No. 8 Arkansas knocked off

Alabama's AJ McCarron runs out of the pocket against Western Kentucky. McCarron passed for 219 yards.
Alabama's AJ McCarron runs out of the pocket against Western Kentucky. McCarron passed for 219 yards. (KEVIN C. COX / Getty Images)
Posted: September 09, 2012

Kolton Browning's 16-yard touchdown run on fourth and 1 lifted Louisiana-Monroe to a 34-31 overtime win over No. 8 Arkansas in Little Rock, Ark.

Browning accounted for 481 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to lead the Warhawks (1-0) to their first win over a Southeastern Conference team since defeating Alabama in 2007.

The Razorbacks (1-1) played the second half without quarterback Tyler Wilson, who suffered a head injury after taking several big hits in the first half.

Alabama 35, Western Kentucky 0 - AJ McCarron passed for 219 yards and matched his career high with four touchdown passes to lead the No. 1 Crimson Tide over Western Kentucky in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

McCarron had two scoring tosses apiece to Christion Jones and Kevin Norwood in a performance that was more about big plays than consistent, muscle-flexing dominance for the top-ranked Crimson Tide (2-0). The Hilltoppers (1-1) were 40-point underdogs and the sandwich opponent between top-10 opponents Michigan and No. 8 Arkansas.

Louisiana State 41, Washington 3 - Alfred Blue rushed for 101 yards, including a 21-yard score, and the No. 3 Tigers racked up 242 yards on the ground in a victory over the Huskies in Baton Rouge, La.

Power runner Kenny Hilliard added a pair of short touchdowns, and fullback J.C. Copeland powered through for another score for LSU (2-0), which basically ran at will while averaging nearly 5 yards per carry.

Florida State 55, Savannah State 0 - EJ Manuel passed for three touchdowns in the opening seven minutes, and the sixth-ranked Seminoles' defense held lower-division Savannah State to 28 yards in a game in Tallahassee, Fla., called in the third quarter because of lightning.

The Seminoles bolted to a 35-0 lead in the first quarter as Manuel completed 11 of 13 passes for 161 yards and five different Seminoles scored touchdowns. Manuel didn't play after the opening quarter.

South Carolina 48, East Carolina 10 - Dylan Thompson completed 21 of 37 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns to help the No. 9 Gamecocks (2-0) beat the Pirates (1-1) in Columbia.

Thompson started the game in place of the injured Connor Shaw, and left little doubt coach Steve Spurrier made the right choice to let Shaw rest. Thompson's first completion was a 53-yard pass to Damiere Byrd. He finished the game averaging almost 16 yards a completion and did not throw an interception.

Clemson 52, Ball State 27 - DeAndre Hopkins caught three touchdown passes, Andre Ellington rushed for two scores, and Spencer Benton kicked a 61-yard field goal to set an Atlantic Coast Conference record in the victory by the No. 12 Tigers (2-0) over the Cardinals in Clemson, S.C.

Ball State (1-1) had hoped to use its fast-paced attack to keep up. But Keith Wenning threw two interceptions, both of which led to Clemson scores.

No. 4 Oregon 42, Fresno State 25

By ANNE M. PETERSON

AP Sports Writer

ASSOCIATED PRESS

EUGENE, Ore. - Kenjon Barner ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 4 Oregon to a 42-25 victory over Fresno State on Saturday.

De'Anthony Thomas ran for 102 yards and two additional scores for the Ducks (2-0), who sprinted to a 35-6 in the first half before the Bulldogs were able to slow them a bit in the second. Redshirt

freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 19 of

27 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.

Derek Carr, the younger brother of former Bulldogs QB David Carr, completed 29 of 47 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown for Fresno State (1-1), a new member of the Mountain West

Conference this season. Quentin Breshears kicked four field goals,

including one from 43 yards.

No. 17 Texas 45, New Mexico 0. With AP Photos.

By JIM VERTUNO

AP Sports Writer

ASSOCIATED PRESS

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas quarterback David Ash scored on a 49-yard touchdown run and had receivers turn short throws into two more scores and the No. 17 Longhorns routed New Mexico 45-0

Saturday night.

Ash's touchdown run came on Texas' sixth play from scrimmage. Mike Davis caught a 22-yard touchdown pass just before halftime. In the third quarter, Ash flipped the ball to Daje Johnson in the

backfield and the freshman scooted around the end for a

45-yard TD.

Ash was 16 of 22 for a career-high 221 yards for Texas (2-0).

New Mexico (1-1) held the ball for nearly 20 minutes in the first half, but starting quarterback B.R. Holbrook was knocked out of the game in the second quarter after taking a blow to the helmet on

a tackle.

. No. 20 TCU 56, Grambling St. 0. With AP Photos.

By STEPHEN HAWKINS

AP Sports Writer

ASSOCIATED PRESS

FORT WORTH, Texas - Casey Pachall threw three touchdowns passes after No. 20 TCU had already scored touchdowns on special teams and defense in the first 7 minutes of a 56-0 victory

over Grambling State on Saturday night.

Pachall threw TD passes of 12 and 66 yards to Josh Boyce in the Horned Frogs' first game as a Big 12 Conference member, and the debut of their $164 million completely re-done stadium. Pachall

played only the first half and was 9-of-9 passing for 201

yards.

Virginia Tech 42, Austin Peay 7 - The No. 15 Hokies (2-0) used two big plays in the punt-return game to overcome a lethargic offensive start and beat the Governors (0-2) in Blacksburg, Va.

Kansas State 52, Miami 13 - Collin Klein threw for 210 yards and ran for 71 more, accounting for four touchdowns and leading the No. 21 Wildcats to a rout of the Hurricanes in Manhattan, Kan.

John Hubert added 106 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Daniel Sams added two scores on the ground as Kansas State (2-0) rolled up 498 yards of total offense while holding Miami to 262.

Florida 20, Texas A&M 17 - Mike Gillislee ran for 83 yards and two touchdowns, and the No. 24 Gators shut down the Aggies' offense in the second half in College Station, Texas, in Texas A&M's first Southeastern Conference game after moving from the Big 12.

Florida trailed by 17-10 at halftime after a first half in which Texas A&M's offense under new coach Kevin Sumlin pretty much did what it wanted.

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