Top 25 Roundup: Arizona shocks No. 5 Oregon; Duke wins seventh in a row
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- AJ McCarron passed for two touchdowns and became No. 1 Alabama's winningest quarterback in Saturday's 49-0 victory against Chattanooga.
McCarron completed 13 of 16 passes for 171 yards before leaving one drive into the second half of his final game at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the Crimson Tide (11-0). He improved to 36-2 as a starter, breaking a tie with Jay Barker for the school mark.
McCarron and Alabama got an easy tuneup for the Iron Bowl against No. 6 Auburn to determine the Southeastern Conference Western Division champion.
The Tide produced its third shutout of the year and had a blocked field goal against the FCS Mocs (8-4).
Kenyan Drake ran for 77 yards and a 13-yard touchdown with starting tailback T.J. Yeldon sitting out to rest a sprained ankle.
Christion Jones scored on a 75-yard punt return in the second quarter.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jameis Winston threw for 225 yards and four touchdowns as No. 2 Florida State broke a school record for points in a game in an 80-14 victory against Idaho Saturday.
Florida State (11-0) broke the school record of 77 points scored in 1995 to remain unbeaten.
Florida State is now two wins from a likely berth in the BCS championship game.
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Clint Chelf passed for a career-high 370 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as No. 11 Oklahoma State took down another national-championship hopeful, easily defeating No. 3 Baylor 49-17.
Chelf, who lost the starting job earlier this season for the Cowboys (10-1, 7-1 Big 12 Conference), threw for three touchdown passes and ran for a score -- continuing his mastery of the stunned Bears in front of a record crowd of 60,218 in Boone Pickens Stadium.
The senior also had a 48-yard reception and finished with 438 yards of total offense. He was 19-of-25 passing. Tracy Moore added five catches for 126 yards for Oklahoma State.
Bryce Petty was 28-of-48 passing for 359 yards for Baylor (9-1, 6-1), which had its 13-game winning streak snapped and hasn't won in Stillwater since 1939.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Braxton Miller ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns and passed for two more Saturday to lead No. 4 Ohio State to a 42-14 victory against Indiana, extending the Buckeyes' school-record win streak to 23 in a row.
The snowy victory clinched a division title for the Buckeyes (11-0, 7-0), locking up a spot opposite Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 7.
Carlos Hyde became the first running back to go over 1,000 yards rushing in Urban Meyer's 12 years as a head coach. He ran for 117 yards and two scores.
Ohio State's defense throttled the Hoosiers (4-7, 2-5), who came in averaging 39 points a game.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Ka'Deem Carey ran for 206 yards and four touchdowns while becoming Arizona's all-time leading rusher, and the Wildcats took advantage of numerous Oregon miscues to shock the fifth-ranked Ducks 42-16 on Saturday.
Coming off a disappointing home loss to Washington State, Arizona (7-4, 4-4) didn't back off the throttle of its up-tempo offense against the fast-paced Ducks.
With Carey bursting through the line to punish defenders and B.J. Denker dinking and dashing with a variety of fakes, the Wildcats jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and kept going for their first win against a top-five team since 2007.
Oregon (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) gave the Wildcats plenty of help with three turnovers and turning it over twice more on downs to end its national title hopes and, possibly, its four-year run of BCS bowls.
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Tajh Boyd threw for five touchdowns and 288 yards in the final home game of his career as No. 7 Clemson beat The Citadel 52-6 on Saturday.
The game was more of a celebration than a contest for the Tigers (10-1), who now have not lost in 28 games against Football Championship Subdivision opponents.
Clemson didn't score on its first possession, but made it to the end zone the next five times it touched the ball. Boyd had touchdown passes of 8, 9, 19, 24 and 30 yards. He ended the game with 102 passing TDs in his career and tied the Tigers record of five passing TDs in a game for the sixth time. Three times Boyd has thrown for five scores in the first half.
Clemson outgained The Citadel (5-7) 558 yards to 172 yards.
OXFORD, Miss. -- Henry Josey rushed for two touchdowns, Marcus Murphy added another and No. 8 Missouri rolled to a 24-10 victory against No. 24 Mississippi on Saturday night.
Missouri (10-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) is now one victory away from clinching the SEC East title. The Tigers host Texas A&M next weekend.
Missouri jumped out to a 17-3 lead by halftime and led by a comfortable margin for most of the second half. James Franklin completed 12 of 19 passes for 142 yards and an interception in his first start since a shoulder injury caused him to miss four games. Josey rushed for 95 yards.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Ole Miss (7-4, 3-4). Bo Wallace threw for 244 yards and an interception, but was battling an illness for much of the game and struggled during the second half.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Terrance Magee rushed for a career-high 149 yards, LSU's defense pulled the plug on Johnny Manziel and ninth-ranked Texas A&M's video-game offense, and the No. 18 Tigers energized Death Valley with a commanding 34-10 victory Saturday.
Zach Mettenberger completed 11-of-20 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns on a cold, wet and windy afternoon. Jarvis Landry highlighted his four-catch, 87-yard performances with touchdowns of 40 and 10 yards. LSU (8-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) piled up 324 yards on the ground and outgained Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3) in total yards, 517-299.
What was likely Manziel's only visit to Tiger Stadium was among the worst outings of his otherwise brilliant career. He passed for 224 yards and a TD, but completed only 16 of 41, was sacked twice and intercepted twice as the Aggies' road winning streak ended at 10.
STANFORD, Calif. -- Ty Montgomery matched a Stanford school record with five touchdowns, scoring his first four on as many touches to start the game, and the 10th-ranked Cardinal beat Bay Area rival California 63-13 on Saturday while also clinching a spot in the Pac-12 championship game with Oregon's loss.
Kevin Hogan threw four of his five scoring passes to Montgomery, including a 9-yard completion just before halftime that put Stanford ahead 42-13. The Cardinal (9-2, 7-2 Pac-12) bounced back from last week's loss at USC but needed No. 5 Oregon to lose one of its final two games to earn a spot in the conference championship. The Ducks lost 42-16 in Tucson, and Stanford's fans led chants of "Arizona! Arizona!"
Hogan set career highs with 329 yards passing and the five TD passes.
Cal (1-11, 0-9) lost its 10th in a row to finish new coach Sonny Dykes' disappointing debut year.
Stanford, which hosts Notre Dame next weekend to conclude the regular season, finished with 603 total yards and 417 yards passing.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Connor Shaw passed for a touchdown and ran for a score in less than a quarter of work and No. 12 South Carolina scored the most points in Steve Spurrier's nine seasons as coach in a 70-10 victory against Coastal Carolina on Saturday.
The Gamecocks (9-2) scored on their first six possessions and surpassed their output from a 69-24 win against Troy in 2010. And it came with South Carolina resting several starters for rival Clemson next Saturday night, including defensive linemen Jadeveon Clowney and Kelcy Quarles and the Southeastern Conference's leading rusher in Mike Davis.
The Gamecocks won their record 17th consecutive game at home and Shaw improved to 25-5 as a starter, moving past Todd Ellis' wins mark
The news wasn't all bad for Coastal Carolina (10-2). The Chanticleers learned before halftime they shared a Big South championship and earned the league's FCS playoff bid.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Connor Cook threw for a career-high 293 yards, Jeremy Langford ran for 150, and No. 13 Michigan State clinched a spot in the Big Ten title game with a 30-6 victory against Northwestern on Saturday afternoon.
Cook threw for two touchdowns. Langford ran for two scores, and the Spartans (10-1, 7-0) reached the conference title game for the second time in three years.
Langford ran 20 yards untouched for the game's first touchdown in the second quarter. He sealed it with a 37-yard scoring run in the fourth after Kurtis Drummond picked off a short pass by Trevor Siemian, sending Michigan State to its seventh win in a row and Northwestern (4-7, 0-7) to its seventh loss in a row.
PASADENA, Calif. -- Taylor Kelly passed for 225 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 99 yards and another score, and No. 19 Arizona State hung on in the fourth quarter to clinch its first Pac-12 South title with a 38-33 victory against No. 14 UCLA on Saturday night.
Marion Grice had 95 yards rushing and 72 yards receiving for the surging Sun Devils (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12), who will face Stanford in the league title game in two weeks. If Arizona State beats Arizona in the Territorial Cup game next week, the Sun Devils will host the Cardinal.
Arizona State blew most of a 22-point halftime lead over the Bruins (8-3, 5-3) and scored just three points in the second half, but its defense held UCLA scoreless on its final two drives.
FRESNO, Calif. -- Derek Carr threw for 527 yards and a school-record seven touchdowns in his final regular-season home game to help No. 15 Fresno State clinch a spot in the Mountain West title game with a 69-28 victory against New Mexico on Saturday.
Davante Adams had nine catches for 246 yards and four scores and Josh Harper added 10 for 161 and three TDs as the Bulldogs (10-0, 7-0) gained a school-record 820 yards and clinched first place in the West Division. They will likely host the conference championship game on Dec. 7 as long as they remain ahead of the Mountain Division winner in the BCS standings.
The Lobos (3-8, 1-6) lost their 15th consecutive game against a ranked opponent as they struggled on offense without injured quarterback Cole Gautsche and running back Kasey Carrier and had no defensive answer to stop Carr and the Bulldogs' bevy of playmakers.
MINNEAPOLIS -- James White rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and No. 16 Wisconsin beat Minnesota for the 10th consecutive time in a 20-7 victory on Saturday.
Jared Abbrederis had seven catches for 67 yards and a touchdown and Chris Borland recovered two fumbles and forced one to tie the NCAA record for career fumbles caused. After the game, the Badgers (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) hoisted Paul Bunyan's Axe and used it to chop the Gophers goal post when the time ran out.
Aaron Hill returned an interception for a touchdown and David Cobb rushed for 68 yards for the Golden Gophers (8-3, 4-3). But Philip Nelson completed just 7 of 23 passes for 83 yards and the Gophers turned the ball over three times to snap a four-game winning streak.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- No. 17 UCF moved closer to the American Athletic Conference title with a dominating performance against struggling Rutgers.
Blake Bortles passed for one touchdown and ran another Thursday night, helping the Knights win 41-17 to remain unbeaten in league play.
UCF (9-1, 6-0) won for the sixth consecutive time following a three-point loss to South Carolina, retaining sole possession of first place in the AAC - one game ahead of Louisville and Cincinnati.
Bortles threw a 4-yard TD pass to Breshad Perriman in the opening quarter and UCF scored on its first four offensive possessions to build a 28-7 lead.
Rutgers (5-5, 2-4) trimmed its deficit to 14 before the half when Andre Patton recovered a blocked punt in the end zone. However, that was as close as the Scarlet Knights got.
Flood's team has lost four of five following a 4-1 start. The Scarlet Knights have been outscored 166-58 in the losses, all against conference opponents.
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Backed up against the end zone on third down, Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch had the defense right where he wanted.
He dropped back, waited until he spotted an opening and scrambled up the middle for a first down that sparked a 99-yard drive, clinching a 35-17 victory against Toledo on Wednesday night.
The No. 20 Huskies also secured a fourth consecutive trip to the Mid-American Conference title game.
Lynch, their do-it-all quarterback, said he never felt rattled even with little room for error. That's because he said the Huskies practice those 99-yard drives.
Lynch finished with three touchdowns - all in the second half - and 161 yards. The third score on a 1-yard dive came at the end of the Huskies' long drive in the fourth quarter.
He ran for 62 yards on seven carries during the drive, the big play coming when he scrambled out of the end zone to pick up a first down.
The Huskies (11-0, 7-0 MAC) extended their 24-game conference winning streak and are off to the best start in school history.
Lynch was 17 of 22 for 202 yards passing and ran for 161 yards on 28 carries. He is 23-2 as a starter.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- DeVante Parker and Dominique Brown scored touchdowns to help No. 21 Louisville hold off Memphis 24-17 on Saturday.
The Cardinals used a 17-point surge over the second and third quarters to provide a cushion.
Louisville seemed in control leading 24-3 before quarterback Paxton Lynch rallied Memphis within seven points with a 4-yard run early in the fourth quarter and a 6-yard TD pass to Jesse Milleson with 6:07 remaining.
The Tigers' defense was poised to give Lynch another opportunity but Reggis Ball was penalized for roughing punter Ryan Johnson, giving the Cardinals first down at the Memphis 29 with 2:58 left.
Louisville (10-1, 6-1 American Athletic Conference) eventually turned it over on downs at the Memphis 6. But with no timeouts left, the Tigers (3-7, 1-5) gained just 17 yards before time expired.
The Cardinals registered their first senior day win since 2007.
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Brennan Clay ran for a career-high 200 yards and two touchdowns, leading No. 22 Oklahoma to a 41-31 victory against Kansas State on Saturday and moving Sooners coach Bob Stoops past Barry Switzer for the most wins in school history.
It was the 157th victory at Oklahoma for Stoops, and it came against his former mentor. Stoops was a defensive assistant under Kansas State coach Bill Snyder from 1989-95.
Freshman Trevor Knight, filling in for the injured Blake Bell, threw for 171 yards and accounted for two TDs for the Sooners (9-2, 6-2 Big 12). He made do without running back Damien Williams and wide receiver Lacoltan Bester, who were reportedly suspended earlier in the week.
Tyler Lockett had 12 catches for a school-record 278 yards and three touchdowns for Kansas State (6-5, 4-4), which had its four-game win streak end.
BOULDER, Colo. -- Sophomore Javorius Allen ran for a career-best 145 yards and three touchdowns and No. 23 Southern California beat Colorado 47-29 in 29-degree weather, tied for the second-coldest kickoff in the Trojans' storied history.
The Trojans (9-3, 6-2 Pac-12) improved to 8-0 all-time against the Buffaloes (4-7, 1-7) while improving to 6-1 under interim coach Ed Orgeron.
The only downer for the Trojans was getting left out in the cold in the Pac-12 race as No. 19 Arizona State held off UCLA 38-33 earlier Saturday to clinch the South division.
The Buffaloes saw their slim bowl hopes come to an end in what might have been star receiver Paul Richardson's final home game. He didn't catch a pass until midway through the third quarter, and by that time, the Buffs trailed by 30.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Anthony Boone threw three touchdown passes and No. 25 Duke held on to beat Wake Forest 28-21 on Saturday for its seventh consecutive win.
Brandon Connette rushed 3 yards for the go-ahead score late in the third quarter and Boone was 24 of 29 for 256 yards. The Blue Devils (9-2, 5-2 ACC) fell behind 14-0 before rallying to match the school record for victories and remain in control of the Coastal Division.
Boone threw touchdown passes covering 58 and 10 yards to Jamison Crowder and 4 yards to Max McCaffrey.
Thomas Brown returned a fumble 59 yards for a touchdown for Wake Forest (4-7, 2-6).
Tanner Price was 12 of 27 for 124 yards in his final home game with a 6-yard touchdown to Spencer Bishop and an 11-yard touchdown run. But he was intercepted by Ross Cockrell with 2:30 left.