Christian McCaffrey had two long touchdown runs and Ryan Burns threw a scoring pass in his first career start to lead No. 8 Stanford past Kansas State 26-13 in Stanford, California, Friday.
With the Wildcats focused on stopping McCaffrey after he set the major college football record for all-purpose yards and finished second last year in Heisman Trophy voting, Stanford turned to its new quarterback to lead the offense early in the opener for both teams.
Burns completed his first 10 passes, including a 40-yard touchdown strike to Michael Rector on the opening play of the second quarter.
McCaffrey finished with 126 yards on 22 carries and 210 all-purpose yards.
(12) Michigan State 28, Furman 13: Tyler O’Connor threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns, and the Spartans held off the Paladins in East Lansing, Michigan.
O’Connor went 13 of 18 with an interception, a generally efficient performance in his second career start.
(23) Baylor 55, Northwestern State 7: Seth Russell threw four touchdown passes in less than a half to lead the Bears past the Demons in Waco, Texas.
Russell was the top-rated FBS passer when he suffered a season-ending neck injury in the seventh game last season. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 163 yards.
Colorado 44, Colorado State 7: Sefo Liufau threw for 318 yards to become Colorado’s all-time leading passer and offensive lineman Alex Kelley recovered a fumble for a score as the Buffaloes rolled past the Rams in Denver.
Tailback Phillip Lindsay had two TDs for Colorado, which built a 37-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
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