College football top games: Texas A&M smothers Miami, USC wins

Week 3 of college football the season is in the books, and 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. #12 BYU fell to #25 Oregon on FOX, while #22 Penn State defeated Auburn.

Later, No. 3 Ohio State defeated Toledo. No. 13 Miami (Fla.) got upset against No. 24 Texas A&M in College Station. Wrapping things up, Fresno State lost on the road to No. 7 USC.

Here are the best plays from Saturday’s Week 3.

No. 7 USC 45, Fresno State 17

USC strikes first

Caleb Williams hit Jordan Addison for a touchdown on the game’s opening possession.

Don’t get too comfortable

The Bulldogs pulled to within two possessions after an electrifying run by Eric Brooks in the second.

Never say Dye

Running back Travis Dye charged through a pack of Bulldog defenders and into the end zone to put USC ahead 35-17.

No. 24 Texas A&M 17, No. 13 Miami (Fla.) 9

Texas A&M finds the end zone first

The Aggies took advantage of Miami’s muted hitting as L.J. Johnson ran in a one-yard touchdown. They would go on to win the low-scoring affair.

Washington 39, No. 11 Michigan State 28

Washington takes an early lead

The Huskies scored on the game’s possession when Michael Penix connected with Ja’Lynn Polk.

Washington takes command

The Huskies found the end zone for the third time when Penix hit Wayne Taulapapa for a 19-yard score. Washington missed the extra point.

The Spartans are still fighting

Michigan State collected fourthquarter touchdown run by Elijah Collins. The Spartans failed on a two-point conversion attempt.

Take the field!

Despite the Spartans’ attempt to come back, Washington’s lead proved to be too much to overcome. Fans were rightfully excited to celebrate.

No. 25 Oregon 41, No. 12 BYU 20

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.

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 41, Auburn 12

Fireworks galore!

Penn State QB Sean Clifford will think twice about running after a massive hit by Auburn’s Owen Papow.

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

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.

Unorthodox

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 field goal wide openopened Marcus Majors for the score.

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.

Tightrope walking

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.

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 addressed the home crowd before kick-off. He received a standing ovation from the Irish fans.

Hollywood swingin’

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 maintained its undefeated record in the final seconds against Purdue to make it 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 touchdown run to propel Syracuse to victory by 32-29.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!?

Trailing 28-26 with 0:02 left on the clock, Appalachian State QB Chase Brice dropped back and threw a Hail Mary pass that was redirected and into the hands of Christan Horn for the winning touchdown!

Chase Brees, Christian Horn connect for game-winning Hail Mary pass.

Appalachian State QB Chase Brice lofts a 53-yard Hail Mary pass to Christian Horn for the game-winning touchdown.

No. 3 Ohio State 77, Toledo 21

Touchdown, Buckeyes

The Buckeyes continued the electric passing game with Julian Fleming reeling in a nimble touchdown pass from C.J. Stroud.

Toledo stays in it

DeQuan Finn ran for a 23-yard score to cut Ohio State’s lead to 14.

Ohio State gets its seventh TD

The Buckeyes capitalized on a Ronnie Hickman interception as Mitch Rossi rushed for a goal-line touchdown.


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