Col­lege Foot­ball Top 25 | Satur­day

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No. 4 Clem­son 59, Wof­ford 14

CLEM­SON, S.C. — Trevor Lawrence scored four touch­downs, Travis Eti­enne ran for 212 yards and two TDs and No. 4 Clem­son won its 24th con­sec­u­tive game, rolling over FCS op­po­nent Wof­ford.

Eti­enne, the reign­ing At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence player of the year, helped the Tigers (9-0) HAD scor­ing runs of 47 and 86 yards in the first 15:12. Clem­son im­proved to 34-0 against FCS pro­grams. It was the Tigers’ sixth straight win over Wof­ford (5-3), which fell to 1-21 against FBS schools.

No. 8 Ge­or­gia 24, No. 6 Florida 17

JACK­SONVILLE, Fla. — Jake Fromm picked apart Florida’s de­fense for the se­cond straight year and Ge­or­gia beat the Ga­tors in the “World’s Largest Out­door Cock­tail Party.”

Fromm com­pleted 20 of 30 passes for 279 yards and two touch­downs, in­clud­ing a 52-yarder to an un­cov­ered Lawrence Cager in the fourth quar­ter. Fromm also threw a TD pass in the first half, his fourth on third down in two years against the Ga­tors. Cager hadh seven re­cep­tions for 132 yards, both ca­reer highs.

D’An­dre Swift added 86 yards rush­ing to help the Bull­dogs (7-1, 4-1 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) move a step closer to win­ning the SEC’s East­ern Divi­sion for the third con­sec­u­tive year and strengthen their Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off re­sume. The Ga­tors (7-2, 4-2) looked lost on both sides of the ball most of the af­ter­noon.

No. 9 Utah 33, Wash­ing­ton 28

SEAT­TLE — Tyler Hunt­ley threw for one touch­down and ran for an­other, Jay­lon John­son re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 39 yards for a score and Utah over­came an 11-point first-half deficit.

The Utes (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) kept alive their Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off hopes, forc­ing Ja­cob Ea­son into three turnovers and get­ting just enough of­fense from Hunt­ley to rally from an early 14-3 hole.

Hunt­ley hit Zack Moss on a 9-yard TD pass late in the first half and added a 1-yard touch­down run early in the fourth quar­ter to give Utah its first lead, 26-21. Hunt­ley’s TD run capped a drive that fea­tured a key third-and-12 con­ver­sion where Hunt­ley was able to hit Jaylen Dixon for a 41-yard com­ple­tion.

Hunt­ley fin­ished 19 of 24 for 284 yards.

Wash­ing­ton (5-4, 2-4) dropped its se­cond straight af­ter los­ing to Oregon two weeks ago.

No. 11 Auburn 20, Mis­sis­sippi 14

AUBURN, Ala. — Bo Nix passed for a ca­reer-high 340 yards and had a 1-yard touch­down for Auburn.

The Tigers (7-2, 4-2 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) mostly dom­i­nated on the stat sheet but strug­gled to put the 19-point un­der­dogs away af­ter re­peated stalled drives and three missed field goals. An­ders Carl­son’s third miss, a 47-yarder with 1:14 to play, gave Ole Miss (3-6, 2-4) a shot at a win­ning drive.

No. 14 Michi­gan 38, Mary­land 7

COL­LEGE PARK, Md. — Giles Jack­son re­turned the open­ing kick­off 97 yards for a touch­down and Michi­gan used fresh­man Zach Char­bon­net’s two first-half scor­ing runs to pull away.

Seek­ing to build on a 45-14 rout of Notre Dame a week ear­lier, the Wolver­ines (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) led 21-0 at half­time and coasted against the fad­ing Ter­rap­ins (3-6, 1-5).

No. 24 Mem­phis 54, No. 15 SMU 48

MEM­PHIS, Tenn. — Brady White threw for 350 yards and three touch­downs, An­to­nio Gib­son had a school-record 386 all-pur­pose yards with three scores and Mem­phis held off SMU.

The Tigers (8-1, 4-1) handed SMU its first loss of the sea­son and moved atop the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence’s West­ern Divi­sion to im­prove their case to rep­re­sent the Group of Five in the New Year’s Six.

SMU (8-1, 4-1) came in with its best start to a sea­son since win­ning 1982 when the Mus­tangs won their first 10 games. They left hav­ing lost their sixth straight in Mem­phis in a se­ries dom­i­nated by the Tigers.

Mem­phis started the day on dis­play thanks to ESPN’s “Col­lege GameDay” on Beale Street with wrestler Jerry Lawler as the big guest, then filled the Lib­erty Bowl with 59,506 for the big­gest crowd for an Amer­i­can con­fer­ence game. The Tigers fol­lowed by out­du­el­ing the na­tion’s sixth-best scor­ing of­fense, which had been av­er­ag­ing 43 points a game.

No. 16 Notre Dame 21, Vir­ginia Tech 20

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ian Book ran 7 yards for a touch­down with 29 sec­onds left to cap an 18-play, 87-yard drive and give No. 16 Notre Dame a 21-20 vic­tory over Vir­ginia Tech on Satur­day.

The Fight­ing Ir­ish (6-2) com­mit­ted three turnovers deep in Vir­ginia Tech ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing a fum­ble at the goal line that Divine De­ablo re­turned 98 yards to tie it at 14 with 9 sec­onds left in the first half.

The Hok­ies (5-3) added a cou­ple of field goals in the se­cond half and the Ir­ish missed one, leav­ing Notre Dame trail­ing by six with 3:19 re­main­ing and the ball at its 13.

Book led a me­thod­i­cal drive, con­vert­ing two fourth downs, in­clud­ing a fourth-and-10 from the Tech 33 for 26 yards to Chase Clay­pool that gave the Ir­ish fir­stand-goal from the 7. Af­ter two in­com­plete passes, Notre Dame caught Vir­ginia Tech in a blitz. Book ran away from it and darted into the end zone. Jonathan Do­erer booted through the PAT for the lead, Kyle Hamil­ton picked off a long pass by Quincy Pat­ter­son around mid­field to end the Hok­ies’ fi­nal pos­ses­sion and the Ir­ish averted a two-game los­ing streak.

Book passed for 341 yards and two touch­downs.

Pat­ter­son got the start for Vir­ginia Tech at quar­ter­back in place of Hen­don Hooker, who had started the three pre­vi­ous victories but suf­fered a knee in­jury in Vir­ginia Tech’s 43-41 six-over­time vic­tory over North Carolina two Satur­days ago. Pat­ter­son ran for 77 yards on 19 car­ries and com­pleted 9 of 28 passes for 139 yards and an 8-yard touch­down strike to Damon Hazel­ton in the se­cond quar­ter.

No. 17 Cincin­nati 46, East Carolina 43

GREENVILLE, N.C. — Sam Crosa kicked a 32-yard field goal as time ex­pired to lift Cincin­nati past East Carolina on Satur­day night.

Des­mond Rid­der threw for 161 yards and a touch­down, rushed for 146 more and led the win­ning drive in the fi­nal 1:10 for the East Divi­sion-lead­ing Bearcats (7-1, 4-0 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence). The 24 1/2-point fa­vorites trailed by 12 points with less than 9 min­utes left be­fore es­cap­ing with their sixth win in a row.

No. 22 Boise State at San Jose State, late No. 22 Kansas State 38, Kansas 10

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Sky­lar Thomp­son ran for 127 yards and three touch­downs, Harry Trot­ter added 92 yards rush­ing and an­other score and Kansas State romped over Kansas.

Thomp­son also had 129 yards pass­ing for the Wild­cats (6-2, 3-2), who showed no let­down from their up­set of then-No. 5 Ok­la­homa in blud­geon­ing the Jay­hawks (3-6, 1-5) for the 12th con­sec­u­tive time.

No. 23 Wake For­est 44, N.C. State 10

WIN­STON-SALEM, N.C. — Jamie Newman re­turned from in­jury to throw for three touch­downs and run for two more for Wake For­est.

Newman had a game and part of an­other with a shoul­der in­jury, and his sta­tus was un­cer­tain for the long-run­ning se­ries. But Newman and the De­mon Dea­cons (7-1, 3-1 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) got off to a dom­i­nat­ing start that had this one wrapped up early.

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