Tampa Bay Sports Day

Top 25 Roundup: Pittsburgh Stuns No. 2 Clemson 43-42

CLEMSON, S.C. — Chris Blewitt kicked a 48-yard field goal with six seconds remaining Saturday and Pittsburgh stunned No. 2 Clemson at Memorial Stadium, all but ending the Tigers’ hopes for a return trip to the College Football Playoff.
Pittsburgh (6-4, 3-3 ACC) stuffed Clemson running back Wayne Gallman for a one-yard loss on a fourth-and-1 play at the Pittsburgh 35-yard line with less than a minute to play and quickly drove 34 yards in six plays to set up Blewitt for the winning score.
Clemson, which was hoping to secure its fifth division title since 2009 under coach Dabo Swinney, will have to wait at least another week when it plays at Wake Forest. The Tigers (9-1, 6-1) can still advance to the ACC Championship Game, but the loss likely thwarted a return trip to the College Football Playoff, where they finished runner-up to Alabama last season.
The Panthers won even though Clemson junior quarterback Deshaun Watson passed for an ACC record 580 yards. Watson completed 52 of 70 passes — both school records — for three touchdowns, but had three passes intercepted.

No. 1 Alabama 51, Mississippi State 3
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Behind four passing touchdowns from freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts, No. 1 Alabama cruised over Mississippi State in Bryant-Denny Stadium .
Three of Hurts’ touchdown passes went to ArDarius Stewart, as both parts of the duo had career days. Midway through the third quarter, Hurts found Stewart for a 15-yard touchdown pass to give Alabama (10-0, 7-0 SEC) a 37-3 lead. Hurts and Stewart would connect again for a 20-yard score to push Alabama’s margin to 44-3.
Hurts finished the day 28 of 37 for 347 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. He rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Mississippi State (4-6, 2-4) got on the board on its opening drive of the second half after kicker Westin Graves made a 47-yard field goal to cut it to 30-3.

Iowa 14, No. 3 Michigan 13
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Freshman kicker Keith Duncan connected on a 33-yard field goal as time expired to lift Iowa to a stunning upset of No. 3 Michigan.
The heavily favored Wolverines (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) were dealt a blow to their College Football Playoff chances. It appeared Michigan would salt away the win, but the Wolverines’ Grant Perry was called for a face mask during a Desmond King punt return, giving Iowa the ball at Michigan’s 36-yard line prior to the decisive field goal.
Akrum Wadley rushed for 115 yards and also had a receiving touchdown for Iowa (6-4, 4-3).
Wilton Speight had a poor day for Michigan by completing just 11 of 26 passes for 103 yards and one interception.

USC 26, No. 4 Washington 13
SEATTLE — Redshirt freshman Sam Darnold threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns as unranked USC upset fourth-ranked Washington in Pac-12 play.
The Trojans (7-3, 6-2) jumped out to an 11-point halftime lead and held on for their sixth consecutive win. Darnold completed 23-of-33 passes and overcame two interceptions to improve to 6-1 as a starter.
USC’s defense held the Huskies to 276 total yards, including just 17 on the ground. Heisman Trophy candidate Jake Browning was held to 17-of-36 passing for 259 yards for Washington (9-1, 6-1).
Browning also threw two interceptions, both by USC cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, including one with 4:09 remaining.
No. 5 Ohio State 62, Maryland 3
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — J.T. Barrett accounted for four touchdowns and Curtis Samuel scored three times in fifth-ranked Ohio State’s romp over Maryland.
Samuel scored two rushing touchdowns while running for 38 yards on four carries. He also caught five passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Barrett ran for two touchdowns and 47 yards on 11 carries and completed 18 of 27 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns.
The four scores boosted Barrett’s career total to 98 touchdowns, breaking the Big Ten record set by former Purdue star and current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
Ohio State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) remained on track for a showdown with Michigan at the end of the regular season by controlling the game from the start, pulling away to a 45-3 lead at halftime over Maryland (5-5, 2-5). The Buckeyes won their third straight since their lone loss to Penn State.

No. 6 Louisville 44, Wake Forest 12
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Brandon Radcliff’s three second-half touchdowns helped No. 6 Louisville come from behind to beat feisty Wake Forest in ACC play.
The Cardinals (9-1, 7-1) scored an astounding 34 points in the fourth quarter to stymie the upset bid of the Demon Deacons (6-4, 3-3). Radcliff rushed for 141 yards in addition to his three scores.
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson rushed for 153 yards and passed for 145 yards and one touchdown. Wake Forest had just 214 total yards and only 73 on the ground in 49 rushes.

No. 7 Wisconsin 48, Illinois 3
MADISON, Wis. — Senior running back Corey Clement rushed for three touchdowns as seventh-ranked Wisconsin whipped Illinois in a Big Ten Conference game at Camp Randall Stadium.
Clement, who finished with 25 carries for 123 yards, has rushed for 100-plus yards in four of the Badgers’ last five games. He also had one catch for 24 yards. During Clement’s four-year career, Wisconsin has posted a 12-1 record when the standout runs for at least 100 yards.
Wisconsin continued its success on defense. The Badgers’ performance marked the third game their defense didn’t allow a touchdown this season. Besides Illinois, Michigan State and Iowa failed to score a touchdown in home losses against Wisconsin.
Senior Dare Ogunbowale had seven carries and 103 yards for Wisconsin (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten), which has won four straight games. The Badgers held Illinois (3-7, 2-5) to 200 overall yards of offense.

Georgia 13, No. 9 Auburn 7
ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia’s defense limited ninth-ranked Auburn to 164 totals yards and snapped the Tigers’ winning streak at five games.
The Tigers (7-3, 5-2 SEC), who came in as a double-digit favorite, saw their hopes for an SEC West title come to an end. That distinction now goes to Alabama, as Auburn’s loss to the Bulldogs assured the Crimson Tide of winning the West for yet another year.
Nick Chubb rushed for 101 yards on 23 carries for Georgia (6-4, 4-4), which held Auburn to six three-and-outs and no first downs in the second half. The Tigers came in leading the SEC with 299 yards rushing per game.
Auburn’s four possessions of the third quarter resulted in a mere 19 yards until the Bulldogs were finally able to put together a 50-yard drive that resulted in a 45-yard field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship to put Georgia up 10-7 with 13:44 left to play.

Ole Miss 29, No. 8 Texas A&M 28
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Shea Patterson led a furious comeback and Gary Wunderlich nailed a 36-yard field goal with 37 seconds to lift Ole Miss past No. 8 Texas A&M 29-28 in SEC play.
Rebels coach Hugh Freeze took the redshirt off Patterson after losing Chad Kelly to a knee injury last week. The true freshman and five-star signee rallied the Rebels from a 21-6 deficit in the second half by continually avoided pressure to find receivers or pick up chunks of yardage on the run.
Patterson threw for two touchdowns and completed 25 of 42 passes for 338 yards in his first action as a collegian. He led Ole Miss (5-5, 2-4) on four straight scoring drives and to 24 points in the fourth quarter.
The Aggies (7-3, 4-3) have dropped their last two games after reaching No. 4 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings. Texas A&M was also playing without its starting quarterback after losing Trevor Knight in last week’s loss at Mississippi State and junior Jake Hubenak completed 16 of 27 passes for 213 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in his second career start.

No. 10 Penn State 45, Indiana 31
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — No. 10 Penn State rallied from a 10-point deficit in the third quarter to upend unranked and sustain the Nittany Lions’ Big Ten East Division title hopes.
Saquon Barkley rushed for two touchdowns, including the deciding score on a 2-yard run with 3:58 remaining in the game, and wide receiver Chris Godwin caught two scoring passes as Penn State (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) won its sixth consecutive conference game.
The Nittany Lions added 10 points in the final minutes after Indiana was unable to rally in its own end. Penn State began the day behind No. 3 Michigan and tied with No. 6 Ohio State (9-1, 6-1) in the East with two games remaining, so it needs help to secure a spot in the conference championship game.
Indiana (5-5, 3-4) is trying to become bowl eligible for a second consecutive year, something that hasn’t happened since 1990 and 1991.

No. 11 Oklahoma 45, Baylor 24
NORMAN, Okla. — Dede Westbrook had four catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns as No. 11 Oklahoma beat Baylor to remain unbeaten in Big 12 Conference play.
Westbrook failed to get 100 receiving yards for the first time in seven games but still made a big impact, as did sophomore running back Joe Mixon. Coming off a one-game suspension, Mixon ran for 124 yards and a touchdown and had five catches for 63 yards.
Oklahoma (8-2, 7-0 Big 12) forced three Baylor turnovers, including two interceptions by linebacker Jordan Evans. The win was the seventh consecutive for the Sooners and kept them in control of the conference race.
For Baylor, it was another step in the wrong direction. After winning their first six games, the Bears (6-3, 3-3) have dropped three consecutive games.

No. 12 Colorado 49, Arizona 24
TUCSON, Ariz. — Sefo Liufau passed for three touchdowns, Phillip Lindsay ran for three and No. 12 Colorado stayed atop the Pac-12 South with a rout of Arizona.
The Buffaloes (8-2, 6-1) stayed a half-game ahead of USC (6-2) and a game ahead of Utah (5-2) in the division. Colorado has won more conference games this season than they did in their first five seasons in the Pac-12, when they won a total of five.
The Buffaloes scored touchdowns on six of their first nine possessions. Lindsay, who ran 25 times for 119 yards, scored the first two TDs.
The Buffaloes led by as many as 32 points against the Wildcats (2-8, 0-7), who entered with one of the worst defenses in the country at 37.1 points allowed per game.

No. 13 Oklahoma State 45, Texas Tech 44
STILLWATER, Okla. — A missed extra point with under two minutes to play allowed No. 13 Oklahoma State to survive in a shootout with Texas Tech in Big 12 Conference play at Boone Pickens Stadium.
The Red Raiders scored with 1:44 remaining on running back Quinton White’s 1-yard run, but kicker Clayton Hatfield pushed the point-after attempt wide right, leaving the Cowboys in front. Oklahoma State (8-2, 6-1 Big 12) recovered the ensuing onside kick try, then ran out the clock to keep their Big 12 title hopes alive.
Mason Rudolph finished 20 of 28 for 395 yards and two touchdowns as the Cowboys won their sixth straight game. His 82-yard bomb to wideout James Washington with six seconds left in the third quarter put Oklahoma State up 45-35 and proved to be the winning points
Mahomes completed 34 of 51 throws for 344 yards and three scores and added two rushing touchdowns for Texas Tech (4-6, 2-5), which lost for the fifth time in six games. The Red Raiders must win out to become bowl eligible.

Georgia Tech 30, No. 14 Virginia Tech 20
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Quarterback Matthew Jordan rushed for two touchdowns in his first career start and the much-maligned Georgia Tech defense had four takeaways to stun No. 14 Virginia Tech.
Jordan rushed 32 times for 121 yards and directed the more conservative Georgia Tech attack to 343 yards. The sophomore scored on runs of 53 and 3 yards. He was 2-for-7 passing for 34 yards to make Georgia Tech (6-4, 3-4 ACC) eligible for a bowl game.
The Yellow Jackets defense, which ranked 70th in the nation for total defense, allowed 437 yards but came away with a season-high five sacks and two fumbles. Junior Lawrence Austin intercepted two passes and caused a fumble.
Hokies quarterback Jerod Evans 32 of 45 passing for 316 yards and one touchdown. He was intercepted twice, equaling his total for the season. He rushed 18 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns. The loss prevented Virginia Tech (7-3, 5-2) from clinching the ACC Coastal Division; they can still accomplish that with a win over Virginia on Nov. 26.

No. 16 West Virginia 24, Texas 20
AUSTIN, Texas — Skyler Howard passed for 269 yards and a touchdown and the West Virginia defense came up with three huge stands in the final 10 minutes as the 16th-ranked Mountaineers held off Texas in Big 12 Conference play.
West Virginia (8-1, 5-1 in Big 12) survived a season-high four turnovers — three of them interceptions by Howard. The Mountaineers forced a fumble by Texas quarterback Shane Buechele on a sack early in the fourth quarter, had another drive-killing sack on the ensuing drive and a fourth-down stop at its own 39-yard line on the Longhorns’ penultimate possession.
Texas moved to the West Virginia 27-yard line on a last-gasp drive but Buechele’s pass in the end zone was incomplete as time expired. Kennedy McKoy picked up 73 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries for West Virginia, but the Mountaineers’ rushing attack was tepid at best.
D’Onta Foreman, who leads the nation in rushing yardage per game, led the Longhorns (5-5, 3-4) with 167 yards on 35 carries. Buechele passed for 318 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

No. 19 Nebraska 24, Minnesota 17
Tommy Armstrong engineered two long second-half scoring drives to lead 19th-ranked Nebraska past visiting Minnesota in Big Ten play at Lincoln, Neb.
Armstrong’s playing status was uncertain for most of the week after being hospitalized at Ohio State because of a head injury. He started for Nebraska (8-2, 5-2) and was responsible for all three of his team’s touchdowns.
Minnesota (7-3, 4-3) threatened to tie the game late but Mitch Leidner’s pass at the Nebraska 17-yard line was intercepted by cornerback Keiron Williams with 2:58 remaining. The loss ended the Golden Gophers’ four-game winning streak.

No. 22 Boise State 52, Hawaii 16
Quarterback Brett Rypien passed for 338 yards and four touchdowns and running back Jeremy McNichols rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns as Boise State steamrolled Hawaii in Mountain West play.
The Broncos’ win coupled with first-place Wyoming’s 69-66 triple-overtime loss to UNLV gives Boise State life heading into the final two weeks of the season. Boise State (9-1, 5-1 Mountain West) needs to win out and have Wyoming lose to either San Diego State or New Mexico in the final two weeks of the regular season to earn a spot in the Mountain West championship game.
Rypien, the nephew of former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, was an efficient 18 of 22 and threw two touchdown passes to Thomas Sperbeck and one each to Cedrick Wilson and Alec Dhaenens.
The Rainbow Warriors (4-7, 3-4) had no answers for the Broncos’ offense, which racked up 603 yards.

No. 23 Washington State 56, California 21
PULLMAN, Wash. — Gabe Marks broke the Pac-12 career receiving record and Washington State improved to 7-0 in the Pac-12 for the first time with its victory over California.
Marks, who spent much of the first half in concussion protocol, finished with seven receptions for 87 yards and three touchdowns. His 295 career receptions tops the previous conference record of 294 set by Colorado’s Nelson Spruce from 2012-15.
The Cougars (8-2), who have won eight straight, built their lead to 56-21 on the play that earned Marks the record with 7:11 remaining. Marks made a diving catch in the end zone on a 7-yard pass from Luke Falk for the historic achievement.
Washington State is alone in first place in the Pac-12 North after No. 4 Washington (9-1, 6-1) lost earlier in the day to USC.

No. 24 LSU 38, No. 25 Arkansas 10
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Derrius Guice ran 21 times for 252 yards, including the longest play from scrimmage in school history, and Leonard Fournette scored three touchdowns as No. 24 LSU handled No. 25 Arkansas in SEC play.
Fournette, who had just 9 yards and no touchdowns in his last visit to Fayetteville, ran 17 times for 98 yards before sitting out the fourth quarter as a precaution with an ankle tweak. Guice did just fine in Fournette’s absence, highlighted by a 96-yard score with 6:04 left in the game — the longest play in school history.
The victory made the Tigers (6-3, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) bowl eligible and gave them back the Golden Boot trophy that goes to the winner of the game between the two border state teams.
Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen was harassed all night. He completed 15 of 31 passes for 210 yards but was sacked three times and intercepted twice for the Razorbacks (6-4, 2-4)