Florida hits on Hail Mary to stun No. 23 Ten­nessee

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

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 in Gainesville, Florida.

Franks scram­bled away from the rush on a fir­stand-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.

Franks had one huge mis­take — an in­ter­cep­tion in Florida ter­ri­tory that set up Ten­nessee’s ty­ing field goal. The Vols had three plays from the 9, but failed to get in the end zone and set­tled for three points with 50 sec­onds left.

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

MEMPHIS48, NO. 25UCLA45 » At Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, Ri­ley Fer­gu­son threw for 398 yards and six touch­downs, and Ja­cobi Fran­cis broke up a fourth-down pass in the clos­ing sec­onds in Mem­phis’ vic­tory over UCLA.

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.

NO. 7MICHIGAN29, AIRFORCE 13 » At Ann Arbor, Michi­gan, 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.

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 touch­down play with 11:54 left in the quar­ter that pulled the ser­vice acad­emy within three points again.

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. NO. 9 OK­LA­HOMA STATE 59, PITTS­BURGH 21 » At Pitts­burgh, Ma­son Ru­dolph threw five touch­down passes, all in the first half, for Ok­la­homa State.

Ru­dolph com­pleted 23 of 32 passes for 497 yards be­fore be­ing pulled in the mid­dle of the third quar­ter with the Cow­boys (30) in full com­mand. He did throw his first in­ter­cep­tion of the sea­son, end­ing a streak of 216 passes with­out a pick dat­ing to last sea­son. It was the long­est ac­tive streak in the FBS.

NO. 10WISCONSIN40, BYU6 » 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.

NO. 15 AUBURN 24, MERCER 10 » At Auburn, Alabama, Kam­ryn Pettway ran for 128 yards and three touch­downs and Auburn over­came five turnovers to hold off FCS school Mercer.

NO. 16 VIR­GINIA TECH 64, EAST CAROLINA 17 » At Greenville, North Carolina, Red­shirt fresh­man Josh Jack­son threw for 372 yards and five touch­downs — three to Cam Phillips — for Vir­ginia Tech.

NO. 20 TCU 56, SMU 36 » At Fort Worth, Texas, Jalen Reagor made a leap­ing 38yard 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.

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