Alabama, Florida State post huge shutouts


Without Tyler Wilson, Arkansas never had a chance against Alabama.

Florida State dispatched Wake Forest just as easily.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide demolished the beleaguered Razorbacks 52-0 on Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark., and the No. 5 Seminoles won by the same lopsided score.

Arkansas’ much-anticipated season has crumbled three weeks into the season. The Razorbacks lost 34-31 in overtime last week to Louisiana-Monroe, and Wilson suffered a head injury in that game.

Wilson was in uniform, but did not play against the Tide and his backups, Brandon Allen and Brandon Mitchell, were tormented by the Alabama defense.

Arkansas managed only 137 yards.

Florida State’s Chris Thompson had more than that on nine carries against Wake Forest. The speedy running back broke touchdown runs of 74 and 80 yards in the first half.

The Seminoles looked ready to go for their Atlantic Coast Conference showdown at home against Clemson next week.

No. 1 ALABAMA 52, ARKANSAS 0

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Eddie Lacy ran for three touchdowns and the Crimson Tide forced five turnovers to win its 21st straight to SEC opener.

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 Southeastern Conference). The last time Alabama, which has forced 12 turnovers this season, had back-to-back shutouts was against Vanderbilt and Kentucky in 1980.

No. 3 LSU 63, IDAHO 14

BATON ROUGE, La. — Tigers safety Ronald Martin and defensive end Lavar Edwards each snagged deflected passes and returned them for scores.

The victory gave LSU (3-0) an NCAA FBS record 40th-straight non-conference 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.

No. 4 OREGON 63, TENNESSEE TECH 14

EUGENE, Ore. — Marcus Mariota threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns before Oregon pulled its starters.

Multitalented 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.

The Ducks (3-0) were playing their final nonconference game before hosting Arizona next Saturday. They had 652 yards in total offense, compared to 177 yards for Tennessee Tech. Oregon did have its issues, however, with 12 penalties for 105 yards.

The Golden Eagles (2-1) have never defeated an FBS-level team in 28 tries. The game against the Ducks was the Ohio Valley Conference team’s first against a Pac-12 opponent.

No. 5 FLORIDA STATE 52, WAKE FOREST 0

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Chris Thompson scored on runs of 74 and 80 yards on consecutive carries in the first half to lead the Seminoles.

Thompson, who suffered a broken back at Wake Forest a year ago that nearly ended his career, already had a career-high 197 yards following his 80-yard touchdown run that put the Seminoles into a 28-0 lead with 9:42 remaining in the first half.

His 74-yard touchdown followed a 60-yard punt return TD by Rashad Greene as the Seminoles (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 38-0 at the half.

No. 20 NOTRE DAME 20, No. 10 MICHIGAN STATE 3

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Everett Golson made plays with his arms and legs, and an inspired Manti Te’o helped Notre Dame’s defense smother Michigan State.

The Fighting Irish are off to their best start in 10 years, with the type of marquee victory that’s eluded them for almost as long.

Golson threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score in the first half to help the 20th-ranked Fighting Irish dominate the 10th-ranked Spartans 20-3 Saturday night.

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.

Te’o had 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.

No. 12 OHIO STATE 35, CALIFORNIA 28

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Braxton Miller lofted a 72-yard touchdown pass to an all-alone Devin Smith with 3:26 left and Christian Bryant snuffed out California’s last chance with an interception for the Buckeyes.

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 outplayed for much of the second half.

Taking over at his own 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.

Maynard completed 26 of 37 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown, and with the late interception. Brendan Bigelow has touchdown runs of 81 and 59 yards for Cal.

PITTSBURGH 35, No. 13 VIRGINIA TECH 17

PITTSBURGH — Ray Graham ran for 94 yards and two scores and added an 18-yard touchdown reception to lead Pitt to its first victory of the season.

Tino Sunseri passed for 283 yards and two touchdowns and freshman running back Rushel Shell added 157 yards as Pitt (1-2) gave coach Paul Chryst his first career victory in emphatic fashion.

Virginia Tech (2-1) had won 13 straight true road games, the longest active streak in the country, but let Pitt race to a quick three-touchdown lead and never really threatened. Logan Thomas completed just 14 of 31 passes for 265 yards and one touchdown against three interceptions.

No. 18 FLORIDA 37, No. 23 TENNESSEE 20

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jeff Driskel threw a pair of touchdown passes and Trey Burton rushed for two more scores as Florida scored the final 24 points to beat beat the Vols for the eight straight meeting.

Mike Gillislee ran for 115 yards to lead a 336-yard rushing effort for the Gators (3-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference), who have outrushed Tennessee in each game of the streak.

Burton added 91 rushing yards on only three carries and Driskel ran for 81 yards on eight attempts.

Tyler Bray went 22 of 44 for 257 yards and threw touchdown passes to Cordarrelle Patterson and Mychal Rivera for Tennessee (2-1, 0-1). Bray also threw his first two interceptions of the season.

No. 19 LOUISVILLE 39, NORTH CAROLINA 34

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Teddy Bridgewater threw three first-half touchdowns and No. 19 Louisville scored on its first six possessions, and then had thwart North Carolina’s comeback with a late defensive stand.

Bryn Renner settled down from a rough first half to rally the Tar Heels (1-2) from a 36-7 deficit with four second-half touchdowns, including a screen pass to Romar Morris for a 50-yard touchdown with 1:45 remaining.

North Carolina’s Norkeithus Otis then forced Adrian Bushell to fumble the ensuing kickoff, and the Tar Heels recovered at the Cardinals 10. But after moving to the 3, North Carolina was penalized for a false start and Renner’s final pass two plays later was broken up by Andrew Johnson in the end zone.

Bridgewater finished 23 of 28 passing for 279 for the Cardinals (3-0).

Renner had with five TD passes.