ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Even for a Big 12 game, what West Virginia and Baylor did was crazy.
Then Tennessee and Georgia showed that the Southeastern Conference isn’t all about defense.
Geno Smith and No. 9 West Virginia beat No. 25 Baylor 70-63 on Saturday in Morgantown. The Mountaineers’ first game in the Big 12 turned out to be the highest-scoring game in the history of the conference.
The Mountaineers and Bears came up only three points short of the most points in a regulation FBS game. The record is 136 set by Navy (74) and North Texas (62) in 2007.
Baylor did tie a record for most points by a losing team in a regulation FBS game.
It almost made Tennessee-Georgia look like a defensive struggle.
The fifth-ranked Bulldogs needed three late takeaways to hold on for a 51-44 victory over the Vols at home. It was the highest-scoring game in the 42-game history of the SEC rivalry.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — EJ Manuel threw for 242 yards and a touchdown, helping Florida State remain unbeaten.
Receiver Rashad Greene got the Seminoles going with a 10-yard touchdown run, Christian Jones scored on a 12-yard fumble return and Penn State transfer Kevin Haplea had a 1-yard TD reception as the Seminoles (5-0) survived their first road test of the season by pulling away from a three-point lead with two TDs and a field goal in the final 5:09 of the third quarter.
Todd Gurley ran for three touchdowns and Keith Marshall added two as Georgia recovered after blowing a 17-point.
Georgia (5-0, 3-0 SEC) locked it up with three takeaways in the final 6 minutes. Twice Sanders Commings intercepted Tyler Bray’s passes and in between the Tennessee quarterback was stripped from behind and the fumble was recovered by Georgia’s John Jenkins.
Aaron Murray threw two third-quarter touchdown passes to Michael Bennett for the Bulldogs.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Geno Smith threw for 656 yards and tied a Big 12 record with eight touchdown passes to lead West Virginia.
Smith outdueled Baylor’s Nick Florence, who had a standout game of his own with 581 yards and five TDs.
Baylor’s Terrance Williams set a Big 12 record with 314 yards receiving. The old mark was set minutes earlier by West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey, who had 303 yards and five TDs.
Williams’ 8-yard scoring catch brought Baylor (3-1) within seven at 70-63 with 3:08 left.
But Dustin Garrison ran for 17 yards on third down and the Mountaineers (4-0) ran out the clock.
It marked the most points scored in a game involving a team ranked in The Associated Press poll. The previous record of 124 was set in No. 12 Oklahoma’s 82-42 win over Colorado in 1980.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Braxton Miller threw for 179 yards and ran for 130, and Urban Meyer won his first Big Ten game as Buckeyes coach.
Miller put Ohio State (5-0, 1-0) ahead 17-13 with a 63-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith in the third quarter, and the Buckeyes’ maligned defense held Le’Veon Bell and the Michigan State running game in check. Meyer becomes the third coach to start 5-0 in his first season at Ohio State. Carol Widdoes did it in 1944, and Earle Bruce in 1979.
Michigan State (3-2, 0-1) has lost four home games in a row against Ohio State.
Bell ran for only 45 yards on 17 carries for the Spartans.
No. 17 CLEMSON 45, BOSTON COLLEGE 31
BOSTON (AP) — Tajh Boyd threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns and ran in another for Clemson.
Boyd completed 28 of 38 passes and ran 11 times for 42 yards and a TD for Clemson (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). DeAndre Hopkins caught 11 passes for 197 yards for the Tigers, who bounced back after blowing a two-touchdown lead and losing 49-37 to No. 4 Florida State last week.
Andre Ellington ran 25 times for 132 yards and a touchdown for Clemson.
Chase Rettig, who entered the day as the leading passer in the ACC, completed 25 of 43 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns. Alex Amdion caught eight passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles (1-3, 0-2), who led 21-17 before giving up three straight touchdowns to fall behind 38-21.