AUBURN, Ala. — Running back Shaun Shivers bulled his way for the decisive 11-yard touchdown on his only carry of the afternoon as No. 15 Auburn dealt a fatal blow to fifth-ranked Alabama’s playoff hopes with a 48-45 victory over the Crimson Tide on Saturday.
Kicker Joseph Bulova’s 30-yard field goal bounced off the left upright with two minutes left, denying the Tide an opportunity to send the game to overtime.
Freshman quarterback Bo Nix passed for 173 yards and a touchdown, running back JaTarvious Whitlow accounted for 114 yards rushing and 29 receiving, and kicker Anders Carlson kicked four field goals for the Tigers (9-3, 5-3 SEC).
Auburn ran out the clock after the missed field goal, thanks to a fourth-down conversion when Alabama was penalized 5 yards for a substitution infraction.
Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, in his second start since Tua Tagovailoa’s season-ending hip injury, completed 26 of 39 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns for the Tide (10-2, 6-2 SEC). Three of his touchdowns went to wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, covering 58, 12 and 28 yards. Waddle also scored on a 98-yard kickoff return.
But Jones also threw a pair of interceptions that Auburn returned for touchdowns by linebacker Zakoby McClain (100 yards) and Smoke Monday (29).
Ohio State 56, Michigan 27
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Justin Fields passed for 302 yards and four touchdowns, J.K. Dobbins rushed for a career-high 211 yards and four scores, and top-ranked Ohio State defeated No. 13 Michigan for the eighth consecutive time.
Garrett Wilson caught three passes for 118 yards and a touchdown for Ohio State (12-0, 9-0 Big Ten), which has beaten Michigan in 15 of the past 16 meetings.
Wisconsin 38, Minnesota 17
MINNEAPOLIS — Jack Coan went 15-of-22 passing for 280 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 12 Wisconsin to a rout at No. 10 Minnesota.
The Badgers reclaimed possession of the Paul Bunyan Axe after Minnesota won it last year. More importantly, Wisconsin (10-2, 7-2) won the Big Ten West and will play Ohio State in the conference title game in Indianapolis next week.
Wisconsin lost 38-7 at Ohio State earlier in the season.
Minnesota (10-2, 7-2) opened the scoring with 12:30 left in the first quarter on a 51-yard touchdown pass from Tanner Morgan to Rashod Bateman.
But Wisconsin took charge after that.
Following a 26-yard field goal by Zach Hintze with 8:56 left in the second quarter, the Badgers took a 10-7 lead with 2:49 left until halftime on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Coan to running back Jonathan Taylor.
Wisconsin then went ahead 17-7 with 9:52 left in the third quarter on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Coan to Quintez Cephus.