Tua exits hurt, but Tide win big
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.
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.