LSU pulls off upset of No. 3 Mississippi
BATON ROUGE, La. — Bo Wallace was on the cusp of prolonging No. 3 Mississippi’s bid for an unbeaten season until LSU safety Ronald Martin got in the way.
Wallace’s pass was intercepted by Martin at the 1 with 2 seconds left, and the Rebels fell 10-7 to the 24th-ranked Tigers on Saturday night.
Ole Miss was lining up for a potential tying field goal from 42 yards, but was called for delay of game. So the Rebels decided to run a play instead and Wallace threw his first interception in a Southeastern Conference game this season. Soon after, fans were streaming onto the Tiger Stadium field.
Leonard Fournette ran for 113 yards, and LSU (7-2, 3-2) finished with 264 yards rushing against defense that came in allowing 97.1 per game. Anthony Jennings’ short touchdown pass to tight end Logan Stokes gave LSU the lead late in the fourth quarter.
Mississippi (7-1, 4-1) led most of the way, but mainly because LSU turned the ball over four times and missed a short field goal.
NO. 1 MISSISSIPPI STATE 45, KENTUCKY 31: At Lexington, Ky., Dak Prescott accounted for three touchdowns, Josh Robinson ran for two scores and Mississippi State beat Kentucky.
Playing for the first time atop the rankings, the Bulldogs (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) showed no rust coming off an off week.
Kentucky (5-3, 2-3) got within a touchdown four times, and Heisman Trophy hopeful Prescott and Robinson answered with TDs on three occasions. Prescott had TD runs of 2 and 11 yards and threw an 8-yard scoring pass to Brandon Hill.
NO. 4 ALABAMA 34, TENNESSEE 20: At Knoxville, Tenn., Amari Cooper caught nine passes for a school-record 224 yards and scored two touchdowns to help Alabama beat Tennessee for its eighth consecutive victory in the series.
The game marked a return for Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who coached Tennessee in 2009 and angered Volunteers fans by leaving for Southern California after only one season. Kiffin’s offense produced touchdowns on four of its first five series — including Cooper’s 80-yard TD catch on Alabama’s first play from scrimmage — as the Crimson Tide (7-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) raced to a 27-0 lead.
NO. 5 AUBURN 42, SOUTH CAROLINA 35: At Auburn, Ala., Nick Marshall ran for three touchdowns and passed for a score and Auburn survived a scare from South Carolina after Steve Spurrier made a succession of gambles that paid off.
The Tigers (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) finally stopped the onslaught of Spurrier, Dylan Thompson and fourth-down magic late in the game. Auburn burned off four-plus minutes from the clock after the first unsuccessful gamble before the Gamecocks (4-4, 2-4) made a stop at midfield for one more shot.
NO. 8 MICHIGAN STATE 35, MICHIGAN 11: At East Lansing, Mich., Jeremy Langford ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns for Michigan State.
The Spartans (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) have won six of their past seven games against the Wolverines, only the second time Michigan State has accomplished that in a series that dates to 1898.
NO. 10 TCU 82, TEXAS TECH 27: At Fort Worth, Texas, Trevone Boykin threw a school-record seven touchdown passes and TCU showcased a new fast-paced offense by scoring the most points in school history.
The Horned Frogs (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) beat their previous scoring high of 69 in the spread attack directed in part by co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie, a former Texas Tech quarterback who spent the past four seasons as an assistant with the Red Raiders (3-5, 1-4).
Boykin was 22 of 39 for 433 yards.
No. 11 KANSAS STATE 23, TEXAS 0: At Manhattan, Kan., Kansas State’s rapidly improving defense led the first shutout of Texas in more than a decade to keep the Wildcats unbeaten in Big 12 play.
Matthew McCrane kicked three field goals, and DeMarcus Robinson and Charles Jones each ran for a touchdown to lead the Wildcats (6-1, 4-0). Jake Waters threw for 224 yards, and Tyler Lockett had eight catches for 103 yards to climb another notch in the school record book.
NO. 13 OHIO STATE 31, PENN STATE 24, 2OT: At State College, Pa., quarterback J.T. Barrett scored twice in overtime to help Ohio State escape with the double-overtime victory.
The Buckeyes (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) built a 17-0 lead and were cruising when Penn State defensive tackle Anyhony Zettel intercepted Barrett’s pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.