South Carolina annihilates No. 5 Tennessee while No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 TCU survive in Week 12 of college football

In Week 12 in college football, two undefeated teams survived horror and a shocking loss to No. 5 Tennessee. You need to know that by Saturday.

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South Carolina is shockingly upset with No. 5 Tennessee

Spencer Rattler celebrates victory

South Carolina pulled off historic madness, defeating Tennessee 63-38. Never lagging behind in the game, South Carolina went on offense from the jump, amassing 35 points in the first half — the most points they have scored in a single half against an SEC opponent since 1995. Per Matt Brown of The Athleticthe 63 points is the most an unranked team has ever scored against a top-five AP team.

Spencer Rattler led the offensive offense for the Gamecocks with a career night down the line. Rattler ended the night with new career highs in yards (438) and touchdowns (6) while hitting an excellent 30-to-37 pass. The Oklahoma transfer started the day with just eight touchdowns in the season.

Now waiting to see where they stand in the upcoming CFP rankings release, Tennessee is looking to regroup at home against Vanderbilt next Saturday while South Carolina travels to Death Valley to face No. 9 Clemson.

No. 4 TCU beats Baylor against the clock with FG Scramble

TCU Football celebrates touchdown against Baylor

The Horned Frogs did it again, 29-28. Quarterback Max Duggan trailed by as much as 8 points in the fourth quarter and led TCU down to set up a game-winning field goal — but even that doesn’t quite say how frantic the final game was. The Frogs field goal team raced to the line of scrimmage with time running out to win it in Waco.

Winning from behind was the story of the TCU season. The Frogs have been behind in six of their last seven games, and Saturday’s win was their seventh straight single-digit win. It seems their College Football Playoff hopes are being jeopardized every week, but the Frogs remain unbeaten and are 11-0 for the first time since 2010.

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No. 3 Michigan escapes Illinois to stay perfect

Michigan Football celebrates defeating Illinois

The Wolverines kept their CFP chances high thanks to a late field goal to win 19-17 against an Illinois team that had a lot at stake for them. An upset win at Ann Arbor would have put the Illini on pole for a Big Ten Championship berth.

Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy finished the game for 208 yards on 18-of-34 passes and led three consecutive drives in the fourth quarter, all of which ended in field goals.

Kicker Jake Moody was 4-of-4 in field goal attempts, reaching that mark for the third time this season.

A key story of this game leading into next week’s showdown between Michigan and Ohio State is the status of Blake Corum’s running back. He rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown but suffered an apparent knee injury.

No. 1 Georgia grinds out win in Kentucky to stay perfect

Georgian football celebrates

It wasn’t pretty, but the Bulldogs made it through in Kentucky with a 16-6 win. Quarterback Stetson Bennett struggled, throwing just 116 yards on a 13-for-19 pass with a pick, but the rest of the offense picked him up. Running back Kenny McIntosh ran for 143 yards and a touchdown late in the third quarter for cover, and kicker Jack Podlesny was perfect with three field goals and the extra point.

The Wildcats offense stuttered most of the game but marched 99 yards up the field early in the fourth quarter when Will Levis hit Barion Brown with an eight-yard score before a failed PAT. Georgia ran out of insurance, but a missed field goal and a turnover on downs for Kentucky sealed the Bulldogs’ victory.

No. 2 Ohio State repels Maryland challenge, 43-30

Ohio State Football celebrates

At halftime in that contest, the Terrapins were leading 13-10 after an impressive display from the Maryland defense. Then the teams grabbed 50 points combined in the second half as the Buckeyes’ offense came to life under CJ Stroud and the freshman running back Dallen Hayden, taking a double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter and Taulia Tagovailoa and the Terps’ late comeback parried effort.

Stroud finished with 241 yards and a touchdown pass on 18 of 30 in the air, while Hayden ran for a season-high with 146 yards and three scores (more than he had all year combined). At 36:30 in the last minute, Buckeyes defensive end Zach Harrison forced a Tagovailoa fumble near the Maryland goal line that Steele Chambers recovered for a touchdown, making the end result look more comfortable than the game actually was.

The win ensures next week’s Ohio State-Michigan showdown will be a battle of undefeated teams with a spot in the Big Ten championship at stake.

No. 7 USC cuts off No. 16 UCLA in shootout

USC football celebrates

It was a slow start through the first three rides, but both offenses took a wild run on the west coast. UCLA had two separate double-digit leads in the first half, but after a field goal ended the Bruins 24-20 early in the third quarter, USC woke up. The Trojans had four direct touchdown drives and traded punches with UCLA. After the Bruins’ defense forced a punt, Dorian Thompson-Robinson had the ball in his hands late in the fourth three-pointer, but his pass was intercepted by Korey Foreman in midfield to seal the comeback for USC.

Thompson-Robinson finished with 309 yards, four touchdowns and three picks in a 23-for-38 pass. For USC, Caleb Williams was busy, throwing for 470 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. While Austin Jones ran for 120 yards and two points over the Bruins, Darwin Barlow’s 6-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter is the deciding factor.

The Navy run all over the UCF #20 as the street is upset

Navy Football defeats No. 20 UCF

The Midshipmen knocked off UCF behind their signature rushing attack, which covered 248 yards on the ground without completing a single pass on just one attempt. Full-back Daba Fofana led the team with 114 yards on 20 carries. It’s the Navy’s first win over a top-20 opponent since defeating Houston in 2016.

The Knights offense came on as the fifth national rushing offense (249.5 yards per game) but only hauled 84 yards on 24 carries, their lowest performance of the season. The loss means UCF is no longer in control of its destiny to secure a spot in the AAC Championship game.

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