- Associated Press - Saturday, September 24, 2011

The first big game on the season in the Big 12 went to Oklahoma State, with Brandon Weeden leading the Cowboys from behind at Texas A&M.

In the Southeastern Conference, a West Division showdown turned into an Alabama rout.

Weeden threw for a school-record 438 yards and two scores as No. 7 Oklahoma State rallied for a 30-29 win over the Aggies on Saturday.

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Alabama’s top-ranked SEC defense smothered Arkansas’ No. 1-rated SEC offense in a 38-14 victory.

Oklahoma State won its fourth straight in the series with Texas A&M, a series that is likely to be put on hold when the Aggies’ move to the SEC is complete.

The Cowboys also won their seventh overall on the road in the first top 10 matchup at Kyle Field since 1975.

Alabama’s Trent Richardson ran for 120 yards and had a 61-yard touchdown catch to lead the rout of the Razorbacks and give the Tide a headstart in the SEC West race.

No. 3 Alabama 38, No. 14 Arkansas 14

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) _ The Crimson Tide scored on special teams, defense and using the old-fashioned power run to emphatically win the SEC West showdown.

AJ McCarron completed 15 of 20 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns, including a 37-yard TD pass to Michael Williams on a fake field goal for the Tide (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference).

Marquis Maze scored on an 83-yard punt return and DeQuan Menzie returned an interception 25 yards for another score.

Tyler Wilson sat out most of the fourth quarter after completing 22 of 35 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns for Arkansas (3-1, 0-1).

No. 6 Wisconsin 59, South Dakota 10

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Nick Toon had a career-high 155 yards receiving and two touchdowns in Wisconsin’s final tune-up for Nebraska at Camp Randall next week.

Wisconsin (4-0) recovered from a slow start to take control of the game with a 21-point outburst in the final six minutes of the second quarter.

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