FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Rohan Gaines returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown, and Arkansas’ defense forced six turnovers in a 30-0 win against No. 8 Mississippi on Saturday.
The win earned the Razorbacks (6-5, 2-5 Southeastern Conference), losers of 17 consecutive SEC games until a win against LSU last week, bowl eligibility for the first time in three seasons.
Led by Martrell Spaight’s 11 tackles, Arkansas also earned back-to-back conference shutouts for the first time since joining the SEC in 1992.
Bo Wallace led the Rebels (8-3, 4-3) with 235 yards passing, but he also threw two interceptions. Ole Miss outgained the Razorbacks 316-311 but was unable to overcome the turnovers in losing its third straight SEC game.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Derrick Henry rushed for two touchdowns and scored a third on a catch, all in the first half, to lead No. 1 Alabama to a 48-14 victory against Western Carolina on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide (10-1) recovered from a slow start to score the final 31 points in its first game since rising to No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings. FCS member Western Carolina (7-5) trailed just 17-14 early in the second quarter.
Blake Sims was 17 of 25 passing for 222 yards and two touchdowns, while throwing an interception in the end zone. Henry had touchdown runs of 10 and 23 yards and a 9-yard scoring reception.
EUGENE, Ore. — Marcus Mariota threw for 323 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 73 yards and another score in perhaps his last game at Autzen Stadium and No. 2 Oregon beat Colorado 44-10 on Saturday.
Freshman Royce Freeman ran for 105 yards and two scores for the Ducks (10-1, 7-1 Pac-12). Oregon has already clinched the North Division’s berth in the conference championship game on Dec. 5.
It was the seventh consecutive loss for Colorado (2-9, 0-8).
Mariota, who owns school records in seven different categories including passing yards and touchdown passes, has thrown 32 touchdowns this season with just two interceptions and leads the nation in quarterback rating. With 42 total touchdowns this season (32 passing, 9 rushing and 1 TD catch), he passed former USC quarterback Matt Barkley (41) for the Pac-12’s single-season record.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Quarterback Jameis Winston led No. 3 Florida State 66 yards to put Roberto Aguayo in position for a 26-yard game-winning field goal with three seconds remaining and the Seminoles remained perfect with a 20-17 victory against Boston College on Saturday.
Florida State (11-0, 8-0 ACC) had been plagued by slow starts throughout the season and the Seminoles went into the fourth quarter tied 17-17 with the Eagles. But with less than five minutes left, Winston helped engineer another game-winning drive.
Winston finished with 281 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception.
The Eagles (6-5, 3-4) stuck with their run-first philosophy throughout and finished with 240 yards on the ground. Quarterback Tyler Murphy bounced a read-option around the left end for a 21-yard score midway through the third quarter to tie the game at 17. Joey Launceford missed a 43-yard field goal with 4:37 left that would have given Boston College the lead.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jalin Marshall returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown to give No. 6 Ohio State the lead late in the third quarter and added three late insurance scores to lead the Buckeyes past Indiana 42-27 Saturday, the Hoosiers’ sixth loss in a row.
The surprisingly tight game for most of the day could impact the playoff hopes of the Buckeyes (10-1, 7-0 Big Ten), who clinched the East Division title and a berth in the conference title game.
They trailed the 34-point underdogs 20-14 after Tevin Coleman sped 90 yards for a TD midway through the third quarter. A week after rushing for 307 yards, Coleman went for 228 yards on 27 carries for three scores for the Hoosiers (3-8, 0-7).
Marshall caught fourth-quarter scoring passes of 6, 15 and 54 yards to put the game out of reach.
The Hoosiers’ last chance at a tying score ended with Tyvis Powell picking off a pass from Zander Diamont with 4:25 left, deep in Indiana territory.
ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia scored two touchdowns on its first three snaps, including an 83-yard touchdown run by Nick Chubb, and the No. 10 Bulldogs rolled past Charleston Southern 55-9 on Saturday.
Hutson Mason played only the first half and threw three touchdown passes, including two to Chris Conley. Mason’s 35-yard scoring pass to Conley came on Georgia’s first play following a fumble recovery by Ramik Wilson. Mason added touchdown passes of 19 yards to Justin Scott-Wesley and 23 yards to Conley.
Chubb recorded his sixth consecutive 100-yard game, with 113 yards rushing and two touchdowns on only nine carries in the first half for Georgia (9-2). The Bulldogs, who have completed their Southeastern Conference schedule, would land in the SEC championship game if Missouri loses one of its final two games.
Charleston Southern (8-4), hoping for a spot in the FCS playoffs, was held to 211 total yards.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Jeremy Langford and Tony Lippett celebrated senior day in style as No. 11-ranked Michigan State smashed Rutgers 45-3 on Saturday for its 40th win in four seasons and 51st in five.
Langford, who played cornerback and wide receiver before returning to running back, rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns. That stretched his streak of 100-yard games in conference play to 15, the longest in the Football Bowl Subdivision in the past 10 years.
Lippett, another fifth-year player who switched positions multiple times, had five catches for 72 yards and his 10th score this season. He became the eighth receiver in school history to pass the 1,000-yard mark and also played well in a surprising stint at cornerback.
The Spartans (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) scored on five on their first six possessions and finished with a 520-234 edge in total offense, including 254 through the air from Connor Cook.
Quarterback Gary Nova threw for just 108 yards on 11-for-26 accuracy for the Scarlet Knights (6-5, 2-5), looking nothing like the player who had 404 passing yards in a win against Michigan.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jake Waters’ special night has No. 12 Kansas State back in a first-place tie in the Big 12.
Waters threw for a career-high 400 yards and a touchdown, Tyler Lockett returned a punt for a score and the Wildcats held on to beat sloppy West Virginia 26-20 on Thursday night.
Kansas State (8-2, 6-1 Big 12) rebounded from a blowout loss at TCU to move into a tie with the idle Horned Frogs with two weeks left in the regular season.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Taylor Kelly passed for four touchdowns in his final home game, D. J. Foster rushed for three and No. 13 Arizona State converted all five Washington State turnovers into touchdowns to beat the Cougars 52-31 on Saturday.
Arizona State’s Cameron Smith caught six passes for a career-best 131 yards and two touchdowns for the Sun Devils (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12), who can still win the Pac-12 South title with some help.
Redshirt freshman Luke Falk of Washington State (3-8, 2-6), passed for 601 yards but was intercepted four times and fumbled the ball away once. Vince Mayle caught 15 for 265 yards.
The Sun Devils scored 31 consecutive points in the second half before the Cougars managed a touchdown with 24 seconds to play.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Melvin Gordon surpassed 2,000 yard rushing with 200 yards and two touchdowns, and 16th-ranked Wisconsin held off Iowa 26-24 on Saturday for its sixth consecutive win.
Gordon became the 17th FBS player with a 2,000-yard rushing season to lead the Badgers (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten). Wisconsin still has to beat Minnesota in Madison, Wisconsin, next weekend to earn a shot at Ohio State in the Big Ten title game.
Gordon’s performance came just hours after Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine broke his week-old FBS record with 427 yards rushing in a win against Kansas. But Gordon was sensational in his own right, cracking the 2,000-yard on an 88-yard run midway through the third quarter.
Jake Rudock had 311 yards passing and two TDs for the Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-3), who rallied from 16 down to get within 26-24 with just more than 5 minutes left.
NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma freshman Samaje Perine set a major college record by running for 427 yards in a driving rainstorm, scoring five touchdowns and leading the No. 21 Sooners past Kansas 44-7 on Saturday.
A week after Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon set the mark by rushing for 408 yards against Nebraska, Perine ran past him.
Perine broke the 7-day-old record on his 34th and final carry, a 42-yard run with 12:16 left in the fourth quarter.
Perine got off a fast start, running for a 49-yard TD on his first carry. He added TD runs of 33 and 34 yards in the second quarter and scored on runs of 66 and 27 yards in the third.
In a game that started 90 minutes late because of lightning, Perine shattered the school rushing record of 294 yards set by Greg Pruitt in 1971.
CLEMSON, S.C. — Freshman Tyshon Dye rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns as Clemson bounced back from its loss to Georgia Tech last week with a 28-0 win against Georgia State on Saturday.
The Tigers (8-3) fell apart offensively a week ago with its lowest point total in seven years to lose to the 17th-ranked Yellow Jackets 28-6. But behind Dye’s powerful runs, Clemson again got cranked up to run past the Panthers (1-10), who have lost 10 in a row.
Dye’s rushing yards were the highest single-game total for Clemson this season. He had touchdown runs of 3 and 6 yards in the opening quarter that put the Tigers up for good.
Quarterback Cole Stoudt also rebounded after throwing three interceptions — two returned for TDs — against Georgia Tech last week. He completed 19 of 29 passes for 132 yards and an 8-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams that closed Clemson’s scoring.
It was Clemson’s second shutout this season, the first time that’s happened since the Tigers blanked Furman and Maryland in 1998.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Briean Boddy-Calhoun ripped the ball out of Nebraska receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El’s hands at the Minnesota 2-yard line after Mitch Leidner scored the go-ahead touchdown, and the No. 25 Gophers overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat No. 23 Nebraska 28-24 on Saturday.
The Gophers’ big defensive stop kept alive their hopes in the Big Ten West. They can win the division and go to the conference championship game on Dec. 6 with a win at Wisconsin next week.
The Cornhuskers, humiliated at Wisconsin a week ago, lost back-to-back conference games for the first time since 2009.
Nebraska led 24-14 in the middle of the third quarter. But Minnesota, with running back David Cobb on the sideline with his left leg heavily wrapped, churned out a couple of long drives to take the lead.
The Huskers started their final possession with 3:25 to play and drove to the Minnesota 30. Pierson-El caught Tommy Armstrong’s third-and-9 pass at the 2, but Boddy Calhoun stripped him of the ball with 1:19 left.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Freshman quarterback Reggie Bonnafon ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw a 21-yard scoring pass to DeVante Parker to lead No. 24 Louisville to a 31-28 victory against Notre Dame on Saturday, the third consecutive loss for the Fighting Irish.
The Irish (7-4) had a chance to force overtime but Kyle Brindza missed a 32-yard field goal wide right with 51 seconds left. The Irish scored a pair of touchdowns early in the third quarter, the second set up by a 61-yard punt return by Greg Bryant, to take a 20-17 lead.
But the Cardinals (8-3) answered with the touchdown pass to Parker and a 15-yard run by Brandon Radcliff that he set up with a 41-yard run.
The Irish gave up 30 or more points for the sixth consecutive game, the first time that’s happened in 126 seasons of football.