Nate Stanley threw for 226 yards and five touchdowns, and Iowa throttled Ohio State 55-24 in Iowa City, Iowa, dealing a likely fatal blow to the Buckeyes’ playoff hopes.
Josh Jackson added three interceptions for the Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-3), who beat their fourth top-five opponent in their last five tries at home.
Iowa raced out to a 31-17 halftime lead on Stanley’s two TD passes to Noah Fant.
Stanley, following a successful and highly unusual fake field goal, later fired a 2-yard TD pass with a defender hanging onto his foot that put the Hawkeyes ahead 38-17 late in the third quarter.
J.T. Barrett threw a career-high four interceptions for Ohio State (7-2, 5-1, No. 6 CFP). The Buckeyes allowed their most points in a game under coach Urban Meyer. They committed nine penalties and gained just 371 yards in their most lopsided defeat since last year’s 31-0 loss to eventual national champion Clemson in the playoffs.
(1) Alabama 24, (19) LSU 10: Jalen Hurts passed for a touchdown and ran for a score and the Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0 SEC, No. 2 CFP) defeated the Tigers (6-3, 3-2) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
The Crimson Tide had to withstand a rare challenge this season from a league opponent, managing it with big plays from the defense and a handful of timely ones from Hurts.
(2) Georgia 24, South Carolina 10: Jake Fromm completed 16 of 22 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Bulldogs (9-0, 6-0 SEC, No. 1 College Football Playoff) past the Gamecocks (6-3, 4-3) in Athens, Georgia.
(4) Wisconsin 45, Indiana 17: Jonathan Taylor rushed for 183 yards and a touchdown and Alec Ingold had three scores to help the Badgers (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten, No. 9 CFP) defeat the Hoosiers in Bloomington, Indiana.
(5) Notre Dame 48, Wake Forest 37: Brandon Wimbush passed for a career-high 280 yards, ran for two touchdowns and shook off an injury to help the Fighting Irish (8-1, No. 3 CFP) defeat the Demon Deacons (5-3) in South Bend, Indiana.
Wimbush was 15-of-30 passing and threw a 34-yard touchdown to sophomore Chase Claypool, who had a career-high 180 yards on nine receptions. Wimbush also had 110 yards on 12 carries and the second TD was a 50-yarder in the second quarter.
(6) Clemson 38, (20) N.C. State 31: Tavien Feaster had an 89-yard touchdown run to end the third quarter and K’Von Wallace picked off Ryan Finley’s pass on the game’s final play to help the Tigers (8-1, 6-1 ACC, No. 4 CFP) hold off the Wolfpack (6-3, 4-1, No. 20 CFP) in Raleigh, North Carolina.
(24) Michigan State 27, (7) Penn State 24: Matt Coghlin kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Spartans (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten, No. 24 CFP) past the Nittany Lions (7-2, 4-2, No. 7 CFP) at East Lansing, Michigan, in a game delayed nearly 3 1/2 hours by severe weather.
Brian Lewerke threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns for the Spartans and Michigan State was aided at the end by a roughing the passer call on Penn State’s Marcus Allen. Lewerke was hit by Allen on a third-down pass that fell incomplete in the final minute. The penalty moved the ball to the Penn State 22, and the Spartans were able to run the clock before Coghlin’s winning kick.
(8) Oklahoma 62, (11) Oklahoma State 52: Baker Mayfield passed for a school-record 598 yards and the Sooners (8-1, 5-1 Big 12, No. 5 CFP) outlasted the Cowboys (7-2, 4-2, No. 11 CFP) in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in one of the highest-scoring games in the history of Bedlam.
Mayfield threw five touchdown passes and ran for another score to outduel Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph in a battle of two Heisman Trophy contenders. Rudolph passed for 448 yards and five touchdowns, but he had three turnovers in the second half.
Marquise Brown caught nine passes for a school-record 265 yards, and he had touchdown receptions of 84 and 77 yards for the Sooners. Oklahoma gained 785 total yards.
(9) Miami 28, (13) Virginia Tech 10: Malik Rosier threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, Travis Homer had a 64-yard touchdown run and the Hurricanes moved to the brink of clinching what would be their first spot in an Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
Braxton Berrios and Christopher Herndon IV had touchdown catches for Miami (8-0, 6-0 ACC, No. 10 CFP), which extended the nation’s longest current winning streak to 13 games. Virginia Tech fell to 7-2, 3-2.
(10) TCU 24, Texas 7: Kyle Hicks ran for two touchdowns and the Horned Frogs (8-1, 5-1 Big 12, No. 8 CFP) rebounded from their only loss, defeating the Longhorns (4-5, 3-3) in Fort Worth, Texas.
In a game dominated by two of the Big 12’s best defenses, Hicks had 41 yards rushing on 11 carries. That included his 1-yard TD to end TCU’s opening drive and his 14-yarder that put the Horned Frogs up 17-0 early in the second quarter. Texas managed only 263 total yards in its biggest losing margin in coach Tom Herman’s first season.
West Virginia 20, (14) Iowa State 16: Will Grier threw two touchdown passes and Justin Crawford broke out of a three-game slump with 102 yards rushing for the Mountaineers (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) in their win over the Cyclones (6-3, 4-2, No. 15 CFP) in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Iowa State trailed 20-0 late in the second quarter and never recovered in losing on the road for the first time.
(15) Central Florida 31, SMU 24: McKenzie Milton threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score, Adrian Killins Jr. rushed for two more touchdowns and the Knights (8-0, 5-0 AAC, No. 18 CFP) defeated the Mustangs (6-3, 3-2) in Dallas.
The Knights remained the only undefeated team in the Group of Five, keeping them on track to play in a major New Year’s Day bowl game if they can win out.
(16) Auburn 42, Texas A&M 27: Jarrett Stidham threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns and the Tigers (7-2, 5-1 SEC, No. 14 CFP) pulled away in the second half to defeat the Aggies (5-4, 3-3) in College Station, Texas.
(21) Mississippi State 34, Massachusetts 23: Nick Fitzgerald ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs (7-2, No. 16 CFP) past the Minutemen (2-7) in Starkville, Mississippi.