Nick Ferrer threw for five touchdowns Saturday, fueling a comeback and leading No. 4 seed Saint Francis to a 42-35 victory over No. 5 Morningside (Iowa) in the NAIA quarterfinals.
The Cougars (11-1) advance to Saturday’s semifinals.
Morningside jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the second quarter before Ferrer connected for the first of three scoring strikes to Seth Coates, this one from 12 yards in the second quarter.
Saint Francis took a 21-20 lead after a 3-yard pass to Akeim Kelsaw and an 8-yard pass to Zach Gegner.
Morningside retook the lead at 28-21 before Ferrer found Coates from 26 and 50 yards out, Justin Green added a 47-yard scoring for a 42-28 lead with 2:15 left in the game.
Ferrer was 12-of-25 passing for 175 yards. Green rushed 25 times for 296 yards. Coates caught five passes for 124 yards.
Eastern Oregon 17, Marian 0: The top-seeded and defending champion Knights (11-1) were upset by the No. 9 Mountaineers (10-2) in another NAIA quarterfinal.
Lake Central graduate Ethan Darter was 22-of-43 passing for 234 yards, but he had six interceptions.
No. 1 Alabama 30. No. 16 Auburn 12: Jalen Hurts rebounded from two early interceptions to pass for 286 yards and Alabama’s defense did the rest asgainst Auburn.
The Crimson Tide (12-0, 8-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 1 CFP) led 13-9 at halftime, dominating the stat sheet but only taking over the scoreboard in the second half. The defense pushed its string of quarters without allowing a touchdown to 14-plus.
Auburn (8-4, 5-3, No. 15) failed to muster much offense for the second straight SEC game, this time playing without injured quarterback Sean White.
Kentucky 41, No. 11 Louisville 38: Austin MacGinnis made a 47-yard field goal with 12 seconds left to give the Wildcats (7-5) the upset victory the Cardinals (9-3) and Heisman Trophy favorite Lamar Jackson.
Louisville appeared headed for a late go-ahead score when Jackson’s fumble at Kentucky’s 10 was recovered by the Wildcats’ Courtney Love with 1:45 left. Stephen Johnson led Kentucky into position for MacGinnis’ winning kick.
Jackson’s desperation heave from deep in Louisville territory was intercepted by Mike Edwards, his second of the game. The Wildcats ended a five-game losing streak in the series.
Jackson likely could have wrapped up the Heisman with his record-setting day, but a second consecutive loss might impact the race. The sophomore struck a Heisman pose after a tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. He had his school-record eighth 100-yard rushing game and broke the Louisville mark for rushing yards. He scored four times to break the Atlantic Coast Conference single-season record with 51.
No. 19 West Virginia 49, Iowa State 19: Skyler Howard threw for 330 yards and tied a career high with five touchdowns and West Virginia rolled past Iowa State.
Freshman Martell Pettaway burned his redshirt and ran for 181 yards in his debut for the Mountaineers (9-2, 6-2 Big 12). They outscored Iowa State 28-3 in the second half.
Kene Nwangwu had a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Cole Netten kicked four field goals to lead Iowa State (3-9, 2-7).