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September 10, 2017
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Baker Mayfield threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns as No. 5 Oklahoma knocked off No. 2 Ohio State 31-16 on Saturday to give first-year head coach Lincoln Riley an early signature victory.

Mayfield lived up to his billing as a Heisman Trophy contender in shifting the Sooners (2-0) into overdrive and piling up the yards in the second half as the Buckeyes’ offense sputtered. Oklahoma took its first lead near the end of the third quarter and cruised in the fourth.

Mayfield was 27 of 35 with TD passes to Dimitri Flowers, Lee Morris and Trey Sermon.

NO. 1 ALABAMA 41, FRESNO STATE 10

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (AP) — Jalen Hurts ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns and passed for a third score for Alabama.

The Crimson Tide (2-0) polished off the 44-point underdog Bulldogs (1-1) with a workmanlike performance on the heels of an opening victory over No. 10 Florida State in Atlanta.

Hurts completed 14 of 18 passes for 128 yards, but his biggest play came in the opening minute. He faked a handoff and sprinted 55 yards for a touchdown on the second offensive play, stepping out of a last-gasp tackle attempt at the 15.

NO. 3 CLEMSON 14, NO. 13 AUBURN 6

CLEMSON, South Carolina (AP) — Kelly Bryant had two touchdown runs after getting knocked hard to the ground and defensive end Austin Bryant had four of Clemson’s 11 sacks.

This was billed as an early showcase between elite teams with dreams of the College Football Playoffs. Instead, Clemson’s Bryants never gave Auburn (1-1) much of a chance.

Bryant, making his second career start at quarterback for defending national champion Clemson, appeared to be seriously hurt after he remained on the ground on a hit by Dontavius Russell. But after a few moments in the medical tent, Bryant returned to direct a pair of touchdown drives that gave Clemson (2-0) the lead for good. Bryant’s 3-yard run right before halftime put Clemson ahead 7-6. He finished the next possession with a spinning, 27-yard burst.

NO. 4 PENN STATE 33. PITTSBURGH 14

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania. (AP) — Trace McSorley threw for three touchdowns, including Saquon Barkley’s 46-yard catch-and-run, as Penn State pulled away.

McSorley completed 15 of 28 passes for 164 yards, helping the Nittany Lions (2-0) avenge a loss to their in-state rivals a year ago. Tight end Mike Gesicki had two touchdown receptions and Barkley ran for 88 yards to help Penn State ended a two-game skid against the Panthers.

NO. 6 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 42, NO. 14 STANFORD 24

Steven Mitchell and Deontay Burnett caught two touchdown passes apiece from Sam Darnold as Southern California extended its winning streak to 11 games.

Darnold went 21 of 26 with 316 yards passing for the Trojans (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12), who snapped their three-game losing streak in this California private-school rivalry. USC racked up 623 total yards and won the first Pac-12 game of the new season by beating the hard-nosed Cardinal (1-1, 0-1) at their own physical game.

NO. 7 WASHINGTON 63, MONTANA 7

SEATTLE (AP) — Dante Pettis weaved his way 67 yards for his Pac-12 record-breaking seventh career punt return touchdown, and Jake Browning threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns for Washington.

Pettis returned a punt for a score for the second straight game. His 61-yard return at Rutgers last week tied him with DeSean Jackson for the conference mark and ignited Washington (2-0) after a sluggish start.

NO. 8 MICHIGAN 36, CINCINNATI 14

ANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) — Ty Isaac ran for a career-high 133 yards and Wilton Speight threw two touchdown passes to help Michigan pull away.

The Wolverines (2-0) led by just three points early in the second half before scoring 19 straight points to turn a closely contested game into a lopsided one.

Cincinnati’s Hayden Moore was 15 of 40 for 132 yards with a TD pass to Kahlil Lewis that cut Michigan’s lead to 17-14 in the third quarter. Moore had some passes dropped and had some errant throws, two of which were intercepted and returned for scores by Tyree Kinnel in the first quarter and Lavert Hill late in the fourth.

NO. 9 WISCONSIN 31, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 14

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) — Freshman Jonathan Taylor ran for 223 yards and three touchdowns while Alex Hornibrook threw for 201 yards and a score for Wisconsin.

The bigger Badgers (2-0) wore down the Owls (0-2) despite some middling play in the middle of the game. Wisconsin opened up 14-0 lead in the first quarter o Taylor’s 64- and 29-yard touchdown runs, but didn’t have the game in hand until his third score with 1:12 left in the third quarter,

NO. 12 LSU 45, CHATTANOOGA 10

BATON ROUGE, Lousiania. (AP) — Derrius Guice ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns while D.J. Chark returned a punt 65 yards for a score as LSU overcame bouts of sloppiness.

Danny Etling passed for 227 yards and a TD, connecting on eight of 14 attempts in less than three quarters of work for the Tigers (2-0). Etling’s scoring pass was a 36-yarder to Drake Davis.

Chark had three receptions for 103 yards, including a 48-yard catch from Etling in the third quarter. Chark also had a 79-yard punt return for a would-be TD negated by a holding penalty.

NO. 15 GEORGIA 20, NO. 24 NOTRE DAME 19

SOUTH BEND, Indianapolis (AP) — Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy led a swarming Georgia defense as the No. 15 Bulldogs got just enough plays from an offense starting a freshman quarterback.

Rodrigo Blankenship kicked a 30-yard field goal with 3:39 remaining to give the Bulldogs (2-0) a one-point lead and that was enough for Carter and company.

NO. 17 LOUISVILLE 47, NORTH CAROLINA 35

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson accounted for 525 total yards and six touchdowns and Louisville pulled away late.

Jackson threw for 393 yards and three scores and ran for 132 yards and three TDs. The last came on a spinning-through-tacklers 11-yard run with 3:06 left to punctuate a dominant fourth-quarter effort by the Cardinals (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Junior Jaylen Smith had nine catches for a career-high 183 yards and a score, and Dez Fitzpatrick hauled in two TDs as the Cardinals rolled to 705 yards.

NO. 18 VIRGINIA TECH 27, DELAWARE 0

BLACKSBURG, Virginia. (AP) — Greg Stroman returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown and Josh Jackson threw two scoring passes for Virginia Tech.

Stroman is the first player in Virginia Tech history to return a punt for a touchdown in three consecutive seasons.

NO. 19 KANSAS STATE 55, CHARLOTTE 7

MANHATTAN, Kansas (AP) — Kendall Adams scored on interception and fumble returns in the first half for Kansas State.

Adams returned an interception 30 yards to give the Wildcats (2-0) a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, and had a 46-yard fumble return late in the second to make it 31-7.

NO. 20 WASHINGTON STATE 47 , BOISE STATE 44, 3 OT

PULLMAN, Washington (AP) — Jamal Morrow caught a 22-yard pass and dove across the goal line in the third overtime to lift Washington State to a comeback victory over Boise State.

Officials reviewed the play to make sure Morrow remained inbounds as he ran toward the end zone and left his feet near the pylon. It was ruled a touchdown for Washington State (2-0), which trailed by 21 points in the fourth quarter.

Boise State quarterback Montell Cozart came off the bench to spark his team to a 31-10 lead but Washington State fought back with three touchdowns to force the first of three overtimes.

NO. 23 TCU 28, ARKANSAS 7

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas (AP) — Darius Anderson ran for a career-high 106 yards and a touchdown and No. 23 TCU’s defense dominated once again.

Anderson had 15 carries to help the Horned Frogs (2-0) win in Fayetteville for the first time since 1984 while Kenny Hill was 21-of-31 passing for 166 yards for TCU.

NO. 25 TENNESSEE 42, INDIANA STATE 7

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Ty Chandler returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown and Carlin Fils-aime had two scoring runs as Tennessee breezed past Indiana State,

Five days after John Kelly ran for four touchdowns in Tennessee’s 42-41 double-overtime triumph over Georgia Tech, he shared the spotlight with his backups in a game that had much less suspense. Kelly ran for 80 yards and caught five passes for 60 yards to lead the Volunteers (2-0) in rushing and receiving, but two guys below him on the depth chart scored Tennessee’s first three touchdowns.

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