Nov 27, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  LSU Tigers running back Tyrion Davis-Price (3) runs the ball against Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Andre White Jr. (32) during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

LSU scores in final minute to top No. 15 Texas A&M

Max Johnson threw his third touchdown pass with 20 seconds left in the game as LSU upset No. 15 Texas A&M 27-24 in an SEC game Saturday night in Baton Rouge, La.

Johnson completed 22 of 38 passes for 306 yards, including the 28-yard game-winner to Jaray Jenkins, who finished with eight catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns.

LSU (6-6, 3-5) reached bowl eligibility, meaning head coach Ed Orgeron, who was bought out by the university last month effective at the end of the season, could see his tenure with the Tigers extended one more game.

Zach Calzada completed 20 of 34 for 242 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to Jalen Preston, to lead the Aggies (8-4, 4-4).

LSU got off to a fast start, led 17-7 at the half, and didn’t trail until midway through the fourth quarter.

Seth Small kicked a 33-yard field as the Aggies trimmed the deficit to 17-10 midway through the third quarter.

Cade York answered with a 47-yard field goal nearly six minutes later to increase the lead to 20-10, which is where the score stood heading into the fourth quarter.

On the second play of the fourth quarter, Calzada threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Preston to pull Texas A&M within 20-17.

Calzada and Preston then teamed on a 32-yard touchdown pass that gave the Aggies their only lead of the game, 24-20, with 7:33 remaining.

Johnson then drove the Tigers 85 yards in nine plays over 1:38 for the winning points.

On the first possession of the game LSU moved 44 yards on 13 plays and settled for a 50-yard field goal by York.

Texas A&M gained just 21 yards in the first quarter and the 3-0 lead held up through the end of the period.

Less than a minute into the second quarter, Johnson threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jenkins for a 10-0 lead.

Calzada threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Moose Muhammad III to cut the lead to 10-7 late in the second quarter.

Johnson threw a short pass that Trey Palmer turned into a 61-yard touchdown with 32 seconds left in the second, giving the Tigers a 17-7 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron looks on against Louisiana Monroe Warhawks during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Orgeron will coach final home game with LSU vs. No. 15 Texas A&M

Ed Orgeron’s last home game as LSU’s head coach will be against No. 15 Texas A&M on Saturday.

It also will be his final game overall unless the Tigers (5-6, 2-5 SEC) win and receive a bowl bid.

“I don’t think it’s going to hit me until the end, and I really don’t think that way,” Orgeron said. “But I am appreciative of the time I had here — a lot of great days.”

Orgeron, a Louisiana native who dreamed as a younger coach of eventually leading LSU’s program, is just two years removed from winning a national championship. But the Tigers are 10-11 in the last two seasons and the university negotiated his departure last month, effective at the end of the season.

“I’m so excited about this game,” Orgeron said. “We’re going to be pumped up and we’re going to be ready to go.”

Although a spotlight will be on Orgeron for his final home game, it’s also the final home game for 19 seniors who are completing their careers in a program that has seen numerous other players leave early for the NFL or enter the transfer portal.

“I want to send them out the right way,” Orgeron said. “I want them to play for them. I want them to win for the Tigers. I want them to win for themselves. This is about them.”

The Aggies (8-3, 4-3) are looking to improve their standing in the SEC West and their bowl destination by beating the Tigers.

“We need to continue to play well, keep achieving things we’ve got to play for as far as finishing this season out and having a great year,” Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said.

The highlight of the Aggies’ season was a victory against then-No. 1 Alabama, but they have losses against three other SEC West rivals — Arkansas, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

“You play in this league, you better match all the intensity,” Fisher said. “In this league you have to be up. You have to be ready not only to match intensity, but you’ve got to match execution. You’ve got to match physicality. You’ve got to match toughness, all those things.”

Fisher is a former LSU assistant and reportedly was a candidate for the job when Orgeron was hired full-time after the 2016 season, when Orgeron was interim head coach. Fisher’s name was linked again to the current search, though he made it clear last week that he plans on staying with the Aggies.

The coaching intrigue adds to a rivalry between LSU and Texas A&M that has grown in recent seasons.

“They’re important games because they’re SEC West games,” Fisher said. “All the West games, I call them double whammies because they are big games and they’re divisional games and they’re all rivalries to me.

“You’re so close in proximity, and we recruit Louisiana, they recruit Texas like everybody does, but they’re very close. And they’ve always had great success here. So I think that kind of makes it that way.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Jaray Jenkins (10) scores a touchdown that   s is called back due to a penalty when playing against Louisiana Monroe Warhawks during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

LSU ends skid with 27-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe

Max Johnson threw two touchdown passes and ran for one as LSU held off Louisiana-Monroe 27-14 in a nonconference game Saturday night in Baton Rouge, La.

Johnson completed 22 of 33 passes for 319 yards as the Tigers (5-6) ended a three-game losing streak. Malik Nabers caught four of Johnson’s passes for 143 yards and a touchdown. Brian Thomas Jr. caught the other touchdown pass and finished with 61 receiving yards.

Rhett Rodriguez completed 12 of 22 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown for the Warhawks (4-7), who won’t be bowl eligible but have improved significantly from their 0-10 record last season under first-year head coach Terry Bowden.

LSU had an opportunity to increase its 17-7 lead on the first possession of the third quarter, but Johnson threw an incompletion on fourth-and-3 from the ULM 14.

On the Tigers’ next possession, Johnson threw a 42-yard touchdown to Thomas to increase the lead to 24-7 at the end of the third quarter.

Quarterback Chandler Rogers threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Zach Rasmussen for the Warhawks before LSU’s Cade York kicked a 50-yard field goal to complete the scoring with 46 seconds remaining.

On LSU’s first possession, Johnson threw a 48-yard completion to Nabers, setting up Johnson’s three-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 lead.

The Tigers drove 73 yards in 12 plays before stalling and York missed a 44-yard field-goal attempt, leaving the Tigers with a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Rodriguez was intercepted by Jay Ward at the ULM 28, leading to York’s 27-yard field goal and a 10-0 lead.

Johnson and Nabers teamed on a 67-yard touchdown that increased the lead to 17-0.

LSU tried a fake punt from its 39 and Avery Atkins’ pass was intercepted by Josh Newton, who returned it to the Tigers’ 28.

Two plays later Rodriguez threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Boogie Knight to cut the lead to 17-7 at halftime.

–Field Level Media

Auburn Tigers running back Tank Bigsby (4) dives for the goal line for a rushing touchdown as Auburn Tigers take on Mississippi State Bulldogs at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.

Auburn moves on without Bo Nix vs. South Carolina

It wasn’t bad enough that Auburn coughed up a 28-3 second quarter lead last week in a 43-34 home loss to Mississippi State.

The Tigers also lost three-year starting quarterback Bo Nix for the season’s remainder with a broken ankle, as well as kicker Anders Carlson to a torn ACL. And to add one more insult to multiple injuries, they fell out of the CFP Top 25 Tuesday night.

Auburn (6-4, 3-3) will attempt to pick up the pieces on Saturday night when they visit South Carolina for another Southeastern Conference matchup in Columbia, S.C.

Nix’s absence takes away the guy who threw for 2,294 yards with 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions this year. Backup quarterback T.J. Finley, who’s 17 of 33 in six games for 275 yards and two scores, is the likely starter this week.

“He’s like every other backup quarterback that I’ve been around,” Tigers coach Bryan Harsin said of Finley. “It’s his opportunity to go out there and play the entire game and have a chance to prepare and practice with the reps this week like the starter.”

Meanwhile, the Gamecocks (5-5, 2-5) are searching for one more win to become bowl eligible. They could have gotten it last week, but lost 31-28 at Missouri, giving up 209 rushing yards to Tyler Badie.

South Carolina sliced a 31-14 fourth quarter deficit to three points, but never got the ball back after it scored with 4:32 left, as Badie rushed for 57 yards on Missouri’s final drive.

“We looked like a team that had been patting itself on the back at times and that’s disappointing,” said first-year coach Shane Beamer, referring to the Gamecocks’ 40-17 rout of Florida the previous week. “That’s on me.”

Beamer spent part of Tuesday re-affirming his commitment to South Carolina after news broke that his alma mater, Virginia Tech, fired Justin Fuente. Beamer played for his father, Frank, at Tech. News reports claim Shane is a candidate to replace Fuente.

“I want to bring an SEC championship to Columbia, and we are in the beginning stages of doing that,” Beamer said to the Greenville (S.C.) News.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2021; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Emory Jones (5) throws the ball against the Samford Bulldogs during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida, Missouri battle for bowl eligibility after up-and-down seasons

The Florida Gators and Missouri Tigers will be battling for bowl eligibility when they meet Saturday in Columbia, Mo.

The Gators (5-5 overall, 2-5 SEC) snapped a three-game losing streak last Saturday with a 70-52 victory over FCS opponent Samford.

The Tigers (5-5, 2-4) are coming into the pivotal game at Faurot Field after posting a 31-28 victory over South Carolina.

“Obviously it’s going to be a very difficult game,” Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said. “(The Gators are) very talented on both sides of the football, and know that they’re not where they want to be from a season standpoint, but when you watch the tape, it’s hard to exactly pinpoint why. They’ve got really good football players on both sides of the ball and on special teams. Their defensive line is as good as anybody that we’ve played.”

Both teams have used multiple quarterbacks. Florida coach Dan Mullen expects to start Emory Jones there this week while limiting Anthony Richardson to certain offensive packages.

Jones passed for 464 yards and six touchdowns against Samford. He also ran for 86 yards and a touchdown.

Mullen praised Jones’ leadership and perseverance through Florida’s recent struggles. The Gators trailed Samford 42-35 at halftime.

“Instead of, ‘Hey defense, you need to pick it up’ (it was), ‘Don’t worry about that. I’m going to go execute at a high level, we’re going to go score points on offense and that will encourage and elevate the level of play in the defense eventually,’” Mullen said.

“You just go perform and make plays. And when you do that, you will elevate everybody around you.”

Richardson has recovered from a concussion and a knee injury and he has resumed practicing at full strength.

“He’s 100 percent as far as I know at Monday at 1:30, so he’s available to play this week,” Mullen said. “But I mean, Emory’s been playing really well.”

With Connor Bazelak injured, Missouri split the quarterback duties between Tyler Macon and Brady Cook during their 43-6 loss at Georgia two weeks ago.

Bazelak returned to start against South Carolina and passed for 180 yards and two touchdowns, but he had two costly interceptions. Cook relieved him to close out the game.

Drinkwitz entered this week undecided about which quarterback will start against the Gators.

“We’re going to compete today in practice, today and tomorrow, see where we’re at and who gives us the best chance to win,” Drinkwitz said at his Tuesday news conference.

Florida will be seeking a much stronger defensive effort after allowing Samford to score 35 first-half offensive points and pile up 28 first downs and 530 yards overall.

The Gators will be focused on Missouri running back Tyler Badie, who has 1,239 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing and 337 yards and four touchdowns receiving this season.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2020; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Tigers running back Kylan Watkins (17) celebrates during the second half against the Houston Cougars at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Ranked by CFP for first time, No. 24 Houston focused on Memphis

Coach Dana Holgorsen has steered No. 24 Houston through all the pitfalls that annually accompany a regular-season schedule, keeping the dizzying highs and sobering lows in the proper perspective while advancing the Cougars to the brink of a significant accomplishment.

With their 37-8 road victory over the Temple Owls last Saturday, the Cougars (9-1, 7-0 AAC) not only extended their winning streak to nine consecutive games, they also clinched a berth in the conference championship game for the first time since winning the league crown in 2015. The Cougars are likely to face No. 5 Cincinnati (10-0, 6-0) in what could be an anticipated showcase of the only two teams left unbeaten in conference play.

But the Cougars would need to defeat the visiting Memphis Tigers (5-5, 2-4) on Friday at TDECU Stadium to complete their first unblemished conference slate since 2011. Before the Cougars can shift their attention to Cincinnati or a conference title, they must zero in on Memphis first. The Tigers have won five consecutive games in the series.

“It’s not what our focus is right now. It’s a goal,” Holgorsen said of qualifying for the conference championship game. “I’m proud of the guys for accomplishing their goal. We’ve got unfinished business here before we start thinking about that.

“It’s good for the program. It’s a goal that we wanted to achieve and we checked that off. There’s still a lot of football to be played and our focus is going to be on Memphis.”

The Cougars are unbeaten through seven weeks of a conference slate for just the third time. They have relied on offensive balance, with freshman running back Alton McCaskill accounting for two touchdowns against Temple to set a program freshman record with 14 rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Clayton Tune has passed for 2,448 yards and 21 touchdowns with Nathaniel Dell (58 receptions for 865 yards and eight touchdowns) serving as his primary target.

A defense that allowed on average nearly 40 points in wins over SMU and USF recovered to surrender just 10 first downs and 48 total plays against Temple. The Cougars are rounding into form at the perfect time, but one more obstacle remains before their work is complete.

“That game is big,” Holgorsen said. “That’s a rival game, a conference game, the last home game, Senior Night. Friday night ESPN game. We should have a great crowd. That’s our focus here moving forward right now.”

The Tigers have dropped five of seven following a 3-0 start, including last week’s 30-29 overtime loss to East Carolina. Memphis has lost four games by one score to undermine early-season momentum.

“Obviously I had to put that chapter to close quickly and jump on Houston in a short week,” Memphis coach Ryan Silverfield said. “They’ve won nine straight by (an average) margin of 22 points. They’re rolling and red hot and we’ve got to play in a tough environment at their place.

“We know what’s at stake, but we know our guys will continue to fight and look for a great week of preparation.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2021; Louisville, Kentucky, USA;  Louisville Cardinals quarterback Malik Cunningham (3) tries to escape the tackle of Clemson Tigers linebacker James Skalski (47) uring the second quarter at Cardinal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

D.J. Uiagalelei, Clemson rally to nip Louisville

D.J. Uiagalelei ran eight yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 4:12 remaining in the game as Clemson held off Louisville 30-24 Saturday night at Louisville’s Cardinal Stadium.

Clemson (6-3, 5-2 ACC) remained unbeaten in seven games all-time against the Cardinals (4-5, 2-4).

The Tigers had beaten the Cardinals by an average margin of 40.7 points in their last three meetings, but Saturday’s game was far from a blowout. Clemson never led until Uiagalelei’s late score.

The Tigers added a 40-yard field goal by B.T. Potter with 2:24 remaining, but then had to withstand a final gasp by Louisville, which drove to a first-and-goal at the Clemson 2-yard line in the final minute but was thwarted on four consecutive rushing attempts.

Clemson wound up stopping Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham on the final three plays. Cunningham had been the Cardinals’ catalyst, passing for 174 yards and rushing for 134 and two touchdowns.

But after Cunningham’s 51-yard touchdown run down the left sideline provided the Cardinals with a 24-17 lead with 11:29 left in the third quarter, Louisville’s offense bogged down. Cunningham suffered a sprained ankle on Louisville’s second possession of the third quarter and he didn’t return to the game until after Clemson scored on a 34-yard field goal with 10:17 remaining to cut the Cardinals’ lead to 24-20.

Cunningham completed 12-of-20 passes and recorded the sixth 100-yard rushing game of his career and his second of the season.

Uiagalelei completed 18-of-30 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns for Clemson, including six completions for 104 yards and a score to his former high school teammate, Beaux Collins.

The game was tied, 17-17, at halftime. Louisville’s Jalen Mitchell scored on a 26-yard run on the Cardinals’ first possession of the game, but Clemson struck back 59 seconds later with a 46-yard bomb from Uiagalalei to Collins.

Cunningham scored from 23 yards out and James Turner added a 44-yard field goal to push Louisville’s lead to 17-7 with 10:32 left in the half. Clemson responded with a 38-yard field goal by B.T. Potter and an eight-yard touchdown pass from Uiagalelei to tight end Davis Allen with 18 seconds left before halftime.

Louisville’s 223 rushing yards were the most allowed by the Clemson defense this season, but the Tigers’ defense did accumulate nine tackles for loss, including four sacks.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2021; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA;  Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jameson Williams (1) runs the ball against the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 Alabama fends off huge underdog LSU, 20-14

Bryce Young threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 2 Alabama held off pesky four-touchdown-underdog LSU 20-14 in an SEC game Saturday night at Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Crimson Tide (8-1, 5-1 SEC) failed to score after getting a touchdown on its first possession of the third quarter, but stopped the Tigers (4-5, 2-4) three times in Alabama territory in the fourth quarter.

Max Johnson passed for just 160 yards, but had two touchdowns, and Ty Davis-Price rushed for 104 yards for LSU.

On the Tide’s second play of the third quarter, Young threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Jameson Williams to extend the Tide’s lead to 20-7.

The Tigers, playing without more than half a dozen injured starters and with a lame duck head coach in Ed Orgeron, converted two fourth-and-1 plays on their way to Johnson’s eight-yard touchdown pass to Jack Bech that cut the lead to 20-14 at the end of the third quarter.

LSU drove to the Tide 7 midway through the fourth quarter, but Johnson threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-goal.

Alabama gained three first downs and crossed midfield before Young was sacked and lost a fumble at the Tide 42.

But Alabama allowed just one yard in three plays and Johnson threw an incompletion when pressured on fourth down.

LSU, which held Alabama to six yards rushing, forced a punt and got the ball back at its 38 with 50 seconds left and drove to the Tide 30 before Johnson’s desperation pass was batted down in the end zone as time expired.

LSU kept its first possession alive by converting a fourth-and-2 on a fake punt near midfield. The drive ended with Johnson’s eight-yard touchdown pass to Brian Thomas Jr. that gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Tide finally scored when Brian Robinson ran two yards for a touchdown that evened the score at seven with 2:52 left in the half.

Young added an eight-yard touchdown pass to John Metchie III with 48 seconds left, giving Alabama a 14-7 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media

Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart walks out of the tunnel with his team at the start of the annual Florida Georgia rivalry game at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville Fla. October 30, 2021.

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Mizzou keeping QB a mystery; 5-TD underdogs at No. 1 Georgia

Top-ranked Georgia and visiting Missouri will collide Saturday in a game between teams aiming for different results for the 2021 season.

Georgia (8-0, 6-0 SEC) clinched its fourth conference East Division title in five years by coupling a win over Florida with Kentucky’s loss to Mississippi State last week.

The Bulldogs, already assured of a spot in the SEC title game Dec. 4, also are in control to reach the College Football Playoff for the first time since losing in the championship game in 2018.

“We are not really focused on that right now,” Georgia offensive lineman Justin Shaffer told reporters. “We are focused on Missouri because we have Missouri this week. When the time comes, we will celebrate, but right now we are still locked in for each game week by week.”

Missouri (4-4, 1-3) enters with a 37-28 win over Vanderbilt — the Tigers’ first conference victory this season — and stands two wins shy of becoming eligible to play in a bowl game.

Missouri is entering a stretch in which their final four opponents are .500 or better and all jockeying for bowl position.

After facing Georgia, Missouri hosts South Carolina (4-4, 1-4) on Nov. 13 and Florida (4-4, 2-4) on Nov. 20 before closing at Arkansas (5-3, 1-3) on Nov. 26.

But first, the Tigers have to get past Georgia after being installed by oddsmakers as 37-point underdogs.

Beating Georgia has been the impossible mission for Missouri since joining the SEC prior to the 2012 season. Georgia has won seven meetings in a row and eight of their past nine. Missouri is the lone SEC East that hasn’t beaten Georgia since coach Kirby Smart took over the Bulldogs before the 2016 season.

Under Smart, the Bulldogs are 5-0 against the Tigers, winning by an average of 20.4 points. Georgia has outscored Missouri 76-14 in the teams’ past two meetings.

Missouri’s offense is inconsistent and hasn’t been tried against a defense as loaded as this Georgia group.

The Bulldogs have given up a national-best 6.6 points per game. That’s more than a touchdown less than Cincinnati, which ranks second at 14.2 points per game. Georgia also ranks second nationally in total defense (226.6) and first downs allowed (104), rushing defense (75.6 ypg) and passing defense (151 ypg).

Georgia and Missouri have questions at quarterback.

Missouri quarterback and team captain Connor Bazelak suffered what coach Eli Drinkwitz said was a soft-tissue injury midway through the fourth quarter against Vanderbilt. He was replaced by true freshman Tyler Macon, who didn’t attempt a pass.

On Tuesday, Drinkwitz said there would be no injury updates, including those impacting his QB situation.

Macon and redshirt freshman Brady Cook were going to receive plenty of snaps in practice this week.

“I have no idea about anything other than practice today,” Drinkwitz told reporters on Tuesday. “We’re talking about practice today.”

If Macon makes his first start on Saturday in place of Bazelak (2,138 yards, 13 TDs, 8 INTs), he’ll look to get the ball to leading receivers Keke Chism (29 catches, 383 yards, 2 TDS) and Tauskie Dove (26 catches, 370 yards.)

Drinkwitz said he wants his team to focus on Georgia, and denied the team is anxious about measuring up to the No. 1 team in college football.

“Crud, why else would you do it? I don’t want to live life in the shadows,” he said. “Go out, see what you got. Take your best shot. … I’m not anxious about it at all. See you Saturday at noon.”

The Tigers will continue to lean on running back Tyler Badie, who rushed for 254 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries against the Commodores, bringing his season total to 989 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s also caught a team-high 40 passes for 305 yards and four scores.

Georgia’s Stetson Bennett has started the past five games for the Bulldogs in place of the injured JT Daniels, who has been out with a strained oblique.

Daniels has been able to practice recently.

Smart, who made reference to the importance of mobility at the position, said he’ll name a starter based on practice this week after Bennett went 10-of-19 passing for 161 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in a 34-7 win over Florida last week.

Zamir White (97 carries, 505 yards, 8 TDs) and James Cook (57 carries, 342 yards 3 TDs) fuel the ground game.

True freshman tight end Brock Bowers leads the team in receptions (26), yards (454) and receiving touchdowns (6), with redshirt freshman receiver Ladd McConkey also having a breakthrough season with 18 catches for 302 yards and two scores.

–Field Level Media

Clemson wide receiver Joseph Ngata (10) catches the ball during their game against Florida State at Memorial Stadium Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021.

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Will Shipley keeps Clemson’s home winning streak alive vs. Florida State

Will Shipley rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-clinching, 21-yard score with 2:53 remaining, as Clemson rallied for a 30-20 victory Saturday against Florida State.

The victory was Clemson’s 32nd consecutive win at Memorial Stadium, extending the school record as well as the nation’s longest active home winning streak.

Clemson (5-3, 3-2 ACC) continued its recent dominance against Florida State (3-5, 2-3), defeating the Seminoles for a sixth consecutive time and improving to 11-1 in its last 12 games against Florida State at Memorial Stadium.

But the Tigers’ latest victory in the series didn’t come easily. The Seminoles, who entered the game having won three straight after an 0-4 start, took a 20-17 lead on a six-yard fumble return by Jermaine Johnson with 7:39 remaining.

But after trading three-and-outs, Clemson took over on its own 42-yard line with 3:48 remaining and drove 58 yards in 55 seconds for the go-ahead touchdown. Shipley capped the drive with a tackle-breaking 21-yard run for a 24-20 lead.

Clemson linebacker Barrett Carter added a three-yard fumble return on the game’s final play for the final margin.

Shipley, a freshman running back who missed two games with a broken tibia before returning to action in last week’s loss at Pitt, recorded the first 100-yard game of his career, carrying 25 times for his 128-yard total. He also had two kickoff returns for 42 yards and four receptions for 24 yards for 194 all-purpose yards.

Fellow freshman Phil Mafah added 69 yards on nine carries for Clemson, which totaled 188 yards on the ground. Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei completed 19-of-31 passes for 189 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Davis Allen. Uiagalelei was intercepted once.

Clemson’s defense held Florida State to 244 total yards, including 68 rushing. Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis completed 14-of-22 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns, including a highlight-reel, 75-yard score to Lawrance Toefili, who spun over a would-be tackler’s body without touching the ground to complete the play.

Toefili’s touchdown gave the Seminoles a 13-10 lead with 8:14 left in the second quarter.

After spotting Clemson a 3-0 lead on a 47-yard field goal by B.T. Potter in the first quarter, Florida State scored on a one-yard pass from Travis to Jashaun Corbin.

Clemson led at the half 17-13 thanks to Allen’s touchdown catch.

The Tigers amassed 10 tackles for loss, including six sacks.

–Field Level Media