Top 25: No. 2 Clemson breezes by No. 12 Virginia Tech



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Auburn’s Ryan Davis leaps into the end zone for a touchdown in front of Mississippi State defensive back Johnathan Abram, right, during the Tigers’ 49-10 win Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.

Auburn’s Ryan Davis leaps into the end zone for a touchdown in…

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Kelly Bryant ran for 94 yards and passed for a touchdown as No. 2 Clemson topped No. 12 Virginia Tech 31-10 Saturday night, the Tigers’ third game in a row against teams in the Top 25.

Bryant hit Tavien Feaster with a 60-yard TD pass. He also kept alive a late scoring drive after scrambling right on a play that started at the 5, dodging three Hokies, shaking free from an ankle tackle and eventually turning back upfield at the 23. He zig-zagged all the way back to the 4.


The defending national champion Tigers (5-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their 12th in a row on the road.

Virginia Tech (4-1, 0-1) never mustered much offense.


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AUBURN 49MISSISSIPPI ST. 10

Jarrett Stidham passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns and Kerryon Johnson ran for 116 yards and three scores to lead the No. 13 Tigers over the Bulldogs at Auburn, Ala.

PENN ST. 45, INDIANA 14

DaeSean Hamilton caught nine passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns and became Penn State’s career receptions leader in the No. 4 Nittany Lions’ victory over the Hoosiers at State College, Penn.

Saquon Barkley returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and finished with 221 yards to pad his Heisman Trophy resume.

GEORGIA 41, TENNESSEE 0

Jake Fromm threw a touchdown pass and ran for two more scores and the seventh-ranked Bulldogs handed the Vols their first shutout in nearly a quarter-century at Knoxville, Tenn.

Nick Chubb added 109 yards rushing to help Georgia to its first 5-0 start since 2012. The Bulldogs are 2-0 in conference play.

Tennessee (3-2, 0-2) was shut out for the first time since a 31-0 loss to Florida in 1994.

WISCONSIN 33NORTHWESTERN 24

Jonathan Taylor had two touchdowns runs to help the offense overcome a sluggish start and the No. 10 Badgers held off the Wildcats at Madison, Wisc.

Alex Hornibrook threw for 197 yards and a touchdown.

Garrett Dooley had four of Wisconsin’s 10 sacks.

Wisconsin (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) stood up the Wildcats (2-2, 0-1) twice late to seal the win.

ALABAMA 66MISSISSIPPI 3

Jalen Hurts threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score and the top-ranked Crimson Tide let loose on the Rebels Saturday night at Tuscaloosa, Ala., with the highest-scoring performance by the Crimson Tide in 11 years under Nick Saban.

FLORIDA 38VANDERBILT 24

Lamical Perine scored three touchdowns, Malik Davis added two and the No. 21 Gators beat the Commodores despite losing quarterback Luke Del Rio for the season with a broken left collarbone at Gainesville, Fla. Coach Jim McElwain said Del Rio will have season-ending surgery Monday.

OHIO ST. 56, RUTGERS 0

J.T. Barrett threw three touchdown passes to lead the 11th-ranked Buckeyes to a victory over the Scarlet Knights at Piscataway, N.J.

Mike Weber ran for a career-high three touchdowns for Ohio State (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten).

WASHINGTON 42OREGON ST. 7

Jake Browning threw for three TDs, Myles Gaskin ran for 113 yards and a score and the No. 6 Huskies broke open a close game with a 21-point third quarter to beat the Beavers at Corvallis, Ore.

LOUISVILLE 55MURRAY ST. 10

Lamar Jackson had a short but productive day, throwing for 249 yards and three touchdowns in just over a half as the No. 17 Cardinals routed the Racers at Louisville, Ky..

SOUTH FLORIDA 61EAST CAROLINA 31

Quinton Flowers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, and the Bulls extended their school-record winning streak to 10 with a win over the Pirates at Greenville, N.C..

NOTRE DAME 52MIAMI, OHIO 17

Brandon Wimbush threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as the No. 22 Fighting Irish won at South Bend, Ind.

ODDS AND ENDS

Luke Falk threw for 340 yards and two TDs, Erik Powell kicked a 32-yard field goal with 1:40 left and No. 16 Washington State upset No. 5 Southern Cal 30-27 late Friday night. …

Eastern Washington’s Gage Gubrud threw for 447 yards and five TDs and had a TD catch in a 52-31 win over Sacramento St.

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