Oct 23, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini running back Chase Brown (2) celebrates his touchdown run with teammates against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the first half at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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Top 25 roundup: Illinois upsets No. 7 Penn St. in record 9th OT

Brandon Peters found Casey Washington for the decisive two-point conversion in the ninth overtime as visiting Illinois upset No. 7 Penn State 20-18 on Saturday in University Park, Pa., in the longest game in FBS history in terms of overtimes.

Five previous FBS games had reached seven overtimes. Peters came on in the fifth OT for injured Artur Sitkowski, who finished with 38 yards on 8-of-19 passing for Illinois (3-5, 2-3 Big Ten). The Illini also lost running back Chase Brown, who exited after running for 223 yards and a touchdown.

Illinois outplayed Penn State (5-2, 2-2) for much of the game. The Illini outgained the Nittany Lions 395-227, converted 9 of 18 third downs (compared to 4 of 17 for Penn State), and held the ball for 36:25 of the 60 minutes in regulation.

The game presented itself as a potential trap for Penn State, which lost a heartbreaker to No. 3 Iowa in its last contest and also faces a top-five foe next week in No. 5 Ohio State.

No. 2 Cincinnati 27, Navy 20

The Bearcats overcame a rocky first half and held off a late rally from the Midshipmen to remain undefeated, winning in Annapolis, Md.

Jerome Ford rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and Desmond Ridder connected with tight end Josh Whyle for a pair of touchdowns for the Bearcats.

Ridder finished with 176 yards on 18-for-30 passing with two TDs and an interception. Whyle led the Bearcats with 60 receiving yards.

No. 3 Oklahoma 35, Kansas 23

Caleb Williams threw for 178 yards and two touchdowns, while also running for 70 yards and a score to help the Sooners avoid an upset at the Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan.

The undefeated Sooners were listless for much of the game, trailing 10-0 at halftime and 17-7 late in the third quarter before finally showing life on both sides of the ball, outscoring Kansas 28-6 the rest of the way.

Running back Kennedy Brooks led the Sooners with 79 yards on the ground and scored twice.

No. 4 Alabama 52, Tennessee 24

Bryce Young threw for 371 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as the Crimson Tide pulled away in the fourth quarter to subdue the undermanned Volunteers in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Alabama (7-1, 4-1 SEC) led just 31-24 after Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker connected with Cedric Tillman on a 70-yard scoring strike 30 seconds into the fourth quarter. But Alabama responded with three touchdowns in less than 10 minutes to put the game away.

It was Alabama’s 15th consecutive win over Tennessee (4-4, 2-3), dating back to Nick Saban’s first year as its coach in 2007. Hooker completed 19 of 28 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns, finding Tillman seven times for 152 yards.

No. 6 Michigan 33, Northwestern 7

Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins each rushed for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns as the undefeated Wolverines pulled away from the Wildcats in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Corum gained 119 yards on 19 carries, while Haskins picked up 110 yards on 23 carries for Michigan, which rushed for 294 yards.

Cade McNamara completed 20 of 27 passes for 129 yards for the Wolverines. The victory sets up a showdown with undefeated in-state rival Michigan State in East Lansing next Saturday.

Iowa State 24, No. 8 Oklahoma State 21

Brock Purdy threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns, and the defense came up with a huge fourth-down stop in the closing seconds as the Cyclones upended the Sooners in Ames, Iowa.

Breece Hall scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 4-yard run with 5:29 to play for the Cyclones (5-2, 3-1 Big 12). Will McDonald, the Big 12’s second-leading sack specialist coming into the day, recorded back-to-back sacks on second and third down to shut down a late Oklahoma State drive.

Xavier Hutchinson had 12 catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns for the Cyclones. Oklahoma State’s Spencer Sanders finished 15 of 24 for 225 yards and three touchdowns.

No. 10 Oregon 34, UCLA 31

Travis Dye scored four rushing touchdowns despite running for only 35 yards on 14 carries, and the Ducks rallied from a 14-point deficit for a win over the Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Dye, at one point in the game, had touchdown runs on four consecutive carries. Quarterback Anthony Brown completed 29 of 39 passes for 296 yards, but two fourth-quarter interceptions gave the Bruins a chance to come back.

UCLA had the ball in Oregon territory with a minute to play, but backup quarterback Ethan Garbers was picked off by Oregon’s D.J. James to seal the Ducks’ win. Garbers had to come in when starter Dorian Thompson-Robinson had to exit during the drive after a hard hit.

No. 12 Ole Miss 31, LSU 17

Heisman Trophy hopeful Matt Corral shook off a slow start by scoring one of his team’s three rushing touchdowns and throwing for another as the Rebels beat their SEC West foe Tigers in Oxford, Miss.

Corral led the Rebels to three straight scores in the first half and another early in the second. The junior passer finished 18 of 23 for 185 yards without an interception. His TD pass to tight end Casey Kelly extended Corral’s streak of consecutive games with at least one to 19 — three shy of Chad Kelly’s school record.

In winning their third straight contest, the Rebels broke a five-game losing streak versus LSU — all against lame duck head coach Ed Orgeron.

No. 13 Notre Dame 31, USC 16

Kyren Williams established season highs of 138 rushing yards and two touchdowns to lead the Fighting Irish over the visiting Trojans, who have lost each of their last five visits to South Bend, their longest such skid since dropping seven in a row from 1983-95

Jack Coan completed 20 of 28 passes for 189 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Fighting Irish (6-1). Backup quarterback Tyler Buchner rushed for a touchdown, Avery Davis caught a scoring pass and Bo Bauer had a key interception for Notre Dame.

Keaontay Ingram rushed for a season-best 138 yards and one touchdown, and Drake London caught 15 passes for 171 yards for USC (3-4). Kedon Slovis completed 27 of 37 passes for 299 yards and lost a fumble in addition to the interception.

No. 16 Wake Forest 70, Army 56

Sam Hartman threw for five touchdowns and the Demon Deacons finally got some separation to top the Black Knights by scoring the third-most points in program history at West Point, N.Y.

Hartman also ran for a touchdown while he compiled 458 yards in the air on 23-of-29 passing as Wake Forest rolled up 638 yards of offense.

The teams traded touchdowns into the third quarter before the undefeated Demon Deacons benefited from Traveon Reed’s 83-yard interception return for a touchdown and took a 42-28 lead. That was the first time that Wake Forest, which never trailed, led by more than seven points.

No. 17 Texas A&M 44, South Carolina 14

The Aggies’ defense limited the Gamecocks to 15 yards of total offense through the first three quarters and running backs Devon Achane and Isaiah Spiller each eclipsed 100 yards in the SEC win at College Station, Texas.

Achane finished with 154 yards on 20 carries, including a 35-yard touchdown, and Spiller gained 102 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown. The Aggies (6-2, 3-2 SEC) extended their winning streak to three games after losing their first two conference games.

Texas A&M quarterback Zach Calzada completed two touchdown passes to Jalen Wydermyer on consecutive possessions in the first half after Ainias Smith got the Aggies’ scoring started on a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown 2:30 into the game.

Miami 31, No. 18 North Carolina State 30

Tyler Van Dyke threw four touchdown passes, including two to Charleston Rambo, as the host Hurricanes knocked off the Wolfpack.

Van Dyke was 25-for-33 for 325 yards as Miami (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped a two-game losing skid. Rambo caught nine passes for 127 yards and the two scores, while Jaylan Knighton had 83 yards rushing and 83 yards receiving plus a scoring catch.

Thayer Thomas caught Devin Leary’s two touchdown passes for NC State (5-2, 2-1). Leary finished 24-for-42 for 310 yards without an interception.

No. 22 San Diego State 20, Air Force 14

The Aztecs took advantage of two early turnovers and built enough of a cushion to hold off the host Falcons for a victory in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Aztecs (7-0, 3-0 Mountain West) built a 20-0 lead shortly after halftime and prevailed despite totaling only 229 yards of total offense. A Dallas Branch interception and Noah Avinger’s fumble recovery led to the first two scores.

San Diego State is off to its best start since 1975. Air Force (6-2, 3-2) had its three-game winning streak snapped.

No. 23 Pittsburgh 27, Clemson 17

Kenny Pickett passed for 302 yards and two touchdowns as the host Panthers knocked off the Tigers, dealing them their third loss in a season for the first time since 2014.

Pitt (6-1, 3-0 ACC), off to its best start since 2015, snapped a two-game losing streak against the Tigers (4-3, 3-2), who had outscored the Panthers 94-27 in those games.

Pickett guided Pitt to 464 yards, the most Clemson’s defense has surrendered this season. The Tigers entered the game ranked second nationally in scoring defense at 12.5 points per game. Clemson’s offense continued to struggle, scoring 21 points or less for a fifth consecutive game.

No. 24 UTSA 45, Louisiana Tech 16

Sincere McCormick rushed for three touchdowns and the Roadrunners won their first game as a ranked team by defeating the host Bulldogs in a Conference USA game in Ruston, La.

McCormick finished with 113 yards on 23 carries for the Roadrunners (8-0, 4-0), who scored 35 straight points to take command after falling behind 10-7.

Frank Harris completed 12 of 20 attempts for 193 yards and two touchdowns to Zakhari Franklin, who finished with 118 yards on five receptions.

Wisconsin 30, No. 25 Purdue 13

Chez Mellusi had 149 rushing yards and a touchdown, Braelon Allen added 140 rushing yards and a pair of scores, and the Badgers raced past the Boilermakers in West Lafayette, Ind.

Linebacker Leo Chenal registered 3 1/2 sacks for Wisconsin, which posted its third victory in a row. The Badgers won despite an underwhelming effort from quarterback Graham Mertz, who completed five of eight passes for 52 yards and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.

Wisconsin outgained Purdue 342-206. The Badgers finished with 290 yards on the ground, while Purdue totaled minus-13 rushing yards because of a half-dozen sacks.

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