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Kansas State Rallies To Stun No. 3 Oklahoma -- Again

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) releases a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) releases a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

Skylar Thompson threw for 334 yards and ran for three touchdowns and Kansas State rallied from 21 points down to stun No. 3 Oklahoma 3835 on Saturday.

LUBBOCK, Texas: Sam Ehlinger threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Moore in overtime, sending No. 8 Texas to a wild 63-56 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday that saw the Longhorns rally with two touchdowns in the final 3 minutes of regulation.

Moores second touchdown catch came with 40 seconds left and Ehlingers 2-point conversion pass to Brennan Eagles tied it to get to overtime. Texas got the ball first and quickly scored when Ehlinger and Moore connected for their third score of the day.

Texas Techs possession ended when Alan Bowman was forced to scramble and threw a wild pass that was intercepted by Caden Sterns.

Texas, chasing its first Big 12 title since 2009, had looked done when the Red Raiders went ahead 56-41 late in the fourth quarter on touchdowns from T.J. Vasher and SaRodorick Thompson Jr. But Ehlginer engineered a quick drive for a touchdown pass to Eagles and the Longhorns recovered the onside kick to set up the tying score.

Texas is 2-0 for the first time under fourth-year coach Tom Herman.

Ehlinger finished with 262 yards passing with five touchdowns and also ran for a score for Texas (2-0 1-0) . Bowman passed for 325 yards and five touchdowns for the Red Raiders (1-1, 0-1) but also threw three interceptions.

KANSAS STATE 38, NO. 3 OKLAHOMA 35

NORMAN, Okla.: Skylar Thompson threw for 334 yards and ran for three touchdowns and Kansas State rallied from 21 points down to stun Oklahoma.

Freshman Deuce Vaughn caught four passes for 129 yards and ran for a touchdown in the Wildcats’ first road victory over a a top-three team in the AP poll. They rebounded from an opening loss to Arkansas State.

Oklahoma freshman Spencer Rattler passed for 387 yards and four touchdowns, but threw three interceptions.

Kansas State upset Oklahoma 48-41 in Manhattan last year.

Kansas State said earlier in the week it was struggling to have enough players available at all position groups to play the game because of COVID-19.

Two short rushing touchdowns by Thompson got the Wildcats back in the game. Nick Allen blocked Reeves Mundschaus punt, and the Wildcats took over at the Oklahoma 38. Vaughns 38-yard touchdown run on the Wildcats second offensive play and the extra point tied it at 35 with 8:17 to play.

Kansas States Blake Lynch hit a 50-yard field goal with 4:32 remaining. Jahron McPherson intercepted Rattler’s pass in the final minute.

Oklahoma is 1-1.

NO. 4 GEORGIA 37, ARKANSAS 10

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: Stetson Bennett threw two touchdown passes in the third quarter and Georgia rallied to beat Arkansas in the season opener for each school.

Bennett replaced DWan Mathis in the second quarter and finished 20 for 29 for 211 yards. Bennett put the Bulldogs ahead to stay when he tossed a 19-yard touchdown pass to George Pickens and ran in the 2-point conversion to make it 13-10 with 6 minutes left in the third.

Feleipe Franks was 19 for 36 for 200 yards and a touchdown in his first start for Arkansas, but the Florida transfer also tossed two interceptions. Zamir White rushed for 71 yards and a TD on 13 carries.

NO. 5 FLORIDA 51, MISSISSIPPI 35

OXFORD, Miss.: Kyle Pitts caught four of Kyle Trasks six touchdown passes and Florida spoiled coach Lane Kiffin’s Mississippi debut.

Trask completed 30 of 42 passes for 416 yards, throwing touchdown passes of 1, 16, 71 and 17 yards to Pitts. The star tight end had 170 yards receiving in the season and Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

Trask directed four consecutive touchdown drives that spanned the second and third quarters to help the Gators build a 41-14 lead for the Gators (1-0 Southeastern Conference).

Kiffin, the former Tennessee and Southern California head coach who came to Ole Miss from FAU, had the Rebels offense humming with Matt Corral at quarterback. Corral completed 22 of 31 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns passes, two to Dontario Drummond. But they couldnt stop the Gators.

MISSISSIPPI STATE 44, NO. 6 LSU 34

BATON ROUGE, La.: K.J. Costello passed for an SEC-record 623 yards and threw five touchdown passes in the Mississippi State debut of coach Mike Leachs Air Raid offense, and the Bulldogs knocked off defending national champion LSU.

Costellos passing yardage in his first game since transferring from Stanford to Starkville, Mississippi, eclipsed the 544 yards Georgias Eric Zeier had against Southern Mississippi in 1993 to set the Southeastern Conference record. And Costello needed most of it to make up for his two interceptions and two lost fumbles, which helped LSU rally to tie the game at 34 before he engineered a pair of scoring drives in the final 10 minutes.

LSU became the first defending national champion to lose its opening game since Michigan in 1998 lost at Notre Dame.

LSU quarterback Myles Brennan intermittently showed promise in his debut as starter in place of 2019 Heisman Trophy winner and 2020 top NFL draft choice Joe Burrow. He had 345 yards and three touchdowns passing.

NO. 8 AUBURN 29, NO. 23 KENTUCKY 13

AUBURN, Ala.: Bo Nix threw for 233 yards and three second-half touchdowns, including a pair to Seth Williams, and Auburn scored twice in the fourth quarter to pull away from Kentucky in the season opener.

The Tigers turned a three-quarter scare into a comfortable win by capitalizing on a late turnover and Kentuckys failed fake punt in the lone Top 25 matchup of the Southeastern Conferences opening weekend.

Nix delivered some big plays to start an encore to a promising freshman season, especially to Williams. He completed 16 of 27 passes and also ran for 34 yards.

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson returned from a knee injury that cost him most of last season. He completed 24 of 37 passes for 239 yards and ran for 42 yards.

NO. 13 CENTRAL FLORIDA 51, EAST CAROLINA 28

GREENVILLE, N.C.: Dillon Gabriel threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns to help Central Florida beat East Carolina to open its American Athletic Conference schedule.

Jaylon Robinson and Marlon Williams each had huge games as Gabriels top targets for the Knights (2-0, 1-0). Robinson had nine catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns, and Williams had a career-best 13 catches for 136 yards.

Holton Ahlers threw for 215 yards and three TDs for the Pirates (0-1, 0-1). They had delayed start to the season after coronavirus-related scheduling changes.

NO. 14 CINCINNATI 24, NO. 22 ARMY 10

CINCINNATI: Desmond Ridder passed for 258 yards and two touchdowns and Cincinnati beat Army in the first matchup of ranked teams at Nippert Stadium since 2008.

Armys vaunted triple-option offense came in averaging 389.5 rushing yards, but the Bearcats held the Black Knights (2-1) to 182, including 81 by junior quarterback Christian Anderson.

The Bearcats (2-0) rushed for 42 yards during a 60-yard scoring drive, which was capped by Alabama transfer Jerome Fords 4-yard TD run extending their lead to 17-7. Cincinnati sealed the victory with a 60-yard TD pass from Ridder to running back Gerrid Doaks with 6:55 left.

NO. 15 OKLAHOMA STATE 27, WEST VIRGINIA 13

STILLWATER, Okla.: Chuba Hubbard scored on a 23-yard run with 1:17 remaining to salvage a difficult afternoon and help Oklahoma State beat West Virginia.

Sidelined for a number of key plays after fumbling on consecutive second-half possessions, Hubbard ended up with 101 yards on 22 rushes for his 12th 100-yard performance in his last 13 games. Hubbards backup, L.D. Brown, gained 103 yards on 11 carries, including a 66-yard touchdown run, for Oklahoma State (2-0, 1-0 Big 12).

True freshman backup quarterback Shane Illingworth, in his first collegiate start, completed 15 of 21 passes for 139 yards, but also had an interception.

Jarret Doege threw for 285 yards and a touchdown for West Virginia (1-1, 0-1).

NO. 19 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 20, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 18

LAFAYETTE, La.: Nate Snyder hit a 53-yard field goal on the final play to lift Louisiana-Lafayette past Georgia Southern.

The Ragin Cajuns (3-0, 2-0 Sun Belt) looked on the way to their first loss when Georgia Southern quarterback Shai Werts hit Khaleb Hood with a 28-yard touchdown pass and Dalton Anderson with a 2-point conversion with 54 seconds left to give the Eagles (1-1, 0-1) an 18-17 lead.

ULL quarterback Levi Lewis, who threw for 290 yards, completed three passes for 47 yards in the final drive, including an 18-yarder to running back Trey Ragas to the Eagle 36. From there, Snyder who was 2 fo -6 on the season including three misses inside 35 yards split the uprights to give the Cajuns their first 3-0 start since 1988.

NO. 21 PITTSBURGH 23, NO. 24 LOUISVILLE 20

PITTSBURGH: Kenny Pickett threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns and Pittsburgh sacked Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham seven times.

The Panthers moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2014 behind a relentless defense that kept the Cardinals (1-2, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) in check for most of the afternoon. Pitt limited Louisville to 223 total yards less than half of its season average coming in and picked off three of Cunningham’s passes.

Senior defensive end Patrick Jones II had three sacks for the Panthers (3-0, 2-0).


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