College Football Today

STARS

-J.T. Barrett, Ohio State, threw three TD passes and ran for two scores in his first start of the season, leading the top-ranked Buckeyes to a 49-7 victory against Rutgers.

-Connor Cook, Michigan State, threw for 398 yards and four TDs, and the No. 7 Spartans remained undefeated with a 52-26 win over Indiana.

-Shock Linwood, Baylor, ran for 171 yards with a TD and caught a pass for another score to help the second-ranked Bears beat Iowa State 45-27.

-Samaje Perine, Oklahoma, ran for 201 yards and four TDs as the No. 17 Sooners defeated Texas Tech 63-27.

-Luke Falk, Washington State, threw for 514 yards and hit Gabe Marks on four of his five touchdown passes, helping the resurgent Cougars beat Arizona 45-42.

-Dak Prescott, Mississippi State, accounted for six touchdowns and 465 total yards in a 42-16 victory over Kentucky.

-Chase Edmonds, Fordham, ran for a school-record 347 yards and accounted for four TDs in a 59-42 win over Lehigh.

-Kenneth Farrow, Houston, ran for career-high 167 yards and three TDs and the No. 21 Cougars remained undefeated with a 59-10 victory over Central Florida.

-Karson Roberts, Air Force, rushed for four TDs and caught another on a trick play in 42-14 win over Fresno State.

-Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington, set school records with 20 catches for 275 yards in a 43-41 win over Northern Colorado.

-Quinton Flowers, South Florida, rushed for a school quarterback-record 201 yards and three TDs to help the Bulls beat SMU 38-14.

-Peter Pujals, Holy Cross, threw for 358 yards and six TDs in a 42-0 win over Lafayette.

-Makena Simis, Montana, threw for 321 yards and a school-tying six TDs, and the Grizzlies swamped North Dakota 42-16.

-Matt Johnson, Bowling Green, passed for five TDs for the third consecutive game and had 430 yards in a 48-0 win over Kent State.

-Scott Hosch, Harvard, threw for a career-high 437 yards and two TDs to help the Crimson beat Princeton 42-7.

-Jarod Neal, UT Martin, threw for 420 yards and five TDs in a 52-45 win over Murray State.

-Johnny Pena, Brown, ran for four TDs in a 44-24 victory over Cornell.

HOMECOMING HEARTBREAK

Oklahoma State played its homecoming game with heavy hearts.

Backup quarterback J.W. Walsh ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more to help No. 14 Oklahoma State beat Kansas 58-10 on Saturday, hours after a fatal crash near the stadium put a harrowing halt on the school’s homecoming festivities.

Four people were killed and dozens injured when a woman suspected of driving under the influence plowed a car into a crowd at the homecoming parade. Oklahoma State considered postponing the game, but in the end, opted to go ahead with it.

The flag at Boone Pickens Stadium was lowered to half-staff and Cowboys players knelt down on the field and prayed before the coin flip.

Even as the game began, some of the bodies remained at the scene of the crash less than three blocks away from the stadium. National Guard troops kept watch as officials with the Red Cross and state medical examiner’s office continued their work.

TROJANS TOP UTES

In less than two weeks, Southern California went from the depths of a coach’s firing to the heights of a wild celebration after beating the No. 3 team in the nation.

Most of these Trojans have been on a roller coaster from the day they joined this storied but troubled program. This particular peak sent them soaring over mighty Utah.

Cameron Smith returned the second of his three interceptions 54 yards for a touchdown, and USC knocked the third-ranked Utes from the unbeaten ranks with a 42-24 victory.

Ronald Jones II, Justin Davis and fullback Soma Vainuku rushed for scores to help the Trojans (4-3, 2-2 Pac-12) snap their two-game skid and earn a victory for interim coach Clay Helton in his debut game at the Coliseum.

ANOTHER WILD FINISH

Lance Austin ran toward the ball, rolling along at the Georgia Tech end of the field as the final seconds ticked off the clock. He hesitated, a bit confused as his coach screamed for him to leave it alone.

Paul Johnson was content to go to overtime against mighty Florida State.

Austin had other ideas.

The sophomore scooped up the ball at his own 22 and took off the other way. He didn’t stop running until he reached the end zone, his 78-yard return of a blocked field goal on the final play giving Georgia Tech a stunning 22-16 upset of the No. 9 Seminoles on Saturday night.

Call this one Kick Six, The Sequel.

It all started when Roberto Aguayo, perhaps the best kicker in the country, attempted a 56-yard field goal to win it for the Seminoles (6-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 6 seconds remaining. But the kick had to be low to get some distance on it, and Patrick Gamble managed to get a hand on the ball.

Austin paused briefly, looking around, and then decided to scoop it up. He took off the other way in front of the Georgia Tech bench, avoiding Aguayo’s diving attempt, then cutting back on the final guy who had a shot at the tackle to win the game for Georgia Tech

NUMBERS

10-Years since Kansas State last lost four straight games.

20-Straight home wins by No. 2 Baylor, best in the FBS.

58-Points Miami lost by against No. 6 Clemson, the worst loss in the Hurricanes’ 90-year history.

75-Career rushing touchdowns by Navy’s Keenan Reynolds, two short of the NCAA record set by Wisconsin’s Montee Ball from 2009-2012.

608-Career completions by Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, breaking Zach Mills’ school record. Hackenberg also became the Nittany Lions’ career passing leader with 7,453 yards, also passing Mills.

RAZORBACKS GO LONG

Time and again in three seasons under coach Bret Bielema, Arkansas has struggled in the fourth quarter and overtime.

The Razorbacks saved their most dramatic win for their longest one yet under Bielema, holding on in the end for a thrilling 54-46 win over Auburn in quadruple overtime.

It was a back-and-forth game full of lead changes and big plays, the last of which was Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Drew Morgan on the opening play of the fourth extra period.

Following a 2-point conversion pass by Allen to Jeremy Sprinkle, the Razorbacks defense finally found a way to stop the Tigers when it mattered most – earning Bielema his first win over former Arkansas offensive coordinator and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn in three games.

It was longest game for Arkansas since a triple-overtime win over Kentucky in 2003.