No. 23 Florida wins as sluggish Gators hold off Vandy 13-6
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Jordan Scarlett ran for a 4-yard touchdown with Eddy Pineiro adding a pair of field goals as No. 23 Florida held off Vanderbilt 13-6 Saturday.
Florida (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) came up with two interceptions and two sacks on a day where the Gators defense otherwise struggled against one of the nation’s worst offenses.
Ralph Webb ran for 110 yards as Vanderbilt outgained Florida 265-236 in total offense. The Commodores (2-3, 0-2) had a final chance to force overtime until Nick Washington intercepted a Wade Freebeck pass with 54 seconds left sealing the Gators’ win.
The Gators never trailed and led 10-3 after Scarlett scored on a 4-yard touchdown run, and Pineiro kicked a 42-yard field goal as the half expired. Pinero added a 26-yarder with 8:17 left.
Florida had a chance to pad its lead after Vanderbilt punter Sam Loy fumbled the snap and lost the ball with 5:07 left with the Commodores trailing 13-6. But Austin Appleby fumbled the snap on second-and-goal at the Vanderbilt 1 with 2:56 left giving the Commodores one last chance.
2 TDs by defense help No. 14 Miami beat Georgia Tech 35-21
ATLANTA (AP) – Shaquille Quarterman and Joe Jackson each returned fumbles by Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas for touchdowns in a span of less than 1 minute in the second quarter and No. 14 Miami beat the Yellow Jackets 35-21 on Saturday.
Miami won in the Atlantic Coast Conference debut of coach Mark Richt, the former Georgia coach.
Miami (4-0, 1-0 ACC) led 28-7 after the fumble returns of 17 yards by Quarterman and 18 yards by Jackson. Georgia Tech (3-2, 1-2) cut the deficit to 28-21 before Miami’s Brad Kaaya answered with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Stacy Coley late in the third quarter.
Georgia Tech freshman running back Dedrick Mills scored three touchdowns – runs of 7 and 1 yards and a 9-yard pass from Thomas.
Georgia Tech’s offense bounced back with 361 yards after being shut down in last week’s 26-7 loss to No. 5 Clemson. The Yellow Jackets couldn’t overcome three turnovers by Thomas.
A fourth-down pass by Thomas was intercepted by linebacker Michael Pinckney with about two minutes remaining.
Miami had no turnovers. Kaaya completed 13 of 19 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown.
Joe Yearby had 65 yards rushing, including a 27-yard scoring run, and Mark Walton added a 14-yard touchdown run for Miami.
Flowers, Mack help USF pull away, beat Cincinnati 45-20
CINCINNATI (AP) – Quentin Flowers and Marlon Mack ran for two touchdowns apiece and Mack became South Florida’s career rushing leader as the Bulls scored the final 28 points to beat Cincinnati 45-20 on Saturday night.
Mack finished 118 yards on 20 carries, including a 49-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that moved him past Andre Hall into first on South Florida’s career rushing list. Mack, a junior, has 2,755 yards rushing in 28 career games.
Flowers completed 16 of 26 passes for 196 yards and added 74 yards rushing.
Mack’s first touchdown, a 4-yard run, gave USF (4-1, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) a 24-20 lead with 1:40 left in the first half.
Flowers scored on a 19-yard run with 4:29 to play in the third quarter and, fewer than 3 minutes later, Johnny Ward returned an interception 11 yards for a touchdown to make it 38-20.
Bearcats’ freshman Ross Trail threw for one touchdown and ran for another but threw three interceptions before being replaced by Gunner Kiel after Ward’s pick-six. Tion Greene had 98 yards rushing and a touchdown on 12 carries for Cincinnati (3-2, 0-1).
Killins, Wilson spark UCF past East Carolina, 47-29
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Adrian Killins returned a kickoff 100 yards and Dontravious Wilson ran for two scores as Central Florida beat East Carolina, 47-29 in the American Athletic Conference opener Saturday.
Killins now has scored three touchdowns, each covering 60 yards or more.
Wilson became the first Knight to score three touchdowns in a game since 2014 last week; this week he had scoring runs of 35- and 14-yards.
Phillip Nelson found Deondre Farrier with a 16-yard scoring pass to put the Pirates (2-3, 0-1) on the board first, but Killins tied the game by returning the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown and the Knights (3-2, 1-0) tackled East Carolina running back Devin Anderson for a safety to take the lead, 9-7.
Nelson was 23 of 41 for 278 yards and two touchdowns for East Carolina, but Brendon Hayes picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown.
McGough rallies FIU to 33-31 win over FAU
MIAMI (AP) – Alex McGough ran for two touchdowns and passed for another, Austin Taylor kicked the go-ahead field goal and Florida International beat Florida Atlantic 33-31 on Saturday in a game that featured five lead changes.
FAU (1-4, 0-1 Conference USA) led 24-14 after Azeez Al-Shaair intercepted McGough’s pass on the first play of the second half and returned it 30 yards for a score.
Anthony Jones replied with a 3-yard TD run to cap FIU’s next drive, then McGough’s 26-yard TD pass to Thomas Owens made it 27-24 FIU.
FAU’s Devin Singletary scored on a 1-yard run to regain the lead 31-27 for the Owls, but Taylor capped two FIU drives with 37- and 32-yard field goals.
McGough was 15 of 30 for 199 yards passing for FIU (0-4, 1-0).
Gregory Howell Jr. scored on a 68-yard run, Jason Driskel hit Marcus Clark on a 9-yard TD pass and Greg Joseph kicked a career-long 50-yard field goal for the Owls.
FLORIDA STATE-NORTH CAROLINA
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida State’s 22-game home winning streak is over after Nick Weiler drilled a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give North Carolina a 37-35 triumph over the 12th-ranked Seminoles.
The Tar Heels were able to drive 38 yards in three plays to set up the winning kick after Deondre Francois scored on a two-yard run to put the Seminoles ahead 35-34 with 22 seconds left.
Buechel with 6 TDs as Duquesne beats Jacksonville 54-35
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Dillon Buechel threw a career-best six touchdowns to lead Duquesne in a 54-35 win over Jacksonville Saturday.
Buechel had 393 yards on 23-of-32 passing for the Dukes (3-2). His favorite target was Wayne Capers Jr. who had 235 yards and four touchdowns receiving. A.J. Hines ran for 134 yards and Austin Crimmins kicked two field goals.
Buechel’s six TD passes and Capers’ four scoring catches both tie school records.
Buechel opened the second half with two touchdown throws to Capers – from 65 and 44 yards – to boost Duquesne’s 20-14 halftime advantage to 34-14 with 11:09 to play in the third quarter. Jacksonville closed the gap to 34-28 but Buechel and Capers connected again to extend Duquesne’s lead to 41-28 with 4:29 to go in the third.
Buechel was one of 40 players named this season to the College Football Performance Awards FCS National Player of the Year watch list.
SAVANNAH ST-FLORIDA A&M
Florida A&M beats Savannah St 19-14 for first win of season
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Ryan Stanley completed 21 of his 30 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown and Florida A&M beat Savannah State 19-14 on Saturday night for its first win of the season.
Florida A&M opened the year with four consecutive losses by an average of 35.75 points per game.
Hans Supre ran for 93 yards and a touchdown and Tevin Spells added a touchdown rushing and another receiving for Florida A&M.
The Rattlers (1-4, 1-1 MEAC) led 13-7 at halftime and 19-7 after three quarters thanks to a 10-yard Supre TD run.
Nicholas Bentley cut the Savannah State (1-3, 1-1) deficit to 19-14 with a 2-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter. The Tigers had the ball inside the red zone on its penultimate drive, but T.J. Bell’s pass was intercepted by Florida A&M’s Jacques Bryant with 3:53 left.
Bell had 32 yards passing and 48 yards rushing for the Tigers.