No. 16 Auburn upends No. 5 Alabama’s playoff hopes, 48-45
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Shaun Shivers scored on an 11-yard run with 8:08 left to put No. 16 Auburn ahead and another failed field goal by Alabama in the Iron Bowl wiped away the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide’s playoff hopes in a wild 48-45 victory for the Tigers on Saturday.
Auburn (9-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) survived a final, marathon Crimson Tide drive when Joseph Bulovas’ 30-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright with 2:00 left.
Auburn couldn’t get a first down on JaTarvious Whitlow’s three runs while Alabama (10-2, 6-2) burned its final two time outs. But the Tide was called for illegal substitution after the Tigers lined up for a punt, setting off a fist-pumping celebration for coach Gus Malzahn.
Auburn fans stormed the field to celebrate another Iron Bowl thriller, filling it from end zone to end zone as they did in the 2013 Kick-Six game, when the Tigers’ returned a missed Tide field goal for a game-winning touchdown.
The Tide had made the first five College Football Playoffs fields, but its case was damaged with a 46-41 loss to No. 1 LSU. The team’s in-state rival delivered the final blow.
Alabama worked more than six minutes off the clock before settling for Bulovas’ attempt.
Brown Jr. scores twice as California defeats UCLA 28-18
PASADENA (AP) — Chase Garbers and California were determined not to rest on their laurels after last week’s win over Stanford in The Big Game.
The Golden Bears showed no signs of a letdown as they defeated UCLA 28-18 on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl. Cal (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12) was led by Christopher Brown Jr.’s 111 yards rushing and two touchdowns while the defense had a season-high six sacks and held the Bruins to 58 rushing yards.
“Many people might have seen this as a trap game coming off the win over Stanford, but I think we came out and imposed our will on them. We had that mindset during practice all week,” said Garbers, who completed 17 of 29 passes for 230 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Brown — who had his second 100-yard game of the season — scored both of his touchdowns in the second half as the Golden Bears completed the regular season with wins in three of their last four.
Cal led 14-10 at halftime before they went up by two scores with 5:38 remaining in the third quarter on Brown’s 1-yard run up the middle. After UCLA responded with Joshua Kelley’s 1-yard TD run and Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s pass to Delon Hurt for the 2-point conversion, Brown got another huge hole and went 11 yards to give the Bears a 28-18 advantage 7 seconds into the fourth quarter.
No. 2 Ohio State beats No. 10 Michigan 56-27 for record run
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ohio State has turned what’s known as The Game into ITS Game, making one of the greatest rivalries in sports a one-sided series with little suspense.
Chasing a national championship, not simply beating the Wolverines, is how the Buckeyes measure a successful season.
And under first-year coach Ryan Day, they have put themselves in a position to potentially win it all for the second time since the 2014 season and third time this century.
J.K. Dobbins ran for four touchdowns and Justin Fields threw four TD passes, providing plenty of firepower for No. 2 Ohio State to rout No. 10 Michigan 56-27 Saturday for a school-record eighth straight win in the series.
“It feels great just to continue the legacy of this great Ohio State tradition,” defensive end Chase Young said. “We’re just going to try to keep it moving and keep it rolling next week.”
The Buckeyes (12-0, 9-0 Big Ten, No. 1 CFP) will head to the Big Ten championship game to face No. 13 Wisconsin next Saturday with a spot in the College Football Playoff in sight.
Ian Book’s 4 TD passes lead Notre Dame past Stanford 45-24
STANFORD (AP) — Ian Book threw for 255 yards and four touchdowns and No. 15 Notre Dame reached double-digit wins for the third straight season by beating Stanford 45-24 on Saturday.
Book threw two TD passes to Chase Claypool and also connected with Tony Jones Jr. and Tommy Tremble to help the Fighting Irish (10-2, No. 16 CFP) snap a five-game losing streak at Stanford Stadium. Notre Dame also put together three straight seasons of at least 10 wins for the second time in school history, having previously done it under Lou Holtz from 1991-93.
Davis Mills threw two TD passes for the Cardinal (4-8), who have lost four straight for the first time since 2007. Stanford also finished with its first losing record since 2008, ending a streak of 10 straight bowl bids.
Notre Dame fell into a 17-7 hole before scoring two TDs in the final 3:01 of the first half to take a 21-17 lead at the break. Book threw a 6-yard TD to Tremble after Isaiah Foskey blocked a punt and then capped a three-play, 76-yard drive with a 41-yard strike to Claypool.
Book then had a 26-yard scramble on fourth-and-2 to set up an 8-yard TD pass to Claypool that made it 28-17 in the third quarter, putting the Irish in control.
Defense lifts Northern Iowa by San Diego 17-3 in FCS opener
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Brawntae Wells returned an interception for a touchdown early in the first quarter, Christian Jegen sealed the game with a pick late in the fourth quarter and Northern Iowa defeated San Diego 17-3 in the first round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday.
Jegen went 52 yards the other way with a Reid Sinnett passing attempt and Trevor Allen scored on a 7-yard run on the next play to seal the defensive battle.
The Panthers (9-4) play at seventh-seeded South Dakota State (8-4) next weekend. Northern Iowa lost at South Dakota State 38-7 two weeks ago.
Northern Iowa finished with 268 yards to 213 for the Pioneer League champion Toreros (9-2), who had their nine-game winning streak stopped.
Baker, Thompson lead SDSU to 13-3 win vs BYU
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State’s stingy defense took all the pressure off redshirt freshman Carson Baker, who was taking his first college snaps against former conference rival BYU.
Tariq Thompson had a strip-sack fumble recovery and an interception, and Baker threw for the go-ahead score to lead SDSU to a 13-3 victory against the Cougars on Saturday night.
“We just want the ball more,” said Thompson, a junior who played at San Diego’s St. Augustine High. “We came out wanting to shut them out and we gave up three, but we said we’re not going to give them a touchdown.”
SDSU (9-3) rebounded from a loss at Hawaii that cost it the Mountain West Conference West Division title and a spot in the league’s championship game.
The teams didn’t come close to recreating their wild, high-scoring matchups in the wacky Western Athletic Conference. Ty Detmer famously rallied BYU from a 28-point third-quarter deficit for a 52-52 tie in 1991 at San Diego, throwing for 599 yards and six touchdowns.
Baker, who played at Helix High in nearby La Mesa, had never taken a college snap before getting the start in place of senior Ryan Agnew, who’s out with an injured left calf. Baker completed 19 of 24 passes for 172 yards and a 25-yard scoring pass to tight end Daniel Bellinger.
“It felt good,” Baker said. “I think the coaches did a really good job of keeping my nerves down, keeping me in the game and focused. It was really fun. The defense played terrific tonight. Seniors on the defense played really well. Ultimate goal was to get a win for them, so it felt really good.”
Kings cool Jets’ November roll with 2-1 win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings made themselves at home in November.
Even the Winnipeg Jets, who have been road warriors over the last month to set their own records, couldn’t find a way to disrupt the Kings’ flow on home ice.
Joakim Ryan and Nikolai Prokhorkin each scored and the Kings beat the Jets 2-1 Saturday night. Jack Campbell made 33 saves for Los Angeles, which went 7-1-1 at home in November.
With 17 of their next 25 games in December and January away from home, the Kings’ challenge is to take this momentum with them.
“Well, we don’t need to change our game, and I think that’s the biggest thing we need to understand,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “The structure is in place. When we play it we have a chance, we give ourselves an opportunity, but we have to be better prepared to start games on the road and better prepared to dig in a little longer, a little earlier, a little longer and find ways to come out of it.”
Jack Roslovic scored but the Jets were unable to pick up an 11th win in their record-setting November. Winnipeg went 10-3-1, the most wins in the month in franchise history. Laurent Brossoit made 32 saves.
Onyenwere’s 22 & 13 help No. 13 UCLA women edge UCF 61-56
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Michaela Onyenwere scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and No. 11 UCLA closed the game with a 15-3 run to rally for a 61-56 win over UCF at the Cavalier Classic on Saturday.
The Bruins (6-0), who play Virginia on Sunday, were down 53-46 after Diamond Battles opened the fourth-quarter scoring with two free throws for the Knights (4-3).
Japreece Dean, who scored 19 points, opened a 9-0 surge with a 3-pointer and closed it with a layup that put UCLA up 55-53 at the 4:25 mark. Sianni Martin quickly answered with a three-point play, but from there the Knights missed their last five shots and had a turnover.
Dean tied the game with a free throw with 1:50 to play, Charisma Osborne broke a tie with a 3-pointer with just under a minute to go and Onyenwere, who had her 17th career double-double of the season, sealed it with a layup at 15 seconds.
Martin led UCF with 22 points and Battles had 11.
Neither team led by more than seven points and there were 14 ties and 16 lead changes.
Santa Clara top CSU Fullerton 70-55 in Cable Car Classic
SANTA CLARA (AP) — Josip Vrankic scored 17 points and Santa Clara never trailed in beating CSU Fullerton 70-55 Saturday night in the Cable Car Classic finale.
DJ Mitchell scored 11 and grabbed seven rebounds and Tahj Eddy and Trey Wertz scored nine points apiece for the Broncos (8-1), who have won five straight.
Guglielmo Caruso scored seven points in Santa Clara’s opening 16-0 run and the Broncos led 42-19 at halftime and by as many as 23 points.
Brandon Kamga scored 18 points and Austen Awosika added 12 for the Titans (3-5).
Santa Clara plays at Nevada on Wednesday and CSU Fullerton plays at Pacific on Wednesday.