Michigan State defensive end Drew Beesley (86) carries the Paul Bunyan trophy to celebrate the 37-33 win over Michigan at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021.

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Top 25 roundup: No. 8 Michigan State rallies past No. 6 Michigan

Kenneth Walker III scored his fifth rushing touchdown to lift No. 8 Michigan State to a 37-33 victory against No. 6 Michigan in a Big Ten rivalry showdown Saturday in East Lansing.

The Spartans (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) overcame a 16-point, second-half deficit against the Wolverines (7-1, 4-1), who led 30-14 midway through the third quarter.

Walker rushed for 197 yards on 23 carries and Payton Thorne passed for 196 yards for Michigan State. Walker’s go-ahead 23-yard score came with 5:08 remaining.

Cade McNamara passed for a career-high 383 yards and two touchdowns for Michigan. Andrel Anthony caught six passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns, including a 93-yard hookup in the first quarter.

No. 1 Georgia 34, Florida 7

The top-ranked Bulldogs converted three Gators turnovers into 21 points en route to a runaway victory in Jacksonville, Fla.

Stetson Bennett, starting his fifth game of the season at quarterback for the Bulldogs (8-0, 6-0 SEC) in place of the injured JT Daniels, went 10-of-19 passing for 161 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. Georgia’s Zamir White rushed for a team-high 105 yard on 14 carries, highlighted by a 42-yard touchdown run.

Florida (4-4, 2-4), which defeated Georgia last year en route to winning the SEC East Division, started Anthony Richardson at quarterback over Emory Jones. Richardson went 12-of-20 passing for 82 yards and two interceptions, in addition to rushing for 26 yards, but he was replaced by Jones after an upper-body injury in the third quarter.

No. 2 Cincinnati 31, Tulane 12

Desmond Ridder threw three touchdown passes and the Bearcats held off the Green Wave in an American Athletic Conference game in New Orleans.

Ridder completed 17 of 27 passes for 227 yards with one interception as the undefeated Bearcats endured their second consecutive sluggish performance. Their 27-20 victory at Navy a week earlier was their closest outcome of the season.

Josh Whyle caught two of the touchdown passes and Jerome Ford caught the third and also rushed for a score.

No. 4 Oklahoma 52, Texas Tech 21

Caleb Williams threw for 402 yards and six touchdowns, leading the Sooners to a rout over the Red Raiders at Norman, Okla.

After a listless performance a week before in a win over Kansas, the Sooners put their foot on the gas pedal early against the Red Raiders.

The Sooners (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) are off to their best start since going 12-0 to start the 2004 season heading into a November schedule with three consecutive games against ranked opponents after next week’s bye. Texas Tech (5-4, 2-4) lost in its first game under interim coach Sonny Cumbie after Matt Wells was fired earlier in the week.

No. 5 Ohio State 33, No. 20 Penn State 24

C.J. Stroud passed for 305 yards and a touchdown, TreVeyon Henderson rushed for 152 yards and a score and the Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions in Columbus, Ohio.

With Ohio State (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) leading 20-17 late in the third quarter, the Buckeyes extended their lead to 10 points when Henderson broke through the line for a 68-yard run to the 3. He ran in from the 1 two plays later.

Penn State (5-3, 2-3) was led by Sean Clifford, who was 35 of 52 for 361 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Nittany Lions have lost three straight after a 5-0 start.

No. 7 Oregon 52, Colorado 29

The Ducks reached a season high in points while unleashing a romp over the visiting Buffaloes at Eugene, Ore.

The Ducks gained 568 yards of total offense as they rolled to a stress-free Pac-12 victory for the first time since an easy win over Arizona in September.

Quarterback Anthony Brown completed 25 of 31 passes for 307 yards with three touchdowns and was taken out early in the fourth quarter with the Ducks comfortably ahead. He also had a touchdown run called back on a penalty against teammate Devon Williams, but he threw a touchdown pass to Williams on the next play.

Wisconsin 27, No. 9 Iowa 7

Graham Mertz scored on a pair of quarterback sneaks and passed for another touchdown as the host Badgers knocked off the Hawkeyes to climb back into the Big Ten West race.

The Badgers (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten), who started 1-3 with two conference losses, would claim the West title if they win their remaining four games. The Hawkeyes (6-2, 3-2) have lost two straight after climbing to No. 2 in the AP poll.

Mertz completed 11 of 22 passes for 104 yards with no interceptions. Badgers freshman Braelon Allen ran for 104 yards on 20 carries.

No. 18 Auburn 31, No. 10 Ole Miss 20

Bo Nix rushed for two touchdowns and passed for one as the host Tigers defeated the Rebels in an SEC game.

Nix completed 22-of-30 passes for 276 yards for the Tigers (6-2, 3-1 SEC), who remained tied in the loss column with idle No. 3 Alabama for the West division lead. Tank Bigsby added 140 rushing yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.

Matt Corral ran for a touchdown and passed for 289 yards but did not have a touchdown pass for the Rebels (6-2, 3-2), who fell into a three-way tie for third place in the West. Corral completed 21 of 37 passes and threw one interception, just his second of the season.

No. 11 Notre Dame 44, North Carolina 34

Kyren Williams ran for 199 yards on 22 carries as the Fighting Irish used their highest-scoring game of the year to hold off Sam Howell and the Tar Heels in South Bend, Ind.

Williams got nearly half his yardage on one play, an electrifying 91-yard touchdown run that saw him avoid a 5-yard loss and then race down the left side with 14:27 left in the game for a 38-27 lead.

After Howell’s only major mistake, an interception, led to a Fighting Irish field goal, he drew the Tar Heels (4-4) within seven on a 31-yard scoring jaunt. But Notre Dame (7-1) sealed the outcome with a drive of nearly six minutes that resulted in Jonathan Doerer’s third field goal, a 21-yarder with 1:37 remaining.

Mississippi St. 31, No. 12 Kentucky 17

Will Rogers set school and SEC single-game records by completing 92.3 percent of his passes and threw for 344 yards as the Bulldogs rolled to a victory over the Wildcats in SEC play at Starkville, Miss.

Rogers completed 36-of-39 passes and threw one touchdown, Dillon Johnson rushed for two scores and the defense forced four turnovers to help the Bulldogs score 31 consecutive points in one stretch while winning their second straight game. Jalen Green, Shawn Preston Jr. and Cameron Young recorded interceptions, and Jett Johnson recovered a fumble for Mississippi State (5-3, 3-2 SEC).

Will Levis was intercepted three times while completing 17-of-28 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown for Kentucky (6-2, 4-2). Josh Ali returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown for the Wildcats, who dropped their sixth consecutive game in Starkville.

No. 13 Wake Forest 45, Duke 7

Sam Hartman threw three touchdown passes and ran for two scores in another huge offensive performance as the No. 13 Demon Deacons (8-0, 5-0 ACC) drubbed the visiting Blue Devils at Winston-Salem, N.C.

Hartman completed 24-of-37 passes for 402 yards without an interception, while A.T. Perry caught seven passes for 116 yards as Wake Forest opened 8-0 for the first time in program history.

Running back Mataeo Durant gained 103 yards on 20 carries for Duke (3-5, 0-4), while quarterback Gunnar Holmberg was 10-for-18 for 110 yards.

No. 15 Oklahoma State 55, Kansas 3

Spencer Sanders passed for 157 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 53 rushing yards and a score as the Cowboys blistered the Jayhawks at Stillwater, Okla.

The Cowboys (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) rebounded from their first loss of the season a week earlier at Iowa State by holding the Jayhawks (1-7, 0-5) without a first down in the first half while rolling to a 38-0 margin.

Dominic Richardson paced the Oklahoma State rushers with 79 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown. Tay Martin snagged five receptions for 84 yards and a score.

No. 16 Baylor 31, Texas 24

Gerry Bohanon passed for 222 yards and ran for a touchdown, and Abram Smith rushed for 113 yards and a crucial 32-yard score in the fourth quarter as the Bears came from behind to beat the struggling Longhorns in Waco, Texas.

Bohanon was 18-of-31 passing and uncorked two first-half interceptions but was nearly flawless after halftime for the Bears (7-1, 4-1 Big 12). Baylor scored a touchdown when a wide receiver threw a TD pass and another on a run by a tight end on an end around.

Casey Thompson passed for 280 yards and two scores for the Longhorns (4-4, 2-3 in Big 12 play), who lost their third straight game after having a double-digit lead in the third quarter. Texas running back Bijan Robinson gained only 43 yards on 17 carries.

Miami 38, No. 17 Pitt 34

Redshirt freshman Tyler Van Dyke completed 32-of-42 passes for 428 yards and three touchdowns, and Jaylan Knighton ran for two scores, leading the visiting Hurricanes to an upset win over the Panthers.

Miami (4-4, 2-2 ACC) won its second straight game as Knighton ran for 80 yards. Miami’s Charleston Rambo caught seven passes for 101 yards.

Pitt (6-2, 3-1) was led by quarterback Kenny Pickett, who completed 39-of-55 passes for 519 yards and three touchdowns. However, Pickett, who is 1-3 against Miami in his career, was intercepted twice.

Houston 44, No. 19 SMU 37

Marcus Jones produced a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with 17 seconds remaining and the Cougars knocked the 19th-ranked Mustangs from the ranks of the unbeaten with a victory at TDECU Stadium.

Jones recorded his ninth career special-teams touchdown, and fourth this season, to answer a 45-yard field goal from SMU kicker Blake Mazza that pulled the Mustangs (7-1, 3-1 American) even 13 seconds earlier. Jones’ kickoff return was the second of the game, as Bryan Massey opened the second half with a 100-yard return that gave the Mustangs their first lead at 27-23.

Houston (7-1, 5-0) extended its winning streak to seven consecutive games despite blowing a 17-point lead, the largest deficit of the season for the Mustangs. Cougars quarterback Clayton Tune passed for a career-high 412 yards and four touchdowns, with Houston receiver Nathaniel Dell producing career highs in receptions (nine), receiving yards (165) and touchdowns (three).

West Virginia 38, No. 22 Iowa State 31

Brock Prudy’s final pass fell incomplete over the back line of the end zone as time expired, and the unranked Mountaineers stunned the Cyclones in a Big 12 matchup in Morgantown, W.Va.

Jarret Doege completed 30 of 46 passes for 370 yards, three scores and two interceptions for the Mountaineers, who gashed Iowa State for 492 yards in total offense, the most the Cyclones have given up in a game this season.

Laddie Brown scored on a pair of 2-yard runs in topping the 100-yard mark rushing for the third time this season with 109 yards on 22 carries for West Virginia. Bryce Ford-Wheaton had two touchdown receptions for the Mountaineers among his six catches for a season-high 106 yards and Winston Wright had six receptions for 100 yards and a score.

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