College Football Top 25 Review
Landry Jones threw for 448 yards and three touchdowns to Ryan Broyles, as Oklahoma bounced back from a rare home deficit. With two starting receivers out of the lineup, Broyles had to play up to his usual All-American standard without proven sidekicks. Kenny Stills, who caught the go-ahead touchdown in a win at then-No. 5 Florida State last week, was out with a head injury. The Sooners entertain Ball State next week.
Jarrett Lee threw three touchdown passes, Michael Ford ran for two scores and LSU made a case to be No. 1 by beating West Virginia. The Tigers (4-0) converted two turnovers into scores, built a big early lead and withstood West Virginia's strong comeback for its third win over a ranked opponent this season. Next up, a visit by the Kentucky Wildcats.
Some detractors had begun to doubt Trent Richardson, who had been solid but not outstanding in Alabama's first three games. Those voices of dissent were silenced Saturday when Richardson (pictured) rushed for 123 yards on 17 carries and caught three passes for 85 yards and a score as the Tide steamrolled their SEC West foes.
The Russell Wilson Experiment continues to produce tremendous results for Wisconsin. Wilson completed 19-of-25 passes for 345 and three touchdowns, two of which went to favorite target Nick Toon (pictured), who posted a career-high 155 receiving yards in the win.
What a game. This seemed like a mismatch at the half, with Texas A&M leading 20-3. But it was all Oklahoma State in the second half. Brandon Weeden (pictured) put the Cowboys on his back, throwing for a school-record 438 yards and two touchdowns. The Aggies shot themselves in the foot with three second-half turnovers and multiple penalties, setting up 27 straight points for State.
Nebraska finally can set its sights on its first Big Ten Conference game with a trip to Wisconsin next weekend after beating Wyoming. Rex Burkhead (right) rushed for two touchdowns and a career-high 170 yards and quarterback Taylor Martinez added 157 passing yards and another score. The Huskers rolled up 490 yards total offense in their first road game of the season.
LaMichael James rushed for a school record 288 yards and broke the Oregon mark for career rushing touchdowns with two scores to lead the Ducks to a win over Arizona in their Pac-12 opener. Oregon won its 13th consecutive conference game, blowing open a 35-3 lead then holding off a Wildcats' rally before pulling away again with its lightning-quick offense.
In the span of eight days, Florida State has gone from being the No. 5 team in the nation to a two-loss squad. Clemson beat FSU for the fifth straight time in Death Valley thanks to another huge day from freshman phenom Sammy Watkins (pictured), who caught eight passes for 141 yards and two scores.
For the first time in his seven years at South Carolina, a Steve Spurrier team is 4-0. The Gamecocks beat Vanderbilt despite four interceptions from Stephen Garcia. The defense recovered two fumbles, both forced by freshman defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, and sacked Vanderbilt's quarterbacks six times. The Auburn Tigers visit Columbia next Saturday.
Virginia Tech continues to win while abstaining from blowing away inferior competition. Quarterback Logan Thomas was an efficient 22-of-32 for 228 yards, but failed to throw a touchdown pass. He got plenty of help from tailback David Wilson (pictured), who rushed for 132 yards and a score.
Florida scored three touchdowns in a 4:31 span of the first quarter, and Jeff Demps iced the game with an 84-yard touchdown run as Florida routed Kentucky for the Gators' 25th straight win in the series. Demps carried the ball 10 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns, the second of which qualified as the sixth-longest scoring run in Florida history. Alabama visits the Swamp next weekend.
Robert Griffin III turned threw five touchdown passes, each to a different receiver, in leading Baylor to a victory over Rice. He came into the game leading the nation in passing efficiency and third in total yards, and went 29 of 33 for 338 yards, with another 51 yards and a touchdown rushing. He didn't even play the fourth quarter, leading Baylor to 56 points in just three periods.
B.J. Daniels threw for 202 yards and ran for 130 more, helping USF remain unbeaten with a victory over UTEP. Daniels scored on a 71-yard run on the Bulls' second offensive play and threw touchdown passes of 54 and 18 yards to Lindsey Lamar in the second half. The Bulls have a short week of preparation for Thursday night's Big East opener at Pittsburgh.
TCU suffered a crushing blow Saturday when it found out star linebacker Tanner Brock had been lost for the season to an ankle injury. It took that heartache out on an already overmatched Portland State team. Josh Boyce (pictured) broke away for a 66-yard score with 1:55 left in the first half, and the Horned Frogs never looked back.
Denard Robinson's Heisman campaign got a boost against SDSU, as Shoelace (pictured) rushed for 200 yards and three scores. But the real story in this one was Michigan's usually suspect defense, which forced three fumbles and held the normally prolific San Diego State offense to one score.
Cameron Marshall ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns, and Arizona State forced four turnovers to end an 11-game losing streak to Southern California. Arizona State hadn't beaten USC since 1999, losing five straight in Tempe.
Perhaps Illinois' ascent into the Top 25 was a tad premature. The Illini struggled against Western Michigan, surviving on a 21-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter. Running back Troy Pollard (pictured) was one of the few bright spots for Illinois, rushing for 133 yards on a mere 14 carries.
Georgia Tech continues to impress. The Yellow Jackets survived a close-fought battle with the Tar Heels thanks to another balanced effort from emerging star quarterback Tevin Washington (pictured), who rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns in addition to completing 10-of-14 passes for 184 yards and a score. Tech is 4-0 for the first time since 1990.