Week 3 of college football the season is underway as number 6 Oklahoma Sooners started the day with a dominant win over Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Elsewhere, No. 17 Baylor throttled Texas Tech in a huge scoring outburst. Now, No. 12 BYU takes on No. 25 Oregon on FOX, while No. 22 Penn State faces Auburn in the afternoon program.
Later, No. 3 Ohio State hosts Toledo on FOX, while No. 13 Miami (Fla.) faces No. 24 Texas A&M in College Station. Wrapping things up tonight, Fresno State hits the road to take on No. 7 USC on FOX.
Here are the best plays from Saturday’s Week 3.
No. 12 BYU at No. 25 Oregon
It’s bigger than football
Before kickoff, BYU honored former Oregon tight end Spencer Webb, who passed away earlier this year.
Leave it to me
Oregon’s offense started making waves rushing to open the affair. Bo Nix kept it to himself on a 2-yard scamper to cap a four-play, 64-yard drive for the Ducks’ opening score.
Made you look
BYU got on the board when QB Jaren Hall faked left, faked right and then found tight end Isaac Rex for a TD.
What a grab!
Just throw the ball near Troy Franklin. He will go up and get it. Franklin’s huge 50-yard catch set up a two-yard QB plunge by Nix to put Oregon ahead, 17-7.
Put it there
Nix was undoubtedly the first half MVP for the Ducks, following his rushing TD with a 15-yard laser pass to Terrance Ferguson. Nix completed eight of nine pass attempts for 135 yards and Oregon led 24-7 at the break.
The Knicks do it again
Nix found the end zone with his feet a third time, rushing for a 6-yard score to open the second half for Oregon.
The route is included
After a touchdown early in the second half, Oregon found the end zone again on its next possession. Nix connected with Ferguson on a 9-yard touchdown pass, giving the Ducks a commanding 38-7 lead.
No. 22 Penn State at Auburn
Penn State QB Sean Clifford will think twice about running after taking that huge hit from Auburn’s Owen Papow.
Well, the crushing blow didn’t stop Clifford. The senior QB responded the best way he could: with a rushing TD to give Penn State an early advantage.
A changing season
Freshman Kytron Allen recorded the first TD of his college career with a great goal line drop to reach the end zone unscathed. The play capped an 11-play, 68-yard drive and helped the Nittany Lions take a 14-6 halftime lead.
Nicholas Singleton do it yourself
The Nittany Lions gave the ball to Singleton three times in what turned into a three-play scoring drive. Singleton started the drive with a 53-yard run and later scored on a 1-yard run.
No. 6 Oklahoma 49, Nebraska 14
Let the games begin!
Is there a better entrance in all of college football than when the Cornhuskers take the field at Memorial Stadium? One word… electric!
A ring. A ring. Who’s there?
This is Trey Palmer, a junior from Nebraska, and he has reservations for SIX. The young wide receiver ran a perfect route and Cornhuskers QB Casey Thompson put the biscuit in the basket to give Nebraska a 7-0 lead.
Dylan Gabriel showing the wheels
Nebraska struck first, but it didn’t take long for the Sooners to answer right away. Gabriel stepped into the pocket, held it by himself and took it 61 yards to the house.
Oklahoma wasted little time putting more points on the board after its first score. The Sooners used an up-tempo offense to wear down Nebraska’s D and find the end zone thanks to a nice dime from Gabriel to Jalil Farooq, who raised a jamming finger to his mouth in celebration.
It’s not the traditional way we see teams score touchdowns, but Oklahoma is having an extraordinary party on the road. Gabriel threw a pass to tight end Brayden Willis, who then threw a perfect 24-yard strike to a wide open Marcus Majors for the score.
Double coverage? does not matter
OU led 49-7 three minutes into the third quarter. Theo Wease climbed between the trees to reel in a difficult 15-yard strike, marking Gabriel’s second TD pass of the day.
No. 17 Baylor 42, Texas State 7
Right to the GUTS!
Baylor running back Richard Rees took the handoff and ran right up the middle untouched for a 14-yard score to give the Bears an early 7-0 lead.
Baylor doubled its lead early in the second quarter when running back Craig Williams took a handoff and turned on the jets, taking it 30 yards for the score. Williams made an impressive drop by staying in bounds as his run gave the Bears a 14-0 lead.
Where is the ball?
Quarterback Blake Shapen extended the Bears’ lead after freezing the defense on a play option and sprinting 35 yards to the house. Baylor led 21-7 at halftime.
Through the maze
Baylor’s Gavin Holmes got in on the act in the second half, finding dirt by sneaking through a sea of Bobcats after making a grab up the middle. The score gave the Bears a 28-7 advantage.
Put a bow on it
Reese was the star of the show on Saturday and he capped his spectacular day with two big sixes. Reese finished the game with 156 yards on 19 carries (8.2 yards per carry) and three scores on the ground.
THE BEST OF THE REST
It was a beautiful scene at Notre Dame Stadium before the team’s game against Cal.
Former Notre Dame quarterback Manti Te’o was visibly emotional as he was honored before the game during the pregame presentation to the color guard.
Te’o starred at Notre Dame from 2009-12 before enjoying an eight-year NFL career.
Te’o addressed the home crowd before kick-off. He received a standing ovation from the Irish fans.
Jackson State was about to start the season and Shane “Hollywood” Hooks said “keep the cameras rolling” with this acrobatic one-handed catch against Grambling State.
Rallying the troops!
The odds of Indiana winning this football game were incredibly low. The Hoosiers trailed for most of the second half and even trailed by 11 in the fourth quarter.
But a clutch turnover, a late-game score and a colossal two-point conversion forced the game into OT, where the team came up with this pair of power plays to steal it.
Tear down the house!
Syracuse kept its undefeated record going in the final seconds against Purdue to go 3-0 for the first time since 2018. Garrett Shrader and Oronde Gadsden II made a heroic connection with seven seconds left, completing a 25-yard back-shoulder fade to propel Syracuse to a 32-29 victory.
Toldeo at No. 3 Ohio State (7 p.m. ET, FOX)
Ohio State Buckeyes
No. 11 Michigan State at Washington (7:30 p.m. ET)
Michigan State Spartans
No. 13 Miami (Fla.) at No. 24 Texas A&M (9 p.m. ET)
Hurricanes in Miami (Florida).
Ministry of the Interior
Texas A&M Aggies
Fresno State at No. 7 USC (10:30 p.m. ET on FOX)
Fresno State Bulldogs
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