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No. 4 PSU stuns Iowa with final-play TD

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(TSX / STATS) -- Champions find a way to win and James Franklin has No. 4 Penn State believing it can overcome any sort of adversity.

Quarterback Trace McSorley threaded the needle, completing a 7-yard touchdown pass to Juwan Johnson on the game's final play to give the Nittany Lions a 21-19 win on Saturday against a dogged Iowa Hawkeyes squad at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

"Our team believes," Franklin said. "We've believed for two years now. We had great field position throughout the game. We just weren't able to get into the end zone."


No. 16 TCU tops No. 6 Oklahoma St. 44-31

(TSX / STATS) -- STILLWATER, Okla. -- TCU, for all its recent road success, had never won a Big 12 game in the state of Oklahoma.

The No. 16-ranked Horned Frogs picked an opportune time for a breakthrough Saturday, upsetting No. 6 Oklahoma State 44-31 before a sellout crowd of 56,790 at Boone Pickens Stadium.


NC State upsets No. 12 Seminoles on road

(TSX / STATS) -- TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren entered Saturday's game against No. 12 Florida State with a 27-27 record with the Wolfpack.

But Doeren broke that tie with arguably the biggest win of his career, and he achieved it on Florida State's home field.


No. 11 Georgia thrashes No. 17 Miss. St.

(TSX / STATS) -- ATHENS, Ga. -- Kirby Smart isn't ready to start claiming greatness for 11th-ranked Georgia.

However, the Bulldogs are undoubtedly going to start gaining more attention after Saturday night's 31-3 rout of No. 17 Mississippi State. Just don't suggest to the Georgia coach that the team has turned some sort of corner.


No. 1 Alabama pounds Vanderbilt 59-0

(TSX / STATS) -- NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Top-ranked Alabama generally wins football games because it is bigger, stronger, faster and more prepared than its opponents.

All that -- plus a phenomenal rushing attack and an extra dose of motivation -- were the reasons the Crimson Tide pounded previously unbeaten Vanderbilt 59-0 on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium.


No. 2 Clemson pulls away late, downs BC

(TSX / STATS) -- CLEMSON, S.C. -- Travis Etienne didn't get the start, but he sure knew how to finish.

Etienne, a freshman running back, rushed for 113 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns as No. 2 Clemson rallied from a 7-7 tie for a 34-7 victory Saturday afternoon against Boston College.


No. 3 Sooners thwart Baylor's upset bid

(TSX / STATS) -- WACO, Texas -- Third-ranked Oklahoma played mistake-ridden, flat football for more than 40 minutes versus Baylor, but the Sooners bounced back in time to preserve a victory.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield threw a long touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeff Badet and running back Trey Sermon broke loose for a long touchdown run to propel Oklahoma past the Bears 49-41 on Saturday night at McLane Stadium.


No. 5 USC forces 6 TOs, beats Cal 30-20

(TSX / STATS) -- BERKELEY, Calif. -- For the second week in a row, fifth-ranked USC was less than dominant, again needing a fourth-quarter surge to stay unbeaten.

Last week, USC had to rally in the final minute to force overtime against Texas, eventually winning in the second overtime. On Saturday, California and USC were tied 13-13 entering the fourth quarter, but the Trojans took advantage of six turnovers, including four in the second half, to pull away for a 30-20 victory at Cal's Memorial Stadium.


No. 8 Michigan tops Purdue, Speight hurt

(TSX / STATS) -- WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- John O'Korn has been patient yet emotional. The fifth-year transfer quarterback had no reason to complain about playing time with No. 8 Michigan off to a 3-0 start and Wilton Speight leading the offense.

But when Speight was injured during the first quarter Saturday after a hit to the head, it was O'Korn's turn to show what he can do as a quarterback for one of the nation's most tradition-rich programs.


ASU gets late FG to upset No. 24 Oregon

(TSX / STATS) -- TEMPE, Ariz. -- Freshman Brandon Ruiz kicked a 41-yard field goal with 2:33 remaining and quarterback Manny Wilkins accounted for three touchdowns as Arizona State upset the No. 24 Oregon, 37-35, in the Pac-12 opener for both teams at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday.

Wilkins drove Arizona State 57 yards in seven plays to set up Ruiz's field goal, and the Sun Devils held on by stopping Oregon on downs twice in the final 70 seconds.

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