Alabama 31, Colorado St. 6: It was a sputtering, inconsistent, and rather mundane performance for No. 1 Alabama. Or at least, that's how it seemed a week after a big-game roller coaster ride.
AJ McCarron passed for 258 yards and threw a 30-yard touchdown to DeAndrew White in the fourth quarter to lift Alabama to over Colorado State in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Two fourth-quarter touchdowns, one on special teams and another on fourth down, helped keep the final score from being close for the Tide (3-0).
"I felt like as a whole, we didn't really execute to our full abilities," Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley said. "That's not an SEC opponent that we just played and the win really wasn't what it should have been. So I felt like we kind of got away with a win. We didn't dominate that win."
Kenyan Drake set up one touchdown with a blocked punt returned 15 yards by Dillon Lee and scored on a 3-yard touchdown run for the Tide, which led just 17-6 heading to the fourth.
Coached by former Tide offensive coordinator Jim McElwain, the Rams (1-3) nursed hopes for a monumental upset into the fourth quarter before allowing two touchdowns.
The Tide was without several key players, including receivers Amari Cooper (toe) and Kevin Norwood, guard Anthony Steen (headache), cornerback Deion Belue (turf toe) and safety Jarrick Williams (eye).
Nevada 31, Hawaii 9: Freshman Tyler Stewart threw for 202 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start as the Wolf Pack (2-2, 1-0 Mountain West) defeated the Warriors (0-3, 0-1) in Reno, Nev. Hawaii lost quarterback Taylor Graham to injury in the first half and was shut out in the second half.
UNLV 38, W. Illinois 7: Caleb Herring threw for 140 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another 57 to lead the host Rebels (2-2) to a win over the Leathernecks (2-2).