Week 2 of the college football season served up a massive treat for fans, as No. 1 Alabama narrowly escaped Texas, 20-19, in a rare matchup between two of the most storied programs in the country.
It marked the 19th consecutive 2-0 start for Alabama, the longest active FBS streak. The Tide are now 11-11 when scoring 20 points or fewer under Nick Saban.
Elsewhere, No. 3 Ohio State made light work of Arkansas State, rolling to a 45-12 win, while No. 19 Wisconsin fell to Washington State at Camp Randall, 17-14. The Sun Belt came away with two huge top-10 road victories, as Marshall took down No. 8 Notre Dame and Appalachian State upset No. 6-ranked Texas A&M.
In the afternoon slate, Iowa State came out on top over in-state foe Iowa, and No. 24 Tennessee outlasted No. 17 Pittsburgh in overtime.
Currently, No. 25 Houston and Texas Tech are headed to double OT, an SEC showdown is underway between No. 20 Kentucky and No. 12 Florida, and No. 10 USC is up against a Stanford’s Pac-12-leading pass defense.
Closing things out tonight, No. 9 Baylor takes on No. 21 BYU.
Here are the top plays from Saturday’s Week 2 slate.
No. 10 USC at Stanford
Caleb Williams dominates to start
The USC quarterback is putting on a show, completing eight of his first 10 passes for 200 yards with four touchdowns. His third touchdown pass might have been his most impressive. He found Jordan Addison deep to connect for a 75-yard score, as the Trojans lead 28-14 midway through the second quarter.
No. 20 Kentucky at No. 12 Florida
Airing it out for the score
Kentucky quarterback Will Levis completed a deep 55-yard touchdown pass to put the Wildcats up 7-3 early in the second quarter.
The big fella gets the interception
Levis doesn’t get the ball in time as the Gators bring pressure, causing the ball to slip out of his hand and end up in the hands of a Florida defensive lineman.
Good footwork leads to score
Florida takes a 14-7 lead as Trevor Etienne jukes out a Kentucky defender to get to the end zone
Kentucky thought it was just punting the ball to Florida, but a high snap leads to a safety to give the Gators a 16-7 lead.
No. 1 Alabama 20, Texas 19
Things started off with a bang in Austin, as the Tide made their way downfield with relative ease.
But the Longhorns’ defense came up with a massive stop on third down, shutting down QB Bryce Young and forcing the Tide to settle for a field goal on their opening drive.
Going, going, gone!
Texas knotted things up with a field goal of its own shortly after, but things didn’t stay that way for long. Alabama RB Jase McClellan broke off for a monster 81-yard score to give the Tide a 10-3 edge.
Jase McClellan breaks off 81-yard rushing TD
Jase McClellan’s 81-yard rushing TD gives Alabama a 10-3 first-quarter lead.
Newly-minted Texas QB Quinn Ewers, a redshirt freshman transfer from Ohio State, showed off his arm strength late in the opening frame, finding wideout Xavier Worthy for a 46-yard gain that put the Longhorns deep in the red zone.
Ewers took a huge hit on the next play that drew a roughing the passer penalty and left Texas fans holding their breath. After several minutes being attended to on the field, Ewers walked to the sideline and to the locker room under his own power with a towel covering his face.
Texas QB Quinn Ewers goes down awkwardly on his shoulder
Longhorns QB Ewers is helped to the locker room against Alabama after going down awkwardly on his shoulder at the end of the first quarter.
Making it count
Head coach Steve Sarkisian named Ewers the Longhorns’ starter last month over redshirt sophomore Hudson Card, who checked into the game for Ewers on first-and-goal. Card handed the ball off to star RB Bijan Robinson, who did the rest to tie things up at 10.
Bijan Robinson scores on a one-yard rushing TD
Texas and Alabama are tied after Bijan Robinson punched it in from one yard out.
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Mess with the bull, get the horns
The Longhorns’ defense came up with a huge sack on Young, knocking the reigning Heisman Trophy winner back 11 yards. Texas went on to force three consecutive punts by Alabama in the second quarter.
Card moved the Longhorns’ offense downfield in an effort to take the lead, but not even two pass interference penalties could get it done.
Things remained tied at the break after a missed a 20-yard field goal that left Texas fans stunned.
All gas, no brakes
The Longhorns picked up right where they left off to start the second half, putting pressure on Young and forcing Alabama to punt right out of the gate.
On the following drive, Texas backed up Alabama up to their own 1-yard line, and chaos ensued.
What could have been
What appeared to be a safety and two points for Texas turned into a new set of downs for Alabama, as a questionable roughing the passer and targeting penalty flew in at the end of the play.
After review, the play was deemed an incomplete pass — the officials removed both the roughing the passer and the targeting flags, noting that targeting was incorrectly announced on the field. Moreover, Young wasn’t down, and he avoided grounding because his throw deflected off a defender’s helmet. Chaos and confusion.
WILD sequence involving an overturned safety, roughing the passer call and targeting in Alabama-Texas
Check out this chaotic sequence between the Crimson Tide and the Longhorns featuring an overturned safety, roughing the passer and targeting all in one play.
Back and forth
The Longhorns took the lead midway through the third, 13-10. Just like that, Texas led Alabama for the first time since the first quarter of the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.
Then, at the top of the fourth, Texas extended its lead to 16-10 with another short field goal. On the other side, the only thing Alabama was racking up was penalties — the most in one game in the Saban era.
Alabama was eventually able to find its footing and regain the lead, 17-16, midway through the frame. Young capped off a masterful, 75-yard drive with a 7-yard TD toss to Jahmyr Gibbs.
Bryce Young’s pass finds Jahmyr Gibbs to put Alabama back in front
Bryce Young’s incredible scrambling pass puts Alabama back in front of Texas.
Game of inches
Things came down to the wire in Austin, as the Longhorns defense came up with a massive stop on fourth down to regain possession of the ball with a few minutes to spare.
Texas took a two-point lead, 19-17, following a 49-yard field goal from Bert Auburn with 1:29 remaining in the fourth quarter. Alabama, though, charged downfield on its ensuing drive, with a 19-yard run from Young putting the offense back in the red zone.
Will Reichard connected on a 33-yard field goal to give the Crimson Tide a 20-19 lead with 10 seconds remaining. That was game.
Alabama hits the go-ahead field goal with 10 seconds left
Alabama’s field goal with 10 seconds left gave the Tide a 20-19 lead over Texas.
Washington State 17, No. 19 Wisconsin 14
Badgers QB Graham Mertz found Chimere Dike along the sideline for a 4-yard gain, but the Cougars thought they had the ball after Washington State defensive back Armani Marsh appeared to intercept it.
Wisconsin tied things up in the second quarter when Mertz found tight end Clay Cundiff for a 17-yard TD. Mertz continued to show off his arm strength, as the Badgers took a 14-7 lead ahead of the break.
Washington State took the lead in the second half, 17-14, courtesy of former Badger Nakia Watson. Wisconsin wasn’t able to put any more points on the board after that, and the Cougars held on for the upset.
Cameron Ward finds RB Nakia Watson for 31-yard TD
Washington State QB Cameron Ward finds RB Nakia Watson for a 31-yard TD pass down the sideline, and the 17-14 Cougars lead over the Wisconsin Badgers.
No. 24 Tennessee 34, No. 17 Pittsburgh 27 (OT)
All gas, no brakes
Pitt running back Israel Abanikanda cut through the Volunteers’ defense and scampered 76 yards to the house as the Panthers built an early 10-0 cushion.
Pitt extended its lead to 10 again when QB Kedon Slovis connected with TE Gavin Bartholomew on a 57-yard score.
Then, Tennessee roared back with a 17-point spurt to close out the half for a 24-17 lead, highlighted by a 32-yard scoring toss from Hendon Hooker to Bru McCoy.
After trading field goals in the fourth, things headed to overtime, where the Vols secured the W. Slovis was sidelined for the entire second half with an undisclosed injury.
Iowa State 10, Iowa 7
Iowa was first on the board after Leshon Williams powered through the Cyclones’ defense for a 9-yard score.
Special teams blocks punt, Leshon Williams scores from 9 yards out
Iowa took the lead over Iowa State after a blocked punt and Leshon Williams TD.
Up for grabs
Things got chaotic at the end of the second quarter, as the Cyclones came up with a wild interception. With momentum on its side, Iowa State added a second-half touchdown that secured the win.
No. 3 Ohio State 45, Arkansas State 12
Round 2 at The Shoe
Fresh off their big Week 1 win over Notre Dame, the Buckeyes were ready to go. Ohio State pulled ahead early in the first quarter with a Marvin Harrison Jr. 42-yard touchdown reception on the opening drive.
C.J. Stroud connects with Marvin Harrison Jr. on the deep crosser
QB C.J. Stroud connects with WR Marvin Harrison Jr. to put Ohio State up early.
TreVeyon Henderson got in on the action, dancing his way into the end zone to close out the first quarter and extend the Buckeyes’ lead, 14-3.
Then, Stroud connected with Harrison Jr. for his second score of the day — another 42-yard TD — to put the Buckeyes up 24-9 ahead of halftime.
Marvin Harrison Jr. snags his second TD of the day
Marvin Harrison Jr. picked up another long TD to put Ohio State up 23-9.
On the move!
The Buckeyes continued to pour it on as the second half got underway. First, Henderson broke off for a 23-yarder, followed by a 51-yard TD from Emeka Egbuka that helped seal the double-digit win for Ohio State.
C.J. Stroud connects with Emeka Egbuka for a 51-yard strike
Buckeyes WR Emeka Egbuka came up with a 51-yard TD in Ohio State’s rout.
Texas Tech 33, No. 25 Houston 30 (2OT)
TX Tech takes charge
Red Raiders QB Donovan Smith connected with receiver Nehemiah Martinez for a dazzling 43-yard TD to take a 10-3 lead in the second quarter.
More of the same
Then, Smith found receiver Myles Price for a monster 54-yard score that brought Texas Tech fans to their feet.
Donovan Smith finds Myles Price on a 54-yard TD
The Texas Tech Red Raiders took a 17-3 lead over the Houston Cougars after Donovan Smith linked up with Myles Price on a 54-yard touchdown.
Not so fast!
Houston got in on the action when DB Jayce Rogers tied the game at 17-all with a 46-yard pick-six. After both teams traded field goals in the fourth quarter, things headed to overtime.
Jayce Rogers ties games with the 46-yard interception return
Houston DB Jayce Rogers intercepts Texas Tech QB Donavan Smith and returns it 46 yards for a touchdown to tie the game, 17-17, early in the fourth quarter.
To send it to OT
Texas Tech makes a 47-yard field goal to even the score at 20 with just seconds left in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.
Screening to the house!
Houston receiver Matthew Golden caught a screen pass and danced around some Texas Tech defenders to get in for the 15-yard score.
A halfback run up the middle gets Texas Tech a touchdown to send the game to a second overtime.
Walking off with the win!
After holding Houston to a field goal, Texas Tech QB Donovan Smith makes the play with his legs to get into the end zone and give the Red Raiders the win.
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No. 9 Baylor at No. 21 BYU (10:15 p.m. ET, FS1)
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