The final full month of the 2017 season is setting up to be a November to remember — starting this week with a slate that featured plenty of upsets and exciting finishes throughout the FBS landscape. CBS Sports was with you the entire way on Saturday, updating this post with the latest scores, news and highlights from the day’s games.
Week 10 scores
Auburn 42, Texas A&M 27 – Box score
Georgia 24, South Carolina 10 – Box score
Michigan State 27, Penn State 24 —
Clemson 38, NC State 31 —
Washington State 24, Stanford 21 – Box score
Oklahoma 62, Oklahoma State 52 –
Alabama 24, LSU 10 –
Miami 28, Virginia Tech 10 –
USC 49, Arizona 35 – Box score
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USC dominates Arizona
The Trojans are out of the national title picture, but putting an end to the Khalil Tate show is the consolation prize on Saturday night. The USC defense did a good job holding the most electric player in college football in check through one half of football. The Arizona dual-threat quarterback had just 36 yards passing, 19 yards rushing as his team trailed the Trojans 21-6 at the break. But Tate woke up in the second half with two touchdown passes and another on the ground, and the Wildcats roared back to tie the Trojans at 35 midway through the fourth in a game that was dripping with “Pac-12 After Dark” storylines.
But on the heels of a 194-yard, three-touchdown performance by tailback Ronald Jones, the Trojans distanced themselves late thanks in part to two Tate picks to take it 49-35 and assert themselves as Pac-12 South front-runners heading into the stretch run.
No. 12 Washington has a loss to Arizona State on its resume, but that doesn’t have an impact on its Pac-12 North destiny. That destiny, at least Saturday night, included a dominating win over previous division power Oregon. Jake Browning has two touchdown passes, Myles Gaskin has topped the 100-yard mark and scored once, Dante Pettis broke the NCAA punt return for touchdown mark with the ninth of his career and the defense looks like it’s normal, suffocating self.
The Huskies rolled over the Ducks in Seattle 38-3, and — as the only one-loss team in the Pac-12 — keep hanging around a College Football Playoff race that once seemed like it disappeared in the warm Tempe night two weeks ago.
TCU fends off upset-minded Texas
Same story, different week as Texas’ defense did enough to win the game for a while, but the offense is found points hard to come by. TCU took a 17-0 lead before the Longhorns got a touchdown to bring the deficit to 10. However, Texas wasn’t been able to do much else and the Horned Frogs held on 24-7 despite modest success with the offense. Still, that marks four straight wins by TCU over the Longhorns.
Miami makes a statement against Virginia Tech
It wasn’t quarterback Malik Rosier’s best game for Miami, but it hasn’t mattered. Miami leads Virginia Tech 28-10 in large part because of its defense. The Hokies averaged about four yards per play, had four turnovers and wweren’t able to capitalize on Rosier’s mistakes. The Hurricanes have played it close to the edge often this season, but this was a statement win anchored by its defense. The Week 11 game against Notre Dame is going to be a blast.
SMU giving UCF a game in shootout
UCF, the highest-ranked Group of Five team, needed to be careful against SMU on the road and the Mustangs are proving to be tough competition. Though the Knights lead 31-24, its the Mustangs’ defense that came up big with a pick-six in the second quarter. The defense is going to have to make a few plays like that to slow college football’s top scoring offense.
Notre Dame cruises past Wake Forest
In a Saturday with its fair share of chaos, Notre Dame is doing an excellent job of maintaining its position in the top four. Brandon Wimbush had having a big day for the Irish, as he’s accounted for nearly 400 total yards and three touchdowns as the Irish beat Wake Forest 48-37.
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State playing real-life video game
You know how the game is really easy when you play Madden — or when you used to play NCAA — on Rookie settings? Like, every single play you run is a touchdown because the CPU’s defense is just flailing about helplessly. Well, that’s what Bedlam was like. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State took turns running up and down the field without touching one another with Oklahoma outlasting their in-state rivals 62-52. Baker Mayfield, asserting himself as the Heisman leader, had 598 yards passing and six total touchdowns.
Northern Arizona quarterback gets ejected with a targeting penalty
Yes, you read that correctly. A quarterback — as in the primary player who handles the ball on each offensive snap — was ejected for targeting. The penalty happened during Northern Arizona’s game against Montana when Lumberjacks quarterback Case Cookus laid out a block on a reverse. Cookus went high on the hit, which is probably why he was ejected. But it’s still stunning to see the refs make that call.
Iowa crushes Ohio State’s playoff hopes
The College Football Playoff picture is about to look a lot different. While I don’t think anybody would have been too surprised to see Iowa beat Ohio State — especially if they saw what happened when Penn State came to Iowa City earlier this season — I don’t think anybody had Iowa winning this game 55-24. Yes, that’s right, 55-24. Iowa — Iowa! — scored 55 points in a game against Ohio State, destroying the Buckeyes’ playoff hopes.
Michigan State knocks off Penn State
Michigan State handed Penn State its second consecutive loss on Saturday. The Spartans beat Penn State 27-24, winning the game with a 34-yard field goal on the final play off the game. This game took a while to finish, as there was a weather delay of over three hours in the first half due to lightning storms in the area.
Clemson hangs on to beat NC State
The Tigers actually trailed NC State by four points at halftime, but out-played the Wolfpack in the second half to build a lead. A lead they nearly blew, as the Wolfpack had a chance to tie the game late, but had a key fourth down conversion called back on an illegal shift penalty. Tavien Feaster’s 89-yard touchdown run provided a nice cushion for the Tigers, and they needed it.
Iowa State falls to West Virginia
Iowa State’s magical run came to an end in Morgantown. The Cyclones managed to stage a comeback effort in the second half, but in the end West Virginia’s 20-point lead was too much to overcome as the Mountaineers won 20-16. Will Grier led the way for the ‘Eers, completing 20 of his 25 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns.
Texas A&M’s November woes in full force
If this is indeed the end for Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, his final games will have followed his script to a T. The Aggies’ 42-27 loss to Auburn drops the Aggies to 3-3 in SEC play. Sumlin is now 7-10 since 2013 in the month of November, and with games at Ole Miss and LSU remaining, A&M could very well fail to finish higher than .500 in conference once again. That’s the reasonable benchmark Sumlin needed to reach to keep his job. Anything less than a nine-win regular-season was probably going to cost him his job anyway.
Vanderbilt follows the bouncing ball
Vanderbilt finished off a feisty Western Kentucky team in Nashville, and the Commodores got a big break late in the second quarter to take a lead heading into halftime. Quarterback Kyle Shurmur unleashed a pass over the middle to Chris Pierce in coverage, and it was deflected before falling into the waiting arms of Trey Ellis for a Shurmur’s second touchdown pass of the day.
Missouri took it to Florida
Apparently firing your coach and naming a new starting quarterback cannot solve all your problems. Missouri took advantage of a sinking opponent and jumped out to a 28-6 halftime lead on Florida before finishing things off with a 45-16 final. Honestly, the game didn’t even feel that close. This marks the first time in program history that the Gators allowed 42 points in consecutive games. Maybe Jim McElwain wasn’t the problem. Or maybe he was and this team is also bad. Probably both.
Wisconsin takes care of Indiana
There had been some talk about whether or not the CFP Selection Committee was underrating Wisconsin a bit too much by putting it at No. 9, but all the Badgers could do is take care of business against a winnable schedule. And although Indiana got an 10-0 lead on the Badgers in Bloomington, Wisconsin rallied back to 45-17 win, outscoring the Hoosiers 45-7 in the process. Running back Jonathan Taylor looked healthy with 183 yards and a touchdown and the defense shut down the Indiana offense. On to Iowa for the Badgers.
Tulane will look good today
Tulane already has the best logo in college football, and on Saturday it’s adding another excellent helmet to its arsenal. Unfortunately for the Green Wave, their looks didn’t translate into a win against Cincinnati. If Tulane ever manages to play as well as it looks, it’s going to win national titles.
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