Top-25 College Football Game Capsules
(Saturday, September 20)
Final Score: (1) Florida State 23, (22) Clemson 17 (OT)
Tallahassee, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - In the absence of reigning Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston, top-ranked Florida State managed to steal an overtime win over No. 22 Clemson on Saturday and continue the nation's longest winning streak. Karlos Williams rushed for 25 of his 45 yards in the extra session and his 12-yard touchdown gave the Seminoles a 23-17 win. Winston, who was originally suspended for the opening half for shouting a lewd comment at the student union earlier in the week, was given a game ban by school officials late on Friday night. Sean Maguire, Winston's replacement, made his first-career start and threw for 305 yards on 21-of-39 passing with a touchdown and two interceptions in the win, Florida State's 19th consecutive victory. With the game tied at 17-17 heading into overtime, Clemson opened with the ball and was faced with a 4th-and-1. Tigers kicker Ammon Lakip missed a pair of field goals in regulation, so head coach Dabo Swinney opted to go for it. The Florida State defense stepped up, stuffing Adam Choice at the line for a turnover on downs. Williams then bolted up the middle for 13 yards on the Seminoles' first play in the extra session before bouncing a run to the outside for the winning touchdown.
Final Score: (2) Oregon 38, Washington State 31
Pullman, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcus Mariota threw for 329 yards on 21- of-25 passing and five touchdowns to lead the second-ranked Oregon Ducks to a 38-31 win over the Washington State. Devon Allen and Keanon Lowe each recorded over 100 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns, with Allen hauling in seven passes for 142 yards and Lowe catching five for 104. With the game tied at 31- apiece late in the fourth, Mariota led a 9-play, 79-yard drive that resulted in a 6-yard scoring strike to Lowe and gave the Ducks (4-0, Pac-12 1-0) the lead. Washington State (1-3, 0-1) quarterback Connor Halliday, who tossed for 436 yards and four touchdowns, immediately answered on the Cougars' ensuing possession, hitting Vince Mayle for a 34-yard pass to the Oregon 35. Jamal Morrow was stuffed for a loss of three on the following play, then two straight incompletions prior to a sack by Tony Washington gave the ball back to Oregon. Mariota passed to Pharaoh Brown for 27 yards on 3rd-and-1 and the Ducks ran out the remainder of the clock to secure their eighth consecutive victory over Washington State.
Final Score: (3) Alabama 42, Florida 21
Tuscaloosa, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Sims threw for career highs of 445 yards and four touchdowns to help third-ranked Alabama overcome a slew of early mistakes and pull away for a 42-21 win over Florida at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Despite committing four turnovers that led to all 21 Florida points, the Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0 SEC) remained undefeated behind magnificent performances from Sims and wide receiver Amari Cooper. Sims completed 23-of-33 passes with one interception in his fourth career start, while Cooper racked up personal bests of 201 yards and three touchdowns on 10 catches. Derrick Henry added 111 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 carries for an Alabama attack that finished with 645 total yards, the most allowed by Florida (2-1, 1-1) in program history. Jeff Driskel threw a touchdown pass to Valdez Showers and ran for another score, but managed just 93 yards on a 9-of-28 completion rate in the Gators' sixth loss in their last seven SEC games.
Final Score: (4) Oklahoma 45, West Virginia 33
Morgantown, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Samaje Perine picked up 242 yards rushing and scored four times as No. 4 Oklahoma used its ground attack to fuel a second-half surge and outscore West Virginia, 45-33, in an interconference clash from Puskar Stadium. Trevor Knight finished 16-of-29 for 205 yards and caught a TD from Durron Neal for the Sooners (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), who gave head coach Bob Stoops his 100th conference victory. Alex Ross contributed 56 yards on eight carries and also returned a kick 100 yards for a touchdown, while Sterling Shepard posted 101 yards on six receptions. Clint Trickett's air attack struck for 376 yards and two scores on 25-of-41 passing with two interceptions for the Mountaineers (2-2, 0-1), who gave up 301 rushing yards to their Saturday foes and were outscored 21-9 in the second half.
Final Score: (6) Texas A&M 58, SMU 6
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kenny Hill threw for 265 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the first half and No. 6 Texas A&M routed SMU, 58-6, on Saturday afternoon. Hill was 16-of-22 and added 57 yards on the ground and Trey Williams carried the ball seven times for 66 yards and two scores for the Aggies (4-0), who are off to their first 4-0 start since 2006. Texas A&M outgained the Mustangs 663-241. Jeremy Tabuyo caught two passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns, Malcome Kennedy hauled in six passes for 76 yards and James White tallied 64 yards and a score on seven totes in the triumph. Garrett Krstich completed 13-of-24 passes for 137 yards for SMU (0-3), which played its first game under interim head coach and defensive coordinator Tom Mason. June Jones stepped down as head coach last week due to personal reasons.
Final Score: Mississippi State 34, (8) LSU 29
Baton Rouge, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - Taking on the nation's eighth-ranked team in front of a record crowd at one of college football's most intimidating venues wasn't too much of a challenge for Dak Prescott and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Prescott delivered a lights-out performance in the night air of Tiger Stadium, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another as the Bulldogs shocked LSU with a 34-29 win that put Mississippi State back on the national map. Mississippi State (4-0, 1-0 SEC) racked up 570 total yards and held the Tigers to a 2-of-13 success rate on third downs en route to its first victory in the series since 1999 -- and first in Baton Rouge in 23 years. The Bulldogs led 34-10 early in the fourth quarter, then held on after LSU scored 19 unanswered points over the final 13 minutes. Prescott and running back Josh Robinson were major reasons why. The junior quarterback completed 15-of-24 attempts for 268 yards and ran for 105 more on 22 carries, with Robinson chipping in a career-high 197 yards and a touchdown on 16 rushes.
Final Score: (11) Michigan State 73, Eastern Michigan 14
East Lansing, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Michigan State had a week to think about its loss at Oregon, and Eastern Michigan paid the price on Saturday. Connor Cook threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for a score in a dominant first half, as the 11th-ranked Spartans rolled to a 73-14 victory over the Eagles. Michigan State let a nine-point lead slip away two weeks ago at Oregon and dropped a 46-27 decision when the Ducks scored 28 unanswered points. On Saturday, the Spartans wiped the memory away with a nearly flawless opening 30 minutes. Eastern Michigan failed to pick up a first down in the first half and managed only one yard offensively while holding the ball for just 8 1/2 minutes. The Spartans (2-1), conversely, had 320 yards of offense and scored 49 points. The Eagles (1-3), after a victory over Morgan State to open the season, have been outscored 155-17 in dropping their last three games. They'll open Mid-American Conference play next week at Akron.
Final Score: (13) Georgia 66, Troy 0
Athens, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Sony Michel ran for 155 yards with three touchdowns and Hutson Mason threw for a pair of scores, as 13th-ranked Georgia bounced back from last week's tough loss at South Carolina and cruised to a 66-0 victory over Troy. Michel, a true freshman, averaged 15.5 yards on just 10 carries. He took over at tailback after Todd Gurley played the first two series. Gurley ran for 73 yards on six attempts, part of Georgia's 367-yard effort on the ground. The Bulldogs (2-1), after the 38-35 loss last week in Columbia, outgained the Trojans 547-216 overall. Mason finished 8-of-11 for 97 yards through the air, while Isaiah McKenzie returned a punt for a touchdown in the lopsided victory. It marked the most points for Georgia since a 70-6 romp over Northeast Louisiana in 1994 and the margin of victory was the largest since a 76-0 win over The Citadel in 1958. Dontreal Pruitt, making his first start at quarterback in place of Brandon Silvers, threw for 158 yards with an interception for Troy (0-4).
Final Score: (14) South Carolina 48, Vanderbilt 34
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Dylan Thompson had three touchdown passes and No. 14 South Carolina held off pesky Vanderbilt for a 48-34 win Saturday night. The Gamecocks (3-1, 2-1 SEC) climbed out of an early 14-0 hole and withstood two kickoff return touchdowns by Vanderbilt's Darrius Sims -- from 91 and 100 yards. It was Steve Spurrier's 202nd win as an SEC head coach, passing Georgia legend Vince Dooley for second place on the all-time list with only Bear Bryant ahead of him. The Commodores (1-3, 0-2) played the last three quarters with Wade Freebeck at quarterback after Patton Robinette left the game. Thompson passed for 237 yards and also scored a touchdown on the ground while Pharoh Cooper led all receivers with 10 catches for 114 yards and also added a 70-yard run in the game.
Final Score: Indiana 31, (18) Missouri 27
Columbia, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - D'Angelo Roberts scored a 3-yard touchdown in the final minute and Indiana shocked No. 18 Missouri with a 31-27 win on Saturday. The winning score came with 22 seconds left and was set up by Tevin Coleman's 44-yard gain on a screen pass, plus a facemasking penalty on Missouri. It came after the Tigers had taken the lead on Andrew Baggett's 40- yard field goal at the other end. Missouri got an extra untimed down at the end of the game after Indiana was called for roughing quarterback Maty Mauk, but Marcus Murphy was tackled at the end of a 16-yard gain at the Indiana 32. The Hoosiers (2-1) bounced back from a 45-42 loss at Bowling Green last week to avoid what would have been their worst start in three years. The loss sends the Tigers (3-1) reeling into Southeastern Conference play next week against South Carolina. They entered the game coming off three easy wins, beating South Dakota State, Toledo and UCF by an average of 24.3 points. Mauk, who had 12 touchdown passes in the first three games, threw for 326 yards with a 1- yard touchdown strike to tight end Sean Culkin that tied the score early in the fourth quarter.
Final Score: (19) Wisconsin 68, Bowling Green 17
Madison, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Melvin Gordon led Wisconsin's punishing rushing attack with five touchdowns as the 19th-ranked Badgers broke multiple school records in a 68-17 rout of Bowling Green on Saturday. Gordon, a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate, carried the ball 13 times for 253 yards and tied a school record with his five rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Tanner McEvoy rushed for 158 yards and one score on 11 carries for the Badgers (2-1), who set a single-game school record with 644 rushing yards. Corey Clement carried the ball 16 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns. The team rushing total was the most in the Big Ten's modern era, dating back to 1946. McEvoy completed 9-of-16 passes for 112 yards, one touchdown and an interception for Wisconsin, which also broke the school single-game mark for total offense with 756 yards. James Knapke connected on 13-of-28 passes for 163 yards and an interception for the Falcons (2-2), who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: (21) BYU 41, Virginia 33
Provo, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Taysom Hill accounted for three touchdowns and special teams played a pivotal role in No. 21 BYU's 41-33 win over Virginia on Saturday. Hill, one of the most dangerous multi-purpose threats in the nation, picked up 187 yards and two touchdowns through the air and another 72 yards and a score on the ground. The junior QB has done it all for the unbeaten Cougars (4-0), putting himself in the early conversation for the Heisman Trophy if they continue to win. Hill has 13 total touchdowns -- six passing and seven rushing -- in four games. Jamaal Williams carried 13 times for 68 yards and a touchdown, and Adam Hine had the first kickoff return touchdown of his career in the fourth quarter to help put the game away. BYU punter Scott Arellano also had a tremendous game, punting five times for an average of 55 yards. Four of his five punts landed inside the 20. Greyson Lambert passed for 188 yards and an interception before leaving the game in the third quarter following a big hit. Matt Johns came in and played well, completing 14-of-23 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown, but Virginia's comeback effort fell short when BYU recovered an onsides kick with less than two minutes left in the game.
Final Score: (24) Nebraska 41, Miami-Florida 31
Lincoln, NE (SportsNetwork.com) - Ameer Abdullah had two touchdown runs and No. 24 Nebraska grabbed a 41-31 win over Miami-Florida on Saturday. Abdullah finished with 229 yards on 35 carries and Tommy Armstrong was 9-for-13 for 113 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Cornhuskers (4-0). Brad Kaaya went 28-for-42 for 359 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for the Hurricanes (2-2), who came into the game having won their previous two.
09/21 02:17:15 ET