SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Blake Bell threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard in the fourth quarter and No. 14 Oklahoma jumped to a two-touchdown lead in the opening three minutes and beat No. 22 Notre Dame 35-21 on Saturday.
It was the Sooners’ second win over the Fighting Irish in 11 meetings.
The Sooners had three interceptions that led to TDs, including a 24-yard score by linebacker Corey Nelson. Damien Williams, suspended the previous game against Tulsa for violating team rules, added an 11-yard TD run after an interception by linebacker Frank Shannon as the Sooners went ahead 14-0.
Bell threw a 26-yard TD pass to Lacoltan Bester to cap an 88-yard drive after an interception by cornerback Julian Wilson late in the second quarter.
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The Irish cut the lead to 27-21 in the fourth quarter, but the Sooners answered with Shepard’s TD.
The only other victory for Oklahoma (4-0) in the series was a 40-0 win in 1956 that remains the worst home loss for the Irish (3-2).
At West Virginia 30, No. 11 Oklahoma St. 21
Clint Trickett threw a touchdown pass in his first start at West Virginia, and Ishmael Banks returned an interception for a touchdown. Trickett, a transfer from Florida State, became West Virginia’s third starting quarterback after Ford Childress was injured last week. Trickett finished 24 of 50 for 309 yards in his first start since subbing for EJ Manuel for the Seminoles in October 2011.
Turnovers, penalties and poor special teams play haunted the Cowboys (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) in the loss to the Mountaineers (3-2, 1-1).
At No. 1 Alabama 25, No. 21 Mississippi 0
T.J. Yeldon rushed for 121 yards, Kenyan Drake gained 99 and a dominating defense powered Alabama to a shutout of Mississippi (3-1, 1-1).
Yeldon scored on a 68-yard run and Drake added a 50-yard scamper to revive a struggling running game for the Crimson Tide (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference), which outgained the Rebels 434-205.
At No. 3 Clemson 56, Wake Forest 7
Tajh Boyd became the second Atlantic Coast Conference quarterback to account for 100 career touchdowns, leading Clemson (4-0) to the easy win.
Boyd threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another score. He stands at 102 TDs, joining former North Carolina State star Phillip Rivers in the ACC’s century club. Boyd passed for 311 yards and ran for 69 to surpass Charlie Whitehurst as Clemson’s total offense leader.
At No. 4 Ohio State 31, No. 23 Wisconsin 24
Braxton Miller threw a career-high four touchdown passes in his first game in three weeks and Ohio State ran the nation’s longest winning streak to 17 games.
Miller was back after missing the last two games with a sprained left knee. The junior threw three touchdown passes in the first half, including a 40-yarder to Corey Brown with 1 second left that put Ohio State (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) up 24-14 against the Badgers (3-2, 1-1).
No. 8 Florida State 48, at Boston College 34
Jameis Winston threw for four touchdowns for Florida State, including a 55-yard Hail Mary as time expired in the first half.
Winston had first-half touchdown passes of 56 and 10 yards to tie the score after BC, coming off a 28-point loss to USC, opened a 17-3 lead. The desperation heave to Kenny Shaw made it 24-17, and then Winston added a fourth TD pass in the second half as the Seminoles (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) pulled away.
No. 10 Texas A&M 45, at Arkansas 33
Johnny Manziel accounted for 320 total yards of offense and threw two touchdown passes to Mike Evans as Texas A&M (4-1) pulled away for a win over Arkansas.