Florida stuns Ten­nessee as ri­valry heats up late

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

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

The fi­nal play capped a crazy fourth quar­ter in which the teams com­bined for 37 points and lit­tle, if any, de­fense. There was lit­tle to re­mem­ber from the first three quar­ters as Florida led 6-3 to open the fourth.

“It was a re­ally fun way to end a game,” Franks said. “You grow up wait­ing for mo­ments like that to hap­pen in your life, and when it does hap­pen, you don’t have any words to de­scribe it.”

Ten­nessee (2-1, 0-1 SEC) 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 let the Vol­un­teers get back in it.

It looked for sure as if it was headed for over­time — and then Franks found Cleve­land.

“It’s crazy,” Cleve­land said. “I think this is about the fastest I ever ran.”

The play gave Florida a 12th win in the past 13 years against Ten­nessee and al­lowed the Ga­tors to avoid the pro­gram’s first 0-2 start since 1971.

“We’ve just got to stay as deep as the deep­est” re­ceiver, Vols coach Butch Jones said. “That’s one of those plays that comes around every so of­ten, and un­for­tu­nately they made the play and we didn’t.”

#1 Alabama 41, Colorado St. 23:

Jalen Hurts passed for 248 yards and two long touch­downs and rushed for 103 yards to lead the host Crim­son Tide (3-0) past the Rams (2-2). Alabama needed just 10 min­utes and a few big plays from Hurts to race to a 17-0 lead. The first quar­ter was one-sided, with Alabama out­gain­ing Colorado State 216-11.

#2 Ok­la­homa 56, Tu­lane 14:

Baker May­field passed for 331 yards and four touch­downs, and the host Soon­ers (3-0) fol­lowed their im­pres­sive vic­tory at Ohio State with a rout. Ok­la­homa re­ceiver CeeDee Lamb caught four passes for 131 yards and two touch­downs be­fore he was ejected for tar­get­ing on a block in the sec­ond quar­ter. The Soon­ers and Green Wave (1-2) were tied at 14 in the sec­ond quar­ter be­fore Ok­la­homa’s Par­nell Mot­ley re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 77 yards for a touch­down.

#3 Clem­son 47, #14 Louisville 21:

The vis­it­ing Tigers (3-0, 1-0 ACC) held 2016 Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner La­mar Jack­son in check for most of the game, quar­ter­back coun­ter­part Kelly Bryant ac­counted for three touch­downs, and the Tigers won in a rout. The Car­di­nals (2-1, 0-1) were out­gained 613-433, sav­ing face some­what with a 14-point fourth quar­ter.

#5 Penn St. 56, Ge­or­gia St. 0:

Trace McSor­ley threw a Beaver Sta­dium-record 85yard touch­down pass to Saquon Barkley for one of his four scor­ing strikes and also ran for a touch­down in a rout by the host Nit­tany Lions (3-0). McSor­ley was 18-for-23 pass­ing for 309 yards. Barkley had 226 all-pur­pose yards and wasn’t fazed by an awk­ward hit that sent him la­bor­ing to the side­line in the sec­ond quar­ter. The Pan­thers (0-2) had three in­ter­cep­tions and two lost fum­bles, and Penn State turned all five turnovers into touch­downs.

#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 host Wolver­ines over­come their of­fen­sive strug­gles. Michi­gan (3-0) didn’t lead by more than three points un­til Peo­ples-Jones’ 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 64-yard TD with 11:54 left in the third that pulled the service acad­emy within three points again. Nordin kicked two more field goals, late in the third and early in the fourth.

#8 Ohio State 38, Army 7:

J.T. Bar­rett threw for two touch­downs and ran for an­other as the host Buck­eyes (2-1) re­bounded from a tough loss to Ok­la­homa. J.K. Dob­bins ran 13 times for 172 yards and two scores for Ohio State.

#9 Ok­la­homa St. 59, Pitt 21:

Ma­son Ru­dolph threw for five touch­downs, all in the first half, and the vis­it­ing Cow­boys (3-0) drilled the Pan­thers (1-2). Ru­dolph threw for 497 yards be­fore be­ing pulled in the mid­dle of the third quar­ter as Ok­la­homa State reached the end zone on it first seven drives. Jalen McCleskey caught seven passes for 162 yards and three touch­downs and three other Cow­boys reached the 100-yard re­ceiv­ing mark, the first time in 12 years a team has had four 100-yard re­ceivers in the same game.

#10 Wis­con­sin 40, BYU 6:

Alex Horni­brook threw for four touch­downs and 256 yards as the host Badgers (3-0) met lit­tle re­sis­tance, putting the game away in the first half and lead­ing 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. Fresh­man run­ning back Jonathan Tay­lor gained 128 yards and scored once on 18 rushes. Quar­ter­back Beau Hoge, son of for­mer Pitts­burgh Steel­ers run­ning back Mer­ril, made his first ca­reer start for BYU (1-3) with Tan­ner Mangum out with an in­jury. Hoge threw an in­ter­cep­tion on his first at­tempt and never got a whole lot go­ing.

Mis­sis­sippi St. 37, #12 LSU 7:

Nick Fitzger­ald threw two touch­down passes and ran for two more scores to help the host Bull­dogs (3-0, 1-0 SEC) rout the Tigers (2-1, 0-1). Aeris Wil­liams had 146 yards rush­ing and av­er­aged 6.3 yards per carry for Mis­sis­sippi State, which beat LSU for just the sec­ond time in 18 tries dat­ing to 2000.

#13 Ge­or­gia 42, Sam­ford 14:

Nick Chubb ran for 131 yards and two touch­downs, fresh­man Jake Fromm threw three scor­ing passes in his first home start, and the de­fense was dom­i­nant for the Bull­dogs (3-0). Chubb al­ready had 94 yards rush­ing and a touch­down by the end of the open­ing quar­ter while Sam­ford (2-1) was still with­out a first down.

#15 Auburn 24, Mercer 10:

Kam­ryn Pettway ran for 128 yards and three scores as the host Tigers (2-1) over­came five turnovers to hold off FCS school Mercer (1-2), which re­sumed its foot­ball pro­gram five years ago and plays a di­vi­sion down in the South­ern Con­fer­ence. The Bears gave the Tigers all they could han­dle, send­ing many fans head­ing home af­ter a first half that Auburn led 10-3.

#16 Vir­ginia Tech 64, East Carolina 17:

Red­shirt fresh­man Josh Jack­son threw for 372 yards and five touch­downs, three to Cam Phillips, as the vis­it­ing Hok­ies im­proved to 3-0 for the first time since 2011. Phillips had a pro­gram­record 14 catches for 189 yards. Gard­ner Min­shew threw for two scores for the Pi­rates, who led 17-7 but fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2004.

Van­der­bilt 14, #18 Kansas St. 7:

Kyle Shur­mur scored on a 2-yard run with 8:23 left, and the host Com­modores got their first win over a ranked, non­con­fer­ence op­po­nent since 1946. With the win, Van­der­bilt im­proved to 3-0 for the first time since 2011. Se­nior quar­ter­back Jesse Ertz tried to drive the Wild­cats (2-1) to the ty­ing score but was tack­led short on fourth-and-8 deep in Van­der­bilt ter­ri­tory with 1:06 left.

#20 TCU 56, SMU 36:

Jalen Reagor made a leap­ing 38yard catch be­tween four de­fend­ers in the end zone on the last play of the first half, fi­nally putting the host Horned Frogs (3-0) ahead to stay. The Mus­tangs (2-1) led 19-7 be­fore Kenny Hill threw three TD passes in the fi­nal 7½ min­utes of the sec­ond quar­ter. Hill com­pleted 24 of 30 passes for 365 yards and four scores.

CCSF 40, Amer­i­can River 26:

Quar­ter­back Zach Ma­soli threw for two touch­downs and ran for two more as CCSF (1-2) won at home. Af­ter Amer­i­can River (2-1) closed to 30-26 af­ter the third quar­ter, safety An­thony Porter helped seal the game with a fum­ble re­cov­ery.

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