No. 1 Alabama, Tago­v­ailoa dom­i­nate against No. 4 LSU

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Tua Tago­v­ailoa threw two touch­down passes and ran 44 yards for a score in his tough­est test this sea­son, vis­it­ing Alabama’s de­fense sti­fled No. 4 LSU, and the topranked Crim­son Tide re­mained un­beaten with a 29-0 vic­tory Satur­day night.

Tago­v­ailoa took the field wear­ing a brace on his right knee, threw his first in­ter­cep­tion of the sea­son late in the first half and also played into the fourth quar­ter for the first time this sea­son. He was 25-of-42 pass­ing for 295 yards and moved as well as he needed to, par­tic­u­larly when he sprinted up the mid­dle on his TD run in the third quar­ter to give Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC) a 22-0 lead.

LSU (7-2, 4-2) en­tered with a chance to take con­trol of the SEC Western Divi­sion with a vic­tory, but that be­gan to look less likely with ev­ery pos­ses­sion.

Tigers quar­ter­back Joe Bur­row com­pleted 18 of 35 passes for 184 yards. He was sacked five times and threw an in­ter­cep­tion in the end zone late by line­backer Mack Wil­son.

Alabama fin­ished with a 576-196 ad­van­tage in to­tal yards and spent 35:18 in pos­ses­sion of the ball. #2 Clem­son 77, Louisville 16: Travis Eti­enne ran for 153 yards and two touch­downs and 350-pound de­fen­sive tackle Dex­ter Lawrence added a 2-yard scor­ing burst as the host Tigers (6-0 ACC) im­proved to 9-0 for the third time in four sea­sons by beat­ing the Car­di­nals (2-7, 0-6). #3 Notre Dame 31, North­west­ern 21: Ian Book threw two touch­down passes and ran 23 yards for a score in the clos­ing min­utes to lead the vis­it­ing Ir­ish (9-0), who re­mained in line for a Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off spot. The Wild­cats (5-4) had won four in a row to grab the Big Ten West lead.

#5 Michi­gan 42, #14 Penn State 7: Shea Pat­ter­son ac­counted for three touch­downs and the host Wolver­ines (8-1, 6-0 Big Ten) moved a step closer to their goals of win­ning a con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship for the first time since 2004 and earn­ing their first spot in the play­offs. The Nit­tany Lions (6-3, 3-3) scored with 1:59 left to avoid get­ting shut out for the first time since 2001 against Michi­gan.

#6 Ge­or­gia 34, #11 Ken­tucky 17: D’An­dre Swift ran for 156 yards and two touch­downs on 16 car­ries against the Wild­cats’ vaunted de­fense and the vis­it­ing Bull­dogs (8-1, 6-1) wrapped up their sec­ond straight SEC East ti­tle. Ken­tucky (7-2, 5-2) hadn’t al­lowed any­one to ex­ceed 20 points all year.

#7 Ok­la­homa 51, Texas Tech 46: Kyler Mur­ray re­cov­ered from two early in­ter­cep­tions that led to a two-touch­down deficit, throw­ing for 360 yards and three TDs and run­ning for 100 yards and an­other score to rally the vis­it­ing Soon­ers (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) past the Red Raiders (5-4, 3-3).

#8 Ohio State 36, Ne­braska 31: J.K. Dob­bins ran for three touch­downs and Dwayne Hask­ins Jr. passed for two more scores to help the host Buck­eyes (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) win for the first time in three weeks. Adrian Martinez threw for 266 yards and a touch­down and rushed for two scores for the Corn­huskers (2-7, 1-5).

#12 West Vir­ginia 42, #15 Texas 41: Will Grier threw a 33-yard touch­down pass to Gary Jen­nings with 16 sec­onds left, then ran in the two-point con­ver­sion to give the vis­it­ing Moun­taineers (7-1, 5-1 Big 12) a win over the Longhorns (6-3, 4-2). Mis­souri 38, #13 Florida 17: Drew Lock picked apart the Ga­tors’ de­fense for the sec­ond straight year, throw­ing three touch­down passes to lead the vis­it­ing Tigers (5-4, 1-4 SEC) past Florida (6-3, 4-3). Lock com­pleted 24 of 32 passes for 250 yards. Florida coach Dan Mullen benched quar­ter­back Feleipe Franks late in the third quar­ter — the home crowd cheered wildly — and backup Kyle Trask promptly directed a 75-yard touch­down drive on which he con­verted two fourth downs.

SMU 45, #17 Hous­ton 31: Ben Hicks threw for 318 yards and four touch­downs and the host Mus­tangs (4-5, 3-2 Amer­i­can) beat the Cougars (7-2, 4-1), the sec­ond time in three years SMU has de­feated at ranked Hous­ton squad.

Pur­due 38, #19 Iowa 36: Spencer Evans made a 25-yard field goal with eight sec­onds left as the host Boil­er­mak­ers (5-4, 4-2 Big Ten) beat the Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-3). With its fifth win in six games, in­clud­ing three against ranked teams, Pur­due moved within one game of West Divi­sion leader North­west­ern.

#21 Mis­sis­sippi State 45, Louisiana Tech 3: Nick Fitzger­ald threw for 243 yards and four touch­downs and the host Bull­dogs (6-3) trounced Louisiana Tech (6-3).

#22 Syra­cuse 41, Wake For­est 24: Eric Dungey — whose av­er­age of 294.1 to­tal yards per game ranks sec­ond in the ACC — was 23 of 35 pass­ing for 157 yards and also ran for 119 yards, in­clud­ing a 26-yard score, to help the vis­it­ing Or­ange (7-2, 4-2) beat the De­mon Dea­cons (4-5, 1-4). It was Syra­cuse’s first win as a Top 25 team since 2001.

#24 Bos­ton Col­lege 31, Vir­ginia Tech 21: Travis Levy ran for two touch­downs and the vis­it­ing Ea­gles (7-2, 4-1 ACC) lim­ited the Hok­ies (4-4, 3-2) to 32 yards in the third quar­ter and erased a 14-7 deficit with 21 straight points af­ter half­time.

Auburn 28, #25 Texas A&M 24: Seth Wil­liams caught an 11-yard touch­down pass from Jar­rett Stid­ham with 1:41 left and the host Tigers (6-3, 3-3 SEC) ral­lied with a 14-point out­burst over the fi­nal 5:14 to beat the Ag­gies (5-4, 3-3).

JU­NIOR COL­LEGES

CCSF 62, Santa Rosa 14: The Rams (7-2, 3-1 Bay 6) re­mained in con­tention for a con­fer­ence ti­tle with strong per­for­mances from De­Shawn Collins (168 rush­ing yards, two touch­downs), Frank Hall (146 yards re­ceiv­ing, TD) and Jack New­man (257 yards pass­ing, two touch­downs). CCSF re­turned three in­ter­cep­tions for touch­downs against vis­it­ing Santa Rosa (5-4, 2-2). CCSF vis­its San Ma­teo (7-2, 4-0) on Satur­day in the Bay 6 fi­nale with a share of the con­fer­ence ti­tle at stake.

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