Everett Golson threw for 177 yards and plunged in for the decisive 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, Manti Te'o bolstered his Heisman Trophy candidacy with a late interception, and No. 5 Notre Dame beat No. 8 Oklahoma, 30-13, Saturday night in Norman, Okla..
Te'o, the standout linebacker who has a penchant for causing turnovers, dived when Landry Jones’s pass ricocheted off of Jalen Saunders and got his gloved hands under it. Kyle Brindza tacked on his third field goal soon after, and Theo Riddick added a late touchdown run as the Fighting Irish (8-0) put it away with 20 fourth-quarter points.
Jones threw for 356 yards with no touchdowns for the Sooners (5-2), who were still clinging to hope they could get back in the national title race before the loss. Saunders caught 15 passes for 181 yards.
Notre Dame is off to its best start in a decade, doing so as the only team in the country with four wins against Top 25 teams — including two on the road against top 10 foes.
Te'o and the second-ranked Irish defense frequently gave up underneath passes but prevented them from turning into big gains, making the Sooners snap the ball over and over while the Irish waited for a mistake that would snuff out the drive. Oklahoma’s first two red zone possessions ended with field goals, and the Sooners turned to backup quarterback Blake Bell and their ‘‘Belldozer’’ short-yardage run package to finally punch one in and tie it at 13 with 9:10 remaining.
Georgia 17, Florida 9 — The 12th-ranked Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1) stuffed the No. 3 Gators (7-1, 6-1) from every angle in Jacksonville, Fla., forcing six turnovers in a victory that left them on the cusp of making the Southeastern Conference title game.
The Bulldogs did little on offense until Aaron Murray found Malcolm Mitchell for a 45-yard touchdown with 7:11 remaining that put them ahead, 17-9.
Georgia sealed its fifth win in the last 23 games in the rivalry with a defensive play. Jarvis Jones knocked the ball out of Jordan Reed’s hands near the goal line, and teammate Sanders Commings recovered in the end zone with 2:05 left.
Alabama 38, Mississippi State 7 — AJ McCarron passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns and the No. 1 Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 SEC) reached the end zone on its first three possessions in a rout of the No. 13 Bulldogs (7-1, 3-1) in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Oregon 70, Colorado 14 — Kenjon Barner rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns, and the No. 2 Ducks (8-0, 5-0) easily took care of the visiting Buffaloes (1-7, 1-4) in advance of next weekend’s Pac-12 matchup with Southern Cal.
Kansas St. 55, Texas Tech 24 — Collin Klein accounted for four touchdowns, Arthur Brown returned an interception 37 yards for another score, and the No. 4 Wildcats (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) roughed up the No. 15 Red Raiders (6-2, 3-2) at Manhattan, Kan.
Arizona 39, Southern Cal 36 — Matt Scott had 469 total yards and accounted for four touchdowns, helping the host Wildcats (5-3, 2-1 Pac-12) rally past the 10th-ranked Trojans (6-2, 4-2). Marqise Lee caught 16 passes for a Pac-12-record 345 yards and two touchdowns. But Scott threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns, including a 7-yarder to David Richards that put the Wildcats up, 39-28, with five minutes left.
Ohio St. 35, Penn St. 23 — Quarterback Braxton Miller ran for 134 yards and accounted for three touchdowns a week after getting knocked out of a game, leading the No. 9 Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) past the host Nittany Lions (5-3, 3-1).
South Carolina 38, Tennessee 35 — Connor Shaw threw for three touchdowns and ran for another score, and the No. 17 Gamecocks overcame the loss of tailback Marcus Lattimore to an ankle injury to beat the visiting Vols (3-5, 0-5 SEC).
Kent St. 35, Rutgers 23 — Defensive end Mark Fackler returned his second interception 25 yards for a touchdown, and the visiting Golden Flashes (7-1) forced five other turnovers in stunning the No. 18 Scarlet Knights (7-1) for their biggest win since their first game in 1920.
Stanford 24, Washington St. 17 — Ryan Hewitt's 1-yard touchdown run broke a 10-10 tie in the third quarter and Ed Reynolds added a 25-yard interception return for a score as the N0. 19 Cardinal (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) held off the visiting Cougars (2-6, 0-5).
Nebraska 23, Michigan 9 — Ameer Abdullah ran for 101 yards and a touchdown and the Cornhuskers (6-2, 3-1) took control of the Big Ten Legends Division with a victory over the No. 20 Wolverines (5-3, 3-1), who lost quarterback Denard Robinson to a right elbow injury late in the first half.
Boise St. 45, Wyoming 14 — D.J. Harper rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns to lead the No. 21 Broncos (7-1, 4-0 Mountain West) past the host Cowboys (1-7, 0-4) for their seventh straight win.
Texas A&M 63, Auburn 21 — Johnny Manziel ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more and the No. 22 Aggies (6-2, 3-2 SEC) beat the host Tigers (1-7, 0-6).
Miami (Ohio) 23, Ohio 20 — The No. 23 Bobcats (7-1, 3-1 Mid-American) gambled by going for one more play instead of a tying field goal, and Tyler Tettleton was sacked by defensive end Wes Williams as time ran out, preserving the win for the RedHawks (4-4, 3-1) at Oxford.
Louisiana Tech 28, New Mexico St. 14 — Colby Cameron threw for 292 yards and ran for a score as the No. 24 Bulldogs (7-1, 2-0 WAC) beat the host Aggies (1-7, 0-4).