Ga­tors fell Vols late

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - College Football - By The Associated Press

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 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence game Satur­day.

Franks scram­bled away from the rush on a first-and-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) can blame three missed field goal at­tempts for not be­ing ahead late. The Ga­tors (1-1, 1-0) looked as if they had the game in hand early in the fi­nal quar­ter, but found a way to let the Vol­un­teers get back in it.

Mis­sis­sippi State 37, No. 12 LSU 7: Nick Fitzger­ald threw two touch­down passes and ran for two more scores to help Mis­sis­sippi State rout LSU in a South­east­ern Con­fer­ence game in Starkville, Miss.

Aeris Wil­liams led the Bull­dogs with 146 yards rush­ing and av­er­aged 6.3 yards per carry. Mis­sis­sippi State (3-0, 1-0) beat LSU (2-1, 0-1) for just the se­cond time in 18 tries dat­ing to 2000.

Mem­phis 48, No. 25 UCLA 45: Ri­ley Ferguson threw for 398 yards and six touch­down passes, and Ja­cobi Fran­cis broke up a fourth-down pass in the clos­ing sec­onds to lead Mem­phis to a home win over UCLA.

Fran­cis’ breakup with 56 sec­onds left pre­vented an­other fourth-quar­ter come­back by Bru­ins quar­ter­back Josh Rosen, who fin­ished the game with 463 yards on 34 of 56 throws and four TD passes.

But un­like in the Bru­ins’ opener when Rosen en­gi­neered a fourth-quar­ter come­back to de­feat Texas A&M, the Mem­phis de­fense stiff­ened on UCLA’s fi­nal pos­ses­sion, send­ing the Bru­ins (2-1) to their first loss of the sea­son.

For all of the hype about Rosen, con­sid­ered one of the top quar­ter­backs in the coun­try, Ferguson matched his coun­ter­part, com­plet­ing 23 of 38 passes for Mem­phis (2-0), and his con­nec­tions with wide re­ceiver An­thony Miller meant the dif­fer­ence. Miller caught nine passes for 185 yards and a pair of touch­downs.

No. 1 Alabama 41, Colorado State 23: Jalen Hurts passed for 248 yards and two long touch­downs and rushed for 103 yards to lead the Crim­son Tide (3-0) to a vic­tory over the visit­ing Rams (2-2).

No. 2 Ok­la­homa 56, Tu­lane 14: Baker May­field passed for 331 yards and four touch­downs, and the Soon­ers (3-0) fol­lowed their im­pres­sive vic­tory at Ohio State with a home romp over the Green Wave (1-2).

No. 7 Michi­gan 29, Air Force 13: Dono­van Peo­ples-Jones re­turned a punt 79 yards for a score and Quinn Nordin tied a school record with five field goals, help­ing the Wolver­ines over­come their of­fen­sive strug­gles in a win over the visit­ing Fal­cons.

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

The Fal­cons (1-1) failed to con­vert a pass un­til Arion Worth­man threw a short pass to Ron­ald Cleve­land and the re­ceiver turned it into a 64yard TD with 11:54 left in the quar­ter that pulled the ser­vice academy within 3 points again.

Nordin kicked two more field goals, late in the third and early in the fourth, to share a sin­glegame school mark with three play­ers.

Michi­gan’s Wil­ton Speight (Collegiate) was 14 of 23 for 169 yards.

No. 8 Ohio State 38, Army 7: Fresh­man J.K. Dob­bins ran for 172 yards and a pair of touch­downs as the Buck­eyes (2-1) re­bounded from a de­flat­ing loss to rout the Black Knights (2-1) in Colum­bus, Ohio.

Dob­bins broke away for a 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.

No. 10 Wis­con­sin 40, BYU 6: Alex Horni­brook threw for four touch­downs and 256 yards as Wis­con­sin (3-0) eased to a road vic­tory over BYU (1-3).

The Badgers 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.

No. 15 Auburn 24, Mercer 10: Kam­ryn Pettway ran for 128 yards and three touch­downs as Auburn over­came five turnovers at home to hold off FCS school Mercer (1-2).

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, 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.

No. 20 TCU 56 SMU

36: Jalen Reagor made a leap­ing 38-yard catch be­tween four de­fend­ers in the end zone on the last play of the first half, fi­nally putting the Horned Frogs (3-0) ahead to stay in a vic­tory over the Mus­tangs (2-1) in Fort Worth, Texas.

No. 21 Washington

State 52, Ore­gon State 23: Luke Falk threw six touch­down passes — three to Tavares Martin Jr. — and Washington State (3-0, 1-0) beat visit­ing Ore­gon State in a Pac-12 game for its fourth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory over the Beavers (1-3, 0-1).

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