Top-25 College Football Game Capsules
(Saturday, October 18)
Final Score: (2) Florida State 31, (5) Notre Dame 27
Tallahassee, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jameis Winston tossed two touchdown passes, Karlos Williams ran for the go-ahead 1-yard score with 7:39 left in the fourth quarter and No. 2 Florida State hung on for a thrilling 31-27 win over No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday night. After converting a 4th-and-18 earlier in the drive, the Fighting Irish faced a 4th-and-goal from the 2 with less than a minute remaining, but an offensive pass interference was called after Corey Robinson caught a pass in the end zone to move the ball back to the 18. Everett Golson's 4th-and-goal pass was interecepted by Jacob Pugh in the back of the end zone to seal the nail-biting victory and give Florida State its 23rd straight win.
Final Score: (3) Ole Miss 34, Tennessee 3
Oxford, MS (SportsNetwork.com) - Bo Wallace threw two touchdown passes, but it was the defense of No. 3 Ole Miss that propelled the Rebels to a convincing 34-3 win over Tennessee at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Wallace matched a season- low with 13 completions for 199 yards as Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0 SEC) remained unbeaten thanks to a tremendous defensive effort against the overmatched Volunteers. Tennessee turned the ball over four times and converted just 3- for-16 chances on third down. Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley was intercepted three times, including two by SEC leader Senquez Golson. Golson's sixth and seventh interceptions on the season lifted him to second in the nation behind Louisville's Gerod Holliman. Jaylen Walton ran for 60 yards and a touchdown for Ole Miss, which got receiving scores from Vince Sanders and Evan Engram. Tennessee (3-4, 0-3) has dropped four of its last five games, with the lone win coming against Chattanooga, an FCS program.
Final Score: West Virginia 41, (4) Baylor 27
Morgantown, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Clint Trickett threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to lift West Virginia over No. 4 Baylor, 41-27, on Saturday. Trickett completed 23-of-35 passes for 322 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for the Mountaineers (5-2, 3-1 Big 12), who have won three in a row. The senior quarterback has passed for more than 300 yards in a school-record eight straight games. Kevin White caught eight passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 11:36 to play. Mario Alford caught the other touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Bryce Petty connected on 16-of-36 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears (6-1, 3-1), who entered the game ranked No. 1 in the country in both scoring (52.7 points) and total offense (622.5 yards) but managed just 318 yards of total offense on Saturday. Antwan Goodley hauled in nine passes for 132 yards and one touchdown for Baylor, which was penalized 18 times for a Big 12-record 215 yards. Corey Coleman caught five passes for 77 yards and a score.
Final Score: (7) Alabama 59, (21) Texas A&M 0
Tuscaloosa, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Sims threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as seventh-ranked Alabama restored its recently questioned reputation with an authoritative 59-0 win over No. 21 Texas A&M at Bryant- Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide amassed 602 and scored on every first-half possession in building a 45-0 lead at the break. The defense was just as overwhelming, limiting the Aggies to 172 total yards -- a far cry from the 628 Texas A&M generated in a 49-42 loss to the Tide last season -- and recording six sacks of quarterbacks Kenny Hill and Kyle Allen. Amari Cooper was on the other end of two of Sims' scoring strikes and totaled 140 yards on eight receptions, while T.J. Yeldon ran for two touchdowns on 13 carries that produced 114 yards. Sims finished with 268 yards on 16-of-27 passing for Alabama (6-1, 3-1 SEC) before being pulled along with most of the Crimson Tide starters in the third quarter. Derrick Henry had both a rushing and receiving touchdown and ran for 70 yards on 10 attempts. The lopsided defeat was the third straight to a West Division opponent for reeling Texas A&M (5-3, 2-3), following double-digit setbacks to current No. 1 Mississippi State and Ole Miss. It also was the Aggies' first shutout loss since a 77-0 shellacking at the hands of Oklahoma in 2003.
Final Score: (8) Michigan State 56, Indiana 17
Bloomington, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Connor Cook passed for 332 yards with three touchdowns and an interception to lead No. 8 Michigan State to a 56-17 win over Indiana on Saturday. Nick Hill had 178 yards with a touchdown on the ground. Jeremy Langford rushed for 109 yards with three scores and Tony Lippett led all receivers with 123 yards for the Spartans (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten), who have won five straight games. Michigan State's defense, which ranked fifth nationally in terms of yards allowed entering the game, was stout against the pass in this one. Zander Diamont, making his first career start for Indiana in place of an injured Nate Sudfeld, struggled to just 11 yards on 5-of-15 passing, but he did contribute a rushing touchdown. Tevin Coleman, the nation's leading rusher coming in, finished with 132 yards on 15 carries in the setback. Shane Wynn had a rushing score for the Hoosiers (3-4, 0-3), who have lost three of its last four games overall.
Final Score: (9) Oregon 45, Washington 20
Eugene, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Freshman Royce Freeman had four rushing touchdowns, and Marcus Mariota passed for a pair of scores, as ninth-ranked Oregon rolled to a 45-20 win over Washington. Freeman carried the ball 29 times for 169 yards, while Mariota connected on 24-of-33 throws for 336 yards. Dwayne Stanford and Byron Marshall had receiving scores for the Ducks (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12), who posted their second straight win since falling to Arizona on Oct. 2. Cyler Miles went 19-of-28 for 147 yards through the air with a TD and an interception for the Huskies (5-2, 1-2), who were coming off a 31-7 win at California last week.
Final Score: (10) Georgia 45, Arkansas 32
Little Rock, AR (SportsNetwork.com) - Hutson Mason threw for 179 yards and two touchdowns on 10-of-17 efficiency while running for another score, and No. 10 Georgia got along quite well without Todd Gurley, posting a 45-32 decision over Arkansas on Saturday. Subbing for Gurley, who is suspended pending an investigation for receiving compensation for signed memorabilia, Nick Chubb raced to 202 yards and a pair of scores on 30 carries for the Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 SEC), who racked up 38 first-half points and cruised to their fifth consecutive victory. Chris Conley totaled 128 yards and one receiving TD on five receptions, and Michael Bennett added a touchdown catch for Georgia, which has a bye next week then takes on Florida in Jacksonville Nov. 1. Brandon Allen completed 28-of-45 passes for 296 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for the Razorbacks (3-4, 0-4), who failed to capitalize on any momentum from last week's 14-13 loss to a top-10 Alabama program. Alex Collins crossed the goal line twice despite gaining just 31 yards on 11 carries, with Keon Hatcher, Hunter Henry and Kendrick Edwards posting a TD catch apiece.
Final Score: (14) Kansas State 31, (11) Oklahoma 30
Norman, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Waters threw two touchdown passes and added a score on the ground, helping 14th-ranked Kansas State beat No. 11 Oklahoma 31-30 on Saturday afternoon. Waters completed passes to only three receivers while finishing 15-of-23 for 225 yards. Danzel McDaniel had an interception-return touchdown for the Wildcats (5-1, 3-0 Big 12), who posted their second win at Oklahoma in the last three years. The last time they won consecutive trips to Norman was in 1994 and 1997. Michael Hunnicutt tied a Big 12 record with his first made field goal for Oklahoma (5-2, 2-2), but missed his next two attempts, including a 19-yarder with about four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, and an extra point. Trevor Knight connected on 26-of-32 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns in the loss. Sterling Shepard tied an Oklahoma single-game receptions record with 15 grabs for 197 yards and a touchdown.
Final Score: (12) TCU 42, (15) Oklahoma State 9
Fort Worth, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Trevone Boykin threw for a career-high 410 yards with three touchdowns as No. 12 TCU crushed 15th-ranked Oklahoma State, 42-9, to end the Cowboys' eight-game win streak against teams from Texas. Boykin completed 26-of-39 passes and gained 41 yards on the ground for TCU (5-1, 2-1 Big 12), which coughed up a 21-point fourth-quarter lead against Baylor last week to suffer its first loss of the season. The Horned Frogs got back on track in a big way in this one, outgaining the Cowboys 676-258. B.J. Catalon carried 10 times for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns, giving the 5-foot-9 running back three straight multi-touchdown games. He has scored on the ground at least once in all six games this season. Josh Doctson hauled in early touchdown passes of 77 and 84 yards from Boykin, finishing with seven grabs for a career-high 225 yards in the rout. Daxx Garman and the Cowboys were bottled up by a TCU defense that allowed 61 points a week ago. Garman completed just 10-of-25 attempts for 132 yards and two interceptions as Oklahoma State (5-2, 3-1) saw its five-game win streak following a Week 1 loss to Florida State come to an end.
Final Score: (13) Ohio State 56, Rutgers 17
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - J.T. Barrett had an outstanding performance as No. 13 Ohio State thrashed Rutgers 56-17 on Saturday in the first-ever meeting between the teams. Barrett completed 19-of-31 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns, adding 107 yards and two scores on the ground. The Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) set a school record by scoring at least 50 points for a fourth straight game. Ohio State sacked Rutgers' Gary Nova four times. Nova finished 17-of-28 for 192 yards and one interception. Desmon Peoples amassed 83 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries for the Scarlet Knights (5-2, 1-2), who had their winning streak snapped at three games.
Final Score: (17) Arizona State 26, (23) Stanford 10
Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Bercovici was 23-of-33 for 245 yards and a touchdown as No. 17 Arizona State defeated No. 23 Stanford 26-10 on Saturday night. The Sun Devils opened the scoring with two touchdowns in the second quarter and were never seriously threatened thereafter as they snapped a four- game losing streak to the Cardinal. D.J. Foster carried the ball 24 times for 59 yards and a touchdown and added seven receptions for 92 yards, while Jaelen Strong caught eight passes for 75 yards and a score for Arizona State (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12), which has won consecutive games since a 62-27 loss to UCLA. Kevin Hogan completed 19-of-39 passes for 212 yards for the Cardinal (4-3, 2-2), who have dropped two of their last three games. The normally stout Stanford rushing attack tallied just 76 yards on 22 totes.
Final Score: (19) Nebraska 38, Northwestern 17
Evanston, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Ameer Abdullah rushed for 146 yards and four touchdowns, including three in the second half to lift No. 19 Nebraska to a 38-17 win over Northwestern on Saturday night. It was the least-competitive game the teams have played since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011. Each of the first three were decided by three points or fewer, including last year's win by the Cornhuskers on a Hail Mary pass. Abdullah scored on three 1-yard runs in the third and fourth quarters to give the Cornhuskers (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) a 35-17 lead after they trailed 17-14 at halftime. Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El on a trick play in the first half and had 221 yards passing. Northwestern (3-4, 2-2) has dropped two in a row since a three-game winning streak that included victories over Big Ten foes Penn State and then- No. 17 Wisconsin.
Final Score: (22) Southern California 56, Colorado 28
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Cody Kessler threw a school-record seven touchdown passes, three of which went to Nelson Agholor, as No. 22 USC rolled to a 56-28 victory over Colorado in a Pac-12 clash. Kessler broke the mark of six scoring strikes held by Matt Barkley in a near- flawless performance that carried the Trojans (5-2, 4-1 Pac-12) to an easy win after being involved in nail-biters with Arizona State and Arizona the previous two weeks. The junior completed 19-of-26 passes for 319 yards before being replaced by Max Browne with the outcome in hand in the fourth quarter. Bryce Dixon caught a pair of Kessler's touchdown throws and JuJu Smith had another while compiling 104 yards on four receptions. Agholor finished with six catches totaling 128 yards. Javorius Allen added 128 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries in a game USC scored 28 first-quarter points and was never threatened by the conference doormat Buffaloes (2-5, 0-4), who have now lost 20 of their last 21 in Pac-12 play.
Final Score: (24) Clemson 17, Boston College 13
Chestnut Hill, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - C.J. Davidson's go-ahead touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave No. 24 Clemson a 17-13 win over Boston College on Saturday. Wayne Gallman also had a rushing touchdown while Cole Stoudt went 29-for-45 for 285 yards for the Tigers (5-2, 4-1 ACC), who have won their past four games. Tyler Murphy went 8-for-19 for 108 yards with two touchdowns, and also had 13 carries for 55 yards for the Eagles (4-3, 1-2), who were coming off a win at NC State last week.
Final Score: (25) Marshall 45, FIU 13
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - It was just another night at the office for Rakeem Cato and 25th-ranked Marshall. Cato threw for 214 yards and four touchdowns with one interception while also putting himself in the record books, leading the Thundering Herd to a 45-13 rout of FIU on Saturday. Cato set an FBS record with at least one touchdown pass in 39 straight games, breaking a tie with former North Carolina State and Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson. Marshall (7-0, 3-0 C-USA), which is ranked for the first time in 12 seasons, allowed the first touchdown of the game, then ran off 45 straight points to turn the game into a laugher. Devon Johnson rushed for 117 yards and also hauled in three passes for 79 yards with two touchdowns in the win. Angelo Jean-Louis and Ryan Yurachek also caught touchdown passes for the Thundering Herd, who have beaten the Panthers all three times the two teams have met. Alex McGough connected on 14-of-27 passes for 176 yards with two interceptions. He did, however, add a rushing touchdown for FIU (3-5, 2-2), which has dropped two straight.
10/19 02:20:54 ET