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.
Stanford (1-1) led 20-9 with 10 minutes left, but Major Applewhite rallied Texas (1-1) with a 71-yard TD pass to B.J. Johnson with 9:29 to play, and a 38-yarder to Victor Ike with 5:44 left.
The Cardinal then made a frantic four-play, 59-yard drive in just 43 seconds. It ended when Pitts caught a sideline pass, broke Joe Walker’s tackle at the 10, leaped for the goal line, was flipped into the air by Roderick Babers and landed in the end zone.
Kansas State 76, Ball State 0
Jonathan Beasley threw two long touchdown passes to Quincy Morgan and ran for another score in the first quarter as Kansas State broke a 90-year-old record.
Kansas State’s previous record was set in 1910 in a 75-0 victory over Drury. It fell with 11:21 remaining, on Rashad Washington’s 1-yard run and Kyle Altvater’s conversion.
Morgan caught a third touchdown pass from Beasley’s backup, freshman Ell Roberson, tying a school record for TD catches. Ball State has lost 20 in a row, the longest streak in the nation.
Virginia Tech 49, Rutgers 0
Michael Vick scored on a dazzling flip into the end zone, threw for a touchdown and set up a third with a 45-yard escape and run.
Lee Suggs ran for four touchdowns for the Hokies (3-0, 1-0 Big East), who led 35-0 at halftime in obliterating Rutgers’ hope for its first 3-0 start since 1981.
Vick passed for 105 yards and rushed for 104 in the opening half, including the 8-yard flip that made it 28-0. He finished 10-for-18 for 120 yards, including a 17-yard TD pass to Emmett Johnson.
Washington 17, Colorado 14
Marques Tuiasosopo rallied Washington to two fourth-quarter touchdowns as Huskies coach Rick Neuheisel made a triumphant return to Boulder.
Washington (3-0) trailed 7-3 until Willie Hurst ran 2 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the fourth quarter, capping a 63-yard drive. Tuiasosopo made it 17-7 with a 24-yard TD pass to Jerramy Stevens with 8:33 left.
Neuheisel departed for Washington at the height of recruiting season 20 months ago, creating considerable ill will. His Huskies beat Colorado 31-24 in Seattle last season.
Notre Dame 23, Purdue 21
Nick Setta kicked a 38-yard field goal as time expired to left Notre Dame past mistake-prone Purdue.
Shane Walton returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown as the Irish (2-1) scored 17 points off Purdue mistakes to send the Boilermakers (2-1) to their 12th straight loss at Notre Dame.
Purdue also was hurt by a blocked punt that set up a Notre Dame touchdown and a failed fake punt that led to an Irish field goal.
Gary Godsey, making his first start in place of injured Arnaz Battle, was 14-of-25 for 158 yards. Purdue’s Drew Brees was 13-of-22 for 221 yards and two touchdowns.
Southern Miss 21, Alabama 0
Raymond Wall returned an interception 54 yards and Joe Henley returned a fumble 18 yards for TDs as Southern Mississippi took a 21-0 lead 16 minutes into the game.
The Golden Eagles (1-1) ended an eight-game losing streak to the Crimson Tide (1-2), off to their worst start in 10 years after starting the season ranked No. 3. It was the first time Alabama has been shut out since a 27-0 loss to LSU on Nov. 8, 1997.
Clemson 55, Wake Forest 7
Woodrow Dantzler ran for 166 yards and two touchdowns, and threw a 52-yard TD pass to Travis Zachery.
Dantzler scored on a 39-yard keeper to put the Tigers (3-0, 1-0 ACC) up 17-0 with 9:14 left in the first half. Wake Forest lost quarterback C.J. Leak to a dislocated knee.
Ohio State 27, Miami (Ohio) 16
Jonathan Wells ran for two touchdowns — including the clinching score after a Miami penalty.
Derek Combs rushed for 142 yards on 21 carries for the Buckeyes (3-0), and Wells added 113 yards on 17 attempts. Miami’s Mike Bath rushed for 105 yards on 11 carries and completed 21 of 48 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns.
Illinois 17, California 15
Illinois defensive end Fred Wakefield batted down Kyle Boller’s 2-point conversion pass with 1:26 left.
California pulled within two on Boller’s 32-yard touchdown pass to Charon Arnold. Kurt Kittner threw a touchdown pass and scored on a 2-yard run for Illinois (3-0) before leaving with a leg injury on the first drive of the second half.
TCU 41, Northwestern 14
LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 243 yards on 39 carries and had two touchdowns.
Tomlinson also had touchdown runs of 34 and 74 yards called back because of holding calls. TCU (2-0) has won seven straight, its longest winning streak since 1984.
Michigan State 13, Missouri 10
T.J. Duckett ran for 131 yards and a touchdown as Michigan State (2-0) overcame a 10-point deficit.
Duckett, who had a career-best 219 yards last week against Mashall, tied it at 10 on a 7-yard run in the third quarter. David Schaefer kicked a 27-yard field goal with 10:48 left.
Auburn 34, LSU 17
Tim Carter returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Ben Leard threw two touchdown passes.
Rudi Johnson gained 139 yards on 36 carries, making him the first Auburn back to run for more than 100 yards in three straight games since Stephen Davis did it in 1994. Auburn (3-0, 2-0 SEC) won a home conference game for the first time since 1997.