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College football: Tua Tagovailoa sustains season-ending injury in Alabama’s win

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffers hip injury against Mississippi State.

Tua Tagovailoa sustained a season-ending hip injured being dragged down late in the first half on what was likely his final series of the day in No. 4 Alabama’s 38-7 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday.

Tagovailoa was injured after a scramble when he was tackled from behind by Bulldogs linebacker Leo Lewis. The star quarterback needed help getting to his feet and was carted off the field with 3:01 left in the second quarter.

The junior had been nursing an ankle injury that needed surgery four weeks ago and caused him to miss a game and a half. Alabama coach Nick Saban said the injury Saturday was unrelated to the ankle. Saban called it a “freak injury.” Saban told ESPN at halftime the plan was to remove Tagovailoa from the game before the series when the quarterback was injured. Alabama was already up 35-7, but it was decided to let Tagovailoa play one possession to get some work in the two-minute drill.

Tagovailoa was flown by helicopter to the St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, and was ruled out for the season Saturday night.

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Tagovailoa was 14 of 18 for 256 yards and two touchdown passes against Mississippi State, giving him 31 TD passes on the season. He was replaced in the second half by Mac Jones, who went 7 for 11 for 94 yards.

The Crimson Tide (9-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) were coming off a 46-41 loss to LSU that nudged it out of College Football Playoff position to fifth in the latest selection committee rankings.

Tommy Stevens passed for 82 yards and ran for 96 for Mississippi State (4-6, 2-5).

No. 23 Iowa 23, No. 7 Minnesota 19

Iowa carries off the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy after defeating Minnesota on Saturday.
Iowa carries off the Floyd of Rosedale Trophy after defeating Minnesota on Saturday.
(Matthew Putney / Associated Press)

Nate Stanley threw for two touchdown passes and Tyler Goodson ran for a score and host Iowa handed Minnesota its first loss.

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The Hawkeyes (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten) struck quickly, scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions, then held off Minnesota’s charge in the second half for their first victory over a ranked opponent this season.

The Gophers (9-1, 6-1, No. 8 CFP) haven’t won at Kinnick Stadium since 1999, losing nine straight on the road in the series.

Minnesota got to 23-19 with 3:27 to play when Rodney Smith scored on a 1-yard dive. But Brock Walker’s extra-point attempt missed. Iowa’s Nate Wieting then recovered the onside kick.

The Gophers had a final chance. But quarterback Tanner Morgan was sacked by Joe Evans and A.J. Epenesa on back-to-back plays, then backup Cole Kramer’s pass was intercepted by Riley Moss on fourth down.

No. 10 Oklahoma 34, No. 12 Baylor 31

Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson is pushed out of bounds by Baylor cornerback Raleigh Texada.
Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson, right, is pushed out of bounds by Baylor cornerback Raleigh Texada, center, during the second half of the Sooners’ win Saturday.
(Ray Carlin / Associated Press)

Gabe Brkic kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:45 left after Jalen Hurts threw four touchdown passes in a big comeback and Oklahoma kept its playoff hopes alive and ended host No. 12 Baylor’s bid for an undefeated season.

While the Sooners (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 10 CFP) were without standout receiver CeeDee Lamb, Hurts was 30-of-42 passing for 297 yards with all of his TDs coming after Baylor took a 28-3 lead early in the second quarter. The quarterback, who had three turnovers, also ran for 114 yards.

Baylor (9-1, 6-1, No. 13 CFP) had won 11 games in a row.

Oklahoma erased a three-touchdown halftime deficit and tied it at 31 on Hurts’ 2-yard TD pass to Brayden Willis with 5:25 left.

No. 1 LSU 58, Mississippi 37

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow runs past Mississippi linebacker Jacquez Jones.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow runs past Mississippi linebacker Jacquez Jones during the first half of the Tigers’ victory Saturday.
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Joe Burrow threw for 489 yards and five touchdowns and LSU built a big lead and held off host Mississippi.

Coming off an emotional 46-41 home win at Alabama last week, the Tigers (10-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) scored on four of their first five possessions jump out to a 28-0 lead over the Rebels (4-7, 2-5).

The teams combined for 1,328 yards of total offense, including 714 by the Tigers. Burrow enhanced his Heisman Trophy front-runner status, completing 32 of 42 passes, including touchdown passes of 34, 51 and 61 yards to Ja’Marr Chase (227 yards) and 12 and 7 yards to Justin Jefferson (112 yards).

Burrow completed 17 consecutive passes at one point to set a school record. He threw two interceptions in the second half as Ole Miss climbed closer, but put the game away with a 61-yard touchdown pass to Chase with 5:11 remaining.

Ole Miss freshman quarterback John Rhys Plumlee had 212 yards rushing yards, a school record for a quarterbacks, and three touchdowns and was 9 of 16 passing for 123 yards.

No. 2 Ohio State 56, Rutgers 21

Ohio State wide receiver Jaelen Gill celebrates after scoring on a touchdown reception.
Ohio State wide receiver Jaelen Gill (26) celebrates after scoring on a touchdown reception during the fourth quarter against Rutgers on Saturday.
(Andrew Mills / Associated Press)

Justin Fields threw for a career-high 305 yards and matched his best with four touchdown passes to lead Ohio State past Rutgers at Piscataway, N.J.

Favored by a whopping 51 points, the Buckeyes (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten) rolled to their 16th straight win over the past two seasons. J.K. Dobbins ran for two touchdowns and cornerback Shaun Wade set up two early TDs with an interception and a forced fumble.

Isaih Pacheco scored on a 26-yard run, Johnny Langan threw a 45-yard scoring pass to Bo Melton and ran a yard for another touchdown with 1:09 left for Rutgers (2-8, 0-7). The loss was the 19th straight conference game for Rutgers, which fired coach Chris Ash in late September.

No. 3 Clemson 53, Wake Forest 3

Clemson’s Tanner Muse sacks Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman.
Clemson’s Tanner Muse sacks Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman during the Tigers’ win Saturday.
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Trevor Lawrence tied his career high with four touchdowns, three to Tee Higgins, and host Clemson won its 26th straight game and completed a second-straight perfect Atlantic Coast Conference regular season.

The Tigers (11-0, 8-0, No. 3 CFP) opened quickly and, after an uncomfortable stretch of four series with just a field goal, turned it on again right before halftime to win their 11th in a row over the Demon Deacons (7-3, 3-3).

Lawrence, the 6-foot-6 sophomore, left in the third quarter, finishing 21 of 27 for 272 yards. Travis Etienne ran for 121 yards, his sixth consecutive game with 100 or more yards and his seventh this season.

No. 5 Georgia 21, No. 13 Auburn 14

Georgia wide receiver Demetris Robertson is knocked out of bounds by Auburn defensive back Christian Tutt.
Georgia wide receiver Demetris Robertson, right, is knocked out of bounds by Auburn defensive back Christian Tutt after a reception during the second half against Auburn on Saturday.
(Butch Dill / Associated Press)

Jake Fromm passed for three touchdowns and Georgia’s defense had two late stops, helping the the visiting Bulldogs clinch the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title.

The Bulldogs (9-1, 6-1 SEC, No. 4 CFP) sailed through three quarters with a 21-0 lead before Auburn (7-3, 4-3) rallied in the fourth.

Georgia held on to become the first team to win three consecutive SEC East titles since Florida won five in a row from 1992-96.

Fromm was 13-of-28 passing for just 110 yards, but had a 51-yard touchdown pass to Dominick Blaylock and a pair of 5-yarders to Eli Wolf and Brian Herrien. Swift ran for 106 yards on 17 carries.

No. 6 Oregon 34, Arizona 6

Justin Herbert threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns and host Oregon won its ninth straight game and secured a spot in the Pac-12 championship game with a victory over Arizona.

Graduate transfer Juwan Johnson caught five passes for 93 yards and a score for the Ducks (9-1, 7-0 Pac-12). Oregon hasn’t won seven straight in conference play to start a season since 2012, and no Pac-12 team has started 7-0 in league play since Stanford in 2015.

The Ducks, ranked sixth in both the College Football Playoff rankings and the AP Top 25, haven’t dropped a game since the season-opening loss to Auburn.

With the victory, Oregon secured the Pac-12 North title and the berth in the conference championship game on Dec. 6 in Santa Clara, California. The Ducks’ opponent from the league’s South Division has yet to be determined.

The loss slimmed Arizona’s chances of bowl eligibility. At 4-6 overall and 2-5 in conference, the Wildcats face No. 8 Utah (No. 7 CFP rankings) next Saturday before closing out the season at rival Arizona State.

No. 9 Penn State 34, No. 24 Indiana 27

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Indiana.
Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Indiana in the fourth quarter Saturday.
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Quarterback Sean Clifford scored three touchdowns Saturday, leading host Penn State past Indiana.

Penn State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 9 CFP) is at No. 2 Ohio State next week with the top spot in the Big Ten East on the line.

Clifford also completed 11 of 23 passes for 179 yards and ran for 55 yards. Journey Brown rushed 21 times for 100 yards and added a score. With Penn State ahead by a field goal with 10:45 to play, Clifford led an 18-play, 75-yard drive that ate 9:01 and ended when he plunged in from a yard out to put the game out of reach.

Tight end Nick Bowers caught a 12-yard touchdown pass for the Nittany Lions

Peyton Ramsey completed 31 of 41 passes for 371 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more for the Hoosiers (7-3, 4-3).

No. 11 Florida 23, Missouri 6

Kyle Trask threw two touchdown passes after a sluggish first half for Florida at Columbia, Mo.

Trask completed 23 of 35 passes for 282 yards. That was plenty of offense for Florida (9-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference), which held Missouri to 204 total yards. Linebacker Jon Greenard had two sacks and five tackles for loss.

The Tigers (5-5, 2-4) have lost four straight games and haven’t scored a touchdown in the last two.

No. 14 Michigan 44, Michigan State 10

Officials separate Michigan State and Michigan players during a scuffle in the second half of a game Nov. 16.
Officials separate Michigan State and Michigan players during a scuffle in the second half of a game Nov. 16.
(Paul Sancya / Associated Press)

Shea Patterson threw for a season-high 384 yards and four touchdowns and host Michigan handed Michigan State its fifth straight loss.

The Wolverines (8-2, 5-2, No. 15 CFP) scored 24 straight points after giving up the first touchdown and coasted to their most lopsided win in the rivalry since a 49-3 victory in 2002. The Spartans (4-6, 2-5) must win at Rutgers and against Maryland to be bowl eligible.

Michigan State got off to a solid start, leading 7-0 after the first quarter on Brian Lewerke’s 1-yard pass to Max Rosenthal.

The offensively challenged Spartans did little with the ball and simply couldn’t stop Michigan in the air.

Patterson completed 24 of 33 passes. He threw a 5-yard TD pass to Nick Eubanks in the second quarter; an 18-yard pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones for a score in the third; a 22-yard TD pass to Nico Collins in the fourth and a 39-yard pass to Cornelius Johnson with 2:33 left.

Ronnie Bell had nine catches for a career-high 150 yards for the Wolverines.

No. 15 Wisconsin 37, Nebraska 21

Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor carries the ball in front of diving Nebraska linebacker Mohamed Barry.
Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor carries the ball in front of diving Nebraska linebacker Mohamed Barry during Saturday’s game.
(Nati Harnik / Associated Press)

Jonathan Taylor ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns, Aaron Cruickshank returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score and visiting Wisconsin beat Nebraska.

Taylor became the first Football Bowl Subdivision player since at least 2000 to run for 200 yards three times against the same team, according to Sportradar. He had 221 against the Cornhuskers last year and 249 in 2017. The junior had his 11th 200-yard game, moving into a four-way tie for most in a career by an FBS player.

The Badgers (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten, No. 14 CFP) quickly erased a 14-10 deficit in the second quarter. Jack Coan threw over the middle to A.J. Taylor, who spun away from two defenders and ran the rest of the way untouched for a 55-yard touchdown. Wisconsin linebacker Jack Sanborn intercepted a tipped ball on the first play of Nebraska’s next series, and Taylor ran in from the 1 to finish a short drive that put the Badgers ahead 24-14.

The Huskers (4-6, 2-5) have lost four straight and five of their last six. They’ve dropped 10 in a row against Top 25 opponents.

No. 16 Notre Dame 52, No. 21 Navy 20

Notre Dame’s Jamir Jones (44) celebrates after recovering a fumble.
Notre Dame’s Jamir Jones (44) celebrates after recovering a fumble in the second quarter against Navy on Saturday.
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Chase Claypool caught four touchdown passes to match a school record and Notre Dame shut down Navy’s triple-option at South Bend, Ind.

The 17th straight home victory for Brian Kelly’s Fighting Irish did not sell out Notre Dame Stadium. It was the first time since 1973 Thanksgiving Day against Air Force, a string of 273 sold-out games. A crowd of 74,080, 3,542 below capacity, saw Notre Dame win for the 79th time in the 93-game series that has been played continuously since 1927.

Ian Book completed 14 of 20 passes for 284 yards and five touchdowns before exiting midway through the third quarter and the Irish (8-2, No. 16 CFP) up 45-3.

Claypool caught seven passes for 117 yards with scoring receptions of 7, 47 and 3 yards from Book to give the Irish a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. Book threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Braden Lenzy later in the quarter as Notre Dame took a 38-3 halftime lead and then hit Claypool with a 20-yard scoring pass on their final play of the game together.

The Midshipmen (7-2, No. 23 CFP) had won five in a row.

No. 17 Cincinnati 20, South Florida 17

Sam Crosa kicked a 37-yarder field goal as time expired to give visiting Cincinnati at least a share of the American Athletic Conference East division title.

The Bearcats (8-1, 6-0, No. 17 CFP) rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to win for the eighth straight time, getting touchdown runs from Michael Warren and Gerrid Doaks before Desmond Ridder led an 11-play, 60-yard drive to win the game. USF’s Spencer Shrader missed a 33-yard field goal that would have given the Bulls (4-6, 2-4) the lead with 2:07 remaining.

Ridder was just 9 of 18 passing for 78 yards, but he had a pair of big third-down completions on the winning march — the last a short flip to Warren, who rambled 30 yards to the USF 40. Warren ran for 11 yards on the play and finished with 134 yards rushing on 24 carries.

Jordan McCloud threw for 267 yards and one touchdown for USF, which led 10-0 at halftime. The Bulls clung to a 17-10 advantage entering the fourth quarter, but couldn’t put the Bearcats away.

No. 18 Memphis 45, Houston 27

Brady White threw for 341 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another score and Memphis overcame a 10-point first-quarter deficit to beat host Houston,

White completed 22 of 33 passes. Damonte Coxie caught four passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns, Antonio Gibson had four catches for 93 yards and a score, and Calvin Austin caught five passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.

Kenneth Gainwell finished with 99 rushing yards on 17 carries for Memphis, which outgained Houston 531-256. The Tigers (9-1, 5-1 American) have won five in a row. Houston (3-7, 1-5) lost its third straight.

Clayton Tune was 14 of 22 for 157 yards and a touchdown for the Cougars. Tune also had a 68-yard touchdown run, and Marquez Stevenson caught five passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.

No. 21 Boise State 42, New Mexico 9

Jaylon Henderson threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns, Sonatane Lui had two fumble recoveries, including one for a score, and host Boise State beat New Mexico.

Boise State (9-1, 5-0, No. 21 CFP), which maintained its one-game lead atop the Mountain Division, raced out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter and was never seriously challenged. It was the first time the Broncos scored that many points in the first quarter since registering 28 against Idaho on Nov. 12, 2010.

New Mexico (2-8, 0-6) was playing for the first time since defensive lineman Nahje Flowers died on Nov. 5. The Lobos’ game with Air Force was postponed last weekend to allow the team time to grieve Flowers’ death.

Iowa State 23, No. 22 Texas 21

Iowa State wide receiver Tarique Milton is tackled by Texas defensive back D’Shawn Jamison and defensive back Chris Brown.
Iowa State wide receiver Tarique Milton is tackled by Texas defensive back D’Shawn Jamison, left, and defensive back Chris Brown during the first half of Saturday’s game.
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Connor Assalley kicked a 36-yard field goal as time expired and host Iowa State knocked off Texas to snap a two-game losing streak.

Brock Purdy had 354 yards passing and two TDs for the Cyclones (6-4, 4-3 Big 12). They beat the Longhorns (6-4, 4-3) for just the third time in 17 tries despite blowing a 13-point lead.

Brayden Narveson missed an apparent 42-yard field goal with 2:12 to go, but Texas was called for being offside and Iowa State was awarded a first down by inches.

Sam Ehlinger passed for 273 yards and three TDs for Texas, losers of three of its last five.

No. 25 Oklahoma State 31, Kansas 12

Chuba Hubbard ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 42 yards for host Oklahoma State.

Dillon Stoner caught five passes for a career-high 150 yards and two touchdowns and Spencer Sanders passed for 168 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys (7-3, 4-3 Big 12, No. 22 CFP). Oklahoma State gained 481 total yards, including 243 rushing.

Kolby Harvell-Peel led Oklahoma State’s defense with two interceptions.

Carter Stanley passed for 226 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas (3-7, 1-6).


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