College Football Saturday Rundown: Gubrud leads Eastern Washington past NAU, 50-35
FLAGSTAFF — Gage Gubrud threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and surpassed 400 yards of total offense for the fourth time in four starts to lead Eastern Washington to a 50-35 win over Northern Arizona on Saturday night.
Gubrud completed 35 of 56 passes for 392 yards and ran for 95 yards, scoring on a 21-yard run with 8:53 left that put the Eagles (3-1, 1-0 Big Sky Conference) up 50-28.
Antoine Custer and Tamarick Pierce both had two rushing touchdowns for EWU and Shaq Hill and Nic Sblendorio had the receiving touchdowns.
Eastern’s All-American wide receiver Cooper Kupp returned after missing 1½ games with a shoulder injury and had 11 catches for 111 yards, his 25th 100-yard game of his 42-game career. Kendrick Bourne had six receptions for 100 yards.
Case Cookus threw for 245 yards and three touchdowns for the Lumberjacks (1-3, 0-1) but left the game with an injured shoulder in the second half.
EWU took a 22-21 lead when Roldan Alcobendas kicked a 43-yard field goal with 23 seconds left in the first half. The Eagles then scored on their first two drives of the second half to take command.
No. 7 Stanford rallies past UCLA 22-13
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — J.J. Arcega-Whiteside caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Burns with 24 seconds to play, and No. 7 Stanford rallied on its final drive for its ninth consecutive victory over UCLA, 22-13 on Saturday night.
Christian McCaffrey rushed for 138 yards for the Cardinal (3-0, 2-0 Pac-12), who haven’t lost to their downstate rivals since 2008.
After struggling on offense for 3 1/2 quarters at the Rose Bowl, Stanford put together a 70-yard winning drive capped by Burns’ fade to Arcega-Whiteside, who got one foot inbounds on an acrobatic play. Solomon Thomas then returned Josh Rosen’s fumble 42 yards for a touchdown on the game’s final play.
Rosen passed for 248 yards for the Bruins (2-2, 0-1). UCLA’s defense faltered late after severely limiting the Cardinal and McCaffrey, who had his 14th consecutive 100-yard rushing game, for most of the night at the Rose Bowl.
After trailing for most of the night, the defending Pac-12 champions narrowly celebrated yet another victory on the same turf where they won the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day. Even with the cheap final touchdown, Stanford had its lowest-scoring performance since the 2015 season opener.
JJ Molson hit his second field goal with 6:32 to play to put UCLA up 13-9, but Stanford got the ball back at its 30 with 2:05 left and confidently marched down the field.
Rosen got the Bruins to midfield in the final seconds, but couldn’t reach field goal range before fumbling on a sack from behind.
Kenny Young’s 40-yard interception return set up Nate Iese’s TD catch in the first half.
Reed kicks game-winning field goal as Duke beats Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — AJ Reed kicked a 19-yard field goal with 84 seconds left as Duke rallied back from an early two-touchdown deficit to beat Notre Dame 38-35 on Saturday.
Reed had missed all three of his field goal attempts this season before kicking the game winner. Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who opted to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the 19 early in the fourth quarter and failed, said he didn’t hesitate to let Reed attempt the field goal, saying the team had confidence in him.
“That unit there, they believe in him and he’s got a lot of talent. I know when it came down there at the end — the field goal — there was no doubt in my mind he was going to make it,” he said.
Reed said he knew his teammates were behind him.
“They were all telling me that they had my back and that they knew I was going to get it done for them,” he said.
Daniel Jones threw for three touchdowns, including a 64-yard scoring pass to Anthony Nash midway through the fourth quarter to tie the score as Duke beat the Irish for just the second time.
The first win was in their first meeting, a 9-7 victory in Durham, North Carolina, in 1958. Jones was 24 of 32 passing for 290 yards and Duke rushed for 208 yards.
Hornibrook proves he’s ready in Badgers’ win over Spartans
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — By the time Alex Hornibrook’s first start was over, there wasn’t much question about whether he could handle one of the toughest road tests in the Big Ten.
Hornibrook threw for 195 yards and a touchdown, and 11th-ranked Wisconsin turned its early-season showdown with No. 8 Michigan State into a rout, beating the Spartans 30-6 on Saturday.
“You’ve got to have respect for a guy whose first start is against a Michigan State defense,” Wisconsin running back Corey Clement said.
“He’s going to come out the next game and do even better. I think he’s just getting his feet wet.”
The freshman quarterback outplayed fifth-year senior Tyler O’Connor, his Michigan State counterpart. The Badgers (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) were the better team in the first half and then outscored the Spartans 17-0 in the third quarter.
Michigan State (2-1, 0-1) was down 13-6 early in the third and had the ball in Wisconsin territory when LJ Scott’s fumble bounced to Wisconsin’s Leo Musso in the secondary. O’Connor was the only player with a decent shot at him on the return, and Musso spun past the quarterback and went all the way to the end zone for a 66-yard touchdown.
O’Connor finished 18 of 38 for 224 yards with three interceptions.
“People have been saying a lot of good things about us lately,” Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said. “And now we’ll take some shots.”
Clement ran for two touchdowns for Wisconsin, which went with Hornibrook at quarterback after Bart Houston started the first three games. Hornibrook wasn’t spectacular, but he kept his cool.
“That’s something that I take pride in, just staying the same level, not going too far up or too far down,” he said.
No. 4 Michigan gets 6 rushing TDs in 49-10 rout of Penn St
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — De’Veon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown and Karan Higdon ran for two scores and No. 4 Michigan routed Penn State 49-10 on Saturday in both teams’ Big Ten opener.
The Wolverines scored six touchdowns on the ground as they finished with 326 yards rushing. Wilton Speight threw one touchdown pass.
“I was really impressed by all of our running backs,” coach Jim Harbaugh said. “We were moving the chains and breaking off big runs. That’s an efficient way to great way to move the ball, and our entire offense was very effective with it today.”
Michigan (4-0) dominated both sides of the ball. Penn State (2-2) has lost three straight to the Wolverines.
“Give Michigan credit, that’s a good, mature football team,” Penn State coach James Franklin said. “They are one of the oldest teams in the country, and they are ranked No. 4 for a reason.”
Jabrill Peppers gave the fans an early thrill by returning Penn State’s first punt to the 9, although a bench-interference penalty moved the ball to the Nittany Lions 24. Seven plays later, Khalid Hill dove in on 4th-and-goal from the 1.
“It’s cool that Coach trusts us to jam the ball in that situation,” Speight said. “Every guy on the offense wanted to go for it on that fourth down, and it is nice to be on the same page with Coach.”
The Wolverines also scored touchdowns on their next two drives. Penn State finally got a couple stops, but the Wolverines took a 28-0 halftime lead on Higdon’s 2-yard run.
The Nittany Lions got on the board with a field goal early in the third, but Chris Evans made it 35-3 with a 3-yard run and the Wolverines cruised to the win.
Dobbs rallies No. 14 Vols to 38-28 win over No. 19 Gators
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Joshua Dobbs accounted for five second-half touchdowns Saturday and No. 14 Tennessee erased a 21-point deficit to beat No. 19 Florida 38-28 and end their 11-game losing streak in the annual series.
This marks the first time Tennessee (4-0, 1-0 SEC) has beaten Florida (3-1, 1-1) since a 30-28 victory in 2004. The Volunteers had lost to Florida by a single point each of the last two years despite leading in the fourth quarter of both games.
This time, Tennessee delivered the comeback by scoring 38 consecutive points.
Dobbs threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth score — all in the second half. He went 16 of 32 for 319 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Dobbs also rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Trailing 21-0 early against the nation’s top-ranked defense, Tennessee stormed back and took a 24-21 lead with 12:45 left on Dobbs’ 67-yard completion to a wide-open Jauan Jennings, who bobbled the ball a few times near the right sideline before making the catch while staying inbounds.
After Todd Kelly Jr. intercepted an Austin Appleby pass on Florida’s next possession, Dobbs connected with Josh Malone on a 42-yard touchdown with 11:48 remaining. Dobbs added a 5-yard touchdown run with 8:27 left to make it 38-21.
No. 23 Rebels find their rhythm, beat No. 12 Georgia 45-14
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly faked the handoff and then took off running toward the end zone. A few seconds and 41 yards later, the quarterback had cruised through the middle of the Georgia defense and into the end zone untouched.
It was pretty much that easy for the Rebels all afternoon. Ole Miss finally built a lead it couldn’t give away.
No. 23 Ole Miss rolled to a 45-14 victory over No. 12 Georgia on Saturday, building a 31-0 lead by halftime and a 45-0 advantage by midway through the fourth quarter.
Kelly threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns. Ole Miss (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) broke a 10-game losing streak in the series dating to 1996.
Carlson’s 6 field goals lift Auburn past No. 18 LSU 18-13
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Gus Malzahn was ready to try anything to get a win for his Auburn Tigers.
Malzahn relinquished offensive play-calling duties. Following his daughters’ advice, he traded his usual game-day visor for a cap. And then, when the clock expired and LSU players were celebrating an apparent last-second win, the Auburn coach put all his faith in a ruling he couldn’t control.
Daniel Carlson kicked six field goals and Auburn beat No. 18 LSU 18-13 on Saturday night after officials ruled Danny Etling’s apparent last-gasp scoring pass came after time expired.
Malzahn said he knew there were only zeroes on the clock before the snap to Etling.
“I was pretty confident time had expired,” Malzahn said. “It was just a matter of going to the booth and confirming it.”
Etling rolled to his right and found D.J. Shark in the back of the end zone on a 15-yard pass, setting off a short-lived celebration by LSU players.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever come as close to winning a game and finishing second as today,” LSU coach Les Miles said.
LSU center Ethan Pocic said he it was “unbelievable” to briefly believe his team won.
“One second you do but then one second you don’t, but that’s college football,” Pocic said. The celebration shifted to the Auburn sideline and the similarly dramatic turn in emotions.
“It was terrifying, just knowing as an athlete, there’s nothing you can do about it,” said running back Kerryon Johnson, who led Auburn with 93 yards rushing. “... Just to see the clock run out and know it’s over officially made me feel great.”
It was an important for Auburn (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) and Malzahn, who faced increased criticism following losses to Top 25 teams Clemson and Texas A&M.
“I think it will give us some momentum moving forward,” Malzahn said.
Malzahn gave play-calling responsibility to offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and said Lashlee will retain the role even after Auburn was held without a touchdown.
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