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Alabama, USC Stay Undefeated, Arkansas Upset in College Football

September 09, 2012

Top-ranked University of Alabama and No. 2 University of Southern California remained undefeated in the second week of college football, while No. 8 University of Arkansas was upset by the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

Among the Top 10 teams ranked by the Associated Press Writers’ Poll, it was No. 1 Alabama 35, Western Kentucky 0; No. 2 USC 42, Syracuse 29; No. 3 Louisiana State 41, Washington 3; No. 4 Oregon 42, Fresno State 25; and No. 5 Oklahoma 69, Florida A&M 13.

Rounding out the top 10 yesterday, it was No. 6 Florida State 55, Savannah 0; No. 7 Georgia 41, Missouri 20; Louisiana- Monroe 34, No. 8 Arkansas 31; and No. 9 South Carolina 48, East Carolina 10. West Virginia, tied for ninth, didn’t play.

At Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, A.J. McCarron completed 14 of 19 passing attempts for 219 yards and four touchdowns for the Crimson Tide in the win over Western Kentucky (1-1). Two touchdown passes went to Christian Jones and two were caught by Kevin Norwood.

“AJ’s really stepped up,” Jones said. “He’s really picked up that weight left off from that national championship game a little bit from last year. He’s overall conquered a lot of things with the passing game.”

Matt Barkley threw for a school-record six touchdowns, three to Marqise Lee, in the Trojans’ rain-delayed victory at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Ryan Nassib completed 30 of 46 passing attempts for 322 yards and two touchdowns and he ran for a third for Syracuse (0-2).

“That’s the No. 2 team in the nation,” said Orange receiver Alec Lemon. “We put up a great fight against them.”

Storm Delays

In Tallahassee, Florida, E.J. Manuel passed for three touchdowns in the first seven minutes as Florida State (2-0) shut out Savannah State (0-2), which lost 84-0 to Oklahoma State last week. The game was called in the third quarter because of lightning after two storm delays, canceling the Las Vegas wagering on the game, which had made Florida State a 70 1/2- point favorite, the largest college football spread ever.

“I’ve never had that happen in my career,” said Seminole coach Jimbo Fisher. “It’s easy for me to say I want to keep playing, but I understand the situation.”

In the only upset in the top 10, quarterback Kolton Browning scored on a 16-yard run in overtime to give the Warhawks (1-0) a victory over the Razorbacks (1-1). Browning passed for 412 yards and three touchdowns.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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