Offensive shows in Big 12 and SEC
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith gestures to fans after their NCAA college football game against Baylor in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. / AP Photo/Christopher Jackson
Updated Sunday 7:40 a.m. ET
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.
No. 1 ALABAMA 33, MISSISSIPPI 14
Amari Cooper caught two touchdown passes from AJ McCarron and Christion Jones returned a kickoff 99 yards for another score, leading Alabama to a victory over Mississippi.
The Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) trailed briefly, 7-6, for the first time in regulation since last year's Tennessee game, a span of nine-plus games. The Rebels (3-2, 0-1) put up a fight against a team that had been walloping opponents by nearly 37 points on average, but still lost their ninth straight SEC opener.
McCarron completed 22 of 30 passes for 180 yards and Eddie Lacy gained much of his 82 yards in the fourth quarter when Alabama put it away with Jeremy Shelley's third and fourth field goals of the game.
The Tide's defense bailed out an offense that sputtered at times with three interceptions.
No. 2 OREGON 51, WASHINGTON STATE 26
SEATTLE - De'Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner sandwiched touchdown runs around Avery Patterson's 34-yard interception return for a score, and Oregon used a third-quarter scoring blitz to shake Washington State.
Playing for the first time outside the Eugene city limits, the Ducks (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) looked shaky at times in the first half and led just 23-19 at the break, but put together a nearly flawless third quarter to run away from the Cougars.
Thomas capped an 18-play drive to start the half with a 4-yard TD, then Patterson stepped in front of Connor Halliday's pass for Oregon's third interception return for a TD in two games. After Washington State (2-3, 0-2) went three-and-out, Barner scored on a 10-yard run to cap the 21-point spurt in just over 4 minutes.
No. 3 LSU 38, TOWSON 22
BATON ROUGE, La. - Zach Mettenberger connected with Odell Beckham Jr. five times for 128 yards and two touchdowns, and LSU overcame nagging offensive sloppiness.
Mettenberger's scoring strikes to Beckham went for 53 and 27 yards, and LSU's quarterback finished with 238 yards passing. Still, Mettenberger missed some open receivers and his fumble one of three LSU turnovers led to the first of two touchdown runs by Towson's Terrance West.
West's first TD run gave Towson, an FCS team, a stunning 9-7 lead in the second quarter before LSU responded with 24 straight points.
J.C. Copeland, LSU's 272-pound fullback, scored his third touchdown of the season on a 1-yard plunge, but was hurt in the fourth quarter and did not put any weight on his left leg as he was helped off the field.
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