HOUSTON -- Averion Hurts had 273 yards passing with a career-high three touchdowns, Tylor Cooks scored two first-quarter TDs and Texas Southern beat Mississippi Valley State 31-0 on Saturday night.
Cooks' 1-yard scoring run capped a 10-play, 85-yard drive to open the game. On the ensuing drive, MVSU (0-3, 0-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) went three-and-out and, after a 27-yard punt was downed at midfield, Cooks scored on a 50-yard catch and run that made it 14-0 less than halfway through the first quarter.
Late in the second quarter, Hurts -- older brother of Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts -- hit Austin Watts, on third-and-8, for 49 yards and then two plays later, on third-and-10 from the 12, found Tracy Johnson to give Texas Southern (1-2, 1-1) a 21-0 lead at halftime.
MVSU finished with minus-10 yards rushing on 28 carries and just 160 total yards while converting on 2 of 14 third downs.
Duke dodged trouble in the short term when its starting quarterback went down.
The No. 18 Texas Longhorns travel to Kansas State Saturday with one thing on their minds: change. That idea sounds pretty good to Kansas State right now as well.
The schedule forces Michigan State to take a step back this week. If the Spartans want to remain in the rankings, they can't afford to take an even bigger step back.
South Carolina will be the next team to see if it can stop or at least slow Kentucky running back Benny Snell when the Gamecocks and Wildcats clash Saturday in Lexington, Ky.
Florida coach Dan Mullen understands he may get less than a welcoming reception when the Gators visit No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday.
Two top-10 teams have not squared off at Notre Dame Stadium since 2005.
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