Georgia Outlasts LSU
West Virginia' Ishmael Banks (34) reaches over the goal line for a touchdown after returning an interception 58-yards for the score during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Oklahoma State in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh defends on the play. (AP Photo/Tyler Evert)
Athens, Ga. — Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes, including a 25-yarder to Justin Scott-Wesley with 1:47 remaining, and No. 9 Georgia rallied to beat No. 6 LSU 44-41 in a thrilling game between Southeastern Conference powerhouses Saturday.
The Bulldogs (3-1, 2-0) completed their opening-month run through a gauntlet of top-10 teams with a victory that propelled them back into the thick of the national championship race.
LSU (4-1, 1-1) got a career-best 372 yards passing from former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger in his return to Athens, and the Tigers went ahead 41-37 on Jeremy Hill’s 8-yard touchdown run with 4:14 to go.
No. 1 Alabama 25, No. 21 Miss. 0
Tuscaloosa, Ala. — T.J. Yeldon rushed for 121 yards, Kenyan Drake gained 99 and a dominating defense powered Alabama over Mississippi.
Yeldon scored on a 68-yard run and Drake added a 50-yard scamper to revive a struggling running game for the Crimson Tide (4-0, 2-0 SEC), which outgained the Rebels 434-205.
Ole Miss (3-1, 1-1) was seeking its first 4-0 start in 43 years, but instead was shut out for the first time since Arkansas did it in November 1998.
No. 3 Clemson 56, Wake Forest 7
Clemson, s.c. — Tajh Boyd became the second Atlantic Coast Conference quarterback to account for 100 career touchdowns, leading Clemson (4-0, 2-0) to the easy win.
No. 8 Florida State 48, BC 34
Boston — Jameis Winston threw for four touchdowns for Florida State, including a 55-yard Hail Mary as time expired in the first half.
Winston had first-half touchdown passes of 56 and 10 yards to tie the game after BC, coming off a 28-point loss to Southern California, opened a 17-3 lead. The desperation heave to Kenny Shaw made it 24-17, and then Winston added a fourth TD pass in the second half as the Seminoles (4-0, 2-0 ACC) pulled away.
Chase Rettig completed 19 of 29 passes for 197 yards and a career-high four touchdowns for BC (2-2, 1-1).
No. 10 Texas A&M 45
Fayetteville, Ark. — Johnny Manziel accounted for 320 total yards of offense and threw two touchdown passes to Mike Evans as Texas A&M pulled away for a win over Arkansas.
W. Va. 30, No. 11 Okla. St. 21
Morgantown, W.Va. — Clint Trickett threw a touchdown pass in his first start at West Virginia, and Ishmael Banks returned an interception for a touchdown.
Josh Lambert kicked three field goals for West Virginia (3-2, 1-1 Big 12), which rebounded from its first shutout loss in 11 years.
No. 12 S. Carolina 28
Central Florida 25
Orlando, Fla. — Mike Davis rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns as South Carolina (3-1) overcame an injury to its starting quarterback, four turnovers and a halftime deficit to get the win.
Davis picked up the slack after starting QB Connor Shaw left with a sprained right shoulder following a hard tackle during South Carolina’s first offensive series.
No. 14 Oklahoma 35
No. 22 Notre Dame 21
South Bend, Ind. — Blake Bell threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard in the fourth quarter, and Oklahoma jumped to a two-touchdown lead in the opening three minutes.
The Sooners (4-0) had three interceptions that led to TDs, including a 24-yard score by linebacker Corey Nelson.
No. 16 Washington 31, Arizona 13
Seattle — Bishop Sankey carried a school-record 40 times for 161 yards and a touchdown and Keith Price threw for two touchdowns to help Washington beat Arizona.
No. 15 Miami 49, S. Florida 21
Tampa, Fla. — Stephen Morris threw for two touchdowns before limping off with an ankle injury and Duke Johnson scored a TD in his eighth consecutive game, helping Miami roll to the win.
No. 20 Florida 24, Kentucky 7
Lexington, Ky. — Matt Jones rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown and Tyler Murphy threw for 156 yards and a score as Florida beat Kentucky, its 27th straight win over the Wildcats.
Murphy also rushed for a 3-yard TD in his first career start for the Gators (3-1, 2-0 SEC), who closed a difficult week on a high note after losing starting quarterback Jeff Driskel and defensive tackle Dominique Easley to season-ending injuries.