Saturday, September 24, 2016

Southern Miss runs over UTEP 34-7

 Nick Mullens threw for 176 yards and three touchdowns to help lead Southern Mississippi to a 34-7 win over UTEP on Saturday night.
Ito Smith ran 16 times for 108 yards and added 33 yards receiving with a touchdown for Southern Miss (3-1, 1-0 Conference USA), who outgained UTEP by 120 yards (378-258) and forced three Miners turnovers. D.J. Thompson and Allenzae Staggers also caught TD passes for the Golden Eagles.
An Aaron Jones 68-yard touchdown run gave UTEP (1-3, 0-1) its only lead of the game late in the first quarter. But Southern Miss responded, reeling of 21 unanswered points in the second quarter for a 24-7 halftime lead.
Curtis Mikell added to the Golden Eagles lead midway through the third, intercepting a Zack Greenlee pass at the goal line and returning it 100 yards for a touchdown.
Jones led the Miners with 127 yards and one TD.

Tulane beats Louisiana-Lafayette 41-39 in 4OT

Glen Cuiellette threw four touchdown passes, including a 7-yarder to Terren Encalade that lifted Tulane to a 41-39 win over Louisiana-Lafayette in the fourth overtime on Saturday night.
The Ragin' Cajuns (2-2) had a chance to tie, but failed on a 2-point conversion after Anthony Jennings hit Elijah McGuire on a 22-yard scoring strike.
It was Tulane's first 4OT game in program history and Louisiana-Lafayette's third 4OT contest.
Cuilette was 10 of 23 for 165 yards passing, with TD strikes of 34 and 27 yards to Encalade before tossing the game-winner and then a 2-point conversion pass to Kendall Ardoin. He also threw a 25-yard TD pass to Darnell Mooney.
Encalade had seven catches for 103 yards for Tulane (2-2) and Andrew DiRocco kicked four field goals, including a career-long 48-yarder.
Jennings threw for 240 yards and two TDs for the Ragin' Cajuns and Stevie Artigue kicked a career-high four field goals.

Ferguson's 7 TDs lead Memphis to 77-3 rout of Bowling Green

 Riley Ferguson threw six touchdown passes to six different receivers and ran for a seventh - all in the first half - tying a school record for most touchdowns responsible for and Memphis drubbed Bowling Green, 77-3 in a non-conference game Saturday night.
Ferguson, who walked away from a scholarship at Tennessee and spent the 2014 season out of college football, threw his first touchdown pass less than two minutes in, finding Daniel Montiei from 19-yards out and added scoring throws of 40-, 43- and 21-yards in the final 4:38 of the first quarter.
Less than three minutes into the second Ferguson plunged in from the 1, then fired 60- and 31-yards for touchdowns before intermission.
Ferguson finished 20 of 27 for 359 yards for Memphis (3-0).
Three Bowling Green quarterbacks combined to pass for 203 yards, but the Falcons (1-3) were limited to just 91 yards rushing on 28 carries.

Armstrong Jr. leads No. 20 Nebraska over Northwestern 24-13

It looks as if No. 20 Nebraska's return to the Top 25 won't be a one-week affair.
Tommy Armstrong Jr. threw for 246 yards and ran for a career-high 132 yards to lead the Cornhuskers to a 24 -13 victory over Northwestern on Saturday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
Nebraska (4-0) remained unbeaten coming off a tight win over Oregon that vaulted the `Huskers into The Associated Press poll for the first time since December 2014.
They lost two fumbles near the Northwestern goal line in the first half, but scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to stretch their lead from three to 11.
"We got two touchdowns early in the game, but there's no points on the board," coach Mike Riley said. "So how are you going to react to that? I'm really pleased with our reaction."
The Wildcats (1-3) matched their loss total from last year when they went 10-3.
Armstrong went 18 of 29, hitting Alonzo Moore with a 59-yarder in the first half and throwing a 4-yard touchdown strike to Cethan Carter that made it 17-7 early in the third after Aaron Williams intercepted Clayton Thorson's pass in the end zone.
Terrell Newby ran for 69 yards and a touchdown . Moore had 72 yards receiving, and Nebraska finished with 556 yards in all.
Thorson threw for 249 yards and had a 42-yard touchdown run. But he also threw two interceptions and was sacked four times, bringing his Big Ten-leading total to 15.
Austin Carr had another big game for Northwestern with 109 yards receiving and a touchdown, giving him at least one scoring catch in three straight games. But a team that seemed to be getting on track with last week's win over Duke after opening with losses to Western Michigan and Illinois State came up short against the resurgent Cornhuskers.
"These guys better figure it out pretty quick," coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "They better walk out of the locker room. They better hug whoever they love. They'd better go to bed and they'd better wake up and they've got to get ready to get their rear ends coached off this week because that's what's gonna happen. I'm not gonna sit here and I'm not gonna take it and I'm not gonna accept it. They'd better buckle it up. They'd better start hydrating right now because it's not acceptable the way we're playing.
"It starts and ends with me so I'm gonna fix it."
Nebraska drove 80 yards for a touchdown after Williams picked off Thorson in the end zone on the opening drive of the second half, with Carter's 4-yard TD catch making it 17-7.
Northwestern answered with a 24-yard TD pass from Thorson to Carr, but Jack Mitchell's extra-point attempt hit the left upright. The Cornhuskers then went 79 yards with Jordan Westerkamp running it in from the 10 to boost the lead to 24-13.
THE TAKEAWAY
NEBRASKA: The Cornhuskers ultimately took charge after those early turnovers and continue to roll along in their second season under Mike Riley. It's a big improvement over last year, when they had to rally to finish 6-7.
NORTHWESTERN: Coach Pat Fitzgerald has been criticizing his team for not finishing drives. He'll probably have more to say about it, considering Northwestern racked up 388 yards. But the defense had its difficulties, too.
HOLD ON
Nebraska might have put this one away in the first half if not for the turnovers.
On the game's opening possession, Newby fumbled as he tried to lung across the goal line at the end of a 49-yard run with two defenders in pursuit. The ball popped out as he contorted himself in mid-air along the sideline and bounced through the end zone.
Nebraska had the ball on the 2 late in the second quarter when a spinning Devine Ozigbo lost a fumble.
POLL IMPLICATIONS:
Nebraska certainly appeared to strengthen its standing in the poll with this win, taking control after a shaky first half.
KICKING COMPETITION
While Fitzgerald said Jack Mitchell will continue to handle kickoffs, field-goal duties and extra points are now up for grabs. Mitchell will be competing this week with Matt Micucci after he booted a 27-yard field goal wide right and hit the upright on a missed PAT.
UP NEXT
NEBRASKA: The Cornhuskers return home to face Illinois, which handed them one of their most disappointing losses a year ago. That was on a last-second touchdown and extra point in Champaign.
NORTHWESTERN: Northwestern goes on the road for the first time when it visits Iowa - a 14-7 winner at Rutgers after a surprising loss to North Dakota State.

Kentucky beats South Carolina for third straight time, 17-10

Benny Snell Jr. scored the go-ahead touchdown from 1 yard midway through the fourth quarter, Boom Williams broke a 43-yard TD and Kentucky held off South Carolina 17-10 on Saturday night for their third straight series victory over the Gamecocks.
Inconsistent offensively in the first half, the Wildcats (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) got going after halftime with another strong performance by their hard-charging backfield tandem. Williams rushed 15 times for 123 yards including his big run down the left side for a 10-7 lead early in the third quarter.
Snell followed with nine carries for 41 of Kentucky's 65 yards on the 11-play drive, all achieved on the ground. The freshman finished with 73 yards on 16 attempts as the Wildcats won their second in a row after two tough losses.
The two combined for 317 yards rushing last week against New Mexico State.
Kentucky's defense preserved the lead with two big sacks on South Carolina's final possession, including Denzil Ware's tackle of Brandon McIlwain for a 19-yard loss on fourth and 17. Kentucky recorded four sacks overall and held the Gamecocks (2-2, 1-2 SEC) to 268 yards.
"That's the way this football team needs to play," Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. "You can't change the past, but we can certainly change our future and push forward."
THE TAKEAWAY
South Carolina: Other than a second-quarter TD drive ending with A.J. Turner's 12-yard TD run and Elliott Fry's 35-yard field, the Gamecocks didn't move the ball much. McIlwain completed 15 of 30 passes for 177 yards in his second straight start but South Carolina managed just 91 yards rushing.
Kentucky: Stoops' midweek blasting of his defense seemed to do the trick as the Wildcats held the Gamecocks to 3 of 13 on third-down conversions and got to the quarterback. "We really had to take it (the criticism) to heart," nose guard Naquez Pringle said. "Seeing what we could do and accomplish, we had to finish. It was a great win."
Williams continued to show durability and explosiveness with his second straight 100-yard rushing game. The offensive line yielded four sacks and Kentucky converted just 4 of 13 third-down chances but gained 351 yards. Junior quarterback Stephen Johnson held the ball too long on many snaps but completed 11 of 19 passes for 135 yards in his first start in place of injured Drew Barker (back).
UP NEXT:
South Carolina: The Gamecocks play the first of five home games over six weeks next Saturday against Texas A&M, seeking their first win in three meetings against the Aggies.
Kentucky: The Wildcats visit defending national champion and top-ranked Alabama next Saturday.

K-State beats Missouri St 35-0 in game called at halftime

It only took Kansas State a half to dismantle Missouri State on Saturday night.
Good thing, too.
They didn't get a second half.
Jesse Ertz threw two touchdown passes, Winston Dimel added two touchdown runs and the Wildcats beat Missouri State 35-0 in a game called at halftime as lightning lit up the skies around Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
With rain having already lashed the area and more lightning on the way, Kansas State (2-1) made quick work of the overmatched Bears (2-1). The Wildcats jumped to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and added three more touchdowns by halftime to make it an easy choice to call the game complete.
"Well, yes, I do (want to finish)," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said, "and coach (Dave) Steckel also wanted to do so. Probably the hard part for them is they wanted to stay in there and compete ... but I guess there is more weather coming."
Ertz was 7 of 8 for 94 yards with TD passes to Byron Pringle and Dominique Heath, and the junior quarterback also ran for 85 yards on just three carries in a Collin Klein-esque performance.
Ertz gave way to backup Alex Delton late in the first half with the game well in hand, and Snyder was encouraged by his starting quarterback's third game of the season.
"I think he's making progress. I think last week was far better than the first one," Snyder said. "He stayed in the pocket when he needed to. He brought it down and flushed when he needed to."
Kansas State tight end Dayton Valentine deserved at least an assist on the TD pass to Pringle, what was most certainly the play of the game. The big tight end tipped the pass from Ertz as he fell backward into the end zone, and Pringle darted past him to pluck it out of the air.
Charles Jones also had a TD run for Kansas State, which has outscored its last two opponents 98-7 after a season-opening loss to Stanford. But Jones hardly saw the field after his touchdown, which was upheld when he appeared to drop the ball to celebrate just as he crossed the goal line.
Missouri State played without starting quarterback Breck Ruddick, who was suspended late Friday night for what Steckel would only call "conduct detrimental to the team."
It was unclear whether the suspension is related to a Facebook posting from an unidentified woman who alleges Ruddick beat her friend's dog this week. The school did not discuss the suspension, though athletic director Kyle Moats said in a statement that he supported the decision.
"I'm not going to comment on the situation," Steckel said, "but thank you for asking the question."
Kansas State made life miserable for Ruddick's replacements.
Brodie Lambert and Michael Briggs were a combined 3 for 12 for 24 yards with an interception, and Missouri State only managed four first downs and 54 yards of offense in the first half.
"As a backup quarterback you always have to be prepared," Lambert said. "You're always one snap away from being in there, so it wasn't a shock that I had to go in. Being a senior I had to be prepared to go out and execute."
DIMEL'S TDS
Dimel also had four touchdowns on the ground in last week's romp over Florida Atlantic, giving the Kansas State fullback 12 for his career. He finished Saturday night with seven carries for 19 yards and had two receptions for 19 more yards.
THE TAKEAWAY
Missouri State: The Bears don't have to play anymore Football Bowl Subdivision opponents. And they got a nice paycheck for their trip to Manhattan.
Kansas State: The Wildcats once again dominated on defense. They have not allowed an opponent to gain more than 300 yards in their first three games.
UP NEXT
Missouri State: The Bears begin Missouri Valley Conference play at Indiana State.
Kansas State: The Wildcats open their Big 12 schedule next Saturday at West Virginia. The Mountaineers have yet to defeat coach Bill Snyder's team since joining the league in 2012.

No. 6 Houston routs Texas State 64-3 to remain unbeaten

Had Houston's season gone as planned, D'Eriq King would have spent Saturday night standing on the sideline as the Cougars' third-string quarterback.
Instead, King caught a touchdown pass, threw for a TD and returned a kickoff for another score and No. 6 Houston cruised to a 64-3 victory over Texas State to remain undefeated.
King is the first Houston player ever to pass, run and return a kickoff for a touchdown in the same game. The freshman was recruited to play quarterback but moved to wide receiver after the Cougars lost two receivers to injuries.
"If I played quarterback, I might have redshirted," King said. "I really like what I'm doing now."
Greg Ward Jr. passed for two touchdowns and ran for one before leaving the game after playing one series in the third quarter. He completed 20 of 26 passes for 289 yards.
King made a mistake by calling for a fair catch on the Houston 5 during a first-quarter Texas State punt. He soon made up for that, however, catching a short pass from Ward on a bubble screen and taking it in for a touchdown from 48 yards out.
Early in the second quarter, King took a handoff from Ward and threw a high pass to the end zone that Steven Dunbarpulled in for a 15-yard touchdown.
King began the second half by returning the kickoff 99 yards for another touchdown.
Regardless of his versatility, Houston coach Tom Herman said King will someday return to quarterback.
"The second the clock hits double-zero in our bowl game he's going right back to the quarterback meeting room," Herman said. "I think the kid has a chance to be a tremendous quarterback."
Houston (4-0) gained 563 yards and limited Texas State (1-2) to 142. Texas State's Tyler Jones completed 17 of 30 passes for 100 yards.
"Houston is a talented team that plays hard," Texas State coach Everett Withers said. "We've got a lot of work to do."
THE TAKEAWAY
HOUSTON: The Cougars , who came in as five-touchdown favorites, have handled two overmatched opponents (Lamar and Texas State) and two tougher ones (Oklahoma and Cincinnati) with aplomb so far. The margin of victory against Texas State was the largest for Houston since beating Louisiana Tech 73-3 on Aug. 31, 1991.
The Cougars scored all seven times they reached the red zone.
"I was really proud of the offense," Herman said. "The last couple of weeks they had a habit of shooting themselves in the foot and not finishing drives."
TEXAS STATE: With the loss to Houston, the Bobcats are 0-5 against Top 25 teams since moving up to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2012.
Withers said this one stings.
"I want them to feel hurt, and if they don't we have a real issue," Withers said. "It hurts me like someone just stuck a knife in my heart and I hope they feel just as bad. Some guys have that hurt, but not all of them. We have some major stuff to fix."
POLL IMPLICATIONS
HOUSTON: The Cougars are likely to remain at No. 6 . Everyone ahead of Houston this week won.
ATTENDANCE RECORD
Announced attendance was 33,133, a record for Bobcat Stadium since it was expanded to accommodate Texas State's move to the FBS in 2012. The previous record of 33,006 was set against Texas Tech in 2012.
INJURY UPDATE
Freshman Mulbah Car, a backup running back for Houston, suffered a knee injury, but Herman said a preliminary diagnosis indicated it is not too serious. Herman estimated Car would miss a few weeks.
UP NEXT
HOUSTON: The Cougars have their second quick turnaround of this season when they host Connecticut in an American Athletic Conference game on Thursday. Houston had a Saturday-Thursday turnaround against Lamar and Cincinnati for its second and third games of the season. UConn handed Houston its only loss last season, 20-17, in East Hartford.
TEXAS STATE: The Bobcats play host to FCS Incarnate Word from San Antonio next Saturday.

Terrell leads W. Michigan past Georgia Southern, 49-31

Zach Terrell threw four touchdown passes and Western Michigan won its fourth straight to open the season by beating Georgia Southern 49-31 in a non-conference showdown Saturday night.
Terrell threw three TD passes in the second quarter, including a 37-yard strike to Michael Henry and a 35-yard pass to Corey Davis, and Darius Phillips returned a Georgia Southern kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to give the Broncos (4-0) a 35-17 advantage at intermission.
Terrell completed 18 of 27 pass attempts for 270 yards and Jamauri Bogangained 104 yards on 26 carries and scored a touchdown on the ground. Henry finished with eight receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
Favian Upshaw was 4 of 6 for 103 yards passing and two touchdowns to lead Georgia Southern (3-1), but had one pass picked off. Kevin Ellison was 5 of 9 for 65 yards and a touchdown and ran for a team-high 46 yards.

Silvers accounts for 3 TDs; Troy routs New Mexico State 52-6

Brandon Silvers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to help Troy rout New Mexico State 52-6 in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both teams on Saturday night.
Silvers was 23 of 32 for 246 yards. Deondre Douglas had six receptions for 101 yards, and Emanuel Thompson and Sidney Davis each had scoring catches.
The Trojans' Jabir Frye blocked a punt and Demetrius Cain recovered the ball and ran it 15 yards into the end zone. Frye opened the second half with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Troy (3-1, 1-0) racked up 492 yards of offense and the defense forced Tyler Rogers, the Aggies (1-3, 0-1) quarterback, to throw five interceptions. Rogers passed for 445 yards, and threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Izaiah Lottie late in the third quarter.
Troy beat New Mexico State 52-7 last season.

Ball State rallies in second half to edge FAU 31-27

Riley Neal threw two touchdowns and ran for two more, including the winning score, as Ball State rallied in the second half to edge Florida Atlantic 31-27 on Saturday night in a game that was delayed several times due to lightning.
Neal was 23-of-37 for 252 yards passing for the Cardinals (3-1) and rushed for another 74 yards.
Neal ran for the game-winning touchdown from short yardage, capping a 10-play, 70-yard drive with 1:47 left to play.
Florida Atlantic led 24-17 at the break.
Following a lengthy game delay midway through the third quarter, Neal threw a 29-yard touchdown to tie it up, 24-24, with 1:46 left in the period.
In the fourth, a 41-yard field goal put FAU back on top 27-24 with 9:18 remaining.
Jason Driskel threw for 324 yards and a touchdown for the Owls (1-3). He also ran for a score.

South Alabama stops 2-point try to clip Nicholls 41-40 in OT

The South Alabama defense stopped Dontrell Taylor short of the end zone on a 2-point conversion attempt to seal the Jaguars' 41-40 overtime win against Nicholls on Saturday night.
Before the play South Alabama (2-2) appeared to have the win when Chase Forcade's pass was intercepted in the end zone on a 2-point attempt which was nullified due to an offside call.
Taylor had 25 carries for 125 yards and the touchdown for the Colonels to bring the score to 41-40 in the extra session.
Xavier Johnson's 4-yard touchdown run in overtime put the Jaguars up 41-34.
Dallas Davis completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Williams with 16 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 34. It was Davis' first TD pass of the night against four interceptions. Davis had 302 yards passing.
Nicholls (1-2) scored 23 points in the second quarter and trailed 24-23 at the break.

Stockstill lifts Middle Tennessee past Louisiana Tech, 38-34

 Brent Stockstill fired a 23-yard pass to Ty Leewith 2:36 left to rally Middle Tennessee past Louisiana Tech, 38-34 in a Conference USA showdown Saturday night.
Ryan Higgins threw his second TD pass to Trent Taylor early in the third quarter to give the Bulldogs a 27-7 advantage.
Stockstill hit I'Tavius Mathers with a 37-yard scoring strike to start the comeback and Mathers ran for two more scores in the fourth quarter - the second giving the Blue Raiders 31-27 lead.
Kam McKnight capped an eight-play, 82-yard drive with a 1-yard run to give Louisiana Tech a 34-31 lead with 3:56 left, but Stockstill completed the comeback with a five-play, 75-yard drive for the win.
Stockstill finished with 356 yards on 27 of 46 passing for Middle Tennessee (3-1, 1-0).
Higgins was 36 of 59 for 504 yards and three touchdowns for Louisiana Tech (1-3, 0-1).

Wilson rushes for 3 TDS, UCF tops FIU 53-14

 Dontravious Wilson rushed for three touchdowns as UCF steamrolled Florida International 53-14 on Saturday night.
Wilson scored all his TDs - on runs of 1, 15 and 12 yards - on just 10 carries in the first half, the first UCF back to rush for three touchdowns in a half since Storm Johnson in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl.
Adrian Killins added a TD run of 62 yards, C.J. Jones added a 1-yard rush and Nick Patti scored on a 9-yard run as the Knights (2-2) compiled six rushing TDs in a game for the first time since 2011.
UCF racked up 501 yards total offense with 26 first downs to 189 yards and 11 first downs for FIU (0-4). None of the Knights' scoring drives lasted longer than three minutes, with Wilson's second TD capping a six-second drive.
Alex McGough and Maurice Alexander combined for 11 of 23 passing for 109 yards for FIU.

Buffalo comes back to beat Army 23-20 in OT

Tyree Jackson passed for 178 yards and a touchdown and ran for 34 yards and two more touchdowns to lead Buffalo in a 23-20 comeback win over Army on overtime on Saturday night.
Adam Mitcheson secured the win with a 33-yard field goal in overtime as Buffalo (1-2) won its first game of the season. Army's Blake Wilson had missed a 43-yard field goal attempt in OT and also missed a 34-yarder in the final three seconds of regulation.
Buffalo scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to tie the game at 20-20 with 2:26 remaining. Army had not allowed an opponent to score in the fourth quarter in its first three wins.
Army (3-1) rushed for 396 yards on 67 carries. The Black Knights' had the nation's No. 2 rushing attack, averaging 367 yards in its first three games.
Quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for a season-high 126 yards on 22 carries had a 5-yard touchdown run that put Army up 20-6 late in the third quarter. Fullback Andy Davidson rushed for 80 yards on 18 carries after going over 100 yards in each of the first three games.
Wilson made field goals from 21 and 38 yards out in the first half. Army's starting placekicker, Mitchell Howard, injured his left leg making a tackle on the opening kickoff.
Kamari Holsey caught a 5-yard touchdown from Jackson to cut Army's lead to 20-13 with 8:85 remaining.
Army led 10-0 at halftime, but Bradshaw's fumble on the first drive of the second half gave Buffalo the ball at the Army 23. That led to Jackson's first touchdown, but Mitcheson missed the extra point.
THE TAKEAWAY
Buffalo: The Bulls avoided going 0-3 for the first time since 2005 and snapped a five-game losing streak dating to last season.
Army: The Black Knights' triple-option attack dominated for most of the game but fizzled in the fourth quarter. Turnovers also proved costly. Army did not give the ball away in any of its first three games, but had two turnovers in this game, including one that led to a Buffalo touchdown.
UP NEXT
Army: Following their bye week, the Black Knights will travel to Duke on Oct. 8.
Buffalo: The Bulls play at Boston College on Saturday.

Central Arkansas beats Arkansas State for first FBS win

 Hayden Hildebrand threw for 270 yards and a touchdown and Central Arkansas beat Arkansas State 28-23 on Saturday for its first ever win against an FBS school.
Jatavious Wilson was Hildebrand's primary target, catching seven passes for 130 yards. Antwon Wells ran for 47 yards and a touchdown for Central Arkansas (3-1).
The Bears trailed 16-13 at the half and 23-22 deep into the fourth quarter. But Jaylon Lofton recovered a fumble at the Central Arkansas 14 which set up a 14-play, 86-yard touchdown drive, capped by an 18-yard TD strike from Hildebrand to Brandon Cox, which gave the Bears a 28-22 lead with 6:26 left.
The Red Wolves (0-4) threatened on the ensuing drive, but the Central Arkansas defense came up big again, as Tyler Williams intercepted Justice Hansen at the Bears 32.
Hansen threw for 424 yards and three scores. Blake Mack had 142 yards receiving for Arkansas State.

Carlson's 6 field goals lift Auburn past No. 18 LSU 18-13

 Daniel Carlson kicked six field goals and Auburn beat No. 18 LSU 18-13 on Saturday night after officials ruled Danny Etling's apparent last-gasp scoring pass came after time expired.
Etling rolled to his right and found D.J. Shark in the back of the end zone on a 15-yard pass, setting off a celebration by LSU players. Officials ruled time expired before Etling took the snap.
"I don't know if I've ever come as close to winning a game and finishing second as today," LSU coach Les Miles said.
The celebration shifted to the Auburn sideline when officials announced the decisive ruling.
It was an important win for Auburn (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) and coach Gus Malzahn, who faced increased criticism following losses to Top 25 opponents Clemson and Texas A&M.
An illegal shift penalty against LSU (2-2, 1-1) left the Tigers with a fourth-down play from the 15. There was only 1 second on the clock before officials huddled, and Miles said officials put 3 seconds on the clock, setting up the final-play drama.
Malzahn said he knew the clock expired before the snap.
"I was pretty confident time had expired," Malzahn said. "It was just a matter of going to the booth and confirming it."
Malzahn gave play-calling responsibility to offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and also sported a new look, shedding his visor for a white Auburn baseball cap - thanks to fashion advice from his concerned daughters.
"My daughters said something about me wearing a visor and I need to put on a hat because I'm getting bald," he said. "I saw a replay and it looked pretty bad so that's the reason I'm going to wear a hat."
Carlson kicked a 37-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to give Auburn a 15-13 lead. He added to the lead with a 29-yarder with less than 3 minutes remaining before LSU began its desperate, final drive.
Carlson is 12 for 12 on field goals this season.
LSU star running back Leonard Fournette had 16 carries for 101 yards.
Auburn linebacker Tre Williams was ejected for targeting in the second quarter.
There was no flag after Williams' helmet-to-helmet hit knocked quarterback Danny Etling out of the game for a play. The hit sent Etling's helmet to the ground and left him with a cut.
A review by the officials determined Williams led with the crown of his helmet on the hit.
THE TAKEAWAY
LSU: The LSU offense must improve if the Tigers are to realize their preseason expectations. LSU was held to 338 yards, including 118 yards passing by Etling.
Auburn: Defense continues to be Auburn's strength, but struggles by the offense drew sporadic boos from impatient fans throughout the game. Improvements will be needed; it will be difficult to pull off more SEC wins without reaching the end zone.
POLL IMPLICATIONS
With the loss to unranked Auburn, LSU could fall out of the Top 25 with its second loss in four games. The Tigers were No. 5 when they lost to Wisconsin in their opener.
UP NEXT
LSU: The Tigers will face another SEC Western Division rival when they play Missouri in a home game next Saturday night. It will be only the second meeting between the teams and the first as SEC rivals. In the only other meeting, Missouri won 20-15 in the 1978 Liberty Bowl.
Auburn: Auburn will take a break from its SEC schedule when it tries for its 10th straight win over Louisiana-Monroe. It will be the last of five straight home games for the Tigers.

North Texas sneaks by Rice 42-35 in 2OT

 Willy Ivery plunged in from 4-yards out, Rice's Darik Dillardwas stuffed on 4th-and-1 on the ensuing drive, and North Texas escaped Rice with a 42-35 win in 2OT on Saturday night.
Jeffrey Wilson led North Texas (2-2, 1-0 Conference USA) with 157 yards rushing and three touchdowns and Mason Fine added 224 yards through the air with a touchdown.
Dillard sent the game into overtime with a 1-yard run that capped an 8-play, 74-yard drive with 2:34 left. After each team exchanged touchdowns in the first overtime period, Ivery ran in his second TD of the game for a 42-35 Mean Green lead. Rice drove the ball to the North Texas 16 on its final possession before Dillard was stopped for a loss to end the game.
Tyler Stehling threw for 232 yards and ran for 92 with a passing touchdown to lead Rice (0-4, 0-2). Dillard had added 67 yards and two scores.

Oregon rallies to beat Colorado 41-38

 Steven Montez threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start and Colorado held off Oregon 41-38 on Saturday, the Buffaloes' first victory over the Ducks since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.
Ahkello Witherspoon intercepted Dakota Prukop's pass to Darren Carrington in the end zone on Oregon's final drive to preserve the win for Colorado (3-1).
The Buffaloes had retaken the lead following a controversial 31-yard touchdown from Montez to Bryce Bobo. After review, the officials ruled Bobo had control of the ball in his right hand when his right foot came down in the end zone - but the crowd at Autzen Stadium booed in disagreement.
The Buffaloes led from the start and went up 33-17 following Montez's 48-yard TD pass to Devin Ross to open the second half.
But Kani Benoit scored on a 3-yard touchdown to pull Oregon (2-2) within 33-31. Troy Dye's interception on Colorado's subsequent possession led to Prukup's 18-yard go-ahead TD pass to Carrington late in the third quarter.
THE TAKEAWAY
Colorado: The Buffaloes showed surprising toughness on defense despite missing one of their top defensive players, linebacker Derek McCartney, who tore his right ACL and is out for the season. They also were resilient on offense in the absence of Liufau. Ross finished with seven catches for 153 yards.
Oregon: It was anticipated that the Ducks would come out with zeal following the disappointing loss to the Huskers but they sputtered from the start, allowing Colorado to jump out to an early 22-7 lead in the opening half.
UP NEXT
Colorado: After two straight on the road, the Buffaloes return home to host Oregon State. The Beavers (1-2) hold a 5-3 advantage in the all-time series, but Colorado won the last one, 17-13. Oregon State fell 38-24 at home to Boise State earlier Saturday.
Oregon: The Ducks head north for a game against Washington State in Pullman. The Cougars (1-2) have a bye this weekend. While Oregon has a 47-34-6 advantage in the all-time series, Washington State pulled off an 45-38 upset in double overtime last year in Eugene.