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No. 13 Minnesota beats No. 5 Penn State

UNDATED (AP) — Minnesota has pulled off its first win over a top-five team in 20 years. The 13th-ranked Gophers topped fifth-ranked Penn State 31-26, improving to 9-0 and staying on track for their first trip to the Big Ten championship game.

Tanner Morgan passed for 339 yards and three touchdowns and Jordan Howden picked off Sean Clifford in the end zone with 1:01 left, the third interception thrown by the Penn State quarterback.

The Gophers scrambled the College Football Playoff picture after Penn State emerged with a top-four spot in the first edition of the rankings.

In other Top 25 action:

— Justin Fields threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the first half as No. 3 Ohio State romped over Maryland 73-14. J.K. Dobbins rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns as the Buckeyes built a 42-0 halftime lead and the backups added to it in the second half. A team that gave the Buckeyes headaches last season was no trouble this time, even without the fierce pass rushing of suspended defensive star Chase Young.

— Kyle Trask threw for a career-high 363 yards and three touchdowns as the 10th-ranked Gators overcame a lackluster start to thump Vanderbilt 56-0. It was the best passing performance by a Florida quarterback since Tim Tebow’s college finale. The Gators beat the Commodores for the 28th time in the last 29 years and sixth time in a row.

— Denzel Mims made a leaping 4-yard touchdown catch in the third overtime for Baylor, capping another comeback win for the No. 11 Bears and keeping them undefeated with a 29-23 win over TCU. Charlie Brewer also threw a 20-yard TD pass to Mims on fourth down in the second overtime to extend the game. Brewer had a 3-yard TD run in the first overtime.

— Shane Buechele (boo-SHEHL’) threw five touchdown passes, Xavier Jones broke one of Eric Dickerson’s school records and No. 23 SMU bounced back from a first loss that dramatically changed the course of its season, outscoring East Carolina 59-51. The Mustangs played from ahead and kept it that way in a second straight game with more than 1,000 combined yards a week after falling behind and failing to close the gap in a 54-48 loss to 19th-ranked Memphis.


Tagovailoa starts for No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 1 LSU

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) is starting for No. 2 Alabama against No. 1 LSU, 20 days after having a surgical procedure on his sprained right ankle.

The junior quarterback was injured against Tennessee on Oct. 19 and had surgery the next day. He sat out against Arkansas the next week and then Alabama was off, giving him an extra week to recover for the biggest game of the season. Alabama coach Nick Saban had described the Heisman Trophy runner-up’s status a game-time decision.


Lightning beat Sabres 5-3 to sweep 2-game series in Sweden

UNDATED (AP) — Pat Maroon scored twice, and the Tampa Bay Lighting beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 on Saturday for a sweep of their two regular-season games in Sweden.

Victor Hedman also scored for the Lightning, delighting the home crowd, and Curtis McElhinney made 37 saves. Tampa Bay also beat Buffalo 3-2 on Friday.

Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) and Sam Reinhart each had a goal and an assist for Buffalo, which has dropped five in a row. Carter Hutton made 35 saves.

The two sold-out games in Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe were part of the 2019 NHL Global Series.

Elsewhere in the NHL:

— Scott Mayfield scored in the third period, Thomas Greiss stopped 37 shots and the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 for their 11th win in 12 games. Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist to help New York bounce back from a 4-3 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday night. The Islanders earned a point for the 12th straight game — a stretch that followed a 1-3-0 start and began with a 3-2 shootout win against the Panthers at Nassau Coliseum on Oct. 12.


Hoyer to make 1st start with Colts; Brissett ruled out

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts have ruled out starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett (brih-SEHT’) for Sunday’s game against Miami.

Backup Brian Hoyer will make his first start with the Colts.

Brissett suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee during last weekend’s loss at Pittsburgh. He did limited work in practice this week.

The Colts promoted third-string quarterback Chad Kelly from the practice squad to the active roster. Indy also promoted receiver Marcus Johnson to the active roster and released receiver Deon Cain and defensive tackle Kyle Peko.


Defending champion Raptors lose Lowry, Ibaka to injuries

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry and center Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) will be out indefinitely after injuries against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Lowry fractured his left thumb during the first quarter of Friday night’s 122-104 victory. The team said Saturday he will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Ibaka sprained his right ankle and will undergo additional imaging in Los Angeles, where Toronto plays the Lakers on Sunday and the Clippers and former teammate Kawhi Leonard on Monday.

Lowry is averaging 21.8 points and 6.5 assists. Ibaka is averaging 14 points and 6.5 rebounds.


Kyle Busch wins pole for playoff race at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Busch won the pole and all eight title contenders qualified in the top 10 for the final race to decide the championship field.

Busch earned the top starting spot for Sunday’s race at ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix. He turned a lap in Saturday qualifying at 140.116 mph in his Toyota to earn his first pole of the season.

It puts him one spot ahead of reigning NASCAR champion Joey Logano on the starting grid, and Busch and Logano are the two drivers above the cutline to earn berths in next week’s championship field.

Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick have both already locked themselves into the final four, and six drivers are vying for the final two positions. Denny Hamlin, the Daytona 500 winner and Busch and Truex’s teammate for Joe Gibbs Racing, qualified third and Truex was fourth.

Kyle Larson was the highest-qualifying Chevrolet at fifth, followed by Chase Elliott and Harvick.

Ryan Blaney was the lowest qualifying playoff driver at 10th.


Wallace fined $50,000 by NASCAR for intentional spin

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Bubba Wallace has been fined $50,000 by NASCAR for causing a caution last week at Texas that affected the race for at least one playoff driver.

Wallace was also docked 50 points in the driver standings.

His spin in last Sunday’s race was criticized by Kyle Larson as intentional and it brought out a caution for Wallace.

Wallace had a flat tire and needed to go to pit road and was attempting to minimize the impact to his race. But it changed the outcome of Larson’s race and dropped him into a deep hole before the final race to qualify for NASCAR’s championship round.

Larson’s criticism brought the issue of deliberate cautions to the forefront during an intense competition for the two remaining positions in the final four.


Suzuki takes 3-stroke lead at LPGA’s Japan Classic

SHIGA, Japan (AP) — Local favorite Ai Suzuki shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Japan Classic on Saturday.

Suzuki had seven birdies at the par-72 Seta Golf Course to finish her two rounds at 12-under 132. Gaby Lopez shot 67 and was in second place in the final event of the LPGA Tour’s Asia Swing.

Australian Hannah Green, who held a share of the lead with Suzuki after the opening round on Friday, shot a 69 and was tied for third with Hyo Joo Kim.

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