Franks quiets crowd as Florida beats USC
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.
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.
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).
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.
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