Florida stuns Tennessee
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 firstand-10 play with 9 seconds remaining and found receiver 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.
No. 1 Alabama 41, Colorado State 23
At Tuscaloosa, Ala., Jalen Hurts had 351 offensive yards and three touchdowns, leading the topranked Crimson Tide to a non-conference victory over Colorado State.
No. 2 Oklahoma 56, Tulane 14
At Norman, Okla., Heisman hopeful Baker Mayfield threw for 331 yards and four touchdowns, as No. 2 Oklahoma routed Tulane.
After the first quarter produced a 14-all tie, the Sooners (3-0) rattled off 42 straight points the rest of the way.
No. 7 Michigan 29, Air Force 13
At Ann Arbor, Mich., Donovan Peoples-Jones returned a punt 79 yards for a score and Quinn Nordin tied a school record with five field goals, helping Michigan overcome offensive struggles.
The Wolverines (3-0) didn’t lead by more than three points until Peoples-Jones’ touchdown early in the third quarter.
No. 8 Ohio State 38, Army 7
At Columbus, Ohio, freshman J.K. Dobbins ran for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns and 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 home loss to Oklahoma, was 25 for 33 for 270 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 10 Wisconsin 40, BYU 6
At Provo, Utah, Alex Hornibrook threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns for Wisconsin.
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 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
At Auburn, Ala., Kamryn Pettway ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns and Auburn overcame five turnovers to hold off FCS school Mercer.
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 (1-2) only resumed its football program five years ago and plays a division down in the Southern Conference.
No. 16 Virginia Tech 64, East Carolina 17
At Greenville, N.C., redshirt freshman Josh Jackson threw for 372 yards and five touchdowns — three to Cam Phillips — for Virginia Tech.
Phillips had a programrecord 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.
No. 20 TCU 56, SMU 36
At Fort Worth, Texas, 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 TCU ahead to stay against upset-minded SMU.
The Mustangs (2-1) led 19-7 before Kenny Hill threw three TD passes in the final 7½ minutes of the second quarter. The last was Reagor’s catch in a crowd of Mustangs.
No. 21 Washington State 52. Oregon State 23
At Pullman, Wash., Luke Falk threw six touchdown passes — three to Tavares Martin Jr. — and No. 21 Washington State beat Oregon State for its fourth consecutive victory over the Beavers.
Falk, the FBS active leader with 98 touchdown passes, completed 37 of 49 passes for 396 yards without an interception. Martin had 10 vatches for 194 yards.
Memphis 48, No. 25 UCLA 45
At Memphis, Tenn., Riley Ferguson threw for 398 yards and six touchdowns, and Jacobi Francis broke up a fourthdown pass in the closing seconds in Memphis’ victory.
Francis’ breakup with 56 seconds left prevented another fourth-quarter comeback by Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen. He was 34 of 56 for 463 yards and four TDs.
But unlike in the Bruins’ opener when Rosen led a fourth-quarter comeback to beat Texas A&M, the Memphis defense stiffened on UCLA’s final possession.
Florida’s Tyrie Cleveland, right, catches the winning touchdown pass despite the coverage of Tennessee’s Micah Abernathy on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla..