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No. 1 Florida St survives against No. 22 Clemson

September 21, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) — With Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston watching from the sideline, No. 1 Florida State came back to beat No. 22 Clemson 23-17 in overtime on Karlos Williams’ 12-yard touchdown run in College football Saturday night.

Winston was suspended for the game against Clemson after making “offensive and vulgar” comments earlier this week on campus.

His backup, Sean Maguire, had an up-and-down night, and Clemson had enough missed opportunities to allow Florida State to extend its winning streak to 19 games.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney declined to attempt a 33-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime and Adam Choice was stuffed for no gain on fourth-and-1. Two plays later, Williams bounced outside and went untouched into the end zone.

In other games, No.2 Oregon, No. 3 Alabama and No. 4 Oklahoma recorded wins, but No. 8 LSU was upset by Mississippi State.

Marcus Mariota threw for 329 yards and five touchdowns as No. 2 Oregon held off Washington State 38-31 in a matchup of two of the top offenses in the nation.

Devon Allen and Keanon Lowe each had two touchdown receptions for Oregon, which has won eight straight games against Washington State.

Connor Halliday threw for 436 yards and four touchdowns for Washington State, which boasts the nation’s top passing attack.

At Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Blake Sims threw for 445 yards, the second-best passing performance in Alabama history, and the third-ranked Crimson Tide overcame a sloppy performance to beat Florida 42-21.

Sims threw scoring passes of 87 yards to Kenyan Drake on the opening play and 79 to Amari Cooper later in the first quarter. Cooper caught 10 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns.

The Tide’s turnovers and miscues kept the game close into the fourth quarter. Alabama’s 645 total yards was the most the Gators have allowed since Nebraska’s 629 yards in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.

Oklahoma freshman Samaje Perine rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Sooners to a 45-33 victory at West Virginia.

Alex Ross scored on a 100-yard kickoff return and quarterback Trevor Knight caught a 4-yard scoring pass on a trick play for Oklahoma, as it won its eighth straight game dating to last season and its 11th road game in 12 tries.

Perine had second-half scoring runs of 9, 5 and 19 yards as the Sooners pulled away after the game was tied 24-24 at halftime.

At Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dak Prescott highlighted a dynamic performance with two touchdown passes and 56-yard scoring run, and Mississippi State held off a wild rally to beat LSU 34-29 and end a 14-game losing streak in the series.

MSU led 34-10 in the fourth quarter, but LSU scored three late touchdowns, including two in 28 seconds. That set up a last-second desperation heave by LSU backup quarterback Brandon Harris, which was intercepted by Will Redmond at the goal line.

In other notable top 25 games, No.6 Texas A&M crushed SMU 58-6, No.11 Michigan State thrashed Eastern Michigan 73-14, No. 13 Georgia shutout Troy 66-0 and No.14 South Carolina followed up its impressive win against Georgia last week with a 48-34 victory over Vanderbilt.

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