Kansas State hands TCU first loss in OT, adds to College Football Playoff Week 14 drama after USC rout

by 24USATVDec. 4, 2022, 1:20 a.m. 17
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Conference championship weekend gave teams a chance to not only win a trophy but to make a lasting impression ahead of the final College Football Playoff rankings of the season. Before the CFP top 25 and selections are announced on Sunday, catch up on the drama here:

No. 10 Kansas State hands No. 3 TCU first loss for Big 12 crown

TCU avoided danger seemingly every week and almost did it again in the Big 12 title game. But K-State came through with a goal-line stand in OT and gave the Frogs their first loss in a 31-28 game. TCU, ranked No. 3 in the CFP rankings, now has to wait to see if it will drop.

Kansas State led by 11 in the fourth quarter before TCU QB Max Duggan — a Heisman hopeful — came up clutch. With his team down eight late, Duggan drove TCU 80 yards on eight plays. Runs of 15, 13, 19, 40 and eight shocked the Wildcats before a two-point conversion tied the game. Duggan finished with 251 passing yards and 110 rushing yards.

However, Kansas State stopped TCU near the goal line in overtime and then won it on a 31-yard Ty Zentner field goal. The Wildcats also got two passing scores from QB Will Howard and 130 rushing yards and a touchdown from Deuce Vaughn to win the Big 12 for the first time since 2012 (co-champ).

No. 11 Utah beats No. 4 USC — again — to likely doom Trojans' CFP hopes

For the second time this season, Utah beat Southern California. This time, it was for the Pac-12 Championship and likely the end of USC's playoff dreams. USC entered clinging to the fourth and final spot in the semifinals at No. 4.

The Utes have now won back-to-back conference titles after cruising to a 47-24 victory on Friday.

The Trojans entered the second quarter with 14-3 lead, but it did not last long. Utah outscored USC 44-10 thereafter as USC QB Caleb Williams was hobbled with a leg injury. The Trojans struggled to keep drives alive, going 1-12 on third down conversions (3-5 on fourth down).

FINAL STATS: How Utah upset USC — by the numbers

Defensively, Utah crushed the Trojans with seven sacks and 11 tackles for loss. On offense, Utah QB Cameron Rising threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns.

Battling that injury most of the game, Williams still passed for 363 yards and three touchdowns.

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