Top 25: Texas A&M survives Auburn's frantic rally
Auburn, Ala. — Twice the ball didn't bounce Auburn's way like it has so often.
In a 41-38 upset Saturday, Texas A&M pulled off some of the late-game magic the third-ranked Tigers have made their trademark.
Freshman Kyle Allen threw four touchdown passes in the first half and the Aggies recovered two late fumbles in a game that likely ended the Tigers' playoff hopes.
"It hurts. It hurts our team," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. "We had goals and dreams and we didn't get it done."
The Aggies (7-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference), who came in as 23-point underdogs, wound up dancing on the sideline — and on Auburn's postseason hopes.
"These past two weeks, no one really believed in us, but I feel like we always do our best when no one believes in us," Texas A&M offensive lineman Mike Matthews said.
The Tigers (7-2, 4-2) twice appeared to be driving toward a go-ahead touchdown before coughing it up on plays that never really got going. First, Julien Obioha won a scramble for the ball at the 2 after Nick Marshall and Cameron Artis-Payne got tangled up in the backfield.
"It was a poor exchange, it's something that never really happens," said Artis-Payne, who rushed for 221 yards and two touchdowns.
Marshall said Artis-Payne had come up with the ball first. Obioha was more concerned with who had it last.
"A lot of stuff happens at the bottom of a pile. I'm not going to say exactly who had possession of it," he said. "But when it is all said and done I ended up with the ball and we had possession, so yes I did get the fumble."
The Aggies couldn't get away from their goal line before punting, and Trey Williams just managed to push the ball out of the end zone to avoid a safety on third down.
Then, the Tigers drove inside the 30 for one more shot. Marshall appeared to be still checking to a different play when center Reese Dismukes snapped it on first down from the 28.
"It was just a miscommunication," Dismukes said.
Alonzo Williams recovered with 54 seconds left, setting off a celebratory dance for players on the Aggies' sideline and leaving most of the Jordan-Hare Stadium crowd in stunned silence.
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said stoppages to review several key plays late — all upheld by replay officials — were nerve-racking.
"That's going to happen in big games and close games," Sumlin said. "The ball bounced our way."
It tied the most points Auburn had scored in a regulation loss, which also happened against Florida in 1995 and Wake Forest in 1979.
Texas A&M had dropped three straight SEC games before toppling a contender.
The defending SEC champion and national runner-up Tigers also had the nation's longest home winning streak (14 games) end.
Allen was poised and steady in his second career start and first on the road. He completed 19 of 29 passes for 277 yards with an interception, mostly avoiding miscues against a beleaguered Auburn defense.
"He definitely had a little swagger to him," Matthews said. "He came in this game and he didn't seem like a freshman at all, he seemed like he has started four years at this university."
(At) No. 1 Mississippi State 45, Tennessee-Martin 16: Dak Prescott threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score as Mississippi State (9-0) extended its winning streak to 12 games.
Prescott completed 14 of 23 passes for 206 yards. It was his school-record ninth 200-yard passing game of the season.
Mississippi State's Brandon Holloway ran for a 35-yard touchdown and Ashton Shumpert added a 59-yard touchdown run as the Bulldogs amassed 254 yards on the ground.
UT Martin is 5-6.
(At) No. 2 Florida State 34, Virginia 20: Jameis Winston threw for 261 yards and accounted for two touchdowns for the Seminoles (9-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who set a school record with their 25th straight victory.
Florida State receiver Rashad Greene had a career-high 13 receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown.
Virginia (4-6, 2-4) needs to win both of its final two games against Miami and Virginia Tech to become bowl eligible.
No. 4 Alabama 20, (at) No. 14 Louisiana State 13 (OT): Blake Sims drove Alabama 55 yards in the final 50 seconds of regulation for a tying field goal and threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrew White in overtime.
With the victory and Auburn's upset loss to Texas A&M, Alabama (8-1, 5-1) is alone in second place in the SEC West with a home game against Mississippi State next week.
Amari Cooper had eight catches for 83 yards and a 23-yard touchdown while setting Alabama career and single-season records for yards receiving, as well as the school's single-season mark for catches with 79.
T.J. Yeldon's fumble deep in Alabama territory set up Colby Delahoussaye's 39-yard field goal that gave LSU (7-3, 3-3) a 13-10 lead with 50 seconds left.
No. 5 Oregon 51, (at) No. 20 Utah 27: Joe Walker returned Kaelin Clay's careless goal line fumble 100 yards for a touchdown, and Marcus Mariota threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score as Oregon turned back Utah.
Mariota ran for 114 yards and was 17-for-29 passing for 239 yards, keeping the Ducks (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12, CFP No. 4) in the thick of the College Football Playoff race.
Clay had 152 yards on five catches, but it was the 1 yard he let slip away that will be remembered most.
The Utes (6-3, 3-3) were on their way to taking a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter when Wilson connected with Clay, who was cruising to long touchdown when he casually dropped the ball a yard before he crossed the goal line. As the Utes celebrated, Walker grabbed the ball and chugged down the sideline for a touchdown.
(At) No. 6 TCU 41, No. 9 Kansas State 20: Trevone Boykin ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score, leading TCU.
Aaron Green, filling in for injured B.J. Catalon, ran for 171 yards for the Horned Frogs (8-1, 5-1), including a 65-yard TD.
Boykin set a career high for rushing yards and completed 23 of 34 passes for 219 yards.
The end of Kansas State's five-game winning streak created a three-way tie atop the Big 12 standings with the Wildcats (7-2, 5-1), TCU and Baylor (8-1, 5-1).
No. 10 Baylor 48, (at) No. 16 Oklahoma 14: Corey Coleman set career highs of 15 catches and 224 yards to help Baylor get a signature Big 12 win.
It was the most receptions ever by a player against the Sooners. Coleman also caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score.
Bryce Petty completed 32 of 42 passes for 387 yards and a touchdown. It was Baylor's first road win in 12 tries against the Sooners (6-3, 3-3), and the Bears' first road win against a ranked team since Art Briles took over as head coach in 2008.
Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight was carted off after being sacked in the fourth quarter.
(At) No. 12 Mississippi 48, Presbyterian 0: Bo Wallace threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Mississippi (8-2) ended a two-game losing streak.
Wallace was 11 for 15 for 140 yards, including scoring strikes of 66 and 23 yards to Vince Sanders and ran for a 9-yard score as the Rebels built a 35-0 halftime lead.
Presbyterian (5-5) dropped to 0-9 against FBS opponents.
No. 17 Georgia 63, (at) Kentucky 31: Hutson Mason threw a career-best four touchdown passes, Nick Chubb rushed for 170 yards and a TD for Georgia (7-2, 5-2 SEC).
Georgia scored touchdowns on 9 of 10 possessions. Isaiah McKenzie returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score and a punt 59 yards for another TD.
No. 18 UCLA 44, (at) Washington 30: Brett Hundley threw for two touchdowns to become UCLA's all-time leader in TD passes, and ran for two more scores for UCLA (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12).
Myles Jack ran for a 28-yard score for the Bruins.
(At) No. 21 Arizona 38, Colorado 20: Anu Solomon threw for four touchdowns and ran for a career-best 115 yards, and Arizona kept Colorado winless in the Pac-12.
Colorado's Sefo Liufau threw for 252 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice and fumbled the ball away two times.
Arizona (7-2, 4-2) scored a touchdown after each of the four turnovers by the Buffaloes (2-8, 0-7).
No. 22 Duke 27, (at) Syracuse 10: Anthony Boone threw two touchdowns to Issac Blakeney, Jamison Crowder returned a punt 52 yards for another score for Duke (8-1, 4-1 ACC), which won its fourth straight.
Syracuse (3-7, 1-5) lost for the seventh time in eight games.
No. 23 Marshall 63, (at) Southern Mississippi 17: Rakeem Cato threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score for Marshall (9-0, 5-0 Conference USA).
The Golden Eagles (3-7, 1-5) jumped to a 14-0 lead on a pair of first-quarter touchdown runs for Ito Smith, who finished with 141 yards on 27 carries. But Marshall then scored 28 of the final 31 points in the first half.
(At) Texas 33, No. 24 West Virginia 16: Johnathan Gray scored three touchdowns on runs of 39, 2 and 15 yards as Texas (5-5, 4-3 Big 12) ended a streak of nine straight home losses to ranked opponents. The Longhorns need to win one of their final two games to be eligible for a bowl.
Gray finished with 101 yards rushing on 10 carries.
West Virginia is 6-4, 4-3.