Sweet revenge as Wildcats topple Sooners

Kansas State linebacker Tre Walker celebrates a fumble recovery with a teammate in the Wildcats’ road upset of sixth-ranked Oklahoma.
Kansas State linebacker Tre Walker celebrates a fumble recovery with a teammate in the Wildcats’ road upset of sixth-ranked Oklahoma.
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John Hubert ran for 130 yards and a touchdown, Jarell Childs scooped up a fumble and returned it for a score, and No. 15 Kansas State beat No. 6 Oklahoma, 24-19, Saturday night in Norman, Okla., to avenge a wrenching loss from last season.

Collin Klein picked up 228 yards of total offense and ran for the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter in a solid performance that outshined and error-filled night by Sooners quarterback Landry Jones.

Jones threw for 298 yards and a late touchdown to get Oklahoma (2-1, 0-1 Big 12) within 5 but also fumbled and threw an interception that put Kansas State (4-0, 1-0) in position to go ahead.

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The Wildcats waited for Oklahoma’s players to leave the field and then celebrated with their fans after earning redemption for a 58-17 blowout loss last season that ended their undefeated run.

Jones, who threw for a school-record 505 yards in last year’s game on the Wildcats’ home field, had returned to Oklahoma instead of entering the NFL draft in part for one last shot at a national championship.

That could be in jeopardy already, after another loss on a home field where the Sooners seemed invincible not so long ago.

Midway through last season, the Sooners had gone 20 straight games without even trailing at home, but now five of the last seven opponents have led — with two coming out victorious. Unranked Texas Tech snapped Oklahoma’s 39-game winning streak on Owen Field last October.

K-State coach Bill Snyder, the mentor to Sooners counterpart Bob Stoops, scored another marquee win against his former pupil. His only other win head-to-head had come in the 2003 Big 12 championship game, with the Wildcats losing in the other eight meetings.

Alabama 40, Florida Atlantic 7 — AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes, including an early 85-yarder to Kenny Bell, and the top-ranked Crimson Tide routed the Owls in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Eddie Lacy rushed for 106 yards in the first half for the Crimson Tide (4-0), who rolled to 134 consecutive points and two shutouts before allowing a touchdown in the final minutes.

The Owls (1-3) managed only one first down through three quarters and were outgained, 503-110, in total yards. They were coming off a 56-20 loss to another Southeastern Conference power, No. 5 Georgia.

The only suspense late was whether Alabama could complete a third straight shutout for the first time since Bear Bryant’s unbeaten 1966 team.

LSU 12, Auburn 10 — The second-ranked Tigers’ defense delivered a first-quarter safety and shut out the War Eagle in the second half to earn the victory in Auburn, Ala.

Auburn led, 10-9, at halftime but managed only 183 yards.

A fumbled punt return by Auburn’s Quan Bray set up Drew Alleman’s 30-yard field goal late in the third quarter that gave LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC) a 12-10 lead. Alleman missed a 34-yarder with 39 seconds remaining.

Auburn (1-3, 0-2) managed only one first down on its final possession. Kiehl Frazier’s final pass was intercepted by Tharold Simon as the game ended.

Georgia 48, Vanderbilt 3 — Aaron Murray completed his first 12 passes and the fifth-ranked Bulldogs finally got off to a good start, blowing out the Commodores before halftime at Athens, Ga.

Murray hooked up with Tavarres King and Marlon Brown on touchdown throws, breaking a tie with Eric Zeier for second place in school history. The junior quarterback has 69 TDs, just three behind David Greene.

Murray also scored on a 1-yard sneak as the Bulldogs (4-0, 2-0 SEC) raced to a 27-0 lead. He finished 18 of 24 for 250 yards. Todd Gurley rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Keith Marshall also had a pair of scoring runs.

Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-2) took its worst defeat since a 48-0 loss to Tennessee in 2003.

South Carolina 31, Missouri 10 — Connor Shaw completed 20 straight passes and threw for two touchdowns, Marcus Lattimore ran for two scores, and the seventh-ranked Gamecocks rolled, spoiling the Tigers’ first SEC road game.

Shaw missed his first pass to Lattimore on the game’s first series, then hit his final 20 and finished with 252 yards passing as the Gamecocks (2-0 SEC) improved to 4-0 for just the ninth time in 119 seasons of football.

Missouri (2-2, 0-2) struggled against a Gamecocks defense that has given up three touchdowns all year. The Tigers had a season-low 254 yards.

Southern Cal 27, California 9 — Matt Barkley passed for 192 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Marqise Lee, and the 13th-ranked Trojans bounced back from their first defeat with a win over the Golden Bears in Los Angeles.

Lee had 11 catches for 94 yards, and Silas Redd rushed for 158 yards and a score as USC (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) grinded out its ninth consecutive win over Cal (1-3, 0-1) in the schools’ 100th meeting.

Florida 38, Kentucky 0 — At Gainesville, Fla., Jeff Driskel accounted for two touchdowns, helping the 14th-ranked Gators extended their winning streak to 26 in the series.

The Gators (4-0, 3-0 SEC) also recorded their first shutout in conference play since a 52-0 victory against Mississippi State in 2001.

Florida scored three times in the second quarter, enough to put Kentucky away and extend the nation’s longest winning streak in a current series between two teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Wildcats haven’t beaten Florida since 1986 and haven’t won in Gainesville since 1979.

Ohio State 29, UAB 15 — Braxton Miller ran for two touchdowns and the 16th-ranked Buckeyes overcame a lethargic, mistake-filled effort to hold off the visiting Blazers in Columbus, Ohio.

UAB (0-3) more than held its own against the Buckeyes (4-0), who committed drive-killing penalties, had a punt blocked for a touchdown, and had trouble scoring against a defense giving up 44 points and 477 yards a game.

Miller completed passes for 12, 14, and 18 yards and ran for 26 yards to set up his own clinching 1-yard TD run with 5:03 left.

Oregon State 27, UCLA 20 — Sean Mannion passed for a career-high 379 yards and two touchdowns. Oregon State put the clamps on the 19th-ranked Bruins offense, and the unbeaten Beavers opened their Pacific-12 Conference season with a stunning upset in Pasadena, Calif.

Louisville 28, Florida International 21 — Teddy Bridgewater passed for two touchdowns and ran for another score in the return to his home city of Miami, and the 20th-ranked Cardinals remained unbeaten by holding off the Panthers.

Senorise Perry rushed for 74 yards for the Cardinals (4-0), who trailed for the first time this season before controlling the second half and avenging last season’s 24-17 loss to FIU (1-3).

Michigan State 23, Eastern Michigan 7 — Le’Veon Bell rushed for a career-high 253 yards and a touchdown to help the 21st-ranked Spartans avoid a major upset with a win over the Eagles at East Lansing, Mich.

Mississippi State 30, South Alabama 10 — Tyler Russell completed 13 of 27 passes for 171 yards and LaDarius Perkins rushed for a team-high 69 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown run, as the 23d-ranked Bulldogs beat the visiting Jaguars to open a season with four straight wins for the first time since 1999.

Nickoe Whitley and Johnthan Banks both had interceptions that stopped South Alabama drives.

Nebraska 73, Idaho State 7 — Rex Burkhead ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns and the 25th-ranked Cornhuskers made quick work of the Bengals, who lost their 34th straight road game.

Burkhead, playing for the first time since he sprained his left knee in the opener, broke a 61-yard touchdown run on his third carry. His 2-yard TD in the second quarter made it 42-0.