Bedlam: Oklahoma outscores Oklahoma State, 62-52
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Bedlam sure lived up to its name.
Baker Mayfield passed for a school-record 598 yards and No. 8 Oklahoma outlasted No. 11 Oklahoma State 62-52 on Saturday in one of the highest-scoring games in the history of the rivalry.
Mayfield threw five touchdown passes and ran for another score to outduel Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph in a battle of two Heisman Trophy contenders. Rudolph passed for 448 yards and five touchdowns, but he had three turnovers in the second half.
Marquise Brown caught nine passes for a school-record 265 yards, and he had touchdown receptions of 84 and 77 yards for the Sooners (8-1, 5-1 Big 12, No. 5 CFP). Oklahoma gained 785 total yards.
Oklahoma State (7-2, 4-2, No. 11 CFP) appeared to have lost its last chance when Oklahoma’s Tre Brown intercepted the ball off a deflection with 1:56 remaining and the Cowboys trailing 55-52. A targeting penalty against Oklahoma’s Will Johnson negated the play, but the Cowboys couldn’t take advantage of the extra opportunity.
Justice Hill ran for a career-high 228 yards for Oklahoma State and James Washington caught seven passes for 128 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game in the second half with an ankle injury.
The game was tied at 38-all at halftime. In the second quarter, the teams combined for 52 points and 540 yards. Mayfield passed for a school-record 387 yards in the first half. Rudolph hung in there with him and passed for 258 yards and three touchdowns. Brown tied Juaquin Iglesias’ school record for yards receiving in a half with 178 before the break.
IOWA 55, NO. 3 OHIO STATE 24
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Nate Stanley threw for 226 yards and five touchdowns, and Iowa throttled Ohio State, dealing a likely fatal blow to the Buckeyes’ playoff hopes.
Josh Jackson added three interceptions for the Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-3), who beat their fourth top-five opponent in their last five tries at home.
J.T. Barrett threw a career-high four interceptions for Ohio State (7-2, 5-1, No. 6 CFP). The Buckeyes allowed their most points in a game under coach Urban Meyer. They committed nine penalties and gained just 371 yards in their most lopsided defeat since last year’s 31-0 loss to eventual national champion Clemson in the playoffs.
NO. 1 ALABAMA 24, NO. 19 LSU 10.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jalen Hurts passed for a touchdown and ran for a score and Alabama sweated out a bruising victory over LSU.
The Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) had to withstand a rare challenge this season from a league opponent, managing it with big plays from the defense and a handful of timely ones from Hurts.
The Tigers (6-3, 3-2) kept getting defensive stops in the fourth quarter but couldn’t muster a threat.
NO. 2 GEORGIA 24, SOUTH CAROLINA 10
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Jake Fromm proved he can throw — and block a little, too — in leading Georgia past South Carolina.
Fromm was accurate and efficient, completing 16 of 22 passes for 196 yards with scoring passes of 10 yards to Javon Wims and 20 yards to Mecole Hardman. He did not throw an interception.
Georgia (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 1 College Football Playoff) has won its first nine games for the first time since 1982. The Bulldogs needed a Mississippi win over Kentucky on Saturday to clinch a spot in the SEC championship game.
South Carolina (6-3, 4-3) had its three-game winning streak snapped.
NO. 5 NOTRE DAME 48, WAKE FOREST 37
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Brandon Wimbush passed for a career-high 280 yards, ran for two touchdowns and shook off an injury to help Notre Dame win its seventh straight.
Wimbush was 15-of-30 passing and threw a 34-yard touchdown to sophomore Chase Claypool, who had a career-high 180 yards on nine receptions. Wimbush also had 110 yards on 12 carries and the second TD was a 50-yarder in the second quarter.
Wake Forest (5-3) did not go down without a fight, piling up 587 yards against a defense directed by former Demon Deacons coordinator Mike Elko.
Wimbush returned for the second half while Adams rode a stationary bike on the sideline as the Irish (8-1, No. 3 CFP) totaled season highs in passing (340) and total yards (720). NO. 24 MICHIGAN STATE 27, NO. 7 PENN STATE 24
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Matt Coghlin kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift Michigan State past Penn State in a game delayed nearly 3 1/2 hours by severe weather in the second quarter.
Brian Lewerke threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns for the Spartans (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten, No. 24 CFP), and Michigan State was aided at the end by a roughing the passer call on Penn State’s Marcus Allen. Lewerke was hit by Allen on a third-down pass that fell incomplete in the final minute. The penalty moved the ball to the Penn State 22, and the Spartans were able to run the clock before Coghlin’s winning kick.
It was the second straight tough loss for Penn State (7-2, 4-2, No. 7 CFP), which fell 39-38 at Ohio State last weekend and may have had its national title hopes crumble for good Saturday.
NO. 9 MIAMI 28, NO. 13 VIRGINIA TECH 10
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Malik Rosier threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, Travis Homer had a 64-yard touchdown run and Miami moved to the brink of clinching what would be its first spot in an Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
Braxton Berrios and Christopher Herndon IV had touchdown catches for Miami (8-0, 6-0 ACC, No. 10 CFP), which extended the nation’s longest current winning streak to 13 games.
Virginia Tech (7-2, 3-2) got a touchdown run from quarterback Josh Jackson. He was 20 of 32 passing for 197 yards and two interceptions.
WEST VIRGINIA 20, NO. 14 IOWA STATE 16
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Will Grier threw two touchdown passes and Justin Crawford broke out of a three-game slump with 102 yards rushing for West Virginia.
West Virginia (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) became bowl eligible and knocked the Cyclones (6-3, 4-2, No. 15 CFP) out of a four-way tie for first place.
TENNESSEE 24, SOUTHERN MISS 10
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — So many weeks had passed since Tennessee’s last victory that the Volunteers needed time to remember the proper locker-room reaction.
Kelly ran for two touchdowns and 79 yards Saturday as Tennessee (4-5) withstood an injury to starting quarterback Jarrett Guarantano and avoided its first five-game skid since 1988, when the Vols dropped their first six games of the season.
L-M 52, APP STATE 45
MONROE, La. (AP) — Caleb Evans accounted for 403 yards and five total touchdowns, including the go-ahead TD pass in the final minute, and Louisiana-Monroe upset Appalachian State 52-45 on Saturday.
On a play that started at midfield with the score tied at 45, Evans looked left, slid up in the pocket and then found a streaking RJ Turner in perfect stride up the right sideline. That gave the Warhawks (4-5, 4-3 Sun Belt) a 52-45 lead with 23 seconds left.
The Mountaineers (5-4, 4-1) had tied it with 53 seconds to go and, after allowing the Warhawks to retake the lead, Taylor Lamb drove them to the ULM 39 for a Hail Mary attempt that fell incomplete as time expired.
NC A&T 35, NSU 7
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Lamar Raynard threw for 277 yards to break North Carolina A&T’s single-season record, and the undefeated Aggies beat Norfolk State 35-7 on Saturday.
Raynard has passed for 2,302 career yards, topping Maseo Bolin’s mark of 2,262 in 1995. NC A&T coach Rod Broadway broke a tie with Hornsby Howell and Bert Piggott for the second-most wins in program history with 56, trailing Bill Hayes’ 106.
Raynard also ran for two 1-yard touchdowns for NC A&T (9-0, 6-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), which won its ninth game for the fourth straight season. Marquell Cartwright and Jamari Smith also scored on 1-yard runs.
NC A&T scored the first 14 points before NSU ended a 14-quarter touchdown drought in the series with Isaiah Winstead’s 8-yard scoring grab. The Aggies had kept the Spartans touchdown-less in 2014, ‘15 and ‘16.
Juwan Carter was 14-for-32 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions for Norfolk State (3-6, 3-3), which lost its fifth straight in the series.
WCU 31, CITADEL 19
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Detrez Newsome raced 81 yards for a tie-breaking touchdown and Western Carolina survived three blocked punts to defeat The Citadel 31-19 on Saturday.
Tyrie Adams passed for 133 yards and three touchdowns for the Catamounts (7-3, 5-2 Southern Conference), two to Terryon Robinson. Newsome gained 197 yards on 24 carries. It’s his second straight 100-yard game since returning from injury.
The Citadel (5-4, 3-4) opened the second half with a Dominique Allen 26-yard touchdown run to pull the Bulldogs into a 17-17 tie after just three plays.
HOUSTON 52, ECU 27
HOUSTON (AP) — D’Eriq King threw for three touchdowns and ran for a score, the Cougars converted three turnovers into scores, and Houston became bowl eligible, beating East Carolina 52-27 on Saturday.
King was 15-of-21 passing for 330 yards and scored on a 2-yard run on Houston’s (6-3, 4-2 American Athletic Conference) opening drive and the Cougars led 21-0 after the first.
ELON 33, TOWSON 30
ELON (AP) — Owen Johnson lifted Elon to its eighth-straight victory with a 26-yard field goal in the second overtime to edge Towson 33-30 on Saturday.
Helping set up the win was Dondre Howell, who blocked Towson’s 33-yard field goal try to end the Tigers’ previous possession. The winning kick was Johnson’s fourth field goal of the game.
Brelynd Cyphers had 14 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown for Elon (8-1, 6-0 Colonial Athletic Association), and De’Sean McNair finished with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Towson (3-6, 1-5) fell behind 27-10 but rallied in the fourth quarter with two quick touchdowns followed by a short field goal by Aidan O’Neill to tie it with 1:20 left and force overtime. Both teams hit field goals with their opening overtime drives.
West Rowan’s Kortez Weeks caught nine passes for 139 yards, his second straight outstanding game.
Towson’s Ryan Stover had 303 yards passing, threw two touchdown passes and caught a touchdown from wide receiver Jabari Allen.
Shane Leatherbury had eight catches for 109 yards and a touchdown and Jabari Greenwood finished with 130 yards receiving for the Tigers.
NO. 16 AUBURN 42, TEXAS A&M 27
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Jarrett Stidham threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns and Auburn pulled away in the second half against Texas.
Kerryon Johnson added 145 yards rushing and a touchdown and provided a highlight-reel play with a nifty one-handed catch for an 11-yard gain on third down in the fourth quarter. Eli Stove capped that possession with a 4-yard touchdown run that pushed the lead to 42-20.