No. 13 Notre Dame 49, No. 11 USC 14
SOUTH BEND, IND.
Brandon Wimbush passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more, Josh Adams added three touchdown runs and Notre Dame took advantage of three turnovers by Southern California to win a rout. The Fighting Irish (6-1) turned all three USC turnovers into touchdowns, giving them their first victory against USC (6-2) when the Trojans were ranked since a 38-10 victory in 1995. The turnovers came on a fumble and interception by Sam Darnold and a dropped punt by Jack Jones. Adams had an 84-yard touchdown run and finished with 191 yards on 19 carries. Wimbush ran for 106 yards on 14 carries as the Irish amassed 377 yards on the ground. It was the fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season for Adams, quickest to 2,000 rushing yards in Notre Dame history at 316 carries. It took George Gipp 323 carries to set the mark. It was the third 100-yard rushing game for Wimbush, coming back from missing a game with an injured right foot.
No. 1 Alabama 45, Tennessee 7
Bo Scarbrough had two fourth-down touchdown runs and Alabama continued its domination of rival Tennessee. The Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) improved to 11-0 in the traditional Third Saturday in October game under coach Nick Saban while dealing another blow to the slumping Volunteers (3-4, 0-4) and embattled coach Butch Jones. Alabama outgained Tennessee 604-108 in total yards even with reserves manning the offensive backfield most of the second half.
No. 4 TCU 43, Kansas 0
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
Kenny Hill matched his career high with five touchdown passes, KaVontae Turpin returned a punt 90 yards for a score after going backward to the 3 and the TCU defense dominated overmatched Kansas in the Horned Frogs’ victory. The Jayhawks (1-6, 0-4) had 21 yards total offense while tying an 81-year-old NCAA record with their 44th straight loss in a true road game. With severe weather approaching, both coaches agreed to a running clock from the 12:49 mark of the fourth quarter with TCU leading by final margin. John Diarse had a 67-yard catch-and-run touchdown for a 24-0 lead in the second quarter and finished with 130 yards on four receptions as the Horned Frogs (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) improved to 19-0 at home as a top 10 team under coach Gary Patterson.
No. 8 Miami 27, Syracuse 19
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA.
Malik Rosier threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns, and Travis Homer’s 33-yard touchdown run with 2:48 left helped Miami beat Syracuse fir its 11 straight victory. It was the third consecutive down-to-the-end game for Miami (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which is off to its best league start since joining the ACC in 2004. The Hurricanes needed last-second plays to beat Florida State two weeks ago and Georgia Tech last week. This one was nearly as dramatic.
No. 9 Oklahoma 42, Kansas State 35
Rodney Anderson ran 22 yards for the go-ahead score with 7 seconds remaining, Baker Mayfield threw for 410 yards and accounted for four touchdowns and Oklahoma rallied for a wild victory over Kansas State. Anderson finished with 147 yards rushing for the Sooners (6-1, 3-1 Big 12). They trailed 21-10 at the break proceeded to shred the overmatched secondary of the Wildcats (3-4, 1-3) in the second half. Kansas State sophomore Alex Delton’s first career TD pass with 2:25 left tied it at 35.
No. 10 Oklahoma State 13, Texas 10, OT
Ramon Richards intercepted Sam Ehlinger’s pass in the end zone in overtime, after Matt Ammendola kicked a field goal for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) scored the winning points on a 34-yard field goal by Ammendola on the first possession of OT. He missed a 29-yard attempt in the fourth quarter. Though the field goal came first, Richards didn’t realize the game ended with his play. Texas (3-4, 2-2) had a first down on the Oklahoma State 12 after a pass interference penalty against A.J. Green. Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph passed for 282 yards. The Cowboys beat Texas for the fifth straight time in Austin, the most ever by a Longhorns opponent.
No. 14 Virginia Tech 59, North Carolina 7
Josh Jackson threw three touchdown passes and Virginia Tech scored on fumble, interception and punt returns. Jackson passed for 132 yards and the Hokies (6-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) dominated in sending the Tar Heels (1-7, 0-5) to their fifth straight loss.
No. 16 South Florida 34, Tulane 28
Quinton Flowers passed for two touchdowns, ran for 138 yards and another score, and South Florida extended the nation’s longest active winning streak to 12 games. South Florida (7-0, 4-0 American) also scored at least 30 points in a game for a modern-era record 24th straight time, but needed to hold on after Tulane nearly clawed back from a 27-point hole.
No. 20 Central Florida 31, Navy 21
Adrian Killins ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns, McKenzie Milton passed for 233 yards and Central Florida beat Navy for the first 6-0 start in school history. It was tied in the third quarter before Killins bolted down the right sideline for a 79-yard touchdown run to put the Knights ahead for good. Central Florida (6-0, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) became bowl eligible, matched its win total of last year and improved to 6-0 for the first time in the 39-year history of the program.
No. 21 Auburn 52, Arkansas 20
Kamryn Pettway rushed for 90 yards and three touchdowns and No. 21 Auburn bounced back from a loss to LSU with a victory over Arkansas. The rushing yards are the most for Pettway since he gained 128 in a win last month over Mercer, and the Tigers (6-2, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) rushed for 345 yards overall. They outgained the Razorbacks 629-334 and have outscored their SEC West counterpart 108-23 over the last two seasons.
No. 24 LSU 40, Mississippi 24
Derrius Guice ran for a season-high 276 yards and a touchdown to lead LSU. LSU (6-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) has won three straight games. Danny Etling threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns and coach Ed Orgeron won in his return as a head coach to Oxford.