Top 25 roundup: No. 1 'Bama bashes No. 9 Tennessee

Associated Press

Knoxville, Tenn. — Jalen Hurts and Bo Scarbrough each rushed for over 100 yards Saturday and No. 1 Alabama again got points from its defense and special teams in a 49-10 blowout of No. 9 Tennessee.

Alabama (7-0, 4-0 SEC) earned its 19th straight victory overall and its 10th consecutive win in this annual series. Tennessee (5-2, 2-2) has lost its last 13 games against Southeastern Conference Western Division schools.

It was the most lopsided victory by either team in this rivalry since a 51-0 Alabama victory in 1906.

“This is as proud of our team as I’ve been all year long in terms of playing a complete game against a very good team, especially in a tough environment,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said.

Hurts, the Crimson Tide’s freshman quarterback, ran for 132 yards and three touchdowns as Alabama outrushed Tennessee 438-32. Scarbrough rushed for 109 yards on just five carries, including an 85-yard touchdown.

Alabama posted its highest single-game rushing total since running for 451 yards in a 56-28 victory over Tennessee in 1986.

The Tide also scored on Ronnie Harrison’s 58-yard interception return and Eddie Jackson’s 79-yard punt return. Alabama has 11 non-offensive touchdowns this season, including eight from its defense. The Tide entered the day leading all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in both categories.

Tennessee had erased double-digit deficits in five of its first six games — including a 45-38 loss at Texas A&M last week in which it forced overtime after trailing 28-7 — but the Volunteers couldn’t deliver a similar comeback this time.

Alabama was too good and Tennessee was too hurt.

Tennessee was playing a ranked opponent for the fourth straight week, a stretch that has taken a physical toll.

Injuries decimated the Vols’ defense to such an extent that linebacker Elliott Berry, cornerback Baylen Buchanan and defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie made their first career starts. McKenzie left in the first quarter after he appeared to hurt his shoulder.

On offense, injuries sidelined guard Jashon Robertson and center Dylan Wiesman for the entire game and knocked out Brett Kendrick in the first quarter. The only starting lineman from last week’s loss to Texas A&M who played the majority of Saturday’s game was right guard Jack Jones.

“Usually when you have a run on injuries, it usually affects one position group, two position groups,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. “It’s affected every position group.”

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(At) No. 3 Clemson 24, North Carolina State 17: Deshaun Watson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Artavis Scott in overtime and Marcus Edmond followed with an interception to give Clemson a victory over North Carolina State.

The Tigers (7-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) looked all but done in regulation, but Kyle Bambard’s 33-yard field goal try as time experience was wide right.

Clemson took advantage with Watson’s strike to Scott. Then Edmond reached high to grab a throw in the end zone from NC State’s Ryan Finley, and Clemson escaped with its path to the ACC title game and the College Football Playoffs still all clear.

It wasn’t the prettiest game for Clemson, which gave up 397 yards and turned it over four times — including Watson’s first-ever pick six — to the Wolfpack (4-2, 1-1).

Clemson took a big hit early on when running back Wayne Gallman came out, looking woozy and out of it as he headed to the locker room. Gallman, the team’s leading rusher, did not return.

Receiver Hunter Renfrow, who had six catches in his first game since Sept. 10 because of a broken hand, was hurt in the fourth quarter and came out the rest of the way.

(At) No. 11 Baylor 49, Kansas 7: Seth Russell threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores playing only the first half, and Ryan Reid returned the first of his two interceptions for a score for Baylor.

Shock Linwood’s 4-yard score on the first play after a Kansas fumble was his 36th career rushing touchdown and broke a tie with Alfred Anderson for the most in school history. Linwood was already the career rushing leader for the Bears (6-0, 3-0 Big 12).

Kansas (1-5, 0-3) had five turnovers that led to 21 points for the Bears. The Jayhawks have lost 15 Big 12 games in a row, and dropped 36 consecutive road games since winning at UTEP seven years ago.

Reid’s 64-yard interception return ended the first offensive drive for Kansas and gave the Bears a 14-0 lead. He returned a pick in the second quarter 52 yards to the 19.

(At) No. 22 Arkansas 34, No. 12 Mississippi 30: Jared Cornelius scored on a 6-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter and Arkansas outlasted Mississippi.

Austin Allen was 19-of-32 passing for 229 yards and three touchdowns for Arkansas (5-2, 1-2 Southeastern Confererence), giving the junior an SEC-best 18 touchdown passes for the season. Rawleigh Williams added a career-high 180 yards rushing on 27 carries.

Chad Kelly accounted for 342 yards of total offense for Ole Miss (3-3, 1-2), throwing for 253 yards and rushing for 89 more. The senior also threw for a touchdown and ran for two more.

Evan Engram led the Rebels with seven catches for 111 yards and a touchdown.

(At) No. 13 Houston 38, Tulsa 31: Emeke Egbule returned a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown with 1:21 remaining to lift Houston past Tulsa.

The game was tied at 31 when Garrett Davis knocked the ball out of the hands of quarterback Dane Evans. Egbule scooped it up and dashed into the end zone for the score.

Tulsa (4-2, 1-1 American) had a chance to tie it, but Jesse Brubaker was stopped just short of the goal line after a reception on the last play of the game.

It was a close call for the Cougars (6-1, 3-1) a week after Navy beat them 46-40 for their first loss of the season after a 5-0 start.

Tulsa never led, but had twice rallied from 14-point deficits to tie it. The second time came when James Flanders scored on a 3-yard run with 3:31 left.

(At) No. 14 Florida State 17, Wake Forest 6: Travis Rudolph had a career-high 13 receptions for 238 yards and Florida State overcame three turnovers to beat Wake Forest.

Rudolph had the fourth-best receiving game in Florida State history in the ugly game with the teams combining for seven turnovers.

Deondre Francois accounted for both of Florida State’s touchdowns. His 2-yard run on a quarterback keeper with 3:16 remaining in the second quarter gave the Seminoles (5-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 10-3 lead. Francois, who was 22 of 37 for 319 yards and an interception, also threw an 11-yard touchdown in the third quarter to extend it to 17-6.

Dalvin Cook rushed for 115 yards on 25 carries but also fumbled twice.

Wake Forest (5-2, 2-2) was held to 252 offensive yards.

(At) No. 15 Boise State 28, Colorado State 23: Jeremy McNichols' 80-yard touchdown  80-yard touchdown run to broke open a tight game, and Boise State withstood a late rally by Colorado State. McNichols was untouched on the play, an inside run from a shotgun formation that put the Broncos up 21-3 late in the third quarter.

After the Broncos (6-0, 3-0 Mountain West) took a 28-3 lead early in the fourth quarter, Colorado State (3-4, 1-2) recovered two onside kicks in the final 6 minutes while scoring three straight TDs, cutting the deficit to five with 3:35 left.

The Broncos recovered Colorado State's third onside kick attempt and ran the clock down to 15 seconds before giving the Rams the ball at their own 27. Colorado State advanced the ball to the 40 on a play with multiple laterals, but a review ruled that a forward lateral was made, resulting in a 10-second runoff that ended the game.

The night belonged to McNichols, who also set career highs in 34 carries and 264 total yards.

With Boise State's offense sputtering, McNichols scored on runs of 5 and 80 yards to ignite the Broncos. McNichols has three runs of 80 yards or more in his career.

North Carolina 20, (at) No. 16 Miami 13: Mitch Trubisky threw two touchdown passes, Malik Carney forced a turnover with 1:31 left to thwart Miami’s last chance at a rally and North Carolina knocked off the 16th-ranked Hurricanes.

Ryan Switzer and Austin Proehl had scoring catches for the Tar Heels (5-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Bug Howard had 10 catches for 156 yards for North Carolina, which rebounded in a big way from last weekend’s blowout loss against Virginia Tech.

Trubisky completed 33 of 46 passes for 299 yards.

Mark Walton rushed for 82 yards and Joe Yearby ran for 74 more and a touchdown for Miami (4-2, 1-2), which lost its second straight game after last week’s 20-19 loss to Florida State.

Brad Kaaya completed 16 of 31 passes for 224 yards for Miami, but he was hit by a blitzing Carney and lost the ball late in the game to send fans streaming for the exits. North Carolina took over and ran out the clock, sealing the deal when Elijah Hood rumbled 13 yards for a first down with 1:02 left — the 14th conversion in 23 third-down opportunities for the Tar Heels.

(At) Syracuse 31, No. 17 Virginia Tech 17: Eric Dungey accounted for 417 yards and two touchdowns and Syracuse beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 2012.

Fans stormed the field and carried off Dungey in celebration after he passed the 311 yards and ran for 106. He scored on a 1-yard sneak to give the Orange (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 24-17 lead with 7:56 left, and hit Erv Phillips on a 58-yard scoring play in the first quarter.

Held to their lowest offensive output of the season, the Hokies (4-2, 2-1) tied it at 17 with 13:53 to go in regulation on Jerod Evans’ 10-yard pass to Bucky Hodges and a 2-point conversion catch by Chris Cunningham, but Dungey took over after that.

Syracuse dominated the first half. The Orange had 347 yards of offense in the first half, 221 in the second quarter. The Hokies, ranked second nationally and first in the ACC in pass defense at 132.2 yards a game, yielded 310 yards passing in the first 30 minutes and 405 for the game. The Orange defense had its best half of the season, limiting the Hokies to Joey Slye’s 36-yard field goal.

(At) No. 18 Florida 40, Missouri 14: Jalen Tabor and Quincy Wilson returned interceptions for touchdowns, helping Florida move into first place in the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division.

The cornerback tandem provided nearly as many highlights as either offense and seemingly saved the Gators (5-1, 3-1) from a fourth homecoming loss in the last seven years.

Tabor squatted on a short pass by Drew Lock and went untouched for a 39-yard score in the second quarter. It was Tabor’s second pick-six in as many years against the Tigers (2-4, 0-3). Not to be outdone, Wilson stepped in front of Sean Culkin on the ensuing possession, picked off Lock’s pass and went 78 yards the other way for his first career touchdown.

Playing for the first time in a month, Luke Del Rio threw three interceptions in his return from a sprained left knee. And the Gators were flagged for eight false starts.

(At) No. 19 Oklahoma 38, Kansas State 17: Baker Mayfield was 25-of-31 for 346 yards and four touchdowns, and Dede Westbrook had nine receptions for 184 yards and three scores for Oklahoma.

One week after Mayfield passed for 390 yards and Westbrook had a school-record 232 yards receiving, the duo help Oklahoma (5-2, 3-0 Big 12) won its third straight game after a 1-2 start.

With Samaje Perine sidelined by an undisclosed injury in the first quarter, Joe Mixon stepped up for Oklahoma. He rushed for 88 yards, caught three passes for 34 yards and a touchdown and became the first Sooners running back since 1973 to throw a touchdown pass, a 26-yarder to Westbrook in the second quarter that put the Sooners ahead 21-7.

Kansas State (3-3, 1-2) lost starting quarterback Jesse Ertz for good just after halftime with an apparent problem with his right throwing shoulder. He completed 8 of 14 passes for 68 yards and ended the game as the Wildcats’ leading rusher with 40 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Joe Hubener came in and threw for 157 yards on 12 of 23 passes, with a spectacular 54-yard touchdown to Dominique Heath early in the fourth quarter that pulled K-State to 31-17.

No. 20 West Virginia 48, (at) Texas Tech 17: Skyler Howard ran for two touchdowns and threw for another for West Virginia.

The Mountaineers (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) held Texas Tech (3-3, 1-2) to its lowest offensive output this season, just 379 yards, and harassed quarterback Patrick Mahomes most of the day. He threw for 305 yards, his second-lowest passing total of the season, and was replaced in the fourth quarter by Nic Shimonek.

A 14-point turnaround in the second quarter helped the Mountaineers gain momentum. Sean Walters’ interception at the West Virginia 11 led to a TD pass from Howard to Justin Crawford at the other end of the field to put the Mountaineers up 17-7.

Howard completed 21 of 31 passes for 318 yards. Rushel Shell ran for 104 yards and two TDs.

No. 21 Utah 19, (at) Oregon State 14: Joe Williams came out of retirement and ran for a 5-yard first-quarter touchdown and Utah beat Oregon State in wet and windy conditions.

Williams, who had left the team because of injuries following the second game of the season, finished with 179 yards rushing on 34 carries for the Utes (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12).

Trailing 12-7, Oregon State (2-4, 1-2) got as close as the Utah 9 with 8:25 left, but couldn’t score and Garrett Owens’ 27-yard field goal attempt went wide left.

After quarterback Troy Williams ran for an 8-yard touchdown to extend Utah’s lead, the Beavers scored on Marcus McMaryion’s 14-yard pass to Hunter Jarmon.