Nov 13, 2021; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi Rebels defensive back AJ Finley (21) reacts after defeating the Texas A&M Aggies at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

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Top 25 roundup: No. 15 Ole Miss topples No. 11 Texas A&M

Ole Miss’ embattled defense stepped up its game and shut down No. 11 Texas A&M on Saturday night, carrying the No. 15 Rebels past the Aggies 29-19 in Oxford, Miss.

Ranked 104th in total defense entering the game, the Rebels (8-2, 4-2 SEC) blanked Texas A&M in the first half and forced two second-half turnovers that produced 14 points.

Ole Miss held advantages of 408-91 in total yardage, 23-5 in first downs and led 15-0 in the first half. Overall, Matt Corral (24-of-37) passed for 247 yards and a score to Dontario Drummond.

Jerrion Ealy churned out 152 yards on 24 carries, and Snoop Conner rushed for his team-leading 11th touchdown.

No. 1 Georgia 41, Tennessee 17

James Cook scored three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a victory over the host Volunteers as they went undefeated in Southeastern Conference play for the first time since 1982.

Cook scored on runs of 39 and 5 yards and caught a 23-yard touchdown pass to finish with 104 rushing yards on 10 carries and three receptions for 43 yards for Georgia (10-0, 8-0 SEC), which amassed 487 yards of total offense.

The Bulldogs’ defense dominated Tennessee (5-5, 3-4), posting six sacks, forcing two turnovers, and holding the Volunteers to seven points in the final 46:38.

No. 2 Alabama 59, New Mexico State 3

Bryce Young passed for five touchdowns and Jameson Williams caught three as the Crimson Tide rolled over the Aggies in nonconference action at Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Crimson Tide outgained the Aggies 587 to 138.

Young became the first Alabama quarterback to open a game with 13 straight completions and he finished 21 of 23 for 270 yards. Brian Robinson Jr. rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries for the Crimson Tide (9-1).

Jonah Johnson completed 19 of 30 passes for 129 yards for New Mexico State (1-9), which lost its sixth straight game, losing by 20 or more points for the fifth time this season.

No. 3 Oregon 38, Washington St. 24

Quarterback Anthony Brown accounted for 258 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns as the Ducks pulled away from a halftime tie to defeat the Cougars in Eugene, Ore.

Brown rushed for 123 yards and one score and threw for 135 yards and another touchdown. Byron Cardwell (two touchdowns) and Travis Dye Jr. (one score) ran for 98 and 88 yards, respectively, as the Ducks (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12) amassed 306 yards on the ground to 91 for the Cougars.

Quarterback Jayden de Laura threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns for Washington State, which outgained Oregon 233-157 in the first half en route to a 14-14 tie.

No. 4 Ohio State 59, No. 19 Purdue 31

Garrett Wilson returned to catch two touchdown passes and run for another in the first half as the Buckeyes routed the Boilermakers in Columbus, Ohio.

He was the favorite target of C.J. Stroud, who was 31 of 38 for 361 yards and five touchdowns. Wilson finished with four TDs and 10 catches overall for 126 yards. Jaxon Smith-Njigba had 139 yards on nine catches, TreVeyon Henderson rushed for two touchdowns and Miyan Williams added 117 yards on the ground.

The Boilermakers (6-4, 4-3) were looking for their third upset of a top-5 team this season but were felled by turnovers in the first half that led to 14 points by Ohio State in a 1-minute, 50-second span. Purdue (6-4, 4-3) would later give up two touchdowns in 24 seconds. Quarterback Aidan O’Connell was 40-for-52 for 390 yards and four TDs.

No. 6 Michigan 21, Penn State 17

Cade McNamara threw three touchdown passes, including a go-ahead 47-yard strike to Erick All with 3:29 left, and the Wolverines edged the Nittany Lions in State College, Pa.

McNamara threw for 217 yards, while Roman Wilson caught two of his touchdown passes. Hassan Haskins carried 31 times for 156 yards and also made five receptions for 45 yards for the Wolverines (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten).

Sean Clifford passed for 205 yards and a touchdown for the Nittany Lions (6-4, 3-4), who have lost four of their past five games. Jahan Dotson caught nine passes for 61 yards. Michigan sacked Clifford seven times.

No. 7 Michigan State 40, Maryland 21

Payton Thorne tossed four touchdown passes, Heisman Trophy candidate Kenneth Walker III gained 143 rushing yards with two touchdowns and the Spartans defeated the Terrapins in East Lansing, Mich.

The Spartans rebounded from their first loss of the season by racking up 481 yards of total offense. Thorne completed 22 of 31 passes for 287 yards with one interception. Jayden Reed caught eight balls for 114 yards and two scores for Michigan State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten).

Taulia Tagovailoa went 29-for-48 passing for 350 yards, two touchdowns and one pick for Maryland (5-5, 2-5). Rakim Jarrett hauled in 10 passes for 105 yards and Chigoziem Okonkwo caught eight for 112 and two touchdowns.

No. 13 Baylor 27, No. 8 Oklahoma 14

Gerry Bohanon ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 117 yards and a score as the Bears beat the Sooners in Waco, Texas.

It was Oklahoma’s first loss of the season and the Sooners’ first November loss since 2014. The defeat likely ended the Sooners’ quest for a fourth College Football Playoff in five years. Oklahoma fell to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the Big 12.

It was Baylor’s first win over the Sooners since 2014 and kept Baylor (8-2, 5-2) alive in the conference race. The Bears had five sacks and held Oklahoma to 260 total yards and just 78 yards on the ground while also forcing a pair of turnovers.

No. 9 Notre Dame 28, Virginia 3

Jack Coan passed for three touchdowns as the Fighting Irish defeated the host Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Va.

Coan completed 15-of-20 passes for 132 yards and one interception as the Fighting Irish (9-1) won their fifth straight game.

The Cavaliers (6-4) lost their second straight game. They have allowed 134 points in their past three games. The Cavaliers were without star quarterback Brennan Armstrong due to a rib injury. Jay Woolfolk replaced Armstrong and completed 18-of-33 passes for 196 yards and two interceptions.

No. 10 Oklahoma State 63, TCU 17

Jaylen Warren rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns as the Cowboys moved into a tie for first place in the Big 12 by trampling the Horned Frogs at Stillwater, Okla.

The surging Cowboys (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) won their third straight and tied Oklahoma for the conference lead after the No. 8 Sooners endured their first defeat with a loss Saturday at Baylor.

Warren surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season and scored on first-half carries of 1, 2 and 6 yards. Since becoming the Cowboys’ starter, he has five 100-yard performances in eight games.

No. 12 Wake Forest 45, No. 16 NC State 42

Sam Hartman threw three touchdown passes, shaking off a trio of interceptions, as the Demon Deacons edged the Wolfpack in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Running back Justice Ellison scored Wake Forest’s final two touchdowns as the Demon Deacons never trailed for the last 26 minutes. Hartman completed 20 of 47 passes for 290 yards.

Wake Forest (9-1, 6-0 ACC) took control of the Atlantic Division, needing to win at Clemson next week or at Boston College in the regular-season finale to advance to the league championship game for the second time. NC State (7-3, 4-2) quarterback Devin Leary threw for 408 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, while running back Zonovan Knight had a big impact on kickoff returns.

Mississippi St. 43, No. 17 Auburn 34

Will Rogers fired six touchdown passes as the visiting Bulldogs scored 40 unanswered points to erase a 25-point first-half deficit, stunning the Tigers.

With the Bulldogs (6-4, 4-3 SEC) trailing 28-3 late in the first half, Rogers led a school-record comeback, giving Mississippi State the lead over Auburn (6-4, 3-3) for good with 13:28 remaining.

Mississippi State received two touchdown receptions from Makai Polk and Jamire Calvin, while Dillon Johnson and Malik Heath caught one TD each. Rogers completed 17 straight passes at one point in the second half and finished 44 of 55 for 415 yards and no interceptions.

No. 18 Wisconsin 35, Northwestern 7

Braelon Allen ran for a career-best 173 yards and three touchdowns, while Graham Mertz passed for two scores as the Badgers extended their winning streak to six games with a victory over the visiting Wildcats.

Allen, a freshman who will not turn 18 until after the season is over, scored on runs of 2 and 3 yards in the first half, then broke several tackles on a 33-yarder late in the third quarter that put Wisconsin in front 35-0.

Wisconsin (7-3, 5-2 Big Ten) controls its own destiny in the Big Ten West after a 1-3 start that included two conference losses.

No. 20 Iowa 27, Minnesota 22

Alex Padilla and Charlie Jones connected on a go-ahead 72-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and the Hawkeyes held on to defeat the visiting Golden Gophers.

Making his first career start, Padilla threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score as the Hawkeyes (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) kept pace with Wisconsin in the Big Ten West standings. The Golden Gophers (6-4, 4-3) sit a game back of first, along with Purdue.

Padilla finished 11 of 24 for 206 yards, while Keagan Johnson also caught a touchdown for Iowa.

No. 22 San Diego St. 23, Nevada 21

Matt Araiza kicked a 35-yard field goal with 1:21 left to lift the Aztecs to a win over the Wolf Pack in Carson, Calif.

The result allowed the Aztecs (9-1, 5-1 Mountain West) to take sole possession of first place in the conference’s West Division. San Diego State drove 53 yards in 12 plays to set up Araiza’s third field goal of the night. The key plays were Lucas Johnson passes of 19 yards to Elijah Kothe and 17 yards to TJ Sullivan that made Araiza’s kick a relative chip shot.

The Wolfpack (7-3, 4-2) had a final drive to win it, but Carson Strong’s fourth-and-2 throw for Melquan Stovall from their 49 was broken up by Patrick McMorris at the Aztecs’ 40 with 42 seconds left.

No. 23 UTSA 27, Southern Miss 17

Hunter Duplessis kicked a 24-yard tie-breaking field goal with 4:39 remaining and the Roadrunners added a clinching touchdown three plays later to hold off the Golden Eagles in San Antonio.

UTSA (10-0, 6-0 Conference USA) is one of three remaining unbeaten teams in FBS, with only No. 1 Georgia and No. 5 Cincinnati.

UTSA, which is ranked 23rd by the College Football Playoff committee and 15th by AP, didn’t lead until Duplessis’ kick. It was set up by Jahmal Sam’s recovery of an Antavious Willis fumble at the Golden Eagles’ 35-yard-line. Willis, playing as a wildcat quarterback, was stripped of the ball by Jaylon Haynes.

No. 24 Utah 38, Arizona 29

Cameron Rising threw for 294 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, and T.J. Pledger scored a late touchdown as the Utes held off the Wildcats in Pac-12 play at Tucson, Ariz.

Arizona (1-9, 1-6 Pac-12) scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to get within 31-29 before Utah (7-3, 6-1) answered with a 15-play, 75-yard drive, capped by Pledger’s 2-yard run with 2:10 left to make it a two-score game after the extra point.

Rising completed 19 of 30 passes, including two touchdowns. He opened the scoring with an 11-yard run nearly five minutes into the game.

No. 25 Arkansas 16, LSU 13 (OT)

Cam Little kicked three field goals, including a 37-yard game-winner in overtime, as the Razorbacks defeated the Tigers in an SEC game in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU had the first possession of overtime, but Garrett Nussmeier threw an interception in the end zone. The Razorbacks (7-3, 3-3 SEC) ran three plays for six yards before Little’s game-winner.

Nussmeier, a freshman seeing his first significant time in pre-determined relief of Max Johnson, completed 18 of 31 for 179 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for the Tigers (4-6, 2-5)

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