Welcome to the roundup of must-see sports news from Saturday, highlighted by a major college football upset, with No. 5 Oklahoma falling to Kansas State. We’ll also take a look at American Christian Pulisic — aka “Captain America” — scoring a hat trick for Chelsea for his first Premier League goals.
All this and more as we get you up to speed with the sports world on this Sunday.
SOONERS SENT PACKING: Kansas State Upsets No. 5 Oklahoma
Kansas State delivered a huge blow to Oklahoma’s College Football Playoff hopes on Saturday, using four rushing touchdowns from Skylar Thompson to upset the fifth-ranked Sooners 48-41.
Oklahoma staged a furious fourth-quarter rally, but came up just short. It appeared the Sooners had recovered an onside kick with 1:45 left down just a touchdown, but replay showed an Oklahoma player had touched the ball a yard early and the recovery was overturned.
“We had a similar situation at Baylor my first year. They engaged our player and it definitely hit him before the 10-yard,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said, “but I was under the impression if they engage our player into it that there’s no illegal touching. It was a 50-50 call that didn’t go our way.”
Oklahoma Heisman candidate Jalen Hurts threw for 395 yards and a touchdown while running for 95 yards and three more, but it wasn’t enough.
Kansas State was a 21-½-point underdog in the game against a program that has produced the last two Heisman winners. It didn’t seem to matter on Saturday with a ravenous home crowd.
“I don’t have any idea on the lines and spreads, thank God,” said Wildcats coach Chris Klieman. “I mean, yeah, it was a statement win for our guys. I told the seniors, ‘How many more opportunities are you going to have to play in front of your home crowd?'”
TOP 25 ROUNDUP: LSU squeaks out win over Auburn
Joe Burrow passed for 321 yards and a touchdown to help lead No. 2 LSU over SEC rival No. 9 Auburn 23-20.
“If your quarterback shows toughness like that, it can kind of get your team going,” Burrow said. “If you lay down on the field and don’t hop right back up, it shows your team that you are not really into it.
“We showed toughness today. It was not a pretty win by any means,” Burrow added. “SEC games aren’t going to be pretty. When you can come out on top of a top-10 team and feel like you could have played better, it’s always a good thing.”
Next up for LSU is a matchup against No. 1 overall Alabama on Nov. 9.
In another big upset, Michigan got its head coach Jim Harbaugh a much needed victory over a top 10 opponent, routing No. 8 Notre Dame 45-14. Haasan Haskins led the way with a breakout performance, rushing for 149 yards. Quarterback Shea Patterson threw for just 100 yards and two touchdowns, but that’s all the Wolverines needed for their biggest win of the season.
“Some of the tests that the team has gone through, you can make a lot of growth from it,” Harbaugh said.
How the Rest of the Top 25 Fared
- No. 1 Alabama (8-0) beat Arkansas 48-7
- No. 2 LSU (8-0) beat No. 9 Auburn 23-20
- No. 3 Ohio State (8-0) beat No. 13 Wisconsin 38-7
- No. 4 Clemson (8-0) beat Boston College 59-7
- No. 5 Oklahoma (7-1) lost to Kansas State 48-41
- No. 6 Penn State (7-0) beat Michigan State 28-7
- No. 7 Florida (7-1) did not play
- No. 8 Notre Dame (5-2) lost to No. 19 Michigan 45-14
- No. 9 Auburn (6-2) lost to No. 2 LSU 23-20
- No. 10 Georgia (6-1) did not play
- No. 11 Oregon (7-1) beat Washington State 37-35
- No. 12 Utah (7-1) beat California 35-0
- No. 13 Wisconsin (6-2) lost to No. 3 Ohio State 38-7
- No. 14 Baylor (7-0) did not play
- No. 15 Texas (5-3) lost to TCU 37-27
- No. 16 SMU (8-0) beat Houston 34-31, Thursday
- No. 17 Minnesota (8-0) beat Maryland 52-10
- No. 18 Cincinnati (6-1) did not play
- No. 19 Michigan (6-2) beat No. 8 Notre Dame 45-14
- No. 20 Iowa (6-2) beat Northwestern 20-0
- No. 21 Appalachian State (7-0) beat South Alabama 30-3
- No. 22 Boise State (6-1) did not play
- No. 23 Iowa State (5-3) lost to Oklahoma State 34-27
- No. 24 Arizona State (5-2) lost to UCLA 42-32
- No. 25 Wake Forest (6-1) did not play
American Christian Pulisic Nets Hat Trick for Chelsea
Christian Pulisic made quite the debut onto the scoresheet in the Premier League, notching a perfect hat trick in Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Burnley on Saturday. He scored with his left foot, right foot and with a header in the victory.
“It’s a very special day for me,” Pulisic said after the win. “I’m happy with the progress I’ve made.”
According to the Associated Press, it was the second hat trick by a U.S. player in league history. Clint Dempsey also accomplished the feat, scoring three in Fulham’s 5-2 defeat of Newcastle in 2012.
DON’T MISS THESE STORIES: Rounding Up the Top Headlines
- WORLD SERIES: Urquidy, Bregman help Astros even up Series with Nationals
- Sources: Saints plan to start Drew Brees vs. Arizona on Sunday
- Panthers DT Gerald McCoy gets help from former Bucs teammates on son’s senior night
- Falcons rule out Matt Ryan for Week 8 vs. Seahawks
- Protesters voice support for Hong Kong before Rockets game
- Jets cut Kelechi Osemele amid injury dispute, surgery
- Cowboys release veteran defender after Michael Bennett trade
WHAT’S ON TAP IN THE SPORTS WORLD ON SUNDAY
NFL, SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Green Bay vs. Kansas City
The Packers will look to stay hot in primetime as they face a Chiefs team that will be without its starting quarterback and league MVP Patrick Mahomes.
WHEN: Tonight, 8:20 p.m. ET
WORLD SERIES GAME 5: Houston Astros at Washington Nationals
After falling behind 0-2, the Astros have battled back to even up the series against the Washington Nationals. Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer are expected to face off in the fifth game.
WHEN: Tonight, 8:07 p.m. ET
SERIES: Tied 2-2
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