COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — Spencer Rattler threw for 438 yards and six touchdowns as South Carolina defeated No. 5 Tennessee 63-38 on Saturday night and all but eliminated the Volunteers from the playoffs.
Tennessee (9-2, 6-2 Southeastern, No. 5 CFP) may also have lost Heisman Trophy nominee Hendon Hooker, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a leg injury, falling and fumbling without getting hit.
Even before the injury, Rattler was the quarterback of the night, moving from the Heisman contender to the Oklahoma bench in 2021.
The junior came into the night with nine interceptions and eight touchdowns and averaging 198 yards per game for South Carolina (7-4, 4-4).
Hooker was 25 of 42 for 247 yards and three TDs before his injury. There was no immediate word on the severity of his injured leg, but he did not return to the game.
NO. 1 GEORGIA 16, KENTUCKY 6
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kenny McIntosh rushed for a career-best 143 yards, including a crucial 9-yard score late in the third quarter, and Georgia withstood Kentucky’s rally in the fourth quarter.
McIntosh rushed 19 times with a 26-yarder for the Bulldogs (11-0, 8-0 SEC, No. 1 CFP), who beat Kentucky 365-297. Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett completed 13 of 19 for 116 yards with an interception.
Kentucky (6-5, 3-5) lost for the fifth time in seven games. Will Levis completed 20 of 31 for 206 yards with an interception for the Wildcats.
NO. 2 OHIO STATE 43, MARYLAND 30
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Dallan Hayden scored three touchdowns in the second half of Ohio State’s win over Maryland to create a monumental matchup between the Buckeyes and rival Michigan next weekend.
Maryland (6-5, 3-5) led 13-10 at halftime, and the Buckeyes were only 33-30 up when they turned the ball over at the Maryland 42 with 6:36 in the game. Ohio State (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) forced a three-and-off and then ran out much of the time before scoring a field goal and grabbing a defensive touchdown with nine seconds remaining.
Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa completed 26 of 36 pass attempts for 293 yards and two touchdowns.
NO. 3 MICHIGAN 19, ILLINOIS 17
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jake Moody made a 35-yard field goal nine seconds from time and propelled Michigan to a win over Illinois.
The Wolverines (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten, No. 3 CFP) played much of the second half without running back star Blake Corum, who held on to his left knee just before halftime after being tackled .
The Fighting Illini (7-4, 5-3) took a 17-10 lead late in the third quarter on Chase Brown’s 37-yard touchdown run. With a chance to run out of time, they had to stab Michigan late in the game and failed to come through and beat a top-three team for the first time since beating top-ranked Ohio State in 2007.
NO. 4 TCU 29, BAYLOR 28
WACO, Texas (AP) — Griffin Kell blasted a 40-yard field goal on the final play and TCU beat Baylor to score nine points 2-07 in the Finals to avoid a potential playoff loss.
Emari Demercardo hit on a 3-yard TD run with 2:07 left to get the Frogs (11-0, 8-0 Big 12, No. 4 CFP) within 28-26, but he couldn’t Pass the 2 point conversion attempt. TCU used all three timeouts while forcing a three-and-off to get the ball back and kick the winning field goal.
Baylor (6-5, 4-4) was coming off a 31-3 home loss to Kansas State a week earlier. Bears quarterback Blake Shapen was 21 of 30 for 269 yards and a score while Craig “Sqwirl” Williams rushed for 112 yards. Monaray Baldwin had six catches for 123 yards.
NO. 8 ALABAMA 34, AUSTIN PEAY 0
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama delivered breakout performances from Jase McClellan and Jermaine Burton against an overwhelmed FCS team.
McClellan rushed for a career-high 156 yards and two touchdowns, and Burton caught two goals from Bryce Young in the win over Austin Peay.
The Crimson Tide (9-2, No. 8 CFP) took a while to get going against Austin Peay (7-4).
Mike DiLiello passed 147 yards for Austin Peay but was intercepted twice. Drae McCray had 12 catches for 92 yards.
NO. 9 CLEMSON 40, MIAMI 10
CLEMSON, SC (AP) — DJ Uiagalelei threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third as Clemson wrapped up an unbeaten ACC regular season and won his 40th straight win at home against Miami.
The Tigers (10-1, 8-0 ACC) have won at least 10 games in 12 straight seasons and — for one half — produced their most dominant performance on either side of the ball.
Clemson scored touchdowns on three of his first four possessions while Miami (5-6, 3-4) were stuffed by the Tigers’ defense.
The Hurricanes totaled just 8 yards in the first two quarters and a season-low 98 for the game.
NO. 11 PENN STATE 55, RUTGERS 10
PISCATAWAY, NJ (AP) — Sean Clifford ran for a touchdown and threw for another and Penn State scored twice on fumble returns and once on a kickoff return in defeating Rutgers.
Freshman Nick Singleton hit with a 100-yard kickoff return, Kobe King put Penn State (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) ahead with a 14-yard fumble return, and Ji’Ayir Brown rumbled 70 yards with another fumble when the Nittany Lions blasted it open in the second half.
The Nittany Lions beat Rutgers (4-7, 1-7) for the 16th straight game.
The Penn State defense limited Rutgers to 167 yards and forced three turnovers that resulted in 21 points.
GEORGIA TECH 21, NO. 13 NORTH CAROLINA 17
CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — Zach Gibson threw for 174 yards and Georgia Tech scored 21 straight points for a win over North Carolina.
Georgia Tech (5-6, 4-4 ACC) was down 17-0 late in the first half but began moving the ball methodically. All three scoring drives were for more than 68 yards and culminated in rushing touchdowns.
North Carolina (9-2, 6-1) was on a six-game winning streak to secure the ACC’s Coastal Division last week. Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye, who had emerged as a potential Heisman contender as a redshirt freshman, failed to score for the first time this season.
NAVY 17, NO. 17 UCF 14
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Fullback Daba Fofana rushed for 114 yards and Navy beat UCF without completing a pass.
Navy (4-7, 4-4 American Athletic) had possession for almost 40 minutes and gained 248 yards, all on the ground.
The loss knocked UCF (8-3, 5-2) out of first place in the AAC and all but eliminated the Knights’ chances of playing at home in the conference championship game.
Mikey Keene replaced quarterback John Rhys Plumlee in the second half and immediately led the Knights to their only touchdown of the game.
NO. 18 NOTRE-DAME 44, BOSTON COLLEGE 0
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Cornerback Benjamin Morrison had three interceptions, the Notre Dame defense forced two fumbles and the Fighting Irish scored with their first eight possessions to beat Boston College.
The Fighting Irish (8-3) beat Boston College (3-8) for the ninth straight year.
The temperature at game time was 27 degrees, making it the coldest game at Notre Dame in nine years, and heavy snow fell for much of the third quarter.
NO. 19 KANSAS STATE 48, WEST VIRGINIA 31
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Will Howard threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, Cincere Mason returned an interception for a TD, and Kansas State edged closer to a Big 12 championship game spot by beating West Virginia.
Kansas State (8-3, 6-2 Big 12, No. 15 CFP) can secure a spot in the title game alongside No. 4 TCU on Dec. 3 with a win in the regular-season finals at home to Kansas. West Virginia (4-7, 2-6) failed to qualify for the Bowl for the second time under fourth-year coach Neal Brown and only the fourth time since 2000.
West Virginia’s Garrett Greene threw three TD passes to Sam James and completed 15 of 27 passes for 204 yards. He was intercepted twice. Greene also scored on a 13-yard run.
NO. 20 FLORIDA STATE 49, LOUISIANA 17
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jordan Travis and Treshaun Ward each had two touchdown carries in the first half, and Florida State rushed for 251 yards and led Louisiana.
Florida State (8-3) posted a season-high in points, surpassed 200 rushing yards for the sixth straight game and clinched its fourth straight double-digit win over the Ragin’ Cajuns (5-6).
Louisiana quarterback Chandler Fields completed 19 of 36 passes for 159 yards and a 5-yard touchdown for Michael Jefferson.
NO. 22 CINCINNATI 23, TEMPLE 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jacob Dingel and Bryon Threats intercepted passes, Noah Potter and Dontay Corleone recovered from fumbles and Cincinnati beat Temple.
Cincinnati (9-2, 6-1) can secure a spot in its fourth straight conference title game with a win in Friday’s regular season finals over Tulane, which currently tops Tulane.
Temple quarterback EJ Warner — the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner — rushed for 167 yards and two interceptions, completing 21 of 36 attempts. Last week, Warner set a school record for passing yards with 486 yards and had three TD passes in a 43-36 loss in Houston.
NO. 25 OREGON STATE 31, ARIZONA STATE 7
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Damien Martinez rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns in Oregon State’s win over Arizona State.
The Beavers (8-3, 5-3 Pac-12) won for the second time since 1972 at ASU.
The Sun Devils (3-8, 2-6) played their last home game of the season, falling to 2-6 under interim coach Shaun Aguano, who replaced Herm Edwards on Sept. 20.
Quarterback Trent Bourguet went 20 of 32 for 122 yards, passing the Sun Devils. He ran for 26 yards eight times.
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