No. 16 Georgia dominates in 34-7 victory over No. 9 Auburn

No. 16 Georgia dominates in 34-7 victory over No. 9 Auburn
Georgia running back Todd Gurley carries the ball on a touchdown run during the Bulldogs' 34-7 victory over Auburn on Saturday. (John Bazemore / Associated Press)

Nick Chubb shared the spotlight in Todd Gurley's return, with both backs rushing for more than 100 yards in No. 16 Georgia's 34-7 victory over ninth-ranked Auburn on Saturday night.

Georgia (8-2, 6-2, No. 15 CFP) dominated the latest edition in Deep South's oldest rivalry, handing the Tigers (7-3, 4-3, No. 9 CFP) their second straight loss and finishing off any hopes they had of repeating as Southeastern Conference champions.


Gurley returned to Georgia's backfield after serving a four-game suspension for taking more than $3,000 for autographs. But Chubb, who filled in brilliantly while Gurley was out, kept up his strong play with 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Gurley finished with 138 yards and a TD, though he left late in the game after hurting his left knee.

Auburn finished with its lowest-scoring game in Gus Malzahn's two years as coach.

No. 8 Ohio State 31, No. 25 Minnesota 24

J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for an Ohio State quarterback-record 189 yards and another score, helping the eighth-ranked Buckeyes overcome three turnovers and wintry weather to beat Minnesota, 31-24, on Saturday afternoon.

Barrett completed 15 of 25 passes for 200 yards with one interception, another stellar performance for the freshman following last week's rout of Michigan State.

Barrett's rushing total topped Braxton Miller's 186 yards against Nebraska on Oct. 6, 2012. Ohio State stayed on track in pursuit of a place in the College Football Playoff.

Jalin Marshall had 107 total yards for the Buckeyes (9-1, 6-0 Big Ten), but he lost two fumbles to give the Gophers (7-3, 4-2) a chance to come back.

Arkansas 17, No. 20 LSU 0

Brandon Allen threw for 169 yards as Arkansas snapped a 17-game Southeastern Conference losing streak.

The conference win is the first for the Razorbacks (5-5, 1-5 SEC) since 2012, and its coach Bret Bielema's first SEC win after 13 straight losses.

Arkansas' shutout is the school's first since a 20-0 win over Utah State in 2006, and it's the first in an SEC game since 2002 against South Carolina.

Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins ran for touchdowns for the Razorbacks, who held the Tigers (7-4, 3-4, No. 17 CFP) to 36 yards rushing on 32 attempts. The loss is the second straight for LSU. It's only the second time it has lost back-to-back games under coach Les Miles.

No. 20 Wisconsin 59, No. 16 Nebraska 24


Melvin Gordon rushed for a major college-record 408 yards and scored four touchdowns and Wisconsin overcame three early turnovers to take control of the Big Ten West division.

Gordon eclipsed the single-game mark held since 1999 by TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson by two yards, setting the new standard on a 26-yard touchdown run on the final play of the third quarter and his last carry of the game.

Outdueling Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah in a matchup of star running backs, Gordon overcame two fumbles to help the Badgers (8-2, 5-) roar past the Cornhuskers (8-2, 4-2) with 49 unanswered points.

The star junior torched what had been a staunch Nebraska defense on 25 carries and delivered an emphatic statement in the Heisman Trophy race.

Abdullah finished with 69 yards on 18 attempts.

Northwestern 43, No. 18 Notre Dame 40 (OT)

Northwestern's Jack Mitchell kicked a 45-yard field goal with 19 seconds left to force overtime and then kicked a 41-yard field goal for the upset in South Bend, Ind.

The Wildcats closed to 40-37 with 4:10 left on a 6-yard touchdown run by quarterback Trevor Siemian and a two-point conversion on a run by Warren Long after Notre Dame (7-3, No. 18 CFP) was called for pass interference.

Both teams turned the ball over four times in a sloppy game. Notre Dame's final turnover occurred with 1:28 when the Irish were trying to run out the clock and the usually reliable Cam McDaniel fumbled at the Northwestern 33-yard line when he was stripped by safety Ibraheim Campbell and it was recovered by linebacker Jimmy Hall.

Northwestern (4-6), which had minus-9 yards rushing last week against Michigan, rushed for 263 yards and had 547 yards of total offense, both season highs.

Virginia Tech 17, No. 21 Duke 16

Michael Brewer threw two touchdown passes and the Hokies held on to upset the Blue Devils in Durham, N.C.

Brewer was 12 of 23 for 138 yards with touchdowns of 15 yards to Hodges and 10 yards to Isaiah Ford.

The Hokies (5-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) avoided their first in-season four-game losing streak since 1992 and earned their second road victory over a ranked team this year.

Duke (8-2, 4-2) had two late chances to reclaim the lead, but Ross Martin missed a 40-yard field goal with 2:26 left and the Blue Devils were stopped on downs at their 40 with 43 seconds left.

Anthony Boone was 18 of 40 for 181 yards with two interceptions and Josh Snead scored the lone touchdown for the mistake-prone Blue Devils, who began the day alone atop the Coastal Division.

No. 22 Georgia Tech 28, No. 19 Clemson 6

Jamal Golden returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown to help the Yellow Jackets win in Atlanta.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson did not return after a first-quarter knee injury. Cole Stoudt threw three interceptions after replacing Watson, including one Chris Milton returned 62 yards for a touchdown.

With the loss by Clemson (7-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), No. 2 Florida State clinched the ACC's Atlantic Division before playing Miami on Saturday night.

Justin Thomas' 65-yard run set up his 5-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Smelter in the third quarter as Georgia Tech (9-2, 6-2) earned its fourth straight win and kept its hopes alive in the ACC's Coastal Division.

Georgia Tech fans rushed to the field after the win.

No. 12 Michigan State 37, Maryland 15

Jeremy Langford ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 12 Michigan State received a strong performance from its defense to win.

Riley Bullough scored on a 22-yard interception return to help the Spartans (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten, No. 12 CFP) bounce back from last week's disheartening 49-37 loss to Ohio State.

Michigan State picked off three passes, allowed only 6 yards rushing and sacked Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown three times.

Playing in its first season in the Big Ten, Maryland (6-4, 3-3) has lost to Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State by a combined 141-46 score.

No. 21 Marshall 41, Rice 14

Rakeem Cato threw four touchdown passes, Devon Johnson rushed for 199 yards and a score and the Thundering Herd improved to 10-0 for the first time since it finished 13-0 in 1999 with the victory at Huntington, W.Va.

Marshall (6-0 Conference USA) limited Rice to 180 yards and ended the Owls' six-game winning streak.

Cato had scoring tosses of 2, 25, 30 and 7 yards to give him 117 for his career, surpassing Chad Pennington's school record of 115 set from 1995-1999. Rice (6-4, 4-2) entered the game allowing an average of only 135 yards on the ground, but Marshall had that matched by halftime. Johnson went over 100 yards for the eighth time this season since converting from tight end in preseason camp.


South Carolina 23, Florida 20

Dylan Thompson scored on a 4-yard keeper in overtime to give the Gamecocks the victory in Gainesville, Fla.

The Gamecocks ended a four-game losing streak in Southeastern Conference play and knocked the Gators out of contention in the muddled Eastern Division.

The loss also could be the end for Gators coach Will Muschamp. The fourth-year coach has been on the hot seat all season, and a three-game losing streak at home could be the final blow in what's been a mediocre tenure.

Florida's biggest problem Saturday was special teams. The Gamecocks blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter that would have given the Gators a 10-point lead with a little more than 3 minutes to play. Florida also had a punt blocked with 39 seconds left, setting up the game-tying touchdown.

Penn State 30, Temple 13

The Nittany Lions on five Temple turnovers, Akeel Lynch rushed for 130 yards and Penn State became bowl-eligible for the first time since 2011 with the victory at State College, Pa.

Penn State (6-4) rushed for a season-high 254 yards as Bill Belton added 92 yards on 19 carries. Lynch rushed 18 times and scored on a 38-yard touchdown.

The Nittany Lions held Temple (5-5) to 268 yards and intercepted quarterback P.J. Walker four times to pull away from a 6-6 tie late in the third quarter.

Penn State capitalized on turnovers on four straight Temple possessions late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to pull away after the Owls had closed their deficit to 20-13.

Air Force 45, Nevada 38

Shayne Davern ran for two touchdowns, including the decisive score in overtime, and the Falcons hung on for their fourth win in a row on a snowy day in Colorado Springs.

Kale Pearson matched his career high with three touchdown passes, two to Jalen Robinette, and ran for a key fourth-quarter score for Air Force (8-2, 4-2 Mountain West), helping the Falcons remain unbeaten in five games at home this season.

Don Jackson ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns for Nevada (6-4, 3-3), which saw its three-game winning streak snapped. The Wolf Pack also lost wide receiver Hasaan Henderson to injury after a hard tackle late in the game.

The game included five ties, the last on a 22-yard field goal by Brent Zuzo amid snow flurries with 12 seconds remaining in regulation.

Air Force marched to a touchdown on its opening overtime possession, Davern bulling over from the 3.

Harvard 34, Pennsylvania 24

Paul Stanton Jr. ran for a career-high 235 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Crimson to the victory in Philadelphia. Harvard has clinched at least a share of its 16th Ivy League title and eighth under head coach Tim Murphy.

Harvard (9-0, 6-0 Ivy) had to struggle to put away Penn (1-8, 1-5) as the Quakers led 24-17 with 6:34 remaining in the third quarter.

Andrew Flesher kicked a 38-yard field goal in the fourth to close to 24-20. On the next series Scott Hosch hit Tyler Hamblin on a 28-yard scoring strike to retake the lead. Stanton rushed in for a score from the 14 with 6:42 remaining to seal the win.

Stanton also had touchdown runs of 42 yards on the Crimson's first play and a 75-yarder in the second quarter.

Alex Torgersen led the Quakers, throwing for 211 yards and one touchdown.