SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jack Mitchell kicked a 45-yard field goal with 19 seconds left to force overtime and then kicked a 41-yard field goal to give Northwestern a 43-40 victory against No. 18 Notre Dame on Saturday.
The Wildcats closed to 40-37 with 4:10 left on a 6-yard touchdown run by quarterback Trevor Siemian and a two-point conversion on a run by Warren Long after Notre Dame (7-3) was called for pass interference.
Both teams turned the ball over four times in a sloppy game. Notre Dame’s final turnover occurred with 1:28 when the Irish were trying to run out the clock and the usually reliable Cam McDaniel fumbled at the Northwestern 33-yard line when he was stripped by safety Ibraheim Campbell and it was recovered by linebacker Jimmy Hall.
Northwestern (4-6), which had minus-9 yards rushing last week against Michigan, rushed for 263 yards and had 547 yards of total offense, both season highs.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Blake Sims, T.J. Yeldon and No. 5 Alabama’s relentless defense delivered on a big stage, and the Crimson Tide held off No. 1 Mississippi State 25-20 on Saturday.
The Tide (9-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) reasserted itself as a national title contender with a dominant first half and some clutch play in the fourth quarter.
Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs (9-1, 5-1) kept fighting to keep their first-ever reign going for a sixth week. They couldn’t conquer Alabama at raucous Bryant-Denny Stadium, though.
Mississippi State scored early in the fourth to make it a six-point game but Sims and Yeldon answered with a steady march to the end zone.
The Bulldogs produced a touchdown with 15 seconds left after a drive that took three precious minutes off the clock.
Alabama recovered the onside kick to secure its seventh consecutive win in the series.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Aaron Green ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns, Cameron Echols-Luper returned a punt 69 yards for another score and No. 4 TCU turned back a spirited upset bid from Kansas in a 34-30 win Saturday that kept the Horned Frogs in playoff contention.
Trevone Boykin added 330 yards passing and a touchdown for TCU (9-1, 6-1 Big 12), which trailed 27-17 midway through the third quarter before a big finishing kick.
Chris Hackett’s interception with 3:26 left in the game sealed the victory.
Michael Cummings had 332 yards and two touchdowns passing for the Jayhawks (3-7, 1-6), who were trying for their first regular-season win against a top-five team since beating Colorado in 1995.
The Horned Frogs won their fifth in a row, even without top running back B.J. Catalon. And with a trip to Texas followed by a home game against lowly Iowa State, they may have the easiest road standing between them and the inaugural four-team playoff.
MINNEAPOLIS — J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for an Ohio State quarterback-record 189 yards and another score, helping the eighth-ranked Buckeyes overcome three turnovers and wintry weather to beat Minnesota 31-24 on Saturday afternoon.
Barrett completed 15 of 25 passes for 200 yards and one interception, another stellar performance following last week’s rout of Michigan State.
Barrett’s rushing total topped Braxton Miller’s 186 yards against Nebraska on Oct. 6, 2012, and Ohio State stayed on track in pursuit of a place in the College Football Playoff.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Casey Skowron kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 14 Arizona a wild 27-26 victory against Washington on Saturday.
Skowron, who also had an 18-yard touchdown run on a fake field goal, missed a first attempt wide right but the Huskies called timeout just before the kick and he got a second try.
Skowron gained redemption after missing the go-ahead 36-yarder in the final minute of a loss to USC.
Washington (6-5, 2-5 Pac-12) was running out the clock when Tra’Mayne Bondurant knocked the ball out of running back Deontae Cooper’s hands and Derrick Turituri recovered for Arizona (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) at the Washington 45 with 1:23 to go.
The Wildcats moved to the 30 and left it up to Skowron.
MADISON, Wis. — Melvin Gordon rushed for a major college-record 408 yards and four touchdowns and No. 20 Wisconsin overcame three early turnovers to take control of the Big Ten West division with a 59-24 win Saturday against No. 16 Nebraska.
Gordon eclipsed the single-game mark held since 1999 by TCU’s LaDainian Tomlinson by two yards, setting the new standard on a 26-yard touchdown run on the final play of the third quarter and his last carry of the game.
Outdueling Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah in a matchup of star running backs, Gordon overcame two fumbles to help the Badgers (8-2, 5-1) roar past the Cornhuskers (8-2, 4-2) with 49 unanswered points.
Gordon torched what had been a staunch Nebraska defense on 25 carries and delivered an emphatic statement in the Heisman Trophy race.
Abdullah finished with 69 yards on 18 attempts.
ATLANTA — Jamal Golden returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown, and No. 22 Georgia Tech beat No. 19 Clemson 28-6 on Saturday.
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson did not return after a first-quarter knee injury. Cole Stoudt threw three interceptions after replacing Watson, including one Chris Milton returned 62 yards for a touchdown.
With the loss by Clemson (7-3, 6-2 ACC), No. 3 Florida State clinched the ACC’s Atlantic Division before playing Miami on Saturday night.
Justin Thomas’ 65-yard run set up his 5-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Smelter in the third quarter as Georgia Tech (9-2, 6-2) earned its fourth consecutive win and kept its hopes alive in the ACC’s Coastal Division.
DURHAM, N.C. — Michael Brewer threw two touchdown passes and Virginia Tech held on to upset No. 21 Duke 17-16 on Saturday.
Brewer was 12 of 23 for 138 yards with touchdowns of 15 yards to Hodges and 10 yards to Isaiah Ford.
The Hokies (5-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) avoided their first in-season four-game losing streak since 1992 and earned their second road victory against a ranked team this year.
Duke (8-2, 4-2) had two late chances to reclaim the lead, but Ross Martin missed a 40-yard field goal with 2:26 left and the Blue Devils were stopped on downs at their 40 with 43 seconds left.
Anthony Boone was 18 of 40 for 181 yards with two interceptions and Josh Snead scored the lone touchdown for the mistake-prone Blue Devils, who began the day alone atop the Coastal Division.’
STANFORD, Calif. — Travis Wilson threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Kenneth Scott in the second overtime, sending No. 25 Utah to a 20-17 win against Stanford on Saturday night.
Kaelin Clay caught a 25-yard TD pass on the first play of overtime before the Cardinal came back with the tying score. Jordan Williamson kicked a career-long 51-yard field goal — the same one Stanford passed up late in the fourth quarter — to start the second session, setting the stage for the Utes’ dramatic finish.
Wilson found Scott on an inside slant on third-and-1. Scott jumped up, lifted his arms in the air and was swarmed by teammates streaming into the end zone, spoiling Stanford’s Senior Day celebration.
Utah (7-3, 4-3 Pac-12) snapped a two-game losing streak. The Cardinal (5-5, 3-4) dropped consecutive games for the first time since October 2009.