|Kansas State linebacker Tre Walker celebrates a fumble recovery with a teammate in the Wildcats’ road upset of sixth-ranked Oklahoma.|
Sweet revenge as Wildcats topple Sooners
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John Hubert ran for 130 yards and a touchdown, Jarell Childs scooped up a fumble and returned it for a score, and No. 15 Kansas State beat No. 6 Oklahoma, 24-19, Saturday night in Norman, Okla., to avenge a wrenching loss from last season.
Collin Klein picked up 228 yards of total offense and ran for the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter in a solid performance that outshined and error-filled night by Sooners quarterback Landry Jones.
Jones threw for 298 yards and a late touchdown to get Oklahoma (2-1, 0-1 Big 12) within 5 but also fumbled and threw an interception that put Kansas State (4-0, 1-0) in position to go ahead.
The Wildcats waited for Oklahoma’s players to leave the field and then celebrated with their fans after earning redemption for a 58-17 blowout loss last season that ended their undefeated run.
Jones, who threw for a school-record 505 yards in last year’s game on the Wildcats’ home field, had returned to Oklahoma instead of entering the NFL draft in part for one last shot at a national championship.
That could be in jeopardy already, after another loss on a home field where the Sooners seemed invincible not so long ago.
Midway through last season, the Sooners had gone 20 straight games without even trailing at home, but now five of the last seven opponents have led — with two coming out victorious. Unranked Texas Tech snapped Oklahoma’s 39-game winning streak on Owen Field last October.
K-State coach Bill Snyder, the mentor to Sooners counterpart Bob Stoops, scored another marquee win against his former pupil. His only other win head-to-head had come in the 2003 Big 12 championship game, with the Wildcats losing in the other eight meetings.
Alabama 40, Florida Atlantic 7 — AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes, including an early 85-yarder to Kenny Bell, and the top-ranked Crimson Tide routed the Owls in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Eddie Lacy rushed for 106 yards in the first half for the Crimson Tide (4-0), who rolled to 134 consecutive points and two shutouts before allowing a touchdown in the final minutes.
The Owls (1-3) managed only one first down through three quarters and were outgained, 503-110, in total yards. They were coming off a 56-20 loss to another Southeastern Conference power, No. 5 Georgia.
The only suspense late was whether Alabama could complete a third straight shutout for the first time since Bear Bryant’s unbeaten 1966 team.
LSU 12, Auburn 10 — The second-ranked Tigers’ defense delivered a first-quarter safety and shut out the War Eagle in the second half to earn the victory in Auburn, Ala.
Auburn led, 10-9, at halftime but managed only 183 yards.
A fumbled punt return by Auburn’s Quan Bray set up Drew Alleman’s 30-yard field goal late in the third quarter that gave LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC) a 12-10 lead. Alleman missed a 34-yarder with 39 seconds remaining.
Auburn (1-3, 0-2) managed only one first down on its final possession. Kiehl Frazier’s final pass was intercepted by Tharold Simon as the game ended.
Georgia 48, Vanderbilt 3 — Aaron Murray completed his first 12 passes and the fifth-ranked Bulldogs finally got off to a good start, blowing out the Commodores before halftime at Athens, Ga.
Murray hooked up with Tavarres King and Marlon Brown on touchdown throws, breaking a tie with Eric Zeier for second place in school history. The junior quarterback has 69 TDs, just three behind David Greene.
Murray also scored on a 1-yard sneak as the Bulldogs (4-0, 2-0 SEC) raced to a 27-0 lead. He finished 18 of 24 for 250 yards. Todd Gurley rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Keith Marshall also had a pair of scoring runs.
Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-2) took its worst defeat since a 48-0 loss to Tennessee in 2003.
South Carolina 31, Missouri 10 — Connor Shaw completed 20 straight passes and threw for two touchdowns, Marcus Lattimore ran for two scores, and the seventh-ranked Gamecocks rolled, spoiling the Tigers’ first SEC road game.
Shaw missed his first pass to Lattimore on the game’s first series, then hit his final 20 and finished with 252 yards passing as the Gamecocks (2-0 SEC) improved to 4-0 for just the ninth time in 119 seasons of football.
Missouri (2-2, 0-2) struggled against a Gamecocks defense that has given up three touchdowns all year. The Tigers had a season-low 254 yards.
Southern Cal 27, California 9 — Matt Barkley passed for 192 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Marqise Lee, and the 13th-ranked Trojans bounced back from their first defeat with a win over the Golden Bears in Los Angeles.Continued...