SEC Standings Go Topsy-Turvy
Columbia, Mo. — Maty Mauk threw for 295 yards in his first career start and Andrew Baggett converted five field goals to help No. 14 Missouri defeat No. 22 Florida, 36-17, on Saturday and open a two-game lead in the Southeastern Conference East Division.
With James Franklin watching on the sideline in street clothes, Mauk put any doubts to rest about whether he was ready on the first play of the game with a 41-yard pass to L’Damian Washington and then a 20-yard toss to Bud Sasser for a 7-0 lead just 22 seconds in.
Missouri (7-0, 3-0) outgained the Gators 500-151 and became the first conference opponent in 14 games to score at least 21 points against them. The Tigers bullied (4-3, 3-2) Florida at the line of scrimmage, sacking quarterback Tyler Murphy six times and flushing him out of the pocket throughout the game.
No. 4 Ohio State 34, Iowa 24
Columbus, Ohio — Carlos Hyde ran for 149 yards, including 106 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, to lead Ohio State to a victory over Iowa.
It was the Buckeyes’ 19th consecutive victory, the most in the nation and tying the second-best streak in school history.
But it didn’t come easy. The Hawkeyes (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) dominated offensively in the first half and led 21-14 at the break behind the passing of Jake Rudock and running of Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock.
No. 24 Auburn 45
No. 7 Texas A&M 41
College Station, Texas — Nick Marshall accounted for four scores and Auburn battered Johnny Manziel in a win over Texas A&M.
Tre Mason’s 5-yard score with less than two minutes to play was first ruled down at the 1, but it was reviewed and ruled a touchdown.
A&M (5-2, 2-2 SEC) had a last chance, but Manziel was sacked by Dee Ford on fourth down to secure the win.
No. 13 Stanford 24, No. 9 UCLA 10
Stanford, Calif. — Tyler Gaffney ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and Stanford smothered Brett Hundley and UCLA.
Kevin Hogan threw for 227 yards and a spectacular touchdown to Kodi Whitfield as the Cardinal (6-1, 4-1) regrouped again after losing at Utah last week. Stanford has not lost consecutive games since October 2009. Stanford hurried Hundley all afternoon to slow down UCLA’s up-tempo offense.
No. 11 South Carolina 21
Knoxville, Tenn. — Michael Palardy made a 19-yard field goal as time expired to give Tennessee a victory over South Carolina that ended the Volunteers’ 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents.
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw left the game after being sacked by Marlon Walls and Daniel McCullers with less than five minutes remaining. Team officials appeared to be looking at his left knee while he was on the sideline.
Vanderbilt 31, No. 15 Georgia 27
Nashville, Tenn. — Jerron Seymour ran for a 13-yard touchdown with 2:53 left, and Vanderbilt rallied from a 13-point deficit by scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to upset Georgia.
The Commodores (4-3, 1-3) got their first Southeastern Conference win this season and their first victory over Georgia in Nashville since 1991. They also snapped a six-game skid to the Bulldogs.
No. 16 Texas Tech 37
West Virginia 27
Morgantown, w.va. — Davis Webb threw two touchdown passes and Texas Tech scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to beat West Virginia.
In his first road start, Webb completed 36 of 50 passes for 462 yards. He became the first Red Raiders freshman to surpass 400 yards passing in each of his first two starts.
No. 18 Oklahoma 34, Kansas 19
Lawrence, Kan. — Blake Bell threw for 131 yards and two touchdowns, and Oklahoma finally awoke from its Red River rout hangover to beat lowly Kansas.
The Sooners (6-1, 3-1 Big 12), whose national championship aspirations were cast aside by Texas last weekend, stumbled through the first quarter and found themselves in a 13-0 hole.
But behind Bell’s steady play, a stingy pass defense and a 49-yard touchdown toss from wide receiver Lacoltan Bester to Sterling Shepard on an end-around play, the Sooners scored 25 straight points on their way to winning their ninth straight over the Jayhawks.
No. 21 Oklahoma State 24, TCU 10
Stillwater, Okla. — Clint Chelf completed 10 of 25 passes for 178 yards and an interception and Oklahoma State used a quarterback change to earn a win over TCU.
Josh Stewart added 10 catches for 141 yards and had a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown, giving the Cowboys (5-1, 2-1 Big 12 Conference) enough offense to celebrate a homecoming victory.
No. 23 Northern Illinois 38
Central Michigan 17
Mount Pleasant, Mich. — Jordan Lynch rushed for 316 yards, an FBS record for a quarterback, and Northern Illinois stayed unbeaten with a victory at Central Michigan.
Lynch had three rushing touchdowns and was 20 for 30 through the air for 155 yards and another score to help the Huskies (7-0, 3-0 Mid-American) extend the nation’s best conference winning streak to 20 games.