The 12th-ranked Bulldogs stuffed the No. 3 Gators from every angle, forcing six turnovers in a 17-9 victory Saturday that left them on the cusp of making the Southeastern Conference title game.
Call it the World’s Largest Outdoor Turnover Party, and it gave Georgia consecutive wins in the series for the first time since 1989.
The Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) did little on offense until Aaron Murray found Malcolm Mitchell for a 45-yard touchdown with 7:11 remaining that put them ahead 17-9.
Georgia sealed its fifth victory in the last 23 games in the rivalry with — what else? — a defensive play. Jarvis Jones knocked the ball out of Jordan Reed’s hands near the goal line, and teammate Sanders Commings recovered in the end zone with 2:05 left.
Jones had another huge game against Florida (7-1, 6-1), and the Bulldogs responded as well as possible to safety Shawn Williams’ criticism of “playing too soft” earlier in the week.
No. 1 Alabama 38, No. 13 Mississippi State 7 — Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — AJ McCarron passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns and No. 1 Alabama reached the end zone on its first three possessions in a 38-7 victory against No. 13 Mississippi State on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) quickly turned the meeting of unbeaten SEC West teams into a mismatch, rolling toward a national title game rematch at No. 6 LSU. The Bulldogs (7-1, 3-1) came in averaging 36.7 points a game but didn’t score until the final minutes.
They had been leading the nation in turnover margin but lost two fumbles and an interception.
McCarron completed 16 of 23 passes before sitting out the fourth quarter. He headed to the locker room briefly early in the quarter but returned to the sideline.
The Tide has now won the past five meetings and this one turned into more of the same, despite considerably more hype.
No. 2 Oregon 70, Colorado 14 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
EUGENE, Ore. — Kenjon Barner rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 2 Oregon easily took care of Colorado 70-14 on Saturday in advance of next weekend’s Pac-12 showdown with 10th-ranked USC.
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De’Anthony Thomas rushed for another score and added a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown before most of the Ducks’ offensive starters were pulled midway through the second quarter. Redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota passed for 136 yards and two TDs.
The Ducks (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) built a 56-0 lead by halftime and their 70 points were the most they’d ever scored against a conference opponent. It was Oregon’s 11th consecutive overall victory dating to a 38-35 loss at home to USC last season.
Christian Powel rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns for the Buffaloes (1-7, 1-4), who lost their fourth consecutive.
The Ducks piled up 617 yards in total offense, including 425 on the ground, and the Buffs simply could not keep up. Colorado went into the game ranked 112th in the nation on defense, allowing an average of 489 yards. Oregon had 447 by halftime.
No. 4 Kansas State 55, No. 15 Texas Tech 24 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Collin Klein accounted for four touchdowns, Arthur Brown returned an interception 37 yards for another score and No. 4 Kansas State roughed up No. 15 Texas Tech 55-24 on Saturday.
Klein was 19 of 26 for 233 yards and two touchdowns, and had 83 yards and two more scores on the ground — bolstering his credentials for the Heisman Trophy. Most of the offense came in the second half as the Wildcats (5-0 Big 12) blew open a 13-10 game to improve to 8-0 for the first time since 1999.
John Hubert added 64 yards and two rushing TDs, and Angelo Pease also scored for Kansas State, which came into the game trailing only Alabama and Florida in the BCS standings.
Seth Doege threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns for the Red Raiders (6-2, 3-2), but also had a costly interception. Doege had thrown for 13 touchdowns in wins against West Virginia and TCU the last two weeks to jump into the Heisman conversation.
No. 5 Notre Dame 30, No. 8 Oklahoma 13 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
NORMAN, Okla. — Everett Golson threw for 177 yards and plunged in for the decisive 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, Manti Te’o bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy with a late interception and No. 5 Notre Dame beat No. 8 Oklahoma 30-13 on Saturday to remain undefeated.
Te’o, the standout linebacker who has a penchant for causing turnovers, dove when Landry Jones’ pass ricocheted off of Jalen Saunders and got his gloved hands under it. Kyle Brindza tacked on his third field goal soon after, and Theo Riddick added a late touchdown run as the Fighting Irish (8-0) put it away with 20 fourth-quarter points.
Jones threw for 356 yards with no touchdowns for the Sooners (5-2), who were still clinging to hope they could get back in the national title race before the loss. Saunders caught 15 passes for 181 yards.
Notre Dame is off to its best start in a decade, doing so as the only team in the country with four wins against top-25 teams – including two on the road against top-10 foes.
No. 6 LSU – Idle
Washington 20, No. 7 Oregon State 17 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
SEATTLE — Bishop Sankey ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns, Travis Coons kicked a 30-yard field goal with 1:20 left and Washington took advantage of four interceptions from Oregon State’s Sean Mannion in a 20-17 upset of the seventh-ranked Beavers on Saturday night.
Oregon State (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) was trying for the first 7-0 start in school history. Instead it became the second AP top 10 team to be upset by the Huskies at home this season. Washington knocked off then-No. 8 Stanford 17-13 in late September.
Mannion, returning from minor knee surgery, threw interceptions on consecutive possessions early in the fourth quarter after Oregon State had rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit to pull even with a dominating third quarter. The last of Mannion’s four picks was snagged by Marcus Peters and two plays later Sankey scored from the 1 to give Washington (4-4, 2-3) a 17-10 lead.
No. 9 Ohio State 35, Penn State 23 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Braxton Miller was his usual self, running for 134 yards and accounting for three touchdowns a week after getting knocked out of a game, leading No. 9 Ohio State to a 35-23 victory against Penn State on Saturday.
Ryan Shazier returned an interception 17 yards for a score early in the third quarter that gave the Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) the lead for good, and the Nittany Lions (5-3, 3-1) had their five-game winning streak snapped in a matchup of the Big Ten’s bowl-banned perennial powers.
Miller missed the fourth quarter against Purdue after a hard tackle sent him to the hospital with a case of whiplash. He declared himself good to go by the midweek.
Was he ever. The Heisman campaign can resume.
The sophomore quarterback reached 100 yards rushing for the sixth time this season, carrying 25 times, and only avoiding contact when it was convenient.
Arizona 39, No. 10 USC 36 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
TUCSON, Ariz. — Matt Scott had 469 total yards and accounted for four touchdowns, helping Arizona overcome a huge day by Southern California’s Marqise Lee to beat the 10th-ranked Trojans 39-36 on Saturday.
Lee caught 16 passes for a Pac-12-record 345 yards and two touchdowns to help USC (6-2, 4-2 Pac-12) build a 15-point lead midway through the third quarter.
But Scott led Arizona (5-3, 2-1) back, throwing for 369 yards and three touchdowns, including a 7-yarder to David Richards that put the Wildcats up 39-28 with just over 5 minutes left.
The Trojans answered quickly with Silas Redd’s second rushing touchdown, from 10 yards, but remain stuck on 799 wins as a program after Matt Barkley’s last-ditch pass into the end zone was swatted down.
No. 11 Florida State 48, Duke 7 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — EJ Manuel tossed two touchdown passes and Devonta Freeman ran for two more scores to lead No. 11 Florida State to a 48-7 victory against Duke on Saturday.
Florida State’s win coupled with North Carolina State’s loss to North Carolina puts the Seminoles (8-1, 5-1) back in control of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division while Duke (6-3, 3-2) dropped out of the undisputed lead in the league’s muddled Coastal Division.
Tyler Hunter returned a punt 75 yards for a score and Dustin Hopkins kicked a career-best 56-yard field goal to help the Seminoles offset losing four fumbles.
Duke quarterback Sean Renfree was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with an unspecified head injury.
No. 14 Clemson 42, Wake Forest 13 – Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tajh Boyd kept throwing deep balls. Sammy Watkins kept catching them. A couple of school records later, and nobody’s concerned about No. 14 Clemson’s offense anymore.
Boyd threw for a school-record 428 yards with five touchdown passes and Watkins added a school-record 202 yards receiving in the Tigers’ 42-13 rout of Wake Forest on Thursday night. Boyd was 27 of 38 and connected with Watkins for three plays of 50 or more yards, including a 61-yarder for a score.
Watkins, who missed three games because of suspension and illness, had eight receptions. Boyd added touchdown throws of 9 yards to Brandon Ford, 12 yards each to Sam Cooper and DeAndre Hopkins and 2 yards to Charone Peake.
The Tigers (7-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored the first 35 points, including a four-touchdown second quarter, in their fourth consecutive victory and fourth consecutive in the series with the Demon Deacons (4-4, 2-4).
Five days after Virginia Tech held Clemson to season lows in every significant offensive statistic except the final score, the Tigers rolled up 534 total yards and essentially ended this one at halftime.
No. 16 Louisville 34, Cincinnati 31 (OT) – Box Score | Recap College Football Highlights
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Teddy Bridgewater and No. 16 Louisville trailed by 10 on two different occasions and rallied each time. The undefeated Cardinals kept their cool, even when a botched snap almost cost them the game.
John Wallace kicked a 30-yard field goal in overtime to lift Louisville to a 34-31 victory against the Bearcats after an attempt to ice the redshirt freshman went horribly wrong for the Bearcats.
Cincinnati got the ball first in OT but Terrell Floyd intercepted Munchie Legaux’s floater in the end zone and the Cardinals drove 12 yards to set up Wallace’s kick. Bearcats coach Butch Jones called timeout right before the field-goal attempt, and the high snap went through the holder’s hands. Jones just shrugged and Wallace drilled the ball through the uprights to give Louisville the win.
Bridgewater overcame a slow start and completed 24 of 41 passes for 416 yards and the pair of TD strikes to Parker, who had four catches for 120 yards. Legaux ran for a score but tossed three interceptions, including the costly mistake in overtime.
No. 17 South Carolina 38, Tennessee 35 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Connor Shaw threw three touchdowns and ran for another, and No. 17 South Carolina overcame the loss of tailback Marcus Lattimore for a 38-35 victory against Tennessee on Saturday.
Tyler Bray drove the Vols to South Carolina’s 19 with 1:08 left when he was hit from behind by defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. The ball popped loose and linebacker Shaq Wilson recovered.
Tennessee (3-5, 0-5 Southeastern Conference) forced a punt and got the ball back with 36 seconds to go, but Victor Hampton intercepted a long pass from Bray to close it out for South Carolina.
More pressing, though, is the apparent loss of Lattimore to a serious injury. The junior was taken to a hospital after hurting his right leg in the second quarter. More on Lattimore here.
Kent State 35, No. 18 Rutgers 23 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Defensive end Mark Fackler returned his second interception 25 yards for a touchdown, and Kent State forced five other turnovers in stunning No. 18 Rutgers 35-23 Saturday for its biggest win since its first game in 1920.
The Golden Flashes (7-1) had been 0-22 against ranked teams, but they ended the best start for Rutgers (7-1) since the Scarlet Knights were 9-0 in 2006.
Kent State intercepted Gary Nova six times and recovered a fumble to give the Mid-American Conference its second consecutive win against an undefeated Big East team. Toledo knocked off Cincinnati last week.
Spencer Keith threw touchdowns of 1 yard to Zack Hitchens and 15 yards to Josh Boyle, the latter giving the Golden Flashes a 35-17 lead with 11:30 to play. Dri Archer, the nation’s leader in touchdowns coming into this week, scored on a 7-yard run, and Trayion Durham tallied from 3-yards out.
No. 19 Stanford 24, Washington State 17 –Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
STANFORD, Calif. — Ed Reynolds returned an interception for a touchdown and No. 19 Stanford sacked Jeff Tuel 10 times to overcome a sloppy offensive effort in a 24-17 victory against Washington State on Saturday.
Reynolds stepped in front of Tuel’s pass for the safety’s fourth interception – and second returned for a score – this season early in the fourth quarter. He ran 25 yards untouched into the end zone to give the Cardinal a two-touchdown lead and highlight another dominant defensive effort that held the Cougars (2-6, 0-5 Pac-12) to minus-16 yards rushing.
Stanford (6-2, 4-1) still produced little separation on the scoreboard due to an inefficient offense.
Josh Nunes completed seven of 15 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown and Ryan Hewitt ran for a short score.
Nebraska 23, No. 20 Michigan 9 — Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlightskk
LINCOLN, Neb. — Ameer Abdullah ran for 101 yards and a touchdown and Nebraska took control of the Big Ten Legends Division with a 23-9 victory against No. 20 Michigan on Saturday.
Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson left the game late in the first half with a right elbow injury. Robinson, who spent the second half on the sideline in an overcoat, watched as freshman backup Russell Bellomy threw three interceptions.
The Huskers (6-2, 3-1) moved into a first-place tie with Michigan in the Legends but own the tiebreaker.
Michigan (5-3, 3-1) generated a season-low 188 yards during its first visit to Memorial Stadium since 1911. The Wolverines had 52 in the second half.
No. 21 Boise State 45, Wyoming 14 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
LARAMIE, Wyo. — D.J. Harper rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 21 Boise State past Wyoming 45-14 Saturday for its seventh consecutive win.
Harper scored on runs of 12 and 3 yards, and Joe Southwick completed 20 of 28 passes for 198 yards and one interception for the Broncos (7-1, 4-0 Mountain West). The Boise State offense was an efficient 12 of 14 on third down conversions and scored on all five its red zone opportunities.
Boise State’s defense held the Cowboys below their 25.6 scoring average, recorded four sacks and limited Wyoming to 106 yards below its average.
Wyoming (1-7, 0-4) was without head coach Dave Christensen, who was fined $50,000 and suspended by the school for the week over his conduct after a 28-27 loss to Air Force on Oct. 13. Christensen confronted Falcons coach Troy Calhoun on the field, accusing the Falcons of faking an injury to their starting quarterback in the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys did stop one Boise State streak by becoming the first opponent in six games to score in the first half against the Broncos when quarterback Brett Smith ran for a score from 4 yards out early in the second quarter.
Smith scored Wyoming’s other touchdown on a 23-yard run early in the fourth quarter and completed 24 of 35 passes for 216 yards.
No. 22 Texas A&M 63, Auburn 21 — Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
AUBURN, Ala. — Johnny Manziel ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more – all in a little more than a half – and No. 22 Texas A&M beat struggling Auburn 63-21 on Saturday night.
On eight possessions led by Manziel, Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) scored seven touchdowns. The only non-scoring drive run by the freshman nicknamed “Johnny Football” ended with a missed 48-yard field goal by Taylor Bertolet on the final play of the first half.
Manziel was in the game for only one series in the third quarter before watching the remainder of the rout from the sideline. He completed 16 of 23 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns and had nine carries for 90 yards and three scores.
Auburn (1-7, 0-6), which has lost five in a row, is off to its worst start since going 1-7 in 1952.
The Aggies gained 671 total yards, the most ever allowed by Auburn, in their first game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Texas A&M led 42-7 at halftime and 49-7 after Manziel’s final possession.
Miami (Ohio) 23, No. 23 Ohio 20 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
OXFORD, Ohio — Ohio gambled by going for one more play instead of a tying field goal, and Tyler Tettleton was sacked as time ran out, preserving Miami of Ohio’s 23-20 upset against the No. 23 Bobcats on Saturday.
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The Bobcats (7-1, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) played as a ranked team for the first time since 1968, when they finished the season at No. 20. They’d won the last six games in one of the MAC’s edgiest rivalries, which added another notable ending.
Kaleb Patterson kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:24 left, giving Miami (4-4, 3-1) its lead. Tettleton drove Ohio in range to tie it, completing four passes and running twice for 17 yards. His last scramble took the Bobcats to the 7-yard line with 9 seconds left and no timeouts.
Coach Frank Solich chose one more play. Tettleton took the snap, saw no one open and was sacked by end Wes Williams.
No. 24 Louisiana Tech 28, New Mexico State 14 –Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Quarterback Colby Cameron led a late-surging Louisiana Tech offense, throwing for 292 yards and running for a score as the No. 24 Bulldogs beat New Mexico State 28-14 on Saturday.
The victory gave Louisiana Tech its first win as a ranked team and a chance to remain in the Top 25 for consecutive weeks for the first time in school history.
Three turnovers prevented NMSU from taking advantage of three Louisiana Tech missed field goals and a flat running game that didn’t get started until late in the third quarter.
Ray Holley had 130 rushing yards and an 83-yard touchdown run for Louisiana Tech (7-1, 2-0 WAC), which failed to win a game as a ranked team in two previous tries.
NMSU (1-7, 0-4 WAC) dropped its seventh game in a row.
No. 25 West Virginia – Idle
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