No. 24 Florida over­comes No. 23 Ten­nessee in 26-20 vic­tory

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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 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 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.

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

Mis­sis­sippi State 37, LSU 7

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Nick Fitzger­ald threw two touch­down passes and ran for two more scores to help Mis­sis­sippi State rout No. 12 LSU 37-7.

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

LSU (2-1, 0-1) eas­ily won its first two games of the sea­son, but was over­matched by Mis­sis­sippi State on both sides of the ball. The Tigers were also sloppy—two touch­down plays were negated be­cause of penal­ties. In all, LSU was pe­nal­ized nine times for 112 yards.

Fitzger­ald was 15-of-23 pass­ing for 180 yards. Keith Mixon caught six passes for 97 yards and a touch­down. Fresh­man Jace Christ­mann made the first three field goals of his ca­reer, con­nect­ing from 30, 45 and 27 yards.

LSU tied it at 7 in the se­cond quar­ter on Dar­rel Wil­liams’ 10-yard touch­down run. But Mis­sis­sippi State re­sponded with 30 straight points.

LSU’s Danny Etling com­pleted just 13 of 29 passes for 137 yards. Der­rius Guice had 76 yards rush­ing.

Alabama 41, Colorado St. 23

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.—Jalen Hurts passed for 248 yards and two long touch­downs and rushed for 103 yards to lead No. 1 Alabama to a 41-23 vic­tory over Colorado State.

The Crim­son Tide (3-0) dom­i­nated early and em­phat­i­cally an­swered a come­back at­tempt be­fore out­last­ing the Rams (2-2).

Hurts de­liv­ered his best al­laround game of the sea­son. He ran for a 27-yard touch­down and hit on a ca­reer-long 78-yard scor­ing pass to Calvin Ri­d­ley and a 52-yarder to Robert Foster.

Foster’s catch and run came af­ter Colorado State scored 10 straight points.

“I think it was huge, be­cause they had got­ten the mo­men­tum in the game,” Tide coach Nick Sa­ban said. “We got ahead 17-0 and they scored two straight drives, a touch­down and field goal. For us to an­swer the bell and come back and score points on that drive was huge, es­pe­cially go­ing into the half­time.

“But you al­low teams like this to think they can play with you and they do and they play bet­ter as the game goes on.”

Hurts com­pleted 12 of 17 passes and mixed in 11 car­ries be­fore leav­ing late in the third quar­ter. It was his se­cond straight 100plus yard rush­ing per­for­mance.

Georgia 42, Sam­ford 14

ATHENS, Ga.—Nick Chubb ran for 131 yards and two touch­downs, fresh­man Jake Fromm threw three scor­ing passes in his first home start, and No. 13 Georgia’s de­fense was dom­i­nant in a 42-14 vic­tory over Sam­ford on Satur­day night.

With fel­low se­nior Sony Michel held out with an an­kle in­jury sus­tained last week in a vic­tory at Notre Dame, Chubb had his busiest game of the sea­son. Chubb’s sea­son-high 16 car­ries, all in the first three quar­ters, helped him become the first Bull­dogs back to run for 100 yards this sea­son.

Chubb was stopped on a fourth-down run on the Bull­dogs’ open­ing drive, and he rarely was stopped again. He had back-to-back 20-yard runs to open Georgia’s next drive and added a 32-yard scor­ing run late in the open­ing quar­ter.

Chubb scored on a 14-yard run early in the third quar­ter be­fore watch­ing back­ups han­dle the re­main­der of the car­ries.

Auburn 24, Mercer 10

AUBURN, Ala.—Kam­ryn Pettway ran for 128 yards and three touch­downs as No. 15 Auburn over­came five turnovers to hold off FCS school Mercer 24-10 in an­other trou­bling per­for­mance by the Tigers’ of­fense.

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, much to a cha­grin of a dis­grun­tled crowd at Jor­danHare 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.

Much of Auburn’s woes could be at­trib­uted to an in­abil­ity to hold onto the ball. The Tigers lost three fum­bles in the first half and an­other re­turn­ing a punt on what should’ve been their first pos­ses­sion of the se­cond half.

Stid­ham oth­er­wise had a big game, com­plet­ing 32 of 37 for 364 yards.

Pur­due 35, Mis­souri 3

COLUMBIA, Mo.—David Blough passed for one touch­down and ran for an­other as Pur­due dom­i­nated Mis­souri, 35-3 in a non­con­fer­ence foot­ball bat­tle Satur­day.

The Boil­er­mak­ers head into

Big Ten Con­fer­ence play just one win shy of last year’s to­tal. It’s the fewest points al­lowed by Pur­due (2-1) since a 59-0 win over South­east Mis­souri State in 2011.

As usual, Pur­due used a two-quar­ter­back sys­tem, and both played well. David Blough com­pleted 22 of 28 passes for 187 yards and one touch­down. Eli­jah Sin­de­lar com­pleted 4 of 6 passes for 85 yards and one touch­down. Tario Fuller car­ried 19 times for 90 yards and a score.

Pur­due scored touch­downs on its first three drives and led 28-3 at half­time.

Mis­souri’s list­less per­for­mance was best il­lus­trated by one se­ries in the se­cond quar­ter in which the Tigers com­mit­ted penal­ties on four con­sec­u­tive plays—three false starts and a hold­ing in­frac­tion.

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