West Virginia came into Saturday’s game at Texas Tech in the drivers’ seat for the Big 12 title, undefeated and eyeing a shot at the BCS champsionship and with quarterback Geno Smith acclaimed as a Heisman Trophy front-runner. The No. 5 Mountaineers left with none of it following a 49-14 loss to the Red Raiders that was the most lopsided Texas Tech victory over a team ranked in the top five. Texas Tech’s defense consistently stymied West Virginia’s offense. Heisman Trophy hopeful Smith completed 29 of 55 passes for 275 yards, well off his season averages of nearly 400 yards and and 81 percent completion rate. The Red Raiders offense had no trouble moving the ball as quarterback Seth Doege threw TD passes of 39, 19, 16, 2, 29 and 7 yards. He completed 32 of 42 passes and the six touchdowns matched his career-high. Darrin Moore caught three touchdown passes. Earlier, Oklahoma clobbered Texas 63-21 to get a leg up in the Big 12 race, and only benefited from West Virginia being brought back to the pack. Kansas State (6-0, 3-0) is the only undefeated team left in the conference, but next Saturday faces what should be a motivated West Virginia team, followed the next week b by Texas Tech, which is also 2-1 in the league
No. 1 ALABAMA 42, MISSOURI 10
ST. LOUIS — Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon gave top-ranked Alabama a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time this season and the duo combined for five scores in a soggy, weather-delayed game. The defending national champion Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 SEC) led 21-0 late in the first quarter en route to their 10th straight victory, all by 19 or more points. They did just enough right after that to disappoint the few thousand fans who didn’t leave for good during a 38-minute delay due to lightning with the Crimson Tide awaiting the extra-point kick for a 28-0 cushion after Yeldon’s second scoring run with 8:40 to go in the half.
No. 7 Notre Dame stops No. 17 Stanford 20-13 in OT
SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame knew what was coming. Stanford doesn’t get cute inches from the goal line. And after three years of getting pushed around by the Cardinal, the Fighting Irish pushed back, winning the most important shoving match they’ve had all season. A wall of Notre Dame defenders stopped Stepfan Taylor inches from the end zone on fourth down in overtime and the seventh-ranked Irish remained unbeaten with a 20-13 victory against the No. 17 Cardinal (4-2) on a soggy Saturday in South Bend. Taylor finished with 102 yards on 28 carries. He needed 103. The celebration had to wait for a replay review. The call stood. Irish fans who weren’t already on the field spilled out of the stands, and Notre Dame’s national title hopes remained alive. The Irish are 6-0 for the first time since 2002.
“Physically, we controlled the line of scrimmage,” Irish coach Brian Kelly said of the last play. “Classic. Classic goal line stand.”
Stanford coach David Shaw wasn’t so sure.
“I didn’t get a view of the last play,” Shaw said. “Stepfan swore to me that he got in. That he put the ball over the goal line on the second effort. The officials looked at it and they said he didn’t get in, so he didn’t get in.”