Bryce Petty threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns before getting knocked out of the game with a concussion and playoff hopeful No. 7 Baylor held on for a 48-46 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday.
Shock Linwood ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears (10-1, 7-1 Big 12), who are guaranteed at least a share of their second consecutive conference title if they win at home over Kansas State next Saturday.
The Bears are also hoping for a much bigger prize, but this close game likely won’t help in that quest. They were already two playoff ranking spots behind Big 12 co-leader TCU, which is coming off an impressive 48-10 Thanksgiving night romp at Texas.
Patrick Mahomes set a Big 12 freshman record with his 593 yards passing that included six touchdowns, the last with 1:42 left before getting sacked on a two-point try.
No. 16 Georgia Tech 30, No. 9 Georgia 24, OT
Harrison Butker kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal on the final play of regulation, and D.J. White picked off a pass in overtime to preserve the win for Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech (10-2) trailed 24-21 after Hutson Mason threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Mitchell on fourth down with 18 seconds left. But the Yellow Jackets wound up with good field position after a squib kickoff, Justin Thomas scrambled 21 yards into field goal range, and Butker’s kick barely cleared the crossbar.
Zach Laskey put Georgia Tech ahead with his third touchdown run of the game in overtime, but Butker’s extra point was blocked. The Bulldogs (9-3) had second-and-goal at the 9 when Mason again tried to hit Mitchell on a quick slant. This time, White stepped in to make the interception, ending the game.
No. 10 Michigan State 34, Penn State 10
R.J. Shelton returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and Jeremy Langford ran for 118 yards and two scores for Michigan State.
The Spartans (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten) won their third straight game and hit the double-digit win mark for the fourth time in the last five seasons under coach Mark Dantonio. The Spartans have four of their six 10-plus win seasons in school history under Dantonio.
The Spartans never really dazzled against the Nittany Lions (6-6, 2-6). Connor Cook threw a 10-yard TD pass and Langford chipped in with a 3-yard score in the third quarter to methodically put it away.
No. 14 Wisconsin 34, No. 18 Minnesota 24
Melvin Gordon ran for 151 yards and accounted for two scores, and Wisconsin rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to earn a trip to the Big Ten championship game.
Joel Stave threw for 215 yards, including 160 to receiver Alex Erickson. Stave’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Robert Wheelwright with 4:41 left in the game gave the Badgers (10-2, 7-1) a 10-point lead, and Wisconsin’s defense held from there.
The Badgers will play Ohio State next week for the league title after claiming the West Division crown.
It was not easy. Physical Minnesota (8-4, 5-3) let a 17-3 lead early in the second quarter slip away. David Cobb ran for 118 yards on 25 carries, including a 40-yard score.
Gordon, a Heisman Trophy contender, limped off the field with 3:12 left in the game, favoring his right ankle.
No. 22 Louisville 24, Kentucky 40
Brandon Radcliff ran for a 4-yard touchdown with 2:47 remaining and safety Gerod Holliman sealed it with an NCAA record-tying 14th interception with 35 seconds left for Louisville.
No lead was safe in a back-and-forth game between rivals that got physical before kickoff. Louisville coach Bobby Petrino grabbed the jacket of Wildcats assistant Daniel Berezowitz during one pregame scuffle.
The game was equally as charged. There were four fourth-quarter lead changes alone. The Cardinals (9-3) ultimately got the last word by driving 81 yards for the game-winning score that capped their fourth and final comeback against the Wildcats (5-7).
Kentucky’s last possession ended with Holliman picking off Patrick Towles and returning it 65 yards to the 2 before Louisville ran out the clock and sparked a celebration.
No. 12 Kansas State 51, Kansas 13
Jake Waters threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns, two of them to record-setting wide receiver Tyler Lockett, and Kansas State moved into a tie atop the Big 12 standings.
Lockett caught nine passes for 119 yards, passing his father Kevin Lockett for the school record in career catches and matching his mark for touchdown receptions. Lockett has 222 catches and 26 TD grabs heading into next week’s showdown at fifth-ranked Baylor.
Kansas State (9-2) moved into a tie with TCU at 7-1 in the conference.
No. 21 Clemson 35, South Carolina 17
Artavis Scott had two long touchdown catches, Wayne Gallman ran for 191 yards, and Clemson ended a five-game losing streak to its rival.
The Tigers (9-3) hadn’t beaten the Gamecocks (6-6) since 2008, an unprecedented run of failure that overshadowed their 32-8 record the past three seasons. This time, Clemson showed off a perked up offense bolstered by the return of freshman starter Deshaun Watson at quarterback.
Rutgers 41, Maryland 38
Gary Nova threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns, and Rutgers rallied from a 25-point deficit.
The Scarlet Knights (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten) trailed 35-10 late in the first half before scoring touchdowns on four straight possessions to pull even.
Rutgers took its first lead when Kyle Federico kicked a 25-yard field goal with 6:14 left, and Maryland (7-5, 4-4) couldn’t come back.
Illinois 47, Northwestern 33
Reilly O’Toole passed for 147 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 147 yards, Josh Ferguson had a pair of rushing scores, and Illinois took advantage of five Northwestern turnovers in the win.
Illinois (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten) is bowl eligible for the first time since 2011 and the win may end speculation that coach Tim Beckman could lose his job in his third season.
Northwestern (5-7, 3-5) was led by freshman running back Justin Jackson, who had 130 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns. The Wildcats, though, couldn’t overcome five turnovers by quarterback Zack Oliver, who was starting in place of injured Trevor Siemian.
West Virginia 34, Iowa State 24
Backup quarterback Skyler Howard threw three TD passes, Rushel Shell ran for 146 yards, and West Virginia snapped a three-game losing streak.
Howard was 21 of 40 for 285 yards in his first career start in place of Clint Trickett, who missed the game with a concussion.
Mario Alford added two TD catches for West Virginia (7-5, 5-4 Big 12), which finished above .500 in the Big 12 for the first time.
The Mountaineers (7-5, 5-4) erased an early 14-point deficit by closing the game on a 30-3 run.
Indiana 23, Purdue 16
Indiana quarterback Zander Diamont scored on a 1-yard TD run with 27 seconds left, lifting the Hoosiers to victory.
The Hoosiers (4-8, 1-7 Big Ten) snapped a six-game losing streak and held onto the Old Oaken Bucket for the second straight year -- the first time they’ve done that since 1993 and 1994. Tevin Coleman ran 29 times for 130 yards, becoming the first Hoosiers player and the 18th in Football Bowl Subdivision history to top the 2,000-yard mark. He finished the season with 2,036 yards.
Purdue (3-9, 1-7) led 13-3 early in the third quarter but managed only one field goal the rest of the way. Akeem Hunt ran for a career high 171 yards, 82 coming on the touchdown run that made it a 10-point game.
North Carolina State 45, North Carolina 7
Jacoby Brissett and Shadrach Thornton each ran for touchdowns in huge rushing performances while North Carolina State’s defense overwhelmed rival North Carolina.
Brissett ran for a career-best 167 yards while Thornton ran for 161 more for the Wolfpack (7-5, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), part of a 388-yard ground game that set a physical tone from the outset.
Brissett threw just 11 passes, through three went for short touchdowns.
Meanwhile, the Wolfpack’s defensive front mauled the Tar Heels (6-6, 4-4) in a surprisingly one-sided performance against an offense that had been rolling coming into the game.
Boston College 28, Syracuse 7
Tyler Murphy set the Atlantic Coast Conference single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback and threw a TD pass for Boston College.
Tyler Rouse added a 42-yard scoring run and Jon Hilliman had a 7-yarder for the Eagles (7-5, 4-4 ACC), who are bowl-eligible for the second straight season under second-year coach Steve Addazio. It was also Boston College’s second consecutive year with seven victories.
It was the fifth straight loss for Syracuse (3-9, 1-7).