Tua ex­its hurt, but Tide win big

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Tua Tago­v­ailoa passed for 265 yards and three touch­downs be­fore leav­ing early in No. 1 Alabama’s 39-10 vic­tory over Mis­souri on Satur­day night.

The Crim­son Tide (7-0, 4-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) shrugged off an­other over­matched league foe, but they got a scare when the star quar­ter­back went down af­ter slid­ing at the end of a run in the third quar­ter.

Tago­v­ailoa went to the med­i­cal tent on the side­line af­ter ag­gra­vat­ing a sprained right knee. He was joined by his par­ents, and former starter Jalen Hurts led the Tide the rest of the way with a big lead over the Tigers (3-3, 0-3).

The na­tion’s top scor­ing of­fense didn’t let up too much, and Tago­v­ailoa hasn’t played in a fourth quar­ter yet this sea­son any­way.

“Tua could have went back in the game,” Tide coach Nick Sa­ban said. “He wanted to go back in the game. I didn’t think it was worth him go­ing back into the game.”

Jerry Jeudy gained 147 yards on three catches, in­clud­ing an 81-yard touch­down from Tago­v­ailoa on the game’s sec­ond play. DeVonta Smith had four catches for 100 yards and a score be­fore leav­ing with an ap­par­ent leg in­jury af­ter a 57-yard gain in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Tago­v­ailoa was 12-of-22 pass­ing. Hurts was 7-of-8 for 115 yards.

› No. 3 Ohio State 30, Min­nesota 14

COLUM­BUS, Ohio — Dwayne Hask­ins passed for 412 yards and three touch­downs as Ohio State held off per­sis­tent Min­nesota.

The Buck­eyes (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) needed Blake Haubiel’s two sec­ond-half field goals and Hask­ins’ late touch­down pass from K.J. Hill to put away the Go­phers (3-3, 0-3).

Hill made the play of the game with a turn­around, one-hand grab that he turned into a touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter. He had a col­le­giate ca­reer-high nine catches for 187 yards.

For the sec­ond straight week, a heavy un­der­dog came into Ohio Sta­dium and shut down the Buck­eyes’ run­ning game. The Go­phers held tail­backs J.K. Dob­bins and Mike We­ber to a to­tal of 86 yards, with­out a sin­gle carry longer than 11.

Min­nesota’s Mo­hamed Ibrahim ran 23 times for 157 yards and two scores.

› No. 5 Notre Dame 19, Pitts­burgh 14

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ian Book threw a 35-yard touch­down pass to Miles Boykin with 5:43 re­main­ing, and Notre Dame re­mained un­beaten.

The Fight­ing Ir­ish are 7-0 for the first time since 2012, the year they went to the BCS ti­tle game.

Pitt (3-4) led 14-12 thanks to a long first-quar­ter touch­down drive and Mau­rice Ffrench’s 99-yard kick­off re­turn to start the sec­ond half.

The Ir­ish, who were held to 80 yards on the ground, pre­vailed be­hind Book, who is 4-0 as a starter since re­plac­ing Bran­don Wim­bush. Book threw two in­ter­cep­tions but to­taled 264 yards and had the crit­i­cal score.

Kenny Pick­ett was 19-for-28 for 126 yards and was sacked by Khalid Ka­reem for a loss of 14 yards on the Pan­thers’ fi­nal pos­ses­sion to set up a fourth-and-long they could not con­vert.

› Iowa State 30,

No. 6 West Vir­ginia 14

AMES, Iowa — Fresh­man quar­ter­back Brock Purdy threw for 254

yards and three touch­downs as Iowa State handed the Moun­taineers their first loss this sea­son in em­phatic fash­ion.

David Mont­gomery had a ca­reer-high 189 yards rush­ing for the Cy­clones (3-3, 2-2 Big 12), who beat a Top 25 team for the fifth time in seven tries.

West Vir­ginia (5-1, 3-1) gained just 152 yards, 420 be­low its sea­son av­er­age. Will Grier had ar­guably his worst game as a Moun­taineer, throw­ing for just 100 yards.

› No. 17 Ore­gon 30,

No. 7 Wash­ing­ton, OT EU­GENE, Ore. — C.J. Verdell scored on a 6-yard run in over­time as Ore­gon knocked off Wash­ing­ton.

Verdell fin­ished with 111 yards, but none were sweeter for the Ducks than the fi­nal 6, when he sprinted nearly un­touched on thir­dand-goal and set off a wild cel­e­bra­tion in the east end zone of Autzen Sta­dium.

The Ducks (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) were for­tu­nate to reach over­time af­ter Wash­ing­ton kicker Pey­ton Henry missed a 37-yard field-goal at­tempt on the fi­nal play of reg­u­la­tion. Henry’s kick was wide right.

Wash­ing­ton (5-2, 3-1) took pos­ses­sion first in over­time but had to set­tle for Henry’s 22-yard kick af­ter stalling in­side the 10. The Huskies had a chance to force a long field goal as Ore­gon faced third-and-11

af­ter a hold­ing call, but Justin Her­bert threw a strike to Dil­lon Mitchell for 17 yards, and the Ducks had first-and-goal.

Three plays later, Verdell sprinted into the end zone.

› Michi­gan State 21,

No. 8 Penn State 17

STATE COL­LEGE, Pa. — Brian Lew­erke threw a 25-yard touch­down pass to Fel­ton Davis with 19 sec­onds left to lift the Spar­tans, mak­ing it two con­sec­u­tive sea­sons they have used a late score to hand the Nit­tany Lions a sec­ond straight loss.

Lew­erke com­pleted 25 of 52 passes for 259 yards with an in­ter­cep­tion and two touch­downs for the Spar­tans (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten). They were com­ing off a loss at North­west­ern. Davis, who came back from an in­jury he sus­tained on the pre­vi­ous drive, fin­ished with eight catches for 100 yards.

Miles San­ders ran for 162 yards and a touch­down for the Nit­tany Lions (4-2, 1-2), who were com­ing off a loss to Ohio State. Trace McSor­ley com­pleted 19 of 32 passes for 192 yards with a touch­down as he be­came the pro­gram’s ca­reer pass­ing yardage leader.

› No. 9 Texas 23, Bay­lor 7

AUSTIN, Texas — Shane Buechele came on for in­jured quar­ter­back Sam Eh­linger early in the first quar­ter, and Texas beat Bay­lor when the Bears’ fi­nal pass sailed through the back of the end zone.

Char­lie Brewer drove the Bears from their own 3 to the Texas 17 be­fore he had to rush his fi­nal three throws un­der in­tense pres­sure. The vic­tory made Texas (6-1, 4-0 Big 12) bowl el­i­gi­ble.

Fresh­man run­ning back Keaon­tay In­gram ran for 110 yards, Texas’ first 100-yard rush­ing per­for­mance of the sea­son. De­fen­sive end Charles Omenihu had two sacks and was chas­ing Brewer on the last three plays.

Brewer passed for 245 yards and a touch­down for the Bears (4-3, 2-2).

› No. 12 Michi­gan 38,

No. 15 Wis­con­sin 13

ANN AR­BOR, Mich. — Shea Pat­ter­son ac­counted for 214 yards of of­fense and a touch­down as the Wolver­ines (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) beat a ranked con­fer­ence team for the first time since top­ping the Badgers two years ago.

They have won six straight games since open­ing this sea­son with a seven-point loss to then-No. 12 Notre Dame.

The Badgers (4-2, 2-1) had won a record 17 straight reg­u­lar sea­son Big Ten games, as well as 10 con­sec­u­tive road games over­all.

Pat­ter­son, who scored on a 7-yard run, to­taled 90 yards on nine car­ries, with 81 com­ing on one run. He was 14-of-21 pass­ing for 124 yards.

› Vir­ginia 16,

No. 16 Mi­ami 13

CHAR­LOTTESVILLE, Va. — Vir­ginia’s Jor­dan El­lis ran for a touch­down, and his de­fen­sive team­mates kept the Hur­ri­canes’ high-pow­ered of­fense from ever get­ting go­ing.

El­lis scored on a 7-yard run in the first half and Brian De­laney kicked three field goals for the Cava­liers (4-2, 2-1 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence). Mi­ami ap­peared to have stopped Vir­ginia on a third­down run in the fi­nal min­utes, but a per­sonal foul call against Tito Odenigbo kept the drive alive, and the Cava­liers ran out the clock.

The Hur­ri­canes (5-2, 2-1) scored on an 11-yard run by Ma­lik Rosier with 3:04 left, pulling them to 16-13, but when they tried an on­sides kick, Vir­ginia tight end Evan Butts fielded it and re­turned it 30 yards to the Mi­ami 27. The Hur­ri­canes used all three of their time­outs to stop the clock, but Odenigbo’s per­sonal foul af­ter Bryce Perkins was stopped a yard short of a first down foiled their come­back bid.

AP PHOTO/BUTCH DILL

Alabama wide re­ceiver DeVonta Smith scores a touch­down as Mis­souri linebacker Nick Bolton chases dur­ing the first half Satur­day in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Tide rolled to a 39-10 vic­tory.

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