Two Unbeatens Fall and Two Quadruple Overtimes

Georgia Tech 22,  #9 Florida State 16
* With the game tied at 16 and :06 to play, Florida State’s Roberto Aguayo tried to win it for the ‘Noles with a 56-yard field goal.  Aguayo is one of the best placekickers in the nation, but the intended trajectory on this long attempt was necessarily low, and Georgia Tech’s Patrick Gamble
blocked it.  Tech players celebrated.  Except for Lance Austin, that is.  He approached the ball at his 22-yard line, hesitated momentarily, picked it up and took off for the Florida State end zone.
Seventy-eight yards later Austin had avoided a diving Aguayo and then another Seminole to score the winning touchdown, capping perhaps the greatest upset in Georgia Tech history.  It was, of course, the final play and the most improbable ending to a college football game since, well, last weekend.  (See October 18 post Unthinkable Finish at the Big House.)  This one set off a massive celebration at Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium.
* Georgia Tech came in having lost five straight games.  Florida State had won 28 straight ACC games and failed to break its own conference record for consecutive victories; the Seminoles joined the ACC in 1992 and promptly won their first 28 games.
* Up 16-13 late, Florida State missed a chance to put the Yellow Jackets away.  On 3rd and goal at the Tech 10-yard line, an Everett Golson pass was deflected and eventually intercepted in the back of the end zone by Jamal Golden.  It was, remarkably, the first turnover by the Seminoles’ offense
all season.

Southern California 42,  #3 Utah 24
* Freshman linebacker Cameron Smith intercepted Utah’s Travis Wilson three times and returned the picks 41, 54 and 27 yards.  The 54-yard return was a pick-six late in the second quarter; it helped U.S.C. put an emphatic end to Utah’s dream of a perfect season.
* Trojan quarterback Cody Kessler threw for 264 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score.
His favorite target, JuJu Smith-Schuster, had eight receptions, including a 25-yard touchdown that gave Southern Cal an insurmountable 25-point lead with 10 minutes remaining.
* U.S.C. had lost two straight, while Utah had won eight straight.
* Southern Cal interim coach Clay Helton, who picked up his first win:  “These guys want to prove to everybody what type of team they are.”
* On this night, at least, a very good one.

Arkansas 54,  Auburn 46        (4 OTs)
* Thank goodness for the rule which requires teams to go for two after touchdowns in the third overtime and beyond.
* Arkansas led 14-0 and never trailed in regulation, which ended in a 24-24 deadlock after Auburn fought back.  Each team scored touchdowns in each of the first three overtimes and two-point conversions in the third overtime before the outcome was finally decided in the fourth extra session.  Arkansas’s Brandon Allen threw to Drew Morgan in the right flat on the first play; Morgan raced up the right sideline and dove into the end zone for a touchdown.  Allen then found Kody Walker for two points to put his team up by eight.  Auburn could not respond, gaining just one yard on its four plays.
* Alex Collins had 105 yards rushing on 25workmanlike carries, with one touchdown.  He exceeded 100 yards for the fourth time in his last five games.
* Sean White had 254 yards in the air for Auburn, while Peyton Barber ran for 120 yards.
* Auburn dropped eight passes, including one in the end zone in the decisive fourth OT.  Culprit on that one:  Ricardo Louis.
* The game ended when Arkansas safety Josh Liddell broke up a pass intended for Louis on 4th down.

#23 Duke 45,  Virginia Tech 43        (4 OTs)
* It was the longest game ever played in the ACC.
* After regulation ended with the score tied at 24, the teams exchanged field goals in the first overtime, touchdowns in the second and field goals in the third.  37-37.  Virginia Tech, which lost for the third time in Blacksburg this season, got the ball first in the fourth overtime and scored on a one-yard run by Travon McWilliams.  However, the Hokies’ two-point conversion attempt failed when Michael Brewer’s pass intended for Isaiah Ford, was broken up by Duke’s Deondre Singleton.  43-37, Tech.  It took Duke one play to tie it:  Thomas Sirk’s 25-yard pass to Erich Schneider did the trick.  Sirk, who had four touchdown passes on the day, rolled to his right on the conversion attempt before cutting upfield and reaching the end zone for the winning points.
* The Blue Devils improved to 6-1 on the season and are now 3-0 in ACC action.  At 3-5, Tech’s streak of 22 consecutive winning seasons is in serious jeopardy.

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