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West Virginia’s Smith, S Carolina’s Shaw on target
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Geno Smith looked like a Heisman Trophy hopeful and Connor Shaw showed no signs of an injured shoulder.
Smith threw for 338 yards to help No. 8 West Virginia survive a tough test at home, 31-21, against Maryland on Saturday in Morgantown.
Smith and the Mountaineers had to work hard to fend off the Terrapins. Freshman quarterback Perry Hills passed for 305 yards for Maryland. But Smith and Tavon Austin were too much. They hooked up for three touchdowns. West Virginia plays its first Big 12 game at home next Saturday against Baylor in a game that figures to light up the scoreboard.
Shaw was almost perfect, completing 20 straight passes as No. 7 South Carolina had little trouble against Missouri, 31-10. He finished 20 for 21 for 252 yards for the Gamecocks, who are 4-0 for just the ninth time in school history.
NO. 1 ALABAMA 40, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 7
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) _ AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes, including an early 85-yarder to Kenny Bell, and No. 1 Alabama routed Florida Atlantic.
Eddie Lacy rushed for 106 yards in the first half for the Crimson Tide (4-0), which rolled to 134 consecutive points and two shutouts before allowing a late touchdown.
The Owls (1-3) managed only one first down through three quarters and were outgained 503-110 in total yards. McCarron was 15-of-25 passing for 212 yards before leaving midway through the third quarter. The 85-yarder came 1:42 into the game and is tied for the fifth-longest touchdown pass in Tide history.
The only suspense late was whether Alabama could complete a third straight shutout for the first time since Bear Bryant’s unbeaten 1966 team.
NO. 2 LSU 12, AUBURN 10
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) _ Sam Montgomery and the LSU defense delivered a first-quarter safety and shut out Auburn in the second half.
Auburn led 10-9 at halftime, but managed only 183 yards.
A fumbled punt return by Auburn’s Quan Bray set up Drew Alleman’s 30-yard field goal late in the third quarter that gave LSU (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) a 12-10 lead. Alleman missed a 34-yarder with 39 seconds remaining.
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