Alabama No.3 beats Auburn in 4th OT after late rally – The Oakland Press


AUBURN, Alabama – John Metchie caught a Bryce Young assist in fourth overtime to give Alabama No.3 a 24-22 victory over rival Auburn on Saturday, saving the Crimson Tide’s national title hopes.

It was the first overtime in the Iron Bowl.

Freshman Kool-Aid McKinstry fended off TJ Finley’s pass in the last overtime and Young hit Metchie like he had in the previous one.

Alabama (11-1, 7-1 in the Southeastern Conference) will face No.1 Georgia in the league title game with their college football playoff hopes on the line. The Tigers ( 6-6, 3-5) lost their fourth straight game after stifling Young and Tide’s prolific offense most of the way.

Young topped a 97-yard rush with a 28-yard touchdown on rookie Ja’Corey Brooks – his third catch and first touchdown this season – with 24 seconds left in regulation.

Young converted a fourth-and-7 to Jahleel Billingsley, followed by two non-completions under pressure for an offense that had been held at bay for 59 minutes.

The teams traded touchdowns and field goals in the first overtime and the two had some scoring assists after lining up from 3.

The Tigers were looking to win their third straight Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium and were almost there.

Alabama were deprived of two of their best offensive players during extra time.

Full-back Brian Robinson was on the sidelines with an apparent leg injury suffered earlier in the game. Star wide receiver Jameson Williams was sent off for aiming for a punt cover in the first half.

Bottled most of the game, Young finished 25 of 51 for 317 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Metchie caught 13 passes for 150 assists.

Auburn’s TJ Finley, who started the last two games after Bo Nix’s ankle injury, was 17th of 26 for 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns.


ATLANTA – Stetson Bennett had 255 yards and four touchdowns, two to tight end Brock Bowers, and Georgia ended her regular season unbeaten by crushing Georgia Tech.

Georgia (12-0) gained momentum in next week’s highly anticipated Southeastern Conference Championship game against No.3 Alabama in Atlanta. This is the Bulldogs’ first unbeaten regular season since 1982, when they capped a three-consecutive SEC championship streak with half-back Herschel Walker.

Georgia, who started the day leading the country with 7.5-point averages and 236 yards allowed, recorded their third shutout while allowing just 171 yards.

Bowers hit a 77-yard touchdown and Kenny McIntosh added a 59-yard run. Bowers, a freshman, also scored on a 9-yard catch. He has 10 touchdown receptions, a school record for tight ends.

Georgia Tech (3-9) finished with three wins for the third straight season under coach Geoff Collins.


WACO, Texas – Blake Shapen threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns on his first start for Baylor, and the Bears held off Texas Tech to keep up their hopes of playing the Big 12 Championship game for the second time in three seasons.

Abram Smith ran for 117 yards and a touchdown for the Bears (10-2, 7-2 Big 12, CFP No.8), who had to wait for the outcome of Saturday night’s game between the No.7s from Oklahoma. State and No. 10 Oklahoma. The Cowboys were already locked in their first Big 12 title game, and a win over the Sooners at Bedlam would put Baylor in it.

The Red Raiders (6-6, 3-6) still had one more chance after stopping Baylor in fourth place out of his 12 with 1:18 and no time outs. They got in position for a 53-yard field goal attempt by Jonathan Garibay, who had plenty of leg but pushed the kick to the left in the last play. Garibay, who had 13 of 3 field goals before this date, had a 62-yard final goal to beat Iowa State two weeks earlier.


EUGENE, Oregon – Anthony Brown Jr. threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score, and Oregon beat Oregon State to win the Pac-12 North Division and claim a spot in the game. conference championship.

The Ducks (10-2, 7-2) face 16th Utah in Las Vegas on Friday.

Oregon had just suffered a 38-7 loss to Utah that took it from No.3 in the college football playoff standings to No.11 and out of the race for a national title.

Washington State, which beat Washington 40-13 in the Apple Cup on Friday night, needed the Beavers (7-5, 5-4) to beat the Ducks and win the division.


DENTON, Texas – UTSA No.15’s undefeated season ended in a blowout as North Texas running backs DeAndre Torrey and Ikaika Ragsdale combined for five TDs.

Quarterback Frank Harris lost two of UTSA’s three fumbles out of six in total before spending the second half at Apogee Stadium, a 10-year-old facility where a Top 25 team had never before play.

UTSA (11-1, 7-1 Conference USA), which has never started with more than five straight wins in the program’s first nine seasons, still host the Conference Championship game on Friday night against Western Kentucky. or Marshall. Georgia No. 1 and Cincinnati, fourth, are the last undefeated FBS teams.

The Roadrunners, ranked 10th nationally in ground defense, had allowed six rushing touchdowns all season. The Mean Green (6-6, 5-3) tied that at the end of the third quarter of their fifth straight win that followed a six-game losing streak as UNT secured bowl eligibility.

Ragsdale, a freshman in a red shirt, recorded a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns.


MINNEAPOLIS – Tanner Morgan overcame an interception that was returned for a first-half touchdown, leading Minnesota on three goals scored after half-time to pass Wisconsin, retake Paul Bunyan’s ax and give Iowa the Big Ten West Division title on Saturday.

Morgan, who went 11 for 16 for 199 yards and a third quarter touchdown pass to Chris Autman-Bell, led the Gophers on the sprint into the end zone to hoist the 73-year-old trophy on their home turf for the first times since 2003.

The Gophers (8-4, 6-3) delivered the kind of performance inspired and suffocating by their defense with which the Badgers (8-4, 6-3, No. 14 CFP) used to demoralize their opponents. They kept standout freshman Braelon Allen 47 yards on 17 carries and forced Graham Mertz to pitch throughout the second half to get favorable results.

Mertz scored 21 for 38 for 171 yards and an interception.


EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – Clayton Tune threw for 301 yards and four touchdowns and Houston ended its regular season with a victory over UConn in cold and windy conditions.

Nathaniel Dell caught two touchdown passes, and Jake Herslow and Jeremy Singleton each exceeded 100 receiving yards with one touchdown each for Houston (11-1, 8-0 American Athletic Conference). The Cougars will play at No. 4 Cincinnati for the conference title next Saturday.

Freshman Alton McCaskill hit a 31-yard touchdown, his 16th of the year for the Cougars, but left the game in the second quarter holding his right shoulder. He finished with 54 rushing yards.

The Cougars led 21-10 at halftime and scored on their first four possessions of the second half to put the game out of reach. Tune completed 20 of his 31 assists in three shifts.

UConn (1-11) introduced new coach Jim Mora at a pre-game press conference. The former NFL and UCLA coach returns to the schedule on Monday.


BOSTON – Sam Hartman threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score to help Wake Forest beat Boston College for a berth in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game.

The Demon Deacons (10-2, 7-1) will look to win their first league title since 2006 when they face No.20 Pittsburgh on December 4.

Hartman completed 20 of 32 passes for 236 yards and ran 11 times for 51 yards.

British Columbia finished the season 6-6 overall and 2-6 in the CCA.


LAFAYETTE, Louisiana – Emani Bailey scored on a 2-yard run to give Louisiana-Lafayette a double-digit lead in the third quarter, and the Ragin ‘Cajuns held off Louisiana-Monroe.

The Ragin ‘Cajuns (11-1, 8-0) won their 11th straight game, a school record, after a season opener loss to Texas and went undefeated in the Sun Belt Conference game for the first time. Lafayette will host Appalachian State in the conference championship game next Saturday.

The Ragin ‘Cajuns also extended their winning streak against Sun Belt West Division opponents to 17 games under fourth-year coach Billy Napier.

But the Warhawks (4-8, 2-6) made it a one-point game with 1:35 to go when Malik Jackson, who ran for 112 yards, broke the middle for a 12-yard rush.


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