No. 6 Auburn upsets top-ranked Alabama

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 25: Jarrett Stidham #8 of the Auburn Tigers rushes for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham crashes his way to a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ victory over top-ranked Alabama.

Jarrett Stidham passed for 237 yards and ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown as No. 6 Auburn beat top-ranked Alabama, 26-14, Saturday in Auburn, Ala., with a berth in the Southeastern Conference title game on the line.

The Tigers (10-2, 7-1) mostly shut down the league’s top scoring offense for their second win in three weeks over the top team in the playoff rankings. They won the Western Division to earn a rematch with No. 7 Georgia in the SEC championship game Dec. 2 with a playoff spot almost certainly on the line. The Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1) made a rare assortment of mistakes for a team that appeared to be headed toward a shot at a fourth straight SEC title and playoff berth.

Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson had a jump pass for a touchdown and ran 30 times for 104 yards before leaving in the fourth quarter with an injury.


Ohio State 31, Michigan 20 — Dwayne Haskins replaced injured star J.T. Barrett in the third quarter and led the No. 8 Buckeyes (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) from behind to beat the Wolverines (8-4, 5-4) in Ann Arbor, Mich., for their sixth straight win in the storied rivalry.

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Ohio State heads to the Big Ten championship game next week to face Wisconsin, with hopes of making the College Football Playoff.

Michigan has lost 13 of 14 the Buckeyes, including the last three with coach Jim Harbaugh.

Michigan was relegated to starting John O'Korn because Brandon Peters wasn’t cleared to play after having a concussion and Wilton Speight is still out with cracked vertebrae. The fifth-year senior O'Korn simply didn’t make the most of the opportunity, completing fewer than half of his passes. He was picked off with about two minutes left and the Buckeyes ahead 24-20.

Mike Weber sealed it for Ohio State with a 25-yard touchdown run with 1:44 left.


Haskins took full advantage of his chance to play. The redshirt freshman was 6 of 7 for 94 yards and had a 22-yard run that set up J.K. Dobbins’s 1-yard touchdown gave Ohio State a 21-20 lead late in the third quarter.

Barrett appeared to hurt his right knee on a run midway through the third quarter. He limped off the field and toward the locker room before returning to watch the rest of the game from the sideline.

Wisconsin 31, Minnesota 0 — Alex Hornibrook threw three touchdown passes without an interception for the No. 5 Badgers (12-0, 9-0 Big Ten), who remained unbeaten by overwhelming the Golden Gophers (5-7, 2-7) in Minneapolis.

Jonathan Taylor rushed for 149 yards on 20 carries, including a 53-yard scoring sprint on the first play of the fourth quarter as Wisconsin won its 14th straight against Minnesota.

The only other time Wisconsin finished the league slate without a loss was in 1912, when only five contests were on the schedule.


With help from Miami’s stunning loss at Pittsburgh on Friday, the Badgers are headed to the Big Ten championship game in prime position to crack the top four spots in the College Football Playoff.

Georgia 38, Georgia Tech 7 — Sony Michel ran for 85 yards and a touchdown, freshman Jake Fromm threw two touchdown passes, and the No. 7 Bulldogs (11-1) protected their playoff hopes with a rout of the Yellow Jackets (5-6) in Atlanta.

The Bulldogs had 247 yards rushing as Michel, Nick Chubb, and D'Andre Swift ran for touchdowns. Fromm threw scoring passes of 21 yards to Javon Wims and 78 yards to Ahkil Crumpton.

The win gives Georgia momentum for next week’s Southeastern Conference championship game against Auburn.

Georgia Tech, which had won two of the last three games in the state rivalry, was denied the win it needed to become bowl-eligible. The Yellow Jackets now must hope for a bowl waiver based on their academics if there is a shortage of bowl-eligible teams.

Fromm completed 12 of 16 passes for 224 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Oklahoma 59, West Virginia 31 — Baker Mayfield threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns as the Sooners (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) routed the Mountaineers (7-5, 5-4) in Norman, Okla.

Mayfield was stripped of his captaincy and starting job for the game, his final home game as a Sooner. He received the loudest cheers when the seniors were announced, then more loud cheers when he entered the game on Oklahoma’s second possession.

Rodney Anderson ran for 118 yards and four touchdowns for Oklahoma, which will play TCU for the Big 12 title next Saturday in Arlington, Tex.

The Sooners gained 646 yards in their seventh straight win. It was the most points Oklahoma has scored against the Mountaineers.

West Virginia’s Chris Chugunov passed for 137 yards in his first start. He stepped in for Will Grier, who injured a finger the previous week against Texas. Kennedy McKoy ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns for the Mountaineers.

Penn State 66, Maryland 3 — Trace McSorley threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score to cap an outstanding regular season and carry the No. 12 Nittany Lions (10-2. 7-2 Big Ten) past the Terrapins (4-8, 2-7) in College Park, Md.

McSorley went 22 for 33 for 237 yards and ran seven times for 36 yards. The junior has thrown for 3,228 yards and 26 touchdowns this season and run for 589 yards and 11 TDs.

McSorley left with 5:46 left in the third quarter, after Saquon Barkley made it 45-0 with two third-quarter touchdown runs.

Memphis 70, East Carolina 13 — Riley Ferguson threw for three touchdowns and Darrell Henderson scored twice and rushed for 122 yards as the No. 17 Tigers (10-1, 7-1) routed the visiting Pirates (3-9, 2-6) in a tuneup for the American Athletic Conference championship game.

Patrick Taylor also scored twice for Memphis, rushing for 127 yards.

The victory provided the Tigers their first undefeated home season at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium since it opened in 1965. Memphis won its sixth straight, the lone loss of the season coming Sept. 30 against No. 13 Central Florida — the Tigers’ opponent next Saturday in Orlando.

Oklahoma State 58, Kansas 17 — Mason Rudolph passed for 438 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two scores in his final home game to lead the No. 18 Cowboys (9-3, 6-3 Big 12) over the Jayhawks (1-11, 0-9) in Stillwater, Okla.

James Washington, Dillon Stoner, and Marcel Ateman each went over 100 yards receiving for Oklahoma State. Peyton Bender was 17 of 32 passing for 172 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas, which lost its 45th consecutive road game.

It was the fifth game this season that Rudolph has gone over 400 yards passing. He also has now been responsible for 45 touchdowns this season, breaking the OSU record of 44 set by Barry Sanders during his Heisman Trophy season of 1988.

New Hampshire 14, Central Conn. 0 — Trevor Knight threw for 299 yards and a touchdown, Evan Gray scored on a short run with 1:04 left, and the Wildcats (8-4) beat the Blue Devils (8-4) in the first round of the FCS playoffs.

CCSU’s Tajik Bagley intercepted a pass in the end zone and the Blue Devils took over at their 20 with 5:05 left in the game. But New Hampshire got it right back as Jared Kuehl recovered a fumble and Gray sealed it five plays later.

New Hampshire will play fourth-seeded Central Arkansas (10-1) next Saturday.

Knight threw a 39-yard completion to Malik Love to become the fifth UNH quarterback to reach 3,000 yards in a season. Love finished the game with 123 yards on 10 catches.

Tanner Kingsley was intercepted twice for CCSU and Drew Jean-Guillaume had one of his two passing attempts picked.

Men’s basketball

Miami 86, North Florida 65 — Bruce Brown and Anthony Lawrence scored 14 points each to lead the No. 11 Hurricanes (5-0) over the Ospreys (1-7) in Coral Gables, Fla.

Dewan Huell finished with 13 points for Miami, while Ja'Quan Newton and Chris Lykes had 12 and 10 points, respectively.

JT Escobar scored 16 points for North Florida.

BYU 68, UMass 66 — Yoeli Childs had 18 points and the game-winning dunk as the Cougars (4-2) rallied past the Minutemen (3-3) at the Barclays Center Classic in New York.

After a UMass timeout, Rashaan Hardnett passed the ball to Childs, who dunked with four seconds left. The Minutemen’s Luwane Pipkins missed a three as time expired.

Elijah Bryant scored 18 points and Childs grabbed 11 rebounds for the Cougars, who outrebounded the Minutemen, 42-31, but shot 34.9 percent from the floor to 44 percent for UMass.

Rashaan Holloway had 13 points, 8 eight rebounds and 3 blocks for UMass.

Furman 78, Northeastern 67 — Devin Sibley had 22 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to help the Paladins (4-2) defeat the Huskies (2-4) at the PK80 Invitational in Nashville.

Vasa Pusica scored 17 points to lead Northeastern. Shawn Occeus added 15 points and Bolden Brace finished with 11.

Women’s basketball

UConn 96, Michigan St. 62 — Azura Stevens reached 1,000 points for her career as the top-ranked Huskies (5-0) beat the Spartans (4-1) at the PK80 Invitational in Eugene, Ore. Stevens had 25 points and 16 rebounds.

Kia Nurse added 20 points for the Huskies, while Napheesa Collier had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Stevens started for the third straight game in place of injured preseason All-American Katie Lou Samuelson, who wore a protective boot on her sprained left foot.

Sidney Cooks led Michigan State with 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench, and Branndais Agee scored 10 points, giving her 1,001 for her career.

UMass 64, Liberty 61 — Paige McCormick hit a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer to lift the Minutewomen (3-3) over the Lady Flames (1-4) at the inaugural UMass Thanksgiving Classic in Amherst.

Genesis Rivera led UMass with 19 points. McCormick finished with 14.

Houston 72, Northeastern 64 — Angela Harris scored 25 points to lead the Cougars (4-2) past the Huskies (3-3) at the UMass Thanksgiving Classic.

Claudia Ortiz led Northeastern with 15 points, while Gabby Giacone had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Jess Genco had 12 points and 12 assists.

Virginia 50, Harvard 48 — Lauren Moses scored 13 points and Jocelyn Willoughby 12 as the Cavaliers (3-3) beat the Crimson (3-4) in Charlottesville, Va.

Katie Benzan and Madeline Raster each had 11 points for Harvard.

Men’s hockey

Cornell 4, BU 3 — Goals by Beau Starrett, Trevor Yates, Alec McCrea and Tristan Mullin led the No. 7 Big Red (8-1-0) over the No. 19 Terriers (6-8-1) in New York. Dante Fabbro, Chad Krys, and Parick Harper scored third-period goals for BU before the comeback bid fell short.

Women’s hockey

Wisconsin 4, BU 2 — Goals by Mikaela Gardner, Baylee Wellhausen. Alexis Mauermann, and Claudia Kepler led the No. 1 Badgers (16-0) over the Terriers (5-7-2) in Arlington, Va. Victoria Bach scored twice for BU.

Harvard 5, New Hampshire 3 — Kat Hughes scored a hat trick and Val Turgeon added a pair of goals as the host Crimson (5-3-1, 3-1-1 ECAC) beat the Wildcats (6-5-5, 4-2-3).