BLACKSBURG, Va. — East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden threw three touchdown passes and scored a rushing touchdown with 16 seconds left to lead the Pirates to a 28-21 upset of No. 17 Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Carden completed 23 of 47 passes for 427 yards in carrying the Pirates to their first victory against a ranked team since 2009 when they beat then-No.
East Carolina (2-1) snapped a five-game losing streak to ranked opponents.
Virginia Tech (2-1), coming off a road win against then-No. 8 Ohio State, tied the game on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Michael Brewer to Cam Phillips with 1:20 left.
But the Pirates needed just three plays to go 65 yards and scored the winner on a 1-yard run by Carden
Brewer completed 30 of 56 passes for 298 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions for the Hokies.
EUGENE, Ore. — Quarterback Marcus Mariota passed for 221 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores and No. 2 Oregon survived a slow start Saturday to beat Wyoming 48-14.
Oregon (3-0) erased a 7-0 deficit with four second-quarter touchdowns to take command.
Mariota became the fourth Oregon quarterback to pass for more than 7,000 yards. The Ducks junior completed 19 of 23 passes, two for touchdowns. Mariota also rushed five times for 71 yards, including touchdown runs of 15 and 19 yards.
Mariota has thrown a school-record 71 touchdowns, with at least one TD thrown in all 29 games he’s appeared in.
AMHERST, N.Y. — Senior quarterback Bryce Petty showed no signs of being affected by two cracked bones in his back by leading No. 8 Baylor to a 63-21 win against Buffalo on Friday night. Petty showed he was capable of carrying the Bears’ explosive offense by completing 23 of 34 attempts for 416 yards and four touchdowns through three quarters.
“A lot of answered prayers,” said Petty, who was hurt in a season-opening 45-0 win against SMU two weeks ago.
Petty completed his first nine attempts for 197 yards, and even showed he could take a few hits by running the ball twice for 11 yards.
The Bears have now outscored their opponents 178-27 this season.
Baylor scored on its first four possessions on its way to a 35-0 halftime lead. Baylor had more touchdowns (five) than Buffalo had first downs (four) through two quarters.
Shock Linwood had 97 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Lynx Hawthorne and Jay Lee each caught two touchdowns passes, and 18-year-old freshman KD Cannon added to his highlight-reel resume with an electrifying 89-yard touchdown catch.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Maty Mauk threw four touchdown passes, two each to Jimmie Hunt and Bud Sasser, and passed for 144 yards to lead No. 20 Missouri past Central Florida 38-10 on Saturday.
The Tigers (3-0) led 14-10 at halftime before pulling away from the Knights (0-2), who had won their past two games against ranked teams.
Quarterback Justin Holman threw for 209 yards and one touchdown in his first career start for Central Florida, which only had 134 yards in the second half. Missouri had five sacks and forced four turnovers in the final 30 minutes.
Mauk entered the day tied for first nationally with eight passing touchdowns, and said this week that he likes to think aggressively on the field, even though sometimes it can be to the Tigers’ detriment.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Greyson Lambert threw for one touchdown and ran for another and Ian Frye kicked a 42-yard field goal with 3:41 remaining, giving Virginia a 23-21 victory against No. 21 Louisville on Saturday.
The winning points came after Louisville’s James Quick fumbled a punt and Kelvin Rainey recovered for Virginia (2-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) at the Cardinals 25. Four plays later, Frye’s third field goal of the game allowed the Cavaliers to end an 11-game slide against FBS-level competition.
Louisville (2-1, 1-1) had tied the game midway through the quarter, but the Cardinals’ fourth turnover was too much for them to overcome. On the fumbled punt, Quick was bumped into by a teammate.
The victory was the first for Virginia against a ranked team since a 14-13 triumph at Florida State on Nov. 19, 2011, and was their first in their past 11 games against ACC competition.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — J.T. Barrett matched a school record with six touchdown passes — five in the first half — to lead No. 22 Ohio State, rebounding from a loss to Virginia Tech, to a 66-0 victory against Kent State on Saturday.
The win was the 39th in a row against an in-state opponent for the Buckeyes (2-1), who haven’t lost since a 7-6 setback to Oberlin in 1921.
Nick Holley had six receptions for Kent State (0-3), which got $850,000 to get pounded before a crowd of 104,404 at Ohio Stadium.
Now the Buckeyes, who plummeted 14 spots in the polls and weathered a lot of criticism after last week’s 35-21 loss at home to the Hokies, have a bye week before hosting Cincinnati on Sept. 27.
PROVO, Utah — Dual-threat junior quarterback Taysom Hill ran for 160 yards on 26 carries with one score, and threw for 200 yards and another in No. 25 BYU’s 33-25 victory against Houston on Thursday night.
Jamaal Williams rushed for 139 yards and two TDs for BYU, which has won its opening three games for the first time since 2008. BYU moved into the rankings after a 41-7 victory against Texas last weekend.
BYU jumped out to an early 23-0 lead, but Houston (1-2) scored 15 consecutive points before halftime. Overall, BYU had 11 penalties for 98 yards, had a player ejected, and committed three turnovers.
Houston’s John O’Korn passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns, including a 45-yard desperation heave to Daniel Spencer as time ran out in the first half. Deontay Greenberry made a pair of touchdown catches.