October 6, 2019 / 1:27 AM / 14 days ago

Top 25 roundup: No. 10 Florida subdues No. 7 Auburn

Lamical Perine’s 88-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave No. 10 Florida the cushion it needed to ride out a 24-13 victory against No. 7 Auburn in an SEC clash Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.

Oct 5, 2019; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators running back Lamical Perine (2) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Perine’s dash gave the Gators (6-0, 3-0 SEC) an 11-point lead with 9:04 to play, and their defense did the rest. The win was their eighth in their last 10 home games against Top 10 opponents and extended their overall winning streak to 10 games.

The Tigers (5-1, 2-1) struggled offensively, held to about half of their season average of 251 rushing yards per game.

Bo Nix completed only 11 of 27 passes and threw three interceptions, his first since the opener. His second pick was critical, coming late in the third quarter on third-and-12 at Florida’s 15-yard line with his team within 17-13. His third came with 2:30 remaining.

No. 3 Georgia 43, Tennessee 14

Jake Fromm threw two scoring passes in the final 1:59 of the first half, and Rodrigo Blankenship kicked three field goals to help lead the Bulldogs past their Southeastern Conference rival Volunteers in Knoxville, Tenn.

Fromm completed 24 of 29 passes for 288 yards for the Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0), who outgained Tennessee 526-343 in total yards. Georgia scored the game’s final 33 points.

Freshman quarterback Brian Maurer, who replaced Jarrett Guarantano during the Vols’ 34-3 loss at Florida on Sept. 21, started and was 14 of 28 for 259 yards, two TDs and one interception for the Volunteers (1-4, 0-2). Guarantano saw action and was 1 of 5 for 14 yards.

No. 4 Ohio State 34, No. 25 Michigan State 10

J.K. Dobbins rushed for 172 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown, and the Buckeyes overcame a slow start to roll past the visiting Spartans in Columbus, Ohio.

Dobbins’ touchdown put the Buckeyes (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) ahead 24-10 with 2:24 to play in the second quarter, and they added a field goal before the half. That capped a 24-point quarter after the offense struggled against the Spartans (4-2, 2-1) in the opening quarter.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields threw for two touchdowns and ran for one more.

No. 5 LSU 42, Utah State 6

Joe Burrow threw five touchdown passes to increase his season total to 22 as the Tigers finished their nonconference schedule against the Aggies in Baton Rouge, La.

Burrow completed 27 of 38 passes for 344 yards with one interception. Justin Jefferson caught nine of those tosses for 155 yards and two touchdowns, both in the third quarter as the Tigers extended a 21-6 halftime lead to 35-6 after three quarters.

LSU (5-0) limited the Aggies (3-2) to 159 yards and had three interceptions against Jordan Love, who completed 15 of 30 passes for 130 yards.

No. 6 Oklahoma 45, Kansas 20

Jalen Hurts sparkled again, passing for 228 yards and two touchdowns, rushing for 56 yards and two scores, and even hauling in a 21-yard pass as the Sooners rolled past the Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan.

The Alabama transfer overcame a slow start to boost the Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) to their 22nd consecutive road win, the longest active streak in the FBS.

Hurts padded his season total of touchdowns accounted for to 21, while Rhamondre Stevenson added 109 yards rushing, including a 61-yard touchdown. Oklahoma produced 545 yards against Kansas (2-4, 0-2) after coming in as the national leader in yards per game (668.5).

No. 8 Wisconsin 48, Kent State 0

Junior running back Jonathan Taylor scored a career-high five touchdowns and rushed for 186 yards as the Badgers pounded the Golden Flashes in a nonconference game in Madison, Wis.

Taylor rushed for a 6-yard touchdown on Wisconsin’s first series to give the Badgers a 7-0 lead at Camp Randall Stadium. The 2018 All-American has scored touchdowns on the first series in each game of Wisconsin’s 5-0 start.

Taylor, a Heisman Trophy hopeful, rushed for four touchdowns on 19 carries. He also caught three passes for 29 yards and a touchdown against Kent State (2-3). Taylor surpassed the 100-yard rushing milestone for a fifth straight game and the 27th time in 32 career games.

No. 9 Notre Dame 52, Bowling Green 0

Ian Book completed 16 of 20 passes for 261 yards and five touchdowns as the Fighting Irish cruised to a shutout of the Falcons in South Bend, Ind.

Chase Claypool caught two touchdown passes for Notre Dame (4-1), which won its 14th home game in a row. Tommy Tremble, Cole Kmet, Javon McKinley and Avery Davis caught one touchdown apiece, and C’Bo Flemister added a rushing touchdown.

Bowling Green (1-4) dropped its fourth consecutive game. The Falcons were outgained 573-228 in the first meeting between the programs.

No. 11 Texas 42, West Virginia 31

Sam Ehlinger passed for 211 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores as the Longhorns topped the Mountaineers in Morgantown, W. Va.

Ehlinger hit Malcolm Epps from 22 yards out, found John Burt for a 13-yard TD and burst up the middle for a 13-yard running touchdown in the first half as Texas (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) built a 21-14 lead at intermission.

The Longhorns’ defense forced West Virginia (3-2, 1-1) into four turnovers, all of them interceptions of Austin Kendall passes. D’Shawn Jamison made two of them, both in spectacular fashion.

No. 12 Penn State 35, Purdue 7

Sean Clifford threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another on his first four drives as the Nittany Lions cruised over the Boilermakers in University Park, Pa.

Clifford completed 20 of 29 passes for 264 yards while throwing touchdown passes to Jahan Dotson, KJ Hamler and tight end Pat Freiermuth. Noah Cain capped a 105-yard rushing performance by scoring from 2 yards out in the fourth quarter for Penn State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten), which enjoyed a 460-104 edge in total yards.

Purdue redshirt freshman quarterback Jack Plummer received the start in place of injured Elijah Sindelar (broken clavicle) and completed 13 of 27 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown for the Boilermakers (1-4, 0-2).

No. 13 Oregon 17, California 7

The Ducks shrugged off their first scoreless first half in 15 years, taking the lead for good late in the third quarter and going on to a Pac-12 Conference win over the Golden Bears in Eugene, Ore.

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert completed 20 of 33 passes for 214 yards, an interception and a 1-yard touchdown to Jaylon Redd with 7:14 left in the game. That extended Herbert’s streak of games with a touchdown pass to 33, the longest active streak in FBS.

The bigger story for the Ducks (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) was their defense, which, after yielding a first-quarter touchdown following a turnover, skunked the Golden Bears (4-2, 1-2) for the game’s remainder. Oregon has won four straight games, allowing only 22 points in that span.

No. 16 Boise State 38, UNLV 13

Hank Bachmeier completed 19 of 30 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns to help the Broncos rout the Rebels in Mountain West play in Las Vegas.

Khalil Shakir had seven receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown, and John Hightower caught four passes for 105 yards and one score for Boise State (5-0, 2-0).

Junior Curtis Weaver recorded three sacks to raise his career count to 29.5, breaking the Mountain West record of 28.5 shared by BYU’s Jan Jorgensen and TCU’s Jerry Hughes, both of whom played in the conference from 2006-09.

No. 19 Michigan 10, No. 14 Iowa 3

The Wolverines forced four turnovers and recorded eight sacks as they handed the Hawkeyes their first loss of the season in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Michigan (4-1, 2-1 Big Ten) scored all its points in the first quarter and held firm by harassing Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley all afternoon. Stanley was intercepted three times after throwing zero picks in the first four games for the Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-1).

The Wolverines took a 3-0 lead on Jake Moody’s 28-yard field goal with 12:19 to go in the first quarter. They scored the only touchdown of the game on their next possession when Zach Charbonnet rushed in from 2 yards to cap a 70-yard drive.

Stanford 23, No. 15 Washington 13

Cameron Scarlett rushed for a career-high 151 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries as the Cardinal upset the visiting Huskies in Pacific-12 Conference play.

Junior quarterback Davis Mills, starting for the injured K.J. Costello, completed 21 of 30 passes for 293 yards and a touchdown, a 42-yarder to Simi Fehoko with 10 minutes left in the second quarter that gave Stanford (3-3, 2-2) the lead for good. Mills left in the fourth quarter with an apparent left knee injury, leaving the Cardinal to finish the game with Jack West under center.

The Huskies (4-2, 1-2) have lost their past six trips to Stanford, dating to 2007. Jacob Eason, a transfer from Georgia, completed just 16 of 36 passes for 206 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

Texas Tech 45, No. 21 Oklahoma State 35

Jett Duffey passed for 424 yards and accounted for five touchdowns in his fourth career start as the Red Raiders upset the Cowboys in Lubbock, Texas.

The junior completed 26 of 44 passes with four TD tosses in his second career 400-yard game, and wide receiver T.J. Vasher caught five passes for 110 yards.

Texas Tech (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) recorded five turnovers — including two interceptions by Douglas Coleman III — and added seven sacks against the Cowboys (4-2, 1-2). OSU’s Chuba Hubbard, the nation’s leading rusher coming in, notched 156 yards on 34 carries with three scores.

No. 24 SMU 43, Tulsa 37 (3OT)

It took the Mustangs more than three decades to climb back into the Top 25, and it took a circus catch by James Proche II for a 25-yard touchdown in the third overtime to keep them undefeated in a wild win over Tulsa in Dallas.

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Shane Buechele passed for 310 yards and two touchdowns in the win, which came after the Mustangs (6-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) erased a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Xavier Jones sprinted around left end for a 4-yard touchdown run on fourth down with 1:02 remaining in regulation to tie it. Both teams scored touchdowns to open overtime, but SMU fumbled and Tulsa missed a potential winning kick in the second overtime.

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