Iowa Hawkeyes fans celebrate while storming the field after a NCAA Big Ten Conference football game against Penn State, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa beat Penn State, 23-20.

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Spencer Petras and Nico Ragaini hooked up on a 44-yard touchdown pass with 6:26 remaining Saturday as No. 3 Iowa rallied to a 23-20 victory over No. 4 Penn State in a Big Ten battle at Iowa City.

Iowa’s Charlie Jones also scored a touchdown and Caleb Shudak kicked three field goals in a rare top-five matchup for each school. The Nittany Lions hadn’t played in a top-five showdown since 1999, while the Hawkeyes hadn’t hosted a matchup of top-five squads since 1985.

Despite trailing 17-3 in the second quarter, Iowa (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) chipped away at the deficit while Penn State (5-1, 2-1) struggled without quarterback Sean Clifford, who exited early in the second quarter with an undisclosed arm injury. The Hawkeyes got within 17-10 at halftime but later trailed by 10 before Shudak kicked a 48-yard field goal late in the third quarter and booted another one from 36 yards out with 8:08 remaining to make it 20-16.

The decisive play came on when Petras rolled out to his right and threw back across the field to a wide-open Ragaini, who rumbled to the left pylon for the go-ahead score.

No. 2 Georgia 34, No. 18 Auburn 10

Stetson Bennett went 14-for-21 passing for 231 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs over the host Tigers.

Ladd McConkey had five catches for 135 yards and a score, with Zamir White adding 79 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries for the Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0 SEC), who remained undefeated.

Georgia limited Auburn (4-2, 1-1) quarterback Bo Nix to 217 yards on 21-for-38 passing, with one interception. The Tigers mustered 318 yards of total offense compared with Georgia’s 432.

No. 6 Oklahoma 55, No. 21 Texas 48

Kennedy Brooks ran for 217 yards and two touchdowns, including a 33-yarder in the waning seconds, to lift the Sooners to a win over the Longhorns in Dallas.

Texas (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) held a big lead early, but the Sooners rallied to take a fourth-quarter advantage after Texas’ Casey Thompson hit Xavier Worthy for a 31-yard touchdown with 1:23 left.

Oklahoma (6-0, 3-0), with freshman Caleb Williams at quarterback, quickly drove into field-goal territory. Brooks didn’t leave it up to kicker Gabe Brkic, however. He took a direct snap on first down and powered his way into the end zone to cap his big day.

No. 7 Ohio State 66, Maryland 17

C.J. Stroud matched his career high with five touchdown passes to propel the host Buckeyes (5-1, 3-0) to the rout of the Terrapins (4-2, 1-2) in the Big Ten matchup.

Stroud also threw five touchdown passes in Ohio State’s 52-13 win over Rutgers last Saturday.

His fifth touchdown pass against Maryland) was a 30-yarder to Chris Olave in the third quarter to give the Buckeyes a 49-10 lead. Stroud finished 24 of 33 for 406 yards.

Boise State 26, No. 10 BYU 17

Hank Bachmeier passed for 172 yards, and the visiting Broncos (3-3) forced four turnovers to upset the Cougars (5-1) in a nonconference matchup.

Cyrus Habibi-Likio rushed for a season-high 75 yards, and Andrew Van Buren added a season-high 60 rushing yards for the Broncos, who held on after taking a 23-10 lead. Each player added a touchdown as Boise State snapped a two-game losing streak in the series with BYU.

Jaren Hall threw for a career-high 302 yards with one touchdown and one interception for BYU, which outgained Boise State 413 to 312 in total yards.

No. 11 Michigan State 31, Rutgers 13

Payton Thorne connected with Jalen Nailor on three long touchdown passes in the first half to pace the visiting Spartans (6-0, 3-0) to the Big Ten win over the Scarlet Knights (3-3, 0-3).

Thorne completed 16 of 27 passes for 339 yards, and Nailor had five receptions for 221 yards for the Spartans. Kenneth Walker III rushed for 233 yards on 29 carries. His 94-yard touchdown run in the second half was the longest play from scrimmage in school history.

Nailor’s TDs came on receptions of 63, 63 and 65 yards.

No. 17 Ole Miss 52, No. 13 Arkansas 51

Matt Corral’s 68-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Sanders held up as the Rebels thwarted a potential game-winning two-point conversion from the Razorbacks in Oxford, Miss.

With one second to play, KJ Jefferson tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Warren Thompson. Arkansas (4-2, 1-2 SEC) elected to go for the win, however Jefferson’s wild throw fell incomplete to hand Ole Miss (4-1, 1-1) the victory.

After throwing six interceptions and losing a fumble in last year’s 33-21 loss at Arkansas, Corral was sharp in the rematch. He completed 14 of 21 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores. Ole Miss totaled 611 yards of offense and was successful on 4-of-5 fourth-down opportunities.

No. 19 Wake Forest 40, Syracuse 37 (OT)

Sam Hartman’s third touchdown pass of the game to A.T. Perry went for 22 yards, giving the Demon Deacons an overtime victory against the host Orange.

Wake Forest (6-0, 4-0) remained the ACC’s only unbeaten team.

The Orange (3-3, 0-2) scored first in overtime on Andre Szmytz’s 38-yard field goal. The Demon Deacons won it on their second play of the extra session.

No. 20 Florida 42, Vanderbilt 0

Emory Jones established career highs of 273 passing yards and four touchdowns as the Gators continued their domination of the Commodores in Gainesville, Fla.

Dameon Pierce scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) as the Gators (4-2, 2-2 SEC) beat the Commodores (2-4, 0-2) for the eighth straight time and 30th in the past 31 meetings. Jones completed 14 of 22 passes.

Jacob Copeland, Ja’Quavion Fraziars and Trent Whittemore also had scoring receptions for Florida. Rashad Torrence racked up 15 tackles while Trey Dean III and Daquan Newkirk had interceptions for the Gators.

No. 24 SMU 31, Navy 24

Jordan Kerley hauled in a diving, go-ahead touchdown pass from Tanner Mordecai to help the Mustangs escape Annapolis, Md., with a win over the Midshipmen.

The 22-yard strike came with 8:19 remaining, and the Mustangs’ defense forced two turnovers on downs to keep Navy at bay the rest of the game. SMU (6-0, 2-0 AAC) remained undefeated as Mordecai went 30-for-40 passing for 324 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The nation’s leader in passing touchdowns now has 26 on the year.

In his second straight start, QB Tai Lavatai went 4 for 7 for 64 yards and a touchdown and led Navy (1-4, 1-2) with 53 rushing yards.

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