NORMAN, Okla.: Skylar Thompson threw for 334 yards and ran for three touchdowns and Kansas State rallied from 21 points down to stun No. 3 Oklahoma 38-35 on Saturday.
Freshman Deuce Vaughn caught four passes for 129 yards and ran for a touchdown in the Wildcats’ first road victory over a a top-three team in the AP poll. They rebounded from an opening loss to Arkansas State.
Oklahoma freshman Spencer Rattler passed for 387 yards and four touchdowns, but threw three interceptions.
Kansas State upset Oklahoma 48-41 in Manhattan last year.
Kansas State said earlier in the week it was struggling to have enough players available at all position groups to play the game because of COVID-19.
Two short rushing touchdowns by Thompson got the Wildcats back in the game. Nick Allen blocked Reeves Mundschaus punt, and the Wildcats took over at the Oklahoma 38. Vaughns 38-yard touchdown run on the Wildcats second offensive play and the extra point tied it at 35 with 8:17 to play.
Kansas States Blake Lynch hit a 50-yard field goal with 4:32 remaining. Jahron McPherson intercepted Rattler’s pass in the final minute.
Oklahoma is 1-1.
NO. 5 FLORIDA 51, MISSISSIPPI 35
OXFORD, Miss.: Kyle Pitts caught four of Kyle Trasks six touchdown passes and Florida spoiled coach Lane Kiffin’s Mississippi debut.
Trask completed 30 of 42 passes for 416 yards, throwing touchdown passes of 1, 16, 71 and 17 yards to Pitts. The star tight end had 170 yards receiving in the season and Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Trask directed four consecutive touchdown drives that spanned the second and third quarters to help the Gators build a 41-14 lead for the Gators (1-0 Southeastern Conference).
Kiffin, the former Tennessee and Southern California head coach who came to Ole Miss from FAU, had the Rebels offense humming with Matt Corral at quarterback. Corral completed 22 of 31 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns passes, two to Dontario Drummond. But they couldnt stop the Gators.
NO. 8 AUBURN 29, NO. 23 KENTUCKY 13
AUBURN, Ala.: Bo Nix threw for 233 yards and three second-half touchdowns, including a pair to Seth Williams, and Auburn scored twice in the fourth quarter to pull away from Kentucky in the season opener.
The Tigers turned a three-quarter scare into a comfortable win by capitalizing on a late turnover and Kentuckys failed fake punt in the lone Top 25 matchup of the Southeastern Conferences opening weekend.
Nix delivered some big plays to start an encore to a promising freshman season, especially to Williams. He completed 16 of 27 passes and also ran for 34 yards.
Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson returned from a knee injury that cost him most of last season. He completed 24 of 37 passes for 239 yards and ran for 42 yards.
NO. 13 CENTRAL FLORIDA 51, EAST CAROLINA 28
GREENVILLE, N.C.: Dillon Gabriel threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns to help Central Florida beat East Carolina to open its American Athletic Conference schedule.
Jaylon Robinson and Marlon Williams each had huge games as Gabriels top targets for the Knights (2-0, 1-0). Robinson had nine catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns, and Williams had a career-best 13 catches for 136 yards.
Holton Ahlers threw for 215 yards and three TDs for the Pirates (0-1, 0-1). They had delayed start to the season after coronavirus-related scheduling changes.
NO. 19 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 20, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 18
LAFAYETTE, La.: Nate Snyder hit a 53-yard field goal on the final play to lift Louisiana-Lafayette past Georgia Southern.
The Ragin Cajuns (3-0, 2-0 Sun Belt) looked on the way to their first loss when Georgia Southern quarterback Shai Werts hit Khaleb Hood with a 28-yard touchdown pass and Dalton Anderson with a 2-point conversion with 54 seconds left to give the Eagles (1-1, 0-1) an 18-17 lead.
ULL quarterback Levi Lewis, who threw for 290 yards, completed three passes for 47 yards in the final drive, including an 18-yarder to running back Trey Ragas to the Eagle 36. From there, Snyder who was 2 fo -6 on the season including three misses inside 35 yards split the uprights to give the Cajuns their first 3-0 start since 1988.
NO. 21 PITTSBURGH 23, NO. 24 LOUISVILLE 20
PITTSBURGH: Kenny Pickett threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns and Pittsburgh sacked Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham seven times.
The Panthers moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2014 behind a relentless defense that kept the Cardinals (1-2, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) in check for most of the afternoon. Pitt limited Louisville to 223 total yards less than half of its season average coming in and picked off three of Cunningham’s passes.
Senior defensive end Patrick Jones II had three sacks for the Panthers (3-0, 2-0).