College football’s biggest teams continue their 2022 seasons during Saturday’s Week 3 action. Here’s a rundown of the day.
Briefly: Bryce Young passed for three touchdowns and rushed for a fourth, Will Anderson Jr. scored on an interception return and Alabama rolled to a 63-7 victory. The Crimson Tide scored on offense, defense and special teams in the first six minutes and raced to a 28-0 first-quarter lead.
Next up: Alabama begins conference place against Vanderbilt. Louisiana-Monroe faces off with Louisiana-Lafayette at home.
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Briefly: Stetson Bennett threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns, both to Brock Bowers as the defending national champion made another statement in a rout of the Gamecocks.
One highlight to know: Bowers, who also scored a rushing touchdown, had this 78-yard pass from Bennett.
.@brockbowers17 WITH A 78 YARD HAT TRICK 🎩🎩🎩#GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/1vHvcBK8Dm
Next up: Georgia returns home for a matchup with Kent State; South Carolina hosts Charlotte.
Briefly: C.J. Stroud threw five touchdown passes and Ohio State rolled up 762 yards on the way to a runaway defeat of Toledo. The Buckeyes scored on all six of their first-half possessions, with Stroud completing 18 of 20 passes for 297 yards and a pair of touchdown passes each to Marvin Harrison Jr. and Julian Fleming.
Next up: Ohio State hosts Wisconsin. Toledo heads west to face San Diego State.
Briefly: Will Shipley ran for two touchdowns and D.J. Uiagalelei threw for two scores as Clemson overcame a slow start to cruise past Louisiana Tech. The Tigers led 13-6 at halftime before putting together three touchdown drives in the third quarter to put the game away.
Next up: Clemson heads to Wake Forest. Louisiana Tech goes on road to South Alabama.
Briefly: Blake Corum rushed five touchdowns and J.J. McCarthy had an efficient game, completing 15 of 18 passes for 214 in the Wolverines win over an outmatched UConn squad.
One highlight to know: A.J. Henning weaves through the porous UConn punt coverage team to take it 61 yards for a touchdown.
House Call 🏠 @AJHenning3 returns the punt for a No. 4 @UMichFootball TD. pic.twitter.com/Spx7bpGHXY
Next up: Michigan squares off with Maryland. Connecticut plays at North Carolina State.
Briefly: Oklahoma scored 49 straight points after Nebraska took their first possession for a score, spoiling interim coach Mickey Joseph’s debut. Oklahoma had 580 yards of total offense.
One highlight to know: Tight end Brayden Willis throws a TD to a wide open Marcus Major for an Oklahoma touchdown.
Just havin’ fun out here. @Bwillis_11 @Md24jr
📺 @CFBONFOX | #OUDNApic.twitter.com/1Gp9DgGswR
Next up: Nebraska takes a week off before Indiana comes to town. Oklahoma faces Kansas State in its Big 12 opener at home.
Briefly: Spencer Sanders threw for four touchdowns and backup Gunner Gundy added two more as the Oklahoma State passing game compiled370 yards in a comfortable victory against a Championship Subdivision opponent.
Next up: Oklahoma State opens Big 12 play at Baylor. Arkansas-Pine Bluff faces Alcorn State.
Briefly Southern California’s high-powered offense had another big day and the Trojans overpowered Fresno State to stay perfect since Lincoln Riley was hired after last season. Caleb Williams had two touchdown throws and two scoring runs, while USC slowed down the Bulldogs after halftime following an injury to quarterback Jake Haener.
Next up: USC pays a visit to Oregon State. Fresno State travels to Connecticut on Oct. 1.
Briefly: Michael Penix Jr. threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns, and Washington emphatically stated its case as a contender in the Pac-12 with a 39-28 defeat of Michigan State. Penix’s started fast, helping the Huskies lead 29-8 at halftime and 36-14 after three quarters.
One highlight to watch: Penix found Ja’Lynn Polk for a 53-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.
His name is Michael Penix Jr. He is him.
📱 https://t.co/MyEI9vbxPJ@UW_Football | #Pac12FB pic.twitter.com/aeVue6lM3b
Next up: Michigan State gets a visit from Minnesota. Washington starts its Pac-12 campaign at home against Stanford.
Briefly: Will Levis had 377 yards passing and three total touchdowns for the Wildcats, who showed no letdown after their victory last week against Florida.
One highlight to know: Carrington Valentine does his own tip-drill for the interception in the end zone.
📺 – @SECNetwork 📲 – https://t.co/KlLaJXWxFv pic.twitter.com/p40h5MT3fQ
Next up: Kentucky gets a visit from Northern Illinois; Youngstown State hits the road for a trip to North Dakota State on Oct. 1.
Briefly: Rocket Sanders and Bryce Stephens had long scoring plays in a 2:22 span of the fourth quarter to help Arkansas avoid an upset bid by Missouri State and former Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino. With Arkansas trailing by 10, Sanders caught a shovel pass for a 73-yard touchdown scamper with 11:38 left and Stephens returned Missouri State’s ensuing punt 82 yards to give Arkansas its first lead of the game.
One highlight to know: Stephens goes the distance for the go-ahead score for Arkansas.
On the very DAY Joe Adams goes into the Razorback Hall of Honor, Bryce Stephens has his own punt return moment at DWRRS. pic.twitter.com/3HgSelJrOh
Next up: Arkansas matches up with Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas. Missouri State clashes with South Dakota State at home.
Briefly: Aydan White returned one of his two interceptions 84 yards for a touchdown to lead a strong defensive effort that carried North Carolina State past Texas Tech. Facing the Bowl Subdivision’s top passing offense, veteran Wolfpack defense harassed quarterback Donovan Smith and shut down any ground game the Red Raiders tried to muster.
One highlight to watch: White’s pick and score put the Wolfpack up 20-0.
Aydan White pick six
NC State is opening up the flood gates 🌊 pic.twitter.com/vcj44UrOih
Next up: North Carolina hosts Connecticut. Texas Tech gets a visit from Texas.
Briefly: Looking for a way to get his team back on track after an upset last week, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher benched quarterback Haynes King for Max Johnson, and the LSU transfer came through to help the Aggies down the Miami. Johnson threw for 140 yards and a touchdown in his first start for Texas A&M, which held the Hurricanes out of the end zone and got a fourth-down stop late in the game to secure the win one week after the team lost to Appalachian State.
Next up: Miami gets a visit from Middle Tennessee. Texas A&M meets Arkansas in Arlington, Texas.
Briefly: Bo Nix had three rushing touchdowns and passed for two more as the Ducks jumped out to a big early lead and cruised to an easy defeat of BYU. Oregon had more than 200 yards rushing and passing as its balanced offense was too much for the Cougars.
One highlight to know: Nix hits Terrance Ferguson for a touchdown right before halftime.
Bo Nix with the DART for another @oregonfootball TD 💪🦆 pic.twitter.com/zeNMhiKUgR
Next up: Oregon faces Washington State on the road, while BYU returns home for a matchup with Wyoming.
Briefly: Cam Rising threw for 224 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in three quarters to help Utah rout San Diego State. Rising is the first Utah quarterback since 2017 to pass for 200 or more yards in the first three games of the season. The Utes forced a pair of turnovers and scored touchdowns following both takeaways.
Next up: Utah heads south to Arizona State. San Diego State has a home matchup with Toledo.
Briefly: Jalin Hyatt caught five passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns to lead Tennessee to a 63-6 victory against Akron. Hyatt had scoring passes of 57 and 48 yards in the first half as the Volunteers jumped to a 35-0 lead over the Zips. Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker threw for 251 yards and two scores in the first 30 minutes and finished with 298 yards.
Next up: Tennessee hosts Florida in big SEC matchup. Akron heads to Liberty.
Briefly: Quinshon Johnson and Zach Evans each had two touchdowns rushing as part of a ground attack that piled up 316 yards for Misissippi on the road.Ole Miss ran for all six of its touchdowns, averaging 5.1 yards on a staggering 62 carries.
Next up: Mississippi heads home to face Tulsa. Georgia Tech hits the road for a visit to Central Florida.
Briefly: Sam Hartman threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns and the Wake Forest defense got a clutch stop on a two-point conversion to hold off Liberty. The Demon Deacons led 20-8 at half before the Flames rallied with two scores in the third quarter to take the lead. Wake went ahead by seven in the fourth quarter before Liberty scored on a fourth-down pass and opted to go for the win.
One highlight to know: Kaidon Salter hit Damien Douglas on fourth down for a touchdown to give Liberty the opportunity to win the game.
LIBERTY TOUCHDOWN pic.twitter.com/5cISvfsSTQ
Next up: Wake Forest hosts Clemson in a ranked showdown. Liberty faces Akron at home.
Briefly: Richard Reese rushed for 156 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Bears closed out their non-conference slate with dominant defeat of Texas State.
One highlight to know: Quarterback Blake Shapen fools everyone on the read option and scoots for a 35-yard touchdown run.
FOOLED EVERYONE!! 🐻⚡️ @BShapen takes off for the TD! @BUFootball pic.twitter.com/KsSn3SJi6m
Next up: Baylor starts Big 12 conference play on the road at Iowa State; Texas State hosts Houston Baptist.
Briefly: Bijan Robinson ran for 183 yards and three touchdowns as Texas started slow before overcoming Texas-San Antonio in the second half. The Roadrunners led 17-7 but the Longhorns scored twice to knot the game at intermission. Robinson had long touchdown run and Jahdae Barron scored on 44-yard interception return to break open the game in the third quarter.
One highlight to know: Robinson’s run in the third quarter gave Texas a lead it would never relinquish.
Roschon Johnson takes the snap out of the wildcat (ShugCat imo) and Bijan Robinson does the rest!
Longest run of Bijan’s career gives Texas a 24-17 lead over UTSA early in the 3rd quarter #HookEm | @Horns247 pic.twitter.com/BY6onl9boE
Next up: Texas travels to in-state rival Texas Tech. Texas-San Antonio gets a visit from Texas Southern.
Briefly: Trevor Etienne’s 3-yard touchdown run with 5 minutes remaining helped Florida rally to beat South Florida. South Florida’s Spencer Shrader missed a 48-yard field goal with 23 seconds left that likely would have sent the game into overtime. Shrader had little chance at making the kick after Andrew Beardall dropped the snap while trying to get the ball down.
One highlight to know: South Florida’s game-tying kick missed after a bad hold.
South Florida missed the game tying FG…
But they easily cover 😎pic.twitter.com/LEnaguoEOH
Next up: Florida hits the road for Tennessee. South Florida plays at Louisville.
Briefly: Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen both rushed for two touchdowns as Penn State went on the road and dominated the Tigers in a key non-conference victory. The Nittany Lions defense was outstanding and forced four turnovers and limited the Tigers to just one touchdown.
One highlight to know: Singleton breaks off a 54-yard touchdown run to ice the game for Penn State.
Nick Singleton turned on the jets 💨
54-yards to the house
Next up: Penn State faces Central Michigan at home. Auburn hosts Missouri in SEC league play.
Briefly: Pittsburgh running back Israel Abanikanda carried the ball 31 times for 131 yards and a touchdown to carry the Panthers to a revenge victory after losing at home to Western Michigan last year. Pitt was without its top two quarterbacks, but third-string signal caller Nate Yarnell was efficient under center, going 9-for-12 passing for 179 yards and a touchdown.
Next up: Pittsburgh hosts Rhode Island. Western Michigan travels to San Jose State.