Navy pulls off up­set of No. 6 Hous­ton

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Will Worth and Navy stunned No. 6 Hous­ton, romp­ing to a 46-40 vic­tory Satur­day that se­ri­ously dam­aged the Cougars’ play­off hopes.

AN­NAPO­LIS, MD. >> Will Worth and Navy stunned No. 6 Hous­ton, romp­ing to a 46-40 vic­tory Satur­day that se­ri­ously dam­aged the Cougars’ play­off hopes.

Worth ran for 115 yards and threw two scor­ing passes for the Mid­ship­men (4-1, 3-0 Amer­i­can Ath­letic). Navy hadn’t beaten a Top 10 team since 1984, when it topped then-No. 2 South Carolina in An­napo­lis.

Streams of the Navy Bri­gade stormed the field to sur­round the play­ers, most of them jump­ing for joy.

Hous­ton (5-1, 2-1) had won 19 of its last 20 games, in­clud­ing a 52-31 blowout of Navy last year. But the Cougars couldn’t get into the end zone of­ten enough de­spite com­pil­ing a whop­ping 484 yards in of­fense.

Hous­ton’s Greg Ward Jr. went 32 for 50 for 359 yards and three touch­downs. He also ran for 94 yards and a score, but the Cougars never led after go­ing up 20-17 in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Navy won with a pre­cise triple-op­tion at­tack that shred­ded the na­tion’s topranked rush­ing de­fense. The Mid­ship­men came in as a 17-point un­der­dog.

Hous­ton’s slop­pi­est per­for­mance of the sea­son came in a driv­ing rain. The Cougars com­mit­ted three turnovers and gave up more points than in their pre­vi­ous four games com­bined.

Navy fin­ished with 306 yards rush­ing, many of them on pitches from Worth as he sprinted lat­er­ally along the line. Hous­ton was al­low­ing only 42 yards on the ground per game.

Navy scored three touch­downs in the third quar­ter — two of them on passes by Worth, the other on Josiah Pow­ell’s 34-yard in­ter­cep­tions re­turn — to take a 4127 lead.

DAL­LAS >> Dede West­brook had three touch­down catches longer than 40 yards and set an Ok­la­homa record with 232 yards re­ceiv­ing in the Soon­ers’ vic­tory in the Red River ri­valry.

Sa­maje Per­ine ran for 214 yards and two touch­downs on 35 car­ries for the Soon­ers (3-2, 2-0 Big 12), They rolled up 672 to­tal yards against Longhorns coach Char­lie Strong’s be­lea­guered de­fense.

Texas (2-3, 0-2) led after two long TD passes by fresh­man Shane Buechele in the first 4 1/2 min­utes after half­time. But Ok­la­homa went ahead for good when Baker May­field’s 4-yard TD run, right after his 51-yard com­ple­tion to Dahu Green, made it 28-27.

May­field was 22 of 31 or 390 yards and eas­ily made up for two early in­ter­cep­tions. West­brook had TDs of 71, 42 and 47 yards.

Texas A&M 45 Ten­nessee 38, 2OT

COL­LEGE STA­TION, TEXAS >> Trevor Knight had a 1-yard touch­down run in the sec­ond over­time and Texas A&M with­stood an­other late Ten­nessee rally to beat the Vol­un­teers,

After Knight bulled in for the touch­down, Ar­mani Watts in­ter­cepted Joshua Dobbs’ pass on the next play for Ten­nessee’s sev­enth turnover to end the game. The teams ex­changed field goals in the first over­time.

Knight threw for 239 yards and two touch­downs and ran for 110 yards and three more scores.

The Vol­un­teers (5-1, 2-1 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) had ral­lied from dou­bledigit deficits to win four of their last five games, in­clud­ing last week’s last­play vic­tory over Ge­or­gia. They trailed by 21 points in the third quar­ter Satur­day thanks to six turnovers be­fore ty­ing it on Alvin Ka­mara’s 18-yard re­cep­tion with 41 sec­onds left.

Texas A&M (6-0, 4-0) had a chance to win it in reg­u­la­tion, but Daniel LaCam­era’s 38-yard field goal at­tempt sailed wide left.

Ohio State 38 In­di­ana 17

COLUM­BUS, OHIO >> J.T. Bar­rett ran for 137 yards and a touch­down and passed for an­other score for Ohio State.

Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) was forced to rely mostly on its ground game, which ac­counted for 290 yards, and some tough play by its de­fense — in­clud­ing a crit­i­cal fourth-quar­ter stop on its own 4 fol­low­ing Bar­rett’s in­cep­tion — to fend off the Hoosiers (3-2, 1-1).

Ohio State’s de­fense held when it had to, also forc­ing In­di­ana to turn the ball over on downs on the Hoosiers’ own 33 with 5:22 left and the Buck­eyes lead­ing 31-17. Five plays later, Bar­rett hit Don­tre Wil­son with a 37-yard touch­down pass to put the game out of reach.

Safety Ma­lik Hooker sealed the win by pick­ing off Richard Lagow’s pass on In­di­ana’s next se­ries.

Bar­rett was 9 of 23 for 93 yards. He car­ried the ball 26 times.

Vir­ginia Tech 34 North Carolina 3

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. >> Jerod Evans threw for two scores and ran for an­other to help Vir­ginia Tech beat North Carolina in heavy rain and wind from Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

Sam Rogers and Chris Cun­ning­ham had scor­ing catches and the Hok­ies (41, 2-0 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) dom­i­nated the Tar Heels (4-2, 2-1) in a sur­pris­ing romp.

The Hok­ies had their share of weather-re­lated trou­bles, in­clud­ing seven fum­bles, mul­ti­ple bob­bled snaps and a sea­son-low 264 yards. But Bud Fos­ter’s de­fense locked down on the Tar Heels and quar­ter­back Mitch Tru­bisky. UNC failed to score a touch­down for the first time un­der fifthyear coach Larry Fe­dora.

USC 21, Colorado 17

LOS AN­GE­LES >> Tyler Petite caught his sec­ond touch­down pass from Sam Darnold with 8:28 to play, and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia over­came four turnovers to beat Colorado.

Daniel Ima­torb­hebhe also caught a TD pass from Darnold, who passed for 358 yards and three scores along with two fum­bles and an in­ter­cep­tion. USC (3-3, 2-2 Pac-12) shred­ded one of the na­tion’s top de­fenses for 539 yards, but Colorado’s take­aways kept an oth­er­wise one-sided game close.

In the Buf­faloes’ first game as a ranked team since Nov. 7, 2005, re­ceiver Bryce Bobo threw a 67-yard touch­down pass in the third quar­ter and caught a ty­ing TD pass with 10:20 to play.

Colorado (4-2, 2-1) kicked a field goal with 4:49 left after Petite’s tiebreak­ing score, but the Tro­jans coolly ran out the clock.

NICK WASS — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Navy line­backer Josiah Pow­ell re­turns an in­ter­cep­tion for a touch­down dur­ing the sec­ond half against Hous­ton on Satur­day.

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