Noah Brown tied a school record with four touchdown receptions, and No. 3 Ohio State rolled past No. 14 Oklahoma 45-24 on Saturday night.
Brown, who entered the game with five catches and one touchdown in his career, caught five passes for 72 yards. On his best grab, he reached around Michiah Quick and held onto Quick and the ball while falling out of bounds for a 21-yard touchdown reception with 6 seconds left in the first half.
"Anytime J.T. puts the ball in the air, he's putting trust in me, and I try to come down with the ball for him," Brown said. "I have my quarterback's back. It felt good to be able to make that play and put some points on the board."
J.T. Barrett passed for 152 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 74 yards for the Buckeyes (3-0), a team that lost 16 starters from last year's squad and was playing in a hostile environment for the first time this season.
"This was the coming-of-age game," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. "I just made a comment earlier about that, I took a deep breath and as I just watched our guys be on the buses, I thought, `My gosh, this is a young team.' This was for a lot of them their first road experience. I'm very proud of them."
Mike Weber ran for 123 yards, pacing an attack that pounded out 291 yards rushing.
"Our inability to stop the run ...They got us out of a lot of our stuff and made it a physical game, and we didn't react well to it," Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said.
Oklahoma (1-2), which lost its opener to Houston, was in desperate need of a big win to keep its hopes of returning to the College Football Playoff alive. Instead, a school-record home crowd of 87,979 watched the Sooners get dominated for most of the night. Ohio State led 35-17 at halftime.
Now, the Sooners turn their focus to Big 12 play.
"We've got a lot of work to do if we're going to win the Big 12," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "We'll keep a positive attitude. We'll keep working to improve and do our best to have a better showing when we get back on the field in a couple of weeks."
Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield passed for 226 yards and two touchdowns, but he threw two interceptions.
Ohio State's Curtis Samuel broke loose for a 36-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-1 to open the scoring. The Buckeyes threatened to break the game open when Jerome Baker scored on a 68-yard interception return, but Oklahoma's Joe Mixon returned the kickoff 97 yards for a score.
Ohio State seized momentum for good when Marshon Lattimore intercepted a pass by Mayfield, then Brown caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Barrett on the next play to give the Buckeyes a 28-10 lead.
OHIO STATE: The Buckeyes are a threat to win the national title, and Barrett showed why he's near the top of Heisman Trophy watch lists.
OKLAHOMA: Mayfield continues to get himself into trouble by forcing throws. His coaches criticized him for that after the loss to Houston, and he appeared to have fixed the problem against Louisiana-Monroe before regressing against the Buckeyes.
Ohio State strengthened its position, especially with No. 2 Florida State getting blown out by Louisville. Oklahoma will be fortunate to remain in the top 20.
OHIO STATE: The Buckeyes have a bye week before they host Rutgers on Oct. 1.
OKLAHOMA: The Sooners ashave a bye week before playing at TCU on Oct. 1.
No. 23 Florida likely will be without quarterbackLuke Del Rio against Southeastern Conference rival and 15th-ranked Tennessee next week.
Del Rio injured his left knee in a 32-0 victory against North Texas on Saturday night, a huge setback for the Gators and their championship hopes.
"It doesn't look great, so we'll do whatever," said coach Jim McElwain, adding that former Purdue starter Austin Appleby would be the next guy up. "Somebody else will play and we'll get some guys ready and move forward and get ready to go play next week."
The injury overshadowed a dominant performance by Florida's defense, which allowed a school-record 53 yards on 50 plays. The previous mark was 59 yards allowed against Western Carolina in 2006.
Defensive lineman Joshua Wheeler hit Del Rio low at the end of incomplete pass late in the third quarter, drawing a personal-foul penalty. Trainers and coach Jim McElwain rushed to the field as Del Rio ripped off his helmet. Del Rio eventually got up and walked to the locker room without any assistance.
But that was hardly the end of it for Florida (3-0). McElwain, who clearly believed Wheeler's hit was dirty, started yelling at the North Texas (1-2) sideline and had to be restrained by officials and then his players.
"When you see something like that, it's my responsibility when their parents aren't here to be their parents," McElwain said. "I care about these kids. They're mine. I see something like that, it ain't right."
Both teams responded to McElwain's tirade by stepping onto the field and moving toward the hash marks.
"He was trying to make a play and didn't mean to do it," North Texas coach Seth Littrell said. "We are not trying to take cheap shots here."
On the next play, Florida guard Martez Ivey was ejected for grabbing linebacker Fred Scott by the facemask during a run. Ivey will not be suspended for the first half of next week's game against the Volunteers.
"It got a little gritty after that went down," Florida left tackle David Sharpe said.
Del Rio completed 14 of 25 passes for 186 yards, with an interception.
North Texas: Littrell, a former offensive assistant at Arizona, Indiana and North Carolina, is trying to change the culture at North Texas. Playing the Gators tough early - the score was 19-0 through three quarters - was a good start and something to build on in Littrell's first season.
Florida: The tune-up games are over. While handling UMass, Kentucky and North Texas, Florida's defense was dominant and its offense remains a work in progress - especially without Del Rio. It remains to be seen how the Gators' young and inexperienced offensive line will fare against the meat of the schedule.
Appleby started 11 games the last two years for the Boilermakers, leaving Purdue after 19 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. As a graduate transfer, he was eligible to play right away. "You don't ever want to be somebody's caddie," Appleby said. "You want the ball in your hands."
Florida could have scored more but got stopped on fourth-and-2 plays inside the 10-yard line. Mark Thompson was stuffed for no gain from the 5 in the first quarter, and Del Rio threw incomplete from the 8 in the second. The Gators are now 0 for 3 on fourth-down tries inside the 10 this season.
Florida played without sophomore receiver Antonio Callaway, who missed the game because of bruised quadriceps. Callaway entered the game leading the Gators with 13 catches for 201 yards and two touchdowns. He is expected to play against Tennessee. The Gators got senior receiver Chris Thompson back, and he proved to be another deep threat. Thompson was suspended the first two games.
Florida should remain at or near No. 23 , making next week's game at Tennessee the second in eight years in which both rivals were ranked. They also were both ranked in 2012. The Gators, who have won 11 in a row in the series, and Volunteers were both unranked the previous two meetings.
North Texas: Opens Conference USA play at Rice (0-3). The Mean Green are 2-4 all-time against the Owls.
Florida: Plays the Volunteers (3-0) for the 27th consecutive year. Florida is 20-6 during that stretch, including 11 straight wins that mark the longest streak since the programs first played in 1916.
With a taste of early season success for a change, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema wasn't about to let the No. 24 Razorbacks get complacent after a double-overtime win over TCU last week.
Especially considering Arkansas' two victories entering this weekend had come by a total of four points.
Led once again by the emergence of Austin Allen at quarterback and a defensive effort that included the Razorbacks' second interception return for a touchdown in as many weeks, Arkansas (3-0) didn't let up. The Razorbacks won for the ninth time in 10 games with a 42-3 victory over Texas State on Saturday night.
"I knew our guys were going to hear about how good they played last week, and I really put the screws to them about turning the page," Bielema said. "I think they did a pretty good job of that, because in this league if you worry too much about what happened yesterday, tomorrow will hit you in the face."
Allen threw for 241 yards and a pair of touchdowns before being pulled late in the third quarter, and he was supported by a defense that held the Bobcats (1-1) to 105 yards of total offense.
That effort included Ryan Pulley's 25-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter that put Arkansas up 21-0, a play that followed linebacker Brooks Ellis' return for a score a week earlier against the Horned Frogs.
The defensive performance was one of the Razorbacks best in four seasons under Bielema - with Arkansas outgaining Texas State 350-26 in total yardage in the first half and holding the Bobcats to 22 yards rushing on 26 carries in the game.
The Razorbacks had four sacks in the win, with defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter leading the way with 1 1/2 sacks and a pair of pass breakups.
"I have to give credit to my defensive line for creating the pressure," Pulley said.
Texas State quarterback Tyler Jones, who matched the school record with 418 yards passing two weeks ago in a triple-overtime win over Ohio, finished 11-of-26 passing for 83 yards on Saturday.
The Bobcats trailed 35-0 at halftime, and they didn't reach Arkansas' side of the field until late in the first half - and only after a Razorbacks fumble gave them the starting field position.
"They were big and physical, just like we thought they would be," first-year Texas State coach Everett Withers said. "... They're deserving of a Top 25 spot, I believe."
Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams topped the 100-yard rushing mark for the second straight game, finishing with 121 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.
Texas State: The Bobcats put together an impressive performance in their season-opening triple-overtime win over Ohio, but they were outmatched against Arkansas. Texas State can look ahead, however, to an easier Sun Belt Conference schedule and count on improvement from the experienced Jones, who made his 33rd career start on Saturday.
Arkansas: As convincing as the win was for the Razorbacks, it also came with an element of relief - particularly after they struggled in a one-point win over Louisiana Tech two weeks ago. Now Arkansas can enter next week's SEC opener full of confidence, and with thoughts of starting the season 5-0 before its next home game against No. 1 Alabama on Oct. 8.
SHORT ON TIME
With Arkansas ahead 42-3 after three quarters and inclement weather nearing the area, both coaches agreed to shorten the game by five minutes and play only a 10-minute fourth quarter.
Arkansas: A week after returning to the Top 25 following a double-overtime win over TCU, the Razorbacks are all but assured of moving up after their dominating performance on Saturday - setting up an early Southeastern Conference showdown against Texas A&M next week.
Texas State: The schedule doesn't immediately get any easier for the Bobcats, who once again faced a ranked opponent when they host No. 6 Houston next week.
Arkansas: The Razorbacks return to Texas for the second time in three weeks when they face the No. 17 Aggies in the annual Southwest Classic at AT&T Stadium.
Trevor Knight and No. 17 Texas A&M won the matchup of teams trying to defy modest expectations, and the Aggies did it mostly three points at a time.
Knight passed for 247 yards and Daniel LaCamera kicked five field goals to lead No. 17 Texas A&M to a 29-16 victory over Auburn Saturday night and get off to a good start in the competitive Southeastern Conference's Western Division.
"It was a question mark game for our team since we came into the season not being picked very high," Knight said. "There were all kinds of questions about who we were going to be and what our identity would be. We came on the road to a team that I think has one of the better defenses in the country.
"We played very well, and it was a big win for us."
Knight also ran for 42 yards and several first downs for the Aggies (3-0, 1-0 SEC), who are off to another fast start. Myles Garrett had two sacks and Texas A&M's defense harassed quarterback Sean White enough to minimize big-play chances for Auburn (1-2, 0-1).
Texas A&M kept its hopes of a higher division finish firmly intact with a 478-yard offensive performance. FreshmanTrayveon Williams weaved through Auburn defenders for an icing-on-the-cake 89-yard touchdown run with 6:52 left and gained 127 yards on eight carries.
The Aggies are 3-0 for the third straight year, a run they haven't had since 1939-41.
Knight kept the Aggies moving even if though they struggled to find the end zone. He completed 20 of 40 passes but led one 92-yard drive in the first half and another march for three points in the fourth quarter.
Auburn couldn't cash in on defensive stops with any points in the third quarter.
"I really thought the third quarter was probably the key to the game," Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said. "It was a dogfight, and then in the third quarter I thought our defense played very good, gave the offense a lot of opportunities, and the offense just couldn't seize the moment."
Auburn drove deep into Texas A&M territory with runs by speedy backup quarterback John Franklin III and hard running Kamryn Pettway. Then Daeshon Hall stuffed Franklin behind the line on fourth down from the 12. Williams put it away with his sprint to the end zone, though Franklin did lead an Auburn scoring drive in the final minutes.
"I wasn't happy with how we finished the game," Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said. "To really kind of let down on defense and give up the score and then not close out things the way we needed to in the final 5-6-7 minutes. We've got to improve there."
Knight gave Texas A&M a 16-7 first-half lead with the long second-quarter drive. He completed all four attempts for 86 yards, including a dead-on 51-yard strike to Josh Reynolds. That set up Reynold's 5-yard touchdown catch.
LaCamera had kicks of 46, 35, 31, 37 and 26 yards.
Texas A&M: The Aggies sputtered at times offensively - mostly in the red zone, but also going three-and-out on their first three drives after halftime. Converting 2 of 15 third-down attempts won't always get the job done. The defense produced four sacks and 13 tackles for loss.
Auburn: The Tigers are still plagued by inconsistent offense and are just 2-10 over the last 12 SEC games. Sean Whitehit some third-down passes but nothing downfield and was 18-of-27 passing for 126 yards. The Tigers did rush for 236 yards after piling up 462 against Arkansas State .
The Aggies could make some headway in the rankings with the win and face tougher games ahead.
Texas A&M faces No. 24 Arkansas in Arlington, Texas after winning in an overtime thriller last season.
Auburn hosts SEC West rival LSU, which won the last meeting 45-21.
For the Army football team, the game was for sophomore defensive back Brandon Jackson.
Darnell Woolfolk ran for three touchdowns, Andy Davidson rushed for 106 yards and another score and Army routed UTEP 66-14 on Saturday night, days after Jackson was killed in a car accident.
Jackson was a starting defensive back for the Black Knights, and played in all 14 games since his arrival in 2015 and finished with 68 career tackles and three interceptions, two of which came against Wake Forest in 2015. He was killed Sunday, hours after Army beat Rice in its home opener.
"We made Brandon proud," said senior linebacker and captain Andrew King. "And we're going to keep fighting for him. Brandon is going to be on our minds for the whole season, and for as long as we live."
The battle of the nation's No. 4 running team against its No. 2 ball carrier never emerged in the Sun Bowl as Army steamrolled its way to a victory in the first meeting between the teams. Army is 3-0 for the first time since the 1996 season, when it started 9-0.
"We prepared like we had a chip on our shoulder," King said. "We just followed our plan."
The Black Knights, who average 338 yards per game, conducted a triple-option clinic, rolling up 424 yards rushing on 72 attempts. Woolfolk had 15 carries for 71 yards, with all three scoring runs coming from inside the 10. Davidson had a 33-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to make it 31-0.
"They've been a good 1-2 punch the whole year," Army coach Jeff Monken said about Woolfolk and Davidson.
"It was really good," Woolfolk said of the way the team's wishbone attack clicked. "It just boils down to execution. Everyone was locked in and focusing."
UTEP (1-2) allowed the most points at home since 2003. Aaron Jones, who entered the game as the nation's second leading rusher, finished with 67 yards on 11 carries and one score.
"My hat's off to Army," UTEP coach Sean Kugler said. "In every phase, on offense, defense, special teams, they outcoached us, outhustled us, out did us in everything.
"I'd put them in the Top 25. I have a vote. I'll take care of that tomorrow," Kugler added.
ARMY: The Black Knights wishbone option rattled off 45 plays to UTEP's 15 and carried a 22:33 to 7:18 edge in time of possession into the break. They had the ball 10 times and scored on nine of those possessions. Special teams added another score, Max Regan's 13-yard fumble return for a touchdown off a kickoff.
Eight different players scored for Army. The Black Knights never punted, and did not commit a turnover for the third game in a row. Coming into the game, the Black Knight were one of just five FBS teams without a turnover.
Army ran 80 plays and had a 41:40 to 18:20 edge in time of possession. The Black Knights were 10 of 12 on third-down conversions, five of which were third-and-2 plays.
Three Black Knight quarterbacks combined for 174 yards on 7-for-8 passing. Malik McGue, a freshman, threw just two passes, one for a touchdown. Army had nine pass attempts in its first two games.
UTEP: Playing behind the entire way, the UTEP rushing game never had a chance to get Jones, the nation's No. 2 runner, on track. He had just five carries for 13 yards in the first half.
FOR THE TROOPS
Saturday's game was filled with motivation for Army. Not only were the Knights playing with heavy hearts, but they also were playing for teammates of another kind.
El Paso is home to a large Army base at Fort Bliss. For years, UTEP has tried to get the Black Knights on their schedule, but there was a long waiting list. The game finally happened Saturday, and El Paso responded with a crowd of 37,893.
Monken said he and his players were motivated by that fact.
"I know we had a lot of soldiers from Fort Bliss who came out and saw the team in person for the first time in their life, and I'm proud of the way we represented them," he said.
The game was billed as "One City. One Team," as many citizens of El Paso and Fort Bliss soldiers are fans of both teams.
Army's 66 points were the most since they scored 69 points against Pittsburgh in 1944, and 68 points against Colgate in 1958.
UTEP hadn't allowed this many points at home since San Jose put up 69 in 2003.
Army hadn't played in El Paso since 1988, when it lost to Alabama in the Sun Bowl.
ARMY: The Black Knights travel to Buffalo on Saturday.
UTEP: The Miners open their Conference USA schedule at home Saturday against Southern Miss.
Maryland freshman quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome replaced injured starter Perry Hills and on his only play of the game raced 24 yards for the game-winning score in a 30-24 double-overtime win for the Terrapins over UCF on Saturday night at Bright House Networks Stadium.
UCF freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton, making his first career start, committed his sixth fumble of the night and fourth turnover to begin the second overtime, setting the stage for Pigrome's heroics. The Terrapins (3-0) did not commit a turnover for the third straight game
"I just think this is a program builder," said first-year Maryland coach DJ Durkin. "To go on the road in college football and win games is not easy. We believe this is how this game was going to go, not double overtime but we thought it was going to be a close game."
The Knights (1-2) tied the game early in the fourth quarter on a 42-yard field goal by Matthew Wright with 12:04 remaining. Neither offense was able to score again in regulation.
"I don't know what to say about this game," said first-year UCF coach Scott Frost. "I'm broken hearted for our kids. They battled their tails off."
Milton, who committed three fumbles and threw one interception, started in place of UCF senior Justin Holman. Holman was injured during last week's loss at Michigan.
After struggling early in the first half, Hills and the Maryland offense settled down and began to capitalize on big plays. Hills 51-yard completion to receiver Teldrick Morgan helped set up Adam Greene's 33-yard field as time expired in the second quarter to give the Terps a 10-7 edge at halftime.
The Knights held a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter when Milton found running back Dontravious Wilson for a four-yard touchdown late in the second quarter. But Milton became erratic in the second quarter, committing two of his three first-half turnovers that allowed Maryland to get back into the game.
Maryland: The Terrapins may not be as explosive offensively as they looked in their first two games. They had scored 93 points to start the season, but facing tougher and faster defense than they had against Howard and Florida International proved to be problematic. Hills was pressured and hit often, and was sacked four times in the first half.
UCF: Freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton was the surprise starter for the Knights and while he did some positive things he put his team in the hole with costly turnovers in the first half. He committed three turnovers in the first two quarters, two as a result of bad exchanges with the center.
Maryland: The Terrapins are heading into a bye week before opening their Big Ten schedule at home against Purdue.
UCF: The Knights hit the road next week to face Florida International in their last non-conference game. Then UCF will open up AAC play on Oct. 1 at East Carolina.
Will Worth is getting a pretty good handle on this late-game heroics stuff.
A week after Navy's quarterback scored the winning touchdown on a late, 1-yard run against Connecticut in his first start, he did the same thing in a 21-14 American Athletic Conference victory against Tulane on Saturday night.
The winner against Connecticut came with 3:08 left in a 28-24 victory and the winner against Tulane came with 2:57 left, capping a performance in which he had 111 yards rushing on 26 carries.
"The offense had confidence that we could move the ball and we just had to finish the drive," Worth said. "It was great to see that the o-line was pushing, everyone just really gave everything they had for that last drive and it showed."
Worth, a senior thrust into the starting lineup when Tago Smith suffered a torn right ACL in the season opener against Fordham, had eight carries for 58 yards on the winning 10-play, 72-yard drive. He threw a two-point conversion pass to Toneo Gulley for a 21-14 lead.
"It was a back-alley fight," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "They punch us, we punch them, they punch us, we punch them... "Fortunately, at the end, we found a way to win that game."
Tulane's Andrew DiRocco missed wide left on a 45-yard field goal attempt with 7:39 left in the game, setting up Navy's winning drive.
"It's disappointing, but that's how Navy wins games, just how they did it," Green Wave first-year coach Willie Fritz said. "They grind it out. They've got a winning culture there, and that's what we want to have."
After a scoreless first quarter, Navy (3-0, 2-0 American) drove 94 yards on 15 plays and took a 7-0 lead on Chris High's 6-yard touchdown run. The 15 plays were the most by the Midshipmen on a possession this season.
Tulane (1-2, 0-1) responded with an 8-play (all runs), 75-yard drive capped by a 2-yard touchdown from Josh Rounds. He had five carries for 52 yards on the drive.
The Green Wave responded with a 76-yard drive that ended with 36-yard touchdown run by Dontrell Hilliard with 19 seconds left in the third quarter.
Worth and Gulley were the headliners, but the depth of Navy's rushing attack was significant. Gulley had 80 yards rushing, but High (51 yards) and White (6 yards) scored the touchdowns that set the stage for Worth's heroics.
The Midshipmen nearly did themselves in with two fumbles, but the Green Wave failed to capitalize. Tre Walker's fumbled ended the first drive of the second half at the Tulane 30 and Worth's fumble stopped another drive at the Tulane 34 early in the fourth quarter. Tulane, which did not commit a turnover, punted after the first recovery and missed a field goal after the second.
Navy: The Midshipmen strengthened their position in the AAC with a road win as Worth continued to show growth. He not only ran for more than 100 yards and scored the winning touchdown, but he showed poise throughout the winning drive.
Tulane: The Green Wave narrowly lost what would have been an uplifting win in Fritz's first AAC game. FreshmanJohnathan Brantley had his moments in his first start, but he'll need to show more consistency as a passer going forward. He completed 3 of 12 for 21 yards.
Navy: The Midshipmen have an open date next week before visiting Air Force on Oct. 1 in their first game in this season's Commander-In-Chief Trophy series. Air Force leads the series 28-20, but Navy won last season's meeting 33-11.
Tulane: The Green Wave conclude a three-game home-stand when they host Louisiana-Lafayette next Saturday. Tulane leads the series 21-6, but the Ragin' Cajuns prevailed in the last meeting, 24-21, in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl in 2013 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
It's rare when pass-happy Texas Tech churns out more plays on the ground than in the air, but that's what happened Saturday night.
Patrick Mahomes threw for five touchdowns, three to Johnathan Giles, and ran for another to lead Texas Tech past Louisiana Tech 59-45.
"That was their defense," Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said of the 43-36 edge to running plays. "If they're going to give us a run, we're going to take it. We're going to do whatever the defense allows us to do."
Giles, who finished with six catches for 186 yards, said balance with the rush and pass takes pressure off Mahomes.
"I feel like it makes it easier for Pat just so he don't have to throw the ball a whole lot," he said. "And us as a receiver group, just blocking, being physical, if very fun."
Mahomes threw touchdown passes of 64, 36, 9, 42 and 4. The junior, who came into the game leading the nation in total offense, completed 26 of 36 passes for 470 yards.
"Jarred did a phenomenal job, whether it was to start off a drive or a short play that he'd just bust open, he did a great job getting his holes, almost always making the first defender miss" quarterback Ryan Higgins said. "He kept us alive."
The Red Raiders pulled some razzle dazzle in the second quarter, running a double reverse that ended in Giles hands and brought him one of his three touchdowns - a 42-yarder.
"I stole that from Western Kentucky," Kingsbury said. "It was a great play they ran for a touchdown, so we repped it a ton. We had it but we weren't getting the right looks for it, and it just worked out tonight."
LOUISIANA TECH: The Bulldogs' defense came into the game giving up just 295 total yards per game to rank 31st in the nation . Texas Tech moved the ball at will and had almost 100 yards more of offense than that (392), and led 35-17 at halftime.
TEXAS TECH: Ranked 117th in total defense coming into the game, Texas Tech showed improvement. The Bulldogs tallied 572 total yards, fewer than the 652 the Red Raiders gave up in their 68-55 loss at Arizona State last week. "I thought offensively we handled the situation better," Kingsbury said. "Everybody executed at a much higher level."
Holtz lauded Texas Tech's defense. "They ran a lot of coverages, they ran a lot of fronts," he said. "They do as much as any defense I've ever seen. They ran I don't know how many coverages tonight, but you couldn't attack what they were doing."
LOUISIANA TECH: The Bulldogs continue their road games when they travel to Middle Tennessee.
TEXAS TECH: The Red Raiders have a bye next week before hosting Kansas on Sept. 29. It will be the first Thursday night home game for Texas Tech since beating then-No. 24 TCU 20-10 on Sept. 12, 2013, Kliff Kingsbury's first season with the Red Raiders.
It was the eighth home game in a row that the Red Raiders scored at least 50 points
Ryan Kay kicked a 43-yard field goal, his third of the night, and Troy eked out a 37-31 victory with Southern Miss left knocking at the goal line as time expired Saturday night.
Troy (2-1) rebounded from last week's six-point loss at then-No. 2 Clemson. Kay hit from 42 yards early in the third quarter to break a 24-24 tie, and the Trojans extended the lead to 34-24 on Jordan Chunn's 39-yard run.
Nick Mullins closed the gap for Southern Miss (2-1) with a 16-yard TD pass to Allenzae Staggers late in the third. Mullins completed 24 of 52 passes for 263 yards and had the Golden Eagles at the 9 with three seconds left, but was unable to connect.
Ito Smith, 131 yards rushing, ended the first half and started the second with TDs, as Southern Miss rallied to tie at 24.
Troy's defense broke up 10 passes, forced three turnovers and had a season-high eight three-and-outs.
Braeden West rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns, the second on a 66-yard dash, and Southern Methodist pulled away from Liberty for a 29-14 win Saturday.
Stephen Calvert found Dante Shells with an 8-yard touchdown pass to get the Flames (1-2) within striking distance, 19-14, with 2:35 left in the third quarter.
The Mustangs (2-1) closed with a flourish, driving 57 yards to set up Josh Williams' 27-yard field goal to make it 22-14 with 47 seconds left andJordan Wyatt put the exclamation point in the win, picking off a Calvert pass with 18 seconds left and returning it 34 yards for a touchdown.
Ben Hicks was 19 of 32 passing for SMU, amassing 209 yards through the air, but he was picked off twice. The Mustangs ground game ran for 286 yards - more yards than Liberty had in total.
Elijah McGuire ran for 223 yards, including a 68-yard game-breaker, and Louisiana-Lafayette defeated South Alabama 28-23 on Saturday night.
McGuire broke through a bunched-up defense on a third-and-1 and raced downfield to give the Ragin' Cajuns (2-1, 1-0 Sun Belt) a 28-17 lead with 7:05 left. The Jaguars (1-2, 1-1) scored with 3:17 remaining on Dallas Davis' 11-yard pass to Gerald Everett but didn't get the ball back again.
McGuire went over 5,000 yards total offense, moving to No. 2 on the school's career list.
Anthony Jennings threw third-quarter passes of 71 yards to Al Riles and 38 to Keenan Barnes to extend the Ragin' Cajuns' lead to 22-7. Davis' 18-yarder to Grant Bell and a field goal tightened the score before McGuire's big run.
Jennings finished 18 of 26 for 256 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Riles finished with 139 yards receiving.