Top 25 roundup: Wisconsin Badgers roll past Hoosiers
Montee Ball ran for three touchdowns in his first career start, replacing injured running back John Clay, and Scott Tolzien threw for three more scores as the sixth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers routed the Indiana Hoosiers 83-20 on Saturday in Madison, Wis.
Wisconsin (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) put up the most points by an FBS school this season and matched the highest scoring total by a team in a Big Ten conference game since Ohio State’s 83-21 victory over Iowa in 1950.
Ball ran for 167 yards and freshman James White added 144 yards and two scores in place of Clay.
Indiana (4-6, 0-6) kept it close for a quarter, but quarterback Ben Chappell left late in the first half favoring his left knee and hip.
(2) Auburn 49, Georgia 31: Cam Newton responded to allegations of wrongdoing with another brilliant performance, passing for two TDs and running for two more to lead the Tigers (11-0, 7-0) into the Southeastern Conference championship game with a victory over the Bulldogs (5-6, 3-5) in Auburn, Ala.
The Tigers will face South Carolina for the conference title Dec. 4 in Atlanta.
Newton carried 30 times for 151 yards and completed 12 of 15 passes for 148 yards.
(5) LSU 51, Louisiana-Monroe 0: Ron Brooks returned an interception for a TD, Lavar Edwards returned a fumble for another score, and the Tigers (9-1) dominated the Warhawks (4-6) in Baton Rouge, La.
(8) Ohio State 38, Penn State 14: Devon Torrence tipped and snagged an interception and returned it 34 yards for the go-ahead TD to turn the tide as the Buckeyes (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) rallied from a 14-3 halftime deficit to beat the Nittany Lions (6-4, 3-3) in Columbus, Ohio.
(9) Nebraska 20, Kansas 3: Rex Burkhead and Roy Helu Jr. ran for TDs and the Cornhuskers (9-1, 5-1 Big 12) held the Jayhawks (3-7, 1-5) to 87 yards of total offense in Lincoln, Neb.
(11) Alabama 30, (17) Mississippi State 10: Greg McElroy passed for 227 yards, including a 78-yard TD to running back Mark Ingram, and the Crimson Tide (8-2, 5-2 SEC) rolled to a victory over the Bulldogs (7-3, 3-3) in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
(12) Oklahoma State 33, Texas 16: Brandon Weeden passed for 409 yards and a TD and Kendall Hunter had two rushing TDs as the Cowboys (9-1, 5-1 Big 12) ended a 12-year losing streak to the Longhorns (4-6, 2-5) with a victory in Austin, Texas.
The win keeps OSU in first place in the Big 12 South with two games to play. The Cowboys have never won the division.
Northwestern 21, (13) Iowa 17: Dan Persa ruptured his Achilles tendon while throwing the game-winning TD pass with 1:22 remaining and the Wildcats (7-3, 3-3 Big Ten) upset the Hawkeyes (7-3, 4-2) in Evanston, Ill.
Persa, who is out for the rest of the season, threw for 318 yards.
(14) Arkansas 58, UTEP 21: Ryan Mallett threw a school-record five TD passes and ran for another score as the Razorbacks (8-2) romped past the Miners (4-6) in Fayetteville, Ark.
Knile Davis added a career-best 182 yards rushing on just 11 carries for Arkansas.
Notre Dame 28, (15) Utah 3: Freshman Tommy Rees threw three TD passes in his first collegiate start and Robert Blanton blocked a punt and ran it in for a score as the Fighting Irish (5-5) shocked the Utes (8-2) in South Bend, Ind.
The victory was Notre Dame’s first over a team ranked in the AP Top 25 since 2006, when the Irish defeated Penn State.
(16) Virginia Tech 26, North Carolina 10: Tyrod Taylor connected with Marcus Davis for a pair of third-quarter TDs to lead the Hokies (8-2, 6-0 ACC) over the Tar Heels (6-4, 3-3) in Chapel Hill, N.C.
(19) Oklahoma 45, Texas Tech 7: Ryan Broyles caught three of Landry Jones’ five TD passes to lead the Sooners (8-2, 4-2 Big 12) over the Red Raiders (5-5, 3-5) in Norman, Okla.
Broyles caught eight passes for 119 yards and broke Mark Clayton’s school career records for receptions and TD catches.
(20) Missouri 38, Kansas State 28: Blaine Gabbert had two TD passes and ran for another score to power the Tigers (8-2, 4-2 Big 12) past the Wildcats (6-4, 3-4) in Columbia, Mo.
(22) South Carolina 36, (24) Florida 14: Marcus Lattimore ran 40 times for a career-high 212 yards and three TDs and the Gamecocks (7-3, 5-3) upset the Gators (6-4, 4-4) in Gainesville, Fla., to clinch the SEC’s Eastern Division for the first time in school history.
It was South Carolina’s first win at Florida and the Gamecocks’ second overall in 19 games between the two teams.
(23) Texas A&M 42, Baylor 30: Cyrus Gray ran for 137 yards and scored three of his career-high four TDs in the second half as the Aggies (7-3, 4-2 Big 12) rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit to beat the Bears (7-4, 4-3) in Waco, Texas.
Southern Mississippi 31, (25) Central Florida 21: Austin Davis threw for 264 yards and four TDs to help the Golden Eagles (7-3, 4-2 Conference USA) beat the Golden Knights (7-3, 5-1) in Orlando, Fla., and ruin UCF’s first game as a ranked team in the school’s 31-year history.