The game included seven turnovers, numerous momentum swings and long touchdowns, perhaps none better than Odell Beckham Jr.’s 89-yard punt return for a score that evoked memories of Billy Cannon’s famous return against the same team, along the same sideline, for the same yardage back in 1959.
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace passed for 310 yards and two TDs and ran for two scores, but also was intercepted three times.
NO. 4 ALABAMA 49, WESTERN CAROLINA 0
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Eddie Lacy rushed for three first-half touchdowns, AJ McCarron set Alabama’s single-season record for passing TDs and the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide routed Western Carolina.
The Crimson Tide (10-1) rebounded from a loss to No. 9 Texas A&M by building a 42-0 halftime lead against the Catamounts (1-10), a Football Championship Subdivision team with two wins in as many seasons. It was Alabama’s third shutout of the season.
NO. 7 FLORIDA 23, JACKSONVILLE STATE 0
In Gainesville, Fla., Florida used a strong defensive effort to overcome a sluggish offensive performance.
The Gators scored a touchdown on their first possession when Mike Gillislee plowed into the end zone from seven yards out. But that was the only offensive touchdown all day from Florida.
The Gators also scored on a 7-yard interception return by Jonathan Bostic early in the third quarter. Caleb Sturgis added three field goals from 21, 44 and 47 yards out to complete the scoring.
NO. 9 TEXAS A&M 47, SAM HOUSTON STATE 28
In College Station, Texas, Johnny Manziel threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 100 yards and two more scores in a bit more than a half as No. 9 Texas A&M beat Sam Houston State 47-28.
The redshirt freshman broke the NCAA freshman quarterback rushing record of 1,029 set by Missouri’s Brad Smith in 2002, and the freshman record for total offense of 3,827 set in 2000 by Jared Lorenzen on A&M’s first drive. He also became the fifth player and first freshman in FBS history to pass for at least 3,000 yards with at least 1,000 yards rushing in a season.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 45, ARKANSAS 14
In Starkville, Miss., Tyler Russell threw for 274 yards and four touchdowns to lead Mississippi State to a victory over Arkansas.
The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Bulldogs. It also ends a three-game losing streak against the Razorbacks.
AUBURN 51, ALABAMA A&M 7
In Auburn, Ala., Tre Mason threw for two touchdowns and Onterio McCalebb added two rushing scores to lead Auburn to a win over Alabama A&M.
Mason passed for 181 yards and McCalebb ran for 104 yards for the Tigers (3-8).
SYRACUSE 31, MISSOURI 27
In Columbia, Mo., Ryan Nassib threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Alec Lemon with 20 seconds to go, capping a 21-point fourth quarter as Syracuse spoiled Missouri’s home finale.
Lemon had 12 receptions for 244 yards and two scores, including a 13-yard catch that tied it at 17 earlier in the fourth.
KENTUCKY 34, SAMFORD 3
In Lexington, Ky., freshman Jalen Whitlow passed for one touchdown and ran for another, Raymond Sanders rushed for a career-high 123 yards and a TD and Kentucky blew out Samford to end an eight-game losing streak.