Illi­nois stuns No. 6 Wis­con­sin

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James McCourt kicked a 39-yard field as time ex­pired and Illi­nois pulled off the big­gest up­set of the col­lege foot­ball sea­son, knock­ing off No. 6 Wis­con­sin 24-23. Tony Adams picked off a pass by Jack Coan for the Illini (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten), who were 30 ½-point un­der­dogs, at mid­field with 2:33 re­main­ing that led to the win­ning field goal. Dre Brown’s tack­le­break­ing 13-yard run got Illi­nois to the Wis­con­sin 25 and then the Illini with 34 sec­ond left set up the game-win­ner.

No. 1 Alabama 35, Tennessee 13

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — With Tua Tago­v­ailoa hurt, No. 1 Alabama turned to the de­fense and Na­jee Har­ris to pull out a vic­tory over Tennessee.

The Crim­son Tide (7-0,

4-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) faced its first test of the sea­son with­out last sea­son’s Heis­man Tro­phy run­ner-up against the five-touch­down un­der­dogs. Both start­ing quar­ter­backs left the game be­fore half­time, and the Vol­un­teers (2-5, 1-3) put up a fight much of the way.

No. 2 LSU 36, Mississipp­i State 13

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Joe Bur­row threw for 327 yards and four touch­downs to break the LSU sea­son record with 29.

LSU (7-0, 3-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) had 415 yards of to­tal of­fense and av­er­aged 6.9 yards per play.

Mississipp­i State (3-4, 1-3) sacked Bur­rows three times and reg­u­larly con­founded the Tigers on third down, but LSU man­aged to score points on ev­ery drive of the first half and led 22-7 at the break. A pair of third-quar­ter touch­downs sealed the win.

No. 3 Clemson 45, Louisville 10

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trevor Lawrence over­came two early in­ter­cep­tions to throw three touch­down passes, Travis Eti­enne ran for 192 yards and a score and Clemson routed Louisville for its 22nd con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

Darien Rencher and Chez Mel­lusi added rush­ing TDs for the Tigers (7-0, 5-0 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence), who missed firstquar­ter chances to build a big lead when Lawrence’s passes were picked off twice near the goal line. The sopho­more set­tled down to hit Joseph Ngata and Justyn Ross with sec­ond-quar­ter touch­down passes for a 17-3 half­time lead.

No. 5 Ok­la­homa 52, West Vir­ginia 14

NOR­MAN, Okla. — Jalen Hurts passed for 316 yards and three touch­downs and rushed for 75 yards and two more scores for Ok­la­homa.

Ok­la­homa (7-0, 4-0) is un­beaten in eight games against West Vir­ginia (3-4, 1-3) since the Moun­taineers joined the Big 12 in 2012. The Soon­ers have won 20 of their last 21 games.

Illi­nois 24, No. 6 Wis­con­sin 23

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — James McCourt kicked a 39-yard field as time ex­pired and Illi­nois pulled off the big­gest up­set of the col­lege foot­ball sea­son, knock­ing off No. 6 Wis­con­sin 24-23 on Satur­day.

Tony Adams picked off a pass by Jack Coan for the 30 1/2-point un­der­dog Illini (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten) at mid­field with 2:33 re­main­ing. Dre Brown’s tackle-break­ing 13-yard run got Illi­nois to the Wis­con­sin 25, set­ting up McCourt to at­tempt the win­ner. The ju­nior’s kick was down the mid­dle to give coach Lovie Smith the most sig­nif­i­cant vic­tory of his four-year ten­ure in Champaign.

Wis­con­sin had not trailed this sea­son and was look­ing to roll into a show­down with No. 3 Ohio State next week in Colum­bus. In­stead, the Badgers (6-1, 4-1) blew a nine-point lead in the fi­nal 9:46 of the fourth quar­ter.

Illi­nois beat a ranked team for the first time since 2011 and knocked off a ranked Big Ten team for the first time since 2007, when it beat No. 1 Ohio State on the way to a Rose Bowl ap­pear­ance.

No. 7 Penn State 28, No. 16 Michi­gan 21

UNIVER­SITY PARK, Pa. — Sean Clif­ford threw three touch­down passes and ran for an­other score to lead Penn State.

Clif­ford hit KJ Ham­ler on 25- and 53-yard scor­ing strikes and hooked up with tight end Pat Freier­muth for a 17-yard touch­down pass in a game Penn State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) never trailed.

Ham­ler, who had a 100-yard kick­off re­turn to start the sec­ond half called back on a hold­ing penalty, fin­ished with six catches for 108 yards.

The Wolver­ines bat­tled back from a 21-7 half­time deficit and with just over two min­utes to play, had a chance to tie it on fourth-and-goal from the 3 3. But Michi­gan wide­out Ron­nie Bell dropped what would’ve been the ty­ing touch­down with Penn State safety La­mont Wade play­ing tight cov­er­age.

No. 9 Florida 38, South Carolina 27

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Kyle Trask threw a ca­reer-high four touch­down passes, three in the fourth quar­ter, to help Florida bounce back from its loss at LSU.

The Ga­tors (7-1, 4-1 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) slogged through a soggy field from Trop­i­cal Storm Nestor for much of the game. The ral­lied past a South Carolina (3-4, 2-3) team look­ing to take down a Top 10 op­po­nent for the sec­ond straight week af­ter its 20-17 dou­ble-over­time win at Ge­or­gia. In­stead, it was Florida, off its 42-28 de­feat at LSU, that kept mak­ing plays on the way to its best start since 2015.

No. 10 Ge­or­gia 21, Ken­tucky 0

ATHENS, Ga. — D’An­dre Swift’s 39-yard touch­down run in the third quar­ter snapped a score­less tie, and Ge­or­gia over­came a slow start to beat Ken­tucky.

Swift, who ran for 179 yards, added a 3-yard touch­down run in the fourth quar­ter. Brian Her­rien ran for 60 yards, in­clud­ing an 8-yard scor­ing run.

No. 11 Auburn 51, Arkansas 10

FAYETTEVIL­LE, Ark. — Bo Nix passed for three touch­downs and ran for an­other for Auburn.

Nix turned a close game into a blowout by throw­ing two TD passes in a 22-sec­onds in the third quar­ter. Be­fore the quick scores, Arkansas had pulled within 17-3 on Con­nor Lim­pert’s 28-yard field goal.

No. 12 Ore­gon 35, No. 25 Wash­ing­ton 31

SEATTLE — Justin Her­bert hit Jay­lon Redd for a 5-yard touch­down with 5:10 left, the last of his four scor­ing passes, and Ore­gon over­came a 14-point deficit to beat Wash­ing­ton.

Her­bert was 24 of 38 for 280 yards. He threw TDs of 12 yards to Spencer Webb and 16 yards to Redd in the first half.

The vic­tory gave Ore­gon (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12) com­plete con­trol in the North Di­vi­sion. Four of the five other teams al­ready have three con­fer­ence losses, with Ore­gon State at 2-2 the clos­est to the Ducks.

Ja­cob Ea­son was 23 of 30 for 289 yards and three touch­downs for Wash­ing­ton (5-3, 2-3).

No. 13 Utah 21, No. 17 Ari­zona State 3

SALT LAKE CITY — Zack Moss broke Utah’s ca­reer rush­ing record and scored two touch­downs in te Utes’ vic­tory over Ari­zona State in the rain.

The Utes (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) ended Ari­zona State’s modern-era record streak of 125 games with more than 10 points. The last time the Sun Devils were held un­der dou­ble-dig­its was a 28-0 loss to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia in 2008.

Moss was held in check most of the game as Ari­zona State (5-2, 2-2) keyed on the se­nior back. But Moss broke through the line and out­raced the de­fense for a 32yard touch­down run that broke the rush­ing mark with 5:24 left.

No. 14 Boise State at BYU, late No. 15 Texas 50, Kansas 48

AUSTIN, Texas — Cameron Dicker made a 33-yard field goal as time ex­pired and Texas sur­vived Kansas’ des­per­ate up­set bid af­ter the teams ex­changed six touch­downs in the fourth quar­ter.

Kansas took a 48-47 lead on Carter Stan­ley’s 2-point con­ver­sion pass to Day­lon Char­lot with 1:11 to play. Sam Eh­linger then drove the Longhorns into field goal range for Dicker, who calmly drilled the win­ner. Eh­linger com­pleted two big passes to Collin John­son to keep the drive go­ing for Texas (5-2, 3-1 Big 12).

No. 18 Bay­lor 45, Ok­la­homa State 27

STILL­WA­TER, Okla. — Char­lie Brewer com­pleted 13 of 17 passes for 312 yards and a touch­down and ran for an­other score and Bay­lor ex­tended its school-record win­ning streak to nine games.

JaMy­cal Hasty rushed for 139 yards and two touch­downs on 15 car­ries and had 66 yards on three re­cep­tions for Bay­lor (7-0, 4-0 Big 12).

No. 19 SMU 45, Tem­ple 21

DAL­LAS — Shane Buechele set ca­reer highs with six touch­down passes and 457 pass­ing yards to help SMU im­prove to 7-0.

Reg­gie Rober­son Jr. had a ca­reer-high 250 re­ceiv­ing yards on eight catches, in­clud­ing touch­downs of 75, 60 and 33 yards.

No. 20 Minnesota 42, Rut­gers 7

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rod­ney Smith ran for 111 yards and two touch­downs and Minnesota im­proved to 7-0 for the first time since win­ning the na­tional ti­tle in 1960.

No. 21 Cincin­nati 24, Tulsa 13

CINCIN­NATI — Ger­rid Doaks ran for a pair of touch­downs and turned a short pass into a 28-yard score, help­ing Cincin­nati hold on af­ter los­ing its top run­ning back.

Vanderbilt 21, No. 22 Missouri 14

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ri­ley Neal came off the bench and threw a 21-yard touch­down to Cam John­son with 8:57 left, and Vanderbilt up­set Missouri with a sti­fling de­fen­sive per­for­mance.

Ke’Shawn Vaughn ran for a touch­down and also took a screen 61 yards for an­other score as Vanderbilt (2-5, 1-3 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) snapped a three­game skid to Missouri af­ter los­ing five of the pre­vi­ous seven.

The Com­modores sacked Kelly Bryant three times, and Al­lan Ge­orge in­ter­cepted Bryant’s pass in the end zone with 6:44 left in the third quar­ter.

Missouri (5-2, 2-1) had a chance to tie, but Vanderbilt sacked Bryant for the third time, and Tucker McCann pulled a 48-yarder wide left for his sec­ond missed field goal. Vanderbilt ran out the fi­nal 6 min­utes.

No. 23 Iowa 26, Purdue 20

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Mekhi Sar­gent scored on a 14-yard run with 2:16 left and Iowa held off Purdue to snap a two-game los­ing streak.

Tyler Good­son scored his first ca­reer touch­down from a yard out and Keith Dun­can kicked four field goals for the Hawkeyes (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten). They also broke a two-game skid against Purdue (2-5, 1-3).

David Bell caught 13 passes for 197 yards and a touch­down for Purdue.

No. 24 Ap­palachian State 52, Louisiana-Monroe 7

BOONE, N.C. — Zac Thomas threw for 214 yards and three touch­downs and ran for an­other score and Ap­palachian State beat Louisiana-Monroe for its first vic­tory as a Top 25 team.

Dar­ryn­ton Evans added 177 yards from scrim­mage and two touch­downs to help Ap­palachian State (6-0, 3-0 Sun Belt) ex­tend the na­tion’s third-long­est win­ning streak to 12 games. Only Clemson (22) and Ohio State (13) have longer ac­tive streaks.

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