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Third-ranked TCU survives upset bid on late, improbable touchdown


Aaron Green made it sound so simple. He was just following the ball as he had been told.

He ended up in perfect position, too, catching a tipped pass in the back of the end zone with 23 seconds left to give the No. 3 Horned Frogs a 55-52 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday.

“You never know with the ball, somebody might fumble, or anything like that,” the senior running back said. “So I knew there was a chance. Josh Doctson catches almost everything, but there’s a chance. I knew he might not have caught it because it was a little high and the guy was behind him. So I just did what I was told and I followed the ball. I saw it the whole way and I caught it.”

Doctson was relieved.

“He made the play,” the senior receiver said. “He saved us, so we’re 4-0.”

On fourth-and-goal from the 4 in the Big 12 opener for both teams, Trevone Boykin’s pass was high to Doctson, but he got a hand on it and Green grabbed the ball as he fell out of the end zone. A video review confirmed Green had control of the ball and got a foot in bounds.

Boykin threw four touchdown passes and finished with a career-high 509 yards for TCU (4-0, 1-0). He completed 34 of 54 passes and ran for 42 yards on 14 carries.

Doctson caught three touchdown passes and had 267 yards on 18 catches — all career highs.

No. 1 Ohio St. 38, Western Michigan 12: In Columbus, Ohio, Cardale Jones threw two touchdown passes early, and Adolphus Washington returned an interception 20 yards for a score for the Buckeyes.

No. 2 Michigan St. 30, Central Michigan 10: In East Lansing, Michigan, Gerald Holmes ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, and Michigan State overcame a sluggish performance.

No. 3 Mississippi 27, Vanderbilt 16: In Oxford, Mississippi, Chad Kelly threw for 321 yards, and Jaylen Walton ran for a season-high 133 yards.

No. 5 Baylor 70, Rice 17: In Waco, Texas, Seth Russell matched a school record with six touchdown passes, with three of his five in the first half to Corey Coleman.

No. 6 Notre Dame 62, UMass 27: In South Bend, Indiana, C.J. Sanders scored on a 50-yard punt return to spark Notre Dame to four straight touchdowns.

No. 7 Georgia 48, Southern 6: In Athens, Georgia, Nick Chubb ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a scoring pass for the Bulldogs.

No. 8 LSU 34, Syracuse 24: In Syracuse, New York, Heisman Trophy hopeful Leonard Fournette ran for a career-high 244 yards and two touchdowns, and Tre’Davious White returned a punt 69 yards for another score.

No. 12 Alabama 34, ULM 0: In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Jake Coker threw three touchdown passes and Alabama limited Louisiana-Monroe to 92 total yards in a blowout.

Duke 34, No. 20 Georgia Tech 20: In Durham, North Carolina, Duke’s Shaquille Powell ran for three touchdowns.