No. 2 Ohio State held off No. 8 Penn State in the game of the day, but that wasn’t the only result affecting the College Football Playoff race.
See what happened in all the Top 25 action — as well as news, notes and highlights from around the nation — below.
Top 25 results
No. 1 LSU 56, Arkansas 20
The Tigers (11-0, 7-0 SEC) clinched the SEC West championship with a rout of the Razorbacks (2-9, 0-7). Joe Burrow threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns to cement his status as Heisman Trophy favorite, while Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 188 yards and three TDs on just six carries.
No. 2 Ohio State 28, No. 8 Penn State 17
Ohio State got a second-half scare, but it remained undefeated and clinched a spot in the Big Ten title game on Dec. 7.
Justin Fields’ TD pass to K.J. Hill on the first possession of the second half gave the Buckeyes (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten) a three-touchdown lead. But Penn State (9-2, 6-2) cut the lead to 21-17 before Fields hit Chris Olave with a 28-yard TD pass with 13:18 to play in the game.
With 2:27 left in the game on fourth-and-5, Fields was injured on a sack, but he was able to get off the field on his own power — and the Ohio State fan base let out a sigh of relief.
Trailing 21-0, Sean Clifford was hurt in the third quarter and backup QB Will Levis came into the game. Levis led the Nittany Lions to their first score on an 18-yard TD run from Journey Brown to cut the lead to 21-7.
J.K. Dobbins fumbled deep in Ohio State territory on its next possession, and Levis scored to cut the lead to 21-14 with 7:54 left in the third quarter.
Then Fields fumbled on the Buckeyes’ next possession and Penn State took over at the OSU 35, but it had to settle for a field goal to make it 21-17.
Ohio State nearly ran away with the game in the first half.
Already leading 7-0, Fields was credited with a TD run — but on review it showed that Fields fumbled before reaching the end zone on a hit from Lamont Wade and Penn State recovered.
Later in the quarter, Fields ran for a 22-yard gain on fourth-and-5 to give Ohio State the ball inside Penn State’s 5. That led to another Dobbins TD run and a 14-0 halftime lead.
Penn State drove into Ohio State territory on its first possession of the game but was forced to punt. The Buckeyes took over at their own 9-yard line. Thirteen plays, 91 yards and 5:04 later, Ohio State scored the game’s first points on a 4-yard TD run by Dobbins. The Buckeyes got all 91 yards on the ground.
Chase Young is back from his two-game suspension, and a first-quarter sack on Penn State’s next possession put him in the Ohio State record book.
The action between the teams started before kickoff.
And there was more talking at halftime.
No. 4 Georgia 19, Texas A&M 13
It wasn’t pretty, but Georgia got it done.
The Aggies scored a touchdown — a 19-yard pass from Kellen Mond to Jhamon Ausbon to complete a 10-play, 75-yard drive — to pull within a TD of the undefeated Bulldogs with 11:16 to play.
A&M got the ball back at its own 10-yard line with 8:06 to play, and a couple of long pass plays got the Aggies into Georgia territory. But they had to punt and the Bulldogs took over at their 10-yard line with 4:26 remaining.
Georgia, however, was able to run out the clock.
“With this group, it’s the way they should go out,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said of the senior day victory.
But it still was tough to watch at times.
Rodrigo Blankenship kicked his career-high fourth field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter as Georgia took a 19-6 lead.
Jake Fromm — who started the game 1-for-7 passing — threw a 16-yard TD pass to George Pickens with 6:56 to play in the first half for the game’s only touchdown. Fromm was 4-of-13 for 72 yards in the first half as Georgia led 13-3 at the break.
Texas A&M fumbled deep in its own territory on its first possession of the second half, and Blankenship kicked his third field goal of the game as Georgia (10-1, 7-1 SEC) built a 16-3 lead.
A&M drove deep into Georgia territory on its next possession, but the Bulldogs stuffed the Aggies on third-and-1 and fourth-and-1 from the UGA 26.
Seth Small has two field goals for the Aggies (7-4, 4-3).
No. 5 Alabama 66, Western Carolina 3
Sophomore quarterback Mac Jones got his second career start for the Tide (10-1) and threw three TD passes in the rout over the FCS Catamounts (3-9).
Arizona State 31, No. 6 Oregon 28
The Ducks (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) blew any shot at a berth in the College Football Playoff by falling to the Sun Devils (6-5, 3-5). Arizona State dominated most of the night in building a 24-7 lead. Oregon scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to get close, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
No. 7 Utah 35, Arizona 7
The Utes (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12) stayed in the College Football Playoff discussion by routing the Wildcats (4-6, 2-5). Utah’s defense dominated Khalil Tate and the Arizona offense, while Zack Moss ran for 203 yards and a TD.
No. 9 Oklahoma 28, TCU 24
Jalen Hurts ran for 173 yards and two touchdowns, and passed for two more scores, as the Sooners (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) kept their College Football Playoff hopes alive by jumping to a big lead and hanging on against the Horned Frogs (5-6, 3-5).
No. 10 Minnesota 38, Northwestern 22
The perfect season ended last week for the Gophers (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten), who bounced back against the Wildcats (2-9, 0-8). Minnesota received four TD passes from Tanner Morgan — three to Rashod Bateman — and a TD run from Shannon Brooks.
No. 12 Wisconsin 45, Purdue 24
Jonathan Taylor ran for 222 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown in the second quarter, as the Badgers (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) rolled over the Boilermakers (4-7, 3-5).
No. 13 Michigan 39, Indiana 14
The Wolverines (9-2, 6-2) — who get rival Ohio State next week — took care of business against the Hoosiers (7-4, 4-3) as Shea Patterson threw five TD passes in the rout.
No. 14 Baylor 24, Texas 10
The Bears (10-1, 7-1) got on the board first against the Longhorns (6-5, 4-4) on a 28-yard TD run from John Lovett. QB Charlie Brewer added a third-quarter TD run and TD pass to Denzel Mims. Texas scored its only TD with a second left.
No. 15 Auburn 52, Samford 0
The Tigers (8-3) gear up for next week’s showdown with No. 5 Alabama as they rout the Bulldogs (5-7). JaTarvious Whitlow had two early TD runs for Auburn.
No. 16 Notre Dame 40, Boston College 7
Jonathan Doerer kicked four field goals and Ian Book completed 26-of-40 passes for 239 yards and three TDs as the Fighting Irish (9-2) rolled over the Eagles (5-6).
No. 17 Iowa 19, Illinois 10
The Hawkeyes used four field goals from Keith Duncan for the victory over the Illini, who fared better than their 63-0 loss last season.
No. 18 Memphis 49, South Florida 10
Patrick Taylor Jr. ran for three touchdowns as the Tigers (10-1, 6-1 AAC) extended their winning streak to five games with a victory over the Bulls (4-7, 2-5).
No. 19 Cincinnati 15, Temple 13
Michael Warren II ran for 106 yards and a TD, staking the Bearcats (10-1, 7-0 AAC) to an early lead, and their defense hang on to beat the Owls (7-4, 4-3). Cincy is the top-ranked Group of Five team in the nation.
No. 20 Boise State 56, Utah State 21
After the teams traded touchdowns on their opening drives, the Broncos (9-1, 6-0 Mountain West) poured it on against the Aggies (6-4, 5-1). George Holani ran for 178 yards and two TDs as Boise State pulled off its famous Statue of Liberty play again.
No. 21 Oklahoma State 20, West Virginia 13
The Cowboys (8-3, 5-3 Big 12) head to Bedlam against Oklahoma on a four-game winning streak after holding off the Mountaineers (4-7, 2-6), who won’t be bowl-eligible this season.
No. 22 Iowa State 41, Kansas 31
Brock Purdy had four TD passes and a TD run for the Cyclones (7-4, 5-3 Big 12). Carter Stanley’s third TD pass had given the Jayhawks (3-8, 1-7 Big 12) a fourth-quarter lead before Purdy’s scoring run.
No. 23 USC 52, UCLA 35
Kedon Slovis threw for 515 yards and four touchdowns as the Trojans (8-4, 7-2 Pac-12) rallied from an early deficit to beat the Bruins (5-6, 4-4 Pac-12).
No. 24 Appalachian State 35, Texas State 13
The Mountaineers (10-1, 6-1 Sun Belt) gave up a late first-half TD to the Bobcats (3-8, 2-5) to only lead 14-10 at the break, but they opened it up in the second half on three TD runs from Darrynton Evans.
Navy 35, No. 25 SMU 28
Malcolm Perry’s 70-yard TD run with 6:11 left broke a tie and lifted the Midshipmen (8-2, 6-1 AAC) over the Mustangs (9-2, 5-2). Perry ran for 195 yards and two touchdowns, and also threw for 162 yards and a score.
News and notes
Texas coach Tom Herman got a little excited before the start of the Baylor game.
CBS college football analyst Gary Danielson apologized Saturday for comments he made in the moments after Georgia student photographer Chamberlain Smith was knocked out during the network’s telecast of Georgia’s win over Auburn in Week 12.
You needed millions of dollars to secure a Founders suite at Alabama football games.
How tweet it is!
Bring on the dawgs!
These aren’t climate protectors storming the field again!
And the crowd goes wild!