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College football: Notre Dame avoids upset, will be No. 1

Published: Sunday, Nov. 18 2012 12:47 a.m. MST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame got one first-place vote in the coaches' poll last Sunday — head coach Brian Kelly's.

He won't be the only one voting the Fighting Irish No. 1 this week.

Earlier in the day, Everett Golson threw three touchdown passes and Cierre Wood scored on a 68-yard run as the Irish beat Wake Forest 38-0, then third-ranked Notre Dame got some help later Saturday night.

Oregon and Kansas State, the two teams ahead of the Irish in the AP and BCS rankings, each lost. Now Notre Dame will control its own fate as it tries to capture its first national title in 24 years.

No. 4 ALABAMA 49, WESTERN CAROLINA 0: At Tuscaloosa, Ala., Eddie Lacy rushed for three first-half touchdowns and AJ McCarron set Alabama's single-season record for passing TDs.

No. 5 GEORGIA 45, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 14: At Athens, Ga., Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes and Todd Gurley became only the second true freshman in Georgia history to rush for 1,000 yards.

No. 6 OHIO STATE 21, WISCONSIN 14: At Madison, Wis., Carlos Hyde scored on a 2-yard run in overtime and the Buckeyes stayed perfect.

Montee Ball scored his 78th touchdown, tying Travis Prentice's major-college record for career scores.

No. 7 FLORIDA 23, JACKSONVILLE STATE 0: At Gainesville, Fla., Mike Gillislee plowed into the end zone from 7 yards out for Florida's only offensive score of the day.

No. 8 LSU 41, MISSISSIPPI 35: At Baton Rouge, La., Jeremy Hill scored his third touchdown with 15 seconds left to lift LSU to a victory.

No. 9 TEXAS A&M 47, SAM HOUSTON STATE 28: At College Station, Texas (AP) — Johnny Manziel threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 100 yards and two more scores in a bit more than a half.

No. 10 FLORIDA STATE 41, MARYLAND 14: At College Park, Md., Devonta Freeman ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns as Florida State earned a spot in the ACC championship game.

No. 11 CLEMSON 62, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 48: At Clemson, S.C., Tajh Boyd threw for five touchdowns and ran for three more scores to lead Clemson to a record-shattering win.

No. 12 SOUTH CAROLINA 24, WOFFORD 7: At Columbia, S.C., Kenny Miles rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown and South Carolina pulled out a closer-than-expected 24-7 win.

No. 13 OKLAHOMA 50, WEST VIRGINIA 49: At Morgantown, W.Va., Landry Jones threw for 554 yards and six scores, including the game-winner to Kenny Stills with only 24 seconds left.

No. 16 NEBRASKA 38, MINNESOTA 14: At Lincoln, Neb., Taylor Martinez threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns to Kenny Bell while becoming Nebraska's career passing leader.

No. 17 UCLA 38, No. 21 USC 28: At Pasadena, Calif., Brett Hundley passed for 234 yards and a touchdown and rushed for two more scores as UCLA clinched the Pac-12 South title.

No. 22 RUTGERS 10, CINCINNATI 3: At Cincinnati, Savon Huggins ran for a career-high 179 yards, and Rutgers' defense played well again.

No. 23 MICHIGAN 42, IOWA 17: At Ann Arbor, Mich., Devin Gardner accounted for six touchdowns to help Michigan rout Iowa.

OKLAHOMA STATE 59, No. 23 TEXAS TECH 21: At Stillwater, Okla., Isaiah Anderson had a career-best 174 yards receiving and caught three long touchdown passes from Clint Chelf in his final home game for Oklahoma State.

No. 25 KENT STATE 31, BOWLING GREEN 24: At Bowling Green, Ohio, Dri Archer had two long touchdown runs and finished with 241 yards rushing, leading Kent State to its first Mid-American Conference title game.

Top 25 at a glance

No. 1 Oregon (10-1) lost. Next: at No. 15 Oregon State, Saturday.

No. 2 Kansas State (10-1) lost. Next: vs. No. 18 Texas, Saturday, Dec. 1.

No. 3 Notre Dame (11-0) won. Next: at No. 21 USC, Saturday.

No. 4 Alabama (10-1) won. Next: vs. Auburn, Saturday.

No. 5 Georgia (10-1) won. Next: vs. Georgia Tech, Saturday.

No. 6 Ohio State (11-0) won. Next: vs. No. 23 Michigan, Saturday.

No. 7 Florida (10-1) won. Next: at No. 10 Florida State, Saturday.

No. 8 LSU (9-2) won. Next: at Arkansas, Friday.

No. 9 Texas A&M (9-2) won. Next: vs. Missouri, Saturday.

No. 10 Florida State (10-1) won. Next: vs. No. 7 Florida, Saturday.

No. 11 Clemson (10-1) won. Next: vs. No. 12 South Carolina, Saturday.

No. 12 South Carolina (9-2) won. Next: at No. 11 Clemson, Saturday.

No. 13 Oklahoma (9-2) won. Next: vs. Oklahoma State, Saturday.

No. 14 Stanford (9-2) won. Next: at No. 17 UCLA, Saturday.

No. 15 Oregon State (7-2) late. Next: vs. No. 1 Oregon, Saturday.

No. 16 Nebraska (9-2) won. Next: at Iowa, Friday.

No. 17 UCLA (9-2) won. Next: vs. No. 14 Stanford, Saturday.

No. 18 Texas (8-2) did not play. Next: vs. TCU, Thursday.

No. 19 La. Tech (9-2) lost. Next: at San Jose State, Saturday.

No. 20 Louisville (9-1) did not play. Next: vs. UConn, Saturday.

No. 21 USC (7-4) lost. Next: vs. No. 3 Notre Dame, Saturday.

No. 22 Rutgers (9-1) won. Next: at Pittsburgh, Saturday.

No. 23 Michigan (8-3) won. Next: at No. 6 Ohio State, Saturday.

No. 23 Texas Tech (7-4) lost. Next: vs. Baylor, Saturday.

No. 25 Kent State (10-1) won. Next: vs. Ohio, Friday.

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