Joe Burrow passed for 393 yards and three touchdowns and No. 1 LSU snapped an eight-game losing streak to No. 2 Alabama with a 46-41 victory Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
The Tigers (9-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 2 CFP) are no longer second fiddle in the SEC West, or maybe in the playoff rankings. And Burrow stamped himself as the Heisman Trophy front-runner with a gutty performance when he answered every challenge from ‘Bama (8-1, 5-1).
(13) Minnesota 31, (5) Penn State 26: Minnesota’s Jordan Howden picked off Sean Clifford’s pass in the end zone with 1:01 left, the third interception thrown by Penn State’s quarterback, and the Gophers (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten) beat the Nittany Lions (8-1, 5-1) in Minneapolis.
(9) Oklahoma 42, Iowa State 41: Parnell Motley intercepted Brock Purdy’s two-point conversion pass with 24 seconds left and the Sooners (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) held off the Cyclones (5-4, 3-3) in Norman, Oklahoma.
(3) Ohio State 73, Maryland 14: Justin Fields threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the first half and the Buckeyes (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten) hardly missed suspended defensive star Chase Young while routing the Terrapins (3-7, 1-6) in Columbus, Ohio.
(4) Clemson 55, North Carolina State 10: Trevor Lawrence threw for two scores and ran for another in a dominating first quarter and the Tigers (10-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) routed the Wolfpack (4-5, 1-4) in Raleigh, North Carolina, to wrap a trip to ACC title game.
(6) Georgia 27, Missouri 0: Jake Fromm threw two touchdown passes to George Pickens and the Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1 SEC) posted their third shutout, dominating a Tigers (5-4, 2-3) offense missing two of its biggest playmakers, in Athens, Georgia.
(10) Florida 56, Vanderbilt 0: Kyle Trask threw for a career-high 363 yards and three touchdowns – the best passing performance by a Florida quarterback since Tim Tebow’s college finale – and the Gators (8-2, 5-2 SEC) overcame a lackluster start to thump the Commodores (2-7, 1-5) in Gainesville, Florida.
(11) Baylor 29, TCU 23: Denzel Mims made a leaping 4-yard touchdown catch in the third overtime for the Bears (9-0, 6-0 Big 12), capping acomeback victory over the Horned Frogs (4-5, 2-4) in Fort Worth, Texas.
(15) Notre Dame 38, Duke 7: Ian Book rushed for a career-best 139 yards and threw four touchdown passes for the Irish (7-2) in a win over the Blue Devils (4-5) in Durham, North Carolina.
(16) Wisconsin 24, (18) Iowa 22: Jonathan Taylor rushed for a season-high 250 yards and Danny Davis ran for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass for the Badgers (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten), who beat the Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-3) in Madison, Wisconsin.
(17) Cincinnati 48, Connecticut 3: Desmond Ridder threw for a pair of touchdowns and Michael Warren II ran for two more scores during a dominant opening half, and the Bearcats (8-1, 5-0 American Athletic Conference) defeated the Huskies (2-8, 0-6) in Cincinnati.
Texas 27, (20) Kansas State 24: Cameron Dicker kicked a 26-yard field goal as time expired to lift Texas past Kansas State as the Longhorns (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) maintained their hopes of returning to the Big 12 championship game with a win over the Wildcats (6-3, 3-3) in Austin, Texas.
Virginia Tech 36, (22) Wake Forest 17: Hendon Hooker accounted for 311 yards of total offense and ran for a touchdown to help the Hokies (6-3, 3-2 ACC) beat the Demon Deacons (7-2, 3-2) in Blacksburg, Virginia.
(21) Boise State 20, Wyoming 17: Eric Sachse made a 28-yard field goal in overtime, and the Broncos (8-1, 5-0 Mountain West) survived when Cowboys (6-3, 3-2) kicker Cooper Rothe missed from 37 yards to give Boise State the win in Boise.
(23) SMU 59, East Carolina 51: Shane Buechele threw five touchdown passes, Xavier Jones broke one of Eric Dickerson’s school records and the Mustangs (9-1, 5-1 American) bounced back from their first loss by beating the Pirates (3-7, 0-6) in Dallas.
Nevada 17, (24) San Diego State 13: Devonte Lee had a one-yard touchdown run for the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter, and the Wolf Pack (6-4, 3-3 MWC) beat the Aztecs (7-2, 4-2) in San Diego.
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