Franks qui­ets crowd as Florida beats USC

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - BY MARK LONG

GAINESVILLE, FLA.

Feleipe Franks placed his in­dex fin­ger across his lips af­ter both touch­down runs, send­ing a mes­sage to a home crowd that booed him ear­lier.

Af­ter the sec­ond one, there was noth­ing Franks could have done to si­lence the Florida faith­ful.

Franks ac­counted for three touch­downs, in­clud­ing the go-ahead score with a lit­tle more than four min­utes re­main­ing, and the 19th-ranked Ga­tors ral­lied to beat South Carolina 35-31 Satur­day and end a twogame los­ing streak.

“I’m a su­per emo­tional player,” Franks said. “That what makes it a two-way street. Lots of peo­ple are go­ing to like me and lots of peo­ple aren’t go­ing to like me. Maybe that’s some­thing I shouldn’t have did. But at the same time, I’m an emo­tional player. I want to win as much as any­body in the world. I’m an emo­tional guy. That’s the way I play my game. I do apol­o­gize for that.”

Franks dived across the goal line on fourth down from in­side the 1-yard line to put the Ga­tors (7-3, 5-3 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence, No. 15 CFP) ahead for the first time all day and for good.

Coach Dan Mullen said he didn’t hes­i­tate to go for it even though a short field goal would have tied the game. The Ga­tors over­came a 17-point deficit in the sec­ond half to pre­vent for­mer Florida coach and cur­rent South Carolina coach Will Muschamp from get­ting a win in his sec­ond trip back to Gainesville.

C.J. Hen­der­son sealed the vic­tory when he in­ter­cepted Jake Bent­ley’s third-down pass on the en­su­ing drive. Muschamp has dropped eighth of his last 10

games in the Swamp.

“It’s a hard, tough loss,” said Muschamp, who is

0-2 against his for­mer team in Gainesville. “We had our op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Give Florida credit. They made plays they had to at the end. … When you go on the road in our league and have the op­por­tu­ni­ties in front of us, to lose the game, it’s gut-wrench­ing.”

Franks com­pleted 15 of 21 passes for 161 yards and a touch­down. He also ran for 36 yards and two scores a week af­ter get­ting benched for the third time in two sea­sons.

Mullen opened up the quar­ter­back com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing the week, but backup Kyle Trask broke a foot in prac­tice Wed­nes­day and is out for the re­main­der of the reg­u­lar sea­son. That left Franks as Mullen’s only vi­able op­tion against the Game­cocks (5-4, 4-4).

Still, the home crowd turned on Franks quickly Satur­day by boo­ing him af­ter con­sec­u­tive plays on the first se­ries in which he fum­bled and badly over­threw a re­ceiver.

Franks re­sponded af­ter his first TD run.

“He’s an emo­tional kid,” Mullen said. “I told him he’s go­ing to get booed. … I also told him don’t worry about any­thing that’s not go­ing to help us win the foot­ball game. Score a touch­down and get off the side­lines so we can coach you.”

South Carolina (5-4,

4-4) scored touch­downs on its first two pos­ses­sions but did lit­tle down the stretch.

PITTS­BURGH

Qadree Ol­li­son ran for 235 yards and three touch­downs, Dar­rin Hall added 186 yards rush­ing and a score of his own as Pitts­burgh moved closer to its first ACC Coastal Divi­sion ti­tle with a dom­i­nant 5222 vic­tory over Vir­ginia Tech on Satur­day.

The Pan­thers (6-4, 5-1 ACC) rolled up a school­record 654 to­tal yards,

492 com­ing on the ground. Mau­rice Ffrench caught a 78-yard touch­down pass from Kenny Pick­ett and later scored on a 12-yard run off a jet sweep as Pitt jumped to a 31-7 half­time lead and then cruised.

Ol­li­son sealed it with pro­gram record 97-yard touch­down run in the fourth quar­ter, be­com­ing the sixth Pitt player ever go to over 1,000 yards rush­ing in mul­ti­ple sea­sons in the process.

The Pan­thers need to win one of their fi­nal two games against Wake For­est or Mi­ami to be­come the sixth dif­fer­ent school to win the Coastal Divi­sion in as many sea­sons.

NO­TABLE

Duke 42, North Carolina 35: Daniel Jones ac­counted for 547 to­tal yards and four touch­downs to help Duke beat ri­val North Carolina at home.

Jones threw for 361 yards and three touch­downs for the Blue Devils (7-3, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Con­fer­ence). He also ran for a 61-yard touch­down and had a 68-yard keeper in a 186-yard rush­ing day, help­ing Duke fin­ish with a sea­son-high 629 yards.

Duke claimed a third straight vic­tory in the se­ries, al­low­ing the Blue Devils to keep the Vic­tory Bell for an­other year. Vir­ginia 45, Lib­erty 24: Bryce Perkins threw for two touch­downs and ran for two more and Vir­ginia beat Lib­erty.

Joe Reed caught both scor­ing throws, of 14 and six yards, and also re­turned a kick­off 90 yards for a touch­down for the Cava­liers (7-3), who en­sured their first win­ning sea­son since the 2011 team fin­ished 8-5. Vir­ginia out­gained the Flames just 389 to 354, but in­ter­cepted Stephen Calvert three times.

Frankie Hick­son ran for 93 yards and two touch­downs and Peyt­ton Pin­kett ran for 117 yards and an­other score for the Flames (4-5).

NORMAN, OKLA.

Kyler Murray passed for 349 yards and ran for 66 and No. 6 Ok­la­homa sur­vived a late two-point con­ver­sion at­tempt to beat Ok­la­homa State 48-47 on Satur­day.

Taylor Cor­nelius con­nected with Ty­lan Wal­lace on a 24-yard touch­down pass to cut Ok­la­homa’s lead to one with 1:03 to play. Ok­la­homa State went for two, but Cor­nelius threw short and into coverage, and the pass fell in­com­plete. Ok­la­homa re­cov­ered the on­side kick and ran out the clock.

Kennedy Brooks ran for 165 yards and three touch­downs, Trey Ser­mon ran for 120 yards and two scores and Mar­quise

Brown caught eight passes for 142 yards and a score for the Soon­ers (9-1, 6-1

Big 12, No. 6 CFP).

Cor­nelius passed for a ca­reer-high 501 yards and three touch­downs for the Cow­boys (5-5, 2-5). Wal­lace caught 10 passes for 220 yards and two scores. Chuba Hub­bard ran for

104 yards and three scores, but he lost a crit­i­cal fum­ble in the fourth quar­ter.

NO­TABLE

No. 1 Alabama 24, No. 18 Mis­sis­sippi State 0: Josh Ja­cobs ran for a touch­down and caught a scor­ing pass and Alabama had its sec­ond straight shutout in a home vic­tory over Mis­sis­sippi State. With quar­ter­back Tua Tago­v­ailoa still bat­tling a gimpy right knee, the Crim­son Tide (10-0, 7-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence, No. 1 CFP) turned to de­fense for an­other vin­tage per­for­mance. No. 4 Michi­gan 42, Rut­gers 7: Shea Pat­ter­son threw for 260 yards and three touch­downs, Karan Hig­don ran for a pair of 1-yard scores and No. 4 Michi­gan kept its na­tional cham­pi­onship hopes in­tact with a road win over Rut­gers.

No. 7 West Vir­ginia 47, TCU 10: Will Grier threw

Feleipe Franks

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