WACO, Texas (AP) — Griffin Kell blasted a 40-yard field goal in the final game of the game and fourth-placed TCU defeated Baylor 29-28 on Saturday and scored nine points in 2:07 in the finals to a potential to avoid playoff busting loss.
Emari Demercardo hit on a 3-yard TD run with 2:07 left to get the Frogs (11-0, 8-0 Big 12, No. 4 CFP) within 28-26, but he couldn’t Pass the 2 point conversion attempt. TCU used all three timeouts while forcing a three-and-off to get the ball back and kick the winning field goal.
TCU, which had already secured a spot in the Big 12 championship game, hadn’t been unbeaten in such a deep season since 2010, when they finished 13-0 with a Rose Bowl win and second in the national rankings .
Baylor (6-5, 4-4) was coming off a 31-3 home loss to Kansas State a week earlier. Bears quarterback Blake Shapen was 21 of 30 for 269 yards and a score while Craig “Sqwirl” Williams rushed for 112 yards. Monaray Baldwin had six catches for 123 yards.
NO. 3 MICHIGAN 19, ILLINOIS 17
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jake Moody made a 35-yard field goal nine seconds from time and propelled Michigan to a win over Illinois.
The Wolverines (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten, No. 3 CFP) played much of the second half without running back star Blake Corum, who held on to his left knee just before halftime after being tackled .
The Fighting Illini (7-4, 5-3) took a 17-10 lead late in the third quarter on Chase Brown’s 37-yard touchdown run. With a chance to run out of time, they had to stab Michigan late in the game and failed to come through and beat a top-three team for the first time since beating top-ranked Ohio State in 2007.
NO. 8 ALABAMA 34, AUSTIN PEAY 0
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama delivered breakout performances from Jase McClellan and Jermaine Burton against an overwhelmed FCS team.
McClellan rushed for a career-high 156 yards and two touchdowns, and Burton caught two goals from Bryce Young in the win over Austin Peay.
The Crimson Tide (9-2, No. 8 CFP) took a while to get going against Austin Peay (7-4).
Mike DiLiello passed 147 yards for Austin Peay but was intercepted twice. Drae McCray had 12 catches for 92 yards.
NAVY 17, NO. 17 UCF 14
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Fullback Daba Fofana rushed for 114 yards and Navy beat UCF without completing a pass.
Navy (4-7, 4-4 American Athletic) had possession for almost 40 minutes and gained 248 yards, all on the ground.
The loss knocked UCF (8-3, 5-2) out of first place in the AAC and all but eliminated the Knights’ chances of playing at home in the conference championship game.
Mikey Keene replaced quarterback John Rhys Plumlee in the second half and immediately led the Knights to their only touchdown of the game.
NO. 18 NOTRE-DAME 44, BOSTON COLLEGE 0
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Cornerback Benjamin Morrison had three interceptions, the Notre Dame defense forced two fumbles and the Fighting Irish scored with their first eight possessions to beat Boston College.
The Fighting Irish (8-3) beat Boston College (3-8) for the ninth straight year.
The temperature at game time was 27 degrees, making it the coldest game at Notre Dame in nine years, and heavy snow fell for much of the third quarter.
NO. 19 KANSAS STATE 48, WEST VIRGINIA 31
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Will Howard threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, Cincere Mason returned an interception for a TD, and Kansas State edged closer to a Big 12 championship game spot by beating West Virginia.
Kansas State (8-3, 6-2 Big 12, No. 15 CFP) can secure a spot in the title game alongside No. 4 TCU on Dec. 3 with a win in the regular-season finals at home to Kansas. West Virginia (4-7, 2-6) failed to qualify for the Bowl for the second time under fourth-year coach Neal Brown and only the fourth time since 2000.
West Virginia’s Garrett Greene threw three TD passes to Sam James and completed 15 of 27 passes for 204 yards. He was intercepted twice. Greene also scored on a 13-yard run.
NO. 20 FLORIDA STATE 49, LOUISIANA 17
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jordan Travis and Treshaun Ward each had two touchdown carries in the first half, and Florida State rushed for 251 yards and led Louisiana.
Florida State (8-3) posted a season-high in points, surpassed 200 rushing yards for the sixth straight game and clinched its fourth straight double-digit win over the Ragin’ Cajuns (5-6).
Louisiana quarterback Chandler Fields completed 19 of 36 passes for 159 yards and a 5-yard touchdown for Michael Jefferson.
NO. 25 OREGON STATE 31, ARIZONA STATE 7
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Damien Martinez rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns in Oregon State’s win over Arizona State.
The Beavers (8-3, 5-3 Pac-12) won for the second time since 1972 at ASU.
The Sun Devils (3-8, 2-6) played their last home game of the season, falling to 2-6 under interim coach Shaun Aguano, who replaced Herm Edwards on Sept. 20.
Quarterback Trent Bourguet went 20 of 32 for 122 yards, passing the Sun Devils. He ran for 26 yards eight times.
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