PITTSBURGH (AP) – Kenny Pickett, Jordan Addison and No. 20 Pittsburgh took the chaos out of the CCA Coastal Division. Pickett threw for 340 yards and four touchdowns – all in Addison – in his last game at Heinz Field and the Panthers won their second coastal title in four years with a 48-38 victory over Virginia. Addison caught 14 passes for 202 yards. His 63-yard catch-and-run for a score just over 2 minutes from time sealed him. Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong had 487 yards and three goals on his return from injury.
CLEMSON, SC (AP) – Clemson earned his 13th straight finish against No.13 Wake Forest with a 48-27 victory that kept the Demon Deacons from winning the ACC Atlantic Division. Wake Forest can still qualify for the CCA title game by beating Boston College next Saturday. Clemson remains in the race, but will need Wake Forest and North Carolina State No.25 to lose once again. The Tigers won their 34th straight home game and finally looked like the power they were meant to be at the start of the season. They sacked Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman seven times.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – Jack Coan threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns in just over the half and Notre Dame No.6 had two defensive touchdowns to win his sixth straight game, 55-0 against beleaguered Georgia Tech. Saturday. Coan completed 15 of 20 assists. He netted 52-yard first-half touchdowns to Michael Mayer and 20 yards to Logan Diggs as the Irish took a 45-0 halftime. With Coan leading the Irish offense and defense stalking Georgia Tech quarterback Jordan Yates all afternoon, coach Brian Kelly’s Fighting Irish (CFP No. 8) fell to 10-1, reaching the level of 10 wins for the fifth consecutive season. Georhia Tech fell to 3-8.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) – Tyler Van Dyke had 357 yards and three touchdowns, the last of them 55 yards for Mike Harley with 10:39 remaining which helped Miami contain Virginia Tech 38-26. The victory ensured that Miami (6-5, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) will be eligible for the bowl. It also ended a six-game streak for the Hurricanes in games decided by no more than four points. Connor Blumrick had two touchdown passes for Virginia Tech (5-6, 3-4), as well as a record 132 rushing yards in interim coach JC Price’s debut.
NON DATE (AP) – The superpowers have asserted themselves on the upstarts. In a season strewn with twists and surprises, the most talented teams are starting to rise to the top. Michigan State’s No.7 and Wake Forest’s No.13 were good stories, but against Ohio State’s No.5 and Clemson they were outclassed. Alabama’s No.2 won his spot in the Southeastern Conference Championship game against Georgia and Oklahoma’s No.12 rebounded from his first loss of the season to position himself for a return to the Big 12 title game. As Thanksgiving approaches, a season that at times seemed to be heading for chaos is about to fall into place largely as planned.
RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Devin Leary pitched for two touchdowns, Zonovan Knight returned a kickoff for a touchdown and North Carolina State No.25 beat Syracuse 41-17 on Saturday to keep his hopes of winning an Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. The Wolfpack scored touchdowns on offensive, defensive and special teams in under 3.5 minutes. In order to get to Charlotte for the league title game on December 4, the Wolfpack must defeat North Carolina on Friday, followed by a loss to Wake Forest the next day at Boston College. First-year running back Sean Tucker became Syracuse’s point guard in one season, passing Joe Morris to break a 42-year-old record with a run in the second quarter and finish with 109 rushing yards in the game.
CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) – Playing without quarterback Sam Howell, North Carolina ran 305 yards to beat Wofford 34-14, thus becoming eligible in bowling. Howell, which was a game-time decision, missed the first game of his career with an upper-body injury suffered against No.20 Pittsburgh last week. Jacolby Criswell started for the Tar Heels and threw for 125 yards, adding 66 yards and a rushing touchdown. Freshman Drake Maye took over after halftime and finished with 89 yards.
BOSTON (AP) – Jordan Travis threw three touchdowns and 251 yards and Florida State stopped Boston College in their own turf in the final two minutes for a 26-23 victory on Saturday. A week after rallying to an eight-point deficit in the final five minutes for a victory over rival Miami, the Seminoles (5-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) took a 23-point lead before s ‘hang to achieve victory. far from becoming eligible for the Bowl. Travis made 20 of 34 passes without interceptions, connecting to three different receivers for the scores.
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