Clemson came alive in the third quarter, scoring three touchdowns on their route to a 48-20 victory over Louisiana Tech. Will Shipley rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns to lead Clemson to their 36th home victory in a run, dating back to November 2016. The Tigers trailed 13-6 at halftime before rallying behind two interceptions thrown by La Tech’s Parker McNeil and a fourth-down stop deep in Bulldogs territory. As Clemson drew away, all three resulted to touchdowns.
RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) – Aydan White recovered one of his two interceptions for an 84-yard touchdown to help No. 16 North Carolina State defeat Texas Tech 27-14 on Saturday night. Texas Tech had the best passing offence in the Bowl Subdivision. However, North Carolina State’s seasoned defence repeatedly pressured quarterback Donovan Smith and shut down any running game the Red Raiders attempted. The Wolfpack went to 3-0 thanks to two touchdowns from Demie Sumo-Karngbaye. Smith scored on both runs and throws to lead the Red Raiders, who are 2-0 under first-year coach Joey McGuire.
(AP) — KALAMAZOO, Mich. Pitt sophomore running back Israel Abanikanda ran the ball 31 times for 131 yards and a score as the Panthers defeated Western Michigan 34-13. Pitt was missing its top two quarterbacks for the nonconference game, but third-string quarterback Nate Yarnell was effective in his place, finishing 9-for-12 for 179 yards and a score. Western Michigan had chances, including a 31-yard touchdown throw from wide Anthony Sambucci to out A.J. Abbott that trimmed Pitt’s lead to 20-13 heading into the fourth quarter.
SYRACUSE, New York (AP) – With seven seconds remaining, Garrett Shrader connected Oronde Gadsden II for a 25-yard touchdown throw, lifting Syracuse to a 32-29 victory over Purdue. That brought to a close a chaotic fourth quarter of dramatic lead changes. After three quarters, Syracuse led 10-9. The Orange are already 3-0, their finest start since 2018. Purdue dropped to 1-2. Aidan O’Connell’s 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Payne Durham with 51 seconds left in the game gave Purdue a 29-25 lead and appeared to secure the victory. O’Connell threw for 415 yards and three touchdowns on 38 of 54 attempts. For the Boilermakers, Charlie Jones caught 11 receptions for 188 yards and one touchdown.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Max Johnson passed for 140 yards and a touchdown in his first start for No. 24 Texas A&M on Saturday night, as the Aggies defeated No. 13 Miami 17-9. Johnson took over for Haynes King, who was benched by coach Jimbo Fisher following a poor performance in Texas A&M’s shocking defeat to Appalachian State last week. Miami (2-1) trailed by eight points and was forced to punt after two holding calls halted a drive with about three minutes remaining. The Hurricanes grabbed the ball late, but Brashard Smith dropped a pass on fourth-and-4 with approximately 30 seconds left, allowing the Aggies (2-1) to win.
ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) – No. 20 Ole Miss overcame quarterback uncertainty by cruising past Georgia Tech to move to 3-0 on the season. The Rebels ran for 316 yards in a 42-0 thrashing, spearheaded by Zach Evans and Quinshon Judkins. Jaxson Dart returned as the starter, although it didn’t really matter who was on the field. Evans gained 134 yards and two scores on the ground. Judkins also scored twice while gaining 98 yards on the ground. Ulysses Bentley added two more touchdown runs. Georgia Tech was restricted to 214 yards, while Jeff Sims was sacked seven times.
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (AP) – Liberty scored with about a minute remaining, but No. 19 Wake Forest stopped CJ Yarbrough’s two-point conversion try several yards short of the goal line, leading to a 37-36 home victory. The Demon Deacons’ ground game was poor, as they only gained 21 yards on 26 tries. So they relied on defence and a passing attack, with quarterback Sam Hartman completing 325 of 325 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns. Wake Forest is still undefeated. Demario Douglas’ late 18-yard fourth-down touchdown catch brought Liberty within one point.
BRISTOL, Mass. (AP) – Phil Jurkovec completed 25 of 37 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns to lead Boston College to a 38-17 victory against Maine. Pat Garwo III scored twice, Jay Williams added one, while Zay Flowers and George Takacs each had a touchdown reception for the Eagles (1-2). Flowers’ shot was 51 yards. For the Black Bears, QB Joe Fagnano completed 21 of 43 passes for 289 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions (0-3). Maine, a huge underdog, led 10-7 after one quarter until BC scored on three of its next four possessions to take a 28-10 lead at halftime.
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