College Football Top 25 results | Saturday
No. 1 LSU 58, Mississippi 37
OXFORD, Miss. — Joe Burrow threw for 489 yards and five touchdowns and LSU built a big lead and held off Mississippi.
Coming off an emotional 46-41 home win at Alabama last week, the Tigers (10-0,
6-0 Southeastern Conference) scored on four of their first five possessions jump out to a 28-0 lead over the Rebels (4-7, 2-5).
The teams combined for 1,328 yards of total offense, including 714 by the Tigers. Burrow enhanced his Heisman Trophy front-runner status, completing 32 of 42 passes, including touchdown passes of 34, 51 and 61 yards to Ja’Marr Chase (227 yards) and 12 and 7 yards to Justin Jefferson (112 yards).
No. 2 Ohio State 56, Rutgers 21
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Justin Fields threw for a career-high 305 yards and matched his best with four touchdown passes to lead Ohio State.
Favored by a whopping 51 points, the Buckeyes (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten) rolled to their 16th straight win over the past two seasons. J.K. Dobbins ran for two touchdowns and cornerback Shaun Wade set up two early TDs with an interception and a forced fumble.
No. 3 Clemson 53, Wake Forest 3
CLEMSON, S.C. — Trevor Lawrence tied his career high with four touchdowns, three to Tee Higgins, and Clemson won its 26th straight game and completed a second-straight perfect Atlantic Coast Conference regular season.
The Tigers (11-0, 8-0, No. 3 CFP) opened quickly and, after an uncomfortable stretch of four series with just a field goal, turned it on again right before halftime to win their 11th in a row over the Demon Deacons (7-3, 3-3).
No. 4 Alabama 38, Mississippi State 7
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Tua Tagovailoa sustained a seasonending hip injured being dragged down late in the first half on what was likely his final series of the day in No. 4 Alabama’s 38-7 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday. Tagovailoa was injured after a scramble when he was tackled from behind by Bulldogs linebacker Leo Lewis. The star quarterback needed help getting to his feet and was carted off the field with 3:01 left in the second quarter.
The junior had been nursing an ankle injury that needed surgery four weeks ago and caused him to miss a game and a half. Alabama coach Nick Saban said the injury Saturday was unrelated to the ankle. Saban called it a “freak injury.” Saban told ESPN at halftime the plan was to remove Tagovailoa from the game before the series when the quarterback was injured. Alabama was already up 35-7, but it was decided to let Tagovailoa play one possession to get some work in the two-minute drill.
Tagovailoa was flown by helicopter to the St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, and was ruled out for the season Saturday night.
Tagovailoa was 14 of 18 for 256 yards and two touchdown passes against Mississippi State, giving him 31 TD passes on the season. He was replaced in the second half by Mac Jones, who went 7 for 11 for 94 yards.
The Crimson Tide (9-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) were coming off a 46-41 loss to LSU that nudged it out of College Football Playoff position to fifth in the latest selection committee rankings.
No. 5 Georgia 21, No. 13 Auburn 14
AUBURN, Ala. — Jake Fromm passed for three touchdowns and Georgia’s defense had two late stops, helping the Bulldogs clinch the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title.
The Bulldogs (9-1, 6-1 SEC, No. 4 CFP) sailed through three quarters with a 21-0 lead before Auburn (7-3, 4-3) rallied in the fourth.
Georgia held on to become the first team to win three consecutive SEC East titles since Florida won five in a row from 1992-96.
Fromm was 13-of-28 passing for just 110 yards, but had a 51yard touchdown pass to Dominick Blaylock and a pair of 5-yarders to Eli Wolf and Brian Herrien. Swift ran for 106 yards on 17 carries.
No. 6 Oregon vs. Arizona, late No. 23 Iowa 23, No. 7 Minnesota 19
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Nate Stanley threw for two touchdown passes and Tyler Goodson ran for a score and Iowa handed Minnesota its first loss.
The Hawkeyes (7-3, 4-3
Big Ten) struck quickly, scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions, then held off Minnesota’s charge in the second half for their first victory over a ranked opponent this season.
The Gophers (9-1, 6-1, No. 8 CFP) haven’t won at Kinnick Stadium since 1999, losing nine straight on the road in the series.
Minnesota got to 23-19 with 3:27 to play when Rodney Smith scored on a 1-yard dive. But Brock Walker’s extra-point attempt missed. Iowa’s Nate Wieting then recovered the onside kick.
The Gophers had a final chance. But quarterback Tanner Morgan was sacked by Joe Evans and A.J. Epenesa on back-to-back plays, then backup Cole Kramer’s pass was intercepted by Riley Moss on fourth down.
No. 9 Penn State 34, No. 24 Indiana 27
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Quarterback Sean Clifford scored three touchdowns Saturday, leading Penn State past Indiana.
Penn State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 9 CFP) is at No. 2 Ohio State next week with the top spot in the Big Ten East on the line.
Clifford also completed 11 of 23 passes for 179 yards and ran for 55 yards. Journey Brown rushed 21 times for 100 yards and added a score. With Penn State ahead by a field goal with 10:45 to play, Clifford led an 18-play, 75yard drive that ate 9:01 and ended when he plunged in from a yard out to put the game out of reach.
No. 10 Oklahoma 34, No. 12 Baylor 31
WACO, Texas — Gabe Brkic kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:45 left after Jalen Hurts threw four touchdown passes in a big comeback and Oklahoma kept its playoff hopes alive and ended No. 12 Baylor’s bid for an undefeated season.
While the Sooners (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 10 CFP) were without standout receiver CeeDee Lamb, Hurts was 30-of-42 passing for 297 yards with all of his TDs coming after Baylor took a 28-3 lead early in the second quarter. The quarterback, who had three turnovers, also ran for 114 yards.
No. 11 Florida 23, Missouri 6
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Kyle Trask threw two touchdown passes after a sluggish first half for Florida.
Trask completed 23 of 35 passes for 282 yards. That was plenty of offense for Florida (9-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference), which held Missouri to 204 total yards. Linebacker Jon Greenard had two sacks and five tackles for loss.
No. 14 Michigan 44, Michigan State 10
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Shea Patterson threw for a season-high 384 yards and four touchdowns and Michigan handed Michigan State its fifth straight loss.
No. 15 Wisconsin 37, Nebraska 21
LINCOLN, Neb. — Jonathan Taylor ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns, Aaron Cruickshank returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score and Wisconsin beat Nebraska.
No. 16 Notre Dame 52, No. 21 Navy 20
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Chase Claypool caught four touchdown passes to match a school record and No. 16 Notre Dame shut down Navy’s triple-option.
No. 17 Cincinnati 20, South Florida 17
TAMPA, Fla. — Sam Crosa kicked a 37-yarder field goal as time expired to give Cincinnati at least a share of the American Athletic Conference East division title.
The Bearcats (8-1, 6-0, No. 17 CFP) rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to win for the eighth straight time, getting touchdown runs from Michael Warren and Gerrid Doaks before Desmond Ridder led an 11-play, 60-yard drive to win the game. USF’s Spencer Shrader missed a 33-yard field goal that would have given the Bulls (4-6, 2-4) the lead with 2:07 remaining.
No. 18 Memphis 45, Houston 27
HOUSTON — Brady White threw for 341 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another score and Memphis overcame a 10-point first-quarter deficit to beat Houston,
No. 19 Boise State vs. New Mexico, late Iowa State 23, No. 22 Texas 21
AMES, Iowa — Connor Assalley kicked a 36-yard field goal as time expired and Iowa State knocked off Texas to snap a two-game losing streak.
No. 25 Oklahoma State 31, Kansas 12
STILLWATER, Okla. — Chuba Hubbard ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 42 yards for Oklahoma State.