Texas Christian stays in Big 12 title hunt with 48-10 win over Texas

Texas Christian kept alive its hope of pushing into the College Football Playoff

Trevone Boykin passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and No. 5 Texas Christian dominated Texas in a 48-10 victory Thursday night that kept alive its hope of pushing into the College Football Playoff.

The win kept the Horned Frogs (10-1, 7-1) in the hunt for their first Big 12 title. The question is whether it was impressive enough to affect the playoff standings, where they sit one spot out of contention for a national championship.

The Horned Frogs had an impressive defensive effort, forcing six turnovers, five by Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes. Defensive end Terrell Lathan scored the game's first touchdown on a 40-yard fumble return.

TCU made Texas (6-6, 5-4) pay for every mistake. Boykin's 10-yard scoring run in the fourth came after a muffed punt return. Defensive end Josh Carraway returned an interception for the final touchdown.

TCU plays Iowa State, the last-place team in the Big 12, to end the regular season on Dec. 6. The playoff pairings will be announced the next day.

The move to the Big 12 was supposed to end the national debate over whether the Horned Frogs deserved a place among college football's elite if they were in position to win the league. And the prospect of winning the Big 12 title and still getting left out of the playoff would be a bitter pill for the Horned Frogs.

Their major problem? A 61-58 loss at Baylor in which they squandered a big fourth-quarter lead.

And the Horned Frogs left plenty of room for doubt when they struggled to beat a struggling Kansas team two weeks ago. They needed to make a statement in Austin against a surging Texas squad that had won three in a row behind a defense that was shaping into the league's best.

Fournette leads LSU past Texas A&M

Leonard Fournette ran for a career-high 146 yards and a touchdown, barreling over a defender to score, and Jalen Collins had a late interception to seal Louisiana State's 23-17 win over Texas A&M on Thursday night.

Texas A&M was driving late when Kyle Allen threw an ill-advised pass, apparently thinking the Tigers had jumped offside. Collins grabbed the ball, ending the Aggies' last chance.

The victory gave LSU (8-4, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) eight wins for the 15th straight season, the longest streak in school history. The Tigers have won four in a row over Texas A&M (7-5, 3-5).

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings had a career-best 119 yards rushing. He also threw for 107 yards and a touchdown.

The Tigers led by 10 at halftime and added two field goals in the second half.

Fournette made a highlight-reel play in the second quarter. He gave LSU its first points since an overtime loss to Alabama on Nov. 8 when he ducked his head and plowed over Howard Matthews on a 22-yard touchdown run that tied it at 7 with 4:33 left in the first half.

Allen was 17 for 27 for 144 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Trey Williams had 62 yards rushing and a score for Texas A&M.

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