Live blog: Week 11 college football Saturday with Yahoo Sports

Live blog: Week 11 college football Saturday with Yahoo Sports

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No. 2 LSU 46, No. 3 Alabama 41

LSU QB Joe Burrow made his Heisman case — with a little help from Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Burrow finished 31-of-39 passing for 393 yards and three touchdowns while adding 64 rushing yards. Edwards-Helaire scored three rushing touchdowns and caught another.

But it was still a struggle for LSU (9-0, 5-0 SEC) to put away Alabama (8-1, 5-1).

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa hit Devonta Smith with an 85-yard TD pass with 1:21 to go to make it 46-41 moments after Edwards-Helaire’s fourth TD of the game with 1:37 left opened up a 12-point lead.

LSU recovered the onside kick with 1:20 to go, and Edwards-Helaire bulled his way to a first-down run. From there, the Tigers were able to run out the clock.

Tagovailoa hit Jerry Jeudy with a 5-yard TD pass — one play after Jeudy dropped a TD pass — to make it 39-34 with 5:32 to play. Alabama scored touchdowns on its last four possessions of the game.

Trailing 33-13 at halftime, Alabama struck first in the second half on a 15-yard TD pass from Tagovailoa to Najee Harris, who was the main man on the 95-yard, 10-play march that cut LSU’s lead to 33-20 with 4:51 left in the third quarter.

The Tide were in the red zone again as the third quarter ended. On fourth-and-1 from the LSU 11, Harris bulled his way to the 1 on the first play of the fourth quarter. Two plays later, Harris scored as Alabama cut the lead to 33-27 with 14:33 remaining.

Burrow and the Tigers came right back, however, with a 12-play, 75-yard march — capped by Edwards-Helaire’s third TD of the game — to open up a 12-point lead with 10:07 to play. The two-point conversion was no good.

No ordinary Joe in the first half

Burrow completed 18-of-20 passes for 252 yards and three TDs in the first half as the Tigers scored 17 points in the final 6:43 of the half to turn a slim 16-13 lead into a 33-13 advantage.

Burrow completed his first nine passes of the game — with two touchdowns — as the Tigers built a 16-7 lead early in the second quarter. Burrow completed 13 straight passes before his first incompletion.

Edwards-Helaire came up big late in the first half for the Tigers, scoring two TDs in the final 26 seconds. Edwards-Helaire leaped into the end zone for a 1-yard TD run on third-and-goal to give LSU a 26-13 lead.

Then after a Tagovailoa interception gave LSU the ball at the Alabama 13 with 11 seconds left in the half, Burrow threw a touchdown pass to Edwards-Helaire — his first career receiving TD.

While Alabama’s offense struggled early, an electric 77-yard punt return by Jaylen Waddle cut LSU’s lead to 10-7 with 1:14 left in the first quarter.

Tagovailoa drove the Tide right down the field on their first drive of the game but fumbled, and the Tigers recovered at their 8-yard line.

And LSU made Alabama pay as the Tigers drove 92 yards on six plays, capped by a 33-yard TD pass from Burrow to Ja'Marr Chase, for the early lead. The Tigers also added a first-quarter field goal for a 10-0 lead.

And President Trump was here!

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No. 17 Minnesota 31, No. 4 Penn State 26

Minnesota showed the nation it’s for real.

The Gophers held off a furious Penn State rally in the Big Ten battle of unbeatens.

After Penn State’s Journey Brown ran for his second TD of the game to cut Minnesota’s lead to 31-26 with 3:48 left, Minnesota was held to a three-and-out. Penn State got the ball back at its own 28-yard line with 2:40 left after KJ Hamler muffed the punt.

Penn State drove into the red zone again, but a pass interference penalty against Daniel George gave the Lions a second-and-24 with 1:20 left. On third down, QB Sean Clifford was intercepted for the third time in the game — this one in the end zone — with 1:01 left.

Seth Green’s 1-yard TD run with 14:11 remaining had given the Gophers a 12-point lead. Penn State drove right back down the field but was stopped on fourth-and-goal from the 5 with 10:38 left to play.

The Lions (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) caught a break in the third quarter as Minnesota RB Shannon Brooks fumbled near midfield. Penn State took advantage and scored on a TD pass from Clifford to TE Nick Bowers — his first catch of the game. The two-point conversion try failed, though, to make the score 24-19 Minnesota.

Tanner Morgan threw three first-half TD passes — the third a spectacular one-handed grab by Tyler Johnson — as the Gophers (9-0, 6-0) grabbed a 24-13 halftime lead.

The Morgan-to-Johnson connection made it 21-10 with 7:18 remaining in the first half. Brock Walker then added his first career field goal to make it 24-10 before Penn State’s Jake Pinegar kicked a field goal on the last play of the half.

Antoine Winfield intercepted Clifford on the Lions’ first drive. The Gophers then drove 95 yards — capped by a 66-yard TD pass from Morgan to Rashod Bateman — for a 7-0 lead.

Winfield picked off Clifford again deep in Minnesota territory to keep the score 14-10 midway through the second quarter.

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No. 12 Baylor 29, TCU 23 (3 OT)

The Bears (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) ralled past the Horned Frogs (4-5, 2-4) to remain unbeaten heading into their showdown with No. 9 Oklahoma in Waco.

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No. 1 Ohio State 73, Maryland 14

The Buckeyes (9-0, 7-0 Big Ten) were without star DE Chase Young against the Terrapins (3-7, 1-6) thanks to a totally absurd NCAA model, but they rolled. QB Justin Fields had three first-half TD passes and a TD run, and RB J.K. Dobbins added two first-half TD runs for Ohio State.

And how about this play!

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No. 6 Georgia 27, Missouri 0

Jake Fromm threw two TD passes for the Bulldogs, who solidified their standing in the East with a victory over the Tigers.

Rodrigo Blankenship added three first-half field goals — the last one on the final play of the half — to give Georgia a 16-0 lead.

Missouri looked like it was gonna score but QB Taylor Powell threw an interception to Richard LeCounte, who returned it 71 yards. That led to one of Blankenship’s field goals.

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No. 5 Clemson 55, N.C. State 10

The Tigers have now outscored their opponents 218-41 in the past four games. They rolled to an other easy win Saturday behind QB Trevor Lawrence’s three passing TD and one rushing score.

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No. 9 Oklahoma 42, Iowa State 41

The Cyclones were close to pulling off another upset against the Sooners, but Oklahoma was able to hold off and avoid falling.

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No. 10 Florida 56, Vanderbilt 0

The Gators (8-2, 5-2 SEC) are regrouped against the Commodores (2-7, 1-5). They were held scoreless in the first quarter but took control as QB Kyle Trask had a career day in the win.

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No. 13 Wisconsin 24, No. 18 Iowa 22

Danny Davis III had a first-half TD run and catch for the Badgers (7-2, 4-2), who snapped a two-game skid. The Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-3) rallied, but a two-point conversion that could have tied the score with 3:12 to play in the game failed.

Jonathan Taylor rushed for a season-high 250 yards for Wisconsin.

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No. 15 Notre Dame 38, Duke 7

The Irish still have hopes for a New Year’s Six bowl, and they win over Duke helps keep that illusion alive.

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Texas 27, No. 16 Kansas State 24

The Longhorns (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) won it with a 26-yard field goal from Cameron Dicker on the final play of the game. The Wildcats (6-3, 3-3) had rallied from a 24-14 deficit thanks to Joshua Youngblood’s 98-yard kickoff return and a field goal.

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Virginia Tech 36, No. 19 Wake Forest 17

Deshawn McClease two third-quarter TD runs gave Virginia Tech (6-3, 2-2 ACC) the lead for good against the Demon Deacons (7-2, 3-2).

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No. 20 Cincinnati 48, Connecticut 3

The Bearcats (8-1, 5-0 AAC) are the highest-ranked Group of Five team and had no trouble with the lowly Huskies (2-8, 0-6).

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No. 25 SMU 59, East Carolina 51

The Mustangs (9-1, 5-1 AAC), who were coming off their first loss of the season, struggled to put away the Pirates (3-7, 0-6).

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