—Trey Lance, North Dakota State, accounted for four TDs and the Bison rallied with a 21-point fourth quarter to beat Central Arkansas 39-28 to extend the longest winning streak in FCS history to 38 games.
Mac Jones launched his first pass far to John Metchie III for a 78-yard touchdown strike.
It was most definitely a sign of things to come.
Jones passed for a career-high 435 yards and four touchdowns, including a pair of deep throws to Metchie and an even longer one to Jaylen Waddle, and No. 2 Alabama romped past No. 13 Texas A&M 52-24.
Briefly threatened early, Jones and the Crimson Tide flexed their considerable big-play muscle in the passing game to put away the Aggies.
For a team once known for running the ball, Bama aired it out.
Texas ran out of comebacks against Max Duggan and TCU.
The Horned Frogs quarterback ran for the go-ahead score with 4 minutes left and the defense made it stand with a goal-line fumble recovery to beat No. 9 Texas in a game that had 26 penalties and ended with TCU taking a safety to run out the final seconds of a 33-31 victory.
In doing so, the Horned Frogs dealt another tough blow to the Big 12′s College Football Playoff hopes now that Texas and Oklahoma, the league’s highest-ranked teams at the beginning of the season, each have early home losses to unranked opponents.
15_Straight home wins by Cincinnati, matching the school record set from 1952-54.
20_Games of Arkansas’ SEC losing streak before upsetting No. 16 Mississippi State 21-14.
37_Years since SMU last opened consecutive seasons 4-0.
Three-time defending champion North Dakota State needed a big rally to extend the nation’s longest winning streak in FCS history.
Trey Lance threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores, and the Bison rallied with a 21-point fourth quarter to beat Central Arkansas 39-28 to extend their winning streak to 38 games.
North Dakota State also stretched its home winning streak to 29, longest active run in Division I, and will take part in the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s spring season with an eye on winning a 17th national championship.
Lance also had his first interception in 308 attempts.
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