OLE MISS 76, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 41
No, this wasn’t a basketball score. Yes, this probably should’ve been, at least in the eyes of Ole Miss Rebels fans. The Rebels had a tough time putting the Southern Illinois Salukis away. But eventually, they did, earning a 76-41 victory at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Jordan Ta’amu threw five touchdown passes to four different receivers in the victory. A.J. Brown came down with two of them, while D.K. Metcalf, Elijah Moore and Braylon Sanders picked up TD receptions as well. Scottie Phillips found the end zone twice, as well, and so did running back Isaiah Woullard and so did freshman quarterback Matt Corral and Victor Evans, who had a 56-yard fumble return. The defense is going to have to shape up, though. Because the Alabama Crimson Tide are coming to town this Saturday.
TENNESSEE 59, ETSU 3
The Tennessee Volunteers rebounded off their loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers with a 59-3 rout of the ETSU Buccaneers. Most of the fun came in the 2nd quarter, when Tennessee scored 28 points. Jeremy Banks had two touchdown runs that quarter, as Banks showed out on the ground. Madre London did as well, as London had two rushing TDs of his own. Keller Chryst threw a touchdown in the 4th quarter to Jordan Murphy, one that was good for 50 yards. The other touchdowns were scored via a Josh Palmer run, a blocked punt and then a return by Marquill Osborne and a pick six by Darrin Kirkland Jr.
LSU 31, SE LOUISIANA 0
After their dominant performance against the Miami (FL) Hurricanes, the LSU Tigers looked to keep their winning ways going. They succeeded in doing so, blanking SE Louisiana 31-0 down in Death Valley. The Tigers were mostly led by Joe Burrow, who threw two touchdowns and ran for another score. His TD passes were to freshman Ja’Marr Chase as well as Stephen Sullivan, who hauled in a 40-yard receiving TD in the 2nd quarter. Meanwhile, Burrow ran for his score in the 1st quarter. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had the other TD, off a seven-yard run in the 4th quarter to really put the game on ice.
AUBURN 63, ALABAMA STATE 9
This particular one wasn’t ever all that close. The Auburn Tigers made swift work of Alabama State, blowing them out 63-9. The Tigers led 42-2 at halftime after two 21-point quarters. They tacked on an additional 21 points in the second half and held Alabama State without any points in the 4th. Jarrett Stidham was responsible for two touchdowns in the 1st quarter. Stidham ran for the first, and threw the second to Anthony Schwartz. Daniel Thomas had a pick six in the 1st quarter, as well. In the second quarter, Schwartz showed up again, this time on a 23-yard scamper to the end zone. Kam Martin also starred with a four-yard run into the end zone early on. In between all that, Devan Barrett returned a block punt for a score. Others who put up touchdowns in the game were Harold Joiner, Shaun Shivers and Malik Miller.