Top-25 College Football Game Capsules

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Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - Eddie Lacy rushed for 99 yards and three touchdowns as No. 4 Alabama rolled over Western Carolina, 49-0, at Bryant- Denny Stadium. AJ McCarron completed all six of his passes for 133 yards and a touchdown before getting removed in the second quarter after the Crimson Tide (10-1) had jumped out to a comfortable lead. Blake Sims replaced McCarron for the remainder of the game and completed 2-of-6 passes for 27 yards while adding 70 yards and a score on eight carries as Alabama rebounded from its first loss of the season. Troy Mitchell started the game for Western Carolina (1-10) and was held to just 30 yards on 4-of-8 passes and six yards on nine carries.

Final Score: (5) Georgia 45, Georgia Southern 14

Athens, GA (Sports Network) - Aaron Murray threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 5 Georgia past Georgia Southern, 45-14, at Sanford Stadium on Saturday. Murray completed 18-of-28 passes for Georgia (10-1), which earned its fifth straight win. Chris Conley caught four balls for 76 yards and two scores, while Todd Gurley had 68 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in the victory. Jerick McKinnon went 1-for-4 through the air for 16 yards, but carried the ball 19 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles (8-3), who lost two of three to close out their regular season. Dominique Swope had 88 yards on 18 carries and Darreion Robinson had 12 carries for 53 yards in defeat.

Final Score: (7) Florida 23, Jacksonville State 0

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) - Mike Gillislee carried the ball 20 times for 122 yards and a touchdown as the seventh-ranked Florida Gators blanked the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 23-0, Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. With starting quarterback Jeff Driskel sidelined with an ankle injury, Gillislee carried the load for the Gators, while backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett completed 14-of-22 passes for 154 yards in the start. The Gators (10-1) have won three straight since an Oct. 27 loss to Georgia, but have already been eliminated from contention in the SEC Eastern Division. They finish off their regular season with a matchup against No. 10 Florida State next weekend, which could bolster Florida's chances at an at-large bid to a BCS bowl. Marques Ivory finished 14-of-25 for 169 yards with an interception and Kevyn Cooper hauled in three passes for 93 yards for the Gamecocks (6-5), who've lost five of their six road games this season.

Final Score: (10) Florida State 41, Maryland 14

College Park, MD (Sports Network) - Devonta Freeman carried the ball 16 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns as the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles clinched the ACC's Atlantic Division title with a 41-14 victory over the Maryland Terrapins. EJ Manuel completed 17-of-23 passes for 144 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Seminoles (10-1, 7-1 ACC), who captured their second divisional crown in the last three years. James Wilder Jr. carried the ball eight times for 52 yards and a score for Florida State, which ends the regular season next Saturday against Florida. Rashad Greene and Nick O'Leary each caught a touchdown pass. Florida State's Dustin Hopkins made two field goals and five extra points to break the NCAA all-time scoring record for a kicker. He came into Saturday's game needing three points to break Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman's (2007-10) record of 439.

Final Score: (12) South Carolina 24, Wofford 7

Columbia, SC (Sports Network) - Kenny Miles ran for a career-high 127 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries and No. 12 South Carolina used a 17-point fourth quarter to take care of Wofford, 24-7, Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium. Miles added four catches for 27 yards, while Connor Shaw threw for 122 yards with one touchdown and one interception on 16-of-20 passing for the Gamecocks (9-2), who went a perfect 7-0 at home this season for the first time since 1987. Ace Sanders caught five passes for 35 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Eric Breitenstein led the Wofford attack with 125 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, while James Lawson attempted only two passes -- one going for a 71-yard completion -- for the Terriers (8-3).

Final Score: (22) Rutgers 10, Cincinnati 3

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Mark Harrison caught four balls for 106 yards and the game's lone touchdown to lift No. 22 Rutgers over Cincinnati, 10-3, at Nippert Stadium. Gary Nova completed 11-of-19 passes for 189 yards with two interceptions and the touchdown pass to Harrison for the Scarlet Knights (9-1, 5-0 Big East), who are 5-0 in the Big East for the first time in school history. Savon Huggins carried the ball 41 times for 179 yards in Rutgers' second straight victory. Brendon Kay went 17-for-31 through the air for 251 yards and a pair of interceptions for Cincinnati (7-3, 3-2), which had its two-game win streak snapped.

Final Score: (23) Michigan 42, Iowa 17

Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) - Making his third straight start at quarterback in place of Denard Robinson, Devin Gardner tossed three touchdown passes and rushed for three more on Saturday, as the 23rd-ranked Michigan Wolverines dominated the Iowa Hawkeyes, 42-17, at Michigan Stadium. Gardner completed 18-of-23 passes for a career-high 314 yards with one interception, while Robinson, who had missed the last two games with a right elbow injury, started the game at running back and rushed for 98 yards on 13 carries to go with two catches for 24 yards. Jeremy Gallon led the receiving corps with five catches for 133 yards, while Roy Roundtree, Devin Funchess and Vincent Smith each added a touchdown grab for the Wolverines (8-3, 6-1 Big Ten), who hold a one-half game lead over Nebraska atop the Legends Division. Michigan has won two straight since an Oct. 27 loss at Nebraska gave the Cornhuskers the tie- breaker for the division crown. Nebraska hosts Minnesota later on Saturday. James Vandenberg finished 19-of-26 for 181 yards and two touchdown passes, while C.J. Fiedorowicz hauled in eight passes for 99 yards for the Hawkeyes (4-7, 2-5), who failed to become bowl eligible for the first time in 11 years.

Final Score: (25) Kent State 31, Bowling Green 24

Bowling Green, OH (Sports Network) - Spencer Keith rushed for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, as 25th-ranked Kent State escaped with a 31-24 victory over Bowling Green on Saturday at Doyt L. Perry Field. Keith threw for 91 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 9-of-17 passing while Dri Archer had a huge day on the ground for the Golden Flashes, running for 241 yards and two scores on 17 carries. Eric Adeyemi caught a touchdown pass in the triumph for Kent State (10-1, 7-0 MAC), which has won nine straight since a loss to Kentucky in September. Kent State will play Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship game on Nov. 30. Matt Schilz threw for 355 yards and three scores on 22-of-44 passing but was picked off three times for the Falcons (7-4, 5-2). Chris Gallon caught 10 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns, while Shaun Joplin caught five balls for 74 yards and a touchdown in the setback.

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