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  Payton Thorne passed for 261 yards and four touchdowns, two of those scoring throws going to Jalen Nailor, and Michigan State extended its unbeaten start by topping No. 24 Miami 38-17 on Saturday. Kenneth Walker III rushed for 172 yards and caught a touchdown pass for the Spartans (3-0), who are off to their best start since 2015. Jayden Reed also had a scoring catch and a touchdown run for Michigan State, which forced Miami quarterback D'Eriq King into four turnovers. King was 38 of 59 passing - both of them Miami school records - for 388 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Charleston Rambo tied a school record with 12 catches for Miami, good for 156 yards and both of the Hurricanes' touchdowns. Andres Borregales kicked a 55-yard field goal - matching the fourth-longest in school history - for the Hurricanes midway through the fourth, getting them within a touchdown. Thorne didn't need long to end their hopes, coming up big with his legs as well on what became the game-sealing drive. He got 22 yards up the middle on third-and-6 and then fell forward barely far enough - maybe by a chain link, two at the most - on fourth-and-1 with 4:25 left to extend the series. - Michigan State/AP College Football


(DS#29 QB) rSo/2024 QB Payton ThorneMichigan State
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  09/18/21 - QB Hendon HookerrSr/2022, Tennessee, 6-3, 220 (DS#25 QB) + More +

  Hendon Hooker threw three touchdown passes and scored one of his own to lead Tennessee to a 56-0 victory over Tennessee Tech Saturday. Hooker, who finished last week's loss to Pittsburgh after Joe Milton went down with an injury, rolled up 199 yards while completing 17 of 25 passes for the Volunteers (2-1). The only negative was a lost fumble in the second quarter. Tennessee Tech (0-3) went through three quarterbacks. The Golden Eagles generated just 179 yards of offense.

With Tennessee leading 49-0 late in the third quarter, Harrison Bailey saw his first action of the season under center. Bailey engineered a fourth-quarter drive, kept it alive with an 8-yard first-down run, then finished off the final two yards for a 56-0 score. The Vols went up 35-0 when Hooker found the end zone from a yard out six minutes into the third quarter. - Tennessee/AP College Football


(DS#25 QB) rSr/2022 QB Hendon HookerTennessee
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  Pat Garwo, Travis Levy and Dennis Grosel scored rushing touchdowns as Boston College cruised to a 28-3 victory over Temple on Saturday in a non-conference clash. Grosel – who stepped into the quarterback spot following the injury to starter Phil Jurkovec during last week's win over UMass – also added a touchdown pass to Jaden Williams. The Eagles defense recorded four sacks of Owls quarterback Justin Lynch, who was under constant pressure the entire afternoon. Boston College was especially effective on 3rd down, where they held Temple to 2 for 13 overall.

Boston College (3-0) set the tone for the game with Levy's 66 yard return of the opening kickoff just inside the Temple 30. Two plays later, Grosel found Williams on a slant in the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown pass. That would be the highlight of the passing game for Grosel, who completed only 5 of 13 passes for 34 yards with an interception during his first start. However, the Eagles running game piled up 190 yards on 33 carries with Garwo, Grosel and Zay Flowers all rushing for over 45 yards. - Boston College/AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Dennis GroselBoston College
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  09/18/21 - QB Kasim HillrJr/2023, Rhode Island, 6-2, 234 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Kasim Hill threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, and Jordan Jones returned an interception 100 yards as Rhode Island raced to a 45-24 win over Brown on Saturday. Hill had touchdown passes of 7 yards to Caleb Warren and 80 yards to Matt Pires sandwiched around a Justin Antrum 1-yard plunge in a 21-point third quarter that broke the game open. Rhode Island had a 17-14 lead at halftime in the 105th meeting between the in-state rivals. In the 39th Governor's Cup, the Rams have a 20-19 edge as they opened 3-0 for the eighth time in school history. The last time URI went 3-0 was in 2005 and the first was 1898. It was the season opener for Brown. Hill was 13 for 19 for 321 yards as the Rams piled up 523 yards. Jones had his pick-six in the fourth quarter. Treyvon Hobbs was 36 of 60 for 351 yards with two touchdowns for Brown but was intercepted twice. The Bears had 436 yards on offense. - Rhode Island/AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2023 QB Kasim HillRhode Island
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  Jyron Russell threw for four touchdowns and Saint Francis made two big plays in the closing minute to defeat Wagner 39-24 in a Northeast Conference opener on Saturday. Russell's fourth touchdown pass, a 13-yarder to Judah Tomb allowed the Red Flash (1-2) to expand it's lead to 32-24 with 4:23 to play. When the Red Flash got the ball back and were forced to punt, Jordan Slaiby put a 56-yarder on the Wagner 1 with 54 seconds remaining. On second down, Raymond Crittenden had a short pick-six.

Touchdowns on consecutive offensive snaps in the third quarter put Saint Francis up for good. Russell connected with Josh McGrigg for a 46-yard score and then found Kahtero Summers for 34 yards. Summers also had a 13-yard scoring reception early in the second half to cut the Wagner lead to 14-13. The Seahawks (0-3) quickly answered with an 82-yard touchdown on a slant pass from Jaalon Frazier to Randy Fizer. Frazier also had a 39-yard scoring pass to Todd Simmons and a 5-yard touchdown run in the first half. - AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rJr/2023 QB Jyron RussellSaint Francis (PA)
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  09/18/21 - QB Cole SmithrSr/2022, Princeton, 6-0, 210 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Cole Smith passed for 412 yards and three touchdowns, and Princeton beat Lehigh 32-0 on Saturday. Smith had scoring passes of 34, 42 and 52 yards to build a 29-0 lead midway through the third quarter. Smith finished with the fourth most single-game passing yards in program history. Jacob Birmelin caught eight passes for 139 yards and a score, and Andrei Iosivas added 117 yards receiving and two touchdowns on four catches for Princeton (1-0). Collin Eaddy rushed for 70 yards and a score.

It was Princeton's first game since Nov. 23, 2019 as the Ivy League did not participate in athletic competition during the 2020-21 academic year. The Tigers were named the preseason league favorite by Ivy media members, receiving eight of 16 first-place votes. Lehigh (0-3) was held to 92 total yards, including minus-25 rushing. The Mountain Hawks had just seven first downs. Lehigh has been outscored 111-6 this season - with losses to ranked Villanova and Richmond. - Princeton/AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Cole SmithPrinceton
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  09/18/21 - RB Aidan BorguetrJr/2023, Harvard, 5-09, 200 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Aaron Shampklin carried it 14 times for 183 yards and two touchdowns, Charlie Dean passed for two scores and Harvard beat Georgetown 44-9 on Saturday. Harvard scored a touchdown on its opening three drives and cruised. Aidan Borguet rushed for 56-yard touchdown, Dean connected with Kaedyn Odermann for a 31-yard score, and Shampklin added a 36-yard scoring run for his first TD since Nov. 3 2018. Borguet finished with 80 yards rushing for Harvard (1-0), which played for the first time since Nov. 23, 2019. The Crimson is 5-0 against the Hoyas since 2014, outscoring them 195-31. Joseph Brunell was 20-of-37 passing for 249 yards for Georgetown (1-1), which faces another Ivy League school next week at Columbia. Cameron Crayton caught seven passes for 114 yards and Joshua Tomas added 56 yards with a touchdown. - AP College Football

(DS#999 RB) rJr/2023 RB Aidan BorguetHarvard
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  Cole Kelley threw for 444 yards and four touchdowns to help Southeastern Louisiana beat Central Connecticut 56-10 on Saturday. Kelley was 25-of-33 passing, and he also rushed for a touchdown. Kelley passed for 338 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to help SE Louisiana lead 28-3. Austin Mitchell topped 100 yards receiving by halftime. Mitchell finished with 116 yards and a score, and CJ Turner added 119 yards receiving and two touchdowns for SE Louisiana (2-1), which dropped a 45-42 shootout at FBS foe Louisiana Tech last Saturday.

The Lions have scored 40 points or more in seven straight games - the longest such streak in school history - dating to last season. Kelley connected with Mitchell for a 52-yard touchdown for a 14-3 lead. Jessie Britt capped a four-play, 55-yard drive with a 1-yard score for a 21-3 lead, and Taron Jones ran for a 2-yard score to make it 28-3. Romelo Williams passed for 148 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Central Connecticut (1-2), which travels to Miami (Fla.) next week to face its second ACC opponent in program history. - Southeastern Louisiana/AP College Football


(DS#46 QB) rSr/2022 QB Cole KelleySoutheastern Louisiana
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  Central Florida quarterback Dillon Gabriel will be out indefinitely after suffering a broken clavicle on the final play of the Knights' loss Friday night to Louisville. UCF (2-1) announced Saturday that Gabriel would not need surgery, but it gave no timetable for his return. The junior is one of the top quarterbacks in the country. He led the nation in yards passing last season and completed 68.7% of his passes for 814 yards and nine touchdowns. Gabriel was injured with the Knights trailing by a touchdown in the final seconds deep in their own territory as they tried to make a desperation lateral play. He was slammed to the turf on his left throwing shoulder while trying to keep the ball alive. - AP College Football

(DS#22 QB) Jr/2023 QB Dillon GabrielCentral Florida
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  09/17/21 - RB Tayon Fleet-DavisrSr/2022, Maryland, 5-11, 215 (DS#41 RB) + More +

  Joseph Petrino kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired to lift Maryland over Illinois 20-17 on Friday night. But the win didn't come easy for the Terrapins (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten) in their conference opener. In a game best described as weird from beginning to end, the normally explosive Terrapins consistently had trouble against a tough Illinois defense. Taulia Tagovailoa passed for 350 yards (32 of 43) but was held to only one passing touchdown.

Tayon Fleet-Davis carried the ball 11 times for 62 yards for Maryland. He also caught the lone touchdown pass from Tagovailoa. Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters, in his first start since being injured early in the first game of the season against Nebraska, was effective but clearly rusty for Illinois (1-3, 1-1). He was 10-of-26 passing for 185 yards and one interception. Josh McCray carried the ball eight times for 60 yards and had a 38-yard touchdown run for the Illini. Chase Brown carried 14 times for 57 yards. Receiver Casey Washington had a 30-yard touchdown run. - Maryland/AP College Football


(DS#41 RB) rSr/2022 RB Tayon Fleet-DavisMaryland
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  Jaylin Alderman returned an interception off a tipped pass for a 66-yard touchdown with 13 seconds remaining, giving Louisville a thrilling 42-35 victory over UCF on Friday night. The Knights and their high-speed offense appeared primed to win the back-and-forth battle after intercepting Louisville's Malik Cunningham off a deflection on the previous play for possession at the Cardinals 41 with under a minute to play.

But Alderman, a freshman linebacker, was there to snatch a tip of Dillon Gabriel's pass on the next snap before finding room down the right sideline for the TD to spark a delirious celebration for Louisville. "He's just an instinctive player," linebacker C.J. Avery said of Alderman, who was not available for postgame interviews. "Right before that play, I knew he was going into the game and I just told him, ‘just do your job and you'll make a play.' And he did." UCF (2-1) attempted several laterals on the game's final play before being penalized for an illegal forward pass that closed the victory for Louisville (2-1). Cunningham ran for two touchdowns and threw for another TD in helping Louisville. He was 23-of-38 passing 265 yards and rushed 13 times for 99 yards. The victory was huge for a Cardinals team playing their third game in 12 days and in a second consecutive short week. They trailed twice early but rallied both times and then led twice more before getting the final word on defense. - Louisville/AP College Football


(DS#50 ILB) Fr/2025 ILB Jaylin AldermanLouisville
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  09/17/21 - ILB Ryan GreenhagenSr/2022, Fordham, 6-0, 235 (DS#24 ILB) + More +

  SEPT 13 PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham, Sr., LB, Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII,...Greenhagen followed up his NCAA DI record-breaking performance with 28 tackles, 11 solo, with one TFL and a pass breakup against Monmouth...The defending Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year's 28 tackles tied the second-highest single-game total in League history...He is averaging a nation-leading 29.5 tackles per game through two games this season. - Patriot League Football

(DS#24 ILB) Sr/2022 ILB Ryan GreenhagenFordham
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  09/17/21 - SS Brandon EasterlingrSr/2022, Dayton, 5-11, 203 (DS#66 SS) + More +

  SEPT 13 PIONEER CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Easterling, Dayton, Senior, Safety, Fairborn, Ohio,...Easterling led Dayton with eight tackles and his forced fumble early in the third quarter helped Dayton secure a 17-10 victory against Eastern Illinois, Saturday. On the first play from scrimmage following Dayton's go-ahead scoring drive, Easterling forced a fumble from an EIU wide receiver and it was recovered by Dayton. The Flyers scored on the ensuing drive to extend their lead to 14-3. After Dayton forced a three-and-out on the next EIU drive following its second touchdown, Easterling returned the punt 29 yards to set Dayton up at the EIU 31-yard line, leading to a Dayton field goal for a 17-3 advantage. He also was credited with a half tackle for loss and had another tackle for no gain. Others Nominated: Devin Aguilar (Sr., CB, Butler); Jonathan Hammond (So., DL, Davidson); Alex Rogers (5th Yr., S, Drake); Vaughn Taylor Jr. (Sr., DE, Morehead State); Jayden Martin (RFr., DB, Presbyterian); Michael Hawkins (Sr., CB, San Diego); Alex Villas (RFr., DB, Stetson); Kohlton Sherman (Sr., DB, Valparaiso). - Pioneer League Football

(DS#66 SS) rSr/2022 SS Brandon EasterlingDayton
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  09/17/21 - QB Tim DeMoratSr/2022, Fordham, 6-3, 208 (DS#52 QB) + More +

  SEPT 13 PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tim DeMorat, Fordham, Sr., QB, Merritt Island, Fla./Viera,...DeMorat completed 27-of-49 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns in Fordham's 26-23 loss to Monmouth on Saturday night...The defending Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year recorded his fourth career 300-yard passing game while leading scoring drives late in the third and fourth quarters to bring the Rams within three points...He also rushed eight times for 44 yards. - Patriot League Football

(DS#52 QB) Sr/2022 QB Tim DeMoratFordham
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  SEPT 13 OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Keon Howard, QB, 6-1, 215, Grad., Laurel, Miss., UT Martin,...Howard, the Tulane transfer, won the award for the second week in a row after accounting for 295 yards of total offense and three touchdowns as UT Martin came from behind to beat Samford 33-27. Howard completed 18-of-30 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns and led the team with 66 rushing yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. After the Skyhawks had fallen behind 17-0 after one quarter, he hit Peyton Logan on a 60-yard strike early in the second quarter. Later in that quarter he scored on a seven-yard run and before halftime Howard added a 51-yard strike to Logan to give the Skyhawks a lead it would not relinquish. Howard leads the OVC and ranks sixth nationally with six touchdowns (3 passing, 3 rushing this season); he also ranks 11th nationally in points responsible for (36). Others Nominated: Drae McCray, Austin Peay; Blake Ruffin, Eastern Illinois; Rodell Rahmaan, Tennessee State. - Ohio Valley Conference Football

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Keon HowardTennessee-Martin
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