Jake Fromm threw for 194 yards and a touchdown, all three of Georgia’s latest running combo scored touchdowns and the third-ranked Bulldogs turned an expected Southeastern Conference showdown into a blowout with a 41-17 victory over No. 24 South Carolina on Saturday.
The Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1 SEC) came in ranked for the first time in four years, and some thought they had a chance of upsetting the defending SEC champions early in the season. Instead, the Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0) used dominating offense and suffocating defense to win their fourth straight over South Carolina.
No. 1 Alabama 57, Arkansas State 7: Tua Tagovailoa passed for three first-quarter touchdowns and Jalen Hurts added two more before halftime as the Crimson Tide rolled the Red Wolves in Tuscalossa, Alabama.
The Crimson Tide (2-0) racked up big plays on the way to a 40-0 halftime lead while rotating the quarterbacks who battled for the job throughout the offseason.
No. 2 Clemson 28, Texas A&M 26: Kelly Bryant threw for 205 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to help the Tigers escape with a victory over Kellen Mond and the Aggies in College Station, Texas.
Mond was spectacular in the second half, throwing for three touchdowns, with a 14-yard pass to Kendrick Rogers cutting the lead to 28-26 with 46 seconds left. But his big performance came up just short when the 2-point conversion attempt was intercepted in the end zone.
No. 4 Ohio State 52, Rutgers 3: Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw four touchdown passes and the Buckeyes downed the Scarlet Knights in Columbus, Ohio, for their 900th victory in program history.
Johnnie Dixon grabbed two of Haskins’ scoring strikes, and backup quarterback Tate Martell added another touchdown pass and a 47-yard scoring run on a gray, misty afternoon.
No. 5 Wisconsin 45, New Mexico 14: Jonathan Taylor ran for a career-high 253 yards and three touchdowns, and the Badgers asserted its dominance after allowing a score on the game-opening drive en route to a win over the Lobos in Madison, Wisconsin.
A.J. Taylor had 134 yards receiving and a score to help the Badgers (2-0) win their 41st straight home nonconference game. That’s the longest active streak in the FBS.
No. 7 Auburn 63, Alabama State 9: JaTarvious Whitlow ran for 122 yards and receiver Anthony Schwartz accounted for 117 total yards and two touchdowns to help the Tigers rout the Hornets in Auburn, Alabama.
Starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham played only into the second quarter, with the Tigers (2-0) leading 42-0. The redshirt junior finished 6 of 11 for 113 yards with a passing and rushing score.
No. 8 Notre Dame 24, Ball State 16: Jalen Elliott had two interceptions that Notre Dame turned into touchdowns and the Fighting Irish held off the Cardinals in South Bend, Indiana.
The Irish (2-0), coming off an emotional 24-17 season-opening victory over Michigan, looked lackluster against the Mid-American Conference foe.
No. 11 LSU 31, Southeastern Louisiana 0: Joe Burrow passed for two touchdowns and ran for a short score, and the Tigers rode an opportunistic defensive performance to top the Lions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
No. 12 Virginia Tech 62, William & Mary 17: Steven Peoples had two first-half touchdown runs, and Josh Jackson threw for a touchdown and ran for another in the Hokies’ win over the Tribe in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Jackson went to the bench before halftime with the Hokies (2-0) up 31-7, and backup Ryan Willis led a touchdown drive on his first college series.
No. 13 Penn State 51, Pittsburgh 6: Trace McSorley threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Nittany Lions pulled away against the Panthers in Pittsburgh.
KJ Hamler ran 32 yards for a score and hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass from McSorley as the Nittany Lions (2-0) bounced back from an opening week scare against Appalachian State to dominate their 99th meeting with the Panthers (1-1).
No. 14 West Virginia 52, Youngstown State 17: Will Grier threw three of his four touchdown passes to Gary Jennings to lead the Mountaineers over the Penguins in Morgantown, West Virginia.
No. 18 Mississippi State 31, Kansas State 10: Nick Fitzgerald returned from a suspension to throw two touchdown passes, Kylin Hill ran for 211 yards and accounted for three scores to lead the visiting Bulldogs over the Wildcats in Manhattan, Kansas.
It was the first road win over a Power Five opponent for the Bulldogs (2-0) since 1995 against Baylor.
No. 19 UCF 38, South Carolina State 0: Adrian Killins Jr. ran for 89 yards and two touchdowns to help the Knights rout the Bulldogs in Orlando, Florida, for their 15th straight victory.
Killins Jr. scored on runs of 3 and 24 yards in the first quarter.
No. 20 Boise State 62, UConn 7: Brett Rypien threw for 362 yards and three touchdowns in little more than a half and the Broncos set a school record for offensive yards in a rout of the Huskies.
The Broncos (2-0) gained 818 yards, including 514 in the first half. The previous record was 742 yards on Oct. 15, 2011 against Colorado State in Boise State’s first Mountain West game.
No. 21 Michigan 49, Western Michigan 3: Shea Patterson threw three touchdown passes, one in each of the first three quarters, to help the Wolverines beat the Broncos in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
No. 22 Miami 77, Savannah State 0: Malik Rosier threw for two scores and rushed for another, N’Kosi Perry came off the bench to throw the first three touchdown passes of his collegiate career, and the Hurricanes set a school record for margin of victory in a win over the Tigers in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Kentucky 17, No. 25 Florida 16: The Wildcats ended one of college football’s longest losing streaks by upsetting The Gators in Gainesville, Florida.