AP Top 25 Roundup: Mississippi State pulls off shocker at No. 8 LSU

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Mississippi State pulls off surprise upset of No. 8 LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — Dak Prescott highlighted a dynamic performance with two touchdown passes and a 56-yard scoring run, and Mississippi State held off a wild rally by No. 8 LSU for a 34-29 victory Saturday night that snapped the Bulldogs’ 14-year losing streak in the series.

MSU led 34-10 in the fourth quarter, but LSU scored three late touchdowns.

That set up a last-second desperation heave by LSU backup quarterback Brandon Harris, which was intercepted by Will Redmond at the goal line.

Prescott, a Louisiana native, finished with 268 yards passing and 105 yards rushing while helping the Bulldogs (4-0) not only beat LSU (3-1) for the first time since 1999, but win in Tiger Stadium for the first time since 1991 — about two years before Prescott was born.

His touchdown passes went for 74-yards to Jameon Lewis and 9 yards to De’Runnya Wilson. Josh Robinson rushed for 197 yards and a touchdown.

Sims, Cooper dominate through the air as No. 3 Alabama tops Florida

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Blake Sims recorded Alabama’s second-best passing day with 445 yards and the third-ranked Crimson Tide overcame a sloppy performance to beat Florida 42-21 on Saturday.

The Tide (4-0) committed four turnovers that turned into 21 points for the Gators (2-1), who still couldn’t handle the Sims-to-Amari Cooper connection.

Sims threw touchdown passes of 87 yards to Kenyan Drake on the opening play and 79 to Cooper later in the first quarter. Cooper, who came in leading the nation in receptions, caught 10 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns.

The Tide’s turnovers and other miscues kept the game close into the fourth quarter. Alabama’s 645 total yards was the most the Gators have allowed.

Florida’s Jeff Driskel was harassed and ineffective passing. He was 9 of 28 passing for 93 yards and was intercepted twice while the offense produced just 200 yards.

No. 4 Oklahoma outlasts West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Bruising freshman Samaje Perine rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 4 Oklahoma to a 45-33 win against West Virginia in its Big 12 opener Saturday night.

Alex Ross scored on a 100-yard kickoff return and quarterback Trevor Knight caught a 4-yard scoring pass on a trick play for the Sooners (4-0).

Oklahoma pulled away from a 24-24 halftime tie to win its eighth consecutive game dating to last season and its 11th road game in 12 tries.

Clint Trickett threw for 376 yards and two touchdowns for West Virginia, (2-2). But he was intercepted twice and lost a fumble.

No. 5 Auburn survives road test at No. 20 Kansas State

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.

Hill, No. 6 Texas A&M cruise to 58-6 win against SMU

DALLAS — Kenny Hill had 322 yards of total offense playing only the first half, Jeremy Tabuyo turned two short passes into touchdowns and sixth-ranked Texas A&M rolled to a 58-6 victory Saturday at SMU.

Trey Williams ran for two touchdowns for the Aggies, who last started 4-0 in 2006.

The Mustangs (0-3) played for the first time since coach June Jones resigned only two games into his seventh season.

Hill, the thrilling sophomore who succeeded 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel as the starting quarterback, completed 16 of 22 passes for 265 yards with two touchdowns and his first interception at Texas A&M. His 58-yard run set up another touchdown as the Aggies built a 38-3 halftime lead in SMU’s home opener.

No. 11 Michigan State takes care of Eastern Michigan

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.

Michel’s big day leads No. 13 Georgia in rout of Troy

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.

No. 14 South Carolina rallies at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dylan Thompson threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for another score as No. 14 South Carolina rallied from 14 points down Saturday night to beat Vanderbilt 48-34.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier now has 202 Southeastern Conference wins, breaking a tie with Vince Dooley and putting him second only to Paul “Bear” Bryant (292). Spurrier also got his 20th win all-time against the Commodores.

The Gamecocks (3-1) started slow coming off their 38-35 win against Georgia in their first road trip this season. They got going by scoring 17 points in the second quarter as part of 24 straight points giving them the lead for good in beating Vanderbilt for a sixth straight time in this series.

Darrius Sims returned two kickoffs for touchdowns for Vanderbilt. The Commodores (1-3) pulled to 34-27 with 5:57 left but couldn’t get closer.

Late TD propels Indiana to upset at No. 18 Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. — D’Angelo Roberts scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 22 seconds remaining and Nate Sudfeld passed for 252 yards and a touchdown to help Indiana upset No. 18 Missouri 31-27 on Saturday.

After giving up 10 consecutive points to Missouri in the fourth quarter, the Hoosiers (2-1) traveled 75 yards on six plays to reclaim the lead. Tevin Coleman ran 44 yards to the Missouri 15-yard line to setup the game-winning score.

Coleman finished with 132 yards on 19 carries.

Maty Mauk completed 28 of 47 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns and Russell Hansbrough gained 119 yards on the ground for Missouri (3-1).

Gordon, No. 19 Wisconsin have big rushing day in win against Bowling Green

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.

Strong third quarter helps No. 21 BYU to comeback win against Virginia

PROVO, Utah — Taysom Hill threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another to lead No. 21 Brigham Young to a 41-33 comeback win against Virginia on Saturday.

The Cougars (4-0) trailed 16-13 at the half and lagged behind the Cavaliers in almost every statistical category but turned the game around with two third-quarter touchdowns.

Adam Hine sealed the victory for BYU with a 99-yard kickoff return midway through the final quarter.

Hill, averaging nearly 230 yards passing and 130 yards rushing per game, completed 13 of 23 for 187 yards and rushed for another 72 on 17 carries. He had only 29 yards rushing in the first half.

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