Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M all suffer upset losses
Published 1:15 am Monday, October 6, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Bo Wallace threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, and No. 11 Mississippi rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to stun No. 3 Alabama 23-17 on Saturday.
Ole Miss (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) has won five games to start the season for the first time since 1962 and ended a 10-game losing streak against the Tide.
The Rebels trailed 17-10 midway through the fourth quarter, but pulled even on Wallace’s 34-yard touchdown pass to Vince Sanders with 5:29 remaining.
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On the ensuing kickoff, Alabama’s Christion Jones fumbled and Ole Miss recovered, giving the Rebels great field position at the Alabama 31.
Ole Miss took a 23-17 lead on Wallace’s 10-yard touchdown throw to Jaylen Walton with 2:54 remaining.
Alabama (4-1, 1-1) had a chance to win, but Senquez Golson intercepted a pass from Blake Sims in the end zone with 37 seconds remaining.
No. 25 TCU 37, No. 4 Oklahoma 33
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Paul Dawson returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown, TCU made a huge fourth-and-1 stop with just over 3 minutes left and the No. 25 Horned Frogs remained undefeated with a 37-33 victory over No. 4 Oklahoma on Saturday.
Oklahoma (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) had the ball after the two teams had three turnovers in a span of four plays — another interception by Trevor Knight between two fumbles by TCU.
On fourth down from the TCU 22, Samaje Perine was stuffed by linebacker Marcus Mallett for no gain. Officials confirmed on a replay review that Perine, who had three TD runs in the game, was stopped short of a first down.
Dawson’s big pick for TCU (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) came with 14:12 left. He reached up with both hands to grab the ball and raced untouched for a score to make it 37-31.
No. 12 Mississippi State 48,
No. 6 Texas A&M 31
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes, added three Tebow-style TD runs, and No. 12 Mississippi State overwhelmed No. 6 Texas A&M 48-31 on Saturday as a new contender emerged in the SEC West.
The Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) jumped out to a 28-7 lead in the first half and never let Kenny Hill and the high-scoring Aggies (5-1, 2-1) get close enough to threaten the lead — or quiet the Bulldogs fans and their clanging cowbells at Davis Wade Stadium.
Hill threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns, but was picked off three times by linebacker Richie Brown, who matched a school record.
Prescott first plowed into the end zone for two short TDs and pretty much sealed the deal for the Bulldogs with an 11-yard quarterback draw to make it 48-17 in the fourth quarter. The junior finished 19 for 25 for 264 yards and ran for 77 yards.
No. 7 Baylor 28, Texas 7
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Shock Linwood ran for 148 yards and the clinching touchdown and No. 7 Baylor overcame a rare off day by quarterback Bryce Petty and the nation’s No. 1 offense to beat Texas 28-7 on Saturday.
With Petty misfiring, the Bears (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) won with tough defense, two big plays on special teams and a power running game that wore down Texas (2-3, 1-1) in the second half.
Terrell Burt scored Baylor’s first touchdown with a 62-yard return after a blocked field goal in the first quarter. A fake punt in the third set up Petty’s touchdown pass to Antwan Goodley. Linwood put it away with a short touchdown run in the fourth.
Texas held Baylor to 390 total yards, but only narrowly avoided its first shutout at home since 1976. Longhorns quarterback Tyrone Swoopes had three turnovers, including a fumble at the Baylor 1 just before halftime.
No. 9 Notre Dame 17,
No. 14 Stanford 14
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Everett Golson threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Ben Koyack in the corner of the end zone with 61 seconds left as No. 9 Notre Dame overcame two turnovers and two bungled snaps on field goal attempts on a cold, rainy Saturday to beat No. 14 Stanford 17-14.
Koyack was alone in the corner and Golson almost didn’t find him in time. But Koyack caught the pass as he fell out of bounds and safety Jordan Richards dove to try to break it up on Notre Dame’s last chance on fourth-and-11.
The Fighting Irish improved to 5-0 for just the third time since Lou Holtz left in 1996. The Cardinal (3-2) have two losses this early in the season for the first time since 2008.
Golson also threw a 17-yard TD pass and Notre Dame amassed 370 yards of total offense against the nation’s top defense.
Notre Dame cornerback Cole Luke had a pair of interceptions.