No. 3 Auburn 51,
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Don’t call Cam Newton a dual threat. That sells the Auburn quarterback short.
Newton flashed another skill when he lined up at receiver, streaked down the sideline and outfought a much smaller defensive back for the ball in the end zone. Touchdown, Cam.
Newton caught that 20-yard touchdown pass on the Tigers’ opening series, threw for two more and the third-ranked Tigers powered past Mississippi 51-31 on Saturday night.
“We practice that play a lot of times,” said Newton, the apparent Heisman Trophy front-runner. “Coach (Gus Malzahn) challenged me, that he was going to call it this game because of what we’ve seen throughout the week in the film. This was a perfect time to call it, and it worked.”
Just about everything else did, too, for Malzahn’s offense. The Tigers (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference), who are ranked atop the BCS standings for the first time, easily sidestepped the string of upsets that had struck No. 1 teams in each of the past three weeks.
They did it with Newton’s catching and passing, and the running of Mike Dyer and Onterio McCalebb.
“Everybody on this team wants to continue to fight,” said Dyer, a freshman who ran for a career-high 180 yards. “We like where we’re ranked, and we just want to stay humble and find ways to keep winning.”
Newton also made a potential touchdown-saving tackle after Auburn lost a fumble in one of few offensive miscues, so add tackling to his list of talents, too.
No. 18 Iowa 37,
No. 5 Michigan State 6
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Ricky Stanzi threw three touchdown passes and Iowa handed Michigan State its first loss decisively.
Adam Robinson added a pair of touchdowns for the charged-up Hawkeyes, who rolled out to a 30-0 halftime lead and dealt a crushing blow to the Spartans’ national title hopes.
Iowa (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) jumped ahead 17-0 when Micah Hyde went 66 yards after taking a pitch from safety Tyler Sash, who had picked off a pass.
Stanzi then found Robinson for a 32-yard TD pass, and Robinson’s 2-yard touchdown run put the Hawkeyes ahead by 30 with 1:01 left in the first half.
Kirk Cousins threw three interceptions for the Spartans (8-1, 4-1), who were trying to move to 9-0 for the first time since winning a share of the national title in 1966.
No. 14 Nebraska 31,
No. 7 Missouri 17
LINCOLN, Neb. — Roy Helu Jr. rushed for a school-record 307 yards, and Nebraska knocked Missouri from the unbeatens.
The Cornhuskers (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) held off the Tigers after building a 24-0 lead and moved into a first-place tie with them in the Big 12 North. Nebraska earned the inside track to the division title by winning the head-to-head meeting.
Missouri (7-1, 3-1) has lost 17 straight road games against Top 25 opponents since 1997.
Helu ran for touchdowns of 66, 73 and 53 yards. The Cornhuskers played without quarterback Taylor Martinez in the second half after he came up hobbling following a run late in the second quarter. Zac Lee took over to start the third quarter.
Nebraska put heavy pressure on Blaine Gabbert and held him to 18 of 42 passing for 199 yards. He was sacked six times.
No. 8 Utah 28,
Air Force 23
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Utah’s defense forced five turnovers and stopped the Falcons twice on downs in the final quarter, helping the eighth-ranked Utes hold off Air Force for a 28-23 win Saturday to set up a showdown with No. 4 TCU next weekend.
Safety Greg Bird came up with one big hit after another and Eddie Wide scored twice as the Utes ran their record to 8-0 for the third time in the last seven years.
Utah (5-0 Mountain West) will face its biggest challenge so far this season when it hosts TCU next Saturday, a marquee matchup between two hopeful BCS busters.
Tim Jefferson passed for 201 yards and ran for another 67 as the Falcons (5-4, 3-3) dropped their third straight game. He also threw two interceptions.
Trailing 28-10 in the fourth quarter, Jefferson rallied the Falcons. He turned in a career-long 59-yard touchdown run and later threw a 49-yard TD pass to Kyle Halderman to make it a 28-23 game with 10:22 remaining.
No. 10 Ohio State 52, Minnesota 10
MINNEAPOLIS — With the field of unbeaten teams shrinking, Ohio State is piling up the style points.
Terrelle Pryor threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and Dan Herron rushed for 114 yards and another score in the first half to lead the 10th-ranked Buckeyes to a 52-10 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.
Pryor completed 18 of 22 passes and also rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown for the Buckeyes (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten), who are trying to ram their way back into the national championship picture.
MarQueis Gray had three catches for 81 yards for Minnesota (1-8, 0-5), which has lost eight straight games and is stumbling toward the finish of another lost college football season in the Twin Cities.
The Golden Gophers struggled in all areas, but nowhere more than the punting game. Dan Orseske’s 10-yard punt just before halftime led to Ohio State’s fourth touchdown of the half, and the Buckeyes also scored off a blocked punt and had a 70-yard punt return by Jordan Hall.
After a disappointing loss at Wisconsin two weeks ago, the Buckeyes have bounced back to outscore Purdue and Minnesota 101-10, showing they’re not ready to give up on making another BCS title game appearance just yet.
No. 13 Stanford 41, Washington 0
SEATTLE — Andrew Luck’s numbers were far from overwhelming, but that’s not what stood out to Jim Harbaugh.
It was Luck doing something as simple as recognizing an overloaded line of scrimmage, changing a run play and keeping the ball for an 16-yard gain. Or his first-quarter fake, when Harbaugh was sure Stepfan Taylor was running for a 15-yard gain, only to then realize Luck was running untouched down the opposite side for a 51-yard touchdown.
“To be mentally understanding the game the way he does is just remarkable,” Harbaugh said.
Luck ran for one score, threw for another and directed Stanford to touchdowns on its first four possessions as the 13th-ranked Cardinal routed Washington 41-0 on Saturday.
No. 15 Arizona 29, UCLA 21
PASADENA, Calif. — Backup Matt Scott passed for a career-high 319 yards, and Arizona held off UCLA.
Scott, playing for injured starter Nick Foles (knee), was 24 of 36 with one interception and one touchdown. The junior also carried 12 times for 71 yards.
Keola Antolin rushed for 111 yards on 23 carries for the Wildcats (7-1, 4-1 Pac-10), off to their best start since winning seven of their first eight games en route to a 12-1 finish in 1998.
Richard Brehaut passed for a career-best 228 yards and two touchdowns for the Bruins (3-5, 1-4), who lost their third straight game but performed much better than in their last two, when they were outscored 95-20 at California and Oregon.
No. 17 South Carolina 38, Tennessee 24
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Alshon Jeffery’s 70-yard touchdown catch broke a fourth-quarter tie and kept South Carolina in control of the SEC East.
The Vols (2-6, 0-5 Southeastern Conference) had rallied back from a 14-point deficit on a pair of touchdown passes from backup quarterback Tyler Bray to tie the game at 24.
That’s when Stephen Garcia found Jeffery in the middle of the field and the SEC’s leading receiver outraced three defenders to the end zone with 12:17 to go.
Garcia added two rushing touchdowns, the second from 1 yard out with 3:28 left that sealed the win for South Carolina (6-2, 4-2).
The Gamecocks are the East’s only two-loss team. They can clinch their first berth in the SEC title game with wins over Arkansas and Florida in the next two weeks.
No. 19 Arkansas 49, Vanderbilt 14
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Ryan Mallett threw for a school-record 409 yards as No. 19 Arkansas beat Vanderbilt 49-14 on Saturday.
Mallett topped his own record of 408 yards, set last year against Georgia, and finished 27 of 44 passing as the Razorbacks (6-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) won their second straight game. The junior also threw for three touchdowns as Arkansas scored 43 straight points after trailing early.
The Commodores (2-6, 1-4) gained 140 yards on their first two possessions, both which ended in touchdowns as they took a 14-6 first quarter lead. But Vanderbilt only gained 13 yards the rest of the game.
Mallett broke the school record for yardage on a 17-yard completion to Greg Childs early in the fourth quarter. Two of his touchdowns went to junior receiver Jarius Wright, who finished with 6 catches for 87 yards.
Vanderbilt changed offensive coordinators earlier in the week after a poor showing in a loss to South Carolina last week. The changes paid off on the Commodores’ first drive when they went 85 yards in just three plays, highlighted by a 51-yard run by Warren Norman.
No. 22 Miami 19
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia intercepted Miami’s backup quarterbacks four times after Jacory Harris was hurt and pulled off the upset.
Virginia (4-4, 1-3 ACC), which had lost nine straight conference games, knocked Harris from the game on a huge hit by John-Kevin Dolce in the second quarter with the score still 0-0.
The Cavaliers beat a ranked team for the first time since defeating No. 21 Georgia Tech 24-17 on Oct. 25, 2008.
Keith Payne ran for two touchdowns, and Marc Verica added a touchdown pass for Virginia.
The Hurricanes (5-3, 3-2), who seemed to hit their stride in a convincing victory against North Carolina last week, made it inside the Virginia 20 just once in the first three quarters.
No. 25 Baylor 30, Texas 22
AUSTIN, Texas — Robert Griffin III passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in leading No. 25 Baylor to a 30-22 win over Texas on Saturday night, the Bears’ first over the Longhorns since 1997.
Baylor trailed 19-10 early in the third quarter before Jay Finley ran 69 yards for a touchdown. Griffin then scored on a 1-yard touchdown and hit Kendall Wright with a 30-yard scoring pass in the fourth.
Baylor (7-2, 4-1) got its first win in Austin since 1991 and stays in first place in the Big 12 South. Texas (4-4, 2-3) looked in control when Garrett Gilbert scored on a 20-yard run in the third, but dropped its third consecutive home loss.
Finley rushed for 116 yards on 15 carries. Griffin passed for 219 yards and also had a 59-yard TD strike to Terrance Williams in the first half.
Justin Tucker tied a Texas record with five field goals.