UNDATED (AP) — The College Football Playoffs contenders lived on the edge in Week 12, with the top four teams all teetering to varying degrees and at different points. That was before No. 5 Tennessee went down with a thud. It was just another Saturday for No. 4 TCU. TCU and No. 3 Michigan both needed field goals in the last second to remain undefeated. No. 1 Georgia was struggling through an away game against Kentucky. No. 2 Ohio State was trailing against Maryland at halftime before finishing. Among the Blue Bloods vying for a spot in the CFP, the Horned Frogs may be the outliers, but they are unquestionably worthy.
CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — Zach Gibson threw for 174 yards and Georgia Tech had 21 unanswered points for a 21-17 away win over No. 13 North Carolina. All three of Georgia Tech’s scoring drives were over 68 yards and culminated in racy touchdowns. North Carolina was on a six-game winning streak, winning the ACC’s Coastal Division last week. The Tar Heels had a chance to regain the lead late in the fourth quarter, but Josh Downs dropped a 4th and 11th pass from quarterback Drake Maye in the end zone with just over four minutes to go.
CLEMSON, SC (AP) — DJ Uiagalelei threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third as Clemson beat No. 9 Miami 40-10 for his 40th straight home win. The Tigers had 10 wins for a 12th straight season and finished their fourth perfect ACC regular season since 2015. Clemson led 24-0 at halftime and limited Miami to 75 yards in the first three quarters. Uiagalelei had touchdown passes of 7 yards to Davis Allen and 2 yards to Luke Price. Uiagalelei also ran for an 8-yard score. Miami fell to 5-6 and needs to win next week to qualify for a bowl game.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Cornerback Benjamin Morrison had three interceptions, Notre Dame’s defense forced two fumbles and the No. 18 Irish scored with their first eight possessions to beat Boston College 44-0. The 8-3 Fighting Irish won their ninth straight game against Boston College and now have a 28-game winning streak in the regular season against teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference through 28. The temperature at the time of the game was 27 degrees, making it the coldest Game at Notre Dame made nine years, and heavy snow fell through much of the third quarter
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Jordan Travis and Treshaun Ward each had two touchdown carries in the first half, and Florida State rushed for 251 yards to lead Louisiana 49-17 on Saturday. Florida State (8-3) posted a season-high in points, surpassed 200 rushing yards for the sixth straight game and claimed its fourth straight double-digit win. The Seminoles last won eight or more games in 2016.
WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — Sam Hartman threw four touchdown passes in Wake Forest’s 45-35 win over Syracuse in the last home game of a record career. Three of those goals went to AT Perry and the Demon Deacons suffered a three-game losing streak. After being 21:10 behind, the Demon Deacons rattled off the next 35 points. The scoring spree was cut short by Brendon Harris’ 36-yard return for a touchdown with an interception. Syracuse (6-5, 3-4) has lost five straight games since a hot start that propelled the Orange into the national rankings. Sean Tucker rushed for two touchdowns and 106 yards with 16 carries, and LeQuint Allen threw for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass.
SYRACUSE, NY (AP) — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim hit his 1,000 with a 76-48 win over Northeastern. Earned a career win. Joe Girard had 21 points and five 3-pointers for the orange, and Jesse Edwards added 19 points and seven rebounds. The Orange jumped out with a 9-0 lead in the first two minutes and led the rest of the way. Syracuse assembled a 21-6 run in the second half to extend their lead to 68-39. Jared Turner had a team-high seven points for Northeastern. Boeheim has been at the helm of Syracuse since 1976 and had 101 wins in five seasons, vacated by the NCAA in 2015.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jahwar Jordan scored two touchdowns, one of them with a 98-yard kickoff return, James Turner kicked four field goals and Louisville defeated North Carolina State 25-10. Jordan, a sophomore, finished the tournament with 105 yards in 16 carries. His second touchdown, a 2-yard run, gave Louisville a 22-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Wolfpack got 13-10 in the third quarter when Ben Finley hit a 34-yard touchdown pass with Michael Allen.
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