TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL Saturday’s games


No. 2 Clemson 31, No. 12 Virginia Tech 17

BLACKSBURG, VA.

Kelly Bryant ran around and away from No. 12 Virginia Tech and led Clemson to the Tigers’ third win in three games against teams in the Top 25. Making just his fifth start, the junior ran for 94 yards, hit Tavien Feaster with a pass the speedy running back took 60 yards for a score and avoided mistakes. He also kept alive a late scoring drive after scrambling right on a play that started at the 5, dodging three Hokies, shaking free from an ankle tackle and eventually turning back upfield at the 23. He zig-zagged all the way back to the 4. The defending national champion Tigers (5-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) have also beaten No. 13 Auburn 14-6 and No. 17 Louisville 47-21. This triumph was their 12th in a row on the road, and fifth in a row against Virginia Tech, including the 2016 ACC championship. Virginia Tech (4-1, 0-1) never mustered much offense and got its only touchdown after Isaiah Simmons made an ankle tackle on Greg Stroman’s 43-yard punt return to the Tigers 2. Sean Savoy ran it on the next play, but the Hokies had just 234 yards through three quarters.

No. 6 Washington 42, Oregon State 7

CORVALLIS, ORE.

Jake Browning threw for three touchdowns, Myles Gaskin ran for 113 yards and a score and Washington broke open a close game with a 21-point third quarter to beat Oregon State. Browning completed 26 of 34 passes for 293 yards and had touchdown passes of 5, 15 and 34 yards to Dante Pettis, who had 12 catches for 105 yards. Gaskin ran for a third-quarter touchdown of 32 yards, and had 15 carries in posting his second consecutive 100-plus-yard game for Washington (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12). Oregon State quarterback Darrel Garretson completed 11 of 22 passes for 74 yards. Browning scored on an 11-yard run to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead. The Huskies scored 35 points after halftime.

No. 7 Georgia 41, Tennessee 0

KNOXVILLE, TENN.

Jake Fromm threw a touchdown pass and ran for two more scores as Georgia rolled to a blowout of Tennessee, which suffered its first shutout loss in nearly a quarter-century. Nick Chubb added 109 yards rushing as Georgia raced to its first 5-0 start since 2012, the last year the Bulldogs reached the Southeastern Conference championship game. The Bulldogs got more good news in the fourth quarter when quarterback Jacob Eason made his first appearance since spraining his left knee in the season opener. Fromm was 7 of 15 for 84 yards and also rushed for 20 yards before giving way to Eason with the game well in hand.

No. 13 Auburn 49, No. 24 Mississippi State 10

AUBURN, ALA.

Jarrett Stidham passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns, and Kerryon Johnson ran for three scores to lead Auburn to a victory over Mississippi State. He wound up 13-of-16 passing. Johnson gained 116 yards, including an early 59-yarder, in a strong follow-up to his five-touchdown effort in a 51-14 romp over Missouri. Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald passed for 157 yards and ran for 56 but was intercepted twice. Earlier, Jeffery Simmons knocked the ball loose from Stidham and Montez Sweat picked it up and took it to the end zone.

No. 17 Louisville 55, Murray State 10

LOUISVILLE, KY.

Lamar Jackson had a short but productive day, throwing for 249 yards and three touchdowns after playing just over a half and Louisville routed Murray State. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner, who had just one play after halftime, added 100 yards rushing and a TD on seven carries. The Cardinals led 35-3 at halftime as they held the Racers to eight rushing yards in the first half. The Racers’ only touchdown came after Pass fumbled the snap on the first play in the third quarter and defensive back Jason Johnson recovered and returned it 23 yards for the score.

No. 18 South Florida 61, East Carolina 31

GREENVILLE, N.C.

Quinton Flowers threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and South Florida extended its school-record winning streak to 10 by routing East Carolina. D’Ernest Johnson rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns, receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling took an end-around 75 yards for a touchdown and caught a 4-yard scoring pass from Flowers, and Auggie Sanchez returned an interception 43 yards for a TD. Flowers, the American’s offensive player of the year in 2016, ran 16 yards for a touchdown and hit Tyre McCants for a 14-yard score.

No. 21 Florida 38, Vanderbilt 24

GAINESVILLE, FLA.

Lamical Perine scored three touchdowns, Malik Davis added two and Florida beat Vanderbilt despite losing quarterback Luke Del Rio to a left shoulder injury. Perine bookended two one-yard plunges around a 13-yard scamper as the Gators remained unbeaten in Southeastern Conference play and defeated the Commodores for the 26th time in the last 27 meetings. Perine finished with 58 yards on 15 carries. Davis, a freshman, ran 17 times for 124 yards. Redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks replaced Del Rio in the second quarter and turned in his most effective performance of the season. Franks completed 10 of 14 passes for 185 yards, including a 49-yarder to Tyrie Cleveland that was nearly as perfect as his last pass in The Swamp. Del Rio was 7-of-11 passing for 64 yards.

No. 22 Notre Dame 52, Miami (Ohio) 17

SOUTH BEND, IND.

Brandon Wimbush threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and Notre Dame beat Miami (Ohio) for the 900th victory in school history. Josh Adams added touchdown runs of 72 and 59 yards in the first half before leaving the game with an injury to his left leg. Adams, who entered the game as the No. 9 rusher in the country, still led the Irish (4-1) with 159 yards on the ground despite the short night. Wimbush, who had his eighth rushing touchdown of the season in the first quarter, finished with 119 passing yards in three quarters and had 36 yards on 11 carries. RedHawks quarterback Gus Ragland threw for 262 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns to James Gardner, who had five catches for 115 yards.

Troy 24, No. 25 LSU 21

BATON ROUGE, LA.

Jordan Chunn ran for 191 yards and a touchdown, Troy’s defense forced four turnovers and the surging Trojans upset LSU. Troy, which celebrated wildly with traveling fans in largely empty Tiger Stadium as time ran out, became the first team from outside the Southeastern Conference to win in LSU’s Death Valley since UAB in 2000. Etling, who’d left the game after being shaken up late in the first half, returned to pull LSU to 24-14 on a 34-yard scoring pass to Russell Gage with 7:41 left. Etling finished 17 of 25 for 198 yards. Troy’s Brandon Silvers was 16 of 28 for 157 yards without an interception.

Associated Press

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