NORMAN (Sporting Alert) — Texas A&M pulled off the upset of the week in college football Week 11 top 25 action on Saturday after they beat No. 3 Auburn 41-38 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Kyle Allen threw for 277 yards and four touchdown passes to lead the Aggies (7-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) to a victory that will almost certainly ended Auburn’s (7-2, 4-2 SEC) hopes of making the playoffs.
But while the Tigers were struggling at home, No. 1 Mississippi State were battering Tennessee-Martin, 45-16 at Davis Wade Stadium, with Dak Prescott throwing for 206 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing 48 yards for another score in the victory.
No. 6 TCU kept its playoff hopes going with a 41-20 victory over No. 7 Kansas State.
Quarterback Trevone Boykin threw for 219 yards and a touchdown and ran for 123 yards for another three scores to lead the way for the Horned Frogs (8-1, 5-1), which picked up its fourth successive victory.
Aaron Green ran 18 times for 171 yards and a touchdown, coming in for the injured B.J. Catalon, while Tyler Lockett caught the ball 11 times for 196 yards and scored a touchdown. The performance by the senior wide receiver from Tulsa, Okla., now sees him tallying career receiving yards of 3,073, which moved him past his father’s K-State record of 3,032, set from 1993-96.
There were also big wins on the day for No. 12 Baylor, who hammered No. 15 Oklahoma 48-14 in Norman.
The Sooners jumped off to a 14-3 first quarter lead, but were then held scoreless by the Bears (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) in the next three-quarters of the game.
Bryce Petty threw for 387 yards on 32 for 42 passes and sophomore Corey Coleman set a career high with 224 receiving yards in the win for Baylor.
Petty admits that he had been looking ahead for this fixture.
“There was something about this game,” Petty said after the game. “This game, for me, was circled, dotted, starred, whatever you want to call it on the calendar.
“I don’t like to make that public because every game’s a big game, but I really wanted to win this game.”
The win by TCU over Kansas State and Baylor’s victory, created a three-way tie atop the Big 12 standings with the Bears, Wildcats and Horned Frogs all sitting with a 5-1 league record with three games left in the regular season fixtures.
Meanwhile, quarterback Jameis Winston and No. 2 Florida State rallied from a shaky start to score a 34-20 victory over Virginia at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee.
The game also saw receiver Rashad Greene collecting a career-high 13 receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown, for the Seminoles (9-0, 6-0 ACC), who secured its ninth win on the season and 25th straight successive.
Elsewhere on Saturday, No. 5 Alabama scored and overtime 20-13 win over No. 16 LSU and No. 14 Ohio State had an upsetting 49-37 victory over No. 8 Michigan State.
In other college football top 25 results on the day, No. 11 Ole Miss had little trouble keeping Presbyterian scoreless in a 48-0 shutout, No. 9 Arizona State scored a massive 55-31 victory over No. 10 Notre Dame to end a 3-0 series losing streak, while Texas, upset No. 23 West Virginia, 33-16.
College Football Week 11 Top 25 Scores
No. 1 Mississippi State 45, Tennessee-Martin 16
No. 2 Florida State 34, Virginia 20
Texas A&M 41, No. 3 Auburn 38
No. 4 Oregon 51, No. 17 Utah 27
No. 5 Alabama 20, No. 16 LSU 13 (OT)
No. 6 TCU 41, No. 7 Kansas State 20
No. 14 Ohio State 49, No. 8 Michigan State 37
No. 9 Arizona State 55, No. 10 Notre Dame 31
No. 11 Ole Miss 48, Presbyterian 0
No. 12 Baylor 48, No. 15 Oklahoma 14
No. 18 UCLA 44, Washington 30
No. 20 Georgia 63, Kentucky 31
No. 22 Duke 27, Syracuse 10
No. 24 Georgia Tech 56, North Carolina State 23
No. 25 Wisconsin 34, Purdue 16
No. 19 Arizona 38, Colorado 20