Sunday, 15 November 2015

Baylor playoff hopes in trouble after Oklahoma

Sterling Shepard had 14 catches for 177 yards with two touchdowns and No. 12 Oklahoma beat No. 4 Baylor 44-34 on Saturday night to end the Bears' 20-game home winning streak - and likely their playoff chances.

Baker Mayfield was 24 of 34 for 270 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a score to help Oklahoma gain control of its destiny in the Big 12. The Sooners (9-1, 6-1, No. 15 CFP) have won five straight since that still hard-to-explain loss to Texas.

Baylor (8-1, 5-1), the first team left out of the initial four-team playoff last season, was sixth in the latest College Football Playoffs as an undefeated team with the toughest part of its schedule left.

The two-time defending Big 12 champion Bears will certainly drop further in the playoff rankings before playing at No. 5 Oklahoma State (10-0, 7-0) next Saturday. The Sooners will be in Stillwater the following week for their regular-season finale.

NO. 13 TCU 23, KANSAS 17

FORT WORTH, Texas - Trevone Boykin left with a right ankle injury and TCU's offense did just enough without its Heisman Trophy candidate to hold off winless Kansas.

On his second play of the game, Boykin turned awkwardly on his right ankle as he slipped while trying to cut and was tackled by linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. The nation's total offense leader didn't return after getting sacked on TCU's last offensive play of the first quarter.

The Horned Frogs (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 15 CFP) played mostly without Boykin and one of the country's top receivers in Josh Doctson, who was limited by a left arm and wrist injury from last week's loss that likely eliminated them from the national title race.

The Jayhawks (0-10, 0-7) didn't trail at halftime for the first time this year, but couldn't avoid their 35th straight road loss and 13th overall.

The Horned Frogs tried two backups to Boykin in Bram Kohlhausen, a senior transfer from Houston, and redshirt freshman Foster Sawyer, who played for a private Fort Worth high school.

Shaun Nixon turned Sawyer's only completion into a 42-yard touchdown, breaking a tackle on the catch-and-run score early in the fourth quarter. The only other touchdown for the Frogs was KaVontae Turpin's zigzagging 49-yard punt return.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Mitchell Paige bobbled a fourth-down pass at the goal line that would have forced a third overtime and Michigan fended off Indiana to keep its Big Ten title hopes alive.

Jake Rudock forced overtime with a touchdown pass with 2 seconds left, and threw two more on back-to-back plays to lead Michigan. Rudock finished 33 of 46 with 440 yards and six touchdowns, and Jehu Chesson, caught 10 passes for 207 yards and four scores.

The Wolverines (8-2, 5-1, No. 14 CFP) won their third straight. Indiana (4-6, 0-6) has lost six straight since winning its first four and has dropped 20 straight in what has been a lopsided series.

Jordan Howard ran 35 times for 238 yards and two TDs for the Hoosiers.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - DeShaun Watson had a big day for Clemson with two touchdown passes and 101 yards rushing and a score.

The win gave the Tigers (10-0, 7-0 ACC; No. 1 CFP) at least 10 wins for the fifth straight season and their s first 10-0 start since they won their only national championship in 1981. With 13 straight wins, the Tigers have their longest winning streak in 34 years.

Syracuse (3-7, 1-5 ACC) put up a good fight for embattled coach Scott Shafer, but lost for the seventh time in a row. The Orange are 1-10 in games against the No. 1 team.

Watson was 34 of 47 for 360 yards with one interception.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Ezekiel Elliott ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns for Ohio State.

The Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten, No. 3 CFP) started slowly and led 7-3 for much of the first half before Elliott picked up the pace. Elliott accounted for 50 of the Buckeyes' 75 yards on a third quarter drive that opened a 21-3 lead over the Illini (5-5, 2-4).

Quarterback J.T. Barrett, starting again after being suspended for last week's game, threw for 150 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also ran for 74 yards.

Ohio State held the Illini to 20 yards rushing.


STARKVILLE, Miss. - Derrick Henry ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns and Alabama had a season-high nine sacks.

Alabama (9-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference, No. 2 CFP) easily survived its last major test before the Iron Bowl game against Auburn in two weeks. The Tide shook off a slow start thanks to three long touchdowns in the second quarter, starting with a 69-yard punt return by Cyrus Jones.

Calvin Ridley scored on a 60-yard touchdown catch from Jake Coker, and Derrick Henry ran 74 yards for a touchdown as Alabama built a 21-3 halftime lead. Henry had a 65-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3, No. 17 CFP) lost to the Tide for the eighth straight season.


AMES, Iowa - Backup quarterback J.W. Walsh threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Carr with 3:06 left for Oklahoma State to help keep the unbeaten Cowboys in playoff contention.

Oklahoma State (10-0, 7-0 Big 12, No. 8 CFP) trailed 24-7 and 31-21 before rallying for a victory that was short on style points but still critical.

Walsh drew the Cowboys to 31-28 with a 16-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter and Oklahoma State drove 84 yards in 11 plays for the winning score after forcing a punt. Starter Mason Rudolph got Oklahoma State to the 7, and Walsh, usually the team's running quarterback, took it from there.

Joel Lanning staked Iowa State (3-7, 2-5) to the lead, running for two touchdowns and passing for another.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Josh Adams scored on a 98-yard run, the longest scoring play from scrimmage in Notre Dame history, and defensive end Andrew Trumbetti scored on a 28-yard interception return.

Adams started and ran for 141 yards with Notre Dame rushing leader C.J. Prosise sidelined while recovering from a concussion. Adams, who was fourth on the Irish depth chart in the preseason, posted his second straight 100-yard game and third of the season.

DeShone Kizer added touchdown runs of 12 and 5 yards for the Irish (9-1, No. 4 CFP).

John Wolford scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter for Wake Forest (3-7).


STANFORD, Calif. - Vernon Adams threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns and Oregon used its quick-strike offense and a late stop on a 2-point conversion attempt to spoil Stanford's playoff hopes.

In a game dominated by offenses that combined for more than 900 yards, it was a defensive stop on the 2-point attempt with 10 seconds left that sealed the win for Oregon (7-3, 5-2 Pac-12) and kept the Ducks' hopes for a conference title alive.

After Kevin Hogan lost two fumbles on snaps in the fourth quarter, Stanford (8-2, 7-1, No. 7 CFP) tied it on Hogan's 4-yard touchdown pass to Greg Taboada with 10 seconds left.

Needing a 2-point conversion to tie it, the Cardinal sent Christian McCaffrey out wide and Hogan tried to find tight end Austin Hooper over the middle. But the Ducks stopped the play and held on for the win.


IOWA CITY, Iowa - LeShun Daniels ran for a career-high 195 yards and three touchdowns and Iowa held off Minnesota to start 10-0 for the first time in school history.

C.J. Beathard threw for 213 yards and ran for two touchdowns for the Hawkeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten, No. 5 CFP). Iowa can clinch the Big Ten West with a victory over Purdue next week.

Gophers running back Shannon Brooks threw a 42-yard TD pass to Drew Wolitarsky and ran one in from 3 yards out in the final 5:32. But Daniels scored from 51 yards out with 2:01 left, and Minnesota's onside kick with 1:16 to go squirted out of bounds.

Minnesota (4-6, 1-5) has lost four straight. The Gophers were playing for the first time since Tracy Claeys was named the permanent head coach Wednesday.


BATON ROUGE, La. - Alex Collins ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns to help resurgent Arkansas win its fourth straight.

Combined with Alabama's victory hours earlier, Arkansas (6-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) eliminated LSU (7-2, 4-2) from contention in the SEC West. Only two weeks earlier, the Tigers were unbeaten and ranked second by the College Football Playoff committee. They were No. 9 in the CFP this week.

LSU running back Leonard Fournette had 127 yards from scrimmage and scored his 17th touchdown this season, but that may have done little to help his Heisman Trophy candidacy on a day when Alabama's Derrick Henry rushed for 204 yards and two scores.

Brandon Allen passed for 141 yards, including a 52-yard TD throw to Dominique Reed. Jared Cornelius added a 69-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

ARIZONA 37, NO. 10 UTAH 30, 2 OT

TUCSON, Ariz. - Backup quarterback Jerrard Randall threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Nate Phillips on the first play of the second overtime - his only completion of the game - and Arizona stunned Utah.

The loss dropped the Utes (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12, No. 10 CFP) into a first-place tie in the Pac-12 South.

Anu Solomon passed for 277 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a season-high 86 yards for Arizona (6-5, 3-5) before leaving the game after a helmet-to-helmet hit with 9:25 left in regulation. No penalty was called.

Utah's Devontae Booker carried 34 times for 143 yards.


COLUMBIA, S.C. - Jordan Cronkrite had two first-half touchdowns and Kelvin Taylor's long run in the fourth quarter helped Florida hold off South Carolina.

The Gators (9-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference, No. 11 CFP) were up 17-0 heading to the fourth quarter, with the defense having allowed only 44 yards.

But South Carolina (3-7, 1-7) rallied with a throwback 17-yard touchdown pass from receiver Pharoh Cooper to quarterback Perry Orth, followed by Orth's 38-yard scoring throw to Cooper moments later that cut it to 17-14 with 4:49 remaining.

Florida was facing third-and-8 from midfield when Taylor broke free on a 53-yard run to the South Carolina 1. He finished the drive a play later with 2:01 left that closed the door on South Carolina. Cronkrite scored on a 3-yard run and a 41-yard reception from quarterback Treon Harris.


EAST LANSING, Mich. - Connor Cook left the game at halftime with an apparent shoulder injury, putting a bit of a damper on Michigan State's victory.

The Spartans (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten, No. 13 CFP) have been dealing with injuries all season, particularly on the offensive line and in the secondary, but if Cook is limited, Michigan State could be a significant underdog next weekend at Ohio State.

Even with Michigan State's star quarterback out, Maryland (2-8, 0-6) didn't pose much of an upset threat. The Terrapins turned the ball over five times.

NO. 16 HOUSTON 35, NO. 25 MEMPHIS 34

HOUSTON - Backup quarterback Kyle Postma ran for the go-ahead score and threw a touchdown pass to help Houston overcome a 20-point deficit, and the Cougars escaped when Memphis' Jake Elliott missed a 48-yard field goal wide right with 19 seconds left.

Postma came in just before halftime when Greg Ward Jr. left with what appeared to be a left ankle injury. Postma went 21 of 33 for 236 yards and carried six times for 49 yards. His 7-yard touchdown run with 1:27 left capped a nine-play, 77-yard drive that gave Houston the lead.

Kenneth Farrow had 10 carries for 46 yards and two touchdowns for Houston (10-0, 6-0 American, No. 24 CFP). Paxton Lynch passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns for Memphis (8-2, 4-2, No. 21 CFP).


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Marquise Williams accounted for four touchdowns and Ryan Switzer had a 78-yard punt return for a score for North Carolina.

Williams ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns and threw for a scoring pass for the Tar Heels (9-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 23 CFP). They won their ninth straight to stay alone atop the Coastal Division and move within a victory of a berth in the league championship game.

Elijah Hood ran for 132 yards and a score. The Tar Heels took advantage of penalties, turnovers and mistakes by the Hurricanes (6-4, 3-3) to turn it into a romp - complete with Williams and Switzer commandeering Miami's "The U" handsign in mocking celebrations of first-half scores.


PASADENA, Calif. - Gabe Marks made a diving 21-yard touchdown reception with 3 seconds to play, sending Washington State to the jaw-dropping victory.

Josh Rosen scrambled 37 yards and dived for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:09 to play for the Bruins (7-3, 4-3 Pac-12), capping a desperate 80-yard drive.

Luke Falk answered for Washington State (7-3, 5-2) with his own spectacular 75-yard drive ending with a remarkable, physical catch by Marks, who became the Cougars' career receptions leader earlier in the game with his 196th catch.

Falk returned from a mid-game injury after passing a concussion protocol to throw for 331 yards. He threw two TD passes to Marks, and the Cougars punctuated their resurgent season with their first win over a ranked team in 10 tries since 2013.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Sean Maguire came off the bench to rally Florida State.

The Seminoles (8-2, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 16 CFP) trailed 17-7 in the second quarter when Maguire replaced Everett Golson. The junior led them to four straight scoring drives (two field goals, two touchdowns) to take control.

Maguire, who had started the past two games, was 18 of 28 for 231 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Golson had turnovers on three of five drives and finished 5 of 9 for 52 yards and two interceptions. Dalvin Cook, who set Florida State's single-season rushing record, had 138 yards on 22 carries, including a 30-yard touchdown run.

Jacoby Brissett accounted for 236 all-purpose yards for N.C. State (6-4, 2-4). He was 27 of 47 for 209 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score.


TAMPA, Fla. - Marlon Mack rushed for 230 yards and scored three touchdowns to help South Florida beat Temple and keep the Owls from clinching the American Athletic Conference East Division title.

Mack had scoring runs of 57 and 48 yards and caught a 20-yard scoring pass from Quinton Flowers for USF (6-4, 4-2). The Bulls scored on four straight possessions while building a 31-10 halftime lead.

Flowers threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 90 yards and one TD as the Bulls became bowl-eligible for the first time under third-year coach Willie Taggart.

Temple (8-2, 5-1, No. 22 CFP) trimmed its deficit to 11 points in the third quarter, but couldn't get any closer. The Owls still lead the East by one game over USF with home games remaining against No. 25 Memphis and Connecticut.

NO. 22 NAVY 55, SMU 14

ANNPOLIS, Md. - Keenan Reynolds broke the NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns, upping his total to 81 with four scores, and Navy beat SMU to remain undefeated in the American Athletic Conference.

Reynolds shattered the mark held by Montee Ball, who ran for 77 TDs with Wisconsin from 2009-12. Ball holds the record for total touchdowns with 83.

Reynolds scored on runs of 4, 43 and 8 yards on Navy's first three series and added a 32-yard touchdown with 14:19 left to make it 41-14.

The senior quarterback rushed for 137 yards and threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to help Navy (8-1, 6-0) earn its fourth straight win. Playing as a ranked team for the first time since 2004, the Midshipmen - 20th in the CFP ranking - are off to their best start since 1963.

The Mustangs (1-9, 0-6) have lost eight straight.


EVANSTON, Ill. - Justin Jackson ran for 116 yards and a late touchdown, and Warren Long added two rushing TDs for Northwestern.

With a school record for wins and a spot in a prestigious bowl in reach, Northwestern (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten, No. 18 CFP) pulled out another close game.

Jackson plowed in from the 2 with 4:37 remaining to cap a 58-yard drive. The Wildcats converted four third downs, including the TD, on the possession and quarterback Clayton Thorson broke off back-to-back 16-yard runs to put the ball on the 5.

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