Former Plant High star Aaron Murray passed for a career-best 342 yards and two touchdowns, also scored twice on short runs, and No. 7 Georgia bounced back from another slow start to rout Florida Atlantic 56-20 on Saturday night.
Playing without Jarvis Jones and two other defensive stalwarts, Georgia (3-0) struggled in the first half to slow a Florida Atlantic team that scored a single touchdown against lower-division Wagner. The 44-point underdog Owls (1-2) kept converting third downs and found themselves tied at 14 early in the second quarter.
But the Bulldogs simply had too many weapons, piling up a school-record 713 yards. Murray hooked up with Michael Bennett on a 67-yard touchdown and went to Arthur Lynch for a 36-yard TD. The junior quarterback scored himself on a pair of 1-yard sneaks.
NO. 1 ALABAMA 52,
Eddie Lacy ran for three touchdowns and No. 1 Alabama forced five turnovers in a win against Arkansas.
Vinnie Sunseri and Haha Clinton-Dix had interceptions against the Razorbacks, who played without quarterback Tyler Wilson because he had a head injury in last week's loss to Louisiana-Monroe.
The shutout was the second straight for the Crimson Tide (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference). The last time Alabama, which has now forced 11 turnovers this season, had back-to-back shutouts was against Vanderbilt and Kentucky in 1980.
The Razorbacks (1-2, 0-1) were held scoreless in Razorback Stadium for the first time since a 7-0 loss to Baylor in 1966.
NO. 8 S. CAROLINA 49,
Connor Shaw went eight of 14 for 107 yards before reinjuring his throwing shoulder as South Carolina (3-0) beat UAB (0-2).
Shaw left the game after taking a brutal hit just late in the first half. Team officials said the junior aggravated the bruised right shoulder that kept him out of last week's game.
Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier picked up his 200th college coaching win, joining Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer, Texas' Mack Brown and Nevada's Chris Ault as the only active Division I coaches to reach that mark.
Zac Stacy rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown on eight carries as Vanderbilt beat Presbyterian (1-2). In a decision announced shortly before kickoff, Vanderbilt (1-2) started junior Austyn Carta-Samuels at quarterback in place of senior Jordan Rodgers.
Vanderbilt also earned its first shutout since defeating The Citadel 58-0 on Oct. 9, 1999.
Cody Parkey hit a 35-yard field goal in overtime on to lift Auburn (1-2) past a Louisiana-Monroe team trying to pull off another SEC upset.
The Tigers stopped Kolton Browning and the Warhawks (1-1) to start overtime, and Justin Manton's 37-yard field goal fell short. Then Tre Mason rushed for 10 yards, and Kiehl Frazier downed the ball on the next play to set up Parkey's winning kick.
TEXAS A&M 48, SMU 3
Quarterback Johnny Manziel accounted for 418 total yards and six touchdowns in three quarters as Texas A&M (1-1) overcame a sluggish start to beat SMU (1-2).
Manziel threw for four touchdowns and a school-freshman-record 294 yards. He also had 13 carries for 124 yards.
MISSISSIPPI ST. 30,
Tyler Russell and Chad Bumphis hooked up on touchdown passes of 72, 58 and 25 yards to help lead Mississippi State past Troy.
The Bulldogs (3-0) finished their scoring with Bumphis' 25-yarder at the back of the end zone on fourth-and-4 with 7:00 left. That proved enough in the latest Sun Belt scare against a Southeastern Conference team.
ARIZONA STATE 20
Corbin Berkstresser ran for a score in his first career start at quarterback in place of injured James Franklin, and Missouri's defense forced four turnovers to ease the pressure on the redshirt freshman in a victory against Arizona State.
Missouri (2-1) built a 17-point cushion in the third quarter.
Marion Grice scored on a pair of fourth-quarter runs that cut the deficit to four for Arizona State (2-1).
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Western Kentucky utilized a trick play in overtime to stun Kentucky.
The Hilltoppers (2-1) went for the win with a 2-point try after Antonio Andrews pulled them within a point on 2-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Kawaun Jakes threw a lateral to Andrews, who threw back to Jakes to clinch the victory.
The Wildcats (1-2) had scored first in overtime on a Jonathan George 12-yard run to take a 31-24 lead. On Western Kentucky's OT possession, a roughing-the-passer call set the Hilltoppers up at the Kentucky 2-yard line and led to Andrews' TD.