Top-25 College Football Game Capsules
(Saturday, October 25)
Final Score: (1) Mississippi State 45, Kentucky 31
Lexington, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Robinson ran for a career-high 198 yards and two touchdowns, the last a back-breaking 73-yarder in the fourth quarter that helped No. 1 Mississippi State to a hard-earned 45-31 win over Kentucky. Robinson's critical run with 11:47 to play came with the Bulldogs clinging to a 31-24 lead and enabled Mississippi State (7-0, 4-0 SEC) to withstand a four-touchdown effort from Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles and remain unbeaten in its first-ever game as the nation's top-ranked team. Dak Prescott aided the cause by running for two touchdowns and throwing for another, though the Heisman candidate was overall outplayed by Towles, who put up 390 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air and added 76 rushing yards and two scores. His final TD run brought Kentucky (5-3, 2-3) within 38-31 with 2:31 remaining, but MSU's Christian Holmes took the ensuing onside kick attempt 61 yards for a touchdown that foiled the upset bid. Prescott finished 18-of-33 for 216 yards with one interception and tallied 88 yards on the ground on 18 attempts.
Final Score: (24) LSU 10, (3) Ole Miss 7
Baton Rouge, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anthony Jennings' 3-yard touchdown pass to Logan Stokes with 5:07 remaining provided the winning points as No. 24 LSU dealt third-ranked Ole Miss its first loss of the season with a 10-7 decision at an emotional Tiger Stadium. Held to just a field goal while turning the ball over four times through three-plus quarters of play, the Tigers went ahead by putting together a 13-play, 95-yard drive that ended in Stokes -- a seldom-used senior tight end -- making his first career catch. Jennings was intercepted twice earlier and completed just 8-of-16 passes for 142 yards, but got plenty of help from a ground game that churned out 264 yards and a defense that stifled Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace all game long. Leonard Fournette rushed for 113 yards on 23 carries and Terrence Magee added 74 on 12 attempts in a game LSU (7-2, 3-2 SEC) virtually needed to win to keep its SEC West title chances intact. The comeback victory also capped a roller-coaster weekend for head coach Les Miles, who was on the sidelines less than 24 hours after his 91-year-old mother, Martha, passed away. Wallace got Ole Miss (7-1, 4-1) down as far as the LSU 25 in the closing seconds, but his final pass was intercepted by Ronald Martin near the goal line to seal the result. The pick finished off a rough night for the senior quarterback, who went just 14-of-33 for 176 yards with a touchdown and the one interception.
Final Score: (4) Alabama 34, Tennessee 20
Knoxville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Amari Cooper set a new Alabama single-game record for receiving yards with 224, and the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide rolled past the Tennessee Volunteers, 34-20, on Saturday. Cooper had two touchdowns on nine catches for the Crimson Tide (7-1, 4-1 SEC), who have won eight straight against Tennessee. Alabama's previous single-game receiving mark of 221 yards by Julio Jones came in 2010 at Tennessee. Blake Sims completed 14- of-24 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns for the Crimson Tide, who have won three in a row. He also carried the ball six times for 42 yards and a score. Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon also scored on the ground for the victors. Saturday's game marked the return of Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin to Knoxville. Kiffin guided the Vols to a 7-6 mark in 2009 before he bolted for Southern California in contentious fashion that caused rioting on the Tennessee campus. Joshua Dobbs connected on 19-of-32 passes for 192 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Volunteers (3-5, 0-4), who have dropped two straight. He also rushed for 75 yards on 19 carries.
Final Score: (5) Auburn 42, South Carolina 35
Auburn, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Auburn put up touchdown after touchdown in the second half and then finally stopped South Carolina on fourth down. When the Gamecocks got the ball back, there wasn't enough time to travel the length of the field again. Nick Marshall ran for three touchdowns and threw for another as the fifth-ranked Tigers defeated South Carolina 42-35 on Saturday night. Auburn scored touchdowns on six straight possessions at one point, with Marshall's go-ahead 5-yard TD sprint with 11:22 left providing the Tigers a 42-35 lead. The Gamecocks converted their first five fourth-down opportunities -- including two on their ensuing drive -- before Dylan Thompson overthrew Shaq Roland in the end zone on a 4th-and-14 at the Auburn 19. Four of those fourth-down conversions came in South Carolina's own territory. South Carolina then forced its first punt of the second half and regained possession at its own 15 with 1:08 to go and no timeouts. Jonathan Jones, though, intercepted his second pass on Thompson's Hail Mary heave in the end zone on the final play of the game to preserve the win and national title hopes for the Tigers. Cameron Artis-Payne ran for 167 of Auburn's 395 yards on the ground to go with a touchdown. Marshall was 12-of-14 for 139 yards and a touchdown and added 89 yards rushing on 10 carries for the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 SEC), who bounced back from their lone loss of the season two weeks ago at Mississippi State. Thompson completed 29- of-50 passes for 402 yards with a school-record five touchdowns to go with three interceptions for South Carolina (4-4, 2-4), which has dropped three of its last four games.
Final Score: (8) Michigan State 35, Michigan 11
East Lansing, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Bragging rights in the Wolverine State once again belong to the Spartans following a blowout win on Saturday. Jeremy Langford ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns as No. 8 Michigan State continued its recent dominance over Michigan with a lopsided 35-11 win. The Spartans (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) have beaten their in-state rival six of the past seven years by a combined score of 197-101. Connor Cook threw for 227 yards in windy conditions, with a big chunk of that yardage coming on a third- quarter scoring strike to Tony Lippett that essentially made sure the Paul Bunyan Trophy stayed in East Lansing. Even with an extra week of preparation, the Wolverines (3-5, 1-3) managed just 186 total yards to Michigan State's 446. One of the two interceptions Devin Gardner threw was returned for a touchdown, and the embattled quarterback completed a mere 13- of-28 passes for 121 yards.
Final Score: (10) TCU 82, Texas Tech 27
Fort Worth, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Trevone Boykin threw a school-record seven touchdown passes and the 10th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs scored the most points in school history in an 82-27 rout of the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday. Boykin completed 22-of-39 passes for a career-high 433 yards for the Horned Frogs (6-1, 3-1 Big 12), who racked up 785 yards of total of offense. Deante' Gray caught four passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns for TCU, which has won two in a row. Josh Doctson hauled in four passes for 76 yards and two scores before leaving with a right ankle injury. Trevorris Johnson rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, while Aaron Green carried the ball six times for 105 yards and a score. Davis Webb connected on 15-of-30 passes for 300 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Red Raiders (3-5, 1-4), who failed to build off last week's win over Kansas. Webb left in the third quarter with a left ankle injury. Texas Tech leading receiver Jakeem Grant played despite being injured in a shooting in Lubbock last Sunday morning. He caught two passes for 70 yards Saturday before exiting with a left ankle injury.
Final Score: (11) Kansas State 23, Texas 0
Manhattan, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - DeMarcus Robinson and Charles Jones scored rushing touchdowns to lead No. 11 Kansas State in a 23-0 victory over Texas on Saturday. Jake Waters passed for 224 yards on 19-of-30 efficiency and Matthew McCrane hit all three of his field goal attempts for the Wildcats (6-1, 4-0 Big 12), who have won four straight since a loss to Auburn. Tyrone Swoopes went just 13-for-25 for 106 yards for the Longhorns (3-5, 2-3), who were coming off a narrow win over Iowa State last week. The shutout was the first time Texas had been blanked since Oklahoma did it on Oct. 9, 2004.
Final Score: (13) Ohio State 31, Penn State 24 (2-OT)
University Park, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - J.T. Barrett shook off a rough game through the air with a pair of critical touchdown runs in overtime. Barrett and Ohio State's rejuvenated offense took a step back Saturday, but the 13th-ranked Buckeyes did just enough to escape Happy Valley with a 31-24 victory in double overtime. Ohio State had scored 50-plus points in four straight games coming in but was shut down completely after taking a 17-0 lead late in the second quarter. Barrett, who threw for just 74 yards and was intercepted twice, countered Bill Belton's touchdown run in the first extra session with one of his own, then called his number again for the eventual game-winning 4-yard score. The Buckeyes (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) sacked Christian Hackenberg on fourth down on the ensuing possession to seal the team's fifth consecutive win. Hackenberg threw for 224 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Nittany Lions (4-3, 1-3), who have dropped three in a row on the heels of a promising 4-0 start. Penn State's defense nearly made up for an offense that gained just 240 yards.
Final Score: (14) Arizona State 24, Washington 10
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Taylor Kelly tossed a go-ahead 7-yard touchdown pass to Gary Chambers with three minutes left and No. 14 Arizona State defeated Washington 24-10 on Saturday night. Kelly, who had missed the last three games with a right foot injury, tossed a 23-yard completion to Jaelen Strong along the left sideline and scampered up the middle for a 12- yard gain two plays later. Demario Richard rumbled for 18 yards to set up a 1st-and-goal from the 10 on the next snap. The winning pass came on 2nd-and- goal. Just before he was dragged down from behind by Wasington's Hau'oli Kikaha, Kelly floated a pass in the end zone for Chambers, who came back to the ball to haul in the catch and put ASU in front. Armand Perry intercepted Troy Williams on a 4th-and-25 on Washington's ensuing possession and returned it 61 yards for a score to seal the outcome with 52 seconds remaining. Williams made his first career start after Cyler Miles suffered a concussion against Oregon last week. Kelly finished 14-of-25 for 180 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the Sun Devils (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12), who have won three in a row since losing 62-27 to UCLA at home on Sept. 25. Kelly made his first appearance since Sept. 13 against Colorado. Mike Bercovici filled in admirably during his absence, leading Arizona State to back-to-back victories over ranked opponents -- USC and Stanford. Arizona State remains atop the Pac-12 South division with a showdown upcoming against Utah next Saturday. Strong had three receptions for 55 yards and a score in the triumph.
Final Score: (15) Arizona 59, Washington State 37
Pullman, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Anu Solomon threw five touchdown passes against a deplorable Washington State defense, leading 15th-ranked Arizona to a 59-37 rout on Saturday. Solomon did most of his damage in the first half, as the Wildcats (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) jumped out to a 31-0 lead early in the second quarter. Washington State's potent offense woke up after that, but the damage was done. Solomon threw for 294 yards on 26-of-38 passing efficiency, Terris Jones-Grigsby ran 13 times for 107 yards and five different players hauled in touchdown receptions in the dominant victory. Connor Halliday, who set the NCAA single-game passing record earlier this season, stuffed the stat sheet once again, but most of his crooked numbers came with the game already out of reach. Halliday completed 56-of-79 for 489 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Vince Mayle led all receivers with 14 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown, and Isiah Myers scored twice among his six grabs for 95 yards. Washington State (2-6, 1-4) has dropped four straight home games to the Wildcats.
Final Score: (16) Nebraska 42, Rutgers 24
Lincoln, NE (SportsNetwork.com) - Ameer Abdullah ran for three touchdowns in a record-setting performance, leading 16th-ranked Nebraska to a 42-24 victory over Rutgers on Saturday. Abdullah rushed for 225 yards on just 19 carries, caught two passes for 26 yards and added 90 yards on a pair of kickoff returns to finish with 341 all-purpose yards. He set a Nebraska single- game mark, eclipsing Roy Helu's previous record of 321 in 2010. Tommy Armstrong threw for a pair of scores and added another touchdown on the ground for the Cornhuskers (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten), who have won two straight after a tough five-point loss at Michigan State. Rutgers (5-3, 1-3) suffered its second straight blowout loss on the heels of its first-ever conference win over Michigan. The Scarlet Knights dropped a 56-17 decision at Ohio State last week and will face another stiff test next Saturday with a visit from Wisconsin. Quarterback Gary Nova missed the second half for Rutgers after injuring his right knee on a hit from Nebraska's Maliek Collins late in the second quarter. He threw for 156 yards with a touchdown and an interception before exiting the contest.
Final Score: (19) Utah 24, (20) Southern California 21
Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Travis Wilson's 1-yard touchdown pass to Kaelin Clay with eight seconds left lifted No. 19 Utah to a dramatic 24-21 win over No. 20 USC on Saturday night. Utah's winning drive came after the Trojans failed to convert on a 4th-and-2 and included an 18-yard scramble by Wilson to the 1-yard line. He found Clay in the right side of the end zone two plays later, giving the Utes (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) their first win in four games against USC (5-3, 4-2) since joining the conference in 2011. Wilson passed for 194 yards without an interception and Devontae Booker rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown in the win. Utah's first touchdown came on a 53- yard fumble return by Davion Orphey on the game's second play from scrimmage. Cody Kessler passed for 264 yards, two touchdowns and one interception a week after throwing a USC-record seven touchdown passes in a win over Colorado. His 4-yard touchdown pass to Darreus Rogers gave the Trojans a 21-17 lead with 10:18 left in the game.
Final Score: (21) Clemson 16, Syracuse 6
Clemson, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Cole Stoudt threw for 209 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions to help the 21st-ranked Clemson Tigers to a 16-6 win over the Syracuse Orange in a sloppy game from Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Tigers committed four turnovers, while Syracuse gave it away three times. Kickers Ammon Lakip and Cole Murphy accounted for five made field goals in just the third meeting between the two schools. Wayne Gallman had 101 yards on 28 carries for Clemson (6-2, 5-1 ACC), which has won five straight since a 23-17 overtime loss to Florida State. AJ Long struggled to just 82 yards on 12-of-27 passing with two interceptions for the Orange (3-5, 1-3), who have dropped five of their last six since opening the season 2-0.
Final Score: (22) West Virginia 34, Oklahoma State 10
Stillwater, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Clint Trickett threw two early touchdown passes and No. 22 West Virginia blanked Oklahoma State in the second half to run away with a 34-10 win at Boone Pickens Stadium. Trickett completed 21- of-30 passes for 238 yards, as WVU (6-2, 4-1 Big 12) won its fourth straight game to improve to 3-0 on the road this season. The senior QB has thrown at least two touchdowns in six of his last seven games. Wendell Smallwood got the start for injured running back Russel Shell (ankle) and carried 23 times for a career-high 132 yards. Kevin White and Mario Alford had touchdown receptions, though White was held under 100 yards for the first time this season. It was another forgettable performance from OSU quarterback Daxx Garman, who went 21-of-41 for 242 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The Cowboys (5-3, 3-2) have dropped five straight against ranked opponents. Oklahoma State has been outscored 76-19 the past two weeks.
Final Score: (23) Marshall 35, Florida Atlantic 16
Huntington, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Devon Johnson ran for a school record 272 yards with four touchdowns and No. 23 Marshall survived a scare from upset- minded Florida Atlantic with a 35-16 win on Saturday. The Thundering Herd (8-0, 4-0 C-USA), who trailed at halftime for the first time this season, received three 50-plus yard runs from Johnson to keep their perfect season alive. Rakeem Cato extended his NCAA record of consecutive games with one touchdown pass to 40, but was held in check for most of the day, throwing for 218 yards on 13-of-24 passing. Jaquez Johnson threw for 179 yards with one touchdown for the Owls (3-5, 2-2), who have dropped two of their last three.
Final Score: (25) UCLA 40, Colorado 37 (2-OT)
Boulder, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Brett Hundley's 8-yard touchdown run in the second overtime gave No. 25 UCLA a 40-37 win over Colorado on Saturday. After Ka'imi Fairbairn and Will Oliver exchanged field goals in the first overtime, Oliver hit a 34-yarder to give Colorado the lead in the second extra session. Hundley, though, took the first snap 17 yards, then used a fake handoff to set up his keep up the middle and into the end zone for the win. Hundley went 24-for-39 for 200 yards and a score, adding 110 yards on the ground on 12 carries for the Bruins (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12), who have won their past two. Paul Perkins had 180 yards on 19 carries with two scores. Sefo Liufau went 27- for-45 for 246 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Buffaloes (2-6, 0-5), who have lost four straight.
10/26 03:28:56 ET