Saturday's best

Sep 17, 2017 - 5:54 AM STARS —Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, threw for 497 yards and had all five of his TD passes in the first half, helping the No. 9 Cowboys drill Pittsburgh 59-21. —Riley Ferguson, Memphis, threw for 398 yards and six TDs to lead the Tigers to a 48-45 win over No. 25 UCLA. —Nic Shimonek, Texas Tech, threw for 543 yards and six TDs, helping the Red Raiders beat Arizona State 52-45. —Dante Pettis, Washington, had four TDs, including an NCAA record-tying eighth career on a punt return, and the No. 6 Huskies finished off the undercard of its schedule with a 48-16 rout of Fresno State. —Sam Darnold, USC, passed for 397 yards and three TDs, and the fourth-ranked Trojans beat Texas 27-24 on Chase McGrath's 43-yard field goal in the second overtime. —Luke Falk, Washington State, threw for 396 yards and six TDs to help the No. 21 Cougars beat Oregon State 52-23. —Josh Rosen, UCLA, threw for 463 yards and four TDs in a 48-45 loss to Memphis. —Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, passed for 331 yards and four TDs, and the No. 2 Sooners followed their impressive victory at Ohio State with a 56-14 win over Tulane. —J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State, ran for 172 yards and a pair of TDs as the No. 8 Buckeyes rebounded from a deflating loss to rout Army 38-7. —Brandon Wimbush, Notre Dame, ran for 207 yards and set a school record for a quarterback with four rushing TDs to help the Irish respond to their fall from the rankings with a 49-20 victory over Boston College. —Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech, threw for 372 yards and five TDs to help the 16th-ranked Hokies beat East Carolina 64-17 on Saturday, giving them a 3-0 start for the first time since 2011. —Steve Montez, Colorado, threw for a career-high 357 yards and four TDs, helping the Buffaloes beat Northern Colorado 41-21. —Kurt Benkert, Virginia, passed for a school-record 455 yards and three TDs, leading the Cavaliers to a 38-18 victory over Connecticut. —Kyle Lauletta, Richmond, threw for 290 yards and a school-record six touchdown passes in a 68-21 win over Howard. —Peter Pujals, Holy Cross, threw for 367 yards and five TDs in a 51-26 win over New Hampshire. —Dalton Sturm, UT San Antonio, threw for four TDs and ran for a fifth in the first half in a 51-17 rout of Southern. —Logan Woodside, Toledo, tied a school record with six TD passes in a 54-51 comeback win against Tulsa. —Justice Hansen, Arkansas State, threw for 336 yards and five TDs in a 48-3 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. ___ HUSKER TAKEDOWN Northern Illinois is 4 for 5 against the Big Ten under coach Rod Carey, so if you were looking for shocked expressions after the Huskies' 21-17 upset of Nebraska, you had to go to the Cornhuskers' locker room. There was a bit of a been-there, done-that air about what the Huskies pulled off at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Yes, the Huskies returned for a curtain call after the game and lined up to take a picture in front of their remaining fans in the corner of the southwest end zone. But beating Nebraska isn't what it used to be. The intimidation factor for visitors to one of college football's great cathedrals has faded as the glory years of the 1990s become more distant. The Huskies became the first team not in a Power Five conference or major independent to win in Lincoln since Southern Mississippi knocked off the Cornhuskers in 2004. They join eight other unranked-at-the-time Power Five or major independent teams to win at Nebraska since 2012. ___ HAIL TYRIE Tyrie Cleveland was one of the last players to leave Florida Field. He slapped hands, posed for pictures, and just before disappearing into the locker room tunnel, he turned and waved one final time. He easily could have taken a bow. Cleveland hauled in a 63-yard touchdown pass from Feleipe Franks as time expired, and No. 24 Florida stunned 23rd-ranked Tennessee 26-20 in a wild, wacky and sometimes unwatchable rivalry game Saturday. Franks scrambled away from the rush on a first-and-10 play with 9 seconds remaining and found Cleveland behind safety Micah Abernathy for a Hail Mary that no one — especially the Volunteers — saw coming. ___ NUMBERS 10_Sacks by Eastern Washington in a 56-21 win over Fordham to break a school record. 42_Straight road losses by Kansas after a 42-30 setback at Ohio. It's the longest active streak in the country. 71_Years since Vanderbilt had beaten a ranked, nonconference opponent before beating No. 18 Kansas State 14-7. 94.7_Completion percentage (10 of 11) by No. 10 Wisconsin's Alex Hornibrook in a 40-6 win over BYU. ___ MEMPHIS UPSETS UCLA UCLA and Josh Rosen came in with the reputation and the ranking. The Memphis Tigers think it is time they got some respect and notoriety. Rosen was unable to put together a fourth-quarter comeback like he did in the opener against Texas A&M, and Memphis beat the No. 25 Bruins 48-45. The nationally televised game showcased a Tigers program that is 2-0 and has beaten a ranked team in each of the last three seasons. Riley Ferguson threw for 398 yards and six touchdowns, and Jacobi Francis broke up a late fourth-down pass to lead Memphis. Francis' breakup with 56 seconds left sent the Tigers faithful into a celebration. Rosen, considered one of the top quarterbacks in the country, was 34 of 56 for 463 yards and four touchdowns for the Bruins (2-1). But there also were two key interceptions. ___ More AP college football: and

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