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
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.