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Lamar Jackson struts Heisman stuff

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs the ball as North Carolina's Tomon Fox (12) chases during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs away from North Carolina's Tomon Fox in the first half Saturday.

Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson accounted for 525 total yards and six touchdowns to help No. 17 Louisville pull away in the fourth quarter and beat North Carolina, 47-35, on Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Jackson threw for 393 yards and three scores while also running for 132 yards and three TDs. The last came on a spinning-through-tacklers 11-yard run with 3:06 left to punctuate a dominant fourth-quarter effort by the Cardinals (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

‘‘Lamar Jackson is every bit as good as everybody says he is and thinks he is,’’ UNC coach Larry Fedora said.

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Junior Jaylen Smith had nine catches for a career-high 183 yards and a score for Louisville, while Dez Fitzpatrick hauled in two TDs as the Cardinals rolled to 705 total yards.

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Louisville trailed entering the final quarter, 28-27, but went ahead on Jackson’s 3-yard keeper with 13:50 left. Louisville’s defense then came up with two fourth-down stops to end promising drives by the Tar Heels (0-2, 0-1).

‘‘I like the way we compete,’’ Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. ‘‘I like the leadership that we have.’’

UNC quarterbacks Chazz Surratt and Brandon Harris combined to throw for three scores.

Alabama 41, Fresno State 10 — Jalen Hurts ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns and passed for a third score in a rout for the No. 1 Crimson Tide (2-0) over the visiting Bulldogs (1-1).

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Hurts completed 14 of 18 passes for 128 yards, but his biggest play came in the opening minute. He faked a handoff and sprinted 55 yards for a touchdown on the second offensive play, stepping out of a last-gasp tackle attempt at the 15.

Hurts also hit a wide-open Hale Hentges for a 23-yarder in the first quarter. It was the tight end’s first career touchdown.

The Tide led 28-3 at halftime against Fresno State, which had opened coach Jeff Tedford’s first season with a 66-0 win over FCS Incarnate Word.

Alabama outgained the Bulldogs, 305-58, on the ground.

Clemson 14, Auburn 6 — Kelly Bryant ran for two touchdowns after getting knocked hard to the ground and defensive end Austin Bryant had four of the home team’s 11 sacks as No. 3 Clemson (2-0) beat No. 13 Auburn (1-1).

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Bryant, making his second career start at quarterback for defending national champion Clemson, appeared to be seriously hurt after he remained on the ground on a hit by Dontavius Russell. But after a few moments in the medical tent, Bryant returned to direct a pair of touchdown drives that gave Clemson the lead for good.

Bryant’s 3-yard run right before halftime put Clemson ahead, 7-6. He finished the next possession with a spinning, 27-yard burst .

Clemson’s defense squashed any chance of an Auburn comeback. Bryant was nearly unblockable and created havoc quarterback Jarrett Stidham and Auburn, which was held to 117 yards.

Austin Byrant sacked Stidham on Auburn’s final two plays as the Baylor transfer desperately tried to get the ball downfield. Byrant threw for 181 yards on 19 of 29 passing. He also rushed for 68 yards.

Penn State 33, Pittsburgh 14 — Trace McSorley threw for three touchdowns, including Saquon Barkley’s 46-yard catch-and-run, and the No. 4 Nittany Lions (2-0) pulled away from the visiting Panthers (1-1).

McSorley completed 15 of 28 passes for 164 yards, helping the Nittany Lions avenge a loss to their in-state rivals a year ago. Tight end Mike Gesicki had two touchdown receptions and Barkley ran for 88 yards as Penn State ended a two-game skid against the Panthers.

Qadree Ollison rushed for 96 yards for the Panthers, but Pitt’s offense struggled to finish drives early on and the Nittany Lions pulled away late. Max Browne completed 19 of 32 passes for only 138 yards and was intercepted twice.

Michigan 36, Cincinnati 14 — Ty Isaac ran for a career-high 133 yards and Wilton Speight threw for two touchdowns to help the No. 8 Wolverines (2-0) pull away from the visiting Bearcats (1-1).

The Wolverines led by just 3 points early in the second half and were booed before scoring 19 straight points to turn a closely contested game into a lopsided one.

‘‘We had the feeling coming out of this game that we stopped ourselves,’’ Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said.

The Bearcats had the same feeling, failing to take advantage of Michigan’s many mistakes and making some miscues of their own to spoil an upset bid.

‘‘Our ability to finish is a stress for our program,’’ said Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell, a former Ohio State interim coach, assistant and player. ‘‘That’s the thing that hurts, and really leaves a bad taste in the mouth.’’

Cincinnati’s Hayden Moore was 15 of 40 for 132 yards with a TD pass to Kahlil Lewis that cut Michigan’s lead to 17-14 in the third quarter and capped a 10-play, 85-yard drive. Moore had some passes dropped, including by Lewis inside the Michigan 10 when trailing by 10 points early in the fourth quarter. He also had some errant throws, two of which were intercepted and returned for scores by Tyree Kinnel in the first quarter and Lavert Hill late in the fourth.

Speight completed 17 of 29 passes for 221 yards. He had TD passes to Kekoa Crawford early in the game and to Grant Perry in the third that gave Michigan a 10-point cushion. Speight also sailed some passes over intended receivers and in front of them.

‘‘I get a little sloppy with my feet, which causes my ball to sail or to go low,’’ he said.

The quarterback avoided throwing an interception a week after throwing two against Florida, but the Wolverines turned the ball over twice and had seven penalties for 68 yards. Speight was charged with a fumble when he tried to hand the ball off. Michigan’s other fumble happened on a punt return.

Wisconsin 31, Florida Atlantic 14 — Freshman Jonathan Taylor ran for 223 yards and three touchdowns, Alex Hornibrook threw for 201 yards and a score, and the No. 9 Badgers (2-0) pulled away from the Owls (0-2) slowly for the home win.

The bigger Badgers wore down the Owls despite some middling play in the middle of the game. Wisconsin opened up a 14-0 lead behind two first-quarter touchdowns from Taylor, but didn’t have the game in hand until his third score with 1:12 left in the third quarter made it a 17-point game.

Wisconsin started getting more pressure in the second half with three sacks. The Badgers held decisive edges after halftime in total yards (206-50) and first downs (13-2).

Virginia Tech 27, Delaware 0 — Greg Stroman returned a punt for a touchdown and Josh Jackson threw two scoring passes to carry the No. 18 Hokies (2-0) over the visiting Blue Hens (1-1).

Stroman broke a scoreless game late in the first quarter when he fielded a punt, made a nice cut to dodge a would-be tackler, and went untouched for a 61-yard touchdown. He became the first player in Virginia Tech history to return a punt for a touchdown in three consecutive seasons.

The Hokies, coming off a last-second win over West Virginia, struggled offensively for much of the game, but got scoring strikes of 4 and 28 yards from Jackson. The latter went to Cam Phillips, who broke free on a post pattern to give the Hokies breathing room in the fourth quarter.

Jackson completed 16 of 27 passes for 222 yards.

Kansas State 55, Charlotte 7 — Kendall Adams scored two defensive touchdowns in the first half to propel the No. 19 Wildcats (2-0) past the visiting 49ers (0-2).

The Wildcats led, 14-0, midway through the first quarter, before Adams took an interception 30 yards up the far sideline and scored to make it 21-0.

‘‘Coach Hayes had help set up what they were going to do,’’ Adams said. ‘‘We had that game plan and I sat on the route, broke on it, got the ball and just ran it in.’’

The pick was Adams first of the season. With just over four minutes remaining before halftime, Adams was in the right place again as he picked up a fumble from 46 yards out to make the score 31-7.

‘‘Coaches always tell us to pick up the ball if it’s borderline and that’s what I did, I couldn’t tell if it was a live ball or not so I just picked it up and took it in.’’

The last Wildcat to have two defensive touchdowns in a game was Dyshod Carter against Missouri in 1999.

On offense, the Wildcats were just as effective with Alex Barnes, Jesse Ertz and Winston Dimel all scoring.

TCU 28, Arkansas 7 — Darius Anderson ran for a career-high 106 yards and a touchdown and the No. 23 Horned Frogs (2-0) used a dominating defense to stuff the host Razorbacks (1-1).

Anderson had 15 carries to help the Horned Frogs win in Fayetteville for the first time since 1984 when both schools were in the Southwest Conference. The sophomore’s previous rushing best was 103 yards in a victory over Texas last season.

Kenny Hill was 21-of-31 passing for 166 yards for TCU, and the Horned Frogs held the Razorbacks to 267 yards of total offense — a week after allowing only 65 yards in a 63-0 victory over Jackson State.

Arkansas’ Austin Allen was 9 of 23 for 138 yards, a year after accounting for four touchdowns in the Razorbacks’ double-overtime win at TCU.

Tennessee 42, Indiana State 7 — Ty Chandler returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown and Carlin Fils-aime had two scoring runs as the No. 25 Vols (2-0) breezed past the visiting Sycamores (0-2).

Maine 60, Bryant 12 — Josh Mack ran for 255 yards on 13 carries and scored three times and Chris Ferguson threw for three touchdowns as the Black Bears (1-1) trounced the visiting Bulldogs (1-1). Mack, who had 212 rushing by halftime, had scoring runs of 66, 60, and 13 yards in the second quarter. Maine amassed 536 yards offense with 381 yards on the ground.

Mack is the first Black Bears running back to rush for more than 200 yards since Marcus Williams’s effort on Nov. 8, 2003.

Bryant committed eight turnovers, losing three fumbles with five interceptions. Darrius Hart’s 35-yard pick-6 with 13:36 to play before halftime made it 27-5.

On the ensuing kickoff, Grant McDonald forced a fumble, which was recovered by Matt Sewall at Bryant’s 13-yard line to set up Mack’s score for a 34-5 lead.

Sinmisola Demuren returned an interception for a 20-yard score to push the lead to 60-12.

Price Wilson threw for 261 yards, a touchdown and five picks for Bryant.

UNH 22, Georgia Southern 12 — Trevor Knight passed for two touchdowns to Neil O'Connor as the Wildcats (2-0) beat Eagles (0-2) in a game moved to Birmingham, Ala., because of concerns about Hurricane Irma.

The game was originally to be played on Georgia Southern’s home turf in Statesboro, Ga., before it was decided to move it 350 miles west to Birmingham’s 71,594-seat Legion Field, where fans were offered free admission. The game drew 3,387 fans.

The victory for the FCS Wildcats (2-0) snapped a seven-game losing streak to FBS teams.

Knight was 13-of-22 passing for 129 yards and ran for 55 more. O'Connor had 11 catches for 118 yards receiving.

The Eagles lost a fumble at the UNH 30 on the game’s opening drive and the Wildcats drove the other way, scoring on Knight’s 10-yard pass to O'Connor. Evan Gray’s 2-yard run for a score made it 15-0 later in the quarter. The Wildcats’ final score came on an 18-yard pass to O'Connor in the third quarter for a 22-0 lead.

Eagles redshirt freshman quarterback Shai Werts ran for 124 yards on 31 carries and passed for 93 more. Georgia Southern has only eight seniors on its roster.

Holy Cross 20, Bucknell 0 — Diquan Walker ran for 72 yards on 10 carries and scored two TDs to lead the Crusaders (1-1) past the host Bison (1-1) in the Patriot League opener for both teams.

The Holy Cross defense forced three first-half turnovers and limited Bucknell to 214 total yards.

On the opening kickoff, the Crusaders' Jack Haddon forced Omar Garcia to cough it up and Mark Ebo recovered at Bucknell's 22-yard line.

The Crusaders committed three penalties in their first four plays before Peter Pujals completed a 30-yard pass to Richie DeNicola to the 2-yard line and Walker ran it in from there.

Near the end of the first, A.J. Wells made it 10-0 with a 25-yard field goal, completing a drive that was set up by another Bucknell fumble. Jack Kutschke forced the fumble on Joey DeFloria and Ahmad Tyler recovered.

Stony Brook 35, Rhode Island 18 — Joe Carbone threw for a career-high 184 yards and Noah McGinty led the defense with 11 tackles as the Seawolves (1-1, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) knocked off the host Rams (0-2,0-1).

Ray Bolden, who caught ten passes for 121 yards, hauled in both TD tosses.

Stacey Bedell scored from 5-yards out for the Seawolves three plays after Darin Peart forced Rhode Island’s Harold Cooper to fumble on the first play from scrimmage. Josh Valentin recovered.

Carbone hit Bolden on a 10-yard scoring strike for a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and led Stony Brook to a 21-0 lead early in the second half before Tyler Harris hit Aaron Parker in stride for a 63-yard touchdown pass as the Rams closed to 21-7.

Harris threw for 185 yards for Rhode Island.