TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It took a little while for Alabama to flex its muscles against Tennessee, but the Crimson Tide eventually showed why they are the No. 1 team in the nation.
Alabama recorded nearly 500 more yards than the Volunteers and extended its winning streak over Tennessee to 11 with a 45-7 victory on Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The Crimson Tide’s stingy defense allowed only 108 total yards and held redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, making his second career start, to 44 yards on 9-of-16 passing. He was intercepted once as Alabama held Tennessee’s offense scoreless.
The Crimson Tide’s balanced offense rolled to 604 yards and scored four touchdowns on the ground.
Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) led 21-0 at halftime as the Volunteers (3-4, 0-4) remained winless in conference play.
No. 5 Wisconsin 38, Maryland 13
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin freshman running back Jonathan Taylor rushed 22 times for 126 yards and one touchdown and also had a 24-yard reception as the Badgers (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) earned their best start since a 7-0 mark in 2004.
Taylor has 144 carries for 1,012 yards and 11 touchdowns, tying the FBS freshman record for fewest games to reach the 1,000-yard milestone. He joined Emmitt Smith, Marshall Faulk, Adrian Peterson, Jamario Thomas and P.J. Hill as freshmen to hit the 1,000-yard mark in seven games. Maryland drops to 3-4, 1-3.
No. 8 Miami 27, Syracuse 19
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Hurricanes (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their 11th straight game, beating the Orange (4-4, 2-2), who had upset Clemson last week.
An 85-yard touchdown drive that started with less than five minutes remaining clinched the win for Miami.
Quarterback Malik Rosier passed for 344 yards and two touchdowns, and Miami’s defense intercepted Orange quarterback Eric Dungey four times.
No. 9 Oklahoma 42, Kansas State 35
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Rodney Anderson scored on a 22-yard touchdown run with seven seconds left to give the Sooners (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) the victory.
Oklahoma rallied from a 21-7 deficit to capture the win over the Wildcats (3-4, 1-3).
Kansas State tied the score 35-35 when Alex Delton threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Zuber with 2:25 remaining.
But Baker Mayfield led the Sooners on a 76-yard march to win the game.
No. 10 Oklahoma State 13, Texas 10 (OT)
AUSTIN, Texas — Oklahoma State safety Ramon Richards intercepted a pass from Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger in the end zone in overtime to provide the Cowboys with the win.
Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) took the lead in overtime with a 34-yard field goal by Matt Ammendola, who missed from 29 yards late in regulation. Texas (3-4, 2-2), in field goal range to tie the game at the Cowboys’ 6, got greedy as Ehlinger tried to lob a pass to Jerrod Heard that was intercepted, ending the game.
No. 14 Virginia Tech 59, North Carolina 7
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Virginia Tech set school records for points and margin of victory in an ACC game while becoming bowl eligible for the 25th straight season.
The Hokies (6-1, 2-1 ACC) scored on offense, defense and special teams while dispatching the Tar Heels (1-7, 0-5) for the 11th time in 14 meetings as ACC opponents.
Virginia Tech forced three turnovers, recorded six sacks and had 13 tackles for loss.
No. 18 Michigan State 17, Indiana 9
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Spartans (6-1, 5-0 Big Ten) trailed most of the game but scored two touchdowns over the final 5:59 to earn the win and reclaim the Old Brass Spittoon.
Indiana (3-4, 0-4) led 9-3 entering the fourth quarter but has now lost to four ranked teams in conference play.
Michigan State finally found the end zone with 5:59 remaining on a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brian Lewerke to wide receiver Felton Davis to put the Spartans ahead 10-9.
No. 20 Central Florida 31, Navy 21
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Adrian Killins Jr. ran 15 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns, and McKenzie Milton threw for one score in the Knights’ victory.
The Knights (6-0, 4-0 AAC), who were 0-12 in 2015, are off to the best start in school history. Navy had won 17 games in a row at home.
Navy (5-2, 3-2) was led by quarterback Zach Abey, who ran 25 times for 126 yards. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in eight straight games, a school record. But Abey was shaken up on a run with 11:16 left in the third quarter. He left the game and didn’t return.