College football | Around the nation: Bama pulls away late for win
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel jogs into the end zone on a 7-yard touchdown run against Southern Methodist.
No. 1 Alabama 31, Colorado State 6: AJ McCarron passed for 258 yards and threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrew White in the fourth quarter to help host Alabama pull away from Colorado State last night.
Kenyan Drake set up one touchdown with a blocked punt and scored on a 3-yard run for the Crimson Tide (3-0), which sputtered at times. Alabama managed only one offensive touchdown and no third-down conversions in the first three quarters, and led only 17-6 entering the fourth.
The Rams (1-3), coached by former Tide offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, nursed hopes for a monumental upset, but the Tide’s Trey DePriest stripped the ball from quarterback Garrett Grayson and recovered the fumble.
On the next play, McCarron laced a perfect strike to White in the end zone, and restless Alabama fans got something to cheer about.
No. 5 Stanford 42, No. 23 Arizona State 28: Tyler Gaffney ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns, Anthony Wilkerson added 68 yards and another score, and host Stanford started strong in a Pac-12 win over Arizona State.
The defending conference-champion Cardinal (3-0, 1-0) controlled every facet of the game to turn the only matchup between ranked opponents this week into a 29-0 halftime lead. But the Sun Devils (2-1, 0-1) scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to pull within 39-28, before Stanford clinched it with a field goal late.
No. 6 LSU 35, Auburn 21: Jeremy Hill rushed for a career-high 184 yards and tied a career high with three touchdowns for host Louisiana State (4-0, 1-0) in a Southeastern Conference game.
Hill scored touchdowns of 49, 10 and 6 yards and set up another score with a 54-yard scamper to the 1-yard line.
Tre Mason rushed for 132 yards and two TDs for Auburn (3-1, 1-1).
No. 7 Louisville 72, Florida International 0: Teddy Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes, and host Louisville’s defense allowed a school record-low 30 yards.
It was the highest-scoring game for the Cardinals (4-0) since a 73-10 victory over Murray State in 2007, and matched the school’s fourth-largest margin of victory.
Florida International (0-4) had just two first downs.
No. 10 Texas A&M 42, SMU 13: Johnny Manziel accounted for 346 yards and three touchdowns in a little more than a half to help host Texas A&M (3-1) defeat Southern Methodist (1-2).
The Aggies were up 32-6 at halftime, and Manziel led them to a touchdown on their first drive of the third quarter before the Heisman Trophy winner went to the bench for good.
Maryland 37, West Virginia 0: A.J. Hendy scored on a 28-yard interception return and recovered two fumbles, and Maryland (4-0) forced six turnovers in a surprisingly easy victory over West Virginia (2-2) in Baltimore.
Off to their best start since 2001, the Terrapins (4-0) led 30-0 at halftime after limiting the Mountaineers (2-2) to two first downs and picking off two passes.
Maryland ended a seven-game losing streak against its border rival with its most-lopsided win in the series since a 54-7 blowout in 1951.