Top 25 roundup: Oregon State shocks Arizona State
Corvallis, Ore. — Arizona State coach Todd Graham wanted to give credit where it was due: To Oregon State.
"I don't want to sit up here and be a coach who says, 'We beat ourselves,'" Graham said following the seventh-ranked Sun Devils' 35-27 loss to the Beavers on Saturday night. "Coach (Mike) Riley and Oregon State did a great job, they deserve the credit.
"When you're sixth in the country and go into a place, you're going to get everybody's best performance. We got Oregon State's best shot tonight and we weren't prepared for it."
The Sun Devils (8-2, 5-1 Pac-12), sixth in the College Football Playoff rankings, snapped a five-game winning streak. The loss to the Beavers damaged their bid for a second straight appearance in the Pac-12 championship game.
The Pac-12 South is a jumble between four two-loss teams. The Sun Devils have two more games to jockey for position: Next week at home against Washington State before the regular-season finale at rival Arizona.
"Heck, we're still playing for a conference championship. We've still got an opportunity to win the South," Graham said. "Win the next two games, I believe we'll be there Dec. 5th. That's all we can do. We can't worry about anything else."
The Sun Devils took a 27-21 lead early in the fourth quarter on Zane Gonzalez's 29-yard field goal.
But Sean Mannion answered with a 66-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Villamin early in the fourth quarter, before Michael Doctor's 35-yard interception return sealed the victory for Oregon State (5-5, 2-5).
Mannion threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns as the Beavers snapped a four-game losing streak. He reached 80 career touchdown passes career to move past Derek Anderson (2001-04) for the Oregon State record.
Villamin had four catches for 127 yards, while Terron Ward ran for 148 yards and an early touchdown for the Beavers.
Taylor Kelly threw for 264 yards and two scores for the Sun Devils. He was intercepted twice as temperatures dropped below freezing.
"We were slow executing on third downs and we couldn't get our tempo going," Kelly said. "Giving credit to them, they had a good scheme going today and were well coached. We didn't execute our plan."
No. 2 Florida State 30, Miami 26: Dalvin Cook ran for two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score late in the fourth, and Florida State erased a 16-point deficit in another impressive rally.
Jameis Winston completed 25 of 42 passes for 304 yards for the Seminoles (10-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 3 CFP), who extended their winning streak to 26 games and beat Miami for the fifth straight time.
The Seminoles clinched the ACC's Atlantic Division title earlier in the day when Clemson lost. They were down 16-0 and 23-7 before outscoring the Hurricanes 23-3 in the final 2 1/2 quarters.
Brad Kaaya threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns for Miami, which got to the Florida State 43 on their final drive but fell short when Jalen Ramsey intercepted a fourth-down pass with 39 seconds left.
No. 5 TCU 34, Kansas 30: Aaron Green ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns for TCU, and Cameron Echols-Luper returned a punt 69 yards for another score.
Trevone Boykin added 330 yards passing and a touchdown for TCU (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 4 CFP), which trailed 27-17 midway through the third quarter before a big finishing kick that kept the Horned Frogs in playoff contention.
Chris Hackett's interception with 3:26 left in the game sealed the victory.
Michael Cummings had 332 yards and two touchdowns passing for the Jayhawks (3-7, 1-6), who were trying for their first regular-season win over a top-five team since beating Colorado in 1995.
No. 16 Georgia 34, No. 9 Aubirn 7: Nick Chubb shared the spotlight in Todd Gurley's return, with both Georgia backs rushing for more than 100 yards.
Georgia (8-2, 6-2, No. 15 CFP) dominated the latest edition in Deep South's oldest rivalry, handing the Tigers (7-3, 4-3, No. 9 CFP) their second straight loss and finishing off any hopes they had of repeating as Southeastern Conference champions.
But there were a couple of things that didn't go Georgia's way: Missouri beat Texas A&M 34-27 to stop the Bulldogs from clinching the SEC East, and Gurley went down late in the game with an injured left knee. The star running back hobbled out of the stadium in the closing minutes, his knee iced down. Coach Mark Richt said he wasn't sure about the extent of the injury.
Chubb rushed for 144 yards on 19 carries and went over 1,000 yards for the season. Gurley carried 29 times for 138 yards.
No. 17 Arizona 27, Washington 26: Casey Skowron kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired to give Arizona a wild victory over Washington.
Skowron, who also had an 18-yard touchdown run on a fake field goal, missed a first attempt wide right but the Huskies called timeout just before the kick and he got another try.
The kicker gained redemption after missing the go-ahead 36-yarder in the final minute of a loss to Southern California.
Washington (6-5, 2-5 Pac-12) was running out the clock when Tra'Mayne Bondurant knocked the ball out of running back Deontae Cooper's hands and Derrick Turituri recovered for Arizona (8-2, 5-2, No. 14 CFP) at the Washington 45 with 1:23 to go.
The Wildcats moved to the 30 and left it up to Skowron.
No. 24 Georgia Tech 28, No. 18 Clemson 6: Georgia Tech's Jamal Golden returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown, and fans rushed the field after the win.
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson did not return after a first-quarter knee injury. Cole Stoudt threw three interceptions after replacing Watson, including one Chris Milton returned 62 yards for a touchdown.
With the loss by Clemson (7-3, 6-2), No. 2 Florida State clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference's Atlantic Division before playing Miami on Saturday night.
Justin Thomas' 65-yard run set up his 5-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Smelter in the third quarter as Georgia Tech (9-2, 6-2) earned its fourth straight win and kept its hopes alive in the ACC's Coastal Division.
Virginia Tech 17, No. 19 Duke 16: Michael Brewer threw two touchdown passes and Virginia Tech held on for the upset.
Brewer was 12 of 23 for 138 yards with touchdowns of 15 yards to Bucky Hodges and 10 yards to Isaiah Ford.
The Hokies (5-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) avoided their first in-season four-game losing streak since 1992 and earned their second road victory over a ranked team this year.
Duke (8-2, 4-2) had two late chances to reclaim the lead, but Ross Martin missed a 40-yard field goal with 2:26 left and the Blue Devils were stopped on downs at their 40 with 43 seconds left.
Arkansas 17, No. 20 LSU 0: Brandon Allen threw for 169 yards and Arkansas snapped a 17-game Southeastern Conference losing streak.
The conference win is the first for the Razorbacks (5-5, 1-5) since 2012, and it's second-year coach Bret Bielema's first SEC win after 13 straight losses.
Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins ran for touchdowns for the Razorbacks, who held the Tigers (7-4, 3-4, No. 17 CFP) to 36 yards rushing on 32 attempts.
No. 21 Marshall 41, Rice 14: Rakeem Cato threw four touchdown passes, Devon Johnson rushed for 199 yards and a score, and Marshall improved to 10-0 for the first time since it finished 13-0 in 1999.
The Thundering Herd (6-0 Conference USA) limited Rice to 180 yards and ended the Owls' six-game winning streak.
No. 25 Utah 20, Stanford 17: Travis Wilson threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Kenneth Scott in the second overtime, leading Utah to a road win.
Kaelin Clay caught a 25-yard TD pass on the first play of overtime before the Cardinal came back with the tying score. Jordan Williamson kicked a career-long 51-yard field goal — the same one Stanford passed up late in the fourth quarter — to start the second session, setting the stage for the Utes' dramatic finish.