Ohio State wins vs. Penn State, takes Big Ten East

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COLUMBUS, OHIO » J.K. Dob­bins rushed for 157 yards and two touch­downs and No. 2 Ohio State locked up the Big Ten East ti­tle Satur­day, sur­viv­ing its first real test of the sea­son with a 2817 vic­tory over No. 9 Penn State.

The Buck­eyes held on af­ter Penn State (9-2, 7-2) took ad­van­tage of two sec­ond­half turnovers to climb back into the game in the third quar­ter af­ter go­ing down 21-0. This was a far dif­fer­ent sce­nario for Ohio State, which blew out its first 10 op­po­nents.

The Buck­eyes (10-0, 8-0 Big Ten) were cling­ing to a 21-17 lead early in the fourth quar­ter when Justin Fields threw a 28-yard touch­down pass to Chris Olave to cre­ate some breath­ing room.

The Ohio State de­fense, with Chase Young back from a two-game sus­pen­sion, then shut down two late Penn State drives on fourth down. The last drive in­cluded back-to-back sacks of backup quar­ter­back Will Le­vis by Young and line­backer Baron Brown­ing.

NO. 4 GEORGIA 19, NO. 24 TEXAS A&M 13 » Ge­orge Pick­ens scored Georgia’s only touch­down, Ro­drigo Blanken­ship booted four field goals and the de­fense stymied Texas A&M.

Georgia (10-1, 7-1 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence, No. 4 CFP) wrapped up its con­fer­ence sched­ule and stayed on course to make a run at the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off.

While the Bull­dogs strug­gled of­fen­sively, the de­fense turned in an­other dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance. Texas A&M (7-4, 4-3) was held to just mi­nus-1 yards rush­ing and 274 yards over­all, one week af­ter pil­ing up 319 yards on the ground in a rout of South Carolina.

NO. 1 LSU 56, ARKANSAS 20 » Joe Bur­row passed for 327 yards and three touch­downs, Clyde Ed­wards-He­laire rushed for a ca­reer­high 188 yards and three TDs and LSU clinched its first trip since to the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game since 2011.

LSU (11-0, 7-0) can fin­ish no worse than a tie for first with Alabama (10-1, 6-1) and owns the tiebreaker by virtue of the Tigers’ 46-41 tri­umph in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 9.

NO. 5 ALABAMA 66, WEST­ERN CAROLINA 3 » Mac Jones passed for 275 yards and three touch­downs in lit­tle more than a half and Alabama be­gan life with­out Tua Tago­v­ailoa with a romp over West­ern Carolina.

With Tago­v­ailoa watch­ing much of the game from a cart behind the bench, the Crim­son Tide (10-1) treated its in­jured quar­ter­back to a one-sided show against the Cata­mounts (3-9). Alabama is ranked fifth in the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off rank­ings and hop­ing to some­how make the field de­spite fail­ing to win the SEC West.

This one was about tak­ing care of busi­ness five days af­ter Tago­v­ailoa un­der­went surgery on his right hip. It wasn’t the type of game for im­press­ing the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee.

ARI­ZONA STATE 31, NO. 6 ORE­GON

28 » Fresh­man Jay­den Daniels com­pleted 22 of 32 passes for 408 yards and three touch­downs and Ari­zona State in­ter­cepted two of Justin Her­bert’s passes in the fourth quar­ter, help­ing the Sun Devils up­set No. 6 Ore­gon.

Ari­zona State (6-5, 3-5 Pac-12) ended Ore­gon’s Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off hopes and its nine-game win­ning streak. The Sun Devils snapped a four-game los­ing streak with their first vic­tory over a top-five team since Oct. 14, 2017, against then No. 5 Wash­ing­ton.

Ore­gon (9-2, 7-1) has clinched the Pac-12 North ti­tle and a place in the con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game.

NO. 8 OK­LA­HOMA 28, TCU 24 » Jalen Hurts passed for two touch­downs and ran for two more and No. 8 Ok­la­homa beat TCU to clinch a spot in the Big 12 cham­pi­onship game.

Hurts ran for 173 yards and passed for 145. He be­came the third Ok­la­homa quar­ter­back to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a sea­son.

Kennedy Brooks added 149 yards rush­ing for the Soon­ers (10-1, 7-1, No. 9 CFP), who kept their Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off hopes alive.

Max Dug­gan rushed for 92 and a touch­down for the Horned Frogs (5-6, 3-5), who missed a chance to be­come bowl el­i­gi­ble.

Ok­la­homa won its 20th con­sec­u­tive Novem­ber game dat­ing to 2014. The Soon­ers out­gained the Horned Frogs 511 yards to 204, but turned the ball over three times.

NO. 11 MIN­NESOTA 38, NORTH­WEST­ERN 22 » Tan­ner Morgan led Min­nesota to scores on its first three pos­ses­sions and fin­ished with four touch­down passes, and the Go­phers bounced back from their first loss of the sea­son.

The Go­phers (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP), who lost at Iowa last week, strength­ened their grip on first place in the West Divi­sion.

NO. 12 MICHI­GAN 39, IN­DI­ANA 14 » Shea Pat­ter­son threw five touch­down passes and Nico Collins scored a ca­reer-high three times for Michi­gan.

The Wolver­ines (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 13 CFP) have won four straight over­all and 24 straight in the se­ries since 1987.

Pat­ter­son was 20 of 32 with 366 yards and one in­ter­cep­tion.

Pey­ton Ram­sey and Ste­vie Scott III each scored on 1-yard runs for the Hoosiers, but the of­fense stalled as Pat­ter­son started heat­ing up and In­di­ana (7-4, 4-4) never had a chance. The Hoosiers have lost two in a row since clinch­ing its first win­ning sea­son in 12 years.

NO. 13 BAY­LOR 24, TEXAS 10 » Char­lie Brewer ac­counted for 296 yards and two touch­downs and Bay­lor wrapped up a spot in the Big 12 cham­pi­onship game.

The Bears (10-1, 7-1 Big 12, No. 14 CFP) have their sixth 10-win sea­son, and fifth since 2011. This one comes just two years af­ter the school’s only 11-loss sea­son in coach Matt Rhule’s de­but when he took over in the af­ter­math of a sprawl­ing sex­ual as­sault scan­dal that led to two-time Big 12 cham­pion coach Art Briles get­ting fired 3 1/2 years ago.

NO. 14 WISCONSIN 45, PUR­DUE 24 » Jonathan Taylor ran for 222 yards — the 12th time he has at least 200 in his ca­reer —and a touch­down for Wisconsin.

Wisconsin (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 12 CFP)ex­tended its win­ning streak over the Boil­er­mak­ers to 14 games. Jack Coan com­pleted 15 of 19 passes for 203 yards and two touch­downs against one in­ter­cep­tion.

The Boil­er­mak­ers (4-7, 3-5) dropped their sev­enth straight at Camp Ran­dall Sta­dium and failed to qual­ify for a bowl game. Ai­dan O’Con­nell fin­ished with a ca­reer-high 289 yards pass­ing with two scores.

NO. 15 NOTRE DAME 40, BOS­TON COL­LEGE 7 » Ian Book threw three touch­down passes and Notre Dame cor­ralled Bos­ton Col­lege star run­ning back AJ Dil­lon.

The fourth straight vic­tory by the Fight­ing Ir­ish (9-2, No. 15 CFP) com­pleted their sec­ond straight un­beaten sea­son (7-0) at Notre Dame Sta­dium, where they have won 18 straight. But for the sec­ond straight week, the sta­dium was not filled af­ter a streak of 273 sell­outs since 1973. The an­nounced crowd of 71,827 was 5,795 short of ca­pac­ity.

NO. 16 AUBURN 52, SAM­FORD 0» Auburn held Sam­ford to 114 yards and forced four turnovers, JaTarvi­ous Whit­low scored twice and the Tigers tuned up for the Iron Bowl against Alabama with a rain-drenched rout.

Auburn (8-3) forced and re­cov­ered a fum­ble on a fourth-and-4 on Sam­ford’s open­ing drive, the first of three turnovers and a trio of three-and-outs across Sam­ford’s first six pos­ses­sions. The Tigers had 13 tack­les for loss and held Sam­ford to 2 yards per play, 2 of 13 on third down as Auburn’s de­fen­sive starters were benched a few min­utes into the third quar­ter.

Sam­ford (5-7) had scored in 213 straight games.

NO. 17 CINCIN­NATI 15, TEM­PLE 13 » Michael War­ren II ran 13 yards for a touch­down on a cold, raw night, Coby Bryant went 98 yards with a blocked ex­tra-point at­tempt and Cincin­nati clinched a spot in the Amer­i­can Ath­letic ti­tle game.

The Bearcats (10-1, 7-0) se­cured the AAC East ti­tle and re­mained the only un­beaten team in league play. They would host the ti­tle game if they win next week at No. 18 Mem­phis, which shares the AAC West lead.

Cincin­nati’s Des­mond Rid­der played de­spite a sore pass­ing shoul­der and was only 9 of 25 for 62 yards. War­ren fin­ished with 106 yards rush­ing.

NO. 18 MEM­PHIS 49, SOUTH FLORIDA 10 » Brady White threw for 222 yards and two touch­downs and Mem­phis shrugged off two early turnovers to beat South Florida and re­tain a share of first place in the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence West Divi­sion.

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