College Football: Review

Here’s a recap of college football action this weekend:

Florida vs. Tennessee

Jesse Palmer threw a questionable 3-yard touchdown pass to Jabar Gaffney with 14 seconds left as No. 6 Florida rallied to beat No. 11 Tennessee 27-23 Saturday.

In watching their 23-game home winning streak come to an end before a Neyland Stadium-record crowd of 108,768, the Vols lost on a play that will debated for a long time.

On first-and-goal from the Tennessee 3, Palmer threw a quick strike to Gaffney just over the goal line. Gaffney had the ball for an instant and then dropped it as he was surrounded by two defenders. But line judge Al Matthews ruled Gaffney made the catch, and stuck with the call after conferring with referee Al Ford.

Florida (3-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference), which has beaten Tennessee (1-1, 0-1) in seven of their last eight meetings, marched 91 yards on 10 plays for the winning score.

Trailing 23-17 after Alex Walls kicked a school-record tying fifth goal — a 42-yarder early in the fourth quarter — the Gators closed to 23-20 on Jeff Chandler’s 32-yarder with 7:35 left.

The loss offset a magnificent performance by Tennessee’s Travis Henry, who carried 37 times for 175 yards and a touchdown. Palmer was 20-of-43 for 290 yards and had at least a half dozen passes dropped in the first half.

UCLA 23, Michigan 20

Ryan McCann passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns as UCLA beat the country’s third-ranked team for the second time in three games.

The Bruins (3-0), who opened the season with a 35-24 victory over then-No. 3 Alabama, took the lead on McCann’s 2-yard TD pass to Ed Ieremia-Stansbury with 6:30 left,

But holder Drew Bennett bobbled a low snap from center on the extra-point try, opening the door for the Wolverines (2-1) to tie with a field goal. However, Hayden Epstein, was wide left on a 24-yarder with 3:27 left.

Michigan’s Anthony Thomas gained 182 yards on 24 carries to top the 100-yard mark for the 11th time in 12 games.

Wisconsin 28, Cincinnati 25 (OT)

Eddie Faulkner scored on a 16-yard run in overtime as Wisconsin avoided a second straight loss to Cincinnati.

A loss to the Bearcats would have been devastating to the Badgers (3-0), but not as stunning as last year’s 17-12 stumble.

Faulkner had 19 carries for a career-best 124 yards. He was playing in place of Michael Bennett, among a dozen players who served suspensions for receiving unadvertised discounts at a store.

Wisconsin went ahead 22-19 on Brooks Bollinger’s 1-yard dive with 23 seconds left in regulation. But Cincinnati’s Jason Mammarelli kicked a 46-yard field goal as time expired.

In overtime, Cincinnati’s Jonathan Ruffin, who missed an extra point in the fourth quarter, kicked a 20-yard field goal.

Wisconsin has won 11 straight games.

Florida State 63, North Carolina 14

Chris Weinke threw four touchdown passes as Florida State extended the country’s longest winning streak to 15.

Weinke passed for 262 yards and connected with Snoop Minnis and Atrews Bell for a pair of touchdowns each.

The Seminoles (3-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won 24 straight regular-season games since a 1998 loss at North Carolina State. The 63 points were the most scored against North Carolina since Virginia’s 66 points in 1912.

Stanford 27, Texas 24

DeRonnie Pitts cartwheeled into the end zone after catching a 15-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Chris Lewis with 1:12 to play.

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