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  TCU's Jaden Oberkrom kicked a field goal from 37 yards as the clock expired.

Last-second field goal pushes No. 7 TCU past No. 20 West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Jaden Oberkrom kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 10 TCU a 31-30 victory against No. 20 West Virginia on Saturday.

The Horned Frogs (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) overcame a 13-point deficit to keep their national championship hopes alive. West Virginia (6-3, 4-2) led 27-14 midway through the third quarter, but was held to one first down the rest of the game.

B.J. Catalon had two second-half touchdown runs for TCU, including a 6-yarder with 7:33 left that cut it to 30-28. He finished with 105 yards.

The Mountaineers (6-3, 4-2) committed five turnovers, all in their own territory, and had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Boykin went 12 of 30 for 166 yards and a touchdown after throwing a school-record seven TD passes against Texas Tech. The Horned Frogs had a season-low 389 yards of offense but scored two touchdowns off turnovers in the third quarter.

No. 1 Mississippi State remains undefeated behind play of Prescott

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Dak Prescott threw for a career-high 331 yards and a touchdown to help No. 1 Mississippi State beat Arkansas 17-10 on Saturday night.

Mississippi State (8-0, 5-0 SEC) trailed until the third quarter and didn't take the lead until Prescott's 69-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Fred Ross made it 17-10 with 13:21 remaining.

Arkansas had two promising drives in the fourth quarter, but neither resulted in points. Will Redmond intercepted a pass in the end zone with 15 seconds left to end the Razorbacks' final chance.

The Razorbacks (4-5, 0-5) have lost 17 consecutive conference games dating to 2012.

It wasn't the prettiest game for Prescott -- who threw two interceptions -- but he made clutch throws during crucial moments in the second half. Josh Robinson caught six passes for a career-high 110 yards.

Mississippi State has won 11 games in a row, the second-longest streak in the country behind Florida State. Prescott is the first Mississippi State player to throw for 300 yards since 2007. He completed 18 of 27 passes.

No. 2 Florida State rallies for 24th consecutive win against No. 25 Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- If trailing Auburn by 18 last season in the BCS Championship Game didn't shake Florida State, a 21-0 first-half deficit to Louisville surely wasn't going to, either.

Thanks to another remarkable comeback by the Seminoles and quarterback Jameis Winston, their hopes of competing for a second consecutive national championship remain intact.

Winston threw three touchdown passes to offset a three-interception start and Dalvin Cook had two long scoring runs to help second-ranked Florida State rally for a 42-31 victory against Louisville on Thursday night.

Florida States latest comeback for its 24th consecutive win might have saved the season.

Winston was 25-of-48 for 401 yards passing. Florida State outgained Louisville 574-488, including 374 in the second half.

No. 3 Auburn prevails against No. 4 Ole Miss with fumble at the goal line

OXFORD, Miss. -- Cassanova McKinzy recovered a fumble in the end zone to preserve No. 3 Auburn's 35-31 victory against No. 4 Mississippi on Saturday night in what amounted to the first College Football Playoff knockout game.

The Tigers (7-1, 4-1 SEC) got a reprieve after Rebels receiver Laquon Treadwell lost the ball at the end of a tackle-breaking catch-and-run to the end zone with 1:30 left. It was ruled a touchdown, but the replay official determined he lost the ball before crossing the goal line.

McKinzy dove on it, deflating the Ole Miss crowd enjoying team's best start since 1990. The Rebels (7-2, 4-2) have lost two in a row.

Auburn milked a minute off the clock before Ole Miss got the ball back at its 49 with 26 seconds left and no timeouts. Bo Wallace, who had fumbled at Auburn's 6 on the previous drive, threw three consecutive incompletions before a final desperation play went nowhere.

The Tigers gained 507 yards against the nation's top scoring defense, the only unit that hadn't given up 20 points in a game coming into this SEC West clash. An Ole Miss offense held to seven points in a loss to No. 19 LSU matched them nearly yard for yard, gaining 492.

No. 5 Oregon explodes offensively against Stanford

EUGENE, Ore. -- Marcus Mariota threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores in fifth-ranked Oregon's 45-16 victory against Stanford on Saturday night.

Thomas Tyner returned from an injury to run for two touchdowns to help the Ducks (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) snap a two-game losing streak to the Cardinal.

Stanford's stout defense had not allowed an opponent more than 30 points in a string of 31 games, the longest streak in the nation. The Cardinal (5-4, 3-3) had allowed just four total rushing touchdowns through the season's first eight games; Oregon finished with four.

Oregon climbed to No. 2 in the AP rankings this season but stumbled with a home loss to Arizona on Oct. 2. The Ducks have since recovered and they're gunning for the inaugural playoffs.

The Cardinal defense had allowed opponents an average of just 250.6 yards a game. Opponents were only averaging 12.5 points. Oregon had 525 yards in total offense.

No. 9 Kansas State continues to roll against Oklahoma State

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Jake Waters threw two touchdown passes, Charles Jones ran for a pair of scores and No. 9 Kansas State shut down Oklahoma State's slumping offense in a 48-14 rout Saturday night.

Curry Sexton had nine catches for 159 yards and a touchdown, and Tyler Lockett had six receptions for 94 yards and a score, helping the Wildcats (7-1, 5-0 Big 12) remain the lone unbeaten team in the Big 12 heading into next week's showdown at seventh-ranked TCU.

After marching for a touchdown on the game's opening drive, Oklahoma State (5-4, 3-3) never threatened on offense again. The Cowboys managed only a pick-six by Ramon Richards in the fourth quarter in losing their third consecutive game for the first time since the 2005 season.

Tyreek Hill had 102 yards rushing and a touchdown in place of leading rusher Desmond Roland, who missed the trip following a death in his family. Daxx Garman threw for 148 yards and was picked off twice, one of them when the Cowboys were deep in Kansas State territory.

Oklahoma State had only 48 yards of offense in the second half.

No. 10 Notre recovers from Navy scare

LANDOVER, Md. -- Everett Golson threw for three touchdowns and ran for three scores to help No. 10 Notre Dame beat Navy 49-39 on Saturday night after blowing a 21-point lead.

After scoring touchdowns on their first four possessions, the Fighting Irish (7-1) appeared on their way to an easy victory.

Navy then scored 24 consecutive points to move ahead 31-28 with 4 minutes left in the third quarter.

Golson put Notre Dame back in front with a 3-yard burst into the end zone, and a 25-yard touchdown run by Tarean Folston made it 42-31 with 12:22 remaining.

Two missed field goals by the Irish kept Navy's hopes alive. The Midshipmen (4-5) took advantage by scoring a touchdown and 2-point conversion to close to 42-39 with 4:18 remaining, but the onside kick failed and Golson wrapped it up with an 8-yard TD run with 1:27 to go.

The Irish have won four in a row in college football's longest continuous intersectional rivalry and now lead the series 75-12-1.

Florida shocks -- and runs over -- No. 11 Georgia

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor combined for 389 yards rushing and four touchdowns and Florida upset ninth-ranked Georgia 38-20 on Saturday, ending a three-game losing streak in the series and quite possibly saving coach Will Muschamp's job.

Jones ran 25 times for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Taylor, whose NFL father, Fred, has his name emblazoned on a wall inside EverBank Field, carried 25 times for 192 yards and two scores.

Jones and Taylor carried Florida (4-3, 3-3 SEC) to a much-needed victory in the series against the Bulldogs (6-2, 4-2) and in the Southeastern Conference.

Muschamp may have been the big winner. The fourth-year coach's future was clearly in jeopardy with Florida having lost 10 of its previous 13 games. Muschamp also had been 0-7 in this series, going 0-4 as a Georgia defensive back in the 1990s and losing his first three games as Florida's coach.

No. 13 Baylor bounces back with dominant victory

WACO, Texas -- Bryce Petty had three touchdown passes, including two to Corey Coleman, and No. 12 Baylor scored on 11 consecutive possessions despite looking sluggish at times in a 60-14 victory against Kansas on Saturday.

Baylor (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) had to settle for field goals after two of three first-half fumbles by the Jayhawks deep in their territory, but still rolled up 669 yards in their 14th consecutive home victory in the 91st homecoming game. That streak ties Auburn for the longest in the nation.

Coleman had a career-high 167 yards receiving and TDs of 72 and 49 yards, the latter putting the Bears up 46-7 early in the third quarter.

Kansas (2-6, 0-5) had 0 yards rushing at halftime in its 31st consecutive loss away from home and 28th in a row in a true road game since winning at UTEP in 2009.

Petty was 15-of-27 passing for 277 yards before going to the sideline for good late in the third quarter.

OT field goal lifts No. 14 Arizona St. past No. 17 Utah

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Zane Gonzalez kicked a 36-yard field goal in overtime and No. 14 Arizona State overcame an uneven performance to take control of the Pac-12 South with a 19-16 victory against No. 18 Utah on Saturday night.

Utah (6-2, 3-1 Pac-12) had the ball first in overtime and had to call a timeout just before Andy Phillips attempted a 35-yard field goal to avoid a delay penalty. Phillips pushed that attempt wide right and did the same thing when it counted.

Arizona State (7-1, 5-1) managed just a couple of yards on its overtime drive, but Gonzalez made his kick count, driving the ball through the uprights to send the Sun Devils charging onto the field.

The victory, combined with Arizona's loss to UCLA, gives Arizona State a one-game lead in the Pac-12 South and keeps the Sun Devils' College Football Playoff hopes alive.

No. 15 Nebraska wins despite knee injury to Abdullah

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Imani Cross ran for two short touchdowns after Heisman Trophy hopeful Ameer Abdullah left the game with a mild sprain to his left knee, and No. 17 Nebraska defeated Purdue 35-14 on Saturday to take sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West.

The Cornhuskers (8-1, 4-1) are a half-game ahead of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin after their third consecutive win. Purdue (3-6, 1-4) lost its third in a row.

Tommy Armstrong Jr. ran for 70 yards and a touchdown and passed for another score. Cross carried 20 times for 66 yards. Akeem Hunt led Purdue with 66 yards on 21 carries.

Barrett, Samuel lead No. 16 Ohio State to easy win

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Curtis Samuel ran for two touchdowns and J.T. Barrett hit Devin Smith on two scoring passes -- all in the first half -- and No. 16 Ohio State beat Illinois 55-14 on Saturday night, extending the Buckeyes' Big Ten win streak to a record-tying 20.

The Buckeyes (7-1, 4-0) won their sixth in a row -- five by lopsided scores. Now they head into the game of the year in the conference, at defending champion Michigan State next week.

Donovonn Young's 5-yard run late in the third quarter broke up the shutout for the Illini (4-5, 1-4). They have dropped four of their past five.

Knight has six TDs as No. 18 Oklahoma thumps Iowa State

AMES, Iowa -- Oklahoma's Trevor Knight became the first FBS player this season to throw three TD passes and rush for three touchdowns in a game and the 19th-ranked Sooners trounced Iowa State 59-14 on Saturday.

Knight had 230 yards passing, a career-high 146 yards rushing and six total scores for the Sooners (6-2, 3-2 Big 12). They gained a season-high 751 yards in beating the Cyclones for the 43rd time in their past 45 tries.

The Sooners had 480 yards and led 35-7 at halftime, a promising sign ahead of next week's matchup with Baylor in Norman.

But star wide receiver Sterling Shepard was carted off with an apparent leg injury in the first quarter and did not return.

Sam Richardson had 239 yards passing for Iowa State (2-6, 0-5).

Hundley totals 320 yards as No. 22 UCLA upsets No. 12 Arizona

PASADENA, Calif. -- Brett Hundley passed for 189 yards and ran for 131 more, and No. 22 UCLA pulled its season back from the brink with a dominant defensive performance in a 17-7 victory against No. 12 Arizona on Saturday night.

Paul Perkins rushed for a touchdown and Hundley threw a 70-yard TD pass to Jordan Payton during the decisive third quarter. The Bruins (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) stayed in the Pac-12 South race with their first home victory in nearly two months.

Anu Solomon went 18-for-48 passing for 175 yards on a nightmarish offensive night for the Wildcats (6-2, 3-2), who couldn't score in the final 57 minutes. Arizona has lost three in a row to UCLA since coaches Rich Rodriguez and Jim Mora joined the Pac-12.

Cayleb Jones caught a TD pass on Arizona's opening drive, but its prolific offense was shut out by UCLA after that.

Hundley tied Cade McNown's UCLA career record with his 68th TD pass, while Perkins became the 13th rusher with a 1,000-yard season in school history.

Temple forces No. 23 East Carolina to walk the plank

PHILADELPHIA -- Kenny Harper rushed for two touchdowns and Temple forced five fumbles in beating No. 21 East Carolina 20-10 Saturday for its first victory against a ranked opponent since 1998.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Pirates (6-2, 3-1 AAC), who were whistled for 10 penalties worth 105 yards. The loss also spoiled East Carolina's bid for the best eight-game start in school history.

Playing much of the game in a driving rain storm, Temple (5-3, 3-2) played relatively mistake-free and jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The victory was the Owls' first against a ranked opponent at home.

Temple didn't muster much offense. Harper led the way with two scores and 30 yards rushing on 12 carries.

East Carolina managed just three points in the first half. The Pirates were slowed by three fumbles by their running backs, including two by Breon Allen that led to Temple scores.

No. 24 Duke holds on with TD in second OT vs. Pitt

PITTSBURGH -- Backup Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk bulled into the end zone from 5 yards in the second overtime to lift the 24th-ranked Blue Devils to a 51-48 win against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The Blue Devils (7-1, 3-1 ACC) held Pitt to a field goal to start the second overtime then went 25 yards in four plays, with Sirk's second touchdown of the day ending it.

The Panthers (4-5, 2-3) had a chance to win in regulation, driving 71 yards to set up Chris Blewitt for a 26-yard field-goal attempt. The Blue Devils called two timeouts to make Blewitt think about it, and the kicker missed poorly to the left.

James Conner ran for a career-high 263 yards and three touchdowns for Pitt but didn't touch the ball in the second overtime.

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