College football’s biggest teams continue their 2022 seasons during Saturday’s Week 7 action. Here’s a rundown of the day.
Briefly: Chase McGrath made a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give Tennessee a defeat of Alabama after 15 consecutive losses to the top-ranked Crimson Tide. Hendon Hooker drove the Vols 45 yards in 18 seconds to set up the winner. Jalin Hyatt caught six passes for 207 yards and a Tennessee-record five touchdowns. Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, a game-time decision because of a sprained right shoulder two weeks ago, completed 35 passes for 455 yards and two TDs..
One highlight to watch: McGrath’s winning kick ends Tennessee’s losing streak to Alabama.
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Briefly: Stetson Bennett threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns – his first scoring passes in nearly a month – and Georgia cruised to an easy victory. The Bulldogs led 28-0 at halftime and blew out the Commodores after three straight weeks of rather lackluster performances.
One highlight to watch: Kenny McIntosh scores the game’s first touchdown off a pass from Stetson Bennett.
Briefly: Donovan Edwards ran for a go-ahead, 67-yard touchdown and Blake Corum had a 61-yard run for a score on consecutive snaps in the third quarter. Michigan finished with 418 yards rushing, gaining 7.6 yards per carry, against a team that was giving up fewer than 80 yards rushing per game. Penn State lost for the first time after a first half where it had one first down by only trailing 16-14 due to an interception return for a touchdown. An early field goal gave the Nittany Lions the lead in the third quarter, but from there it was all Michigan.
One highlight to watch: Donovan Edwards went 67 yards to give Michigan the lead early in the third quarter.
Briefly: DJ Uiagalelei threw for 203 yards and three touchdowns and Clemson forced a momentum-turning takeaway to hold off Florida State. Clemson scored on six straight drives and surpassed the 30-point mark for a seventh consecutive game to open the season.
One highlight to watch: Clemson uses a trick play to find Davis Allen for a touchdown.
Briefly: Cameron Rising threw for 415 yards, ran for three touchdowns and scampered up the middle for a go-ahead two-point conversion with 48 seconds left in Utah’s defeat of unbeaten Southern California, which lost for the first time since Lincoln Riley was hired. Rising rushed a yard for a touchdown on fourth down to set up the deciding conversion. Caleb Williams threw for 381 yards and five touchdowns for the Trojans, who ran out of time in an attempt to drive into field-goal range.
Highlights to watch: Rising scores the two-point conversion that puts Utah ahead in the final minute.
Briefly: Kendre Miller scored on a 2-yard run in the second overtime and TCU beat Oklahoma State in a matchup of the Big 12’s last remaining undefeated teams. Horned Frogs fans stormed the field after Miller got into the end zone for the Horned Frogs, who had gone into the fourth quarter trailing by two touchdowns. Miller finished with 104 yards rushing on 22 carries, and Max Duggan completed 23 of 40 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns for TCU.
One highlight to watch: Miller scores the game-winning touchdown in double overtime.
Briefly: Mississippi held off a comeback attempt from Auburn to win its first seven games in a season for just the second time since 1962, tying 2014’s mark for the best start to a season this century. After the Rebels built a 21-point lead, the teams went back-and-forth in a run-first track meet. Ole Miss ran for 448 yards, a season-high and the most in an SEC game since 1979. The Tigers countered with a dominant rushing day from running back Tank Bigsby, who carried for 179 yards and two scores.
Briefly: Garrett Shrader hit Oronde Gadsden II with a pair of touchdown passes, Sean Tucker scored on a 25-yard run late, and Syracuse beat North Carolina State to remain unbeaten. The Wolfpack, who were playing without injured quarterback Devin Leary, managed just three field goals on the day and 255 yards of offense.
One highlight to watch. Tucker ices the game with a 25-yard scoring run.
Briefly: Chris Rodriguez Jr. rushed for 196 yards and two second-half scores, Will Levis returned from a one-game absence to throw a go-ahead touchdown pass and Kentucky topped Mississippi State to halt a two-game slide. The Wildcats defense did its part, holding Will Rogers to 203 yards passing and the Bulldogs to just 17 yards rushing.
Briefly: Oklahoma bounced back after a three-game losing streak with an offense that piled up 701 yards, led by quarterback Dillon Gabriel throwing for 403 yards and two scores. Eric Gray led the ground attack with 176 yards on 20 carries with two scores. Kansas dropped its second consecutive game after opening with five consecutive wins.
One highlight to watch: A pump fake allows Theo Wease to break free for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Briefly: Quinn Ewers threw for three touchdowns, linebacker Jaylan Ford produced two turnovers, and Texas rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Iowa State. Ewers’ third touchdown, a 3-yard pass to Xavier Worthy, put Texas up for good with 4:43 remaining. Ford ended Iowa State’s chance to re-take the lead, recovering a fumble by Cyclones quarterback Hunter Dekkers deep in Texas territory with 2:28 to play.
Briefly: Drake Maye connected with Antoine Green on the right side of the end zone for an 8-yard score with 16 seconds left to lift North Carolina past rival Duke. Maye’s throw capped a nine-play, 74-yard drive for a touchdown that included a fourth-down conversion. Duke drove to midfield in the desperate seconds for a possible tying field goal, but UNC’s Will Hardy made a clinching diving interception with 2 seconds left.
One highlight to watch: Green scores the game-winning touchdown with a catch in the corner of the end zone.