Down 20-6 in the fourth quarter, Notre Dame was going to need some big plays and a little luck to stay undefeated and keep its national...
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Down 20-6 in the fourth quarter, Notre Dame was going to need some big plays and a little luck to stay undefeated and keep its national title hopes alive.
It got just enough of both.
Everett Golson scored on a quarterback sneak in the third overtime and the fourth-ranked Fighting Irish came back from a 14-point deficit Saturday to beat Pittsburgh 29-26.
“We overcame a lot tonight. We overcame some uncharacteristic mistakes,” coach Brian Kelly said. “Last year that would have been a loss. But our team kept fighting, kept playing.”
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Notre Dame (9-0) is off to its best start since 1993, when it finished the season ranked No. 2. Pitt (4-5) missed a potential winning field goal in overtime.
At No. 3 Kansas State 44,
Oklahoma State 30
Collin Klein piled up more than 300 yards of offense before leaving in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury, and Kansas State (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) remained unbeaten with a victory over Oklahoma State (5-3, 3-2).
Klein had thrown for 245 yards and run for 64 more before sneaking in for his 50th career rushing touchdown with 9:47 left in the third quarter. The Heisman Trophy front-runner didn’t return to the field on the Wildcats’ next offensive series.
Coach Bill Snyder did not reveal either the injury or its severity, except to say Klein was hurt on a pass play. Snyder said he wasn’t sure whether Klein would be available for Saturday’s game at Texas Christian.
Trainers tended to Klein’s right wrist and his helmet was off, leading to speculation he had a concussion.
At No. 8 Florida 14,
Mike Gillislee took a screen pass and went 45 yards for a touchdown, and Florida survived a scare to beat Southeastern Conference newcomer Missouri.
The Gators kept alive their hopes of winning the SEC’s Eastern Division.
Florida (8-1, 7-1) was shut out in the first half, managing just 111 yards and failing to contain Missouri quarterback James Franklin. The Gators played considerably better in the second half, turning two short fields into touchdowns, with Omarius Hines scoring on a 36-yard jet sweep to tie the score in the third before Gillislee put Florida ahead for good in the fourth.
Franklin finished with four interceptions for the Tigers (4-5, 1-5).
At No. 6 Ohio St. 52,
Carlos Hyde rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns, and Braxton Miller passed for two scores and ran for another to lead Ohio State past Illinois (2-7, 0-5 Big Ten).
The Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) maintained the upper hand in the Leaders Division heading into a bye week.
At No. 7 Georgia 37, Mississippi 10
Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes and Georgia overcame a slow start to beat Mississippi and move one win away from a spot in the SEC championship game.
Georgia (8-1, 6-1) trailed 10-0 before scoring 37 unanswered points. The Bulldogs can clinch the SEC East title and second straight trip to the conference championship game with a win at Auburn next week.
Ole Miss (5-4, 2-3) used blitzes to record five sacks in the first half. The defensive gambles left opportunities for Murray, who completed 21 of 28 passes for 384 yards with no interceptions and touchdown passes of 66, 40, 42 and 28 yards.
No. 10 Clemson 56,
at Duke 20
Tajh Boyd threw for 344 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes for the second straight week to help Clemson beat Duke. DeAndre Hopkins caught three of those TD tosses in the opening quarter for the Tigers (8-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
At No. 12 Louisville 45, Temple 17
Teddy Bridgewater threw a career-high five touchdowns and Louisville rallied past Temple.
The Cardinals (9-0, 4-0 Big East) fell behind for the sixth straight game, but Louisville scored on five of its first six possessions to take a 31-17 halftime lead.
No. 14 Oklahoma 35,
at Iowa State 20
Landry Jones threw for 405 yards and a season-best four touchdowns and Oklahoma (6-2, 4-1 Big 12) beat Iowa State to move coach Bob Stoops into a second-place tie with Bud Wilkinson on the Sooners’ career win list. Stoops got his 145th win and is 12 shy of tying Barry Switzer for most in school history.
San Diego State 21,
at No. 19 Boise State 19
Adam Muema rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown and San Diego State’s special teams had a hand in two other scores in an upset at Boise State.
No. 16 Texas A&M 38,
at No. 17 Mississippi St. 13
Johnny Manziel threw for 311 yards and ran for 129 yards and two TDs, leading Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2 SEC) by Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2).