NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bo Wallace threw for 320 yards and a touchdown, and 15th-ranked Mississippi routed Vanderbilt 41-3 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
The Rebels (2-0) have beaten Vanderbilt in Nashville in consecutive seasons after the Commodores had won five of the previous six. The Rebels won in dominating fashion.
Ole Miss scored on seven of its first eight possessions with the shortest drive covering 67 yards. Jaylen Walton started the scoring with a 20-yard TD, and I’Tavius Mathers and DeVante Kincade also ran for TDs.
Wallace put the Rebels up 20-0 with a 20-yard TD pass to Cody Core, and he was sacked as the first half ended with Ole Miss threatening to score again.
The Commodores (0-2) still are searching for first-year coach Derek Mason’s inaugural win, but at last got their first offensive points with a field goal.
NO. 5 AUBURN 59, SAN JOSE STATE 13: In Auburn, Ala., Cameron Artis-Payne ran for three touchdowns, all in the first half, and No. 5 Auburn used a dominant ground game to beat San Jose State 59-13 on Saturday night.
Auburn (2-0) had six touchdowns and 358 yards on the ground, including 112 from Artis-Payne. Quarterback Nick Marshall, making his first start of the season, ran for 103 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown on his final drive late in the third quarter.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 47, UAB 34: In Starkville, Mississippi, Dak Prescott threw for 211 yards and four touchdowns while also running for 111 yards and a touchdown to lead Mississippi State past Alabama-Birmingham.
The Bulldogs (2-0) have won five straight games dating to last season. Josh Robinson rushed for a career-high 124 yards and a touchdown.
UAB (1-1) scored touchdowns on pass plays of 88, 81 and 75 yards, but couldn’t stop the Bulldogs often enough to make things close.
No. 2 ALABAMA 41, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 0: In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Blake Sims had 214 passing yards, and Jake Coker threw for 202 to lead Alabama past Florida Atlantic in a game halted by lightning.
Both quarterbacks got a chance to stake a claim to the starting job for the Crimson Tide (2-0).
Both schools agreed to end the game with 7:53 left.
Sims passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third in his second straight start and didn’t play in the fourth quarter. He was 11-of-13 passing.
Coker went 15 of 24 with a touchdown in his first significant action, but the Florida State transfer missed some open receivers downfield.
No. 9 TEXAS A&M 73, LAMAR 3: In College Station Texas, Kenny Hill threw for 283 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters as Texas A&M rolled over Lamar in front of the largest crowd for a college game in Texas history.
It was the first game in the newly renovated and expanded Kyle Field and drew a record crowd of 104,728.
After a lightning delay of 2 hours, 5 minutes, Texas A&M (2-0) wasted no time getting going. Hill found Speedy Noil for a 44-yard pass on his first throw and Trey Williams had a 33-yard touchdown run two plays later to make it 7-0.
Hill threw touchdown passes of 24, 51, 18 and nine yards in his second game since taking over for Johnny Manziel. He threw for a school-record 511 yards in an upset at then-No. 9 South Carolina last week.
Caleb Berry was 16 of 42 for 153 yards and an interception for Lamar (1-1.)
No. 24 MISSOURI 49, TOLEDO 24: In Toldeo, Ohio, Maty Mauk threw for 325 yards and five touchdowns, and Missouri gave coach Gary Pinkel a win against his former program.
Mauk also ran for a touchdown, and the Tigers (2-0) never trailed against the Rockets (1-1) in what was expected to be a tricky road game against one of the top teams in the Mid-American Conference.
NO. 21 SOUTH CAROLINA 33, EAST CAROLINA 23: In Columbia, S.C., Mike Davis ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns as South Carolina bounced back from an embarrassing opening-week loss to Texas A&M.
The Gamecocks (1-1) trailed 13-7 early on with the Pirates (1-1) threatening to put another Aggie-style beating on them.
But behind Davis’ grinding runs and the defense’s improving play, South Carolina found its footing in its first win of the season.
The victory was Steve Spurrier’s 200th as a Southeastern Conference coach at Florida and with the Gamecocks.
TENNESSEE 34, ARKANSAS STATE 19: In Knoxville, Tenn., Justin Worley threw two touchdown passes to Marquez North and ran for a third score in Tennessee’s victory.
Worley threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to North in the second quarter and found him again for a 14-yard score in the third period. Worley also scored from 5 yards out late in the first half for his first career touchdown run. He went 22 of 38 for 247 yards with one interception.
KENTUCKY 20, OHIO 3: In Lexington, Ky., Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles threw for 170 yards and rushed for 59 more to lead the Wildcats over Ohio.
Towles completed 17 of 31 passes and one touchdown and led the Wildcats to their first 2-0 start since 2011. Although Kentucky’s offense wasn’t as explosive as last week’s 59-14 rout of Tennessee Martin, it was enough to help the Wildcats avenge a 28-16 loss to the Bobcats in 2004.
FLORIDA 65, EASTERN MICHIGAN 0: In Gainesville, Fla., Jeff Driskel threw for 248 yards and a touchdown in his return from a broken leg, and Florida ended a seven-game losing streak.
The Gators won for the first time in 11 months and looked sharp in the process.
Florida finished with 655 yards, 27 first downs and its most points in coach Will Muschamp’s four-year tenure.
It was the program’s highest scoring output since beating Citadel 70-19 in 2008.
Yes, it came against a directional school that won two games a year ago. But it was just what the Gators (1-0) needed to regain a little confidence after last year’s injury-fueled debacle.
Muschamp’s team finished 4-8 in 2013, the program’s worst record since 1979, and lost its final seven games. Driskel broke his right leg in the third game, and the Gators were unprepared to play without him.