Florida hits on Hail Mary to stun No. 23 Tennessee
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.