Top 25 results, highlights for week 12


College football’s greatest teams continue their 2022 season during Week 12 on Saturday. Here is a recap of the day.

Meager: Kenny McIntosh rushed for a career-best 143 yards, including a crucial 9-yard score late in the third quarter, and leader Georgia held off Kentucky’s rally in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs clinched the Eastern Division title last week and were aiming for another perfect finish to league play. They succeeded, but not without difficulty, settling for three field goals from Jack Podlesny before McIntosh’s TD provided the cushion they needed.

A highlight to watch: McIntosh scored Georgia’s only touchdown of the game.

Meager: Dallan Hayden scored three touchdowns in the second half as Ohio State beat Maryland to set up a monumental duel between the Buckeyes and rival Michigan the next weekend. It was’nt easy. The Buckeyes were down 13:10 at halftime, and the Buckeyes were only 33:30 ahead when they turned the ball over at the Maryland 42 with 6:36 in the game. However, Ohio State forced a three-and-out, and Hayden helped the Buckeyes lose most of the time remaining. Noah Ruggles kicked in a 45-yard field goal with 42 seconds left and Steele Chambers added a defensive touchdown with 9 seconds left.

A highlight to watch: Hayden scores his third touchdown of the second half to give Ohio State some cushion.

Meager: Jake Moody blasted a 35-yard field goal nine seconds from time as the Wolverines kept alive their perfect season ahead of next week’s matchup against Ohio State. Blake Corum gained 108 yards and scored a touchdown for Michigan before walking with an apparent knee injury in the first half.

A highlight to know: Chase Brown turns on the burners for a 37-yard scamper to give the Illini the lead and calm the Michigan crowd.

Meager: Griffin Kell hit a 40-yard field goal when time was up for TCU while the Horned Frogs kept their national title dreams alive. Max Duggan threw for 327 yards and a touchdown, gained 40 yards of the team’s 46 yards on the final drive, and the defense held off Baylor with 501 yards of offense

A highlight to know: Watch as Kell drills the game-winning field goal.

Meager: Spencer Rattler threw for 438 yards and six touchdowns as South Carolina defeated Tennessee and nearly eliminated the Volunteers from the college football playoff race. The Volunteers may also have lost Heisman Trophy nominee Hendon Hooker, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a leg injury, falling and fumbling without being hit.

A highlight to watch: Josh Vann gets behind Tennessee defense for a score.

Meager: Caleb Williams rushed for a career-high 470 yards and Southern California secured a berth in the Pac-12 championship game by beating UCLA. Williams completed 32 of 43 passes with two touchdowns and one interception. USC fell 14-0 ahead of the rally. The Trojans scored eight out of nine drives, including five in a row. Dorian Thompson-Robinson accounted for all six UCLA touchdowns but also had three interceptions and a fumble. The final interception came with less than two minutes to go, and the Bruins drove toward a potential game-level or go-ahead result.

A highlight to watch: Korey Foreman secures victory with an interception.

Kicking off: 21 clock


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Meager: Jace McClellan rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns for Alabama, and Bryce Young added two touchdowns to Jermaine Burton as Alabama quickly finished off FCS opponent Austin Peay.

A highlight to know: McClellan takes the handoff off the shotgun and keeps it untouched for nine yards and the score.

Meager: DJ Uiagalelei threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third as Clemson wrapped up an unbeaten ACC regular season and won his 40th straight home win over Miami (Fla.). The Tigers have won at least 10 games in 12 straight seasons and — for one half — produced their most dominant performance on either side of the ball. Clemson scored touchdowns on three of his first four possessions while Miami was stuffed by the Tigers’ defense.

A highlight to watch: Davis Allen opens the scoring with a touchdown catch.

Kicking off: 10:30 p.m


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Meager: Zach Gibson threw for 174 yards and Georgia Tech had 21 unanswered points for a 21-17 away win that ended all of North Carolina’s playoff hopes. The Yellow Jackets were trailing 17-0 late in the first half but began moving the ball methodically. All three scoring drives were for more than 68 yards and culminated in rushing touchdowns. The Tar Heels had a chance to regain the lead late in the fourth quarter, but Josh Downs dropped a 4th and 11th pass from quarterback Drake Maye in the end zone with just over four minutes to go.

A highlight to watch: Hassan Hall finally gives Georgia Tech the lead.

Meager: Sean Clifford ran for a touchdown and threw for another, and Penn State scored twice on fumble returns and once on a kickoff return. Freshman Nick Singleton hit with a 100-yard kickoff return, Kobe King put Penn State ahead with a 14-yard fumble return, and Ji’Ayir Brown rumbled 70 yards with another fumble as the Nittany Lions took it bloated in the second half.

A highlight to watch: Singleton breaks free to score on a break.

Meager: Rocket Sanders rushed for 232 yards and three touchdowns, including a 68-yarder on the first drive of the second half as Arkansas beat Mississippi. The Razorbacks led 35-6 at halftime, and the Rebels’ 21 points in the fourth quarter made the game seem closer than it was. Sanders averaged 9.7 yards on 24 carries and helped Arkansas make a two-game sled and qualify for the Bowl.

A highlight to watch: Sanders breaks free for one of his three hits.

Kicking off: 21 clock

TV: Pac-12 network

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Meager: Will Howard threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, Cincere Mason returned an interception for a touchdown, and No. 19 Kansas State moved closer to a Big 12 championship game berth with a win over West Virginia. The Wildcats can secure a spot in the title game alongside No. 4 TCU on December 3 with a win in the regular-season finals at home to Kansas.

A highlight to watch: Mason takes his steal to the end zone for a touchdown.

Meager: Bijan Nichols hit a 45-yard field goal in the third quarter with an 8:22 lead, and Navy’s ball-controlled offense hung on to beat the Knights and keep them from clinching a title game spot for at least a week secured by American Athletic. Daba Fobana rushed for 114 yards while Navy gained all of his 248 total yards on the ground while holding the ball for 39 minutes.

A highlight to know: Navy’s John Marshall forces the fumble and Colin Ramos lunges for the ball to recover, resulting in the game-winning field goal minutes later.

Meager: Benjamin Morrison had three interceptions, the Notre Dame defense forced two fumbles and the Fighting Irish scored with their first eight possessions to beat Boston College. Logan Diggs had 122 yards and a touchdown on the ground as Notre Dame extended its regular-season winning streak to 28 games against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

A highlight to watch: Morrison goes high in the end zone to make one of his three interceptions.

Meager: Jordan Travis had a total of three touchdowns in limited work and the Seminoles relied mostly on their running game to blast Louisiana-Lafayette in the first-ever meeting between the schools. FSU has won its eighth game in a season for the first time since 2016.

A highlight to know: Travis outruns the defense at close range as the Seminoles extend their lead.

Meager: Jacob Dingel and Bryon Threats made pass interceptions, Noah Potter and Dontay Corleone recovered from fumbles, and Cincinnati defeated Temple to get closer to the American Athletic Conference championship game. Cincinnati can secure a spot in their fourth straight conference title game with a win in Friday’s regular season finals against Tulane.

Meager: Dillon Gabriel passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in the first quarter, and Oklahoma was admitted to the Bowl after defeating Oklahoma State. Eric Gray rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown and Drake Stoops had a career-high six catches for 89 yards for the Sooners, who took a 28-0 lead and held in the first quarter. Spencer Sanders passed for 381 yards and a touchdown for Oklahoma State, but he threw four interceptions.

A highlight to watch: Drake Stoops makes a great catch for a touchdown in Oklahoma.

Meager: Jawhar Jordan rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown and added a score on a kickoff retort to help Louisville to its fifth win in six games. Playing without starting quarterback Malik Cunningham, the Cardinals relied on a strong defense that limited North Carolina State to 291 yards and then fired by scoring the last 12 points in the fourth quarter.

A highlight to watch: Jawhar Jordan goes 98 yards for a kickoff return touchdown.