Several upsets highlight slate...'Bama, Oregon win easily
UNDATED (AP) - Top-25 college football from Saturday feature a host of upsets. Utah pulled off the biggest shocker by downing fifth-ranked Stanford. Seventh-ranked Georgia was beaten at home by No. 25 Missouri, and unranked Texas hammered No. 12 Oklahoma. It was also a tough day for ranked teams from the Big Ten as 18th-ranked Michigan and No. 19 Northwestern went down.
Utah's defense made a goal-line stand in the final minute to preserve a 27-21 win over the Cardinal, ending Stanford's 13-game winning streak. Dres Anderson scored twice, helping the Utes to their biggest upset at home. Bubba Poole finished with 111 yards rushing for Utah.
In Athens, James Franklin completed 18 of 27 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown as Mizzou thumped the Bulldogs 41-26. Receiver Bud Sasser threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to L'Damian Washington in the fourth quarter after Franklin left with a shoulder injury. Defensive end Michael Sam returned a fumble recovery 21 yards for a touchdown to give Missouri a 28-10 lead late in the second quarter.
The Sooners were 36-20 losers to the Longhorns as Case McCoy threw two touchdowns and defensive tackle Chris Whaley returned an interception 31 yards for a score. The win was coach Mack Brown's 154th in 16 seasons at Texas and it provides at least a temporary reprieve for Brown from all the speculation about his future. The Longhorns are now 4-2 and 3-0 in the Big 12 while Oklahoma falls to 5-1 and 2-1.
Bill Belton ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth overtime to lift Penn State past the visiting Wolverines 43-40. Nittany Lions freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg engineered the tying drive by tossing passes of 29 and 33 yards before scoring on a one-yard run with 29 seconds left in regulation.
Melvin Gordon ran for a 71-yard touchdown and Wisconsin recorded seven sacks in a 35-6 rout of Northwestern. Gordon had 22 carries for 172 yards, including the long scoring run that gave the Badgers a three-possession lead before halftime.
Third-ranked Clemson avoided a major upset by scoring two straight touchdowns 62 seconds apart in the fourth quarter to turn a 14-10 deficit into a 24-14 win over unranked Boston College. Tajh Boyd ran for a go-ahead, six-yard touchdown with 13:44 left, a little more than a minute before Vic Beasley returned a fumble 13 yards for a score.
No. 9 Texas A&M also survived a scare as Josh Lambo drilled a 33-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Aggies past Mississippi 41-38. The Rebels led 38-31 until Johnny Manziel ran for a six-yard touchdown with 3:07 left. Manziel was 31 of 39 for 346 yards but no touchdowns. He also ran for 124 yards and two TDs on 19 carries.
In other top-25 action:
- T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake each ran for two touchdowns to help top-ranked Alabama blow out Kentucky 48-7. AJ McCarron shook off the handful of drops to throw for a career-high 359 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown to Kevin Norwood for the 6-0 Crimson Tide.
- Second-ranked Oregon is 6-0 after Marcus Mariota accounted for 454 total yards and four touchdowns in the Ducks' 45-24 romp over No. 16 Washington. Mariota threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns, while running for another 88 yards and one score.
- Jeremy Hill rushed for 121 yards and No. 10 LSU kept Florida out of the end zone in a 17-6 win over the 17th-rated Gators. J.C. Copeland and backup quarterback Anthony Jennings ran for one-yard touchdowns, and the Tigers' defense racked up four sacks and eight tackles for loss.
- Brett Hundley completed 31 of his 41 passes for 410 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions to lead 11th-ranked UCLA to an easy 37-10 win over California. Devin Fuller, Thomas Duarte and Shaquelle Evans each had one scoring reception for the 5-0 Bruins.
- Connor Shaw threw for 219 yards and accounted for four touchdowns to lead No. 14 South Carolina to an easy 52-7 romp over Arkansas. Mike Davis had 128 rushing yards for the 5-1 Gamecocks, who won their fourth in a row.
- Bryce Petty threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns as 15th-ranked Baylor topped Kansas City 35-25. Tevin Reese had five catches for 184 yards and two scores, and Antwan Goodley had five catches for 139 yards and another touchdown for the 5-0 Bears.
- No. 20 Texas Tech defeated Iowa State 42-35 behind backup quarterback Davis Webb, who threw for three touchdowns and 415 yards in place of the injured Baker Mayfield in the win. The 6-0 Red Raiders are bowl eligible at the earliest date since 2008, their first season under coach Kilff Kingsbury.
- Jordan Lynch threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 23 Northern Illinois got past Akron 27-20. Lynch threw for 220 yards and ran for 83 to help the Huskies run their home winning streak to 23 games.
- No. 24 Virginia Tech used four Cody Journell field goals and a touchdown pass from Logan Thomas to beat Pittsburgh 19-9. The Hokies won their sixth straight game and ended a four-game losing streak against the Panthers.