The previously unbeaten Temple Owls fell against Notre Dame in a prime-time game on national television at a sold-out stadium in Philadelphia. It wasn’t the outcome the Owls desired, but hey, Temple football was in a game against Notre Dame, and were leading at one point. That’s sort of a win, right? While most eyes were centered on the only, if somewhat unlikely, game between ranked opponents, those who tuned into the Duke-Miami contest were in for a real treat — assuming they stuck around till the end. In arguably the most insane final, lateral-filled, sequence to college football game — yes, Cal-Stanford, we hear you — the Hurricanes defeated the No. 22 Blue Devils on a last-second touchdown play.
|No. 3 Clemson 56, N.C. State 41||Stats|
|No. 10 Iowa 31, Maryland 15||Story | Stats|
|No. 11 Florida 27, Georgia 3||Stats|
|No. 12 Okla. St. 70, Texas Tech 53||Stats|
|No. 14 Oklahoma 62, Kansas 7||Stats|
|No. 24 UCLA 35, Colorado 31||Stats|
|Virginia 27, Georgia Tech 21||Stats|
|Southern Cal 27, California 21||Stats|
|Marshall 34, Charlotte 10||Stats|
|Boise State 55, UNLV 27||Stats|
|Arkansas 63, Tenn.-Martin 28||Stats|
Jakeem Grant wasted no time in getting Texas Tech’s game vs. Oklahoma State off to a fast start: 190 all-purpose yards on his first two touches. But that was hardly all from the highest-scoring game of the season. … It appeared Clemson and N.C. State might try to keep up — for the first five minutes, anyway. … Check out the festive helmets on Boise State.
|No. 17 Florida St. 45, Syracuse 21||Stats|
|No. 19 Ole Miss 27, Auburn 19||Stats|
|Navy 29, South Florida 17||Story | Stats|
|Virginia Tech 26, Boston Coll. 10||Stats|
|Wisconsin 48, Rutgers 10||Stats|
|Texas A&M 35, South Carolina 28||Stats|
|Penn State 39, Illinois 0||Stats|
|Purdue 55, Nebraska 45||Stats|
|Cincinnati 52, Central Fla. 7||Stats|
Navy’s Keenan Reynolds scored his 77th career rushing touchdown, tying Montee Ball at Wisconsin for the major college football record. … Florida State was forced to play without quarterback Everett Golson and star running back Dalvin Cook because of injuries, but it didn’t matter much vs. Syracuse. … Nebraska’s awful season hit a new low with a loss to awful Purdue. Experience the sadness. … Hey, watch Hugh Freeze Whip!
This rather sad slate of games might be epitomized by Louisville-Wake, where the Cardinals won despite producing only 108 yards in the second half and despite turning five Demon Deacons turnovers into just three points. Here’s hoping you had something better to do with your Friday night.
If it happened too late for you, there’s a lot to take in from Oregon’s cuckoo win over Arizona State. …
After West Virginia’s previous game, in which Baylor star Corey Coleman caught 10 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns, Mountaineers Coach Dana Holgorsen called the wide receiver “the best player in college football. … You can put me on the record for that.” After TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin lit his team up for 472 total yards and four touchdowns on Thursday, according to the Associated Press, Holgorsen opened his postgame comments by telling reporters, “With all due respect to Corey Coleman, Trevone Boykin is the best player in college football.” …
North Carolina moved to 7-1, its best start since 1997, and would take command of the ACC Coastal Division with a win vs. Duke next week. That, by the way, stands a good chance of being the first Victory Bell game played with both teams nationally ranked since 1939, according to the News & Observer.