Florida State avoids upset against Virginia; Baylor dominates Oklahoma

Jameis Winston
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was told by Kevin Hart to get his act together when the comedian visited the university recently.
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Jameis Winston rallied No. 2 Florida State to a 34-20 victory over Virginia on Saturday night for the Seminoles 25th straight victory.

The Heisman winner passed for 261 yards and accounted for two touchdowns for the Seminoles (9-0, 6-0 ACC).

Winston and the offense started slow for the third consecutive game and two first-quarter interceptions helped the Cavaliers to take a 13-7 lead. Virginia, however, had ball-control issues of its own and three first-half turnovers were converted to Florida State touchdowns each ensuing drive.

Florida State receiver Rashad Greene had a career-high 13 receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown.


Virginia (4-6, 2-4 ACC) needs to win both of its final two games against Miami and Virginia Tech to become bowl eligible.

No. 12 Baylor No. 15 Oklahoma 14

Corey Coleman set career highs of 15 catches and 224 yards to help No. 10 Baylor get a landmark win by rolling past No. 16 Oklahoma 48-14 on Saturday.

It was the most receptions ever by a player against the Sooners. Coleman also caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the Bears (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) maintained their conference and national title hopes.


Bryce Petty, who repeatedly said he was “ready for OU” after the win over Kansas the week before, proved it by completing 32 of 42 passes for 387 yards and a touchdown. It was Baylor’s first road win in 12 tries against the Sooners (6-3, 3-3), and the Bears’ first road win against a ranked team since Art Briles took over as head coach in 2008.

Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight was carted off after being sacked in the fourth quarter.

No. 1 Mississippi State 45, Tennessee Martin 16

Dak Prescott threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, leading Mississippi State to the easy win at Starkville, Miss.

The Bulldogs (9-0) extended their winning streak to 12 games, jumping ahead 24-3 by halftime. Prescott completed 14 of 23 passes for 206 yards. It was his school-record ninth 200-yard passing game of the season.

Mississippi State’s Brandon Holloway ran for a 35-yard touchdown and Ashton Shumpert added a 59-yard touchdown run as the Bulldogs amassed 254 yards on the ground.

UT Martin (5-6) closed to 7-3 on Jackson Redditt’s 33-yard field goal late in the first quarter, but failed to make any consistent progress against Mississippi State’s defense.

The Skyhawks’ Jarod Neal threw for a 31-yard touchdown and also ran for a 1-yard score.


No. 11 Mississippi 48, Presbyterian 0

Bo Wallace threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Mississippi snapped a two-game losing streak.

Wallace was 11 for 15 for 140 yards, including scoring strikes of 66 and 23 yards to Vince Sanders and ran for a 9-yard score as the Rebels (8-2,4-2 SEC West) built a 35-0 halftime lead.

Wallace didn’t play in the second half, with the Rebels using reserves. Presbyterian (5-5, 2-2 Big South) dropped to 0-9 against FBS opponents.

No. 20 Georgia 63, Kentucky 31

Hutson Mason threw a career-best four touchdown passes and Nick Chubb rushed for 170 yards and a TD in a dominant victory for the Bulldogs.

Coming off last week’s loss to Florida that knocked the Bulldogs (7-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) from the playoff picture, they responded with their second-highest point total this season to remain in the East division hunt.

Georgia scored touchdowns on 9 of 10 possessions behind one of Mason’s most efficient efforts as a starter. He completed 11 of his first 13 passes including the TDs, two of which went to Chris Conley for 15 and 4 yards. Jeb Blazevich caught TDs from Mason and backup Brice Ramsey and Malcolm Mitchell caught one. Chubb and Sony Michel added TD runs of 18 and 24 yards. Isaiah McKenzie returned the kickoff 90 yards for a score and a punt for another TD.


No. 22 Duke, 27, Syracuse 10

Anthony Boone threw two touchdowns to Issac Blakeney, Jamison Crowder returned a punt 52 yards for another score, and Duke survived another scare with a late rally.

Boone is now 18-1 as the starter for Duke (8-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which won its fourth straight and stayed on target to reach the ACC championship game. Syracuse (3-7, 1-5 ACC) lost for the seventh time in eight games and lost a chance to play in the postseason for the fourth time in five years.

The Orange finished the season 1-5 at home, its worst record in the Carrier Dome since posting a 1-6 mark under Greg Robinson in 2007.

Texas 33, No. 23 West Virginia 16

Johnathan Gray scored three touchdowns and Texas inched closer to a possible bowl game in coach Charlie Strong’s first season with the win in Austin, Texas.

Gray scored on runs of 39, 2 and 15 yards as Texas (5-5, 4-3 Big 12) ended a streak of nine straight home losses to ranked opponents. The Longhorns need to win one of their final two games to be eligible for a bowl. Texas last missed a bowl in 2010 when the Longhorns had a losing season the year after playing for the national championship.

Gray finished with 101 yards rushing on 10 carries.

No. 25 Wisconsin 34, Purdue 16

Joel Stave threw two touchdown passes and Melvin Gordon ran for 205 yards as Wisconsin rolled to victory.

The Badgers (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) have won four straight overall and remained in a three-way tie atop the West Division. Wisconsin has won nine straight in the series and still hasn’t lost at Purdue since 1997.

The Boilermakers (3-7, 1-5) lost their fourth straight.

Georgia Tech 56, North Carolina State 23

D.J. White and Quayshawn Nealy scored defensive touchdowns in the second quarter to help lead Georgia Tech to victory.

White’s 38-yard interception return and Nealy’s 43-yard fumble return put the Yellow Jackets (8-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) in firm control, blowing open a close game to keep them right behind No. 22 Duke in the Coastal Division standings.

It was a welcome contribution for a defense that has struggled amid the brilliance of the league’s top total offense. That unit did its part, too, finishing with 549 total yards behind a big day from Synjyn Davis.

Davis ran for 157 yards and a touchdown, while reserve quarterback Tim Byerly ran for two scores and starter Justin Thomas ran for one. Jacoby Brissett and Matt Dayes each ran for scores for the Wolfpack (5-5, 1-5), who led early but was outscored 49-3 over the next 35-plus minutes.

Army 35, Connecticut 21

With Army clinging to a 28-21 lead, Chris Carnegie returned his second interception 99 yards up the left sideline for a touchdown to lift the Black Knights to the win, their first victory at Yankee Stadium since 1960.

UConn pulled to within 28-21 with 2:06 to go, improbably recovered the onside kick, and marched all the way to the 6 before Carnegie picked off Chandler Whitmer at the 1 and ran it all the way back to clinch it.

Quarterback Angel Santiago ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries to lead a balanced rushing attack. The Black Knights (3-6) never trailed but almost faced overtime before Carnegie’s clutch pick-6.

Joe Walker added two touchdowns on the ground for the Black Knights, who racked up 325 rushing yards to break a three-game losing streak.

Minnesota 51, Iowa 14

Maxx Williams caught three of Mitch Leidner’s four touchdown passes, and Minnesota ran for 291 yards to retake the Floyd of Rosedale trophy after a two-year absence.

The Gophers (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) smothered the Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-2) for a season-low 84 yards rushing and swarmed the visitor sideline when it was over to hoist the heavy bronze pig the teams have played for since 1935.

Minnesota moved back into a first-place tie with idle Nebraska in the Big Ten West Division, with a road game against the Huskers looming in two weeks. 

Penn State 13, Indiana 7

Sam Ficken kicked a 27-yard, go-ahead field goal and Penn State snapped a four-game skid.

Ficken’s kick gave Penn State (5-4, 2-4 Big Ten) a 10-7 lead which he later extended with a 28-yard field goal with under a minute to play.

The Hoosiers (3-6, 0-5) have lost four straight.