Fromm lifts Bulldogs over Gators
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jake Fromm threw three touchdown passes, ending speculation about freshman Justin Fields supplanting him in the starting lineup, and No. 7 Georgia beat ninth-ranked Florida 36-17 on Saturday.
The Bulldogs took advantage of Florida’s three turnovers and an injury to cornerback C.J. Henderson to win the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” for the second straight year.
Fromm completed 17 of 24 passes for 240 yards, none bigger than the three for scores — all on third down. The first two went to Jeremiah Holloman, who beat C.J. McWilliams both times. The Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) clearly were picking on McWilliams after he replaced Henderson (back) on the first series.
There had been talk that Georgia coach Kirby Smart would get highly touted freshman Fields more work following a 20-point loss to LSU. Fromm smashed those rumors.
Florida (6-2, 4-2) took a one-point lead early in the third quarter — Feleipe Franks threw a perfect, 36-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Swain — but Georgia answered with another Fromm-to-Holloman connection and then pulled away late.
NO. 2 CLEMSON 59, FLORIDA STATE 10
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Trevor Lawrence threw four touchdown passes, and Clemson handed Florida State its worst home loss in program history.
Lawrence completed 20 of 37 passes for 314 yards before leaving late in the third quarter. Tee Higgins and Amari Rodgers each had two touchdown receptions.
The Tigers (8-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) moved to 8-0 for the seventh time in school history, including the third time in the last four seasons.
NO. 8 OKLAHOMA 51, KANSAS STATE 14
NORMAN, Okla. — Kyler Murray passed for 352 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to help Oklahoma beat Kansas State.
The Sooners (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) rolled up a season-high 702 total yards and only punted once, and that was in the fourth quarter after Murray was done for the day.
NO. 12 KENTUCKY 15, MISSOURI 14
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Terry Wilson threw a 2yard touchdown pass to C.J. Conrad on the final play to lift Kentucky over Missouri.
Kentucky held Missouri (4-4, 1-4) without a first down on eight second-half possessions.
NO. 17 PENN STATE 30, NO. 18 IOWA 24
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Nick Scott intercepted a pass to thwart Iowa at the Penn State 2 with 3:18 left and the Nittany Lions held on to avoid a third straight home loss.
Penn State (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) needed one last defensive stand to hold off Iowa (6-2, 3-2).
NORTHWESTERN 31, NO. 20 WISCONSIN 17
EVANSTON, Ill. — Clayton Thorson ran for two touchdowns and threw a scoring pass to help Northwestern (5-3, 5-1) beat Wisconsin.
HOUSTON 57, NO. 21 SOUTH FLORIDA 36
HOUSTON — D’Eriq King had a hand in a career-high seven touchdowns, throwing for 419 yards and five scores and running for 134 yards and two more touchdowns in Houston’s (7-1, 4-0 American) victory.
Clemson’s Austin Spence recovers a fumbled punt by Florida State’s D.J. Matthews during the the third quarter of the Tigers’ 59-10 victory Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.