College Football Today: Oregon’s Verdell runs for 3 touchdowns

Oregon running back CJ Verdell celebrates his touchdown against Ohio State in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, September 11, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio.  (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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Oregon running back CJ Verdell celebrates his touchdown against Ohio State in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, September 11, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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Oregon running back CJ Verdell celebrates his touchdown against Ohio State in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, September 11, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)


—CJ Verdell, Oregon, rushed for 161 yards and had three touchdowns as the shorthanded No. 12 Ducks upset the No. 3 Buckeyes 35-28 for their first regular-season loss in nearly three years.

—Stetson Bennett, Georgia tied a school record with five TD assists replacing injured starter JT Daniels, leading the No. 2 Bulldogs to a 56-7 rout of UAB.

—Brennan Armstrong, Virginia, threw for five touchdowns and became the third quarterback in program history to pass for more than 400 yards in a 42-14 win over Illinois.

–Jayden Daniels, Arizona State, rushed for a career-high 122 yards and had 20 of 29 passes for 175 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the Sun Devils’ 37-10 win over UNLV.

—Jaren Hall, BYU, threw three touchdown passes and had 241 yards of offense in the Cougars’ 23-17 win over No. 21 Utah.

—Tanner McKee, Stanford, had two touchdowns, rushed for another score and went 16 of 23 for 234 yards as the Cardinal beat No. 14 Southern California 42-28.

—Chris Rodriguez Jr., Kentucky, rushed for a career-high 207 yards and three of his four touchdowns, including the go-ahead score of 8 yards with 11:28 remaining, taking the Wildcats to a win of 35-28 on Missouri.

—Calvin Austin III, Memphis, had 239 yards and three touchdowns in a wild 55-50 win over Arkansas State.

—Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma, threw five TD passes and the No. 4 Sooners edged West Carolina 76-0.

—Treyson Potts, Minnesota, rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on his first career start to help the Gophers hold off Miami from Ohio 31-26.

—Michigan State’s Payton Thorne threw for four touchdowns, including two long hits to Jayden Reed, and ran for another score in a 42-14 win over Youngstown State.

—Matt Corral, Mississippi, threw for five touchdowns in the No. 20 Rebels’ 54-17 victory over Austin Peay.

—Sam Howell, North Carolina, threw three TD passes and rushed for two more scores as the No. 24 Tar Heels shrugged off the disappointment of a Game 1 loss with a 59- 17 against Georgia State.

—Stone Earle, Abilene Christian, threw a career-high six TD passes in a 62-7 win over Division III Louisiana College.

—Hunter Rodrigues, UC Davis, passed for 322 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 53-7 win over San Diego.

—Ren Hefley, Presbyterian, threw for 386 yards and five touchdowns in a 68-3 rout of Fort Lauderdale.

—Camron Humphrey, Mont., threw a career-high five TD passes in a 42-7 rout of Western Illinois.

—Logan Bonner, Utah State, had a career-high 390 yards with four touchdowns in a 41-24 win over North Dakota.

—Jack Plummer, Purdue, threw four TD passes in the first half, three to wide receiver David Bell, as the Boilermakers rode UConn 49-0 winless.

—N’Kosi Perry, Florida Atlantic, threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns as the Owls beat Georgia Southern 38-6.

—Mark Pappas, Morehead State, threw a career-best five TD passes in a 62-9 win over NAIA member The Point.

—Jarquez Hunter, Auburn, rushed for 147 yards as the No. 25 Tigers outscored FCS Alabama State 62-0.



CJ Verdell watched on TV last week as Minnesota’s Mohamed Ibrahim shredded Ohio State’s disheveled defense early. The Oregon running back thought he could enjoy it the same way.

Verdell, who has struggled with injuries the past two seasons, did. He rushed for 161 yards and scored three touchdowns as Oregon’s shorthanded No. 12 stunned Ohio State’s No. 3 35-28.

Verdell and quarterback Anthony Brown exploited holes in the Ohio State defense and handed the Buckeyes their first regular-season loss in nearly three years and the first in the third-team coach’s tenure. Ryan Day year.

The Buckeyes’ last regular season loss came at Purdue in October 2018 under Urban Meyer.



The most anticipated game in Iowa history ended in a loss to rival Iowa State.

Jack Campbell returned a 6-yard fumble for a touchdown and the No. 10 Iowa ran his winning streak against No. 9 Iowa State to six games with a 27-17 win.

In the first Cy-Hawk Trophy game between ranked teams in 65 total meetings, the Hawkeyes weren’t about to play foil for Iowa State’s welfare history.

Iowa turned four takeouts into 20 points, extended its winning streak to eight games and its winning streak against ranked teams to five. Iowa hasn’t had this many consecutive wins against ranked opponents since 1960.

The Hawkeyes used a familiar formula like last week when they had two defensive touchdowns in a rout of Indiana, another upstart program looking to build on 2020 success.

Maybe the Cyclones will have better luck in the Big 12 because the Big Ten Hawkeyes are heartbreakers.


Zerrick Cooper joined Damond Philyaw-Johnson for a 59-yard touchdown as time expired and Jacksonville State beat Florida State 20-17.

Cooper completed 17 of 38 passes for 242 yards. The JSU senior passed Eli Jenkins (7,652 yards from 2013-2016) as JSU’s all-time leader. He now has 7,819 career passing yards.

The Seminoles (0-2) couldn’t take a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. Florida State lost for the first time in 27 games against FCS teams.

McKenzie Milton made her first start at Florida State, completing 18 of 31 passes for 133 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

JSU defeated an FBS team for the second year in a row.



8_Years since Central Michigan’s last shutout before dominating Robert Morris 45-0.

10_Years of football at UTSA before the school’s first shutout, a 54-0 victory over Lamar.

52_Years since Indiana last scored two touchdowns on special teams before accomplishing the feat in a 56-14 rout of Idaho.

358_yards rushed by Old Dominion to set a school record in a 47-7 win over Hampton.

414_Career points by Ethan Ratke of James Madison, an FCS record among kickers.

488 – Consecutive games Dayton has scored, setting an NCAA all-division record.



Texas hasn’t seen Arkansas as a rival in a long time. Judging by the falling goalposts and with the Longhorns set to join the Southeastern Conference soon, it won’t last.

Arkansas rushed for 333 yards, held Texas to 256 total offensive yards, and the Razorbacks beat their former Southwest Conference foe 40-21 on Saturday night. The ninth-largest crowd in Arkansas history, 74,531 strong, jubilant all night and many of them stormed the field afterwards, celebrating their team’s first win against Texas in Fayetteville since 2003.

Arkansas coach Sam Pittman was the Razorbacks’ offensive line coach the last time they played Texas in the 2014 Texas Bowl. He credited his former unit for the big night. Arkansas was 120th in FBS last year in sacks allowed.


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