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Top-ranked Alabama, Louisiana State Remain Undefeated

Sept. 23 (Bloomberg) -- A.J. McCarron threw for three touchdowns to lead top-ranked University of Alabama to a 40-7 rout of Florida Atlantic University in college football.

No. 2 Louisiana State University rallied from a one-point halftime deficit on Drew Alleman’s 30-yard field goal yesterday to defeat Auburn 12-10.

In other games among the Associated Press Writers’ Poll’s Top 10 schools, it was No. 3 Oregon 49, No. 22 Arizona 0; No. 4 Florida State 49, No. 10 Clemson 37; No. 5 Georgia 48, Vanderbilt 3; No. 15 Kansas State 24, No. 6 Oklahoma 19; No. 7 South Carolina 31, Missouri 10; and No. 8 West Virginia 31, Maryland 21.

At Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, McCarron completed 15 of 25 passing attempts for 212 yards and three touchdowns, including an 85-yard pass to Kenny Bell. Cade Foster and Jeremy Shelley each added two field goals for the Crimson Tide (4-0).

McCarron hit Bell on Alabama’s third play.

“It was a great touchdown,” Bell said. “I felt like it was time for me to make a big play to get the offense going. When AJ saw me, he threw it to me, threw a pass to me then I just had to use my legs to get to the touchdown.’

Graham Wilbert connected on seven passes for 34 yards and one touchdown for the Owls (1-3).

‘Great Defense’

“That’s a great defense that we faced,” Florida Atlantic coach Carl Pelini told reporters. “I mean, I don’t know if it was a slow start or if it was a fast start for them defensively. They’re a very good defensive football team and they were just physically handling us upfront early in the game.’

At Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama, Sam Montgomery tackled Tre Mason in the end zone, Michael Ford ran one yard for a touchdown and Alleman added his field goal for LSU (4-0), which trailed 10-9 at halftime.

Montgomery said the Auburn threat was “a shock to our system. It was really a shock to our whole program, but we adjusted. We stuck our backs up.”

Onterio McCalebb scored on a four-yard run and Cody Parkey kicked a 40-yard field goal for Auburn (1-3).

“It’s something we’ll certainly be able to teach from in a very aggressive manner,” LSU head coach Les Miles said. “There’s work to do, but we’ll take a victory on the road at Auburn.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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