Down­ward Dawgs

No. 10 Auburn smoth­ers No. 2 Ge­or­gia in 40-17 vic­tory

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - OU POSTGAME -

AUBURN, ALA. — Ker­ryon John­son ran for 167 yards and caught a 55-yard touch­down pass from Jar­rett Stid­ham and No. 10 Auburn smoth­ered No. 2 Ge­or­gia’s run­ning game in a 40-17 vic­tory Satur­day.

The Tigers (8-2, 6-1 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) re­mained in West­ern Divi­sion and po­ten­tially play­off con­tention after snap­ping a three-year los­ing streak to one of their top ri­vals.

The Bull­dogs (9-1, 6-1) came in with the top spot in the play­off rank­ings and could get a re­match if Auburn can beat No. 1 Alabama in two weeks.

No. 1 Alabama 31, No. 18 Mis­sis­sippi State 24

Jalen Hurts hit DeVonta Smith for a 26-yard touch­down pass with 25 sec­onds re­main­ing to lift No. 1 Alabama over No. 18 Mis­sis­sippi State 31-24 on Satur­day night.Alabama (10-0, 7-0 SEC, CFP No. 2) won its 10th straight game against Mis­sis­sippi State, but this one was much more dif­fi­cult than most of the oth­ers.

Mis­sis­sippi State (7-3, 3-3, CFP No. 16) pushed ahead 24-17 early in the fourth quar­ter on Jace Christ­mann’s 25-yard field goal, but Alabama re­sponded to tie it at 24 when Damien Har­ris ran for a 14-yard score with 9:49 left. Alabama had a chance to take the lead with about two min­utes left, but a 40-yard field goal at­tempt by Andy Pap­panas­tos banged off the left up­right a

No. 4 Clem­son 31, Florida State 14

Travis Eti­enne ran for 97 yards and two touch­downs, in­clud­ing a 1-yard burst with 3:05 left, and Clem­son won the ACC At­lantic Divi­sion with a vic­tory over Florida State.

The Tigers (9-1, 7-1, No. 4 CFP) and their dom­i­nant de­fense looked to have this one wrapped up when they opened a 17-0 lead with two min­utes left in the third quar­ter. But the Semi­noles (3-6, 3-5) ral­lied on Jac­ques Pa­trick’s 9-yard scor­ing run and a dou­ble flea-flicker for a 60-yard TD catch by tight end Ryan Izzo.

No. 6 Wis­con­sin 38, No. 25 Iowa 14 Re­ceiver Ken­dric Pryor scored twice, and Wis­con­sin re­lied on sti­fling de­fense to over­come four turnovers and Iowa cor­ner­back Josh Jack­son’s two touch­downs.

No. 11 Ohio State 48, No. 13 Michi­gan State 3

J.T. Bar­rett threw two touch­down passes and ran for two more scores, Mike We­ber ran for 162 yards and two scores and Ohio State bounced back from a de­flat­ing loss last week to rout Michi­gan State. The Buck­eyes (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten, CFP No. 13) scored on five of their first six pos­ses­sions, led 35-3 at the half and cruised the rest of the way to claim sole pos­ses­sion of first place in the Big Ten East.

No. 14 UCF 49, UConn 24

Otis An­der­son ran for 84 yards and two touch­downs, McKen­zie Mil­ton passed for 311 yards and Cen­tral Florida pulled away from UConn.

An­der­son had a 3-yard touch­down run in the first quar­ter and helped the un­de­feated Knights (9-0,

6-0 Amer­i­can Athletic Con­fer­ence, CFP, No. 18) break it open with a 65-yard touch­down run, mak­ing it 35-17 with 14:11 left.

No. 15 South­ern Cal 38, Colorado 24

Sam Darnold threw two TD passes and ran for an­other score, Ajene Har­ris in­ter­cepted two passes, in­clud­ing one he re­turned for a score, and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia beat Colorado to wrap up the Pac-12 South ti­tle.

No. 16 Penn State 35, Rut­gers 6

Trace McSor­ley ac­counted for 258 to­tal yards and three touch­downs and Penn State routed Rut­gers after a two-loss stretch.

Ge­or­gia Tech 28,

No. 17 Vir­ginia Tech 22

TaQuon Mar­shall got two long touch­down passes out of his only com­ple­tions, in­clud­ing an 80-yarder to Ricky Je­une with 6 ½ min­utes re­main­ing, and Ajani Kerr swat­ted away a fourth-pass in the end zone to pre­serve Ge­or­gia Tech’s up­set.

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No. 21 Michi­gan 35, Mary­land 10

Bran­don Peters threw two touch­down passes, Chris Evans ran for two scores and Michi­gan dom­i­nated Mary­land in the first half.

The Wolver­ines (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) have won three straight.

The Ter­rap­ins (4-6, 2-5) have lost five of six. Be­fore the sec­ond quar­ter was half­way over, Michi­gan had a 28-0 lead thanks to Peters’ pass­ing and some mad­cap mis­cues by Mary­land.

[CUR­TIS COMPTON/AT­LANTA JOUR­NAL-CON­STI­TU­TION VIA THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS]

Ge­or­gia tail­back Sony Michel stands on the side­lines watch­ing while Auburn scores a touch­down in the third quar­ter of an NCAA col­lege football game Satur­day at Jor­dan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.

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