Alabama defense stifles LSU
Tagovailoa throws for pair of scores, runs for another
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.
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.