Nov 2, 2019; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes mascot Sebastian celebrates the win against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

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Top 25 roundup: King, No. 17 Miami sprint past No. 18 Louisville

D’Eriq King passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns, and Cam’Ron Harris ran for 134 yards as the 17th-ranked Miami Hurricanes defeated the 18th-ranked Louisville Cardinals 47-34 in an ACC game Saturday night at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.

Miami’s Jose Borregales, who helped beat the Hurricanes last year while playing for FIU, tied a school record with a 57-yard field goal. He also kicked a 48-yarder and totaled 17 points.

The Hurricanes (2-0, 1-0) also scored on two one-play “drives” in the third quarter — a 75-yard run by Harris and a 75-yard catch-and-run by freshman running back Jaylan Knighton.

Louisville (1-1, 0-1) was led by running back Javian Hawkins, who rushed for 164 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Malik Cunningham passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns. Cards wide receiver Tutu Atwell, a Miami native, caught eight passes for 114 yards and two TDs.

No. 1 Clemson 49, The Citadel 0

The Tigers scored on six straight possessions to open the game and improved to 2-0 by routing the Bulldogs at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium.

Clemson jumped out to a 28-0 lead after one quarter and substituted freely from there in improving to 35-0 all-time against Football Championship Subdivision teams. Trevor Lawrence only played 19 snaps, but finished 8-of-9 passing for 168 yards and three touchdowns with a two-yard touchdown run.

Flanker Frank Ladson Jr. had touchdown catches of 17 and 54 yards, and wide receiver Amari Rodgers added a 44-yard touchdown reception for Clemson, which next plays on Oct. 3 against ACC rival Virginia. The Citadel (0-2), an FCS-level opponent, was held to just 162 total yards with 126 coming after halftime.

No. 7 Notre Dame 52, South Florida 0

The Fighting Irish capitalized on a series of special teams blunders and overwhelmed the Bulls on defense to cruise at Notre Dame Stadium.

Notre Dame (2-0) got three touchdowns in the first half aided by special teams, and then blocked a punt for a touchdown in the third quarter. Ian Book tied a career-high with three rushing touchdowns and threw for 143 yards. C’Bo Flemister added 127 rushing yards and a touchdown.

USF (1-1) managed just 231 total yards, and couldn’t extend drives going 2-of-15 on third down and 1-of-5 on fourth down. Jordan McCloud hit 8 of 14 passes for 64 yards and Johnny Ford rushed for 70.

No. 11 Oklahoma State 16, Tulsa 7

Third-string quarterback Shane Illingworth came off the bench to spark the Cowboys to a season-opening nonconference win against the Golden Hurricane in Stillwater, Okla.

Illingworth, a true freshman playing because of an early injury to starter Spencer Sanders and the ineffectiveness of backup Ethan Bullock, entered with 1:55 left in the third quarter. He directed Oklahoma State (1-0) on a six-play, 81-yard drive that resulted in a 10-7 lead when Chuba Hubbard scored on a 3-yard run to start the fourth quarter.

Tulsa (0-1) repeatedly hurt itself in this defensive battle, penalized 15 times for 120 yards, including a false start infraction that erased a touchdown pass with 10:09 left. Tyler Tipton ended up missing a 26-yard field goal that would have tied the game.

No. 13 Cincinnati 55, Austin Peay 20

Gerrid Doaks scored four touchdowns, including three on the ground, as the Bearcats opened their season with a romp over the Governors at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati.

Doaks scored on runs of 1, 1 and 2 yards while adding a 32-yard receiving touchdown from Desmond Ridder. That was one of two scoring strikes for Ridder, who was an efficient 13 of 19 for 196 yards before giving way to backup Ben Bryant after three quarters. The Bearcats (1-0) outgained the Governors 525-353 and scored touchdowns on their first four possessions to remove any doubt from the equation.

Austin Peay (0-3) won’t play again until 2021. The Governors are a member of the FCS-level Ohio Valley Conference, which opted to play its conference games in the spring after postponing all fall sports due to COVID-19.

No. 14 UCF 49, Georgia Tech 21

Sophomore Dillon Gabriel tied a career high with four touchdown passes, two each to wide receivers Marlon Williams and Tre Nixon, and the Knights won their 2020 opener over the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta.

The Knights used a fast tempo on offense and a hot first half from Gabriel, who completed 15-of-19 for 235 yards and three scores by the break. He finished 27-of-41 for a career high 417 yards.

Williams caught 10 passes for 154 yards, and running backs Greg McCrae, Otis Anderson and Bentavious Thompson each ran for a touchdown as UCF amassed 660 yards of total offense and won for the 36th time in its last 40 games.

No. 19 Louisiana 34, Georgia State 31 (OT)

Elijah Mitchell scored on a 12-yard run on his fourth carry in overtime to give the Ragin’ Cajuns a win in their Sun Belt Conference opener in Atlanta.

Louisiana (2-0, 1-0 SBC) overcame a pair of 14-point deficits (14-0 and 21-7) to send the game into overtime at 28-28. Mitchell rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns, including a 59-yarder. Levi Lewis threw for 279 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Destin Coates rushed for a career-high 150 yards and redshirt freshman Cornelious “Quad” Brown IV passed for 196 and a touchdown, but the Panthers (0-1, 0-1 SBC) managed only a field goal on their opening possession of the overtime.

Marshall 17, No. 23 Appalachian State 7

Brenden Knox rushed 28 times for 138 yards and a touchdown as the Thundering Herd’s running game outperformed the more-hyped ground attack of the Mountaineers in a victory in Huntington, W.Va.

Marshall (2-0) beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 2003 and outrushed Appalachian State 211-96. The Herd survived 11 penalties for 117 yards as freshman quarterback Grant Wells hit 11 of 25 passes for 163 yards and added a third-quarter rushing touchdown.

The Mountaineers (1-1) were held to less than 10 points for the first time since 2013. Zac Thomas connected on 22 of 38 passes for 268 yards, but two turnovers and a missed 26-yard field goal in the fourth quarter were too much to overcome on the road.

No. 25 Pittsburgh 21, Syracuse 10

Kenny Pickett passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Panthers over visiting Syracuse in ACC play.

Jordan Addison and Jared Wayne caught scoring passes from Pickett, who completed 25 of 36 passes for 215 yards. Rashad Weaver recorded two of Pitt’s seven sacks, and Paris Ford nabbed an interception for the Panthers (2-0, 1-0 ACC). Pittsburgh has won 16 of the past 19 meetings with the Orange.

Syracuse backup Rex Culpepper threw a 69-yard scoring pass to Taj Harris after briefly replacing starter Tommy DeVito, who left early in the second quarter with an undisclosed injury. Culpepper was 4-of-9 passing for 88 yards for the Orange (0-2, 0-2), who were outgained 342-171 and had just 10 first downs to Pitt’s 23.

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