No. 1 Alabama escapes upset; Auburn routs No. 2 Georgia




Jalen Hurts strike DeVonta Smith for a 26-yard touchdown pass with 25 seconds remaining to lift No. 1 Alabama over No. 18 Mississippi State, 31-24, on Saturday night in Starkville, Miss.


Alabama (10-0, 7-0 SEC, CFP No. 2) won a 10th true diversion opposite Mississippi State, though this one was many some-more formidable than many of a others.

Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3) pushed ahead, 24-17, early in a fourth entertain on Jace Christmann’s 25-yard margin goal, though Alabama responded to tie it during 24 when Damien Harris ran for a 14-yard measure with 9:49 left. Alabama had a possibility to take a lead with about dual mins left, though a 40-yard margin idea try by Andy Pappanastos banged off a left upright.

Mississippi State went three-and-out on a indirect expostulate and Alabama took over with 1:09 remaining. That was some-more than adequate time for a Tide, who gathering 6 plays and 68 yards in 44 seconds for a game-winning score.

The diversion was parsimonious via with conjunction group heading by some-more than a touchdown.

Alabama’s invulnerability has been widespread for many of a season, though several injuries during linebacker via a deteriorate finally seemed to take a toll. Mississippi State’s energy using diversion gained 172 yards, though in a finish Alabama was means to delayed a Bulldogs down.

Mississippi State pushed forward 7-0 in a initial entertain on an 11-yard touchdown run by Aeris Williams. It was a initial touchdown a Bulldogs had scored opposite Alabama given 2014 and a initial time they’d taken a lead opposite a Tide given 2008.

Auburn 40, Georgia 17 — Kerryon Johnson ran for 167 yards and reason a 55-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Stidham and a horde No. 10 Tigers smothered a No. 2 Bulldogs’ using game.

Auburn (8-2, 6-1 Southeastern) remained in Western Division and potentially inhabitant playoff row after gnawing a three-year losing strain to one of their tip rivals. Georgia (9-1, 6-1) came in with a tip symbol in a playoff rankings and could get a rematch if Auburn can kick No. 1 Alabama in dual weeks.

The initial go-around wasn’t flattering for Georgia. Auburn reason Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, and a SEC’s tip belligerent diversion to 46 yards, 233 subsequent their deteriorate average.

Johnson ran 32 times and reason dual passes for 66 yards. Stidham threw for 214 yards and 3 touchdowns, all of 30-plus yards.

‘‘We have a good event right now, and a idea was to win a SEC championship,’’ Auburn manager Gus Malzahn said. ‘‘Here we are, Nov. 11, and we’re right in a center of it. And all a dreams we have are still alive.’’

Georgia special teams blunders helped set adult 3 Auburn touchdowns, including a roughing a chastisement dwindle in a initial half. The Bulldogs fumbled divided a punt lapse and had a 15-yard personal tainted chastisement in a third entertain when Auburn pulled divided with dual touchdowns.

Ryan Davis returned a punt 26 yards into Georgia territory, with a dwindle pulling Auburn even closer to a idea line. Then Davis took a shade pass 32 yards for a touchdown to make it 30-7. Darius Slayton done a 42-yard scoring squeeze earlier.

‘‘We knew we had a good team, though we had to go out and infer it,’’ Johnson said. ‘‘We did that currently and that’s something we can hang a shawl on.’’

The Bulldogs combined a touchown in a final minutes. Chubb gained usually 27 yards on 11 carries with a 1-yard touchown on a opening drive. Michel ran 9 times for 21 yards.

Jake Fromm was 13-of-28 flitting for 184 yards and a late touchdown pass.

Georgia manager Kirby Smart pronounced Auburn ‘‘whipped’’ a Bulldogs during a lines of scrimmage.

‘‘Humility is always a week away, and we consider this group will answer and respond a right way,’’ he said. ‘‘We’ve got some good leaders in that room, and they wish to urge on what they usually showed.’’

Clemson 31, Florida State 14 — Travis Etienne rushed for 97 yards and dual touchdowns, including a 1-yard detonate with 3:05 left, and a No. 4 Tigers (9-1, 7-1, No. 4 CFP) won a ACC Atlantic Division with a subjection of a visiting Seminoles (3-6, 3-5).

The Tigers and their widespread invulnerability looked to have this one wrapped adult when they non-stop a 17-0 lead with dual mins left in a third quarter. But a Seminoles rallied on Jacques Patrick’s 9-yard scoring run and a double flea-flicker for a 60-yard TD locate by parsimonious finish Ryan Izzo.

Florida State afterwards recovered Kelly Bryant’s fail on a Clemson 40 with 6:46 to go, putting a Seminoles in position to spoil a Tigers’ College Football Playoff hopes. But reserve Van Smith intercepted James Blackman’s pass over a center on a subsequent play, environment adult a TD expostulate that cumulative a win for a fortifying inhabitant champions.

Etienne had a 25-yard run to a FSU 5 and took it in dual plays after as a cold Death Valley throng erupted in jubilee of a possibility for a third true ACC pretension in Charlotte in 3 weeks.

Cornerback Trayvon Mullen knocked divided Blackman’s fourth-down pass with 2:13 left to finish a Seminoles’ quip hopes.

It’s a fifth time in manager Dabo Swinney’s 9 full seasons that he has taken a Tigers to a discussion pretension game. Clemson will face No. 7 Miami, that won a Coastal Division by trait of Virginia’s 38-17 detriment to Louisville on Saturday.

For Florida State, it noted a initial losing ACC record given 2006. And a Seminoles’ landmark strain of 35 true play games is in jeopardy, too — they have 3 games left opposite Delaware State, opposition Florida and Louisiana-Monroe.

Wisconsin 38, Iowa 14 — Receiver Kendric Pryor scored twice, and a horde No. 6 Badgers (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten, CFP No. 8) relied on gloomy invulnerability to overcome 4 turnovers in a subjection of a No. 25 Hawkeyes (6-4, 3-4) that clinched a outing to a joining discussion pretension diversion as West champions.

Leon Jacobs recovered dual fumbles — one returned for a measure — and associate linebacker T.J. Edwards had an interception for a Badgers, who close down an Iowa offense that had impressed Ohio State final week.

The Hawkeyes were reason to 66 sum yards and 5 initial downs, including usually 15 yards and one initial down in a initial half.

Ohio State 48, Michigan State 3 — J.T. Barrett threw for dual touchdown passes and ran for dual more, and Mike Weber rushed for 162 yards and span of scores as a No. 11 Buckeyes (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) bounced behind from a deflating detriment final week to subjection a No. 13 Spartans (7-3, 5-2) in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio State scored on 5 of their initial 6 possessions, led, 35-3, during a half and cruised a rest of a approach to explain solitary possession of initial place in a Big Ten East with dual games remaining. Ohio State outgained Michigan State, 524-195, and a Buckeyes invulnerability that was smoked by unranked Iowa in a 55-24 detriment singular Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke — who threw for 445 yards final week opposite Penn State — to 131 yards and forced dual interceptions.

Oklahoma State 49, Iowa State 42 — Mason Rudolph threw for 376 yards and 3 touchdowns — including dual in a final 5:55 — and a No. 12 Cowboys (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) rallied to kick a No. 24 Cyclones (6-4, 4-3) in Ames, Iowa.

 Justice Hill had 134 yards and 3 TD runs for Oklahoma State, that stays in a tie for second place in a joining with dual games to go.

 Rudolph found Marcell Ateman for a 30-yard TD pass, and Hill’s 2-point acclimatisation run tied a diversion during 42 with 5:55 left. The Cowboys jumped ahead, 49-42, usually dual mins after as Rudolph found Dillon Stoner for a 19-yard touchdown reception.

 The Cyclones got inside Oklahoma State’s 3-yard line with 32 seconds left, though Zeb Noland threw an interception to A.J. Green to finish a game.

Central Florida 49, UConn 24 — Otis Anderson rushed for dual touchdowns and a No. 14 Knights (9-0, 6-0 AAC) pulled divided from a visiting Huskies (3-7, 2-5). David Pindell upheld for 201 yards and a TD and also ran for a measure for UConn.

Anderson had a 3-yard touchdown run in a initial entertain and helped undefeated Central Florida mangle it open with a 65-yard touchdown run, creation it 35-17 with 14:11 left.

UCF also got a plain opening from Milton, who was 24-for-36 passing. He tossed a 6-yard TD pass to Marlon Williams in a initial entertain and a 41-yarder to Tre’Quan Smith with 7:43 left in a initial half, assisting a Knights to a 28-10 lead during a break.

After Anderson’s second TD, Milton combined a 4-yard touchdown run that done it 42-17 with 8:54 left.

Pindell was extrinsic into a starting lineup in place of a harmed Bryant Shirreffs. Pindell led a Huskies with 21 carries for 96 yards. He was 18 for 31 by a air, also throwing an interception.

‘‘They’re a good football team,’’ pronounced UConn manager Randy Edsall, whose group plays Boston College during Fenway Park subsequent week.. ‘‘I suspicion we gave ourselves a possibility during 28-17 when we got that fumble. we suspicion that took a atmosphere out of them.’’

USC 38, Colorado 24 — Sam Darnold tossed dual TD passes and ran for another, Ajene Harris intercepted dual passes, including one he returned for a score, and a No. 15 Trojans (9-2, 7-1) kick a horde Buffaloes (5-6, 2-6) to hang adult a Pac-12 South title.

 Darnold threw for 329 yards as he softened to 18-3 as a starter. Tailback Ronald Jones II had 142 yards to transcend Mike Garrett for sixth place on a Trojans’ all-time rushing list. Southern Cal led, 27-0, in a third quarter, though indispensable to continue a late Colorado comeback. The Trojans blocked dual margin goals to pierce to 12-0 opposite a Buffaloes.

Penn State 35, Rutgers 6 — Trace McSorley accounted for 258 sum yards and 3 TDs as a No. 16 Nittany Lions (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) trounced a horde Scarlet Knights (4-6, 3-4).

  McSorley became Penn State’s all-time touchdown personality with 68, overtaking Daryll Clark’s symbol of 65 with one rushing and dual flitting scores.

 The Nittany Lions scored 35 unanswered points after going down, 6-0, in a initial quarter. Saquon Barkley ran for dual touchdowns though a Heisman Trophy claimant ran for usually 35 yards on 14 carries.

Georgia Tech 28, Virginia Tech 22 — TaQuon Marshall got dual prolonged touchdown passes out of his usually completions, including an 80-yarder to Ricky Jeune with 6½ mins remaining, and Ajani Kerr swatted divided a fourth-down pass in a finish section to safety an dissapoint by a horde Yellow Jackets (5-4, 4-3 ACC) over a No. 17 Hokies (7-3, 3-3).

In a diversion with several outrageous movement swings, Virginia Tech rallied from a 21-9 necessity in a second half. The Hokies went ahead, 22-21, when Greg Stroman returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown off a terrible pass by Marshall with 7:27 left.

The Georgia Tech quarterback done adult for his mistake usually dual snaps later, after a Yellow Jackets recovered a fumbled kickoff. Jeune got lax behind a secondary, hauled in a prolonged chuck and usually managed to hang a round inside a pylon before acrobatics out of bounds.

Washington State 33, Utah 25 — Luke Falk threw for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns as a No. 19 Cougars (9-3, 6-2) changed within one diversion of clinching a Pac-12 North by knocking off a horde Utes (5-5, 2-5).

Washington State led from start to finish and could have won by more, though staid for 5 margin goals notwithstanding relocating inside a Utah 30-yard line on those possessions. The Utes incited over a round on 3 of a initial 4 possessions, all in a initial quarter, though a Cougars found a finish section on usually one of a additional opportunities.

Utah had 7 turnovers and has mislaid 5 of a final 6 games.

Michigan 35, Maryland 10 — Brandon Peters threw dual TD passes, Chris Evans ran for dual scores, and a No. 21 Wolverines (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) dominated a horde Terrapins (4-6, 2-5).

 Before a second entertain was median over, Michigan had a 28-0 lead interjection to Peters’s passing. Peters threw touchdown passes of 33 yards to Zach Gentry and 3 yards to Sean McKeon. Henry Poggi and Evans ran for scores. Evans, who scored from a yard out in a second quarter, combined a 17-yard run late in a fourth quarter.

West Virginia 28, Kansas State 23 — Will Grier threw for 372 yards and 4 touchdowns, Justin Crawford combined 113 yards rushing, and a No. 23 Mountaineers (7-3, 5-2) overcame a early mistakes to reason off a horde Wildcats (5-5, 3-4) and stay alive in a competition for a Big 12 pretension game.

 Ka’Raun White had 8 catches for 168 yards and dual scores, and David Sills V also had a span of TD catches for a Mountaineers.

 The Wildcats sealed to 28-23 early in a fourth quarter, though an offense down to third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson couldn’t get a group all a approach back.

 Thompson threw for 159 yards with dual interceptions in his initial career start for a Wildcats, who still need a win to turn bowl-eligible for a eighth uninterrupted year.

Lehigh 34, Holy Cross 21 — Dominick Bragalone ran for 201 yards and a career-high 4 touchdowns on 30 carries, and a horde Mountain Hawks (4-6, 4-1 Patriot) ran past a Crusaders (4-7, 3-3).

 Peter Pujals threw for 276 yards and dual touchdowns for Holy Cross. He also rushed for 66 yards and a measure on 13 carries.

Hockey

Cornell 3, Harvard 2 — Alec McCrea scored a power-play idea with dual seconds left and a 14th-ranked Big Red (6-0, 4-0 ECAC) wiped out a 2-0 necessity to hit off a No. 5 Crimson (2-3, 2-3) in Ithaca, N.Y.

 Henry Bowlby and Ty Pelton-Byce scored first-period goals for a Crimson.

BU 4, New Hampshire 0 — Dante Fabbro had a idea and an support and Max Prawdzik done 29 saves to propel a No. 15 Terriers (5-6-1, 2-3-1 Hockey East) over a ninth-ranked Wildcats (6-3-1, 3-2-1) during Agganis Arena.

BC 5, Vermont 1 — Christopher Grando had dual goals and an support and a Eagles (6-5-1, 6-1-0 Hockey East) erupted for 5 goals after spotting a Catamounts (3-7-1, 1-3-1) a 1-0 first-period lead to brush a weekend array in Burlington, Vt., and boost their winning strain to 4 games.

UMass Lowell 4, NU 2 — Tommy Panico had dual goals and an support and a horde River Hawks (6-6-0, 3-5-0 Hockey East) erased a one-goal necessity with 3 third-period goals to hit off a No. 13 Huskies (6-3-1, 4-1-0).


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