Top 25 roundup: No. 23 Utah hands No. 3 Oregon damaging CFP loss
Cameron Rising passed for 178 yards and ran for a touchdown, and Britain Covey returned a punt for a score as No. 23 Utah steamrolled No. 3 Oregon 38-7 on Saturday in Pac-12 Conference play in Salt Lake City.
With the win, Utah (8-3, 7-1 Pac-12) earned the Pac-12 South Division title and a spot in the conference championship game on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas. Utes coach Kyle Whittingham became the all-time wins leader at the school with 142.
Oregon (9-2, 6-2), which had its five-game winning streak snapped, is still in the driver’s seat for the Pac-12 North Division title and a spot in the conference championship game. However, the Ducks will fall out of the top four of the College Football Playoff with their second loss.
Tavion Thomas rushed for 94 yards and three TDs for Utah, which has won four straight games overall and 18 of its past 19 contests at home. Brant Kuithe caught five passes for 118 yards for the Utes.
Anthony Brown led Oregon with 231 yards passing and a touchdown, but the Ducks were limited to just 294 total yards, only 63 of which came on the ground.
No. 1 Georgia 56, Charleston Southern 7
Stetson Bennett threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and completed 8 of 14 passes for 105 yards to lead the Bulldogs past the visiting Buccaneers in Athens, Ga.
The Bulldogs secured their first 11-0 start to a season since 1982 with the nonconference victory over the Buccaneers (4-6), who were held to only 126 yards on offense.
Charleston Southern only managed to score on a fluky play in which it turned one of their own turnovers into a takeaway and a touchdown. With Georgia up 49-0 in the third quarter, Xavien Sorey Jr. intercepted a tipped pass by quarterback Jack Chambers. Sorey had the ball ripped away by Bucs receiver Garrett Schwarting, who then raced 65 yards to the end zone for a touchdown.
No. 2 Alabama 42, No. 21 Arkansas 35
Bryce Young passed for a school record 559 yards and also threw five touchdown passes to lead the host Crimson Tide over the Razorbacks in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Young completed 31 of 40 passes and became the first-ever quarterback in Crimson Tide history to throw for more than 500 yards in a game.
Alabama (10-1, 6-1 SEC) beat Arkansas (7-4, 3-4) for the 15th consecutive time and secured a berth in the SEC championship game for the second consecutive season and sixth time in the past eight seasons.
No. 4 Ohio State 56, No. 7 Michigan State 7
C.J. Stroud threw six first-half touchdowns as the Buckeyes routed the Spartans in Big Ten play in Columbus, Ohio.
It was no contest for the Buckeyes (10-1, 8-0 Big Ten), who led 28-0 a minute into the second quarter on Stroud’s four TDs. Chris Olave had two (23 and 43 yards) to break David Boston’s school record of 34 receiving scores. Stroud was 29 of 31 for 393 yards in the first half. He played one series in the third quarter to finish 32 of 35 for 432 yards. His six TDs tied the school record.
Michigan State (9-2, 6-2) entered last among the 130 FBS teams with 329.0 passing yards allowed, and Stroud surpassed that total by one yard with 7:01 left in the second quarter on a 12-yard TD pass to Garrett Wilson to make it 35-0 en route to a 49-0 halftime score.
No. 5 Cincinnati 48, SMU 14
Quarterback Desmond Ridder accounted for five touchdowns — including one receiving — and the Bearcats crushed the visiting Mustangs.
The Bearcats (11-0, 7-0 American Athletic Conference) will play No. 24 Houston in the conference championship game on Dec. 4. Cincinnati, as the higher seed, is in line to host if it wins at East Carolina on Friday.
SMU (8-3, 4-3) was supposed to present a challenge as the AAC’s leader in total offense (498.7 yards per game) and scoring offense (41.6), but the Mustangs were blanked until Tre Siggers rushed for a 2-yard score with 8:32 remaining.
No. 6 Michigan 59, Maryland 18
The Wolverines scored on offense, defense and special teams in the third quarter alone to easily beat the host Terrapins in College Park, Md.
Michigan’s Cade McNamara finished 21-for-28 passing for 259 yards and two touchdowns. Backup J.J. McCarthy completed all five of his pass attempts for 58 yards and a touchdown and added a rushing score for Michigan (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten).
Taulia Tagovailoa completed 19 of 33 passes for 178 yards, a touchdown and a pick, while also adding a rushing touchdown for Maryland (5-6, 2-6).
No. 8 Notre Dame 55, Georgia Tech 0
Jack Coan threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and Kyren Williams rushed for two scores to back a dominant defense in the Fighting Irish’s blowout win over the Yellow Jackets in South Bend, Ind.
Coan went 15-for-20 passing, Tyler Buchner ran for 67 yards on five carries and Michael Mayer had three catches for 86 yards and a touchdown as the Fighting Irish (10-1) amassed 514 yards of total offense.
The Fighting Irish returned a fumble and an interception for touchdowns, had six sacks and limited the Yellow Jackets (3-8) to just 224 yards of total offense. Notre Dame held its third straight opponent without a touchdown.
No. 9 Oklahoma State 23, Texas Tech 0
Spencer Sanders threw for one touchdown and ran for another as the Cowboys clinched their first ever berth in the Big 12 title game with a shutout of the Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas.
Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1) hosts No. 13 Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1) next week in what could be a preview of the Big 12 title game on Dec. 4 in Arlington, Texas. The final spot will go to Oklahoma or No. 11 Baylor (9-2, 6-2), which owns the tiebreaker since the Bears defeated the Sooners during the regular season.
Sanders went 19-for-38 passing for 239 yards and added 48 yards on six carries, while Tay Martin had seven receptions for 130 yards as the Cowboys rolled up 427 yards of total offense. Texas Tech quarterback Donovan Smith struggled against the Cowboys, going 9-for-28 for 83 yards.
Clemson 48, No. 10 Wake Forest 27
Kobe Pace and Will Shipley both rushed for more than 100 yards as the Tigers kept their hopes alive for a seventh consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship by beating the Demon Deacons on Senior Day in Clemson, S.C.
The Tigers (8-3, 6-2 ACC) could win their seventh straight Atlantic Division title if Wake Forest loses at Boston College next week and NC State loses to North Carolina. Wake Forest (9-2, 6-1) will win the division for the first time since 2006 if it defeats Boston College.
Pace rushed for a career-high 191 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries while Shipley added 112 yards and two scores as part of a season-high 333-yard rushing attack by the Tigers. Clemson averaged 6.2 yards per rush.
No. 11 Baylor 20, Kansas State 10
Backup quarterback Blake Shapen threw for 137 yards and the defense was stellar as the Bears defeated the Wildcats in Manhattan, Kan.
Baylor (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) can still reach the Big 12 Championship game with a win next weekend against Texas Tech and an Oklahoma loss at Oklahoma State. Shapen, a redshirt freshman, had thrown just three passes all season long.
Baylor held Kansas State (7-4, 4-4) to 263 total yards. The Bears also allowed K-State to convert just 4-of-13 on third down. The Wildcats saw their four-game winning streak snapped. K-State super-senior quarterback Skylar Thompson finished just 15-of-29 for 158 yards. Deuce Vaughn had 165 total yards, including 128 on the ground.
No. 12 Ole Miss 31, Vanderbilt 17
Matt Corral passed for 326 yards and two scores to lead the Rebels to a win over the Commodores, wrapping up their home schedule in Oxford, Miss.
Ole Miss (9-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) needed help from Arkansas earlier in the day to stay alive in the SEC West race, but Alabama defeated the Razorbacks 42-35 to earn a spot in the conference title game in Atlanta.
That did not deter Corral — projected to be a high first-round NFL Draft selection — in his final home start. The Ventura, Calif., native finished 27 of 36 with an interception — just his third overall. He also rushed for 29 yards on seven carries.
No. 13 Oklahoma 28, Iowa State 21
Kennedy Brooks ran for 115 yards, combining with a strong defensive performance as the Sooners beat the Cyclones in Norman, Okla.
The Sooners (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) won despite throwing for just 96 yards, their fewest since 2014. They also won by seven or fewer points for the sixth time this season.
Oklahoma had a season-high seven sacks, but quarterback Brock Purdy still finished 30 of 41 for 281 yards and a touchdown and an interception for Iowa State (6-5, 4-4).
No. 14 BYU 34, Georgia Southern 17
Jaren Hall threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cougars past the host Eagles in Statesboro, Ga.
Hall had his fourth career 300-yard game to help the Cougars (9-2) win their fourth straight game. Tyler Allgeier added 136 yards rushing and a touchdown on the ground for his 11th career 100-yard game.
Connor Cigelske threw for 122 yards for the Eagles in his first career start. Georgia Southern (3-8) came up short in its upset bid after committing back-to-back second-half turnovers.
No. 15 Wisconsin 35, Nebraska 28
Braelon Allen had 22 carries for 228 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Badgers past the visiting Cornhuskers in Madison, Wis.
Allen eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the seventh straight game. The Badgers (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten) won their seventh in a row after a 1-3 start.
Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez threw for one touchdown and rushed for one score. Martinez was 23 of 35 for 351 yards with two interceptions for the Cornhuskers (3-8, 1-7), who dropped their fifth consecutive game.
No. 16 Texas A&M 52, Prairie View A&M 3
Zach Calzada passed for two touchdowns and Devon Achane rushed for two as the host Aggies trounced the Panthers at College Station, Texas.
Moose Muhammad III had five receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns for Texas A&M (8-3). Aaron Hansford scored on a fumble return, Isaiah Spiller and Amari Daniels added rushing touchdowns and Seth Small became the Aggies’ all-time leading scorer.
Luis Reyes’ 25-yard field goal prevented Prairie View (7-3) from being shut out. Jaden Stewart rushed for 100 yards on 24 carries but the FCS program was outgained 447 to 154 and had just seven passing yards while losing its second straight game.
No. 17 Iowa 33, Illinois 23
Charlie Jones sparked the slow-starting Hawkeyes with a school-record 100-yard kickoff return touchdown and Tyler Goodson rushed 27 times for 132 yards in the win over the Fighting Illini in Iowa City.
Caleb Shudak added four field goals, including the game-clincher with 1:55 left, as Iowa (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) kept its hopes alive for a conference title. The Hawkeyes are tied with Wisconsin for the lead in the Big Ten West.
After the outcome was decided, both teams scored touchdowns in the final two minutes. Jack Campbell had a 32-yard interception return touchdown for Iowa, which leads the nation with 21 interceptions. Illinois (4-7, 3-5) capped the scoring with 31 seconds left.
No. 18 Pittsburgh 48, Virginia 38
Kenny Pickett threw for 340 yards and four touchdowns, all to Jordan Addison, as the Panthers clinched the ACC’s Coastal Division by outscoring the visiting Cavaliers.
The Panthers (9-2, 6-1 ACC) will play the ACC’s yet-to-be determined Atlantic Division champion in the conference title game on Dec. 4 in Charlotte, N.C. Pickett went 26-for-41 passing. Addison set career bests of 14 catches and 202 yards. Vincent Davis rushed for 100 yards on 12 carries as Pitt amassed 509 yards, five fewer than Virginia.
Virginia’s Brennan Armstrong was even better than Pickett. He went 36-for-49 passing for 487 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Pickett threw two interceptions. Keytaon Thompson had 11 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown, while Dontayvion Wicks had 10 receptions for 133 yards for Virginia (6-5, 4-3).
No. 20 North Carolina State 41, Syracuse 17
Devin Leary threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns, and the Wolfpack’s defense took care of the rest in beating the visiting Orange in an Atlantic Coast Conference game in Raleigh, N.C.
Leary went 17-of-24 passing and found nine different receivers, led by Thayer Thomas, who had four receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown. Ricky Person rushed for 50 yards and a score on 12 carries as the Wolfpack (8-3, 5-2 ACC) amassed 399 yards of total offense.
Syracuse quarterback Garrett Shrader struggled against the Wolfpack defense, as he went just 8-for-20 passing for 63 yards and an interception, in addition to being sacked five times. Sean Tucker, who rushed for 105 yards and a score on 13 carries, was the lone bright spot for the Orange (5-6, 2-5).
No. 22 UTSA 34, Alabama Birmingham 31
Frank Harris hit Oscar Cardenas on a 1-yard touchdown pass in the final seconds as the Roadrunners needed a miracle finish to defeat the Blazers and remain undefeated in a key Conference USA game in San Antonio.
The Roadrunners (11-0, 7-0 C-USA) took over at their own 23-yard line with 1:06 remaining and no timeouts, trailing by four points. Harris completed passes of 28 yards to Cardenas and 6 and 33 yards to De’Corian Clark, the latter to reach the UAB 10-yard line. Harris connected with Cardenas for the game winner with three seconds left.
Dylan Hopkins passed for 254 yards and two touchdowns for the Blazers (7-4, 5-2), who had a two-game winning streak snapped. DeWayn McBride ran for 144 yards and the go-head score with 5:16 to play, forcing UTSA into its comeback.
No. 25 Mississippi State 55, Tennessee State 10
Will Rogers passed for 391 yards and five touchdowns in a record-setting performance as the host Bulldogs routed the Tigers at Starkville, Miss.
Rogers, who threw a school-record six touchdown passes in a victory against Auburn a week earlier, threw three of his touchdowns to Austin Williams, who finished with 75 receiving yards. The Bulldogs (7-4) clinched a winning season.
Chayil Garnett and Deveon Bryant filled in for injured quarterback Geremy Hickbottom (back) and combined to complete 19 of 27 passes for 170 yards for the Tigers (5-6), who lost their third consecutive game.
–Field Level Media