No. 3 Ok­la­homa hit by Cy­clones in ma­jor up­set ... De­fence is dom­i­nant for Clem­son, Penn State, Ge­or­gia ... Ohio State, Auburn roll to vic­tory ... Florida sets record for scor­ing

Sunday Sports - - SPORTS - — with files from AP

It was any­thing but a sleepy Satur­day morn­ing on the NCAA col­lege grid­iron.

Es­pe­cially with the Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5 teams on the go.

And one of those highly ranked pro­grams now finds it­self fight­ing off a night­mare — one that could po­ten­tially have de­stroyed its lofty stand­ing in pur­suit of the na­tional ti­tle.

Thank­fully for the No. 3 Ok­la­homa Soon­ers (5-1), it’s only one loss, but the 38-31 up­set at the hands of the vis­it­ing Iowa State Cy­clones (3-2) now puts the Soon­ers in must-win-out ter­ri­tory for a shot at win­ning the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off Na­tional Cham­pi­onship Tro­phy.

“We should have been bet­ter than that,” Ok­la­homa

Mike de­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor Stoops

said. “Some of the old scars kind of re­peated them­selves (Satur­day). Our ex­e­cu­tion as a whole was not good enough. That falls on us as coaches. We haven’t played well the last cou­ple of weeks. We are just not mak­ing enough plays, and if you do that in this league, you’re go­ing to come out on the short end of the stick.”

It was the first loss for new Ok­la­homa head coach Lin­coln Ri­ley, who took

Bob over for the leg­endary Stoops

in the off-sea­son. And not only does it put a dent in OK’s chances to make the fi­nal four, but it hurts the Heis­man Tro­phy bid of Soon­ers

Baker May­field, quar­ter­back

who passed for 306 yards and rushed for 57 but couldn’t lead the team to the Big 12 tri­umph de­spite be­ing 31-point favourites.

“I think it’s a sense of com­pla­cency,” May­field said. “We’ve been talk­ing about it. It’s not like it’s not been ap­par­ent. We’ve let teams come back in games and give them hope. When you do that to a team that has their backs against the wall — we know ex­actly how it feels — it’s some­thing that you can’t do.”

In­deed, the home side held first- and sec­ond-quar­ter leads of 14-3 and 24-13.

Kyle But red­shirt se­nior QB Kempt

cued the Iowa State come­back with a game-wide 343 yards and three touch­downs, as the visi­tors ral­lied to out-score the much­bal­ly­hooed hosts 25-7 in the sec­ond half. The win­ning con­nec­tion from Kempt to

Allen Lazard re­ceiver cov­ered 25 yards and came with just 2:19 left in the game.

“I don’t think he’s a third­stringer any more,” Cy­clones

Matt Camp­bell head coach

told FOX post-game of Kempt, who had thrown just two passes in his NCAA ca­reer prior to Satur­day.

Kempt got the chance to shine when starter Ja­cob Best took a per­sonal med­i­cal leave ear­lier this week.

It was Iowa State’s first win in Nor­man, Okla., in 27 years and first in the headto-head series in 18. And Ok­la­homa’s na­tion-best 18-game win­ning streak is now his­tory, along with its top-shelf shot at se­cur­ing a spot in the CFP fi­nal four.

“We will (en­joy it),” Camp­bell told FOX. “We’re a young team — we’ve been in a lot of close games. The two we’ve lost (this sea­son) were close losses. We’re try­ing to get this pro­gram to na­tional sta­tus.” Ku­dos went out to Iowa

Joel State’s all-pur­pose se­nior Lan­ning,

who took 57 snaps on de­fence, 13 on of­fence — in­clud­ing as quar­ter­back — and eight more on spe­cial teams in fin­ish­ing with 25 pass­ing yards, 35 rush­ing yards, eight tack­les, a sack and a fum­ble re­cov­ery.

“That just shows you the heart of Joel Lan­ning,” Camp­bell told FOX.


The other early Satur­day games fea­tur­ing top-five teams went as planned for the favourites, es­pe­cially de­fen­sively. That in­cluded a 28-14 win for No. 2 Clem­son (6-0) over vis­it­ing Wake For­est. It was a ninth-straight win for Clem­son in the head-to-head meet­ing of ACC ri­vals, but the de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pi­ons

Kelly Bryant did lose QB

(an­kle) — noth­ing se­ri­ous, ac­cord­ing to head coach Dabo Sweeney

— to in­jury in the third quar­ter. De­fen­sively, the champs held Wake For­est off the scoreboard be­fore two fourth-quar­ter TDs made the game look closer than it was ... No. 4 Penn State (6-0) even­tu­ally ran away from host North­west­ern (2-3) with three ma­jors in the sec­ond half of a 31-7 vic­tory. A game home side shut down Penn State’s vaunted run­ning game early, but Heis­man Tro­phy-fron­trun­ner Saquon Barkley

even­tu­ally found enough rush­ing room to gut out 75 yards, and team­mate

Trace McSor­ley QB tossed for 245 yards on 24-of35 pass­ing ... Host Van­der­bilt (3-3) couldn’t stop the ground at­tack of No. 5 Ge­or­gia (6-5), which rolled up 423 yards in a 45-14 road vic­tory.

Sony Michel RB carved out 150 of those rush­ing yards,

Nick while back­field mate Chubb

added 138 to UGA’s to­tal along the ground. Four other Ge­or­gia weapons ran for at least 28 yards, in­clud­ing start­ing QB, fresh­man Jake Fromm,

who’s guid­ing Kirby Smart’s club to a po­ten­tial SEC end-game show­down with No. 1 Alabama ... ‘Bama (5-0), mean­while, chal­lenged host Texas A&M (4-1) late Satur­day.


The only game Satur­day of ranked teams saw No. 8 TCU (5-0) hold off No. 23 West Vir­ginia (3-2) 31-24 ... No. 10 Ohio State (5-1) has found its groove with a dis­man­tling of a usu­ally game Mary­land crew (3-2) in a Big Ten

JT Bar­rett matchup. QB & Co. had a 34-point half­time lead while the OSU de­fence held Mary­land to just 18 yards in the first half at the Horse­shoe ... No. 12 Auburn (5-1) con­tin­ues to hold its own in the SEC and in a bid for a fi­nal­four berth af­ter 44-23 vic­tory over vis­it­ing Ole Miss (2-3).

Ker­ryon John­son RB ran for a ca­reer-high 204 yards and three TDs for Auburn. Auburn has 144 points in its first three SEC tilts this year, which is a school-best in such a span ... No. 21 Notre Dame

Ian Book (5-1) went with QB

Bran­don over in­jured pivot Wim­bush

in a 33-10 win over host North Carolina (1-5). Book wasn’t spec­tac­u­lar, go­ing 17-of-31 for 146 yards, but man­aged the con­test enough to help put the coun­try on no­tice about Notre Dame’s grow­ing suc­cess.


No. 21 Florida set an NCAA record for scor­ing in its 366th con­sec­u­tive game, break­ing the old mark set by Michi­gan. Florida (3-2) got the mark in a 17-16 SEC loss to vis­it­ing LSU

Sam Eh­linger (4-2) ... got the QB call for Texas against Kansas State in a late Big 12

Shane con­test with starter Buechele

(an­kle) banged up ... To close out Satur­day’s slate, UNLV hosted No. 19 San Diego State in an emo­tion­ally charged af­fair that saw both teams sport hel­met de­cals in sup­port of those who lost their lives in last Sun­day’s hor­rific mass shoot­ing on the Las Ve­gas Strip.


Iowa State wide re­ceiver Allen Lazard (right) catches the game-win­ning touch­down be­tween Ok­la­homa de­fender Jor­dan Thomas (left) last night in Nor­man, Okla.

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