LSU freshman Jeremy Hill announced his arrival as a big-time running back with both tackle-breaking power and breakaway speed on a 50-yard scoring run that was too much for South Carolina to overcome.
Hill finished with 124 yards and two touchdowns in his breakout performance, and the ninth-ranked Tigers bounced back from a loss last week to Florida to hand No. 3 South Carolina its first loss of the season, 23-21, Saturday night in Baton Rouge, La.
LSU (6-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) outgained South Carolina, 406-211, but struggled to find the end zone. Three times, LSU settled for field goals after driving at least as far as the Gamecocks 5-yard line, and another drive to the South Carolina 15 stalled on a missed field goal.
But Hill’s long score with 5:03 left gave LSU a 9-point lead that proved to be just enough cushion for the Tigers.
Connor Shaw drove South Carolina (6-1, 4-1) for a late TD on a short pass to Bruce Ellington with 1:41 left, and the Gamecocks got the ball once more with 35 seconds left, but LSU’s defense held up.
Shaw finished 19 of 34 for 177 yards and two TDs, but was intercepted twice, once by Eric Reid to set up LSU’s go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter, and then on the final desperate play by Craig Loston.
Marcus Lattimore had a quiet night by his standards, gaining only 35 yards on 13 carries, but had given the Gamecocks a 14-10 lead in the third quarter when he impressively broke Reid’s tackle on a 2-yard scoring run.
Texas Tech 49, West Virginia 14 — Seth Doege passed for six touchdowns and a season-high 499 yards, and Geno Smith and the No. 5 Mountaineers (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) were shut down by the Red Raiders (5-1, 2-1) in Lubbock, Texas.
Red Raider fans stormed the field after the win, the most lopsided Texas Tech victory ever over a team ranked in the top five.
Texas Tech’s defense consistently stymied West Virginia’s offense. Heisman Trophy hopeful Smith completed 29 of 55 passes for 275 yards but couldn’t get the ball in the end zone.
Doege threw TD passes of 39, 19, 16, 2, 29, and 7 yards. He completed 32 of 42 passes and the six touchdowns matched his career high. Darrin Moore caught three touchdown passes.
Texas Tech had 18 plays of 15 yards or more, including a 61-yard pass to Jace Amaro and a 53-yard touchdown run by SaDale Foster.
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said Smith was struggling with the wind, which whipped around the stadium at about 20 miles per hour.
Alabama 42, Missouri 10 — Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon gave the top-ranked Crimson Tide a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time this season, and the duo combined for five scores in a soggy, weather-delayed rout of the Tigers (3-4, 0-4 SEC) in St. Louis.
The defending national champion Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0) led, 21-0, late in the first quarter en route to their 10th straight victory, all by 19 or more points.
Florida 31, Vanderbilt 17 — Quarterback Jeff Driskel ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns, and the fourth-ranked Gators (6-0, 5-0 SEC) beat the host Commodores (2-4, 1-3) for the 22d straight time.
Driskel ran only 11 times. But the sophomore set the Florida record for yards rushing by a quarterback, topping Tim Tebow’s 166 against Mississippi in 2007 on 27 carries.
Kansas St. 27, Iowa St. 21 — Quarterback Collin Klein ran for 105 yards and three touchdowns and the sixth-ranked Wildcats (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) won their fifth straight over the host Cyclones (4-2, 1-2). Klein also threw for 187 yards.
Ohio St. 52, Indiana 49 — Braxton Miller scored on a 67-yard touchdown run, threw TD passes of 60 and 46 yards, and produced his third straight 100-yard rushing game, helping the No. 8 Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) escape with a win over the host Hoosiers (2-4, 0-3).
Oregon St. 42, BYU 24 — Junior Cody Vaz passed for 332 yards and three touchdowns in his first start since high school and the No. 10 Beavers used a strong start and bigger finish to beat the host Cougars (4-3) and move to 5-0 for the first time since 1939.
Southern Cal 24, Washington 14 — Anthony Brown blocked a punt and returned it 21 yards for a TD in the first half, Jawanza Starling forced and recovered Keith Price’s fumble inside the USC 5-yard line in the fourth quarter, and the No. 11 Trojans (5-1, Pac-12) held off the host Huskies (3-3, 1-2).
Oklahoma 63, Texas 21 — Damien Williams broke off a 95-yard touchdown run for the longest rush in Red River Rivalry history, Blake Bell powered his way in for four TDs, and the No. 13 Sooners (4-1, 2-1 Big 12) beat the No. 15 Longhorns (3-2, 1-2) in Dallas for their second straight blowout in the series.
Landry Jones threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns, and fullback Trey Millard had a career-best 119 yards receiving as the Sooners added another rout to Bob Stoops’s impressive rivalry résumé.
Louisville 45, Pittsburgh 35 — Senorise Perry rushed for 101 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to help the No. 18 Cardinals (6-0, 1-0 Big East) hold off a late rally by the Panthers (2-4, 0-3) in Pittsburgh.
Mississippi St. 41, Tennessee 31 — Tyler Russell threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns in Starkville, Miss., as the Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0 SEC) continued their best start since 1999. The Volunteers are 3-3, 0-3.
Rutgers 23, Syracuse 15 — Duron Harmon scooped up a blocked field goal attempt and ran 75 yards for a tiebreaking touchdown early in the third quarter and the No. 20 Scarlet Knights (6-0, 3-0 Big East) rode their defense and special teams to victory over the Orange (2-4, 1-1) in Piscataway, N.J.
Cincinnati 49, Fordham 17 — Deven Drane scooted 76 yards for a touchdown after picking up a fumble and Munchie Legaux threw two TD passes, including a 78-yarder to Travis Kelce, to lead the No. 21 Bearcats (5-0) past the visiting Rams (4-0).
Boise St. 20, Fresno St. 10 — D.J. Harper rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown and Joe Southwick threw for another score to lead the No. 24 Broncos (5-1, 2-0 Mountain West) to their seventh straight victory over the visiting Bulldogs (4-3, 2-1).
Michigan 45, Illinois 0 — Denard Robinson threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores, leading the No. 25 Wolverines (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) past the visiting Illini (2-5, 0-3). Robinson, who left the game briefly with an undisclosed injury late in the first quarter, ran for a 49-yard score early in the second quarter, giving him 10,000-plus career yards of offense.