Kalen Ballage tied an NCAA record by scoring eight touchdowns, helping Arizona State outlast Texas Tech, 68-55, in a wild game Saturday night at Tempe, Ariz.
Two teams known for scoring points in bunches put on a show, trading big plays and touchdowns on seemingly every snap.
Arizona State (2-0) opened up its playbook in an attempt to keep up with the Red Raiders. Ballage was the focal point, scoring seven touchdowns on direct-snap runs and another on a 39-yard, double-reverse flea flicker. The junior matched the record set by Illinois’ Howard Griffith in 1990.
Texas Tech (1-1) tried to keep up behind Patrick Mahomes, who threw for 540 yards and two touchdowns. The Red Raiders bogged down offensively in the second half, though, and had little defense against the quick-snapping Sun Devils.
In other late Saturday games:
at Arizona 31, Grambling 21: Brandon Dawkins, starting in place of injured Anu Solomon, ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, all in the second half, and the Wildcats rallied from an 18-point deficit.
Arizona (1-1), a 45-point favorite, trailed 21-3 at halftime and looked in danger of its first loss to a Football Championship Subdivision school.
But the Tigers (1-1), who lost quarterback DeVante Kincade to injury late in the first half, committed six second-half turnovers.
at San Diego State 45, California 40: Donnel Pumphrey had a career night in the 1-1 Aztecs’ win over the Golden Bears (1-1). Pum-phrey rushed for three touchdowns and 281 yards, and surpassed Marshall Faulk as the Aztecs’ all-time leader in rushing yards.
at Oregon 44, Virginia 26: Dakota Prukop threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns, Royce Freeman ran for 207 yards and two scores, and the Ducks improved to 2-0. Devon Allen caught four passes for 141 yards and a touchdown. Virginia is 0-2.
at Boise State 31, Washington State 28: Jeremy McNichols rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns, Tyler Horton returned his first career interception 85 yards for a touchdown and the Broncos (2-0) held on. Luke Falk of the Cougars (0-2) was 55 for 71 for 480 yards and four scores.