Top 25 roundup
Colorado 34, No. 25 Nebraska 31, OT
BOULDER, Colo. — James Stefanou’s 34-yard field goal in overtime gave Colorado its first lead and the Buffaloes beat Nebraska when punter Isaac Armstrong’s 49-yard try sailed wide right.
The students stormed the field in celebration of the Buffaloes’ second straight victory over old Big 12 rival Nebraska (1-1). Last year, Colorado rallied win in the closing minutes in Lincoln.
The Buffaloes (2-0) rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit and improved to 2-0 under coach Mel Tucker while keeping Cornhuskers’ second-year coach Scott Frost from winning his first road game.
No. 1 Clemson 24, No. 12 Texas A&M 10
CLEMSON, S.C. — Trevor Lawrence threw for one touchdown and ran for another and Clemson won its record-tying 17th straight game with a dominating victory.
The Aggies (1-1) talked of an upset all week and figured to be the sternest test left for the defending national champions. Instead, the Tigers (2-0) methodically made plays, stretched out drives and pressured A&M junior quarterback Kellen Mond into an awful showing.
The decisive win tied Clemson’s best-ever run of success that spanned the 2014 and 2015 seasons. It also left a major question in college football: Who can stop these guys?
No. 2 Alabama 62, New Mexico State 10
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Tua Tagovailoa passed for three touchdowns and ran 25 yards for a fourth, all in the first half of Alabama’s victory.
The Crimson Tide (2-0) was off to the races starting with the game’s first play, when Henry Ruggs III collected a lateral and sprinted 75 yards for a touchdown. It didn’t get any better for the Aggies (0-2).
Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy tied the school record with three touchdown catches, covering 21, 23 and 19 yards. He caught eight passes for 103 yards in his second straight big game.
No. 3 Georgia 63, Murray State 17
ATHENS, Ga. — D’Andre Swift ran for two touchdowns, Jake Fromm threw for 166 yards and a score, and No. 3 Georgia broke loose in the second quarter against FCS school Murray State. Georgia (2-0) got off to a sluggish start and went to the second quarter tied at 7 after giving up a long touchdown pass to the Racers (1-1). But the Bulldogs finally erupted for a 35-point barrage in the second period to pull away for a victory.
No. 5 Ohio State 42, Cincinnati 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Justin Fields passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more scores for Ohio State as the Buckeyes improved to 2-0.
J.K. Dobbins rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns — all in the first half — as the Buckeyes dismantled Cincinnati (1-1) in Luke Fickell’s return to Ohio Stadium. The third-year Bearcats coach played at Ohio State, then spent years on the other sideline as an assistant, and interim coach in 2011.
No. 13 Utah 35, Northern Illinois 17
SALT LAKE CITY — Tyler Huntley passed for one touchdown and ran for another and Utah held Northern Illinois to 69 yards in the second half while improving to 2-0.
No. 17 Wisconsin 17, Central Michigan 0
MADISON, Wis. — Jonathan Taylor rushed for three touchdowns and caught a scoring pass, Quintez Cephus scored his first two touchdowns of the season and Wisconsin cruised past Central Michigan.
While Wisconsin (2-0) had 599 yards of total offense, Central Michigan (1-1) managed just 58 yards and three first downs. Chippewas quarterback Quinten Dormady completed 5 of 12 passes for 36 yards and was picked off by Badgers linebacker Jack Sanborn.
Taylor ran for 102 yards, surpassing the 100-yard rushing mark for the 24th time in 29 career games. Cephus had with six receptions for 130 yards — both career highs — and tied a career high with his two scores.
No. 20 Iowa 30, Rutgers 0
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Nate Stanley threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns and Iowa rolled past Rutgers in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
New Jersey native Ihmir Smith-Marsette caught two TD passes for the Hawkeyes (2-0). They’ve allowed just 14 points in two games ahead of next week’s rivalry showdown at No. 25 Iowa State. Smith-Marsette finished with 113 yards receiving.
Rutgers (1-1) gained just 125 yards, punted 10 times and turned it over three times.
Maryland 63, No. 21 Syracuse 20
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Josh Jackson threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns for Maryland.
Anthony McFarland Jr. ran for two scores and caught a 6-yard TD pass from Jackson during a sparkling first half in which the Terrapins (2-0) amassed 397 yards and built a 29-point lead.
The 63 points were the most ever by Maryland against a ranked opponent. Although first-year coach Michael Locksley eased up after Javon Leake’s 64-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, the Terrapins finished with 650 yards.
No. 22 Washington State 59, Northern Colorado 17
PULLMAN, Wash. — Anthony Gordon threw for 464 yards and four touchdowns and Washington State pounded FCS school Northern Colorado.
No. 19 Michigan State 51, Western Michigan 17
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Darrell Stewart had 10 catches for 185 yards, and No. 19 Michigan State’s maligned offense scored touchdowns on its first three drives on the way to a win over Western Michigan.
Coach Mark Dantonio won his 109th game for the Spartans, matching Duffy Daugherty’s mark. Brian Lewerke threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns, and Elijah Collins had 192 yards on 17 carries.
No. 6 LSU 48, No. 9 Texas 38
AUSTIN, Texas — Joe Burrow passed for 471 yards and four touchdowns, including a 61-yarder to Justin Jefferson with 2:27 left, and No. 6 LSU pulled out a wild victory over No. 9 Texas.
Burrow and Texas’ Sam Ehlinger picked apart the defenses at will. LSU (2-0) didn’t put it away until Texas came up inches short from covering an onside kick after its final touchdown with 22 seconds left. Ehlinger finished with 401 yards passing and four touchdowns for the Longhorns (1-1).
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Jefferson caught three touchdowns. His clincher came after Burrow stepped away from blitzing Longhorns on third-and-long to fire a pass that would have been good enough for a first down, before Jefferson slipped a tackle and burst down the sideline.