No. 4 Clemson se­cures ACC At­lantic crown

The Washington Post Sunday - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

Travis Eti­enne rushed for 97 yards and two touch­downs, in­clud­ing a one-yard burst with 3:05 left, and No. 4 Clemson won the ACC At­lantic Di­vi­sion with a 31-14 vic­tory over Florida State on Satur­day in Clemson, S.C.

The Tigers (9-1) looked to have this one wrapped up when they opened a 17-0 lead with two min­utes left in the third quar­ter. But the Semi­noles (3-6) ral­lied with two touch­downs.

Florida State then re­cov­ered Kelly Bryant’s fum­ble on the Clemson 40-yard line with 6:46 to go, putting the Semi­noles in po­si­tion to spoil the Tigers’ play­off hopes. But Van Smith in­ter­cepted James Black­man’s pass on the next play. No. 1 Ge­or­gia (9-1) lost to No. 10 Auburn, 40-17 The Bull­dogs could get a re­match if the Tigers beat Alabama. No. 2 Alabama (10-0) def. No. 16 Mis­sis­sippi St., 31-24 Nei­ther team led by more than a touch­down, but Tide won its 10th straight against Bull­dogs. No. 3 Notre Dame (8-2) lost to No. 7 Mi­ami, 41-8 The Fight­ing Ir­ish suf­fered their sec­ond-worst de­feat in the se­ries against the Hur­ri­canes. Only the 58-7 Mi­ami romp in 1985 was worse. No. 5 Ok­la­homa (9-1) def. No. 6 TCU, 38-20 Baker May­field bol­stered his Heis­man case by pass­ing for 333 yards and rush­ing for 50 more. No. 6 TCU (8-2) lost to No. 5 Ok­la­homa, 38-20 Horned Frogs are tied for sec­ond place in Big 12 and still have a chance to reach con­fer­ence ti­tle game. No. 7 Mi­ami (9-0) def. No. 3 Notre Dame, 41-8 The Hur­ri­canes forced four turnovers for the fourth straight game. No. 8 Wisconsin (10-0) def. No. 20 Iowa, 38-14 The Badgers held the Hawkeyes to 66 to­tal yards and five first downs. No. 9 Wash­ing­ton (8-2) lost to Stan­ford, 30-22, Fri. With no teams with fewer than two losses, the Pa­cific-12’s play­off hopes ap­pear com­pletely ka­put. No. 10 Auburn (8-2) def. No. 1 Ge­or­gia, 40-17 The Tigers kept their hopes alive by end­ing a three-year skid vs. Bull­dogs. No. 11 South­ern Cal (9-2) def. Colorado, 38-24 The Tro­jans clinched the Pac-12 South and im­proved to 12-0 all time vs. the Buf­faloes. No. 12 Michi­gan St. (7-3) lost to No. 13 Ohio St., 48-3 QB Brian Lew­erke was held to 131 pass­ing yards and picked off twice a week af­ter throw­ing for 445 yards in a win over Penn State. No. 13 Ohio St. (8-2) def. No. 12 Michi­gan St., 48-3 Out­gained the Spar­tans 524-195 to shake off loss at Iowa and take con­trol of the Big Ten East race. No. 14 Penn St. (8-2) def. Rut­gers, 35-6 QB Trace McSor­ley (Briar Woods) ac­counted for three TDs to be­come the pro­gram’s all-time leader with 68. No. 15 Ok­la­homa St. (8-2) def. No. 21 Iowa St., 49-42 Cow­boys scored two touch­downs in less than two min­utes of the fourth quar­ter for the game’s fifth and fi­nal lead change. No. 16 Mis­sis­sippi St. (7-3) lost to No. 2 Alabama, 31-24 Progress: Bull­dogs led Tide in a game for first time since 2008. No. 17 Vir­ginia Tech (7-3) lost to Ge­or­gia Tech, 28-22 Al­lowed two com­ple­tions — 60-yard and 80-yard TDs. It’s sec­ond year in a row Yel­low Jack­ets beat Hok­ies while com­plet­ing two passes. No. 18 Cen­tral Florida (9-0) def. U-Conn, 49-24 Knights did not score in the third, just their sec­ond score­less quar­ter. No. 19 Wash­ing­ton St. (9-2) def. Utah, 33-25 Luke Falk threw for 311 yards to put Cougars one win from their first Pac-12 ti­tle game. No. 20 Iowa (6-4) lost to No. 8 Wisconsin, 38-14 Josh Jack­son scored on in­ter­cep­tion re­turns of 43 and 52 yards. No. 21 Iowa St. (6-4) lost to No. 15 Ok­la­homa St., 49-42 QB-turned-LB Joel Lan­ning had five tack­les, a half-sack, a touch­down run and a TD pass. No. 22 Mem­phis (8-1) did not play. Will re­turn Satur­day at home vs. SMU in a game that might have Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence ti­tle im­pli­ca­tions. No. 23 N.C. State (7-3) def. Bos­ton Col­lege, 17-14 Wolf­pack reached five ACC wins for the first time in seven years. No. 24 LSU (7-3) def. Arkansas, 33-10 Tigers got 147 rush­ing yards from Der­rius Guice to re­tain the Boot, a 24-karat tro­phy that weighs 175 pounds. No. 25 North­west­ern (7-3) def. Pur­due, 23-13 Wild­cats won with­out go­ing to over­time for the first time in four games.

STREETER LECKA/GETTY IM­AGES

Clemson’s Sean Pol­lard holds up Travis Eti­enne af­ter the run­ning back scored one of his two touch­downs.

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