The Norman Transcript

November 16, 2013

Auburn miracle sets up Iron Bowl showdown


The Associated Press

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.

USC 20, No. 5 Stanford 17: Andre Heidari kicked a 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds to play, and Southern California’s stalwart defense repeatedly came up big in the upset.

Cody Kessler passed for 288 yards for the revitalized Trojans (8-3, 5-2 Pac-12), who earned their fifth win in six games under interim coach Ed Orgeron.

No. 6 Oregon 44, Utah 21: Marcus Mariota threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns and the Ducks rebounded from last week’s loss to Stanford.

No. 11 South Carolina 19, Florida 14: Elliott Fry kicked four field goals and No. 11 South Carolina won its school-record 16th straight at home, sending banged-up Florida to its fifth consecutive loss.

The Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) struggled to score points against the Gators’ SEC-leading defense until Fry gave them a 16-14 lead with a 22-yard field goal with 6:43 remaining.

No. 14 Michigan State 41, Nebraska 28: Michigan State converted five Nebraska turnovers into 24 points and took a big step toward winning the Big Ten Legends Division.

Jeremy Langford ran 32 times for 151 yards and scored two touchdowns, and Keith Mumphrey caught a 27-yard touchdown from Connor Cook in the fourth quarter after the Huskers pulled within six.

Duke 48, No. 24 Miami 30: Brandon Connette rushed for a career-high four touchdowns and threw for a fifth score, and Duke took sole possession of first place in the ACC’s messy Coastal Division.

— AP

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