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LSU snaps skid vs. ’Bama

Gophers knock off Lions; Illini bowl eligible with win

LSU's Clyde Edwards-Helaire celebrates after his 1-yard touchdown run during the second quarter against Alabama on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. LSU won 46-41.
LSU's Clyde Edwards-Helaire celebrates after his 1-yard touchdown run during the second quarter against Alabama on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. LSU won 46-41.

Joe Burrow passed for 393 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 1 LSU snapped an eight-game losing streak to No. 2 Alabama with a 46-41 win Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

The Tigers (9-0, 5-0 SEC, No. 2 CFP) are no longer second fiddle in the SEC West, or maybe in the playoff rankings. And Burrow stamped himself as the Heisman Trophy front-runner with a gutty performance when he answered every challenge from ’Bama.

The Crimson Tide (8-1, 5-1, No. 3 CFP) rallied from a 33-13 halftime deficit to three times pull within a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The showdown lived up to its billing as a duel between two high-powered offenses and star quarterbacks. Tua Tagovailoa launched an 85-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith with 1:21 left after the Tigers’ own scoring march.

Justin Jefferson recovered the onside kick and LSU ran out the clock.

Burrow completed 31 of 39 passes, and also ran for 64 yards. Clyde Edwards Helaire ran for three touchdowns and caught a scoring pass.

Tagovailoa, 20 days removed from ankle surgery, was 21-for-40 for 418 yards and four touchdowns, with an interception and a fumble.

Illinois 37, Michigan St. 34: Brandon Peters threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Barker with 5 seconds left, completing an incredible comeback to give the Fighting Illini a win in East Lansing.

Illinois (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) trailed 28-3 in the second quarter, and 31-10 entering the fourth. Down 34-30, the Illini converted a fourth-and-17, then drew a pass interference flag in the end zone on another fourth-down. On second-
and-goal from the 5, Peters rolled out to his right and found Barker open in the back of the end zone.

Peters threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns, and the defense forced four turnovers for the Illini, who are now bowl eligible for the first time since 2014.

No. 16 Wisconsin 24, No. 18 Iowa 22: Jonathan Taylor rushed for a season-high 250 yards, and Danny Davis ran for a touchdown and caught a TD pass as the Badgers held off the Hawkeyes in Madison.

Taylor became the first running back this season to rush for more than 100 yards against Iowa as Wisconsin (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten, No. 13 CFP) held on to the Heartland Trophy, given each year to the winner of this game. Wisconsin has beaten Iowa four straight times. Quintez Cephus caught five passes for 94 yards and a score to help Wisconsin stay in contention for the Big Ten West crown.

Nate Stanley passed for 208 yards and two TDs for Iowa (6-3, 3-3, No. 18 CFP), which scored 16 points in the fourth quarter before missing a two-point conervsion with 3:12 to play that would have tied the score. The Badgers ran out the clock from there.

No. 13 Minnesota 31, No. 5 Penn St. 26: Minnesota’s Jordan Howden picked off Sean Clifford’s pass in the end zone with 1:01 left – the third interception thrown by Penn State’s quarterback – and the Golden Gophers beat the visiting Nittany Lions for their first victory over a top-five team in 20 years.

Tanner Morgan passed for 339 yards and three touchdowns to direct a dismantling of Penn State’s staunch defense. Minnesota (9-0, 6-0, No. 17 CFP) not only remained undefeated, but stayed on track for its first trip to the Big Ten championship game.

Rashod Bateman got the Gophers going with a 66-yard score on their first possession, and finished with seven catches for 203 yards, the second-most in program history. Tyler Johnson had seven receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown, too, as Minnesota made enough early gains to hold up during the late rally.

Clifford went 23-for-43 for 340 yards and one score for Penn State.

Antoine Winfield Jr. had the first two picks in the first half, matching the FBS lead and setting the Minnesota record with seven on the season. Both were inside the 10.

No. 15 Notre Dame 38, Duke 7: Ian Book rushed for a career-best 139 yards and threw four touchdown passes as the Fighting Irish won in Durham, N.C.

Book finished 18-for-32 for 181 yards passing, Chris Finke caught touchdown passes of 18 and 6 yards, and Chase Claypool and George Takacs also had short scoring catches for Notre Dame (7-2, No. 15 CFP).

In winning their second straight and fifth in six games, the Irish rolled up 469 total yards, led 21-0 before the Blue Devils picked up their second first down, and kept Duke at bay the rest of the way.

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