College football

Top 25 roundup: Connor Shaw rallies South Carolina

Connor Shaw came off the bench in the second half and threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns, and Elliott Fry kicked the winning field goal to help No. 20 South Carolina stun No. 5 Missouri, 27-24, in two overtimes Saturday night in Columbia, S.C.

After missing the first half with a sprained left knee, Shaw entered the game in the third quarter and helped the Gamecocks score the final 17 points of regulation. He then threw a 15-yard touchdown pass on fourth down in the first overtime to match the Tigers’ Marcus Murphy’s 1-yard scamper.

Fry then kicked a 40-yarder before Missouri’s Andrew Baggett missed a 24-yard attempt off the left goal post.


South Carolina (6-2, 4-2) moved to within one game of Missouri (7-1, 3-1) for the SEC East Division lead.

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Shaw engineered fourth-quarter scoring drives of 65, 69, and 63 yards, and the Gamecocks knotted the score at 17 on a 2-yard reception by Nick Jones with 42 seconds remaining.

Texas A&M 56, Vanderbilt 24 — Johnny Manziel threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters, and the No. 14 Aggies bounced back with a rout of the Commodores in College Station, Texas.

Manziel showed no signs that the right shoulder he injured last week was bothering him. He threw for three TDs in the first quarter to help A&M (6-2, 3-2 SEC) build a 28-point lead. He tacked on another score before sitting down with six minutes left in the third quarter and the Aggies leading, 42-17.

Freshman Patton Robinette had a tough time in his first start filling in for the injured Austyn Carta-Samuels for Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-4).


Alabama 45, Tennessee 10 — T.J. Yeldon scored on three 1-yard runs and AJ McCarron passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns to help the No. 1 Crimson Tide roll at home over the Volunteers.

Landon Collins returned an interception 89 yards for another score for Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC), which raced to a 35-0 halftime lead. Alabama has outscored its last six opponents, 246-26. The Volunteers (4-4, 1-3) dropped their seventh straight in the rivalry.

Ohio State 63, Penn State 14 — Braxton Miller passed for three touchdowns and ran for two and Carlos Hyde rushed for 147 yards and two scores to lead the No. 4 Buckeyes over the visiting Nittany Lions (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten), who surrendered the most points in school history and suffered their worst beating in 114 years.

Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) stretched its nation-best winning streak to 20 games, two behind the school mark that included the 1968 national championship season. That team was recognized during the opening half as the Buckeyes streaked to a 42-7 lead.

Baylor 59, Kansas 14 — Bryce Petty threw for 430 yards and three touchdowns in fewer than three quarters, Lache Seastrunk ran for 109 yards and a score, and the sixth-ranked Bears blasted the visiting Jayhawks for their school-record 11th straight win and first 8-0 start since 1980.


The Bears (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) piled up 500 yards of offense in taking a 38-0 lead by halftime. The nation’s highest-scoring offense finished with 743 yards, and eight of its nine scoring drives took fewer than two minutes.

Jake Heaps was held to just 85 yards passing and a touchdown for Kansas (2-5, 0-4), which has lost 25 consecutive Big 12 games.

Oklahoma 38, Texas Tech 30 — Blake Bell threw for 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Damien Williams added two more scores as the No. 17 Sooners outlasted the 10th-ranked Red Raiders in Norman, Okla.

Jalen Saunders added six catches for 153 yards and caught both of Bell’s touchdown passes for Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1 Big 12), which rallied after falling behind in the third quarter.

The loss was the first of the season for Texas Tech (7-1, 4-1) and first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Auburn 45, Fla. Atlantic 10 — Jeremy Johnson threw two long touchdown passes to Sammie Coates after replacing injured starter Nick Marshall and the No. 11 Tigers (7-1) overwhelmed the visiting Owls (2-6).

LSU 48, Furman 16 — Odell Beckham Jr. caught six passes for 204 yards and two scores, Terrance Magee added two second-half touchdowns, and the No. 13 Tigers (7-2) turned a tenuous halftime lead into a romp over the visiting Paladins (3-5).

Louisville 34, South Florida 3 — Teddy Bridgewater threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns and the No. 18 Cardinals (7-1, 3-1 American Athletic) rebounded from their first loss of the season with a rout of the host Bulls (2-5, 2-1).

Oklahoma State 58, Iowa State 27 — Desmond Roland ran for a career-high 219 yards and four touchdowns and the 19th-ranked Cowboys (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) ripped the host Cyclones (1-6, 0-4).

Central Florida 62, UConn 17 — Blake Bortles threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as the No. 21 Knights (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic) blasted the winless Huskies (0-7, 0-3) in Orlando, Fla.

UConn’s offense was anemic throughout and helped dig its own hole early, thanks to two first-half interceptions by freshman quarterback Tim Boyle. A Huskies fumble in the second half set up another UCF score.

Northern Illinois 59, Eastern Michigan 20 — Jordan Lynch threw four touchdown passes and caught another as the No. 23 Huskies (8-0, 4-0 Mid-American) extended their home winning streak to a nation-best 24 games with a rout of the Eagles (1-7, 0-4).

Minnesota 34, Nebraska 23 — Philip Nelson rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another, guiding the host Gophers to an upset of the 25th-ranked Cornhuskers for Minnesota’s first win over Nebraska since 1960.

Nelson made all of his seven completions count, totaling 152 yards, and carried the ball eight times for 55 yards. He spun across the goal line from the 1 with 48 seconds left to seal the victory for the Gophers (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten), who became bowl eligible and stopped a 16-game losing streak to the Huskers.

Taylor Martinez returned from a toe injury that kept him out of the last three games for the Huskers (5-2, 2-1), but he had only 16 yards rushing and 139 yards on 16-for-30 passing.