BCS: No. 1 Alabama rollls; No. 2 Florida, No. 7 Oregon State see hopes dashed

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Saturday's BCS Top 25 games

No. 1 Alabama 38, No. 11 Mississippi State 7
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Coming into Saturday's game, top-ranked Alabama was a 24-point favorite over No. 11 Mississippi State. As it turned out, the Crimson Tide had that by halftime.
The Crimson Tide (8-0) jumped out to a 21-0 lead on the first drive of the second quarter and never looked back, finishing with 414 yards on offense, including 235 through the air.
Alabama's AJ McCarron completed 16-of-23 passing for 208 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while freshman TJ Yeldon rushed 10 times for 84 yards and a score. Tight end Michael Williams caught five passes for 38 yards to lead the Crimson Tide in that category while Kenny Bell hauled in one pass for a 57-yard touchdown.
The only score for Mississippi State (7-1, 3-1 SEC) came with under five minutes to play when backup quarterback Dak Prescott hit Robert Johnson on a 2-yard pass. The Bulldogs finished with 256 yards on the night and just 47 yards on the ground.
Bulldogs' starting quarterback Tyler Russell connected on 15-of-30 passing for 169 yards and an interception. SEC leading rusher LaDarius Perkins ended the evening with just 38 yards on 15 attempts. Chris Smith was MSU's leading receiver with three catches for 78 yards.

No. 10 Georgia 17, No. 2 Florida 9
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wide receiver Malcom Mitchell atoned for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by catching a short Aaron Murray pass three plays later and turning it into a 45-yard scoring play with 7:11 remaining to assure 10th-ranked Georgia's upset of No. 2 and previously unbeaten Florida in front of an announced crowd of 84,644.
With Georgia nursing a 10-9 lead, Mitchell caught a 12-yard pass from Murray for a first down to the Gators' 35. However, he drew the penalty for taunting a Florida defender, taking the ball back to midfield.
On a third-and-5, Murray hit Mitchell in the left flat. Mitchell broke Loucheiz Purifoy's tackle attempt and sped the rest of the way to the end zone to secure the first back-to-back victories in the rivalry for Georgia (7-1, 5-1 SEC) since 1988-89.
The victory denied the Gators a chance to clinch the SEC East and allowed Georgia to maintain control of its destiny. The Bulldogs can win the division by winning their last two SEC games against Mississippi and Auburn.
Murray, the first Georgia quarterback to start and win two games in a row against the Gators since John Lastinger in 1982-83, had underwhelming stats: 12-of-25 for 150 yards and three interceptions. Todd Gurley gained 119 yards on 26 carries. Driskel was 16-of-28 for 185 yards for the Gators.

No. 3 Kansas State 55, NO. 14 Texas Tech 24
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Third-ranked Kansas State scored 42 points in the second half on its way to beating No. 14 Texas Tech.
Following a sluggish first half, the Wildcats (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) looked like a team poised to make a run at the national championship, and quarterback Collin Klein looked like a Heisman Trophy front-runner.
Klein completed 18-of-26 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 83 yards and two more touchdowns against Texas Tech (6-2, 3-2).

No. 4 Oregon 70, Colorado 14
EUGENE, Ore. --Any concerns Oregon might overlook Colorado with a showdown ahead at USC next week went away immediately as fourth-ranked Oregon scored on all seven first-half drives and cruised past Colorado in a Pac-12 Conference game.
The Ducks scored two touchdowns in the first three minutes and took a 28-0 lead after the first quarter before building a 56-0 lead at halftime. The Ducks (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) set a school record for most points scored in a conference game.
Oregon scored 10 touchdowns against Colorado (1-7, 1-4), but the one that garnered most of the attention was a 73-yard punt return by De'Anthony Thomas that made it 42-0 in the second quarter. Thomas let the ball hit the ground at the 38-yard line before he picked it up at the 27 and eventually ran back to the 15 to avoid defenders before breaking two tackles and outrunning the Buffaloes down the sideline for a touchdown.

No. 5 Notre Dame 30, No. 8 Oklahoma 13
Notre Dame's bid to go unbeaten and win the national championship this season picked up additional momentum with a victory over No. 8 Oklahoma.
The Irish are now 9-1 all-time against Oklahoma and an undefeated 5-0 in Norman, Okla. Notre Dame continues its pursuit of an undefeated season and its first national championship since 1988 next Saturday when it hosts Pittsburgh. The Irish are 8-0 for the first time since 2002. Oklahoma falls to 5-2, with its national championship hopes all but ended.
With the Irish up by a touchdown late, Notre Dame's Manti Te'o dove to pick off Landry Jones' pass off a deflection. The pass was intended for Jalen Saunders, but Dan Fox hit Saunders as the ball arrived, popping up for Te'o to pick off. Notre Dame added a field goal and a touchdown late to turn what had been a close game into a relatively comfortable lead.
The Sooners became the first team this season to score a rushing touchdown against the Irish, when Blake Bell scored from the 1 with around nine minutes remaining to tie the game.

Washington 20, No. 7 Oregon State 17
SEATTLE -- Washington spoiled seventh-ranked Oregon State's perfect season on Travis Coons' 30-yard field goal with 1:20 left.
Washington held off a last-gasp drive by Oregon State (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) drive that got as far as the Huskies' 38-yard line before stalling.
Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion, who returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous two games following minor knee surgery, threw four interceptions. The takeaways allowed Washington (4-4, 2-3) to stay in the game despite being outgained 427-293 in total yards.

Arizona 39, No. 9 USC 36
TUCSON, Ariz. -- USC wide receiver Marqise Lee set a Pacific-12 Conference record with 345 yards receiving, but the Trojan defense failed to stop a 26-0 second-half comeback by Arizona, which ultimately held on for an upset of No. 9 Trojans.
Lee broke former Oregon State wide receiver Mike Haas' Pacific-12 mark for receiving yards (293) early in the third quarter when he caught a touchdown pass to give him 299 yards. Lee's 16 catches was one short of USC's school record for receptions in a game.
During the 26-0 comeback, Arizona quarterback Matt Scott threw for two of his three touchdowns in the game, as well as scored a third on a run. He finished with 369 yards passing and 100 yards rushing before leaving late in the game after taking a blow to the head. USC quarterback Matt Barkley completed 31 of 49 passes for 493 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

No. 12 Florida State 48, Duke 7
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Behind 104 yards and two touchdowns from running back Devonta Freeman, No. 12 Florida State cruised over Duke. By virtue of North Carolina's victory over North Carolina State, FSU reclaimed control of its destiny in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Atlantic Division.
UNC's Giovanni Bernard returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown in the final seconds to hand N.C. State its second conference loss, and if Florida State can win its final two league games -- at Virginia Tech and at Maryland -- the Seminoles will play in Charlotte on Dec. 1 for their first ACC title since 2005.
Duke brought perhaps its most talented team to ever play at Doak Campbell Stadium and one of the ACC's top passing combos in quarterback Sean Renfree and receiver Conner Vernon. But the latest edition of this series looked just like the first 17 meetings -- domination by FSU on both sides of the ball and a lopsided final score.
The Seminoles piled up 560 yards of offense and quarterback EJ Manuel threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns, despite going just 8-for-16, to help FSU achieve its first 8-1 start since 2000.

No. 13 South Carolina 38, Tennessee 35
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina essentially played itself out of the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division race last week by losing at Florida.
And while the 13th-ranked Gamecocks (7-2, 5-2 in the Southeastern Conference) rebounded by beating Tennessee and ended a two-game losing streak, they suffered a devastating setback to tailback Marcus Lattimore, who was carted off with 4:45 left in the first half after sustaining what appeared to be a serious right knee injury.
Cornerback Eric Gordon hit Lattimore from his left at the end of a two-yard run, and Lattimore's leg bent awkwardly. As he left the field on a cart, both teams walked onto the field to encircle him. He Lattimore was taken to the hospital for further evaluation.
Tennessee drove to South Carolina's 19-yard-line and had first down and 10, needing only a field goal to tie the game. Bray dropped back to pass, but defensive end Jadeveon Clowney beat left tackle Antonio Richardson and knocked the ball away from quarterback Tyler Bray. South Carolina recovered with 1:08 left and Clowney pounded his chest in celebration. The Volunteers got the ball back with 36 seconds left in the game, but the drive ended with an interception on the second play.

Kent State 35, No. 15 Rutgers 23
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Spencer Keith threw for 121 yards and two touchdowns, and Trayion Durham rushed for 131 yards and a score as Kent State handed No. 15 Rutgers its first setback.
Kent State (7-1) became the latest Mid-American Conference team to post a major upset, spoiling Rutgers' dreams of an unbeaten season after scoring 21 points off seven turnovers. Rutgers (7-1) joined Iowa, Connecticut, Penn State, South Florida and Cincinnati as the latest victim as Kent State recorded the MAC's 15th win over a FBS non-conference foe this season.
Mark Fackler had a hand in a pair of turnovers, snagging two of Gary Nova's school-record six interceptions, including one that Fackler returned 25 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter.
Dri Archer, who entered as the nation's leader in all-purpose yardage with 212.9 per game, combined for 137 yards and scored once as Kent State won for the 11th time in its last 13 games dating back to Oct. 29, 2011.

No. 17 Stanford 24, Washington State 17
STANFORD, Calif. -- No. 17 Stanford had more trouble than expected with Washington State. A Stanford defensive touchdown in the fourth quarter proved to be the decisive play for the Cardinal (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12), which survived even though the Cougars outgained Stanford 385-256 and had 25 first downs compared to the Cardinal's 13.
The Cougars (2-6, 0-5) nearly tied the game in the closing minutes, getting a first down at the Stanford 8-yard line with 40 seconds left. But Jeff Tuel was called for intentional grounding when he was rushed by Usua Amanam, and Henry Anderson sacked Tuel to end the game.
The Cougars entered the game ranked 11th in the Pac-12 in rushing defense, but they limited Stanford's power run game. Stepfan Taylor, who had a career-high 189 yards last week against Cal, managed only 58 yards on 21 carries against Washington State.
Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes completed 7 of 15 passes for 136 yards, while Tuel was 43 of 60 for 401 yards and two scores. But he also had one costly interception. The Cougars did nothing on the ground, managing minus-16 rushing yards.

No. 21 Boise State 45, Wyoming 14
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- No. 21 Boise State's offense got hot at frigid War Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Broncos, who have not clicked offensively this season, converted 11 of 12 third downs and didn't punt while the first-teamers were in the game.
Boise State led 17-7 at halftime, but Wyoming became the first Broncos opponent in six games to score in the first half and intercepted a pass late in the half to keep the game competitive.

Nebraska 23, No. 22 Michigan 9
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska harassed Michigan's backup quarterback, freshman Russell Bellomy, into three second-half interceptions.
Starter Denard Robinson, a senior who's the Big Ten's all-time leader in rushing yards by a quarterback, left the game late in the second quarter and didn't return. He was holding his arm after he landed awkwardly on a running play. He finished with 10 rushes for 46 yards.
Without him, Michigan (5-3, 3-1 Big Ten) couldn't muster enough offense, as the Huskers shut down the Wolverines' running game, blitzed Bellomy often and held Michigan to 188 yards.
Nebraska (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) forced a tie with Michigan atop the Legends Division. The Huskers, who play at Michigan State next weekend, also own the all-important tiebreaker against the Wolverines.
Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, who also limped off the field on the Huskers' last possession of the first half, returned after halftime and finished with 58 yards rushing on 14 carries.

No.23 Texas 21, Kansas 17
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Backup quarterback Case McCoy hit D.J. Grant on a one-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds remaining, helping Texas escape an embarrassing upset.
The No. 23 Longhorns (6-2, in the 4-2 Big 12) escaped with a victory despite a multitude of errors that had Kansas (1-7, 0-5) poised to snap a 16-game losing streak in conference play.
Texas trailed, 17-14 after Nick Prolago of Kansas kicked a 29-yard field goal with 2:33 remaining.
McCoy, inserted in place of starter David Ash, hit Jaxon Shipley on fourth down to prolong Texas' final drive, then connected with Mike Davis for 39 yards to give the Longhorns first-and-goal at the Kansas three-yard-line.
After Kansas stuffed two running plays, McCoy found Grant alone in the end zone on a third-down pass.
Texas avoided a third loss in four games, despite seeing its defense gashed again, this time by a Kansas rushing attack that churned out 234 yards.

Miami (Ohio) 23, No. 24 Ohio 20
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami (Ohio) University earned its first win over a ranked opponent since 2010, upsetting previously undefeated Ohio in the 89th Battle of the Bricks at Yager Stadium.
The 24th-ranked Bobcats, in field-goal range from the Miami 7-yard line with nine seconds to go, did the one thing they couldn't afford to do. Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton was sacked with Ohio out of timeouts and the clock ran out.
Kaleb Patterson's 31-yard field goal with 3:17 remaining proved to be the difference in the game. He finished 3 of 3 on field-goal attempts.
Miami (4-4, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak and the RedHawks are now back in the Mid-American Conference title hunt. Ohio (7-1, 3-1) lost to Miami for the first time in six years.
The RedHawks leaned on senior quarterback Zac Dysert, who passed for 311 yards while completing 21 of 36 with a touchdown. Junior Nick Harwell led all receivers with eight catches for 138 yards and a score.

Michigan State 16, No. 25 Wisconsin 13
MADISON, Wis. -- It had been 11 years to the day since Michigan State last came away victorious from Camp Randall Stadium, but the Spartans used stifling defense and just enough offense to pull off an upset in a Big Ten game.
After holding the Badgers (6-3, 3-2) to a field goal on its first possession of overtime, Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell connected with Bennie Fowler in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown pass to snap Wisconsin's 21-game home winning streak.
Maxwell's heroics began late in the fourth quarter. With Michigan State down seven with just over six minutes to go, he led the Spartans (5-4, 2-3) on an impressive 12-play, 75-yard drive to tie the score with 1:08 to go. Maxwell threw for 63 yards and rushed for 7 before pitching the ball to Le'Veon Bell for a 5-yard touchdown run.
The teams headed to overtime after Wisconsin's attempt to reach field-goal range was stopped with a sack that drove the Badgers back to their own 29-yard line.

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