ATHENS, Ga. — Sony Michel ran for 155 yards and three touchdowns to highlight a big day for freshmen in No. 13 Georgia’s 66-0 win against Troy on Saturday.
Michel, playing behind Todd Gurley, had a 75-yard gain to set up his second touchdown.
Among other standout freshmen for Georgia (2-1) were receiver Isaiah McKenzie, who scored on a 52-yard punt return, and Bryce Ramsey, who threw his first career touchdown pass.
The Bulldogs posted their highest scoring game since a 70-6 win against Northeast Louisiana in 1994 and their most lopsided victory since beating The Citadel 76-0 in 1958.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Fifth-ranked Auburn eked out a 20-14 victory at No. 20 Kansas State on Thursday night.
With Auburn’s vaunted ground game held in check all night, the Tigers finally pulled away when they went to the air. Nick Marshall threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns, and Auburn forced a trio of turnovers while capitalizing on three missed field goals by the Wildcats.
Still, the game wasn’t over until Marshall found D’haquille Williams running wide open on third-and-9 at the Auburn 37. The completion with 2:06 remaining went for 39 yards, a first down that effectively ended the game, and gave the Tigers (3-0) their first nonconference road win over a ranked team since knocking off Florida State in 1984.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Connor Cook threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score as No. 11 Michigan State scored the third-most points in program history, smashing Eastern Michigan 73-14 on Saturday.
The Spartans (2-1) came up three points short of matching the school record set in 1989 against Northwestern and found the end zone on their first five possessions. Michigan State scored 75 points against Arizona in 1949.
Eastern Michigan (1-3) was outgained 320-1 in the first half and surrendered the game’s first 20 first downs. The Eagles have been outscored 155-17 by Florida, Old Dominion and the Spartans.
Michigan State finished with 336 yards rushing, 496 in total offense and held the Eagles to five first downs.
MADISON, Wis. — Melvin Gordon rushed for career highs of 253 yards and five touchdowns, and No. 19 Wisconsin ran for a Big Ten-record 644 yards to trample Bowling Green for a 68-17 victory Saturday.
Gordon had 179 yards and four scores by halftime alone before dashing for a 69-yard touchdown on his first carry of the second half. He silenced any doubters worried about his 38-yard outing the previous game.
The Badgers (2-1) forced two turnovers on back-to-back possessions by the Falcons (2-2) in the first half to break open a close game.