No. 6 Oklahoma wins battle with Cowboys
NORMAN, Okla. — Kyler Murray passed for 349 yards and ran for 66 and No. 6 Oklahoma survived a late two-point conversion attempt to beat Oklahoma State 48-47 on Saturday.
Taylor Cornelius connected with Tylan Wallace on a 24-yard TD pass to cut Oklahoma’s lead to one with 1:03 to play. Oklahoma State went for two, but Cornelius threw short and into coverage, and the pass fell incomplete. Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 6 CFP) recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
Kennedy Brooks ran for 165 yards and three touchdowns, Trey Sermon ran for 120 yards and two scores and Marquise Brown caught eight passes for 142 yards and a score for the Sooners.
Cornelius passed for a career-high 501 yards and three touchdowns for the Cowboys (5-5, 2-5). Wallace caught 10 passes for 220 yards and two scores. Chuba Hubbard ran for 104 yards and three scores, but he lost a critical fumble in the fourth quarter.
Brooks had a 5-yard touchdown on the last play of the third quarter to give Oklahoma a 41-35 lead. Hubbard scored with 12:20 to play, but Matt Ammendola missed the extra point, leaving it tied at 41.
With Oklahoma State driving for the lead, Hubbard fumbled, and Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray recovered with 6:09 to play. Oklahoma took advantage when Trey Sermon powered in from the 1 with 3:29 left.
No. 1 Alabama 24 No. 18 Mississippi State 0
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Josh Jacobs ran for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass and Alabama had its second straight shutout.
With quarterback Tua Tagovailoa still battling a gimpy right knee, the Crimson Tide (10-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 1 CFP) turned to defense for another vintage performance.
The offense raced to a fast start but mostly stalled from there against the Bulldogs (6-4, 2-4) and the nation’s No. 2 scoring defense.
Tagovailoa started the fourth quarter on a stationary bike after getting his right knee checked out in the medical tent following a hard hit. He didn’t return and wasn’t needed.
Fresh from a 29-0 victory over No. 9 LSU, the Tide defense hasn’t allowed a point in nine-plus quarters. Alabama had five sacks and Mississippi State had four in a rough day for both quarterbacks.
No. 4 Michigan 42, Rutgers 7
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Shea Patterson threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns, Karan Higdon had two 1-yard scoriung runs and Michigan kept its national championship hopes intact.
The Wolverines (9-1, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) have won nine straight and remain in first place in the conference’s East Division. They have a final tuneup against Indiana next week at the Big House before closing the regular season at No. 8 Ohio State.
Rutgers (1-9, 0-7) didn’t have a yard passing until the third quarter.
No. 7 West Virginia 47, TCU 10
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Will Grier threw three touchdown passes for West Virginia.
Chasing a berth in the Big 12 championship game, West Virginia (8-1, 6-1, No. 9 CFP) had no trouble against the injury-riddled Horned Frogs (4-6, 2-5).
Grier was 25-of-39 for 343 yards. TCU was held to a season-low 222 yards of offense, the third time in four games it has had fewer than 300.
No. 8 Ohio State 26 No. 24 Michigan State 6
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Drue Chrisman kept Michigan State pinned back with a sensational second half of punting, and Ohio State eventually pulled away.
The Buckeyes (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP) enjoyed a huge advantage in field position during the second half. Chrisman’s punts forced Michigan State (6-4, 4-3, No. 18) to start its first five drives after halftime from its own 5, 6, 3, 1 and 2-yard line.
On the fourth of those possessions, the Spartans had to punt from their own end zone. They took a safety that appeared intentional, giving Ohio State a 9-6 lead. The ensuing free kick went out of bounds, giving the Buckeyes the ball at the 50, and then Chrisman pinned Michigan State back again.
Ohio State capitalized on that punt when a shotgun snap by Michigan State hit the man in motion. Dre’Mont Jones recovered the fumble in the end zone, giving Ohio State a 16-6 advantage.
No. 10 Washington State 31 Colorado 7
BOULDER, Colo. — Gardner Minshew II overcame a slow start and three fourth-down failures to lead Washington State past nosediving Colorado.
The Cougars (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12, No. 8 CFP) won their sixth straight, but it wasn’t as easy as expected against the Buffaloes (5-5, 2-5), who lost their fifth straight despite the return of star receiver Laviska Shenault Jr.
Minshew was 35-of-58 for 335 yards and two TDs. He had a 10-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
No. 11 UCF 35, Navy 24
ORLANDO, Fla. — McKenzie Milton threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, helping UCF extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 22 games.
Milton completed 17-of-21 passes without an interception, and the Knights (9-0, 6-0 American Athletic Conference, No. 12 CFP) remained one of four unbeaten teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Navy (2-8, 1-5) has lost seven straight.
Tennessee 24, No. 12 Kentucky 7
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jarrett Guarantano threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Callaway on the final play of the first half and Darrell Taylor had four sacks for Tennessee.
Taylor also forced and recovered a fumble to help Tennessee (5-5, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) beat Kentucky (7-3, 5-3, No. 11 CFP) at Neyland Stadium for a 17th straight time.
Guarantano was 12-of-20 for 197 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown pass to Dominick Wood-Anderson that extended Tennessee’s advantage to 24-0 in the third quarter.
No. 14 Utah State 62 San Jose State 24
LOGAN, Utah — Jordan Love threw for a career-high 491 yards and five touchdowns on 32-of-42 passing in just three quarters, and Utah State totaled 804 yards in offense.
Love’s 491 passing yards were the thirdhighest single game total for a Utah State quarterback. Darwin Thompson had 140 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries along with 115 yards and a pair of scores on four receptions for the Aggies (9-1, 6-0 Mountain West).
No. 19 Florida 35, South Carolina 31
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Feleipe Franks silenced the home crowd twice after touchdown runs, seemingly sending a message after getting benched last week and booed earlier in the game, and Florida rallied to beat South Carolina to end a two-game losing streak.
Franks dived across the goal line on a fourth-down play from inside the 1 with 4:09 to play, putting the Gators (7-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference, No. 15 CFP) ahead for the first time. Florida overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half to beat the Gamecocks (5-4, 4-4).
No. 23 Iowa State 28, Baylor 14
AMES, Iowa — Brock Purdy threw for a touchdown and ran for another score, and Iowa State topped Baylor after a skirmish in the third quarter.
Iowa State star David Montgomery and Baylor linebacker Greg Roberts were ejected after throwing punches at each other early in the third quarter. The Cyclones and Bears (5-5, 3-4) nearly came to blows when a previous play ended up spilling over onto Iowa State’s bench. The bad blood hung around, and the teams nearly staged a full-on brawl that saw Roberts slap Montgomery on the helmet, prompting Montgomery to swing back.
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