Before Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame took the field, they got some good news.
No. 15 Texas A&M upset No. 1 Alabama 29-24 Saturday, taking one less unbeaten team out of the race for the BCS championship game.
Johnny Manziel and the Aggies shook up the national title race, jumping out to a quick three-touchdown lead and then holding on at the end to Alabama’s 13-game winning streak.
The Southeastern Conference has won the last six BCS championships, but with Alabama losing and three other teams unbeaten, it will be tough for the SEC to even get in the game without help.
No. 2 Oregon, third in the BCS standings, played California late Saturday night. No. 2 Kansas State was at TCU and No. 4 Notre Dame was at Boston College.
No. 7 Florida 27, La.-Lafayette 20: Jelani Jenkins returned a blocked punt 36 yards for a touchdown with 2 seconds remaining and Florida rallied in the closing minutes to avoid a huge upset.
Florida (9-1) did little on offense most of the day and looked to be in serious trouble when quarterback Jeff Driskel left the game with an ankle injury.
No. 10 Clemson 45, Maryland 10: Tajh Boyd threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns as Clemson won its sixth straight and record 12th in a row at Death Valley.
Clemson (9-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had little trouble with the banged-up Terps (4-6, 2-4), who again started linebacker Shawn Petty at quarterback because of season-ending injuries to their four scholarship passers.
Syracuse 45, No. 11 Louisville 26: Ryan Nassib threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns, Jerome Smith ran for 144 yards and Syracuse handed Louisville its first loss of the season.
Nassib directed an offense that gained 524 total yards. The Orange (5-5, 4-2 Big East) blew the game open with three touchdowns in the second quarter and Louisville (9-1, 4-1) allowed more points than it had in any game this season.
No. 12 South Carolina 30, Arkansas 20: Connor Shaw threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score for South Carolina.
Shaw was 15 of 23 for 279 yards for the Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference).
No. 14 Oklahoma 42, Baylor 34: Landry Jones threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns, while Damien Williams ran for 99 yards and two scores.
Lache Seastrunk ran for 91 yards and three touchdowns for Baylor (4-5, 1-5 Big 12), the last score getting the Bears within eight with 1:26 to play after quarterback Nick Florence got in on the 2-point conversion.
LaColtan Bester recovered the ensuing onside kick, sealing the win for Oklahoma (7-2, 5-1).
No. 15 Stanford 27, No. 13 Oregon State 23: Kevin Hogan threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start, and Stanford overcame four turnovers to rally past Oregon State.
Cody Vaz fumbled late in the fourth quarter to give the Cardinal (8-2, 6-1) the ball at the Beavers 29. The only Oregon State (7-2, 5-2) turnover turned out to be the difference.
No. 19 Texas 33, Iowa State 7: David Ash passed for 364 yards and two touchdowns and Texas honored former coach Darrell Royal by whipping Iowa State.
Ash had a 61-yard touchdown pass to Mike Davis in the first quarter. Johnathan Gray ran for two touchdowns for the Longhorns (8-2, 5-2 Big 12), who won their fourth in a row.
No. 21 USC 38, Arizona State 17: Marqise Lee caught 10 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown, Curtis McNeal rushed for 163 yards and two more scores, and Southern California bounced back from consecutive losses against skidding Arizona State.
Matt Barkley threw for 222 yards and three TDs while becoming the leading passer in conference history for the Trojans (7-3, 5-3 Pac-12).
No. 24 Rutgers 28, Army 7: Brandon Coleman caught his second touchdown of the game on a 31-yard pass from Gary Nova with 8:49 to play and Rutgers survived a valiant effort by mistake-prone Army.
The Scarlet Knights (8-1) scored three times in the final nine minutes.
No. 25 Texas Tech 41, Kansas 34: Running back Eric Stephens threw a 3-yard jump pass to Darrin Moore for a touchdown in double overtime to lead Texas Tech past Kansas.
Kansas had a chance to tie but Michael Cummings couldn’t connect with Tre’ Parmalee in the end zone on fourth-and-9.
Seth Doege completed 45 of 59 passes for three touchdowns and 476 yards for Texas Tech (7-3, 4-3).