No. 24 Florida 26, No. 23 Ten­nessee 20

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TOP 25 MEM­PHIS 48, NO. 25 UCLA 45

MEM­PHIS — UCLA and Josh Rosen came in with the rep­u­ta­tion and the rank­ing. The Mem­phis Tigers thought it was time they got some re­spect and no­to­ri­ety.

Rosen was un­able to put to­gether a fourth-quar­ter come­back like he did in the opener against Texas A&M, and Mem­phis beat the No. 25 Bru­ins 48-45 on Satur­day. The na­tion­ally tele­vised game show­cased a Tigers pro­gram that is 2-0 and has beaten a ranked team in each of the last three sea­sons.

Ri­ley Fer­gu­son threw for 398 yards and six touch­downs, and Ja­cobi Fran­cis broke up a late fourth-down pass to lead Mem­phis. Fran­cis’ breakup with 56 sec­onds left sent the Tigers faith­ful into a cel­e­bra­tion.

“They’ve been given noth­ing. They’ve had to earn ev­ery­thing they’ve ever got­ten,” Mem­phis Coach Mike Norvell said about his team. “That’s what to­day’s about. It’s about go­ing out there and when you get that op­por­tu­nity and you put the work in, then you go out there and you make the play. That’s why I love this foot­ball [team].”

Rosen, con­sid­ered one of the top quar­ter­backs in the coun­try, was 34 of 56 for 463 yards and 4 touch­downs for the Bru­ins (2-1). But there also were two key in­ter­cep­tions.

For all of the hype about Rosen, Fer­gu­son matched his coun­ter­part, com­plet­ing 23 of 38 passes for Mem­phis, and his con­nec­tions with wide re­ceiver An­thony Miller meant the dif­fer­ence. Miller caught 9 passes for 185 yards and 2 touch­downs.

UCLA gave up big plays and turnovers, key ones that thwarted drives and led to Mem­phis scores, in­clud­ing a 60-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn by line­backer Tim Hart in the third quar­ter.

“There’s a for­mula for win­ning,” UCLA Coach Jim Mora said. “You can’t turn the ball over and you can’t give up ex­plo­sive plays, and we did both.”

Both teams man­aged to an­swer the op­po­nents’ scores through the game. Mem­phis held a cou­ple of 10-point leads, but UCLA went ahead 45-41 on Rosen’s 22-yard pass to Austin Roberts with 11:51 left.

Mem­phis re­sponded with a four-play, 81-yard drive, the fi­nal 3 yards com­ing on Fer­gu­son’s pass to Phil May­hue with 9:56 left.

From there, it was up to the Tigers’ de­fense, which de­spite giv­ing up 633 yards did not al­low an­other touch­down.


NORMAN, Okla. — Baker May­field passed for 331 yards and 4 touch­downs, and Ok­la­homa fol­lowed its im­pres­sive vic­tory at Ohio State with a vic­tory over Tulane.

Ok­la­homa re­ceiver CeeDee Lamb caught 4 passes for 131 yards and 2 touch­downs be­fore he was ejected for tar­get­ing on a block in the sec­ond quar­ter. Mar­quise Brown had ca­reer highs of 6 catches for 155 yards, in­clud­ing an 87yard touch­down grab in the fourth quar­ter for the Soon­ers (3-0).

The Soon­ers and Green Wave were tied at 14-14 in the sec­ond quar­ter be­fore Ok­la­homa’s Par­nell Mot­ley re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 77 yards for a touch­down to turn the mo­men­tum for good. Ok­la­homa ex­tended its na­tion-lead­ing vic­tory streak to 13 games.

Tulane (1-2) scored on its first two drives and never scored again. Don­trell Hil­liard ran for 104 yards and a touch­down to sur­pass 2,000 yards rush­ing in his ca­reer for the Green Wave.


COLUM­BUS, Ohio — Fresh­man J.K. Dob­bins ran for 172 yards and a pair of touch­downs as 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.

J.T. Bar­rett, the tar­get this week of crit­ics who sug­gested he should be benched after the 31-16 loss to Ok­la­homa, was 25 of 33 for 270 yards and 2 touch­downs.

Army’s triple op­tion threw off the Buck­eyes at times and ex­tended some drives, but OSU’s ath­letic de­fen­sive ends kept it mostly con­tained. The out­manned Black Knights (2-1) com­piled 278 of­fen­sive yards but didn’t score after a 3-yard Dar­nell Wool­fork touch­down run in the sec­ond quar­ter.


PROVO, Utah — Alex Horni­brook threw for four touch­downs and 256 yards as No. 10 Wis­con­sin eased to a vic­tory.

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 2 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.

Jonathan Tay­lor gave the BYU de­fense fits as he re­peat­edly sidestepped de­fend­ers and fin­ished runs with power. The fresh­man run­ning back gained 128 yards and scored once on 18 rushes.

The Badgers’ first punt of the day didn’t come un­til the third quar­ter after scor­ing on all four first-half drives, in­clud­ing three touch­downs. The Cougars (1-3) were out­gained 491 to­tal yards to 192.

BYU quar­ter­back Beau Hoge, son of for­mer Pitts­burgh Steel­ers run­ning back Mer­ril, made his first ca­reer start with Tan­ner Mangum out with an in­jury. Mangum was on the field with a boot on his left foot and used a scooter to move around the side­line.

Hoge threw an in­ter­cep­tion on his first at­tempt and never got a whole lot go­ing. He man­aged 111 pass­ing yards and had two in­ter­cep­tions. Fresh­man run­ning back Ula To­lu­tau was the bright spot on an of­fense that has strug­gled all sea­son. He ran for a ca­reer-high 58 yards on 13 car­ries.


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

Phillips had a pro­gram-record 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 first-quar­ter start by scor­ing 57 con­sec­u­tive points to turn this into a rout.

That in­cluded 34 points and four TD throws by Jack­son in the third quar­ter alone.


PULLMAN, Wash. — Luke Falk threw six touch­down passes — three to Tavares Martin Jr. — and Wash­ing­ton State beat Oregon State for its fourth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory over the Beavers.

Wash­ing­ton State (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) was com­ing off a triple-over­time vic­tory over Boise State.

Falk, the FBS ac­tive leader with 98 touch­down passes, com­pleted 37 of 49 passes for 396 yards with­out an in­ter­cep­tion. Martin had 10 catches for 194 yards.

Jake Lu­ton threw for 179 yards for Oregon State (1-3, 0-1), but was carted off the field in the fourth quar­ter with an in­jury. The Beavers have lost 14 con­sec­u­tive road games dat­ing to 2014.


Florida wide re­ceiver Tyrie Cleve­land makes a game-win­ning, 63-yard touch­down pass in front of Ten­nessee’s Micah Aber­nathy as time ex­pires dur­ing Satur­day’s SEC game in Gainesville, Fla.


Mem­phis quar­ter­back Ri­ley Fer­gu­son went 23-of-38 pass­ing for 398 yards with 6 touch­downs and 1 in­ter­cep­tion Satur­day to lead the Tigers to a 48-45 vic­tory over No. 25 UCLA in Mem­phis.

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