Washington State earned their fourth straight win over the two-loss Ducks, as Minshew complete 39 of 51 passes in his biggest win since transferring over last off-season. They led by as many as 27 points in this one, but the Ducks scored 17 times in the third quarter to make things interesting in the final 15 minutes. Oregon is now 2-2 in conference play as they move on to visit Arizona next Saturday night. The Cougars will move up in a major way before they visit the struggling Stanford Cardinal.
The fifth-ranked LSU Tigers looked to be a little stagnant early on in their home game Saturday night, but they proved why they are a playoff contender by the end of the night. Cole Tracy kicked four field goals, while Nick Brossette had a key touchdown run late in the first quarter for a a 19-3 win over No. 22 Mississippi State. The Tigers' win over the Bulldogs is their fourth win over a ranked team this season, as they intercepted Nick Fitzgerald four times on the night.
Michael Divinity Jr. had a big interception to set up Brossette's touchdown, but there was frustration on the Bulldogs sideline for more than just the loss. LSU linebacker Devin White was ejected for targeting after lowering his head on a sack on Fitzgerald. That means that White will miss the first half of the Tigers' showdown with top-ranked Alabama next week. The Bulldogs will most likely drop out of the rankings, as they move on to host Texas A&M.
Meanwhile, the Clemson Tigers are in a battle to prove that they are still championship material, despite their quarterback "issue." Although, it wasn't an issue on Saturday, as Trevor Lawrence threw for a career-high 308 yards in a 41-7 rout of No. 16 NC State for the third-ranked Tigers. Travis Etienne stayed hot in the backfield for Clemson, running for 39 yards and three touchdowns, while Lawrence had one scoring throw to Tee Higgins. Clemson scored in every quarter, including at least 10 points in all but one frame, as they stayed perfect on the season at 7-0.
Etienne made Clemson history with this performance, becoming the first Clemson Tiger with at least three touchdowns in three straight games. He leads the ACC with 14 touchdowns on the season, as the Tigers have won seven straight games for the third time in four seasons. They have also defeated the Wolfpack in seven straight seasons and will move on to visit the Florida State Seminoles. NC State drops to 5-1 on the season, as they will move on to visit Syracuse.