College football recap: Scores, highlights and reactions from Week 10
A week after a bevy of upsets shook up college football, Week 10 started with some more of the same as No. 4 Texas A&M and No. 11 Florida each fell in SEC action. But the SEC game of the week took place much later in the day when No. 1 Alabama won a low-scoring matchup with No. 13 LSU 10-0 in Baton Rouge. The defensive showdown was fitting on the fifth anniversary of the two teams' epic 9-6 finish in 2011.
Meanwhile, No. 6 Ohio State rolled past No. 10 Nebraska 62-3 in the day's other ranked matchup and Heisman favorite Lamar Jackson scored seven touchdowns in Lousiville's rout over Boston College.
Read on below for a look at what happened across the country in top 25 action:
Tuesday, Nov. 1:
No. 23 Western Michigan 52, Ball State 20 -- GameCenter
No. 23 Western Michigan came into Muncie and put up 21 first-quarter points on the way to a big win over the Cardinals. The Broncos preserved their perfect record on the season and nudged a bit closer to a MAC West crown (5-0) with the win.
Thursday, Nov. 3:
No. 14 Oklahoma 34, Iowa State 24 -- GameCenter
Oklahoma has owned Iowa State like none other through the years, and while the Cyclones put forth a valiant effort in front of their 50,000-plus fans, the No. 12 Sooners (7-2, 6-0) reeled off their sixth straight win and 14th in a row in the Big 12 Conference. The Sooners have now beaten the Cyclones (1-8, 0-6 Big 12) in 18 consecutive games — including 23 straight times in Ames.
No. 15 Colorado 20, UCLA 10 -- GameCenter
UCLA came into Boulder and gave the No. 15 Buffaloes all they could handle, but a late punt returned for a touchdown helped Colorado prevail and beat the Bruins for the first time since 2003. Both offenses were stuck in neutral for much of the night, with each team scoring just one offensive touchdown.
Friday, Nov. 4:
No. 24 Boise State 45, San Jose State 31 -- GameCenter
The No. 24 Broncos continued their dominance over the Spartans with a big win at Albertsons Stadium. San Jose State has never beaten Boise State, and the Broncos offense saw to it that it would stay that way with a powerful effort from their skill position players.
Saturday early games
Mississippi State 35, No. 4 Texas A&M 28 -- GameCenter
Four days after surprising many by being selected as the No. 4 team in the first College Football Playoff rankings, Texas A&M lost its starting quarterback and played itself out of the field with a loss to Mississippi State. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 14-0 cushion and led by as many as 21 points as they pulled off the upset.
No. 8 Wisconsin 21, Northwestern 7 -- GameCenter
Wisconsin stayed in the hunt for the Big Ten West title and a College Football Playoff spot by stifling Northwestern on the road. In the process, the Badgers snapped a two-game losing streak against Northwestern and won in Evanston for the first time since 1999.
No. 9 Auburn 23, Vanderbilt 16 -- GameCenter
A blocked kick gave Vandy a chance to tie the game, but Auburn held on with an interception in its own territory to avoid the possible home upset. The Tigers struggled on offense and trailed at the half, but three field goals and an impressive defensive performance was enough for the win.
No. 21 North Carolina 48, Georgia Tech 20 -- GameCenter
No. 21 North Carolina piled up over 600 total yards and scored at least one touchdown in all four quarters in a comfortable victory over Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels won their third straight game, keeping pace atop the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division. The Yellow Jackets remained winless on the road this season.
Navy 28, Notre Dame 27 -- GameCenter
Navy held off the Fighting Irish in a classic. Navy's triple option was too much for the Fighting Irish to handle, with quarterback Will Worth picking up 175 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and a gutsy fourth-down conversion late sealed the win and dropped Notre Dame to 3-6.
Texas 45, Texas Tech 37 -- GameCenter
D'Onta Foreman had his second straight monstrous performance with 341 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Longhorns to a solid win on the road at Texas Tech.
No. 2 Clemson 54, Syracuse 0 -- GameCenter
No. 2 Clemson handed Syracuse its worst defeat in nearly three years, scoring at least 10 points in every quarter while shutting out the Orange. The Tigers forced three turnovers and ran up 565 yards of total offense to maintain their unbeaten record.
No. 3 Michigan 59, Maryland 3 -- GameCenter
Michigan delivered an ol' fashioned beatdown of Maryland, running wild over the Terrapins on both side of the ball. The Wolverines piled up 660 total yards of offense while nearly pitching a shutout, allowing just a late field goal.
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Arkansas 31, No. 11 Florida 10 -- GameCenter
Without prior knowledge, one might have thought the Razorbacks were the ones ranked just outside the top 10. Arkansas dominated Florida from start to finish, stifling the Gators on defense and handing them their second loss of the season.
TCU 62, No. 17 Baylor 22 -- GameCenter
Things continue to crumble quickly for Baylor, which was undefeated heading into last week's game against Texas. Now, it might very well be out of the top 25 after getting smashed at home by an unranked TCU team. The Horned Frogs piled up 428 yards and six touchdowns on the ground in the win.
No. 18 Oklahoma State 43, Kansas State 37 -- GameCenter
An impressive Kansas State drive gave the Wildcats a chance to win it late, but their pass as time expired from inside the 10 was intercepted. The Wildcats led 30-21 late in the third quarter but were unable to hold on for the upset.
No. 1 Alabama 10, No. 13 LSU 0 -- GameCenter
The Tide earned their 19th shutout of the Nick Saban era and won their sixth straight game against rival LSU in Baton Rouge. It was scoreless through the first three frames before Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts finally broke the ice with a 21-yard touchdown run. A late field goal then provided for all the insurance needed. For the Tigers, running back Leonard Fournette was once again limited by the Tide defense, picking up 35 yards on the ground -- four more than he had in last year's battle.
No. 6 Ohio State 62, No. 10 Nebraska 3 -- GameCenter
The Buckeyes held the Huskers scoreless over the final three quarters and rolled to the easy victory to restore faith in Columbus. J.T. Barrett threw four touchdowns and completed passes to 10 different receivers in a balanced offensive effort. For Nebraska, star quarterback Tommy Armstrong was carted off on a stretcher after a scary collision late in the first half but he returned in street clothes later in the game to cheer on his teammates.
No. 12 Penn State 41, Iowa 14 -- GameCenter
Penn State didn't dissapoint after picking up the No. 12 spot in the first edition of the CFP rankings. Saquon Barkley continued his standout season with 167 yards and a touchdown while quarterback Trace McSorley racked up 240 yards and a pair of scores in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions opened up a 24-7 lead at half and never trailed en route to picking up a third straight victory.
No. 5 Washington 66, California 27 -- GameCenter
Jake Browning matched a career-high mark with six touchdowns and the Huskies rolled past Cal 66-27 in a late night Pac-12 battle. The Huskies outscored the Golden Bears 31-7 in the second half and Washington led for all but the first five minutes of action. Browning's top target was John Ross, who finished with 208 receiving yards and three touchdowns, including an impressive play where he broke numerous tackles and cut up field for the score. Fellow receiver Dante Pettis also caught a trio of touchdowns and passed the century mark. For Cal, quarterback Davis Webb finished 23-of-47 with one touchdown and three interceptions.