South Carolina wins 16th consecutive game at home
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Elliott Fry kicked four field goals and No. 11 South Carolina won its school-record 16th straight at home, sending banged-up Florida to its fifth consecutive loss with a 19-14 victory Saturday night.
The Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) struggled to score points against the Gators’ SEC-leading defense until Fry gave them a 16-14 lead with a 22-yard field goal with 6:43 remaining.
Trailing 19-14, Gators freshman quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg led the Gators into South Carolina territory but was intercepted by Jimmy Legree to end the threat. This is the longest losing streak for Florida (4-6, 3-5) since dropping nine straight during its 0-10-1 season in 1979.
No. 1 Alabama 20, at Mississippi State 7
T.J. Yeldon rushed for 160 yards, A.J. McCarron threw two touchdown passes and Alabama overcame four turnovers to beat Mississippi State.
It was a lethargic performance for Alabama (10-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference), which led 10-7 midway through the third quarter before pulling away.
At No. 2 Florida State 59, Syracuse 3
Jameis Winston showed no effects from a tumultuous week during Florida State’s win against Syracuse. The redshirt quarterback completed 19 of 21 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns as the Seminoles rolled during the Atlantic Coast Conference game.
News broke Wednesday that Winston was under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that took place Dec. 7, 2012. The attention of college football enthusiasts moved away from his Heisman Trophy campaign to the many unanswered questions surrounding an investigation that is nearly a year old.
On the field, it was business as usual for the Seminoles (10-0, 8-0). Syracuse (5-5, 3-3) was held scoreless until late in the fourth quarter.
No. 3 Ohio State 60, at Illinois 35
Carlos Hyde ran for 246 yards and four touchdowns and Braxton Miller had another 184 yards rushing and two scores for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) needed a third-quarter defensive stop and safety to pull away.
After trailing 28-0 in the second quarter, Illinois (3-7, 0-6) closed to 35-21 in the third on two Nathan Scheelhaase touchdown passes.
Buckeyes linebacker Ryan Shazier sacked Reilly O’Toole, who entered the game for a play after Scheelhaase’s helmet came off, in the end zone. The safety gave the Buckeyes a 37-21 edge and the ball. Minutes later, a Hyde TD put them up 44-21.
No. 4 Baylor 63, Texas Tech 34
In Arlington, Texas, Bryce Petty threw three touchdown passes and ran for two scores as Baylor stayed undefeated, overcoming its first double-digit deficit of the season.
The Bears (9-0, 6-0), even without several key offensive players, stretched their school-record winning streak to 13 games.
No. 12 Oklahoma St. 38, at No. 23 Texas 13
Clint Chelf ran for two touchdowns and Oklahoma State stayed in the Big 12 championship chase.
Chelf also threw two scoring passes as Oklahoma State (8-1, 6-1 Big 12) won in Austin for the third straight meeting.
No. 14 Michigan State 41, at Nebraska 28
Michigan State (9-1, 6-0) converted five turnovers by Nebraska (7-3, 4-2) into 24 points and took a big step toward winning the Big Ten Legends Division.
Jeremy Langford ran 32 times for 151 yards and scored two touchdowns, and Keith Mumphrey caught a 27-yard touchdown from Connor Cook in the fourth quarter after the Cornhuskers pulled within six points.
No. 15 UCF 39, at Temple 36
Shawn Moffitt kicked a 23-yard field goal as time expired after Rannell Hall got behind the Temple defense for a 64-yard reception, and Central Florida survived a scare.
UCF’s last possession started at its own 19, with no timeouts. Overtime seemed likely until Blake Bortles found Hall deep to get to the Temple 6. Bortles managed to get the ball spiked with two seconds left and Moffitt kicked the winner to keep UCF (8-1, 5-0) in control of the American Athletic Conference race.
Freshman P.J. Walker was spectacular for Temple (1-9, 0-6), with a season-high 382 yards passing, four TD passes and a touchdown run.
At No. 17 Wisconsin 51, Indiana 3
James White rushed for a career-high 205 yards and Melvin Gordon added 146 for Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten), which rushed for 554 yards.
At Duke 48, No. 24 Miami 30
Brandon Connette rushed for a career-high four touchdowns and threw for a fifth score, and Duke took sole possession of first place in the ACC’s messy Coastal Division.
The Blue Devils’ change-of-pace quarterback had touchdown runs of 1, 2, 3 and 4 yards, and threw a 22-yard TD to Shaq Powell while leading Duke (8-2, 4-2) to one of the program’s most significant wins.
Josh Snead rushed for a career-high 138 yards.
Dallas Crawford rushed for 115 yards and Stephen Morris threw for 379 and two touchdowns but the Hurricanes (7-3, 3-3) lost their third straight.