Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett gets past Missouri defensive lineman Isaiah McGuire during their game Saturday in Athens, Georgia. John Bazemore/Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. — Stetson Bennett passed for 255 yards and two touchdowns before giving way to former starter JT Daniels, leading No. 1 Georgia to a 43-6 win over Missouri on Saturday.

The game opened new questions for Georgia at quarterback while affirming the Bulldogs’ season-long defensive dominance. Missouri was held to 273 total yards in Georgia’s seventh game of the season allowing no more than 10 points.

Missouri’s Tyler Badie, the SEC’s leading rusher, was held to 41 yards on the ground.

Georgia (9-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) was impressive in scoring 40 unanswered points after Missouri’s early 3-0 lead. The Bulldogs began the day leading the nation with their average of 6.6 points allowed per game.

Georgia led 34-3 before Missouri freshman quarterback Tyler Macon’s 28-yard pass to Tauskie Dove set up a first down at the Georgia 3 in the final minute. The Georgia defense held on three plays from the 1.

Daniels, who opened the season as Georgia’s starter before suffering a lat injury, came off the sideline to make his first appearance since late September.

Bennett, making his fifth consecutive start, enjoyed one of his best games. The former walk-on completed 13 of 19 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Daniels entered the game midway through the third quarter.

(2) CINCINNATI 28, TULSA 20: Tulsa’s Steven Anderson fumbled as he was reaching for the goal line on fourth-and-goal from the 1, Jabari Taylor recovered for a touchback and the Bearcats (9-0, 5-0 American Athletic) held off the Golden Hurricanes (3-6, 2-3) in Cincinnati.

Desmond Ridder threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns, and Alec Peirce had five catches for 113 yards and a touchdown to help the Bearcats extend the nation’s second-longest home winning streak to 25 games.

(3) ALABAMA 20, LSU 14: Bryce Young passed for 302 yards and No. 3 Alabama’s defense came up with enough big plays for a victory over heavy underdog LSU in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The Crimson Tide (8-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference, No. 2 CFP) preserved their national championship hopes in a game that was as tight as some meetings when both were nursing such ambitions. The injury-depleted Tigers (4-5, 2-4) and lame-duck coach Ed Orgeron didn’t act like 29.5-point underdogs.

It wasn’t over until the final play, a Hail Mary that fell incomplete in the end zone. The Tigers came up empty in three fourth-quarter t

PURDUE 40, (5) MICHIGAN STATE 29: Aidan O’Connell threw for a career-best 536 yards, matched his career high with three touchdown passes and led the Boilermakers (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten) past the Spartans (8-1, 5-1) in West Lafayette, Indiana, leaving the Big Ten without any unbeaten teams.

Purdue’s second major upset in four weeks could keep the conference out of the College Football Playoff for the third time in five years. The Boilermakers, who won at then-No. 2 Iowa last month, are bowl-eligible for the first time in three years. They tied for the West Division lead and extended their FBS record for wins over top-five teams when unranked to 17.

(6) OHIO STATE 26, NEBRASKA 17: C.J. Stroud threw for 405 yards and two touchdowns, Ohio State’s defense came up with a pair of stops after the Cornhuskers (3-7, 1-6 Big Ten) had pulled within six points, and the sixth-ranked Buckeyes (8-1, 6-0 Big Ten) got out of Memorial Stadium with a win.

The Buckeyes’ nation-leading offense managed only two field goals in the second half, allowing the Cornhuskers — a two-touchdown underdog, according to FanDuel Sportsbook — to make it a one-score game until Noah Ruggles kicked a 46-yard field goal with 1:29 left.

(8) NOTRE DAME 34, NAVY 6: Jack Coan threw for 269 yards and a touchdown, Kyren Williams ran for two scores and the Irish (8-1) shut down Navy’s triple-option attack in a victory over the Midshipmen (2-7) in South Bend, Indiana.

Coan, a grad transfer from Wisconsin, completed 23 of 29 passes, with a 70-yard scoring pass to Kevin Austin late in the first half for the Irish.

NORTH CAROLINA 58, (10) WAKE FOREST 55: Ty Chandler ran for career highs of 213 yards and four touchdowns to help the Tar Heels (5-4) rally from 18 down in the third quarter to stun 10th-ranked Wake Forest, handing the Demon Deacons their first loss in a nonconference matchup of instate Atlantic Coast Conference teams, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Chandler’s big day included a 50-yard breakaway run with 1:12 left. That was the final blow for the Tar Heels as they rallied from a huge third-quarter deficit to beat the Demon Deacons for the second straight year, following a 21-point comeback last year by erasing a 45-27 deficit with 7:38 left in the third.

(11) OKLAHOMA STATE 24, WEST VIRGINIA 3: Spencer Sanders threw two touchdown passes, the Cowboys (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) had eight sacks and the Cowboys beat the Mountaineers (4-5, 2-4) in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Oklahoma State has won seven straight over the Mountaineers.

The Cowboys pushed around West Virginia’s offensive line all game. Devin Harper and Brock Martin had two sacks apiece for the Cowboys.

(13) TEXAS A&M 20, (12) AUBURN 3: Micheal Clemons scored the game’s only touchdown on a 24-yard fumble return early in the fourth quarter, and the Aggies (7-2, 4-2 SEC) beat the TIgers (6-3, 3-2) in College Station, Texas.

Clemons’ scoop-and-score came after defensive tackle Jayden Peevy poked the ball away from scrambling Auburn quarterback Bo Nix. Clemons, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end, picked up the ball and sprinted to the end zone, diving to the ground after he crossed the goal line.

TCU 30, (14) BAYLOR 28: Chandler Morris threw for 461 yards and two touchdowns in his first start for TCU (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) and the Horned Frogs, in their first game without Gary Patterson on the sideline since 1997, beat the Bears (7-2, 4-2) in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Horned Frogs snapped a three-game losing streak six days after the school and Patterson mutually agreed to immediately part ways before completing his 21st season as head coach. They had lost five of their previous six games and were 21-22 since the start of 2018.

(15) MISSISSIPPI 27, LIBERTY 14: Matt Corral threw for 324 yards and a touchdown to lead the Rebels (7-2) past the Flames (7-3) and former Rebels coach Hugh Freeze, in Oxford, Mississippi.

Corral continued to build a Heisman Trophy resume, completing 20 of 27 passes, including six completions of 20-plus yards.

(17) BYU 59, IDAHO STATE 14: Jaren Hall threw for 298 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half, and the Cougars (8-2) demolished the Bengals (1-8) in Provo, Utah.

Baylor Romney took over in the second half for Hall, who finished 2 yards shy of his fourth 300-yard performance in the last five games.

Puka Nacua had six catches for 120 yards and a touchdown for the Cougars, who debuted at No. 15 in the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday. Keanu Hill caught four passes for a career-high 92 yards and a touchdown. Hill also blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for BYU’s final score late in the fourth quarter.

TENNESSEE 45, (18) KENTUCKY: Hendon Hooker threw a career-high four touchdown passes, including a 6-yard insurance score to Cedric Tillman early in the fourth quarter, and the Volunteers (5-4, 3-3 SEC) held off the Wildcats (6-3, 4-3), in Lexington, Kentucky, to halt a two-game losing streak.

(19) IOWA 17, NORTHWESTERN 12: Alex Padilla took over for the struggling Spencer Petras and led three scoring drives, Tyler Goodson ran for 141 yards and a touchdown and the Hawkeyes (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) beat the Wildcats (3-6, 1-5) in Evanston, Illinois. to stop a two-game losing streak.

(21) COASTAL CAROLINA 28, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 8: Backup Bryce Carpenter threw for 85 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to help the Chanticleers (8-1, 4-1 Sun Belt) beat the Eagles (2-7, 1-5) in Statesboro, Georgia.

The Chanticleers are tied with Appalachian State (7-2, 4-1) atop the East Division standings, but the Mountaineers are in the driver’s seat after a 30-27 series victory last month.

Coastal Carolina announced an hour before the game that starting quarterback Grayson McCall would not play. The school said McCall is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. McCall is a redshirt sophomore who has thrown for 2,063 yards, 17 touchdowns and two interceptions this season. He leads the nation in passing efficiency and is third in completion percentage.

(22) PENN STATE 31, MARYLAND 14: Jahan Dotson caught 11 passes for a school-record 242 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Nittany Lions (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) snap a three-game losing streak with a victory over the Terrapins (5-4, 2-4) in College Park, Maryland.

Sean Clifford threw for 363 yards for the Nittany Lions, including an 86-yard TD strike to Dotson that gave Penn State the lead with 13:55 to play. Dotson also caught scoring passes of 38 and 21 yards.

MEMPHIS 28, (23) SMU 25: Seth Henigan threw for 392 yards and two touchdowns, and Memphis’ defense stymied the Mustangs (7-2, 3-2 AAC) in a victory in Memphis, Tennessee.

It took a stout defensive effort in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory for the Tigers (5-4, 2-3 American Athletic Conference).

BOISE STATE 40, (25) FRESNO STATE 14: Hank Bachmeier passed for 283 yards and a touchdown and the Broncos (7-3, 4-2) had five sacks and forced three turnovers to mute the Bulldogs’s high-scoring offense in a victory in Fresno, California.

Boise State (5-4, 3-2) dominated in the rematch of the 2018 Mountain West championship game. The Broncos lost that snow-filled game in overtime and had to wait three years to get their revenge, but never trailed and took advantage of a sloppy night by the Bulldogs (7-3, 4-2).


JAMES MADISON: James Madison decided Saturday to pursue a move to the Sun Belt Conference despite being told by the Colonial Athletic Association that it will be barred from participating in CAA championships before its actual departure.

The Dukes’ withdrawal from the CAA is effective June 30, 2022, the CAA said.

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