BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Powerful runs through the defense, deep passes down the field and playmakers excelling with the ball in space.
That is just the type of offense coach Urban Meyer has wanted since arriving at Ohio State last season. The fact that the Buckeyes did it without injured quarterback Braxton Miller and suspended running back Carlos Hyde was even more impressive.
Fifth-year senior Kenny Guiton threw four touchdown passes in his first career start and Jordan Hall established career highs with 168 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the fourth-ranked Buckeyes 52-34 victory over California on Saturday.
"That was fun to watch," Meyer said. "The thing you had is you had some guys making plays down the field. We couldn't have done this a year ago."
Ohio State (3-0) gained 608 yards of offense in its most prolific performance in three years and had remarkable balance with Guiton throwing for 276 yards and Hall leading a rushing attack that gained 332.
This marked just the third time in the last 17 seasons that Ohio State topped 275 yards on the ground and in the air in the same game. The Buckeyes did it by running a fast-paced, no-huddle offense for much of the game that kept Cal's overmatched defense on its toes.
"That's who we want to be, a very up-tempo team," Meyer said.
It's a big difference from the offense a year ago when the Buckeyes went 12-0 with Miller shouldering most of the load. He led the team in rushing with 1,271 yards, threw for 2,039 yards more and accounted for 28 touchdowns.
Now the Buckeyes have a dangerous backfield led by Hall and speedy freshman Dontre Wilson and strong receiving threats in Devin Smith and Corey Brown.
"Last year our breakaway talent was only No. 5 (Miller)," Meyer said. "Now there's some other guys who have a little bit of break away and (Wilson) is the one guy off the top of my head. Jordan did a nice job. To have a horizontal threat in this offense other than your quarterback is a must."
Smith had three catches for 149 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown on Ohio State's second play to set a school record for the longest play from scrimmage and a 47-yard score. Brown added five catches for 35 yards and one touchdown.
Wilson added another element of speed with 107 yards on eight offensive touches.
NO. 8 LSU 45, KENT ST. 13
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Zach Mettenberger passed for three touchdowns, Jeremy Hill ran for two and LSU easily defeated Kent State.
Hill rushed 11 times for 117 yards, all in the first two quarters, as LSU (3-0) looked sound in its final tuneup before opening Southeastern Conference play against Auburn next weekend.
Mettenberger connected with Jarvis Landry on touchdown passes of 21 and 31 yards. His other scoring pass went for 5 yards to Odell Beckham Jr.
Terrance Magee added a 12-yard scoring run.
Kent State quarterback Colin Reardon completed 20 of 29 passes for 190 yards, ran for a short touchdown and was not intercepted. However, the Golden Flashes (1-2) allowed at least 570 yards for a second straight week and never threatened after falling behind 21-0.
NO. 12 OKLAHOMA ST. 59, LAMAR 3
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Jeremy Smith rushed for three first-half touchdowns and Josh Stewart returned a punt 67 yards for a score as Oklahoma State rolled over Lamar.
The game capped a long week for the Cowboys, who were the subject of a Sports Illustrated series that detailed alleged misconduct in the football program dating to 2001. Oklahoma State officials have contacted the NCAA and launched their own investigation.
Caleb Berry led the offense for Lamar (1-2), throwing for 114 yards on 18 of 38 passing.
Oklahoma State (3-0) has now scored a total of 115 points in its last two games as it heads into a bye week that precedes their Big 12 opener Sept. 28 at West Virginia.
One week after a near-perfect performance in which he completed 24 of 27 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns, J.W. Walsh was 17 of 30 for 181 yards and one touchdown.
NO. 13 S. CAROLINA 35, VANDERBILT 25
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Connor Shaw passed for three scores, Jadeveon Clowney forced a fumble and South Carolina withstood Vanderbilt's rally from a four-touchdown deficit.
The win was the 13th straight at home for the Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), who are tied with Georgia for the second-longest active streak in the nation. South Carolina appeared to have this one finished early, scoring on its first four possessions to lead 28-0. It still led 35-10 when it opened the second half with Shaw's final TD pass, a 33-yarder to Brandon Wilds.
That's when the Commodores (1-2, 0-2) threw a scare into the Gamecocks, aided by a fumbled kickoff and punt by South Carolina. Vanderbilt scored twice in a 13-second span of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 35-25. The Commodores reached the Gamecocks 5 after recovering a fumbled punt, but threw a goal-line interception.
NO. 17 NORTHWESTERN 38, W. MICHIGAN 17
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Treyvon Green rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns, quarterback Kain Colter ran for 106 yards and a score and passed for another, and Northwestern beat Western Michigan.
Northwestern had 474 yards of total offense -- including 335 on the ground -- to extend its winning streak in non-conference home games to 15. The Wildcats (3-0) averaged 46 points and better than 500 yards in their first two games against California and Syracuse.
Green, the No. 3 running back on the depth chart, took advantage of the absence of starter Venric Mark, who missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury.
Western Michigan (0-3) was led by quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen, who was 16 of 41 for 202 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
Northwestern scored 24 unanswered points in the second quarter to put the game out of reach.
ARIZONA ST. 32, NO. 20 WISCONSIN 30
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Marion Grice scored two of his four touchdowns in the fourth quarter and Arizona State survived a bizarre ending.
Grice scored on a 1-yard run in the closing seconds of the third quarter, then on runs of 2 and 12 yards in the fourth to put Arizona State (2-0) up 32-24.
Wisconsin (2-1) used a fake punt to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Melvin Gordon, but still trailed 32-20 when its 2-point conversion failed.
The Badgers then drove to Arizona State's 13-yard line and Joel Stave took knee to set up a potential winning field goal. He put the ball down as he tried to kneel and left it there, causing confusion as to whether the play was dead. The clock kept running, though, and the Badgers couldn't get another play after scrambling to the line of scrimmage.
NO. 21 NOTRE DAME 31, PURDUE 24
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- DaVaris Daniels made touchdown catches on two successive Notre Dame plays in the fourth quarter, and Bennett Jackson followed that flurry with a 34-yard interception return to lead the Fighting Irish past Purdue.
The Irish (2-1) were led by quarterback Tommy Rees, who was 20 of 33 for 309 yards and those two TD passes. Notre Dame has won six straight in a series that has been played every year since 1946.
Daniels outleaped one Purdue defender for a 9-yard TD pass to tie the score at 17 with 14:47 left. And when Notre Dame got the ball back, Tommy Rees hooked up with Daniels again, this time on an 82-yard catch-and-run to make it 24-17. Three plays after that Jackson undercut a receiver, picked off Purdue's Rob Henry and sprinted to the end zone.
The Boilermakers (1-2) led until Daniels' second TD catch.
NO. 25 MISSISSIPPI 44, TEXAS 23
AUSTIN, Texas -- Jeff Scott ran for 164 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 73-yard punt return, helping Mississippi roll over reeling Texas.
Bo Wallace passed for two touchdowns and ran for another for the Rebels (3-0), who led 14-0 midway through the first quarter before Texas scored 23 straight points.
The Rebels rallied when Andrew Ritter kicked a 52-yard field goal on the last play of the first half and Wallace directed consecutive TD drives in the third quarter. Scott eluded six tacklers on a weaving, cross-field touchdown return that put the Rebels ahead 37-23 late in the third.
Texas, which gave up 550 yards rushing a week earlier in a loss to BYU, surrendered 274 on the ground to Ole Miss.
Case McCoy started at quarterback for Texas (1-2) and passed for 196 yards and one touchdown.