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Louisiana-Monroe stops Arkansas in OT

Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson (16) sits in the stands after their 31-25 win over Air Force in an NCAA college football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson enjoyed his big day and his team’s win with fans.AP

Kolton Browning made the most of his return to Arkansas.

Browning’s 16-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-1 lifted Louisiana-Monroe to a 34-31 overtime win over the No. 8 Razorbacks Saturday night in Little Rock, Ark.

Browning accounted for 481 yards of total offense and four TDs to lead the Warhawks (1-0) to their first win over a Southeastern Conference team since defeating Alabama in 2007.

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The junior made his first career start at War Memorial Stadium two years ago as a freshman, a 31-7 loss. He showed his maturity and then some in his return, helping Louisiana-Monroe outgain Arkansas in total yards, 550-377.

The Razorbacks (1-1) played the second half without quarterback Tyler Wilson, who suffered a head injury after taking several big hits in the first half. Wilson was 11 of 20 passing for 196 yards and a pair of TDs before leaving at halftime.

The Warhawks trailed, 28-7, midway through the third quarter before rallying behind Browning, who found Brent Leonard for a 23-yard TD pass on fourth-and-10 with 55 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 28-28.

Browning was 42 of 67 passing for 412 yards, and he had 69 yards rushing on 16 carries — his last the winding, game-winning scramble in overtime.

Alabama 35, W. Kentucky 0 — AJ McCarron passed for 219 yards and matched his career high with four TD passes to lead the top-ranked Crimson Tide (2-0) over the Hilltoppers (1-1) in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

McCarron had two scoring tosses apiece to Christion Jones and Kevin Norwood while completing 14 of 19 passes. Alabama forced four turnovers, three fumbles, and a C.J. Mosley interception. Kawaun Jakes hit 20 of 31 passes for 178 yards for the Hilltoppers.

USC 42, Syracuse 29— Matt Barkley threw a career-best six TD passes, and Robert Woods added 200 all-purpose yards and two scores to help the No. 2 Trojans shake free of the Orange in East Rutherford, N.J.

Ryan Nassib and Syracuse’s hurry-up offense kept things close with consecutive TDs in the third quarter to make it 21-16 heading into the fourth. Nassib finished with 322 yards passing, two scoring passes, and a TD run.

LSU 41, Washington 3 — Alfred Blue rushed for 101 yards, including a 21-yard score, and the No. 3 Tigers (2-0) racked up 242 yards on the ground in a rout of the Huskies (1-1) in Baton Rouge, La.

Kenny Hilliard added a pair of short TD runs and fullback J.C. Copeland powered through for another score for LSU. Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger was 12 of 18 for 195 yards, including a 32-yard TD strike to Kadron Boone.

Oregon 42, Fresno State 25 — Kenjon Barner ran for 201 yards and three TDs to lead the No. 4 Ducks (2-0) over the Bulldogs (1-1) in Eugene, Ore.

De’Anthony Thomas ran for 102 yards and two scores for Oregon, which sprinted to a 35-6 lead in the first half. Redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota hit 19 of 27 passes for 166 yards and a TD.

Oklahoma 69, Florida A&M 13 — Damien Williams ran for 156 yards and four TDs in a record-setting debut, Kenny Stills added 120 yards receiving and a score, and the No. 5 Sooners won easily in Norman, Okla.

Williams’s rushing total was the most for a player in his first game at Owen Field, and he became only the fourth player at the school to eclipse 100 yards rushing in each of his first two games. Adrian Peterson was the last to do it in 2004.

Georgia 41, Missouri 20 — Aaron Murray hit Marlon Brown for two of his three TD passes, the second for the go-ahead score as the No. 7 Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0) rallied with 32 second-half points in Columbia, Mo., to spoil the Tigers’ Southeastern Conference debut. Missouri (1-1, 0-1) led, 17-9, in the third quarter before Georgia came back.

South Carolina 48, E. Carolina 10 — Dylan Thompson hit 21 of 37 passes for 330 yards and three TDs to lead the No. 9 Gamecocks (2-0) to a rout of the Pirates (1-1) in Columbia, S.C.

Thompson started the game in place of the injured Connor Shaw, and left little doubt coach Steve Spurrier made the right choice to let Shaw rest. The rejuvenated passing game allowed Spurrier to use star running back Marcus Lattimore sparingly. He gained 40 yards on 13 carries.

Michigan St. 41, Central Michigan 7 — Andrew Maxwell threw for 275 yards and two TDs, and the No. 11 Spartans (2-0) cruised past the host Chippewas (1-1) in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Le’Veon Bell had 70 yards on 18 carries with two TDs, shouldering a lighter load after carrying 44 times for 210 yards in Michigan State’s opener against Boise State. The Spartans haven’t allowed an offensive TD this season. The attendance of 35,127 was a record for Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Ohio St. 31, UCF 16 — Braxton Miller became the first Buckeyes quarterback to rush for three TDs in 34 years and passed for another score to lead No. 14 Ohio State over the Knights (1-1) in Columbus, Ohio. A week after setting a school record for quarterbacks with 161 rushing yards in a 56-10 win over Miami (Ohio), Miller had 141 yards on 27 carries.

The last Ohio State quarterback to rush for three TDs in a game was Art Schlichter against Illinois in 1978.

UCLA 36, No. 17 Nebraska 30 — Brett Hundley passed for 305 yards and four TDs, Datone Jones sacked Taylor Martinez for a tiebreaking safety with 8:44 to play, and the Bruins surprised the No. 17 Cornhuskers (1-1) in Pasadena, Calif.

Johnathan Franklin rushed for 217 yards and caught an 8-yard TD pass with 2:13 to play for UCLA, which improved to 2-0 under new coach Jim Mora.

Texas 45, New Mexico 0 — Quarterback David Ash scored on a 49-yard TD run and had receivers turn short throws into two more scores as the No. 17 Longhorns (2-0) won easily in Austin, Texas. Ash was 16 of 22 for a career-high 221 yards. New Mexico (1-1) held the ball for nearly 20 minutes in the first half, but quarterback B.R. Holbrook was knocked out of the game in the second quarter after taking a blow to the helmet on a tackle.

Michigan 31, Air Force 25 — Denard Robinson ran for 218 yards, threw for 208, and scored four times to help the No. 19 Wolverines (1-1) hold off the Falcons (1-1) in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Robinson became the first player in major college football since at least 1996 to have at least 200 yards rushing and 200 passing in three games, according to STATS LLC.

The Wolverines bounced back after a 41-14 loss to Alabama, though they had a tough time beating the Falcons in a game they were favored to win easily. Cody Getz ran for 130 yards, with his third rushing TD and a 2-point conversion pulling Air Force within three early in the fourth.

TCU 56, Grambling St. 0 — Casey Pachall threw three TD passes after the No. 20 Horned Frogs had already scored TDs on special teams and defense in the first 7 minutes of a rout in Forth Worth, Texas.

Pachall threw TD passes of 12 and 66 yards to Josh Boyce in TCU’s first game as a Big 12 member, and the debut of their $164 million completely re-done stadium. Pachall played only the first half and was 9 of 9 passing for 201 yards.

Notre Dame 20, Purdue 17 — Tommy Rees came off the bench to lead a last-minute winning drive as the No. 22 Irish (2-0) got a 27-yard field goal from Kyle Brindza with seven seconds to go and beat the Boilermakers (1-1) in South Bend, Ind.

Rees, who was suspended for the opener after he was involved in a skirmish with police at a party in May, relieved starter Everett Golson late in the fourth quarter.

Louisville 35, Missouri St. 7 — Teddy Bridgewater completed 30 of 39 passes for a career-high 344 yards and two TDs as the No. 23 Cardinals (2-0) rolled over the visiting Bears (0-2).

Nate Nord and Ryan Hubbell caught TD passes as the Cardinals totaled 475 yards.

Florida 20, Texas A&M 17 — Mike Gillislee ran for 83 yards and two TDs and the No. 24 Gators (2-0) shut down the Aggies (1-1) in the second half in College Station, Texas, in A&M’s (1-1) first SEC game after moving from the Big 12.

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