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Top 25 Capsules

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 28, 2014 at 12:31 a.m.


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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jameis Winston threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns in his return from a suspension, and No. 1 Florida State rallied from 17 down to beat North Carolina State 56-41 on Saturday night.

The Heisman Trophy winner directed four straight second-half touchdown drives to help the reigning national champions fight through and extend the nation's longest active winning streak to a program-record 20 games.

Rashad Greene caught 11 passes for 125 yards and the go-ahead score for the Seminoles (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), while Karlos Williams ran for three scores — the last with 2:07 left to seal it.

Winston was suspended for making an obscene public comment on campus last week, then watched backup Sean Maguire lead Florida State to an overtime home win over Clemson.

Winston shook off a third-quarter interception to keep the Seminoles pushing forward against the Wolfpack (4-1, 0-1) and Jacoby Brissett.

Brissett, a Florida transfer, threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns in the program's first home game against the nation's No. 1-ranked team. N.C. State led 24-7 after the first quarter and 38-28 midway through the third quarter after Shadrach Thornton's 10-yard scoring run.

But Winston directed a quick 71-yard drive that ended with his 15-yard scoring toss to Jesus Wilson, then capitalized on Brissett's fumble by zipping the ball to Greene for a 42-38 lead with 3:24 left in the third. Williams' 1-yard scoring run made it 49-38 early in the fourth.

NO. 6 TEXAS A&M 35, ARKANSAS 28, OT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kenny Hill threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns, with a 25-yarder to Malcome Kennedy on the first play of overtime, and Texas A&M rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to beat Arkansas.

The Aggies (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) trailed 28-14 going into the fourth quarter before Hill threw two long scoring passes — 86 yards to Edward Pope and 59 yards to Josh Reynolds, the later with 2:08 left only two plays after Arkansas missed a field goal.

After Hill's strike in overtime, Arkansas faced fourth-and-1 when a handoff went to Alex Collins, who had 131 yards rushing. But Collins was stuffed at the line by defensive end Julien Obioha to end the game.

Hill completed 21 of 41 passes.

Texas A&M is 5-0 for the first time since 2001. Arkansas (3-2, 0-2) has lost 14 consecutive SEC games.

NO. 7 BAYLOR 49, IOWA STATE 28

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Bryce Petty threw for 336 yards and a touchdown and ran for two scores to help Baylor cruised past Iowa State in its Big 12 opener.

Shock Linwood had three TDs rushing for the Bears (4-0, 1-0), who have started 4-0 in consecutive seasons for the first time in 76 years. Baylor jumped ahead 35-7 late in the second quarter and led by at least 21 points for the entire second half.

Sam Richardson threw for 212 yards and ran for 99 more for Iowa State (1-3, 0-2).

The Cyclones did make things briefly interesting in the third quarter, pulling to 42-21. But Petty found Corey Coleman for a 42-yard reception that set up Petty's 1-yard plunge.

NO. 8 NOTRE DAME 31, SYRACUSE 15

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Everett Golson completed 25 straight passes to set a Notre Dame record and threw for four touchdowns in the Fighting Irish's victory over Syracuse.

Golson's record-breaking game was far from perfect. The quarterback threw his first two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter by Durell Eskridge. Golson fumbled the ball away deep in Syracuse territory and bumbled an attempt to spike the ball late in the first half to stop the clock into another giveaway. A total of five turnovers by the Irish (4-0) allowed Syracuse (2-3) to linger. Terrel Hunt's 7-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter cut the lead to 21-9.

Golson came right back with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Torii Hunter Jr., the son of the major league outfielder. Golson was 32 for 39 for a career-best 362 yards, coming one completion short of matching the FBS record for consecutive completions in a game set by Dominique Davis in 2011 with East Carolina. Corey Robinson, the son of former San Antonio Spurs star David Robinson, caught eight passes for 91 yards a touchdown.

NO. 12 GEORGIA 35, TENNESSEE 32

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Todd Gurley ran for a career-high 208 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yarder in the fourth quarter, and Georgia rallied to beat Tennessee.

The lackluster Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) struggled with the Volunteers (2-2, 0-1) for the second year in a row. Tennessee wouldn't quit, even after Jalen Hurd fumbled a handoff and Josh Dawson fell on it in the end zone for a Georgia touchdown.

Tennessee has lost 21 straight road games against ranked teams. The Vols might have pulled off the upset if quarterback Justin Worley had not been sidelined for part of the second half with an elbow injury.

Gurley had another brilliant showing, scoring on a 1-yard leap in the second quarter before breaking straight up the middle for a TD with 9 1/2 minutes remaining.

Worley completed 23 of 35 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns, leading a pair of touchdown drives after he re-entered the game in the fourth quarter.

NO. 5 AUBURN 45, LOUISIANA TECH 17

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Nick Marshall threw three touchdown passes and rushed for 105 yards for Auburn.

Marshall completed 10 of 17 passes for 166 yards for the Tigers (4-0).

Quan Bray caught a 44-yard touchdown pass and returned a punt 76 yards for another score in a 53-second span of the fourth quarter. Those plays turned a competitive game into a route against the Bulldogs (2-3).

Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries for Auburn.

NO. 9 MICHIGAN ST. 56, WYOMING 14

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Jeremy Langford ran for 137 of Michigan State's 533 yards of total offense.

Michigan State (3-1) completed its most prolific four games in school history with a 50.3-point average.

Connor Cook was 6 of 8 for 109 yards and two touchdowns, helping Michigan State score more than 50 points in consecutive games for the first time since 1978. The Spartans have scored 174 points in three home games heading into a visit from unbeaten No. 21 Nebraska next week.

Wyoming (3-2) finished with 286 yards of offense, but lost the ball on two fumbles and an interception.

NO. 10 MISSISSIPPI 24, MEMPHIS 3

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Jaylen Walton ran for a key fourth-quarter touchdown, and Mississippi used a dominant defensive performance to beat Memphis.

The Rebels (4-0) are undefeated through four games for the first time since 1970, overcoming a mistake-riddled performance by the offense and special teams.

Ole Miss' Bo Wallace threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. The senior was 22 of 37 passing for 248 yards and two touchdowns — both to Laquon Treadwell.

Ole Miss led just 7-3 after three quarters. Andrew Fletcher made a 19-yard field goal — after missing his first two attempts earlier in the game — to increase the Rebels' lead early in the fourth. Walton's 23-yard run with 9:34 remaining pushed the advantage to 17-3.

Memphis (2-2) managed only 104 total yards.

MISSOURI 21, NO. 13 SOUTH CAROLINA 20

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Russell Hansbrough scored two of his three touchdowns in the final 7 minutes and Missouri rallied from 13 points down to beat South Carolina.

The Tigers (4-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) trailed 20-7 and managed just 181 yards of offense through three quarters when Maty Mauk began the comeback with passes of 41 yards to Bud Sasser and 26 yards to Wesley Leftwich to South Carolina's 1 before Hansbrough drew them within a score.

After the Gamecocks (3-2, 2-2) went three-and-out on their next series, Missouri was in business again. The Tigers converted two fourth downs in the sequence, including Hansbrough's 1-yard TD run.

The outcome was a sweet turnaround for Missouri, which lost a 17-point lead in the Gamecocks' double-overtime victory last year.

NO. 16 STANFORD 20, WASHINGTON 13

SEATTLE (AP) — Kevin Hogan scored on a 5-yard run with 4:29 remaining, and Stanford took advantage of a poorly timed fake punt to hold off Washington.

Hogan and the Cardinal (3-1, 1-1) avoided a potentially costly 0-2 start in Pac-12 play after already losing at home to Southern California.

Stanford dominated statistically, but was still tied midway through the fourth quarter because of continued problems in the red zone. That's when Washington coach Chris Petersen took a gamble running a fake punt on fourth-and-9 at the Huskies 47. The play was stuffed and Hogan scored on the ensuing possession.

The Huskies (4-1, 0-1) had 179 total yards, including just 98 passing.

NO. 17 LSU 63, NEW MEXICO STATE 7

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Backup quarterback Brandon Harris led touchdown drives on each of his seven series in LSU's victory over New Mexico State.

In vastly outplaying starter Anthony Jennings, Harris may have made himself a candidate to take over as the Tigers' No. 1 quarterback when LSU (4-1) returns to Southeastern Conference play next Saturday at Auburn.

Harris completed 11 of 14 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a pair of scores.

Jennings, who played for LSU's first seven offensive series, was 2 of 5 for 11 yards and turned the ball over three times, twice on interceptions and once on a fumble. Freshman running back Leonard Fournette had his first 100-yard game, finishing with 122 yards and two TDs rushing.

Andrew Allen had a 79-yard touchdown run for New Mexico State (2-3).

NO. 18 USC 35, OREGON STATE 10

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Kessler passed for 261 yards and two touchdowns, and Su'a Cravens returned an interception 31 yards for another score in Southern California's victory over Oregon State.

Darreus Rogers caught a 48-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass at the halftime gun as the Trojans (3-1, 2-0 Pac-12) rebounded smartly from their first loss with solid defense and another stellar game from Kessler, who went 24 for 32 while leading a 461-yard offensive performance.

Justin Davis caught a 16-yard TD pass and rushed for a fourth-quarter score for the Trojans. Javorius Allen added 115 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Ryan Murphy returned a kickoff 97 yards for a TD for Oregon State (3-1, 0-1).

Sean Mannion went 15 of 32 for 123 yards with two interceptions for the Beavers, who haven't won at the Coliseum since 1960.

NO. 19 WISCONSIN 27, SOUTH FLORIDA 10

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Melvin Gordon rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, and Wisconsin overcame a sluggish start to beat South Florida.

Gordon scored on carries of seven and 43 yards on the Badgers' first two drives of the second half after running room finally opened up for the star tailback.

The Bulls (2-3) put up an admirable effort in their first road contest of the year, getting to 17-10 midway through the third quarter on Rodney Adams' 26-yard touchdown run off a reverse.

Wisconsin (3-1) inched away in the final 20 minutes to extend its nonconference home winning streak to 32.

NO. 21 NEBRASKA 45, ILLINOIS 14

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Ameer Abdullah ran for 208 yards and three touchdowns, and Imani Cross added a career-high 109 yards and a score to help Nebraska beat Illinois.

The Cornhuskers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) are off to their best start since 2010 heading into next week's game at No. 9 Michigan State.

Wearing all-red alternate uniforms on homecoming, the Huskers rushed for 458 of their 624 yards.

Illinois (3-2, 0-1) started Reilly O'Toole at quarterback in place of Wes Lunt. O'Toole was 17 for 38 for 261 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions — two by Daniel Davie.

NO. 22 OHIO ST. 50, CINCINNATI 28

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — J.T. Barrett passed for 330 yards and four touchdowns and Ezekiel Elliott ran for 182 yards and a score to lead Ohio State past Gunner Kiel and Cincinnati.

Kiel, the acclaimed passer for the Bearcats (2-1), completed 21 of 32 passes for 352 yards and four scores in a game of wild momentum swings before a stadium-record crowd of 108,362.

The Buckeyes (3-1) won their 40th consecutive game over an in-state opponent, finishing with 710 yards. But their defense couldn't stop the Bearcats, who had Chris Moore catch three passes for 221 yards and three TDs.

Not until Barrett hit Devin Smith with a 29-yard scoring pass early in the fourth quarter was it clear the Buckeyes would survive.

NO. 25 KANSAS STATE 58, UTEP 28

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Charles Jones ran for three touchdowns, Tyler Lockett returned a punt for another score and Kansas State romped past UTEP on Saturday.

DeMarcus Robinson and Jake Waters also had touchdown runs, and Waters threw for 209 yards and another score as the Wildcats (3-1) finished nonconference play.

UTEP (2-2) managed one first down and 23 yards of offense in the first half, when Kansas State raced to a 31-0 lead. Running back Aaron Jones, the nation's second-leading rusher, was held to 47 yards. Jameil Showers threw four TD passes for the Miners, all with the game well out of reach.

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