Texas impresses in 36-20 victory over No. 12 Oklahoma
DALLAS — Mack Brown stood with his players in front of the Texas band cherishing a victory over Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry that few outside of Austin expected.
After the coach accepted the Golden Hat trophy that came with their 36-20 win Saturday over the 12th-ranked Sooners, Case McCoy and these Texas seniors especially enjoyed passing around the prize and taking turns putting it atop their heads for the first time.
“I didn’t think I was very emotional at all. I thought I did a great, great job,” Brown said. “Besides that, you all wanted me to be more emotional than I was in the past. I had 97 cameras in my face. ... I thought I was appropriately really happy.”
McCoy threw two touchdowns, 295-pound defensive tackle Chris Whaley returned an interception 31 yards for a score and the Longhorns (4-2, 3-0 Big 12) ended Oklahoma’s three-game winning streak in the rivalry to give Brown at least a temporary reprieve from all the gloomy talk about his future with the Longhorns.
At Penn State 43, No. 18 Mich. 40 (4 OT)
Bill Belton ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth overtime to lift Penn State past Michigan in maybe the biggest win in coach Bill O’Brien’s two seasons with the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten).
Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg was sensational in regulation on the tying drive, completing passes of 29 yards to Brandon Felder and 33 yards to Allen Robinson to bring the ball to the 1 with 29 seconds left.
The freshman quarterback sneaked in for the first rushing TD against Michigan this season, tying the score at 34.
Brendan Gibbons kicked two field goals and missed two — one was blocked — in OT for the Wolverines (5-1, 1-1). Sam Ficken kicked two, and didn’t need to attempt a fourth, thanks to fourth-down conversion by Penn State.
At No. 10 LSU 17, No. 17 Florida 6
Jeremy Hill rushed for 121 yards, Zach Mettenberger passed for 152, and LSU’s defense did the rest to give the Tigers a win over Florida.
LSU, which came in averaging 45.5 points, had a much harder time finding the end zone against a Florida defense rated among the nation’s best, but 1-yard touchdown runs by fullback J.C. Copeland and freshman reserve quarterback Anthony Jennings were enough for the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 SEC).
Tyler Murphy passed for 115 yards for the Gators (4-2, 3-1), who led 3-0 early, but managed only another field goal after that.
No. 1 Alabama 48, at Kentucky 7
T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake each ran for two touchdowns to help top-ranked Alabama (6-0, 3-0 SEC) smash Kentucky (1-5, 0-3).
AJ McCarron shook off the handful of drops to throw for a career-high 359 yards. Alabama scored on its final eight possessions.
No. 9 Texas A&M 41, at Mississippi 38
Johnny Manziel threw for 346 yards, ran for two touchdowns and Texas A&M rallied to beat Mississippi (3-3, 1-3 SEC).
Texas A&M’s Josh Lambo made a 33-yard field goal as time expired to give the Aggies (5-1, 2-1) the win. They trailed 38-31 midway through the fourth quarter, but Manziel engineered a 75-yard drive, ending with his 6-yard touchdown run to tie the score at 38 with 3:07 left.
At No. 3 Clemson 24, Boston College 14
Tajh Boyd ran for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter and defensive end Vic Beasley followed with a 13-yard fumble recovery score to keep Clemson undefeated (6-0, 4-0) and on track for next week’s Atlantic Coast Conference showdown with Florida State.
No. 14 So. Carolina 52, At Arkansas 7
Connor Shaw threw for 219 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as South Carolina dominated.
Mike Davis had 128 yards rushing on 19 carries for the Gamecocks (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference), who won their fourth straight game after a loss to Georgia on Sept. 7.
All-America defensive end Jadeveon Clowney returned after missing last week’s game against Kentucky and had one tackle for South Carolina, which outgained the Razorbacks 537-248.