CFB roundup: Alabama keeps rolling; Oklahoma escapes again

By UPI Staff
Coach Nick Saban and the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide shut down the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday. Photo by David Tulis/UPI
Coach Nick Saban and the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide shut down the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday. Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Fresh off a big SEC win at then-No. 4 LSU last week, the Crimson Tide remained perfect on the season as Josh Jacobs ran for a touchdown and caught another as top-rated Alabama recorded its second shutout in a row with a 24-0 win over No. 18 Mississippi State on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

While quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was still hobbling on a sore right knee, the Crimson Tide defense made sure the outcome was never in doubt.


The nation's No. 2 scoring defense never allowed the Bulldogs to mount much of an attack as Alabama improved to 10-0 on the season.

Oklahoma 48, Oklahoma State 47

Kyler Murray's 349 yards in the air and 66 on the ground were key for the No. 6 Sooners, who survived a late two-point conversion try to edge Oklahoma State.


The Sooners made it 15 straight wins as they extended their drive for the Big 12 crown and a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Last week, Oklahoma edged Texas Tech, 51-46.

Clemson 27, Boston College 7

The matchup for first place in the ACC Atlantic Division proved to be one-sided as quarter Trevor Lawrence threw for a touchdown and ran for another as the second-ranked Tigers wrapped up a fourth consecutive appearance in the ACC championship game by overwhelming the 17th-ranked Eagles.

The 10-0 Tigers knocked BC quarterback Anthony Brown out of the game early and were never threatened in rolling to the win.

Notre Dame 42, Florida State 13

Quarterback Brandon Wimbush had a memorable Senior Night as filling in for injured starter Ian Book, he threw three first-half touchdown passes and fellow senior Dexter Williams piled up a career-high 202 yards on the ground as the Fighting Irish improved to 10-0.

Wimbush completed 12 of 25 passes for 130 yards and tossed touchdown strikes to fellow seniors Miles Boykin (6 yards) and Alize Mack (6 and 15 yards).

Michigan 42, Rutgers 7

The fourth-ranked Wolverines extended their winning streak to nine and remained atop the Big Ten's East Division as quarterback Shea Patterson threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns.


Karan Higdon backed him with two 1-yard scoring runs as Michigan kept its national-championship hopes alive with a convincing victory over the Scarlet Knights.

Georgia 27, Auburn 10

The No. 5 Bulldogs received 186 yards rushing, including a 77-yard scoring jaunt, from D'Andre Swift, who followed a 156-yard performance last week at Kentucky with another big day.

West Virginia 47, TCU 10

Will Grier fired three touchdown strikes as the seventh-ranked Mountaineers walloped the Horned Frogs.

West Virginia continued its quest to reach the Big 12 championship game with little resistance from injury-ravaged TCU.

LSU 24, Arkansas 17

Quarterback Joe Burrow completed 15 of 21 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown as the No. 9 Tigers bounced back from a loss to No. 1 Alabama by defeating the struggling Razorbacks for the third consecutive time.

LSU improved to 8-0 following a loss under coach Ed Orgeron, avoiding suffering two losses in a row since losing three straight in 2015.

Ohio State 26, Michigan State 6

Buckeyes punter Drue Chrisman got his kicks as he pinned the Spartans within the shadow of their own goal post for most of the second half as Ohio State won its second straight with the win at Spartan Stadium.


The Buckeyes outscored the Spartans in the second half, 19-6, to remain in the thick of the Big Ten title chase.

Chrisman's pinpoint punts forced the Spartans to begin their first five second-half possessions from their own 5, 6, 3, 1 and 2-yard line, one of which resulted in Michigan State taking an intentional safety by snapping the football out of the end zone.

Texas 41, Texas Tech 34

Sam Ehlinger connected with Lil'Jordan Humphrey on a 29-yard touchdown pass with 21 seconds to play as th No. 15 Longhorns escaped with a much-needed road win after blowing a 17-point fourth-quarter lead.

Ehlinger had four touchdown passes in the victory to help Texas snap a two-game losing streak, which had cost them the led in the Big 12.

The Longhorns remain one game behind co-leaders No. 6 Oklahoma State and No. 7 West Virginia, with two games yet to play.

UCF 35, Navy 24

The 11th-ranked Knights pushed the country's longest winning streak to 22 games as McKenzie Milton hurled two touchdown passes and ran for another in topping the Midshipmen.

Central Florida remained one of four unbeatens in the Football Bowl Subdivision, along with Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame, as Milton completed 17 of 21 passes in the victory.


Tennessee 24, Kentucky 7

The Volunteers made it 17 straight wins over the the Wildcats at Neyland Stadium by cruising past No. 12 Kentucky.

Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano connected with Marquez Callaway on a 39-yard scoring strike on the last play of the first half for Tennessee and Darrell Taylor had four sacks and forced then recovered a fumble in the upset win.

Cincinnati 35, South Florida 23

Michael Warren II ran for three scores and caught a pass for a touchdown as the Bearcats remained in the chase for the American Athletic title.

Cincinnati (9-1, 5-1) still trails undefeated UCF in the ACC East by a game. The Bearcats will play at No. 11 UCF next Saturday.

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