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Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake each had long touchdown runs, and No. 1 Alabama smothered No. 21 Ole Miss, 25-0, at Bryant- Denny Stadium. Yeldon finished with 121 yards on 17 carries, the most notable a 68-yard scamper on the second play of the second half. With the game no longer in doubt, Drake tacked on a 50-yard score in the fourth quarter to make it a rout. The Crimson Tide (4-0, 2-0 SEC) limited the Rebels to 205 total yards and added a safety for good measure in their 10th straight win against them. They converted 8-of-17 third downs to control the clock, with A.J. McCarron throwing for 180 yards and an interception on an efficient 25-of-32 attempts. Ole Miss (3-1, 1-1), which was shut out for the first time since 1998, had four possessions deep in Alabama territory and came away empty each time via three turnovers on downs and an interception. Bo Wallace had just 159 passing yards for the Rebels, who were held to 46 yards on the ground and fell to 0-10 all-time when playing the No. 1 ranked team in the country.

Final Score: (2) Oregon 55, California 16

Eugene, OR (Sports Network) - Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas injured his ankle on the opening kickoff Saturday. Somehow, the second-ranked Ducks didn't miss a beat without their dynamic tailback in a 55-16 throttling of the California Golden Bears in a Pac-12 rout. Torrential rain wreaked havoc at Autzen Stadium, especially early on as Cal lost fumbles on their opening four possessions, paving the way for Oregon to jump out to an insurmountable lead. Oregon (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) benched its starters after reaching the 50-point plateau for a school record fourth straight game. Bralon Addison returned two punts for touchdowns, Marcus Mariota had 114 passing yards and three total touchdowns -- two through the air -- and Byron Marshall took over for Thomas and ran for 130 yards and a pair of scores. Cal's Jared Goff, who threw for 1,306 yards in his first three games, was quickly benched after losing two fumbles and throwing an interception. Zach Kline, in his first action as a redshirt freshman, threw for 165 yards with a touchdown and an interception on 18-of-37 attempts. The Bears (1-3, 0-1) have allowed an average of 45.3 points per game in its slow start to the season, but their previous two losses were not as ugly as Saturday's beatdown.

Final Score: (3) Clemson 56, Wake Forest 7

Clemson, SC (Sports Network) - Tajh Boyd and third-ranked Clemson wasted little time revving up its high-powered offense on Saturday. So much for another so-so start. Boyd hit Sammy Watkins for a 64-yard touchdown on the third offensive play of the game and the Tigers coasted to a 56-7 win over Wake Forest. Following a sluggish first half last Thursday against NC State, the Heisman hopeful Boyd led three first quarter touchdown drives within the first 7 1/2 minutes of the game. Clemson (4-0, 2-0 ACC) finished with 415 yards of offense against the Wolfpack, its poorest showing of the season, but totaled 573 yards in this one. Boyd, who went 27-of-38 for a career-best 428 yards and career high-tying five touchdown passes in a 42-13 victory at Wake Forest last season, was 17-of-24 for 311 yards and three touchdowns in 2 1/2 quarters of work. The senior also carried the ball 17 times for 69 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers, who have won the last five in the series over Wake Forest by combined 197-61 count. Watkins hauled in six receptions for 113 yards in the triumph. Tanner Price completed 14-of-22 passes for 125 yards and a score for Wake Forest (2-3, 0-2), which defeated Army last Saturday.

Final Score: (4) Ohio State 31, (23) Wisconsin 24

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Braxton Miller showed no signs of rust following a two-week layoff with a knee injury, throwing four touchdown passes to lead No. 4 Ohio State to a 31-24 with over No. 23 Wisconsin in a Big Ten battle at Ohio Stadium. Miller connected of 17-of-25 passes for 198 yards and also rushed for 83 yards for the Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who extended their winning streak to 17 games, the longest active streak in the nation. Corey Brown caught eight passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns, while Devin Smith and Evan Spencer added a touchdown grab apiece in the win. Joel Stave was 20-for-34 for 295 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, and Jared Abbrederis caught 10 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown for the Badgers (3-2, 1-1), who have dropped three straight to Ohio State.

Final Score: (5) Stanford 55, Washington State 17

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Devon Cajuste hauled in two of Kevin Hogan's three touchdown passes, and a pair of interception returns helped punctuate a 55-17 triumph for fifth-ranked Stanford over Washington State on Saturday at CenturyLink Field. Hogan amassed a career-high 286 yards through the air, with his only blemish an interception on a day in which he completed 16 of his 25 passes. Cajuste highlighted a four-catch, 115-yard performance with 57 and 33-yard scores for Stanford (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12), which has won six straight over the Cougars. Third-quarter interception returns from Jordan Richards and Trent Murphy helped break the game open, as the Cardinal defense held Washington State (3-2, 1-1) to just three points over the first three quarters. Cougars signal caller Connor Halliday threw for 183 yards and an interception on 24-of-36 efficiency. He was forced to leave the game shortly after taking a hard shot on his interception in the third.

Final Score: (9) Georgia 44, (6) LSU 41

Athens, GA (Sports Network) - Aaron Murray one-upped former roommate Zach Mettenberger by throwing four touchdown passes, the last a 25-yarder to Justin Scott-Wesley with 1:47 remaining that lifted Georgia to a thrilling 44-41 victory over LSU in an SEC showdown between top-10 teams. Murray also ran for a touchdown in addition to completing 20-of-34 throws for 298 yards with an interception. The senior quarterback was at his best on a 6-play, 75-yard drive culminating in the deciding score that likely kept the ninth-ranked Bulldogs (3-1, 2-0 SEC) in the BCS title hunt. Michael Bennett caught two of Murray's touchdown tosses, while Chris Conley racked up 112 receiving yards and a score on five catches for Georgia. Keith Marshall, taking over for an injured Todd Gurley in the second quarter, contributed 96 rushing yards on 20 carries to the Bulldogs' third straight win. Mettenberger, who began his career at Georgia before being dismissed from the program in the spring of 2010 for an off-field arrest, had put No. 6 LSU (4-1, 1-1) ahead in the back-and-forth affair by leading a 75-yard touchdown march of his own, capped by a Jeremy Hill run with 4:14 to play. The Athens-area native finished with a personal-best 372 yards on 23-of-37 efficiency and put up three touchdown passes in a valiant, albeit losing, effort.

Final Score: (8) Florida State 48, Boston College 34

Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) - Jameis Winston's torrid start to his first season under center continued as the freshman tossed four touchdown passes to help eighth-ranked Florida State Seminoles fight back from down 14 to defeat Boston College, 48-34. Winston completed 17-of-27 for 329 yards and four scores against just one interception while running for a team-high 68 yards on 14 carries. FSU (4-0, 2-0 ACC) outgained the Eagles, 487-398. Rashad Greene had four receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns while Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw racked up 103 and 90 yards through the air, respectively, with the latter adding a touchdown catch. Chase Rettig was impressive leading the Boston College (2-2, 1-1) attack, matching Winston with four scores on 19-of-29 with two interceptions. C.J. Parsons caught a pair of touchdown passes and Andre Williams carried 28 times for 149 yards.

Final Score: (10) Texas A&M 45, Arkansas 33

Fayetteville, AR (Sports Network) - Johnny Manziel took a back seat in the second half as Kevin Sumlin allowed Texas A&M's deep backfield to steer the wheel. The 10th-ranked Aggies racked up 262 rushing yards in their 45-33 win over Arkansas. Texas A&M, which outscored Arkansas 21-13 in the second half, ran the ball 29 times for 150 yards while throwing only seven passes over the final 30 minutes. Trey Williams tallied 83 yards rushing and a score on nine carries, Tre Carson had 64 yards on the ground on nine totes, Ben Malena ran for two touchdowns and 40 yards on 12 rushes and Manziel added 59 yards rushing on nine carries for Texas A&M (4-1, 1-1 SEC), which has won 10 straight road games. Manziel was 23-of-30 for 261 yards and two scores, Mike Evans hauled in six receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns and Deshazor Everett had a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown in the triumph. The Razorbacks had the ball trailing by a score or less on three occasions in the second half, but Texas A&M's defense held up each time as it forced two three-and-outs and Everett's interception. Returning from a shoulder injury, Brandon Allen was 17-of-36 for 282 yards and three scores for the Razorbacks (3-2, 0-1), who have dropped back-to-back tilts on the heels of a 3-0 start.

Final Score: West Virginia 30, (11) Oklahoma State 21

Morgantown, WV (Sports Network) - Josh Lambert made two of his three field goals in the final four minutes to help West Virginia take down No. 11 Oklahoma State, 30-21, on Saturday. Clint Trickett, the third quarterback to start for West Virginia this season, connected on 24-of-50 passes for 309 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Charles Sims carried the ball 18 times for 60 yards and a score for the Mountaineers (3-2, 1-1 Big 12), who bounced back from a 37-0 loss at Maryland last weekend. Sims also caught five passes for 82 yards. J.W. Walsh completed 20-of-47 passes for 322 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for the Cowboys (3-1, 0-1), who had won their first three games by an average of 31.6 points. Josh Stewart caught seven passes for 127 yards and a score for Oklahoma State, which saw Tracy Moore catch five passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.

Final Score: (12) South Carolina 28, UCF 25

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Mike Davis rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns as the 12th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks roared back to down UCF 28-25 after a dismal first half. UCF (3-1) took an early 10-0 lead, but conceded 28 straight points in the second half to give South Carolina (3-1) the lead. Dylan Thompson took over at quarterback for Connor Shaw, who suffered a right shoulder sprain on South Carolina's first drive of the game. Thompson rushed for a touchdown and completed 15-of-32 passes for 261 yards with an interception. Bruce Ellington led the receiving corps with 88 yards on four receptions. Blake Bortles threw for 358 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for UCF, while Rannell Hall caught two touchdowns with 142 yards.

Final Score: (14) Oklahoma 35, (22) Notre Dame 21

South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Blake Bell threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns, while the Sooners' stout defense picked off Notre Dame's Tommy Rees three times, as No. 14 Oklahoma downed the 22nd-ranked Fighting Irish, 35-21, on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. The Sooners (4-0) smothered Rees from the start, intercepting back-to-back passes from the Notre Dame signal-caller to help create a 14-0 cushion less than three minutes into the game. OU linebacker Corey Nelson returned the first pick 24 yards for a score before Frank Shannon intercepted Rees' next throw, setting up an 11-yard touchdown run from Damien Williams, who finished with 42 rushing yards on nine carries. Bell, making his first career road start, helped the early lead stand, completing 22-of-30 passes while rushing 12 times for 59 yards for Oklahoma, which has won nine straight regular-season games since last year's 30-13 home loss to then-No. 5 Notre Dame. Rees finished a woeful 9- of-24 passing for 104 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions for the Fighting Irish (3-2), who had won nine of the 10 all- time meetings against Oklahoma, with their only other loss to the Sooners coming back in 1956. George Atkinson III provided the lone bright spot for Notre Dame, rushing for a career-high 148 yards and a score on 14 carries in the setback.

Final Score: (15) Miami-Florida 49, South Florida 21

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Duke Johnson rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown despite being shaken up on a hit and No. 15 Miami coasted to a 49-21 win Saturday over South Florida. The Hurricanes (4-0) have won their first four games for the first time since 2004 and are rolling ahead of their ACC opener next week against Georgia Tech. Starting Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris passed for 222 yards and two touchdowns before leaving early in the second quarter with an injured ankle. Ryan Williams took over and threw for 153 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Johnson came out of the game for part of a series in the first quarter after taking a hit across the chin but returned and finished with 14 carries. Stacy Coley had four catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns for Miami and Dallas Crawford rushed for two scores. The Bulls (0-4) are still winless under new coach Willie Taggart and have lost 13 of their last 14 games dating back to Week 3 last season. Steven Bench, who transferred from Penn State after the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, was the third starting quarterback in four games for the Bulls and threw for 189 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Final Score: (16) Washington 31, Arizona 13

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - The battle of Pac-12 unbeatens went to the Washington Huskies. Bishop Sankey was a workhorse for No. 16 Washington, carrying the ball a school record 40 times for 161 yards and a touchdown in a 31-13 victory over the Arizona Wildcats at a rainy Husky Stadium. Keith Price threw a pair of touchdown passes and finished with 165 yards on 14- of-25 attempts for Washington (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12), which has won its opening four games for the first time since 2001, but faces stiff tests against Stanford and Oregon the next two weeks. Arizona (3-1, 0-1) was stopped in its tracks after three lopsided wins out of the gate. Ka'Deem Carey nearly matched Sankey with 132 yards and a touchdown on the ground, but B.J. Denker tossed two interceptions and had just 119 yards on 14-of-35 passes in the setback.

Final Score: (20) Florida 24, Kentucky 7

Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Tyler Murphy helped soothe the sorrows of Florida fans still reeling from starting quarterback Jeff Driskel's season- ending injury last week with an efficient first start on Saturday. Murphy, pressed into action after Driskel sustained a broken tibia in last week's win over Tennessee, completed 15-of-18 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown while adding another score on the ground in the 20th-ranked Gators' 24-7 victory over Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium. With the inexperienced Murphy under center, Matt Jones shouldered the load, rushing for a career-high 176 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries for the Gators (3-1, 2-0 SEC), who have won 27 straight games against the Wildcats, marking the longest active win streak over a major opponent in an annual series. Maxwell Smith struggled under center for the Wildcats (1-3, 0-1), connecting on just 12- of-20 passes for 90 yards with an interception.

Final Score: (25) Fresno State 42, Hawaii 37

Honolulu, HI (Sports Network) - Ranked for the first time in five years, No. 25 Fresno State built a 39-point third quarter lead before having to hold off a furious Hawaii comeback and settling for a 42-37 victory at Aloha Stadium. Derek Carr threw for 324 yards and hooked up with Josh Harper twice for touchdowns, with the receiver totaling 123 yards on nine-receptions. Marteze Waller had 95 yards rushing and his second score of the evening preceded a 56- yard interception return by L.J. Jones that opened a monumental advantage. However, the Rainbow Warriors didn't quit despite only scoring three points through the first 39 minutes of play. Replacing an ineffective Ikaika Woolsey, Sean Schroeder took over behind center and fired three touchdowns on 17-of-26 passing for 321 yards. Jones would help Fresno State (4-0, 2-0 MWC) seal the deal down the stretch, however, picking off Schroeder on the final play of the game to record his second interception and vaulting the Bulldogs to their best start to a season since the 2001 campaign.

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