Jameis Winston threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns and No. 5 Florida State crushed third-ranked Clemson, 51-14, Saturday night, making a statement that should be heard from Alabama to Oregon.
The Atlantic Coast Conference’s game of the year, billed as maybe the league’s biggest game ever, quickly became a Seminoles’ seminar on how to take apart a top-five opponent on its hostile home turf.
Winston was 22 of 34 for Florida State (6-0, 4-0). His first throw was a 22-yard TD to Kelvin Benjamin, and he scrambled for a 4-yard touchdown that made it 41-7 with 4:04 left in the third quarter.
Tajh Boyd threw two interceptions for Clemson, and his first-quarter fumble was returned 37 yards for a touchdown by Mario Edwards. Clemson (6-1, 4-1) turned it over a season-high four times, including on the first play from scrimmage.
Alabama 52, Arkansas 0 — AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes and Kenyan Drake rushed for 104 yards and two scores to lead the top-ranked Crimson Tide to a rout of the visiting Razorbacks (3-5, 0-4 SEC).
Drake needed just eight carries to reach 100 yards for the second straight week. T.J. Yeldon had 88 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries for Alabama (7-0, 4-0).
Ohio State 34, Iowa 24 — Carlos Hyde ran for 149 yards, including 106 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, to lead the fourth-ranked Buckeyes (7-0, 3-0 Big Ten) over the visiting Hawkeyes.
It was Ohio State’s 19th consecutive victory, the most in the nation and tying the second-best streak in school history.
Iowa (4-3, 1-2) dominated offensively in the first half and led, 21-14, at the break, but Hyde tied it with the first rushing TD against the Hawkeyes this season on Ohio State’s first drive of the third quarter, and the Buckeyes took over.
Mississippi 27, LSU 24 — Andrew Ritter made a 41-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to lead the Rebels to a home victory over the No. 6 Tigers (6-2, 3-2 SEC).
Ole Miss (4-3, 2-3) led by as many 17 points and was ahead nearly the entire game until late in the fourth when LSU’s Zach Mettenberger hit Jarvis Landry for a 4-yard touchdown to tie it at 24 with 3:19 remaining.
Bo Wallace completed 30 of 39 passes for 346 yards for the Rebels, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Stanford 24, UCLA 10 — Tyler Gaffney ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and the No. 13 Cardinal smothered Brett Hundley and the ninth-ranked Bruins in Palo Alto, Calif.
Kevin Hogan threw for 227 yards and a spectacular TD to Kodi Whitfield as Stanford (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) regrouped after losing at Utah last week. Stanford has not lost consecutive games since October 2009.
Hundley completed 24 of 39 passes for 192 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions to Jordan Richards. UCLA (5-1, 2-1) has not started 6-0 since 2005.
Tennessee 23, South Carolina 21 — Michael Palardy made a 19-yard field goal as time expired to lead the Volunteers to a victory over the No. 11 Gamecocks that ended host Tennessee’s 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents.
The loss may have proved doubly painful for South Carolina, which had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Quarterback Connor Shaw left the game after being sacked by Marlon Walls and Daniel McCullers with less than five minutes remaining. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said that Shaw suffered a sprained knee.
Mike Davis rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown for South Carolina (5-2, 3-2 SEC), which erased a 17-7 halftime deficit before falling.
Tennessee (4-3, 1-2) hadn’t beaten a ranked foe since a 31-13 victory over No. 21 South Carolina on Oct. 31, 2009.
Baylor 71, Iowa State 7 — Bryce Petty threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns, Antwan Goodley had 182 yards receiving and two scores, and the No. 12 Bears tied a school record with their 10th straight win, beating the Cyclones (1-5, 0-3 Big 12) in Waco, Texas.
Baylor (6-0, 3-0) had their nation-leading 33d straight game of at least 400 yards by halftime and finished with 714 — their fourth game this season with at least 700.
Missouri 36, Florida 17 — Maty Mauk, subbing for an injured James Franklin, threw for 295 yards in his first career start to help the No. 14 Tigers (7-0, 3-0) defeat the 22d-ranked Gators (4-3, 3-2) and open a two-game lead in the Southeastern Conference’s East Division.
Host Missouri outgained the Gators, 500-151, and became the first conference opponent in 14 games to score at least 21 points against them.
Vanderbilt 31, Georgia 27 — Jerron Seymour ran for a 13-yard touchdown with 2:53 left, and the host Commodores rallied from a 13-point deficit by scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat the No. 15 Bulldogs (4-3, 3-2 SEC).
Vanderbilt (4-3, 1-3) got its first victory over Georgia in Nashville since 1991. They did it despite losing quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels in the second quarter with an injured left leg.
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray became the SEC’s career leader in total offense late in the first quarter with a 7-yard pass to Arthur Lynch. That put him a yard past Tim Tebow.
Texas Tech 37, West Virginia 27 — Davis Webb threw two touchdown passes and the No. 16 Red Raiders (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to beat the host Mountaineers (3-4, 1-3).
In his first road start, Webb completed 36 of 50 passes for 462 yards. He became the first Red Raiders freshman to surpass 400 yards passing in each of his first two starts.
Oklahoma 34, Kansas 19 — Blake Bell threw for 131 yards and two TDs, and the 18th-ranked Sooners (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) awoke from their Red River rout hangover to beat the lowly Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan.
It was Oklahoma’s 15th straight win the week after playing the Longhorns.
Jake Heaps was just 5 of 13 for 16 yards, the fewest yards through the air for Kansas (2-4, 0-3) since throwing for 15 yards in a loss to Nebraska in 2010.
Arizona State 53, Washington 24 — Taylor Kelly accounted for 352 yards and four TDs, Marion Grice scored three times, and the Sun Devils (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) routed the 20th-ranked Huskies in Tempe, Ariz.
It was Arizona State’s eighth straight win over Washington (4-3, 1-3).
Bishop Sankey, the nation’s leader in rushing yards per game, couldn’t solve Arizona State’s defense. He gained just 22 yards on 13 carries.
Oklahoma State 24, TCU 10 — Clint Chelf threw for 178 yards after replacing sophomore J.W. Walsh in the second quarter, and the No. 21 Cowboys (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) held on for a win over the visiting Horned Frogs (3-4, 1-3).
Northern Illinois 38, Central Michigan 17 — Jordan Lynch rushed for 316 yards, an FBS record for a quarterback, and the No. 23 Huskies (7-0, 3-0 Mid-American) stayed unbeaten with a road victory.
Lynch, who had three rushing touchdowns, broke the rushing record held by former Northern Illinois quarterback Stacey Robinson, who had 308 yards against Fresno State on Oct. 6, 1990.
Wisconsin 56, Illinois 32 — Melvin Gordon rushed for 142 yards and three TDs to lead the No. 25 Badgers to a rout of the host Illini (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten).
James White added 98 yards rushing and two TDs for Wisconsin (5-2, 3-1).