IOWA CITY, IOWA — Ricky Stanzi threw three touchdown passes and No. 18 Iowa handed No. 5 Michigan State its first loss decisively, issuing a 37-6 rout on Saturday.
Adam Robinson added a pair of touchdowns for the charged-up Hawkeyes, who rolled out to a 30-0 halftime lead and dealt a crushing blow to the Spartans' national title hopes.
Iowa (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) jumped ahead 17-0 when Micah Hyde went 66 yards after taking a pitch from safety Tyler Sash, who had picked off a pass.
Stanzi then found Robinson for a 32-yard TD pass, and Robinson's 2-yard touchdown run put the Hawkeyes ahead by 30 with 1:01 left in the first half.
Kirk Cousins threw three interceptions for the Spartans (8-1, 4-1), who were trying to move to 9-0 for the first time since winning a share of the national title in 1966.
No. 3 Auburn 51, Mississippi 31
At Oxford, Miss., Cam Newton caught a touchdown pass, to go along with the two TD passes he threw, and Mike Dyer ran for 180 yards for Auburn.
The Tigers (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference), ranked atop the BCS standings for the first time, easily sidestepped the string of upsets that had struck No. 1 teams in each of the past three weeks.
The Rebels (3-4, 1-4) ended Newton's string of four straight 170-yard rushing efforts against SEC defenses, but the Heisman Trophy contender passed for 199. He also caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from receiver Kodi Burns.
Auburn scored on Demond Washington's 95-yard punt return, Onterio McCalebb's 68-yard touchdown run and Dyer's 30-yarder in a rare buffet of big plays not involving Newton.
Jeremiah Masoli, a transfer and double threat like Newton, completed 20 of 33 passes for 189 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Ole Miss He ran for 29 yards. Jeff Scott raced 83 yards for a touchdown on the second play from scrimmage for the Rebels.
No. 8 Utah 28, Air Force 23
At Air Force Academy, Colo., Utah's defense forced five turnovers and stopped the Falcons twice on downs in the final quarter to win heading into its big game with TCU next weekend.
Safety Greg Bird came up with one big hit after another and Eddie Wide scored twice as the Utes ran their record to 8-0 for the third time in the last seven years.
Utah (5-0 Mountain West) will face its biggest challenge so far this season when it hosts TCU next Saturday, a marquee matchup between two hopeful BCS busters.
Tim Jefferson threw for 201 yards and ran for another 67 as the Falcons (5-4, 3-3) dropped their third straight game. He also threw two interceptions.
No. 10 Ohio State 52, Minnesota 10
At Minneapolis, Terrelle Pryor threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and Dan Herron rushed for 114 yards and another score in the first half to lead Ohio State.
Pryor completed 18 of 22 passes and also rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown for the Buckeyes (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten), who are trying to ram their way back into the national championship picture.
MarQueis Gray had three catches for 81 yards for Minnesota (1-8, 0-5), which has lost eight straight games and is stumbling toward the finish of another lost college football season in the Twin Cities.
DeVier Posey had six catches for 115 yards and a touchdown as Ohio State racked up 507 total yards.
No. 11 Oklahoma 43, Colorado 10
At Norman, Okla., Ryan Broyles broke the school record with 208 yards receiving as part of the biggest passing day in Oklahoma history, and the 11th-ranked Sooners bounced back from their first loss of the season to beat Colorado.
Landry Jones threw for a career-high 453 yards and four touchdowns, including three to Broyles. Jones' total was the second-best in school history, behind only Sam Bradford's 468 against Kansas in his 2008 Heisman Trophy season. When combined with backup Drew Allen's 35 yards, the Sooners (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) broke the school record for passing set on Bradford's biggest day.
Colorado (3-5, 0-4) kept it close for a quarter before losing its 15th straight road game and its 11th conference game in a row.
No. 14 Nebraska 31, No. 7 Missouri 17
At Lincoln, Neb., Roy Helu Jr. rushed for a school-record 307 yards, and Nebraska knocked Missouri from the unbeatens.
The Cornhuskers (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) held off the Tigers after building a 24-0 lead and moved into a first-place tie with them in the Big 12 North. Nebraska earned the inside track to the division title by winning the head-to-head meeting.
Missouri (7-1, 3-1) has lost 17 straight road games against Top 25 opponents since 1997.
Helu ran for touchdowns of 66, 73 and 53 yards. The Cornhuskers played without quarterback Taylor Martinez in the second half after he came up hobbling following a run late in the second quarter. Zac Lee took over to start the third quarter.
Nebraska put heavy pressure on Blaine Gabbert and held him to 18 of 42 passing for 199 yards. He was sacked six times.
No. 17 South Carolina 38, Tennessee 24
At Columbia, S.C., Alshon Jeffery's 70-yard touchdown catch broke a fourth-quarter tie and kept South Carolina in control of the SEC East.
The Vols (2-6, 0-5 Southeastern Conference) had rallied back from a 14-point deficit on a pair of touchdown passes from backup quarterback Tyler Bray to tie the game at 24.
That's when Stephen Garcia found Jeffery in the middle of the field and the SEC's leading receiver outraced three defenders to the end zone with 12:17 to go.
Garcia added two rushing touchdowns, the second from 1 yard out with 3:28 left that sealed the win for South Carolina (6-2, 4-2).
The Gamecocks are the East's only two-loss team. They can clinch their first berth in the SEC title game with wins over Arkansas and Florida in the next two weeks.
No. 19 Arkansas 49, Vanderbilt 14
At Fayetteville, Ark., Ryan Mallett threw for a school-record 409 yards and Arkansas beat Vanderbilt.
Mallett topped his own record of 408 yards, set last year against Georgia, and finished 27 of 44 as the Razorbacks (6-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) won their second straight game. The junior also threw for three touchdowns, and Arkansas scored 43 straight points after trailing early.
The Commodores (2-6, 1-4) gained 140 yards on their first two possessions, both of which ended in touchdowns as they took a 14-6 first-quarter lead. But Vanderbilt gained only 13 yards the rest of the game.
No. 20 Oklahoma State 24, Kansas State 14
At Manhattan, Kan., Brandon Weeden threw two touchdown passes and No. 20 Oklahoma State's high-powered offense overcame the absence of star wide receiver Justin Blackmon to beat Kansas State 24-14 Saturday afternoon.
Blackmon, suspended for the game after being arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge, left the Cowboys (7-1 overall, 3-1 Big 12) without the nation's leader in receiving yards per game, total receiving yards, scoring and touchdown catches.
Virginia 24, No. 22 Miami 19
At Charlottesville, Va., Virginia intercepted Miami's backup quarterbacks four times after Jacory Harris was hurt and pulled off the upset.
Virginia (4-4, 1-3 ACC), which had lost nine straight conference games, knocked Harris from the game on a huge hit by John-Kevin Dolce in the second quarter with the score still 0-0.
The Cavaliers beat a ranked team for the first time since defeating No. 21 Georgia Tech 24-17 on Oct. 25, 2008.
Keith Payne ran for two touchdowns, and Marc Verica added a touchdown pass for Virginia.
No. 23 Mississippi State 24, Kentucky 17
At Starkville, Miss., Vick Ballard rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown, and No. 23 Mississippi State relied on its running game and defense to beat Kentucky.
The Wildcats threatened to tie the game in the final minute, but quarterback Mike Hartline's pass was intercepted by Johnthan Banks at the goal line to seal a sixth straight victory for Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) — its longest streak since 1999.
Kentucky (4-5, 1-5) hasn't beaten a ranked team on the road since 1998. Randall Cobb caught 12 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown.
No. 25 Baylor 30, Texas 22
At Austin, Texas, Robert Griffin III passed for two touchdowns and ran for another and Baylor beat Texas for the first time since 1997.
Baylor trailed 19-10 early in the third quarter before Jay Finley ran 69 yards for a touchdown. Griffin then scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and hit Kendall Wright with a 30-yard scoring pass in the fourth.