No. 3 Notre Dame routs Florida State
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Brandon Wimbush threw three- first half touchdown passes, Dexter Williams ran for a career- high 202 yards and No. 3 Notre Dame took advantage of Florida State turnovers to rout Florida State 42- 13 on a frosty Saturday night.
With the temperature at 27 degrees — the third- coldest game at Notre Dame Stadium since the 1980 season — the Irish ( 10- 0, No. 3 CFP) wore green jerseys for the fourth time in Brian Kelly’s nine- year tenure at Notre Dame to honor their seniors.
Wimbush, who led the Irish to their first three victories, got the start in place of injured junior Ian Book, who suffered a rib injury last week 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 6and 15- yard tosses to tight end Alize Mack.
Williams, who sat out the first four games of his senior season because of a universityimposed suspension, piled up the 202 yards on 20 carries, including TD runs of 58 and 32 yards, as Notre Dame outgained Florida State, 495- 322, including 365 on the ground.
Wimbush, however, did throw a pair of second- half interceptions that allowed coach Willie Taggart’s Seminoles ( 4- 6) to stay around after the Irish had taken a 32- 6 halftime lead.
Cam Akers had two touchdown runs for Florida State, his second on a 7- yard run fol
lowing Stanford Samuels’ interception early in the third quarter.
But Notre Dame’s defense denied points after Dontavious Jackson’s third- quarter theft when senior Drue Tranquill and junior Khalid Kareem made stops after the Seminoles had reached the Irish 1. On fourth down, quarterback Deondre Francois ( 23- of47, 216 yards) threw incomplete.
The Seminoles, who practiced in summer
like conditions in Tallahassee before flying into wintry South Bend, saw Francois’ second pass of the game intercepted by senior Nick Coleman and Akers’ fumble recovered by junior Daelin Hayes. The Irish converted them into 10 points while taking a 17- 0 firstquarter lead.
No. 6 oklahoma 48, okla. State 47
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. 10 Washington State 31
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.
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.
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.
Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin ( 81) catches a touchdown pass as Florida State defensive back Hamsah Nasirildeen ( 23) defends during Saturday’s game.