College football roundup, Saturday's best action
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What a week it was in the world of college football. Week 8 had plenty of excitement, and plenty of offensive firepower on display (just ask Texas Tech or Oklahoma).
No. 1 Alabama handled No. 6 Texas A&M, 33-14, to hold onto its No. 1 spot, while No. 3 Michigan and No. 5 Washington took care of business to hold serve. No. 4 Clemson was idle.
But the big upset of the day came when No. 2 Ohio State fell to the Nittany Lions of Penn State. There were other upsets on the day too, as No. 11 Houston fell to unranked SMU, but few were as entertaining as PSU's victory over the Buckeyes.
That's not to overshadow the storylines from earlier in the day, which included another big afternoon from Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who accounted for four touchdowns and 431 passing and rushing yards in a 54-13 Louisville win over N.C. State. The performance likely serves to further legitimize Jackson's Heisman campaign, but there was plenty of other action to hold your attention on this day.
Come on back next week for more college football.
Top games on the day:
No. 1 Alabama 33, No. 6 Texas A&M 14 — Gamecenter
Final: Facing an upset-minded North Carolina State squad that nearly stunned No. 3 Clemson last weekend, No. 7 Louisville jumped all over the Wolfpack early and never let up to keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive. The Cardinals, whose 44-0 halftime lead was their fourth-largest in school history, have won two straight since falling to Clemson.
Penn State 24, No. 2 Ohio State 21 — Gamecenter
Final: Penn State muddied the College Football Playoff picture in epic fashion as it overcame a 14-point fourth quarter deficit and stunned No. 2 Ohio State in front of a raucous Happy Valley audience. The Nittany Lions’ stunning win was their first against a top-2 opponent as an unranked squad since 1964. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes saw their school-record 20 game true road winning streak come to a crashing halt.
No. 3 Michigan 41, Illinois 8 — Gamecenter
Final: No. 3 Michigan scored touchdowns on its first four drives and rode its FBS-leading defense the rest of the way, brushing aside struggling Illinois to stay perfect on the season. The Wolverines came within 10 minutes of yet another shutout, while the Fighting Illini lost for the fifth time in six games.
No. 8 Nebraska 27, Purdue 14 — Gamecenter
Final: No. 8 Nebraska stayed perfect – but not without a scare from struggling Purdue and its new interim head coach Gerad Parker, which carried a 14-10 lead into halftime before the Cornhuskers took over in the final 30 minutes. The win moves Nebraska to 7-0 and sets up a key Big Ten West matchup with No. 10 Wisconsin next week.
No. 7 Louisville 54, NC State 13 — Gamecenter
Final: The Cardinals jumped out to a 44-0 lead at the half and cruised to the easy win in ACC play over a tough NC State squad that almost upset No. 3 Clemson last week. All-world quarterback Lamar Jackson's final line included four touchdowns, 355 passing yards and 76 rushing yards.
The Cardinals move to 6-1 on the season. Of course, the Cardinals do have a one-man team on their roster:
Lamar Jackson is averaging 30 points per game. By himself. Only one other player has done that for a season since 1956. pic.twitter.com/8ooNpjoCcV— NCAA Football (@NCAAFootball) October 22, 2016
No. 5 Washington 41, Oregon State 17 — Gamecenter
Final: The Huskies notched their seventh straight victory of 2016 with a comfortable home conference win over the Beavers. Oregon State has dropped four of its last five games and 11 straight road games since 2014.
No. 10 Wisconsin 17, Iowa 9— Gamecenter
Final: A defensive showdown in the first half saw the Badgers carry a one-point lead into the locker room. And, there was plenty of defense to be had in the second half as well, but Wisconsin was just one step ahead of Iowa on offense and defense.
SMU 38, No. 11 Houston 16 — Gamecenter
Final: An unranked SMU squad took down No. 11 Houston and Greg Ward Jr, 38-16. The victory was SMU's first win against a ranked opponent since 2011.
No. 12 West Virginia 34, TCU 10 — Gamecenter
Final: No. 12 West Virginia had no trouble with visiting TCU, as the Mountaineers rushed out to an 11-point halftime lead and held the Horned Frogs scoreless in the second half to preserve their undefeated record. The Mountaineers won the turnover battle handily, riding a sterling performance from their quarterback to the blowout victory.
No. 16 Oklahoma 66, Texas Tech 59 — Gamecenter
Final: Two of the most explosive offenses in the country tangled on Saturday and they , with each of the last eight winners in this series topping 40 points in the process. The No. 16 Sooners have won three straight games and remain one of three undefeated teams in conference play, while the Red Raiders have dropped two straight.
No. 21 Auburn 56, No. 17 Arkansas 3 — Gamecenter
Final: The No. 21 Tigers blitzed No. 17 Arkansas with a relentless ground attack, piling up over 500 rushing yards even without leading rusher Kerryon Johnson, who did not play due to a leg injury. The loss drops Arkansas to 1-3 in conference play, with all three losses coming to ranked opponents.
No. 19 Utah 52, UCLA 45 — Gamecenter
Final: Records seemed to fall as easily as points were scored between No. 19 Utah and UCLA, as the Utes used a record-breaking performance to improve to 4-1 in Pac-12 play and 7-1 overall. The Utes’ third straight win allowed them to keep pace with Colorado in the battle for the Pac-12 South title, while the Bruins have dropped three straight regular season games for the first time since 2010.
No. 25 LSU 38, No. 23 Mississippi 21 — Gamecenter
Final: No. 25 LSU won its third straight game behind Leonard Fournette, who returned to action after missing three games due to injury. Fournette ran for a career-high 284 yards and a trio of touchdowns to continue the Tigers' success in the Ed Orgeron era. For Ole Miss, the Rebels dropped their second straight game.
No. 22 North Carolina 35, Virginia 14 — Gamecenter
Final: In a matchup of teams with one conference loss coming in, North Carolina prevailed on the road to stay in the driver’s seat of the ACC Coastal Division race.
No. 20 Western Michigan 45, Eastern Michigan 31 — Gamecenter
Final: Eastern Michigan gave Western Michigan its money’s worth for nearly a half, but the No. 20 Broncos scored 31 of the game’s next 38 points to keep their perfect season (8-0, 4-0 MAC) intact. The Eagles dropped to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the MAC West.
No. 24 Navy 42, Memphis 28 — Gamecenter
Final: In a battle of AAC foes both seeking to remain undefeated in conference play, No. 24 Navy relied on its punishing rushing attack and held off Memphis’ second-half rally to remain atop the AAC West standings. The Midshipmen improved to 5-1 with their school-record 14th consecutive home win while the Tigers saw their hopes of a West title all but dashed.
Virginia Tech 37, Miami (Fla.) 16 – Stats
Final: Virginia Tech 37, Miami 16. The Hokies win was helped by some solid defensive play, including highlights like this diving interception in the second quarter. STATS: Virginia Tech outgained Miami 523 yards to 365 yards on the night; Both teams struggled on third down as Miami was 3-15 for third-down conversions and Virginia Tech was a marginally better 4-13; The Hurricanes had more punting yards (337) than passing yards (323).
No. 14 Boise State 28, BYU 27 — Stats
Final: Boise State 28, BYU 27. Thanks to a blocked field goal in the final seconds of the game, Boise State is still undefeated. BYU lined up for a 44-yard attempt on second down with 15 seconds remaining, but the kick was swatted down by the Broncos. BYU recovered the ball eight yards back with time on the clock, giving them another chance to get a go-ahead score, but two incomplete passes later, the game was over. STATS: BYU caused five Boise State turnovers (two interceptions and three fumbles) while never surrendering the ball themselves; Boise State averaged 11.3 yards per pass en route to outgaining the Cougars 571-322; The Cougars returned both interceptions on the night for touchdowns.