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College football: Florida upsets No. 11 Georgia, 38-20

Matt Jones, Reggie Carter
Florida running back Matt Jones eludes Georgia linebacker Reggie Carter during their game Saturday.
(Sam Greenwood / Getty Images)

Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor combined for 389 yards rushing and four touchdowns to help Florida upset No. 11-ranked Georgia, 38-20, to end a three-game losing streak in the series and quite possibly saving coach Will Muschamp’s job.

Jones ran 25 times for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Taylor, whose NFL father, Fred, has his name emblazoned on a wall inside EverBank Field, carried 25 times for 192 yards and two scores.

Jones and Taylor carried Florida (4-3, 3-3 SEC) to a much-needed victory in the series against the Bulldogs (6-2, 4-2) and in the Southeastern Conference.

Muschamp may have been the big winner. The fourth-year coach’s future was clearly in jeopardy with Florida having lost 10 of its previous 13 games. Muschamp also had been 0-7 in this series, going 0-4 as a Georgia defensive back in the 1990s and losing his first three games as Florida’s coach.

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No. 9 Kansas State 48, Oklahoma State 14Jake Waters threw two touchdown passes, Charles Jones ran for a pair of scores and the Wildcats shut down the Cowboys’ slumping offense in Manhattan, Kan.

Curry Sexton had nine catches for 159 yards and a touchdown, and Tyler Lockett had six receptions for 94 yards and a score, helping the Wildcats (7-1, 5-0) remain the lone unbeaten team in the Big 12 heading into next week’s showdown at 10th-ranked TCU.

After marching for a touchdown on the game’s opening drive, Oklahoma State (5-4, 3-3) never threatened on offense again. The Cowboys managed only a pick-six by Ramon Richards in the fourth quarter in losing their third straight game for the first time since the 2005 season.

No. 10 Notre Dame 49, Navy 39

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Everett Golson became the first player in Notre Dame history to throw for three touchdowns and run for three scores, and the Fight Irish beat Navy after blowing a 21-point lead at Landover, Md.

After scoring touchdowns on their first four possessions, the Fighting Irish (7-1) appeared on their way to an easy victory. Navy then scored 24 straight points to move ahead 31-28 with 4 minutes left in the third quarter.

Golson put Notre Dame back in front with a 3-yard burst into the end zone, and Tarean Folston’s 25-yard touchdown run made it 42-31 with 12:22 remaining.

Two missed field goals by the Irish kept Navy’s hopes alive. The Midshipmen (4-5) took advantage by scoring a touchdown and 2-point conversion to close to 42-39 with 4:18 remaining, but the onside kick failed and Golson wrapped it up with an 8-yard TD run with 1:27 to go.

No. 13 Baylor 60, Kansas 14

Bryce Petty had three touchdown passes, two to Corey Coleman, and the Bears scored on 11 straight possessions to rout the Jayhawks at Waco, Texas.

Baylor (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) had to settle for field goals after two of three first-half fumbles by the Jayhawks deep in their territory, but still rolled up 669 yards in their 14th straight home victory. That streak ties Auburn for the longest in the nation.

Coleman had a career-high 167 yards receiving and TDs of 72 and 49 yards, the latter putting the Bears up 46-7 early in the third quarter.

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Kansas (2-6, 0-5) had 0 yards rushing at halftime in its 31st straight loss away from home and 28th in a row in a true road game since winning at UTEP in 2009.

No. 15 Nebraska 35, Purdue 14

Imani Cross had two short touchdown runs after Heisman Trophy hopeful Ameer Abdullah mildly sprained his left knee as the Cornhusker won at Lincoln, Neb., to take sole possession of the Big Ten West lead.

The Cornhuskers (8-1, 4-1, No. 15 CFP) are a half-game ahead of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin after their third straight win. Purdue (3-6, 1-4) lost its third in a row.

Abdullah, who came into the game third nationally in rushing at 156 yards a game, injured his left knee on the Huskers’ second possession while recovering Tommy Armstrong’s fumbled snap at the Purdue 1. Abdullah returned to carry one more time, losing 5 yards, and didn’t return.

No. 18 Oklahoma 59, Iowa State 14

Trevor Knight became the first FBS player this season to throw three touchdown passes and rush for three scores, helping the Sooners win in Ames, Iowa.

Knight had 230 yards passing and a career-high 146 yards rushing for the Sooners (6-2, 3-2 Big 12). They gained a season-high 751 yards in beating the Cyclones for the 43rd time in their past 45 tries.

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The Sooners had 480 yards and led 35-7 at halftime. But star wide receiver Sterling Shepard was carted off with an apparent leg injury in the first quarter and did not return.

Sam Richardson had 239 yards passing for Iowa State (2-6, 0-5).

Temple 20, No. 23 East Carolina 10

Kenny Harper ran for two touchdowns and Temple forced five fumbles to beat East Carolina in Philadelphia for its first victory over a ranked opponent since 1998.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Pirates (6-2, 3-1 American Athletic Conference), spoiling their bid for the best eight-game start in school history.

Playing much of the game in a driving rain storm, Temple (5-3, 3-2 AAC) played relatively mistake-free and jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter.

Temple beat then-No. 14 Virginia Tech on the road in October 1998.

No. 24 Duke 51, Pittsbrugh 48 (2 OT)

Backup quarterback Thomas Sirk bulled into the end zone from 5 yards in the second overtime to lift Duke to the victory at Pittsburgh.

The Blue Devils (7-1, 3-1 ACC) held Pitt to a field goal to start the second overtime, then went 25 yards in four plays, with Sirk’s second touchdown ending it.

The Panthers (4-5, 2-3) had a chance to win in regulation, but Chris Blewitt missed a 26-yard field goal with 2 seconds left. James Conner ran for a career-high 263 yards and three touchdowns for Pitt.

Texas A&M 21, Louisiana Monroe 16

Freshman Kyle Allen threw for 106 yards and a touchdown in his first career start and Texas A&M held on for a 21-16 win over Louisiana Monroe on Saturday.

Allen, who had two turnovers, started in place of Kenny Hill, who was suspended for two games for violating team rules and athletic department polices. The suspension was announced about an hour before the game.

The Aggies (6-3) led 21-10 at halftime but couldn’t get anything going offensively in the second half. The Warhawks scored the only points of the second half on a pair of field goals.

Texas A&M bounced back from an embarrassing 59-0 loss to Alabama and snapped a three-game skid with the victory. The win also makes the Aggies bowl-eligible for a school-record sixth straight year.

Pete Thomas threw for 246 yards and Justin Manton made three field goals for Louisiana Monroe (4-4).

Boston College 33, Virginia Tech 31

Tyler Murphy threw for two touchdowns and put Virginia Tech away with a 57-yard scoring run with 3:09 remaining Saturday as Boston College beat the Hokies, 33-31, and became bowl eligible.

Murphy connected on scoring throws of eight yards to Charlie Callinan and two yards to Marcus Outlow for the Eagles (6-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led 26-24 until Murphy broke free on a third-and-10 run and sprinted up the middle and untouched for the touchdown that put the game away.

The loss was the third in a row for Virginia Tech (4-5, 1-4) and its fourth in six games at home.

Murphy also became the third quarterback to run for more than 100 yards against the Hokies’ defense this season, gaining 122 yards on 18 carries. Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas (165) and Pittsburgh’s Chad Voytik (118) also did it, and then Miami ran for 364 yards against that same unit last Thursday night.

Connecticut 37, UCF 29

After getting off to another slow start on offense, UConn need a spark.

And Deshon Foxx provided it to lead the Huskies past UCF on Saturday to earn their first conference win since last December.

Foxx ran for 102 yards and a score and Noel Thomas caught two touchdown passes and the last-place Huskies upset the first-place Knights, 37-29.

The win snapped a five-game losing streak for UConn (2-6, 1-4 American Athletic Conference) and was the first conference loss for UCF (5-3, 3-1) which had won 11 straight since the inception of the AAC last year.

Foxx, who normally plays wide receiver, ran the Huskies option package, carrying the ball 11 times, including a 68-yard touchdown run.

“You always need someone to step up every game and spark the offense and spark the defense,” Foxx said. “I was able to get it this week and everybody was able to follow behind.”

Air Force 23, Army 6

Kale Pearson hit tight end Garrett Griffin for a 54-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to break open a tense game, Will Conant kicked three field goals, and Air Force beat Army, 23-6, on Saturday to win the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for a record 19th time.

Air Force (6-2) has won five of six, including a triumph over Navy, which put the Falcons in position to capture the trophy on Saturday. The Falcons beat Navy 30-21 a month ago.

Army (2-6) hasn’t captured the coveted hardware, emblematic of supremacy among the three service academies, since it won its sixth in 1996.

It was the 49th meeting between the service-academy rivals, who rely on the run game. The Falcons lead the series against Army 34-14-1 and have won 16 of the last 18 in the series. The Falcons are 31-12 in Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy games against Army dating to the beginning of the round-robin competition in 1972 and have a series-best 56-30 overall record against Army and Navy.

The teams had split the last two meetings, high-scoring affairs with the home team winning. Two years ago, Army won 41-21 at Michie Stadium, and last season Air Force topped the Black Knights 42-28 at Falcon Stadium.


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