Saturday's Top 25: LSU gains more than 500 yards, beats Florida
Baton Rouge, La. — The first thing Joe Burrow did after launching the longest — and most decisive — of his three touchdown passes against Florida was embrace a pair of offensive linemen who'd kept pass rushers at bay all night.
Then the Tigers quarterback skipped toward the jubilant LSU bench area, fist-pumping all the way.
Burrow passed for 293 yards and led fifth-ranked LSU to three unanswered touchdowns after the Tigers had fallen behind early in the second half to emerge with a 42-28 victory over No. 7 Florida on Saturday night.
Facing a Florida defense that came in leading the nation in interceptions and leading the Southeastern Conference in sacks, the Tigers (6-0, 2-0 SEC) totaled 511 yards without giving up a sack or committing a turnover.
"We knew that last year they got after us up front. Our offensive line took that personally," Burrow said, referring to a 27-19 loss to the Gators in Gainesville, Florida. "I was just so proud of those guys. There was no pressure the entire night."
LSU coach Ed Orgeron declared that holding Florida's defense without a sack was "the biggest stat of the night," noting how Florida's defensive ends had "destroyed" opposing offensive lines in previous games.
"I don't think we were able to get pressure on him, and when we did, he did a god job of scrambling," Florida coach Dan Mullen said.
Ja'Marr Chase had 127 yards receiving and the last of his two touchdowns was a 54-yarder to give LSU a two-score lead with 5:43 left. Justin Jefferson caught 10 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Burrow, meanwhile, went 21 of 24, meaning he had the same number of touchdown tosses and incomplete passes.
"Once we protect the quarterback, I feel confident in us moving the football," Orgeron said.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 134 yards and two scores.
The Tigers still have yet to score fewer than 42 points in a game this season.
Kyle Trask was 23-of-39 passing for 310 yards and three touchdowns for Florida (6-1, 3-1), but was done in by freshman Derek Stingley Jr.'s interception in the LSU end zone in the fourth quarter, when the Gators were trying to tie the game.
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No. 1 Alabama 47, (at) Texas A&M 28: Tua Tagovailoa threw four touchdowns and Alabama’s offense kept rolling in the Tide’s first game at No. 1 this season.
Tagovailoa threw his first interception of the season but became Alabama’s career passing touchdowns leader with his first one of the game, breaking his tie with A.J. McCarron. The junior now has 81 for his career and leads the nation with 27 on the season.
Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) trailed briefly in its first game this season against a ranked opponent when Texas A&M scored a touchdown on its first possession.
Tagovailoa then engineered four consecutive scoring drives, which included three touchdown passes that all came on third down, and the Tide were on cruise control against the best pass defense they had faced so far this season. The only blemish was the interception thrown in the Texas A&M end zone late in the second quarter.
Kellen Mond passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score for the Aggies (3-3, 1-2).
(At) No. 2 Clemson 45, Florida State 14: Trevor Lawrence threw three touchdown passes, two to Justyn Ross, and Clemson answered any lingering questions from its close call at North Carolina, winning its 21st straight game.
Clemson (4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) started 6-0 for a fifth straight year and beat the Seminoles (3-3, 2-2) for the fifth straight year.
Lawrence completed 17 of 25 passes for 170 yards, including 10- and 8-yard TD throws to Ross. Lawrence also ran for a touchdown, the 6-foot-6 sophomore extending his full body to get over the goal line.
Etienne ran for 127 yards and caught one of Lawrence’s scoring throws.
FSU quarterbacks James Blackman and Alex Hornibrook both threw first-half interceptions and the Seminoles managed only 63 yards in the first half. Things didn’t get better after halftime as Blackman threw another pick that went for Derion Kendrick’s 38-yard return score.
Florida State star Cam Akers’ struggles against the Tigers continued. He had gained just 47 total yards vs. Clemson the past two games and ended with 34 yards on nine carries here.
No. 6 Oklahoma 34, No. 11 Texas 27: Jalen Hurts threw three touchdown passes to CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma’s defense sacked Sam Ehlinger nine times and the Sooners never trailed in the victory over Texas in Dallas.
The Sooners (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) stayed on track for a third straight trip to the College Football Playoff and avenged last year’s loss in Cotton Bowl Stadium in the middle of the Texas state fair, a victory that came in a rematch of the Big 12 championship game.
The Longhorns (4-2, 2-1) are likely relegated to a spoiler role if there’s a second consecutive Big 12 title game between the rivals.
Both teams played under the threat of an ejection for unsportsmanlike conduct after referee Mike Defee flagged everyone 30 minutes before the game when clusters of players got too close at midfield while wrapping up warm-ups and started jawing at each other.
Lamb had 10 catches for 171 yards, tip-toeing on the sideline to stay inbounds on the 27-yarder for his final TD. Hurts threw for 235 yards, and the nation’s leading rusher among QBs had 131 more on the ground, including a punctuating 3-yard touchdown for a 34-20 lead late in the fourth quarter.
(At) No. 9 Notre Dame 30, USC 27: Tony Jones Jr. rushed for a career-high 176 yards and Jonathan Doerer kicked three long field goals as No. 9 Notre Dame held off its longtime rival.
The Fighting Irish (5-1), who rushed for a season-high 308 yards, clinched their third straight victory over the Trojans (3-3) on Ian Book’s 8-yard run with 3:33 left.
The Trojans’ Markese Stepp scored from the 2 with 1:04 left to make it 30-27. But Notre Dame’s Brock Wright recovered the onside kick, and the Irish ran out the clock.
USC freshman Kedon Slovis completed 24 of 35 passes for 255 yards in his first game back from a concussion three weeks ago.
(At) No. 14 Boise State 59, Hawaii 37: Chase Cord threw for 175 yards and three touchdowns in relief of injured starter Hank Bachmeier.
The Broncos (6-0, 3-0 Mountain West) remained perfect at home against the Rainbow Warriors in seven meetings, despite losing Bachmeier early in the second quarter when he was scrambling for a first down and spun to elude oncoming linebacker Kana'i Picanco.
Hawaii (4-2, 1-1), which entered the game with the Mountain West's top passing offense and fourth nationally, fell behind early and never seemed to have an answer defensively for any of the three quarterbacks Boise State played.
No. 15 Utah 52, Oregon State 7: Zack Moss rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns, including a 91-yard scoring run in the opening quarter. Moss, who was returning from a shoulder injury, sat out the second half.
Tyler Huntley threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns for the Utes (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12).
Jake Luton threw for 131 yards for the Beavers (2-4, 1-2) and was intercepted for the first time this season.
Isaiah Hodgins, who went into the game ranked second in the nation with an average of 126.4 receiving yards per game, was held to eight catches for 77 yards. The Utes held Oregon State to just 48 rushing yards.
It was the Beavers’ worst home loss since 1991, when they fell to Washington 58-6.
(At) No. 18 Arizona State 38, Washington State 34: Jayden Daniels scored on a 17-yard scramble with 34 seconds left and threw three touchdown passes to ailing Brandon Aiyuk to lead Arizona State in a comeback win.
Arizona State (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) trailed by three after Blake Mazza made a 31-yard field goal with 2½ minutes left. Taking over at their own 25-yard line, the Sun Devils moved quickly down the field behind Daniels’ pinpoint passing.
The freshman capped the drive with his scramble, helicoptering off a defender into the end zone.
Daniels threw for 363 yards on 26-of-36 passing. Aiyuk had seven catches for 196 yards despite an illness that kept him out for portions of the game.
Anthony Gordon threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns, but Washington State (3-3, 0-3) was again let down by its defense.
Louisville 62, (at) No. 19 Wake Forest 59: Evan Conley ran 41 yards for a critical touchdown with 2:15 left, and Louisville held off No. 19 Wake Forest’s late rally in the second-highest-scoring game in Atlantic Coast Conference history.
Conley also threw two touchdown passes to Dez Fitzpatrick and Hassan Hall returned a kickoff 100 yards to help the Cardinals (4-2, 2-1) spoil Wake Forest’s first national ranking in 11 years.
The combined 121 points was second only to the 137 scored in Pittsburgh’s 76-61 victory over Syracuse in 2016. The teams combined for 1,188 total yards in this one.
Wake Forest (5-1, 1-1) trailed 52-31 with less than 6 1/2 minutes remaining before rallying, with backup Sam Hartman throwing two touchdown passes in 35 seconds.
(At) No. 22 Baylor 33, Texas Tech 30 (2OT): JaMycal Hasty scored on a 5-yard run in the second overtime and Baylor won in its first game as a ranked team under coach Matt Rhule.
Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12), which went the length of the field at the end of regulation just to get to overtime, won on Hasty’s run after Trey Wolff’s 35-yard field goal for Texas Tech opened the second extra period.
Charlie Brewer was 24-of-37 passing for 352 yards, but threw his first three interceptions of the season. He ran for three touchdowns, including a 1-yarder in the first overtime.
Texas Tech (3-3, 1-2), playing its third consecutive Top 25 opponent, got to the second overtime when TJ Vasher made a diving 2-yard catch on a nice lob throw by Jett Duffey for his only TD pass.
Duffey finished 31 of 42 for 362 yards and two interceptions. R.J. Turner had seven catches for 138 yards.
(At) Temple 30, No. 23 Memphis 28: Anthony Russo threw two touchdown passes and Temple took advantage of four turnovers by Memphis to pull the upset.
Brady White passed for 355 yards and two scores for Memphis (5-1, 2-1 American), which fell behind 16-0 as the Owls (5-1, 2-0) turned the Tigers’ mistakes into points. The Owls could have buried Memphis early, but the first three Memphis turnovers were turned into Will Mobley’s three field goals.
Jager Gardner ran for a score and Isaiah Wright and Brandon Mack caught touchdown passes for Temple. Russo’s 12-yard touchdown to Mack made it 30-21 with 12:48 left in the fourth.
The final decisive play came with some debate. Joey Magnifico seemed to make diving catch to convert a fourth-and-10 with 1:50 left, but the called overturned and ruled incomplete after video review.
No. 25 Cincinnati 38, (at) Houston 23: Desmond Ridder passed for 263 yards and three touchdowns and Cincinnati held off Houston’s late surge for its fourth straight win.
The Bearcats (5-1, 2-0 American) used a 21-point first half to pull away early and Perry Young’s late 2-yard interception return for a touchdown sealed the win.
The Cougars (2-4, 0-2) cut the lead to five with 9:09 left on Tune’s 6-yard pass to Christian Trahan, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Houston’s first 0-2 start in conference play since joining the AAC.
Houston’s Clayton Tune finished 9 of 27 for 184 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.