Alabama, Louisville suffer first loss
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The Aggies (8-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) also might have ended the league's run of BCS titles at six years.
The Crimson Tide (9-1, 6-1) didn't go quietly.
AJ McCarron nearly pulled off a second consecutive scintillating comeback. He threw one touchdown pass and motored the ball downfield before Deshazor Everett stepped in front of his fourth-down pass at the goal line with 1:36 left.
Manziel passed for 253 yards and rushed for 92 and led the Aggies to a 20-0 first quarter lead.
Alabama, the nation's top scoring defense, forced a punt with less than a minute left, but was called for offsides, giving Texas A&M a first down and a chance to run out the clock.
McCarron breathed new life into Alabama with a 54-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline to freshman Amari Cooper to make it 29-24 with 4:29 left.
No. 2 Oregon 59, California 17 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
BERKELEY, Calif. -- In a blink of an eye, Marcus Mariota and Oregon turned a tight game into another blowout that could have the second-ranked Ducks in position to move into the top spot in the country.
Mariota threw the third of his school record-tying six touchdown passes on the first play after an interception to break open what had been a close game and help Oregon make its case for the top ranking in the country by beating California 59-17 on Saturday night.
While the final score was lopsided, the game was tight until midway through the third quarter when Boseko Lokombo intercepted a screen pass from Allan Bridgford. Mariota threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Josh Huff on the next play to give the Ducks (10-0, 7-0 Pac-12) a 31-17 lead.
The Ducks withstood injuries to its entire starting defensive line and brief absences by Mariota and star running back Kenjon Barner to extend the longest active winning streak in major college football to 13 games.
The win against California (3-8, 2-6) could be enough to move Oregon up to No. 1 after top-ranked Alabama lost earlier in the day 29-23 to No. 15 Texas A&M. Even more importantly, the Crimson Tide loss cleared one potential rival for a spot in the BCS title game, leaving Notre Dame and Kansas State as the only other major undefeated teams eligible for a bowl. The Ducks are currently third in the BCS rankings.
No. 3 Kansas State 23, TCU 10 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Collin Klein and third-ranked Kansas State bolstered their chances in the national championship chase by doing what Alabama failed to do.
The Wildcats beat one of the newcomers in their conference.
Klein, the Heisman Trophy hopeful starting a week after an apparent head injury, ran for two touchdowns for No. 2 Kansas State in a 23-10 victory Saturday night at TCU, which is in its first season in the Big 12.
Klein seemingly showed no ill effects from an apparent head injury that had knocked him out in the third quarter of last Saturday's victory against Oklahoma State.
But outside of the long pass and two TD runs, including a nifty 34-yarder in the third quarter that gave him 19 for the season, it wasn't Klein's best game statistically.
The senior quarterback was sacked a season-high three times while completing 12 of 21 passes for 145 yards. He had 15 carries for 50 yards.
No. 4 Notre Dame 21, Boston College 6 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
BOSTON -- Everett Golson ran for a touchdown and threw for two more on Saturday to help No. 4 Notre Dame beat Boston College 21-6 and keep its national championship hopes intact.
Taking the field one hour after top-ranked Alabama lost to No. 15 Texas A&M, the Fighting Irish (10-0) remained unbeaten and in the hunt for a spot in the BCS title game. And a week after needing triple overtime - and a lot of luck - to get past unheralded Pittsburgh, Notre Dame eased past a longtime rival that had twice before spoiled its hopes of a No. 1 finish.
Golson completed 16 of 24 passes for 200 yards, connecting with Troy Niklas for a 7-yard touchdown at the end of the first half and with John Goodman from 18 yards out early in the second.
Chase Rettig completed 27 of 34 passes for 247 yards for BC (2-8), which is off to its worst start since going 0-11 in 1989.
No. T5 -- Ohio State -- Idle
No. T5 Georgia 38, Auburn 0 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
AUBURN, Ala. -- Aaron Murray passed for 208 yards and three touchdowns, freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each ran for more than 100 yards and No. 5 Georgia overwhelmed Auburn 38-0 on Saturday, sending the Bulldogs back to the SEC championship game.
Georgia (9-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) was methodical in its dominating win. It scored the first shutout for either team in the series since the Bulldogs' 28-0 win in 1976.
Auburn (2-8, 0-7 SEC) was held to 238 yards, including 57 yards rushing, as its disappointing season with embattled coach Gene Chizik suffered another embarrassing low.
Georgia, the Eastern Division champion, earned its second consecutive trip to the Dec. 1 SEC championship game in Atlanta. Top-ranked Alabama, beaten by No. 15 Texas A&M 29-24 on Saturday, can win the Western Division title by beating Auburn on Nov. 24.
No. 7 Florida 27, Louisiana-Lafayette 20 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Jelani Jenkins returned a blocked punt 36 yards for a touchdown with 2 seconds remaining and No. 7 Florida rallied in the closing minutes to beat Louisiana-Lafayette 27-20 on Saturday.
The Gators (9-1) scored twice in the final 2 minutes to avoid the biggest upset in school history.
Florida did little on offense most of the day and looked to be in serious trouble when quarterback Jeff Driskel left the game with an ankle injury.
The Rajin' Cajuns (5-4) led 20-13 after Alonzo Harris' 2-yard run and a blocked punt for a touchdown. But Jacoby Brissett rallied the Gators. Brissett found Jordan Reed down the middle for a 39-yard gain and then hit Quinton Dunbar for 3-yard score with 1:42 remaining.
ULL was content to play for overtime.
But Loucheiz Purifoy came off the edge and got his right hand on the punt. Jenkins picked up the deflection and went untouched the other way.
No. 8 Florida State 28, Virginia Tech 22 -- Box Score | Recap | College Footbal Highlights
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- E.J. Manuel and No. 8 Florida State had no reason to panic when they got the ball with 2:19 to go needing to score.
That fearlessness might have had a lot to do with Manuel being the one in charge. The senior quarterback hit Rashad Greene with a slant pass that Greene took 39 yards for a touchdown with 40 seconds to play, and the Seminoles survived a scare to beat Virginia Tech 28-22 on Thursday night.
The Seminoles (9-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their fourth consecutive and moved within a victory against Maryland on Nov. 17 of securing a spot in the ACC championship game Dec. 1. And they did it in dramatic fashion.
Limited to minus-15 rushing yards for the game, the Seminoles got 7 from James Wilder Jr. on a fourth-and-1 play from their 41 on the final drive, and Manuel, a Virginia Beach native, hit Greg Dent for 13 yards two plays later. After Manuel threw a pass away under pressure, he hit Greene on a short slant against a zone defense and Greene took it all the way.
Manuel was sacked five times, but finished 25 for 42 for 326 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Greene caught six passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 9 LSU 37, Mississippi State 17 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Zach Mettenberger passed for 273 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 9 LSU kept alive faint hope of a Southeastern Conference title with a 37-17 victory over No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday night.
One week after passing for a career-high 298 yards in a narrow loss to Alabama, Mettenberger completed 19 of 30 passes without an interception against the Bulldogs. His top target was sophomore Jarvis Landry, who had nine catches for 109 yards - both career highs - including a 19-yard touchdown to help the Tigers (8-2, 4-2 SEC) beat the Bulldogs (7-3, 3-3) for the 13th consecutive time.
Tyler Russell completed a career-high 26 passes on 38 attempts for a career-high 295 yards and a touchdown to Chad Bumphis that got the Bulldogs as close as field goal early in the third quarter before they faded in their third consecutive loss, all against ranked teams.
LSU's defense shut out Mississippi State during the last 27:52, during which Tigers defensive ends Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo each sacked Russell.
No. 10 Clemson 45, Maryland 10 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Tajh Boyd threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns in No. 10 Clemson's 45-10 victory against Maryland on Saturday, the Tigers' sixth consecutive and record 12th in a row at Death Valley.
Clemson (9-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had little trouble with the banged-up Terps (4-6, 2-4), who again started linebacker Shawn Petty at quarterback because of season-ending injuries to their four scholarship passers.
The Tigers ended things early as Boyd passed for a 13-yard touchdown to Adam Humphries and a 28-yard score to DeAndre Hopkins. In between, Clemson defensive end Corey Crawford brought a Petty fumble 16 yards for a touchdown as part of his team's 21-point first quarter.
Clemson star receiver Sammy Watkins left the game in the second quarter with a lower leg injury.
Syracuse 45, No. 11 Louisville 26 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Ryan Nassib threw for 246 yards, Jerome Smith ran for 144 yards and Syracuse handed No. 11 Louisville its first loss of the season in a 45-26 victory on Saturday.
Playing in the last home game of his SU career, Nassib directed an offense that gained 524 total yards. Nassib went 15 of 23 and passed Marvin Graves as the school's career leader in passing yards.
The Orange (5-5, 3-3) blew the game open with three touchdowns in the second quarter and Louisville (9-1, 4-1) allowed more points than it had in any game this season.
Teddy Bridgewater completed 36-of-49 passes for 426 and three touchdowns for Louisville.
No. 12 South Carolina 38, Arkansas 20 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Connor Shaw threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score as No. 12 South Carolina beat Arkansas 38-20 on Saturday.
Shaw was 15-of-23 for 279 yards for the Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference), who finished with six league wins for only the second time in 20 years in the SEC.
Arkansas (4-6, 2-4) will now have to beat both Mississippi State and LSU to make a bowl game after starting the season No. 10 in the country.
It was only the second win against the Razorbacks in the last seven games for the Gamecocks and it broke a three-game losing streak during which the Hogs embarrassed South Carolina by double-digits.
No. 16 Stanford 27, No. 13 Oregon State 23 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
STANFORD, Calif. -- Kevin Hogan threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start, and No. 16 Stanford overcame four turnovers to rally past No. 13 Oregon State 27-23 on Saturday and stay in control of its Pac-12 title hopes.
Cody Vaz fumbled late in the fourth quarter to give the Cardinal (8-2, 6-1) the ball at the Beavers 29. The only Oregon State (7-2, 5-2) turnover turned out to be the difference.
Hogan hit tight end Zach Ertz for a 13-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score and Stanford stopped the Beavers twice more. The Cardinal will head to second-ranked Oregon next week with a chance to take over sole control of the North Division and move closer to a spot in the conference championship game.
No. 14 Oklahoma 42, Baylor 34 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
NORMAN, Okla. -- Landry Jones threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns, Damien Williams ran for 99 yards and two scores and No. 14 Oklahoma beat Baylor 42-34 on Saturday to move Bob Stoops into sole possession of second place on the school's career wins list.
Backup quarterback Blake Bell scored on a 55-yard keeper in the fourth quarter for the longest run by a quarterback in the Stoops era.
Lache Seastrunk ran for 91 yards and three touchdowns for Baylor (4-5-, 1-5 Big 12), the last score getting the Bears within eight with 1:26 to play after quarterback Nick Florence got in on the 2-point conversion.
LaColtan Bester recovered the ensuing onside kick, sealing the win for Oklahoma (7-2, 5-1).
Stoops moved past Bud Wilkinson with his 146th victory. He's 11 wins shy of Barry Switzer's school record of 157.
No. 18 Nebraska 32, Penn State 23 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Taylor Martinez threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner for Nebraska's first lead, and the No. 18 Cornhuskers overcame a double-digit, second-half deficit for the fourth time this season in a 32-23 victory against Penn State on Saturday.
Ameer Abdullah ran for 116 yards on a career-high 31 carries, and Martinez finished with 104 yards as the Huskers pounded away on the ground on a windy afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
The Huskers (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten), down 14 points at half, got TD runs of 1 and 2 yards from Imani Cross to tie it at 20.
Martinez threw 56 yards to Kyler Reed on a third-and-5 and, three plays later, found Turner on a short slant in the end zone for the lead with 10:57 left.
Penn State (6-4, 4-2) looked ready to regain the lead, but tight end Matt Lehman fumbled into the end zone and Nebraska recovered.
No. T19 Louisiana Tech 62, Texas State 55 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Kenneth Dixon ran for four touchdowns to set a single-season NCAA freshman record and No. 19 Louisiana Tech scored on all but two possessions to beat Texas State 62-55 on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (9-1, 4-0) have won 10 consecutive games in the Western Athletic Conference. They racked up 627 yards, while allowing 577, and kept slim hopes for a BCS bid alive.
The Bobcats (3-6, 1-3) scored a season high in points, but it wasn't enough to overcome the record-setting efforts of Dixon and Colby Cameron.
Dixon set NCAA single-season records for rushing touchdowns (24) and total points (150) by a freshman. San Diego State's Marshall Faulk set the record for TDs in 1991 with 21 and Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams matched it in 2009. Faulk had 140 points in 1991.
Cameron completed 31 for 45 passes and improved his current streak of passes without an interception to 419. He broke the NCAA record of 379 set by North Carolina State's Russell Wilson in 2008.
No. T19 Texas 33, Iowa State 7 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
AUSTIN, Texas -- David Ash passed for 364 yards and two touchdowns and No. 19 Texas honored former coach Darrell Royal by whipping Iowa State 33-7 on Saturday.
Ash had a 61-yard touchdown pass to Mike Davis in the first quarter. Johnathan Gray ran for two touchdowns for the Longhorns (8-2, 5-2 Big 12), who won their fourth in a row.
Texas paid tribute during the game to Royal, who died Wednesday at age 88. Texas lined up in the wishbone, the formation Royal introduced to college football in 1968, on the Longhorn's first play. Instead of a run, Texas ran a trick play that resulted in a 47-yard pass.
Steele Jantz passed for 133 yards for the Cyclones (5-5, 2-5) but was under constant pressure from the Texas defense.
No. 21 USC 38, Arizona State 17 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
LOS ANGELES -- Marqise Lee caught 10 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown, Curtis McNeal rushed for 163 yards and two more scores, and No. 21 Southern California bounced back from consecutive losses with a 38-17 victory against skidding Arizona State on Saturday.
Matt Barkley threw for 222 yards and three TDs while becoming the leading passer in conference history for the Trojans (7-3, 5-3 Pac-12), who overcame a slow start and five turnovers to snap their two-game skid. USC hasn't lost three consecutive since 2001, former coach Pete Carroll's first season.
Taylor Kelly passed for 174 yards and Alden Darby returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown for the Sun Devils (5-5, 3-4), who lost their fourth consecutive. Arizona State managed just 250 total yards and scored all of their points off USC's turnovers, getting shut out in the final 27 minutes.
Ball State 34, No. 23 Toledo 27 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
TOLEDO, Ohio -- On a night when Toledo was ready to celebrate a national ranking and charmed season, Ball State ruined everything.
Jahwan Edwards scored untouched on a 15-yard run around left end with 1:43 left to propel the Cardinals to a 34-27 victory against the 23rd-ranked Rockets on Tuesday night, ending Toledo's eight-game winning streak.
Edwards' run capped an 86-yard drive after Ball State's beleaguered defense had stopped the Rockets (8-2, 5-1 Mid-American Conference) a yard short on David Fluellen's run on fourth-and-2 at the Cardinals 15.
Edwards finished with 105 yards on 16 carries.
Mocked and belittled all season for allowing an average of 33 points per game, the defense came up big Tuesday night. Keith Wenning completed 29 of 42 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns, but was intercepted three times for Ball State (7-3, 4-2).
No. 24 Rutgers 28, Army 7 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Brandon Coleman caught his second touchdown of the game on a 31-yard pass from Gary Nova with 8:49 to play and No. 24 Rutgers survived a valiant effort by mistake-prone Army in posting a 28-7 victory Saturday.
In bouncing back from its first loss and a two-week layoff that featured Hurricane Sandy and a Nor'easter that dumped a foot of snow in New Jersey, the Scarlet Knights (8-1) scored three times in the final nine minutes. They also got a 2-yard touchdown run from Savon Huggins and a 73-yard fumble return by Duron Harmon in the final minute.
Army (2-8) deserved better, but it could not overcome three lost fumbles, a dropped touchdown pass, two blocked field goals and three late game-changing miscues that cost them the game.
No. 25 Texas Tech 41, Kansas 34 (2OT) -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Eric Stephens took the snap out of the wildcat formation, rolled to his right and threw a 3-yard jump pass to Darrin Moore for a touchdown in double overtime to lead No. 25 Texas Tech past Kansas 41-34 on Saturday.
Kansas quarterback Michael Cummings couldn't connect with Tre' Parmalee in the end zone on fourth-and-9 for Kansas to end the Jayhawks chances.
The Jayhawks (1-9, 0-7 Big 12) came from behind in the fourth quarter and sent the game into overtime on a 32-yard field goal by Nick Prolago with under a minute remaining in regulation.
Seth Doege completed 45 of 59 passes for three touchdowns and 476 yards for Texas Tech (7-3, 4-3). He had one interception in the second quarter that seemed to give the Jayhawks belief they could upset the Red Raiders.
Tony Pierson had a career-high 202 rushing yards on 16 carries for Kansas, which lost its ninth in a row and 19th consecutive Big 12 game.