Golson, Irish show pluck in beating Spartans

Arkansas’s Brandon Allen is pounded into the turf for a sack by defensive end Quinton Dial in No. 1 Alabama’s easy win.
Arkansas’s Brandon Allen is pounded into the turf for a sack by defensive end Quinton Dial in No. 1 Alabama’s easy win. –David quinn/associated Press

Everett Golson threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score in the first half to help No. 20 Notre Dame beat No. 10 Michigan State, 20-3, Saturday night in East Lansing, Mich.

The Fighting Irish (3-0) snapped a six-game losing streak against ranked teams and beat a top-10 opponent for the first time in seven years.

The Spartans (2-1) had won 15 straight at home. The streak included a win over the Irish in 2010 on a fake field goal in overtime that preceded coach Mark Dantonio having a heart attack.

Notre Dame is off to its best start since 2002 when Tyrone Willingham won his first eight games as coach. The Irish opened 0-2 last year and 1-3 the season before in coach Brian Kelly’s debut before bouncing back to finish with eight wins.


Kelly, though, is not ready to celebrate just yet with No. 17 Michigan (2-1) up next at home.

‘‘There are a lot of things to work on,’’ he said.

Michigan State had its worst showing on offense at home since losing, 20-3, to Central Michigan in 1991.

Golson was 14 of 32 for 178 yards and a TD, a 36-yard pass to John Goodman. He ran for a 6-yard TD early in the second quarter to give Notre Dame a 14-0 lead.

Irish senior linebacker Manti Te’ohad 12 tackles, one for a loss, and broke up two passes, playing just a few days after the deaths of his girlfriend, who had a long battle with leukemia, and his grandmother.

Andrew Maxwell was 23 of 45 for 187 yards and Le’Veon Bell had 77 yards rushing on 19 carries for the Spartans.

Alabama 52, Arkansas 0 — Eddie Lacy ran for three touchdowns and the No. 1 Crimson Tide forced five turnovers in routing the host Razorbacks for their 21st straight win to open Southeastern Conference play.

Vinnie Sunseri and Haha Clinton-Dix had interceptions against the Razorbacks, who played without quarterback Tyler Wilson because he had a head injury in last week’s loss to Louisiana-Monroe.

The shutout was the second straight for the Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0). The last time Alabama, which has now forced 12 turnovers this season, had back-to-back shutouts was against Vanderbilt and Kentucky in 1980.


AJ McCarron was 11 of 16 passing for 189 yards and a touchdown.

Arkansas (1-2, 0-1) had just 44 yards of total offense at halftime and 137 for the game. The Razorbacks were held scoreless in Razorback Stadium for the first time since a 7-0 loss to Baylor in 1966.

LSU 63, Idaho 14 — Safety Ronald Martin and defensive end Lavar Edwards each snagged deflected passes and returned them for scores, helping the No. 3 Tigers (3-0) pull away from the visiting Vandals (0-3).

The victory gave LSU an NCAA record 40th straight nonconference, regular-season victory. LSU also set a Tiger Stadium mark with 20 straight home wins, while extending its nation-long regular-season winning streak to 16 games.

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Oregon 63, Tennessee Tech 14 — Marcus Mariota threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns before the No. 4 Ducks (3-0) pulled their starters in a rout of the visiting Golden Eagles (2-1).

De’Anthony Thomas had 222 all-purpose yards on 10 touches. He ran for a 59-yard touchdown and caught a 16-yard scoring pass from Mariota.

Georgia 56, Florida Atlantic 20 — Aaron Murray passed for a career-best 342 yards and two touchdowns and also scored twice on short runs, and the No. 7 Bulldogs (3-0) bounced back from a slow start to rout the visiting Owls.

The 44-point underdog Owls (1-2) kept converting third downs and found themselves tied at 14 early in the second quarter. But the Bulldogs had too many weapons, piling up a school-record 713 yards.

South Carolina 49, UAB 6 — Connor Shaw went 8 of 14 for 107 yards before reinjuring his throwing shoulder as the No. 8 Gamecocks (3-0) rolled over the visiting Blazers (0-2).

Shaw left the game after taking a brutal hit late in the first half. Team officials said the junior aggravated the bruised right shoulder that kept him out of last week’s game.


West Virginia 42, James Madison 12 — Geno Smith completed 34 of 39 passes for 411 yards and five touchdowns, and the No. 9 Mountaineers (2-0) rolled over the Dukes (2-1) in Landover, Md.

Smith set the school’s career passing yardage record with 8,191, surpassing Marc Bulger (8,153).

Ohio State 35, California 28 — Braxton Miller lofted a 72-yard touchdown pass to an all-alone Devin Smith with 3:26 left and Christian Bryant snuffed out the Golden Bears’ last chance with an interception to power the 12th-ranked Buckeyes at Columbus, Ohio.

The Golden Bears (1-2) missed three field goals and had a touchdown called back by a penalty, while the Buckeyes (3-0) gave up 512 yards and were manhandled in the second half.

Taking over at Ohio State’s 25 with the score knotted, it took just three plays until on third and 7 a defensive back thought Miller would run and he instead threw deep to a wide-open Smith.

Bryant then picked off Zach Maynard’s pass and returned it 38 yards to end the Bears’ last threat with about a minute left.

Texas 66, Mississippi 31 — The No. 14 Longhorns improved to 3-0 with a rout in Oxford, Miss. David Ash passed for a career-high 326 yards and four touchdowns and Malcolm Brown rushed for 128 yards and two scores.

It was the most points given up by Ole Miss (2-1) in a game since 1917. Texas scored on seven straight possessions at one point.

Kansas State 35, North Texas 21 — Collin Klein threw for 230 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, Tyler Lockett returned a kickoff 96 yards for another score, and the No. 15 Wildcats (3-0) overpowered the visiting Mean Green (1-2).

Tramaine Thompson caught five passes for 102 yards and two scores for Kansas State.

TCU 20, Kansas 6 — Casey Pachall threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns, both to Brandon Carter, and the No. 16 Horned Frogs (2-0, 1-0) beat the host Jayhawks (1-2, 0-1) in their Big 12 debut.

Florida 37, Tennessee 20 — Jeff Driskel threw two touchdown passes and Trey Burton rushed for a pair of scores as the No. 18 Gators (3-0, 2-0 SEC) scored the final 24 points to beat the No. 23 Volunteers (2-1, 0-1) in Knoxville, Tenn. making it eight straight wins against their SEC East rival.

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