No. 6 Ok­la­homa wins bat­tle with Cowboys

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

Tay­lor Cor­nelius con­nected with Ty­lan Wal­lace on a 24-yard TD 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, No. 6 CFP) 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 ca­reer-high 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.

Brooks had a 5-yard touch­down on the last play of the third quar­ter to give Ok­la­homa a 41-35 lead. Hub­bard scored with 12:20 to play, but Matt Am­men­dola missed the ex­tra point, leav­ing it tied at 41.

With Ok­la­homa State driv­ing for the lead, Hub­bard fum­bled, and Ok­la­homa’s Ken­neth Murray re­cov­ered with 6:09 to play. Ok­la­homa took ad­van­tage when Trey Ser­mon pow­ered in from the 1 with 3:29 left.

No. 1 Alabama 24 No. 18 Mis­sis­sippi State 0

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Josh Ja­cobs ran for a touch­down and caught a scor­ing pass and Alabama had its sec­ond straight shutout.

With quar­ter­back Tua Tago­v­ailoa still bat­tling a gimpy right knee, the Crim­son Tide (10-0, 7-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence, No. 1 CFP) turned to de­fense for an­other vin­tage per­for­mance.

The of­fense raced to a fast start but mostly stalled from there against the Bull­dogs (6-4, 2-4) and the na­tion’s No. 2 scor­ing de­fense.

Tago­v­ailoa started the fourth quar­ter on a sta­tion­ary bike af­ter get­ting his right knee checked out in the med­i­cal tent fol­low­ing a hard hit. He didn’t re­turn and wasn’t needed.

Fresh from a 29-0 vic­tory over No. 9 LSU, the Tide de­fense hasn’t al­lowed a point in nine-plus quar­ters. Alabama had five sacks and Mis­sis­sippi State had four in a rough day for both quar­ter­backs.

No. 4 Michi­gan 42, Rut­gers 7

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

The Wolver­ines (9-1, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) 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 No. 8 Ohio State.

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

No. 7 West Vir­ginia 47, TCU 10

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Will Grier threw three touch­down passes for West Vir­ginia.

Chas­ing a berth in the Big 12 cham­pi­onship game, West Vir­ginia (8-1, 6-1, No. 9 CFP) had no trou­ble against the in­jury-rid­dled Horned Frogs (4-6, 2-5).

Grier was 25-of-39 for 343 yards. 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 Ohio State even­tu­ally pulled away.

The Buck­eyes (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP) en­joyed a huge ad­van­tage in field po­si­tion dur­ing the sec­ond half. Chris­man’s punts forced Michi­gan State (6-4, 4-3, No. 18) to start its first five drives af­ter half­time from its own 5, 6, 3, 1 and 2-yard line.

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 a 9-6 lead. The en­su­ing free kick went out of bounds, giv­ing the Buck­eyes the ball at the 50, and then Chris­man pinned Michi­gan State back again.

Ohio State cap­i­tal­ized on that punt when a shot­gun snap by Michi­gan State hit the man in mo­tion. Dre’Mont Jones re­cov­ered the fum­ble in the end zone, giv­ing Ohio State a 16-6 ad­van­tage.

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 nose­div­ing Colorado.

The Cougars (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12, No. 8 CFP) won their sixth straight, 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 TDs. He had a 10-yard scor­ing run in the fourth quar­ter.

No. 11 UCF 35, Navy 24

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

Mil­ton com­pleted 17-of-21 passes with­out an in­ter­cep­tion, and the Knights (9-0, 6-0 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence, No. 12 CFP) re­mained one of four un­beaten teams in the Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion.

Navy (2-8, 1-5) has lost seven straight.

Ten­nessee 24, No. 12 Ken­tucky 7

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jar­rett Guar­an­tano threw a 39-yard touch­down pass to Mar­quez Call­away on the fi­nal play of the first half and Dar­rell Tay­lor had four sacks for Ten­nessee.

Tay­lor also forced and re­cov­ered a fum­ble to help Ten­nessee (5-5, 2-4 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) beat Ken­tucky (7-3, 5-3, No. 11 CFP) at Ney­land Sta­dium for a 17th straight time.

Guar­an­tano was 12-of-20 for 197 yards, in­clud­ing a 2-yard touch­down pass to Do­minick Wood-An­der­son that ex­tended Ten­nessee’s ad­van­tage to 24-0 in the third quar­ter.

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 in of­fense.

Love’s 491 pass­ing yards were the third­high­est 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).

No. 19 Florida 35, South Carolina 31

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Feleipe Franks si­lenced the home crowd twice af­ter touch­down runs, seem­ingly send­ing a mes­sage af­ter get­ting benched last week and booed ear­lier in the game, and Florida ral­lied to beat South Carolina to end a two-game los­ing streak.

Franks dived across the goal line on a fourth-down play from in­side the 1 with 4:09 to play, putting the Ga­tors (7-3, 5-3 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence, No. 15 CFP) ahead for the first time. Florida over­came a 17-point deficit in the sec­ond half to beat the Game­cocks (5-4, 4-4).

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.

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 that saw Roberts slap Mont­gomery on the hel­met, prompt­ing Mont­gomery to swing back.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Notre Dame quar­ter­back Ian Book (12) watches warmups be­fore Satur­day night’s game against Florida State in South Bend, Ind. Due to in­jury, Book did not dress to play in the game. The con­test ended too late for to­day’s edi­tion. For re­sults, visit www.stan­dard­speaker.com and read Mon­day’s edi­tion.

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