchdowns to help No. 17 Louisville pull away late and beat North Carolina 47-35 on Saturday, giving him more than 1,000 yards of total offense in two games.

The junior threw for 393 yards and three scores while also running for 132 yards and three TDs. The last came on a spinning-through-tacklers 11-yard run with 3:06 left to punctuate a dominant fourth-quarter effort by the Cardinals.

PLANTING THE FLAG

After dismantling Ohio State on the road, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield sprinted around the field waving a Sooners flag before stopping to emphatically plant it in the middle of the huge block ”O” at midfield as his teammates cheered.

Mayfield figured he owed it to the Buckeyes, who beat up the Sooners in Norman last year and then stuck around to embarrass them by singing the Ohio State alma mater on the field. This time, Mayfield flipped the script, looking the part of a Heisman Trophy candidate in leading the No. 5 Sooners to a 31-16 thumping of the sluggish and mistake-prone No. 2 Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium.

Ohio State’s title hopes didn’t evaporate, but the Buckeyes will have to solve myriad offensive mistakes and play much better to get back in the hunt for the College Football Playoff.

NUMBERS

7-Punt returns for touchdowns by Washington’s Dante Pettis , a Pac-12 record, after racing 67 yards for a score in a 63-7 win over Montana.

14-Straight wins by James Madison , the longest winning streak in FBS or FCS.

60-Years since Maryland scored at least 63 points until a 63-17 rout of in-state foe Towson.

778-Total yards by Western Carolina in its 63-17 win over Davidson, breaking the school record.

THIRD AND 93

An already tough day for Louisiana Tech got even worse Saturday when it lost an amazing 87 yards on a fumble in the fourth quarter.

Louisiana Tech was driving when a fumble at the 6-yard line set off a wild scrum as players grabbed at the football. Multiple Mississippi State players tried to pick it up, but instead ended up continually kicking it downfield until Louisiana Tech recovered at its own 7-yard line.

The result: 3rd and 93.

Not surprisingly, Louisiana Tech did not convert.

Mississippi State was leading 57-14 at the time of the fumble.

PENN STATE’S PAYBACK

James Franklin kept trying to downplay the importance of Penn State’s meeting with Pittsburgh. The most important game in the universe to be sure, the coach said in the run-up to the 98th meeting between the two schools just 140 miles apart. But only because it was the only one his team had this week.

Funny, Franklin’s players didn’t quite see it the same way.

A year after a loss to the Panthers ended up playing a role in keeping them out of the College Football Playoff, the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions exacted a bit of revenge with a 33-14 victory that looked more lopsided on the scoreboard than it appeared at times on the field.

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