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College Football: Oklahoma State Shocks No. 7 West Virginia

College Football: Oklahoma State Shocks No. 7 West Virginia
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Oklahoma State tight end Logan Carter scoring in the second quarter against West Virginia.CreditCreditBrian Bahr/Getty Images

Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius was nearly flawless against Oklahoma last week, only to misfire on a 2-point conversion pass to Tylan Wallace in a 1-point loss.

But on Saturday, the connection worked: Cornelius threw a touchdown pass to Wallace with 42 seconds remaining, and host Oklahoma State beat No. 7 West Virginia (8-2, 6-2 Big 12), 45-41.

In his final home game, Cornelius passed for 338 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 106 yards and a score, helping Oklahoma State (6-5, 3-5) become bowl eligible.

West Virginia’s Will Grier passed for 364 yards and two touchdowns, but his Heisman campaign took a hit with the loss. West Virginia, which is No. 9 in the College Football Playoff rankings, still has a shot at reaching the Big 12 title game.

West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen said his team should have been in a better position late.

“I think we left probably 14 points out there,” he said. “When you are in the red zone and can’t punch it in — if you are a great offense, you do that.”

Ninth-ranked Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) went to overtime to avoid one of the most stunning upsets in this season, defeating host Maryland (5-6, 3-5) when the Terrapins failed to convert a 2-point conversion after the potentially game-tying touchdown.

Favored by 14 ½ points, Ohio State, No. 10 in the playoff rankings, trailed by two touchdowns in the third quarter and by 45-38 with less than two minutes left before rallying to a pivotal victory.

After a 5-yard touchdown run by Dwayne Haskins gave the Buckeyes the lead to start overtime, Tayon Fleet-Davis scored, narrowing the Terrapins’ deficit to a point. Maryland’s interim coach, Matt Canada, decided to try to end it right there, going for 2, but Tyrrell Pigrome’s pass to Jeshaun Jones was off target.

Tua Tagovailoa passed for 340 yards and three touchdowns, but No. 1 Alabama struggled for 30-plus minutes at home before putting away the Citadel.

The Crimson Tide (11-0), which had coasted against Southeastern Conference opponents, went into halftime tied 10-10 with the Bulldogs (4-6) of the Football Championship Subdivision. Alabama was unable to rest easy until it had scored two touchdowns in a 12-second span on its way to a 27-point third quarter.

Tagovailoa completed 18 of 22 passes in three quarters, including touchdowns of 21 and 5 yards to Jaylen Waddle and a 68-yarder to tight end Irv Smith Jr. He broke A J McCarron’s single-season program record of 30 touchdown passes, reaching 31.

Trevor Lawrence completed 21 of 38 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 2 Clemson overcame a slow start, beating visiting Duke (7-4, 3-4) and finishing a perfect Atlantic Coast Conference season.

Clemson (11-0, 8-0) fell behind by 6-0 early. But Etienne ran for 77 yards on four carries in the second half, with touchdowns runs of 27 and 29 yards, and Lawrence broke it open with a 10-yard touchdown pass to T. J. Chase in the fourth quarter.

The Clemson senior Hunter Renfrow left the game in the first quarter after setting a team record by catching a pass in his 39th straight game. There was no immediate update on his injury.

Karan Higdon ran for a go-ahead touchdown early in the third quarter, and Jake Moody set a program record with six field goals, helping No. 4 Michigan (10-1, 8-0 Big Ten) beat visiting Indiana (5-6, 2-6).

The Wolverines, No. 4 in the playoff rankings, looked sluggish, and it might have had something to do with their looking ahead to next week’s game at No. 9 Ohio State, where they need a victory to reach the Big Ten championship game for the first time.

Indiana led by 17-15 at halftime and finished with more yards, 385, than any team has had against Michigan’s top-ranked defense this season.

The freshman Justin Fields threw two scoring passes and ran for a touchdown, Tyler Simmons had rushing and receiving scores, and No. 5 Georgia (10-1) protected its playoff hopes, overwhelming visiting Massachusetts (4-8).

Another freshman, James Cook, ran for 76 yards on three carries, including his first two career scoring runs, from 26 and 27 yards. Georgia gained 701 yards, including 426 on the ground, and never punted. Fields led the Bulldogs with 100 yards rushing, including a career-long run of 47 yards and a 3-yard scoring run. He completed 5 of 8 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

Kyler Murray accounted for two of his five touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help No. 6 Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) survive a big game by the Kansas freshman running back Pooka Williams Jr.

Oklahoma, No. 6 in the playoff rankings, moved closer to a spot in the conference championship game, and Murray bolstered his Heisman Trophy campaign in what was most likely his final home game. Williams rushed for a career-high 252 yards and two touchdowns and threw for a score for visiting Kansas (3-8, 1-7).

Joe Burrow passed for a career-high 307 yards and two touchdowns in less than three quarters, and No. 10 Louisiana State (9-2) rolled to a victory at home over struggling Rice (1-11). Nick Brossette rushed for two touchdowns for L.S.U., which is No. 7 in the playoff rankings.

McKenzie Milton threw for 268 yards and accounted for four touchdowns, helping No. 11 Central Florida (10-0, 7-0 American Athletic Conference) remain unbeaten and extend the longest winning streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision to 23 games with a rout at home of No. 19 Cincinnati (9-2, 5-2). The Knights clinched the A.A.C. East Division title and a spot in the league’s championship game.

Sam Ehlinger ran for a touchdown and passed for another before leaving with a shoulder injury, and No. 13 Texas (8-3, 6-2) smothered the freshman quarterback Brock Purdy in a victory at home over No. 18 Iowa State (6-4, 5-3) that pushed the Longhorns, No. 15 in the playoff rankings, closer to a berth in the Big 12 championship game.

What appeared to be a 34-yard touchdown pass by Colorado State’s Collin Hill to Preston Williams with no time left was negated by a penalty, giving No. 14 Utah State (10-1, 7-0 Mountain West) a victory over the host Rams (3-8, 2-5) in a wild and stunning finish to a game played in snow and freezing rain.

Feleipe Franks passed for 274 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, and No. 15 Florida (8-3) ran up 600 total yards at home as it routed overmatched Idaho (4-7). Florida, No. 13 in the playoff rankings, rolled to a 49-0 lead at halftime.

Trace McSorley threw two touchdown passes to tight end Pat Freiermuth, and No. 16 Penn State’s defense set up two touchdowns with turnovers in a victory at Rutgers, sending the Scarlet Knights (1-10, 0-7 Big Ten) to their 10th straight loss. The victory was No. 30 for McSorley as a starter, making him the winningest quarterback in program history at Penn State (8-3, 5-3).

Jake Browning threw three touchdown passes, and Myles Gaskin rushed for 135 yards in the final home game of their careers, and No. 17 Washington (8-3, 6-2 Pacific-12) scored 28 first-quarter points on its way to a victory over visiting Oregon State (2-9, 1-7).

Mike Edwards had two takeaways that led to Kentucky’s first two touchdowns, and the No. 20 Wildcats (8-3) made several fourth-quarter defensive stops as they escaped visiting Middle Tennessee State (7-4).

Jason Shelley threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns in the snow, leading No. 21 Utah to a victory at Colorado (5-6, 2-6) and bringing the Utes (8-3, 6-3) closer to their first Pac-12 title game appearance.

Deondre Francois threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Tamorrion Terry with less than two minutes left, and host Florida State (5-6, 3-5 A.C.C.) beat No. 22 Boston College (7-4, 4-3), keeping its bowl hopes alive.

Isaiah Bowser rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 24 Northwestern (7-4, 7-1) turned three turnovers by Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan into 10 points on the way to a victory over the Gophers (5-6, 2-6) that stretched its program-record road winning streak to eight games. Northwestern is No. 22 in the playoff rankings.

Nick Fitzgerald threw for four touchdowns and ran for one more score, leading No. 25 Mississippi State (7-4, 3-4 SEC) over visiting Arkansas (2-9, 0-7). In his final home game for Mississippi State, which is No. 21 in the playoff rankings, Fitzgerald completed 9 of 14 passes for 127 yards and ran for 85 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown.

■ Tom Stewart threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns before being taken off the field on a stretcher, and Harvard (6-4, 4-3 Ivy League) beat Yale (5-5, 3-4), 45-27, at Fenway Park in Boston in the teams’ 135th meeting.

■ Fullback Darnell Woolfolk rushed for three touchdowns, the 10th multiple-score game in his career, and Kelvin Hopkins Jr. ran for an additional score as Army (9-2) held off visiting Colgate (9-1), 28-14, ending a 14-game winning streak for the Raiders of the F.C.S.

■ The freshman wide receiver Mike Roussos returned a punt 91 yards for a score in the first quarter and then scored on an 87-yard kickoff return with 45 seconds left in the game, and Columbia (6-4, 3-4 Ivy) rallied for a 24-21 victory at home over Cornell (3-7, 2-5) and consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 56 years.

■ Antonio Jackson returned an interception 70 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, and visiting Fordham (2-9, 2-4 Patriot League) turned back Bucknell (1-10, 1-5), 17-14.

■ John Lovett passed for 255 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 123 yards and one more score, and Princeton (10-0, 7-0) beat visiting Penn (6-4, 3-4), 42-14, for its first perfect season since 1964. It is Princeton’s fourth outright Ivy League title, but its first since 1995.

Game summaries by The Associated Press

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