College Football Today
-Geno Smith, West Virginia, tied a Big 12 record with eight TD passes and threw for 656 yards to lead the No. 9 Mountaineers to a 70-63 win over No. 25 Baylor.
-Nick Florence, Baylor, broke Heisman Trophy-winning predecessor Robert Griffin III's school record with 581 yards passing and threw for five TDs in the Bears' 70-63 loss to West Virginia.
-Terrance Williams, Baylor, set a Big 12 record with 314 yards receiving and scored two TDs on 17 catches.
-Stedman Bailey, West Virginia, had 303 yards and a school-record five TDs on 13 catches.
-Stephen Morris, Miami, threw for a school- and Atlantic Coast Conference-record 566 yards and five TDs to help the Hurricanes beat North Carolina State 44-37.
-Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, threw for a school-record 453 yards and three TDs, and ran for another score to lead a 58-10 win over Arkansas, the Aggies' first Southeastern Conference victories.
-Mike Glennon, North Carolina State, threw for 440 yards and four TDs in a 44-37 loss to Miami.
-Tajh Boyd, Clemson, threw for 367 yards and three TDs and ran for another score as the No. 17 Tigers beat Boston College 45-31.
-Kain Colter, Northwestern, ran for 161 yards and four TDs in a 44-29 victory over Indiana.
-Todd Gurley, Georgia, ran for 130 yards and three TDs as the No. 5 Bulldogs beat Tennessee 51-44 in the highest-scoring game ever between the SEC rivals.
-David Ash, Texas, threw for 304 yards and three TDs to Jaxon Shipley to lift the No. 12 Longhorns to a 41-36 win over Oklahoma State.
-Seth Doege, Texas Tech, threw for 331 yards and three TDs to help the Red Raiders beat Iowa State 24-13.
-Cody Getz, Air Force, ran for 222 yards and became the first player in school history to open a season with four straight 100-yard games to lead the Falcons to a 42-21 win over in-state rival Colorado State.
-Munchie Legaux, Cincinnati, threw for a career-high 376 yards and three TDs, including a 13-yarder to Damon Julian with 13 seconds left to help the Bearcats beat Virginia Tech 27-24.
-Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion, threw for 360 yards and two TDs, and rushed for another in a 45-37 win over Richmond, a week after setting the NCAA's Division I passing mark with 730 yards.
-Beau Blankenship, Ohio, ran for 269 yards and three TDs in a 37-34 win over Massachusetts.
-Benny Cunningham, Middle Tennessee State, rushed for 217 yards and five TDs in a 49-28 win over Georgia Tech.
-Eric Breitenstein, Wofford, ran for Southern Conference single-game record of 321 yards and scored two TDs in a 49-24 victory over Elon.
-Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, threw for 453 yards and five TDs, and ran for another score in a 65-15 rout over Austin Peay.
-Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio), threw six TD passes and had 624 total yards in a wild 56-49 win over Akron.
-Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook, rushed for a career-high 220 yards and two TDs in a 23-3 victory over Army, its first against a Football Bowl Subdivision team.
-Gavin McCarney, Colgate, rushed for four TDs and passed for two in a 47-24 win over Yale.
QBS GONE WILD
West Virginia's Geno Smith, Baylor's Nick Florence and Miami's Stephen Morris were quarterbacks-gone-wild Saturday.
And each of them did something no major-college passer had done since 2009.
Smith threw for 656 yards and eight touchdowns against Baylor - the game in which Florence threw for 581 yards and five scores. And in the Hurricanes' win over North Carolina State, Morris threw for a school-record 566 yards and five touchdowns.
Combined, the trio's total passing was the equivalent of 1.02 miles.
According to STATS LLC, the last quarterback with at least 550 yards and five touchdowns in a game was Houston's Case Keenum against Southern Mississippi on Oct. 31, 2009.
Before that, the last do it was Texas Tech's Graham Harrell against Oklahoma State on Sept. 22, 2007.
West Virginia amassed a school-record 807 yards and the teams combined for 1,507 yards of offense and 67 first downs. Six receivers had at least 100 yards receiving.
The Bears' Terrance Williams set a Big 12 record with 314 yards receiving. The old mark was set minutes earlier by West Virginia's Stedman Bailey, who had 303 yards and a school-record five TDs.
Baylor tied an FBS mark for the most points scored by a losing team.
15-Years since Arizona State won in Berkeley before beating Cal 27-17.
46-Years since Alabama A&M started a season 5-0.
66-Points by North Carolina in its shutout victory over Idaho to set a school record.
240-Points allowed by Savannah State in four games this season.
704-Yards of total offense by Northwestern in a 44-29 victory over Indiana, setting a school record.
MEYER'S BIG TEN DEBUT
Urban Meyer's first Big Ten game as Ohio State coach turned out to be a classic welcome to the conference.
His quarterback got shaken up twice, but Braxton Miller kept coming back on the field, and in the end the Buckeyes played just well enough defensively to come away with a bruising victory.
Miller threw for 179 yards and ran for 136, and No. 14 Ohio State held off No. 20 Michigan State 17-16 on Saturday. Miller put Ohio State ahead 17-13 with a 63-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith in the third quarter, and the Buckeyes' maligned defense held Le'Veon Bell and the Michigan State running game in check.
Meyer becomes the third coach to start 5-0 in his first season at Ohio State. Carol Widdoes and Earle Bruce also did it in 1944 and 1979.
Michigan State has lost four home games in a row against Ohio State.
Third-ranked LSU portrayed its 12-10 victory at Auburn last week as a wakeup call, but it continued to stumble intermittently against its first FCS opponent of the season - enough so that frustrated fans routinely groaned and even booed.
Zach Mettenberger connected with Odell Beckham Jr. five times for 128 yards and two touchdowns, but LSU was unable to eliminate nagging offensive sloppiness in a 38-22 victory over overmatched but feisty Towson.
Mettenberger's scoring strikes to Beckham went for 53 and 27 yards, and LSU's quarterback finished 15-of-26 for 238 yards passing. Still, Mettenberger was sacked four times, missed some open receivers and a fumble he gave up - one of three LSU turnovers - led to the first of two touchdown runs by Towson's Terrance West.
West's first TD run gave Towson, an FCS team, a stunning 9-7 lead in the second quarter before LSU responded with 24 straight points.
In all, LSU's performance fell well short of the confidence-building performance it wanted before a trip to No. 11 Florida next weekend, followed by a visit from No. 6 South Carolina.
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