No. 9 Clemson slides by Wake Forest
Review: Missouri ends long drought against No. 21 Texas
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CLEMSON, S.C. -- Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired and No. 9 Clemson rallied from 14-points down in the second half to defeat Wake Forest 31-28 Saturday and clinch the ACC Atlantic Division title.
Catanzaro had missed a 30-yard attempted two minutes before his game winner for the Tigers (9-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). However, Clemson’s defense quickly got the ball back for one last drive. This time, Catanzaro’s attempt was straight and true and sent the Tiger to the ACC title game for the second time in three years. Fans and teammates swarmed Catanzaro in celebration.
Tajh Boyd overcame a poor outing with a two touchdown passes after Wake Forest (5-5, 4-3) had taken a 28-21 lead. Andre Ellington rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers.
No. 1 LSU 42, Western Kentucky 9 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard each scored two touchdowns, and No. 1 LSU overcame a slow start to defeat Western Kentucky 42-9.
One week after playing most of LSU's 9-6 overtime victory at Alabama, Jordan Jefferson made his first start of the season against the Hilltoppers, hitting 8 of 14 passes for 168 yards, including a 59-yard scoring strike to Rueben Randle.
LSU (10-0), which came in favored by nearly six touchdowns, led only 14-7 at halftime before dominating the second half.
Keshawn Simpson had a 2-yard touchdown run for Western Kentucky (5-5), which saw its winning streak end at five.
Hilltoppers quarterback Kuwaun Jakes completed 11 of 24 passes for 97 yards and was intercepted once by linebacker Tahj Jones.
No. 2 Oklahoma State 66, Texas Tech 6 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Brandon Weeden threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns and Joseph Randle ran for three more scores to lead No. 2 Oklahoma State past Texas Tech 66-6, making the Cowboys 10-0 for the first time in school history.
The Cowboys, second in the BCS standings this week, next (7-0 Big 12) play at Iowa State before closing their season at home against Oklahoma in the Bedlam game. Win both, and they will likely be headed to the BCS championship game.
Weeden threw touchdown passes of 2, 27, 28, 48 and 66 yards, and had no interceptions before his backup came in late in the third quarter. Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper each had more than 100 receiving yards.
It was the Red Raiders (5-5, 2-5) most lopsided loss ever. Texas Tech’s Seth Doege completed 25 of 43 passes for a season-low 169 yards and an interception.
No. 6 Oregon 53, No. 3 Stanford 30 -- Box Score | Full Recap
STANFORD, Calif. -- LaMichael James ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns and No. 6 Oregon sprinted past third-ranked Stanford 53-30 on Saturday night, giving Andrew Luck's Heisman Trophy campaign a blemish and taking a giant step toward hosting the inaugural Pac-12 championship.
James ran for scores from 1, 4 and 58 yards and had Stanford (9-1, 7-1) defenders slipping all over a slick field. The Ducks (9-1, 7-0) ended the nation's best winning streak at 17 games -- which the Cardinal began after a loss in Eugene more than a year ago -- and can clinch the league's North Division crown over Stanford with a win in one of their final two games.
Luck threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions and a fumble. Stanford had five total turnovers.
No. 4 Alabama 24, Mississippi State 7 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Trent Richardson rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown, Alabama's defense gave up just 131 total yards and the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide beat Mississippi State 24-7.
It was a typical no-frills victory for Alabama (9-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference), which has won nine of its last 11 against Mississippi State, including four consecutive. The Crimson Tide defense has held 11 consecutive opponents to 14 points or less.
Alabama struggled again with field goals, missing two of them in the first half after missing four in last week's loss to No. 1 LSU. But Richardson and Eddie Lacy, who rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns, made up for those miscues.
Mississippi State (5-5, 1-5) remains one victory from bowl eligibility. Third-year coach Dan Mullen is now 2-11 against SEC Western Division rivals, with both victories coming against Ole Miss.
The Bulldogs averaged just 2.2 yards per play.
TCU 36, No. 5 Boise State 35 -- Box Score | Full Recap
BOISE, Idaho -- Casey Pachall threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Carter with 1:05 left, then connected with Josh Boyce on the go-ahead 2-point conversion, and Boise State’s Dan Goodale booted a 39-yard field-goal attempt wide right as time expired to give TCU a 36-35 victory against the fifth-ranked Broncos on Saturday.
Pachall threw for 473 yards and five touchdowns as the Horned Frogs (8-2, 5-0) secured a clear path to the Mountain West Conference title and snuffed out the Broncos’ hopes of playing in the BCS championship game.
For the second consecutive year, a missed field goal could dash Boise State’s BCS hopes.
Pachall shredded the Broncos’ injury riddled secondary for scoring passes of 75, 74 and 69 yards in the first half.
And he was just as sharp at the end. After Broncos running back Drew Wright fumbled in TCU territory with 2:26 remaining, Pachall marched the Horned Frogs down the field, capping a seven-play scoring drive with a TD pass to Carter to pull within 35-34.
TCU coach Gary Patterson made a gutsy call to go for the lead instead of a tying kick. Pachall hit Boyce in the corner of the end zone to put the Horned Frogs up 36-35.
No. 8 Arkansas 49, Tennessee 7 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Dennis Johnson accounted for 140 total yards and a pair of touchdowns to help No. 8 Arkansas beat Tennessee 49-7 for its sixth consecutive victory.
The Razorbacks (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) kept alive their hopes for a second consecutive BCS bowl game -- and possibly more. They also earned their seventh consecutive win against an SEC East opponent.
Johnson led Arkansas with 97 yards rushing, including a 71-yard touchdown run in the first half. He also had 43 yards receiving.
Jarius Wright added five catches for 94 yards, setting the school record for career receptions. Wright now has 154 catches, moving ahead of Anthony Eubanks' previous record of 153.
Rajion Neal had an 11-yard TD run for the Volunteers (4-6, 0-5).
No. 10 Virginia Tech 37, No. 20 Georgia Tech 26 -- Box Score | Full Recap
ATLANTA -- Logan Thomas was bigger than most of the guys trying to tackle him. Georgia Tech simply couldn't bring down Virginia Tech's towering quarterback, even resorting to throwing a punch.
When Thomas was done, Virginia Tech had a clear path to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
The 6-foot-6, 254-pound sophomore accounted for five touchdowns, while David Wilson rushed for a career-best 175 yards as the No. 10 Hokies eliminated 20th-ranked Georgia Tech from the ACC race with a 37-26 victory Thursday night.
Thomas threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores. Wilson had his seventh consecutive 100-yard game, already the longest streak of Beamer's quarter-century as coach.
No. 11 Houston 73, Tulane 17 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
NEW ORLEANS -- While Case Keenum got off to an uncharacteristically slow start, running back Charles Sims broke off enough long runs to ensure 11th-ranked Houston would post yet another lopsided victory.
Sims rushed for a career-high 207 yards, including touchdown runs of 72 and 52 yards, and Houston continued its best start in school history with a 73-17 victory on Thursday night that matched a season-high in points.
Keenum passed for 325 yards, a pedestrian total by his standards, before he was given the rest of the night off in the third quarter. His three touchdown passed went for 66, 23 and 8 yards to Patrick Edwards, who also scored on a 70-yard punt return.
Houston (10-0, 6-0 Conference USA), which came in averaging 52.7 points per game, was held without a point in the first quarter, snapping a streak of 19 consecutive quarters with a score.
No. 19 Nebraska 17, No. 12 Penn State 14 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Capping the worst week in school history, No. 12 Penn State nearly overcame a 17-point deficit but was stopped short on a 4th-and-1 late in a 17-14 loss to No. 19 Nebraska.
The outcome was secondary in Happy Valley.
A tumultuous week that began with the arrest of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky on shocking child sexual abuse charges ended Saturday with Penn State losing in its first game in 46 years without coach Joe Paterno, who was fired Wednesday.
Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead ran for 121 yards and a touchdown before the Nittany Lions scored 14 unanswered behind two second-half touchdown runs by Stephfon Green.
But a key drive ended when Silas Redd was stopped on the fourth down with 1:49 left at the Penn State 38.
No. 13 Michigan State 37, Iowa 21 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kirk Cousins threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns and 13th-ranked Michigan State beat Iowa 37-21 to take control of the Big Ten’s Legends Division.
B.J. Cunningham caught a pair of TD passes for the Spartans, who snapped a seven-game losing streak at Iowa dating back to 1989.
Michigan State (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) took a commanding 31-7 lead with two touchdowns in a 36-second stretch late in the second quarter. Cunningham followed Le’Veon Bell’s 25-yard TD run with a 22-yard touchdown catch to put Michigan State up by 24 at the break.
The Spartans can now earn a spot in the Big Ten title game with wins against Indiana and Northwestern in the next two weeks.
James Vandenberg threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns for Iowa (6-4, 3-3), which lost its first home game of the season.
No. 14 Georgia 45, No. 24 Auburn 7 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
ATHENS, Ga. -- Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes to surpass Matthew Stafford's school record and No. 14 Georgia romped past No. 24 Auburn 45-7, moving within one win of playing for the Southeastern Conference championship.
The Bulldogs (8-2, 6-1 SEC) won their eighth in a row with a dominating performance in the Deep South's oldest rivalry. They raced to a 35-7 halftime lead against the stunned Tigers (6-4, 4-3) and finished with their biggest win in the series since 1946.
Georgia can clinch its first division title in six years at home next weekend against Kentucky.
Murray now has 27 TDs for the season -- nine in the past two weeks. He broke the school mark of 25 set in 2008 by Stafford, a top pick in the NFL draft.
No. 15 South Carolina 17, Florida 12 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns to lead South Carolina to a 17-12 win against Florida.
Freshman Brandon Miles ran for 120 yards as the No. 15 Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2 Southeastern) pounded the Gators (5-5, 3-5) and left themselves a chance to make it to a second consecutive SEC title game.
South Carolina led 14-3 after Shaw's sneak just before the half, but Florida rallied. A 2-yard touchdown run by Jacoby Brissett made it 14-12, but the Gators never threatened again.
The win gives South Carolina six SEC victories for the first time since joining the league in 1992. But the Gamecocks will need Georgia to lose to either Auburn on Saturday or Kentucky next week to win the SEC East.
No. 16 Wisconsin 42, Minnesota 13 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
MINNEAPOLIS -- Montee Ball broke the Big Ten's single-season touchdown record and 16th-ranked Wisconsin trampled Minnesota 42-13 to keep Paul Bunyan's Axe for the eighth consecutive year -- and stay in the conference title chase.
Russell Wilson had a season-high four touchdown passes. He was on target with every throw and every decision, connecting on all but his last throw, a deep ball that Nick Toon had in his hands but let trickle out as he hit the turf hard midway through the third quarter. Toon, who finished with eight catches for 100 yards and two scores, was shaken up on that play. Wilson went 16 for 17 for 178 yards.
In just 10 games, Ball has 27 total touchdowns.
No. 17 Kansas State 53, Texas A&M 50 (4OT) -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Collin Klein scored on a sneak in the fourth overtime, his sixth touchdown of the game, giving No. 17 Kansas State a dramatic 53-50 victory against Texas A&M.
Klein threw for a career-high 281 yards and added 103 yards on the ground for the Wildcats (8-2, 5-2 Big 12), who rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final 6 minutes of regulation to hand the Aggies (5-5, 3-4) their third consecutive loss.
The Aggies had the ball first in the fourth overtime and moved down to the Kansas State 3 before their drive stalled. Facing fourth-and-1, coach Mike Sherman played it safe and kicked the field goal, and that gave Kansas State the opening it needed.
Klein pounded forward for three yards on third-and-3 at the 18 for a first down, and a pass interference call on the Aggies' Toney Hurd Jr. in the end zone gave Kansas State the ball at the 2.
Klein went straight up the middle twice, getting across the goal line on his second try as the crowd erupted, and the Wildcats poured off the sideline to celebrate the victory.
No. 18 USC 40, Washington 17 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
LOS ANGELES -- Marqise Lee caught a touchdown pass and returned the second-half kickoff 88 yards for a score, and Curtis McNeal had a 79-yard TD sprint among his career-high 148 yards rushing in No. 18 Southern California's 40-17 victory against Washington.
Matt Barkley passed for 174 yards and one touchdown while running for an early score for the Trojans (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12), who made sure the Huskies had no chance to beat them on a last-second field goal, as they did in each of Washington coach Steve Sarkisian's first two meetings with his former employer.
Marc Tyler also rushed for a score for the bowl-banned Trojans, who have won five of six heading into next weekend's trip to Oregon.
Keith Price passed for just 125 yards for Washington (6-4, 4-3) before leaving with an injured left knee in the third quarter of the Huskies' third loss in four weeks to top-25 opponents.
Missouri 17, No. 21 Texas 5 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Kendial Lawrence topped 100 yards with a touchdown in relief of injured Henry Josey and Missouri's defense kept No. 21 Texas out of the end zone for the first time since 2004 in a 17-5 upset that ended a six-game losing streak in the series.
James Franklin completed his first 10 passes and ran for a 2-yard score for the Tigers (5-5, 3-4 Big 12), who beat Texas for the first time since 1997. Lawrence had 106 yards on 18 carries with a 35-yard score in the second quarter.
Texas (6-3, 3-3) entered with injury concerns at running back and was held to 76 yards rushing in only its third road game of the year. Missouri allowed only a chip-shot field goal for the game's first score and a safety off a blocked punt in the third quarter.
No. 22 Michigan 31, Illinois 14 -- Box Score Highlights | Full Recap
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for 192 yards and a touchdown and backup quarterback Devin Gardner threw a key TD pass to lead No. 22 Michigan past Illinois 31-14.
Denard Robinson didn't play after a big third-quarter hit. Details about his injury weren't available. In relief Gardner hit Martavious Odoms for a fourth-quarter touchdown that gave Michigan (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) a 24-7 lead after Illinois scored.
The Illini (6-4, 2-4) finished with 214 yards of offense but had just 30 at halftime. For the fourth week in a row they didn't score in the first half and they've lost four consecutive.
Illinois trailed 17-7 after quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase's 14-yard third-quarter touchdown run. But he was intercepted by J.T Floyd on the next Illinois possession to set up Odoms' TD.
West Virginia 24, No. 23 Cincinnati 21 – Box Score | Full Recap
CINCINNATI -- Geno Smith threw for 372 yards and led a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that rallied West Virginia to a 24-21 victory against No. 23 Cincinnati -- which lost both quarterback Zach Collaros and control of the Big East race.
Eain Smith blocked Tony Miliano's attempt for a tying 31-yard field goal as time ran out, giving the Mountaineers (7-3, 3-2) a win they needed to stay in contention.
The Bearcats (7-2, 3-1) lost Collaros to a lower-leg injury in the second quarter, and he watched the rest of the game on crutches from the sideline with his right foot and ankle heavily wrapped.
Untested sophomore quarterback Munchie Legaux got the 48,152 fans at Paul Brown Stadium chanting his first name when he led the Bearcats to a pair of touchdowns for a 21-17 lead early in the fourth quarter. Legaux ran 7 yards for a score, and Isaiah Pead went 10 yards for his second touchdown.
Smith directed a 10-play drive that culminated in Shawne Alston's 1-yard run for the go-ahead score with 8:52 left. Smith was 29 of 43 with a touchdown and no interceptions.
No. 25 Southern Miss 30, UCF 29 -- Box Score | Full Recap
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Danny Hrapmann kicked five field goals and No. 25 Southern Miss narrowly avoided an upset with a 30-29 win against Central Florida.
Central Florida's J.J. Whorton caught a 25-yard touchdown pass as time expired, but Southern Miss safety Jacorious Cotton got a hand on Blake Bortles' 2-point conversion pass to seal the win.
Hrapmann made all five field-goal attempts, including kicks of 42, 44 and 48 yards, and made both of his extra point attempts to propel Southern Miss to its first 9-1 start since the 1996 season.
Austin Davis threw for 366 yards and two touchdowns.
Bortles came on in relief of UCF starter Jeff Godfrey and completed 24 of 34 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.
Central Florida (4-6) has lost four of its last five games and six out of eight.