Landry Jones threw three touchdown passes, Dominique Whaley ran 64 yards for a touchdown, and three defensive players scored to power No. 3 Oklahoma to a 55-17 victory over No. 11 Texas yesterday - the kind of dominant performance that could help the Sooners return to the top of the poll.
The Sooners slipped from first to second after struggling at home against Missouri, then to third even after whipping lowly Ball State.
Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) scored the first four times it had the ball and cruised to leads of 24 at halftime and 45 midway through the fourth quarter. Jones was 31 of 50 for 367 yards and no turnovers.
Oklahoma’s most impressive feat was the three defensive touchdowns: an interception returned 55 yards by Demontre Hurst, a sack-fumble returned 19 yards by David King, and a vicious strip of receiver Mike Davis taken 56 yards by Jamell Fleming. It was the first time in school history that its defense had scored three times in one game. Oklahoma matched a school record with eight sacks.
Texas (4-1, 1-1) sophomore Case McCoy and freshman David Ash had their share of rookie mistakes at quarterback.
OU’s Ryan Broyles caught nine passes for 122 yards, leaving him four receptions shy of the NCAA career record of 316. He also tied a conference record with his 42d career TD catch.
Fozzy Whitaker had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, tying a Texas record.
LSU 41, Florida 11 - Jarret Lee and Jordan Jefferson each passed for touchdowns, Spencer Ware rushed for 109 yards and two scores, and the Tigers comfortably defeated 17th-ranked Florida in Baton Rouge.
The LSU (6-0, 3-0 SEC) defense was too much for Florida (4-2, 2-2), which started freshman Jacoby Brissett at quarterback because of injuries.
Alabama 34, Vanderbilt 0 - AJ McCarron passed for career highs of 237 yards and four touchdowns, Trent Richardson rushed for 107 yards and a score in his fifth straight 100-yard effort, and the No. 2 Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 SEC) rolled at home.
Oklahoma St. 70, Kansas 28 - Brandon Weeden was 24 of 28 for 288 yards and five touchdowns before being pulled at halftime, and the No. 6 Cowboys (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) matched their highest scoring total from the last 94 years in Oklahoma.
Stanford 48, Colorado 7 - Andrew Luck threw for a season-high 370 yards and three touchdowns as the seventh-ranked Cardinal (5-0, 3-0) came away with a home victory over Pac-12 newcomer Colorado.
Luck completed 26 of 33 passes with a rare interception to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 13 games.
Arkansas 38, Auburn 14 - Tyler Wilson threw for 262 yards, completing 19 straight passes at one point, leading the No. 10 Razorbacks to a home win over the No. 15 Tigers.
Wilson ended the first half against the Tigers by completing 18 straight passes, including a 5-yard touchdown to Jarius Wright in the second quarter that gave the Razorbacks (5-1, 1-1 SEC) their first lead at 21-14.
Michael Dyer led Auburn (4-2, 2-1) with 112 rushing yards
Michigan 42, Northwestern 24 - Denard Robinson threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, helping the No. 12 Wolverines come back from a 10-point halftime deficit on the road and remain unbeaten.
Robinson matched his season high by throwing for 338 yards and ran for 113 as Michigan (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) scored on its first three possessions of the second half. But the Wildcats led, 24-14, after a first half in which Robinson threw three interceptions.
West Virginia 43, UConn 16 - Geno Smith threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns as the No. 16 Mountaineers survived a slow start to beat the visiting Huskies in the teams’ Big East opener.
West Virginia (5-1, 1-0) struggled to a 10-9 halftime lead over UConn (2-4, 0-1) before erupting for 23 points in a 7:35 span of the third quarter.
South Carolina 54, Kentucky 3 - Newly appointed sophomore starter Connor Shaw threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns, leading the No. 18 Gamecocks to an easy win at home.
South Carolina (5-1, 3-1) gained 639 yards, enjoying its largest margin of victory in an SEC game since joining the league in 1992.
Illinois 41, Indiana 20 - Nathan Scheelhaase and A.J. Jenkins hooked up on two long TD passes to lead the No. 19 Fighting Illini (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) on the road.
Kansas State 24, Missouri 17 - Collin Klein had three rushing touchdowns for the No. 20 Wildcats, who nearly blew a big second-half lead against the visiting Tigers (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) before holding on for their first 5-0 start since 2000.
Arizona St. 35, Utah 14 - Brock Osweiler passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns and the 22d-ranked Sun Devils forced five Utah turnovers to turn a close game into a blowout.
Arizona State (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) intercepted Jon Hays three times in his first start for the host Utes (2-3, 0-3).
Texas A&M 45, Texas Tech 40 - Quarterback Ryan Tannehill ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead the 24th-ranked Aggies (3-2, 1-1).
Seth Doege threw for three touchdowns and 391 yards for host Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1).
Baylor 49, Iowa State 26 - Robert Griffin ran for a season-high 107 yards, Terrance Ganaway rushed for a career-high 200 yards and three scores, and the No. 25 Bears (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) coasted at home.
Notre Dame 59, Air Force 33 - Tommy Rees threw four TD passes in the first half and the host Irish rolled to their fourth straight victory.
The 92 points marked the most combined points ever for a game at Notre Dame Stadium.
The Irish (4-2) scored on all six of their first-half possessions and led, 42-16, at the half.
Penn St. 13, Iowa 3 - The Nittany Lions (5-1, 2-0) grounded Iowa’s best-in-the-Big Ten passing attack, Silas Redd ran for 142 yards, and Matt McGloin capitalized on a fourth-quarter turnover with a touchdown pass to doom visiting Iowa (3-2, 0-1).