TOP 25 CFB: LSU survives upset bid by Ole Miss
BATON ROUGE, La. – Jordan Jefferson passed for a career-high 254 yards, threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and No. 5 LSU survived an upset bid by Mississippi, 43-26.
LSU (10-1, 6-1 SEC) trailed 36-35 with 4:57 left when Patrick Peterson returned a kickoff 34 yards to midfield, setting up a game-winning drive that ended with Stevan Ridley’s third touchdown rushing.
Brandon Bolden rushed for 91 yards and two TDs for Ole Miss (4-7, 1-6), which came in needing to win its final two games to be eligible for a bowl.
No. 6 Wisconsin 48,
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Montee Ball and James White combined for 354 yards rushing and six touchdowns, leading Wisconsin one step closer to its first Big Ten championship since 1999.
If the Badgers (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten) beat Northwestern next week at home, they’ll will win at least a share of the title and likely earn a trip to a BCS bowl.
The Badgers won at the Big House for the first time since 1994 by building a 24-0 lead at halftime and essentially trading scores in the second half.
Ball ran for 173 yards and four TDs. White had 181 yards rushing and two scores. They allowed Wisconsin to overcome the loss of injured John Clay for the second straight week.
Wisconsin’s Scott Tolzien finished 14 of 15 for 201 yards with an interception.
Denard Robinson set two NCAA records for Michigan (7-4, 3-4), topping Beau Morgan’s major-college record for yards rushing by quarterbacks and became the first player in NCAA history with 1,500 yards rushing and 1,500 yards passing in one year.
Robinson was 16 of 25 for 239 yards with two TDs, an interception and ran for 121 yards and two scores.
No. 7 Stanford 48,
BERKELEY, Calif. – Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and led No. 7 Stanford to scores on all eight possessions he played as the Cardinal beat California for its most lopsided win in the Big Game in 80 years.
Luck came into this rivalry game looking to avenge the worst performance of his career in last year’s loss against the Golden Bears, when he completed 10 of 30 passes and threw a game-sealing interception deep in Cal territory with just over a minute left.
Boy, did he do that, giving Stanford (10-1, 7-1 Pac-10) just its second win in the past nine games against Cal (5-6, 3-5). The Cardinal did it in emphatic fashion 28 years to the day after being stunned on this same field by The Play.
No. 8 Ohio State 20,
No. 21 Iowa 17
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Dan Herron rushed for a 1-yard touchdown with 1:47 left and No. 8 Ohio State rallied to keep its hopes for a Rose Bowl bid alive.
Terrelle Pryor threw for 195 yards and a touchdown for the Buckeyes (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten), including a 14-yard run on fourth down to keep the game-winning drive alive.
No. 21 Iowa (7-4, 4-3) went ahead 17-10 early in the fourth quarter on freshman Marcus Coker’s 1-yard TD run. But Devin Barclay’s 48-yard field goal brought the Buckeyes within 17-13, and Pryor engineered a 76-yard drive despite DeVier Posey’s drop of a sure TD pass.
No. 18 Texas A&M 9,
No. 9 Nebraska 6
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Cyrus Gray ran for a career-high tying 137 yards and Randy Bullock kicked the go-ahead field goal with about three minutes left.
Gray added a career-high 65 yards receiving in his fifth consecutive 100-yard rushing game.
The win was Texas A&M’s fifth straight and keeps Nebraska (9-2, 5-2 Big 12) from clinching the Big 12 North title. The Cornhuskers will have another chance to do it in their regular-season finale next week against Colorado.
No. 11 Michigan State 35, Purdue 31
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Kirk Cousins lunged into the end zone from 3 yards out with 4:32 remaining, and Michigan State kept its Rose Bowl hopes alive by rallying for a win.
The Spartans trailed 28-13 after three quarters and 31-20 midway through the fourth, but Cousins threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Mark Dell with 6:54 remaining, and a 2-point conversion made it 31-28.
Denicos Allen then blocked a punt, giving Michigan State (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten) the ball inside the 5 and setting up Cousins’ touchdown.
No. 12 Oklahoma State 48, Kansas 14
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Brandon Weeden passed for 389 yards and three touchdowns to lead Oklahoma State to a share of the Big 12 South title.
The Cowboys (10-1, 6-1 Big 12), can win the title outright if Baylor beats No. 16 Oklahoma later Saturday. The Sooners and Cowboys meet at Oklahoma State next Saturday.
No. 13 Arkansas 38,
No. 22 Mississippi State 31
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Ryan Mallett threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner to Knile Davis in double overtime.
The Bulldogs had a chance to tie the game in the second overtime, but Chris Relf was hit hard as he tried to complete a fourth-down pass.
On top of his touchdown reception, Davis rushed for 191 yards and two scores as Arkansas (9-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) won its fifth straight.
No. 14 Virginia Tech 31,
No. 24 Miami 17
MIAMI – Ryan Williams ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 84-yarder in the fourth quarter, and Virginia Tech won the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division title.
Virginia Tech (9-2, 7-0) will play for the ACC title Dec. 4, with a spot in the Orange Bowl at stake. Jayron Hosley’s eighth interception of the season with 9:01 left set up Tyrod Taylor’s 18-yard touchdown run that sealed the win and the Hokies’ fourth divisional title since the ACC adopted the format in 2005.
No. 15 Missouri 14,
Iowa State 0
AMES, Iowa – Blaine Gabbert threw a touchdown pass and No. 15 Missouri turned a fake punt into another score.
On a chilly night in the heartland, Missouri (9-2, 5-2 Big 12) sputtered offensively for most of the game. But the Tigers’ defense remained stout and they made just enough plays with the ball to deny Iowa State (5-7, 3-5) the victory it needed for bowl eligibility.
No. 16 Oklahoma 53, Baylor 24
WACO, Texas – DeMarco Murray turned a short pass into a long touchdown and ran for another score in the opening minutes to get 16th-ranked Oklahoma off to a fast start in a 53-24 victory over Baylor on Saturday night that kept the Sooners’ Big 12 title hopes alive.
Landry Jones threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns with a 5-yard score to Ryan Broyles, who became the first Oklahoma receiver with a 100-catch season.
Oklahoma (9-2, 5-2 Big 12) has won all 20 games against the Bears (7-5, 4-4), who wrapped up their first winning regular season since 1995 despite losing all three of their November games – all to ranked teams.
No. 17 South Carolina 69, Troy 24
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Marcus Lattimore had three touchdowns and 102 yards rushing by halftime and South Carolina scored its most points under coach Steve Spurrier.
The Gamecocks (8-3) won the SEC East last week. With rival Clemson ahead next weekend, many in the crowd at Williams-Brice Stadium held their breath wondering if there would be a letdown.
South Carolina and Lattimore showed early that wouldn’t happen, scoring on runs of 17, 8 and 5 yards for a 21-0 lead less than 7 minutes in.
Troy (5-5) had five turnovers, all which led to touchdowns.
Oregon State 36,
No. 20 Southern California 7
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ryan Katz threw for 154 yards and two touchdowns while Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 128 yards and another score.
The Beavers (5-5, 4-3 Pac-10) built a 20-0 lead by halftime, hoping to avoid their first three-game losing streak since 2002.
The Trojans (7-4, 4-4) lost quarterback Matt Barkley to a sprained left ankle just before the break. But they were already doomed by the purposeful Beavers, who are fighting for bowl eligibility.
No. 25 Utah 38, San Diego St. 34
SAN DIEGO – Jordan Wynn threw for a career-high 362 yards and Greg Bird’s blocked punt set up the go-ahead score for No. 25 Utah in a win over San Diego State.
The Utes were trailing 34-31 in the fourth quarter when Bird blocked Brian Stahovic’s punt at the 10-yard line. Christian Cox recovered and ran to the 3-yard line. Eddie Wide scored from the 1 three plays later to give Utah it’s first lead of the game.