No. 3 Notre Dame routs Florida State

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Bran­don Wim­bush threw three- first half touch­down passes, Dex­ter Wil­liams ran for a ca­reer- high 202 yards and No. 3 Notre Dame took ad­van­tage of Florida State turnovers to rout Florida State 42- 13 on a frosty Satur­day night.

With the tem­per­a­ture at 27 de­grees — the third- cold­est game at Notre Dame Sta­dium since the 1980 sea­son — the Ir­ish ( 10- 0, No. 3 CFP) wore green jer­seys for the fourth time in Brian Kelly’s nine- year ten­ure at Notre Dame to honor their se­niors.

Wim­bush, who led the Ir­ish to their first three vic­to­ries, got the start in place of in­jured ju­nior Ian Book, who suf­fered a rib in­jury last week against North­west­ern.

Wim­bush fin­ished 12- of- 25 for 130 yards with the scor­ing passes to fel­low se­niors — a 3- yarder to wide re­ceiver Miles Boykin and 6and 15- yard tosses to tight end Al­ize Mack.

Wil­liams, who sat out the first four games of his se­nior sea­son be­cause of a uni­ver­si­ty­im­posed sus­pen­sion, piled up the 202 yards on 20 car­ries, in­clud­ing TD runs of 58 and 32 yards, as Notre Dame out­gained Florida State, 495- 322, in­clud­ing 365 on the ground.

Wim­bush, how­ever, did throw a pair of sec­ond- half in­ter­cep­tions that al­lowed coach Wil­lie Tag­gart’s Semi­noles ( 4- 6) to stay around af­ter the Ir­ish had taken a 32- 6 half­time lead.

Cam Ak­ers had two touch­down runs for Florida State, his sec­ond on a 7- yard run fol

low­ing Stan­ford Sa­muels’ in­ter­cep­tion early in the third quar­ter.

But Notre Dame’s de­fense de­nied points af­ter Don­tavi­ous Jack­son’s third- quar­ter theft when se­nior Drue Tran­quill and ju­nior Khalid Ka­reem made stops af­ter the Semi­noles had reached the Ir­ish 1. On fourth down, quar­ter­back Deon­dre Fran­cois ( 23- of47, 216 yards) threw in­com­plete.

The Semi­noles, who prac­ticed in summer

like con­di­tions in Tal­la­has­see be­fore fly­ing into win­try South Bend, saw Fran­cois’ sec­ond pass of the game in­ter­cepted by se­nior Nick Cole­man and Ak­ers’ fum­ble re­cov­ered by ju­nior Daelin Hayes. The Ir­ish con­verted them into 10 points while tak­ing a 17- 0 firstquar­ter lead.

No. 6 ok­la­homa 48, okla. State 47

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.

Tay­lor Cor­nelius con­nected with Ty­lan Wal­lace on a 24- yard TD 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 ( 9- 1, 6- 1 Big 12, No. 6 CFP) 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.

No. 1 alabama 24 No. 18 Mis­sis­sippi State 0

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Josh Ja­cobs ran for a touch­down and caught a scor­ing pass and Alabama had its sec­ond straight shutout.

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.

The of­fense raced to a fast start but mostly stalled from there against the Bull­dogs ( 6- 4, 2- 4) and the na­tion’s No. 2 scor­ing de­fense.

No. 4 Michi­gan 42, Rut­gers 7

PISCATAWAY, N. J. — Shea Pat­ter­son threw for 260 yards and three touch­downs, Karan Hig­don had two 1- yard sco­ri­ung runs and Michi­gan kept its na­tional cham­pi­onship hopes in­tact.

The Wolver­ines ( 9- 1, 7- 0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) have won nine straight and re­main in first place in the con­fer­ence’s East Divi­sion. They have a fi­nal tuneup against In­di­ana next week at the Big House be­fore clos­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son at No. 8 Ohio State.

Rut­gers ( 1- 9, 0- 7) didn’t have a yard pass­ing un­til the third quar­ter.

No. 7 West Vir­ginia 47, tcu 10

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Will Grier threw three touch­down passes for West Vir­ginia.

Chas­ing a berth in the Big 12 cham­pi­onship game, West Vir­ginia ( 8- 1, 6- 1, No. 9 CFP) had no trou­ble against the in­jury- rid­dled Horned Frogs ( 4- 6, 2- 5).

Grier was 25- of- 39 for 343 yards. TCU was held to a sea­son- low 222 yards of of­fense, the third time in four games it has had fewer than 300.

No. 8 ohio State 26 No. 24 Michi­gan State 6

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Drue Chris­man kept Michi­gan State pinned back with a sen­sa­tional sec­ond half of punt­ing, and Ohio State even­tu­ally pulled away.

The Buck­eyes ( 9- 1, 6- 1 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP) en­joyed a huge ad­van­tage in field po­si­tion dur­ing the sec­ond half. Chris­man’s punts forced Michi­gan State ( 6- 4, 4- 3, No. 18) to start its first five drives af­ter half­time from its own 5, 6, 3, 1 and 2- yard line.

No. 10 Washington State 31

colorado 7

BOULDER, Colo. — Gard­ner Min­shew II over­came a slow start and three fourth- down fail­ures to lead Washington State past nose­div­ing Colorado.

The Cougars ( 9- 1, 6- 1 Pac- 12, No. 8 CFP) won their sixth straight, but it wasn’t as easy as ex­pected against the Buf­faloes ( 5- 5, 2- 5), who lost their fifth straight de­spite the re­turn of star re­ceiver Laviska Shenault Jr.

Min­shew was 35- of- 58 for 335 yards and two TDS. He had a 10- yard scor­ing run in the fourth quar­ter.

No. 11 Ucf 35, Navy 24

OR­LANDO, Fla. — Mckenzie Mil­ton threw two touch­down passes and ran for a score, help­ing UCF ex­tend the na­tion’s long­est win­ning streak to 22 games.

Mil­ton com­pleted 17- of- 21 passes with­out an in­ter­cep­tion, and the Knights ( 9- 0, 6- 0 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence, No. 12 CFP) re­mained one of four un­beaten teams in the Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion.

Navy ( 2- 8, 1- 5) has lost seven straight.

ten­nessee 24, No. 12 Ken­tucky 7

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jar­rett Guar­an­tano threw a 39- yard touch­down pass to Mar­quez Call­away on the fi­nal play of the first half and Dar­rell Tay­lor had four sacks for Ten­nessee.

No. 14 Utah State 62

San Jose State 24

LO­GAN, Utah — Jor­dan Love threw for a ca­reer- high 491 yards and five touch­downs on 32- of- 42 pass­ing in just three quar­ters, and Utah State to­taled 804 yards in of­fense.

No. 19 florida 35, South carolina 31

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Feleipe Franks si­lenced the home crowd twice af­ter touch­down runs, seem­ingly send­ing a mes­sage af­ter get­ting benched last week and booed ear­lier in the game, and Florida ral­lied to beat South Carolina to end a two- game los­ing streak.

Franks dived across the goal line on a fourth- down play from in­side the 1 with 4: 09 to play, put­ting the Ga­tors ( 7- 3, 5- 3 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence, No. 15 CFP) ahead for the first time. Florida over­came a 17- point deficit in the sec­ond half to beat the Game­cocks ( 5- 4, 4- 4).

No. 23 Iowa State 28, bay­lor 14

AMES, Iowa — Brock Purdy threw for a touch­down and ran for an­other score, and Iowa State topped Bay­lor af­ter a skir­mish in the third quar­ter.

Iowa State star David Mont­gomery and Bay­lor line­backer Greg Roberts were ejected af­ter throw­ing punches at each other early in the third quar­ter. The Cy­clones and Bears ( 5- 5, 3- 4) nearly came to blows when a pre­vi­ous play ended up spilling over onto Iowa State’s bench. The bad blood hung around, and the teams nearly staged a full- on brawl that saw Roberts slap Mont­gomery on the hel­met, prompt­ing Mont­gomery to swing back.


Notre Dame wide re­ceiver Miles Boykin ( 81) catches a touch­down pass as Florida State de­fen­sive back Ham­sah Nasir­ildeen ( 23) de­fends dur­ing Satur­day’s game.

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