TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston watching from the sideline, No. 1 Florida State come back to beat No. 22 Clemson 23-17 in overtime on Karlos Williams’ 12-yard touchdown run Saturday night.
Winston was suspended for the game against No. 22 Clemson after making “offensive and vulgar” comments earlier this week on campus.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney declined to attempt a 33-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime and Adam Choice was stuffed for no gain on fourth-and-1. Two plays later, Karlos Williams bounced outside and went untouched into the end zone.
Sean Maguire made the first start of his career with Winston sidelined. He was regularly pressured by a loaded Clemson defensive line and completed 21 of 39 passes for 305 yards with two interceptions and a 74-yard touchdown to Rashad Greene to tie it at 17 with 6:04 left in the fourth.
No. 4 Oklahoma 45, West Virginia 33: In Morgantown, W.Va., bruising freshman Samaje Perine rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns to lead Oklahoma over West Virginia in its Big 12 opener.
Alex Ross scored on a 100-yard kickoff return and quarterback Trevor Knight caught a 4-yard scoring pass on a trick play for the Sooners (4-0, 1-0).
Oklahoma won its eighth straight game dating to last season and its 11th road game in 12 tries.
Perine had second-half scoring runs of 9, 5 and 19 yards as the Sooners pulled away after the game was tied 24-24 at halftime.
Clint Trickett threw for 376 yards and two touchdowns for West Virginia, (2-2, 0-1). But he was intercepted twice and lost a fumble.
NO. 21 BYU 41, VIRGINIA 33: In Provo, Utah, Taysom Hill threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a score to lead No. 21 Brigham Young to a 41-33 comeback win over Virginia on Saturday.
The Cougars (4-0) trailed 16-13 at the half and lagged behind the Cavaliers in almost every statistical category but turned the game around with two third-quarter touchdowns.
Adam Hine sealed the victory for BYU with a 99-yard kickoff return midway through the final quarter.
Hill, averaging nearly 230 yards passing and 130 yards rushing per game, completed 13 of 23 for 187 yards and rushed for another 72 on 17 carries. He had only 29 yards rushing in the first half.
Virginia (2-2) had to settle for four field goals by Ian Frye field on four possessions that went deep into BYU territory.
The Cavaliers had 519 total yards to BYU’s 332 and doubled the Cougars in time of possession. The BYU defense entered the game allowing only 312 yards of total offense and only 59 yards on the ground.
BYU also committed 12 penalties for 133 yards and scored only three points off of two Virginia turnovers.
Greyson Lambert completed 21 of 35 for 188 yards for Virginia before leaving with an injury late in the third. Matt Johns came in to throw for another 139 yards in the fourth quarter completing 14 of 23 with one TD.
NO. 11 MICHIGAN STATE 73, EASTERN MICHIGAN 14: In East Lansing, Mich., Connor Cook threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score and Michigan State scored the third-most points in program history.
The Spartans (2-1) came up three points short of matching the school record set in 1989 against Northwestern and scored on their first five possessions.
They had 75 points against Arizona in 1949.
Eastern Michigan (1-3) was outgained 320-1 in the first half and surrendered the game’s first 20 first downs. The Eagles have been outscored 155-17 by Florida, Old Dominion and the Spartans.
Michigan State finished with 336 yards rushing, 496 in total offense and held the Eagles to five first downs. Cook wound up 5 for 6 for 83 yards, accounting for all his touchdowns in the first quarter. Delton Williams ran for 103 yards and three TDs on 10 carries.
NO. 19 WISCONSIN 68, BOWLING GREEN 17: In Madison, Wis., Melvin Gordon rushed for career highs of 253 yards and five touchdowns, and Wisconsin ran for a Big Ten-record 644 yards.
Gordon had 179 yards and four scores by halftime alone before dashing for a 69-yard touchdown run on his first carry of the second half. He silenced any doubters worried about his 38-yard outing the previous game.
The Badgers (2-1) forced turnovers on consecutive possessions by the Falcons (2-2) in the first half, and Gordon capitalized each time with scores before closing the half with a 21-yard touchdown run.
The team rushing total was the most in the Big Ten’s modern era, dating back to 1946.
The only drama left in the second half was whether Gordon would eclipse the school single-game rushing record of 339 set by Ron Dayne in 1996.
But the junior’s day ended after his 13th carry with about 12 minutes to go in the third quarter. Corey Clement took over and added two rushing touchdowns in the second half. Clement finished with 111 yards on 16 carries, and quarterback Tanner McEvoy had 158 yards rushing on 11 attempts.
NO. 24 nebraska 41, miami 31: In Lincoln, Neb., For the better part of three quarters, Miami managed to keep pace with its old rival.
But the Hurricanes made too many mistakes late and let an opponent’s star dominate. And Nebraska capitalized on both those counts.
Miami had no answer for Cornhuskers running back Ameer Abdullah who a spectacular performance, rushing for a game-high 229 yards and two touchdowns and who also caught a 3-yard scoring pass to help Nebraska outlast Miami and pick up a 41-31 win in front of record crowd of 91,585 fans at Memorial Stadium.
It didn’t start to get away from Miami until late in the third quarter. After that, the Hurricanes were plagued by turnovers and a handful of personal foul penalties that marred what for three quarters was an exciting game of back-and-forth.
One of those critical mistakes came from one of Miami’s most unlikely sources-star running back Duke Johnson, who had 18 carries for 93 yards. Just after Tracy Howard notched his first interception of the season with Miami trailing 24-21, Johnson gave the ball right back, fumbling as the Hurricanes drove into Cornhuskers territory.
The loose ball was picked up by Nebraska’s Josh Mitchell, who returned the fumble 57 yards for a touchdown that proved too much for Miami to overcome, even as the Hurricanes added a late score in the game’s final seconds when Brad Kaaya connected with Braxton Berrios on a 4-yard touchdown pass.
But between Johnson’s fumble and Berrios’ late touchdown, Nebraska scored 17 points. Several players including Tyriq McCord, Shane McDermott and Taylor Gadbois were called for unsportsmanlike conduct after a few on-field skirmishes, and Abdullah continued running wild.
But early, Miami looked like a team on a mission.
Kaaya, making just the fourth start of his college career, led the Hurricanes on a methodical nine-play, 75-yard drive on Miami’s opening possession.
During that drive, Miami showcased its playmakers with Kaaya connecting on passes to Malcolm Lewis, Stacy Coley, and Clive Walford. The drive culminated in a 2-yard touchdown run by Johnson, who came into Saturday’s game needing just 19 yards to move into seventh place on Miami’s career all-time rushing list. That milestone came later, as did a series of catches in the backfield that helped the running back set a career-high with 84 receiving yards.
But Nebraska, which has capitalized on explosive plays all season, answered with a long drive of its own fueled by its playmakers, quarterback Tommy Armstrong, Jr. and Abdullah, an early-season Heisman candidate.
Armstrong capped the six-play, 81-yard drive with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Bell, and though Miami regained the lead in the second quarter when Kaaya connected on a six-yard scoring pass to Clive Walford, the Huskers scored 17 unanswered points to seemingly take control of the game.
After Nebraska managed a 19-yard field goal by Drew Brown as time expired in the first half, the Hurricanes defense, again, struggled to contain Abdullah early in the third quarter.
The senior had six carries for 33 yards to help push Nebraska into Miami territory and eventually take a 24-14 lead after his second touchdown of the night.
As they did all night though, Miami and Kaaya responded.
The quarterback led Miami on a 10-play ,76-yard drive on which the Hurricanes, who have struggled on third down throughout the season, converted on two of those crucial downs.
Ultimately, the drive ended with Kaaya finding Malcolm Lewis in the left corner of the end zone on a 9-yard scoring pass that pulled Miami within a field goal.
It was the first touchdown catch for Lewis since he had one in the first game of his college career at Boston College in 2012.
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