Auburn Tops Ole Miss…Knight Moves
Mississippi was one of the top four teams in the College Football Playoff selection committee's first-ever ranking on Tuesday. That's likely to change this Tuesday.
Fourth-ranked Auburn took advantage of a late fumble and outlasted No. 7 Ole Miss 35-31. The Rebels were driving for a go-ahead touchdown until Laquon Treadwell fumbled at the goal line with 1:30 remaining following a 19-yard reception. Treadwell was injured during the fumble after catching 10 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.
Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall completed 15 of his 22 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns. Marshall also ran for 50 yards and two TDs, and Cameron Artis-Payne had 138 yards and 27 carries. Artis-Payne scored on a six-yard run with 10:23 remaining to put Auburn ahead to stay.
Oregon could replace Mississippi among the top four in the CFP ranking after the fifth-ranked Ducks clobbered Stanford 45-16. Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH'-tah) threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores. Thomas Tyner's two TDs helped the Ducks become the first team to score more than 30 points against Stanford in 32 games.
In other Top-25 action:
— Dak Prescott threw for a career-high 331 yards and a touchdown to help No. 1 Mississippi State beat Arkansas 17-10. The 8-0 Bulldogs trailed in the third quarter and didn't take the lead until Prescott's 69-yard touchdown pass to Fred Ross with 13:21 to play.
— Everett Golson threw for three touchdowns and ran for three scores to help sixth-ranked Notre Dame beat Navy 49-39. The Midshipmen made things interesting by scoring 24 straight points to move ahead 31-28 with four minutes left in the third quarter.
— Jaden Oberkrom kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give the 10th-ranked TCU a 31-30 victory over No. 20 West Virginia. B.J. Catalon had a pair of second-half touchdown runs for TCU, including a 6-yarder with 7:33 left that cut it to 30-28. He finished with 105 yards.
— Jake Waters threw two touchdown passes and Charles Jones ran for a pair of scores to carry No. 11 Kansas State's offense in a 48-14 pounding of Oklahoma State. Curry Sexton had nine catches for 159 yards and a touchdown, and Tyler Lockett had six receptions for 94 yards and a score for the 7-1 Wildcats.
— Florida shocked ninth-ranked Georgia 38-20 as Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor combined for 389 yards rushing and four touchdowns. The Gators finished with 418 yards rushing and ended a three-game skid.
— Bryce Petty threw two of his three touchdown passes to Corey Coleman and No. 12 Baylor scored on 11 straight possessions in a 60-14 rout of Kansas. Coleman had a career-high 167 yards receiving and TDs of 72 and 49 yards, the latter putting the Bears up 46-7 early in the third quarter.
— Curtis Samuel ran for two touchdowns and J.T. Barrett hit Devin Smith on two scoring passes, all while 13th-rated Ohio State was building a 31-0 halftime lead in a 55-14 laugher against Illinois. The 7-1 Buckeyes will take a six-game winning streak into next Saturday's game at Michigan State.
— Brett Hundley threw for 189 yards and ran for 131 yards on 24 carries as 25th-rated UCLA downed No. 14 Arizona 17-7. Hundley was 19 of 26 through the air, including a 70-yard scoring pass to Jordan Payton in the third quarter.
— Zane Gonzalez kicked a 36-yard field goal in overtime and No. 15 Arizona State overcame an uneven performance to take control of the Pac-12 South with a 19-16 victory over No. 18 Utah on Saturday night.
— Imani Cross rushed for a pair of TDs and Tommy Armstrong Jr. ran for 70 yards and a touchdown as 17th-rated Nebraska whipped Purdue 35-14. Cross and Armstrong propped up the Cornhuskers' running game after Heisman Trophy hopeful Ameer Abdullah left the game with a mild left knee sprain.
— Trevor Knight became the first FBS player to throw for three touchdowns and run for three more in a game this season, leading 19th-ranked Oklahoma to a 59-14 pounding of the Sooners' 59-14 pounding of Iowa State. Knight threw for 230 yards and finished with a career-high 146 yards rushing on 16 carries, hours before Notre Dame's Everett Golson became the second player with three rushing TDs and three passing TDs in the same game this year.
— Kenny Harper rushed for two short touchdowns and Tavon Young returned a fumble 63 yards for a touchdown to help Temple overcome its sluggish offense in a 20-10 win over No. 23 East Carolina. Temple forced five fumbles in beating a ranked opponent for the first time in 16 years.
— Thomas Sirk scored on a five-yard run in double-overtime to lift No. 24 Duke past Pittsburgh 51-48. Anthony Boone completed 23 of his 31 passes for 266 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions to help the Blue Devils improve to 7-1 overall.