Texas snapped its losing streak in the Red River Rivalry and Missouri got its first signature win in the Southeastern Conference.
The Longhorns and Tigers pulled off upsets in their big conference games Saturday, with Texas beating No. 12 Oklahoma 36-20, and No. 25 Missouri knocking off No. 7 Georgia 41-26.
At the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, the Longhorns (4-2, 3-0 Big 12) ended Oklahoma’s three-game winning streak in the rivalry to give coach Mack Brown at least a temporary reprieve from all the gloomy talk about his future with the Longhorns.
Brown insisted the victory was special for what it was — finally a win for this senior group over Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1), a 3-0 start in Big 12 play and the possibility of a conference title and BCS game still in their future.
In Athens, Ga., the Tigers (6-0, 2-0 SEC) held off a late rally by Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs (4-2, 3-1), who were playing without a half-dozen key injured players.
Missouri closed with two late touchdowns after quarterback James Franklin left with a shoulder injury that will keep him out at least next week at home against Florida.
NO. 1 ALABAMA 48, KENTUCKY 7: T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake each ran for two touchdowns to help top-ranked Alabama blow out Kentucky.
After a scoreless first quarter thanks to fumbles by the running backs and dropped passes in Kentucky territory, the Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) scored on their last eight possessions and outgained the Wildcats (1-5, 0-3) 668-170.
AJ McCarron shook off the handful of drops to throw for a career-high 359 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown to Kevin Norwood.
Yeldon scored from 24 and 3 yards and finished with 124 on 16 carries; Drake added 106 yards and a pair of 1-yard TDs on 14 attempts. Altee Tenpenny added a late 7-yard TD run and Cade Foster kicked field goals of 25 and 20 yards.
Alabama’s defense rang up four sacks, though it did allow its first TD in four games.
NO. 2 OREGON 45, NO. 16 WASHNGTON 24: Marcus Mariota threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns, added another 88 yards and a TD rushing, and No. 2 Oregon won its 10th straight over its rivals to the north.
Mariota’s passing was nearly spotless, he used his legs to make the Huskies pay when throwing options were covered and was easily the best player on the field.
Mariota completed 24 of 31 passes, and ran another 13 times. He threw touchdowns of 4 yards to Bralon Addison and a 65-yarder to Josh Huff on the first possession of the second half for the Ducks (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12).
Huff had to be carted to the locker room with an apparent right leg injury in the first half, only to come back after halftime and burn the Huskies secondary.
Bishop Sankey ran for 167 yards and touchdowns of 60 and 25 yards for Washington (4-2, 1-2), but had a costly first-half fumble.
NO. 3 CLEMSON 24, BOSTON COLLEGE 14: Tajh Boyd ran for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter and defensive end Vic Beasley followed with a 13-yard fumble recovery score to keep Clemson undefeated and on track for next week’s Atlantic Coast Conference showdown with Florida State.
The Tigers (6-0, 4-0 ACC) were out of synch offensively most of the game and trailed 14-10 entering the final period.
That’s when Boyd led the 48-yard drive that ended with his 6-yard rush into the end zone to put Clemson on top.
When Boston College got the ball back, Chase Rettig fumbled when sacked by linebacker Tony Steward and Beasley was there to scoop up the ball and put the Tigers up 24-14 over the Eagles (3-3, 1-2).
Boyd also had a touchdown pass and finished with 334 yards passing to become the school’s all-time leader in passing yards.
UTAH 27, NO. 5 STANFORD 21: Utah’s defense made a goal-line stand in the final minute and Dres Anderson scored twice, helping the Utes to their biggest upset at home.
This marked the first time in school history the Utes (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) have knocked off a top-five program at Rice-Eccles Stadium. They beat No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl following the 2008 season.
Kevin Hogan marched the Cardinal down to the 6, but on fourth down, amid heavy pressure, he overthrew his intended target. The Utes took a knee to end the game and the 13-game winning streak of Stanford (5-1, 3-1).
NO. 25 MISSOURI 41, NO. 7 GEORGIA 26: Receiver Bud Sasser threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to L’Damian Washington in the fourth quarter after quarterback James Franklin left with a shoulder injury and Missouri held off Georgia.
Missouri led by 18 points in the first half before Georgia cut the lead to 28-26 in the fourth quarter. But the Tigers answered the challenge with two late touchdowns.
James Ponder’s interception of Aaron Murray’s pass with 4:25 remaining set up Henry Josey’s 7-yard touchdown run to end Georgia’s hopes. Murray threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns.
NO. 9 TEXAS A&M 41, MISSISSIPPI 38: Johnny Manziel threw for 346 yards, ran for two touchdowns and Texas A&M rallied to beat Mississippi.
Texas A&M’s Josh Lambo made a 33-yard field goal as time expired to give the Aggies (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) the win. They trailed 38-31 midway through the fourth quarter, but Manziel engineered a 75-yard drive, ending with his 6-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 38 with 3:07 left.
Ole Miss (3-3, 1-3) was down 21-10 in the third quarter, but rallied thanks to two unlikely touchdown passes by backup quarterback Barry Brunetti.
Johnny Football made his usual array of spectacular plays, but also a few costly mistakes, including an interception in the end zone during the third quarter and a fumble early in the fourth. In the end, he was victorious.
Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns.
NO. 10 LSU 17, NO. 17 FLORIDA 6: Jeremy Hill rushed for 121 yards, Zach Mettenberger passed for 152, and LSU’s defense did the rest to give the Tigers a win over Florida.
LSU, which came in averaging 45.5 points, had a much harder time finding the end zone against a Florida defense rated among the nation’s best, but 1-yard touchdown runs by fullback J.C. Copeland and freshman reserve quarterback Anthony Jennings were enough for the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference).
Tyler Murphy passed for 115 yards for the Gators (4-2, 3-1), who led 3-0 early, but managed only another field goal after that.
TEXAS 36, NO. 12 OKLAHOMA 20: Case McCoy threw two touchdowns, defensive tackle Chris Whaley returned an interception 31 yards for a score and Texas beat 12th-ranked Oklahoma.
It was the first win for McCoy and these Texas seniors over the Sooners. Texas never trailed after Whaley’s impressive touchdown play in the first quarter. Oklahoma had won three in a row in the series, the last two by at least 38 points.
Daje Johnson had an 85-yard punt return for a TD for Texas. Johnathan Gray had 123 yards rushing and Malcolm Brown had 120.
McCoy completed 13 of 21 passes for 190 yards with an interception, which defensive lineman Geneo Grissom returned 54 yards for a score in the fourth quarter for OU.
NO. 14 SOUTH CAROLINA 52, ARKANSAS 7: Connor Shaw threw for 219 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as South Carolina dominated.
Mike Davis added 128 yards rushing on 19 carries for the Gamecocks (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference), who won their fourth straight game after a loss to Georgia on Sept. 7.
All-America defensive end Jadeveon Clowney returned after missing last week’s game against Kentucky and had one tackle for South Carolina, which outgained the Razorbacks 537-248.
The loss was the fourth straight for Arkansas (3-4, 0-3), matching first-year coach Bret Bielema’s longest losing streak of his career.
It was also his most-lopsided loss as a coach. The Razorbacks are 0-3 in the SEC for the first time since 2007.
NO. 15 BAYLOR 35, KANSAS STATE 25: Bryce Petty threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns, Ahmad Dixon made a critical interception late in the fourth quarter and Baylor held on to win.
Tevin Reese had five catches for 184 yards and two scores, and Antwan Goodley had five catches for 139 yards and another touchdown for the Bears (5-0, 2-0 Big 12), who ran their winning streak to nine games dating to their win over Kansas State last season.
The Wildcats (2-4, 0-3), behind 199 yards and three rushing TDs by quarterback Daniel Sams, took a 25-21 lead in the third quarter.
But they missed a tying field-goal attempt in the fourth quarter and then Sams threw an interception on their ensuing possession that allowed the Bears to escape.
WISCONSIN 35, NO. 19 NORTHWESTERN 6: Melvin Gordon ran for a 71-yard touchdown and Chris Borland led a fierce defense that figured out Northwestern’s high-octane offense.
The Badgers (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) had seven sacks before a raucous homecoming weekend crowd. Jared Abbrederis burned the secondary for a 63-yard touchdown reception before leaving with a head injury.
Northwestern (4-2, 0-2), the league’s peskiest defense, forced three more turnovers to increase its season total to 17.
Gordon had 22 carries for 172 yards and the long run that gave Wisconsin a three-possession lead before halftime.
NO. 20 TEXAS TECH 42, IOWA STATE 35: Backup quarterback Davis Webb threw for three touchdowns and 415 yards in place of the injured Baker Mayfield to lead Texas Tech.
Webb was 35 for 56 with an interception and Kenny Williams, DeAndre Washington and Sadale Foster each ran for a score for Texas Tech (6-0, 3-0 Big 12). The Red Raiders are bowl eligible at the earliest date since 2008 in their first season under coach Kliff Kingsbury.
The Cyclones (1-4, 0-2) got a 95-yard kickoff return and 38-yard punt return from Jarvis West, and 12 points off three turnovers by the Red Raiders.
The Cyclones pulled to 42-35 on a touchdown pass from Sam Richardson to E.J. Bibbs with less than 2 minutes left. Richardson was 15 for 38 for 168 yards and a touchdown.
NO. 23 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 27, AKRON 20: Jordan Lynch threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 23 Northern Illinois extended its home winning streak to 23 games with a 27-20 Mid-American victory over Akron Saturday night.
Lynch was 16 of 35 for 220 yards passing and ran for 83 more. Cameron Stingily rushed 21 times for 80 yards and a touchdown and Tyler Wedel added field goals of 42 and 21 yards for the Huskies (6-0, 2-0 MAC East).
Jawan Chisholm scored on a pair of 1-yard first half runs for Akron (1-6, 0-3) and ran 20 times for 70 yards. Kyle Pohl was 24 of 56 for 262 yards.
The home winning streak is the nation’s current longest. A 34-31 loss to Idaho on Sept 26, 2009 was Northern Illinois’ more recent defeat at Huskie Stadium.
Akron’s road loss was its 30th straight, also the nation’s longest current streak. The Zips beat Central Michigan 42-35 on Oct. 18, 2008, for their last road win.