College Football Week 12: USC def. UCLA; Oregon takes on Utah

week 12 of college football The season has featured several exciting matchups, and there’s more where that came from as things wind down on Saturday night.

Currently, No. 10 Utah is attempting to beat No. 12 Oregon for the third time in the last two seasons in a repeat of last year’s Pac-12 championship game.

Earlier in the Bedlam Series, Oklahoma took revenge on No. 22 Oklahoma State after losing to its archrival last season, and No. 7 USC outlasted crosstown rival No. 16 UCLA in the Rose Bowl.

Elsewhere, No. 4 TCU scored a game-winning field goal against Baylor as time ran out to remain undefeated. Also in the Big Ten, No. 3 Michigan rallied to beat Illinois in the closing seconds and No. 2 Ohio State came away with a narrow win over Maryland. No. 9 Clemson throttled Miami and Texas shredded Kansas on the road.

Here are the top plays from Saturday’s slate!

No. 10 Utah at No. 12 Oregon

Ducks go up

Oregon was first on the board when Mar’Keise Irving finished a 10-play 79-yard drive and a 10-yard touchdown run to open the game.

Then QB Bo Nix linked up with Biletnikoff Award hopeful Troy Franklin to extend the Ducks’ lead.

comeback tour

Utah trailed 17-3 early in the second half, but the Utes came back with two goals in the third quarter to tie things up in the final frame.

First, Utah picked up a fumble from Oregon’s Dont’e Thornton and brought it home, followed by an 18-yard touchdown run by Jaylen Dixon on Utah’s next drive.

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#7 USC 48, #16 UCLA 45

The Bruins strike first

UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson took it for the Bruins themselveswhich gave the home team an early lead.

He then showed his arm strength for UCLA’s second touchdown of the first quarter, a 30-yard bomb.

UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson starts 30-yard TD

UCLA's Dorian Thompson-Robinson starts 30-yard TD

UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson finds Michael Ezeike for a 30-yard touchdown to take a 14-0 lead against USC.

Close the gap

USC gained some momentum in the second quarter, drawing within three points to keep the Bruins close.

ride the wave

USC QB Caleb Williams found a rhythm with big throw after big throw before the break. That helped with setup another Trojan touchdown to keep the Bruins within reach before halftime.

New leader

USC took its first lead of the game in the third quarter when Williams found Jordan Addison for a 35-yard TD.

Caleb Williams finds Jordan Addison for the third quarter score

Caleb Williams finds Jordan Addison for the third quarter score

USC’s Caleb Williams finds Jordan Addison for a 35-yard touchdown.

Full commitment

There were six more touchdowns exchanged between both teams when this one got on the wire. In the end, the Trojans sealed the deal with a last-minute interception as UCLA charged downfield.

Oklahoma 28, No. 22 State of Oklahoma 13

in the dust

Drake Stoops burned the man covering him and made a jump hold at the 1-yard line to set Oklahoma for the game’s first result.

man of the hour

Sooners QB Dillon Gabriel threw two more touchdowns in the first quarter to give Oklahoma a 28-0 lead and Oklahoma State never got a foothold.

Texas 55, Kansas 14

Order on

Bijan Robinson worked his way into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown run to put Texas on the board.

Then the Longhorns’ running star notched his second touchdown of the gameruns untouched into the end zone to 14:0.

Bijan Robinson scores on 2-yard rushing TD

Bijan Robinson scores on 2-yard rushing TD

Texas RB Bijan Robinson runs in a 2-yard score to take the lead over Kansas.

double trouble

Keilan Robinson took a screen pass 15 yards for an easy touchdown to extend Texas’ lead to 24-0.

Quinn Ewers connects with Keilan Robinson for a 15-yard TD

Quinn Ewers connects with Keilan Robinson for a 15-yard TD

Texas QB Quinn Ewers connects with Keilan Robinson for a 15-yard score.

star power

Bijan Robinson completed the hat trick by running in for a 1 yard score how the time passed in the first half.

Then the Longhorns standout broke a pair of tackles, stuttered, and turned on the Jets for a 32-yard touchdown run, good for his fourth total of the game as Texas ran away with the win.

Bijan Robinson breaks out for his fourth TD of the game

Bijan Robinson breaks out for his fourth TD of the game

Bijan Robinson slices inside and breaks out for an untouched 32-yard touchdown for his fourth of the game as the Longhorns extend their lead to 38-0 against Kansas.

No. 2 Ohio State 43, Maryland 30

highlight reel

Ohio State star receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. made the hard catch on the sidelines while being handicapped for a 30-yard gain, which helped the Buckeyes take a 7-0 lead on the opening run.

Terps up at half

Taulia Tagovailoa found CJ Dippre in the back of the endzone to give Maryland a 13-10 lead.

Blocked boat

After struggling to move the ball after its opening run in the first half, Ohio State got things rolling in the second half by blocking a punt in Maryland territory. It was Lathan Ransom’s second straight game with a punt block. Two games later, Ohio State grabbed a 17-13 lead.

find your groove

With multiple running back injuries, Ohio State turned to Dallan Hayden, who scored his second touchdown to extend the lead to 27-13.

Taulia time

Maryland’s QB kept the ball himself and ran it in for the TD. The deficit was reduced to 27-21 after a successful two-point conversion.

Three for the backup RB

Hayden added a third touchdown right after Maryland’s score, which briefly increased the Buckeyes by 12. However, the Terps blocked the PAT and ran it all the way back to score two points to make it a 10-point game.

shadow of his brother

Tagovailoa overwhelmed and dazzled in fourth and Tor, climbing to the touchline before throwing a touchdown to cut Ohio State’s lead to 33-30, but it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback.

No. 9 Clemson 40, Miami (FL) 10

Can’t tackle DJ

DJ Uigalelei worked his way into the end zone to extend Clemson’s lead to 14-0 early on.

wide open

Clemson prevailed with Miami when Luke Price played wide on the play at the goal line to make it 24-0 en route to an easy home win.

#4 TCU 29, Baylor 28

Booms early

Qualan Jones capped Baylor’s opening drive by potting the ball into the end zone on a 10-yard scamper.

Qualan Jones bursts past the TCU defense for a 10-yard rushing TD

Qualan Jones bursts past the TCU defense for a 10-yard rushing TD

Qualan Jones was unstoppable as his 10-yard rushing score early in the first quarter gave Baylor a 7-0 lead over TCU.

ground play strong

TCU QB Max Duggan has made a name for himself all season for the plays he makes with his arm. However, it was his legs that got the Horned Frogs on the board late in the first quarter to level the game.

Max Duggan breaks in for a 7-yard game tie TD

Max Duggan breaks in for a 7-yard game tie TD

Max Duggan carried it into himself to tie the game for TCU against Baylor.


Things didn’t stay indecisive for long, however, as Kelsey Johnson went into reverse and ran onto the field for an A 2-yard touchdown to return leadership to Baylor.

Immediately after Baylor scored his second touchdown of the game, Duggan connected with Taye Barber for a nearly 80-yard reception on the opening plan of the subsequent drive that prompted Kendre Miller to run for a touchdown several games later.

INT frenzy

Baylor attempted a touchdown just before halftime. But TCU defender Bud Clark had other plans, pick up a passport in the end zone to bring the game into a tie at halftime.

Then Baylor got an interception of his own after TCU’s QB star tried to go for the home run ball to break a 14-14 tie. Instead, the Bears landed on the ball.

TCU above

The Horned Frogs took the lead for the first time in the game when Duggan threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Gunnar Henderson, who came wide open from the backfield.

Max Duggan finds Gunnar Henderson for a 26-yard TD

Max Duggan finds Gunnar Henderson for a 26-yard TD

Max Duggan found Gunnar Henderson for a 26-yard score for the lead.

bears back up

Having previously made a substitution, Johnson attacked the goal line hard to put the Bears ahead early in the fourth quarter.

Then Baylor RB Richard Reese hammered one into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown to extend Baylor’s lead, 28-20.

Crazy scramble to kick for victory!

Emari Demercado ran into the end zone with ease 3 yard score to reduce Baylor’s lead to 28-26 with just over two minutes left, but TCU failed to level the game due to a missed 2-point conversion.

TCU tested their kicker by claiming a running play on third and long with just 22 seconds left. However, Griffin Kell stayed cool, calm and collected to hit the field goal when time was up to give the Horned Frogs the win and keep them undefeated.

No. 3 Michigan 19, Illinois 17

Hot start

Michigan running back and Heisman hopeful Blake Corum itched several defenders in the game’s opening play for a 35-yard gain before scoring later in the drive to give the Wolverines a 7-0 lead.

injury clock

As Michigan went for their second touchdown of the game, Corum fumbled, grabs his left knee and then stays on the pitch for a few moments before leaving the field under his own power.

Corum was cleared for the return after undergoing tests on his left knee at half-time. He reentered play from scrimmage in the second half on Michigan’s second game and carried the ball for a 5-yard gain.

That was Corum’s only touch in the second half, however, putting his status in question for next week’s meeting with Ohio State (Saturday, 12 p.m. ET, FOX).

At evening

Illinois finally got into the end zone midway through the third quarter when Chase Brown broke the stack for a one 8 yard score to make it a 10-10 game. Then Brown broke out on a 37-yard touchdown rush that gave Illinois a 17-10 lead and handed Michigan its first deficit of the fourth quarter of the season.

Jake Moody did it 35-yard field goal to complete the comeback for Michigan.


Angry Alert!

Vanderbilt delivered a 31-24 upset over Florida on Saturday, marking only the second time in 32 games that the Commodores had defeated the Gators.

No. 1 recruit makes top games

Following his college coach, Travis Hunter scored touchdowns on both sides of the ball for Jackson State. The freshman had a pick six before making an impressive touchdown catch.

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