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Mukuamu's 3 picks help SC shock No. 3 Georgia 20-17 in 2OT

gamecocks01ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Jake Fromm knew better than to blame Georgia's first loss on Rodrigo Blankenship's missed 42-yard field goal that ended the game.

It was four turnovers - on the usually rock-solid Fromm's three interceptions and lost fumble - that put a big dent in the Bulldogs' championship hopes.

Israel Mukuamu returned the first of his three interceptions 53 yards for a touchdown and South Carolina took advantage of the turnovers to beat No. 3 Georgia 20-17 in double overtime on Saturday.

"Not as clean as I want it to be," Fromm said. "There were definitely some turnovers and some incompletions. We should have played more clean. That's part of it and you wish we had just executed better on offense."

Parker White's 23-yard field goal in the second overtime proved to be enough when Blankenship was wide left from 42 yards. Blankenship's second miss of the game sent South Carolina players charging onto the field to celebrate the upset.

The rowdy celebration continued in the locker room.

White missed a 33-yard attempt in the first overtime.

"I had confidence that I was going to get to go out there and have a chance to win the game for us in the next overtime," he said.

It was a humbling loss for Georgia (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), which suffered a big hit to its national championship hopes. The Bulldogs were favored by 24 1/2 points.

One of Mukuamu's picks came on a pass Fromm was trying to throw out of bounds. Another, on the second play of overtime, bounced off the hands of wide receiver Tyler Simmons. White's miss from 33 yards kept the game alive.

"You can't beat anybody when you have a 4-0 turnover margin," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. "We didn't force any on defense. We didn't cause any problems on defense and we didn't take care of the ball."

South Carolina led 17-10 before Fromm led Georgia on a tying 96-yard touchdown drive capped by his 6-yard scoring pass to Demetris Robertson with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.

White, who made a 49-yard field goal in the first half, missed a 57-yarder with 40 seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs one final possession in regulation.

Fromm moved the Bulldogs to the South Carolina 38, in possible position for Blankenship to attempt a game-winning field goal. An illegal shift penalty pushed Georgia back five yards, ending the field-goal possibility as regulation ended.

South Carolina (3-3, 2-2) got its first win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 18 Tennessee in 2016. It was an important signature win for coach Will Muschamp over his alma mater.

"That was a great college football game, and you hate for anyone to lose in that situation, especially the way it happened," Muschamp said, referring to Blankenship's final miss. "My heart goes out to him in losing in that fashion."

The Gamecocks won despite losing quarterback Ryan Hilinski to an apparent knee injury.

Hilinski completed 15 of 20 passes for 116 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Edwards, before leaving the game after a late hit in the third quarter. Georgia linebacker Adam Anderson was penalized for roughing the passer.

Fromm threw no interceptions on 111 passes through five games. His first giveaway of the season in the second quarter was costly.

Pressure from the South Carolina defense forced Fromm to attempt a pass off his back foot. The floater from Fromm in the direction of George Pickens was intercepted by Mukuamu, whose 53-yard return gave the Gamecocks the lead.

D'Andre Swift, who ran for 113 yards, had a 1-yard scoring run early in the second quarter.

INJURY REPORT

South Carolina: There was no immediate report on the severity of Hilinski's injury. He pounded the grass for several minutes until being helped off the field. He watched the remainder of the game on the South Carolina bench, wearing a temporary cast that covered most of his leg. ... LT Sadarius Hutcherson was helped off the field early in the fourth.

Georgia: Defensive back Mark Webb left the game in the third quarter with a left knee injury. ... WR Lawrence Cager appeared to aggravate a left shoulder injury when making a third-down catch in the second quarter. Cager returned to make another catch but left the game for good with injured ribs.

THE TAKEAWAY

South Carolina: The Gamecocks gave up 468 total yards but showed surprising strength to contain Georgia's SEC-leading rushing attack. The Bulldogs averaged 250 yards rushing before being held to 173. The Gamecocks remained poised after Joyner replaced Hilinski.

Georgia: The Bulldogs expected to have a commanding advantage on each line, but they could not wear down South Carolina's defense as they had against previous opponents. Instead, attempts by Swift and other backs to run at the heart of the Gamecocks' defense had less success during the game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Georgia, tied with Ohio State at No. 3, is headed for a fall in the next Top 25.

UP NEXT

South Carolina: The Gamecocks face their second straight top-10 team when they return home to play No. 7 Florida next week. South Carolina has won five of the last nine in the series.

Georgia: The Bulldogs will play another home game against an SEC East rival when Kentucky visits on Saturday.

No. 16 Michigan needs late surge to beat Illinois 42-25

michigan04CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) A four-touchdown lead had been whittled to three and No. 16 Michigan needed a response to Illinois' 25 straight points.

Shea Patterson and the Wolverines put together a long touchdown drive and the Michigan defense forced two turnovers in a late surge to hold off Illinois 42-25 on Saturday.

"We rose to the challenge," Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said. "But yeah, it got interesting for a while there."

Hassan Haskins ran for 125 yards and a touchdown and Zach Charbonnet had 116 yards on the ground for the Wolverines (5-1, 3-1 Big Ten), who were up 28-0 at half.

Turnovers and ineffective offense helped the Illini (2-4, 0-3) cut the lead to 28-25 with 12:50 left in the fourth quarter when Dre Brown ran in from a yard out. Brown also converted a 2-point conversion.

Michigan drove 79 yards in 10 plays, capped by Patterson's 5-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones. Patterson sealed it with a touchdown run after Illinois turned the ball over at its 1.

"We are doing a good job taking the ball away. That's giving us a spark," Illinois coach Lovie Smith said. "They pulled away late with us turning the ball over."

Patterson, when asked about the Illinois surge, smiled. "No worries. I mean, we were a little frustrated, but it turned out OK."

Matt Robinson, starting for the injured quarterback Brandon Peters, a graduate transfer from Michigan, was 16 of 25 for 192 yards and one touchdown for Illinois. He also ran for a score.

Michigan racked up 489 yards total offense to Illinois' 256.

Harbaugh saw a lot of positives from his team, despite the mid-game slump. "We scored 42 points. We were tested and we put in some hard work," he said. "They made some good adjustments and we just kept fighting. We didn't flinch."

Michigan lost two more fumbles, raising its season total to nine lost on a total of 17 fumbles.

"Yeah, it's a concern," he said. "We're going to continue to look at it."

Illinois coach Lovie Smith, who is facing mounting criticism among Illinois fans, saw some positives in the loss and vowed a better second half of the season.

"We're at the half (of the season), and there's disappointment," he said. "But we showed in third quarter, we can change things up. We can do that in the second half of the season as well."

THE TAKEAWAY

Michigan: Coming off a 10-7 victory against Iowa, Michigan's offense looked a lot better, but Illinois' defense can do that to an opponent.

Illinois: Credit the Illini for coming back against a good defense with a backup quarterback, but the turnovers helped a lot.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Michigan could lose a little ground after a sloppy performance, but probably not much if any.

UP NEXT

Michigan: Travels to No. 10 Penn State.

Illinois: Hosts No. 8 Wisconsin.

Russo, Temple upset turnover-prone No. 23 Memphis 30-28

temple02PHILADELPHIA (AP) The bass speaker was pumping loud enough in Temple's locker room to rattle the lower hallways of Lincoln Financial Field after the Owls go done making some noise in the American Athletic Conference.

Anthony Russo threw two touchdown passes and Temple took advantage of four turnovers by Memphis to upset No. 23 Memphis 30-28 on Saturday.

The final decisive play came with some debate. Joey Magnifico seemed to make diving catch to convert a fourth-and-10 with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter, but it was called overturned and ruled incomplete after video review.

"I thought he laid out," Tigers coach Mike Norvell said. "I thought he had his arms underneath it. I know there was movement within the ball but that's a pretty big Jumbotron and it looked like his arm was underneath it. They did call it a catch on the field, and so I guess they had a more conclusive angle to decide that it need to be overturned. From my vantage point, it looked like it was a catch."

The American Athletic Conference issued a statement, backing its officials.

"The ruling was that the Memphis play didn't have control of the ball as it hit the ground," AAC assistant commissioner of communications Chuck Sullivan. "There was enough video evidence to overturn the ruling (of a catch on the field.)"

Brady White passed for 355 yards and two scores for Memphis (5-1, 2-1 American), which fell behind 16-0 as the Owls (5-1, 2-0) turned the Tigers' mistakes into points. The Owls could have buried Memphis early, but the first three Memphis turnovers were turned into Will Mobley's three field goals.

Jager Gardner ran for a score and Isaiah Wright and Brandon Mack caught touchdown passes for Temple. Russo's 12-yard touchdown to Mack made it 30-21 with 12:48 left in the fourth.

Russo threw for 224 yards on 20-for-33 passing.

Kenneth Gainwell had eight catches for 98 yards and rushed 19 times for 107 yards and a touchdown for Memphis.

THE TAKEAWAY

Memphis: Even with the turnovers, Memphis showed the offensive firepower that it has. The Tigers still were able to compile 492 yards - almost 200 more than the average defensive yield that Temple had for its first five games of the season.

Temple: Temple's offense runs best when it gets its running game going with Re'Mahn Davis and Gardner. Temple is averaging 165 yards per game on the ground in six games this season with that tandem combining for 966 yards on 190 carries and eight touchdowns.

"To beat two ranked teams, it just is what it is," Temple linebacker Shaun Bradley said. "It's just one game at a time. We just keep pushing forward. It's not that big a deal.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Memphis: Entering Saturday at the No. 23 spot, the Tigers are likely to fall out of the poll after appearing in it for the first time this week.

Temple: The Owls have wins over two teams that were ranked in the Top 25 at the time of their contest, though Maryland has crashes since then. Temple might not break into the rankings this week but with No. 2 SMU and UCF up next, it has plenty of chances to impress.

UP NEXT

Memphis: The Tigers return home to face Tulane in a Saturday night contest at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Memphis held an 11-game winning streak over Tulane until last season's 40-24 loss in New Orleans.

Temple: The Owls visit SMU.

Lamb TDs, defense lift No. 6 OU past 11th-ranked Texas 34-27

sooners05DALLAS (AP) Jalen Hurts tried the Golden Hat on for size and gave a half-hearted "horns down" sign in a group photo with the cheerleaders while celebrating the way Kyler Murray couldn't in the Red River rivalry a year ago.

Now the Oklahoma quarterback will try to get the Sooners back to where Baker Mayfield and Murray took them the past two years, and where he's been himself three times at Alabama: the College Football Playoff.

Hurts threw three touchdown passes to CeeDee Lamb after two big mistakes early, Oklahoma's defense sacked Sam Ehlinger nine times and the No. 6 Sooners never trailed in a 34-27 victory over 11th-ranked Texas on Saturday.

"I would say I didn't put the team in the greatest and best situation," said Hurts, who won two semifinals as the starter for the Crimson Tide and was replaced during the game when they won the national title during the 2017 season. "Not a complete game, but a step in the right direction."

A year after a Murray-led comeback fell short in a 48-45 loss in the Red River rivalry that led to the firing of their defensive coordinator, the Sooners harassed Ehlinger into minus-9 yards rushing.

And Oklahoma, with first-year defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, held the quarterback with the three highest total yardage outputs for Texas against the Sooners almost 200 yards below that 387-yard average.

"Regardless of what the outside world thinks, we believe a lot in our defense," coach Lincoln Riley said. "I don't care what our defensive calls our, schemes. Not that I don't care, but the way we play right now was the difference today."

The Sooners (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) stayed on track for a third straight trip to the playoff and avenged last year's loss in Cotton Bowl Stadium, which was followed by their victory in a rematch in the Big 12 championship game.

The Longhorns (4-2, 2-1) are likely relegated to a spoiler role if there's a second consecutive Big 12 title game between the rivals. Texas gave up 511 yards - a season low, believe it or not, for the nation's No. 1 offense at 644 yards coming in.

"We knew how good they were," Texas coach Tom Herman said. "We knew that their defense had improved, and we certainly saw the things that they were doing offensively."

Lamb had 10 catches for 171 yards, tip-toeing on the sideline to stay inbounds on the 27-yarder for his final TD.

Hurts threw for 235 yards, and the nation's leading rusher among QBs had 131 more on the ground, including a punctuating 3-yard touchdown for a 34-20 lead late in the fourth quarter. The 131 yards rushing were a stadium record for a QB and the most for an OU quarterback in the series.

Hurts had a chance to give the Sooners a big first-half lead, but he lost a fumble at the Texas 7-yard line at end of his longest run, a 27-yarder. The man with plenty of rivalry experience from facing Auburn threw an interception in the Texas end zone in the second quarter.

Ehlinger didn't look comfortable until well into the second half, flinching from a clean pocket and underthrowing a receiver that was behind the Oklahoma defense on the first play of the third quarter after the Longhorns were held to 83 yards before halftime.

The nine sacks left Ehlinger with 23 carries for those minus-9 yards, although he scored twice on the ground while going 26 of 38 for 210 yards. Roschon Johnson had 95 yards rushing, 57 of them on a third-quarter run that set up his 4-yard score.

"They did a really good job of swarming the football," Ehlinger said. "Obviously they recruit extremely well and have tremendously talented players. I feel like they just let them go make plays."

THE TAKEAWAY

Oklahoma: Hurts made some poor decisions on throws, with one only costing the Sooners points. Another ill-advised throw into the Texas end zone was just out of the reach of a defender before a field goal for a 20-10 lead.

Texas: Even though the Longhorns got even in the third quarter, it never felt like they were in the game after the slow start offensively. The speed of Oklahoma's front seven seemed to have Ehlinger out of sorts most of the day.

STERN WARNING

Both teams played under the threat of an ejection for unsportsmanlike conduct after referee Mike Defee flagged everyone 30 minutes before the game when clusters of players got too close at midfield while wrapping up warmups and started jawing at each other.

The only ejection was Texas defensive lineman Malcolm Roach, and it wasn't for unsportsmanlike conduct. He was flagged for targeting while hitting Lamb helmet-first and late two plays before Lamb weaved through Texas defenders on a flea-flicker pass on a 51-yard score.

ATTABOY, COACH

Riley was headed for the tunnel after the game when he turned around and sought out Grinch. It was a year ago after this game that Riley had to make the difficult decision to fire defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, brother of longtime coach Bob Stoops, whom Riley replaced.

"I was excited about how we played defensively," Riley said. "It was cool to be able to share that moment with him."

FIELD POSITION WOES

Leading Texas receiver Devin Duvernay had a quiet day (eight catches, 54 yards) - except for several questionable decisions on kickoff returns that hurt field position for Texas. One of them was ruled a fair catch at the 5 in the second half, followed by consecutive false-start penalties. Texas couldn't get a first down, and Oklahoma ended up with a field goal for a 10-point lead.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma: West Virginia at home next Saturday.

Texas: Kansas at home next Saturday.

No. 18 Arizona State rallies to beat Washington State 38-34

arizona state03TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State's defense limited the damage of a late shanked punt, holding Washington State to a field goal and a three-point lead.

That set the stage for Jayden Daniels.

The unflappable freshman quarterback has thrived in late moments like these through his first season and added another highlight to his resume, capping a calm-and-collected drive by spinning off a defender into the end zone for the winning touchdown.

Daniels scored on a 17-yard scramble with 34 seconds left and threw three touchdown passes to ailing Brandon Aiyuk, leading No. 18 Arizona State to a 38-34 comeback victory on Saturday.

"He's just phenomenal," said Arizona State's Eno Benjamin, who had 137 yards and a touchdown rushing. "The way he goes through practice, you wouldn't think he's a freshman."

Arizona State (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) trailed by three after Blake Mazza made a 31-yard field goal with 2 1/2 minutes left. Taking over at their own 25-yard line, the Sun Devils moved quickly down the field behind Daniels' pinpoint passing.

The freshman who led similar drives in wins against Michigan State and Cal capped it with his scramble, helicoptering off a defender into the end zone.

Daniels threw for 363 yards on 26-of-36 passing. Aiyuk had seven catches for 196 yards despite an illness that kept him out for portions of the game.

"That's just the heart of these guys," Arizona State coach Herm Edwards said. "They're very resilient."

Anthony Gordon threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns, but Washington State (3-3, 0-3) was again let down by its defense.

The Cougars allowed 498 yards and folded when they needed to stiffen the most, allowing Daniels to hit 6 of 8 passes for 52 yards on the winning drive.

"I thought it was a team we let slip through our fingers too many times," Washington State coach Mike Leach said. "We need to trust each other better."

The Cougars lead the nation in passing yards per game, are fourth in total offense and eighth in scoring.

Washington State was good against Arizona State from the start.

Gordon took advantage of blown coverages by Arizona State to hit Travell Harris on a 35-yard touchdown and Dezmon Patmon on a 2-yard score to put the Cougars up 17-7.

Where Washington State has struggled is on defense, so much that defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys abruptly resigned this week.

Washington State's defense was solid early under interim coordinator Roc Bellantoni, sacking Daniels three times in the first nine plays while holding Arizona State to 23 yards in the first quarter.

The Sun Devils came alive behind the Daniels-Aiyuk connection. The pair hooked up on a 40-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, then Aiyuk broke a tackle to turn a short completion into an 86-yard score .

Cristian Zendejas' 31-yard field goal on the final play of the first half tied the game at 17-all.

Arizona State took a 24-17 lead to open the second half when Eno Benjamin turned a fourth-and-1 into a 32-yard touchdown run.

Washington State responded with drives of 91 and 92 yards, scoring on a 2-yard pass from Gordon to Easop Winston Jr. and Max Borghi's 2-yard run.

Daniels and Aiyuk connected for a third score, a 33-yarder to tie it at 31-all.

Washington State took a late lead, but left too much time on the clock for Daniels and the Sun Devils.

"We let a couple of things slip and that's what cost us the game," Washington State defensive lineman Dallas Hobbs said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Another huge offensive game (532 total yards) by Washington State, another defensive letdown leaves the Cougars winless in Pac-12 play.

The calm, cool play of Daniels has the Sun Devils rising, likely up a few spots in next week's AP Top 25.

BENJAMIN BUSTING

Benjamin seems to be getting better as the season progresses.

Coming off a three-touchdown game against Colorado, the junior running back averaged 7.2 yards per carry and showed off the burst that helped him finish fifth in the FBS in rushing yards last season. Benjamin has 529 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

SELF-ICING THE KICKER

Mazza got a second try on his late go-ahead kick - thanks to icing by his own coach.

Not liking what he saw, Leach called timeout just before Mazza let his first try fly. He missed the kick but made the second, so the unconventional strategy paid off.

UP NEXT

Washington State hosts Colorado next Saturday.

Arizona State plays at Utah next Saturday.

No. 2 Clemson pounds Florida St 45-14 for 21st straight win

clemson06CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) No. 2 Clemson had a dominant answer for those doubting whether the defending national champions could live up to the hype.

Trevor Lawrence threw three touchdown passes, two to Justyn Ross, as Clemson pounded Florida State 45-14 on Saturday to extend its program record with its 21st straight victory.

The Tigers (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) spent much of the past two weeks fielding questions about their fitness, focus and drive after needing a 2-point conversion stop late to escape North Carolina 21-20. Clemson relinquished the No. 1 ranking in the AP poll for the first time this season and gave the College Football Playoff chasers plenty of ammunition to pick away at whether the Tigers deserved to be back again.

"I was really proud of the way we responded after two weeks ago," Lawrence said. "It was really good to see."

Except for other college football teams seeking a spot in the final four. Travis Etienne ran for 127 yards and caught Lawrence's other TD. The Tigers' defense collected four turnovers and limited the Seminoles (3-3, 2-2) to season lows with 253 yards and 103 rushing yards.

Most Clemson players and coaches brushed off wanting to make a statement. It was hard not to see that as motivation in this one.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney pulled out everything he could to make this one a runaway. He had Etienne throw a 23-yard pass to Ross on the opening drive, then went for it on fourth-and-goal from Florida State 3 for Clemson's first touchdown, an inside pass from 3 yards out.

Swinney showed off this year's short-yardage Jumbo package on another fourth-and-short near the FSU goal line with starting defensive linemen Tyler Davis, Xavier Thomas and Nyles Pinckney in formation. But Thomas came up just shy of the touchdown.

Moments later when Clemson got the ball back on Chad Smith's interception with 40 seconds before the half and up 28-0, Lawrence threw twice into the end zone before B.T. Potter missed a 24-yard field goal try. Potter got an earful from an emphatic Swinney after the miss.

Maybe it was the build up to two weeks of frustration for Swinney. He was asked about Lawrence's health and reports of a sore arm and about Etienne's fumble-itis (Etienne had a key mistake that kept North Carolina in that game).

But Lawrence said he was healthy and felt strong.

"Good to see us look like a very confident team today," Swinney said.

Lawrence completed 17 of 25 passes for 170 yards, including 10- and 8-yard TD throws to Ross. Lawrence also ran for a touchdown, the 6-foot-6 sophomore extending full body to get over the goal line.

"We all were challenged over the last two weeks to get back to being who we are," Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott said.

Florida State never had a chance - again. For the second straight season the Seminoles were blown out in what not long ago was the marquee rivalry in the ACC.

Quarterbacks James Blackman and Alex Hornibrook both threw first-half interceptions. Things didn't get better after halftime as Blackman threw another pick that went for Derion Kendrick's 38-yard return score.

Florida State star Cam Akers' struggles against the Tigers continued. He had gained just 47 total yards vs. Clemson the past two games and ended with 34 yards on nine carries here.

The Seminoles broke the shutout with Blackman's 64-yard TD pass to Tamorrion Terry late in the third quarter.

"I told the guys this week we had to play at our best, but we didn't," Florida State coach Willie Taggart said. "Really disappointed."

Clemson won its 750th game, the 15th program nationally to do that and the first in the ACC.

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida State: The Seminoles hoped to carry momentum from two straight wins into Death Valley. Nope. The `Noles don't have the experienced depth to challenge the four-time defending ACC champions. At least it was better than last year, when the Tigers won 59-10 in Tallahassee.

Clemson: Don't expect the "What's wrong?" questions to continue as the Tigers showed power and motivation to keep on top. Lawrence appeared healthy and confident in dismantling Florida State.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Clemson should have no problem remaining No. 2 as it continues trying for a fifth consecutive College Football Playoff appearance.

HURT HIGGINS

Clemson receiver Tee Higgins came out in street clothes after halftime. But receivers coach Jeff Scott said it was nothing serious, just the team resting him with a big lead. Higgins had a tight hamstring, Scott said. He expected Higgins to be ready for next week.

UP NEXT

Florida State heads to No. 19 Wake Forest next Saturday night.

Clemson goes on the road to take on Louisville on Saturday.

No. 25 Cincinnati holds off Houston late to win 38-23

bearcats02HOUSTON (AP) Luke Fickell described No. 25 Cincinnati's fourth-straight victory as "not the prettiest thing in the world."

The Bearcats (5-1, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) used a 21-point first half to pull away early and Perry Young's late 2-yard interception return for a touchdown sealed a 38-23 road victory over Houston on Saturday.

"Nobody thought this was a trap game," Fickell said. "This is obviously a very good football team with some guys down and some guys that are redshirting. But they have a lot of talent. You can tell they have a lot of fight. Our guys fought back and, in the end, they had the ability to battle through some of those adverse situations."

Desmond Ridder finished 14 of 24 for 263 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Ridder also had 11 carries for 50 yards and a score.

Trailing 21-10, Houston quarterback Clayton Tune, who was very limited in practice the past two weeks, re-energized the home crowd with a career-long 69-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Stevenson to start the second half.

"I thought Clayton, for not repping for two weeks, actually hung in there and did some good things," Houston coach Dana Holgorsen said. "He's our starting quarterback."

The Cougars (2-4, 0-2) cut the lead to five with 9:09 left on Tune's 6-yard pass to Christian Trahan, but it wasn't enough to prevent Houston's first 0-2 start in conference play since 2002, when the Cougars were in Conference USA.

"Came up short," Holgorsen said. "We had a chance to win in the fourth quarter. A couple of bad calls I thought prevented us from being able to get the ball back and go score. It is what it is, you have to deal with it.

"Some bright spots but overall just happy with the guys and the way they played. Happy with the way they fought. Nobody's happy about 2-4 and we've lost to four pretty good teams and we expect to be a good team as well."

Tune finished 9 of 27 for 184 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

"I felt like I wasn't able to be an effective runner like I normally am," Tune said. "I was kind of limited to just staying in the pocket, but we had a gameplan to work around it. I just have to play better."

OUTSIDE NOISE

The past few weeks, Holgorsen's football program has dealt with a lot of issues that haven't been on-field related. That continued on Thursday when former Cougar Justin Murphy took to Twitter and went on a 21-tweet rant about the football program, his scholarship, knee surgeries, redshirting seniors and his final interaction with Holgorsen.

"That's a non-story in our mind," Holgorsen said. "We wish him well and I think we are doing some things within our program that are pretty beneficial towards the future of this football program."

TURNING POINT

To close the third quarter with Houston trailing 21-17, Ridder ran 14 yards before he was shoved out of bounds and fell into the Cougars' kicking net. Cincinnati's Armaud Willis-Dalton was called for unnecessary roughness. Holgorsen could be seen yelling at multiple officials after the call.

"It was a very, very critical point of the game," Holgorsen said. "We didn't do a good job of rebounding and holding them to a field goal after that happened, which is disappointing."

THE TAKEAWAY

Cincinnati: A week after forcing four turnovers against Central Florida and limiting the Knights to their fewest points in 2019, Cincinnati's defense shined again. The Bearcats had four interceptions to run their season total to 13 and forced a fumble to help hold Houston to a season-low 23 points.Cincinnati has nine turnovers the past two games.

"The defense is doing a good job," Fickell said. "When the ball's in the air that's the thing you see different, when it goes up we are aggressive to go get it, instead of just hoping we can make a play."

Houston: With D'Eriq King redshirting the rest of the season, Houston has been seeking his permanent replacement for this year. Tune, Bryson Smith and Logan Holgorsen all got playing time. Tune started, Smith was brought in to run the wildcat formation and Holgorsen got his first playing time in the first quarter.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Cincinnati should move up with No. 23 Memphis losing to Temple on Saturday and No. 20 Virginia losing to Miami on Friday.

UP NEXT

Cincinnati: The Bearcats return home Oct. 19 to face Tulsa.

Houston: The Cougars travel to UConn on Oct. 19 for the teams' first meeting since 2016.

Tagovailoa, No. 1 Tide roll past No. 24 Texas A&M 47-28

bama06COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Alabama is back on top and Tua Tagovailoa and the Tide look to stay there for a while.

Tagovailoa threw four touchdowns to smash a school career record, and No. 1 Alabama's offense kept rolling along behind his powerful left arm with a 47-28 victory over No. 24 Texas A&M on Saturday.

Tagovailoa threw his first interception of the season but his first touchdown of the game made him Alabama's career passing touchdowns leader, passing A.J. McCarron. The junior now has 81 for his career and leads the nation with 27 on the season.

He shrugged off the school record to focus on the importance of getting a win in Alabama's first game as No. 1 this season, and doing it against the Tide's first ranked opponent in front of a stadium record crowd of 106,479.

"You just revert back to your training. I've experienced playing at a place like Tennessee, then going to LSU, Ole Miss ... Everyone wants to beat Alabama," Tagovailoa said. "We're not done yet. As a team we have to continue to grow."

Alabama (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) trailed briefly when Texas A&M scored a touchdown on its first possession.

Tagovailoa took over from there. He led four consecutive scoring drives, which included three touchdown passes that came on third down. The only blemish was the interception thrown in the Texas A&M end zone late in the second quarter that could have put away the game.

Tagovailoa spread the scoring around, with all of his TD strikes going to different receivers. His two longest of the day were a 47-yarder to DeVonta Smith in the first quarter and a pinpoint 33-yarder to Henry Ruggs III in the third.

"I feel I have a relationship with everyone, a good connection with everyone," Tagovailoa said.

Alabama didn't punt until there was less than 2 minutes left in the third quarter. Najee Harris rushed for 114 yards. Jaylen Waddle scored Alabama's first touchdown on a 31-yard catch-and-run when he shook four defenders, and he also had a big day on punt returns with four for 128 yards.

Ever the perfectionist, Alabama coach Nick Saban still found some things to pick over.

He didn't like the consecutive personal foul penalties that set up a Texas A&M scoring drive, and a rash of late penalties, which included Smith getting ejected in the final minute for throwing a punch. Texas A&M had kept the game within two scores into the fourth quarter.

"We really could have broken the game open early," Saban said. "Didn't finish the game with class."

Kellen Mond passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score for the Aggies (3-3, 1-2).

THE TAKEAWAY

Alabama: The Tide's young defense recorded five sacks but was prone to giving up some big plays that kept the Aggies hanging around. Tagovailoa's fourth touchdown pass made it 34-13, but a penalty negated an interception before blown coverage allowed a wide-open touchdown pass. But with Tagovailoa running the offense as he's doing, it didn't matter.

Texas A&M: A brutal schedule keeps beating up the Aggies. Texas A&M lost its second game to a top-ranked opponent this season. The Aggies fell to then-No. 1 Clemson on Sept. 7. Texas A&M is one of just five schools to face the No. 1 team twice in a season since the poll began in 1936, having also done it in 1970. "We have to push through it. Against good people, you can't almost get there. You got to be all the way, executing on every play," Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said.

OUTKICKING COVERAGE

Waddle had a big day because the Aggies thought they could cover Braden Mann's booming punts. They were wrong.

Mann averaged 49 yards per kick with a long of 57 and Waddle kept bringing them back the other way to set up the Tide with great field position. Alabama's scoring drives started on average at the Texas A&M 48.

"Look, people don't kick the ball to us very much," Saban said. "These guys have a great punter and everybody asked me about a great punter. My comment was a great punter is good for us because we'll get some returns on it. And we got some. He kicked it far and we returned it far. That's the way it goes."

Alabama also blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Alabama likely stays on top. The offense looks like it could win a shootout every week.

Texas A&M likely drops out of the rankings and with three losses already, it could be a while before they return.

STILL PERFECT

Saban is 18-0 when coaching against his former assistants and is 3-0 against Fisher, who was Saban's offensive coordinator when LSU won the national championship.

UP NEXT

Alabama hosts Tennessee on Oct. 19.

Texas A&M travels to Mississippi on Oct. 19.

No. 8 Badgers post 4th shutout in 38-0 win over Spartans

wisconsin05MADISON, Wis. (AP) Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said he knew the Spartans were going to have to stop Jonathan Taylor if they were going to have any shot at stealing a win at No. 8 Wisconsin on Saturday.

The Spartans' defense limited Taylor to just 80 yards on 26 carries, marking the first time this season the Heisman Trophy hopeful was held under 100.

But Michigan State was held to 149 yards, 30 rushing, and couldn't find any rhythm as the Spartans fell to the Badgers 38-0.

"This is collectively a group of people who didn't succeed, coaches, players, and I'm not going to stand here and blame the players," Dantonio said. "I'm not going to do that."

The Badgers dominated time of possession 39:10 to 20:50, Taylor rushed for two touchdowns and Wisconsin's defense posted its fourth shutout of the season.

"I said it last week, those guys are playing lights out. I don't have any other words. They're No. 1 in the nation," Taylor said of his defensive teammates.

Jack Coan completed his first seven passes for Wisconsin (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) and finished 18 of 21 for 180 yards and a touchdown to win his eighth straight start since last season.

The Spartans (4-3, 2-2) lost back-to-back games against AP top-10 Big Ten opponents. Michigan State lost at then-No. 4 Ohio State 34-10 last week.

"Nothing really good happened for us," Dantonio said. "I don't think we quit. I don't think that happened. It was 17-zip at half and 17-zip into the third quarter but we never really got anything going until the end of the game."

The Spartans had just seven first downs and were 2 for 14 on third down.

Brian Lewerke was 7 of 16 for 53 yards and an interception and sacked twice before getting pulled in the fourth quarter for backup Rocky Lombardi. Lombardi went 5 for 14 for 66 yards and was picked off by Rachad Wildgoose in the end zone late in the fourth quarter to preserve the shutout for Wisconsin's top-ranked defense.

"It was very important. We take pride in that," Wisconsin inside linebacker Chris Orr said. "I feel like it just shows everybody how dominant our defense is. Whenever you can shut out anybody, it's obviously a dominant display on defense. We take pride in that, for real."

The Badgers last had four shutouts in 1930, when they had five.

Wisconsin did not score a touchdown on its opening drive for the first time this season. Taylor had scored touchdowns on the Badgers' opening possession in five straight games.

Taylor scored from a yard out, Coan threw a 19-yard touchdown to Quintez Cephus and Collin Larsh kicked a 29-yard field goal to put the Badgers ahead 17-0 at the half.

Michigan State had the ball for less than 7 minutes in the first half and managed just one first down and 38 total yards the first two quarters.

"I thought we'd be able to run a little more effectively. But I also thought we'd be able to throw a little more effectively," Dantonio said. "You figure something's going to work, but you got to execute, too."

The Spartans got a little momentum when Tyriq Thompson ran for 20 yards and a first down on a fake punt on Michigan State's first drive of the second half. But back-to-back sacks by Orr and Isaiahh Loudermilk forced yet another Spartans punt.

Taylor opened the fourth with his second touchdown, a 1-yarder than made it 24-0.

Zack Baun picked off Lewerke and returned it 34 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown. The score marked the fourth by the Badgers' defense this season. The unit has only allowed four touchdowns all year.

"The pick-six came from preparation, really," Baun said. "A lot of work in the film room and understanding the route concepts. They had a bust to bunch to the field and two split out to the boundary. We know that in that formation, they like to run double slants and I dropped and entered the zone and he threw it right to me."

Kendric Pryor scored the final touchdown on a 66-yard run.

Michigan State's Darrell Stewart Jr., the Big Ten's leading receiver, had five catches for 59 yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Michigan State: The Spartans were completely overmatched offensively, defensively and on special teams. Dantonio's group has to hit the reset button during its bye week after getting outscored 72-10 against two of the top teams in the Big Ten.

"We just have to pick ourselves up, confidence-wise," defensive tackle Raequan Williams said. "Everyone's questioning themselves. But we've got a bye week this week. It's a good time, definitely."

Wisconsin: The Badgers padded their resume with another dominant performance. With the win, Wisconsin is bowl eligible for the 18th consecutive season. The Badgers' run of 17 straight bowl games is the longest streak in the Big Ten and is tied with Boise State for fifth nationally.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Wisconsin should move up. Its defense backed up its No. 1 national ranking. After a game at Illinois, the Badgers go to Columbus for a showdown with Ohio State in a likely meeting of unbeatens.

UP NEXT

Michigan State hosts No. 10 Penn State on Oct. 26.

Wisconsin plays at Illinois on Oct. 19.

No. 22 Baylor needs 2 OTs to beat Texas Tech 33-30

baylor01WACO, Texas (AP) JaMycal Hasty scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in the second overtime and No. 22 Baylor beat Texas Tech 33-30 on Saturday in the Bears' first game as a ranked team under coach Matt Rhule.

Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12), which went the length of the field at the end of regulation just to get to overtime, won on Hasty's run after Trey Wolff's 35-yard field goal for Texas Tech opened the second extra period.

Charlie Brewer was 24-of-37 passing for 352 yards, but threw his first three interceptions of the season. He ran for three touchdowns, including a 1-yarder in the first overtime.

"I just feel like that's when the quarterback has to be at his best, when the game's on the line," Brewer said. "I made my handful of mistakes earlier in the game. But as a quarterback you've just got to let it go and realize you've got a chance to win the game."

The Bears are tied with No. 6 Oklahoma for the Big 12 lead. They are the only two teams to win each of their first three Big 12 games.

Texas Tech (3-3, 1-2), playing its third consecutive Top 25 opponent, got to the second overtime when TJ Vasher made a diving 2-yard catch on a nice lob throw by Jett Duffey for his only TD pass.

Duffey finished 31 of 42 for 362 yards and two interceptions. R.J. Turner had seven catches for 138 yards.

Texas Tech took a 20-17 lead on SaRodorick Thompson's second touchdown run, a 30-yarder with 1:37 left in regulation.

Thompson finished with 28 carries for 153 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bears then were at their own 1 after Brewer got sacked on the ensuing drive. But he then had five completions for 74 yards, including an incredible 19-yard catch along the sideline by Denzel Mims.

Baylor got to the 5 before taking two more shots at Mims in the end zone. He couldn't hold onto one in traffic and then drew a defensive holding call that put the ball at the 2 with 3 seconds remaining. John Mayers then kicked a tying 19-yard field goal.

Both teams had more than 500 total yards - 510 for Tech and 525 for Baylor. Both also had three turnovers.

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders were close to upsetting a Top 25 team for the second week in a row for new coach Matt Wells. They were coming off a 45-35 win over then-No. 21 Oklahoma State. Duffey has thrown for 786 yards in his two starts. Alan Bowman missed his third game in a row because of a shoulder injury, and senior transfer Jackson Tyner got the first start after he was hurt.

Baylor: While Brewer made bad throws on his interceptions, including a pick in the end zone after the Bears had gotten to the Tech 4 in the fourth quarter, he made the clutch plays on the final drive of regulation and in overtime. The Bears also won the first six games in 2016 under interim coach Jim Grobe, but then lost 15 of their next 17 games, including a 1-11 debut season for Rhule in 2017.

UP NEXT

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders are home against Iowa State next Saturday.

Baylor: The Bears play Saturday at Oklahoma State.

 

No. 10 Penn State holds off No. 17 Iowa 17-12

penn state05IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Noah Cain ran for a five-yard touchdown with 5:17 left and 10th-ranked Penn State held off No. 17 Iowa 17-12 on Saturday night, its first win over a ranked opponent this season.

Cain finished with 102 yards for the Nittany Lions (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten), who extended their winning streak over the Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-2) to six games.

A matchup between two of the nation's top defenses turned when Iowa's Nate Stanley threw an interception near midfield with 9:22 remaining. Penn State drove 35 yards on a gassed Iowa defense, and the last of three straight runs by Cain made it 17-6.

Iowa pulled within 17-12 when Stanley found Brandon Smith for a 33-yard TD pass with 2:31 to go. The Hawkeyes' two-point try failed though, and Cain converted a crucial third down that ensured that Iowa never saw the ball again.

Up 7-6 late in the third quarter, Penn State recovered a fumble at Iowa's 16 and Sean Clifford connected on an apparent touchdown pass to Pat Freiermuth that was overturned on review. Iowa then held the Nittany Lions at the 1-foot line, and two straight holding calls forced them to settle for a 33-yard field goal.

KJ Hamler caught seven passes, including a 22-yarder for a TD, for Penn State.

Stanley threw for 286 yards, but the Hawkeyes ran for just 70 yards on 30 attempts.

THE TAKEAWAY

Penn State: The Nittany Lions survived their toughest road challenge outside of a trip to Ohio State on Nov. 23. Penn State was on the road against a talented team with a jacked-up crowd, and yet the Nittany Lions were the ones making the plays that made the difference.

Iowa: The Hawkeyes nearly went back-to-back games without a touchdown. Granted, Michigan and Penn State are really good on defense. But Iowa can't continue to lean on its own defense to keep it in games. At 1-2 in the league and with Wisconsin looking like one of the best teams in America, the Big Ten West doesn't look so winnable anymore.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Penn State might move up a few spots. Iowa might struggle to hang onto its spot in the Top 25 after back-to-back losses.

UP NEXT

Penn State hosts Michigan on Oct. 19.

Iowa hosts Purdue next Saturday.

No. 9 Irish ride Jones' 176 yards to 30-27 victory over USC

notredame05SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Tony Jones Jr. rushed for a career-high 176 yards and Jonathan Doerer kicked three long field goals as No. 9 Notre Dame held off longtime rival Southern California 30-27 Saturday night.

The Fighting Irish (5-1), who rushed for a season-high 308 yards, clinched their third straight victory over the Trojans (3-3) on Ian Book's 8-yard run with 3:33 left.

Book's touchdown ended a 14-play, 75-yard drive that took 6:54 off the clock after USC had drawn within 23-20.

The Trojans' Markese Stepp, who ran for 82 yards, scored from the 2 with 1:04 left to make it 30-27. But Notre Dame's Brock Wright recovered the onside kick, and the Irish ran out the clock.

Jones' fourth 100-yard game of the season came on 25 carries. He had 12 runs for 120 yards in the first half.

The Irish led 17-3 at half after Book threw a 10-yard TD pass to Cole Kmet, wide receiver Braden Lenzy ran 51 yards on a reverse and Doerer kicked a 43-yard field goal. The half ended with the teams engaging in some pushing and shoving before they headed to their locker rooms.

Doerer added field goals of 52 and 43 yards in the second half to keep the Irish ahead.

USC freshman Kedon Slovis completed 24 of 35 passes for 255 yards in his first game back from a concussion three weeks ago.

Slovis threw touchdown passes of 38 yards to Amon-Ra St. Brown in the third quarter and 5 yards to Tyler Vaughns in the fourth.

THE TAKEAWAY

USC: Slovis completed 10 of 17 passes for 74 yards in the first half but was sacked three times and hurried on four other occasions by Notre Dame's defense, which switched between three- and four-man fronts. After intermission, Slovis was 14 of 18 for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

Notre Dame: The Irish punted on their first three series but finished the half with 196 yards on the ground. Jones carried the load, bursting up the middle for 43 yards on a nine-play, 97-yard scoring drive that gave his team a 7-3 lead.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Notre Dame: The Irish likely won't move up even with South Carolina's 20-17 double-overtime victory at No. 3 Georgia. That's because the Irish lost 23-17 at Georgia last month.

UP NEXT

USC plays Arizona at home on Oct. 19.

Notre Dame has an open date before an Oct. 26 visit to No. 16 Michigan.

No. 15 Utah routs Oregon State 52-7

utes04CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Zack Moss rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns, including a 91-yard scoring run in the opening quarter, and No. 15 Utah routed Oregon State 52-7 on Saturday.

Moss, who was returning from a shoulder injury, sat out the second half. He is now just 55 yards away from passing Eddie Johnson (1984-88) as the Utes' leading career rusher.

Tyler Huntley threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns for the Utes (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12), who were coming off a bye after downing Washington State to rebound from their lone loss the week before to USC. Moss missed the game against the Cougars with the injury.

The Beavers (2-4, 1-2) were coming off a 48-31 victory over UCLA at the Rose Bowl last weekend, just their second win this year and first victory over a Pac-12 opponent since last season.

Quarterback Jake Luton, chosen Pac-12 Player of the Week after accounting for six touchdowns (five pass, one run) against the Bruins, threw for 131 yards but was intercepted for the first time this season.

Receiver Isaiah Hodgins, who went into the game ranked second in the nation with an average of 126.4 receiving yards per game, was held to eight catches for 77 yards by the stout Utah defense.

The Utes, ranked 14th in the nation among FBS teams for total defense going into the game, also held Oregon State to just 48 rushing yards.

It was the Beavers' worst home loss since 1991, when they fell to Washington 58-6.

Utah center Orlando Umana was flagged for targeting and ejected on the Utes' opening drive. Huntley hit Brant Kuithe with a 21-yard touchdown pass on the drive to take the early lead before Moss' statement-making touchdown run, the third-longest in Utes' history, and the fourth-longest play from scrimmage and longest since 2004.

It was the longest touchdown run ever scored against the Beavers.

Huntley added a 3-yard touchdown pass to Samson Nacua to make it 21-0 before the end of the first quarter.

Oregon State had a chance to get on the scoreboard early in the second but Jordan Choukair's 44-yard field goal attempt went wide right.

Utah's Devin Lloyd scored on a 64-yard interception return after Bradlee Anae tipped Luton's pass.

Luton was sitting at 181 passes without an interception and leading the nation before Lloyd's pick. Had Luton completed one more, he would have tied Matt Moore for the school record of most passes without an interception.

Moss added a 6-yard touchdown run with less than a minute to go before halftime to give the Utes a 34-0 lead. Oregon State's Everett Hayes missed a 42-field goal before the break.

Devin Brumfield ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter to push Utah's lead to 42-0 before freshman Jordan Wilmore had his first career TD on a 7-yard scoring run.

Huntley was replaced by backup Jason Shelley for the fourth quarter. Jadon Redding had a 42-yard field goal for the Utes with 9:34 left.

Oregon State avoided the shutout with Tristan Gebbia's 15-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Tyler with 56 second left.

Utah has won four straight against the Beavers.

THE TAKEAWAY

Utah: It was Moss' 14th 100-yard game, tying the Utah record also held by John White and Devontae Booker. ... Eddie Johnson had 3,219 rushing yards for the Utes. Moss is at 3,165. ... Huntley has yet to throw an interception this season.

Oregon State: The Beavers were one of just three teams nationwide that hadn't lost a fumble this season. ... The Beavers most lopsided loss to the Utes before Saturday came in 1992, when Utah won 42-9 in Salt Lake City.

UP NEXT

Utah: The Utes host Arizona State on Saturday. The Sun Devils downed Washington State 38-34 on Saturday.

Oregon State visits California on Saturday. The Golden Bears had a bye this weekend.

Burrow's 3 TDs lift No. 5 LSU over No. 7 Florida, 42-28

lsu07BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Joe Burrow passed for 293 yards and three touchdowns, and fifth-ranked LSU scored three straight touchdowns after falling behind early in the second half to emerge with a 42-28 victory over No. 7 Florida on Saturday night.

Facing a Florida defense that came in leading the nation in interceptions and leading the Southeastern Conference in sacks, the Tigers (6-0, 2-0 SEC) totaled 511 yards without giving up a sack or committing a turnover.

Ja'Marr Chase had 127 yards receiving and the last of his two touchdowns was a 54-yarder to give LSU a two-score lead with 5:43 left. Justin Jefferson caught 10 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.

Burrow, meanwhile, went 21 of 24, meaning he had the same number of touchdown tosses and incomplete passes. Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 134 yards and two scores on 13 carries.

The Tigers still have yet to score fewer than 42 points in a game this season.

Kyle Trask was 23-of-39 passing for 310 yards and three touchdowns for Florida (6-1, 3-1), but was done in by freshman Derek Stingley Jr.'s interception in the LSU end zone in the fourth quarter, when the Gators were trying to tie the game. Soon after, Burrow spotted Chase running free down the right sideline, and a Tiger Stadium crowd more than 100,000 strong was in virtual delirium.

Florida led 28-21 after opening the second half with an eight-play, 75-yard scoring drive that ended with Van Jefferson's second touchdown catch of the game.

But LSU tied it less than four minutes later on Edwards-Helaire's 5-yard run. Tryron Davis-Price put the Tigers back in front with a 33-yard run on LSU's next possession.

The first half was played to a 21-all tie with Florida using methodical drives to answer each of the first three touchdowns scored by LSU's high-octane attack.

LSU's first touchdown, a 9-yard pass to Chase, took two plays and 32 seconds, starting with Edwards-Helaire's 57-yard run. The Gators responded with a 12-play drive that took more than six minutes, capped by Trask's 5-yard pass to Trevon Grimes.

After Justin Jefferson's 7-yard TD catch capped a five-play drive that covered 82 yards in just 2:09, Florida answered with a 13-play drive that consumed nearly seven minutes, ending with Emory Jones' fourth-and-goal pass under pressure to Lamical Perine, who deftly corralled the ball after it was tipped by linebacker Patrick Queen.

LSU took the lead just 1:29 later when Edwards-Helaire scored on a 39-yard run, and Florida tied it again with an 11-play drive that finished with Van Jefferson's first touchdown on a 6-yard pass from Trask.

POSSESSION DISPARITY

While Florida methodically ground out four 75-yard scoring drives, including three that lasted at least 11 plays, LSU struck quickly. The result was a significant disparity in time of possession that was bound to exhaust LSU's defense. The Gators wound up possession the ball for 38:19, while LSU had the ball for 21:41.

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida: It's hard to question's Trask's toughness or poise. He did not appear bothered by the knee injury he played through last week, and composure was evident in his first SEC road start at one of the loudest and difficult places for a visiting team to play in college football. The offense rarely failed to get plays off cleanly and Trask threw accurately and scrambled effectively when needed.

LSU: While the offense remained prolific against the best defense it's faced this season, the Tigers' defense had its share of struggles for the third time in as many games against a major conference opponent. Second-half adjustments produced more pressure on Trask, who was sacked twice. That helped the Tigers pull away late and hold on.

UP NEXT

Florida: Visits South Carolina.

LSU: Visits Mississippi State.

 

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Y llegaron los noventas

Como un preludio alusivo del fin de milenio, llegaba la ultima década del siglo XX con unos años noventas que verían el cambio total que sufrió nuestro país y nuestro fútbol americano.