No. 24 Florida stuns No. 23 Tennessee with Hail Mary
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — 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. Franks scrambled away from the rush on a first-and-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.
NO. 1 ALABAMA 41, COLO. ST. 23
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Jalen Hurts passed for 248 yards and two long touchdowns and rushed for 103 yards to lead Alabama past Colorado State.
The Crimson Tide (3-0) dominated early and emphatically answered a comeback attempt before outlasting the Rams (2-2).
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Nick Fitzgerald threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores to help Mississippi State rout LSU. Aeris Williams led the Bulldogs with 146 yards rushing and averaged 6.3 yards per carry. Mississippi State (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) beat LSU for just the second time in 18 tries dating to 2000.
MEMPHIS 48, NO. 25 UCLA 45
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — 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. 2 OKLA. 56, TULANE 14
NORMAN, Okla. — Baker Mayfield passed for 331 yards and four touchdowns, and Oklahoma followed its impressive victory at Ohio State with a win over Tulane. CeeDee Lamb caught four passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns before he was ejected for targeting on a block in the second quarter.
NO. 5 PENN ST. 56, GA. ST. 0
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Trace McSorley threw a Beaver Stadium-record 85-yard touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley for one of his four scoring strikes and also ran for a touchdown for Penn State.
NO. 7 MICH. 29, AIR FORCE 13
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Donovan PeoplesJones 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.
NO. 8 OHIO ST. 38, ARMY 7
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.
NO. 9 OKLAHOMA ST. 59, PITT 21
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 (3-0) in full command.
NO. 10 WISCONSIN 40, BYU 6
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. 13 GEORGIA 42, SAMFORD 14
ATHENS, Ga. — Nick Chubb ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns, freshman Jake Fromm threw three scoring passes in his first home start, and Georgia’s defense was dominant.
With fellow senior Sony Michel held out with an ankle injury sustained last week in a victory at Notre Dame, Chubb had his busiest game of the season.
NO. 15 AUBURN 24, MERCER 10
AUBURN, Ala. — Kamryn Pettway ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns and Auburn overcame five turnovers to hold off FCS school Mercer. After being held without a touchdown in a 14-6 loss at third-ranked Clemson the previous week, Auburn (2-1) could at least point to a stout defensive opponent as the reason for its troubles. Not this time.
NO. 16 VA. TECH 64, ECU 17
GREENVILLE, N.C. — Redshirt freshman Josh Jackson threw for 372 yards and five touchdowns — three to Cam Phillips — for Virginia Tech.
Phillips had a program-record 14 catches for 189 yards to help the Hokies improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2011.
VANDERBILT 14, NO. 18 KANSAS ST. 7
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kyle Shurmur scored on a 2-yard run with 8:23 left, and Vanderbilt upset Kansas State for the Commodores’ first win over a ranked, nonconference opponent since 1946. Vanderbilt improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2011 with the Commodores’ first win over a ranked, nonconference opponent since beating North Carolina State.
NO. 20 TCU 56, SMU 36
FORT WORTH, Texas — Jalen Reagor made a leaping 38-yard 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.
NO. 21 WASH. ST. 52, ORE. ST. 23
PULLMAN, Wash. — Luke Falk threw six touchdown passes — three to Tavares Martin Jr. — and Washington State beat Oregon State.
MISSISSIPPI ST. 37, NO. 12 LSU 7