No. 13 Moun­taineers go for two, get the win

The Washington Post Sunday - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

West Virginia’s Will Grier threw a 33-yard touch­down pass to Gary Jen­nings with 16 sec­onds left, and then he ran in the two­point con­ver­sion to send the 13th-ranked Moun­taineers to a 42-41 win over No. 17 Texas in Austin.

Grier broke his fin­ger on a run to the py­lon in the first quar­ter of a loss to Texas last year, and his game-win­ning run came on a sim­i­lar scram­ble. But there was no de­fender near him this time as he held the ball up while cross­ing the goal line un­touched.

The two-point con­ver­sion came mo­ments af­ter Grier con­nected with David Sills. Texas (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) had called time­out just be­fore the ball was snapped, so the Moun­taineers (71, 5-1) had to line up again. Grier dropped back, took a step into the pocket, and then swung out to his left to break for the corner of the end zone.

No. 1 Alabama (8-0) at No. 3 LSU, late Crim­son Tide had won seven straight against the Tigers, al­low­ing 17 or fewer points in all of them.

No. 2 Clem­son (9-0) def. Louisville, 77-16 Travis Eti­enne, Lyn-J Dixon and Tavien Feaster each rushed for more than 100 yards for the Tigers.

No. 3 LSU (7-1) vs. No. 1 Alabama, late Tigers en­ter as 141/2-point un­der­dogs, the big­gest they had been in a home game since at least 2001, depend­ing on the sports­book.

No. 4 Notre Dame (9-0) def. North­west­ern, 31-21 The Fight­ing Ir­ish won in their first visit to Ryan Field since 1976.

No. 5 Michi­gan (8-1) def. No. 14 Penn St., 42-7 The Wolver­ines were 1:59 away from shut­ting out the Nit­tany Lions for the first time since 2001.

No. 6 Ge­or­gia (8-1) def. No. 9 Ken­tucky, 34-17 The Bull­dogs clinched the SEC East ti­tle for the sec­ond straight year.

No. 7 Ok­la­homa (7-1) at Texas Tech, late QB Kyler Mur­ray en­tered No. 6 in the na­tion in to­tal of­fense with 350.4 yards per game, one spot ahead of Red Raiders QB Alan Bow­man.

No. 8 Wash­ing­ton St. (7-1) vs. Cal­i­for­nia, late QB Gard­ner Min­shew II led the na­tion with 397.9 pass­ing yards per game and had a 71 per­cent com­ple­tion rate.

No. 9 Ken­tucky (7-2) lost to No. 6 Ge­or­gia, 34-17 The Wild­cats hadn’t al­lowed more than 20 points in a game this sea­son.

No. 10 Ohio St. (8-1) def. Ne­braska, 36-31 J.K. Dob­bins rushed for 163 yards and two touch­downs for the Buck­eyes.

No. 11 Florida (6-3) lost to Mis­souri, 38-17 QB Feleipe Franks was benched in the third quar­ter af­ter com­plet­ing 9 of 22 passes.

No. 12 UCF (8-0) def. Tem­ple, 52-40, Thurs. Teams com­bined for 1,300 to­tal yards, but Knights man­aged to hold Owls to six points in the sec­ond half.

No.14 Penn St. (6-3) lost to No. 5 Michi­gan, 42-7 Trace Mc­Sor­ley and Tommy Stevens split time at quar­ter­back.

No.15 Utah (6-3) lost to Ari­zona St., 38-20 Utes QB Tyler Hunt­ley was in­jured in the third quar­ter, and Utah was outscored 17-3 the rest of the game.

No. 16 Iowa (6-3) lost to Pur­due, 38-36 Spencer Evans made a win­ning 25-yard field goal with eight sec­onds left.

No. 18 Mis­sis­sippi St. (5-3) vs. La. Tech, late Not ex­actly the tra­di­tional SEC mid­sea­son gimme: Tech en­tered 6-2.

No. 19 Syra­cuse (7-2) def. Wake Forest, 41-24 The Or­ange won its first game as a ranked team since 2001.

No. 20 Texas A&M (5-4) lost to Auburn, 28-24 The Ag­gies al­lowed two touch­downs in the fi­nal 5:14 to lose on the road.

No.21 N.C. State (6-2) def. Florida St., 47-28 The Wolf­pack snapped a two-game skid to be­come bowl el­i­gi­ble for the fifth straight year.

No. 22 Bos­ton Col­lege (7-2) def. Va. Tech, 31-21 The Ea­gles will host Clem­son next week with first place in the ACC At­lantic at stake.

No. 23 Fresno St. (7-1) at UNLV, late KeeSea­son John­son be­came the Bull­dogs’ all-time leader last week with 234 re­cep­tions, pass­ing Da­vante Adams.

No. 24 Iowa St. (5-3) def. Kansas, 27-3 Brock Purdy threw for three touch­downs in the win.

No. 25 Virginia (6-3) lost to Pitts­burgh, 23-13, Fri. Cavs’ first ap­pear­ance in rank­ings since 2011 faded to their fourth con­sec­u­tive loss to the Panthers.

NICK WAG­NER/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

West Virginia quar­ter­back Will Grier runs in the game-win­ning two-point con­ver­sion against Texas.

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