Top 25 roundup: No. 4 Notre Dame downs No. 1 Clemson in 2OT
Kyren Williams rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner in the second overtime, as No. 4 Notre Dame knocked off No. 1 and previously undefeated Clemson 47-40 Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium.
Clemson was playing its second consecutive game without quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Trevor Lawrence as well as three defensive starters, and it showed. Williams split the Clemson defense for a 65-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game and the Fighting Irish battled the Tigers on even terms from there.
It was Notre Dame’s third victory all-time at home over a No. 1-ranked team and ended Clemson’s 28-game winning streak against Atlantic Coast Conference teams. Notre Dame moved into sole possession of first place in the ACC at 6-0 (7-0 overall) while Clemson slipped to 7-1, 6-1.
It was Notre Dame’s 23rd consecutive home victory.
No. 3 Ohio State 49, Rutgers 27
Justin Fields went 24 of 28 passing for 314 yards and five touchdowns and also rushed for a score as the Buckeyes took out the visiting Scarlet Knights in Columbus, Ohio.
Fields did the bulk of his damage in the first half with three of his scoring passes and his touchdown run as Ohio State (3-0 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) built a 35-7 lead to spoil the return of head coach Greg Schiano, the Buckeyes’ defensive coordinator for former coach Urban Meyer.
Schiano pulled out all the stops. Rutgers (1-2, 1-2) had a lateral pass on the opening kickoff that worked for 29 yards. The Scarlet Knights added second-half touchdowns on a gimmick punt return, and a throw-back to an offensive tackle, but never drew closer than the final score.
No. 6 Cincinnati 38, Houston 10
Gerrid Doaks rushed for 166 of his career-high 184 yards in the first half, while Desmond Ridder had three rushing touchdowns as the Bearcats rolled to a victory over the visiting Cougars.
Cincinnati (6-0, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) relied on a series of big plays late in the first half to assume control, tallying three touchdowns inside the final eight minutes of the second quarter to knock Houston (2-3, 2-2) on its heels.
Ridder passed for 162 yards and rushed for 103 as Cincinnati extended its home winning streak to 18 consecutive games. Clayton Tune passed for 189 yards for Houston, which allowed 300 rushing yards for a second consecutive week. The Bearcats totaled 342 yards on the ground while the Cougars managed just 282 total yards.
No. 7 Texas A&M 48, South Carolina 3
Kellen Mond threw for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth as the Aggies looked every bit the part of a top 10 team, routing the Gamecocks in an SEC matchup in Columbia, S.C.
Mond completed 16 of 26 passes for 224 yards, setting a school record with his 68th career touchdown pass, as the Aggies (5-1) won their fourth straight. Isaiah Spiller added 131 yards on 18 rushes before leaving less than a minute into the third quarter with a leg injury that isn’t expected to keep him out next week.
The ability to run or throw at will enabled Texas A&M to control the ball for 38:21. So did a defense that stifled almost everything the Gamecocks tried, limiting them to 150 total yards and nine first downs. Buffeted by a good pass rush and a receiving corps that dropped four passes, Collin Hill completed just 8 of 21 passes for 66 yards and tossed two interceptions for South Carolina (2-4).
No. 8 Florida 44, No. 5 Georgia 28
Senior Kyle Trask passed for a career-high 474 yards and four touchdowns as the Gators took control of the SEC East by rolling through the Bulldogs in Jacksonville, Fla.
Florida (4-1, 4-1 SEC) snapped a three-game losing streak to Georgia (4-2, 4-2), which has won the past three division titles. Florida, now holding the tiebreaker over Georgia, has an effective two-game lead in the East.
Trask did most of his damage in a wild first half in which he threw for 341 yards and all of his touchdowns, leading Florida to a 38-21 lead. Trask has thrown 22 touchdowns this season, becoming the first quarterback in SEC history with at least four TDs in five consecutive games.
No. 12 Oregon 35, Stanford 14
C.J. Verdell rushed for a game-high 105 yards and a touchdown as the Ducks opened the post-Justin Herbert era with a ground-oriented victory over the visiting Cardinal on opening night of the Pac-12 Conference football season.
Sophomore Tyler Shough threw for 227 yards and a score, and rushed for an additional 85 yards and a score in his first collegiate start. Stanford, meanwhile, learned shortly before game time that three players — including starting quarterback Davis Mills — would be prevented from suiting up because of positive COVID-19 tests earlier in the day.
Shough completed 17 of his 26 passes with one interception. Travis Dye chipped in with 78 yards on the ground and one touchdown for Oregon (1-0), which rushed 40 times for 269 yards and four scores.
No. 13 Indiana 38, No. 23 Michigan 21
Michael Penix Jr. passed for a career-high 342 yards and three touchdowns and Stevie Scott III rushed for two scores, lifting the Hoosiers over the visiting Wolverines for the first time since Oct. 24, 1987, snapping a string of 24 losses in the series.
Penix passed for 254 yards and three TDs in the first half for Indiana (3-0, 3-0 Big Ten), allowing the Hoosiers to jump to a 24-7 halftime lead. He completed 30 of 50 passes to seven different receivers, with Ty Fryfogle posting a career-high 142 yards on seven catches with one touchdown. Scott rushed for 97 yards on 24 carries for Indiana, which closes in on its first top 10 ranking since 1969 after counting traditional Big Ten bullies Michigan and Penn State among its victims. It faces Michigan State and Ohio State in its next two games.
Milton passed for 344 yards with three touchdowns and two picks for Michigan (1-2, 1-2 Big Ten) which has lost two in a row.
No. 14 Oklahoma State 20, Kansas State 18
Jason Taylor II returned a fumble 85 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as the visiting Cowboys wiped out a 12-0 halftime deficit and escaped with a win over the Wildcats in a Big 12 Conference tilt at Manhattan, Kan.
Oklahoma State (5-1, 4-1 Big 12) played without leading receiver Tylan Wallace, who was scratched prior to kickoff with an undisclosed injury. Chuba Hubbard had only five carries for 23 yards before injuring his leg in the third quarter. He returned later, but only had one more carry, finishing with 31 yards. LD Brown rushed for 110 yards on 15 carries for the Cowboys, and Spencer Sanders completed 14 of 23 passes for just 108 yards.
Kansas State (4-3, 4-2) got 125 rushing yards, and 143 passing, from quarterback Will Howard. The Wildcats trailed 13-12 early in the fourth quarter when Howard lost the ball inside the Oklahoma State 20-yard line. Taylor grabbed it out of mid-air and ran 85 yards for the score.
No. 15 Coastal Carolina 23, South Alabama 6
A pair of first-quarter touchdowns set the tone and the Chanticleers rode another stingy defensive effort to defeat the visiting Jaguars in Conway, S.C.
Coastal Carolina (7-0, 5-0 Sun Belt Conference) held South Alabama to 93 rushing yards on homecoming while quarterback Grayson McCall threw for a touchdown, completing 17 of 24 throws for 209 yards. The Chanticleers didn’t allow a touchdown in a second straight game, and picked up their eighth win in a row dating back to last season.
South Alabama (3-4, 2-2) had a chance to find the end zone in the third quarter, but a 17-play drive ended with a failed fourth-and-goal from inside the Coastal Carolina 1-yard line. Quarterback Desmond Trotter hit 23 of 41 passes for 243 yards.
No. 16 Marshall 51, UMass 10
Brenden Knox rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and Grant Wells threw for 228 yards and three scores as the unbeaten Thundering Herd routed the visiting Minutemen in a nonconference matchup at Huntington, W.Va.
Knox had 105 yards by halftime, topping 100 for his fifth straight game, as Marshall improved to 6-0.
The Minutemen (0-2), an FBS independent, entered as 43.5-point underdogs and are trying to put together a season after initially canceling their slate of games. They lost to Georgia Southern 41-0 on Oct. 17.
No. 17 Iowa State 38, Baylor 31
Breece Hall rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns and caught a pass for another score, and Brock Purdy threw for three touchdowns as the Cyclones rallied from a nightmarish first half to defeat the Bears in Ames, Iowa.
Trailing by 11 at halftime after struggling with inconsistency and three Purdy interceptions, Iowa State (5-2, 5-1 Big 12) erupted for 28 straight points in the second half. Purdy finished 15-for-24 for 164 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Hall had a career high 31 carries and reached 100 yards rushing for his sixth straight game.
Baylor (1-4, 1-4) drew to within the final margin with 8:43 to play when Trestan Ebner scored on a 58-yard catch and run from Charlie Brewer on a fourth-and-6 play. The Bears were driving for a potential tying touchdown, but Mike Rose intercepted Brewer in the end zone with 57 seconds to go. Brewer was 22-for-33 passing for 295 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
No. 18 SMU 47, Temple 23
Shane Buechele passed for 355 yards and four touchdowns and paced a second-half offensive explosion as the Mustangs overcame the Owls in Philadelphia.
After Temple scored on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Trad Beatty to Randle Jones on the first play from scrimmage (but missed the extra point), the teams played a tight first half that left the Owls (1-4, 1-4 American Athletic Conference) holding a 13-10 halftime edge. Yet, the Mustangs (7-1, 4-1 AAC) scored on their first six possessions of the second half and outscored Temple following the intermission 37-10.
SMU amassed 357 of its 549 yards after the break, with Buechele completing scoring strikes of 44 yards to Tyler Page, 24 yards to Kylen Granson, and 33 yards to Rashee Rice. Tyler Lavine added a 2-yard touchdown run and TaMerick Williams a 49-yard dash. Granson and Page both recorded 100-yard receiving games.
No. 19 Oklahoma 62, Kansas 9
Rhamondre Stevenson ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Sooners to the Big 12 Conference victory over the Jayhawks at Norman, Okla.
Stevenson is averaging nearly eight yards per carry in his two games this season after leading the country — among players with at least 50 carries — with an 8.0 average a year ago. He also played a big role in the passing game, with four catches for 60 yards, both career highs.
Since losing their first two games in Big 12 play, the Sooners (5-2, 4-2 Big 12) have won four consecutive games heading into their Nov. 21 showdown with No. 14 Oklahoma State. The Jayhawks (0-7, 0-6) have not won a Big 12 road game since 2008.
No. 20 USC 28, Arizona State 27
Kedon Slovis completed two fourth-down touchdown passes sandwiched around an onside kick in the final 2:52 as the Trojans rallied from a 13-point deficit to open the Pac-12 season with a dramatic victory over the visiting Sun Devils.
After the Trojans stumbled through much of the game, turning the ball over four times and trailing 27-14, Bru McCoy caught Slovis’ 26-yard pass for a touchdown, and followed that by recovering the ensuing onside kick to set up USC for the game-winning drive. Slovis had 381 yards on a school-record 40 completions on 55 passes, but it took a desperate heave into the end zone on fourth-and-13 to spark the Trojans, which McCoy caught off of a deflection.
McCoy then came up with the ensuing onside kick, and six plays later, on fourth-and-9, Slovis fired a strike through a tight window to a streaking Drake London for the 21-yard score with 1:20 to play.
No. 22 Texas 17, West Virginia 13
Sam Ehlinger passed for two touchdowns and the defense had two huge stops in the red zone in the fourth quarter as the Longhorns outlasted the Mountaineers in Austin, Texas, in Big 12 Conference action.
Texas (5-2, 4-2 Big 12) got a career-high 113 rushing yards from freshman Bijan Robinson in the win, its third straight and first at home over West Virginia since 2014. Ehlinger was 15 of 31 for a season-low 184 yards, but that — and a running attack that amassed 179 yards on 36 carries — was enough to keep the Longhorns in the race for the Big 12 title.
Jarret Doege was 35 of 50 for the Mountaineers (4-3, 3-3) for 317 yards. The Texas defense turned away the Mountaineers twice in the red zone on fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter, the second with 4:44 to play at the Texas 8-yard line.
No. 25 Liberty 38, Virginia Tech 35
Alex Barbir kicked a 51-yard field goal with a second remaining to keep the Flames unbeaten with a stunning victory over the Hokies in Blacksburg, Va.
Barbir’s successful kick came after a Tech timeout negated his 59-yard attempt that was blocked and returned for a Hokies’ touchdown as time ran out. When Liberty lined up again after the timeout, with eight seconds put back on the clock, the Flames instead ran a play on fourth-and-6 rather than attempt another field goal. Quarterback Malik Willis hit CJ Yarbrough for a quick 8-yard gain to set up the 51-yard game winner.
Willis completed 20 of 30 passes for 217 yards in engineering scoring drives covering 75, 80, 95, 6 and 75 yards to put the Flames (7-0) up 35-28 with 1:41 left in the game. He had three touchdowns passing and one rushing.
–Field Level Media