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College football results 2013: Scores and recap of Saturday's Week 3 games

Our run down of the events in a wild Saturday of college football.

Scott Halleran

No. 1 Alabama 49, No. 6 Texas A&M 42

The Crimson Tide got revenge for their only 2012 loss, recovering from an early 14-0 deficit to beat the Aggies in a game not quite as close as the score.

Each team had some magic working in the game. This 44-yard touchdown pass from A.J. McCarron to DeAndrew White tied the game at 14 for the Tide.


Then Johnny Football went absolutely nuts, completing this nearly-impossible play.


That drive ended in an Alabama interception, and it was a part of a dominating second quarter for the Tide that made the difference in the game. In addition to the 44-yard touchdown pass to White, Alabama received a 51-yard touchdown catch from Kenny Bell and a four-yard touchdown run from T.J. Yeldon, giving them a 28-14 halftime lead.

Vinnie Sunseri opened the second half with a 73-yard interception return for a touchdown off a Manziel pass, and A&M could never recover from the three-touchdown deficit.


Manziel threw three touchdown passes in the fourth (bringing his daily total up to five), but a five-yard touchdown pass from A.J. McCarron to Jalston Fowler secured the Alabama win.

No. 16 UCLA 41, No. 23 Nebraska 21

After trailing 21-3 in the first half on the road, UCLA elected instead to win in blowout fashion, as three touchdowns from Brett Hundley led them to the huge win in Lincoln. The game was dedicated to fallen teammate Nick Pasquale, who was killed after being struck by a car last week.

Taylor Martinez threw for three touchdowns early, giving the Cornhuskers a 21-3 second quarter lead. With 57 seconds left in the half, Paul Perkins ran for a 10-yard touchdown, bringing the Bruins within just 11 on what looked like a fairly inconsequential score.

Then, the second half happened. UCLA scored 38 straight in the third and fourth quarters, including three touchdown passes from Hundley in the third, and the Bruins had plenty of reason to celebrate in Lincoln.


Or, from another angle.


No. 13 South Carolina 35, Vanderbilt 25

South Carolina held off a resilient visiting Vanderbilt team, defeating the Commodores to get back to .500 in SEC play.

The Gamecocks got out to a fast start, scoring four touchdowns in a row (two on the ground, two in the air). Steve Spurrier was never pleased and never will be.Stevekick_medium

Vanderbilt clawed back for an 18-point halftime deficit and scored two fourth quarter touchdowns within 15 seconds of each other to bring it within 10. South Carolina's defense was then able to lock down, however, knocking what many expected to be a good Vandy team down to 0-2 in conference play.

No. 11 Michigan 28, Akron 24

Echoes of Appalachian State in Ann Arbor, as the Wolverines received quite the scare in the form of the visiting Zips.

Michigan first trailed 10-7 early in the third, but tallied two touchdowns from Devin Gardner (one throwing, one running) to seemingly put the game out of reach, 21-10, for a less-than-stellar Akron offense. The Zips met the challenge, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth, including a one-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Pohl to Tyrell Goodman that took a 24-21 lead.


Fitz Toussaint scored from two yards out to take the 28-24 Wolverines lead, and Akron was unable to score on their final possession.


Arizona State 32, No. 20 Wisconsin 30

In one of the strangest endings of the new college football season, Arizona State narrowly defeated the visiting Wisconsin Badgers Saturday night.

Facing a 7-3 deficit early in the second quarter, Arizona State set up to punt from their own 32-yard line. The snap went wide and low, rolling far past the Sun Devil punter, who then was unable to pick up the ball, as the Badgers recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.

The Sun Devils were able to bring it back before the half thanks to a Marion Grice one-yard run and a Zane Gonzalez field goal. Wisconsin led 14-13 after two quarters.

ASU's Grice scored three more touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter to give them the 32-24 lead. With just under four minutes to go, Wisconsin scored but missed the two-point conversion. The Badgers managed to get the ball back, and then the craziness ensued.

With the ball well in field goal range, Wisconsin snapped the ball with 18 seconds, and took a knee. It looked like he did not take a knee after being impeded by a lineman, and simply dropped the ball, but whether or not that was the case, the referees blew the play dead. An Arizona State defender jumped on top of the ball, the clock did not stop, and Wisconsin just sat there and watched as the clock ran out. Spencer has a full rundown of what happened.

No. 25 Ole Miss 44, Texas 23

After last week's blowout debacle to BYU, Mack Brown fired Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, replacing him with Greg Robinson. That decision has not paid early dividends, as the Longhorns were blown out at home by the Ole Miss Rebels Saturday night.

Texas received three Anthony Fera field goals in the second quarter and scored two touchdowns in the first half, taking a 23-17 lead into halftime. Then the Dr. Bo show started, as Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace ran for a 15-yard touchdown to take the lead, threw for a 17-yard touchdown to pad it, and then watched as Jeff Scott returned a punt 73 yards for the touchdown to seal it. The Longhorns allowed 272 yards on the ground, just shy of half of what they allowed the week before to BYU.

Other scores:

No. 2 Oregon 59, Tennessee 14

No. 4 Ohio State 52, California 34

No. 5 Stanford 34, Army 20

No. 7 Louisville 27, Kentucky 13

No. 8 LSU 45, Kent State 13

No. 10 Florida State 62, Nevada 7

No. 12 Oklahoma State 59, Lamar 3

No. 14 Oklahoma 51, Tulsa 20

No. 17 Northwestern 38, Western Michigan 17

No. 19 Washington 34, Illinois 24

No. 21 Notre Dame 31, Purdue 24

Indiana 42, Bowling Green 10

Minnesota 29, Western Illinois 12

Virginia Tech 15, East Carolina 10

West Virginia 41, Georgia State 7

Arkansas 24, Southern Miss 3

Louisiana-Monroe 21, Wake Forest 19

Pittsburgh 49, New Mexico 27

Rutgers 28, Eastern Michigan 10

Fordham 30, Temple 29

Michigan State 55, Youngstown State 17

USC 35, Boston College 7

Colorado State 34, Cal Poly 17

Georgia Tech 38, Duke 14

Buffalo 26, Stony Brook 23 (5 OT)

Navy 51, Delaware 7

Syracuse 54, Wagner 0

North Texas 34, Ball State 27

Wyoming 35, Northern Colorado 7

Northern Illinois 45, Idaho 35

Iowa 27, Iowa State 21

UCF 34, Penn State 31

Old Dominion 76, Howard 19

Bethune Cookman 34, FIU 13

Washington State 48, Southern Utah 10

Auburn 24, Mississippi State 20

Florida Atlantic 28, South Florida 10

Louisiana-Lafayette 70, Nicholls State 7

Cincinnati 66, Northwestern State 9

Kansas State 37, Massachusetts 7

Middle Tennessee State 17, Memphis 15

Toledo 33, Eastern Washington 21

South Alabama 31, Western Kentucky 24

Maryland 32, Connecticut 21

Rice 23, Kansas 14

UTEP 42, New Mexico State 21

Ohio 34, Marshall 31

Utah State 70, Weber State 6

Oregon State 51, Utah 48 (OT)

UNLV 31, Central Michigan 21

Arizona 38, UTSA 13

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