Kansas St. Stuns Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Skylar Thompson threw for 334 yards and ran for three touchdowns and Kansas State rallied from 21 points down to stun Oklahoma, 38-35 on Saturday.
Freshman Deuce Vaughn caught four passes for 129 yards and ran for a touchdown in the Wildcats’ first road victory over a a top-three team in the AP poll. They rebounded from an opening loss to Arkansas State.
Oklahoma freshman Spencer Rattler passed for 387 yards and four touchdowns, but threw three interceptions.
Kansas State upset Oklahoma 48-41 in Manhattan last year.
Kansas State said earlier in the week it was struggling to have enough players available at all position groups to play the game because of COVID-19.
Two short rushing touchdowns by Thompson got the Wildcats back in the game. Nick Allen blocked Reeves Mundschau’s punt, and the Wildcats took over at the Oklahoma 38. Vaughn’s 38-yard touchdown run on the Wildcats’ second offensive play and the extra point tied it at 35 with 8:17 to play.
Kansas State’s Blake Lynch hit a 50-yard field goal with 4:32 remaining. Jahron McPherson intercepted Rattler’s pass in the final minute.
NO. 2 ALABAMA 38
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Mac Jones threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns in less than three quarters of work, many of his throws landing in the capable hands of Jaylen Waddle, and Alabama began its Southeastern Conference-only schedule with a romp over rebuilding Missouri.
NO. 4 GEORGIA 37, ARKANSAS 10
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Stetson Bennett threw two touchdown passes in the third quarter and Georgia rallied to beat Arkansas in the season opener for each school.
NO. 5 FLORIDA 51
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Kyle Pitts caught four of Kyle Trask’s six touchdown passes and Florida spoiled coach Lane Kiffin’s Mississippi debut.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 44
NO. 6 LSU 34
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — K.J. Costello passed for an SEC-record 623 yards and threw five touchdown passes in the Mississippi State debut of coach Mike Leach’s “Air Raid” offense, and the Bulldogs knocked off defending national champion LSU.
NO. 8 AUBURN 29
NO. 23 KENTUCKY 13
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Bo Nix threw for 233 yards and three second-half touchdowns, including a pair to Seth Williams, and Auburn scored twice in the fourth quarter to pull away from Kentucky in the season opener.
NO. 8 TEAS 63, TEXAS TECH 56
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Sam Ehlinger threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Moore in overtime, sending No. 8 Texas to a wild victory over Texas Tech that saw the Longhorns rally with two touchdowns in the final 3 minutes of regulation.
NO. 10 TEXAS A&M 17
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Isaiah Spiller had 117 yards rushing and Ainias Smith ran for a touchdown to help No. 10 Texas A&M overcome three turnovers in a mistake-filled game to beat Vanderbilt in the season-opener for both teams.
NO. 12 MIAMI 52
FLORIDA STATE 10
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — D’Eriq King threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns in three quarters and Miami beat Florida State.
NO. 13 CENTRAL FLORIDA 51 EAST CAROLINA 28
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Dillon Gabriel threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns to help Central Florida beat East Carolina to open its American Athletic Conference schedule.
NO. 14 CINCINNATI 24
NO. 22 ARMY 10
CINCINNATI (AP) — Desmond Ridder passed for 258 yards and two touchdowns and Cincinnati beat Army in the first matchup of ranked teams at Nippert Stadium since 2008.
NO. 16 TENNESSEE 31, SOUTH CAROLINA 27
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Jarrett Guarantano threw a tiebreaking touchdown pass to Josh Palmer with 9:35 left and Tennessee won its seventh straight game.
NO. 18 BYU 48, TROY 7
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Zach Wilson threw for a career-high 392 yards and two touchdowns, leading BYU.
NO. 19 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 20, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 18
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Nate Snyder hit a 53-yard field goal on the final play to lift Louisiana-Lafayette past Georgia Southern.
NO. 20 VIRGINIA TECH 45 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 24
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Quincy Patterson II came off the bench to throw two touchdown passes and run for another score, leading Virginia Tech past North Carolina State.
Despite playing without 23 players and four coaches because of coronavirus issues and injuries – including starting quarterback Hendon Hooker – the Hokies started quickly in the season opener and Atlantic Coast Conference delayed two weeks because of two COVID-related postponements.
NO. 21 PITTSBURGH 23
NO. 24 LOUISVILLE 20
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kenny Pickett threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns and Pittsburgh sacked Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham seven times.
The Panthers moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2014 behind a relentless defense that kept the Cardinals (1-2, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) in check for most of the afternoon. Pitt limited Louisville to 223 total yards — less than half of its season average coming in — and picked off three of Cunningham’s passes.
Senior defensive end Patrick Jones II had three sacks for the Panthers (3-0, 2-0).