No. 5 Auburn 24, No. 6 LSU 17
Auburn, Ala. — Cam Newton ran for 217 yards, and Onterio McCalebb sprinted 70 yards for the go-ahead score with 5:05 left to lift Auburn to a victory over LSU.
The host Tigers (8-0, 5-0 SEC) moved on as the powerful league’s last unbeaten team. LSU (7-1, 4-1) finally had a Les Miles gamble backfire in an adventurous season.
Miles opted to go for it on fourth-and-six from LSU’s 30 with 3:27 left. Jarrett Lee tried to scramble for it, but was stopped well short by Neiko Thorpe.
No. 4 TCU 38, Air Force 7
Fort Worth, Texas — Ed Wesley had a career-high 209 yards and two touchdowns, and the TCU defense stiffened after giving up its first October touchdown.
Wesley had more yards by himself than the nation’s No. 1 rushing offense as the Frogs piled up 377 yards on the ground, 30 more than the Falcons averaged coming in.
No. 7 Alabama 41, Tennessee 10
Knoxville, Tenn. — Trent Richardson’s 65-yard touchdown run and five-yard touchdown reception were part of 28 unanswered second-half points as Alabama beat Tennessee.
No. 8 Michigan State 35, Northwestern 27
Evanston, Ill. — Kirk Cousins threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns, and Michigan State rallied from 17 points down to remain unbeaten.
B.J. Cunningham made an acrobatic grab for the go-ahead touchdown with two minutes left. Edwin Baker added a 25-yard scoring run, and Eric Gordon intercepted Dan Persa to seal a wild win.
Playing out of state for the first time this season, the Spartans scored 28 points in the second half.
No. 9 Utah 59, Colorado State 6
Salt Lake City — Jordan Wynn threw for 321 yards and three TDs in drizzly weather, and Utah thrashed Colorado State to stay unbeaten.
No. 10 Wisconsin 31, No. 13 Iowa 30
Iowa City, Iowa — Montee Ball ran eight yards for a touchdown with 1:06 left, and Wisconsin rallied to beat Iowa.
Scott Tolzien threw for 205 yards and a touchdown, and John Clay added a pair of touchdowns for the Badgers (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten), who kept their final drive alive by converting a fake punt deep in their own territory.
No. 11 Ohio State 49, Purdue 0
Columbus, Ohio — Terrelle Pryor threw for three scores, Dan Herron ran for two, and Ohio State showed it was over its Wisconsin hangover with a victory over Purdue.
No. 12 Stanford 38, Washington State 28
Stanford, Calif. — Andrew Luck threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns to help Stanford beat Washington State to post its best record (6-1, 3-1 Pac-10) after seven games in 40 years.
Stepfan Taylor ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns for the Cardinal, who hadn’t won six of seven to open a season since Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett helped them do it in 1970 on the way to the Rose Bowl.
No. 19 South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 7
Nashville, Tenn. — Brian Maddox rushed for a career-high 146 yards and the game-clinching touchdown to lead South Carolina to a difficult victory over Vanderbilt, giving Steve Spurrier his 40th victory with the Gamecocks.
Syracuse 19, No. 20 West Virginia 14
Morgantown, W.Va. — Ryan Nassib threw a touchdown pass, Ross Krautman kicked four field goals, and Syracuse scored nine points off turnovers in shocking West Virginia.
No. 21 Arkansas 38, Mississippi 24
Fayeteville, Ark. — Knile Davis ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns, and Arkansas waited out two weather delays to beat former coach Houston Nutt and Mississippi.
The Razorbacks (5-2, 2-2 SEC) also got a 97-yard punt return for a touchdown from Joe Adams while rebounding from a loss to fifth-ranked Auburn last week. The game against the Rebels was delayed twice by lightning that sent fans and players scurrying for cover.
No. 23 Virginia Tech 44, Duke 7
Blacksburg, Va. — Tyrod Taylor threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns, and Virginia Tech rolled to a victory over Duke.
Taylor was 13-of-17 passing and finished with 327 yards of total offense, putting him less than 100 away from becoming Virginia Tech’s career leader.
No. 24 Mississippi St. 29, UAB 24
Starkville, Miss. — Freshman LaDarius Perkins rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown as Mississippi State survived an upset scare to beat Alabama-Birmingham.
Playing as a nationally ranked team for the first time since 2001, the Bulldogs won their fifth straight game, which is the program’s longest streak since 1999. They also earned bowl-eligibility for the first time in three seasons and only the second time in a decade.
No. 25 Miami 33, North Carolina 10
Miami — Jacory Harris threw three touchdown passes to move into second place on Miami’s career list, Damien Berry ran for his fourth straight game of 100-plus yards, and the Hurricanes scored 30 straight points to romp past North Carolina easily.