College Football Scores: Old Dominion Shocks No. 13 Virginia Tech - The New York Times



22.09.2018 00:00


Blake LaRussa came off the bench to throw for 495 yards and four touchdowns to lead Old Dominion to an upset of visiting Virginia Tech.

LaRussa, who entered the game on Old Dominion’s second series, completed 30 of 49 and rushed for a touchdown to lead the 28½-point underdog Monarchs (1-3) to a stunning win over the Hokies (2-1) from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Jeremy Cox’s 40-yard touchdown run with 1:34 remaining sealed the biggest win in program history. After the game, the Old Dominion faithful stormed the field.

The Hokies led 28-21 after a 72-yard touchdown pass from Josh Jackson to Damon Hazelton with 32 seconds left in the third quarter, but ODU scored on its next two possessions, taking a 35-28 lead on a 15-yard touchdown run by Cox with 9:57 to go — the Monarchs’ first lead of the game.

Things got worse for Virginia Tech, as Jackson went down with a lower leg injury on the first play of the ensuing drive. Backup quarterback Ryan Willis led the Hokies on a 75-yard march that ended with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cunningham with 7:15 remaining, tying the game at 35.

But the Hokies simply had no answer for ODU. LaRussa polished off a 75-yard drive with a beautiful 29-yard fade pattern to Jonathan Duhart for a touchdown with 5:11 left that was the game winner.

Tua Tagovailoa passed for 387 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score to lead host Alabama to a rout of Texas A&M.

The Crimson Tide (4-0) easily passed their first test against a ranked team. Kellen Mond and the Aggies (2-2) couldn’t put up nearly the fight they had in a 28-26 loss to No. 3 Clemson.

Tagovailoa completed 22 of 30 passes before leaving after Henry Ruggs III took a shuttle pass 57 yards for a score late in the third. His first attempt went for a 30-yard touchdown to a diving DeVonta Smith, and he hit the tight end Hale Hentges for two more scores. Damien Harris didn’t get many touches but had a 35-yard run and a 52-yard catch.

Mond completed 16 of 33 passes for 196 yards with a touchdown but was intercepted twice, including on his first throw. He collected 98 yards rushing despite getting sacked seven times.

Kyler Murray threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb in overtime, and Parnell Motley intercepted Kelvin Hopkins’ fourth-down pass to help host Oklahoma escape with a victory over Army.

Oklahoma (4-0) led 21-14 at halftime after Army had 16-play, 75-yard touchdown drives on its first two possessions. Murray passed for 123 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 40 yards and another score before the break.

Hopkins ran for 55 yards in the first half, including a 5-yard touchdown run. Army (2-2) ran 39 times for 183 yards in the first half and had the ball for 22:01 of the 30 minutes.

Army picked off Kyler Murray’s pass and made the Sooners pay. Andy Davidson scored from 3 yards out, and the Black Knights tied the game at 21 with 1:51 remaining in the third quarter. It was a 19-play, 85-yard drive that took 10:47 off the clock.

Oklahoma drove to the Army 1, but the Black Knights got the stop on fourth-and-goal. Army drove for the win, but Oklahoma’s Mark Jackson pressured Hopkins, and Kenneth Mann caught a deflection to give the Sooners the ball at their 38-yard line.

Lopini Katoa ran for two touchdowns, Skyler Southam kicked three field goals and host Brigham Young took advantage of McNeese State’s second-quarter mistakes in a victory.

Coming off an upset victory at Wisconsin, the Cougars (3-1) easily pushed aside McNeese State (3-1). The Cowboys led 3-0 in the first quarter, but had four turnovers, 10 penalties, a timeout request they no longer had available, a missed field and a blocked field goal.

Trevor Lawrence took a leading role in Clemson’s quarterback rotation, coming off the bench to throw four touchdown passes as the visiting Tigers produced their most complete performance of the season in a rout of Georgia Tech.

After the starter Kelly Bryant produced just 13 yards and one first down on Clemson’s first two possessions, Lawrence entered the game early in the second quarter. Lawrence quickly guided the Tigers on a seven-play, 74-yard drive capped by a 17-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow that made it 14-0. Lawrence finished with 176 yards on 13-of-18 passing for the Tigers (4-0).

It was a thoroughly dismal performance by Georgia Tech (1-3), which fumbled eight times.

Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw for 304 yards and five touchdowns in the first half and Ohio State routed Tulane (1-3) to mark coach Urban Meyer’s return to the sideline following a three-game suspension.

Haskins was nearly flawless, completing his first nine passes on the way to a 21-for-24 effort before giving way to backup Tate Martell in the second half as the Buckeyes (4-0) backed off the gas and cruised. Haskins, a third-year sophomore, is among the nation’s leaders in touchdown passes with 16 through the first four games and is on track to eclipse J.T. Barrett’s school record of 35 set last season.

Meyer was back with his team after serving a suspension for his mismanagement of former assistant Zach Smith, who was accused of domestic violence and other questionable behavior while working under Meyer at Florida and Ohio State.

Will Grier threw five touchdown passes for the fifth time in his career and West Virginia shook off a sloppy start to drill Kansas State in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Grier finished 25 of 35 for 356 yards and the five scores, three of them to David Sills, and two interceptions as the Mountaineers (3-0) had little trouble against the punchless Wildcats (2-2). Sills caught 10 passes for 73 yards and the three touchdowns. Marcus Simms added five receptions for 136 yards — including an 82-yard catch-and-run to open the scoring.

Sam Ehlinger passed for two touchdowns and ran for a score, all in the second half, and host Texas ended a four-game losing streak to Texas Christian (2-2) with a Big 12 victory.

Texas (3-1) had been outscored 153-33 the last four years by Texas Christian and trailed 16-10 before the defense forced three turnovers by the quarterback Shawn Robinson in the third quarter.

Ehlinger passed for 255 yards. Johnson finished with 124 yards on seven catches.

N’Kosi Perry came off the bench to throw three touchdown passes, and Miami’s defense was airtight for most of the day in the host Hurricanes’ 31-17 victory over Florida International.

Travis Homer rushed 13 times for 114 yards and a touchdown, Lawrence Cager caught two scoring passes, and Miami held Florida International to 31 yards on its first 10 possessions. Brevin Jordan also had a touchdown catch for the Hurricanes (3-1), who lost the top receiver and returner Jeff Thomas in the first quarter for what was believed to be a cramping-related issue.

CJ Worton caught a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes from James Morgan for Florida International (2-2), which outscored Miami 17-0 and gained 139 of its 187 yards in the final 15 minutes.

Ian Book rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two more in his first start of the season, leading the visiting Fighting Irish (4-0) past Wake Forest. Book replaced Brandon Wimbush in the starting lineup and was 25 of 34 for 325 yards with touchdown passes covering 3 yards to Brock Wright and 7 yards to Chase Claypool, along with three short scoring runs.

Coach Brian Kelly said he made the switch because he was concerned that the offense’s struggles were starting to weigh on the other parts of the team. “I didn’t sleep great last night, because that’s a pretty big decision to make when you’re 3-0 and your quarterback that was leading your football team was 13-3 as a starter,” Kelly said. “But I had a lot of confidence in Ian and I thought our offense played to the level that it was capable of. That certainly showed itself today.”

Matt Colburn had a 2-yard touchdown run and Nick Sciba kicked two field goals for Wake Forest (2-2), which has lost two straight. Sam Hartman was 12 of 24 for 110 yards before he exited after taking a hard hit midway through the third.

Fueled by opportunistic defense and special teams early and a quick-strike passing game late, Georgia notched another victory against a divisional foe. Jake Fromm threw three second-half touchdown passes and the Bulldogs (4-0) returned a fumble and a blocked punt for scores to beat host Missouri.

The Bulldogs blanketed Missouri’s wide receivers, harassed its quarterback Drew Lock, and forced three turnovers in the first half against the seventh-best offense in the country entering the game. Lock, the highly touted N.F.L. prospect, completed 23 of 48 passes for 221 yards for the Tigers (3-1).

Karan Higdon ran for 136 yards and a touchdown in the first half to help the Wolverines (3-1) build a huge lead as they coasted to a home victory.

In Coach Scott Frost’s last visit to Michigan two years ago, he said Central Florida “outhit” Michigan in a 51-14 loss. “We didn’t forget that,” Michigan’s Jon Runyan said. Michigan moved Nebraska around on offense, clearing huge holes for the running game and giving Shea Patterson plenty of time to throw. On defense, the Wolverines hit hard early and often, perhaps in part because the defensive coordinator Don Brown told them what Frost said after his last visit.

“We really took that to heart,” the Wolverines linebacker Devin Bush said. “And we wanted to make a statement.”

Mission accomplished. “We got whipped,” Frost acknowledged.

The Cornhuskers (0-3) are off to their worst start since 1945.

After three straight close losses to start the season, Purdue let off some steam on Boston College. Rondale Moore caught two touchdown passes and the Boilermakers had four interceptions while beating the visiting Eagles.

David Blough passed for 296 yards and three touchdowns for the Boilermakers (1-3), who had stumbled at the start of what was expected to be a promising season.

The Eagles (3-1) rolled in unbeaten and ranked for the first time in 10 years, but fell flat.

■ John Lovett threw for five touchdowns and ran for another as Princeton crushed visiting Monmouth 51-9. Lovett was 21-for-27 with 332 passing yards for the Tigers (2-0).

■ Kevin Duke threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as visiting Sacred Heart picked up its first conference win, beating Wagner 41-14. Duke had 322 yards passing and 45 yards rushing for the Pioneers (3-0).

■ Tyree Jackson threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns and visiting Buffalo used their big-play offense to remain unbeaten and roll over reeling Rutgers 42-13.

■ Ronald Smith had seven catches for 113 yards a score and Chris Alleyne kicked three field goals to propel Columbia to a 23-15 victory over host Georgetown.

■ Jacob Dolegala threw for 168 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Grant Ibeh’s interception return for a touchdown sealed Central Connecticut’s 24-13 defeat of Fordham.

■ Spencer Alston ran for 120 yards and a touchdown as visiting Yale defeated Cornell 30-24. Zane Dudek ran for two scores while Kurt Rawlings was 18-of-25 passing for 283 yards with Reed Klubnik making six catches for 100 yards for the Bulldogs (1-1).

■ Eric Dungey scored three touchdowns and threw for another to key a first-half blitz and host Syracuse continued its early season success with a 51-21 victory over former Big East rival Connecticut (1-3).


An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the site of a game between Old Dominion and Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech was the visiting team; Old Dominion was not.


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