College football: Scores, highlights and reactions from Week 11
Week 11 provided an interesting shakeup in college football that hasn't been seen since 1985. As part of five top 10 upsets on the day, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Washington and No. 4 Washington all stunningly fell for the first time this season, leaving the Playoff race wide open heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.
It was a far easier road for No. 1 Alabama, who clinched the SEC West title with a blowout win over Mississippi State alongside Auburn's shocking loss to Georgia. Elsewhere in the Playoff picture, No. 6 Louisville went on a 41-0 run to come back and beat Wake Forest 44-12 and No. 5 Ohio State trounced Maryland 62-3.
Read on below for all the recaps for the top Week 11 contests:
No. 21 Western Michigan 37, Kent State 21 — GameCenter
Kent State raced out to a 14-0 lead in the game’s first 10 minutes, but from that point on it was all Western Michigan as the No. 21 Broncos remained unbeaten on the season with a road win. Ground games ruled the night, as the teams combined for 98 rushing attempts and just 31 passing attempts overall.
No. 15 Utah 49, Arizona State 26 — GameCenter
The Sun Devils scored the game’s first 13 points and gave the visiting No. 15 Utes all they could handle but couldn’t keep it up for four quarters as they fell to 5-5 on the season. Utah scored 21 points in the second quarter, including taking the lead for good just before the end of the first half.
Duke 28, No. 17 North Carolina 27 — GameCenter
Duke fell behind 14-0, then took charge to claim the Victory Bell traveling trophy and strike a major blow to North Carolina’s ACC title hopes. The Blue Devils (4-6, 1-5) entered as the ACC’s only winless team, while the Tar Heels (7-3, 5-2) carried the No. 17 ranking in the College Football Playoff Rankings. Duke hadn’t beaten an Associated Press-ranked Tar Heels team since 1958, ending a streak of nine such contests.
No. 18 Florida State 45, Boston College 7 — GameCenter
No. 18 Florida State sprinted out to an early lead and showed no mercy as it piled on to down visiting Boston College. The Seminoles held the Eagles to just 50 yards passing and 146 yards total in the blowout win.
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No. 1 Alabama 51, Mississippi State 3 — GameCenter
Mississippi State couldn’t put its influence on the College Football Playoff for a second consecutive week, as the Bulldogs were easily brushed aside by No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Jalen Hurts had one of his best games in an Alabama uniform, including his 11th career rushing touchdown, the most of any Crimson Tide quarterback under Nick Saban. One record wasn't enough for Hurts though, as he also became the first Tide quarterback to rush for 100 yards and throw for at least 300 in the same game.
No. 10 Penn State 45, Indiana 31 — GameCenter
Penn State moved to 8-2 after its third consecutive victory over Indiana in Bloomington. The Nittany Lions rallied from behind and outscored the Hoosiers 24-7 in the final frame to clinch the victory. Star running back Saquon Barkley was held to less than two yards per carry on 33 attempts, but he finished with two touchdowns to lead the PSU offense. Indiana had a final shot to tie the game but Penn State forced a fumble and took it into the end zone to put the game away for good with just over a minute left in regulation.
No. 11 Oklahoma 45, Baylor 24 — GameCenter
No. 11 Oklahoma continued its assault on the Big 12 by toppling undermanned Baylor to inch closer to becoming the first Big 12 champion with an unblemished conference record since 2011. The Sooners have won seven consecutive games in advance of next weekend’s critical showdown with West Virginia while the Bears have dropped three straight games for the first time since 2012.
No. 16 West Virginia 24, Texas 20 — GameCenter
West Virginia remained in the Big 12 hunt with a win over the Longhorns in a rare low-scoring Big 12 bout. Mountaineers quarterback Skyler Howard was 21-of-35 with a touchdown pass and running back Kennedy McCoy finished with 73 yards on the ground and two scores to lead the way. Meanwhile for the Longhorns, running back D'Onta Foreman once again passed the century mark on the ground to continue his late Heisman campaign. The big back has topped 100 yards each game he's played in this year.
Navy 42, Tulsa 40 — GameCenter
A day after Veterans Day, Navy fittingly upset Tulsa 42-40 in an AAC shootout. Three Midshipmen rushed for at least 75 yards, including Will Worth who had 122 yards and three touchdowns. Worth's 44-yard touchdown run with eight minutes left in the game put the game out of reach and moved Navy to 6-2 on the season.
Pittsburgh 43, No. 2 Clemson 42 — GameCenter
Your College Football Playoff shakeup of the day comes courtesy of Pitt, who defeated No. 2 Clemson on a field goal with less than 10 seconds left. Clemson held a 42-34 lead with under six to go, but a Deshaun Watson interception in Pitt territory was returned the other way for a pick six to make it a two-point game. Following an earlier missed PAT and a blocked field goal, Panthers kicker Chris Blewitt nailed the 49-yard game-winner. For Clemson, Watson finished with a career-high 580 yards. But his three interceptions opened the door for Pitt.
No. 5 Ohio State 62, Maryland 3 — GameCenter
The Buckeyes outscored the Terps 45-3 in the first half and cruised to the 62-3 victory. Curtis Samuel had more than 100 yards of total offense and three touchdowns and J.T. Barrett had two touchdowns each through the air and on the ground. The victory marks the second consecutive 62-3 beatdown and the fourth win this season in which the Buckeyes defense held opponents to a field goal or less.
Georgia 13, No. 9 Auburn 7— GameCenter
Auburn got out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter but was shut down the rest of the way in an upset loss to the Bulldogs. Nick Chubb rushed for more than 100 yards and freshman quarterback Jacob Eason had zero turnovers for Georgia. The Bulldogs defense held the Tigers to just 164 yards of total offense and Auburn quarterback Sean White was 6-of-20 for 27 yards and an interception. The loss ends Auburn's six-game winning streak and allows Alabama to clinch the SEC West crown.
No. 6 Louisville 44, Wake Forest 12— GameCenter
Believe it or not, Louisville trailed 12-3 at the half and Lamar Jackson did not find the end zone over the first three quarters. But the high-flying Cardinals quickly blew the game open by scoring 41 unanswered points to move to 8-1. Jackson finished with a modest 145 passing yards and 153 rushing yards to complement Brandon Radcliff's three rushing touchdowns in the comeback victory.
No. 24 LSU 38, No. 25 Arkansas 10 — GameCenter
We From Dat Boot. We Got Dat Boot. pic.twitter.com/cIlDNUpeju— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) November 13, 2016
The Tigers followed up a zero-point performance against Alabama with a 38-point outburst against Arkansas to reclaim the Golden Boot trophy. Leonard Fournette tallied three touchdowns and 98 yards. Not to be outdone, his backup Darrius Guice had 252 yards and a pair of scores, highlighted by a 96-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. LSU never trailed in the game.
No. 20 Southern California 26, No. 4 Washington 13 — GameCenter
Another top four team goes down at home. USC continued its second half revelation behind the arm of Sam Darnold (two touchdown passes) and a stingy defensive performance that pressured Jake Browning all night. The Trojans defense picked up three sacks, two interceptions and a game-sealing safety to end all hopes of a Huskies comeback. Jake Browning was held to 259 yards, a single touchdown and two interceptions.
Mississippi 29, No. 8 Texas A&M 28 — GameCenter
A rampant 23-7 Rebels run in the fourth quarter was finished with a field goal to give Ole Miss the one-point lead with 41 seconds left in the game. On the Aggies' ensuing possession, Ole Miss came up with the interception to ice the game and move back to .500. Both teams were without their star quarterbacks, as Chad Kelly and Trevor Knight are both out for the season with injuries suffered last week. In Kelly's place, Shea Patterson picked up a win in his first start with 338 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. For the Aggies, that's now two straight losses after they found themselves with the No. 4 poll position in the first CFP rankings two weeks ago.
No. 19 Nebraska 24, Minnesota 17 — GameCenter
Coming off two straight losses and an injury scare from quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., the Huskers got off their snide and downed Minnesota behind a 14-0 run over the final two quarters. Armstrong accounted for both of those late touchdowns and his 13-yard rushing touchdown with 7:21 left in regulation gave Nebraska the defining lead.
Iowa 14, No. 3 Michigan 13 — GameCenter
The madness continues!— ESPN (@espn) November 13, 2016
The third top-4 team of the night falls as Iowa stuns No. 3 Michigan 14-13 with a 33-yard FG as time expires. pic.twitter.com/CyaW0WCtSE
To end a crazy night filled with top 10 upsets, Iowa freshman Keith Duncan hit a 33-yard field goal with time expiring to defeat previously undefeated Michigan in Iowa City. Neither team racked up more than 230 offensive yards and each team only managed a field goal each in the final frame. Akrum Wadley finished with 115 yards as a lone offensive star for the Hawkeyes while Michigan and its third highest scoring offense had just 200 total yards on the day. With that final upset to cap the night, this was the first week since 1985 that teams ranked No. 2-4 all fell.