College Football Today: Week 12 Updates, Highlights, Biggest Moments & More

It’s week 12, and if the games at the start of the week have given us any indication of what we expect on Saturday, it will certainly be fun: a top 10 clash between Michigan State and Ohio State, plus Arkansas-Alabama. and Oregon -Utah.

Check back here throughout the day for the latest results, reactions and celebrations from across the country.

Oregon has the head-to-head advantage over the state of Ohio. But can the Ducks withstand the Buckeyes’ convincing rout against Michigan State to stay ahead of them in the next college football playoff standings?

The Ducks could very well have a rematch against the Utes in the Pac-12 title game in two weeks time, but Saturday’s game has massive implications for the CFP.

Read more on Bill Connelly’s Week 12 preview (ESPN +).

Full schedule: All teams | Top 25

Utah pouring over it

Tavion Thomas scored a 4-yard touchdown with 27 seconds left in the second quarter to give Utah a 21-0 lead.

The Utes weren’t made there.

Oregon tried to lead in those 27 seconds and had three goals instead. So the Ducks kicked… and Britain Covey walked 78 yards down the left sideline to give 23rd Utah a 28-0 lead over the third Ducks.

Buckeye bashing

Ohio State wanted to make a statement against Michigan State. Here’s how the first quarter went: a 23-yard touchdown to Chris Olave …

Michigan State’s punt, 77-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Wilson ….

Michigan State missed the field, a 43-yard touchdown pass to Olave. …

The Buckeyes scored touchdowns on their first seven first-half records. Quarterback CJ Stroud totaled 393 passing yards and six touchdown passes at the break. Do you think this is impressive? Patrick Mahomes too.

Honorary Buckeye LeBron James wanted to see his old friend and former Spartan Draymond Green to see how he fared in light of the eruption.

big game jame

Jameson Williams received a reception of at least 50 yards in each of his last four games on Saturday. What did he do against Arkansas on Saturday? Just break free for that 79-yard touchdown.

Williams was not finished. He caught a 32-yard pass for a touchdown in the second quarter and made a plunging 40-yard touchdown behind the end zone in the fourth for his third touchdown of the day, taking it to 190 receiving yards.

UTSA remains perfect in the thriller

With a Conference USA West title and a perfect season on the line, UTSA needed a hero.

Enter Oscar Cardenas.

Down 31-27 with seven seconds left, quarterback Frank Harris missed the snap, recovered, rolled to his left and found Cardenas in the end zone – on an inclined pass – to give the Roadrunners a thrilling 34-31 victory.

Mizzou goes against Florida

Florida’s season is accelerating.

The Gators have lost three straight games to LSU, Georgia and South Carolina. They then gave FCS Samford 42 points in the first half. On Saturday, they lost in overtime to Missouri on a 2-point conversion to fall to 5-6.

Connor Bazelak found Daniel Parker Jr. wide open in the end zone to give the Tigers a 24-23 victory and make Mizzou eligible for the bowl. Meanwhile, Florida, under .500 with one game to go, is not eligible for a bowl.

Tigers coach Eli Drinkwitz had an epic post-game message for everyone, overshadowing Florida coach Dan Mullen.

Beat Yale

Either way, a blocked punt returned for a touchdown was not the highlight for Harvard in their rivalry clash against Yale.

No, it was Luke Emge who orchestrated a six-game, 66-yard touchdown topped by a 12-yard touchdown pass to Kym Wimberly who put the Crimson in the lead for good with 22 seconds left.

Horns down (bad)

Steve Sarkisian’s Longhorns lost to West Virginia 31-23 on Saturday, Texas’ sixth straight loss after a 4-1 start. While the climbers recognized the military personnel during the match, each member would have made the Horns Down hand gesture. Even Mountaineers quarterback Jarret Doege, who threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns, did so after the game.

Downstairs, indeed.

Coastal challenges Chestnut

Coastal Carolina moved away from the state of Texas, but the real challenge for the Chanticleers came after the game, when three players – Charles “Ground Chuck” Ouverson, Trey Carter and Silas “One Bite” Kelly – faced the legendary Joey Chestnut for a pizza eating contest.

Davis, a 6-foot-6, 340-pound defensive lineman, anchored Georgia’s top-ranked defense. But on Saturday he helped the Dawgs offensive, scoring a one-yard touchdown against Charleston Southern.

And after the Dawgs’ 56-7 rout, Davis led Georgia’s party. What can’t he do?

DTR pulls a TO

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson did his best to impersonate Terrell Owens, scoring a touchdown and celebrating by signing an autograph. Except that this one was not scripted; the fan next to him just had a pen and a hat nearby.

Thompson-Robinson had six total touchdowns in UCLA’s 62-33 win over USC, including that 15-yard rush in which he beat a Trojans defenseman.

Michigan does acrobatic plays

Which of these Wolverines receivers made the best game? Was it Andrel Anthony?

Or was it Mike Sainristil?

The return of the kick

Michigan doesn’t need acrobatic catches to score touchdowns. A little trick also works.

After Michael Barrett caught the short kickoff, he threw it across the pitch to AJ Henning, who ran 80 yards along the sideline unscathed for the touchdown.

Kazmeir Allen from UCLA didn’t need any sort of tricks. He walked through the USC special teams unit to go 100 yards to score.

False goal alert on the pitch

Arkansas were down 13 at the start of the fourth quarter. Aim for the basket and trim Alabama’s lead, right?

Or go for the fake basket and have punter Reid Bauer throw a 32-yard touchdown at Blake Kern to make it a one-scoring game.

Return completed

East Carolina trailed the Navy 35-27 halfway through the fourth. But the Pirates responded with a touchdown pass to Tyler Snead, a tie-breaking 2-point conversion, a save in defense and a 54-yard field goal by Owen Daffer.

Great Men TDs

Oklahoma defensive lineman Jalen Redmond showed his wheels after Key Lawrence forced a Brock Purdy fumble.

Redmond and Davis weren’t the only linemen scoring touchdowns. South Carolina goaltender Trai Jones, a 6-3, 305-pound freshman, lined up at the back and caught that 3-yard score.

Run, Caleb, run!

Oklahoma totaled just 82 rushing yards in last week’s loss to Baylor. Quarterback Caleb Williams was 74 in that explosive touchdown run on Saturday against Iowa State.

What Iowa State Drive

Iowa State knocked out Williams, then his training seemed to stall. Then the Cyclones awoke. Matt Campbell called a false punt in the fourth and seventh runs to keep the practice going.

Then Breece Hall channeled his inner Odell Beckham Jr. with a one-handed grab on the fourth and fifth.

And practice ended with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Dekkers to Chase Allen that brought the Cyclones down to one point.

Shades of Tim Tebow

Fifteen years after Tebow threw his famous jump pass, running back Clemson Will Shipley did the same on this game of tricks.

Irish people make a statement

Notre Dame is currently outside watching the college football playoffs. For the Irish to progress, they have to win big and lose the teams above them.

That’s exactly what they’ve been doing against Georgia Tech so far, as the pick of Jack Kiser helped the Irish take a double-digit lead midway through the first quarter.

Prime Time back on the sidelines

Deion Sanders is back on the sidelines for Jackson State’s 9-1 rivalry game against Alcorn State. And maybe no one is happier than Sanders himself.

he left

How is Iowa reacting after falling 10-0? With a 100-yard kickoff return home by Charlie Jones.
Rutgers and Penn State traded punters the first 12 possessions of their game. But none of them went as far as Adam Korsak’s third quarter punt that hit 74 yards.

And just to be clear, it’s not like San Diego state’s Araiza had a bad game (by his standards) against UNLV on Friday. He had six punts for 285 yards, an average of 47.5, with his longest run of 59 yards.

Register it!

This corresponds to an incompleteness of Aidan O’Connell, but not for this fan.

Bill Murray hits West Point

CIVIL CONFLICT returns!

Do you remember the Civil ConFLiCT trophy? The, uh, different rivalry trophy that UConn coach Bob Diaco tried to throw with UCF? And how did neither of the two teams seem so interested in it? To the point that he has disappeared. Well, as the Huskies and Knights return to hostilities today, the trophy is back. (We think.)

Everything is fun and games

Yep, we’re still talking about Taylor Swift. And we’re happier than ever that Lane Kiffin listened to the 10 minute version of “All Too Well”.

NIL offer of the week

Good things are happening to those who score game winners against Texas, like those several NIL deals that Jared Casey signed.

For more on the Kansas Walk-In Hero, check out this.

Great celebrations

Why not drop the ball after scoring?

Every piece is better when it involves a great man like Michael Smith Jr.

Stage in the stands

Now, that person left the stands and set up comfortably on this hill.

Latest trends

Honestly, more kids designing swimsuits would be for the better.

The amount of detail that went into these helmets is downright amazing.

To learn more about the best uniforms, check out this.

More to see

Trayvon Rudolph conducted this piece to perfection.

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