Buckeyes Roll Scarlet Knights
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw four touchdown passes and No. 4 Ohio State rolled to the 900th victory in program history, routing outmanned Rutgers 52-3 on Saturday.
Johnnie Dixon grabbed two of Haskins’ scoring strikes, and backup quarterback Tate Martell added another touchdown pass and a 47-yard scoring run on a gray, misty afternoon. The Buckeyes, playing in their second game without suspended coach Urban Meyer, piled up 579 offensive yards after amassing 721 in the opener.
Meyer was back conducting practices this week but will miss one more game — next week’s prime-time clash with No. 16 TCU — to finish out his three-game suspension for mismanaging fired assistant coach Zach Smith, who was accused to domestic abuse and other misbehavior. Co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day ran the show again Saturday and had few reasons to fret, save for the 11 penalties that cost Ohio State 131 yards.
“We did a nice job of throwing the ball early and then running it late,” Day said.
The Buckeyes expect to get their first real test of the season against the Horned Frogs in Dallas after a couple of cake walks to start.
Parris Campbell, Luke Farrell and Terry McLaurin also caught scoring passes. McLaurin’s came on backup quarterback Martell’s first career touchdown pass, a 51-yarder on third-and-16 with 11:05 left in the first half.
NO. 6 OKLAHOMA 49
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kyler Murray threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores, and No. 6 Oklahoma lost star running back Rodney Anderson to a leg injury in a 49-21 victory over UCLA on Saturday.
Anderson ran for 10 yards on the final play of the first quarter, and then got up slowly. He limped off on his own, and trainers tended to the preseason All-Big 12 pick before he headed to the locker room. He was back on the bench later, out of uniform.
NO. 1 ALABAMA 57
ARKANSAS STATE 7
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa passed for three first-quarter touchdowns and Jalen Hurts added two more before halftime for Alabama.
NO. 3 GEORGIA 41
NO. 24 SOUTH CAROLINA 17
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Jake Fromm threw for 194 yards and a touchdown, all three of Georgia’s latest running combo scored touchdowns and the expected Southeastern Conference showdown turned into a blowout.
NO. 5 WISCONSIN 45
NEW MEXICO 14
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jonathan Taylor ran for a career-high 253 yards and three touchdowns, and Wisconsin asserted its dominance after allowing a score on the game-opening drive.
A.J. Taylor had 134 yards receiving and a score to help the Badgers (2-0) win their 41st straight home nonconference game. That’s the longest active streak in the FBS.
NO. 9 WASHINGTON 45
NORTH DAKOTA 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Jake Browning threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns, Ty Jones had two touchdown receptions, and Washington pulled away in the second half.
NO. 12 VIRGINIA TECH 62
WILLIAM & MARY 17
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Steven Peoples had two first-half touchdown runs, and Josh Jackson threw for a touchdown and ran for another for Virginia Tech.
Jackson went to the bench before halftime with the Hokies (2-0) up 31-7, and backup Ryan Willis led a touchdown drive on his first college series.
NO. 18 MISSISSIPPI STATE 31
KANSAS STATE 10
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Nick Fitzgerald returned from a suspension to throw two touchdown passes, Kylin Hill ran for 211 yards and accounted for three scores for Mississippi State.
NO. 21 MICHIGAN 49
WESTERN MICHIGAN 3
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Shea Patterson threw three touchdown passes, one in each of the first three quarters, to help Michigan beat Western Michigan.
NO. 23 OREGON 62
PORTLAND STATE 14
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Justin Herbert threw for 250 yards and four touchdowns for Oregon before heading to the bench in the third quarter.
Herbert was 20 of 26 passes, and had 10 total touchdowns — nine passing and one on the ground — in the Ducks’ two opening victories. The have won 22nd straight nonconference games.
NO. 19 UCF 38
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 0
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Adrian Killins Jr. ran for 89 yards and two touchdowns to help UCF rout South Carolina State for its 15th straight victory.
NO. 22 MIAMI 77
SAVANNAH STATE 0
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Malik Rosier threw for two scores and rushed for another, N’Kosi Perry came off the bench to throw the first three touchdown passes of his collegiate career, and Miami set a school record for margin of victory.
NO. 2 CLEMSON 28
TEXAS A&M 26
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Kelly Bryant threw for 205 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to help No. 2 Clemson escape with a victory over Kellen Mond and Texas A&M.
NO. 7 AUBURN 63
ALABAMA STATE 9
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — JaTarvious Whitlow ran for 122 yards and receiver Anthony Schwartz accounted for 117 total yards and two touchdowns to help Auburn rout Alabama State.
NO. 11 LSU 31
SE LOUISIANA 0
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Joe Burrow passed for two touchdowns and ran for a short score, and LSU rode an opportunistic defensive performance.
NO. 25 FLORIDA 16
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kentucky ended one of college football’s longest losing streaks by upsetting Florida.
NO. 13 PENN STATE 51
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trace McSorley threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Penn State pulled away against sloppy Pittsburgh.
KJ Hamler ran 32 yards for a score and hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass from McSorley to help Nittany Lions (2-0) bounced back from an opening-week scare.
against Appalachian State to beat the Panthers (1-1). McSorley finished 14 of 30 for 145 yards in the rain at soggy Heinz Field.
Penn State running back Miles Sanders ran for 118 yards, and DeAndre Thompson returned a punt 39 yards for a touchdown.