The opening month of the 2023 college football season has reached its end with Week 5 now in the books. No. 12 Alabama's 40-17 win at Mississippi State in the nightcap continued a Saturday trend in which most AP Top 25 teams in action were victorious. However, two of the three games that pitted ranked opponents against delivered with thrilling finishes.
While the Crimson Tide moved to 2-0 in a wide-open SEC West race, No. 13 LSU suffered its first conference loss and second defeat overall in a 55-49 barn burner at No. 20 Ole Miss. Alabama's two division foes combined for more than 1,300 total yards of offense as the Rebels squeezed out the victory on a late touchdown.
Though not nearly as high-scoring, the showdown between No. 11 Notre Dame and No. 17 Duke also had late-game drama. A final-minute touchdown propelled the Fighting Irish to a 21-14 victory, denying the Blue Devils what would have been a 5-0 start with a pair of cornerstone victories.
Top-ranked Georgia remains undefeated after beating Auburn in its first road game of the season, but it had to overcome a second-half deficit for the second time in three weeks against an unranked SEC opponent. The Bulldogs fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter and didn't take their first lead until early in the fourth quarter of a 27-20 win.
No. 8 USC is also still unblemished after winning its much-anticipated showdown at Colorado, though it almost got away from the Trojans down the stretch. USC led 48-21 late in the third quarter but had to settle for a 48-41 victory after the Buffaloes scored 20 unanswered points. The rally nearly negated a supreme effort from reigning Heisman winner Caleb Williams, who passed for six touchdowns.
CBS Sports was there every step of the way to update you with the latest scores, highlights and storylines throughout the evening, all of which can be seen below.
College football scores, schedule: Week 5
No. 6 Penn State 41, Northwestern 13 -- Recap
No. 8 USC 48, Colorado 41 -- Trojans hold off late rally from Buffs
Kentucky 33, No. 22 Florida 14 -- Davis joins elite company in win over Gators
Clemson 31, Syracuse 14 -- Recap
Texas A&M 34, Arkansas 22 -- Recap
No. 1 Georgia 27, Auburn 20 -- Bowers steps up in crucial road win for Bulldogs
No. 2 Michigan 45, Nebraska 7 -- Recap
No. 3 Texas 40, No. 24 Kansas 14 -- Recap
No. 20 Ole Miss 55, No. 13 LSU 49 -- Rebels, Tigers duel for highest-scoring game in rivalry history
No. 9 Oregon 42, Stanford 6 -- Recap
No. 11 Notre Dame 21, No. 17 Duke 14 -- Fighting Irish rally late for win | Leonard injured in final moments
No. 12 Alabama 40, Mississippi State 17 -- Recap
No. 7 Washington 31, Arizona 24 -- Recap
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