Vad Lee passed for four touchdowns among his eight completions and rushed for a score as the visiting Yellow Jackets reeled off 28 straight points in winning their ACC opener.
DeAndre Smelter caught two second-quarter touchdowns for Georgia Tech (2-0, 1-0), which trailed 7-3 in the first before taking control en route to its 10th straight victory over the Blue Devils. Robert Godhigh rushed for 79 yards and Lee added 76, sparking a rushing attack that finished with 344 yards.
Jela Duncan rushed for 89 yards and a first-quarter touchdown for Duke (2-1, 0-1). Quarterback Brandon Connette completed 15-for-28 passes for 122 yards and ran for a touchdown in his first start of the season.
The Yellow Jackets took a 10-7 lead on Lee’s 4-yard touchdown run with 6:04 left in the first quarter. Lee and Smelter hooked up in the second on touchdowns of 24 and 10 yards, the latter coming with 42 seconds left in the half to give Georgia Tech a 24-7 advantage at the break.
Lee capped a 15-play, 73-yard drive to open the second half with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Godhigh, pushing the lead to 31-7. Lee attempted 16 passes and threw for 125 yards.
No. 2 Oregon 59, Tennessee 14
Marcus Mariota passed for a career-high 456 yards and accounted for five touchdowns as the host Ducks walloped the Volunteers.
Mariota passed for four touchdowns and rushed for another as Oregon (3-0) scored 59 consecutive points after spotting Tennessee a 7-0 lead. John Mundt had two scoring receptions while Josh Huff and Daryle Hawkins had one apiece.
The Volunteers (2-1) allowed only 20 points over their first two games but were no match for the high-powered Ducks. Oregon rolled up 687 yards and has won its first three games by a cumulative score of 184-27.
No. 4 Stanford 34, Army 20
Kevin Hogan threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns as the visiting Cardinal survived a slow start to knock off the Black Knights in the first meeting between the teams since 1976.
Hogan completed 11 of 18 passes and Tyler Gaffney ran for 132 yards and scored twice for Stanford (2-0), which has won 10 straight games dating back to last season. The Cardinal trailed 6-0 before recording a first down, but scored on four straight possessions before halftime and took charge after a big turnover in the third quarter.
No. 7 Louisville 27, Kentucky 13
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater shook off a slow first half, throwing for 250 yards and leading the No. 7 Cardinals to a 27-13 win over Kentucky on Saturday.
The Cardinals (3-0) didn’t gash their rival’s defense as many expected they would, but coach Charlie Strong’s defense carried the weight. Kentucky (1-2) had three turnovers, including a second-half interception at the Louisville 2-yard line and a first-half fumble inside Kentucky’s 30-yard line.
Running back Senorise Perry scored two touchdowns for the Cardinals, both in the second half. His first was a 1-yard punch-in two plays after he broke off a 27-yard run to set up the goal-line situation; his second was a 36-yard rush to give the Cardinals a 27-6 lead with 11:29 to play.
No. 9 FSU 62, Nevada 7
Freshman Jameis Winston threw a pair of touchdown passes in a span of less than three minutes late in the first half as the host Seminoles overcame a sluggish start to rout the Wolf Pack.
Winston also ran for a score and Devonta Freeman rushed for 109 yards and a 6-yard touchdown that ignited a 31-point third quarter as Florida State (2-0) improved to 34-2 in its last 36 home openers.
Karlos Williams, a converted defensive back seeing his first action at running back, added a 65-yard scoring run in the third-quarter blitz and finished with 110 yards on eight carries. Kenny Shaw and Rashad Greene each had scoring receptions as the Seminoles rolled up 617 yards of total offense.
No. 12 Michigan 28, Akron 24
Fitzgerald Toussaint scored the go-ahead touchdown with 2:49 left and the Wolverines stopped the Zips near the goal line as time expired to win their 17th straight home game.
After Toussaint capped a four-play, 70-yard drive with a 2-yard score to put Michigan ahead, Akron used 11 plays to march down the field. The Zips drove as far as the Wolverines 2-yard line, but Jawon Chisholm was stopped for a two-yard loss on a third-down play and Kyle Pohl’s fourth-down pass sailed over the head of Zach D’Orazio in the end zone.
Toussaint rushed for 71 yards while Devin Gardner accounted for 351 total yards and three touchdowns for Michigan (3-0), which held on despite four turnovers from Gardner. Pohl threw for 311 yards and two scores for Akron (1-2), which has lost 28 consecutive road contests.
No. 14 Oklahoma 50, Tulsa 21
NORMAN, Okla. — Any question about who the starting quarterback should be for Oklahoma was answered Saturday.
In about five minutes.
Blake Bell, the junior who was beat out in August practice by freshman Trevor Knight, got his first career start Saturday against Tulsa and led the Sooners to an offensive explosion in a 50-21 victory over the Golden Hurricane at Memorial Stadium.
“He’s capable of it,” said OU co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel of Bell.
Maybe so, but no one knew for sure until Saturday.
Bell directed five first-half scoring drives, including a touchdown coming just 4:50 into the game. He was 15 of 21 passing in the first half for 281 yards and two touchdowns, played every offensive snap and finished 27 of 37 for 413 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
No. 17 UCLA 41, No. 15 Nebraska 21
Brett Hundley threw three touchdown passes during a stretch of 38 unanswered points as the visiting Bruins dominated the second half and stunned the Cornhuskers.
Hundley went 16-for-24 for 294 yards and three touchdowns while Jordon James rushed for 105 yards and a score as UCLA (2-0) took out Nebraska for the second straight season. Shaquelle Evans, Phillip Ruhl and Nate Iese each caught a touchdown pass during the Bruins’ 28-point third quarter.
Taylor Martinez passed for 203 yards and three touchdowns while Ameer Abdullah rushed for 98 yards for Nebraska (2-1), which had a four-game home winning streak against ranked teams come to an end.
Arkansas 24, Southern Mississippi 3
Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams combined for 231 rushing yards, and the Razorback defense did the rest in the non-conference victory over Golden Eagles.
The victory could prove a costly one for the Arkansas (3-0), which lost sophomore quarterback Brandon Allen in the first quarter due to a right shoulder injury suffered on a 5-yard touchdown run. A.J. Derby, a walk-on and junior college transfer, came on and and attempted just two passes in the first half.
Allan Bridgford completed 17-of-33 passes for 133 yards but was intercepted twice for Southern Mississippi (0-3), which was held to 254 yards in total offense and suffered its 15th straight loss.
USC 35, Boston College 7
Cody Kessler passed for 237 yards and a pair of touchdowns while the Trojans defense dominated the visiting Eagles.
Kessler, who was named the starter this week after splitting reps with Max Wittek in the first two games, completed 15-of-17 passes and did not turn the ball over. Tre Madden and Justin Davis combined for 198 rushing yards and each scored on the ground for USC (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12).
Chase Rettig was held to 83 yards on 11-of-24 passing as Boston College (2-1, 1-0 ACC) suffered its first loss under new head coach Steve Addazio.
Virginia Tech 15, East Carolina 10
Logan Thomas directed an 75-yard third-quarter scoring drive and the nation’s fourth-ranked passing defense picked off three passes as the visiting Hokies survived special teams struggles to stave off the Pirates.