COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY: Pitt’s Pickett has 6 touchdowns

Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (8), top, gets a pass as New Hampshire defensive back Caleb Mead (24) pressures during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday September 25, 2021, in Pittsburgh.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (8), top, gets a pass as New Hampshire defensive back Caleb Mead (24) pressures during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday September 25, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (8), top, gets a pass as New Hampshire defensive back Caleb Mead (24) pressures during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday September 25, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

STARS

—Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh, threw for 403 yards and scored six touchdowns in a 77-7 win over New Hampshire.

-Army’s Christian Anderson rushed for 236 yards and a pair of long touchdowns in the first half in a 23-10 win over Miami of Ohio.

—Sean Clifford, Penn State, had four touchdowns and a career-high 401 yards, leading the No. 6 Nittany Lions to a 38-17 victory over Villanova.

—Westin Elliott, Merrimack, threw for 336 yards and six touchdowns in a 47-10 non-conference game against Delaware State.

—Gunnar Holmberg, Duke, tied a school record with four rushing touchdowns and threw for a fifth as the Blue Devils edged Kansas for a 52-33 win.

—Devin Leary, North Carolina State, threw for four touchdowns, including the game-winning 22-yard pass to Devin Carter to start second overtime, in a 27-21 win over No. 9 Clemson.

—Rodney Thomas II, Yale, had two interceptions and a return kick for a score in a 23-17 win over Cornell.

—Baylor Romney, BYU, threw for a career-high 305 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 15 Cougars past South Florida 35-27.

—Anthony Brown, Oregon, threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns as the third-ranked Ducks handed Arizona its 16th straight loss, 41-19.

—Isaiah Ifanse of Montana State rushed for 217 yards in a 30-17 win over Portland State.

—Evan Hull, Northwestern, rushed for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns, leading Northwestern to a 35-6 win over Ohio.

—Geno Hess of southeast Missouri rushed for a career-high 205 yards with three touchdowns in a 47-14 win over Tennessee State.

—Breece Hall, Iowa State, rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-29 loss to Baylor.

—Tim DeMorat, Fordham, passed for 280 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-14 win over Stony Brook.

-Max Johnson, LSU, passed for 280 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 28-25 win over trailing Mississippi State.

—Korey Bridey, VMI, rushed for a career-high 177 yards with two touchdowns in a 31-23 win over Wofford.

—Rocky Lombardi of northern Illinois rushed for three touchdowns and threw another in a 41-14 win over Maine.

—Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland, threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns as the Terps went undefeated with a 37-16 win over Kent State.

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WOLF PACK DISTURBS TIGERS

Clemson’s final pass had barely touched the ground when the North Carolina State sideline began charging downfield in celebration, closely followed by red-clad Wolfpack fans flocking to join them. from all directions.

The long period of Wolfpack frustration in these marquee games is over. And the ninth-ranked Tigers’ shot at returning to the College Football Playoffs could be too.

NC State forced DJ Uiagalelei to an incomplete fourth to seal a 27-21 win over the Tigers. It’s a result that upends the Atlantic Coast Conference race while also dealing a blow to the Tigers’ long-term playoff hopes behind another dismal offensive performance to start the year.

NC State had lost eight straight and 15 of 16 meetings to the Tigers, including at least one painfully close loss that fueled a bit of Murphy’s Law pessimism – locals know him by an expansive nickname – among fans. by Wolfpack.

No more, at least not for ninth-year coach Dave Doeren after his first victory against a top-10 team.

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IRISH badgers

To win more games than any coach in Notre Dame football history, Brian Kelly had to adapt.

Perhaps never more than the first month of this season. The Fighting Irish used three quarterbacks and four left tackles, moved away from their run-first mentality and added new wrinkles in defense to head into October unbeaten.

Chris Tyree returned a 96-yard kickoff for a touchdown and Drew Pyne threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass in relief from an injured Jack Coan, helping No. 12 Notre Dame pull away from the No. 18 Wisconsin 41-13 at Soldier Field.

The Fighting Irish showed plenty of vulnerabilities as they revamped a team that made it to the college football playoffs last season. But they keep winning.

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NUMBERS

22_Years since the last time Tennessee State started 4-0 before this season.

739_Yards of offense by Miami in a 69-0 win over Central Connecticut State, breaking the school record.

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