South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday)
Marshall falls for 1st time this season
Rice was offended when Marshall’s offense stayed on the field on fourth down inside the Owls’ 30-yard line on the first series of the game.
The Rice defense held — and took its frustrations outontheThunderingHerd the rest of the game.
Safety Naeem Smith returned one of five Marshall interceptions for a touchdown and Rice shocked the 15th-ranked Thundering Herd 20-0 on Saturday for their first loss.
The three-touchdown underdog Owls (2-2, 2-2 Conference USA) beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 1997 despite being without their two top offensive weapons and getting outgained 245 yards to 213.
Another for theBook: IanBook threw three touchdown passes and ran for two scores in his final home game at Notre Dame, leading the second-ranked Fighting Irish to a 45-21 victory over Syracuse on Saturday.
The fifth-year senior led the Irish to a victory as a starter for the 30th time, the most ever for a Notre Dame QB. The Irish (10-0, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference, CFP No. 2) ran their winning streak to 16 games, best on the country, and their homewinning streak to 24.
Next up for the Irish, who are playing this season inapandemic as amemberof the Atlantic Coast Conference, is the Dec. 19 league championship game in Charlotte, North Carolina. It will be a rematch against No. 4 Clemson if the Tigers beat Virginia Tech later Saturday.
Another Fields day: Justin Fields threw two touchdown passes and Haskell Garrett returned an interception for a score in Ohio State’s victory over Michigan State.
The Buckeyes (5-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) were able to take the field after a coronavirus-related cancellation the previous weekend. They were without coach Ryan Day and a few other members of the staff. Ohio State also had a list of 23 unavailable players, but none of that seemed to faze the Buckeyes. Fields also ran for two scores. Nowthe big question is whetherOhio State’s regular-season finale against Michigan next weekend will be played. TheWolverines did not play this weekend for virus-related reasons. The concern for the Buckeyes is that they could fall short of the six-game threshold to be eligible for the Big Ten title game.
Next man up for Texas Tech: Texas Tech linebacker Colin Schooler says the “next man up” approach in this
COVID-19 college football season applies to coaches as much as players.
The Red Raiders overcame four turnovers to prove it.
Receiver Myles Price took a reverse
70 yards for Texas Tech’s only touchdown and Jonathan Garibay kicked a go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter of a 16-13 victory overwinless Kansas on Saturday with coachMattWells watching from home after testing positive for the virus.
Defensive coordinator Keith Patterson filled in, and his defense stopped Kansas (0-9, 0-8 Big 12) on fourth down four times, including twice in the final five minutes to preserve the victory.
Wild finish in Missouri win: When Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz saw his team fall behind Arkansas on the most improbable 2-point conversion imaginable, he turned to quarterback Connor Bazelakwith a simple message.
“Let’s go win the game,” Drinkwitz told the freshman.
Bazelak drove the Tigers down the field in the final 43 seconds and then turned the gameover to freshman kicker Harrison Mevis, who drilled a 32-yard field goal as time expired to lift Missouri to a 50-48 victory Saturday.
The Tigers (5-3) trailed by 14 points in the fourthquarter, charged back to take a seven-point advantage and then surrendered the lead in the finalminute.
Arkansas quarterback K.J. Jefferson, who started in place of the injured Feleipe Franks, threw a touchdown pass to MikeWoods to cut the Missouri lead to one point. Coach Sam Pittman decided to go for 2 rather than tie the game. Jefferson floated a soft pass towardWoods cutting across the back of the end zone. It went right into the hands of Missouri linebacker Jamal Brooks, then right out of Brooks’ hands and into the arms ofWoods.
Wildcats clinch Big Ten West without playing:
Despite not playing Saturday, No. 14Northwestern clinched the Big TenWest Division title for a berth in the conference championship game.
This is the second time in three seasons theWildcats (5-1) have won the division title; they lost to Ohio State 45-24inthe2018 BigTenfinal. The2020 title game is scheduled for Dec. 19 in Indianapolis. Northwestern qualified without competing because of Big Ten rules for how many games must be played to be eligible. Only three games needed to be played Saturday for the Wildcats to clinch and eliminate No. 16 Wisconsin fromcontention.