Top Performers: Memphis' Paxton Lynch, Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick and MSU's Jalen Watts-Jackson
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Memphis played well as a unit against No. 13 Ole Miss on Saturday, but it the performance by redshirt junior quarterback Paxton Lynch that propelled the Tigers to a big 34-27 upset. Although the 6-foot-7-inch signalcaller did throw his first interception of the season, Lynch finished with 384 yards and three touchdowns, on 39-of-53 attempts.
Ole Miss jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, but Paxton rallied the Tigers and orchestrated four unanswered scoring drives -- two of which ended in Paxton passing touchdowns -- to give Memphis a 24-14 halftime lead. Paxton continued his dominance in the third quarter, completing a 31-yard touchdown and extending the Tiger lead to 31-14, a deficit the Rebels could not recover from.
Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
Cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick turned two interceptions from Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen into touchdowns in the Crimson Tide’s 41-23 win over the Aggies on Saturday. Fitzpatrick took an interception 33 yards to the house on Texas A&M’s opening driving, and then scored from 55-yards out on the Aggies’ final drive in the fourth quarter.
Jalen Watts-Jackson, Michigan State
In one of the craziest endings in college football this year, Michigan State defensive back Jalen Watts-Jackson scooped up a loose fumble by Michigan punter Blake O’Neill with 10 seconds in the game and returned the ball 38 yards for a game-winning touchdown as time expired in the Big House. The Spartans trailed the Wolverines the entire game, but the play by Watts-Jackson kept Michigan State’s undefeated record alive with the 27-23 victory.