Sports: Tide, Auburn Unstoppable

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(AP) -- Right now, it looks like Alabama and Florida State are headed for a BCS title game showdown.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide got three touchdown passes from AJ McCarron in a 38-17 win over No. 10 LSU. It's the most points Alabama has scored against the Tigers since a 41-12 win in 1947.
Alabama wore down the Tigers with a punishing running game lead by T.J. Yeldon who rushed for 133 yards and two scores. The Crimson Tide gained 193 yards on the ground.
The game was tied early in the third quarter, but Alabama scored the final 21 points while holding the Tigers to just 52 second half yards.
Zach Mettenberger completed 16 of 23 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown for LSU but was also sacked four times.
The Crimson Tide improved to 9-0 and 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference. LSU is 7-3 and 3-3 in conference.
Florida State has strengthened its bid for a spot in the BCS title game by pounding Wake Forest 59-3.
Quarterback Jameis (JAY'-mihs) Winston threw 159 yards and two touchdowns in just two-plus quarters of work. The win clinched a spot for Florida State in the ACC Championship game. The win also solidified the Seminoles No. 2 spot in the BCS standings right behind Alabama.

In other Top-25 action;
-Seventh-ranked Auburn increased its record to 9-1 with a 55-23 win over Tennessee. Nick Marshall gained 214 of Auburn's 444 yards rushing and ran for two touchdowns on just 14 carries. He also threw for a third score. Tre Mason rushed for 117 yards and three touchdowns in the winning effort.
-- Maty Mauk had a big day for ninth-ranked Missouri as the Tigers cruised past Kentucky 48-17. Mauk keyed the attack with five touchdown passes, four going to Dorial Green-Beckham. Mauk completed 17 of 28 attempts for 203 yards. The Tigers have a record of 9-1 with a 5-1 mark in the SEC. The loss dropped Kentucky to 2-7 overall.
-- Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') threw for 446 yards and tied a career-high with five touchdown passes to lead No. 11 Texas A&M to a 51-41 win over Mississippi State.
-- Trey Edmunds ran for four touchdowns to boost Virginia Tech over 14th-ranked Miami 42-24. Logan Thomas completed 25 of 31 passes for 366 yards to help hand the Hurricanes their second straight loss.
-- Justin Gilbert returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and No. 15 Oklahoma State went on to rout Kansas 42-6. Clint Chelf threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns to help Cowboys improved to 8-1 and 5-1 in the Big 12 with their fifth straight win.
-- William Stanback scored two touchdowns and Storm Johnson rushed for 127 yards to lead No. 19 UCF over Houston 19-14. The Knights now have first place in the American Athletic Conference all to themselves. The Cougars drove to the UCF 10 in the final minute, but came up empty on back-to-back passes into the end zone.
-- James White scored three touchdowns to pace No. 21 Wisconsin over BYU 27-17. White rushed for 147 yards on 23 carries and also caught six passes for 47 yards for the Badgers who improved to 7-2.
-- Taylor Kelly connected with Richard Smith on a 14-yard touchdown pass with 2:37 to go to give 23rd-ranked Arizona State a 20-19 win over Utah. The win improved the Sun Devils conference record to 5-1 and left them in the driver's seat for the Pac-12 South title.
-- James Conner ran for two short touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 9:36 remaining as Pittsburgh upset No. 24 Notre Dame 28-21.
-- No. 25 Texas Tech was a 49-26 loser to Kansas State. Jake Waters and Daniel Sams each ran for two touchdowns and Waters passed for another to lead the Wildcats to the win. Kansas State is now 5-4 while Tech dropped to 7-3.

In other college football action;
-- Southern Cal tied an NCAA record with three punt returns for touchdowns in a 62-28 drubbing of California. Nelson Agholor had two of them, from 75 and 93 yards. Josh Shaw also returned a blocked punt 14 yards for a score to help tie the mark last achieved by Oklahoma against UCLA in 2003.
-- Duke's DeVon Edwards is the first Bowl Subdivision player to score three non-offensive touchdowns in the same game in more than a decade. The redshirt freshman returned a kickoff 100 yards in the third quarter, then returned two interceptions for scores on consecutive throws late in the Blue Devils' 38-20 win against North Carolina State.
-- Diontae Spencer scored five touchdowns, including two receiving, one punt and two kickoff returns, to lead McNeese State to a 69-38 victory over Stephen F. Austin.
-- Kapri Bibbs, rushed for 312 yards and four touchdowns, both school records, as Colorado State defeated Nevada 38-17.
-- Shane Carden set a school record for most touchdowns in a game, by throwing for five and running for two more to lead East Carolina to a 58-24 win against Tulsa.

Cards, Bucks and Shockers win
(AP) --Defending national champion Louisville survived a shaky start to win its opening game of the new season in men's basketball. The third-ranked Cardinals outscored College of Charleston 22-3 over the final 6:41 to pull away to a 70-48 victory. Preseason All-America Russ Smith led Louisville with 21 points and five assists. His new backcourt mate Chris Jones added 12 points and five assists. Louisville raised its third national championship banner before the game.
-- No. 11 Ohio State beat Morgan State 89-50. Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 18 points and Shannon Scott scored a career-high 16 points. LaQuinton Ross had 14 points and a personal-best 11 rebounds in the victory. The Buckeyes improved to 93-18 in home openers and 89-22 in season debuts.
-- Sam Dower's 21 points and career-high 17 rebounds paced No. 15 Gonzaga to a 100-76 season-opening win over Bryant. Dyami Starks posted a career-high 35 points for Bryant.
-- No. 16 Wichita State cruised to a 93-50 win in their season opener against Emporia State. Cleanthony Early paved the way for the Shockers with 21 points and Ron Baker added 17 in the win. Wichita State was 25 of 33 from the free throw line while Emporia State was 8 of 11.
-- Cameron Bairstow had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Alex Kirk added 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 23 New Mexico to an 88-52 season-opening win over Alabama A&M.

Pacers set mark
(AP) -- Paul George scored 24 points to help Indiana improve the NBA's only undefeated record by beating the Brooklyn Nets 96-91.
The Pacers increased the best start in franchise history to 7-0. Indiana has the longest winning streak to open an NBA season since both the Lakers and New Orleans were 8-0 in 2010-11, according to STATS.
Roy Hibbert finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each had 17 points for the Nets, who fell to 2-4 and lost at home for the first time this season. Brook Lopez scored 16 and Paul Pierce had 15.
Elsewhere in the NBA:
-- Jeff Green hit a 3-pointer over the outstretch hand of LeBron James at the buzzer to lift Boston to a 111-110 victory over Miami. The victory was Boston's third in a row. Miami's Dwayne Wade missed a free throw with six-tenths of a second left then deliberately bounced the second off the backboard to set the stage for Green's game winner.
-- Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick scored 22 points each to lead the Los Angeles Clippers over Houston 107-94. The Clippers used an 18-0 run in the second half to spark the comeback win. Dwight Howard had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets.
-- Kyrie Irving hit the game-winning layup with 0.6 seconds remaining in the second overtime to lift Cleveland to a 127-125 win over the Philadelphia. Irving finished with a season-high 39 points. Evan Turner led the Sixers with 31 points.
-- Tyler Hansbrough had a season-high 23 points in Toronto's 115-91 victory over winless Utah. The Jazz fall to 0-7, extending the team's worst start since its debut NBA season in New Orleans in 1974-75, when the Jazz lost their first 11 games.
-- Monta (MAHN'-day) Ellis had 18 points and five assists against his former team to help Dallas beat Milwaukee 91-83. The Bucks O.J. Mayo was also playing against his former team and scored 28 for the Bucks.
-- Zach Randolph had 23 points and 11 rebounds, to lead six Memphis players in double figures in Grizzlies 108-90 win over Golden State.
-- Jeff Teague had 19 points and 13 assists while Paul Millsap added 18 points with 11 rebounds in Atlanta's 104-94 win over Orlando. Arron Afflalo finished with 21 points for Orlando, which has dropped 15 straight on the road dating to last March 4.

Flyers break out
(AP) -- Philadelphia scored more than two goals for just the second time this season in a 4-2 win over Edmonton. Claude Giroux (jur-OO') scored for the first time this season and for the first time since April 15. Jay Rosehill, Scott Hartnell and Vinny Lecavalier (leh-KAV'-uhl-yay) added goals for the offensively-challenged Flyers. The game marked Philadelphia's first win at the Wells Fargo Center since Oct. 24 and ended a stretch of 175:22 during which they had gone without a goal at home -- a franchise record. Edmonton got goals from David Perron and Taylor Hall.
In other NHL results;
-- Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhehr-ahn) scored the go-ahead goal on the power play early in the third period and added an empty netter to lead Boston over Toronto 3-1.
-- Teddy Purcell's (PUR'-sehlz) goal at 3:51 of overtime gave Tampa Bay a 3-2 win over Detroit, handing the Red Wings their fifth straight home loss. The Lightning got their first win over Detroit since Jan. 12, 1994.
-- Marian Hossa scored twice and Patrick Sharp assisted on the first four Chicago goals, as the Blackhawks topped Dallas 5-2.
-- Shane Doan scored his second goal to cap a rally late in regulation and Phoenix scored on both attempts in the shootout beat Washington 4-3. Doan's power play goal with 1:46 left in the third period forced the overtime. Washington's five-game winning streak ended.
-- New coach, same results for the Florida Panthers who lost to Ottawa 3-2. The Panthers dropped their eighth straight a day after Kevin Dineen was fired and replaced by Peter Horachek.
-- Kevin Shattenkirk's first goal of the season midway through the third period gave St. Louis a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh. The Blues have won 11 of 15 games to tie the franchise mark for best start to a season.
-- Jason Pominville scored a goal in regulation and the game-winner in the shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild over the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2.
-- R.J. Umberger's power play goal in the first minute of the third period snapped a 2-all tie and Columbus went on to beat the Islanders 5-2. The Blue Jackets snapped a five-game losing streak.

Gay and Kirk lead after three
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- There is a two-way tie for the lead after three rounds of the PGA's McGladrey Classic in Georgia. Brian Gay and Chris Kirk completed their round tied for the top spot at 10-under-par. Each dropped a birdie on the 18th hole to earn his share of the lead. Tied for second at 9-under are Kevin Stadler, Brian Gay and John Senden. Twelve players were separated by four shots going into the final round.
Baird is playing his 365th event on the PGA Tour without ever winning. The winner Sunday gets an exemption to the Masters.

Woods falls back
ANTALAYA, Turkey (AP) -- Tiger Woods suffered three bogeys on the back nine to shoot a 4-under 68 and fall six shots off the lead in the third round of the Turkish Airlines Open. France's Victor Dubuisson has a five shot lead over Ian Poulter.