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Shedeur Sanders threw two touchdowns in overtime to Michael Harrison as No. 18 Colorado recovered from an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit to post a 43-35 double-overtime victory over Colorado State on Saturday night in the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Boulder, Colo.
Trevor Woods' interception in the end zone ended Colorado State's last chance as the Buffaloes (3-0) remained unbeaten under first-year coach Deion Sanders. Shedeur Sanders completed 38 of 47 passes for 348 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Jimmy Horn Jr. and Xavier Weaver (nine receptions, 98 yards) also had scoring receptions and Shilo Sanders returned an interception for a touchdown.
Tory Horton set a Colorado State record with 16 receptions and had 133 yards and one score and also threw a touchdown pass to Dallin Holker for the Rams (0-2). Holker had six catches for 109 yards, including two scoring catches from Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi, who completed 34 of 47 passes for 367 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Louis Brown IV had 10 receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown.
Colorado drove 98 yards on seven plays and moved within 28-26 on Shedeur Sanders' 45-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Horn Jr. with 36 seconds left in regulation. Harrison then caught the ensuing two-point conversion pass to tie it.
No. 1 Georgia 24, South Carolina 14
Daijun Edwards ran for 118 yards and a touchdown, and the defense pitched a second-half shutout as the Bulldogs kept alive a pair of impressive streaks with a win over the Gamecocks in Athens, Ga.
Dillon Bell scored a go-ahead 3-yard rushing touchdown a little over seven minutes into the third, capping a Georgia (3-0, 1-0 SEC) rally from a 14-3 halftime deficit. The win preserved Georgia's 21-game home winning streak and 20-game streak overall, both the longest marks in the nation. Cash Jones rambled for a 13-yard touchdown run with 9:10 to play to give the Bulldogs their final winning margin.
South Carolina (1-2, 0-1) quarterback Spencer Rattler led two touchdown drives in the first half, finishing 22 of 42 for 256 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
No. 2 Michigan 31, Bowling Green 6
Blake Corum rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and the second-ranked Wolverines endured a mistake-prone first half before beating the Falcons in Ann Arbor, Mich.
J.J. McCarthy went 8-for-13 passing for 143 yards for Michigan (3-0). He completed touchdown passes to Roman Wilson and Cornelius Johnson but also tossed three interceptions.
The Michigan defense held Bowling Green (1-2) to 203 total yards, tallying three sacks and 10 tackles for loss. Mike Sainristil had a sack and two tackles for loss for the Wolverines, who have allowed just 16 points through three games.
No. 3 Florida State 31, Boston College 29
Jordan Travis threw for 212 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Seminoles held off a ferocious rally to edge the Eagles in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
The Seminoles (3-0, 1-0 ACC) seemed to put the game out of reach when Travis threw a 4-yard touchdown to Preston Daniel and DJ Lundy found the end zone from the 1 within the first four minutes of the third quarter to take a 31-10 lead.
But the Eagles (1-2, 0-1) stormed back. Kye Robichaux rushed for a 1-yard TD with 1:02 left in the third and Khari Johnson recovered a fumble and returned it 8 yards for another score to make it 31-22 with 11:18 left in the game. Quarterback Thomas Castellanos later capped a nine-play, 95-yard drive with a 7-yard scoring scramble to pull Boston College within two, before FSU eventually got a stop on a third down and ran out the clock after a facemask penalty.
No. 4 Texas 31, Wyoming 10
Quinn Ewers passed for two touchdowns -- including the game-winner to Xavier Worthy early in the fourth quarter -- as the Longhorns produced a ragged performance but did enough to beat the Cowboys in a battle of undefeated teams in Austin, Texas.
Ewers finished with 131 yards through the air and ran for a 5-yard score as the Longhorns (3-0) struggled with execution. Jonathon Brooks ran for a career-best 164 yards on 21 carries, highlighted by a 61-yard jaunt to the Wyoming 5-yard line in the fourth quarter as Texas put some distance between itself and the feisty Cowboys.
Harrison Waylee ran for 110 yards and a score on 18 totes for Wyoming (2-1). Evan Svoboda, who started in place of regular first-team signal caller Andrew Peasley, hit on 17 of 28 throws for 136 yards and Thompson's interception.
No. 6 Ohio State 63, Western Kentucky 10
Kyle McCord, in his first game as the permanent starter, threw three first-half touchdowns as the Buckeyes pulled away from the Hilltoppers (2-1) in Columbus, Ohio.
His 75-yard TD to Marvin Harrison Jr. helped ignite a 35-point second quarter for the Buckeyes (3-0).
McCord finished 19-for-23 for 318 yards in his fourth career start. He started one game in 2021 as a freshman when C.J. Stroud was injured.
No. 7 Penn State 30, Illinois 13
Alex Felkins connected on three field goals and the Nittany Lions' defense hounded the Fighting Illini (1-2, 0-1 Big Ten) into five turnovers in Champaign, Ill.
A two-touchdown favorite, the Nittany Lions (3-0, 1-0) scored 13 points on the first three miscues by the home side, including a run by Kaytron Allen, and never trailed in the conference opener for both teams.
Sophomore quarterback Drew Allar was a modest 16 of 33 for 208 yards, but he did not turn the ball over in a game that was largely decided by Illinois mistakes, as the Nittany Lions scored 20 points off turnovers. For Illinois, Reggie Love III rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown.
No. 8 Washington 41, Michigan State 7
Michael Penix Jr. completed 27 of 35 passes for 473 yards and four touchdowns as he Huskies spoiled the debut of interim coach Harlon Barnett, routing the Spartans in East Lansing, Mich.
Tight end Jack Westover made three TD receptions for the Huskies (3-0), who amassed 713 yards of total offense and nearly had three receivers with 100-plus yards. Rome Odunze had eight catches for 180 yards and Polk made five receptions for 118. Jalen McMillan had four catches for 96 yards before suffering an apparent left knee injury on the final drive of the first half. He didn't return.
Michigan State (2-1) managed just 261 yards. Noah Kim was 12-of-31 passing for 136 yards with one interception, and Nate Carter rushed for 48 yards on 17 attempts. Backup QB Katin Houser scored the Spartans' lone touchdown on a 4-yard run with 5:48 remaining to cap a 99-yard drive.
No. 9 Notre Dame 41, Central Michigan 17
Sam Hartman threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another to propel the Fighting Irish over the visiting Chippewas.
Hartman completed 16 of 26 passes for 330 yards and has now thrown for 13 TDs without a single interception through his first four games with the Fighting Irish (4-0). Audric Estime rushed for a career-high 176 yards and a score on 20 carries for Notre Dame, which has opened the season with four consecutive wins for the third time in the last four years.
Jase Bauer had 137 yards on 10-of-20 passing to go along with a rushing touchdown for the Chippewas (1-2), who have yet to beat an FBS opponent this season.
No. 10 Alabama 17, South Florida 3
Roydell Williams rushed for 129 yards and scored the tiebreaking touchdown as the Crimson Tide escaped with a lackluster victory over the Bulls in Tampa, Fla.
Dallas Turner registered 2 1/2 sacks and Malachi Moore intercepted a pass in the end zone for the Crimson Tide (2-1), who overcame shaky play from the quarterback position to avoid what would have been a major upset.
Byrum Brown was 14-of-28 passing for 87 yards and one interception and rushed for 92 yards for the Bulls (1-2). Daquan Evans recorded three sacks for South Florida, which was outgained 310 to 264.
Florida 29, No. 11 Tennessee 16
Trevor Etienne rushed for a career-high 172 yards and the Gators rattled off 26 unanswered points in the first half to upset the Volunteers in Gainesville, Fla.
Graham Mertz threw for 166 yards and a touchdown for the Gators (2-1, 1-0 SEC), who trailed 7-0 early in the first quarter. Montrell Johnson Jr. scored two touchdowns. The win was Florida's 10th straight at home in the series vs. the Vols.
Joe Milton III threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns on 20-of-34 passing for the Volunteers (2-1, 0-1), who were 5-point favorites on the road. He threw an interception. Bru McCoy caught five passes for 94 yards and a score.
No. 12 Utah 31, Weber State 7
Nate Johnson racked up 264 combined yards and accounted for two touchdowns in his first start at quarterback to lead the Utes past visiting Weber State in Salt Lake City.
Johnson, a redshirt freshman, filling in for the injured Cam Rising, connected on 13 of 21 passes for 193 yards and a TD, while rushing 16 times for 71 yards and another score.
Utah improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2019 after limiting Weber State (2-1) to 127 total yards. The Utes gained 424 yards on offense against the FCS foe.
No. 13 Oregon 55, Hawaii 10
Bo Nix threw three touchdown passes and the Ducks' defense shut down the potent passing attack of the Rainbow Warriors (1-3) in Eugene, Ore.
On his first pass, less than a minute into the game, Nix threw a 49-yard touchdown bomb to Tysheem Johnson and remained sharp the rest of the night. Nix finished with 21 completions on 27 attempts for 247 yards.
Oregon (3-0) rolled up 560 yards, with 210 coming on the ground. Noah Whittington led the rushing attack with 80 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Jordan James added 61 yards on seven carries with a pair of touchdowns. Hawaii quarterback Brayden Schager completed 27 of 43 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown.
No. 14 LSU 41, Mississippi State 14
Jayden Daniels threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two scores as the Tigers routed the Bulldogs in the SEC opener for both teams in Starkville, Miss.
Daniels completed 30 of 34 passes for 361 yards without an interception and rushed 15 times for 64 yards for the Tigers (2-1), who had 530 total yards. Daniels' 88.2 completion percentage set an LSU single-game record for a minimum of 25 passes. Malik Nabers caught 13 passes for 239 yards and grabbed both of Daniels' touchdown passes. He tied for the fifth most catches in a game in LSU history and had the fourth-most receiving yards.
Will Rogers completed 11 of 28 for 103 yards for the Bulldogs (2-1), who had just 201 total yards. He was sacked four times.
Missouri 30, No. 15 Kansas State 27
Harrison Mevis kicked an SEC-record, 61-yard field goal as time expired as the host Tigers defeated the Wildcats in Columbia, Mo. The previous record for an SEC field goal was 60 yards, which three kickers accomplished. The Tigers went 38 yards in 1:25 to set up the game-winning kick.
Brady Cook connected with Luther Burden for two touchdowns, including a go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter. Cook finished with a career-high 356 passing yards for Missouri (3-0).
It was the 99th meeting between the former conference rivals, but the first one in Columbia since 2010. Will Howard was 25-of-39 passing for 270 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception for Kansas State (2-1).
No. 16 Oregon State 26, San Diego State 9
D.J. Uiagalelei passed for 284 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score, and the Beavers took care of the Aztecs in Corvallis, Ore.
Anthony Gould had three catches for 97 yards and a touchdown for Oregon State (3-0), which remained unbeaten as it heads into conference play. Damien Martinez had 15 carries for 102 yards on the ground to lead the Beavers.
Jalen Mayden completed 20 of 32 passes for 256 yards and an interception for San Diego State (2-2). Jaylon Armstead scored the Aztecs' lone touchdown and finished with 11 carries for 48 yards.
No. 17 Ole Miss 48, Georgia Tech 23
Jaxson Dart rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns and also threw a touchdown pass as the Rebels defeated the Yellow Jackets in a nonconference game in Oxford, Miss.
Dart passed for 251 yards and the Rebels (3-0) gained 299 yards on the ground after gaining just 232 in their first two games combined. Jordan Watkins finished with 119 yards on four catches, including a touchdown.
Haynes King completed 28 of 41 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns while also scoring a rushing touchdown for the Yellow Jackets (1-2). Eric Singleton Jr. totaled five catches for 97 yards and a touchdown.
No. 19 Oklahoma 66, Tulsa 17
Dillon Gabriel threw for 421 yards and five touchdowns as the visiting Sooners beat the Golden Hurricane.
The Sooners had three players finish with over 100 yards receiving, including Nic Anderson, who had three catches -- all for touchdowns -- for 120 yards. Jalil Farooq led the Sooners with six catches for 126 yards and a score while Andrel Anthony added four receptions for 112 yards. Oklahoma also shined defensively, recording five interceptions.
The Sooners (3-0) took control early, recovering from a fumble on the opening kickoff return. Oklahoma intercepted Tulsa starting quarterback Roman Fuller three times in the first quarter, leading to Sooners touchdowns each time. Cardell Williams threw for 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns in relief of Fuller.
No. 20 North Carolina, Minnesota 13
Drake Maye threw for 414 yards and two touchdowns as the Tar Heels beat Minnesota in a nonconference clash at Chapel Hill, N.C.
Maye completed 29 of 40 passes and rushed 13 times for 34 yards in the victory. It was the second time in his career that Maye has topped 400 yards through the air. Nate McCollum had 15 catches for 165 yards and a touchdown for the Tar Heels (3-0).
Minnesota (2-1) was powered by running back Darius Taylor, who had 138 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. It was the second consecutive week Taylor passed the 100-yard mark.
No. 21 Duke 38, Northwestern 14
Jordan Waters and Riley Leonard ran for two touchdowns apiece and the Blue Devils were in control for most of the game in defeating the visiting Wildcats at Durham, N.C.
Duke is 3-0 for the second year in a row. Leonard also racked up 219 passing yards by completing 15 of 20 throws. He gained 97 rushing yards on 13 carries. Waters had first-half touchdown runs of 24 and 2 yards. Leonard scored his touchdowns in the third quarter on runs of 3 and 2 yards.
Northwestern quarterback Ben Bryant was 17-for-34 for 123 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Backup quarterback Brendan Sullivan directed a fourth-quarter scoring drive that ended with his 10-yard run at the 1:27 mark. The Wildcats (1-2) were otherwise mostly thwarted on offense.
No. 23 Washington State 64, Northern Colorado 21
Cameron Ward passed for 327 yards and four touchdowns in one half as the Cougars rolled over the Bears at Pullman, Wash.
Lincoln Victor caught six passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns for Washington State (3-0). Josh Kelly had five receptions for 74 yards and a score, and Nakia Watson added a rushing touchdown for Washington State.
Ward completed 20 of 26 passes for Washington State, which outgained Northern Colorado 718 to 366. For the Bears (0-3), Jacob Sirmon threw a pair of touchdowns and David Afari rushed for 116 yards on 17 carries.
No. 24 UCLA 59, North Carolina Central 7
The Bruins scored touchdowns on all five of their first-quarter possessions to cruise to a rout of North Carolina Central in Pasadena, Calif.
Dante Moore threw a 67-yard scoring strike to Kam Brown on the first play from scrimmage, then a Laiatu Latu interception set up Carson Steele for a goal-line touchdown carry. UCLA (3-0) thus jumped ahead 14-0 in two offensive plays, doing so just 74 seconds into the game against the Eagles (2-1).
The Bruins produced another one-play touchdown drive when Collin Schlee broke a 57-yard quarterback keeper to the end zone, a score bookended by drives that culminated in a 30-yard Moore touchdown pass to J. Michael Sturdivant and a second Schlee touchdown on a 1-yard carry. UCLA set a program record for points in a first quarter with 35.
No. 25 Iowa 41, Western Michigan 10
Cade McNamara passed for two touchdowns, Kamari Moulton rushed for a pair of scores and the Hawkeyes defeated the Broncos at Iowa City.
Leshon Williams rushed for 145 yards on 12 carries and had a receiving touchdown for the Hawkeyes (3-0). Moulton gained 50 yards on eight carries, while McNamara completed 9 of 19 passes for 103 yards.
Treyson Bourguet completed 5 of 16 pass attempts for 124 yards and a TD for the Broncos (1-2). The Hawkeyes led 14-10 at halftime before dominating the second half.
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