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College football: No. 11 Miami rallies for win; No. 9 BYU routs No. 21 Boise State

Miami wide receiver Michael Harley celebrates after running into the stands following a touchdown reception Nov. 6, 2020.
Miami’s Michael Harley finished with 153 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score, on eight receptions Friday night.
(Ethan Hyman / News & Observer via Associated Press)

D’Eriq King threw five touchdown passes, the last a go-ahead 54-yard catch-and-run play with Michael Harley with 2:43 left, and No. 11 Miami rallied to beat North Carolina State 44-41 on Friday night.

Miami (6-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored the final 13 points to win its third game in a row and match last season’s victory total under second-year coach Manny Diaz.

The winning touchdown was Harley’s second scoring play of the game. He finished with 153 yards on eight receptions.

King was 31 for 41 for 430 yards and ran for a game-high 105 yards in 15 carries.

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“The guys believed in each other, and they did what they needed to do to get it done,” Diaz said. “We’ve got a connected football team. We’ve got guys who fight for each other. ... We never expected this game to be easy.”

USC wants to start off the season strong against Arizona State following an offseason that saw many changes to the Trojans’ coaching staff.

Zonovan Knight had a 100-yard kickoff return to put N.C. State (4-3, 4-3) on top in the third quarter. Bailey Hockman was 19 for 28 for 248 yards and two touchdowns for the Wolfpack. He had a pass intercepted by DJ Ivey after Miami’s final touchdown.

“They made a big play they needed to, and we didn’t,” N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said. “Just couldn’t put them away. They made one more play than we did at the end.”

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Knight also had a one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

N.C. State padded its lead to 41-31 on Christopher Dunn’s 53-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Josh Borregales kicked three field goals, connecting from 38 and 22 yards in the fourth quarter. The latter came with 6:12 remaining after the Hurricanes were within a half-yard of the end zone before a fourth-down penalty.

The Hurricanes, coming off a 19-14 home victory over Virginia, had a 21-14 lead less than 16½ minutes into the game. N.C. State led at halftime on the strength of Hockman’s nine-yard touchdown pass to Cary Angeline with 2:49 left.

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Miami was missing 11 players, including starting left tackle John Campbell Jr. and starting tight end Brevin Jordan.

No. 9 Brigham Young 51, No. 21 Boise State 17

BOISE, Idaho — Zach Wilson threw for 359 yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Allgeier rushed for 123 yards and a pair of scores as Brigham Young routed Boise State.

BYU (8-0), which beat Boise State on the road for the first time in six tries, is off to its best start since 2001, when the Cougars started 12-0.

Boise State (2-1) suffered its worst loss since a 64-19 rout by rival Idaho in 1996, the Broncos’ first year as a Football Bowl Subdivision program. Boise State lost the 1997 season opener to Cal State Northridge by 40 at home, but that game was later forfeited to the Broncos.

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Wilson, who originally committed to Boise State before signing with BYU, completed 21 of 27 passes and threw for touchdowns of five and 20 yards. He also found the end zone on a four-yard run.

The game appeared as if it might turn into a shootout early with both teams trading scores in the first quarter. But BYU took control after Boise State quarterback Jack Sears, a transfer from USC, left with what appeared to be a concussion in the first quarter and never returned. The Broncos’ offense never returned either as BYU took control in the third quarter.

San Jose State 28, San Diego State 17

Backup Nick Nash threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another score with 1:32 remaining, and San Jose State took advantage of three fourth-quarter turnovers to beat San Diego State at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson.

San Jose State (3-0, 3-0 Mountain West) has started a season 3-0 for the first time since 1982.

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The Spartans trailed 17-14 early in the fourth quarter before their defense and special teams took over. Viliami Fehoko recovered a loose ball on a backward pass, Tre Jenkins made a bobbling interception in the end zone, and Rico Tolefree secured a fumble on a punt return with 3:32 left.

Nash was 16-for-25 passing for 169 yards, and he carried the ball 11 times for 53 yards. San Jose State starting quarterback Nick Starkel had to be helped off the field on the first possession of the game after a hit by Cameron Thomas and did not return.

Carson Baker passed for 261 yards for San Diego State (2-1, 2-1 Mountain West), and Greg Bell ran 25 times for 109 yards and a touchdown. Tariq Thompson made his 12th career interception in the third quarter, moving into a tie for fifth in program history. Damontae Kazee (2013-16) holds the SDSU record with 17.


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