Week 3 of college football the season is in the books, and No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners started the day with a landslide victory over Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Elsewhere, No. 17 Baylor smothered Texas Tech in a massive burst of goals. No. 12 BYU fell to No. 25 Oregon on FOX, while Penn State’s No. 22 beat Auburn.
Later, No. 3 Ohio State defeated Toledo. No. 13 Miami (FL) fell to No. 24 Texas A&M at College Station. Closing things out, Fresno State lost on the road to No. 7 USC.
Here are the best games from Saturday’s Week 3 slate.
No. 7 USC 45, Fresno State 17
USC strikes first
Caleb Williams hit Jordan Addison for a touchdown on the game’s first possession.
Don’t get too comfortable
The Bulldogs managed to get less than two possessions after an electrifying run from Erik Brooks in second.
Never Say Dye
Running back Travis Dye charged through a slew of Bulldog defenders and into the end zone to put USC up 35-17.
No. 24 Texas A&M 17, No. 13 Miami (FL) 9
Texas A&M finds the end zone first
The Aggies took advantage of a missed Miami punt, as LJ Johnson ran in for a one-yard touchdown. They would hang on to win the low-scoring case.
Washington 39, No. 11 Michigan State 28
Washington takes the lead
The Huskies scored on the game’s first possession, as Michael Penix connected with Ja’Lynn Polk.
Washington takes command
The Huskies found the end zone for the third time, as Penix hit Wayne Taulapapa for 19 yards. Washington missed the extra point.
Spartans are still fighting
Michigan State assembled a fourth–touchdown quarter, finished by Elijah Collins. The Spartans failed on a two-point conversion attempt.
Take the field!
Despite the Spartans’ comeback attempt, Washington’s lead proved too big to overcome. Fans were rightly excited to celebrate.
#25 Oregon 41, #12 BYU 20
Let me do
Oregon’s offense began making waves in a hurry to open the deal. Bo Nix kept it himself on a 2-yard run to complete a four-play, 64-yard drive for the Ducks’ opening score.
I made you watch
BYU got on the board as QB Jaren Hall faked left, faked right, then found tight end Isaac Rex for the TD.
What a catch!
Just throw the ball close to Troy Franklin. He will come up and take it. Franklin’s huge 50-yard catch set up a two-yard QB dive from Nix to push Oregon ahead, 17-7.
The rout is on
After a touchdown to start the second half, Oregon found themselves back in the end zone on their next possession. Nix joined Ferguson on a 9-yard passing score, giving the Ducks a 38-7 lead.
No. 22 Penn State 41, Auburn 12
Penn State QB Sean Clifford will think twice before chasing after a massive hit from Auburn’s Owen Pappoe.
Freshman Kaytron Allen landed the first TD of his college career with a nifty goal-line cut to enter 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 does it himself
The Nittany Lions gave Singleton the ball three times on what became a three-game record. Singleton started the practice with a 53 yard run and then went for a 1 yard score.
No. 6 Oklahoma 49, Nebraska 14
Dillon-Gabriel showing the wheels
Nebraska struck first, but the Sooners were quick to respond. Gabriel stepped into the pocket, kept it himself, and took it 200 feet from the house.
It’s not the traditional way we see teams score touchdowns, but Oklahoma throws an amazing party on the road themselves. Gabriel threw a screen pass to tight end Brayden Willis, who then fired a perfect shot from 24 yards out wide–open Marcus Majors for the score.
No. 17 Baylor 42, Texas State 7
Until the GUT!
Baylor running back Richard Reece took over and went straight down the middle, intact for a 14-yard score to give the Bears a 7-0 lead.
Walking the tightrope
Baylor doubled their lead early in the second quarter when running back Craig Williams took over and ignited the jets, taking 30 yards for the score. Williams had an impressive try 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 off his spectacular day with a pair of big antics for six. Reese finished the game with 156 yards on 19 carries (8.2 yards per carry) and three rushing scores.
THE BEST OF THE REST
It was a beautiful scene at Notre Dame Stadium ahead of the team’s game against Cal.
Former Notre Dame linebacker 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 roaring ovation from Irish fans.
Swing in Hollywood
Jackson State was on a roll to start the season, and Shane “Hollywood” Hooks said “keep the cameras on” with this acrobatic one-handed hold against Grambling State.
Rally the troops!
The odds of Indiana winning this football game were incredibly low. The Hoosiers trailed for most of the second half and even fell behind by 11 points in the fourth quarter.
But a clutch turnover, late-game score and a colossal two-point conversion forced the game into OT, where the team came up with that pair of power plays to steal it.
Bring down the house!
Syracuse held onto their unbeaten record in the closing seconds against Purdue to go 3-0 for the first time since 2018. Garrett Shrader and Oronde Gadsden II had the heroic connection with seven seconds left, completing a 25-yard fade to the back of the shoulder to propel Syracuse to a 32-29 victory.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!?
Trailing 28-26 with 0:02 remaining on the clock, Appalachia State QB Chase Brice backed up and threw a Hail Mary pass, which was knocked down and landed in the hands of Christan Horn for the game-winning touchdown!
Chase Brice and Christian Horn connect for a game-winning Hail Mary pass.
Appalachian State QB Chase Brice throws a 53-yard Hail Mary pass to Christian Horn for the game-winning touchdown.
No. 3 Ohio State 77, Toledo 21
The Buckeyes continue the electric passing game with Julian Fleming reeling from a nimble touchdown pass from CJ Stroud.
Toledo stays there
DeQuan Finn ran for 23 yards to cut Ohio State’s lead to 14.
Ohio State gets a seventh TD
The Buckeyes took advantage of a Ronnie Hickman interception, as Mitch Rossi ran in for a touchdown on the goal line.
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