|Saturday, November 18, 2017|
|Texas A&M||31||vs.||24||Ole Miss||Recap|
Starkel, Texas A&M too strong for Ole Miss
Saturday, November 18 at 11:15 PM (EST)
Nick Starkel outdueled Jordan Ta'amu in a battle of two inexperienced quarterbacks as Texas A&M survived Ole Miss 31-24 on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss.
Starkel, making his third career start, threw for 272 yards and a touchdown as the Aggies improved to 7-4 (4-3 SEC).
Ta'amu had a chance to tie it late in the fourth quarter, but the Texas A&M defense was able to hold its ground. The junior from Pearl City, Hawaii, who was making his fourth career start, finished with 189 yards passing, most of them coming in the first half.
Ole Miss falls to 5-6 (2-5 SEC) under interim head coach Matt Luke.
It was a tale of two halves in Oxford. The defense took over in the second half of a game that saw 28 points equally split in the first quarter and 45 in the first half.
Derrick Tucker put the Aggies ahead with the only score of the third quarter when the freshman free safety intercepted Ta'amu for a 19-yard return for a touchdown.
Rebels tailback Jordan Wilkins rushed for 147 yards, with 123 of them coming in the first half. His 64-yard touchdown run equaled his longest run of the season for the senior.
Ole Miss' Braylon Sanders scored his first career touchdown on a 30-yard catch as Ole Miss took a 24-21 lead into the half.
Keith Ford scored for Texas A&M on a 1-yard run and Damion Ratley hauled in a 10-yard touchdown in the first half.
Texas A&M defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson picked up a targeting penalty and ejection with 1:07 on the clock in the second quarter. The 15-yard infraction set up a 28-yard Gary Wunderlich field goal with 24 seconds remaining.
Freshman Travon Fuller was also ejected for a blindside block in the third quarter. It's took the Aggies out of field-goal position.
Wunderlich's field goal was the 63rd of his career and tied him with Jonathan Nichols for most in Ole Miss history.
The game took on a somber tone at the end of third quarter when Ole Miss running back D'Vaughn Pennamon left the game on a cart with a knee injury.
Dillon rushes for 200 yards in Boston College win
Saturday, November 18 at 11:34 PM (EST)
Freshman AJ Dillon ran for 200 yards and two touchdowns and Boston College became bowl-eligible with a 39-16 nonconference rout of Connecticut at Fenway Park in Boston on Saturday night.
Jon Hilliman ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles (6-5) won for the fourth time in the last five games. Prior to that, the BC season was going nowhere and there was talk of coach Steve Addazio losing his job. But he now has four bowl bids in his five years at the Heights.
Dillon, already BC's all-time leading freshman rusher, had a 53-yard touchdown run among his 24 carries, while Hilliman ran 38 yards for a score as BC sent UConn (3-8) to its fourth straight loss.
Darius Wade, who will start at quarterback for Boston College for the remainder of his senior year after starter Anthony Brown was lost for the season in the previous game, was 7 of 15 for 55 yards and a 2-yard touchdown pass to Chris Garrison. It was Garrison's first college touchdown.
Defensive back Taj-Amir Torres returned an interception of a David Pindell pass 65 yards for the Eagles' other touchdown.
UConn opened the scoring on a career-best 50-yard field goal by Michael Tarbutt and was in position to make it 6-0 when Tarbutt had a 33-yard field goal blocked by Wyatt Ray in the first-half rain.
Down 39-3, the Huskies scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns -- one on a 70-yard run by Kevin Mensah and the other on a 33-yard pass from Pindell to Hergy Mayala, Mayala's sixth TD catch of the season.
Pindell finished 14 of 33 for 241 yards, the touchdown and three interceptions, while Mensah ran for 115 yards on 16 carries.
Even though Fenway was once the home of BC football, this was only the Eagles' second game there since 1956 -- and UConn was actually the home team. With the win, the Eagles improved to 55-17-5 all-time at the oldest stadium in the country -- and to 12-0-2 all-time against UConn.
No. 20 LSU races past reeling Tennessee
Sunday, November 19 at 12:28 AM (EST)
The stadium lights weren't holding up to the weather and neither were the goal posts.
The football couldn't sit still in the wind, and fielding punts was anything but routine. Conditions were tough.
So was LSU.
Darrel Williams and Derrius Guice combined for 165 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and No. 20 LSU withstood a mid-game monsoon to hand reeling Tennessee a 30-10 loss on Saturday at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.
Williams had two touchdown runs, and Guice and quarterback Danny Etling each had one touchdown run for the Tigers (8-3, 5-2 SEC).
LSU has won five of six games since being stunned at home by Troy in early October.
Tennessee (4-7, 0-7) hurt itself with multiple miscues on special teams and struggled to finish drives in Brady Hoke's first game as interim head coach.
The Volunteers were held to 38 yards on the ground, and quarterback Jarrett Guarantano completed 13 of 23 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown.
The game was played in dismal conditions, with strong winds throughout and a heavy downpour causing havoc early in the third quarter.
The goal posts at one end of the stadium were crooked before the game, thanks to the wind. Several lights went out in the stadium at halftime, and at one point before a Tennessee snap the wind blew the ball sideways, down the line of scrimmage.
"There is no question that I couldn't see guys on the field," Hoke said of the weather. "I'm sure they had a big problem with it."
The weather didn't stop the Tigers, though
"I thought the storm fired them up," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. "It was like playing in the backyard as kids. It was my first time like that."
Guice finished with 97 yards on 24 carries, putting him over 1,000 yards for a second straight season. He scored on a 3-yard plunge early in the third quarter that put LSU in front 23-10.
Williams tacked on his second touchdown run of the game later in the third quarter, and Tennessee never seriously threatened a comeback.
The Vols have lost six of seven games, with their only win in that stretch coming against Southern Miss.
Etling attempted just 15 passes, completing 11 for 81 yards. He did most of his damage on the ground, finishing with 42 yards rushing on nine carries, including a touchdown. Orgeron said after the game that Etling suffered a hand injury that, combined with the weather conditions, limited the Tigers' passing game.
"We didn't want to take a chance," Orgeron said. "It was tough to throw the football. That eliminated a lot of our pass plays. The jet sweeps a little bit opened it up. We called the right plays. We finally blocked them. Knew it would be tough sledding up the middle."
Playing their first game since coach Butch Jones was terminated, the Vols fell behind early on a blustery, wet night.
LSU turned two muffed punts by Tennessee's Marquez Callaway in the first half into 10 points. After Callaway's second miscue, Williams took a jet sweep around right end for a 10-yard score that put the Tigers in front 10-3 early in the second quarter.
Etling extended the lead to 17-3 on a 13-yard scramble with two minutes left in the half. Williams had a 36-yard run on the play before Etling's touchdown.
Tennessee answered, though, with Callaway gaining some redemption on a 46-yard touchdown reception to cut the LSU lead to 17-10 at halftime.
The Vols actually outgained the Tigers 287-281, but couldn't overcome the early miscues that led to points for LSU.
"We had some early turnovers, which you don't like to have any," Hoke said. "Callaway is one of the best kids you'd want to coach and he works harder than anyone at his craft."
Tennessee needs to beat Vanderbilt next week to avoid becoming the first Vols team ever to go 0-8 in the SEC.
NOTES: U.S. Navy Capt. Stan Jones and Air Force Captain Leigh Smith, both former Tennessee athletes, conducted pregame flyovers as part of the Volunteers' "Salute to Service" game, honoring U.S. service members, veterans and their families. ... The Vols entered the game ranked last against the run, allowing 256.9 rushing yards per game. ... LSU ends the regular season next week when Texas A&M visits Tiger Stadium. ... Tennessee hosts Vanderbilt next week.
QB Herbert's return sparks Oregon in win over Arizona
Saturday, November 18 at 11:00 PM (EST)
What a difference Justin Herbert makes.
After missing the previous five games with a fractured collarbone, Herbert returned in a big way to lead Oregon to a 48-28 victory over Arizona on Saturday night in Eugene, Ore.
With the win, the Ducks are bowl eligible in coach Willie Taggart's first year.
The Ducks' passing offense was completely nonexistent in the five games that Herbert missed as Oregon threw six interceptions and totaled 320 yards through the air.
Herbert threw for 235 yards on 14-of-19 passing and one touchdown against Arizona, and he added 40 yards on the ground and a score.
Running back Royce Freeman also enjoyed having Herbert back. The mere threat of Herbert throwing the ball opened running lanes for Freeman,- who finished with 135 yards on 19 carries and four scores.
Tony Brooks-James added 124 yards rushing as Oregon finished with 355 yards rushing and five scores on the ground.
The game was close after three quarters, with Oregon leading 35-28 after Arizona's Zach Green ran for a 2-yard touchdown.
The Ducks broke the game open to begin the fourth quarter when kicker Aidan Schneider drilled a 40-yard field goal (2-for-3 in the game) on the first play. Freeman then put the game out of reach when he scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the game - from one yard out - making the score 45-28 with 13:54 to play.
Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate came into the game with all sorts of hype as a dual-threat playmaker. Oregon's defense limited him to 32 yards rushing and 159 yards passing and two interceptions.
Wildcats running back Nick Wilson finished with 73 rushing yards and two scores.
It was an entertaining and chippy first half as the teams combined for 49 points, 465 total yards and 12 penalties for 139 yards.
The Wildcats struck first with a Wilson touchdown run before the Ducks scored 14 straight points to take a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Arizona responded with back-to-back touchdowns midway through the second quarter as Wilson ran for his second score and Tate completed a scoring pass to Tony Ellison.
Oregon regained momentum by scoring the final 14 points of the quarter for the 28-21 lead at the break. Herbert connected with tight end Jacob Breeland for a 39-yard score before Freeman rushed for a 28-yard score just before the half.
Arizona, which entered the game third in the nation in rushing (347.7 yards per game), was held to 167 yards rushing and 330 yards overall. Meanwhile, the Ducks gained 590 total yards.
Oregon hosts Oregon State next week in the Civil War. Arizona finishes its regular season with a matchup against rival Arizona State.
Missouri scores four different ways in rout of Vanderbilt
Saturday, November 18 at 11:57 PM (EST)
Missouri scored 28 second-quarter points, getting touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams to defeat Vanderbilt 45-17 on Saturday night in Nashville, Tenn.
Wide receiver Richaud Floyd accounted for two of those touchdowns, one on a punt return and another on a reception, helping the Tigers to a 35-0 halftime lead on the Commodores' Senior Night.
Tigers quarterback Drew Lock threw three touchdown passes, with the other two going to tight end Albert Okwuegbunam.
Missouri (6-5, 3-4 SEC) scored on the opening drive when Lock hit Okwuegbunam with a 7-yard scoring pass 2:15 into the game.
Early in the second quarter, Lock hit wide receiver J'Mon Moore with a 71-yard toss, which set up Larry Roundtree III's 12-yard touchdown run on the next play.
Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur threw his second interception of the game midway through the second quarter, when linebacker Brandon Lee returned that one 42 yards for a score with 7:33 left before half.
After another Commodores punt, Lock found Floyd down the left sideline for an easy 30-yard score after cornerback Taurean Ferguson fell down.
After another Vanderbilt three-and-out, punter Sam Loy bounced a punt to Missouri's Floyd, who dashed to his left around a number of defenders and tight-roped the sideline for a 74-yard touchdown.
The Commodores (4-7, 0-7) got a pair of third-quarter touchdowns on Ralph Webb's 1-yard run, and a 7-yard pass from Shurmur to wide receiver Caleb Scott.
Any hope Vanderbilt had of a comeback was extinguished when the Tigers, leading 38-17, forced a turnover on downs with 10:50 left. Lock hit Okwuegbunam with a 57-yard score 3:40 later.
|North Carolina State||24||vs.||30||Wake Forest||Recap|
Wolford, Wake Forest hold off No. 19 N.C. State
Sunday, November 19 at 12:21 AM (EST)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest has done more than hope it would have a special season.
The Demon Deacons are acting on it, with more proof coming Saturday night.
John Wolford threw three touchdown passes to Tabari Hines as Wake Forest defeated No. 19 North Carolina State 30-24, aided by causing a late-game turnover near the goal line at BB&T Field.
"This team has done the things that you have to do to win these kinds of games," Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. "They've believed they can win. We haven't won them all, but we made one more play tonight."
The Demon Deacons (7-4, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) defeated a nationally ranked opponent in the regular season for the first time since 2011.
For N.C. State (7-4, 5-2), it's another dagger, with a third loss in the last four games.
The most glaring statistic in the Wolfpack's latest setback might have been that they took 94 snaps to Wake Forest's 56.
"We had 502 yards on 94 plays, you'd expected to score more than 24 points," N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said. "Got to make plays when they're there. That was the game. We had those (three) turnovers."
The go-ahead points came on Wolford's 18-yard pass to Hines with 8:03 to play, though the Wolfpack's B.J. Hill blocked the extra-point attempt.
N.C. State used a 14-play drive, including a fourth-and-1 conversion, to move into scoring position. But receiver Emeka Emezie fumbled as he reached out for the end zone to complete a pass play, with Wake Forest recovering in the end zone for a touchback with 1:51 remaining.
The Wolfpack regained possession with 41 seconds left at its own 45-yard line. They reached the Wake Forest 31, but Essang Bassey intercepted Ryan Finley in the end zone with one second left.
Now it's the Demon Deacons who will finish above .500 in the regular season for the first time since 2008.
"You build confidence," said Wolford, a senior. "I think we've built that as the season goes on."
N.C. State's loss means the Wolfpack can't tie for the ACC's Atlantic Division title, though Clemson had already clinched the division's spot in the conference championship game.
Still, the outcome spoiled the Wolfpack's bid for a major bowl assignment.
"It's disappointing," Doeren said. "But for us, guys kept playing."
Hines finished with 139 yards on eight receptions. He racked up 111 first-half receiving yards on five catches, with the junior's first career multi-touchdown game.
Wolford was 19 of 28 for 247 yards and Finley was 34 of 52 for 327 yards.
N.C. State scored on its first possession of the second half, with Finley throwing for a 20-yard score to Emezie, a freshman who made a leaping grab for his first career touchdown.
Wake Forest (7-4, 4-3) went back ahead at 24-21 on Mike Weaver's 36-yard field goal. That was set up by receiver Chuck Wade's diving catch on a 41-yard play.
The score was even again, this time at 24, when Kyle Bambard's 25-yard field goal came at the end of a 19-play drive that went 76 yards.
The Wolfpack avoided a potential disaster when Nyheim Hines muffed a third-quarter punt, but the ball was recovered by N.C. State in the end zone for a touchback.
The teams set a brisk first-half pace.
Wolford hit Hines with touchdown throws of 21 and 7 yards, the latter putting the Demon Deacons up 21-14.
"Defensively, we struggled in the first half and made some adjustments in the second half," Doeren said.
N.C. State had tying touchdowns with Jaylen Samuels' 11-yard run and Reggie Gallaspy's 11-yard run.
The first points came on Matt Colburn's 11-yard run for the Demon Deacons 5:01 into the game.
NOTES: N.C. State has played Wake Forest more often than any other opponent, leading the series 66-39-6. ... Wake Forest had won six home matchups in a row against the Wolfpack until the 2015 result. ... N.C. State played without WR Stephen Louis, who was injured a week earlier at Boston College. ... Demon Deacons S Jessie Bates III returned to action after missing the past two games with a lower-body injury. ... The Wolfpack completes the regular season next week at home against North Carolina. ... Wake Forest celebrated Senior Night for this game even though it plays home again next week against Duke.
Jones helps No. 11 USC rebuff UCLA
Sunday, November 19 at 1:34 AM (EST)
LOS ANGELES -- USC had little to play for, but had no problem getting up for a meeting with its cross-town rival.
Junior running back Ronald Jones II rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns,sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold ran in a third and the No. 11 Trojans capped its regular season with a 28-23 victory over UCLA on Saturday.
USC (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12) already clinched a spot in the Pac-12 championship game Dec. 1, but got all it could handle from the Bruins (5-6, 3-5). The Trojans had particular trouble with the combination of junior quarterback Josh Rosen and junior wide receiver Jordan Lasley.
Rosen completed 10 of his passes for 204 of his 421 yards on a 32-of-52 night to Lasley, who set a career yardage high. Lasley hauled in three touchdown receptions, including a 27-yarder in the corner of the end zone with 2:43 remaining to force an onside kick attempt, recovered by USC redshirt senior Matt Lopes.
Lasley previously moved UCLA within one score with his acrobatic grab of a deflected, 43-yard toss. That helped set up a 41-yard J.J. Molson field goal to bring the Bruins within four points at 10:19 remaining.
"Jordan was just feeling it, so I had to feed him," Rosen said. "We've got to heat-check every once in awhile, throw it up so he can make a play."
USC countered UCLA's prolific passing attack with a consistent pass rush, generating four sacks of Rosen. Senior safety Chris Hawkins, senior linebacker Uchenna Nwosu, sophomore defensive tackle Malik Dorton and senior defensive tackle Josh Fatu all recorded one sack.
USC freshman running back Stephen Carr had his most productive game since sustaining a foot injury Sept. 29. His receptions of 21 and 29 yards on two second-half drives helped set up pivotal scores. The first led to Darnold's 1-yard touchdown run, which ended a nearly 29-minute scoring drought, and the second extended a drive culminating in Jones' second score, which proved to be the game-winner.
Both drives gave USC two-possession cushions, which proved critical. So, too, did stops with the Trojans defense's back against its own goal line.
UCLA began the second half as it finished the first, turning the ball over in the red zone. USC junior safety Marvell Tell intercepted a telegraphed pass into the end zone to snuff out a would-be game-tying drive.
Darnold completed 17-of-28 passes for 264 yards. He was intercepted by UCLA senior safety Jaleel Wadood with the Trojans moving into Bruins' territory late in the second quarter.
On the subsequent possession, UCLA marched into the red zone but the scoring opportunity was snuffed out when Dorton's sack caused a fumble, which USC junior linebacker John Houston Jr. recovered.
"I was working on that (offensive) lineman," Dorton said. "We switched sides ... I came inside, (Rosen) was right there, so I left my feet and got the sack. It feels good, especially in a game like this when we need those plays to win."
It was the second of three scoring chances on the night that ended with UCLA getting no points. Molson missed a field-goal attempt of 47 yards in the second quarter.
"That's 17 points we left out there," UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said. "If you can put out 40 points, you have a lot better chance to win the game. We didn't do that."
Special teams gaffes proved too much for UCLA to overcome. USC scored the first points when Michael Pittman Jr. returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, a play set up when the Trojans showed a fake reverse.
"(Special teams) coach (John Baxter) knows everything," Pittman said. "So he just told me run down, catch the ball, and go score. He simplified it for me. As soon as the punt came, I knew I was going to score."
UCLA punter Stefan Flintoft said he knew, too, once "a sea of red-and-blue" went the opposite way of the direction he called after booting the ball.
NOTES: USC completed its second season undefeated at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Trojans have won 16 straight there dating back to October 2015, and Clay Helton has never lost in the venue since becoming coach. ... UCLA WR Jordan Lasley caught multiple touchdowns against USC for a second consecutive season, having hauled in two in 2016. ... USC RB Ronald Jones II needs nine yards to surpass O.J. Simpson as the program's fifth-leading rusher all-time. ... UCLA fell to 0-6 away from home on the season, but can finish the regular season 6-0 at the Rose Bowl with a win over California on Nov. 24.
No. 22 Stanford holds on to beat Cal
Sunday, November 19 at 12:57 AM (EST)
His star running back's condition in question and a Pac-12 North title not yet attained, Stanford coach David Shaw nonetheless was in good spirits Saturday night after yet another win over archrival California.
His 22nd-ranked Cardinal (8-3, 7-2 Pac-12) defeated the Golden Bears 17-14 to extend their winning streak in the series to eight games. Shaw, a former Stanford player, is 7-0 against Cal as head coach.
A Washington victory over Washington State next week in Seattle will give the Cardinal the Pac-12 North title. If that happens, Stanford would play Pac-12 South winner USC in the conference title game Dec. 2 in nearby Santa Clara, Calif.
Shaw, 45, became Stanford's winningest coach on Saturday with a 72-20 record. Pop Warner had a record of 71-17-8 from 1924 to 1932.
"(The 72 wins) says a lot of the people that are here," Shaw said. "We have great kids who work extremely hard. We have coaches who get the most out of their players. Hopefully, this will continue on for a long time."
Stanford's Heisman Trophy candidate, Bryce Love, gained 101 yards on 14 carries before getting injured in the fourth quarter against Cal, which is 5-6 and 2-6 heading into Friday's last regular season game at UCLA.
Love, hobbled earlier in the game by a foot injury suffered earlier this season, set an FBS record with his 11th rush of 50 or more yards this season. He broke free for a 57-yard score with 8:57 left in the third quarter. Before that run, which increased Stanford's lead to 17-6, Love gained only 24 yards on eight carries.
"The young man is amazing," Shaw said. "He fought his way through it. He broke that long run although he was in pain."
Love was forced to exit with 11:22 left in the game when his left ankle was twisted while being tackled on a 1-yard run. His ankle was heavily wrapped and he appeared ready to reenter the game, but backup Cameron Scarlett took over.
Concerning Love's status for next week's game against visiting Notre Dame, Shaw said, "We'll see what he's like."
Scarlett rushed for 49 yards on 11 carries in a pivotal possession for Stanford that ran the clock out after the Cardinal started their final drive at their 37-yard line with 7:25 remaining.
Scarlett's 3-yard run gave the Cardinal a fourth-and-1 at the Cal 18 with 2:18 remaining. Shaw went for the first down and Scarlett converted with a 2-yard run. With Cal out of timeouts, the Cardinal went into victory formation.
"There was no decision," said Shaw when asked why he did not try a field goal instead. "We were in plus territory, it was fourth-and-1 and our coaches have worked so hard to get our guys ready for such a situation.
"There was no question we were going for it."
Cal running back Patrick Laird gained 153 yards on 20 carries. He answered Love's 57-yard score with a 39-yard run that put the Golden Bears at the Stanford 1. He ran it into the end zone on the next play, and quarterback Ross Bowers scored a 2-point conversion run to cut the lead to 17-14 with 4:02 left in the third quarter.
Stanford's Jet Toner missed a 41-yard field goal with 11:13 remaining, one play after Love exited the game.
Cal had the opportunity to tie or take the lead when it drove to the Stanford 48, but Stanford safety Ben Edwards intercepted a Bowers pass with 7:25 left at the 6 and made a 29-yard return.
"This one hurts because we had our chances, but we didn't make enough plays to win it," California first-year coach Justin Wilcox said. "We knew every possession would count (the Golden Bears only had six all game), and we knew we had to take advantage of our opportunities and we didn't. That falls on me."
The teams played to a battle of field goals most of the first half as neither could muster much offense until Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kaden Smith with 8:17 left in the half.
The pass, which gave Stanford a 10-3 lead, capped a 10-play drive of 70 yards. The Cardinal had 69 yards in two previous possessions of the half.
Laird rushed for 30 yards on four carries and caught an 11-yard pass from Bowers on Cal's last possession of the half, which resulted in a 27-yard field goal by Matt Anderson with 2:43 left to cut the lead to 10-6.
Anderson, who missed a 47-yarder earlier in the second quarter with the ball bouncing off the crossbar, tied a school record with his 56th career field goal.
"This loss is going to hurt tonight, but we have to flip the switch pretty quick," Wilcox said. "We have a short week but we have to make it a great week of practice. We travel on Thanksgiving and play the next day. We have to focus on being ready for UCLA."
NOTES: Saturday's game marked the 120th meeting between Stanford and Cal, which is tied for the seventh-longest rivalry among FBS programs. The Cardinal lead the series 63-46-11. ... Through 35 career games before Saturday, Stanford RB Bryce Love was averaging 8.19 yards per rush. The FBS career record is 8.26 by Glenn Davis of Army (1943-46). ... First-year Cal coach Justin Wilcox, a defensive coordinator previously at Washington, USC and Wisconsin, is making an immediate impact on the Golden Bears' defensive execution. Entering Saturday's game, they were among the national leaders in several defensive categories -- tied for eighth in turnovers gained (22), tied for 10th in defensive touchdowns (three), tied for 14th in interceptions (13) and tied for 19th in fumbles recovered (nine).
|Air Force||19||vs.||44||Boise State||Recap|
No. 25 Boise St. routs Air Force for seventh straight win
Sunday, November 19 at 3:37 AM (EST)
BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State ended three years of frustration against Air Force and celebrated its Mountain West Mountain Division title Saturday night at Albertsons Stadium with a lopsided victory over the Falcons.
Boise State won 44-19 -- its first victory against Air Force since 2013 and its seventh straight victory this season.
The No. 25 Broncos (9-2, 7-0 MWC) clinched the Mountain Division title earlier in the day when Fresno State beat Wyoming but coach Bryan Harsin didn't want his players even thinking about that.
"Any time you've been beaten by a team numerous times, yeah, it feels good," said Harsin, who took over the program in 2014. "... We've never done this before, and we were able to do it. Our players and coaches, they had great focus and great energy (in preparation). It showed up tonight."
Boise State plays Saturday at Fresno State in the regular-season finale and the teams will meet again Dec. 2 for the title.
The Falcons (4-7, 3-4) absorbed their third straight loss. They had beaten the Broncos in each of the past three seasons.
Air Force senior quarterback Nate Romine, a surprise starter over the injured Arion Worthman, rushed for 54 yards and passed for 115. He absorbed 38 yards in rushing losses, was sacked three times and lost three fumbles.
"We ended up 3-0 on turnovers against a really good team," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said. "They don't need assistance with as good as they are."
Boise State led 27-10 at halftime and removed any doubt about the outcome with 10 more points in the third quarter, keyed by freshman wide receiver Octavius Evans' 7-yard touchdown catch on the opening drive of the half.
Quarterback Brett Rypien was 16 of 22 for 300 yards and three touchdowns while wide receivers A.J. Richardson (123) and Cedrick Wilson (107) contributed 100-yard receiving games.
"(Rypien) is a heck of a player, and they are as complete of a team as you'll face," Calhoun said.
Boise State, which found out well before warmups that it had clinched the Mountain Division and saluted its seniors about 20 minutes before kickoff, started fast.
Nose tackle Sonatone Lui recovered a fumbled snap on the second play from scrimmage. The Broncos settled for a field goal but found the end zone moments later after a punt. Rypien hit Richardson in stride streaking down the right sideline for an 87-yard touchdown.
It was the first TD of the season for Richardson, whose previous long reception was 32 yards (out of 24 catches).
The reception tied for the fourth-longest in school history and was the longest by a Bronco since Lawrence Bady's 98-yarder in 2003.
"There was no way he was not going to score on that play," Rypien said. "We've been giving him grief all year."
Boise State defensive end Gabe Perez recovered a bad pitch by Romine shortly after the touchdown.
The Broncos settled for a field goal initially, but an offside penalty gave them a second chance. Rypien fired a slant to wide receiver Sean Modster for a 17-0 lead, still in the first quarter.
Air Force got some offense going -- thanks to its passing attack -- on the ensuing drive. Romine completed three passes for 66 yards to set up his 1-yard TD plunge.
Boise State added a field goal early in the second quarter for a 20-7 lead, then capitalized on another Romine mistake.
Defensive end Jabril Frazier sacked Romine and the ball came out as the quarterback was on top of the defender. Cornerback Tyler Horton scooped the loose ball and ran 21 yards for a 27-7 lead.
The Broncos have a fumble recovery drill called "country and city." If there's space to scoop and score, it's "country." If it's time to jump on the ball, it's "city."
"Seeing that ball rumbling ... the only thing I could think about was country and city," Horton said.
NOTES: The attendance of 33,030 left Boise State with its lowest average attendance (32,228) in a season since 2007. ... Boise State Octavius Evans became the team's first true freshman wide receiver with multiple TD catches in a season since Kirby Moore in 2009 (two). ... Junior WR A.J. Richardson topped 100 receiving yards for the first time in his career. ... Nate Romine became the first Air Force quarterback to start a game in five seasons. He was injured during the game and won't play again this season, coach Troy Calhoun said. ... Air Force starting QB Arion Worthman didn't play. "He didn't practice until Wednesday. He just wasn't as functional as we needed him," Calhoun said. ... Sophomore QB Isaiah Sanders rushed for 11 yards and was 0-for-3 passing after starter Kevin Romine was injured.
No. 18 Washington rallies to beat Utah
Sunday, November 19 at 3:27 AM (EST)
SEATTLE -- With one game-winning kick, Tristan Vizcaino basically erased a season of struggles.
Vizcaino atoned for an earlier miss and drilled a 38-yard field goal as time expired as No. 18 Washington scored twice in the final minute to rally for an improbable 33-30 Pac-12 Conference victory over Utah on Saturday night.
"I'm kind of at a loss for words for it," said Vizcaino, who earlier missed a 30-yard field goal and an extra point. "It felt great, one of the best if not the best feeling you can have as a kicker."
Trailing 30-23, Washington (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) forced a punt and got the ball back with 2:03 left at its own 39. Jake Browning threw three incompletions before hitting Andre Baccellia for 14 yards on fourth down.
Browning's 28-yard completion to Will Dissly gave the Huskies a first-and-goal at the 2 and Myles Gaskin ran it over on the next play to tie it 30-30 with 58 seconds left.
Utah went three-and-out and punted to the Washington 28 with 29 seconds left. Consecutive completions of 18 and 31 yards gave the Huskies a first down at the Utah 21 with 17 seconds left. After an incompletion, Vizcaino drilled the game-winner.
"I think the team was really, really happy for him," Washington coach Chris Petersen said. "I've been saying that for a while. It's been tough at times, but he's got a powerful leg and he can be very accurate. I don't know how far that field goal was, but he had a lot more to it and that's usually how he kicks it."
Tyler Huntley's 5-yard touchdown run capped a 12-play, 66-yard drive to put Utah in front 30-23 with 10:52 left. His run followed a 39-yard completion to Jake Jackson to the Washington 5.
The Huskies, whose season-long kicking woes continued against Utah, went for it on fourth-and-8 from the Utes' 15, but Browning was stopped after a gain of 6 on a scramble right with 4:31 remaining.
After being gashed for much of the game, however, the Huskies defense came up with a big stand to give the offense one last shot.
"You just have to keep attacking," Browning said. "We practice that a lot just going through clutch drives in practice. We just have to keep battling. No one was saying much, we just knew we had to respond. It was awesome to see Tristan hit the game winner. I think he was getting booed at one point by the fans but he made it when it mattered."
Browning completed 26 of 35 passes for 354 yards and two touchdowns. Huntley passed for 293 yards and two touchdowns for Utah (5-6, 2-6).
"We didn't do enough," Huntley said. "We still left a lot of points off the board."
Huntley drove the Utes 80 yards in 10 plays, culminating in an 11-yard touchdown pass to Raelon Singleton to put Utah in front 23-16 with 1:37 left in the third quarter. Huntley kept the drive alive with a 36-yard completion to Siaosi Wilson on third-and-8 to the Washington 42.
Washington came right back on a 76-yard touchdown pass from Browning to Gaskin to tie it 23-23.
Gaskin had 52 yards rushing and added 114 receiving yards on six catches. He scored three touchdowns.
Utah pulled even at 16-16 on the opening drive of the second half on Matt Gay's 25-yard field goal. Huntley keyed the 59-yard drive with consecutive completions of 25 and 31 yards that gave the Utes a first-and-goal from the 9.
On the ensuing possession, the Huskies drove 62 yards to the Utah 13, but Vizcaino's 30-yard field-goal attempt was wide left.
Vizcaino, who was 8-for-14 on field-goal attempts entering the game including 3-for-9 from 30 yards or longer, put the Huskies in front 16-10 with 34-yard field goal with 1:58 left in the half.
Gay's 44-yard field goal on the final play of the half pulled Utah within 16-13.
Browning put the Huskies up 13-10 with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Lavon Coleman with 9:45 remaining in the first half. It was Browning's 76th career touchdown pass, moving him past Keith Price for most in school history.
Utah erased an early 6-0 deficit with back-to-back scoring drives, thanks to a successful onside kick.
The Utes answered Washington's first touchdown with a nine-play, 79-yard scoring march. Huntley's 40-yard touchdown pass to Rae Singleton put the Utes up 7-6 with 3:04 left in the first quarter.
The Utes immediately got the ball back, recovering the onside kick at the Utah 48. Utah drove to the 10-yard line before settling for Gay's 28-yard field goal to make it 10-6.
Dante Pettis set up Washington's first score with an 18-yard punt return to the Utah 32. Gaskin capped the seven-play drive with a 9-yard touchdown run, but Vizcaino missed his third extra-point of the season.
"Had to be aggressive against a team like this," said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. "On the road in particular, it's a tough place to play, and you have to be aggressive. We went for some fourth downs, converted them, had the onside kick and fake punt. So yeah, we're playing to win. Like I said just came up short. I thought we played very well for 58 minutes."
NOTES: Washington RB Myles Gaskin's first-quarter touchdown was the 38th rushing TD of his career, tops in school history. He had been tied with Bishop Sankey. ... Troy Taylor, in his first season as Utah's offensive coordinator, was Washington QB Jake Browning's high school coach at Folsom, Calif. ... Washington S JoJo McIntosh was ejected in the second quarter for targeting, which was not called on the field, but assessed upon review. ... The starting time for the Nov. 25 Apple Cup game between No. 18 Washington and No. 14 Washington State was announced as 5 p.m. PT. ... Utah needs to win one game to become bowl eligible for the fourth straight year. ... The Utes are 10-1 in bowl games under coach Kyle Whittingham.
|Nevada||23||vs.||42||San Diego State|
|Missouri State||10||vs.||38||Youngstown State|
No. 1 Alabama has no mercy for Mercer
Saturday, November 18 at 11:59 PM (EST)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Top-ranked Alabama easily took care of business in its Iron Bowl tune-up on Saturday, dominating Mercer 56-0 on Senior Day at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts completed all seven of his pass attempts for 180 yards and three touchdowns, leaving the game in the second quarter because of the big early lead. The Crimson Tide (11-0) led 35-0 at halftime against the Bears of the Football Championship Subdivision.
"There were two things we wanted to try to accomplish today and I was pleased with the way we did both of them," Alabama coach Nick Saban said.
"I wanted our players to play with a standard to try to create momentum as we move forward in the season here. Everyone understands the challenges we have ahead of us and the importance of all those games.
"The second thing is we really wanted to do a good job for the last game with the seniors that played here today."
Alabama played plenty of backups in the second half, but the offense mostly kept rolling.
Late in the third quarter, backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa found senior Cam Sims for an 8-yard touchdown pass. It was an impressive play as Sims had to drag his toes in the back of the end zone to make it 42-0.
"I think every senior, every senior walk-on, we dressed every player that was eligible for this game and tried to get every senior in the game and I think we accomplished that," Saban said. "It will be a best memory for them."
A little over a minute after Sims' score, Alabama reached the end zone again as freshman Brian Robinson high-stepped in for a 6-yard rushing touchdown to make it 49-0.
Tagovailoa continued to lead the charge. Five seconds into the final period, Tagovailoa threw a fade pass to receiver Derek Kief for a 13-yard touchdown to make it 56-0.
No. 1 Alabama plays at No. 6 Auburn next Saturday with the SEC West title on the line. Mercer (5-6) completed its season.
Calvin Ridley caught three passes for a 103 yards and a touchdown. Bo Scarbrough led a deep, balanced running game with five rushes for 54 yards.
Hurts marched Alabama down the field for a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive on its first possession, capped by an a 8-yard pass to tight end Irv Smith Jr. It was Smith's third touchdown reception of the season.
After Mercer missed a field goal on its first possession, Hurts went back to work. He lofted a perfect pass to running back Josh Jacobs for 38 yards. That set up a 3-yard touchdown run from freshman running back Najee Harris to make it 14-0.
"Obviously it was not the result we wanted, but when you're playing the No. 1 team in the country and you don't execute the way you need to execute on offense and defense, you get exposed," Mercer coach Bobby Lamb said.
"We were exposed today early. Alabama is very powerful on offense and they have a great offensive line, a great system, and we couldn't seem to slow them down."
On Alabama's third possession, Hurts found a streaking Ridley for a 66-yard touchdown.
Alabama's defense helped out as safety Hootie Jones undercut a route for an interception. That set up Hurts' third passing touchdown of the day as he hit Jacobs with a shovel pass for a 7-yard score to make it 28-0 early in the second quarter.
Hurts' day was done early after that drive.
"I thought we moved the ball well enough on offense in the first half; however, we'd get across the 50 and we'd stall a little bit," Lamb said. "The three turnovers really hurt. I thought we started playing a little bit better in the second quarter on defense, but there is a reason that Alabama is Alabama."
NOTES: Alabama S Minkah Fitzpatrick (hamstring) was held out of the game. Fitzpatrick has been dealing with a hamstring injury in the past two weeks. He was replaced by senior Tony Brown. ... Alabama LG Ross Pierschbacher (ankle) was held out of the game. He was replaced by senior J.C. Hassenauer. ... Mercer DL Dorian Kithcart left the game and did not return. ... Alabama true freshman LB Dylan Moses, thrust into a bigger role because of injuries, made a team-high 11 tackles, including four for loss, plus an interception.
No. 16 Mississippi St. beats Arkansas on late TD pass
Saturday, November 18 at 5:28 PM (EST)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- This time, Mississippi State was on the winning side of a fourth-quarter comeback.
Nick Fitzgerald threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Deddrick Thomas with 17 seconds left, lifting the No. 16 Bulldogs to a 28-21 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.
The Mississippi State victory came one week after Alabama scored twice in the fourth quarter to ruin an upset bid by the Bulldogs in Starkville, Miss.
"It's a big win," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. "That's a big win for us."
The Bulldogs (8-3, 4-3 SEC) started their game-winning drive at the Arkansas 44 after Razorbacks quarterback Austin Allen threw incomplete on fourth-and-2 with 3:01 left to play. The Razorbacks opted to go for the first down despite being on their own side of the field.
"We had run two plays out of that same look, and we wanted to throw it," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. "You call those plays with the idea that they're going to have success."
After the Bulldogs took possession, Fitzgerald ran for 2 yards on fourth-and-1 from the 35, then broke free three plays later for a 13-yard run to the 6. After Fitzgerald was stopped for no gain on first down, he threw a low pass to Thomas in the right corner of the end zone for the game-winning score.
Arkansas (4-7, 1-6) led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and held a 21-14 lead for most of the fourth quarter. But Fitzgerald found freshman wide receiver Reginald Todd for a 37-yard touchdown on a third-down play with 3:57 left in the game. Jace Christmann's extra point tied the score at 21.
"I'm proud of our guys," Mullen said. "They handled some adversity."
Fitzgerald completed 12 of 23 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran for 101 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries as Mississippi State beat Arkansas for the fifth time in the past six meetings.
Arkansas took advantage of a pair of early turnovers.
The Razorbacks failed to generate a first down on the game's opening possession, but the ensuing punt hit a Mississippi State player in the back and was recovered by Arkansas' Reid Miller at the Mississippi State 36. Three plays later, David Williams scored on a 3-yard run for a 7-0 lead.
Later in the first quarter, Mississippi State's Nick Gibson fumbled on a hit by Arkansas defensive end McTelvin Agim, with defensive lineman Briston Guidry recovering the ball in the end zone to make it 14-0.
"I tried to count to 10," Mullen said. "Tried to take a deep breath and think, what are we doing?"
Mississippi State answered with two second-quarter touchdowns. Fitzgerald ran 18 yards for a TD with 5:17 left in the first half to cap a 50-yard drive. Then, after Arkansas punter Blake Johnson was tackled at the Razorbacks' 17 on a poor snap, Aeris Williams scored on a 8-yard run to tie the score with 2:18 remaining in the half.
An unusual play helped Arkansas regain the lead late in the third quarter.
On a second-down play from the Mississippi State 34, David Williams fumbled the ball. The loose ball was kicked by a Mississippi State defender and bounced to the 1-yard line, where Arkansas recovered. Devwah Whaley scored two plays later to put the Razorbacks ahead 21-14 with 4:35 remaining in the third quarter.
"We've got to fall on the ball," Mullen said of the fumble. "Fall. On. The. Ball."
Allen completed 12 of 18 passes for 124 yards for Arkansas, which finished with 221 yards of offense. David Williams had 75 yards on eight carries.
Aeris Williams finished with 71 yards on 19 carries for Mississippi State.
While Mississippi State prepares to close the season with the Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving Day against rival Ole Miss and then will play in a bowl game for the eighth consecutive year, Bielema's future at Arkansas seems to be in jeopardy.
Arkansas fired athletic director Jeff Long on Wednesday, and Bielema -- who has a record of 29-33 at Arkansas, including 11-28 in SEC games -- is not expected to be back next season.
"I knew they were going to do their very best all week," Bielema said of his players. "Obviously, they did that with a lot of noise going on. We have a very upset locker room, very emotional."
NOTES: Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald has accounted for nine touchdowns in the Bulldogs' past two games against Arkansas -- four touchdown passes and five TD runs. Fitzgerald ran for three touchdowns and passed for two in a 58-42 loss to Arkansas in 2016. ... Arkansas sophomore RB Devwah Whaley scored a touchdown for the fifth consecutive game -- four rushing touchdowns and one TD reception. ... Arkansas senior QB Austin Allen, who led the SEC with 3,430 passing yards and threw for 25 touchdowns as a junior in 2016, has thrown for 1,114 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He missed four games with an injured throwing shoulder.
Rosier helps No. 3 Miami survive scare from Virginia
Saturday, November 18 at 6:07 PM (EST)
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Coming off two emotional wins over Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, Miami looked ripe for an upset here Saturday afternoon.
Virginia came near to pulling it off.
But the No. 3 Hurricanes managed to survive a dazzling passing display by Virginia quarterback Kurt Benkert and twice overcame 14-point deficits in recording a 44-28 victory.
While Benkert was passing for 384 yards, a season high against Miami, and four touchdowns, quarterback Malik Rosier was throwing 210 yards and three scores and rushing for another as the Hurricanes (10-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended their winning streak to a nation's best 15 games.
The Cavaliers (6-5, 3-4 ACC) lost for the fourth time in their last five games but not before throwing a significant scare into many of a crowd of 63,415 at Hard Rock Stadium.
The Hurricanes had issues on offense, issues on defense, and issues on special teams, coach Mark Richt said, but not where it mattered.
"The thing we didn't have was a heart issue," he said. "Everybody played with all their heart and we didn't have an issue belief and team unity when things weren't looking too great.
"That's the thing I probably appreciate most about this team, both players and coaches."
Virginia led 14-0 early and 28-14 in the third quarter before Miami ran off the last 30 points of the game in a span of about 14 minutes. The outburst started with wide receiver Lawrence Cager's 9-yard touchdown reception and safety Jaquan Johnson's 30-yard interception return in the third quarter and ended with running back Travis Homer's 13-yard touchdown run in the final seconds.
"I like the way my team played," Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "I thought they were well-prepared, and they tried really hard. Three to five plays, mostly there at the end of the game, we couldn't capitalize, or didn't capitalize on, so the finish didn't look as we all would have hoped.
"But we had plenty of chances. We were staged to pull a great upset for most of the game and just couldn't quite finish."
Mendenhall emptied the playbook, going for it three times on fourth down and trying an onside kick attempt after the Cavaliers' second touchdown. None worked.
"We came to win and were going to play aggressively," he said, "and just couldn't pull it off."
Benkert completed his first 12 pass attempts and was 18-of-19 passing at home point in the first half on his way to a 28-of-37 day, despite being harassed by five sacks.
"It felt pretty good," he said of the early lead the Cavaliers built. "We were able to what we wanted really the whole time.
"In the second half they adjusted to us a little bit more, and we just couldn't get things going as much as we liked to. The first half was good, but it wasn't enough to win the game. I didn't do enough."
Rosier said he had confidence that the defense would find itself despite giving up a season-high 439 yards.
"I told the offense 'Don't panic. We'll be fine. Let's do our job. Let's methodically drive down the field and if they give us a shot and let's take it. Let's come back and win this game.' The line did a great job, and so did the backs and receivers."
Miami took its first lead, 31-18, on kicker Michael Badgley's 44-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in the third quarter. On their next four drives, the Cavaliers punted and turned over the ball twice on downs, which led to Miami's two clinching scores, before time ran out on their last series.
The Hurricanes will go for their first undefeated regular season since 2002 when they play at Pittsburgh Friday. Virginia ends its regular season at home against Virginia Tech the same day.
NOTES: Virginia's 21-14 halftime lead marked the first time since the Georgia Tech game on Oct. 14 that Miami had trailed at the break. The Yellow Jackets led 14-13 after two quarters of that one before Miami rallied for the 25-24 win. ... RB Travis Homer became the first offensive player to don Miami's "turnover chain" when he recovered a muffed punt by Virginia TB Daniel Hamm at the Cavaliers' 36-yard line. He was the 17th player to earn that recognition that goes to a Miami player coming up with an opponent's turnover. ... Miami S Jaquan Johnson's third-quarter interception was his fourth pick of the season, tying him with CB Michael Jackson for the team lead. ... Miami junior QB Malik Rosier improved to 11-0 as a starter.
|Robert Morris||14||vs.||42||Central Connecticut State|
No. 23 Northwestern blanks Minnesota
Saturday, November 18 at 4:50 PM (EST)
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Justin Jackson's senior season most aptly can be characterized as a record-breaking tear.
Having eclipsed Northwestern's all-time rushing yardage and touchdown totals earlier in the season, Jackson reached another milestone Saturday. He joined Wisconsin legend Ron Dayne as the only Big Ten players to rush for 1,000 or more yards in four consecutive seasons.
Jackson is just the ninth player in the history of the FBS to reach that mark.
He rushed 31 times for 166 yards and Clayton Thorson finished 9 of 13 for 86 yards and three touchdowns as the 23rd-ranked Wildcats rolled past Minnesota 39-0 in its final home game of the season.
"You think about his career, and the milestone he set today. ... He's a once-in-a-coaching-lifetime type of young man," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said of Jackson. "He's a terrific leader, he's got an amazing work ethic, and what you see on Saturday's is a by-product of his preparation. ... I don't know if I'll have the privilege of coaching one specific young man as special as Justin."
Jackson was one of 20 seniors honored during pregame ceremonies, and one of eight senior starters.
"I definitely think a lot of us were happy with the way it ended," Jackson said. "Just to go out with that type of win is big. We just went out there and made our own energy and had fun. ... We had a moment where we came together, all the seniors, and just kind of took in the moment after the game. It was pretty special."
Northwestern (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten) rushed 55 times for a total of 277 yards and three touchdowns amid a snowy, overcast afternoon, and extended its win streak to six games following an 0-2 start to conference play.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Wildcats exploded for 25 points in the second quarter, amassing 124 yards of offense while the Golden Gophers managed only 30. Northwestern nearly doubled Minnesota's yardage total on the day, mustering 363 yards to the Golden Gophers' 182.
Minnesota (5-6, 2-6) was shut out just one week after its season-high scoring output, a 54-21 win over Nebraska. The last time Minnesota was shut out was also at Ryan Field in a 27-0 loss to Northwestern on Oct. 3, 2015.
The Golden Gophers committed five turnovers and never established any sort of offensive rhythm, gaining seven first downs on the day. Demry Croft completed just 2 of 11 pass attempts for 43 yards while tossing three interceptions, two of which led to Northwestern touchdowns.
"I think it comes down to just complete lack of experience," Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck said of Croft's performance. "We're teaching Demry to throw in rhythm. Five weeks ago, his feet were moving so fast, there was no rhythm. ... It starts with me. Maybe that's not the best situation or the best call for that at that particular time."
With 3:46 remaining in the first half, Croft was intercepted deep in Minnesota territory by Montre Hartage, who returned it to the Golden Gophers' 15-yard line. Two plays later, the Wildcats took a 19-0 lead following Jelani Roberts' 12-yard touchdown run, his only carry of the day.
"I think we got behind the score very quickly and that forced us to do some other things (offensively)," Fleck said. "It felt like we had the ball for a few plays and just gave it to them. Had the ball for a few more plays, gave it to them again. That was just the day."
Northwestern closed the half with a seven-play, 51-yard drive that elapsed 2:08 and resulted in an 18-yard touchdown from Thorson to Garrett Dickerson, giving the Wildcats a 25-0 halftime lead. Dickerson finished with two catches for 26 yards and two touchdowns.
Minnesota finished one of 11 on third-down attempts, and reached the red zone only once before Croft's third interception essentially sealed the shutout, as Northwestern melted the clock to close the game.
Rodney Smith was Minnesota's lone bright spot on offense, rushing 18 times for 96 yards.
NOTES: Minnesota entered the game tied for second in the conference in sacks allowed (14) but surrendered six sacks to Northwestern. ... Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson had a season low 86 passing yards, yet matched his season high with three touchdown passes. ... Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck is 1-1 against Northwestern as a coach. The Wildcats lost their season opener last year 22-21 to Western Michigan, where Fleck coached from 2013-16. ... Northwestern LB Paddy Fischer recorded his 100th tackle of the season late in the fourth quarter. Fischer is the team's leading tackler, and entered the game ranked second in the Big Ten in total tackles.
No. 12 TCU quiets Texas Tech
Saturday, November 18 at 5:37 PM (EST)
TCU had an abundance of question marks on offense as it traveled to play Texas Tech.
With starting quarterback Kenny Hill and leading rusher Darius Anderson out with injuries, the Horned Frogs didn't know how the backups would perform.
As it turned out, 12th-ranked TCU's defense answered any pertinent queries. TCU shut down Texas Tech and paved the way for a 27-3 victory on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.
TCU, which held the Red Raiders to 327 yards of offense, allowed zero points over the final 51 minutes of the contest.
The Horned Frogs (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) were coming off a rough loss at Oklahoma and needed to win on the road to stay in the hunt for a berth in the Big 12 Championship Game.
TCU earned it with true grit.
"When we had a pregame meal, one of my coaches said something about we'd find out who was tough," Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson said. "I told him I already know we're tough. We wouldn't be 8-2 right now going into the ball game if we weren't that."
TCU did enough on offense behind freshman quarterback Shawn Robinson, who made his first collegiate start.
Robinson found wide receiver Jalen Reagor wide open for a 12-yard touchdown that gave TCU a 14-point lead late in the third quarter.
Robinson finished with 85 passing yards, a TD and no interceptions, and he rushed for 84 yards.
"The thing that you got out of Shawn Robinson is, you know we turned the ball over once, but he didn't panic," Patterson said. "Coming out of the tunnel, I said, 'Just play. Don't worry about it. Nobody's expecting you to be great today. Just win the ball game.'"
When Robinson made his biggest mistake, fumbling inside his own 20, the TCU defense erased the miscue.
Horned Frogs cornerback Jeff Gladney knocked a pass away from Texas Tech wide receiver Dylan Cantrell in the end zone and TCU stuffed two rushing plays. Red Raiders kicker Clayton Hatfield then missed a 20-yard field goal.
Early in the fourth quarter, TCU recovered a fumble by Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek at the Horned Frogs' 14, stopping the Red Raiders' late bid to climb back into the game.
Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury pointed out the Shimonek fumble as a key negative play in the Red Raiders' loss.
"Not very good," Kingsbury said. "We have to hit the shots when we have them. When you have a chance to make plays, you've got to make them. Can't fumble the ball in the red zone. I didn't think we were very good at that position."
Gladney put an exclamation point on the win as he took the ball away from Cantrell and returned the interception 93 yards for a touchdown with 4:39 left in the fourth quarter.
The Horned Frogs frustrated Shimonek all day as he completed 17 of 33 passes for 137 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.
Texas Tech (5-6, 2-6 Big 12) used a deliberate drive to chew up almost nine minutes of the first quarter on its opening possession.
However, the Horned Frogs' defense stiffened inside its own 10, forcing incomplete passes on second and third down and making the Red Raiders settle for Hatfield's 22-yard field goal.
That's all the points TCU allowed in the first half as the Horned Frogs constantly pressured Shimonek, sacking him three times in the first two quarters.
The Horned Frogs' offense responded to the Red Raiders' game-opening drive as TCU marched 63 yards for a touchdown on its first possession.
Horned Frogs wide receiver KaVontae Turpin took a reverse handoff 2 yards for the touchdown to cap the drive and gave TCU a 7-3 lead.
TCU kicker Cole Bunce nailed a 42-yard field goal to boost the Horned Frogs' lead to 10-3 with 1:14 left in the second quarter and they took that margin to the break.
NOTES: TCU and Texas Tech renewed their Saddle Trophy as part of their annual matchup. The trophy was awarded to the winner of the game from 1961-70 when the schools were members of the Southwest Conference. The Horned Frogs and Red Raiders each won it twice before it was discontinued because the trophy was lost. ... Texas Tech entered with a 31-25-3 lead in the all-time series versus TCU. The Red Raiders had defeated TCU twice in overtime games and led the series 3-2 since the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12 in 2012. ... TCU, which lost to Oklahoma in its previous outing, improved to 37-12 following a loss during coach Gary Patterson's 17 seasons at the school.
|Delaware State||6||vs.||77||Florida State||Recap|
Florida State rolls to keep alive bowl hopes
Saturday, November 18 at 3:30 PM (EST)
Florida State, in the midst of its worst season since 1976, earned a cathartic victory Saturday against FCS foe Delaware State by rolling to a 77-6 homecoming win in Tallahassee, Fla..
The Seminoles' starters, led by quarterback James Blackman, played just a half as Florida State cruised to a 56-6 lead at intermission. FSU's 77 points were three shy of the school-record of 80, set against Idaho in 2013.
Blackman, who was pulled with a minute left before halftime, threw for 179 yards and three touchdowns -- one each to receivers Nyqwan Murray and Auden Tate and another to running back Gabe Nabers.
The running game had its way with Delaware State, too, as Florida State rushed for 246 yards and five touchdowns. Running backs Jacques Patrick and Ryan Green scored two touchdowns each, and Cam Akers scored once. Green led the Seminoles with 96 rushing yards. Wide receiver Keith Gavin had a team-high four catches for 78 yards.
Florida State outgained the Hornets 482-192 and forced nine punts by Delaware State (2-9).
Delaware State's lone score came in the first half against Florida State's starters. The Hornets went for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1, and running back Nyfease West powered through for the score. The Hornets missed the extra point.
The Seminoles' victory put them one step closer to finishing 6-6 and reaching a bowl game for an FBS-record 36th straight year.
The Seminoles (4-6) play at Florida next Saturday and then have a makeup game at home against Louisiana-Monroe on Dec. 1. The game, originally scheduled for Sept. 9, was postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Irma.
Florida State's defense was led by freshman defensive tackle Joshua Kaindoh, who recorded four sacks and a team-high six tackles. Defensive back Derwin James returned an interception for a touchdown in the first half, and fellow defensive back Tavarus McFadden brought back a punt 64 yards for a score.
Seminoles backup quarterback JJ Cosentino threw one touchdown in second-half relief to backup wideout Justin Motlow.
Delaware State quarterback Keenan Black finished 7 of 18 passing for 98 yards and was the team's leading rusher with 28 yards. Receiver Brycen Alleyne led Delaware State with four catches for 52 yards, and the defense was paced by defensive back Jahad Niebauer with eight tackles.
No. 15 UCF takes care of turnover-prone Temple
Saturday, November 18 at 5:20 PM (EST)
PHILADELPHIA -- In 2015, Central Florida was wallowing at the bottom of college football, an 0-12 program with no apparent glimmer of light coming from anywhere.
Two years later, Scott Frost is one of the hottest coaching prospects in the country and No. 15 UCF is one of the nation's hottest teams. The Knights won a school-record 10th consecutive game with a 45-19 victory over Temple on a chilly, overcast Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Knights (10-0 overall, 6-0 American Athletic Conference) took advantage of five Temple turnovers that resulted in 24 points. UCF scored 40 points or more for the seventh time this season and has yet to score fewer than 30 in a game.
"I was a little worried about this game," Frost said.
"Being the game before the (South Florida game on Friday); being in the cold; being our ninth straight week playing a football game. There were a lot of factors in (Temple) playing better recently, a lot of factors pointing to this potentially being a tough one. Our guys responded.
"We talked about how hard it is to get to 10-0. Not very many people do it. Just a handful of teams every year out of 129 teams in the country may ever have a chance to do it. I put that in front of them last night. It's hard to win that many games in a row. What these guys have done this year is amazing."
Temple was playing for a bowl possibility. The Owls (5-6, 3-4 AAC) had their modest two-game winning streak snapped under an avalanche of turnovers -- four interceptions and a fumble. The 45 points are the most allowed by Temple since the Owls lost to nationally ranked South Florida (44-23) on Nov. 4, 2015.
UCF sophomore quarterback McKenzie Milton was pulled from the game with over two minutes left in the third quarter. He completed 16 of 23 passes for 208 yards and four touchdowns, and he rushed for one score.
UCF held a 31-13 halftime lead and it didn't even seem that close. Temple held a brief 10-7 lead, when Frank Nutile hit Keith Kirkwood for an 8-yard touchdown pass with 13:37 left in the half. After that, it was all UCF. The Knights scored 17 points over their next four possessions -- all coming off of three Temple turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble).
"Honestly, it means a lot to be (10-0). Coach Frost was talking about it a lot, and it's hard, because a lot of guys aren't undefeated anymore," said UCF wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith, who caught four passes for a game-high 89 yards and a touchdown.
"We're looking forward to playing USF a lot. A lot of us remember what happened last year (a 48-31 UCF loss). Basically, this is like payback. We're ready to go to war."
Temple's upset bid started well. The Owls scored on two of their first three drives. They converted three fourth-down plays in the first half. Temple just couldn't keep control of the ball and the Knights took advantage.
"This was a tough loss, we didn't send the seniors out the way we wanted to," Temple coach Geoff Collins said.
"You can't turn the ball over five times against a team that is that talented and that good. Their quarterback beat us with his feet early, but the big thing was the five turnovers. The flurry there late in the second quarter was tough to overcome."
The first Owls' turnover resulted in Milton's first touchdown pass, a 9-yard toss to freshman receiver Otis Anderson for a 21-10 edge with 9:20 left in the first half. A Temple fumble at its 24 led to a Matt Wright 44-yard field goal, and Nutile's second interception translated into Milton's 5-yard touchdown pass to Gabriel Davis and a commanding UCF 31-10 lead with 2:36 remaining in the half.
The Knights widened their margin, scoring on two of their first three drives of the second half, which were Milton's 28th and 29th touchdown passes of the season.
"We wanted to go out on a good note and get a bowl game," Temple's starting cornerback Sean Chandler said.
"Their fast tempo was the biggest challenge we had against them. (Milton) was tough to deal with. He's really mobile. You think you have guys covered down the field with your back turned, and he's running right behind you. That made it hard for us to play man(-to-man defense)."
NOTES: UCF's previous best start to a season was a 5-0 mark in the 1988 season, back when UCF played Division II football. The Knights' 10-game winning streak eclipses 2013's nine wins in a row. ... UCF WR Tre'Quan Smith has been impressive for the third straight year, leading the Knights in all receiving categories. The junior has 44 catches for 850 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2017. ... UCF junior LB Pat Jasinski made his first career interception, which resulted in a Knights' second-quarter score. ... UCF freshman WR Otis Anderson's second-quarter touchdown reception was the first of his career. ... Temple WR Keith Kirkwood's second-quarter TD reception was his fifth this season, tying him for the team lead. It equals his total of TD receptions in his previous two years at Temple. ... Temple QB Frank Nutile's 74-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Adonis Jennings was the Owls' longest score this year.
Texas beats West Virginia, becomes bowl-eligible
Saturday, November 18 at 4:12 PM (EST)
Freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger passed for two touchdowns as Texas became bowl-eligible for the first time in three years with a 28-14 victory over West Virginia on Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va.
The game was marred by a grotesque finger injury sustained by Mountaineers junior quarterback Will Grier in the first quarter.
Ehlinger, who was 12-of-19 passing for 136 yards, added 68 yards rushing and tossed TD passes to tight end Kendall Moore and running back Chris Warren III. The Longhorns (6-5, 5-3 Big 12) snapped a two-game losing streak to West Virginia.
Sophomore Chris Chugunov replaced Grier and was 14-of-26 passing for 189 yards as the Mountaineers (7-4, 5-3) fell out of Big 12 title contention. Chugunov was 10 of 16 this season entering the game.
Texas took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter on Ehlinger's 4-yard touchdown pass to Moore. The score capped an 11-play, 91-yard drive kept alive by a 50-yard pass to freshman wide receiver Reggie Hemphill-Mapps on third-and-4 and Ehlinger's 8-yard run on fourth-and-2.
The Longhorns led 14-0 at halftime after Ehlinger found a wide-open Warren for a 20-yard TD pass 2:29 before the break.
West Virginia's defense got the Mountaineers on the scoreboard in the third quarter. Ehlinger, while nearly getting sacked by freshman safety Dylan Tonkery, tried to throw the ball way but instead it was intercepted by freshman safety Kenny Robinson and returned 94 yards for a touchdown.
Texas restored its 14-point lead on a two-play drive -- freshman running back Daniel Young's 36-yard run and running back Kyle Porter's 10-yard touchdown jaunt with 1:23 remaining in the third.
Chugunov connected with wide receiver Ka'Raun White for a 12-yard score with 9:01 to play and got the ball back trailing 21-14 when the Longhorns put the game away. Defensive lineman Chris Nelson recovered a fumble after Chugunov was sacked and two plays later, Young flipped in from the 1 to make it 28-14 with 5:07 remaining.
Grier sustained the injury when he fumbled near the Texas goal line while diving for the pylon in the first quarter. He ran off the field holding his hand high with the middle finger on his throwing hand displaced.
Grier, who was 6 of 8 for 50 yards before the injury, entered the game second nationally with 34 touchdown passes and fourth in passing yards per game at 344.
No. 21 Memphis pours it on to win AAC West title
Saturday, November 18 at 6:58 PM (EST)
MEMPHIS -- Memphis senior quarterback Riley Ferguson mentioned Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers when asked who he models himself after.
On Saturday, when the Tigers made history at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Ferguson looked like a combination of the two, with some of Michael Vick's mobility tossed in for good measure.
Throwing for 320 yards and two touchdowns while adding a surprising three scores on the ground, Ferguson led No. 21 Memphis to its first conference division title, a 66-45 lightning-delayed rout of SMU.
It could have been expected that Ferguson would complete 21 of 27 passes against a porous Mustangs defense. But three scoring runs? Considering that he entered the game with five net yards in 30 rushes and three touchdowns for the year, probably not.
Yet there was Ferguson, displaying the feet on second half scores of 8, 12 and 2 yards that helped the Tigers (9-1, 6-1 American Athletic Conference) pull away from a 31-24 halftime lead.
"That was more like the B button on PlayStation," joked the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Ferguson.
Ferguson, who originally started his college career at Tennessee but redshirted after suffering a leg injury in 2013, never played a down for the Volunteers. After a year at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, Ferguson transferred to Memphis and threw for 3,698 yards and 32 touchdowns last year.
On Saturday, Ferguson passed the 3,000-yard mark for the second straight year. More importantly, he guided a perfectly balanced offense to 664 total yards, 33 first downs and their second-highest point total of the year, lifting the Tigers to American Athletic Conference West title.
They will play in the championship game on Dec. 2 against either No. 15 Central Florida or South Florida.
"This is something the program has wanted ever since it was created," Ferguson said. "That we could do this for the program and the community is huge."
While Ferguson was the headliner, Memphis had stars all over the field on offense. Running backs Darrell Henderson and Patrick Taylor rushed for 147 and 112 yards, respectively, with each scoring twice. Anthony Miller caught eight passes for 163 yards and two scores, and nine other players caught passes.
Four of the Tigers' nine touchdowns came on plays of 24 yards or longer, including Henderson's runs of 70 and 52 yards.
"Give credit to their offensive coordinator (Darrell Dickey) and (head) coach (Mike) Norvell," SMU defensive end Justin Lawler said. "They kept running the same two plays over and over, and we couldn't stop them.
"If you can break into a house doing the same thing, why would you not keep doing it?"
The Mustangs (6-5, 3-4 AAC) nearly matched Memphis score-for-score for three quarters, trailing just 45-38 after Xavier Jones plunged in from the 1 with 50 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
But with a thunderstorm forming that eventually delayed the game for 57 minutes, the Tigers finally put this one away. Ferguson and Miller hooked up for a 24-yard touchdown on the second play of the fourth quarter.
On its first snap after the lightning delay, Memphis handed to Henderson, who sprinted 52 yards off left tackle with 13:29 remaining for a 59-38 advantage. Ferguson's third touchdown run with 8:24 remaining turned the game's remainder into a celebration for the few thousand fans from a crowd of 35,329 that stuck around after the delay.
Second-year Tigers coach Mike Norvell, who may get offers from Power 5 programs like predecessor Justin Fuente did two seasons ago before replacing Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech, saluted his squad's focus during the delay.
"To come out like they did after the delay and get the touchdown on the very first play just speaks volumes," Norvell said. "To win a division championship and get one more opportunity with these guys to play together ... this community should celebrate what we have done tonight."
SMU quarterback Ben Hicks hit 15 of 34 passes for 218 yards and four touchdowns, two going to Trey Quinn. Jones rolled up 175 yards and a pair of scores on 20 carries.
NOTES: Memphis WR Anthony Miller broke a school record late in the first quarter with his 209th career reception. ... Tigers CB Caelon Harden was disqualified from the game late in the first half after he was flagged for targeting SMU kickoff man Josh Williams during a kick return. ... SMU WR Trey Quinn became the first player in FBS since at least 2000 with 15 or more catches in three straight games after getting 49 against Connecticut, Houston and Cincinnati. Quinn had four receptions Saturday, giving him 100 for the year.
Ellison fuels Indiana in rout of Rutgers
Saturday, November 18 at 5:11 PM (EST)
Freshman Morgan Ellison ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns to lead Indiana to a 41-0 romp over Rutgers on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Bloomington, Ind.
Ellison averaged 9.9 yards per carry. Redshirt freshman Cole Gest rushed for 104 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown for Indiana (5-6, 2-6 Big Ten).
Hoosiers fifth-year senior quarterback Richard Lagow completed 17 of 28 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns.
With Indiana ahead 34-0 with 2:31 left in third quarter, the game was delayed by lightning for one hour and 44 minutes.
Lagow threw for 184 yards to help Indiana to a 20-0 halftime lead.
The Hoosiers outgained the Scarlet Knights (4-7, 3-5) by a 503-186 margin in yards.
Indiana scored first off a Rutgers turnover in the first quarter. Rashard Fant recovered a muffed punt at the 6-yard line. On the next play, Ellison ran it in to give Indiana a 7-0 lead.
The Hoosiers boosted the lead to 14-0 on a 57-yard pass from Lagow to tight end Ian Thomas.
Whop Philyor caught passes of 36 and 19 yards to help set up the next score, a 26-yard field goal by Griffin Oakes.
Ellison's 39-yard run help set up a 20-yard field goal by Oakes with 9:09 left in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, the Hoosiers took advantage on a strip and sack by Greg Gooch of Rutgers quarterback Giovanni Rescigno's fumble. Tony Fields recovered at the Rutgers' 24. Lagow connected with Luke Timian on a 20-yard touchdown pass.
Ellison ran for 45 yards and nearly scored. It was originally ruled a touchdown, but it was ruled he was down at 1-yard line. On second down, Ellison did score from 1 yard out to make it 34-0. Gest scored on an 8-yard TD in the fourth quarter.
Johnathan Lewis replaced Rescigno in the third quarter. Rescigno was 8-of-14 passing for 67 yards while Lewis was 3 of 10 for 36 yards.
Indiana previously shut out Charleston Southern 27-0. The last time the Hoosiers had more than one shutout in a season was 1993 with three.
No. 6 Auburn rolls over Louisiana-Monroe
Saturday, November 18 at 5:35 PM (EST)
When Auburn lost to LSU five weeks ago, its College Football Playoff aspirations were unofficially put to rest.
The banter was that a two-loss squad had no need to keep "national championship" on the list of goals for the campaign.
Four victories later, the No. 6 Tigers' title dreams have been revived and now hinge on next week's showdown with Alabama. Auburn continued its second-half rise on Saturday by overcoming a shaky start to post a 42-14 victory over Louisiana-Monroe in nonconference play at Auburn, Ala.
A win next Saturday over the top-ranked Crimson Tide in the annual Iron Bowl would give Auburn a spot in the SEC title game and move it closer to a possible top-four spot in the CFP.
"I'm proud of our team," Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said. "Four weeks ago, if somebody said we'd be in the position, I don't think there would have been a whole lot of people around the country that would have believed it.
"Our team has put itself in the position. We're playing the No. 1 team in the country again on our home field. ... It's going to be a special game."
Sophomore quarterback Jarrett Stidham passed for 235 yards and two touchdowns and junior Kerryon Johnson rushed for 137 yards and one touchdown as the Tigers (9-2) scored 35 second-half points against the Warhawks. Sophomore Kam Martin rushed for one score and caught another.
Senior receiver Brian Williams scored two touchdowns (one receiving, one rushing) for Louisiana-Monroe (4-6), who pushed the Tigers in the first half before fading. Louisiana-Monroe was outgained 552-333 in offensive yards.
"We just could never get a whole lot going on offense the whole game," Warhawks coach Matt Viator said.
"We turned it over in the second half. Give them credit, they're really good. They are hard to move the ball against. We were just a little bit off. Some of that was because of them and a little bit of that was because of us."
The high-intensity effort given by the Louisiana-Monroe players initially stunned the Tigers.
"They were playing like it was their Super Bowl," Martin said. "They had two weeks to prepare for us. We just had to calm down and run the ball like we do."
Auburn's offense was sluggish for the first 28 minutes before the unit found its flow.
The contest was tied late in the first half when Auburn navigated 96 yards on four plays to take a 14-7 lead. Sophomore wideout Darius Slayton ran a fly pattern down the right sideline and got past true freshman cornerback Corey Straughter to make a 50-yard scoring catch with 1:27 remaining in the half.
The Tigers added to the lead in the third quarter when they traveled 95 yards on 10 plays. Martin capped the excursion with a 1-yard run to make it 21-7 with 9:33 left in the third quarter.
Martin scored another touchdown less than seven minutes later when he crept out of the backfield and into the left flat. Stidham found him on the left sideline and Martin meandered his way down the field to make it a three-touchdown margin.
Auburn had an opportunity to tack on another score early in the fourth quarter from the Warhawks' 1-yard line but Stidham fumbled the snap and it was recovered by safety Traveion Webster.
But the Tigers got their touchdown on defense instead as senior free safety Nick Ruffin intercepted junior backup quarterback Garrett Smith, broke through a soft tackle attempt by Williams around the 20, and finished off the 45-yard return to make it 35-7 with 7:09 to play.
"Nick Ruffin looked like an offensive player; that was really nice," Malzahn said. "He broke four or five tackles. That was a big play in the game, too."
Williams was on the scoring end less than 90 seconds later as he took a short pass from Smith and turned it into a 70-yard touchdown. He caught the pass in the middle of the field at the Warhawks' 40, headed toward the left and then outraced the Auburn secondary.
Redshirt freshman Malik Miller scored on a 1-yard run to give the Tigers a 42-14 advantage with 2:58 to go.
"Even though we didn't start real fast, we got to halftime and came out and took care of business," Malzahn said.
NOTES: Tigers junior DT Dontavius Russell recorded 3.5 tackles for losses, including a sack. ... The Warhawks fall to 0-3 in nonconference play, the other defeats coming against Memphis and Southern Mississippi. ... The Tigers improved to 11-0 all-time against Louisiana-Monroe, including the scare in 2012 when Auburn was forced into overtime before prevailing 31-28. ... Warhawks sophomore QB Caleb Evans was just 9-of-25 passing for 86 yards before being replaced. ... Auburn coach Gus Malzahn hears the rumors that mention his name for a possible coaching opening at Arkansas and he offered this comment in his postgame press conference: "You ignore it because one week you're getting fired and the next week you're going to take another job. I'm worried about the darn SEC West championship."
Unbeaten No. 5 Wisconsin subdues No. 24 Michigan
Saturday, November 18 at 6:35 PM (EST)
MADISON, Wis. -- Forget that Alex Hornibrook has thrown interceptions in eight straight games.
The miscues aren't ideal, but Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst's confidence hasn't wavered in the 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback.
Hornibrook completed 9 of 19 passes for 143 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in No. 5 Wisconsin's 24-10 win over No. 24 Michigan on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.
Hornibrook persevered despite throwing his 13th interception of the season in the second half against the Wolverines (8-3, 5-3 Big Ten).
"I think Alex does a really good job of being in the moment," Chryst said. "We certainly knew we were going to have to make plays down the field.
"Even some of the passes that were incomplete, I thought he did a really good job of if it wasn't there, getting it out of his hands. I think he did a lot of good things."
The Badgers (11-0, 8-0) finish the regular season at Minnesota next Saturday and play in the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The victory over Michigan secured the outright West Division title for Wisconsin.
Badgers freshman running back Jonathan Taylor had 19 carries for 132 yards and recorded his eighth 100-plus-yard effort of the season. The true freshman's rushing total for the season is at 1,657 yards.
The Badgers held Michigan (8-3, 5-3) to 234 total yards, including 58 rushing yards, a season low for the Wolverines.
Wisconsin's special teams lent a hand in the first quarter.
Wisconsin junior punt returner Nick Nelson casually watched the ball drop on the field, scooped it up and ran 50 yards for his first career touchdown. He broke three tackles on that score that gave Wisconsin a 7-0 lead with 1:15 left in the first quarter.
Michigan tied the game with 2:24 left in the second quarter. The critical play on the drive was a 48-yard pass from Brandon Peters to fellow freshman Donovan Peoples-Jones to the 36-yard line. That helped set up a 1-yard touchdown run by freshman fullback Ben Mason to tie the game at 7.
Hornibrook threw an interception in the third quarter, as sophomore linebacker Devin Bush picked him off on the Badgers' 29-yard line at the 8:33 mark.
That mistake helped give Michigan its first lead at 10-7, as sophomore Quinn Nordin drilled a 39-yard field goal.
Hornibrook, who has accumulated 18 passing touchdowns and 2,006 yards this season, said his ability to shrug off mistakes and move on have been critical components of his game.
"I just figure out what went wrong, figure out how to fix it and not even think about it anymore," Hornibrook said. "I think you guys (the media) get more stressed out about (interceptions) than I do."
Hornibrook and sophomore wideout A.J. Taylor connected on a couple of big plays that put Wisconsin in control. The two connected on a 51-yard pass that put the Badgers on Michigan's 19-yard line. Three plays later, Taylor caught a 24-yard TD pass with 3:31 left in the third quarter to put the Badgers ahead 14-10.
Hornibrook said his performance has been boosted by Taylor and freshman wide receiver Danny Davis, who combined for 117 receiving yards against Michigan. Taylor had three catches for 79 yards and a touchdown, all in the second half.
"They're tough, competitive guys; they love playing the game," Hornibrook said. "I know they're going to do everything they can to go get the ball for me."
A scary situation occurred late in the third quarter for Michigan when Peters was tackled hard to the turf by Badgers junior linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel. Peters was taken to the locker room on a cart for further examination and was replaced by redshirt senior John O'Korn.
Peters completed 9 of 18 passes for 157 yards. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Peters was shaken up on the play and was undergoing tests for a head injury.
Harbaugh said he didn't know if the absence of Peters made an impact, but felt the Wolverines should have done a better job with pass protection.
"We can't get him hit as much," Harbaugh said. "We need to get better at it. (Wisconsin) had a three-man pick stunt that was effectively holding our center. We weren't able to slide off of that and it got us beat a few times. He was good, though."
Harbaugh said Hornibrook and Jonathan Taylor had strong efforts down the stretch.
"Taylor got out there a bit in the fourth quarter," he said. "Then, we weren't able to get any big chunks in the running game.
"There were the two big throws and they got a few runs on us, too. That ended up being the difference in the game. We weren't quite able to crack those runs in running game offensively or get enough plays to win it."
NOTES: Wisconsin junior Nick Nelson's 50-yard punt return for a touchdown is the school's second-longest since Kenzel Doe's 82-yard score in 2012. ... Badgers freshman C Tyler Biadasz started against Michigan. Biadasz suffered a left leg injury in the first half against Iowa last week. ... Michigan junior RB Karan Higdon carried seven times for 20 yards. Higdon's status was uncertain after suffering an ankle sprain in last week's game.
No. 2 Clemson routs The Citadel
Saturday, November 18 at 5:44 PM (EST)
CLEMSON -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney always says the fun is in the winning.
The Tigers must have had a ball on Saturday.
Quarterback Kelly Bryant passed for 230 yards and three touchdowns as No. 2 Clemson bolted to a 38-0 halftime lead and coasted to a 61-3 victory against The Citadel on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
"This was just a fun day to see these guys have a great time playing well," Swinney said. "And to see other guys play well and get excited about that, too."
Bryant got the Tigers untracked quickly, completing 17 of 22 passes before exiting late in the first half. The junior became the third quarterback in Clemson history to win 10 games in his first year as a starter.
The Tigers (10-1), who will play Miami in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2, improved to 32-0 all-time against FCS opponents and clinched a 10-win season for a school-record seventh consecutive year.
Clemson is 80-14 under Swinney in the last seven seasons; only Alabama has a better record over that same time span.
"We've now gotten at least 10 wins seven years in a row," Swinney said.
"The class of 2011 got it started, and it has carried forward to this year's senior class. It's really hard to do that, and for them to go 27-1 at home is mind-boggling. I'm just really proud of the standard that these guys have bought into during their time here."
The Tigers amassed 662 yards -- the fifth-highest total in school history -- against The Citadel (5-6), a small military school from Charleston, S.C. They averaged 9.9 yards per play, the fourth-best single game average in the school record book, and had 479 yards passing, the second-highest total in program history.
"It has definitely seen an up-and-down season for us," said The Citadel coach Brent Thompson, whose team went 10-2 in 2016.
"The games that we lost were to some pretty good football teams -- five 7-1 teams, and these guys right here (Clemson). So I don't think it is as bad as we made it out to be. We definitely had opportunities to win (other games); it's just our expectations were a lot higher."
Clemson wasted little time in taking command, scoring on each of its three possessions for a 21-0 lead after one quarter. On its fifth play from scrimmage, Bryant lofted a 53-yard touchdown pass to Deon Cain for a 7-0 lead. It was the 19th career touchdown reception for Cain, who finished with five catches for a career-high 140 yards.
The Tigers drove 49 yards in six plays on its next possession, with freshman running back Travis Etienne doing most of the work. He rushed for 35 yards on the drive, which he capped with a 6-yard burst up the middle.
Clemson traveled 69 yards in eight plays on its following possession, with the touchdown coming on a 12-yard pass from Bryant to wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. It was the first touchdown reception of the season for Renfrow, who was the star of last year's National Championship Game victory against Alabama with 10 catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns.
The Tigers' lead swelled to 28-0 early in the second quarter when Bryant connected with wide receiver T.J. Chase for a 13-yard touchdown -- the first of Chase's career. The score capped a seven-play, 57-yard drive with 12 minutes left in the third quarter.
Alex Spence added a 26-yard field goal with 6:32 left in the half to push Clemson's lead to 31-0, then backup quarterback Zerrick Cooper tossed a 32-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Tee Higgins with five seconds in the half for a 38-0 halftime lead.
Clemson added three second-half touchdowns: a 61-yard run by Tavien Feaster, a 7-yard run by Etienne and a one-handed, 78-yard catch by Higgins on a pass from third-team quarterback Hunter Johnson. Johnson completed 7 of 8 passes for 144 yards while Higgins set career highs with six receptions for 178 yards.
After Christian Groomes added a 38-yard field goal with 6:09 remaining, The Citadel posted its lone score of the game on a 30-yard field goal by Jacob Godek with 2:50 left.
The Bulldogs were held to 216 total yards and 10 first downs.
"It was all we could do to try to get first downs and move the ball on each drive," Thompson said. "I was happy with that last drive we had. We threw the ball real well and got in position to at least put three points on the board."
NOTES: Clemson WR Deon Cain has caught at least one pass in 34 consecutive games, the 10th-longest streak in the nation. ... RB Travis Etienne has four rushes of 50 yards or more this season. ... WR Hunter Renfrow has 43 receptions this season, 16 of which have come on third down; 14 of those have resulted in a first down. ... The Citadel DB Wally Wilmore, who entered the game with 13 tackles this season, had four tackles and three pass breakups against Clemson. ... RB Grant Drakeford is averaging 9.6 yards per carry this season. ... LB Myles Pierce led The Citadel with eight tackles, including a tackle for loss, against Clemson.
Virginia Tech stops Pitt at goal line to preserve win
Saturday, November 18 at 4:15 PM (EST)
Virginia Tech stopped Pittsburgh four times from the 1-yard line in the final minute to preserve a 20-14 victory Saturday in Blacksburg, Va.
The Panthers reached the 1 on freshman quarterback Kenny Pickett's 74-yard pass to wide receiver Jester Weah on fourth-and-4 from the Panthers 25. Running back Darrin Hall was stopped on first down and after an incomplete pass, Hall was stuffed twice more on the final plays.
The Hokies (8-3, 4-3 ACC) took a 20-14 lead when wide receiver Cam Phillips became the school's all-time receiving yards leader on a 23-yard touchdown catch from freshman quarterback Josh Jackson with 6:23 remaining.
Phillips finished with 117 yards on eight catches. He has 2,981 career yards, passing Isaiah Ford (2,967 from 2014-16). Jackson was 17 of 37 for 218 yards and an interception.
Pickett, who replaced starter Ben Dinucci in the second quarter, was 15 of 23 for 242 yards and an interception. Weah caught four passes for 104 yards.
Pitt (4-7, 2-5) resorted to trickery to take a 14-10 lead with 14:13 left.
The Panthers lined up in a split formation on fourth-and-7 from the Virginia Tech 15. The ball was long-snapped to Hall, who pitched to Pickett after running several yards to his left. Pickett found senior tight end Nathan Bossory over the middle for the go-ahead score. It was Bossory's first career catch.
The Hokies led 10-7 at halftime with freshman Brian Johnson's 30-yard field goal in the second quarter the difference. Jackson's 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was answered by Dinucci's 13-yard TD pass to junior wide receiver Rafael Araujo-Lopes 5:39 later.
|North Dakota State||20||vs.||7||Illinois State|
|South Carolina State||10||vs.||34||Savannah State|
|North Carolina Central||10||vs.||24||North Carolina A&T|
|Saint Francis U||10||vs.||14||Eastern Kentucky|
|Norfolk State||45||vs.||32||Morgan State|
|Cal Poly||0||vs.||42||Northern Colorado|
|Alabama State||16||vs.||10||Mississippi Valley State|
|Houston Baptist||33||vs.||53||Sam Houston State|
|Murray State||10||vs.||21||Southeast Missouri State|
|Southern Illinois||14||vs.||28||Western Illinois|
|Kentucky State||13||vs.||21||Alabama A&M|
Iowa State beats Baylor, clinches winning season
Saturday, November 18 at 6:13 PM (EST)
Iowa State forced turnovers on two Baylor drives in the fourth quarter, and the Cyclones stopped a two-game skid by beating the Bears 23-13 on Saturday at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas.
Baylor drove to the Iowa State 25-yard line before Reggie Wilkerson picked off a Charlie Brewer pass and returned it 31 yards with 4:48 left in the game.
Joel Lanning, playing quarterback, gained 2 yards on fourth-and-1 from the Bears' 28 to seal the win with 2:43 to go. Iowa State (7-4, 5-3 Big 12) clinched its first winning season since 2009. Lanning, who starts at linebacker, made four tackles, including a sack.
Iowa State running back David Montgomery rushed for 144 yards on 27 carries to go over 1,000 yards on the season.
JaMycal Hasty rushed for 86 yards for the Bears (1-10, 1-7).
The game's first turnover halted a 16-play, 72-yard Baylor drive early in the fourth quarter. Cyclones cornerback Brian Peavy stripped Baylor running back John Lovett of the ball at the Iowa State 2-yard line.
The Bears had an earlier 19-play drive end in a field goal.
Garrett Owens kicked three field goals, including a 45-yarder that gave the Cyclones a 23-13 lead with 7:01 left.
Freshman Zeb Noland started at quarterback for the Cyclones in place of Kyle Kempt, who was dealing with a sore throwing shoulder. Noland completed 14 of 28 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
Brewer, a freshman making his third start for the Bears, was 26-for-36 for 198 yards and a touchdown and the interception.
Hakeem Butler made a one-handed grab of a Noland pass on a 67-yard touchdown that put the Cyclones on top 17-10 late in the second quarter.
Baylor jumped on top 7-0 on its opening drive on a Brewer-to-Ishmail Wainwright touchdown pass on fourth-and-1 from the Iowa State 13 yard-line.
The Cyclones wrap up the regular season next week at Kansas State. Baylor will wrap up its season on Friday against TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.
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|Texas State||12||vs.||30||Arkansas State|
|Alcorn State||3||vs.||7||Jackson State|
|Western Carolina||10||vs.||65||North Carolina||Recap|
North Carolina blasts Western Carolina
Saturday, November 18 at 6:50 PM (EST)
Quarterback Nathan Elliott, in his first home start, threw four touchdown passes as North Carolina trounced Western Carolina 65-10 in Saturday's nonconference game at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.
North Carolina scored three touchdowns in less than a three-minute span early in the second quarter to take control on the way to a 42-7 halftime lead.
The outcome gave North Carolina (3-8) a two-game winning streak going into next week's finale at rival North Carolina State. The result also snapped the Tar Heels' seven-game home-field losing streak that dated to last November.
Elliott finished 18-for-28 for 240 yards, completing 10 consecutive passes in the first half. He threw two touchdown strikes to Josh Cabrera. He did not play in the fourth quarter.
Tar Heels running backs Michael Carter (103 yards on 16 carries) and Jordon Brown (69 yards on 11 attempts) had big games. Carter had a 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Former starting quarterback Chazz Surratt threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Beau Corrales in the fourth quarter. He later ran for a 59-yard touchdown, marking the Tar Heels' longest play from scrimmage of the season.
Western Carolina scored first on Tyrie Adams' 1-yard pass to Connell Young on its second possession.
North Carolina answered on a nine-play drive with Anthony Ratliff-Williams scoring on a 15-yard pass from Elliott.
The Tar Heels went up less than a minute into the second quarter on Elliott's 16-yard toss to Cabrera. Elliott threw 6 yards to tight end Brandon Fritts just 2:11 later.
The scoring burst continued for the Tar Heels when linebacker Jonathan Smith returned a fumble 28 yards for a touchdown.
Before halftime, Brown scored on a 3-yard run and Elliott hooked up with Cabrera again for an 18-yard pass play.
Western Carolina (7-5) likely needed to win to bolster its stock for inclusion in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
|South Dakota State||31||vs.||28||South Dakota|
|South Alabama||0||vs.||52||Georgia Southern|
|Arizona State||40||vs.||24||Oregon State||Recap|
Wilkins, Richard propel Arizona St. past Oregon St.
Saturday, November 18 at 6:45 PM (EST)
Manny Wilkins threw touchdown passes on Arizona State's first two drives and Demario Richard rushed for three scores as the Sun Devils ran their way to a 40-24 victory over Oregon State on Saturday in Corvallis, Ore.
The victory made the Sun Devils bowl eligible at 6-5 (5-3 in the Pac-12) while the Beavers (1-10, 0-8) lost their ninth consecutive game. Oregon State will need to defeat Oregon in the Civil War to avoid finishing winless in the conference for the second time in three years.
Richard finished with 119 rushing yards on 17 carries as the Sun Devils rushed for 286 yards. Kalen Ballage added 103 yards and Wilkins scrambled for another 60.
Wilkins also completed 12 of 19 passes for 167 yards as Arizona State finished with 453 yards of total offense.
The Sun Devils dominated the first half in taking a 30-7 lead. Wilkins threw for two touchdowns and Richard ran for two short scores as Arizona State collected touchdowns on four of its first six possessions.
Arizona State was also awarded a safety en route to a 30-0 lead when Oregon State quarterback Darell Garretson was flagged for intentional grounding on a throw from his end zone.
The Beavers scored with 59 seconds left in the second quarter when Ryan Nall ran in from a yard out. The key play on the drive was receiver Trevon Bradford's 36-yard run on a reverse, giving Oregon State a first down at the 7-yard line.
Otherwise, it was all Arizona State in the first half as the Sun Devils piled up 318 yards while holding the Beavers to 105 yards, 79 of them on the scoring drive.
The teams traded field goals in the third quarter before Arizona State upped its lead to 40-10 early in the fourth quarter on Richard's third touchdown run. Oregon State then found the end zone twice to cap the scoring.
|William & Mary||20||vs.||27||Richmond|
Purdue's defense big in win over Iowa
Saturday, November 18 at 7:29 PM (EST)
Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Anthony Mahoungou to start the second half in a 24-15 win over Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday.
The Boilermakers' defense also proved to be a difference in the game.
Purdue (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten) had six sacks and 10 tackles for loss overall. Iowa (6-5, 3-5) finished with only 82 yards rushing, the fourth consecutive opponent held by the Boilermakers to less than 100 yards on the ground.
The Boilermakers won for the first time at Iowa City since 2012.
Sindelar completed 22 of 37 pass attempts for 327 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. His touchdown passes of 42 and 16 yards to Mahoungou on Purdue's first two possessions of the second half enabled the Boilermakers to take a 21-9 lead.
Mahoungou had seven catches for 135 yards. Markell Jones rushed for 74 yards on 14 carries for Purdue, which can become bowl eligible with a win over Indiana next week.
Purdue's defense kept Iowa in check most of the second half, allowing the Hawkeyes' offense to advance barely past the 50-yard line twice on sustained drives before Ihmir Smith-Marsette returned a kickoff 53 yards to the Purdue 45 with 3:48 left.
Before that in the half, the Hawkeyes got as far as only the 47- and 44-yard lines of Purdue on 11-play drives that each went 39 yards.
When Iowa got to the 44-yard line with 8:27 left in the fourth quarter, Nate Stanley's pass was intercepted by Purdue cornerback Navon Mosley.
Purdue was forced to punt and Iowa returner Matt Vanderberg fumbled the ball. Antonio Blackmon recovered for the Boilermakers, who ultimately scored on a 27-yard field goal by J.D. Dellinger that increased the lead to 24-9 with 3:55 left.
Smith-Marsette's long kickoff return followed. Stanley culminated another 11-play drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Noah Fant that cut the lead to 24-15 with 1:04 left. The Hawkeyes went for the 2-point conversion but Stanley's pass attempt fell incomplete.
Stanley completed 16 of 33 pass attempts for 176 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
No. 9 Ohio State smacks Illinois to win division
Saturday, November 18 at 9:01 PM (EST)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No. 9 Ohio State made sure there were no slip-ups Saturday against overmatched Illinois. Now the Buckeyes can focus on rival Michigan and then the Big Ten title game.
The Buckeyes scored four touchdowns in the first 13 minutes and raced to a 52-14 victory over the Fighting Illini in a driving rainstorm at Ohio Stadium, securing a share of the Big Ten East Division title.
Ohio State (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten) can finish no worse than a tie atop the division standings with Michigan State and Penn State. Even with a loss next week at Michigan, the Buckeyes would advance to the conference championship game against Wisconsin because they have beaten both the Spartans and Nittany Lions during the regular season.
"We did celebrate it for a quick minute," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said of securing the trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game. "And then it's over. Now it's time to put our laser lights on our rival."
The Buckeyes, a 41-point favorite, completely dominated the Fighting Illini, racking up 543 total yards in a win that keeps them in the College Football Playoff picture.
"I love our focus," Meyer said. "I love the way that we're practicing and the focus -- intent focus is the mantra right now. And I like where we're at."
Binjimen Victor caught two touchdown passes, Mike Weber rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and J.K. Dobbins ran for a score in limited minutes for Ohio State.
J.T. Barrett, playing his final home game as Ohio State's quarterback, completed 11 of 19 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. The senior, who has set 35 school and Big Ten records, added 33 rushing yards and a touchdown on five carries.
Barrett and many of the starters left the game midway through the second quarter after Ohio State opened a 38-0 lead and the rainstorm drove fans for cover. Barrett returned briefly in the second half to lead a touchdown drive that ended with a 12-yard pass to tight end Marcus Baugh for a 45-7 lead.
"All of my teammates came out and played hard," Barrett said. "That's the main thing that was discussed during the week."
Illinois (2-9, 0-8) lost its ninth consecutive game after starting the season 2-0. The Illini did not pick up a first down until the final three minutes before halftime and didn't produce another first down until two minutes remained in the third quarter.
"They are a fantastic football team in all three areas," Illinois coach Lovie Smith said of Ohio State. "They were better than us up front. They dominated us on both sides of the football."
Ohio native Chayce Crouch started at quarterback for Illinois because of injuries and was just 4-of-14 passing for just 16 yards. He was injured late in the game on a late hit out of bounds and left the game.
"Like our football team today, a lot of good things didn't happen to us," Smith said.
Illinois managed just 105 total yards and five first downs, but more than half of the yards came in the fourth quarter after the outcome was decided.
Dre Brown rushed for 76 yards on 15 carries for the Illini.
"The defense was dominant," Meyer said. "They did what they had to do."
Three of Ohio State's four first-quarter touchdowns came on the ground. Weber reached the end zone from 4 and 43 yards, and Barrett stretched the ball over the goal line on a 3-yard keeper.
The fourth touchdown of the opening quarter was an 11-yard pass from Barrett to Victor.
In the second quarter, Sean Nuernberger kicked a 33-yard field goal and Dobbins scored on a 1-yard run as Ohio State took a 38-0 lead into halftime.
Ohio State's two second-half touchdowns came through the air -- the pass to Baugh and a 21-yard strike from backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins to Victor to start the fourth quarter.
Illinois' defense scored the Illini's first touchdown. Ahmari Hayes picked up a fumble by Haskins and returned it 54 yards early in the third quarter.
Cam Miller came in at quarterback after Crouch was injured in the fourth quarter and scored on a 9-yard run.
NOTES: Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett broke the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback held by Braxton Miller. Barrett has 3,070 career rushing yards. ... Nineteen seniors played their final home game for Ohio State. ... Illinois QBs Cam Thomas (concussion) and Jeff George Jr. (hand), the starters in recent games, were not expected to play, but Thomas entered in the fourth quarter. ... Illinois coach Lovie Smith was an assistant at Ohio State in 1995. ... Ohio State C Billy Price started a school-record 52nd straight game.
No. 8 Notre Dame get tough, holds off Navy
Saturday, November 18 at 9:37 PM (EST)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly deterred fans of high-flying football from dissecting Saturday's game against Navy at length.
"I don't really have a lot to wow you with," Kelly said. "If you like games that require a grittiness to them and a toughness and resolve, you know, this is it. If you want to go see 62-52, go to your local Big 12 Network. It was just good, tough football."
The No. 8 Fighting Irish rallied for a 24-17 victory against the Midshipmen, struggling in spots but ultimately emerging to rebound from last week's lopsided road loss to Miami that took Notre Dame out of the College Football Playoff chase.
Navy controlled the clock behind an effective triple-option attack, finishing with a 42:42 to 17:18 edge in time of possession. The Midshipmen attempted six fourth-down conversions, and were successful on four.
"They're going to come in and execute their offense," Fighting Irish senior linebacker Drue Tranquill said. "Obviously, it's a challenge not facing that offense all the time, but ... we just came together as a family, executing and doing our jobs."
Quarterback Brandon Wimbush and wide receiver Kevin Stepherson connected for two second-half touchdown passes to boost Notre Dame (9-2).
Navy (6-4) took a 17-10 lead on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Zach Abey to Craig Scott with 7:01 left in the third quarter, but the Midshipmen, battling the Fighting Irish through a steady, blowing rain, enjoyed the edge for a mere 1:28.
That's how long it took for Wimbush to cap a five-play, 78-yard drive with a 30-yard touchdown to Stepherson. The Fighting Irish took a 24-17 lead on a 9-yard scoring pass from Wimbush to Stepherson with 11:49 left in the fourth quarter.
Wimbush started 1-for-5 passing before finishing 9-for-18 for 164 yards and two touchdowns. He added a 2-yard scoring run in the closing seconds of the second quarter, tying the game at 10. Kelly said that touchdown was "critical" with the clock-consuming Midshipmen receiving the second-half kickoff.
"I think I just started seeing things a little bit more clearly, adjusted to the tempo that Navy was playing at and went from there," Wimbush said.
The Midshipmen were driving later in the fourth quarter, but Troy Pride intercepted an Abey pass at the 7:18 mark, and Notre Dame took over at its 14-yard line. Navy got the ball back after an ensuing Notre Dame punt but was unable to convert a fourth-and-5 from the Fighting Irish 25, as slotback Darryl Bonner's pass for Tyler Carmona fell incomplete.
"We knew that coming into the game, we had to play perfect against these guys," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said.
"It's like that every year. It's a lot of pressure on our kids, and we talked about that this week, being able to handle pressure. We came up a little short, but like I've said, I'm proud of them all."
Navy also missed a 37-field goal attempt wide left in the final minute of the third quarter.
Garret Lewis made his first career start at quarterback for Navy, but Abey, who started the first eight games of the season before fighting a shoulder injury, still saw a majority of snaps. Niumatalolo shuffled the lineup at the outset as the Midshipmen were without last week's starter, Malcolm Perry, who sustained an ankle injury last week after moving from running back to quarterback.
Notre Dame outgained Navy, 327-318, as the Midshipmen defense helped keep things close.
"I think we did pretty well," Navy cornerback Tyris Wooten said. "In some parts, we did stupid stuff, just missed an assignment and stuff, but for the most part, I thought we did well."
Stepherson had five receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns, and Josh Adams rushed 18 times for 106 yards.
Abey rushed 29 times for 95 yards and a touchdown, while passing for 41 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Anthony Gargiulo added 87 rushing yards and 21 receiving yards.
Notre Dame wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown left the game in the first quarter after getting flipped and falling on his neck after jumping for a pass. Kelly said St. Brown was being evaluated for a possible head injury.
Standout left tackle Mike McGlinchey headlined a group of Fighting Irish seniors who played their final home game at Notre Dame Stadium. Classmate Greer Martini had a career-high 15 tackles, and was among the seniors who lingered on the soggy field after the game.
"There's a lot to play for for these guys," Kelly said. "They've done an incredible job of leading us back to where we can be."
NOTES: Navy S Sean Williams sat out the first half after his ejection for an illegal hit during a Nov. 11 home win against Southern Methodist. ... The Fighting Irish wore special Knute Rockne tribute uniforms, honoring the program legend who played for Notre Dame before coaching the Fighting Irish from 1918-1930. The uniforms used an older model "ND" logo, and each jersey featured "ROCKNE" on the back rather than individual player names.
Jackson leads Louisville's rout of Syracuse
Saturday, November 18 at 8:27 PM (EST)
Playing in rain and 40-mph winds, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson led the Cardinals to a 56-10 win over Syracuse on Saturday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky.
Jackson, last year's Heisman Trophy winner, played less than three quarters, but he gained 111 yards rushing on 12 carries and passed for 270 yards. He had four touchdowns -- two rushing and two passing.
Louisville senior running back Malik Williams had 180 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns on just nine carries.
Syracuse fell to 4-7 on the season and was outgained 727-335. Louisville averaged 10.1 yards per play.
The Cardinals (7-4) wasted no time getting on the board, scoring in just two plays, the latter being a 46-yard scoring run by senior Malik Williams just 36 seconds into the game.
After Syracuse's Cole Murphy nailed a 51-yard field goal, Louisville tacked on two scores. Jackson capped a nine-play, 85-yard drive with a 43-yard touchdown run, and senior tailback Reggie Bonnafon ran 33 yards for a score to put the Cardinals up 21-3.
With 10:39 left in the half, the game was interrupted for 43 minutes because of lightning in the area.
After the delay, Jackson picked right up where he left off, throwing a 72-yard touchdown strike to Jaylen Smith to put Louisville up 28-3 with 5:50 left in the second quarter.
Louisville took a 35-3 lead into halftime after Jackson found Bonnafon for a 34-yard touchdown pass to cap a seven-play, 60-yard drive. Jackson entered halftime with 11 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown and 250 yards passing, completing 12 of 21 throws for two touchdowns.
After halftime, Jackson rushed for a 19-yard score to put Louisville up 42-3, then he handed off to Williams for a 56-yard touchdown run before stepping aside with his team up 49-3.
Louisville tacked on a touchdown as backup quarterback Jawon Pass found Dez Fitzpatrick for a 29-yard touchdown pass with 9:49 left.
Syracuse finally reached the end zone with 5:10 remaining on an 8-yard run by Ervin Philips.
Moe Neal was the leading rusher for the Orange with 98 yards.
Mayfield apologizes for antics after No. 4 Oklahoma's win
Saturday, November 18 at 10:16 PM (EST)
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley and standout quarterback Baker Mayfield began postgame comments they made to the media Saturday with apologies after a 41-3 romp over Kansas in Memorial Stadium.
Not because the No. 3 Sooners struggled, though Mayfield passed for a season-low 257 yards and Oklahoma's eight-game streak of 500-yard offensive outputs was halted.
Instead, Mayfield was contrite for his behavior and Riley endorsed that sentiment after the Heisman Trophy hopeful grabbed his crotch on the sideline and yelled while attempting to convey a message to the Jayhawks, a move that was caught by TV cameras.
"I am a competitive player, but what I did was disrespectful and I apologize," Mayfield said. "It's not the example I want to set, it's not the legacy I want to leave at OU. I really do apologize and think about the kids who are watching. It's not something I want to do. To the parents out there, I'm sorry."
Mayfield seemed rattled to an extent by a pregame flap in which he extended his arm to shake hands during the coin toss, but the Kansas captains refused the offer.
The first half then was spotty for the Sooners, who led 7-3 midway through the second quarter before converting an interception linebacker Emmanuel Beal snagged the red zone.
The Sooners, who clinched a berth in the Big 12 championship game by climbing to 10-1 overall and 7-1 in the conference, converted the turnover into a 3-yard touchdown burst by Jordan Smallwood three plays later for a 14-3 margin.
"As soon as he threw the ball, I expected him to catch it, but he tipped it in the air and I thought, 'This is not happening,'" Beal said. "When I look back on it tomorrow, I'll think I could have scored. ... It was pretty good. I took an interception to turn the momentum around for us."
Before that 11-yard scoring drive, the Sooners had gone three-and-out on three straight possessions.
Interestingly, the three captains who represented Kansas at the coin toss were all defenders, including end Dorance Armstrong, who began jawing with Mayfield.
"It wasn't an attack on him personally at all," Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen said. "I respect him. He's obviously a great player. It was more for us personally to kind of put our foot down and kind of get a little bit fired up before the game and let them know that we're here and we're not going to just back down because you're Oklahoma and you're the No. 3-ranked team."
Nonetheless, the loss was the 10th in a row for Kansas (1-10, 0-8), which needs a victory in its season finale at Oklahoma State to avoid a second winless Big 12 season in three years under coach David Beaty.
Mayfield was also a victim of a late hit by Jayhawks cornerback Hasan Defense on another Oklahoma touchdown drive late in the second quarter.
"It was a bonehead play by me, something I shouldn't have done," Defense said.
Hard feelings, however, eventually progressed into Mayfield's sideline gesture in the third quarter.
Earlier in the season, Mayfield jammed the Oklahoma school flag at midfield after a victory at Ohio State.
"It was a chippy game and it was chippy from the second that their guys didn't want to shake our hands at the coin toss," Riley said, "but despite all that there was no excuse for it. Baker's a competitive guy. Let his emotions get the best of him. ... We can't have that. We can't do that."
Mayfield, who completed 20 of 30 passes and did not have any interceptions, had been limited to fewer than 300 yards just two other times this season. The Sooners' Rodney Anderson added 77 yards on 16 carries to lead all rushers.
Although the Jayhawks confused the Sooners at times with different defensive looks, they could not get untracked offensively. Kansas generated just 155 yards, the fewest allowed by Oklahoma since a 2015 win at Kansas State.
Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley supplied 123 through the air, going 19 of 34 with the one costly pick by Beal.
The road win was the 16th in a row for the Sooners, the nation's longest streak.
NOTES: Oklahoma fans appeared to outnumber Kansas fans in attendance. None of the three previous Big 12 games at Kansas drew 24,000 in attendance to Memorial Stadium, which lists 50,071 as capacity. ... The Sooners extended their win streak in the series to 13. All of those wins were by at least 15 points. ... Lincoln Riley tied the wins record for a first-year Oklahoma coach, joining Barry Switzer (1973) and Chuck Fairbanks (1967) with 10 victories. ... Earlier in the week, first-year Kansas chancellor Douglas Girod reiterated his support for athletic director Sheahon Zenger and coach David Beaty, making it probable the Jayhawks will be under the same leadership next season.
|San Jose State||14||vs.||42||Colorado State|
|Texas Southern||24||vs.||10||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|
Senior RBs help No. 7 Georgia triumph in home finale
Saturday, November 18 at 8:55 PM (EST)
ATHENS, Ga. -- Nick Chubb had several reasons for deciding to come back to Georgia for his senior year.
One was to help give this year's crop of seniors a sendoff they wouldn't forget. Saturday's 42-13 rout of Kentucky certainly qualified.
"It's a great feeling," Chubb said. "Just to finish, get the win ... it's something to look back and cherish. It's a great feeling."
The good times may not be over yet.
Georgia (10-1, 7-1 SEC) still has plenty to play for, including a likely trip to the College Football Playoffs if it can win at Georgia Tech on Saturday and beat either Auburn or Alabama in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.
Chubb and fellow senior running back Sony Michel both deserve a tip of the cap for Saturday's win.
The seniors made their final home game a memorable one, with Chubb rushing for 151 yards and two scores, while Michel added 87 yards and three touchdowns.
"Georgia is known for running the ball and it was amazing the success we had today," said Michel, who like Chubb, decided to play his senior season in Athens instead of leaving early for the NFL.
"We planned on winning every game. That didn't happen, but sitting here now, this is just the kind of season we were hoping for."
Chubb and Michel were simply too much for Kentucky (7-4, 4-4) to handle.
Leading 28-13 after an 8-yard scamper by Michel, Chubb ripped off a 55-yard touchdown before Michel's 4-yard run -- his third score of the night -- accounted for the final score.
"You have to tackle," Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen said. "You have to hit them hard. Arm tackles aren't going to work against them and we did a lot of arm tackling today. We have to work on that a little bit more and get more physical next week."
Quarterback Jake Fromm accounted for Georgia's other touchdown with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Javon Wims in the second quarter.
Wims finished with a team-high six catches for 83 yards. Fromm completed 9 of 14 passes for 123 yards with the touchdown and one interception before being replaced by Jacob Eason late in the fourth quarter.
"What a great way for these seniors to go out -- winning the SEC East by going undefeated against the East," Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart said. "Our seniors have given us tremendous leadership, and I'm happy and proud of them. Our seniors have set the standard and our young players have bought in. It helps to have such great leadership."
Running back Benny Snell accounted for most of Kentucky's offense, rushing for 94 yards and scoring the team's only touchdown on a 1-yard run in the third.
"They put pressure on us all night, in all phases," Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said. "It's a very physical team, it's very well-coached, and they played like a No. 1 team in the country tonight."
The Bulldogs outgained Kentucky 504-261, sacking quarterback Stephen Johnson three times and intercepting him once, courtesy of Aaron Davis in the third quarter.
"They did a lot of things we knew they were going to do," Johnson said. "We saw the same thing against Mississippi State, Florida's defense as well. You have to give credit to those guys because they came to play.
Georgia led 21-6 at the half, helped by Chubb and Michel scoring on runs of 8 and 37 yards.
Kentucky's six points came on field goals of 37 and 35 yards by Austin MacGinnis before closing to 21-13 early in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by Snell. The Wildcats would get no closer.
"We kind of held them pretty good in the run game because those ones they kept bouncing," linebacker Davin Bellamy said. "Once we started fitting those right, everything was cool."
NOTES: Georgia QB Jake Fromm set a school freshman record with his 17th touchdown pass. ... Chubb's 151 yards pushed him over the 1,000-yard mark for the third time in his career. ... Kentucky RB Benny Snell's third-quarter touchdown was the 29th of his career, extending his school record for rushing scores.
|Kansas State||45||vs.||40||Oklahoma State||Recap|
Pringle fuels Kansas St. to upset of No. 13 Okla. St.
Saturday, November 18 at 9:32 PM (EST)
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State entered Saturday's game against Kansas State with all the notable stars.
The Wildcats exited with the notable win.
Kansas State stunned the No. 13-ranked Cowboys with a 45-40 win before a crowd of 56,790 at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Wide receiver Byron Pringle outshined Oklahoma State's standouts in his biggest day as a Wildcat, catching three long touchdown passes and returning a kickoff 89 yards for another score.
Skylar Thompson, in his second start at quarterback, produced through the air and on the ground. And it all added up to a critical win that made Kansas State (6-5, 4-4 Big 12) bowl eligible for the eighth straight season.
"Defense had a role in it," Wildcats coach Bill Snyder said. "Offense had a role in it. Special teams had a role in it. We can be a decent football team when we play well on all three sides of the ball."
Oklahoma State fell to 8-3 and 5-3, with all its losses coming at home, and had its faint hope of advancing to the Big 12 championship game ended.
"It sucks," said Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph. "It's not fun. But we'll turn it around and come back focused."
The Cowboys were a near three-touchdown favorite, matching an offense that featured the Big 12 leaders in passing, rushing and receiving against a Kansas State attack down to its third-team quarterback in the redshirt freshman Thompson.
But it was the Wildcats who were dynamic, at least on this day.
Thompson threw for 204 yards and three scores on 10-of-13 passing, and Pringle posted career-bests for receiving yards (166) and touchdowns. Pringle's kickoff return for a score was the second of his career and came with D.J. Reed -- the Big 12 leader in kickoff returns -- out with an undisclosed injury.
"I thought Skylar did awful well," Snyder said. "We only threw 13 passes and still we were able to get the ball downfield. That was the important thing. So we got some big plays.
"Pringle had a role in that in not only the kick return, but the catches that he made and the routes that he ran in order to get himself open."
Rudolph struggled through an off day for much of the afternoon, tossing two interceptions, clouding a 425-yard, three-touchdown passing effort.
Running back Justice Hill went for 91 yards on the ground but was mostly neutralized when the Cowboys were forced into rally mode early in the second half. Receiver James Washington turned eight catches into 159 yards and two touchdowns, but saw Pringle make the bigger plays on his turf with 166 yards and four total scores.
"(Byron's) been up and down, but he got to do some great things today," said Wildcats offensive tackle Dalton Risner, "and it's all stuff we knew he could do and it's all things he knew he could do. "It's all just getting the right opportunity at the right time and making it happen."
Kansas State, already up 28-13 at the half, scored the first two touchdowns of the third quarter, both Thompson-to-Pringle connections. They hooked up for scores of 46 and 60 yards, expanding the Wildcats' lead to 42-13.
The Cowboys closed the gap late, with Rudolph directing three fourth-quarter scoring drives, and they even had the ball with 2:16 remaining and a chance to win, yet couldn't pull off the comeback.
"We've got to show up and start faster," said Oklahoma State offensive tackle Zach Crabtree. "You can't start slow at this level. It doesn't matter who you play, because everybody is good enough to beat you."
Taking advantage of big plays and Rudolph mistakes, Kansas State owned a 28-13 halftime lead.
Thompson put his stamp all over the game-opening drive, carrying six times for 65 yards, including the final 5 for a touchdown to complete a 71-yard march.
The Cowboys tied it at 7 when Rudolph connected with Washington on a 38-yard scoring pass later in the first quarter. But Oklahoma State settled for field goals on its other two trips into the red zone, and Rudolph tossed back-to-back interceptions in the second quarter.
Kansas State, meanwhile, was busy scoring touchdowns.
Thompson hit Pringle on a 47-yard scoring pass to push the Wildcats on top 14-10. Then after the second field goal by Cowboys kicker Matt Ammendola, Pringle scooted 89 yards on the kickoff return to push Kansas State's lead to 21-13.
Rudolph's two interceptions followed, before running back Alex Barnes romped 39 yards for a touchdown to extend the Wildcats' lead to 28-13.
NOTES: Kansas State hadn't won in Stillwater since 1999, a span of five visits, although the games had been close, with the five Oklahoma State wins coming by a total of 19 points. ... Kansas State was without two key players due to injuries. CB D.J. Reed, the team's top cover man and a dynamic return man, did not play due to an unspecified injury. WR Dalton Schoen, the Wildcats' second-leading receiver, suffered a broken collarbone against West Virginia last week and did not play. ... The Cowboys were without starting DT Darrion Daniels, who was on the sideline with his right arm in a sling.
Duke runs past Georgia Tech to end skid
Saturday, November 18 at 7:05 PM (EST)
Senior running back Shaun Wilson caught two touchdown passes and threw for a score as Duke snapped a six-game losing streak by winning its home finale, defeating Georgia Tech 43-20 on Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.
By scoring the game's final 30 points, Duke (5-6, 2-5 ACC) kept alive its hopes for a bowl bid going into its regular-season finale at Wake Forest.
Georgia Tech (5-5, 4-4) was unable to build on its upset of Virginia Tech a week earlier. It finishes the regular season at Georgia.
Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall ran for 140 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries and threw a touchdown pass.
Wilson ran for 73 yards on 11 carries. That helped Duke hold a 317-277 advantage in rushing yards.
Wilson's 4-yard pass to tight end with 13:57 remaining pushed Duke's lead to 36-20. Quarterback Daniel Jones then ran for a 32-yard touchdown.
Duke took its first lead at 27-20 on Jones' 16-yard pass to Wilson on the opening drive of the third quarter. Austin Parker's 25-yard field goal made it a 10-point lead with 5:17 left in the third quarter.
The game was tied at 20 at halftime.
Marshall threw 35 yards to Qua Searcy on a third-down pass to open the scoring midway through the first quarter.
Parker kicked a 30-yard field goal, but Georgia Tech went up 14-3 on J.J. Green's 3-yard run.
Duke countered when Wilson scored on an 11-yard screen pass from Jones. Parker added a 25-yard field goal following Victor Dimukeje's interception.
Marshall's 8-yard run with 2:09 to play in the first half pushed the Yellow Jackets to a 20-13 edge, with the extra-point kick blocked.
Duke responded and, aided by a fourth-down pickup and a pass interference penalty, scored on Brittain Brown's 2-yard run with 26 seconds left in the half.
|Idaho State||7||vs.||35||Weber State|
Franks, defense fuel Florida in rout of UAB
Saturday, November 18 at 8:00 PM (EST)
Feleipe Franks threw two touchdown passes and Florida's defense dominated in a 36-7 win over Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.
Eddy Pineiro kicked five field goals, including two from over 50 yards. Lamical Perine had a 15-yard touchdown run for the Gators, who snapped a five-game losing streak and won for the first time under interim coach Randy Shannon.
UAB quarterback A.J. Erdely threw a 74-yard touchdown to Xavier Ubosi in the fourth quarter, but mustered very little else on offense.
Florida held the Blazers to 180 total yards and forced three turnovers.
Franks completed 15 of 30 passes for 152 yards with touchdown passes to C'yontai Lewis and DeAndre Goolsby.
Perine finished with 86 yards on 20 carries, and Adarius Lemons added 89 yards on the ground for the Gators, who rushed for 257 yards.
The Gators (4-6) will look to end a disappointing season on a positive note, when the Florida State Seminoles visit the Swamp next weekend.
Florida parted ways with coach Jim McElwain in late October. Shannon, the Gators' defensive coordinator, has filled in on an interim basis, while the coaching search continues.
Despite the loss, the Blazers (7-4) are headed to a bowl game just two years after the program disbanded. It's been a remarkable story for UAB and coach Bill Clark, but little went their way against the Gators on Saturday.
Barkley gets hot as No. 10 Penn State beats Nebraska
Saturday, November 18 at 8:22 PM (EST)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Saquon Barkley collected 224 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns as No. 10 Penn State beat Nebraska 56-44 in its final home game of the season Saturday afternoon.
Barkley, slowed in recent weeks after a strong start to the season, rushed 17 times for 158 yards and three scores, and caught six passes for 66 yards, helping the Lions improve to 9-2 and 6-2 in the Big Ten.
PSU, which closes out the regular season next week at Maryland, generated its most points since it put up 63 against Illinois in 2005.
Trace McSorley clicked on 24 of 36 passes for 325 yards and three scores, two to tight end Mike Gesicki. McSorley also rushed nine times for 46 yards and a TD.
Barkley, who rushed 14 times for 142 yards and three scores in the first half, surpassed 1,000 yards on the ground for the third straight season, just the second player in school history to do that. He also broke PSU's career record for rushing touchdowns. He has 39, one more than Lydell Mitchell, the previous record-holder.
McSorley went 18 of 28 for 259 yards and two TDs in the first half, when the Lions built a 42-10 lead.
Tanner Lee threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns for Nebraska (4-7, 3-5).
Barkley gave the Lions the lead 57 seconds into the game when he broke off a 65-yard touchdown run, but Nebraska took advantage of two Penn State special-teams breakdowns to reel off 10 straight points.
A short punt by the Huskers' Caleb Lightbourn bounced off the Lions' Zech McPhearson and was recovered by Marquel Dismuke, setting up Drew Brown's 28-yard field goal.
Then, with PSU backed up at its own 18, Blake Gillikin's 18-yard punt gave Nebraska the ball at the Lions' 36. Lee's completions of 17 yards to JD Spielman and 18 yards to Stanley Morgan Jr. set up a 1-yard TD run by Devine Ozigbo.
The Lions answered with touchdowns on their next five possessions, all of them on drives that consumed at least 65 yards.
First McSorley's 43-yard pass to Juwan Johnson led to Barkley's 1-yard plunge, putting PSU ahead to stay at 14-10. Then Barkley jump-started an eight-play, 85-yard march with a 30-yard run; McSorley ended the drive with a 9-yard run.
The Lions' 42 points at the break was their highest in a first half since they put up 56 at Illinois in 2005.
Nebraska cut the gap to 42-24 with two third-quarter touchdowns, on a 24-yard run by Mikale Wilbon and Lee's 22-yard pass to De'Mornay Pierson-El, but McSorley found Gesicki for a 17-yard TD just over a minute into the fourth quarter, and backup QB Tommy Stevens hit Nick Bowers for a 15-yard score.
The Huskers notched three TDs in the final 6:32, including Lee's 3-yard pass to Jack Stoll on the game's final play.
NOTES: Penn State RB Saquon Barkley and QB Trace McSorley became the first Lions to score 10 rushing touchdowns apiece since Daryll Clark and Evan Royster did so in 2008. ... Lions TE Mike Gesicki had four catches for 47 yards and two scores. His 1,376 career receiving yards are an all-time record for a PSU tight end, eclipsing the previous mark of 1,343, set by Ted Kwalick (1966-68). Gesicki's 13 career TDs are also a record for someone at his position. ... Penn State WR Juwan Johnson finished with five catches for 105 yards, the first 100-yard game of his career. ... PSU was again without OT Ryan Bates and DE Ryan Buchholz, each of whom missed his third straight game with a leg injury. Both were injured in the Oct. 28 loss at Ohio State. ... The Lions were also without LB Manny Bowen for the second straight week. He violated a team rule, according to coach James Franklin. ... QB Tanner Lee started for Nebraska despite suffering a head injury last week against Minnesota that resulted in his placement in the concussion protocol. ... Lions S Troy Apke was ejected after being penalized for targeting with 7:36 left in the game. ... PSU honored its 23 seniors before the game. ...The announced crowd was 106,722, despite intermittent showers.
|Stephen F. Austin||21||vs.||38||Northwestern State|
No. 17 Michigan St. weathers conditions to beat Maryland
Saturday, November 18 at 9:52 PM (EST)
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Wet, miserable conditions make Michigan State unbeatable.
For the fourth time during the Big Ten season, the Spartans played in nasty weather. They've won every time, including their 17-7 victory over Maryland on Saturday at Spartan Stadium.
"We scratch and claw for wins," coach Mark Dantonio said.
LJ Scott rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown, as a combination of rain and snow made conditions treacherous most of the way and forced both teams to rely on their running games. Michigan State outgained Maryland 271-83 on the ground, led by Scott's 29-carry performance.
An early two-touchdown advantage allowed the Spartans to keep pounding away. They also defeated Minnesota, Michigan and Penn State under adverse weather conditions.
"It was critical to our success," Dantonio said.
"We weren't throwing the ball very effectively, obviously. The weather had a lot to do with that. I looked up there when the snow was coming down and it was difficult to even see through the snow. Then, as the game progressed, it became more like we didn't have to take the risk of throwing the football."
The Spartans (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten) bounced back from a 48-3 loss at Ohio State but were officially eliminated from the East Division race by the Buckeyes' win over Illinois on Saturday.
"I didn't know how our guys would respond. What are they going to play for? What's the reason now?" Dantonio said. "Playing for a bowl game is a little bit of an intangible. I'm very proud how we embraced everything."
Spartans quarterback Brian Lewerke rushed for 63 yards on five carries and scored a touchdown. He completed just 2 of 14 pass attempts for 20 yards.
"It definitely wasn't fun," said Lewerke, a Phoenix native. "That was my first snow game I've played in. Probably the coldest game I've played in. It wasn't easy to throw the ball, as my stats show, but we ran the ball really well."
Lorenzo Harrison gained 50 yards on 13 carries and scored the Terrapins' touchdown.
Max Bortenschlager started at quarterback for Maryland (4-7, 2-6) after missing a game with a shoulder injury. He completed 13 of 25 passes for 121 yards. Ryan Brand replaced Bortenschlager for the third quarter but didn't attempt a pass.
The Terrapins, who have lost three straight, are guaranteed a losing record.
"That's horrible for our seniors and the guys playing their last year of college football," Maryland coach DJ Durkin said of losing bowl eligibility. "That's tough because that's the reward you feel like they deserve. Our bowl game will be next week at home (against Penn State)."
Scott gained 36 yards during Michigan State's first possession, which he finished with a 2-yard scoring run. Scott, who had 112 yards by halftime, scored the 23rd rushing touchdown of his career.
Lewerke gave the Spartans a 14-0 lead by scoring on the first play of the second quarter. He faked a handoff, then cut left and slipped past the defense on a third-and-3 from the Maryland 25.
"They ran the ball well, especially early on," Durkin said.
"We solidified some things up. I thought we played good defense the last three quarters. Unfortunately, you've got to play defense for four quarters. We started off 14-0 and that's hard to overcome, no matter who you are playing, especially when you have (tough) weather conditions."
The Spartans squandered a chance to extend the lead in the second quarter after recovering a Bortenschlager fumble deep in Maryland territory. Gerald Holmes fumbled at the Terrapins 1 and cornerback RaVon Davis recovered.
Matt Coghlin's 27-yard field goal late in the third made it 17-0. Coghlin had missed a 32-yarder moments earlier but got a reprieve with a running-into-the-kicker penalty.
With Bortenschlager returning at quarterback early in the fourth, the Terrapins finally broke through with 59-yard drive, capped by Harrison's 4-yard scoring run.
Maryland had a chance to pull closer but Henry Darmstadter missed a 36-yard field goal attempt.
NOTES: Terrapins WR DJ Moore's second-quarter catch extended his receptions streak to 32 games, tops in the Big Ten. ... The Spartans lead the overall series 7-2, including a 5-1 record in East Lansing. ... Maryland and Michigan are the only teams this season to win at least one game with three different starting quarterbacks. ... Michigan State junior RB LJ Scott has rushed for 100 or more yards in eight career games.
Bentley fuels South Carolina in rout of Wofford
Saturday, November 18 at 7:26 PM (EST)
Jake Bentley accounted for three touchdowns as South Carolina cruised to a 31-10 win over Wofford on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.
The sophomore quarterback threw for 194 yards and a touchdown, while finding the end zone twice on the ground as the Gamecocks improved to 8-3.
Wofford got on the board first with a 32-yard field goal by Luke Carter, but the Terriers managed just 86 total yards in the first half (63 rushing, 23 passing).
Bentley gave South Carolina a lead it wouldn't relinquish with a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter. He then hit Bryan Edwards for a 23-yard scoring strike with 55 seconds left as the Gamecocks took a 14-3 lead into the half. Edwards led all receivers with eight catches for 90 yards.
Wofford came out of the break strong, using 10 plays to go 75 yards to trim its deficit to 14-10 on a 1-yard run by halfback Blake Morgan.
Bentley and South Carolina answered with a seven-play, 70-yard drive that culminated with his second 1-yard score of the game, his sixth touchdown on the ground this year.
A.J. Turner led the Gamecocks with 69 rushing yards and put the game out of reach at 31-10 with a 2-yard run with 9:54 to play.
Linebacker Skai Moore snared his third interception on the year, giving the South Carolina senior 14 for his career.
Seven different Terriers rushed for 155 of the team's 227 total yards, led by Lennox McAfee with 49 yards.
The loss is the first on the road in six games this year for Wofford, which clinched a share of the Southern Conference with its win over Virginia Military Institute last week. Mike Ayers' squad finishes the regular season with a 9-2 record.
|Abilene Christian||0||vs.||34||Central Arkansas|
|Northern Arizona||20||vs.||48||Southern Utah|
|New Mexico State||34||vs.||47||Louisiana|
|UC Davis||47||vs.||52||Sacramento State|
|Eastern Illinois||13||vs.||28||Austin Peay|
|Portland State||33||vs.||59||Eastern Washington|
|Army West Point||49||vs.||52||North Texas|