No. 4 Clemson secures ACC Atlantic crown
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.
Clemson’s Sean Pollard holds up Travis Etienne after the running back scored one of his two touchdowns.