No. 4 Auburn stuns No. 1 Alabama with 100-yard FG return | Photos
AUBURN, Ala. -- Chris Davis raced 100-plus yards with a missed field-goal attempt for a touchdown on the final play to lift No. 4 Auburn to a 34-28 victory against No. 1 Alabama on Saturday.
Davis caught the ball about 9 yards deep in the end zone after freshman Adam Griffith's 57-yard attempt fell short. He then sprinted down the left sideline and cut back with nothing but teammates around him in a second consecutive hard-to-fathom finish for the Tigers (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference).
Auburn clinched a spot in the SEC championship game with the stunning victory over the two-time defending national champions. The Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1) seemed at several times poised to continue its run toward the first three-peat in modern college football.
Instead, the Tigers put it away just when overtime seemed their best hope.
Alabama had gotten 1 second and one more play after T.J. Yeldon ran it to Auburn's 39.
That gave the Tide a chance to try to the long field goal -- and now it probably wished it never did.
Winston, No. 2 FSU hand Florida seventh loss in a row
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes to Kelvin Benjamin, and No. 2 Florida State moved a step closer to playing for the national championship with a 37-7 victory against rival Florida on Saturday.
The Seminoles improved to 12-0 for the first time since 1999 and likely will earn a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game by beating Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game next Saturday.
Florida, meanwhile, ended its worst season since 1979.
The Gators (4-8) lost their final seven games and missed a bowl for the first time since 1990. Florida's bowl streak had been the second-longest in the country, behind Florida State.
The Seminoles were four-touchdown favorites in this lopsided matchup -- that lived up to advance billing.
No. 3 Ohio State knocks away go-ahead conversion to beat Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Tyvis Powell intercepted Devin Gardner's pass as Michigan went for a go-ahead 2-point conversion with 32 seconds left and No. 3 Ohio State held on for a 42-41 victory Saturday in one of the most thrilling games in the history of the storied Big Ten rivalry.
Devin Gardner threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Devin Funchess to make it 42-41, but instead of kicking for the tie, Wolverines coach Brady Hoke went for the lead with his offense.
Gardner tried to zip a pass into traffic near the goal line, but Powell came up with it. Buckeyes cornerback Roby Bradley recovered the onside kick to seal Ohio State's 24th consecutive victory and keep its national championship hopes alive.
Braxton Miller accounted for five touchdowns for Ohio State (12-0, 8-0) and Carlos Hyde ran for a 1-yard score with 2:20 left to make it 42-35.
Gardner threw four touchdown passes for Michigan (7-5, 3-5).
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Henry Josey broke loose for the go-ahead score on a 57-yard run with 3:34 to go and No. 5 Missouri wrapped up the SEC East, riding a strong second half to a 28-21 victory against No. 19 Texas A&M on Saturday night.
Missouri (11-1, 7-1 SEC) advances to the conference championship game against Auburn - a matchup of schools very lightly regarded before the season. Missouri has made a six-win improvement from its initial SEC season and fourth-ranked Auburn (11-1, 7-1) has topped last year's total by eight after stunning No. 1 Alabama.
Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel was held in check for the second week in a row, throwing one touchdown pass and rushing for 21 yards on 11 carries. He was 24 for 35 for 195 yards.
Thousands of fans among a sellout crowd of 62,197 - nearly all of them clad in black, stormed the field after the game ended.
No. 8 Stanford holds off No. 25 Notre Dame, 27-20
STANFORD, Calif. -- Wayne Lyons intercepted two passes from Tommy Rees late in the fourth quarter, and No. 8 Stanford held off No. 25 Notre Dame 27-20 on Saturday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Cardinal (10-2) overcame two interceptions from Kevin Hogan and a penalty that wiped away another touchdown to win their 16th consecutive home game. Stanford will play for its second consecutive Pac-12 title and Rose Bowl berth next week when it faces No. 13 Arizona State in the conference championship game.
Tyler Gaffney ran for 189 yards and a touchdown, and Hogan threw for 158 yards and TD pass to Devon Cajuste to help the Cardinal take a 21-6 lead in the third quarter.
Rees nearly rallied the Fighting Irish (8-4) by throwing two touchdown passes later in the quarter. But interceptions on Notre Dame's final two drives dashed Notre Dame's come back.
Petty, INTs help No. 9 Baylor hold off TCU
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Bryce Petty threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, Baylor returned two interceptions for scores and the No. 9 Bears hung on for a 41-38 victory against TCU on Saturday.
The Bears (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) scored 21 straight points on either side of halftime with just 1 yard from their high-powered offense and bounced back from a blowout loss at Oklahoma State to maintain their hopes for a share of the conference title.
Baylor could win the league outright and qualify for a BCS bid, likely the Fiesta Bowl, if it beats Texas and the Cowboys lose to Oklahoma next Saturday.
The Horned Frogs (4-8, 2-7) were in position to tie in the final seconds, but Casey Pachall threw his third interception on a pass tipped by receiver Brandon Carter and grabbed by Baylor's Terrell Burt in the end zone with 11 seconds left.
Shaw leads No. 10 South Carolina to 31-17 victory
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Connor Shaw threw for one touchdown and rushed for another as No. 10 South Carolina won its record fifth in a row against No. 6 Clemson with 31-17 victory Saturday night.
The Gamecocks (10-2) won their 18th in a row at home, extending a school record set earlier this year. For Shaw, it capped the senior's home career at a perfect 17-0 as a starter in the sweetest way possible.
The Tigers (10-2) had never lost five consecutive games to their rival in a series that began in 1896 - which they still lead 65-42-4 all-time. The loss also left record-setting quarterback Tajh Boyd 0-for-4 against the Gamecocks.
South Carolina put things away with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to break away from 17-all tie. Mike Davis had a 2-yard scoring run with 11:47 left and Pharoh Cooper threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Wilds.
No. 11 Michigan State stuffs Minnesota in regular-season finale
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Jeremy Langford ran for 134 yards and a touchdown, and No. 11 Michigan State wrapped up an unbeaten regular season in Big Ten play with a 14-3 victory against Minnesota on Saturday.
The Spartans (11-1, 8-0) finished a perfect Big Ten regular season for only the third time. They also did it in 1965 and 1966, when they only had to play seven conference games.
Michigan State will face Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game next weekend. The Spartans had already wrapped up the Legends Division title, but there was no letdown against Minnesota (8-4, 4-4).
The Spartans' top-ranked defense forced three turnovers and kept the Golden Gophers out of the end zone, repeating a formula that has brought Michigan State within a win of the Rose Bowl.
No. 12 Ducks edge Beavers 36-35 in the Civil War
EUGENE, Ore. -- Marcus Mariota threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Josh Huff with 29 seconds left and No. 12 Oregon overcame a tenacious effort by Oregon State 36-35 on Friday night in the 117th edition of the Civil War rivalry.
Mariota threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns -- all to Huff, who had nine catches for a season-high 186 yards -- and the Ducks (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) sealed their sixth consecutive 10-win season. It was also the team's sixth consecutive victory against the Beavers in the series.
With the Ducks holding a 24-23 lead, the Beavers scored on Sean Mannion's 4-yard pass to Tyler Anderson to pull in front 29-24 early in the fourth quarter. But Oregon answered with Mariota's fourth-and-11 pass to Huff for a 12-yard touchdown and the Ducks took a 30-29 lead with 7:56 left in the game.
Victor Bolden ran for a 25-yard touchdown to make it 35-30 for the Beavers with 1:38 remaining, but Oregon State's defense couldn't stop the Ducks on their final drive.
Sun Devils race past Arizona 58-21
TEMPE, Ariz. -- D.J. Foster ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 13 Arizona State dismantled rival Arizona 58-21 Saturday night to earn home-field advantage in next week's Pac-12 championship game.
Arizona State (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12) won last year's game by scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter and raced out to a 27-point lead by the midpoint of the second this time.
Taylor Kelly threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns, De'Marieya Nelson ran for two scores and the Sun Devils had no trouble without leading rusher and scorer Marion Grice.
After scoring the most points in Territorial Cup history, Arizona State will host No. 8 Stanford in next Saturday's Pac-12 title game with a spot in the Rose Bowl on the line.
Arizona (7-5, 4-5) fell flat in trying to boost its bowl pedigree.
Penn State makes No. 14 Wisconsin pay for mistakes in 31-24 win
MADISON, Wis. -- Christian Hackenberg threw for 339 yards and four touchdowns, and Penn State pounced on a slew of blunders before holding off a late rally to upset No. 14 Wisconsin 31-24 on Saturday.
Hackenberg, a freshman, showed the poise of a veteran in dissecting a tough defense. Eugene Lewis caught two touchdowns, including a 59-yarder for a 17-point lead with 13 minutes to go.
The Nittany Lions (7-5, 4-4 Big Ten) secured a statement win against a team that had been dominant all year at home. Joel Stave threw for three touchdowns for Wisconsin (9-3, 6-2), though Penn State capitalized on second-half interceptions, turning one into Lewis' long TD.
The Badgers got within a touchdown late, but were picked off in the end zone with 1 second left.
Jennings rescues No. 15 LSU in 31-27 win against Arkansas
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Backup quarterback Anthony Jennings lofted a 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural with 1:15 left, and No. 15 LSU pulled out a tense 31-27 victory against upset-minded Arkansas on Friday.
Jennings, a freshman, entered the game after senior starter Zach Mettenberger hurt his left leg in the fourth quarter, and the game came down to whether he could drive the Tigers 99 yards in the final 3 minutes.
He responded with a pair of clutch first-down passes and a 21-yard scramble to set up his winning scoring strike that kept LSU (9-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) alive for a fourth consecutive 10-win campaign.
Brandon Allen completed two touchdown passes to tight end Hunter Henry, the second giving Arkansas (3-9, 0-8) a 27-21 lead that stood most of the fourth quarter. But Jennings' heroics extended the Razorbacks' school-record losing streak to nine games.
San Jose State stuns No. 16 Fresno State 62-52
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- David Fales threw for 547 yards and six touchdowns in an entertaining showdown with Derek Carr and San Jose ended No. 16 Fresno State's run toward a possible BCS bowl with a 62-52 victory on Friday.
Fales was every bit as good as the more heralded Carr, matching his six first-half touchdown passes in a near perfect performance that made the Spartans (6-6, 4-4 Mountain West) bowl eligible with their first win against a ranked opponent since 2000.
Carr threw for 519 yards and six touchdowns, but threw a fourth-quarter interception for the Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1). Davante Adams caught 13 passes for 264 yards and three scores.
The loss ended Fresno State's chances to beat out Northern Illinois for a spot in a prestigious BCS game. The Huskies are the only undefeated team from a non-automatic qualifying conference.
The Bulldogs will still play in the Mountain West title game next week.
No. 17 UCF survives scare from rival South Florida, 23-20
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Breshad Perriman scored on a 52-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles late in the fourth quarter to give No. 17 UCF a 23-20 win against South Florida on Friday night, keeping the Knights on course for a conference title and BCS bid.
The Knights won despite committing five turnovers, including three by Bortles.
UCF (10-1, 7-0 American Athletic Conference) secured at least a share of the conference title. A victory against SMU next week will give it the title outright and the Knights' first bid to the BCS.
USF (2-9, 2-5) had a final chance to win or send the game to overtime, but a late interception by freshman quarterback Mike White ended its hopes.
The Bulls came into the game with just nine offensive touchdowns on the season, but had a pair rushing scores.
No. 18 Northern Illinois beats Western Michigan 33-14
DE KALB, Ill. -- Jordan Lynch broke his single-game FBS rushing record for quarterbacks with 321 yards and No. 18 Northern Illinois completed its first unbeaten regular season in 50 years with a 33-14 victory against Western Michigan.
Lynch carried the ball 27 times in topping his previous record of 316 yards, set on Oct. 19 against Central Michigan. He established the mark with a 6-yard run with 13:49 to play. He scored on runs of 29, 36 and 37 yards and threw a 10-yard TD.
The Huskies (12-0, 8-0 Mid-American) shook off 17-degree temperature, brisk winds and occasional light snowfall to extend the nation's longest active home winning streak to 26 games.
The Broncos (1-11, 1-7) dropped their third in a row. Running back Dareyon Chance scored one touchdown and Antoin Scriven scored another.
The Huskies also officially locked down their fourth consecutive West Division title on Tuesday with their 25th consecutive conference victory. They will meet Bowling Green in the Dec. 6 MAC title game at Detroit's Ford Field.
Hundley leads No. 22 UCLA past No. 23 USC 35-14
LOS ANGELES -- Brett Hundley passed for 208 yards and rushed for two touchdowns, leading No. 22 UCLA past No. 23 Southern California 35-14 Saturday night and winning the crosstown showdown for the second consecutive season.
Linebacker Myles Jack and defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes also rushed for touchdowns as the Bruins (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) earned their first win at the Coliseum since 1997, retaining the Victory Bell by grinding out just their third victory against USC (9-4, 6-3) in 15 years.
Javorius Allen rushed for 123 yards and a score for the Trojans, who had won five straight in their revitalized season under interim coach Ed Orgeron.
Cody Kessler passed for 174 yards and hit Xavier Grimble with a touchdown pass for USC. But its defense couldn't handle Hundley, who rushed for 80 yards.
No. 24 Duke beats North Carolina to win ACC Coastal
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Ross Martin kicked a 27-yard field goal with 2:22 left and No. 24 Duke beat North Carolina 27-25 on Saturday, completing the Blue Devils' improbable run to reach the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
Anthony Boone threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns to Jamison Crowder as the Blue Devils (10-2, 6-2 ACC) clinched the Coastal Division championship with their eighth consecutive victory. DeVon Edwards' interception with 13 seconds left clinched the long-suffering program's first 10-win season.
Duke will face No. 2 Florida State next weekend in Charlotte, where the heavy underdog Blue Devils will go for their first ACC crown since 1989.
Duke led 24-15 in the third quarter but needed to rally to beat the rival Tar Heels (6-6, 4-4).
Marquise Williams ran for two scores and threw for another for UNC, which had won five games in a row.