CFB Top 25 Roundup: Mizzu takes control of SEC East, new conten - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

CFB Top 25 Roundup: Mizzu takes control of SEC East, new contender in SEC West

Posted: Updated:
Michael Palardy made a 19-yard field goal as time expired to give Tennessee a victory over South Carolina that ended the Volunteers' 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents.(AP Photo/Wade Payne) Michael Palardy made a 19-yard field goal as time expired to give Tennessee a victory over South Carolina that ended the Volunteers' 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents.(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

(AP) -- Missouri took control of the SEC East and a new contender emerged in the SEC West.

A week after knocking off Georgia on the road, No. 14 Missouri followed it up by blowing out No. 22 Florida 36-17 in Columbia, Mo.

In College Station, Texas, No. 24 Auburn used a late score to beat Johnny Manziel and No. 7 Texas A&M 45-41.

It was a Saturday filled with upsets in the Southeastern Conference and most played in favor of Missouri. The Tigers (7-0, 3-0) manhandled the Gators with backup quarterback Maty Mauk making his first start.

Furthering Missouri's cause, Vanderbilt rallied to beat No. 15 Georgia 31-27 in Nashville, Tenn., and Tennessee kicked a last-second field goal to beat No. 11 South Carolina 23-21.

The result is Missouri is the only team in the division that has lost less than two games. The Tigers outgained Florida 500-151, not missing a beat without injured quarterback James Franklin.

Auburn, which didn't win an SEC game last season, suddenly looks like a it could be in the mix for a West title. The Tigers (6-1, 3-1) won a back-and-forth game with A&M (5-2, 2-2), with Tre Mason scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the final two minutes.

Manziel threw for 454 yards, accounted for five touchdowns, left the game for a series with a shoulder injury and threw two interceptions for A&M.

No. 1 ALABAMA 52, ARKANSAS 0

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes and Kenyan Drake rushed for 104 yards and two scores to lead Alabama.

The Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead and easily avoided catching the upset bug that struck other SEC powers. Alabama has won by the same margin over Arkansas two years running.

The Razorbacks (3-5, 0-4) have dropped five straight games and were coming off a 52-7 loss to No. 11 South Carolina.

Drake needed just eight carries to reach 100 yards for the second straight week. T.J. Yeldon had 88 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

McCarron was 15-of-21 passing for 180 yards in three quarters.

NO. 4 OHIO STATE 34, IOWA 24

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Carlos Hyde ran for 149 yards, including 106 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, to lead Ohio State to a victory over Iowa.

It was the Buckeyes' 19th consecutive victory, the most in the nation and tying the second-best streak in school history.

But it didn't come easy. The Hawkeyes (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) dominated offensively in the first half and led 21-14 at the break behind the passing of Jake Rudock and running of Mark Weisman and Damon Bullock.

Hyde tied it with the first rushing TD against Iowa this season on Ohio State's first drive of the third quarter, and the Buckeyes took over.

No. 24 AUBURN 45, No. 7 TEXAS A&M 41

Nick Marshall accounted for four scores and Auburn battered Johnny Manziel in a win over Texas A&M.

Tre Mason's 5-yard score with less than two minutes to play was first ruled down at the 1, but it was reviewed and ruled a touchdown.

A&M (5-2, 2-2 SEC) had a last chance, but Manziel was sacked by Dee Ford on fourth down to secure the win.

Manziel threw for 454 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a fifth score, but also had two interceptions and missed a series in the fourth quarter with an apparent injury to his right arm or shoulder before returning.

Marshall threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 100 yards and two more scores for Auburn (6-1, 3-1), which lost 63-21 to the Aggies last season.

No. 13 STANFORD 24, No. 9 UCLA 10

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Tyler Gaffney ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and Stanford smothered Brett Hundley and UCLA.

Kevin Hogan threw for 227 yards and a spectacular touchdown to Kodi Whitfield as the Cardinal (6-1, 4-1) regrouped again after losing at Utah last week. Stanford has not lost consecutive games since October 2009.

Stanford hurried Hundley all afternoon to slow down UCLA's up-tempo offense.

Hundley completed 24 of 39 passes for 192 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions to Jordan Richards — the second with a little more than 2 minutes remaining to seal Stanford's victory. UCLA (5-1, 2-1) has not started 6-0 since 2005.

TENNESSEE 23, No. 11 SOUTH CAROLINA 21

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Michael Palardy made a 19-yard field goal as time expired to give Tennessee a victory over South Carolina that ended the Volunteers' 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents.

South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw left the game after being sacked by Marlon Walls and Daniel McCullers with less than five minutes remaining. Team officials appeared to be looking at his left knee while he was on the sideline.

Tennessee got into field-goal range on a spectacular 39-yard catch by freshman Marquez North. Four consecutive runs by Marlin Lane got the Vols to the South Carolina 2 and set up the field goal.

Tennessee (4-3, 1-2 SEC) hadn't beaten a ranked foe since a 31-13 victory over No. 21 South Carolina on Oct. 31, 2009. The Vols also had lost 16 of their last 18 SEC games.

South Carolina (5-2, 3-2) had a four-game winning streak snapped.

No. 12 BAYLOR 71, IOWA STATE 7

WACO, Texas (AP) — Bryce Petty threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns, Antwan Goodley had 182 yards receiving and two scores, and Baylor tied a school record with its 10th straight win.

The Bears led 37-0 at halftime and narrowly missed their first shutout win in the Big 12. Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) matched its 10-game winning streak from 1936-37.

Iowa State (1-5, 0-3) was without quarterback Sam Richardson while Baylor pulled away in the second quarter. The Cyclones had nine first downs and three turnovers.

The Cyclones scored with 47 with seconds left on a 27-yard pass from Grant Rohach to DeVondrick Nealy. Corey Coleman returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards to give Baylor its fourth 70-point game this season.

No. 14 MISSOURI 36, No. 22 FLORIDA 17

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Maty Mauk threw for 295 yards in his first career start and Andrew Baggett converted five field goals to help Missouri defeat Florida and open a two-game lead in the Southeastern Conference East Division.

With James Franklin watching on the sideline in street clothes, Mauk put any doubts to rest about whether he was ready on the first play of the game with a 41-yard pass to L'Damian Washington and then a 20-yard toss to Bud Sasser for a 7-0 lead just 22 seconds in.

Missouri (7-0, 3-0) outgained the Gators 500-151 and became the first conference opponent in 14 games to score at least 21 points against them. The Tigers bullied (4-3, 3-2) Florida at the line of scrimmage, sacking quarterback Tyler Murphy six times and flushing him out of the pocket throughout the game.

VANDERBILT 31, No. 15 GEORGIA 27

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jerron Seymour ran for a 13-yard touchdown with 2:53 left, and Vanderbilt rallied from a 13-point deficit by scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to upset Georgia.

The Commodores (4-3, 1-3) got their first Southeastern Conference win this season and their first victory over Georgia in Nashville since 1991. They also snapped a six-game skid to the Bulldogs.

Georgia (4-3, 3-2) lost its second straight after failing to hold a 27-14 lead. Brendan Douglas fumbled after a catch with 1:59 left, and Aaron Murray was intercepted on the final play.

Torren McGaster started the comeback by recovering a fumbled punt late in the third quarter. Backup quarterback Patton Robinette ran for a 2-yard TD, and Carey Spear kicked a 40-yard field goal. Seymour put Vandy ahead a play after Georgia punter Collin Barber could only fall on a high snap at his own 13.

No. 16 TEXAS TECH 37, WEST VIRGINIA 27

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Davis Webb threw two touchdown passes and Texas Tech scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to beat West Virginia.

In his first road start, Webb completed 36 of 50 passes for 462 yards. He became the first Red Raiders freshman to surpass 400 yards passing in each of his first two starts.

Texas Tech's Ryan Bustin kicked three field goals and Kenny Williams had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs, including the go-ahead score with 9:20 left in the game.

The Red Raiders (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) moved into sole possession of first place in the conference.

Dreamius Smith ran for two touchdowns for the Mountaineers (3-4, 1-3), who led 27-16 but punted on four straight possessions in the second half to let Texas Tech take over.

No. 18 OKLAHOMA 34, KANSAS 19

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Blake Bell threw for 131 yards and two touchdowns, and Oklahoma finally awoke from its Red River rout hangover to beat lowly Kansas.

The Sooners (6-1, 3-1 Big 12), whose national championship aspirations were cast aside by Texas last weekend, stumbled through the first quarter and found themselves in a 13-0 hole.

But behind Bell's steady play, a stingy pass defense and a 49-yard touchdown toss from wide receiver Lacoltan Bester to Sterling Shepard on an end-around play, the Sooners scored 25 straight points on their way to winning their ninth straight over the Jayhawks.

James Sims ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas (2-4, 0-3), but he didn't have much help.

ARIZONA ST. 53, No. 20 WASHINGTON 24

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Taylor Kelly accounted for 352 yards and four touchdowns, Marion Grice scored three times and Arizona State's defense bottled up Washington's Bishop Sankey.

Arizona State (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12) has struggled against the run the past two seasons and Sankey entered the game as the nation's leading rusher at nearly 150 yards per game. The Sun Devils flipped the tables with a dominating defensive performance, limiting Sankey to 22 yards on 13 carries while holding the nation's eighth-best offense to 212 total yards.

Grice ran for 161 yards and added to his nation-leading scoring total with a spectacular touchdown catch and two more scores on the ground.

Kelly threw for 268 yards and two scores and Zane Gonzalez kicked four field goals in Arizona State's eighth straight win over Washington (4-3, 1-3).

No. 21 OKLAHOMA STATE 24, TCU 10

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Clint Chelf completed 10 of 25 passes for 178 yards and an interception and Oklahoma State used a quarterback change to earn a win over TCU.

Josh Stewart added 10 catches for 141 yards and had a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown, giving the Cowboys (5-1, 2-1 Big 12 Conference) enough offense to celebrate a homecoming victory.

Chelf replaced J.W. Walsh at quarterback after the sophomore threw his second interception of the first half, an ill-advised throw into the middle of the end zone. Walsh finished 9-of-18 for 115 yards and two interceptions.

TCU (3-4, 1-3) also switched quarterbacks in the second quarter after falling behind 17-0, but it didn't help as the Horned Frogs struggled in their second trip to Stillwater in as many years.

No. 23 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 38, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 17

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Jordan Lynch rushed for 316 yards, an FBS record for a quarterback, and Northern Illinois stayed unbeaten with a victory at Central Michigan.

Lynch had three rushing touchdowns and was 20 for 30 through the air for 155 yards and another score to help the Huskies (7-0, 3-0 Mid-American) extend the nation's best conference winning streak to 20 games.

He broke the rushing record held by former Northern Illinois quarterback Stacey Robinson, who had 308 against Fresno State on Oct. 6, 1990.

Northern Illinois extended its road winning streak to 13 games, second only to No. 2 Oregon's 18 straight.

Cooper Rush completed 16 of his 22 attempts for 271 yards and two touchdowns for the Chippewas (3-5, 2-2).

  • Latest StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Promoter responds to criticism over teen "wet" and "twerk" parties

    UPDATE: Promoter responds to criticism over teen "wet" and "twerk" parties

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:58 PM EDT2014-04-25 03:58:57 GMT
    Recent parties asking teens to "freak," "twerk" and "get wet" are raising safety concerns among Birmingham City leaders.Some of the parties have been held at the Continental Ballroom and other venues for quite some time. Earlier this month, a shooting at the Continental Ballroom resulted in one teenager's injuries. City leaders, consequently, revoked the owner and party promoter's business licenses for that incident and prior complaints.But other upcoming teen parties are planned. They all ch...More >>
    Recent parties asking teens to "freak," "twerk" and "get wet" are raising safety concerns among Birmingham City leaders.Some of the parties have been held at the Continental Ballroom and other venues for quite some time. Earlier this month, a shooting at the Continental Ballroom resulted in one teenager's injuries. City leaders, consequently, revoked the owner and party promoter's business licenses for that incident and prior complaints.But other upcoming teen parties are planned. They all ch...More >>
  • Blount County DA cracking down on degrading social media accounts

    Blount County DA cracking down on degrading social media accounts

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-04-25 02:06:14 GMT
    Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey is on a mission to shut down several Instagram accounts degrading young women throughout the county. The accounts with names such as "WHORESOFBLOUNTCOUNTY" and "SLUTSOFSUSANMORE" show pictures of teenagers with degrading comments underneath. Casey said the pictures are used without the girls' permission. One site has been taken down, and Casey has asked the social media website to remove them all.More >>
    Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey is on a mission to shut down several Instagram accounts degrading young women throughout the county. The accounts with names such as "WHORESOFBLOUNTCOUNTY" and "SLUTSOFSUSANMORE" show pictures of teenagers with degrading comments underneath. Casey said the pictures are used without the girls' permission. One site has been taken down, and Casey has asked the social media website to remove them all.More >>
  • IndyCar drivers Power, Pagenaud enter Barber weekend with tension over Long Beach incident

    IndyCar drivers Power, Pagenaud enter Barber weekend with tension over Long Beach incident

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:00 PM EDT2014-04-25 01:00:42 GMT
    A week off did nothing to mellow the tension between Simon Pagenaud and Will Power stemming from contact between the two at Long Beach.More >>
    A week off did nothing to mellow the tension between Simon Pagenaud and Will Power stemming from contact between the two at Long Beach.
    More >>
  • Tuscaloosa documents city's post-tornado progress in three videos

    Tuscaloosa documents city's post-tornado progress in three videos

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:08 PM EDT2014-04-25 00:08:47 GMT
     Motto: Safer, Smarter & StrongerMore >>
     Motto: Safer, Smarter & StrongerMore >>
  • Authorities find body of Riverside man who went missing in Lake Logan Martin

    Authorities find body of Riverside man who went missing in Lake Logan Martin

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:57:29 GMT
    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ala. -- Authorities have found the body of a Riverside man who went missing in Logan Martin Lake last weekend."At approximately 2:40 pm today the body of Mr. Willie Cosby was recovered from Logan Martin Lake in Riverside by search personnel," St. Clair County Sheriff Billy Murray said in a released statement. "Mr. Cosby was located in the area where multiple agencies have been searching since Monday morning."Cosby, 48, was fishing with his wife when he fell from the boat at ...More >>
    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ala. -- Authorities have found the body of a Riverside man who went missing in Logan Martin Lake last weekend."At approximately 2:40 pm today the body of Mr. Willie Cosby was recovered from Logan Martin Lake in Riverside by search personnel," St. Clair County Sheriff Billy Murray said in a released statement. "Mr. Cosby was located in the area where multiple agencies have been searching since Monday morning."Cosby, 48, was fishing with his wife when he fell from the boat at ...More >>
  • Shelby County mom expected in court next week

    Shelby County mom expected in court next week

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:39:08 GMT
    Prosecutors in Shelby County have asked a judge to require an Alabaster mother to undergo random drug and alcohol screenings.More >>
    Prosecutors in Shelby County have asked a judge to require an Alabaster mother to undergo random drug and alcohol screenings.More >>
  • Housing director: pipe replacement complete in Marks Village

    Housing director: pipe replacement complete in Marks Village

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:37:50 GMT
    All piping inside the Mark Village Housing Development in Gate City has been replaced, according to Naomi Truman, executive director of the Housing Authority--Birmingham District. Truman told ABC 33/40More >>
    Continuing coverageMore >>
  • Benefit concert to assist and celebrate rehab of injured Gadsden officer

    Benefit concert to assist and celebrate rehab of injured Gadsden officer

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:06:29 GMT
    An Etowah County drug investigator who suffered a severe brain injury last month began taking steps in rehab this week.A truck collided with Gary Pierce as he rode his motorcycle while off duty March 15. He spent four week in intensive care at UAB before a transfer to Spain Rehabilitation Center.Pierce walked more than 250 feet Wednesday with the assistance of a walker. His commander at the Etowah County Drug Task Force, Rob Savage, said Pierce shows signs of improvement every day."He's talki...More >>
    An Etowah County drug investigator who suffered a severe brain injury last month began taking steps in rehab this week.A truck collided with Gary Pierce as he rode his motorcycle while off duty March 15. He spent four week in intensive care at UAB before a transfer to Spain Rehabilitation Center.Pierce walked more than 250 feet Wednesday with the assistance of a walker. His commander at the Etowah County Drug Task Force, Rob Savage, said Pierce shows signs of improvement every day."He's talki...More >>