Soon­ers sur­vive wild one vs. Cow­boys

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NORMAN, Okla. — Kyler Mur­ray passed for 349 yards and ran for 66, and No. 6 Ok­la­homa sur­vived a late 2-point con­ver­sion at­tempt to beat Ok­la­homa State 48-47 on Satur­day.

Tay­lor Cor­nelius con­nected with Ty­lan Wal­lace on a 24-yard touch­down pass to cut Ok­la­homa’s lead to one with 1:03 to play. Ok­la­homa State went for two, but Cor­nelius threw short and into cov­er­age, and the pass fell in­com­plete

Ok­la­homa (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) re­cov­ered the on­side kick and ran out the clock.

Kennedy Brooks ran for 165 yards and three touch­downs, Trey Ser­mon ran for 120 yards and two scores and Mar­quise Brown caught eight passes for 142 yards and a score for the Soon­ers.

Cor­nelius passed for a ca­reer­high 501 yards and three touch­downs for the Cow­boys (5-5, 2-5). Wal­lace caught 10 passes for 220 yards and two scores. Chuba Hub­bard ran for 104 yards and three scores, but he lost a crit­i­cal fum­ble in the fourth quar­ter.

› No. 3 Notre Dame 42, Florida State 13

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Bran­don Wim­bush threw three-first half touch­down passes, and Dex­ter Wil­liams rushed for 202 yards as the Fight­ing Ir­ish took ad­van­tage of Florida State turnovers on a frosty night.

With the tem­per­a­ture at 27 de­grees — the third-cold­est game at Notre Dame Sta­dium since the 1980 sea­son — the Ir­ish (10-0) wore green jer­seys for the fourth time in Brian Kelly’s nine-year ten­ure to honor their se­niors.

The Semi­noles dropped to 4-6.

Wim­bush, who led the Ir­ish to their first three vic­to­ries, got the start in place of in­jured ju­nior Ian Book, who sus­tained a rib in­jury the week be­fore against North­west­ern.

Wim­bush fin­ished 12-of-25 for 130 yards with the scor­ing passes to fel­low se­niors — a 3-yarder to wide re­ceiver Miles Boykin and 6- and 15-yard tosses to tight end Al­ize Mack.

Wil­liams piled up his yards on 20 car­ries, in­clud­ing scor­ing runs of 58 and 32 yards, as Notre Dame out­gained Florida State 495-322 in to­tal of­fense, in­clud­ing 365 on the ground.

› No. 4 Michi­gan 42, Rut­gers 7

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Shea Pat­ter­son passed for 260 yards and three touch­downs, Karan Hig­don had two 1-yard scor­ing runs and Michi­gan kept its na­tional cham­pi­onship hopes in­tact.

The Wolver­ines (9-1, 7-0 Big Ten) have won nine straight and re­main in first place in the con­fer­ence’s East Divi­sion. They have a fi­nal tuneup against In­di­ana next week at the Big House be­fore clos­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son at Ohio State.

Rut­gers (1-9, 0-7) didn’t have a pass­ing yard un­til the third quar­ter.

› No. 7 West Vir­ginia 47, TCU 10

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Will Grier threw three touch­down passes as West Vir­ginia, chas­ing a berth in the Big 12 cham­pi­onship game, had no trou­ble against the in­jury-rid­dled Horned Frogs (4-6, 2-5).

Grier fin­ished 25-of-39 for 343 yards, Kennedy Mc­Coy added a pair of touch­down runs and Martell

Pet­t­away rushed for 59 yards and a touch­down on 12 car­ries for West Vir­ginia (8-1, 6-1). TCU was held to a sea­son-low 222 yards of of­fense, the third time in four games it has had fewer than 300.

› No. 8 Ohio State 26, No. 24 Michi­gan State 6

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Drue Chris­man kept Michi­gan State pinned back with a sen­sa­tional sec­ond half of punt­ing, and the Buck­eyes made the most of a huge field-po­si­tion ad­van­tage to pull away late in a tight de­fen­sive strug­gle.

Chris­man’s punts forced Michi­gan State to start its first five drives af­ter half­time from its 5, 6, 3, 1 and 2-yard lines.

On the fourth of those pos­ses­sions, the Spar­tans had to punt from their own end zone. They took a safety that ap­peared in­ten­tional, giv­ing Ohio State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) a 9-6 lead, but that did lit­tle to help flip the field po­si­tion. The en­su­ing free kick went out of bounds, giv­ing the Buck­eyes the ball at the 50, and then Chris­man pinned Michi­gan State (6-4, 4-3) back again.

Ohio State cap­i­tal­ized on that punt when a shot­gun snap hit the man in mo­tion. Dre’Mont Jones re­cov­ered the fum­ble for the Buck­eyes in the end zone, mak­ing it 16-6.

› No. 10 Washington State 31, Colorado 7

BOULDER, Colo. — Gard­ner Min­shew II over­came a slow start and three fourth-down fail­ures to lead Washington State past nose-div­ing Colorado.

The Cougars (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12) earned their sixth straight win, but it wasn’t as easy as ex­pected against the Buf­faloes (5-5, 2-5), who lost their fifth straight de­spite the re­turn of star re­ceiver Laviska Shenault Jr.

Min­shew was 35-of-58 for 335 yards and two touch­downs. He had a 10-yard scor­ing run in the fourth quar­ter.

Shenault was rusty in his re­turn from a right turf toe in­jury. He caught 10 passes for 102 yards but cost his team dearly with back-to-back drops and a lost fum­ble in the sec­ond half.

› No. 11 Cen­tral Florida 35,

Navy 24

OR­LANDO, Fla. — McKenzie Mil­ton threw two touch­down passes and ran for a score, help­ing the Knights ex­tend the na­tion’s long­est win­ning streak to 22 games.

Mil­ton com­pleted 17 of 21 passes with­out an in­ter­cep­tion, and Cen­tral Florida (9-0, 6-0 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) stayed atop the AAC East Divi­sion stand­ings. Un­de­feated and No. 12 in the most re­cent Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off rank­ings, the Knights stayed on course to be part of the dis­cus­sion about which teams are wor­thy of berths in the four-team play­off.

Navy (2-8, 1-5), which rushed for 374 yards, has lost seven straight.

› No. 13 Syra­cuse 54, Louisville 23

SYRA­CUSE, N.Y. — Moe Neal rushed for 159 yards and two touch­downs, and quar­ter­back Eric Dungey ran for two scores and passed for an­other as Syra­cuse took ad­van­tage of sloppy play by the Car­di­nals.

The Or­ange (8-2, 5-2 Atlantic

Coast Con­fer­ence) rushed for 292 yards and ac­cu­mu­lated 518 yards of to­tal of­fense.

The Car­di­nals (2-8, 0-7) were pe­nal­ized 17 times for 125 yards, and Syra­cuse picked off two Louisville passes. Louisville also lost two fum­bles and its quar­ter­backs, un­der pres­sure most of the game, were sacked five times and fin­ished a com­bined 14-of-31 pass­ing for 210 yards.

The win was the fourth straight for the Or­ange, while Louisville lost its sev­enth straight.

› No. 14 Utah State 62, San Jose State 24

LO­GAN, Utah — Jor­dan Love threw for a ca­reer-high 491 yards and five touch­downs on 32-of-42 pass­ing in just three quar­ters, and Utah State to­taled 804 yards of of­fense.

Love’s 491 pass­ing yards were the third-high­est sin­gle game to­tal for a Utah State quar­ter­back. Dar­win Thomp­son had 140 yards and a touch­down on 15 car­ries along with 115 yards and a pair of scores on four re­cep­tions for the Ag­gies (9-1, 6-0 Moun­tain West), who be­came the 17th team in NCAA his­tory to gain at least 800 yards of to­tal of­fense in a game.

Josh Love threw for 210 yards and a touch­down for Jose State (1-9, 1-5).

› Boise State 24,

No. 17 Fresno State 17

BOISE, Idaho — Brett Ryp­ien threw for 269 yards and Alexan­der Mat­ti­son rushed for 143 and a pair of touch­downs to lead the Bron­cos to the up­set late Fri­day night.

Boise State (8-2, 5-1 Moun­tain West) beat a ranked team in Novem­ber for the first time in pro­gram his­tory to keep its con­fer­ence ti­tle as­pi­ra­tions alive. Fresno State (8-2, 5-1) en­tered the game as the na­tion’s No. 2 scor­ing de­fense and had only given up three touch­downs in con­fer­ence play be­fore fac­ing the Bron­cos.

› No. 21 Penn State 21, Wis­con­sin 10

STATE COL­LEGE, Pa. — Trace Mc­Sor­ley tied the Penn State record for vic­to­ries by a quar­ter­back with 29 as he led the Nit­tany Li­ons past Wis­con­sin.

Miles San­ders ran for 159 yards and a touch­down on 23 car­ries, and Mc­Sor­ley com­pleted 19 of 25 passes for 160 yards and a score while match­ing Todd Black­ledge’s num­ber of vic­to­ries from 1980 to ‘82.

DeAn­dre Thomp­kins caught a touch­down pass for Penn State (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten). The Nit­tany Li­ons held the Badgers (6-4, 4-3) to 125 yards in the sec­ond half and sacked backup quar­ter­back Jack Coan five times.

Jonathan Tay­lor ran 20 times for 185 yards and a touch­down for Wis­con­sin.

› No. 23 Iowa State 28, Bay­lor 14

AMES, Iowa — Brock Purdy threw for a touch­down and ran for an­other score, and Iowa State topped Bay­lor af­ter a skir­mish in the third quar­ter.

Purdy threw for 230 yards as Iowa State (6-3, 5-2) won a fifth straight Big 12 game in the same sea­son for the first time. De­shaunte Jones caught a touch­down pass and threw for a 2-point con­ver­sion.

Iowa State star David Mont­gomery and Bay­lor line­backer Greg Roberts were ejected af­ter throw­ing punches at each other early in the third quar­ter. The Cy­clones and Bears (5-5, 3-4) nearly came to blows when a pre­vi­ous play ended up spilling over onto Iowa State’s bench. The bad blood hung around, and the teams nearly staged a full-on brawl in which Roberts slapped Mont­gomery on the hel­met, prompt­ing Mont­gomery to swing back.

› No. 25 Cincin­nati 35, South Florida 23

CINCIN­NATI — Michael War­ren II ran for three touch­downs and caught a pass for an­other score to help Cincin­nati stay in the chase for the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence ti­tle.

The Bearcats (9-1, 5-1) re­main a game be­hind un­beaten Cen­tral Florida for the AAC East lead. The Knights host Cincin­nati this week.

War­ren had a 13-yard touch­down catch in the first half. He ran for three touch­downs in the third quar­ter, in­clud­ing a 57-yarder, and set a school record with his 18th score of the sea­son.

South Florida (7-4, 3-3) has lost three straight con­fer­ence games for the first time since 2013.


Ok­la­homa de­fen­sive end Ron­nie Perkins (7) and line­backer Cur­tis Bolton (18) tackle Ok­la­homa State run­ning back Chuba Hub­bard dur­ing Satur­day’s game in Norman, Okla. The Soon­ers won 48-47.

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