Ok­la­homa sneaks past Cowboys

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NOR­MAN, Okla. (AP) — 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.

NO. 1 ALABAMA 24, NO. 18 MIS­SIS­SIPPI STATE 0 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — 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. (AP) — 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. (AP) — 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. (AP) — 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.

NO. 10 WASH­ING­TON STATE 31,

COLORADO 7 BOUL­DER, Colo. (AP) — Gard­ner Min­shew II over­came a slow start and three fourth-down fail­ures to lead Wash­ing­ton State past nose-div­ing 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.

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