College football: Auburn wallops No. 1 Georgia while Miami routs ND and Oklahoma handles TCU
Kerryon Johnson ran for 167 yards and caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Stidham and No. 10 Auburn smothered No. 1 Georgia’s running game in a 40-17 victory Saturday at Auburn, Ala.
The Tigers (8-2, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) remained in Western Division and potentially playoff contention after snapping a three-year losing streak to one of their top rivals. The Bulldogs (9-1, 6-1) could get a rematch if Auburn can beat No. 1 Alabama in two weeks.
The first go around wasn’t pretty for Georgia. Auburn held Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and the SEC’s top ground game to 46 yards, 233 below their season average.
Johnson ran 32 times and caught two passes for 66 yards. Stidham threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns, all of 30-plus yards.
Georgia special teams blunders helped set up three Auburn touchdowns, including a roughing the penalty flag in the first half. The Bulldogs fumbled away a punt return and had a 15-yard personal foul penalty in the third quarter when Auburn pulled away with two touchdowns.
Ryan Davis returned a punt 26 yards into Georgia territory, with the flag pushing Auburn even closer to the goal line. Then Davis took a screen pass 32 yards for a touchdown to make it 30-7. Darius Slayton made a 42-yard scoring grab earlier.
at No. 7 Miami 41, No. 3 Notre Dame 8: Malik Rosier threw for a touchdown and ran for another, Deejay Dallas ran for a pair of scores and Miami overwhelmed Notre Dame.
Travis Homer rushed for 146 yards for the Hurricanes (9-0). They forced four turnovers for the fourth consecutive week, led 27-0 at the half and handed the Irish their second-worst loss in the history of the series. Only the 58-7 Miami romp in 1985 was worse.
Miami’s win came on the same day it clinched its first trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. The Hurricanes — who extended the nation’s longest current winning streak to 14 games — wrapped up the Coastal Division title when Virginia lost to Louisville, and will play Clemson for the ACC crown on Dec. 2.
Alize Mack caught a 14-yard pass from Brandon Wimbush for the lone touchdown for Notre Dame (8-2), which hadn’t played a road game against the Hurricanes since 1989.
at No. 5 Oklahoma 38, No. 6 Texas Christian 20: Baker Mayfield threw three touchdown passes, Rodney Anderson had 290 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns, and Oklahoma rolled past TCU to take sole possession of first place in the Big 12.
Mayfield strengthened his Heisman Trophy resume by passing for 333 yards and rushing for 50 against a TCU defense that entered the night ranked sixth in the nation in scoring defense and total defense. He did it in front of a crowd of 88,308, the largest home crowd in school history. The Sooners ran for 200 yards against the nation’s No. 1 rushing defense.
Kenny Hill passed for 270 yards for the Horned Frogs (8-2, 5-2), but he completed just 13 of 28 passes. TCU defensive end Mat Boesen was ejected in the second quarter for kicking an Oklahoma player. TCU is tied for second place in the Big 12 and still has a chance to reach the conference title game.
No. 2 Alabama 31, at No. 16 Mississippi State 24: Jalen Hurts threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith with 25 seconds to give the Crimson Tide (10-0, 7-0 SEC) their 10th consecutive victory over the Bulldogs, this one was much more difficult than most of the others.
Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3) pushed ahead 24-17 early in the fourth quarter on Jace Christmann’s 25-yard field goal, but Alabama responded to tie it at 24 on Damien Harris’s 14-yard run with 9:49 left. Alabama had a chance to take the lead with about two minutes left, but a 40-yard field goal attempt by Andy Pappanastos banged off the left upright and fell harmlessly to the turf.
Mississippi State went three-and-out on the ensuing drive and Alabama took over with 1:09 remaining. That was more than enough time for the Tide, who drove six plays and 68 yards in 44 seconds for the game-winning score.
at No. 4 Clemson 31, Florida State 14: Travis Etienne ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns, including a one-yard burst with 3:05 left, and Clemson won the ACC Atlantic Division with a victory over Florida State.
The Tigers (9-1, 7-1) and their dominant defense looked to have this one wrapped up when they opened a 17-0 lead with two minutes left in the third quarter. But the Seminoles (3-6, 3-5) rallied on Jacques Patrick’s nine-yard scoring run and a double flea-flicker for a 60-yard TD catch by tight end Ryan Izzo.
Etienne had a 25-yard run to the FSU 5 and took it in two plays later as the chilly Death Valley crowd erupted in celebration of a chance for a third straight ACC title in Charlotte in three weeks.
at No. 8 Wisconsin 38, No. 20 Iowa 14: Receiver Kendric Pryor scored twice, and Wisconsin relied on stifling defense to overcome four turnovers and Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson’s two touchdowns.
The win allowed the Badgers (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten, CFP No. 8) to clinch a trip to the league conference title game as West champions.
The Hawkeyes (6-4, 3-4) were held to 66 total yards and five first downs, including just 15 yards and one first down in the first half.
at No. 13 Ohio State 48, No. 12 Michigan State 3: J.T. Barrett threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores, Mike Weber ran for 162 yards and two scores and Ohio State bounced back from a deflating loss last week to rout Michigan State.
The Buckeyes (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) scored on five of their first six possessions, led 35-3 at the half and cruised the rest of the way to claim sole possession of first place in the Big Ten East.
Barrett was 14 for 21 for 183 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. J.K. Dobbins, who split time with Weber, rushed 18 times for 124 yards.
No. 15 Oklahoma State 49, at No. 21 Iowa State 42: Mason Rudolph threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns — including two in the final 5:55 — to help the Cowboys keep alive their Big 12 title game hopes alive. A.J. Green intercepted a pass by Zeb Noland in the final minute to preserve the win.
Justice Hill had 134 yards and three TD runs for Oklahoma State (8-2, 5-2 Big 12), which remains in a tie for second place in the league with two games to go. The top two finishers in the Big 12 will meet in the championship game in Arlington, Texas, on Dec. 2.
Quarterback-linebacker Joel Lanning had a rushing and passing TD for Iowa State (6-4, 4-3). He connected with Allen Lazard on a 22-yard TD strike with 14:13 left — a pass Lazard caught with one hand while falling down.
at No. 14 Penn State 35, Rutgers 6: Trace McSorley accounted for 258 total yards and three touchdowns as he became Penn State’s all-time touchdown leader with 68, overtaking Daryll Clark’s record of 65 with one rushing and two passing scores. The Nittany Lions scored 35 unanswered points after going down 6-0 in the first quarter.
Saquon Barkley ran for two touchdowns and DaeSean Hamilton and Mike Gesicki each caught one for Penn State (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten). Barkley, a Heisman Trophy candidate, ran for just 35 yards on 14 carries.
Rutgers (4-6, 3-4) got a pair of field goals from Andrew Harte, including one from 33 yards after the Scarlet Knights recovered the opening kickoff. He added a 25-yarder to give Rutgers a 6-0 lead with 11:16 to play in the first quarter, but Rutgers’ momentum ended there.
at Georgia Tech 28, No. 17 Virginia Tech 22: TaQuon Marshall got two long touchdown passes out of his only completions, including an 80-yarder to Ricky Jeune with 6 ½ minutes left, and Ajani Kerr swatted away a fourth-down pass in the end zone to preserve the Yellow Jackets’ upset of .
The Georgia Tech quarterback made up for his mistake just two snaps later, after the Yellow Jackets recovered a fumbled kickoff. Jeune got loose behind the secondary, hauled in the long throw and just managed to stick the ball inside the pylon before tumbling out of bounds .
It was the longest touchdown pass of the season for the Yellow Jackets (5-4, 4-3), surpassing Marshall’s 60-yard scoring play to Brad Stewart early in the second half.
at No. 18 Central Florida 49, UConn 24: Otis Anderson rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns while McKenzie Milton passed for 311 yards to help the Knight remain undefeated.
Anderson had a three-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and helped the undefeated Knights break it open with a 65-yard touchdown run, making it 35-17 with 14:11 left.
UCF (9-0, 6-0 American Athletic Conference) also got a solid performance from Milton, who was 24-for-36 passing. David Pindell passed for 201 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a score for UConn (3-7, 2-5).
No. 23 North Carolina State 17, Boston College 14: Nyheim Hines had a 50-yard scoring run midway through the fourth quarter to help the Wolfpack rebound from two tough losses against highly ranked teams.
Jaylen Samuels added an eight-yard scoring run for N.C. State (7-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which had lost to third-ranked Notre Dame and No. 4 Clemson, respectively, the previous two weeks. Quarterback Ryan Finley completed 13 of 32 passes for 146 yards.
AJ Dillon carried 36 times for 196 yards, going over 1,000 yards to set a school-freshman record for rushing yards for the Eagles (5-5, 3-4), who had their three-game winning streak stopped.
at No. 24 Louisiana State 33, Arkansas 10: Derrius Guice rushed for 147 yards, finding the end zone three times, and D.J. Chark had a pair of receiving touchdowns for the Tigers (7-3, 4-2), who picked up their second consecutive victory over the Razorbacks (4-6, 1-5).
LSU’s Danny Etling completed 11 of 16 passes for 217 yards. David Williams was the leading rusher for Arkansas with 81 yards on 13 carries, while Austin Allen completed 13 of 23 passes for 140 yards.
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