Florida edges Ten­nessee

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No. 24 Florida beat 23rdranked Ten­nessee 26-20 on the fi­nal play of the game in a wild ri­valry game.

GAINESVILLE, FLA. » Feleipe Franks heaved a 63-yard touch­down pass to Tyrie Cleve­land as the clock ex­pired, and No. 24 Florida beat 23rd-ranked Ten­nessee 26-20 in a wild, wacky and some­times un­watch­able ri­valry game Satur­day.

Franks scram­bled away from the rush on a fir­stand-10 play with 9 sec­onds re­main­ing and found Cleve­land be­hind safety Micah Aber­nathy for a Hail Mary that no one — es­pe­cially the Vol­un­teers — saw com­ing.

The fi­nal play capped a crazy fourth quar­ter in which the teams com­bined for 37 points and lit­tle, if any, de­fense.

Ten­nessee (2-1, 0-1 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) can blame three missed field goals for not be­ing ahead late. The Ga­tors (1-1, 1-0) looked as if they had the game in hand early in the fi­nal frame, but found a way to let the Vol­un­teers get back in it.

Mem­phis 48, UCLA 45

MEM­PHIS, TENN. » Ri­ley Fer­gu­son threw for 398 yards and six touch­downs, and Ja­cobi Fran­cis broke up a fourth-down pass in the clos­ing sec­onds in Mem­phis’ vic­tory over UCLA.

Fran­cis’ breakup with 56 sec­onds left pre­vented an­other fourth-quar­ter come­back by Bru­ins quar­ter­back Josh Rosen. He was 34 of 56 for 463 yards and four TDs.

But un­like in the Bru­ins’ opener when Rosen led a fourth-quar­ter come­back to beat Texas A&M, the Mem­phis de­fense stiff­ened on UCLA’s fi­nal pos­ses­sion.

Michi­gan 29 Air Force 13

ANN ARBOR, MICH. » Dono­van Peo­ples-Jones re­turned a punt 79 yards for a score and Quinn Nordin tied a school record with five field goals, help­ing Michi­gan over­come of­fen­sive strug­gles.

The Wolver­ines (3-0) didn’t lead by more than three points un­til Peo­plesJones’ touch­down early in the third quar­ter.

Ohio State 38, Army 7

COLUM­BUS, OHIO » Fresh­man J.K. Dob­bins ran for 172 yards and a pair of touch­downs and Ohio State re­bounded from a de­flat­ing loss to rout Army.

Dob­bins broke away for an elec­tri­fy­ing 52-yard touch­down run to open the sec­ond half af­ter romp­ing for 22 yards on the pre­vi­ous play, ex­tend­ing Ohio State’s 17-7 half­time lead. The Buck­eyes (2-1) then got touch­downs on two of their next three drives to pull away.

Ok­la­homa State 59 Pitts­burgh 21

PITTS­BURGH » Ma­son Ru­dolph threw five touch­down passes, all in the first half, for Ok­la­homa State.

Ru­dolph com­pleted 23 of 32 passes for 497 yards be­fore be­ing pulled in the mid­dle of the third quar­ter with the Cow­boys (30) in full com­mand. He did throw his first in­ter­cep­tion of the sea­son, end­ing a streak of 216 passes with­out a pick dat­ing to last sea­son. It was the long­est ac­tive streak in the FBS.

Jalen McCleskey caught seven passes for 162 yards and three touch­downs. James Washington added 124 yards re­ceiv­ing. Mar­cell Ate­man (109) and Dil­lon Stoner (100) also reached the 100-yard re­ceiv­ing mark, the first time in 12 years a team has had four 100-yard re­ceivers in a game.

Wis­con­sin 40, BYU 6

PROVO, UTAH » Malvern Prep grad Alex Horni­brook threw for 256 yards and four touch­downs for Wis­con­sin.

The Badgers (3-0) met lit­tle re­sis­tance as they put the game away in the first half and led 24-6 at half­time.

Horni­brook missed on only one pass all day. He com­pleted 10 of 11 passes in the first half for 149 yards and two touch­downs. The sec­ond half was more of the same as he hit on all eight at­tempts. The sopho­more put up ca­reer highs in pass­ing yards, pass­ing touch­downs and com­ple­tions.

Auburn 24, Mercer 10

AUBURN, ALA. » Kam­ryn Pettway ran for 128 yards and three touch­downs and Auburn over­came five turnovers to hold off FCS school Mercer.

Af­ter be­ing held with­out a touch­down in a 14-6 loss at third-ranked Clem­son the pre­vi­ous week, Auburn (2-1) could at least point to a stout de­fen­sive op­po­nent as the rea­son for its trou­bles. Not this time.

Mercer (1-2), which only re­sumed its foot­ball pro­gram five years ago and plays a di­vi­sion down in the South­ern Con­fer­ence, gave the Tigers all they could han­dle, much to a cha­grin of a dis­grun­tled crowd at Jor­dan-Hare Sta­dium — many of whom didn’t bother re­turn­ing to their seats af­ter a lack­lus­ter first half in which the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence pow­er­house led only 10-3.

Vir­ginia Tech 64 East Carolina 17

GREENVILLE, N.C. » Red­shirt fresh­man Josh Jack­son threw for 372 yards and five touch­downs — three to Cam Phillips — for Vir­ginia Tech.

Phillips had a pro­gram­record 14 catches for 189

yards to help the Hok­ies im­prove to 3-0 for the first time since 2011. He punc­tu­ated his day with a per­fectly ex­e­cuted route that left him wide open, and Jack­son hit him in stride for a 45-yard score with 7:46 left in the third quar­ter.

Both Jack­son and Phillips called it a day be­fore the fourth, as Vir­ginia Tech roared out of a slow firstquar­ter start by scor­ing 57 straight points to turn this into a rout. NO. TCU 56, SMU 36

FORT WORTH, TEXAS » Jalen Reagor made a leap­ing 38yard catch be­tween four de­fend­ers in the end zone on the last play of the first half, fi­nally putting TCU ahead to stay against up­set-minded SMU.

The Mus­tangs (2-1) led 19-7 be­fore Kenny Hill threw three TD passes in the fi­nal 7 ½ min­utes of the sec­ond quar­ter. The last was Reagor’s catch in a crowd of Mus­tangs.

Dar­ius An­der­son ran for two touch­downs for TCU (3-0) in the sec­ond half, in­clud­ing the first drive af­ter half­time. Speedy run­ning back Kenedy Snell also scored twice, while Hill com­pleted 24 of 30 passes for 365 yards and four touch­downs.


Florida wide re­ceiver Tyrie Cleve­land, right, catches the game win­ning 63-yard touch­down pass in front of Ten­nessee de­fen­sive back Micah Aber­nathy as time ex­pired in the fourth quar­ter Satur­day.

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