SAN ANTONIO — Starter J.W. Walsh completed his first 10 passes and finished 24-of-27 for 326 yards with four touchdowns to lead No. 13 Oklahoma State over Texas-San Antonio 56-35 on Saturday.
It’s the fourth start for the sophomore Walsh, his first this season after a quick relief performance for Clint Chelf last week. With his speedy start against a Roadrunners team entering its third season of football, Walsh led the Cowboys (2-0) to TDs on five of six first-half possessions.
“We had a lot of stuff going for us,” said Walsh, a Guyer product. “When you run that up-tempo stuff and the defense is having trouble keeping up, a lot of things are going to work for you. I think that answers [a lot of people’s] questions.”
UTSA (1-1) tied the score 7-7 when Kenny Bias scored on a 6-yard run with 4:22 left in the first quarter. But Walsh scored from 4 yards out in the second and the Cowboys led 35-7 at halftime.
Walsh left with six minutes left in the third and the Cowboys up 42-7.
Eric Soza threw three TDs in the fourth quarter for UTSA and finished 24 of 41 for 308 yards, with three interceptions.
Walsh’s 10-yard pass to Guyer graduate Josh Stewart made it 21-7 early in second quarter.
“J.W. played well,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “He obviously threw the ball effectively. We did a nice job of taking care of the football. We were able to run an up-tempo offense for the most part. He was able to execute our offense with a lot of speed.”
No. 7 Texas A&M 65, Sam Houston St. 28
COLLEGE STATION — Johnny Manziel threw for 426 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score in less than three quarters to give Texas A&M a win over Sam Houston State.
The Heisman Trophy winner played about a quarter more than he did last week when he sat out the first half for A&M (2-0) serving a suspension for what the school called an “inadvertent” violation of NCAA rules involving signing autographs.
The Aggies’ suspension-depleted defense was burned for several big plays by the Bearkats, the FCS runner-up the last two seasons, in the final tuneup before next week’s rematch with No. 1 Alabama.
Timothy Flanders had 170 yards rushing with two scores and a TD catch for the Bearkats (1-1).
Texas A&M’s Mike Evans had a career-high 155 yards receiving, Tra Carson ran for 51 with two touchdowns and Ben Malena had 68 yards rushing and a score.
BYU 40, No. 15 Texas 21
PROVO, Utah (AP) — On the quick bus ride over to the stadium, Taysom Hill envisioned big holes opening up in front of him.
Not this huge, of course. This almost defied imagination.
Hill led a big night on the ground for BYU, rushing for 259 yards — second-most in school history — and three touchdowns to help the Cougars beat up No. 15 Texas 40-21 on Saturday night.
The sophomore QB was masterful in guiding the team’s new read-option offense as the Cougars (1-1) rolled up 550 yards rushing, eclipsing a 55-year-old team record. It was also the most yards rushing Texas (1-1) has ever allowed, and brought back memories of last season’s myriad defensive failures by the Longhorns.
“We expected to, yeah, run on them,” Hill said. “But we didn’t expect to break the school record. It was working and we were able to move the ball really efficiently on the ground. There was no need to go away from it. So, we didn’t.”
The elusive Hill scored on runs of 68, 20 and 26 yards. His 68-yard scamper was the longest ever by a Cougars QB, surpassing other distinguished BYU luminaries such as Jim McMahon and Steve Young.
Hill’s 259 yards rushing also were the most by a QB since former Texas great Vince Young had 267 in 2005.
“Anytime that you can be thrown into a category with those guys, it’s quite an honor,” Hill said. “I feel very honored.”
Hill even came close to breaking BYU’s single-game rushing record of 272 yards, a mark set by quarterback Eldon Fortie in 1962. He thinks he could’ve, too, but coach Bronco Mendenhall told him to take it easy on BYU’s final drive of the game, not risk any sort of injury. Following orders, Hill slid down when defenders got close to him.
“There at the end, there was some opportunities where I could’ve pulled it and ran,” Hill said. “But there was no need and I’m not trying to pad a stat. The only stat I’m trying to get is a win.”
Jamaal Williams had a career-high 182 yards and Paul Lasike added 87 along with a score.
David Ash threw two TD passes to Mike Davis and Joe Bergeron had a short TD for Texas. The Longhorns set a school-record with 715 yards of offense last weekend in a blowout win over New Mexico State. They gained 445 against a stingy BYU defense that was one of the best in the nation last season.
No. 16 Oklahoma 16, West Virginia 7
NORMAN, Okla. — Brennan Clay had career-high 170 yards rushing as Oklahoma overcame a second-half quarterback switch defeat West Virginia 16-7 on Saturday night.
The No. 16 Sooners (2-0, 1-0 Big 12) scored the game’s final 16 points after trailing 7-0 in the first quarter. Freshman quarterback Trevor Knight threw a pair of third-quarter interceptions, leading to junior Blake Bell taking over in the fourth quarter.
Clay finished with 22 carries, leading an Oklahoma offense that had 323 yards rushing and topping his previous best of 157 yards rushing against Iowa State in 2012. Paul Millard was 21-of-42 passing for 218 yards for the Mountaineers (1-1, 0-1), whose lone score came on a 75-yard touchdown run by Dreamius Smith in the first quarter.
No. 23 Baylor 70, Buffalo 13
WACO — Bryce Petty threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns, Lache Seastrunk ran for 150 yards with three scores and Baylor’s first-team offense had 576 total yards in only 11 minutes with the ball in a rout of Buffalo.
The starters for the Bears (2-0) had eight touchdowns in their nine drives. The only non-scoring drive was when they had the ball at the end of the first half.
Baylor finished with a school-record 781 total yards and topped the 69 points scored a week earlier in what had been the most for the Bears since 1929.
Alex Neutz had six catches for a career-high 197 yards for Buffalo (0-2).
Petty completed 13 of 16 passes, and two of his incompletions were balls caught but ruled out of bounds. He also ran for a score.
No. 24 TCU 38, Southeastern Louisiana 17
FORT WORTH — Trevone Boykin led three straight scoring drives after starter Casey Pachall left with an injury game, and TCU pulled away from Southeastern Louisiana.
Pachall appeared to injure his left arm or wrist at the end of a running play late in the second quarter. Boykin ran 16 yards on the next play, and Jaden Oberkrom ended the first half with a 46-yard field goal that put the Horned Frogs (1-1) ahead 17-14.
Boykin completed a 29-yard pass to Brandon Carter on the first play of the second half, and Carter finished that drive with a 5-yard scoring run. Then Boykin threw 27 yards to Josh Doctson for a 31-14 lead.
Bryan Bennett had 132 yards passing and another 132 rushing for the Lions (1-1), who had never scored more than 10 points in five games against BCS teams since bringing back football in 2003.
Kansas State 48, Louisiana-Lafayette 27
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Tramaine Thompson returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, Ty Zimmerman took an interception 32 yards for another score and Kansas State rebounded from a season-opening loss to beat Louisiana-Lafayette 48-27 Saturday night.
Thompson also returned a punt 61 yards to the 1-yard line in the third quarter to set up a touchdown by Jake Waters. Zimmerman’s interception moments later gave Kansas State touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in a span of minutes.
Waters threw for 278 yards while splitting time with backup Daniel Sams, who ran for 63 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Lockett had eight catches for 111 yards, and John Hubert ran for two touchdowns as the Wildcats avoided their first 0-2 start since 1989.
Terrance Broadway ran for a touchdown and threw for a touchdown for the Ragin’ Cajuns (0-2), and Darryl Surgent returned a kickoff a school-record 100 yards for another score.
Kansas 31, South Dakota 14
LAWRENCE, Kan. — James Sims scored twice and Jake Heaps passed for 110 yards and one TD in his much-anticipated debut, leading Kansas past South Dakota 31-14 Saturday night and matching the Jayhawks’ entire victory total of 2012.
His yardage may not look impressive. But Heaps displayed a strong arm and a quick release in his first action since transferring from BYU, where he smashed most freshman passing records, and sitting out last season while the Jayhawks sank to 1-11 in Charlie Weis’ first year as coach.
He was 10 for 20 and several of his misses probably could have been caught. The Jayhawks (1-0) rushed for 280 yards against the lower-division Coyotes (1-1) with Sims going 94 yards on 16 carries.
Josh Vander Maten was 8 for 18 for 67 yards and one touchdown for South Dakota. He also had 78 of the South Dakota’s 219 yards rushing.