No. 3 Auburn tumbles at hands of A&M frosh
AUBURN, Ala. — Freshman Kyle Allen threw four touchdown passes in the first half and Texas A&M recovered two late fumbles to secure a 41-38 victory against No. 3 Auburn, likely ending the Tigers’ playoff hopes.
The Aggies (7-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference), who came in as 23-point underdogs, pulled off the kind of dramatic finish that had become an Auburn trademark.
The Tigers (7-2, 4-2, No. 3 CFP) twice appeared to be driving toward a go-ahead touchdown before coughing it up on plays that never really got going.
First, Julien Obioha won a scramble for the ball after Nick Marshall and Cameron Artis-Payne got tangled up in the backfield.
Then the Tigers drove inside the Texas A&M 30 for one more shot. Marshall appeared to be still calling the play when center Reese Dismukes snapped it. Alonzo Williams recovered with 54 seconds left.
NO. 4 ALABAMA 20, NO. 14 LSU 13, OT: At Baton Rouge, La., Blake Sims drove Alabama 55 yards in the final 50 seconds of regulation for a tying field goal, and threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrew White in overtime.
With the victory and Auburn’s upset loss to Texas A&M earlier in the day, Alabama (8-1, 5-1, No. 5 CFP) is alone in second place in the SEC West Division with a game against first-place Mississippi State still on its schedule.
Amari Cooper had eight catches for 83 yards and a touchdown while setting Alabama career and single-season records for yards receiving, as well as the school’s single-season mark for catches with 79.
NO. 1 MISSISSIPPI STATE 45, UT MARTIN 16: At Starkville, Miss., Dak Prescott threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, leading Mississippi State to the easy win.
The Bulldogs (9-0, No. 1 CFP) extended their winning streak to 12 games, jumping ahead 24-3 by halftime. Prescott completed 14 of 23 passes for 206 yards. It was his school-record ninth 200-yard passing game of the season.
NO. 2 FLORIDA STATE 34, VIRGINIA 20: At Tallahassee, Fla., Jameis Winston threw for 261 yards and accounted for two touchdowns, rallying Florida State to its 25th straight victory.
Winston and the offense started slowly for the third consecutive game, and two first-quarter interceptions helped the Cavaliers to a 13-7 lead. Virginia, however, had ball control issues of its own, committing three first-half turnovers.
Rashad Greene had a career-high 13 receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles (9-0, 6-0 ACC, No. 2 CFP).
NO. 6 TCU 41, NO. 9 KANSAS STATE 20: At Fort Worth, Texas, TCU’s Trevone Boykin ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score.
Aaron Green, filling in for an injured B.J. Catalon, ran for 171 yards for the Horned Frogs (8-1, 5-1), including a 65-yard TD.
Boykin set a career high for rushing yards and completed 23 of 34 passes for 219 yards.
The end of Kansas State’s five-game winning streak created a three-way tie atop the Big 12 standings with the Wildcats (7-2, 5-1), TCU and No. 10 Baylor (8-1, 5-1).
NO. 13 OHIO STATE 49, NO. 7 MICHIGAN STATE 37: At East Lansing, Mich., J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more scores, helping Ohio State’s offense to a big performance on the road.
With one overwhelming offensive display, the Buckeyes (8-1, 5-0) re-established themselves as the Big Ten’s dominant team under Urban Meyer, avenged their loss to Michigan State in last year’s conference title game, and boosted their case for a berth in college football’s four-team playoff.
NO. 10 BAYLOR 48, NO. 16 OKLAHOMA 14: At Norman, Okla., Corey Coleman set career highs of 15 catches and 224 yards to help Baylor get the road win.
Coleman also caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the Bears (8-1, 5-1 Big 12, No. 12 CFP) maintained their conference and national title hopes.
Bryce Petty completed 32 of 42 passes for 387 yards and a touchdown. It was Baylor’s first road win in 12 tries against the Sooners (6-3, 3-3, No. 15 CFP), and the Bears’ first road win against a ranked team since Art Briles took over as coach in 2008.
NO. 12 MISSISSIPPI 48, PRESBYTERIAN 0: At Oxford, Miss., Bo Wallace threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, helping Mississippi snap a two-game losing streak.
Wallace was 11 for 15 for 140 yards, including scoring strikes of 66 and 23 yards to Vince Sanders. He also had a 9-yard touchdown run as the Rebels (8-2, No. 11 CFP) built a 35-0 halftime lead.
NO. 17 GEORGIA 63, KENTUCKY 31: At Lexington, Ky., Hutson Mason threw a career-best four touchdown passes for Georgia, and Nick Chubb rushed for 170 yards and a TD.
Coming off last weekend’s loss to Florida that knocked the Bulldogs (7-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference, No. 20 CFP) from the playoff picture, they responded with their second-highest point total this season to remain in the East division hunt.
NO. 22 DUKE 27, SYRACUSE 10: At Syracuse, N.Y., Anthony Boone threw two touchdown passes to Issac Blakeney, Jamison Crowder returned a punt 52 yards for another score, and Duke survived another scare.
Duke (8-1, 4-1, No. 22 CFP) has won four in a row to stay on target to reach the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. Boone improved to 18-1 as a starter in the regular season.
NO. 23 MARSHALL 63, SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 17: At Hattiesburg, Miss., Rakeem Cato threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, leading Marshall to the road win.
Cato was 13 for 19 for 186 yards, helping the Herd (9-0, 5-0 Conference USA) shake off a slow start. Remi Watson scored four touchdowns.
TEXAS 33, NO. 24 WEST VIRGINIA 16: At Austin, Texas, Johnathan Gray scored three touchdowns and Texas inched closer to a possible bowl game in coach Charlie Strong’s first season.
Gray scored on runs of 39, 2 and 15 yards as Texas (5-5, 4-3 Big 12) ended a streak of nine straight home losses to ranked opponents. The Longhorns need to win one of their final two games to be eligible for a bowl.
NO. 25 WISCONSIN 34, PURDUE 16: At West Lafayette, Ind., Joel Stave threw two touchdown passes in Wisconsin’s fourth consecutive win, and Melvin Gordon ran for 205 yards.
The Badgers (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten, No. 25 CFP) remained in a three-way tie atop the West Division. Wisconsin has won nine straight in the series.