Gators fell Vols late
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).