Lawrence starred in return for Clemson By Reuters No. 3
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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who hadn’t played in a game since Oct. 24, returned on a prosperous Saturday, passing for 403 yards and two touchdowns when Clemson No. 3 visited Pittsburgh 52-17.
Lawrence missed two games including the 47:40 overtime loss at Notre Dame on Nov. 7 while quarantined for COVID-19. Probably number 1 in next year’s NFL draft, he completed 26 of 37 passes for the Tigers (8-1, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Clemson’s Travis Etienne won 58 yards on 11 runs with two short touchdown runs.
Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett joined on 22 of 39 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted four times, twice by Mario Goodrich. The Panthers (5-5, 4-5) had a two-game winning streak.
No. 1 Alabama 42, No. 22 Auburn 13
Led by Mac Jones’ five touchdown passes, the Crimson Tide crushed the Tigers in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Jones led Alabama, which now leads the all-time series 47-37-1, completing 18 of 26 passes for 302 and throwing two touchdowns each to recipients DeVonta Smith and John Metchie III. Smith got seven passes for 171 yards while Metchie got six passes for 55 yards.
Alabama (8-0, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) prevailed despite playing without coach Nick Saban, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. Bo Nix completed 23 of 38 passes for 227 yards and two interceptions for Auburn (5-3, 5-3).
No. 6 Florida 34, Kentucky 10
Kyle Trask threw three touchdown passes at Kyle Pitt’s favorite target, Kadarius Toney scored a trick play, and the No. 6 Gators toppled the Wildcats in Gainesville, Florida.
Trask found Pitts for TDs of 56, 2 and 7 yards to extend the quarterback’s NCAA-leading touchdown total to 34. Pitts’ three tallies give him 11 in the season. The junior close end came back to life after Georgia defender Lewis Cine was injured in a hit at the teams’ annual meeting in Jacksonville – a 44:28 win in Florida on Nov. 7.
The Gators (7-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) were nearing the SEC East title behind Trask’s outing of 21 of 27, who scored 256 yards and three points. Pitts made five passes for a height of 99 yards.
Michigan State 29, No. 8 Northwestern (NASDAQ 🙂 20
The Spartans angered the Wildcats in East Lansing, Michigan, to all but rule out Northwestern’s outside chance of making the college football playoffs.
Northwestern (5-1, 5-1 Big Ten) returned for the second time this season from a 17-point deficit in the second quarter and scored 20 unanswered points early in the fourth quarter to take the lead.
But the Spartans (2-3, 2-3) scored the last 12 points of the game, scoring a couple of field goals from Matt Coghlin in the last 10:11, before regaining a fumble in the end zone after time ran out.
No. 12 Indiana 27, Maryland 11
Freshman Tim Baldwin rushed for 106 yards and Stevie Scott added 80 yards of rushing and three rushing touchdowns, lifting the Hoosiers to a win over the Terrapins in Bloomington, Ind.
The Hoosiers (5-1, 5-1) only led 7-3 at halftime before pulling back for the win in the second half. DK Bonhomme fired Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa in the end zone to give Indiana a 9-3 lead in the third quarter. Then, on the next offensive run by the Hoosiers, Scott threw himself on a 1-yard TD run, followed by a two-point conversion that put Indiana 17-3 ahead.
The ride came at a cost, however, as Indiana lost quarterback Michael Penix to an apparent leg injury. Penix had struggled to throw the ball up to that point and ended the game 6 of 19 for 84 yards. Tagovailoa completed 17 of 36 passes for 241 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions for Maryland (2-2, 2-2).
# 20 Coastal Carolina 49, State of Texas 14
CJ Marable ran for three touchdowns when the Chanticleers went undefeated in beating host Bobcats in San Marcos, Texas.
Coastal Carolina (9-0, 7-0 Sun Belt) won the conference’s Eastern Division title. Marable had races of 14, 9 and 23 meters. He scored the first two touchdowns of the game in the first eight minutes, ending with 157 rushing yards on 16 carry. Teammate Reese White added 72 rushing yards on seven attempts.
Grayson McCall threw two touchdowns in the first half in just 14 passes, both goals going to Jaivon Heiligh. McCall finished the 154-yard in the air 11-18. Brady (NYSE 🙂 McBride for 201 yards and a touchdown for Texas State (2-10, 2-6).
No. 23 Oklahoma State 50, Texas Tech 44
Falling back on the third string, Dezmon Jackson rushed for 235 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the first half as the Cowboys withstood the Red Raiders’ 639 yards in Stillwater, Okla.
Sanders Spencer threw for 222 yards and a touchdown and was intercepted once, and the Cowboys (6-2, 5-2 Big 12) also scored on Jason Taylor’s 48-yard kickoff return and Tre Sterling’s 65-yard interception return a gate.
Alan Bowman passed 31 of 46 for 384 yards and a touchdown and interception for Texas Tech (3-6, 2-6). Seven of these deals went to Erik Ezukanma for 183 yards and two touchdowns. Sarodorick Thompson rushed for 133 yards and two points, and Xavier White turned nine carry into 98 yards, a rush went 70 yards for a touchdown.
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