FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Blake Sims threw two touchdown passes and No. 7 Alabama narrowly avoided its second consecutive Southeastern Conference loss with a 14-13 victory at Arkansas on Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide (5-1, 2-1 SEC), a week after a 23-17 loss at Mississippi, struggled for much of the game — fumbling four times.
However, despite being outgained 335-227, Sims put Alabama up with a 6-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter.
Alabama hasn’t lost two consecutive SEC games since the 2007 season, Nick Saban’s first year as coach.
The loss is the 15th in a row in SEC play for the Razorbacks (3-3, 0-3), who have yet to win a conference game under second-year coach Bret Bielema.
Brandon Allen was 21 of 40 for 246 yards for Arkansas.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — With more distractions swirling around him, Jameis Winston was nearly flawless, throwing for 317 yards and three touchdowns, Mario Pender scored twice, and top-ranked Florida State beat Syracuse 38-20 on Saturday.
Florida State (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won a school-record 22 consecutive games, the longest streak in the nation, and 19 in a row in the conference.
The Orange (2-4, 0-2 ACC) lost their fourth in a row, again saddled by too many failures in the red zone, scoring one touchdown in four trips inside the Florida State 20 behind two rookie quarterbacks who combined to throw three interceptions.
Rarely pressured, Winston finished 30 of 36 and earned his fifth 300-yard passing game on the road. Tight end Nick O’Leary had a career-high eight catches for 97 yards and one touchdown.
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Dak Prescott ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, leading No. 3 Mississippi State to a 38-23 victory against No. 2 Auburn on Saturday.
Mississippi State (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) has won nine consecutive games going back to last season. Auburn (5-1, 2-1), the defending SEC champion, lost for the first time since last season’s national championship game.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first nine minutes, but Auburn pulled within 28-20 in the third quarter. The Tigers couldn’t complete the comeback, though, undone by a Ricardo Louis fumble in the fourth quarter, untimely penalties and an inconsistent offense.
Prescott completed 18 of 34 passes for 246 yards and also rushed for 121 yards. He threw two interceptions. Auburn’s Nick Marshall threw for 209 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while also running for 100 yards.
WACO, Texas — Chris Callahan kicked a 28-yard field goal as time expired and No. 5 Baylor wiped out a 21-point deficit in the final 11 minutes to beat No. 9 TCU 61-58 on Saturday.
Bryce Petty threw six touchdown passes for the Bears (6-0, 3-0 Big 12), including a 25-yarder to Corey Coleman with 4:42 left in the fourth that tied it at 58. Petty passed for 510 yards and threw two interceptions.
TCU moved to midfield and faced fourth-and-3 from the Baylor 45 with 1:17 left in the fourth. Instead of punting, the Horned Frogs elected to try to keep the ball and end it in regulation.
Trevone Boykin tossed a sideline fade toward Josh Doctson that the receiver couldn’t come up with. TCU was looking for a pass interference call in Ryan Reid but didn’t get it and Baylor took over with 1:11 left.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson threw three touchdown passes to overcome his three turnovers that led to North Carolina scores and No. 6 Notre Dame remained unbeaten with a 50-43 victory Saturday.
North Carolina’s Marquise Williams threw two touchdown passes, ran for another score and caught a 23-yard TD pass from receiver Quinshad Davis late in the third quarter to give the Tar Heels a 36-35 lead.
But a roughing-the-center penalty against the Tar Heels (2-4) kept alive a Notre Dame drive that led to a 9-yard TD pass from Golson to Tarean Folston. Then, Irish cornerback Cole Luke intercepted a pass to set up Folston’s third touchdown.
Williams threw an 18-yard TD pass to Mack Williams with 47 seconds left, but North Carolina failed to recover the onside kick.
The Irish (6-0) are at No. 1 Florida State (6-0) next week. Notre Dame’s last game against a No. 1 team was against Southern California in 2005.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes, Nick Hill ran for two scores and No. 8 Michigan State got a late interception return for a touchdown to hold off Purdue 45-31 Saturday.
Purdue’s defense just couldn’t stop Michigan State, which amassed 532 total yards. It looked like the Spartans had taken control with a 38-17 lead with two TDs in the third quarter.
Akeem Hunt scored on runs of 52 yards and 3 yards in the fourth to make it 38-31. But Darien Harris closed out the last chance for Purdue (3-4, 1-1 Big Ten) with a 15-yard interception return for the game-sealing score.
The Spartans (5-1, 2-0) have won four consecutive overall, including seven conference road games in a row. They tied the school record with a sixth consecutive win in the series.
DALLAS — Alex Ross had a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, Zack Sanchez scored on a 43-yard interception return and No. 11 Oklahoma held on for another bounce-back victory under coach Bob Stoops, beating Texas 31-26 in the Red River rivalry Saturday.
Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) used those big returns to go ahead to stay despite only 29 total yards in the first half. Trevor Knight threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard and Samaje Perine had a 13-yard TD run in the final 20 minutes.
Tyrone Swoopes threw his second touchdown pass to John Harris and ran 12 yards for a score for the Longhorns (2-4, 1-2) in a span of 3 1/2 minutes in the fourth quarter.
PASADENA, Calif. — Marcus Mariota ran for two touchdowns and passed for 210 yards and two more scores as No. 12 Oregon rebounded from its first loss with a 42-30 victory against No. 18 UCLA on Saturday.
Royce Freeman rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns for the Ducks (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12), who haven’t lost consecutive games since 2007. Thomas Tyner and Pharaoh Brown caught TD passes as Oregon built a 42-10 lead early in the fourth quarter.
A week after a 31-24 home loss to Arizona, Oregon had little trouble in its sixth consecutive win against the Bruins (4-2, 1-2), who are probably out of the national title race after back-to-back defeats.
Brett Hundley passed for 216 yards and ran for a score for the Bruins, who followed up their last-minute loss to Utah by falling into a huge early hole.
Paul Perkins rushed for 190 yards and Jordan Payton caught two fourth-quarter TD passes for UCLA. A large home crowd watched disconsolately as the Bruins, a preseason top-10 team, failed to contend with Oregon’s speed and sophistication.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Hunter Mason completed 22 of 28 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown and ran for another as No. 13 Georgia shut out No. 23 Missouri 34-0 in the Bulldogs’ first game without suspended star Todd Gurley.
Freshman Nick Chubb rushed 38 times for 143 yards and one touchdown as Georgia (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) wore down the Tigers (4-2, 1-1) early. The team possessed the ball for more than 42 minutes, gaining 379 total yards on 87 plays.
The win bumped the Bulldogs into a first-place tie with Kentucky and Missouri in a muddled SEC East. Florida also had one conference loss before hosting LSU later Saturday night.
Maty Mauk completed nine of 21 passes for 97 yards and accounted for five turnovers, throwing four interceptions and losing a fumble. Missouri gained just 147 total yards on 43 plays, and was held scoreless for the first time since 2002.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Tyreek Hill returned a kickoff 99 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown, and No. 16 Oklahoma State held on to beat upset-minded Kansas 27-20 on Saturday.
Daxx Garman threw for 161 yards with a touchdown an interception, and Desmond Roland ran for 87 yards and another score as the Cowboys (5-1, 3-0 Big 12) were nearly caught looking ahead to next week’s showdown with ninth-ranked TCU.
Michael Cummings threw for 288 yards and ran for a touchdown in his first start for Kansas (2-4, 0-3) since 2012. Corey Avery also ran for a score for the Jayhawks.
Oklahoma State led 20-7 at halftime, but the Jayhawks rallied to tie the game 20-all late in the fourth quarter in their first home game under interim coach Clint Bowen.
It didn’t last that way for long. Hill, whom the Jayhawks had avoided kicking to all game, took the kickoff up the Kansas sideline for the go-ahead touchdown. The junior college transfer also returned a kickoff 97 yards in the Cowboys’ win against Iowa State last week.
Cummings was picked off with 53 seconds left to seal the outcome.
TAMPA, Fla. — Shane Carden led three long second-half touchdown drives and No. 19 East Carolina shrugged off a slow start to come back and beat South Florida 28-17 on Saturday night.
The Pirates (5-1, 2-0) overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to remain unbeaten in American Athletic Conference play and are off to their best start since 1999.
USF (2-4, 1-1) faded in the second half against a ranked team for the second consecutive game. The Bulls were tied 3-3 at the half before losing 27-10 at Wisconsin.
Carden completed 13 of 15 passes for 134 yards while leading scoring drives of 84, 86 and 79 yards on East Carolina’s first three possessions of the second half.
Marquez Grayson’s 24-yard TD run trimmed USF’s lead to 17-14 late in the third quarter. Breon Allen’s 4-yard scoring run put ECU ahead 21-17 early in the fourth.
ATLANTA — Anthony Boone threw for 123 yards and a touchdown, Josh Sneed rushed for 102 yards and score, and Duke snapped a 10-year losing streak against Georgia Tech by beating the No. 22 Yellow Jackets 31-25 Saturday.
Backup quarterback Thomas Sirk had a couple of short TD runs for the Blue Devils (5-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won in Atlanta for the first time since 1994 and showed they aren’t going to give up their Coastal Division title without a fight.
With a week off to prepare for the triple-option offense, Duke took advantage of three huge second-half turnovers by the Yellow Jackets (5-1, 2-1).
Justin Thomas threw a pair of interceptions — one deep in Duke territory — and Zach Laskey fumbled.
With Duke up 14-12, the second-half kickoff was delayed 1 hour, 17 minutes by thunderstorms.
STANFORD, Calif. — Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cardinal to a 34-17 win against Washington State on Friday.
Greg Taboado grabbed his first two career TDs and fellow tight end Eric Cotton had his first scoring catch to help the No. 25-ranked Stanford rebound from a loss at Notre Dame and renew their chase for a third consecutive Pac-12 championship.
A week after Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday threw for a collegiate-record 734 yards, he struggled against a stingy Stanford defense that harassed him all over the backfield.
They held Halliday to 42-for-69 passing for 292 yards and two touchdowns, forced one interception and had four sacks. The Cougars have lost two in a row, and their chances of making consecutive bowl games under Mike Leach look dim.