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Nov 12, 2023 3:30 am

Top 25 roundup: No. 3 Michigan prevails without Jim Harbaugh

Blake Corum rushed for 145 yards, scored two touchdowns and helped No. 3 Michigan overcome the absence of head coach Jim Harbaugh to defeat No. 10 Penn State 24-15 on Saturday at University Park, Pa.

Harbaugh was suspended by the Big Ten on Friday for the remainder of the regular season amid an in-person scouting scandal. Michigan filed for a temporary restraining order, but the hearing was delayed until Friday. Assistant Sherrone Moore filled in for Harbaugh.

Donovan Edwards rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown for the Wolverines (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten), while J.J. McCarthy had only eight pass attempts, all in the first half, and completed seven for 60 yards.

Drew Allar completed 10 of 22 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown for the Nittany Lions (8-2, 5-2). He also rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown. Kaytron Allen had 72 yards rushing for the Penn State.

No. 1 Ohio State 38, Michigan State 3

Marvin Harrison Jr. scored three touchdowns and Kyle McCord passed for 335 yards and three scores as the Buckeyes routed the Spartans in Columbus, Ohio.

Harrison rebounded from a subpar performance against Rutgers (four catches for 25 yards and TDs of 4 and 2 yards) to help the Buckeyes (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten) to a 35-3 halftime lead.

Katin Houser was 12 of 24 for 92 yards for Michigan State (3-7, 1-6), which has lost eight straight games to the Buckeyes since its last win in 2015.

No. 2 Georgia 52, No. 9 Ole Miss 17

Kendall Milton rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns, Daijun Edwards added two touchdown runs and the Bulldogs clinched the Southeastern Conference East division title by routing the Rebels in Athens, Ga.

Carson Beck passed for 306 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs (10-0, 7-0 SEC), who will face No. 8 Alabama for the SEC title on Dec. 2 in Atlanta. Georgia outgained Ole Miss 611-352 and held Jaxson Dart to 112 passing yards.

Quinshon Judkins rushed for both touchdowns for the Rebels (8-2, 5-2), who saw their five-game winning streak end.

No. 4 Florida State 27, Miami 20

Trey Benson ran for two touchdowns — including the go-ahead 38-yarder in the third quarter — as the Seminoles defeated the Hurricanes in Tallahassee, Fla.

Jordan Travis passed for 265 yards and one touchdown for Florida State (10-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which won its 16th consecutive game. Travis became the first quarterback in Seminoles history to beat Miami three straight years.

Miami (6-4, 2-4) benched quarterback Tyler Van Dyke for the first time in his career. True freshman Emory Williams started instead. Williams completed 8 of 23 passes for 175 yards and two TDs.

No. 5 Washington 35, No. 18 Utah 28

Michael Penix Jr. passed for 332 yards and two touchdowns, both to Rome Odunze, as the Huskies outlasted the Utes on a windy and wet afternoon in Seattle.

Dillon Johnson added 104 yards rushing and a score for the Huskies (10-0, 7-0 Pac-12). Grady Gross kicked two field goals for Washington, but his third attempt, a 32-yarder with 1:38 remaining, was blocked, giving the Utes one last chance.

The Huskies’ Dominique Hampton intercepted a fourth-and-10 pass at Utah’s 43-yard line with 44 seconds left to seal the victory. Bryson Barnes completed 17 of 30 passes for 267 yards, with two TDs and two interceptions, and Ja’Quinden Jackson rushed for two scores, but Utah (7-3, 4-3) saw its chances for a third consecutive Pac-12 title come to an end.

No. 6 Oregon 36, Southern California 27

Bo Nix passed for a season-high 412 yards and threw four touchdowns, and the Ducks held off the Trojans’ late rally in Eugene, Ore.

The Ducks (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12) built a 22-point lead early in the fourth quarter when Bucky Irving ran for 19 of his game-high 118 rushing yards on a touchdown carry. USC (7-4, 5-3) battled back when Caleb Williams found Brenden Rice for a 9-yard touchdown and Austin Jones capped a 77-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown run.

But that was the closest the Trojans would get. Oregon jumped ahead early with first-half touchdowns on Nix passes of 77 yards to Tez Johnson, 84 yards to Troy Franklin and 15 yards to Terrance Ferguson.

No. 7 Texas 29, TCU 26

Quinn Ewers passed for 317 yards and a touchdown and Jonathon Brooks amassed 178 all-purpose yards and two TDs as the Longhorns dominated the first half and then held on for a win over the Horned Frogs in a key Big 12 Conference game in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Longhorns (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) are now alone atop the conference standings with two regular-season games to play. Texas led by 20 at the half but sputtered thereafter. The Horned Frogs (4-6, 2-5) made things interesting in the fourth quarter when Josh Hoover hit JP Richardson with a 3-yard TD pass and then found Savion Williams from 14 yards out, the latter with 3:28 to play.

It took a sterling catch on his back from the Longhorns’ Adonai Mitchell on a third down during the final drive to secure the win for Texas.

No. 8 Alabama 49, Kentucky 21

Jalen Milroe became the first player in Crimson Tide history to pass for three touchdowns and run for three scores in the same game while leading his team to a comfortable victory over the Wildcats in SEC play at Lexington, Ky.

Milroe completed 16 of 23 passes for 240 yards with one interception and added 36 yards on the ground. Amari Niblack, Kobe Prentice and Roydell Williams caught touchdowns passes for the Crimson Tide (9-1, 7-0 SEC), who clinched a spot in the conference title game against No. 2 Georgia.

Alabama improved to 39-2-1 all-time against Kentucky. Ray Davis rushed for two touchdowns for the Wildcats (6-4, 3-4), who have lost four of their past five games. Davis had just 26 yards on 12 carries.

No. 12 Oregon State 62, Stanford 17

Damien Martinez ran for four first-half touchdowns and DJ Uiagalelei threw for 240 yards as the Beavers walloped the Cardinal in a Pac-12 mismatch in Corvallis, Ore.

Martinez, who rushed for 146 yards on just 15 carries, scored on runs of 7, 59, 15 and 5 yards as the Beavers improved to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the conference. Uiagalelei completed 12 of 19 passes in an efficient performance, finding Jermaine Terry II and Deshaun Fenwick for touchdown strikes of 40 and 13 yards, respectively.

Stanford (3-7, 2-6) upset Washington State last week and nearly upset Washington last month but was no match for Oregon State’s physicality on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Ashton Daniels completed 10 of 16 attempts for 200 yards and a 75-yard touchdown to Elic Ayomanor but also mixed in three interceptions.

No. 14 Missouri 36, No. 13 Tennessee 7

Cody Schrader accumulated 321 yards of total offense and rushed for a touchdown as the Tigers defeated the Volunteers in Columbia, Mo.

Schrader rushed for 205 yards on 35 carries and caught five passes for 116 yards for Missouri (8-2, 4-2 SEC).

Joe Milton III completed 22 of 34 passes for 267 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Volunteers (7-3, 3-3).

UCF 45, No. 15 Oklahoma State 3

The Knights’ R.J. Harvey stole the show from FBS rushing leader Ollie Gordon II, rolling for a career-high 206 yards to lead UCF to a stunning upset of the Cowboys in Orlando, Fla.

A week after gaining its first conference victory in its first season in the Big 12, UCF (5-5, 2-5 Big 12) won its second straight game in dominant fashion as John Rhys Plumlee threw three touchdown passes, all to Kobe Hudson. Harvey ran for three scores, including a 92-yard back-breaking touchdown sprint in the third quarter.

It was a crushing defeat for Oklahoma State (7-3, 5-2), which was riding a five-game winning streak, including last week’s 27-24 upset of rival Oklahoma in the Bedlam Series.

Texas Tech 16, No. 16 Kansas 13

Gino Garcia drilled a go-ahead 30-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Red Raiders over the Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan.

Behren Morton wasn’t spectacular until Texas Tech (5-5, 4-3 Big 12) needed him to be, and he delivered by engineering a drive in the closing 26 seconds that ended with Garcia’s game-winning kick. Morton was 3-for-3 for 63 yards on the decisive march, with a huge 33-yard connection to Jerand Bradley.

Kansas kicker Seth Keller connected on a 22-yard field goal with 25 seconds to go, the last of 13 consecutive Jayhawks points in the fourth quarter. Kansas fell to 7-3 overall, with a 4-3 mark in conference play.

No. 17 Oklahoma 59, West Virginia 20

Dillon Gabriel threw for a season-high 423 yards along with five touchdowns while running for three more as the Sooners beat the Mountaineers in Norman, Okla.

Gabriel’s eight combined passing/rushing touchdowns set a school record, besting the previous record of seven set by Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield. The win snapped a two-game losing streak and kept the Sooners (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) in the hunt for a berth in the Big 12 championship game with two games remaining, though Oklahoma still doesn’t control its destiny.

West Virginia (6-4, 4-3) had its two-game winning streak snapped. Garrett Greene was 10-for-27 for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

No. 19 LSU 52, Florida 35

Jayden Daniels passed for 372 yards and rushed for 234 in a milestone performance to lead the Tigers over the Gators in SEC play at Baton Rouge, La.

Daniels passed for three touchdowns and scored on two long runs as the Tigers (7-3, 5-2 SEC) defeated the Gators for the fifth straight time and 11th in the past 14 meetings. Daniels is the first player in FBS history to pass for 350 yards and rush for 200 in the same game. He also is the second SEC player to pass for 200 yards and rush for 200 in the same game.

Trevor Etienne rushed for 99 yards and three touchdowns for the Gators (5-5, 3-4), who lost their third consecutive game.

No. 21 Arizona 34, Colorado 31

Jonah Coleman ran for a career-high 179 yards and Tyler Loop kicked a 24-yard field goal on the final play of the game to lift the Wildcats over the Buffaloes in Boulder, Colo.

The Wildcats (7-3, 5-2 Pac-12), who won their fourth consecutive game for the first time since early in the 2019 season, never led Saturday until there was no time left. Colorado (4-6, 1-6) lost its fourth game in a row and needs to win its final two to be bowl eligible.

Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders was 22 of 35 for 262 yards and two touchdowns, also rushing for a team-high 42 yards on 13 attempts. Neither quarterback was intercepted.

No. 22 Iowa 22, Rutgers 0

The Hawkeyes got the best of a defensive showdown with a 16-point fourth quarter to beat the Scarlet Knights in Big Ten Conference play in Iowa City, Iowa.

Drew Stevens provided all the offense Iowa (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) would need with a 32-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 43-yarder in the third, but Iowa wasn’t content with a six-point lead.

Gavin Wimsatt threw for 93 yards and one interception on 7-for-18 passing as Rutgers (6-4, 3-4) ended up being outgained 402-127.

No. 23 Tulane 24, Tulsa 22

Makhi Hughes rushed for 131 yards with a touchdown and the Green Wave stopped a two-point conversion pass to hang on for a victory over the Golden Hurricane in an American Athletic Conference game at New Orleans.

Hughes had his sixth consecutive 100-yard game and Michael Pratt passed for 194 yards and a touchdown for the Green Wave (9-1, 6-0 AAC).

Kirk Francis completed 22 of 34 passes for 345 yards and Kamdyn Benjamin finished with eight receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns to lead Tulsa (3-7, 1-5), which lost its fifth consecutive game.

No. 24 North Carolina 47, Duke 45 (2OT)

Drake Maye scored on a 5-yard quarterback keeper and threw for a two-point conversion in the second overtime as the Tar Heels, who needed a field goal on the last play of regulation to extend the game, beat the Blue Devils at Chapel Hill, N.C.

North Carolina (8-2, 4-2 ACC) lost its previous two ACC games when it was unable to protect double-digit leads, but Saturday night’s result kept the Tar Heels in contention for a spot in the league championship game. Duke (6-4, 3-3) has lost three of its last four games, all to ranked teams.

Drake Loftis, a freshman making his second start because of injuries to other Duke quarterbacks, was 16-for-28 passing for 189 yards. Jordan Waters ran for 113 yards on 20 attempts.

No. 25 Kansas State 59, Baylor 25

Will Howard threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as the Wildcats defeated the Bears in Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas State (7-3, 5-2 Big 12) added scores on a fumble return and an interception. Howard was 19-of-29 passing for 235 yards, while moving past Josh Freeman for the most career TD passes in K-State history with 45. It was the fifth time this season that Howard threw for at least three TDs, tying Freeman for the team’s single-season mark.

Kansas State remained undefeated at home (6-0), scoring at least 40 points in all six games. Blake Shapen was 22-of-45 passing for 253 yards and four touchdowns for Baylor (3-7, 2-5).

–Field Level Media

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