College Football: Top 25 Roundup
Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 1, 2011
The Top 25 roundup …
MADISON, Wis. ó Russell Wilson gave Nebraska a harsh welcome to the Big Ten, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another in No. 7 Wisconsin’s 48-17 rout of the eighth-ranked Cornhuskers at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday night.
Montee Ball ran for 151 yards and four touchdowns for the Badgers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten). But Wilson was the main attraction for a prime-time television audience as Wisconsin overcame a slow start to solidify its status as the class of the conference.
Taylor Martinez threw three interceptions for the Huskers (4-1, 0-1), who showed they weren’t quite ready for the best of the Big Ten.
No. 1 LSU 35, Kentucky 7
BATON ROUGE, La. ó Jordan Jefferson scored on his first play back from suspension and cornerback Tyrann Mathieu scored after setting an LSU record for career forced fumbles.
Jefferson was reinstated this week after a grand jury reduced his charges in connection with a bar fight to a misdemeanor. Jarrett Lee remained the starter at quarterback.
LSU coach Les Miles inserted Jefferson on an early fourth-and-goal, and Jefferson dove over the goal line to give the Tigers (5-0, 2-0 SEC) a 7-0 lead. Lee later hit Odell Beckham Jr. for a 51-yard score, their second TD connection of more than 50 yards in two games.
Kentucky (2-3, 0-2) did not threaten to score until LSU led 35-0.
No. 2 Oklahoma 62, Ball State 6
NORMAN, Okla. ó Landry Jones threw for 425 yards and five touchdowns, Tony Jefferson fueled a second-quarter scoring surge with three interceptions and Oklahoma geared up for Texas.
Jones had touchdown passes of 64 yards to Ryan Broyles and 56 yards to Jaz Reynolds a minute apart in the third quarter during the second high-volume scoring stretch for the Sooners (4-0).
No. 4 Boise State 30, Nevada 10
BOISE, Idaho ó Doug Martin ran for two touchdowns and Boise State’s suffocating defense shut down Nevada’s potent offense.
Boise State’s defense dominated throughout the game and prevented the Wolf Pack (1-3) from crossing midfield until midway through the third quarter.
Martin rushed for 126 yards on 21 carries, and his 43-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter put the Broncos (4-0) up 27-0. Moore threw two touchdowns, but was also intercepted on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter. Moore’s second touchdown pass gave him 113 in his career, moving past Colt McCoy of Texas for eighth best all-time.
Kansas State 36, No. 15 Baylor 35
MANHATTAN, Kan. ó Arthur Brown never saw Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
The Kansas State linebacker just knew where he needed to be, sliding to his left after the snap, and was in the right position at the right time.
By the time Griffin’s pass cleared the line of scrimmage, Brown was the only one with a chance to catch it. His interception in the closing minutes set up Anthony Cantele’s 31-yard field goal with 3:10 left, and the Wildcats held on to beat No. 15 Baylor 36-35
No. 17 Texas 37, Iowa State 14
AMES, Iowa ó Freshman David Ash threw for 145 yards and his first two career touchdown passes and Texas won its Big 12 opener.
Jaxon Shipley added 141 yards receiving and a TD for the Longhorns (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), who raced out to a 34-0 halftime lead to beat the previously-unbeaten Cyclones (3-1, 0-1).
No. 18 Arkansas 42, No. 14 Texas A&M 38
ARLINGTON, Texas ó Tyler Wilson and Jarius Wright shattered school records for passing and receiving, and Broderick Green ran 3 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:41 left as Arkansas gave Texas A&M a preview of what it can expect from the SEC.
The Razorbacks (5-1) trailed by 18 at halftime, and hadn’t led before Green squeezed through the left side of the line.
This makes two straight weeks the Aggies (2-2) have thrown away a huge halftime lead.
No. 19 Michigan 58, Minnesota 0
ANN ARBOR, Mich. ó Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for a TD to lead Michigan to its most lopsided win since 2000.
Vincent Smith scored on a run, pass and catch to help Michigan (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) lead 38-0 at halftime.
Robinson was 15 of 19 for 169 yards and didn’t throw an interception for the first time since the opener and had a season-low six rushing attempts for 51 yards. He was taken out in the third quarter.
Freshman Max Shortell made his first start for the Gophers (1-4, 0-0).
SMU 40, No. 20 TCU 33, OT
FORT WORTH, Texas ó J.J. McDermott threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Johnson in overtime and SMU recovered from a fourth-quarter comeback for an upset.
The loss ended a school-record 22-game home winning streak for the Horned Frogs (3-2).
SMU (4-1) beat a ranked opponent for just the second time since the NCAA imposed the so-called death penalty nearly 25 years ago.
No. 22 West Virginia 55, Bowling Green 10
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.ó Freshman Dustin Garrison rushed for 291 yards and two touchdowns to lead West Virginia.
West Virginia’s Geno Smith continued his solid season by throwing for three scores. But for the first time, the Mountaineers (4-1) found balance in their offense.
West Virginia entered the game as one of the worst rushing teams in the FBS with 306 total yards. The Mountaineers compiled 360 yards on the ground Saturday.
No. 24 Illinois 38, Northwestern 35
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. ó Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase scored a 1-yard touchdown with 13 seconds left to lead Illinois to a comeback win.