Hobbled by a sprained left knee, Connor Shaw asked coach Steve Spurrier if he could play Saturday night at Missouri.
The South Carolina coach obliged, calling on Shaw in the third quarter with the 12th-ranked Gamecocks down by 17 and starter Dylan Thompson struggling.
Shaw threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns in relief, engineering three fourth-quarter scoring drives and helping the visiting Gamecocks score on their final five possessions to stun No. 5 Missouri 27-24 in two overtimes.
"Dylan played awfully well most of the time he's played," Spurrier said. "It was do or die. We had no chance in the division if we didn't win this one."
Elliott Fry's 40-yard field goal proved to be the winner after Missouri's Andrew Baggett clanked a 24-yard attempt off the left goal post.
"He's a competitor," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said of his kicker. "You know, that's his job and it's his responsibility. Last week, he made five. It's not one guy here. We all could have done something different to help win that football game."
Shaw extended the game in the first overtime with a 15-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to match the 1-yard scamper by the Tigers' Marcus Murphy.
Missouri (7-1, 3-1) could have all but locked up the SEC East with a victory, instead South Carolina (6-2, 4-2) moves to within one game of the Tigers for the division lead, with home games against Mississippi State and Florida remaining.
Shaw engineered fourth-quarter scoring drives of 65, 69 and 63 yards, and the Gamecocks knotted the score at 17 on a 2-yard reception by Nick Jones with 42 seconds remaining.
Bruce Ellington scored on a 6-yard catch with 12:13 remaining, and Fry added a 20-yard field goal with 5:03 left.
Oklahoma tops Texas Tech
Blake Bell accounted for 293 yards of total offense, throwing for 249 yards and two touchdowns as No, 17 Oklahoma handed 10th-ranked Texas Tech its first loss, 38-30 in Norman, Okla.
None of Bell's plays were bigger than his 76-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders in the first half, a play that put Oklahoma up 14-7 and gave it a much-needed boost of momentum after offensive struggles in recent weeks.
"You need to get some chunks," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "It (was a) spark to get some big plays, and to get a chunk like that is a huge play in the game."
Miami wakes up
No. 7 Miami put its last-minute comeback hopes into Duke Johnson's hands, and he delivered.
Johnson ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the second a 1-yard plunge with 53 seconds left, as the Hurricanes beat Wake Forest 24-21 to remain unbeaten and cap a wild week of emotions.
The NCAA mess that overshadowed Miami for 21/2 years finally ended Tuesday, and four days later, Johnson made sure there was cause for a second celebration.
"I wanted the ball," Johnson said. "So I went to Coach, and we talked about it, and Coach said 'We're going to put it in your hands.' "
Alabama sees red
One thing quarterback AJ McCarron and No. 1 Alabama won't stand for is being labeled something as mundane as "the red team."
They prefer "the defending national champions," thank you. The Crimson Tide hammered that point home with a 45-10 victory over Tennessee, which used that anonymous label as a motivational ploy last week.
McCarron said he took that personally and "wanted to come out and score as many points as possible on them and not leave the game whatever the score."
"For (them) to kind of say we haven't deserved their respect to call us Alabama, they call us 'red team,' " McCarron said. "And for their head coach to come out and say they can play against anybody, I don't think we're just anybody.
"We won two national championships in a row, and we're undefeated right now. So we're not just anybody."
Ohio State runs it up
Ohio State was looking for a lopsided win to impress the voters and boost its BCS numbers. The Buckeyes made Penn State pay the price.
Braxton Miller passed for three touchdowns and ran for two and Carlos Hyde rushed for 147 yards and two scores to lead the fourth-ranked Buckeyes to a 63-14 victory over Penn State.
"We've got to keep our foot to the pedal," said Miller, who completed 18 of 24 passes for a career-best 252 yards before leaving in the third quarter.
It was the most points surrendered by Penn State and its worst beating in 114 years.
"It's the worst game I've experienced," said Nittany Lions outside linebacker Mike Hull.
Duke defeats ranked team
The numbers suggested it was the same old Duke: 0 for 11 on third-down conversions, a 387 to 198 deficit in total offense and a whopping 39:27 to 20:33 disadvantage in time of possession.
The difference was that these Blue Devils won, stunning No. 16 Virginia Tech 13-10 and all but clinching a second consecutive bowl appearance for the first time in program history.
Duke beat a ranked team for the first time since stopping No. 13 Virginia in 1994 and beat one on the road for the first time since Stanford in 1971.
"It is a historical victory, and they should be proud of that," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said of his players. "It is a distinct step in the right direction, and it is a big step."
Manziel appears well
Johnny Manziel showed no signs that the right shoulder he injured last week was bothering him. The quarterback threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters to lead No. 14 Texas A&M to a 56-24 victory over Vanderbilt.
"I felt good enough to go out there and help the team win," Manziel said. "It would take a lot to keep me off the field and away from these guys. They count on me, and they expect me to be out there. ... This offense and this team mean everything to me. To miss a game, regardless, wasn't really an option."
Western Connecticut State's Octavias McKoy ran for 455 yards to set an NCAA record for all divisions in a 55-35 Division III victory over Worcester State.
Marietta College's Dante Brown held the previous mark of 441 yards.
Cordell threw for 349 yards to increase his career total to 15,049, surpassing the mark of 14,733 by West Liberty's Zach Amedro (2007-10).