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STARS

-Kenjon Barner, Oregon, rushed for a school-record 321 yards and five TDs as the No. 2 Ducks produced another landmark offensive performance in a 62-51 victory over No. 18 Southern California.

-Matt Barkley, USC, passed for 484 yards and four TDs in the Trojans' 62-51 loss to Oregon.

-Tajh Boyd, Clemson, threw for 344 yards and tied a school record with five TD passes for the second straight week to help the No. 10 Tigers beat Duke 56-20.

-Landry Jones, Oklahoma, threw for 405 yards and a season-high four TDs in the No. 14 Sooners' 35-20 win over Iowa State.

-Aaron Murray, Georgia, threw for 384 yards and four TDs, and the No. 7 Bulldogs overcame a slow start to beat Mississippi 37-10 and move one win away from a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

-Taylor Martinez, Nebraska, rushed for 205 yards and two TDs, and threw a 5-yard scoring pass to Jamal Turner with 6 seconds left to give the No. 21 Cornhuskers a 28-24 win over Michigan State.

-Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, threw for 311 yards and ran for 129 yards and two TDs, leading the No. 16 Aggies &M to a 38-13 victory over No. 17 Mississippi State.

-Tyler Bray, Tennessee, set career highs with 530 yards passing and five TDs to help the Vols outlast Troy 55-48 in a game that featured 1,439 combined yards in total offense - most in Tennessee history.

-Cameron Coffman, Indiana, threw for 315 yards and three TD passes to Cody Latimer in the Hoosiers' 24-21 win over Big Ten foe Iowa.

-Nick Florence, Baylor, threw for 367 yards and three TDs to help the Bears win their first Big 12 game this season, 41-14 over Kansas.

-Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, threw for 324 yards and a career-high five TDs as the No. 12 Cardinals beat Temple 45-17.

-Derek Carr, Tennessee-Martin, threw for 402 yards and tied a career high with seven TD passes in a 49-47 win over Jacksonville State.

-Keenan Reynolds, Navy, ran for 159 yards and a TD and threw two scoring passes to Brandon Turner, helping the Midshipmen beat Florida Atlantic 24-17.

-Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest, tied an ACC record with 16 catches and had three first-half TDs in a 28-14 win over Boston College.

-Jake Hutson, Valparaiso, ran for a career-high 248 yards and three TDs in a 41-21 win over Campbell.

-David Ash, Texas, threw for 264 yards three TDs to lead the Longhorns to a 31-22 victory over No. 20 Texas Tech.

-Terrance Broadway, Louisiana-Lafayette, threw four TD passes and ran for another score in a 40-24 win over Louisiana-Monroe.

-Darrin Reaves, Alabama-Birmingham, rushed for a season-high 218 yards and two TDs to help the Blazers erase a 16-point halftime deficit to defeat Southern Mississippi 27-19.

-Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech, passed for 348 yards and three TDs in the No. 22 Bulldogs' 51-27 victory over Texas-San Antonio.

-Brett Smith, Wyoming, passed for four TDs and ran for another score to lead the Cowboys past Colorado State 45-31.

-Chuckie Keeton, Utah State, threw four TD passes and ran for another score in a 38-7 victory over Texas State.

-Mike Colvin, Lehigh, threw for a career-high 362 yards and three TDs and ran for two more scores to lead unbeaten the Mountain Hawks to a 36-35 win over Holy Cross.

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TIDE STAYS ON A ROLL

With Alabama's hopes of a second straight national title hanging by a thread, A.J. McCarron shook off a dismal second half and guided the Crimson Tide right down the field.

Talk about a stunner in Death Valley.

McCarron read an LSU blitz and flipped a swing pass to T.J. Yeldon, who did the rest on a 28-yard touchdown with 51 seconds remaining that gave the top-ranked Crimson Tide a 21-17 victory over No. 5 LSU.

Alabama has a clear path to the league championship game in Atlanta, and remains solidly on course to defend its national title in Miami.

But this one was a struggle. Led by embattled quarterback Zach Mettenberger, LSU fought back from a 14-3 halftime deficit with an offensive performance that was nothing like their dismal showing against the Tide in last season's BCS championship game.

Jeremy Hill scored on a 1-yard run late in the third quarter, LSU's first TD against Alabama since 2010 - a span of nearly three full games. Then Mettenberger threw perhaps the best pass of his LSU career, hooking up with Jarvis Landry on a 14-yard touchdown that put the Tigers ahead 17-14 with just under 13 minutes remaining.

But after LSU's Drew Alleman missed a 38-yard field goal, McCarron took over.

He completed three straight passes to put Alabama in scoring position. Then, when LSU brought a corner blitz, he got the ball away quickly to Yeldon. The freshman running back broke one tackle and faked out another defender, racing to the end zone for the winning score.

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DUCKS FLYING

Oregon's offense has been unstoppable all season. The Ducks certainly didn't slow down against rival Southern California.

Kenjon Barner rushed for a school-record 321 yards and five touchdowns, Marcus Mariota threw four TD passes, and No. 2 Oregon produced another landmark offensive performance in a 62-51 victory over No. 18 USC.

Josh Huff caught two touchdowns, and De'Anthony Thomas and Daryl Hawkins also caught scoring passes for the Ducks, who outlasted USC in a back-and-forth second half to extend their winning streak to 12 games since the Trojans won in Eugene last season.

Oregon's 730 yards and 62 points were the most allowed by USC, which began playing football in 1888.

Barner set a rushing record for a USC opponent by the third quarter, topping Curtis Enis' 241 yards for Penn State in 1996, and smashed the school record shortly afterward as the Ducks gradually pulled away in their closest game of the year.

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LUCK OF THE IRISH

Down 20-6 in the fourth quarter, Notre Dame was going to need some big plays and a little luck to stay undefeated and keep its national title hopes alive.

It got just enough of both.

Everett Golson scored on a quarterback sneak in the third overtime as the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish came back from a 14-point deficit and beat Pittsburgh 29-26.

Notre Dame (9-0) is off to its best start since 1993, when it finished the season ranked No. 2. Pitt (4-5) missed a potential game-winning field goal in overtime.

Golson re-entered the game after being replaced by Tommy Rees and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter as Notre Dame cut Pitt's lead to 20-12. Notre Dame's chances for a comeback appeared to end when Pitt cornerback K'Waun Williams intercepted a pass by Golson in the end zone.

But the Irish defense held, and Golson completed a 45-yard pass to DaVaris Daniels to the Pitt 5. Golson then threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Theo Riddick and ran in for the 2-point conversion to tie the game.

Notre Dame avoided the fate of the 2002 team, the last Irish team to start a season 8-0, which was upset by Boston College 14-7.

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NUMBERS

3-Kickoff returns of at least 100 yards the past two weeks by Utah's Reggie Dunn.

13-Personal foul penalties between No. 22 Louisiana Tech and Texas-San Antonio, including two on Tech coach Sonny Dykes.

18-Straight Big 12 losses by Kansas after the Jayhawks lost 41-14 to Baylor.

69-Catches by Arkansas' Cobi Hamilton this season, breaking Jarius Wright's school record of 66.

84-Years since Florida A&M failed to score an offensive touchdown before losing 16-3 to North Carolina A&T.

145-Wins by Bob Stoops at Oklahoma, putting him in a second-place tie with Bud Wilkinson on the Sooners' career win list and 12 behind Barry Switzer for the most in school history.

150-Straight games Colorado had scored at least a point before No. 15 Stanford beat the Buffs 48-0.

693-Total yards by No. 16 Texas A&M in its 38-13 victory over No. 17 Mississippi State.

718- Total yards by No. 10 Clemson in its 56-20 win over Duke.

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BIG WIN FOR ARMY

Army coach Rich Ellerson has been searching for that elusive signature victory. He might just have it now.

Trent Steelman rushed for 101 yards and scored twice, the Army defense held Air Force's high-powered offense in check, and the Black Knights beat the Falcons 41-21.

How big was that?

Army stopped a 13-game skid in service academy games and beat an archrival it had defeated just once in the previous 15 games.

Most importantly, Army stayed in the hunt for its first Commander-in-Chief's Trophy since 1996.

The coveted hardware goes to the service academy with the best record in the annual round-robin competition between the schools. Air Force has won it outright the past two seasons, but Navy beat the Falcons 28-21 in overtime a month ago and plays Army in the season finale next month.

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DANIELS OUT

South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels is done for the season after a left ankle injury against Connecticut.

Daniels ran for a first-quarter touchdown before leaving in the fourth quarter of South Florida's 13-6 win over the Huskies.

South Florida coach Skip Holtz said Daniels' ankle was likely broken.

Daniels was hurt on a 15-yard run inside the UConn 10 just over five minutes into the fourth quarter. The senior quarterback couldn't put any weight on his left leg as he was helped from the field.

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3 stars of the game: Caps save their season in physical win over Lightning

3 stars of the game: Caps save their season in physical win over Lightning

This one is going to go the distance.

The Washington Capitals staved off elimination on Monday with a 3-0 Game 6 win to force a Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Andrei Vasilevskiy looked unbeatable for much of the game, but T.J. Oshie finally got one past the Lightning netminder on the Caps' first power play since the second period of Game 4. Devante Smith-Pelly finished them off with a third-period tally.

Game 7 will be on Wednesday with a spot in the Stanley Cup Final on the line.

Here are the three stars of Game 6.

1.  T.J. Oshie: Oshie scored the goal that saved Washington's season.

The Caps were doing everything right, but they just could not get one past Vasilevskiy. Finally, Oshie struck with a one-timer from the high-slot that just managed to beat Vasilevskiy.

Oshie also added an empty-netter to ice the game away.

We will never know how close frustration came to really wearing down Washington, but it probably came closer than you think. Just seconds before Oshie's goal, John Carlson rang a blistering slap shot off the inside of the post. It was so close, the horn went off briefly, but play continued. Had Washington not been able to finish off the power play, would they have recovered or would Vasilevskiy officially have Halaked them?

2. Andrei Vasilevskiy: Don't let the score fool you, Vasilevskiy was absolutely brilliant. He really stood out in the first period when he denied great chances again and again to keep the score locked at 0-0. You knew he was on his game when he denied a great chance from Alex Ovechkin from the slot with the blocker. His best save, however, was saved for Evgeny Kuznetsov when he was on the ice and desperately extended the arm just in time to deny Kuznetsov.

Vasilevskity made a total of 32 saves in the losing effort.

3. Braden Holtby: Though he was not tested as much as his counterpart, Holtby was equally as brilliant in his 24 save performance for his fifth career playoff shutout.

The Lightning made a real push in the second and third period and some key saves by Holtby ensured the Caps did not give up the first goal or the game-tying one. The most critical save came on Anthony Cirelli in the second period with the game still tied at 0-0. A Lightning 2-on-1 resulted with Cirelli coming in all alone on Holtby, but the Caps' netminder just managed to extend the toe for the save.

Smith-Pelly had seven goals in the regular season. he has four in the playoffs. Smith-Pelly put the exclamation point on the game with his third period goal to extend the Caps' lead to 2-0.  He was set up by a phenomenal pass by Chandler Stephenson.

It was clear from the outset that the Caps wanted to be very physical in this game and Smith-Pelly really took that message to heart with 

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

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