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Oklahoma defense holds Florida State in Top 5 matchup

September 18, 2011

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No. 1 Oklahoma 23, No. 5 Florida State 13

Tallahassee, Fla. — Kenny Stills reached high to grab a 37-yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones midway through the fourth quarter for the tiebreaking score, and Oklahoma’s defense made the lead stand as the top-ranked Sooners beat No. 5 Florida State on Saturday night.

Javon Harris picked off two passes for the Sooners (2-0), who forced three turnovers and harassed both Florida State quarterbacks all night.

The Seminoles (2-1) played the final 20 minutes without starting quarterback E.J. Manuel, who left in the third due to a left shoulder injury.

No. 23 Texas 49, UCLA 20

Pasadena, Calif. — Case McCoy passed for 168 yards and two touchdowns, D.J. Grant made his first three career touchdown catches, and Texas avenged last season’s stunning home loss to UCLA with a victory over the Bruins.

The Longhorns (3-0) got solid production from two young quarterbacks. McCoy went 12-for-15 without a turnover in his first career start, and freshman David Ash went 3-for-3 in frequent action.

No. 19 Baylor 48, Stephen F. Austin 0

Waco, Texas — Robert Griffin III continued his sterling start to the season and the No. 19 Baylor Bears celebrated their highest ranking since October 1991 by routing Stephen F. Austin in a game that was ended in the third quarter because of lightning.

Griffin was 20-of-22 for 247 yards and three touchdowns and ran eight times for 78 yards.

No. 9 Texas A&M; 37, Idaho 7

College Station, Texas — Cyrus Gray had three touchdowns and 101 yards rushing, Ryan Tannehill threw for 337 yards and two scores in less than three quarters, and Texas A&M; shook off a sloppy start for a win over Idaho.

The Aggies had two turnovers in the first quarter, but Idaho didn’t take advantage. Texas A&M; had tacked on 27 points before halftime thanks to two touchdowns by Gray to take a comfortable lead and go on to the win.

Texas Tech 59, New Mexico 13

Albuquerque, N.M. — Seth Doege threw for 401 yards and five touchdowns to lead Texas Tech to a victory against New Mexico.

Doege tied a school record by completing his first 15 passes en route to finishing 40-for-44 — a 90.9 completion percentage, a national record for quarterbacks with at least 40 completions.

Texas Tech amassed 624 yards of offense.

Missouri 69, Western Illinois 0

Columbia, Mo. — Henry Josey rushed for three touchdowns and 263 yards while James Franklin threw for three scores as Missouri overwhelmed Western Illinois.

Missouri (2-1) set a school record with 744 yards of offense and tied a school record for most points scored while holding Western Illinois (1-2) to just one first down and 44 total yards. That outburst broke the previous record of 665 yards against Kansas in 1949.

The Tigers built a 42-0 halftime lead against the overmatched Leathernecks of the Football Championship Subdivision.

Kansas State 37, Kent State 0

Manhattan — Kansas State didn’t need any late-game heroics this time.

David Garrett returned an interception 45 yards for a first-quarter touchdown, Collin Klein dazzled with his legs, and the Wildcats beat penalty-prone Kent State for their first shutout in more than five years.

Kansas State, which needed a touchdown pass by Klein in the closing minutes two weeks ago to beat Eastern Kentucky, had no such trouble with the Golden Flashes. The Wildcats scored on five of six first-half drives to build a 34-0 lead, then coasted through an uneventful second half.

They’ll carry some momentum into a high-profile showdown at Miami next weekend.

No. 8 Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa

Tulsa, Okla. — No. 8 Oklahoma State and Tulsa started their game shortly after midnight, after a rain storm postponed it for nearly three hours Saturday.

Fans at H.A. Chapman Stadium were encouraged to leave the stadium’s seating area and seek shelter on the concourses, at the Reynolds Center basketball arena or in their vehicles just minutes before the game was scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

Increasingly heavy rain moved over the stadium soon after. The stands were cleared a short time later.

As the rain tapered off, a few thousand fans returned to the stands in anticipation of the game.

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