TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes, T.J. Yeldon ran for 133 yards and two scores and No. 1 Alabama overwhelmed No. 10 Louisiana State 38-17 on Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) turned to power football to take control of a game that was tied early in the third quarter. Yeldon carried 18 times in the second half, 25 overall, after catching the game-winning touchdown pass in last season’s meeting with the Tigers (7-3, 3-3).
Alabama scored the final 21 points to brush aside its first challenge since Game 2 against Texas A&M.
McCarron was 14 of 20 passing for 179 yards, letting Yeldon, Kenyan Drake and their blockers assert control.
Zach Mettenberger completed 16 of 23 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown but was also sacked four times.
It was the most points Alabama has scored against LSU since a 41-12 victory in 1947.
NO. 11 TEXAS A&M 51, MISSISSIPPI STATE 41
In College Station, Texas, Johnny Manziel threw for 446 yards and tied a career-high with five touchdown passes to lead Texas A&M over Mississippi State in what could be the Heisman Trophy winner’s last home game.
The crowd chanted “one more year” late in the game for Manziel, who is eligible for the draft after this season.
Mississippi State cut the lead to 10 points early in the fourth quarter, but Manziel threw his fifth touchdown pass to make it 44-27 for A&M (8-2, 4-2 SEC). The defense grabbed an interception and Ben Malena’s 2-yard TD run extended the lead to 51-27.
Dax Prescott threw for 149 yards and two scores and ran for 154 yards for Mississippi State (4-5, 1-4).
NO. 15 OKLAHOMA STATE 42, KANSAS 6
In Stillwater, Okla., Clint Chelf threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns to lead Oklahoma State (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) over Kansas (2-7, 0-6).
Desmond Roland added 44 yards and a touchdown on 16 rushes for the Cowboys, who won their fifth game in a row. Roland also had a 19-yard reception for a score early in the second quarter that gave Oklahoma State a 21-0 lead.
Oklahoma State jumped on top immediately, as Justin Gilbert zig-zagged his way to a 100-yard touchdown on the opening kickoff.
NO. 19 CENTRAL FLORIDA 19, HOUSTON 14
In Orlando, Fla., William Stanback scored two touchdowns and Central Florida (7-1, 4-0) held off a late Houston (7-2, 4-1) threat to keep first place in the American Athletic Conference all to itself.
Storm Johnson added 127 yards rushing for Central Florida, which has the inside track to the league’s automatic BCS bid, with victories against the Cougars and Louisville.
NO. 21 WISCONSIN 27, BRIGHAM YOUNG 17
In Madison, Wis., James White ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass for another score, and Wisconsin (7-2) stalled the fast-paced offense of Brigham Young (6-3).
White finished with 147 yards rushing for the Badgers.
NO. 23 ARIZONA STATE 20, UTAH 19
In Salt Lake City, Taylor Kelly ran for a touchdown and threw for another in the fourth quarter and Arizona State (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12) came from behind to beat Utah (4-5, 1-5).
Sun Devils All-America defensive tackle Will Sutton sealed the victory with an interception at the line of scrimmage with 1:01 left at the Utah 25.
Kelly finished 19 for 31 passing for 144 yards and Marion Grice rushed 20 times for 136 yards.
KANSAS STATE 49, NO. 25 TEXAS TECH 26
In Lubbock, Texas, Jake Waters and Daniel Sams each ran for two touchdowns and Waters passed for another score to lead Kansas State (5-4, 3-3 Big 12) over Texas Tech (7-3, 4-3).
Sams’ TDs came on a 1-yard rush and a 5-yarder, and Waters scored from 1 yard and 13 yards.