College football’s top Week 12 games: Utah-Oregon, USC-UCLA, more

Week 12 of college football The season has featured several exciting matchups, and there’s even more to come from as things wrap up on Saturday afternoon.

Currently, No. 7 USC battles rival No. 16 UCLA in the Rose Bowl, while No. 10 Utah tries to beat No. 12 Oregon for the third time in the last two seasons in a rematch of last year’s Pac -12 Championship Game.

Earlier, No. 4 TCU needed every second to beat Baylor, getting a game-winning field goal as time expired to remain undefeated. In the Big Ten, No. 3 Michigan also rallied to beat Illinois in the final seconds.

Elsewhere, No. 2 Ohio State was nearly upset by an unranked opponent, but the Buckeyes pulled away with a win over Maryland, No. 9 Clemson throttled Miami and Texas dismantled Kansas on the road.

Later, Oklahoma got revenge on No. 22 Oklahoma State in the Bedlam series after losing to their archrival last season.

Here are the top plays from Saturday’s slate!

No. 10 Utah at No. 12 Oregon

The ducks are rising

Oregon got on the board first when Mar’Keise Irving capped a 10-play, 79-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run to open the game.

No. 7 USC at No. 16 UCLA

The Bruins strike first

UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson took it for the Bruins themselvesgiving the home side an early lead.

He then showed off his arm strength for UCLA’s second touchdown of the first quarter, a 30-yard bomb.

UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson throws a 30-yard TD

UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson finds Michael Ezeike for a 30-yard touchdown to take a 14-0 lead over USC.

Closing the gap

USC gained some momentum in the second quarter, pulling within three points to keep the Bruins close.

Riding the wave

USC QB Caleb Williams found a rhythm before the break with one big throw after another. This helped with the setup another Trojans touchdown to keep the Bruins within striking distance as halftime approached.

New leader

USC took its first lead in the third quarter when Williams found Jordan Addison for a 35-yard TD.

Caleb Williams finds Jordan Addison for the third quarter score

Caleb Williams finds Jordan Addison for the third quarter score

USC’s Caleb Williams finds Jordan Addison for a 35-yard touchdown.

Oklahoma 28, No. 22 Oklahoma State 13

In the dust

Drake Stoops burned his man in coverage and made a diving catch at the 1-yard line to set up Oklahoma for its first score of the game.

Man of the hour

Sooners QB Dillon Gabriel threw two more touchdowns in the first quarter to put Oklahoma up 28-0.

Texas 55, Kansas 14

Order

Bijan Robinson powered his way into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown run to get Texas on the board.

Then the Longhorns’ star running back scored his own second touchdown of the gamerunning untouched into the end zone to make it 14-0.

Bijan Robinson scores on 2-yard rushing TD

Bijan Robinson scores on 2-yard rushing TD

Texas RB Bijan Robinson runs for a 2-yard score to take the lead against Kansas.

Double trouble

Keilan Robinson ran a screen pass 15 yards for an easy touchdown to extend Texas’ lead to 24-0.

Quinn Ewers connects with Keilan Robinson for a 15-yard TD

Quinn Ewers connects with Keilan Robinson for a 15-yard TD

Texas QB Quinn Ewers connects with Keilan Robinson for a 15-yard score.

Star power

Bijan Robinson completed the hat trick by running for one 1-yard score as time expired in the first half.

The Longhorns standout then broke a pair of tackles, fumbled and turned on the jets for a 32-yard drive that was good for his fourth score of the game as Texas walked away with the win.

Bijan Robinson breaks free for his fourth TD of the game

Bijan Robinson breaks free for his fourth TD of the game

Bijan Robinson cuts inside and breaks free for a 32-yard touchdown run untouched for the fourth time as the Longhorns extend their lead to 38-0 over Kansas.

No. 2 Ohio State 43, Maryland 30

Marking reel

Ohio State tight end Marvin Harrison Jr. made the tough spot along the sideline while scrambling for a 30-yard gain that helped the Buckeyes take a 7-0 lead on the opening drive.

Terps on top at halftime

Taulia Tagovailoa found CJ Dippre in the back of the end zone to give Maryland a 13-10 lead.

Blocked punt

After struggling to move the ball after the opening drive in the first half, Ohio State got things going in the second half, blocking a punt in Maryland territory. It was Lathan Ransom’s second straight stakes race. Two plays later, Ohio State scored to go up 17-13.

Finding their groove

With multiple injuries at running back, Ohio State turned to Dalan Haden, who scored his second touchdown to extend the lead to 27-13.

Taulia time

The Maryland QB kept the ball all by himself and ran it in for the TD. The deficit was cut to 27-21 after a successful two-point conversion.

Three for the backup RB

Hayden added a third touchdown soon after Maryland’s score, which briefly put the Buckeyes up by 12. The Terps, however, blocked the PAT and ran it all the way for two points to make it a 10-point game.

Shades of his brother

Tagovailoa fumbled and bent on fourth-and-goal, reaching the sideline before throwing a touchdown to cut Ohio State’s lead to 33-30, but it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback.

No. 9 Clemson 40, Miami (FL) 10

I can’t face DJ

DJ Uigalelei ran into the end zone to extend Clemson’s lead to 14-0 early.

Wide open

Clemson had its way with Miami as Luke Price went wide on the goal line pass to make it 24-0 en route to an easy home win.

No. 4 TCU 29, Baylor 28

Blooms early

Qualan Jones capped Baylor’s opening drive, punting the ball into the end zone on a 10-yard scamper.

Qualan Jones outran the TCU defense for a 10-yard rushing TD

Qualan Jones outran the TCU defense for a 10-yard rushing TD

Qualan Jones was unstoppable as his 10-yard scoring run early in the first quarter gave Baylor a 7-0 lead over TCU.

Strong ground game

TCU QB Max Duggan has made a name for himself all season for his arm plays. However, it was his legs that put the Horned Frogs on the board to tie the game late in the first quarter.

Max Duggan runs it in for a game-tying 7-yarder

Max Duggan runs it in for a game-tying 7-yarder

Max Duggan ran it in on his own to tie the game for TCU against Baylor.

Battle

Things didn’t stay tied for long though, as Kelsey Johnson reversed and ran down the field for a 2-yard touchdown to give the lead back to Baylor.

Immediately after Baylor scored its second touchdown of the game, Duggan connected with Taye Barber for a nearly 80-yard reception on the opening drive of the ensuing drive that set up Kendre Miller for a touchdown a few plays later.

INT frenzy

Baylor attempted a touchdown just before halftime. But TCU defensive back Bud Clark had other plans, choosing a pass in the end zone to keep the game tied at halftime.

Baylor then got an interception of its own after TCU’s star QB tried to go for the home ball to break a 14-14 tie. Instead, the Bears ended up with the ball.

TCU on top

The Horned Frogs took their first lead of the game when Duggan threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Gunnar Henderson, who was wide open coming out of the backfield.

Max Duggan finds Gunnar Henderson for a 26-yard TD

Max Duggan finds Gunnar Henderson for a 26-yard TD

Max Duggan found Gunnar Henderson for a 26-yard score for the go ahead.

Bears back on top

After running one on earlier, Johnson made the tough grab at the goal line to give the Bears the lead early in the fourth quarter.

Then Baylor RB Richard Reese fumbled one into the end zone for one 1-yard touchdown to extend Baylor’s lead, 28-20.

Crazy race to kick for the win!

Emari Demercado ran into the end zone with ease for them 3-yard score to cut Baylor’s lead to 28-26 with just over two minutes remaining, but TCU was unable to tie the game on a failed 2-point conversion.

TCU tested its kicker by calling a running play on third-and-long with just 22 seconds left. However, Griffin Kell remained cool, calm and focused to nail the field goal as time expired to give the Horned Frogs the win and keep them undefeated.

No. 3 Michigan 19, Illinois 17

Hot start

Michigan running back and Heisman hopeful Blake Corum threw multiple defenders on the opening play of the game for a 35-yard gain before scoring later in the drive to put the Wolverines up 7-0.

Injury clock

As Michigan looked to score its second touchdown of the game, Corum fumbled, grasping his left knee and remained on the turf for a few moments afterward before walking off the field under his own power.

Corum was cleared to return after tests on his left knee at halftime. He reentered the game on Michigan’s second play from scrimmage in the second half and carried the ball for a 5-yard gain.

That was Corum’s only touchdown in the second half, however, leaving his status for next week’s meeting with Ohio State (Saturday, 12 p.m. ET, FOX) in doubt.

The evening

Illinois finally got into the end zone midway through the third quarter when Chase Brown broke through the pile for a 8-yard score to make it a 10-10 game. Brown then broke open for a 37-yard touchdown run that put Illinois up 17-10 and gave Michigan its first fourth-quarter deficit of the season.

Jake Moody nailed a 35 yard field goal to complete the return to Michigan.

BEST OF THE REST:

Disturbance alert!

Vanderbilt pulled off a 31-24 upset over Florida on Saturday, making it just the second time in 32 games that the Commodores beat the Gators.

No. 1 recruit making top plays

Under the tutelage of his college coach, Travis Hunter scored touchdowns on both sides of the ball for Jackson State. The freshman had a pick-six before scoring a touchdown.


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