Florida downs Tenneesse, but loses quarterback Driskel to broken leg
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After starting quarterback Jeff Driskel was lost for the season with a broken leg, Tyler Murphy led No. 19 Florida to five scores in a somewhat ugly game and helped the Gators open Southeastern Conference play with a 31-17 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.
Already playing with a brace on his sprained left knee, Driskel broke his right leg while throwing an interception in the first quarter.
“When he looked at the sidelines and waved, I knew it was not good,” Gators coach Will Muschamp said.
Devaun Swafford picked off the pass and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Marlon Walls pulled Driskel to the ground and landed on his leg as he released the ball.
Murphy had a 52-yard touchdown throw to Solomon Patton, a swing pass that went the distance, and made several plays with his legs as Florida (2-1, 1-0 SEC) won its ninth consecutive game in the series.
Murphy’s 7-yard TD scamper in the fourth quarter made it 31-10 and sent fans scrambling for the exits.
The Volunteers (2-2, 0-1) had hoped to rebound from an embarrassing 59-14 loss at No. 2 Oregon a week ago. Instead, Tennessee and first-year coach Butch Jones left Gainesville with another double-digit setback.
At No. 4 Ohio State 76, Florida A&M 0
Kenny Guiton again starred in place of the injured Braxton Miller, setting a school record with six touchdown passes — all in the first half — to lead Ohio State to a rout of Florida A&M. It was the most lopsided Ohio State win since 1935.
The Buckeyes (4-0) needed a total of four offensive plays and 46 seconds to go up 21-0 in the opening six minutes and never looked back.
FAMU (1-3), which suffered its worst loss ever, trailed 48-0 before picking up its initial first down in the second quarter.
The last time the Buckeyes won by such a large margin was an 85-7 victory over Drake in 1935. They had not won a shutout by such a landslide since a 76-0 win at Western Reserve in 1934.
Ohio State had a 34-2 edge in first downs and a 603-80 differential in yards.
At No. 1 Alabama 31, Colorado State 6
AJ McCarron passed for 258 yards and threw a 30-yard touchdown to DeAndrew White in the fourth quarter to lift Alabama (3-0) past Colorado State (1-3).
Kenyan Drake set up one touchdown with a blocked punt and scored on a 3-yard touchdown run for the Crimson Tide, which sputtered at times.
At No. 7 Louisville 72, Florida International 0
Teddy Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes and Louisville’s defense allowed a school-record 30 yards, helping the Cardinals blow out Florida International.
It was the highest scoring game for the Cardinals (4-0) since a 73-10 victory over Murray State in 2007. It also matched the school’s fifth-largest margin of victory.
Bridgewater hit DeVante Parker for two TD passes and Gerald Christian and Eli Rogers for one apiece before Will Gardner came on and passed to Michaelee Harris for another score in the fourth quarter. Dominique Brown, Senorise Perry, Michael Dyer and Brandon Radcliff rushed for TDs.
At No. 8 Florida State 54, Bethune-Cookman 6
Florida State and quarterback Jameis Winston defeated FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman despite plenty of sloppy play.
The defending ACC champions (3-0) start a seven-game stretch against conference foes next week.
Winston completed 10 of 19 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns.
At No. 9 Georgia 45, North Texas 21
Aaron Murray threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to lead Georgia over pesky North Texas.
Murray overcame an early interception in the end zone, hooking up with freshman Reggie Davis on a 98-yard TD — the longest pass play in school history. Arthur Lynch and Chris Conley also had touchdown catches for the Bulldogs (2-1).