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BATON ROUGE, La. — With Alabama’s hopes of back-to-back national titles hanging by a thread, A.J. McCarron shook off a dismal second half and guided the Crimson Tide right down the field.
McCarron read an LSU blitz and flipped a swing pass to T.J. Yeldon, who did the rest on a 28-yard touchdown with 51 seconds remaining that gave the top-ranked Crimson Tide a 21-17 victory against No. 5 LSU.
Alabama (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) now has a clear path to the league championship game in Atlanta, and remains solidly on course to defend its national title in Miami.
But this one was a struggle. Led by embattled quarterback Zach Mettenberger, LSU (7-2, 3-2) fought back from a 14-3 halftime deficit with an offensive performance that was nothing like its dismal showing against the Tide in last season’s BCS championship game.
No. 2 Oregon 62, No. 18 USC 51 — Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
LOS ANGELES — Kenjon Barner rushed for a school-record 321 yards and five touchdowns, Marcus Mariota threw four TD passes, and No. 2 Oregon produced another landmark offensive performance in a 62-51 victory over No. 18 Southern California on Saturday night.
Josh Huff caught two touchdowns, and De’Anthony Thomas and Daryl Hawkins also caught scoring passes for the Ducks (9-0, 6-0 Pac-12), who outlasted USC in a back-and-forth second half to extend their winning streak to 12 games since the Trojans (6-3, 4-3) won in Eugene last season.
Oregon’s 730 yards and 62 points were the most ever allowed by USC, which began playing football in 1888.
Barner set a rushing record for a USC opponent by the third quarter, topping Curtis Enis’ 241 yards for Penn State in 1996, and smashed the school record shortly afterward as the Ducks gradually pulled away in their closest game of the year.
No. 3 Kansas State 44, Oklahoma State 30 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Collin Klein piled up more than 300 yards of offense before leaving in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury, and No. 3 Kansas State remained unbeaten with a 44-30 victory against Oklahoma State.
Klein had thrown for 245 yards and run for 64 more before sneaking in for his 50th career rushing touchdown with 9:47 left in the third quarter. The Heisman Trophy front-runner didn’t return to the field on the Wildcats’ next offensive series.
Oklahoma State’s Wes Lunt also left with an injury after throwing his third interception in the third quarter. The freshman quarterback, who missed six weeks with a knee injury earlier this year, threw for 184 yards and a touchdown before giving way to Clint Chelf.
By that point, the Wildcats (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) simply had to protect a 38-17 lead.
Allen Chapman picked off three passes and returned one 29 yards for a touchdown, John Hubert had a pair of TD runs and Tyler Lockett returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score as Kansas State kept its hopes of playing for a national championship alive.
No. 4 Notre Dame 29, Pitt 26 (3OT) – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson scored on a quarterback sneak in the third overtime as No. 4 Notre Dame came back from a 14-point deficit to beat Pittsburgh 29-26 on Saturday and keep its hopes for a national championship alive.
Notre Dame (9-0) is off to its best start since 1993. Pitt (4-5) missed a potential game-winning field goal in overtime.
Golson re-entered the game after being replaced by Tommy Rees and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter as Notre Dame cut Pitt’s lead to 20-12. Notre Dame’s chances for a comeback appeared to end when Pitt cornerback K’Waun Williams intercepted a pass by Golson in the end zone.
But the Irish defense held, and Golson completed a 45-yard pass to DaVaris Daniels at the Pitt 5. Golson then threw a 5-yard touchdown pass and ran in for the two-point conversion to tie the game.
The Irish won despite Pitt’s Ray Graham rushing for 172 yards, including runs of 55 and 48 yards.
No. 6 Ohio State 52, Illinois 22 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Carlos Hyde rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns and Braxton Miller passed for two scores and ran for another to lead No. 6 Ohio State past Illinois 52-22 on Saturday.
The Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) maintained the upper hand in the Leaders Division heading into a bye week. They have games remaining at Wisconsin on Nov. 17 and against rival Michigan at home a week later.
Miller, considered a Heisman Trophy hopeful, had 18 carries for 73 yards, and completed 12 of 20 passes for 226 yards.
It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Illini (2-7, 0-5) and their 11th consecutive Big Ten loss.
No. 7 Georgia 37, Mississippi 10 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
ATHENS, Ga. — Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes and No. 7 Georgia overcame a slow start to beat Mississippi 37-10 on Saturday and move one win away from a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Georgia (8-1, 6-1 SEC) trailed 10-0 before scoring 37 unanswered points. The Bulldogs can clinch the SEC East title and second consecutive trip to the conference championship game with a win at Auburn next week.
Ole Miss (5-4, 2-3) used blitzes to record five sacks in the first half. The defensive gambles left opportunities for Murray, who completed 21 of 28 passes for 384 yards with no interceptions and touchdown passes of 66, 40, 42 and 28 yards.
Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree had a safety, a sack and an interception. His twin brother, fullback Alexander Ogletree, had an 8-yard touchdown run.
Georgia’s defense, coming off last week’s 17-9 win over then-No. 3 Florida, delivered another strong performance, holding Ole Miss to 234 yards. The Rebels were limited to just 55 yards in the second half.
Jeff Scott led Ole Miss with only 21 yards rushing on 13 carries. Damian Swann recovered two fumbles for Georgia
No. 8 Florida 14, Missouri 7 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mike Gillislee took a screen pass and went 45 yards for a touchdown, and No. 8 Florida survived a scare to beat Southeastern Conference newcomer Missouri 14-7 on Saturday.
The Gators rebounded from a turnover-filled loss to rival Georgia and kept alive hopes of winning the SEC’s Eastern Division. They need the Bulldogs to lose one of their remaining games, against Mississippi on Saturday or Auburn next week, to clinch a spot in the league title game.
At times, Florida looked less than interested in staying in the SEC hunt. The Gators (8-1, 7-1) were shut out in the first half, managing just 111 yards and failing to contain Missouri quarterback James Franklin.
Like so many other games this season, though, Florida played considerably better in the second half.
No. 9 Florida State — Idle
No. 10 Clemson 56, Duke 20 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
DURHAM, N.C. — Tajh Boyd threw for 344 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes for the second wee in a row to help No. 10 Clemson beat Duke 56-20 on Saturday.
DeAndre Hopkins caught three of those TD tosses in the opening quarter for the Tigers (8-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who scored 42 points by halftime and rolled to their fifth consecutive win – all by at least 14 points. Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant also had first-half touchdown catches, helping Clemson rack up nearly 500 yards by halftime and 718 for the game.
The win moved Clemson into a tie with No. 9 Florida State atop the ACC’s Atlantic Division, though the Seminoles beat the Tigers in September for the head-to-head tiebreaker in the division race to reach the ACC championship game.
The loss dropped Duke (6-4, 3-3) a game behind Miami for the Coastal Division lead.
No. 11 South Carolina — Idle
No. 12 Louisville 45, Temple 17 – Box Score | Recap | College Footbal Highlights
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Teddy Bridgewater threw a career-high five touchdown passes and No. 12 Louisville rallied once again, beating Temple 45-17 on Saturday.
The Cardinals (9-0, 4-0 Big East) fell behind for the sixth consecutive game as they took time to adjust to their first noon kickoff of the season. But while Louisville’s defense and special teams were slow to get going, Bridgewater and the offense clicked right away.
Louisville scored on five of its first six possessions to take a 31-17 halftime lead. The Cardinals, off to their best start in school history, moved into a first-place tie with Rutgers.
Temple (3-5, 2-3) lost its third straight game and has been outscored 127-44 during that stretch.
Bridgewater completed 19 of 28 passes for 324 yards, a week after he threw for a career-best 416 yards against Cincinnati.
No. 13 Oregon State 36, Arizona State 26 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State’s quarterback simply refused to get flustered when he got off to a shaky start against Arizona State and wound up throwing for 267 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-26 win on Saturday night.
Cody Vaz laughed when asked if he ever gets rattled. “I’m sure there’s been a few times,” he said. “I just try not to show it.”
Terron Ward rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown for the No. 13 Beavers (7-1, 5-1), taking on extra work when starting running back Storm Woods couldn’t play because of a sore left knee.
Arizona State (5-4, 3-3) scored on the return after Vaz fumbled on Oregon State’s opening drive, but the Beavers pulled away after a 19-all tie at the half to keep the Sun Devils from bowl eligibility.
No. 14 Oklahoma 35, Iowa State 20 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
AMES, Iowa — Landry Jones threw for 405 yards and a season-high four touchdowns and No. 14 Oklahoma beat Iowa State 35-20 on Saturday, moving coach Bob Stoops into a second-place tie with Bud Wilkinson on the Sooners’ career win list.
Stoops posted his 145th victory with Oklahoma. He is 12 wins shy of tying Barry Switzer for the most in school history.
Brennan Clay ran for a career-best 157 yards as the Sooners bounced back from a loss to Notre Dame. Oklahoma (6-2, 4-1 Big 12) has won 20 consecutive following a defeat in the regular season.
Jones’s 20-yard TD pass to Jalen Saunders to open the second half put the Sooners up 21-6. Oklahoma racked up 593 yards of offense, and put it away when Jones’ 31-yard TD pass to Kenny Stills made it 35-13 with 10:59 left.
No. 15 Stanford 48, Colorado 0 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
BOULDER, Colo. — Kevin Hogan ignited No. 15 Stanford’s sputtering offense and led the Cardinal to a 48-0 rout of Colorado, the Buffaloes’ first shutout at home in 26 years.
Hogan picked apart the nation’s worst defense, throwing for 184 yards and running for 48 more in just two quarters of work, and the Buffaloes were powerless to respond, gaining 76 yards of offense behind a trio of overwhelmed quarterbacks.
The Cardinal (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12) handed the Buffs (1-8, 1-5) their first shutout at Folsom Field since a 28-0 loss to Oklahoma on Nov. 15, 1986, snapping a streak of 150 consecutive games in which the Buffs had scored at home.
Hogan replaced senior Josh Nunes, who has found it difficult to follow in the gargantuan footsteps of Andrew Luck, the top pick in last spring’s NFL draft. After Stanford’s first two drives ended in punts, Hogan came in and led the Cardinal on six consecutive scoring drives before punter Daniel Zychlinski was needed again.
No. 16 Texas A&M 38, No. 17 Mississippi State 13 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Johnny Manziel threw for 311 yards and ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns, leading No. 16 Texas A&M to a 38-13 victory against No. 17 Mississippi State on Saturday.
Manziel, a redshirt freshman, completed 30 of 36 passes. He ran for a 37-yard touchdown in the second quarter that helped the Aggies build a 31-0 lead by early in the second half. The Southeastern Conference’s leading rusher added an 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2 SEC) has won all five of its road games this season. Christine Michael ran for 50 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Swope caught nine passes for 121 yards, and Mike Evans caught nine for 97 yards.
The Aggies’ quick-tempo offense ran 97 plays and gained 693 total yards. Mississippi State had just 310 total yards.
San Diego State 21, No. 19 Boise State 19 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
BOISE, Idaho — San Diego State beat Boise State at its own game. For years, the Broncos built long winning streaks and won conference titles with the help of special teams that were more clever, opportunistic or superior than their opponents.
The Aztecs turned the tables Saturday night, running the opening kickoff back for a touchdown and turning a blocked punt deep in Boise State territory in the third quarter into another touchdown en route to a stunning 21-19 upset of the No. 19 Broncos.
It was also a landmark victory for the Aztecs (7-3, 5-1 Mountain West).
San Diego State has won five consecutive — the longest winning streak since 1995 — and moved into a tie for first place in the conference. It also marked the first road victory against a ranked opponent in school history, snapping a run of 31 consecutive defeats.
Texas 31, No. 20 Texas Tech 22 – Box Score | Recap | College Footbal Highlights
LUBBOCK, Texas — David Ash threw for three touchdowns and 264 yards to lead Texas to a 31-22 victory against No. 20 Texas Tech on Saturday.
Mike Davis had a career-high 165 yards on four catches, one a 75-yarder from Ash in the second quarter for the Longhorns (7-2, 4-2 Big 12). It was the third consecutive win for the Longhorns and keeps them alive in the Big 12 race.
Seth Doege completed 26 of 44 passes for 329 yards for one touchdown for Texas tech (6-3, 3-3).
Freshman Johnathan Gray got his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game for Texas, with 106 yards on 20 carries.
Penalties hurt Texas Tech, including a touchdown being called back in the fourth quarter for holding.
Once in the red zone, the Red Raiders had trouble getting touchdowns. They settled for field goals tries four times.
No. 21 Nebraska 28, Michigan State 24 – Box Score | Recap | CFB Highlights
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Taylor Martinez threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner with 6 seconds left, giving No. 21 Nebraska a 28-24 win against Michigan State on Saturday night that kept the Cornhuskers tied with Michigan atop the Big Ten Legends Division.
The Cornhuskers scored two touchdowns in the final 7:02 to erase a 24-14 deficit. The winning score was set up by a pass interference call in the end zone on Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard, which gave Nebraska the ball at the 5 when the Cornhuskers would have otherwise had to attempt a tying field goal.
Le’Veon Bell ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns for Michigan State.
Martinez rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns, becoming Nebraska’s career leader in total offense.
No. 22 Louisiana Tech 51, Texas-San Antonio 27 – Box Score | Recap | College Footbal Highlights
RUSTON, La. — Kenneth Dixon scored three touchdowns and No. 22 Louisiana Tech pulled away from Texas-San Antonio in the fourth quarter in a 51-27 victory on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (8-1, 3-0 WAC) converted a fake field goal into a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to put away the visitors. Tech won a record ninth consecutive WAC game on homecoming, and the Bulldogs appear headed for a school record third consecutive week ranked in the top 25.
UTSA (5-4, 1-3 WAC) dropped its fourth consecutive game after opening the season with five consecutive victories. Playing with just six seniors, it was the Roadrunners first game against a nationally ranked FBS foe.
The game featured 13 personal foul penalties between the two clubs, including two on Tech coach Sonny Dykes in the third quarter after he argued the ejection of offensive lineman Oscar Johnson.
Officials whistled 28 infractions for 288 yards between the two clubs.
TCU 39, No. 23 West Virginia 38 (2OT) – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Corey Fuller caught a 25-yard touchdown pass and Trevone Boykin threw to Josh Boyce for the 2-point conversion, lifting TCU to a 39-38 double overtime win against No. 23 West Virginia on Saturday night.
TCU (6-3, 3-3 Big 12) got the victory after West Virginia (5-3, 2-3) went ahead on Geno Smith’s 25-yard TD pass to Stedman Bailey.
On TCU’s possession, Boykin handed off to B.J. Catalon and he pitched to Brandon Carter, who threw to Fuller in the end zone.
Boyce then caught the 2-point conversion, which was upheld after review.
TCU rallied from 10 points down to force overtime. Boykin and Boyce teamed up on a 96-yard TD pass play with 1:28 left to tie the score at 31-31.
Neither team scored in the first overtime.
No. 25 UCLA 66, No. 24 Arizona 10 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
PASADENA, Calif. — Johnathan Franklin couldn’t stop smiling after becoming UCLA’s career rushing leader. The wide grin wasn’t just about what he accomplished personally Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.
Franklin gained 162 yards, redshirt freshman Brett Hundley passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 25 UCLA overwhelmed No. 24 Arizona 66-10 to move into first place in the Pac-12 South.
And that position is something UCLA hasn’t experienced in 14 years — a possible berth in the Rose Bowl game. The Bruins know if they win their final three games plus the Pac-12 championship game that they’ll be playing in Pasadena on New Year’s Day.
Franklin entered needing 21 yards to overtake Gaston Green, who gained 3,731 yards from 1984-87. Franklin moved into the top spot with a 37-yard touchdown run on his third carry, capping a 75-yard, nine-play drive following the opening kickoff that put the Bruins (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) ahead for good.
Franklin, who carried 24 times and scored twice, raised his career rushing total to 3,873 yards as the Bruins, off to their best start since 2005, raced to a 42-3 halftime lead in snapping a five-game losing streak to the Wildcats (5-4, 2-4) who beat them 48-12 in Tucson last year.
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