MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – College football Top 25 scores in Week 13 on Saturday, November 26, with No. 1 Alabama leading the way to stay undefeated.
Alabama Beats Auburn Again In Iron Bowl
The Crimson Tide (12-0, 8-0 SEC) scored a 30-12 victory over No. 16 Auburn in the Iron Bowl in front of a crowd of 35, 487 in Tuscaloosa.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts shook off two early interceptions to pass for 286 yards and two touchdowns, while running for another score to help Alabama win its 12th straight game this season.
ArDarius Stewart took 10 catches for 127 yards and a touchdown, Damien Harris caught a pass for a score and Bo Scarbrough rushed for 90 yards for the Crimson Tide, who won three straight Iron Bowl games for the first time since 1990-92.
The defending College Football Playoff champion have now played four games in November and have not allowed a touchdown.
“We had some really, really challenging field position situations in this game, and our players responded really well to it,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said.
The home side went into the game as a strong favourite, but Auburn kept things close, as the Tigers only trailed 13-9.
“At halftime, I guess everybody thought I was going to throw a fit,” Saban said. “But I told them, `Look guys, all we’ve got to do is go out there and play with some poise and confidence.”
The Crimson Tide listened and scored 14 points in the third quarter to build a 27-9 lead.
Alabama outgained Auburn 501-182 in total yards.
“Offensively, we just didn’t get first downs, we just didn’t get it done,” a disappointed Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.
“Two of 12 on third downs, I really think that caused the problem. Third downs, didn’t hit explosive plays, defense was on the field too long was really the story of the day.
“Obviously we’ve got players in there that are hurting, coaches that are hurting, this is a tough one.”
Up next for Saban’s side is the SEC Championship game against Florida next Saturday.
More Highlighted Wins With CFP Interest
In other highlighted college football Top 25 scores in Week 13, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 Clemson both secured important wins.
In their final regular season outing, Curtis Samuel ran untouched for a 15-yard touchdown after the Buckeyes survived a scary effort on fourth down to beat No. 3 Michigan 30-27 in double overtime.
Both teams finished 17-17 in regulation and 24-24 in the first overtime, but after the Wolverines were held to just a field goal in second overtime period, Ohio State took advantage and won the game.
Samuel first used a scary swerving but tricky change-of-direction run to set up a fourth-and-1, which was converted by J.T. Barrett, before completing the drive with a run through the middle into the end zone to win it.
“That was not a first down,” an angry Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said at his press conference.
“I’m bitterly disappointed with the officiating today.”
Meanwhile, at Memorial Stadium, Deshaun Watson matched his career high with six touchdown passes, and No. 4 Clemson dominated rival South Carolina 56-7.
Watson, who completed 26 of 32 passes for 347 yards, threw three TD passes to Mike Williams, who took six catches for 100 yards in the win.
The junior quarterback, playing in his final home game, also connected with Artavis Scott, Jordan Leggett and C.J. Fuller for scores, as the Tigers (11-1, 6-1 Home) finished with 622 total yards and held the Gamecocks to 218 total yards.
Wayne Gallman ran 19 times for 112 yards and a score for Clemson, which did nothing but strengthened their push to secure a College Football Playoff top four place.
In other College football Top 25 scores at the weekend, No. 7 Penn State (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten, No. 8 AP) send a strong statement to the College Football Playoff selection committee with a one-sided 45-12 win over Michigan State, No. 6 Wisconsin (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten, No. 5 AP) also did itself a favour with a 31-17 victory over Minnesota, while No. 12 USC (9-3) secured its eighth victory with a 45-27 win over Notre Dame.
College Football Top 25 Scores – AP
Week 13, Saturday, November 26
NO. 1 ALABAMA 30, NO. 16 AUBURN 12
No. 2 OHIO STATE 30, NO. 3 MICHIGAN
NO. 4 CLEMSON 56, SOUTH CAROLINA 7
NO. 5 WISCONSIN 31, MINNESOTA 17
NO. 8 PENN STATE 45, MICHIGAN STATE 12
NO. 9 COLORADO 27, NO. 21 UTAH 22
KENTUCKY 41, NO. 11 LOUISVILLE 38
NO. 12 USC 45, Notre Dame 27
NO. 15 FLORIDA STATE 31, NO. 13 FLORIDA 13
NO. 19 WEST VIRGINIA 49, IOWA STATE 19
VANDERBILT 45, NO. 24 TENNESSEE 34