TEMPE, Ariz. — Taylor Kelly threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Demario Richard in the fourth quarter, and Lloyd Carrington followed with a 58-yard interception return for another score, helping No. 11 Arizona State hold on for a 55-31 win over No. 8 Notre Dame on Saturday.
The Sun Devils (8-1, No. 9 CFB) overwhelmed Notre Dame early with a string of turnovers and big plays, racing to a 24-3 lead by the opening minute of the second quarter.
The Irish (7-2, No. 10 CFP) charged back with 21 straight points, pulling to 34-31 when Everett Golson hit Amir Carlisle with a 25-yard touchdown pass.
But the Sun Devils had a rally of their own, scoring three touchdowns in the final 4:39 to remain firmly in the playoff mix. Golson finished with 446 yards on 22-of-41 passing and two touchdowns but has 17 turnovers the past six games.
NO. 2 FLORIDA STATE 34, VIRGINIA 20: In Tallahassee, Fla., Jameis Winston threw for 261 yards and accounted for two touchdowns, rallying Florida State to its 25th straight victory.
Winston and the offense started slowly for the third consecutive game, and two first-quarter interceptions helped the Cavaliers to a 13-7 lead. Virginia, however, had ball control issues of its own, committing three first-half turnovers.
Rashad Greene had a career-high 13 receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles (9-0, 6-0 ACC, No. 2 CFP).
NO. 5 OREGON 51, NO. 20 UTAH 27: In Salt Lake City, Joe Walker returned Kaelin Clay’s careless goal line fumble 100 yards for a touchdown, Marcus Mariota threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score and Oregon turned back Utah.
The Utes (6-3, 3-3) were on their way to taking a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter when Wilson connected with Clay, who was cruising to long touchdown when he casually dropped the ball a yard before he crossed the goal line. As the Utes celebrated, Walker grabbed the ball and chugged down the sideline for a touchdown.
NO. 6 TCU 41, NO. 9 KANSAS ST. 20: In Fort Worth, Texas, Trevone Boykin ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score, leading TCU over Kansas State.
Aaron Green, filling in for injured B.J. Catalon, ran for 171 yards for the Horned Frogs (8-1, 5-1), including a 65-yard TD.
Boykin set a career high for rushing yards and completed 23 of 34 passes for 219 yards.
The end of Kansas State’s five-game winning streak created a three-way tie atop the Big 12 with the Wildcats (7-2, 5-1), TCU and No. 10 Baylor (8-1, 5-1).
NO. 10 BAYLOR 48, NO. 16 OKLAHOMA 14: In Norman, Okla., Corey Coleman set career highs of 15 catches and 224 yards to help Baylor get a landmark win by rolling past Oklahoma.
It was the most receptions ever by a player against the Sooners. Coleman also caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the Bears (8-1, 5-1 Big 12, No. 12 in CFP) maintained their conference and national title hopes.
Bryce Petty completed 32 of 42 passes for 387 yards and a touchdown.
NO. 13 OHIO STATE 49, NO. 7 MICHIGAN STATE 37: In East Lansing, Mich., J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for two, and 13th-ranked Ohio State scored almost at will against Michigan State’s vaunted defense.
The Buckeyes (8-1, 5-0) re-established themselves as the Big Ten’s dominant team under Urban Meyer, avenged their loss to Michigan State in last year’s conference title game — and boosted their case for a berth in college football’s four-team playoff.
NO. 18 UCLA 44, WASHINGTON 30: In Seattle, Brett Hundley threw for two touchdowns to become UCLA’s career leader in TD passes, and ran for two more scores.
Hundley collected his 69th career touchdown pass on a 57-yard connection with Kenneth Walker III in the first quarter, giving the Bruins a 14-0 lead and passing Cade McNown on the school list.
NO. 21 ARIZONA 38, COLORADO 20: In Tucson, Ariz., Anu Solomon threw for four touchdowns and ran for a career-best 115 yards, and Arizona kept Colorado winless in the Pac-12.
NO. 22 DUKE 27, SYRACUSE 10: In Syracuse, N.Y., Anthony Boone threw two touchdown passes to Issac Blakeney, Jamison Crowder returned a punt 52 yards for another score, and Duke survived another scare.
Duke (8-1, 4-1, No. 22 CFP) has won four in a row.
NO. 23 MARSHALL 63, SOUTHERN MISS 17: In Hattiesburg, Miss., Rakeem Cato threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, leading No. 23 Marshall over Southern Mississippi.
Cato was 13-for-19 for 186 yards, helping the Herd (9-0, 5-0 Conference USA) shake off a slow start. He also rushed for 92 yards on nine carries.
TEXAS 33, NO. 24 WEST VIRGINIA 16: In Austin, Texas, Johnathan Gray scored three touchdowns and Texas inched closer to a possible bowl game in Charlie Strong’s first season as coach.
Gray scored on runs of 39, 2 and 15 yards as Texas (5-5, 4-3 Big 12) ended a streak of nine straight home losses to ranked opponents.
NO. 25 WISCONSIN 34, PURDUE 16: In West Lafayette, Ind., Joel Stave threw two touchdown passes in Wisconsin’s fourth consecutive win, and Melvin Gordon ran for 205 yards.
The Badgers (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten, No. 25 CFP) remained in a three-way tie atop the West Division. Wisconsin has won nine straight in the series.
The Boilermakers (3-7, 1-5) lost their fourth straight.