Connecticut Post (Sunday)

O’Connell, Bell lead Purdue past No. 2 Iowa


IOWA CITY, Iowa — Aidan O’Connell threw for 375 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, David Bell had a careerbest 240 yards receiving, and Purdue continued its recent mastery over No. 2 Iowa with a 24-7 upset Saturday.

The Boilermake­rs (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) have won four of their last five games against the Hawkeyes (6-1, 3-1). The loss ended Iowa’s 12-game winning streak.

Purdue beat its highest ranked opponent on the road since a victory at No. 2 Notre Dame in 1974. It was the second time in four seasons Purdue has knocked off a No. 2-ranked team. The Boilermake­rs won at home against a second-ranked Ohio State in 2018.

O’Connell was 30 of 40 passing with two touchdowns, and he also ran for a score. He got the most work on a day when Purdue used backup quarterbac­ks Jack Plummer and Austin Burton in select situations. All three were in on different plays during the Boilermake­rs’ first-quarter drive that ended with O’Connell’s 6-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead.

O’Connell threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to TJ Sheffield in the final minute of the first half to give Purdue a 14-7 halftime lead. He threw a 21-yard TD pass to Bell in the fourth quarter.

Bell had 11 receptions. He has a combined 37 catches for 558 yards and five touchdowns against Iowa in three seasons.


ATHENS, Ga. — With Georgia playing its first game as the nation’s No. 1-ranked team since 2008, Stetson Bennett threw three touchdown passes and the Bulldogs got another stifling defensive effort in a victory over Kentucky.

Bennett, starting his third straight game in place of injured JT Daniels, hooked up with freshman tight end Brock Bowers on a pair of scores.

The senior quarterbac­k was 14 of 20 for 250 yards in another solid performanc­e with Daniels watching from the sideline for the Bulldogs (7-0, 5-0 Southeaste­rn Conference),


CINCINNATI — Jerome Ford rushed for a career-high 189 yards and four touchdowns, helping Cincinnati roll past UCF.

Desmond Ridder passed for 140 yards and a touchdown to help the Bearcats (6-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) extend the nation’s second-longest home winning streak to 24 games.


BLOOMINGTO­N, Ind. — Matt Coghlin’s 51-yard field goal to open the second half gave Michigan State the lead and Payton Thorne’s 12-yard touchdown pass provided the margin the Spartans needed to hold off Indiana.

The Spartans (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) will remain atop the conference’s East Division at least two more weeks after reclaiming the Old Brass Spittoon.

NO. 12 OKLAHOMA ST. 32, NO. 25 TEXAS 24

AUSTIN, Texas — Tanner Brown’s fourth field goal of the game gave No. 12 Oklahoma State its first lead, and Spencer Sanders’ scrambling 10-yard touchdown run with 2:18 to play capped a 32-24 victory over No. 25 Texas on Saturday to keep the Cowboys undefeated.

Texas built leads of 17-3 and 24-13 behind three touchdowns from Bijan Robinson before Oklahoma State’s defense and punishing run game behind Jaylen Warren took over for the Cowboys (6-0, 3-0 Big 12).


FAYETTEVIL­LE, Ark. — Bo Nix threw for 292 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, Auburn’s defense contribute­d a touchdown and a key fourth-down stop in the third quarter and the Tigers beat Arkansas.

Auburn (5-2, 2-1 Southeaste­rn Conference) won its sixth straight in the series and handed Arkansas (4-3, 1-3) its third straight loss.

BAYLOR 38, NO. 19 BYU 24

WACO, Texas — Abram Smith ran for 188 yards with three touchdowns, Baylor linebacker and part-time fullback Dillon Doyle scored on both of his offensive touches and the Bears beat future Big 12 foe BYU.

Baylor (6-1) led by only three points midway through the third quarter before Doyle caught a 2-yard TD pass from Gerry Bohanon. Smith ran for a 7-yard score about 31⁄2 minutes later to make it 31-14, after TJ Franklin’s sack that forced a fumble by Cougars quarterbac­k Jaren Hall.

LSU 49, NO. 20 FLORIDA 42

BATON ROUGE, La. — Tyrion DavisPrice ran for an LSU-record 287 yards and had three touchdowns and the Tigers’ banged-up defense came up with four intercepti­ons against Florida.

The stirring performanc­e produced thunderous roars from a Death Valley crowd that came in with low expectatio­ns after unranked LSU (4-3, 2-2 Southeaste­rn Conference) dropped its previous two games against Auburn and Kentucky, fueling speculatio­n coach Ed Orgeron’s hold on his job was tenuous at best.


COLUMBIA, Mo. — Texas A&M’s running back duo of Isaiah Spiller and Devon Achane combined for 292 rushing yards and three touchdowns to power the Aggies past Missouri.

Spiller rushed 20 times for 168 yards and one touchdown, and Achane added 16 carries for 124 yards and two scores to help Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2 Southeaste­rn Conference) avoid a letdown after last week’s upset of Alabama.

 ?? Matthew Holst / Getty Images ?? Iowa running back Ivory Kelly-Martin (21) is brought down by Purdue defensive end Kydran Jenkins (44) on Saturday.
Matthew Holst / Getty Images Iowa running back Ivory Kelly-Martin (21) is brought down by Purdue defensive end Kydran Jenkins (44) on Saturday.

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