NCAA FOOTBALL: TOP 25 ROUNDUP
October 27, 2013 1:49 AM

Miami squeaked by Wake Forest to remain undefeated and set up another marquee matchup in the Atlantic Coast Conference next week.

The seventh-ranked Hurricanes needed a late touchdown to beat Wake Forest 24-21 at home Saturday, and will head to Tallahassee, Fla., next week to face No. 3 Florida State.

Florida State beat North Carolina State 49-17.

The Hurricanes and Seminoles once regularly played huge games, but since Miami joined the ACC in 2004, only once have the rivals played with both teams ranked in the Top 10.

The Hurricanes came from behind for the second straight week to stay unbeaten. Last week, Miami rallied to beat North Carolina. This time it was Wake Forest giving the Hurricanes all they could handle.

Florida State is just a week removed from playing a top-five matchup against ACC rival Clemson. Keeping the Hurricanes undefeated also will help the Seminoles in the BCS standings as they jockey with Oregon for the second spot behind Alabama.

 

NO. 1 ALABAMA 45, TENNESSEE 10: T.J. Yeldon scored on three 1-yard runs and AJ McCarron passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns to help Alabama continue to roll.

Landon Collins returned an interception 89 yards for another score for the Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference), which raced to a 35-0 halftime lead. Alabama has outscored its last six opponents 246-26.

The Volunteers (4-4, 1-3) dropped their seventh straight in the rivalry game.

McCarron completed 19 of 27 passes.

Kenyan Drake ran for 89 yards on 14 carries while Yeldon gained 72 yards. Kevin Norwood caught six passes for 112 yards.

 

NO. 2 OREGON 42, NO. 12 UCLA 14: Byron Marshall ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns and Oregon wore down UCLA’s stout defense.

Marcus Mariota threw for 230 yards and a score and De’Anthony Thomas returned from a three game absence to run in another for the Ducks (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12).

The Bruins (5-2, 2-2) went into halftime with the score knotted at 14 but were shutout by the Ducks in the second half. Brett Hundley completed 13 of 19 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown but also threw two interceptions.

 

NO. 3 FLORIDA STATE 49, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 17: Jameis Winston threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and Florida State scored 35 points in the first quarter.

Winston completed 16 of 26 passes with one interception and left the game after the opening series of the second half.

Rashad Greene topped 100 yards receiving for the third consecutive game with eight receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles (7-0, 5-0).

N.C. State (3-4, 0-4) had quarterback Brandon Mitchell back for the first time since breaking his foot in the season opener. He completed 17 of 33 passes for 129 yards with two interceptions.

 

NO. 20 SOUTH CAROLINA 27, NO. 5 MISSOURI 24, 2OT: Connor Shaw came off the bench in the second half and threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns and Elliott Fry kicked the game-winning field goal to help No. 20 South Carolina stun No. 5 Missouri 27-24 in two overtimes Saturday night.

After missing the first half with a sprained left knee, Shaw entered the game in the third quarter and helped the Gamecocks score the final 17 points of regulation. He then threw a 15-yard touchdown pass on fourth down in the Gamecocks’ first overtime to match the Tigers’ Marcus Murphy’s 1-yard scamper.

Fry then kicked a 40-yarder before Missouri’s Andrew Baggett missed a 24-yard attempt off the left goal post.

South Carolina (6-2, 4-2 SEC) moves to within one game of the Tigers (7-1, 3-1) for the SEC East Division lead, with home games against Mississippi State and Florida remaining.

 

NO. 6 BAYLOR 59, KANSAS 14: Bryce Petty threw for 430 yards and three touchdowns in less than three quarters, Lache Seastrunk ran for 109 yards and a score and Baylor won its school-record 11th straight.

The Bears (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) piled up 500 yards of offense in taking a 38-0 lead by halftime, and then relaxed as coach Art Briles pulled many of his starters in the third quarter.

The nation’s highest-scoring offense still finished with 743 yards. Four different Baylor players had touchdown runs — Petty among them — while Tevin Reese hauled in two of his three TD tosses.

 

NO. 7 MIAMI 24, WAKE FOREST 21: Duke Johnson ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the second a 1-yard plunge with 53 seconds left, as No. 7 Miami rallied twice to beat Wake Forest.

Johnson finished with 168 yards on 30 carries for the Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Tanner Price’s 44-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Gibson with 4:02 remaining put Wake Forest on top, but the Hurricanes went 73 yards on their next 10 plays, with Johnson scoring to keep Miami unbeaten.

 

NO. 9 CLEMSON 40, MARYLAND 27: Tajh Boyd threw for a touchdown and ran for a score, Sammy Watkins had a school-record 14 catches for 163 yards and Clemson wore down injury-riddled Maryland.

Boyd went 28-for-41 for 304 yards with an interception and Roderick McDowell rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns to help the Tigers (7-1, 5-1 ACC) rebound from last week’s 51-14 defeat against Florida State.

Clemson ran 98 plays compared to 70 for Maryland (5-3, 1-3) and finished with a 551-364 advantage in total yardage.

 

NO. 17 OKLAHOMA 38, NO. 10 TEXAS TECH 30: Blake Bell threw for 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Damien Williams added two more scores as Oklahoma handed Texas Tech its first loss.

Jalen Saunders added six catches for 153 yards receiving and both of Bell’s touchdown passes for the Sooners (7-1, 4-1 Big 12 Conference), who rallied after falling behind in the third quarter.

Williams finished with 97 yards rushing for Oklahoma, which forced three turnovers by the Red Raiders.

The loss was the first of the season for Texas Tech (7-1, 4-1) and first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury.

 

NO. 11 AUBURN 45, FAU 10: Jeremy Johnson threw two long touchdown passes to Sammie Coates after replacing injured starter Nick Marshall and Auburn overwhelmed Florida Atlantic.

Johnson, a freshman, threw a 36-yard scoring pass to Coates on his first snap after replacing Marshall, who was taken to the locker room with a shoulder injury early in the second quarter. Marshall returned to the Auburn sideline, but not the game.

Auburn (7-1) had 628 total yards.

 

NO. 13 LSU 48, FURMAN 16: Odell Beckham Jr. caught six passes for 204 yards and two scores, Terrance Magee added two second-half touchdowns, and No. 13 LSU turned a tenuous halftime lead into a romp.

Jeremy Hill rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns for LSU (7-2), which led 20-16 at halftime before outscoring the Paladins (3-5) 28-0 in the second half.

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger passed for 328 yards and three scores, but threw two interceptions, the first of which was returned 76 yards by Reggie Thomas to give Furman a 7-0 lead.

 

NO. 14 TEXAS A&M 56, VANDERBILT 24: Johnny Manziel threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters, and Texas A&M bounced back from a loss last week.

Manziel showed no signs that the right shoulder he injured last week was bothering him. He threw three TDs in the first quarter to help A&M (6-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) build a 28-point lead. He tacked on another score before sitting down with 6 minutes left in the third quarter and the Aggies leading 42-17.

 

DUKE 13, NO. 16 VIRGINIA TECH 10: Anthony Boone ran for a touchdown, Ross Martin kicked two long field goals and Duke ended a long history of losing to ranked teams.

The Blue Devils (6-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat a ranked team for the first time since they stopped No. 13 Virginia in 1994, and beat one on the road for the first time since Stanford in 1971. And they did it without a third-down conversion all game, and a 2-to-1 time of possession deficit.

Virginia Tech (6-2, 3-1) had its six-game winning streak end as Logan Thomas threw four interceptions.

 

NO. 18 LOUISVILLE 34, USF 3: Teddy Bridgewater threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns and Louisville rebounded from its first loss of the season.

Charles Gaines returned a fourth-quarter interception 70 yards for a TD as the Cardinals’ defense reverted to the form that helped Louisville (7-1, 3-1 American Athletic Conference) climb into the top 10 before blowing a 21-point, second-half lead at home during a 38-35 loss to Central Florida last week.

USF failed to score an offensive touchdown for the third straight game. The Bulls used three quarterbacks and were outgained 485 yards to 133.

 

NO. 19 OKLAHOMA STATE 58, IOWA STATE 27: Desmond Roland ran for a career-high 219 yards and four touchdowns and Oklahoma State won its third straight.

Quarterback Clint Chelf had 163 total yards in his second start of the season for the Cowboys (6-1, 3-1 Big 12), who ran for a season-high 342 yards.

Oklahoma State scored 14 points in a 2-? minute stretch late in the third quarter to extend its lead to 45-20.

 

NO. 21 UCF 62, CONNECTICUT 17: Blake Bortles threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as UCF routed winless Connecticut.

Bortles completed his first eight passes of the game and ended his day early in the third quarter, connecting on 20 of 24 for 286 yards.

The junior ran for a TD as the Knights (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) scored on their first nine possessions of the game.

They remain the favorite to claim the league’s BCS berth.

The Huskies (0-7, 0-3) have lost eight straight games dating to last season.

 

NO. 23 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 59, EASTERN MICHIGAN 20: Jordan Lynch threw four touchdown passes and caught another as Northern Illinois reached its best start as a major college football program.

The Huskies (8-0, 4-0 Mid-American Conference) never trailed on the way to a season-high in points and second-highest total offense (606 yards).

The Eagles (1-7, 0-4) lost their seventh straight.

Lynch, the nation’s No. 7 rusher entering Saturday, also ran for a touchdown while rushing 18 times for 99 yards.

 

MINNSOTA 34, NO. 25 NEBRASKA 23: Philip Nelson rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another, guiding Minnesota to its first win against the Cornhuskers since 1960.

Nelson made all of his seven completions count, totaling 152 yards, and carried the ball eight times for 55 yards.

Taylor Martinez returned from a turf-toe injury that kept him of the last three games for the Huskers (5-2, 2-1), but he had only 16 yards rushing on eight attempts and 139 yards on 16-for-30 passing, plus one touchdown and one interception.

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