TCU edges Baylor in double OT
FORT WORTH, Texas — Trevone Boykin threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to KaVontae Turpin in the second overtime and No. 15 TCU beat No. 7 Baylor 28-21 on a rainy Friday night, knocking the Bears out of contention for their third straight Big 12 title.
Boykin, playing with a heavily taped right ankle after missing a game, threw for 148 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for a 1-yard score in the first overtime. Josh Carraway returned a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown for the Horned Frogs (10-2, 7-2 Big 12).
Devin Chafin ran for 119 yards and two scores, and caught a 4-yard TD pass in the first overtime, but was stopped short on a fourth-and-1 play to end the game.
With the loss by Baylor (9-2, 6-2, No. 7 CFP), the Big 12 champion will be the winner tonight when No. 5 Oklahoma plays at No. 9 Oklahoma State. The Sooners, No. 3 in the latest CFP rankings, and Cowboys are both 10-1 overall and 7-1 in the Big 12.
TCU got to 10 wins for the 10th time in the past 14 seasons under coach Gary Patterson, and a measure of revenge for that 61-58 loss in Waco last season.
In October 2014, Baylor overcame a 21-point deficit in the final 11 minutes and won 61-58 with a field goal on the final play. That was the only loss by the Horned Frogs, who shared the Big 12 title with Baylor before the league's two private schools were the first teams left out of the inaugural College Football Playoff.
After Boykin's pass to freshman Turpin to start the second overtime, Baylor had fourth-and-1 from the 16 when quarterback Chris Johnson took the snap and plunged forward. It would have been close, but there was never a measurement because coach Art Briles was calling for a timeout from the sideline before the snap.
When the Baylor lined back up, Chafin took the handoff and ran into TCU defenders Julius Lewis and Ty Summers, the last of Summers' school-record 23 tackles.
As rain-soaked Frogs fans stormed onto the field, referees stayed momentarily before finally declaring that Chafin was down short of a first down and the game was over.
NO. 3 IOWA 28, NEBRASKA 20: At Lincoln, Neb., Jordan Canzeri broke long touchdown runs on back-to-back series in the third quarter, and Iowa beat Nebraska to complete its first perfect regular season in 93 years.
The Hawkeyes (12-0, 8-0, No. 4 CFP) were far from dominant but good enough against the sloppy Cornhuskers (5-7, 3-5) on a raw afternoon. As one of two remaining unbeaten teams, they'll head to the Big Ten championship game next seek in the middle of the College Football Playoff race.
Canzeri ran off left tackle two straight times for two touchdowns, the first one going 29 yards and the second 68 yards for a 28-17 lead. Canzeri finished with 140 yards on 17 carries.
Iowa picked four of Tommy Armstrong Jr.'s passes, with defensive end Parker Hesse returning one 4 yards for the Hawkeyes' fourth interception for a touchdown this season.
The Huskers needed a win to assure bowl eligibility.
NO. 21 HOUSTON 52, NO. 16 NAVY 31: At Houston, Greg Ward, Jr. threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns and Houston beat Navy to reach the first American Athletic Conference championship game.
Houston (11-1, 7-1 American) won the West Division title and will host either Temple or South Florida in the championship game Dec. 5. The Cougars are also well positioned to earn a bid to a New Year's Six bowl game, likely the Fiesta Bowl, if they win the league championship.
Ward was 26-of-35 passing and ran for 83 yards and another score. Brandon Wilson, who was moved from cornerback to running back this week because of injuries, ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Demarcus Ayers had eight catches for 161 yards and a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass.
Keenan Reynolds rushed for 84 yards on 19 carries and a fourth quarter touchdown and was 14 of 17 for 312 yards passing and a touchdown for Navy (9-2, 7-1). He scored his 83rd career touchdown to match the FBS record set by Wisconsin's Montee Ball. Reynolds also set a Navy record with his 29th career TD pass. Navy had its five-game winning streak snapped.
WESTERN MICHIGAN 35, NO. 24 TOLEDO 30: At Toledo, Ohio, Corey Davis caught two touchdown passes and Western Michigan upset Toledo to send Northern Illinois to the Mid-American Conference championship game.
The Rockets (9-2, 6-2) could have earned the MAC West title and a spot in the league title game, but the Broncos (7-5, 6-2) created a three-way tie for the division. NIU beat both Toledo and Western Michigan and will face Bowling Green on Dec. 4 at Ford Field in Detroit.
The game turned when Toledo's Alonzo Russell fumbled a punt to set up Davis' second touchdown, a 30-yard catch from Zach Terrell with 1:07 to play in the first half that gave the Broncos a 25-21 lead.