Miami completes epic comeback to beat Florida State
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. — N’Kosi Perry threw four touchdown passes, and No. 17-ranked Miami pulled off its biggest comeback ever against Florida State by rallying from 20 points down to earn a 28-27 victory on Saturday.
Brevin Jordan’s 41-yard touchdown grab with just under 12 minutes left put the Hurricanes ahead for good, as Miami rallied from a 27-7 second-half deficit.
The win was Miami’s first at home over Florida State since 2004, snapping a six-game slide against its archrival.
Perry’s numbers weren’t great — 13 for 32, 204 yards — but he made some big throws when they mattered most. The go-ahead score to Jordan came one play after Perry threaded a 32-yard throw to Jeff Thomas on third-and-10, meaning in the span of about a halfminute the Hurricanes went 73 yards for the lead.
Deondre Francois completed 15 of 30 passes for 129 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the Seminoles, who were held to 200 yards of offense.
NO. 1 ALABAMA 65, ARKANSAS 31
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. — Tua Tagovailoa passed for 334 yards and four touchdowns and Alabama extended its winning streak against Arkansas to 12.
It took just one play for Alabama to set the tone as Tagovailoa hit tight end Irv Smith Jr. on a pass across the middle that Smith took 76 yards to the end zone and a 7-0 lead just 21 seconds into the game.
NO. 3 OHIO STATE 49, INDIANA 26
COLUMBUS, OHIO — Dwayne Haskins Jr. passed for a career-best 455 yards and school record-tying six touchdowns and Ohio State pulled away in the fourth quarter.
A week after a gritty victory at Penn State, the Buckeyes were forced to work hard by quarterback Peyton Ramsey and an Indiana offense that took advantage of plenty of early defensive mistakes.
NO. 4 CLEMSON 63, WAKE FOREST 3
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Travis Etienne rushed for 167 yards and three touchdowns, and Clemson ran for 471 yards.
Three Tigers had at least 100 yards rushing, the first time they’ve done that since 2006.
In addition to Etienne, Lyn-J Dixon rushed for 163 yards and Adam Choice had 128.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was 20 of 25 for 175 yards.
NO. 22 FLORIDA 27, NO. 5 LSU 19
GAINESVILLE, FLA. — Lamical Perine, a cousin of former Oklahoma star Samaje Perine, scored twice on short runs, including one after a trick play in the fourth quarter, and Florida beat LSU.
Brad Stewart’s 25-yard interception return for a touchdown — the first pick Joe Burrow has thrown this season — essentially sealed the victory for the Gators.
Florida scored all its points after 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow became the sixth player to be inducted into the school’s ring of honor.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 23, NO. 8 AUBURN 9
STARKVILLE, MISS. — Nick Fitzgerald ran for 195 yards and two touchdowns and Mississippi State’s defense had another dominant performance in a victory over Auburn.
Mississippi State came into the game among the nation’s top 10 in scoring defense, and the Bulldogs were brilliant on that side of the ball once again.
NO. 12 UCF 48, SMU 20
ORLANDO, FLA. — McKenzie Milton threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns to help UCF extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 18 games.
TEXAS A&M 20, NO. 13 KENTUCKY 14
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — Trayveon Williams flipped into the end zone on a 10-yard run in overtime to give Texas A&M a victory over Kentucky.
The Wildcats’ Miles Butler missed a 43-yard field goal to start overtime, with the ball bouncing back off the crossbar, and the Aggies capitalized with Williams’ touchdown run four plays later.
NO. 15 MICHIGAN 42, MARYLAND 21
ANN ARBOR, MICH. —
Shea Patterson threw for a season-high 282 yards and three touchdowns for Michigan.
The Wolverines fell behind late in the first quarter and didn’t take the lead again until midway through the second quarter.
NORTHWESTERN 29, NO. 20 MICHIGAN STATE 19
EAST LANSING, MICH. — Clayton Thorson threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns and Northwestern recovered from another second-half slip to beat Michigan State
NO. 21 COLORADO 28, ARIZONA STATE 21
BOULDER, COLO. — Wide receiver Laviska Shenault scored four touchdowns and Colorado beat Arizona State for just the second time in the program’s history.
The Buffaloes overcame the ejection of star linebacker Nate Landman in the second quarter and stifled Arizona State running back Eno Benjamin in the second half.
NO. 23 N.C. STATE 28, BOSTON COLLEGE 23
RALEIGH, N.C. — Reggie Gallaspy ran for a careerbest 104 yards and two touchdowns and North Carolina State held on after squandering most of a big second-half lead. Ryan Finley threw for two touchdowns for the Wolfpack.
Miami quarterback N’Kosi Perry (5) encourages the crowd to cheer during the second half against Florida State on Saturday in Miami Gardens, Fla.