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SEC newcomer Texas A&M takes down the Tide



Published: Sun, November 11, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

tuscaloosa, Ala.

Johnny Manziel and No. 15 Texas A&M shook-up the national championship race by beating No. 1 Alabama 29-24 on Saturday.

The Aggies (8-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) also might have ended the league’s run of BCS titles at six years.

The Crimson Tide (9-1, 6-1) didn’t go quietly.

AJ McCarron nearly pulled off a second straight scintillating comeback. He threw one touchdown pass and motored the ball downfield before Deshazor Everett stepped in front of his fourth-down pass at the goal line with 1:36 left.

Manziel passed for 253 yards and rushed for 92 and led the Aggies to a 20-0 first quarter lead.

Alabama, the nation’s top scoring defense, forced a punt with less than a minute left, but was called for offsides, giving Texas A&M a first down and a chance to run out the clock. McCarron breathed new life into Alabama with a 54-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline to freshman Amari Cooper to make it 29-24 with 4:29 left.

No. 3 Kansas State 23, TCU 10

fort worth, texas

Collin Klein ran for two touchdowns and Kansas State bolstered its national title hopes. The Wildcats improved to 10-0 for only the second time under coach Bill Snyder, and moved within two wins of likely reaching their first BCS championship game.

No.5 Georgia 38, AUBURN 0

AUBURN, ALA.

Aaron Murray passed for 208 yards and three touchdowns, freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each ran for more than 100 yards and Georgia punched its ticket back to the SEC championship game.

Georgia (9-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) was methodical in its dominating win. It scored the first shutout for either team in the series since the Bulldogs’ 28-0 win in 1976.

No. 7 florida 27, Louisiana Layfayette 20

gainesville, fla.

Jelani Jenkins returned a blocked punt 36 yards for a touchdown with 2 seconds remaining and Florida rallied in the closing minutes to avoid a huge upset against Louisiana Lafayette.

No.9 LSU 37, No. 23 Mississippi state 17

BATON ROUGE, LA.

Zach Mettenberger passed for 273 yards and two touchdowns, and LSU kept alive faint hope of a Southeastern Conference title.

No. 10 Clemson 45, Maryland 10

clemson, s.c.

Tajh Boyd threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns as Clemson won its sixth straight and record 12th in a row at Death Valley.

SYRACUSE 45, No.11 Louisvile 26

syracuse, n.y.

Ryan Nassib threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns, Jerome Smith ran for 144 yards and Syracuse handed Louisville its first loss of the season.

No. 12 South Carolina 38, Arkansas 20

columbia, s.c.

Connor Shaw threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score for South Carolina.

Shaw was 15 of 23 for 279 yards for the Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference), who finished with six league wins for only the second time in 20 years in the SEC.

No. 15 stanford 27, No.13 Oregon state 23

stanford, calif.

Kevin Hogan threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start, and Stanford overcame four turnovers to rally past Oregon State.

No. 14 Oklahoma 42, Baylor 34

norman, okla.

Landry Jones threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns, Damien Williams ran for 99 yards and two scores and Cardinal Mooney’s Bob Stoops moved into sole possession of second place on the school’s career wins list.

Backup quarterback Blake Bell scored on a 55-yard keeper in the fourth quarter for the longest run by a QB in the Stoops era.

Stoops moved past Bud Wilkinson with his 146th victory. He’s 11 wins shy of Barry Switzer’s school record of 157.

No. 19 Texas 33, Iowa state 7

austin, texas

David Ash passed for 364 yards and two touchdowns and Texas honored former coach Darrell Royal by whipping Iowa State.

No.21 southern California 38, Arizona State 17

los angeles

Marqise Lee caught 10 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown, Curtis McNeal rushed for 163 yards and two more scores, and Southern California bounced back from consecutive losses.

No. 24 Rutgers 28, aRMY 7

piscataway, n.j.

Brandon Coleman caught his second touchdown of the game on a 31-yard pass from Gary Nova with 8:49 to play and Rutgers survived mistake-prone Army.

No.25 Texas Tech 41, Kansas 34

lubbock, texas

Running back Eric Stephens threw a 3-yard jump pass to Darrin Moore for a touchdown in double overtime to lead Texas Tech past Kansas.


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