BCS TOP 25 ROUNDUP
No. 15 Texas A&M 29, No. 1 Alabama 24
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- With freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel putting on a spectacular performance, and senior wide receiver Ryan Swope grabbing 11 passes for 111 yards, the No. 15 Aggies jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter and then held the reigning champions at bay for an upset win at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Although No. 1 Alabama (9-1, 6-1 SEC) can still clinch a spot in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game with a win against Auburn on Nov. 24, the loss made it highly likely that the league's run of six national titles is over.
Unlike the previous Saturday, when AJ McCarron was able to lead a game-winning drive against LSU, this time his last gasp was intercepted in the end zone by Deshazor Everett. The Crimson Tide subsequently stopped A&M with 40 seconds remaining, but on fourth down made a neutral-zone infraction penalty that gave the Aggies a first down and let them run out the clock.
Manziel completed 24 of 31 passes for 253 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, and also had 92 rushing yards.
No. 6 Florida 27, Louisiana-Lafayette 20
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Jelani Jenkins returned a blocked punt 36 yards for a touchdown with two seconds left as No. 6 Florida rallied from a late deficit.
Loucheiz Purifoy blocked the punt of Louisiana's Brett Baer, the ball twisting in the wind and into the arms of Jenkins.
It marked an amazing turnaround as the Gators (9-1) went from being down seven points to scoring 14 in a matter of seconds.
It was Florida's fourth blocked kick of the game and the second week in a row Purifoy got one. Louisiana fell to 5-4.
No. 8 South Carolina 38, Arkansas 20
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Playing their first game since running back Marcus Lattimore's devastating right knee injury, eighth-ranked South Carolina beat Arkansas.
The Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) finished league play by equaling their best-ever SEC record, set last season. With two regular season games and a bowl remaining, they sustained their hopes of matching last year's program-best 11-2 record. If they beat Wofford next week, they will finish undefeated at home for the first time since 1987.
Arkansas (4-6, 2-4) must beat Mississippi State and LSU to become eligible for a bowl. Before Saturday, the Razorbacks defeated South Carolina in three straight meetings (by 17, 21 and 16 points) and in five of the teams' past six matchups.
Lattimore's replacements are fifth-year senior Kenny Miles and true freshman Mike Davis. Miles ran 14 times for 37 yards. Davis ran 13 times for 53 yards and a two-yard touchdown. Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw picked apart Arkansas' poor pass defense and completed 14 of 22 passes for 272 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Syracuse 45, No. 9 Louisville 26
The Orange, playing in its final Big East home game before leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference, built a 31-10 lead in the second quarter to rout the Cardinals.
The Orange (5-5, 4-2 Big East) scored on its first three possessions of the second quarter to turn a 10-10 tie into a laugher. Quarterback Ryan Nassib completed 15 of 23 attempts for 246 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
The loss prevented the Cardinals (9-1, 4-1) from starting 10-0 for the first time in school history. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who has received Heisman Trophy attention, completed 36 of 49 passes for 424 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
No. 12 Oklahoma 42, Baylor 34
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma got two touchdown passes from Landry Jones, a pair of scoring runs by Damien Williams and a pair of touchdowns from Brennan Clay to hold off Baylor in front of 84,945 at Owen Field on Saturday night.
The No. 12 Sooners (7-2, 5-1 Big 12) built an 11-point lead at halftime on two TD passes from Jones and scoring runs from Williams and Clay.
After Baylor opened with 10 straight points in the third quarter to cut Oklahoma's lead to 28-26, the Sooners pulled away with two touchdowns at the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth. Damien Williams' 17-yard run with 2:10 left in the third gave the Sooners a 35-26 advantage, and Blake Bell pushed the lead to 42-26 with a 55-yard dash.
Lache Seastrunk scored three times for Baylor (4-5, 1-5).
No. 14 Stanford 27, No. 11 Oregon State 23
STANFORD, Calif. -- The Cardinal kept its Rose Bowl hopes alive by rallying from a 23-14 deficit to beat the Beavers at Stanford Stadium.
Stanford (8-2, 5-1 in the Pac-12) scored the game's first 14 points before Oregon State (7-2, 5-2) scored 23 unanswered points.
But redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan led the Cardinal back. Hogan was on his way down, apparently sacked, when he unloaded a pass to Stepfan Taylor, who shook off two tackles on a 40-yard touchdown on the last play of the third quarter.
Quarterback Cody Vaz fumbled at the Oregon State 29 and the Cardinal recovered, with Hogan turning that into the winning touchdown on a 14-yard pass to Zach Ertz with 5:07 left.
No. 13 Clemson 45, Maryland 10
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Tajh Boyd completed 18-of-26 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns, sparking the Tigers to an Atlantic Coast Conference victory.
The victory not only gave the No. 13 Tigers (9-1, 6-1 in the ACC) a school-record 12th consecutive home victory, it kept alive Clemson's slim hopes for a third Atlantic Division title and ACC Championship Game appearance in four years.
Clemson must beat N.C. State next week and hope that division-leading Florida State, which beat Clemson, 49-37, on Sept. 22, stumbles next Saturday at Maryland.
Sophomore Adam Humphries caught the first touchdown pass of his Clemson career from Boyd with 7:19 left in the first quarter and the rout was on.
No. 16 Nebraska 32, Penn State 23
LINCOLN, Neb. -- No. 16 Nebraska produced its fourth double-digit comeback victory in Big Ten Conference play, using a quick start to the second half to rally past Penn State.
Nebraska (8-2, 5-1) trailed 20-6 at halftime but scored two touchdowns within the first 5 1/2 minutes of the third quarter to quickly erase that deficit. Penn State briefly regained a 23-20 lead, but Taylor Martinez hit slot receiver Jamal Turner on a slant route for a 5-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal, giving Nebraska a 27-23 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Nebraska tacked on a safety with 5:02 remaining, and Brett Maher kicked a 33-yard field goal with 23 seconds left, helping the Huskers maintain control atop the Big Ten's Legends Division with two games to play.
Zack Zwinak ran 21 times for 141 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown run on the game's third play, to pace Penn State (6-4, 4-2), which was aiming to finish undefeated in Big Ten road games.
No. 17 Texas 33, Iowa State 7
AUSTIN, Texas -- David Ash completed 15 of his first 16 pass attempts and threw for 364 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as Texas won at Royal-Memorial Stadium.
Texas lined up in the wishbone on the first play to honor the late Darrell K. Royal and used the formation to open the game with a little trickery. Ash flipped the ball to Jaxon Shipley, who threw a backward pass to Ash, who connected with Greg Daniels on a 37-yard play.
Ash also threw a 61-yard pass to Mike Davis that gave Texas a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and added a 3-yard TD pass to Barrett Matthews to put the Longhorns (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) up 20-0.
Iowa State fell to 5-5.
No. 19 USC 38, Arizona State 17
LOS ANGELES -- Curtis McNeal ran for 159 yards and scored three touchdowns as USC overcame quarterback Matt Barkley's three interceptions to beat Arizona State before 80,154 at the Coliseum on Saturday.
No. 19 USC (7-3, 5-3 Pac-12) can advance to the conference title game with a victory over UCLA next week.
The Trojans finally overcame their sluggishness in the third quarter and led 28-17 after McNeal took a short pass and turned it into a 22-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left.
Marqise Lee caught 12 passes for 178 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown with 1:36 left in the first quarter to tie the game 7-7.
Alden Darby returned one of Barkley's interceptions 70 yards for a touchdown for the Sun Devils (5-5, 3-4).
No.22 Texas Tech 41, Kansas 34 (2 OT)
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Running back Eric Stephens threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Darrin Moore in the second overtime and Texas Tech held Kansas out of the end zone for a victory at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Kansas, which erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, had one last chance to tie trailing by seven in double overtime. But Texas Tech defensive back D.J. Johnson broke up quarterback Michael Cummings' pass in the end zone on fourth-and-9.
Kansas (1-9, 0-7 Big 12) extended its Big 12 losing streak to 19 games dating back to the 2010 season.
The Red Raiders (7-3, 4-3) did just enough to snap a two-game losing streak.
No. 23 Rutgers 28, Army 7
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Gary Nova completed 14-of-17 passes for 123 yards, and threw a go-ahead 31-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Coleman in the fourth quarter to lift the Scarlet Knights past the error-prone Cadets.
Rutgers (8-1) capped a tumultuous two-week period since losing to Kent State on Oct. 27 by offering a positive result for a New Jersey fan base that was impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
The Scarlet Knights snapped a 7-7 fourth quarter tie, as Nova capped a four-play, 45-yard drive with his scoring pass to Coleman, and Rutgers added some insurance after two Army miscues in the final minutes.
Army (2-8) twice fumbled inside the Rutgers 15 and also had two field goal attempts blocked.
Michigan 38, No. 24 Northwestern 31 (OT)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Wolverines put together a second-half comeback and kept its narrowing Rose Bowl hopes alive with by beating the Wildcats in a Big Ten game at Michigan Stadium.
Quarterback Devin Gardner scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in overtime, and linebacker Kenny Demens stopped Tony Jones of Northwestern on fourth-and-2 to end the game.
Tyris Jones' 15-yard touchdown catch with 3:59 left in the game gave Northwestern a 31-28 lead before Brendan Gibbon's 26-yard field goal with eight seconds left sent the game to overtime.
Gardner started at quarterback in place of Denard Robinson, who sat out his second straight game because of an ulnar nerve injury in his right arm.