Sunday’s roundup: ’Bama’s up-tempo offense rolls
Fayetteville, Ark. — Alabama might not look like the Alabama of old, but it sure has no problem getting the same results.
The No. 1 Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) extended its nation-best winning streak to 18 games with a 49-30 win over No. 16 Arkansas on Saturday night, doing so with its new-look and ever-improving up-tempo offense that is averaging a robust 10.1 yards per play.
Freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts once again did his part to lead the potent offense, accounting for four touchdowns and 253 yards passing as Alabama won its 10th straight over the Razorbacks (4-2, 0-2).
“It works well for us, it’s when we play the best,” coach Nick Saban said of the offense. “Our quarterback is well-suited for it, and I think we’ve done a good job as a staff developing the system where it’s maybe a little more efficient than when we started doing it a couple years ago.”
While the Crimson Tide’s offense gained 517 yards on 51 plays, it was the defense that once again put on its own scoring display.
Linebacker Tim Williams and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick each scored defensive touchdowns for Alabama, the school’s eighth and ninth non-offensive touchdowns of the season.
AP poll on hold until Monday
The Associated Press did not publish the college football Top 25 poll Sunday, delaying the release until 12:30 p.m. Monday so voters can take into account the Georgia-South Carolina game, which was won by the Bulldogs 28-14. The game was pushed back to Sunday afternoon because of Hurricane Matthew.
Neither team is ranked but Georgia (4-2) was among the other teams receiving votes.
The Bulldogs, who received 42 points in last week’s poll, won 28-14.
Blocked kick aids Florida State
DeMarcus Walker pushed through the line and blocked Miami kicker MichaelBadgley’s point-after attempt with 1:38 remaining, and that was the difference as No. 23 Florida State escaped with a 20-19 victory over the 10th-ranked Hurricanes on Saturday night — the Seminoles’ seventh straight win over their archrival.
Walker is from Jacksonville, Florida — which was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew, and that was on the Florida State star’s mind as he lined up for that crucial point-after play.
“I was just so heartbroken with everything that happened,” Walker said. “I did it for them.”
Deondre Francois, who left in the first half after being shaken up, came back and threw for 234 yards for Florida State (4-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Nick Chubb ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns and Georgia beat South Carolina, 28-14, on Sunday in a game pushed back a day due to Hurricane Matthew.
The Bulldogs (4-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) turned things around by doing what they do best, running repeatedly and effectively. Along with Chubb, Sony Michel had 133 yards on 21 carries. In all, Georgia finished with 326 yards on the ground.
A long ride home
Hurricane Matthew interfered with East Carolina’s trip home from South Florida.
East Carolina athletic department spokesman Tom McClellan said that the team’s flight after Saturday afternoon’s game was diverted to Richmond, Virginia, because the Raleigh-Durham and Pitt-Greenville airports were closed. Buses picked the team up from Richmond, but I-95 was closed once the team crossed the North Carolina border.
The team spent the night in two separate hotels before making it back to campus Sunday at 12:45 p.m.
ASU kicker sets record
Arizona State’s Zane Gonzalez kicked three field goals Saturday night to become the NCAA’s all-time leader.
Gonzalez hit from 35, 23 and 46 yards to reach 89 career field goals, passing Florida State’s Dustin Hopkins, who had 88 from 2009-12.