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Clemson, Florida St. keep on rolling

ACC teams perfect as showdown looms

  • Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) looks to pass under pressure from Syracuse linebacker Cameron Lynch (38) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) looks to pass under pressure from Syracuse linebacker Cameron Lynch (38) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

  • Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) looks to pass under pressure from Syracuse linebacker Cameron Lynch (38) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) looks to pass under pressure from Syracuse linebacker Cameron Lynch (38) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

  • Boston Bruins forward Jordan Caron (38) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    Boston Bruins forward Jordan Caron (38) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

  • Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) looks to pass under pressure from Syracuse linebacker Cameron Lynch (38) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  • Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) looks to pass under pressure from Syracuse linebacker Cameron Lynch (38) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
  • Boston Bruins forward Jordan Caron (38) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

No. 3 Clemson and No. 8 Florida State took turns routing divisional foes, and sending messages that they are the superpowers of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

After Clemson won at Syracuse, 49-14, and Florida State stomped No. 25 Maryland at home, 63-0, the Tigers and Seminoles are two weeks away from a huge showdown in Death Valley on Oct. 19.

Florida State (5-0, 2-0) and star redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston have next week off. Clemson (5-0, 3-0) and Heisman Trophy contender Tajh Boyd play Boston College at home.

No. 1 ALABAMA 45,
GEORGIA STATE 3

AJ McCarron completed 15 of 16 passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the first half and Alabama rolled.

The Crimson Tide (5-0) jumped ahead 38-0 by halftime against the Panthers (0-5), a first-year Football Bowl Subdivision team.

McCarron led Alabama to touchdowns on each of his five possessions before leaving the game. He completed his first 12 passes, putting him in a three-way tie for the Tide’s third-longest streak.

No. 2 OREGON 57, COLORADO 16.

Marcus Mariota threw five touchdown passes and ran for two scores as Oregon (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) brushed off some early trickery to rout Colorado.

The Ducks’ sophomore connected for two touchdowns each with Josh Huff and Bralon Addison, and played only 2 ½ quarters.

The Buffaloes had Folsom Field in a frenzy when they kept things tight early on, but the crowd didn’t like it when Colorado kept going for field goals while the Ducks were piling up the points.

No. 3 CLEMSON 49, SYRACUSE 14

Tajh Boyd kept his Heisman Trophy aspirations intact, throwing for 455 yards and five touchdowns in three quarters of work, and Clemson spoiled the Orange’s Atlantic Coast Conference debut.

Boyd, who matched his school record in TD passes, hit Adam Humphries with scoring passes of 60 and 42 yards in the first quarter to help stake the Tigers to a big early lead, and they held the Orange at bay.

Clemson (5-0, 3-0 ACC) entered the game as one of just 20 undefeated teams remaining in the Bowl Subdivision, and the Tigers made sure they wouldn’t slip up against the Orange (2-3, 0-1) and their raucous homecoming crowd of 48,961 by taking a 21-0 first-quarter lead.

No. 6 Georgia 34, Tennessee 31, OT

Marshall Morgan kicked a 42-yard field goal in overtime after Georgia scored a tying touchdown with five seconds left in regulation as the Bulldogs overcame numerous injuries to beat Tennessee.

Tennessee’s Alton “Pig” Howard capped the first overtime possession by losing control of the ball as he dove toward the front corner of the end zone. Howard’s play was initially ruled a 7-yard touchdown, but replays showed he fumbled prior to crossing the goal line, turning the potential score into a turnover and touchback.

Georgia (4-1, 3-0 SEC) forced overtime on Aaron Murray’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Rantavious Wooten to make it 31-all.

No. 7 LOUISVILLE 30, TEMPLE 7

Teddy Bridgewater threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns to keep Louisville (5-0, 1-0) undefeated.

Bridgewater made it look easy against the overwhelmed Owls (0-5, 0-2 American Athletic Conference). He threw for 228 yards in the first half to help the Cardinals roll to a 24-0 lead.

Louisville receiver DeVante Parker, who has six touchdown catches this season, left in the first half with an injured right shoulder.

No. 8 FLORIDA STATE 63,
No. 25 MARYLAND 0

Jameis Winston completed 23 of 32 passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns and Florida State matched a record with the most-lopsided victory against a ranked team in the history of the AP Top 25.

Winston, a redshirt freshman, has 1,441 yards passing, 17 touchdowns with two interceptions and a 73.3 completion percentage this season.

No. 10 LSU 59, Mississippi St. 26

Zach Mettenberger threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, Odell Beckham Jr. had 179 yards receiving and two TDs, and LSU pushed past Mississippi State.

Mettenberger completed 25 of 29 passes in another impressive performance during the senior’s breakout season. Beckham was his favorite target – the two hooked up for nine completions.

No. 11 Oklahoma 20, TCU 17

Brennan Clay broke a 76-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter and Oklahoma held off TCU.

Trey Millard had a touchdown run for the Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) and Michael Hunnicutt hit field goals of 39 and 32 yards. Oklahoma and Texas will meet Saturday in the annual Red River Rivalry in Dallas with first place in the conference on the line.

No. 13 South Carolina 35,
Kentucky 28

Connor Shaw passed for a touchdown and ran for another as South Carolina, playing without injured defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, held off a Kentucky comeback.

The Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) again let a large lead slip away and once more were able to come away with a victory. The Wildcats (1-4, 0-2) rallied from 21-0 to pull to 27-21 on Jalen Whitlow’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Timmons with 11:50 remaining.

No. 14 MIAMI 45, GEORGIA TECH 30

Stephen Morris threw for three touchdowns, Duke Johnson rushed for 184 yards and Miami remained unbeaten after shaking off a problematic opening quarter.

Phillip Dorsett, Clive Walford and Allen Hurns caught scoring passes for Miami (5-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which scored 21 points in the final 7:15.

No. 18 Florida 30, Arkansas 10

Solomon Patton turned two short receptions into touchdowns, helping Florida beat Arkansas.

Patton finished with six catches for a career-high 124 yards. He also ran for a first down. But his longest gains went the distance and were key to Florida (4-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) winning its ninth consecutive game in the series and 10th in a row at home.

No. 19 MICHIGAN 42, MINNESOTA 13

Devin Gardner threw a 24-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass to Devin Funchess late in the first half and Michigan (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) pulled away.

The Golden Gophers (4-2, 0-2) were without Coach Jerry Kill for an entire game for the first time because of his epilepsy. He had a seizure yesterday morning, when he planned to travel to Michigan to coach in the game, and remained home to rest in Minnesota.

No. 20 TEXAS TECH 54, KANSAS 16

Freshman sensation Baker Mayfield passed for 368 yards but was helped off the field with an apparent leg injury in the third quarter of Texas Tech’s victory.

No. 21 OKLAHOMA STATE 33,
KANSAS STATE 29

J.W. Walsh found Charlie Moore for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 4:16 left in the fourth quarter to help Oklahoma State rally.

No. 23 FRESNO STATE 61, IDAHO 14

Derek Carr threw five touchdown passes as Fresno State pounded Idaho, scoring at least 40 points for the fifth time this season.

Auburn 30, No. 24 Mississippi 22

Nick Marshall ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns, Robenson Therezie scored on a 78-yard interception return and Auburn held off Mississippi for its first win over a Top 25 team in two years.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Penn 37, Dartmouth 31, 4OT

Kyle Wilcox ran 20 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the fourth overtime as Penn topped Dartmouth in the longest football game in Ivy League history.

Dartmouth had a chance to win in regulation, but David Park blocked Riley Lyons’ 21-yard field goal as time expired for Penn (2-1, 1-0 Ivy). Dartmouth had another opportunity to end the game in the first overtime after stopping the Quakers on a fourth-and-1 from the Dartmouth 5. But Lyons then missed a 34-yard field goal that would have won the game for Dartmouth (1-2, 0-1).

Westfield St. 31, Plymouth St. 0

The Panthers were held to 105 yards of total offense, including just 41 yards on the ground, as dropped to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the MASCAC.

Tim Rich completed 11 of 13 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown for Westfield State.

Bentley 32, Saint Anselm 27

Matt Gordon returned a fumble 22 yards for a touchdown with 5:52 remaining to give Saint Anselm a 27-26 lead, but Bentley (3-2) scored the go-ahead touchdown with 2:42 left to keep the Hawks winless at 0-5.

Andrew Murphy went 23-for-38 for 197 yards, Keith Charles ran for two touchdowns, and Justin Bernard caught seven passes for 55 yards and a TD to lead the Hawks offense.

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