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November 16, 2013

Auburn miracle sets up Iron Bowl showdown

NORMAN — Ricardo Louis scored on a deflected 73-yard pass on fourth and 18 with 25 seconds left to lift Auburn to a stunning 43-38 victory.

The Tigers (10-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) had blown a 27-7 lead but pulled out one more huge play to continue the biggest turnaround in major college football. They were 3-9 last year.

Auburn’s Nick Marshall heaved the ball downfield with two defenders around Louis. It bounced off safety Josh Harvey-Clemons and right into Louis’s hands.

Aaron Murray, who had engineered the comeback with three fourth-quarter touchdowns, could only stare helplessly from the bench. A win could have kept the Bulldogs alive in the SEC East.

He led Georgia (6-4, 4-3) all the way to Auburn’s 20 but his final two passes fell incomplete as time ran out.

No. 1 Alabama 20, Mississippi State 7: T.J. Yeldon rushed for 160 yards, A.J. McCarron threw two touchdown passes and Alabama overcame four turnovers to beat Mississippi State.

It was a lethargic performance for Alabama (10-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference), which led 10-7 midway through the third quarter before pulling away.

No. 2 Florida State 59, Syracuse 3: Jameis Winston showed no effects from a tumultuous week during No. 2 Florida State’s 59-3 win against Syracuse on Saturday. The redshirt quarterback completed 19-of-21 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns as the Seminoles rolled during the Atlantic Coast Conference game.

Syracuse (5-5, 3-3) was held scoreless until late in the fourth quarter.

No. 3 Ohio State 60, Illinois 35: Carlos Hyde ran for 246 yards and four touchdowns and Braxton Miller had another 184 yards rushing and two scores for Ohio State.

The Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) needed a third-quarter defensive stop and safety to pull away.

No. 4 Baylor 63, Texas Tech 34: Bryce Petty threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores as No. 4 Baylor stayed undefeated and overcame its first double-digit deficit of the season.

The Bears (9-0, 6-0), even without several key offensive players, stretched their school-record winning streak to 13 games. They are the outright Big 12 leader after No. 23 Texas suffered its first conference loss earlier in the day, and are one of six undefeated FBS teams.

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