CFB roundup: No. 24 Florida jolts No. 23 Tennessee on Hail Mary

Sep 17, 2017 - 7:20 AM GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Sophomore Tyrie Cleveland hauled in a 63-yard touchdown catch on a Hail Mary pass from Feleipe Franks to give No. 24 Florida a 26-20 win over No. 23 Tennessee on Saturday afternoon at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.

The 24th-ranked Gators (1-1, 1-0 SEC) led 20-10 with 5:13 left after Brandon Powell's 5-yard TD catch, their first offensive touchdown of the season. Prior to that, their scoring had all been via field goals and their defense, including a 16-yard interception return for a touchdown by freshman cornerback C.J. Henderson early in the fourth quarter that put Florida up 13-3.

No. 23 Tennessee (2-1, 0-1) rallied from 10 points down twice, tying it at 20 on a 27-yard Aaron Medley field goal with 50 seconds left. John Kelly had a 39-yard scoring run as part of a career-high 141-yard effort, and Ethan Wolfe hauled in a 28-yard TD pass from junior Quinten Dormady one play after Kelly broke off a 52-yard run. Kelly had 237 all-purpose yards, including six catches for 96 yards.

Franks threw for 212 yards on 18-of-28 passing with two TDs, but his interception with 3:57 left set up Tennessee's game-tying score. Dormady threw for 259 yards on 21-of-39 passing but he was intercepted three times, including by Florida senior Duke Dawson at the goal line midway through the third quarter.

No. 1 Alabama 41, Colorado 23

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jalen Hurts threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 1 Alabama cruised over Colorado State.

Hurts was 12 of 17 for 248 yards and rushed for 103 yards on 11 carries as the Crimson Tide improved to 3-0. Running backs Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris rushed for third-quarter touchdowns to make it 38-10 midway through the third quarter.

Hurts capped a six-play, 75-yard drive with a 27-yard rushing touchdown to make it 7-0 early in the first quarter. After Alabama's defense forced a quick three-and-out, Hurts hit Calvin Ridley on a slant and Ridley did the rest, outrunning everyone for a 78-yard touchdown to make it 14-0 with 8:56 left in the first quarter.

No. 2 Oklahoma 56, Tulane 14

NORMAN, Okla. -- It took Oklahoma awhile to get rolling but the No. 2 Sooners finally did, blowing past Tulane as quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 331 yards and four touchdowns to continue his hot start.

Through three games, Mayfield is 63 of 82 for 1,046 yards and 10 touchdowns with no interceptions. Mayfield once again spread the ball out, hitting six receivers and throwing touchdown passes to three.

Freshman CeeDee Lamb had four catches for 131 yards and two TDs, including one for 82 yards early in the game. Lamb also added a 22-yard touchdown reception later but was ejected for targeting early in the second quarter for a hit on Green Wave free safety Taris Shenall. Marquise Brown had six catches for 155 yards and a touchdown as Oklahoma had 631 yards of total offense.

No. 3 Clemson 47, No. 14 Louisville 21

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kelly Bryant passed for 283 yards and a touchdown and ran for two scores as No. 3 Clemson rolled past No. 14 Louisville.

Clemson (3-0, 1-0 ACC) improved to 4-0 against Louisville (2-1, 0-1) since the Cardinals joined the ACC in 2014. While Clemson's offense had its way with Louisville, amassing 613 yards, it was the Tigers' defense that set the tone.

Clemson held Louisville to 433 total yards -- 181 yards below its average -- and kept reigning Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson under wraps for the most part. Jackson entered the game accounting for 505 yards per game; he was held to 381 yards by the Tigers, with 202 of those yards coming in the fourth quarter.

No. 4 USC 27, Texas 24 (2 OT)

LOS ANGELES -- Chase McGrath's 43-yard field goal in double overtime elevated No. 4-ranked USC over Texas at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Defensive lineman Christian Rector's strip of Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger at the goal line set up the game-winning kick. It was Ehlinger's second fumble and the fourth USC takeaway of the night.

The Trojans (3-0) forced the overtimes with a last-second field goal by McGrath of 31 yards. That came after Texas (1-2) scored its first offensive touchdown of the game with 45 seconds remaining in regulation.

Sam Darnold was 28 of 49 for 397 yards and three touchdowns with two picks

No. 5 Penn State 56, Georgia State 0

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Heisman Trophy hopeful Saquon Barkley piled up 226 all-purpose yards, including 85 on a second-quarter touchdown reception, as No. 5 Penn State blitzed Georgia State.

Quarterback Trace McSorley threw four touchdown passes and the Nittany Lions (3-0) built a 35-0 halftime lead in their final nonconference contest. They open Big Ten play next Saturday night at Iowa.

Barkley had 142 yards on four receptions, 47 yards on 10 rushes and a 37-yard kickoff return before departing midway through the third quarter. McSorley, who also played 2 1/2 quarters, completed 18 of 23 passes for 309 yards, the sixth 300-yard passing game of his career. Beside the 85-yarder to Barkley, his touchdown throws covered 10 yards to backup quarterback Tommy Stevens, 27 yards to DaeSean Hamilton and 15 to Brandon Polk.

No. 6 Washington 48, Fresno State 16

SEATTLE -- Dante Pettis caught three scoring passes and tied an NCAA record with his eighth career punt return for a touchdown to lead Washington past Fresno State (1-2).

Pettis scored on receptions of 4, 7 and 73 yards and added a 77-yard punt return as the Huskies (3-0) poured it on.

Jake Browning completed 19 of 22 passes for 255 yards with four touchdowns before departing early in the third quarter.

No. 7 Michigan 29, Air Force 13

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Freshman Donovan Peoples-Jones scored on a 79-yard punt return for his first career touchdown, lifting No. 7 Michigan to a 29-13 victory over Air Force.

People-Jones also made the first two receptions of his career for 52 yards. Sophomore Quinn Nordin tied the school record with five field goals, bailing out an offense that didn't score a touchdown until Karan Higdon's 36-yard run with 1:02 remaining.

Quarterback Wilton Speight completed 14 of 23 passes for 169 yards as Michigan (3-0) finished off its non-conference schedule. Ty Isaac led the ground attack with 89 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Arion Worthman rushed for 60 yards on 26 carries and also completed a 64-yard touchdown pass to Ronald Cleveland for Air Force (1-1).

No. 8 Ohio State 38, Army 7

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State senior quarterback J.T. Barrett accounted for three touchdowns to set a Big Ten record, and freshman J.K. Dobbins ran for two scores as No. 8 Ohio State defeated Army.

Dobbins' 52-yard score early in the third quarter opened a 24-7 lead for the Buckeyes (2-1), who were coming off a 31-16 home loss to Oklahoma on Sept. 9. Army (2-1) had a five-game winning streak snapped. Barrett, who ran for a TD in the first half, passed 20 yards to Terry McLaurin to make it 31-7 in the third quarter.

With 7:01 left in the game, Barrett (25 of 33, 270 yards) added a 9-yard scoring strike to Austin Mack to break former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees' conference record of 106 TDs responsible for in a career. Dobbins rushed for 172 yards on 13 attempts.

No. 9 Oklahoma State 59, Pittsburgh 21

PITTSBURGH -- Quarterback Mason Rudolph threw for five touchdowns in the first half to lead No. 9 Oklahoma State to a drubbing of Pittsburgh (1-2).

The Cowboys (3-0) scored on each of its first six drives of the game and jumped out to a 49-14 lead at the half, with most of the damage to the Panthers' defense coming from Rudolph's right arm. He shredded the Pitt secondary for 497 yards and five touchdowns and had four different receivers cross the 100-yard plateau, the first time an FBS team has achieved that feat since 2005. Pitt didn't get a defensive stop until Rudolph kneeled down to end the first half.

Oklahoma State slot receiver Jalen McCleskey had three touchdowns, including a 48-yard catch-and-run as part of his 162 receiving yards. Dillon Stoner had five catches for 100 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown. Marcell Ateman had the biggest gain of the day with a 69-yard touchdown. He finished with four catches for 109 yards.

No. 10 Wisconsin 40, BYU 6

PROVO, Utah -- Alex Hornibrook threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns on 18-of-19 passing, and Jonathan Taylor added 128 rushing yards and a touchdown to lead No. 10 Wisconsin over BYU.

The Badgers (3-0) scored on all four of their drives before halftime and never trailed. Wisconsin totaled 267 yards and averaged 8.9 yards per play in the first half. The Badgers finished with 491 yards while holding the Cougars to 192 yards.

Beau Hoge made his first start at quarterback for BYU (1-3). The sophomore filled in for Tanner Mangum, who injured his ankle in a 19-13 loss to Utah a week earlier. Hoge completed 11 of 20 passes for 111 yards with two interceptions. The Cougars (1-3) gained just 11 first downs.

Mississippi State 37, No. 12 LSU 7

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State scored on seven straight possessions from the second quarter into the fourth and beat No. 12 LSU in Starkville for the first time since 1999.

Holding a 17-7 lead at the break, Mississippi State (3-0, 1-0 SEC) came out strong in the second half. A pair of Jace Christmann kicks sandwiched a back-breaking play-action pass from Nick Fitzgerald to Keith Mixon for a 45-yard score that had the Bulldogs leading 30-7 heading to the final quarter.

LSU (2-1, 0-1) was outgained by the Bulldogs 465-270 as Mississippi State racked up 285 rushing yards. Aeris Williams carried the load for the Bulldogs with 23 carries for 146 yards and a touchdown. Fitzgerald was 15 of 23 for 180 yards and two touchdowns passing, adding another 88 on the ground with two more scores.

No. 13 Georgia 42, Samford 14

ATHENS, Ga. -- Freshman quarterback Jake Fromm passed for 165 yards and three scores to lead 13th-ranked Georgia over FCS team Samford Saturday night at Sanford Stadium.

Although the Bulldogs' play was sloppy at times, the outcome was never in question as Fromm completed 8 of his 13 throws with two of his three scores going to junior Terry Godwin, who led all receivers with four catches for 98 yards.

Georgia (3-0) also did plenty of damage on the ground. The Bulldogs rushed for 284 yards, led by senior Nick Chubb, who led all rushers with 16 carries for 131 yards and two touchdowns, scoring on runs of 31 and 14 yards. Defensively, Georgia allowed the visitors from Birmingham a pair of touchdowns, both on throws by quarterback Delvin Hodges, who completed 26 of 35 passes for 227 yards and two scores.

No. 15 Auburn 24, Mercer 10

AUBURN, Ala. -- Kamryn Pettway scored three touchdowns to help No. 15 Auburn overcome five turnovers in win over FCS opponent Mercer (1-2).

Auburn lost four fumbles and sophomore quarterback Jarrett Stidham threw an interception in the second half to keep the score closer than expected. The Tigers (2-1) moved the ball up and down the field, racking up 515 total yards.

Pettway finished with 128 yards on 34 carries, with touchdown runs of 9, 4 and 4 yards. Stidham completed 32 of 37 passes for 364 yards but with no touchdowns and the one interception.

No. 16 Virginia Tech 64, East Carolina 17

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Freshman quarterback Josh Jackson threw five touchdown passes and Cam Phillips set a school record with 14 receptions as No. 16 Virginia Tech absorbed an early punch by East Carolina and steamrolled to victory.

East Carolina (0-3) scored on its first three possessions to build a 17-7 lead, but the Hokies (3-0) scored on their next nine possessions -- six touchdowns and three field goals -- then added a late touchdown for 57 unanswered points.

Jackson completed 24 of 31 passes for 372 yards, throwing touchdown passes of 45, 31 and 10 yards to Phillips, 70 yards to Travon McMillian and 9 yards to Sean Savoy -- all in the first three quarters. Phillips had 11 catches for 109 yards by halftime and finished with a school-record 14 for a career-high 189 yards -- also in three quarters.

Vanderbilt 14, No. 18 Kansas State 7

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Junior quarterback Kyle Shurmur scored on a 2-yard run with 8:23 remaining as Vanderbilt upset No. 18 Kansas State.

The Commodores' defense also played a key role, intercepting Wildcats quarterback Jesse Ertz twice in a span of four minutes of the fourth quarter.

Shurmur, who led the country in quarterback rating going into the game, was 14-of-23 passing for 205 yards and one touchdown. Ertz rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown, his second score on the ground this season.

San Diego State 20, No. 19 Stanford 17

SAN DIEGO --San Diego State pulled off the upset on a late scoring drive that followed a 23-minute delay because of a power outage with 3:58 left in regulation.

Christian Chapman completed three consecutive passes after the lights came back on, culminating with an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end David Wells with 54 seconds left, putting the Aztecs (3-0) ahead 20-17.

Bryce Love had a career-high 184 yards rushing and had touchdown runs of 51 and 53 yards for Stanford (1-2). San Diego State's Rashaad Penny ran for 175 yards on 32 carries with one touchdown.

No. 20 TCU 56, SMU 36

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kenny Hill threw for four touchdowns as No. 20 TCU stormed back to thrash longtime rival SMU (2-1).

The Horned Frogs (3-0) rallied from an early 12-point deficit with a flurry largely piloted by Hill, whose Hail Mary touchdown to close out the first half gave TCU a lead it did not relinquish. Hill completed an efficient 24 of 30 passes for 365 yards and did not throw a pick.

TCU running backs Darius Anderson and Kyle Hicks combined for 173 yards rushing. Anderson scored twice and helped put the game away with a 38-yard score in the fourth quarter. Reserve running back Kenedy Snell also had two touchdowns.

No. 21 Washington State 52, Oregon State 23

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Luke Falk threw for 396 yards and a career-high six touchdowns on a day filled with personal-best achievements as No. 21 Washington State rolled over ailing Oregon State.

Falk, who completed 37 of 49 attempts to nine receivers, tied the program's single-game record on a 10-yard touchdown to Kyle Sweet to extend the lead to 42-16 with 56 seconds left in the third quarter.

Five of the senior's six touchdowns were caught by Tavares Martin Jr. and Isaiah Johnson-Mack. Martin Jr. led all receivers with 10 catches for a career-high 194 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson-Mack added nine catches for 79 yards -- both career highs -- with two TDs for Washington State (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12).

Memphis 48, No. 25 UCLA 45

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson threw for 398 yards and six touchdowns, but it was the Tigers' defense that picked off two second-half Josh Rosen passes and knocked down a third to secure an upset of No. 25 UCLA.

Ferguson finished one touchdown shy of a school record in leading the Tigers (2-0) to their third victory over a Top 25 Power Five conference opponent in as many seasons. Rosen, a Heisman Trophy candidate, passed for 463 yards and four touchdowns but was undone by several errant throws.

Memphis receiver Anthony Miller had nine catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns to spark the offense. Running back Darrell Henderson rushed for a game-high 105 yards on 14 carries. UCLA (2-1) finished with 633 yards and ran 91 plays -- 15 more than Memphis.

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