Fromm leads Ge­or­gia to SEC East ti­tle

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

Jake Fromm passed for three touch­downs and No. 4 Ge­or­gia’s de­fense pro­duced two late stops, clinch­ing the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence Eastern Di­vi­sion ti­tle with a 21-14 vic­tory over No. 12 Auburn on Satur­day.

The Bull­dogs (9-1, 6-1 SEC) 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 and De’An­dre Swift de­liv­ered enough of­fense to keep the Bull­dogs on track for a shot at the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­offs. Most of the way, though, it was clear the game fea­tured two of the league’s top de­fenses.

Auburn scored two touch­downs in the fourth, then had a pair of drives stopped on fourth down in the fi­nal min­utes. Fresh­man Bo Nix threw three in­com­ple­tions and was sacked on the Tigers’ fi­nal drive start­ing from their 27.

Fromm was 13-of-28 pass­ing for just 110 yards, but had a 51-yard 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.

Nix com­pleted 30 of 50 passes for 245 yards and a touch­down.

Clif­ford lifts Penn State: Quar­ter­back Sean Clif­ford scored three touch­downs, lead­ing No. 9 Penn State past In­di­ana 34-27 to keep its play­off hopes alive.

Penn State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) next week plays at No. 2 Ohio State, where the top spot in the Big Ten East will be 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, 75-yard drive that ate 9:01 and ended when he plunged in from a yard out to put the game out of reach.

Pey­ton Ram­sey com­pleted 31 of 41 passes for 371 yards and a touch­down and ran for two more for the Hoosiers (7-3, 4-3) who out­gained Penn State 462 to 371.

Tay­lor dom­i­nates: Jonathan Tay­lor rushed for 204 yards and two touch­downs, Aaron Cruick­shank ran back a kick­off 89 yards for a score, and No. 14 Wisconsin beat Nebraska 37-21 on Satur­day in Lin­coln, Neb.

Tay­lor be­came the first Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion player since at least 2000 to run for 200 yards three times against the same team, ac­cord­ing to Spor­tradar. He had 221 against the Corn­huskers last year and 249 in 2017. The ju­nior recorded his 11th 200-yard game, mov­ing into a four-way tie for most in a ca­reer by an FBS player.

The Badgers (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) quickly erased a 14-10 deficit in the sec­ond quar­ter. Jack Coan threw over the mid­dle to A.J. Tay­lor, who spun away from two de­fend­ers and ran the rest of the way un­touched for a 55-yard touch­down. Wisconsin line­backer Jack San­born in­ter­cepted a tipped ball on the first play of Nebraska’s next se­ries, and Tay­lor ran in from the 1 to fin­ish a short drive that put the Badgers ahead 24-14.

The Huskers (4-6, 2-5) have lost four straight and five of their last six. They’ve dropped 10 in a row against Top 25 op­po­nents. Before the game, Nebraska an­nounced coach Scott Frost was given a two-year con­tract ex­ten­sion through 2026. Frost is 8-14 in his sec­ond sea­son since leav­ing UCF, which he led to a 13-0 record in 2017.

Hub­bard leads Cow­boys: Chuba Hub­bard ran for 122 yards and two touch­downs, and No. 22 Ok­la­homa State rolled past vis­it­ing Kansas 31-13.

Hub­bard, the na­tion’s rush­ing leader, also caught two passes for 42 yards.

Dil­lon Stoner caught five passes for a ca­reer-high 150 yards and two touch­downs and Spencer San­ders passed for 168 yards and a touch­down for the Cow­boys (7-3, 4-3 Big 12), who won their third straight. Ok­la­homa State gained 481 to­tal yards, in­clud­ing 243 rush­ing.

Kolby Harvell-Peel led Ok­la­homa State’s de­fense with two in­ter­cep­tions.

Ex­tra points: Joe Bur­row threw for 489 yards and five touch­downs as top-ranked LSU (10-0, 6-0 SEC) beat Ole Miss 58-37 . ... Clem­son start­ing wide re­ceivers Justyn Ross and Amari Rodgers were in­jured in the open­ing half of the third-ranked Tigers’ 52-3 vic­tory over Wake For­est . ... Chase Clay­pool caught four touch­down passes to match a school record and No. 16 Notre Dame shut down Navy’s triple-op­tion in a 52-20 rout on the 23rd-ranked Mid­ship­men . ... Michigan State de­fen­sive line­man Jacub Pana­siuk was ejected from a 44-10 loss to No. 15 Michigan after a rough­ing the passer penalty in the fourth quar­ter. Pana­siuk was re­moved from the game with Michigan lead­ing 34-10 . ... Justin Fields threw for a ca­reer-high 305 yards and matched his best with four touch­down passes as No. 2 Ohio State (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten) romped over Rutgers 56-21.

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