Alabama de­fense sti­fles LSU

Tago­v­ailoa throws for pair of scores, runs for an­other

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - SPORTS -

Ba­ton Rouge, La. Tua Tago­v­ailoa threw two touch­down passes and ran 44 yards for a score in his tough­est test this sea­son, Alabama’s de­fense sti­fled No. 4 LSU, and the top-ranked 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. None of those de­vel­op­ments proved con­se­quen­tial. He was 25-for42 pass­ing for 295 yards and moved as well as he needed to, par­tic­u­larly when he sprinted up the mid­dle of the field for his long TD run in the third quar­ter to give Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC, No. 1 CFP) a 22-0 lead.

Syracuse 41, wake For­est 24: Eric Dungey rushed for 119 yards and a touch­down, Jarveon Howard ran for two scores and No. 22 Syracuse beat Wake For­est. Dungey — whose av­er­age of 294.1 to­tal yards per game ranks se­cond in the ACC — was 23-for-35 for 157 yards and also ran for a 26-yard score to help the Orange (7-2, 4-2, No. 19 CFP) win their first game as a top 25 team since the Dwight Freeney days in 2001.

Clemson 77, Louisville 16: Travis Eti­enne rushed for 153 yards and two touch­downs and 350-pound de­fen­sive tackle Dex­ter Lawrence added a 2-yard TD burst as No. 2 Clemson buried Louisville.

Notre Dame 31, North­west­ern 21: Ian Book threw for two touch­downs and ran 23 yards for a score in the clos­ing min­utes to lead No. 3 Notre Dame to a vic­tory.

Michi­gan 42, Penn State 7: Shea Pat­ter­son ac­counted for three touch­downs and No. 5 Michi­gan put to­gether a dom­i­nant per­for­mance on de­fense in a win over No. 14 Penn State.

Ge­or­gia 34, Ken­tucky 17: D’an­dre Swift ran for a ca­reer-high 156 yards and two touch­downs on 16 car­ries against Ken­tucky’s vaunted de­fense and No. 6 Ge­or­gia beat the No. 11 Wild­cats to wrap up its se­cond straight South­east­ern Con­fer­ence Eastern Di­vi­sion ti­tle.

ok­la­homa 51, texas tech 46: Kyler Mur­ray re­cov­ered from a pair of early in­ter­cep­tions that led to a two-touch­down deficit, throw­ing for 360 yards and three touch­downs and run­ning for 100 yards and an­other score to rally No. 7 Ok­la­homa. Trey Ser­mon set ca­reer highs with 206 yards rush­ing and three TDS as the Soon­ers (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) stayed in the hunt for a re­turn to the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off with their 19th straight win in a true road game and 14th con­sec­u­tive Novem­ber vic­tory.

ohio State 36, Ne­braska 31: J.K. Dob­bins ran for three touch­downs and Dwayne Hask­ins Jr. passed for two more as No. 8 Ohio State ral­lied in the se­cond half and held off Ne­braska.

west Vir­ginia 42, texas 41: West Vir­ginia’s Will Grier threw a 33-yard touch­down pass to Gary Jen­nings with 16 sec­onds left, and then ran in the 2-point con­ver­sion to send the 12th-ranked Moun­taineers to a win over No. 15 Texas.

Mis­souri 38, Florida 17: Drew Lock picked apart Florida’s de­fense for the se­cond straight year, throw­ing three touch­down passes to lead Mis­souri to vic­tory against the 13th-ranked Ga­tors. Lock com­pleted 24 of 32 passes for 250 yards, with scor­ing throws to Al­bert Ok­wueg­bunam, Kam Scott and Emanuel Hall that stunned the Swamp.

Ari­zona State 38, Utah 20: Manny Wilkins threw three touch­down passes to N’keal Harry and Ari­zona State beat Utah, knock­ing the No. 16 Utes out of sole pos­ses­sion of first place in Pac-12 South. The Utes (6-3, 4-3 Pac-12) lost quar­ter­back Tyler Huntley to an ap­par­ent shoul­der or arm in­jury in the third quar­ter.

SMU 45, hous­ton 31: Ben Hicks threw for 318 yards and four touch­downs and SMU beat No. 17 Hous­ton, the se­cond time in three years the Mus­tangs up­set a ranked Cougars team.

Pur­due 38, Iowa 36: Spencer Evans made a 25-yard field goal with eight sec­onds left, giv­ing Pur­due an up­set over No. 19 Iowa and putting the Boil­er­mak­ers back in the Big Ten’s West Di­vi­sion ti­tle hunt. David Blough threw three touch­down passes to Terry Wright and topped the 300-yard mark for the fifth time this sea­son.

Mis­sis­sippi State 45, Louisiana tech 3: Nick Fitzger­ald threw for 243 yards and four touch­downs and No. 21 Mis­sis­sippi State beat Louisiana Tech.

Bos­ton Col­lege 31, Vir­ginia tech 21: Travis Levy ran for two touch­downs and No. 24 Bos­ton Col­lege beat Vir­ginia Tech to set up a huge home game against Clemson next week for the Ea­gles.

Auburn 28, texas A&M 24: Seth Wil­liams caught an 11-yard touch­down pass from Jar­rett Stid­ham with 1:41 left and Auburn ral­lied to beat No. 25 Texas A&M. The Tigers (6-3, 3-3 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) sput­tered early on of­fense but fin­ished with a 14-point out­burst over the fi­nal 5:14 and the de­fense came up with big stops. Stid­ham de­liv­ered big on both fi­nal drives.

Ger­ald Her­bert / Associated Press

Alabama run­ning back Damien Har­ris leaps over LSU safety Todd Har­ris Jr. on a carry in the first half of their game Satur­day. Har­ris gained 107 yards on 19 car­ries.

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