Florida stuns Ten­nessee

The Citizens' Voice - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

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..

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