College football Week 3: Scores, highlights, Top 25 analysis and a flying QB

Harris impresses with stiff-arm, hurdle for TD (0:34)

Tua Tagovailoa finds Najee Harris on 4th-and-3 and Harris takes off running, stiff-arming and hurdling the South Carolina defense for a 42-yard touchdown. (0:34)

Week 3 is here and we're ready to have you covered with all the Top 25 action, news, updates and fun stuff, like whatever weird thing they give out on the sideline when someone takes the ball from the other team.

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Week 3's best moments

Playing for Wendy

Many Georgia fans ditched their traditional red for a "pink out" to honor the late Wendy Anderson, wife of Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson. Wendy died on Aug. 19 after being diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. This was Blake's first game back since Wendy's death, and David Hale tells the emotional story of love and loss in a coaching family.


Georgia 'pink out' honors wife of Arkansas St. coach

Georgia fans pack the stands wearing pink to show their support and honor Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson's wife, Wendy, who died Aug. 19 after a two-year battle with breast cancer.

He flies high

No lie. You know this. Mississippi State QB Garrett Shrader put in all kinds of extra effort to try to get a first down, including being spun around horizontally way up in the air while taking a hit.


Mississippi State QB flies like a helicopter

Mississippi State QB Garrett Shrader keeps the ball himself, tries to leap over a defender and gets spuns around by another.

Party in Provo!

On the field ...


BYU fans storm the field after game-winning INT

USC's Kedon Slovis has his ball deflected and intercepted by Dayan Ghanwoloku in overtime, leading to BYU fans storming the field to celebrate.

And in the locker room ...


BYU dances in locker room after OT win

BYU coach Kalani Sitake and the Cougars dance in the locker room after beating USC 30-27 in overtime.

Is now not a good time?

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp did a sideline interview just moments after Rico Dowdle was ruled down at the 1-yard-line on a play that might have been a touchdown. It did not get reviewed, and South Carolina did not score as the half ended with the Gamecocks down 24-10 to Alabama. He was instantly greeted for an interview and wasn't ready to talk about it. "I'll get fined for the rest of my life if I comment on that."

The wide world of receiving

Mississippi State's Osirus Mitchell could get only one hand free but snagged the ball anyway.


Mississippi State's Mitchell makes one-handed TD grab

Mississippi State QB Tommy Stevens lobs a 35-yard pass into the end zone to WR Osirus Mitchell who hauls in the TD with one hand.

And Georgia's George Pickens didn't need to get both feet in, but did anyway.


Pickens makes terrific toe-tap grab

George Pickens makes a great catch on the sideline and gets both feet down.

Have a nice trip, see you next fall
Honestly, he played it off so well, I'm sure nobody even noticed.


Ref takes a tumble after being involved in tackle

Umpire Danny Worrell is involved in a tackle and takes an athletic tumble in the aftermath.

Good luck, ushers
After a lightning delay forced fans to seek shelter at Penn State, watching the fans pour back into the stadium just before kickoff was mesmerizing.

Just a bit outside
During Washington State's 31-24 win over Houston on Friday night, Mike Leach tried to have a wide receiver snap the ball, but the officials called an illegal snap.


Leach's trick play backfires on whacky snap

Washington State is flagged for an illegal snap as Mike Leach calls a trick play with the ball being snapped by WR Brandon Arconado.

Just like Mom never made
LSU's mascot, Mike the Tiger, celebrated his third birthday on Friday with a crisp, refreshing dessert of frozen goat milk cake and oxtail bones.

What Week 3's results mean

No. 1 Clemson 41, Syracuse 6
It was not pretty, and it was not perfect, but Clemson's victory against Syracuse was never in doubt -- and that is far more than the Tigers could say the past two years about games against the Orange. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables once again authored the perfect game plan, swarming Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito at nearly every turn with new blitzes, and the Orange run game was nonexistent. But questions will continue to persist about an offense that is not quite in sync just yet. Trevor Lawrence threw two more interceptions to bring his season total to five. He had four all of last season. With Charlotte coming up next week, it will be a good time for the Tigers to fine-tune their offensive rhythm and get just a little more balance, after passing the ball more than they ran it with their starters in the game. -- Andrea Adelson

No. 2 Alabama 47, South Carolina 23
It's still odd to see Alabama not even trying to consistently bloody opponents' noses with the running game. But when first-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has the playmakers at his disposal in the passing game that he does -- buoyed by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa -- it's pretty obvious this is a new day for the Crimson Tide. Their victory over South Carolina on Saturday was highlighted by Tagovailoa's 444 passing yards, a career high, and five touchdown passes, matching a career high. The only real concerns: Alabama didn't run the ball well in the red zone at times, which could be a problem against better defenses, and the Tide missed another field goal attempt ... and an extra point attempt. -- Chris Low

No. 3 Georgia 55, Arkansas State 0

The Bulldogs' defense deserves a shout-out after pitching its first shutout since the 2018 season opener, but the offense is undeniably clicking now. And it's just in time for next week's marquee matchup with Notre Dame. It's not just that Jake Fromm was so efficient under center or that D'Andre Swift continues to show off his big-play ability. It's the balance of seven different players scoring touchdowns against Arkansas State. And even though stud freshman George Pickens wasn't one of them, he played well and continues to show why he's going to be a threat all season. -- Alex Scarborough

No. 4 LSU 65, Northwestern State 14

After last week's exhausting win over Texas, you had to figure LSU might be a little less than sharp out of the gates against Northwestern State. Indeed, the Tigers trailed after one quarter and led by only three late in the second. But once the defense stabilized, things got out of hand. Joe Burrow (21-for-24, 373 yards) had another absurd night, and now it's on to the SEC opener at Vanderbilt in a week. -- Bill Connelly

No. 5 Oklahoma 48, UCLA 14

In what looked and felt like a tune-up game against UCLA inside the Rose Bowl, Jalen Hurts kicked the evening off with 99 rushing yards on the opening drive and finished with 128 more total yards of offense than the Bruins' entire team (439-311). Hurts didn't play the full game, and that rest should probably concern Texas Tech, which travels to Norman next week. Oklahoma is now averaging 676 yards and 55.7 points through three games. -- Edward Aschoff

No. 6 Ohio State 51, Indiana 10
The Buckeyes are showing they're a complete team, from Justin Fields' command of the passing game, to the defense limiting the explosive plays it struggled with last season. Most importantly, running back J.K. Dobbins is back on track. Dobbins ran for a career-high 141 yards in the first half against Cincinnati, then topped that with 175 in the first half against Indiana. The offensive balance will benefit the Buckeyes greatly down the line. -- Tom VanHaaren

No. 7 Notre Dame 66, New Mexico 14
It's time to talk Georgia. After a somewhat pedestrian yet expected 2-0 start, Notre Dame is heading into its most difficult game with a chance to prove its legitimacy in the playoff race. According to ESPN's FPI, it's the only game Notre Dame isn't favored to win (33.5%). The Irish faced doubts even when undefeated last year, but a win at Georgia could give them lasting credibility with the selection committee if they're in the hunt again. -- Heather Dinich

No. 8 Auburn 55, Kent State 16
This was the kind of game the Tigers needed to get ready for next week's big road test at Texas A&M. The offensive line, which struggled to get consistent push the first two games of the season, suddenly found its footing against Kent State, opening up big holes. And -- surprise, surprise -- the running game finally got clicking as a result, especially JaTarvious Whitlow, who rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns. As freshman quarterback Bo Nix settles into the position and prepares for the difficult schedule ahead, he needs the help. -- Scarborough

No. 9 Florida 29, Kentucky 21
Florida's depth and chemistry were both tested in Lexington -- and both passed. Feleipe Franks suffered a gut-wrenching injury in the second half, but the Gators outscored the Wildcats 19-0 in the fourth quarter anyway. This has been a snakebitten year for SEC East quarterbacks, with South Carolina's Jake Bentley and Kentucky's Terry Wilson out for the season and now Franks down, as well. But backup Kyle Trask passed his first test as Franks' replacement. Tennessee is up next. -- Connelly

No. 11 Utah 31, Idaho State 0
As expected, Utah went through the nonconference without much difficulty and enters Pac-12 play how it started the year -- as the Pac-12 favorite. The next two weeks could decide a lot with games at USC and home against Washington State. The Utes should head to Los Angeles with plenty of confidence after the Trojans lost to BYU, a team Utah calmly swept aside to open the season. -- Kyle Bonagura

No. 12 Texas 48, Rice 13
After a tough home loss to LSU, the Longhorns needed a positive step forward psychologically and got one by dominating an overmatched Rice squad. By not allowing their Week 2 loss to linger, Texas enters Big 12 play with plenty of confidence. The Longhorns will need it -- Oklahoma State comes to Austin next week and the Pokes have won five consecutive there. -- Sam Khan Jr.

No. 13 Penn State 17, Pittsburgh 10
Penn State narrowly beat Pitt in a back-and-forth game that came down to the last drive. The Nittany Lions have had slow starts in the first half two weeks in a row, finding themselves down 10-7 against Buffalo in Week 2 and tied 10-10 with Pitt in this game. Penn State was able to find a rhythm against Buffalo and scored 28 in the second half but came up with only seven against Pitt. The offense is going to need to find a way to produce earlier in the game with a tough stretch of Maryland, Purdue, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State coming up on the schedule. -- VanHaaren

No. 15 Oregon 35, Montana 3
Since letting the opener against Auburn slip away, Oregon has outscored a pair of overmatched opponents 112-9. The Ducks certainly look capable of making a run at the Pac-12 title and will head to Stanford this week to catch a Cardinal team that has been abysmal in blowout losses to USC and UCF the past two weeks. If quarterback Justin Herbert wants to climb back into the Heisman discussion, this would be a good place to start. -- Bonagura

No. 16 Texas A&M 62, Lamar 3
With Jashaun Corbin out for the year, the Aggies need a lead back to lean on. It just might be Isaiah Spiller. The true freshman from Houston already had impressed the coaching staff in training camp with his speed and effectiveness as a runner and receiver, and he looks more than ready to take the reins, with two 100-plus yard performances in the first three weeks. Spiller's future in A&M's offense looks bright, which is key for an A&M team about to enter SEC play. -- Khan

No. 17 UCF 45, Stanford 27
True freshman Dillon Gabriel made his second straight start and dazzled once again, supplanting more heralded transfer Brandon Wimbush to cement the job after throwing for 347 yards and four touchdowns in a decisive win over Stanford. The Knights have made a habit of beating Power 5 teams in nonconference play, so what happened Saturday is nothing new. But what was on full display was a team playing with a confidence, an edge and a speed advantage that flummoxed the Cardinal throughout the game. On top of it all, UCF was more physical than a team that has built its name on playing a physical brand of football. Whether an impressive win like this carries any weight with the College Football Playoff selection committee remains to be seen. If history is any indication, the victory will be explained away as UCF beating a team that was not ranked and not that good. But this was a big win, and the best thing UCF can do is to continue to win games like this to stay in the national conversation. The Knights will get another chance to make a statement in their final regular-season game against a Power 5 opponent next week at Pitt, a team it beat 45-14 last season. -- Adelson

Arizona State 10, No. 18 Michigan State 7
Here's what happens when you've got an amazing defense and the most low-tempo conservative offense possible: nearly every game is close, good or bad. On Saturday for Michigan State, it was bad. The Spartans outgained the Sun Devils by nearly 200 yards, but they blew a series of scoring opportunities and opened the door for ASU, which put together two good drives all afternoon. After an Eno Benjamin score and a field goal mishap, though, Sparty lost. Michigan State inches toward conference play as Sparty as ever. -- Connelly

No. 19 Iowa 18, Iowa State 17
A day that began with the first College GameDay in Ames and included a lengthy delay also included a slow-but-steady Hawkeyes comeback. (Is there any other kind?) Iowa needed two fumble recoveries -- one that set up a second-quarter field goal and the excruciating punt miscue that sealed the game -- to survive while being outgained by 105 yards. Now, they get a bye week and a tuneup against MTSU before the meat of the schedule begins with a trip to Michigan. -- Connelly

No. 20 Washington State 31, Houston 24

Another year, another productive Mike Leach quarterback. Fifth-year senior Anthony Gordon is off to an impressive start with three consecutive games with more than 400 yards and three touchdowns. He has an exceptional arm, is accurate, can throw well on the run and seems to be a perfect fit for Leach's Air Raid. With a fast, aggressive defense showing growth, the Cougars look like a formidable foe heading into Pac-12 play. -- Khan

Temple 20, No. 21 Maryland 15

One week after pummeling a ranked Syracuse team and splashing into the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2013, the Terps came crashing back to reality in a mistake-laden loss at Temple. The Terps were just 1-of-6 on fourth downs. Maryland's true identity is probably somewhere in between, but it still hasn't mastered consistency. Maryland has a bye week before hosting Penn State and PSU coach James Franklin, a former Maryland head-coach-in-waiting. -- Dinich

No. 22 Boise State 45, Portland State 10

The Broncos will open Mountain West play this week against Air Force as the conference favorite, but with three other undefeated teams in the league, this won't be a cakewalk by any stretch. Air Force is one of those unbeatens -- coming off a win at Colorado that featured a surprisingly effective passing game -- and should provide an interesting test in Boise. The path isn't as difficult as it could have been, as the Broncos don't have San Diego State or Fresno State on the schedule. -- Bonagura

No. 23 Washington 52, Hawai'i 20

Hawai'i quickly learned that Washington is significantly better than the two Pac-12 teams -- Arizona and Oregon State -- it beat to open the season. The Huskies will try to teach a similar lesson next week with a trip to BYU -- where the Cougars just knocked off Southern California -- before jumping back into conference play against USC and Stanford. Despite the wacky, lightning-delayed loss to Cal last week, Washington still probably views itself as the conference favorite, but that 0-1 hole means the margin for error is razor-thin. -- Bonagura

BYU 30, No. 24 USC 27 (OT)

Re-commence panic mode. The Trojans' big win against Stanford last week was reason for optimism, but any sort of good will that coach Clay Helton earned went out the window with a loss at BYU. Not only did the Trojans struggle in Provo, the Stanford win looks even less impressive after the Cardinal went to UCF and got blown out. Now, with Utah, Washington and Notre Dame the next three weeks, Helton's fate could soon be settled. -- Bonagura

No. 25 Virginia 31, Florida State 24

Bronco Mendenhall billed Saturday's game against Florida State as a true test of how good Virginia really was. Set aside the records, he said. FSU was the more talented team, no question. That talent disparity was obvious at times, and FSU never folded -- down to the final snap. But it was, indeed, a momentous win for the Cavaliers, who can now officially take its spot in the ACC Coastal driver's seat. -- David M. Hale