TUSCALOOSA, AL, Sporting Alert – NCAAF Top 25 scores and results from the scheduled games in Week 8 on Saturday, October 22.
No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Michigan were both easy winners on the day, while Lamar Jackson strengthened his position as the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy when starring in No. 7 Louisville blowout win.
EASY FOR BAMA
It was supposed to be a tough game, but the top-ranked Crimson Tide made it looked easy when beating No. 6 Texas A&M, 33-14 in their SEC showdown.
Jalen Hurts threw touchdown passes to O.J. Howard and Calvin Ridley and ran for another score to shine again for the reigning College Football champions.
Hurts went 15 of 25 on completed passes for 164 yards and carried the ball 21 times for 93 yards for Alabama to improve to 8-0 and remain undefeated heading into its bye week.
Hurts was rushing for 100 yards for the third game.
Damien Harris finished 128 yards on 17 carries for the SEC powerhouses, who were capturing their 20th win in a row, dating back to last year.
In the midst of that, though, Alabama head coach Nick Saban revealed that starting safety Eddie Jackson will miss the season after breaking his leg during the game.
MICHIGAN RUN OVER ILLINOIS
Meanwhile, third-ranked Michigan crushed Illinois 41-8 in another game involving an NCAAF Top 25 team on Saturday.
Wilton Speight threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns in three quarters to lead the way for the Wolverines (7-0).
Karan Higdon ran eight times for 106 yards and De’Veon Smith and Khalid Hill also ran for scores for Michigan, which tallied 561 total yards and dominated the Fighting Illini (2-5) on first downs, 29-6.
Amara Darboh had five catches for 99 yards in the win.
Elsewhere, Heisman Trophy favourite Lamar Jackson accounted for four touchdowns and broke three school records when guiding No. 7 Louisville past North Carolina State 54-13.
Jackson went 20-of-34 for 355 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions and ran 17 times for 76 yards and another score for the Cardinals (6-1).
The sophomore quarterback, who accounted for all four of his touchdowns in the first half.
“I was mad at myself from the Duke game and coach saw that,” said Jackson.
“I was like, `I’ve got to prove I can’t be out here, looking bad, looking to run all the time.’ I tried to do less running and more throwing.”
Jeremy Smith ran for a pair of 1-yard scores, Cole Hikutini had six catches for 118 yards and a touchdown and Jaylen Smith had two catches for 90 yards and a TD for the Cardinals.
NCAAF Top 20 Scores and Results
Week 8, Saturday, October 22
No. 1 Alabama 33, No. 6 Texas A&M 14
Penn State PSU 24, No. 2 Ohio State 21
No. 3 Michigan 41, Illinois 8
No. 5 Washington 41, Oregon State 17
No. 7 Louisville 54, NC State 13
No. 8 Nebraska 27, Purdue 14
No. 10 Wisconsin 17, Iowa 9
No. 12 West Virginia 34, TCU 10
No. 16 Oklahoma 66, Texas Tech 59
No. 21 Auburn 56, No. 17 Arkansas 3
No. 19 Utah 52, UCLA 45
No. 20 Western Michigan 45, Eastern Michigan 31
No. 22 North Carolina 35, Virginia 14
No. 25 LSU 38, No. 23 Ole Miss 21
No. 24 Navy 42, Memphis 28