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No. 1 Clem­son 21, North Carolina 20

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Clem­son stuffed North Carolina’s 2-point con­ver­sion at­tempt with 1:17 left and the No. 1 Tigers held off the Tar Heels 21-20 on Satur­day.

The Tigers (5-0, 3-0 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) had trou­ble all day in try­ing to ex­tend their school­record win­ning streak to 20 games. They didn’t go ahead for good un­til Trevor Lawrence hit Tee Hig­gins on a 38-yard touch­down pass with 9:54 left, then came up with the stop af­ter the Tar Heels went for the lead in­stead of a tie af­ter Javonte Wil­liams’ short scor­ing run.

The Tigers strung out Sam How­ell’s op­tion run to the right, with Xavier Thomas, James Skalski and Nolan Turner com­bin­ing to bring down How­ell as he turned to­ward the goal line.

How­ell tried to pitch the ball back to Dazz New­some as he was go­ing down, but New­some had nowhere to go near the side­line and was pushed out of bounds to put the Tar Heels (2-3, 1-1) short and ef­fec­tively clinch the win for Clem­son — though it was far tougher than ex­pected for the 27-point road fa­vorite.

The Tar Heels fell to 0-10 against No. 1-ranked teams in The As­so­ci­ated Press col­lege foot­ball poll.

No. 2 Alabama 59, Mis­sis­sippi 31

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Tua Tago­v­ailoa and DeVonta Smith hooked up for five touch­down passes and a few school records in Alabama’s vic­tory over Mis­sis­sippi.

The Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) ac­tu­ally trailed for the first time this sea­son be­fore flex­ing its mus­cles against the 37 1/2-point un­der­dogs. The Rebels (2-3, 1-1) couldn’t even slow down Smith, who some­times gets over­shad­owed in a loaded re­ceiv­ing group.

Smith had 11 catches for school records of 274 yards and five TDs, all by early in the third quar­ter. He had 221 yards by half­time, and added a 27-yard score to punc­tu­ate the big­gest game of any Tide re­ceiver.

Tago­v­ailoa passed for a school­record six touch­downs and rushed for a sev­enth. He had matched the record of five TD passes in two straight games but fi­nally eclipsed it in the fourth quar­ter. He com­pleted 26 of 36 passes for 418 yards.

No. 5 Ohio State 48, Ne­braska 7

LINCOLN, Neb. — Justin Fields threw for three touch­downs and ran for an­other for Ohio State, and Ne­braska quar­ter­back Adrian Martinez was in­ter­cepted on three of the Corn­huskers’ first four se­ries.

Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) scored on six straight pos­ses­sions and led 38-0 af­ter a dizzy­ing first half.

Ne­braska (3-2, 1-1) didn’t go over 100 yards of to­tal of­fense un­til late in the third quar­ter.

No. 6 Oklahoma 55, Texas Tech 15

NOR­MAN, Okla. — Jalen Hurts passed for a ca­reer-high 415 yards and threw three touch­down passes in Oklahoma’s vic­tory over Texas Tech.

Hurts also ran for 70 yards and an­other score for the Soon­ers (4-0, 1-0 Big 12). The se­nior trans­fer from Alabama had 485 yards of to­tal of­fense, the eighth-most in school his­tory.

CeeDee Lamb had ca­reer highs of 185 yards re­ceiv­ing and three touch­downs, Charleston Rambo had 122 yards re­ceiv­ing on just two catches and Trey Ser­mon ran for 76 yards and two scores for Oklahoma.

The Soon­ers, who en­tered the game lead­ing the na­tion in to­tal of­fense, gained 642 yards. They have to­taled at least 600 yards in each game this sea­son.

Jett Duf­fey passed for 120 yards and SaRodor­ick Thomp­son ran for 96 yards for Texas Tech (2-2, 0-1).

No. 7 Auburn 56, Mis­sis­sippi St. 23

AUBURN, Ala. — Seth Wil­liams had eight re­cep­tions for 161 yards and two touch­downs, JaTarvi­ous Whit­low ran for three scores and Bo Nix had his best game in an Auburn uni­form.

Auburn (5-0, 2-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) started fast, scor­ing three touch­downs on its first eight plays from scrim­mage. It was aided by five Miss State penal­ties and a fum­bled kick­off in the first five min­utes that re­sulted in short fields.

No. 8 Wis­con­sin 24, North­west­ern 15

MADI­SON, Wis. — Jonathan Tay­lor ran for 119 yards and his 11th touch­down of the sea­son and Wis­con­sin got two scores from its de­fense.

Tay­lor car­ried 26 times to help Wis­con­sin (4-0, 2-0 Big Ten) avenge its 31-17 loss to the Wild­cats last sea­son. The ju­nior reached 100 yards rush­ing for the 26th time in 31 ca­reer games and moved into fourth place on the Bad­gers’ ca­reer rush­ing list (4,730).

Af­ter al­low­ing 81 yards rush­ing through the first three games, the Wis­con­sin de­fense sur­ren­dered 97 yards on the ground to North­west­ern (1-3, 0-2).

No. 9 Florida 38, Tow­son 0

GAINESVILL­E, Fla. — Kyle Trask threw for two touch­downs and ran for an­other, help­ing Florida beat lower-divi­sion Tow­son for its ninth straight vic­tory.

Trask com­pleted 15 con­sec­u­tive passes to open the game, giv­ing him 18 straight com­ple­tions and breaking Chris Leak’s mark (17) set against Wyoming in 2005.

Trask’s hot streak ended with an in­com­ple­tion to Ja­cob Copeland early in the third quar­ter. He re­sponded with a per­fect throw to Kyle Pitts in the cor­ner of the end zone for his sec­ond TD pass of the af­ter­noon.

No. 10 Notre Dame 35, No. 18 Vir­ginia 20

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ju­lian Ok­wara had three sacks of Notre Dame’s eight sacks and caused a fum­ble that was re­turned for a touch­down as the Fight­ing Ir­ish over­came a half­time deficit to beat Vir­ginia.

The Fight­ing Ir­ish (3-1), com­ing off a 23-14 loss at No. 3 Ge­or­gia, trailed 17-14 at the break and then had the Cava­liers (4-1) com­plete a suc­cess­ful on­side kick to open the sec­ond half. The Notre Dame de­fense held, set­ting the tone for the sec­ond half.

Jamir Jones started the Ir­ish de­fen­sive on­slaught in the third quar­ter when he sacked and stripped Vir­ginia’s Bryce Perkins of the foot­ball and de­fen­sive tackle My­ron Tago­v­ailoa-Amosa re­cov­ered it in midair be­fore rum­bling 48 yards to the Vir­ginia 7.

Tony Jones, who had three touch­downs and a sea­son-high 131 yards on 18 car­ries, scored two plays later from the 2 to give the Ir­ish a 21-17.

No. 14 Iowa 48, Mid­dle Ten­nessee 3

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Nate Stan­ley threw for 276 yards and two touch­downs, Toren Young added a ca­reer-high 131 yards rush­ing and Iowa im­proved to 4-0 for the third time in 10 years.

Bran­don Smith caught both of Stan­ley’s TD throws. Iowa gained 644 yards, its most in coach Kirk Fer­entz’s 21 sea­sons in charge. Iowa had 358 yards in the first half and scored on its first four drives, a stretch head­lined by an 18-yarder from Stan­ley to Smith that made it 24-0 mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter.

No. 19 Utah vs. Wash­ing­ton State, late No. 20 Michi­gan 52, Rut­gers 0

ANN AR­BOR, Mich. — Shea Pat­ter­son ac­counted for three touch­downs in the first half and ran for a fourth score in the third quar­ter for Michi­gan to rout Rut­gers 52-0 on Satur­day.

The Wolver­ines (3-1, 1-1 Big Ten) en­joyed a con­fi­dence-boost­ing win fol­low­ing a hu­mil­i­at­ing loss at Wis­con­sin. The Scar­let Knights (1-3, 0-2) have not won a con­fer­ence game since the 2017 sea­son.

No. 22 UCF 56, UConn 21

OR­LANDO, Fla. — Dillon Gabriel threw for 281 yards and three touch­downs to help UCF re­bound from its first reg­u­lar-sea­son loss in nearly three years with a rout of Con­necti­cut to be­gin Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence play.

The two-time de­fend­ing AAC cham­pi­ons im­proved to 29-2 since the start of 2017, bounc­ing back from a 35-34 loss at Pitts­burgh that stopped a league- and school­record 25-game reg­u­lar-sea­son win streak.

No. 23 Texas A&M 31, Arkansas 27

AR­LING­TON, Texas — Quar­t­ney Davis caught two of Kellen Mond’s three touch­down passes, in­clud­ing the go-ahead score Texas A&M.

Af­ter Mond’s pass was picked off in the end zone, the Ra­zor­backs failed to get a first down and punted af­ter Ben Hicks was sacked at the 2. That set up the short drive for Mond’s 3-yard TD pass to Davis with 12:21 left that put Texas A&M (3-2, 1-1 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) ahead 28-24.

The Ra­zor­backs (2-3, 0-2) lost their 13th con­sec­u­tive SEC game, in­clud­ing all 10 un­der sec­ond-year coach Chad Mor­ris. They have lost eight in a row against Texas A&M since the Ag­gies left the Big 12.

Oklahoma State 26, No. 24 Kansas State 13

STILLWATER, Okla. — Chuba Hub­bard ran for 296 yards and a touch­down on just 25 car­ries, and Oklahoma State shut down Kansas State’s own vaunted rush­ing at­tack in a weather-de­layed vic­tory.

Hub­bard hardly car­ried at all in the first quar­ter for the Cow­boys (4-1, 1-1 Big 12), who built a 13-0 lead when the game was halted more than an hour in the sec­ond quar­ter due to light­ning. But the break­out star fin­ished with runs of 53, 84 and 44 yards in his dom­i­nant per­for­mance.

No. 25 Michi­gan State 40, In­di­ana 31

EAST LANS­ING, Mich. — Matt Cogh­lin made a tiebreak­ing 21-yard field goal with 5 sec­onds re­main­ing to help Michi­gan State beat In­di­ana.

Af­ter Cogh­lin’s kick gave the Spar­tans (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) a 34-31 lead, In­di­ana tried to lat­eral its way down the field on its fi­nal of­fen­sive play, but that re­sulted in a fum­ble that Michi­gan State re­cov­ered for a touch­down.

Brian Lew­erke threw for 300 yards and three touch­downs for the Spar­tans, who held off the up­set-minded Hoosiers (3-2, 0-2) on a rare day when Michi­gan State’s de­fense strug­gled. Michael Penix Jr. re­turned for In­di­ana af­ter miss­ing the pre­vi­ous two games with an undis­closed in­jury — and he gave the Spar­tans fits, com­plet­ing 20 passes in a row dur­ing one stretch.

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