FBS Top 25: No. 5 Alabama wins in overtime thriller; No. 3 Auburn upset
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Alabama quarterback Blake Sims figured out LSU's defense just in time for the Crimson Tide to deal the Tigers yet another devastating loss in Death Valley.
Sims drove Alabama 55 yards in the final 50 seconds of regulation for a tying field goal, and threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrew White in overtime to lift No. 5 Alabama to a 20-13 victory against No. 16 LSU on Saturday night.
With the victory and Auburn's upset loss to Texas A&M earlier in the day, Alabama (8-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) is alone in second place in the SEC West Division with a game against first-place Mississippi State still on its schedule.
Amari Cooper had eight catches for 83 yards and a 23-yard touchdown while setting Alabama career and single-season records for yards receiving, as well as the school's single-season mark for catches with 79.
LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings completed just eight of 26 passes for 76 yards, but one was a 14-yard TD to Malachi Dupre. Leonard Fournette rushed for 79 yards for the Tigers, who gained 183 yards on the ground.
Sims finished 20-of-45 passing for 209 yards and two TDs without an interception.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Dak Prescott threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, leading No. 1 Mississippi State to a 45-16 victory against Tennessee-Martin on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (9-0) extended their winning streak to 12 games, jumping ahead 24-3 by halftime. Prescott completed 14 of 23 passes for 206 yards. It was his school-record ninth 200-yard passing game of the season.
Mississippi State's Brandon Holloway ran for a 35-yard touchdown and Ashton Shumpert added a 59-yard touchdown run as the Bulldogs amassed 254 yards on the ground.
UT Martin (5-6) closed to 7-3 on Jackson Redditt's 33-yard field goal late in the first quarter, but failed to make any consistent progress against Mississippi State's defense.
The Skyhawks' Jarod Neal threw for a 31-yard touchdown and also ran for a 1-yard score.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jameis Winston rallied No. 2 Florida State to a 34-20 victory against Virginina on Saturday night for the Seminoles 25th consecutive victory.
The Heisman winner threw for 261 yards and accounted for two touchdowns for the Seminoles (9-0, 6-0 ACC, No. 2 CFP).
Winston and the offense started slow for the third consecutive game and two first-quarter interceptions allowed the Cavaliers to take a 13-7 lead. Virginia, however, had ball control issues of its own and three first-half turnovers were converted to Florida State touchdowns each ensuing drive.
Florida State receiver Rashad Greene had a career-high 13 receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown.
Virginia (4-6, 2-4 ACC) needs to win both of its final two games against Miami and Virginia Tech to become bowl eligible.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Freshman Kyle Allen threw four touchdown passes in the first half and Texas A&M recovered two late fumbles in a 41-38 upset victory against No. 3 Auburn on Saturday that likely ended the Tigers' playoff hopes.
The Aggies (7-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference), who came in as 23-point underdogs, pulled off the kind of dramatic finish that had become an Auburn trademark.
The Tigers (7-2, 4-2) twice appeared to be driving toward a go-ahead touchdown before coughing it up on plays that never really got going. First, Julien Obioha won a scramble for the ball at the 2-yard line after Nick Marshall and Cameron Artis-Payne got tangled up in the backfield.
Then, the Tigers drove inside the 30 for one more shot. Marshall appeared to be still calling the play when center Reese Dismukes snapped it on first down from the 28. Alonzo Williams recovered with 54 seconds left, setting off another celebration on the Aggies' sideline and leaving most of the Jordan-Hare Stadium crowd in stunned silence.
Texas A&M had dropped three SEC games in a row before toppling a contender.
The defending SEC champion and national runner-up Tigers saw both their title hopes and the nation's longest home winning streak (14 games) end. They'd won two consecutive games that went down to the final play, and coincidentally the biggest play against No. 12 Mississippi was a goal-line fumble.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Kaelin Clay couldn't wait to get to get to the back of the end zone to celebrate.
Clay's long reception could have put Utah ahead of the No. 4 Ducks by two touchdowns, but he inexplicably dropped the ball on the 1-yard line.
"I know how important points are, so I take full responsibility," Clay said with tears in his eyes as his voice broke. "That shifted the whole game."
Joe Walker returned Clay's careless goal line fumble 100 yards for a touchdown, Marcus Mariota threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score and Oregon turned back No. 17 Utah 51-27 on Saturday night.
Utah's Travis Wilson didn't get the start, but threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns after Kendal Thompson went out with a knee injury. Clay had 152 yards on five catches, but it was the 1 yard he let slip away that will be remembered most.
Mariota was not at his best, but he did nothing to hurt his Heisman Trophy hopes while keeping the Ducks (9-1, 6-1 CFP No. 4) in the thick of the College Football Playoff race. The junior ran for 114 yards and was 17 for 29 for 239 yards passing.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Trevone Boykin did an acrobatic flip on the second of his three touchdown runs and threw for 219 yards and another score for No. 6 TCU in a 41-20 victory against No. 7 Kansas State on Saturday night that had huge Big 12 and playoff implications.
Aaron Green, filling in for the injured B.J. Catalon, ran 18 times for 171 yards for the Horned Frogs (8-1, 5-1) in their first-ever home game matching top-10 teams. Green had a 65-yard TD run in the third quarter.
A week after Boykin apologized in the locker room after a one-point win at West Virginia for what he considered a subpar performance, the dual-threat quarterback set a career high with 123 yards rushing on 17 carries and completed 23 of 34 passes. Boykin had a 2-yard TD run and a 10-yard scoring pass to David Porter in the first quarter that put TCU up 14-0 against coach Gary Patterson's alma mater.
The end of Kansas State's five-game winning streak created a three-way tie atop the Big 12 standings with the Wildcats (7-2, 5-1), TCU and No. 10 Baylor (8-1, 5-1) with three games left in the regular season.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for two in a sensational performance, and No. 14 Ohio State scored almost at will against Michigan State's vaunted defense, beating the eight-ranked Spartans 49-37.
With one overwhelming offensive display, the Buckeyes (8-1, 5-0) re-established themselves as the Big Ten's dominant team under Urban Meyer, avenged their loss to Michigan State in last year's conference title game and boosted their case for a berth in college football's four-team playoff.
Barrett, who became the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes before the season because Braxton Miller needed shoulder surgery, went 16-of-26 passing for 300 yards.
Jeremy Langford ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns for Michigan State, which gained 536 yards and did not have a turnover but still couldn't keep up.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Taylor Kelly threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Demario Richard in the fourth quarter and Lloyd Carrington followed with a 58-yard interception return for another score, helping No. 9 Arizona State withstand a furious second-half rally to beat No. 10 Notre Dame 55-31.
The Sun Devils (8-1) overwhelmed Notre Dame early with a string of turnovers and big plays, racing to a 24-3 lead by the opening minute of the second quarter.
The Irish (7-2) charged back with 21 consecutive points, pulling to 34-31 when Everett Golson hit Amir Carlisle with a 25-yard touchdown pass. But the Sun Devils had a rally of their own, scoring three touchdowns in the final 4:39 to remain firmly in the playoff mix.
Notre Dame is all but out of the playoff hunt after Golson threw four interceptions and lost a fumble.
Kelly threw for 224 yards on 17-of-28 passing and capped one of Arizona State's biggest wins as a program with a last-second, 2-yard scoring run.
Golson finished with 446 yards on 22-of-41 passing and two touchdowns, but has 17 turnovers the past six games, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns by the Sun Devils. He also was sacked seven times.
OXFORD, Miss. -- Bo Wallace threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 11 Mississippi snapped a two-game losing streak Saturday with a 48-0 win against Presbyterian.
Wallace completed 11 for 15 attempts for 140 yards, including scoring strikes of 66 and 23 yards to Vince Sanders and ran for a 9-yard score as the Rebels (8-2,4-2 SEC West) built a 35-0 halftime lead.
Wallace didn't play in the second half, with the Rebels using reserves. Eight starters, injured in consecutive losses to LSU and Auburn, didn't dress.
Presbyterian (5-5, 2-2 Big South) dropped to 0-9 against FBS opponents, including losses at North Carolina State and Northern Illinois this season.
NORMAN, Okla. -- Corey Coleman set career highs of 15 catches and 224 yards to help No. 12 Baylor defeat No. 15 Oklahoma 48-14 on Saturday.
It was the most receptions ever by a player against the Sooners. Coleman also caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the Bears (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) maintained their conference and national title hopes.
Bryce Petty, who repeatedly said he was "ready for OU" after the win against Kansas the week before, proved it by completing 32 of 42 passes for 387 yards and a touchdown. It was Baylor's first road win in 12 tries against the Sooners (6-3, 3-3), and the Bears' first road win against a ranked team since Art Briles took over as head coach in 2008.
Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight was carted off after being sacked in the fourth quarter.
Baylor has won three of the past four meetings with the Sooners after losing the first 20. The Bears defeated the Sooners 41-12 last year in Waco.
The Sooners were without star receiver Sterling Shepard, who suffered a groin injury the previous week against Iowa State.
SEATTLE -- Brett Hundley threw for two touchdowns to become UCLA's all-time leader in TD passes, ran for two more scores and Myles Jack added a highlight-reel 28-yard touchdown run in No. 18 UCLA's 44-30 win against Washington.
Hundley threw his 69th career touchdown on a 57-yard TD strike to Kenneth Walker III in the first quarter to give the Bruins an early 14-0 lead and pass Cade McNown on the school's all-time passing touchdowns list. Hundley added touchdown runs of 4 and 6 yards as UCLA (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) kept alive its hopes of winning the Pac-12 South.
Jack's offensive touches were limited, but the linebacker turned running back scored his fifth touchdown rushing against Washington in the past two seasons late in the second quarter to give the Bruins a 28-10 lead.
Fellow linebacker turned running back Shaq Thompson played mostly on offense for Washington (6-4, 2-4) with a handful of defensive snaps, including the tackle on Jack's first carry of the game. Thompson finished with 100 yards rushing on 16 carries, a week after rushing for 174 yards against Colorado. Washington quarterback Cyler Miles was 14-of-24 passing for 155 yards and one interception as most of the highlights belonged to the Bruins.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Anu Solomon threw for four touchdowns and ran for a career-best 115 yards, and No. 19 Arizona kept Colorado winless in the Pac-12 by beating the Buffaloes 38-20.
Colorado's Sefo Liufau threw for 252 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice and fumbled the ball away two times. The sophomore quarterback left after a vicious hit while throwing his second interception with 11:16 to play.
Arizona (7-2, 4-2) scored a touchdown after each of the four turnovers by the Buffaloes (2-8, 0-7). Tra'Mayne Bonderant returned Liufau's fumble 22 yards for the Wildcats' first TD.
Arizona's Nick Wilson rushed for 86 of his 153 yards in the fourth quarter.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Hutson Mason threw a career-best four touchdown passes, Nick Chubb rushed for 170 yards and a TD and No. 20 Georgia steamrolled Kentucky 63-31 on Saturday.
Coming off last week's loss to Florida that knocked the Bulldogs (7-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) from the playoff picture, they responded with their second-highest point total this season to remain in the East division hunt.
Georgia scored touchdowns on 9 of 10 possessions behind one of Mason's most efficient efforts as a starter. He finished 13-of-16 passing for 174 yards as the Bulldogs outgained Kentucky 559-353. Chubb's yardage came on just 13 carries, leading an effortless day in which the Bulldogs rushed for 305.
Georgia ended up with its highest output in an SEC game since crushing Florida 75-0 in 1942. The Bulldogs' dominant effort sent Kentucky (5-5, 2-5) to its fourth consecutive loss and fifth in a row in the series, not to mention spoiling the home finale for 21 Wildcats seniors.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Clemson found itself mired in a tight game against the one opponent it always seems to blow out.
"We just need one guy to make a play and get this thing rolling," offensive coordinator Chad Morris said.
Artavis Scott took care of that.
The freshman receiver took a touch pass from Cole Stoudt 68 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 10:53 left, and that helped the No. 21 Tigers pull away to beat Wake Forest 34-20 on Thursday night.
Stoudt finished 27-of-42 passing for 282 yards with three touchdowns -- two to Scott, one to Wayne Gallman -- and Gallman added a late rushing score to help the Tigers (7-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) win their sixth in a row.
John Wolford completed 11 of 29 attempts with two touchdown passes to Cam Serigne, covering 4 and 14 yards, for Wake Forest (2-7, 0-5).
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Anthony Boone threw two touchdowns to Issac Blakeney, Jamison Crowder returned a punt 52 yards for another score, and No. 22 Duke eluded another surprising challenge, beating Syracuse 27-10 on Saturday with a late rally.
Boone is now 18-1 as the starter for Duke (8-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which won its fourth in a row and stayed on target to reach the ACC championship game.
Syracuse (3-7, 1-5 ACC) lost for the seventh time in eight games and lost a chance to play in the postseason for the fourth time in five years. The Orange finished the season 1-5 at home, its worst record in the Carrier Dome since posting a 1-6 mark under Greg Robinson in 2007.
Boone, who had five passes batted down by the Syracuse defense, finished 15-of-33 passing for 161 yards with one interception and Crowder had nine catches for 58 yards. Duke, which was outgained 211-171 through the first three quarters and in a real dogfight until the rally.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Charlie Strong went to the Texas locker room after the biggest win of his first season as Longhorns coach when he was suddenly surrounded, grabbed and tossed into the air.
By his players.
Texas surged closer to a bowl game with a 33-16 win against No. 23 West Virginia on Saturday, powered by three touchdowns and 101 yards rushing from Johnathan Gray and a defense that kept the Mountaineers out of the end zone for until the fourth quarter.
Gray scored on runs of 39, 2 and 15 yards as Texas (5-5, 4-3 Big 12) ended a streak of nine consecutive home losses to ranked opponents. The Longhorns need to win one of their final two games to be eligible for a bowl. Texas last missed a bowl in 2010 when the Longhorns had a losing season the year after playing for the national championship.
Defensively, Texas held West Virginia (6-4, 4-3) receiver Kevin White in check by keeping him out of the end zone. Mountaineers quarterback Clint Trickett passed for 248 yards, but had two turnovers and was tackled in the end zone for a late safety.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- D.J. White and Quayshawn Nealy scored defensive touchdowns in the second quarter to help No. 24 Georgia Tech beat North Carolina State 56-23 on Saturday.
White's 38-yard interception return and Nealy's 43-yard fumble return put the Yellow Jackets (8-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) in firm control, blowing open a close game to keep them right behind No. 22 Duke in the Coastal Division standings.
It was a welcome contribution for a defense that has struggled amid the brilliance of the league's top total offense. That unit did its part, too, finishing with 549 total yards behind a big day from Synjyn Davis.
Davis ran for 157 yards and a touchdown, while reserve quarterback Tim Byerly ran for two scores and starter Justin Thomas ran for one.
Jacoby Brissett and Matt Davis each ran for scores for the Wolfpack (5-5, 1-5), who led early but was outscored 49-3 over the next 35-plus minutes.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Joel Stave threw two touchdown passes and Melvin Gordon ran for 205 yards Saturday as No. 25 Wisconsin rolled past Purdue 34-16.
The Badgers (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) have won four in a row and remained in a three-way tie atop the West Division. Wisconsin has won nine consecutive games in the series and still hasn't lost at Purdue since 1997.
The Boilermakers (3-7, 1-5) lost their fourth in a row.
For Stave, it was a breakout first half. On a damp, chilly day, the former starter who only reclaimed his job last month looked as good as he has all season when he completed 15 of 19 attempts for 190 yards with the two TD passes in the first two quarters. He finished 19-of-29 passing for 219 yards with one interception.
With Gordon, one of the top Heisman candidates, having his third 200-yard game of the season, it was good enough. He carried 25 times.