Western Kentucky 42, Southern Mississippi 17
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Antonio Andrews accounted for 136 yards rushing, 74 yards receiving and two touchdowns on Saturday as Western Kentucky rolled to a 42-17 win over Southern Mississippi.
Western Kentucky quarterback Kawaun Jakes threw touchdown passes of 25, 36 and 2 yards. He finished the game 12-for-18 for 173 yards and no interceptions.
The Hilltoppers amassed 560 yards of total offense while playing in front of a crowd of 23,532, the biggest in school history.
Western Kentucky held Southern Miss to 264 yards.
The Hilltoppers scored the game's first 14 points and scored the next 28 after a Golden Eagles field goal.
Western Kentucky safety Jonathan Dowling was ejected from the game in the third quarter for a hit to the head of Southern Miss receiver Tyre Bracken.
Western Kentucky is 3-1 for the first time since 2007, while Southern Miss is 0-3 for the first time since 1976.
Troy 14, North Texas 7
DENTON, Texas -- Corey Robinson threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns, and Troy spoiled North Texas' Sun Belt Conference opener Saturday night with a 14-7 victory.
Robinson, who was 29 of 42 and threw one interception, hit Jaquon Robinson for a 15-yard score just before halftime, then found Chip Reeves on a 76-yarder in the third. Reeves led the Trojans (2-2, 1-1) with seven catches for 120 yards.
The Troy defense took over from there, holding the Mean Green (1-3, 0-1) scoreless after the first quarter despite allowing 422 yards of total offense. North Texas missed three field goals and converted just two of its 14 third downs.
North Texas' Derek Thompson threw for 236 yards but completed just 12 of his 28 passes, all but two of them to Ivan Delgado (126 yards) and Brelan Chancellor (107 yards). Chancellor caught a 50-yard touchdown pass for the Mean Green's only score.
#1 Alabama 40, Florida Atlantic 7
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes, including an early 85-yarder to Kenny Bell, and No. 1 Alabama defeated Florida Atlantic 40-7 on Saturday.
Eddie Lacy rushed for 106 yards in the first half for the Crimson Tide (4-0), which rolled to 134 consecutive points and two shutouts before allowing a touchdown in the final minutes.
McCarron was 15-of-25 passing for 212 yards before leaving midway through the third quarter. The 85-yarder came 1:42 into the game and is tied for the fifth-longest touchdown pass in Tide history.
The only suspense late was whether Alabama could complete a third straight shutout for the first time since Bear Bryant's unbeaten 1966 team.
Alabama ran its shutout streak to 192 minutes, 25 seconds dating back to the third quarter of the opener against Michigan, but that's as far as it got.
Graham Wilbert hit Alex Deleon for a 6-yard touchdown with 2:49 left, silencing the remaining fans hoping for three shutouts in a row. It took 8 minutes, 24 seconds, 15 plays and two fourth-down conversions to reach the end zone on the drive.
An unsportsmanlike conduct flag against Alabama's bench for stepping too far onto the field two plays before the score showed how badly the Tide wanted to keep the goose eggs flowing.
The Owls had just 41 total yards and one first down through three quarters before finally moving the ball across midfield on the final drive.
Wilbert was 7-of-13 passing for 34 yards -- 23 on the cosmetic scoring drive.
Alabama's backup, Blake Sims, had one completion, a 35-yarder to freshman Cyrus Jones. Fellow freshman T.J. Yeldon ran 10 times for 63 yards and a third newcomer, Kenyan Drake, scored on an 8-yard run for Alabama's final points early in the fourth.
The kickers, maligned at times last season, were perfect.
Alabama did just about everything it wanted in the first half -- except, at times, punch it into the end zone. The Tide led 30-0 with three field goals, including a career-best 52-yarder by Cade Foster. He added a 46-yarder in the second half while Jeremy
Shelley had kicks of 26 and 30 yards in the second quarter.
The Tide dominated 353-23 in total yards in the half and started in a big way.
On Alabama's third play, McCarron hit Bell on a short crossing route. Bell got away from one defender and sprinted by himself down the sideline for the 85-yarder on his only reception.
Then DeAndrew White barely managed to get his foot down inbounds at the back of the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown catch and McCarron hit Christion Jones for another 4-yarder with 8 seconds left in the half.
Alabama converted a fourth-and-1 to avoid settling for another kick.
The Tide has now beaten nine of its last 17 opponents by at least 30 points.
#20 Louisville 28, FIU 21
MIAMI -- Teddy Bridgewater passed for two touchdowns and ran for another score in the return to his home city, and No. 20 Louisville remained unbeaten by holding off Florida International 28-21 on Saturday night.
Senorise Perry rushed for 74 yards for the Cardinals (4-0), who trailed for the first time this season before controlling the second half and avenging last season's 24-17 loss to FIU.
Darian Mallary and Jake Medlock both rushed for touchdowns for the Panthers (1-3), whose losses have come against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Conference USA and now the Big East. FIU starts Sun Belt play next week at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Mallary and Medlock both left the game with injuries, and top FIU running back Kedrick Rhodes also missed the game with a right leg injury.
Bridgewater completed 19 of 36 passes for 194 yards -- more incompletions in one night than he had in the first three games of the year. Bridgewater was 72 for 88 passing with a rating of 182.2 in the first three Louisville games of the season, and had gone
96 passes without an interception to start the year before he was picked off by FIU's Johnathan Cyprien late in the first quarter.
And the Panthers, who fell behind 7-0 early on Bridgewater's 3-yard pass to Nick Heuser, put together two sustained drives to take the lead. Mallary scored from 3 yards out to tie the game late in the first and cap a 13-play, 76-yard march, while Medlock
scored from a yard out midway through the second quarter to end an 11-play, 82-yard drive for a 14-7 FIU lead.
So Louisville was playing its first road game of the year, and playing from behind for the first time all year.
Bridgewater ensured the run of firsts didn't include the first Cardinals' loss of 2012.
He connected with Andrell Smith on a 1-yard touchdown pass with 26 seconds left in the half, knotting the game at 14. And after FIU muffed a punt following the opening drive of the third quarter -- the first in a long series of mistakes that plagued the
Panthers in the second half -- Louisville was back in business.
Perry rushed for 24 yards on the first play after the turnover, 16 more on the next snap, and Jeremy Wright went the final 6 yards to put the Cardinals ahead 21-14. FIU was stopped inches short on fourth-and-1 with 8:03 left in the third at the Louisville
10, turning the ball over and starting a possession that Bridgewater capped with a 1-yard plunge 6 seconds into the final quarter for a 28-14 edge.
FIU turned the ball over on downs again with 10 minutes left in Louisville territory after a fumble sent a play awry, yet closed within a touchdown when Jacob Younger caught a 4-yard pass from E.J. Hilliard -- who replaced Bridgewater at Miami Northwestern.
The Panthers had a chance to get the ball back down by seven with less than 5 minutes left, but T.J. Lowder was called for a personal foul after he ran into Louisville punter Ryan Johnson. The Cardinals ran out the clock, Bridgewater running for a key first
down with just over a minute left to seal the outcome.
Arkansas State 56, Alcorn State 0
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Ryan Aplin threw for 198 yards and three touchdowns, and Arkansas State limited Alcorn State to 130 yards of offense in a 56-0 victory on Saturday night.
Aplin completed 12 of 13 passes for the Red Wolves (2-2) and did not play in the second half. With 50 career TD passes, the senior moved into first on the school's all-time list.
Alcorn State (1-1) had 13 possessions, with just three lasting more than five plays. Quarterback John Gibbs passes had 12 completions for only 39 yards and rushed for 47 yards on six carries.
Rod Smith rushed for 104 yards and touchdown for Arkansas State, and nine different players caught a pass.
Ronnell Wright returned a fumble 7 yards for a touchdown and David Oku rushed for two TDs in the first half as the Red Wolves led 42-0 at the break.
#23 Mississippi State 30, South Alabama 10
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- No. 23 Mississippi State (4-0) won its first four games for the first time since 1999 and has the week off as it prepares to face Kentucky on Oct. 5.
Tyler Russell completed 13 of 27 passes for 171 yards for the Bulldogs while LaDarius Perkins rushed for a team-high 69 yards as the Bulldogs defeated South Alabama 30-10.
Nickoe Whitley and Johnthan Banks both had long interception returns that stopped South Alabama drives.
It was the 15th career interception for Banks -- which ranks second among active players in the Football Bowl Subdivision -- and third this season.
The Bulldogs led 20-0 at halftime, giving up just 104 yards at that point.
South Alabama (1-3) lost its first game against a Southeastern Conference opponent. C.J. Bennett completed 14 of 26 passes for 154 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Demetre Baker added 49 yards rushing.
The Jaguars are a transitional BCS team that is in just their fourth season as a program. But they managed to hang close for the majority of the first half before the Bulldogs slowly pulled away.
"I am really proud of this football team," South Alabama coach Joey Jones said. "There are a lot of things we can work on for sure. I saw a lot of heart on that football field tonight. I told the team in the locker room that I can handle (the final score)."