Saturday's best

The Associated Press
·3 min read

STARS

-Jaret Patterson, Buffalo, tied an FBS record with eight touchdowns and ran for 409 yards to become the fourth major-college football player to have a 400-yard rushing game in a 70-41 win over Kent State.

-Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, threw for 403 yards and two TDs in his first game in five weeks - and likely last one at Death Valley - as the No. 4 Tigers throttled Pittsburgh 52-17.

-Dezmon Jackson, Oklahoma State, rushed for career highs of 235 yards and three TDs with the No. 21 Cowboys' top two running backs out in a 50-44 win over Texas Tech.

-Levi Lewis, Louisiana-Lafayette, passed for three TDs and ran for two more in less than three quarters, and the Ragin' Cajuns routed winless Louisiana-Monroe 70-20.

-Mac Jones, Alabama, passed for 302 yards and a career-high five touchdowns, highlighted by two long ones to DeVonta Smith, and the top-ranked Crimson Tide rolled over rival No. 22 Auburn 42-13 without coach Nick Saban.

-Sincere McCormick, UTSA, ran for a program-record 251 yards with two TDs in a 49-17 win over North Texas.

-Demetric Felton, UCLA, rushed for career-high 206 yards and a TD as the Bruins defeated Arizona 27-10.

-C.J. Marable, Coastal Carolina, ran for 157 yards and three TDs to help the Chanticleers wrap up the Sun Belt Conference East Division title with a 49-14 victory over Texas State.

-Zac Thomas, Appalachian State, passed for 279 yards and matched his career high with four TD passes as the Mountaineers defeated Troy 47-10.

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HISTORIC KICKOFF

Sarah Fuller was playing around with a teammate a couple months ago when she kicked a soccer ball through the uprights from 45 yards away. She joked about being able to kick a football with teammates during the Southeastern Conference soccer tournament.

She made history against Missouri.

Fuller became the first woman to participate in a Power Five conference football game when she kicked off for Vanderbilt to start the second half against the Tigers.

Fuller kicked with a holder rather than using a tee in a designed squib kick, and the senior sent a low kick to the 35-yard line where it was pounced on by Missouri's Mason Pack. Fuller didn't get any other opportunities in Vanderbilt's 41-0 loss to Missouri

Coach Derek Mason made clear that Fuller kicked for the Commodores due to need, not for history or publicity. COVID-19 protocols and restrictions left Mason with very few options, prompting him to reach out to the soccer team for help.

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IRON BOWLED OVER

Once the Iron Bowl kicked off, Nick Saban was just another passionate, heavily invested fan who was powerless to help his team win.

His team still won - big .

Mac Jones passed for 302 yards and a career-high five touchdowns, highlighted by two long ones to DeVonta Smith, and No. 1 Alabama rolled over rival No. 22 Auburn 42-13 without Saban.

The Crimson Tide continued a dominating march through a schedule of all-Southeastern Conference games even minus its six-time national champion coach on the sideline.

Saban tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and watched the game feed from home, witnessing the usual array of big plays with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian running the show.

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NUMBERS

8-Straight games with a TD pass by Florida's Kyle Trask, breaking the record set by Danny Wuerffel in 1996.

31-Years since Washington last rallied from a 21-point deficit to win before beating Utah 24-21.

700-All-time wins by Miami (Ohio) after a 38-7 victory over Akron.

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