Week 10 Big Ten & SEC Recap: Alabama Beats LSU, Nebraska Stuns Michigan State
#4 Alabama 30, #2 LSU 16
The Tigers (7-1, 4-1 SEC) suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday as the Crimson Tide (8-1, 5-1 SEC) won their fifth straight matchup against LSU. Alabama’s defense was dominant, holdingthe Tigers’ run game to a mere 54 yards and just 31 from Leonard Fournette — the nation’s leading rusher. LSU QB Brandon Harris completed 6 passes for 19 yards and one touchdown, but threw his first interception of the season early in the third quarter. Tide RB Derrick Henry became the nation’s leader in rushing touchdowns in the contest after registering three scores against the Tigers. Henry also became the first back to rush for more than 100 yards against the LSU defense as he rumbled for 210 yards on 38 carries.
Nebraska 39, #7 Michigan State 38
The Cornhuskers (4-6, 2-4 Big Ten) defeated the Spartans (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) with the largest fourth-quarter comeback in program history. Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong hit WR Brandon Reilly with a 30-yard TD pass during a 91-yard game-winning drive in the final minute of the contest. Armstrong finished the game with 320 yards and two touchdowns through the air, and added 19 yards and two more scores on the ground. Michigan State QB Connor Cook completed 23 of 37 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns. Spartan WR Aaron Burbridge contributed 164 yards in a losing effort.
Arkansas 53, #18 Ole Miss 52 (OT)
In an improbable overtime victory, the Razorbacks (5-4, 3-2 SEC) defeated the Rebels (7-3, 4-2 SEC) in Oxford. Arkansas QB Brandon Allen threw for a career-high 442 yards and six touchdowns, as well as running in the game-winning two point conversion. The Razorbacks finished the game with 605 total yards, but Ole Miss was not far behind with 590 yards. QB Chad Kelly was 24 of 34 for 358 yards and three scores and rushed for 110 yards and three more touchdowns.
#9 Iowa 35, Indiana 27
After topping the Hoosiers (4-5, 0-5 Big Ten) on Saturday, the Hawkeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) are undefeated through nine games for only the second time in school history. The Iowa defense came into the game allowing just 85.8 yards per game and only one rushing score all season, but gave up 174 yards and two touchdowns against Indiana RB Jordan Howard. The Hawkeyes running game totaled 234 yards and four touchdowns, including a rushing score by QB C.J. Beathard. The junior quarterback went 19 of 31 for 233 yards and one touchdown through the air. Iowa CB Desmond King picked off his eighth pass of the year, tying the school’s single-season record.
Auburn 26, #19 Texas A&M 10
The Auburn Tigers (5-4, 2-4 SEC) upended the Aggies (6-3, 3-3 SEC) at Kyle Field Saturday night. A&M QB Kyler Murray was held to just 105 yards and no touchdowns and was picked off three times by the Auburn defense. The Tigers rushing offense put up a season-high 311 yards, led by junior RB Jovon Robinson who ran for 159 yards and a touchdown. Auburn didn’t make it into the end zone in the second half, but four field goals by sophomore Daniel Carlson sealed the victory for the Tigers.
#21 Northwestern 23, Penn State 21
The Wildcats (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) outlasted the Nittany Lions (7-3, 4-2 Big Ten) after K Jack Mitchell drilled a 35-yard field goal with nine seconds left to play. Northwestern played much of the game with backup QB Zack Oliver when starter Clayton Thorson exited after a hit by Penn State’s Carl Nassib near the end of the first quarter. Nassib continued his sack-streak this week and became the school’s single-season sack leader with 15.5 sacks. The Wildcats still posted 396 total yards, including 186 rushing yards from sophomore RB Justin Jackson.
Other games this weekend:
#3 Ohio State (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) defeated Minnesota (4-5, 1-4 Big Ten), 28-14.
#10 Florida (8-1, 6-1 SEC) defeated Vanderbilt (3-6, 1-4 SEC), 9-7.
#17 Michigan (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) defeated Rutgers (3-6, 1-5 Big Ten), 49-16.
#20 Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2 SEC) defeated Missouri (4-5, 1-5 SEC), 31-13.
Georgia (6-3, 4-3 SEC) defeated Kentucky (4-5, 2-5 SEC), 27-3.
Tennessee (5-4, 3-3 SEC) defeated South Carolina 3-6, 1-6 SEC), 27-24.
Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) defeated Maryland (2-7, 0-5 Big Ten), 31-24.
Illinois (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten) defeated Purdue (2-7, 1-4 Big Ten), 48-14.