Reviewing Games of Saturday, October 31, 2015

#9 Notre Dame 24,  #21 Temple 20
* Fighting Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer threw for 299 yards.  His 17-yard pass to Will Fuller proved to be the game-winner with just over 2 minutes to play.  Kizer also ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns, one of which was a 79-yard dash in the second quarter to give Notre Dame a 14-10 halftime lead.  His rushing yardage was the most for an Irish quarterback since 1969.
* An Austin Jones 36-yard field goal had put Temple up 20-17 with less than 5 minutes to go.
* The sloppy conditions slowed Notre Dame’s playmakers.
* For the Irish defense Sheldon Day had 2.5 tackles for loss and forced a fumble, while Romeo Okwara had three TFLs.
* Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly shoved assistant David Grimes in a sideline incident about which he does not plan to talk any further.

#3 Clemson 56,  North Carolina State 41
* Kizer wasn’t the only quarterback with a monster game Saturday.  Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson had five passing touchdowns and one running, 383 yards in the air and 54 on the ground.  Total yards:  437.  Such numbers would be a good game for an entire team, let alone one man.
* Wayne Gallman rushed for 172 yards and a score for the Tigers, who accumulated 623 total yards and held off numerous fourth-quarter comeback attempts by the Wolfpack.
* Clemson can clinch the ACC Atlantic Division title with a win at home this coming Saturday against Florida State.  After that, each of Clemson’s remaining opponents are under .500.  Syracuse has dropped five in a row, Wake Forest has lost its last three, and South Carolina has lost three of its last four.  Beat F.S.U., and all that stands in the way of the College Football Playoff is the
ACC Championship game.

#11 Florida 27,  Georgia 3
* The Gators used a dominant defensive performance to shut down rival Georgia, which attained only 223 total yards.  Bulldog quarterback Faton Bauta felt the heat all day, and Sony Michel had nowhere to run.
* Kelvin Taylor scored twice while rushing for 121 yards to lead the Florida offense.
* It was 20-0 at the half.
* Quarterback Treon Harris did not have a statistical game worth writing home about, but he accounted for seven of Florida’s 15 first downs  –  four with his arm and three with his legs.
Harris had missed on nine consecutive pass attempts when he executed the biggest offensive play of the game by hitting freshman Antonio Callaway for a 66-yard score in the second quarter.
* Florida beat Georgia for the 20th time in the last 26 meetings and can lock up the SEC East Saturday at home against Vanderbilt.

#12 Oklahoma State 70,  Texas Tech 53
* State and Tech combined to score 123 points, which is the third-most ever in a non-overtime game involving a ranked team.
*  J.W. Walsh threw fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 75 yards and 73 yards for Oklahoma State; both went to James Washington.  Mason Rudolph also threw two touchdown passes for the Cowboys, and Raymond Taylor ran for a pair of scores, a 4-yarder and a 28-yarder.
* Texas Tech twice led by 17 points  –  17 to 0 and 24 to 7.  Tech led 38-28 at the break.
* Jakeem Grant returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and had a non-scoring 90-yard reception of a Patrick Mahomes pass for Texas Tech.  Mahomes hit on 38 of 55 passes (69%) for 80 yards and four scores.  Grant caught 13 balls.
* It was 63-53 in the final seconds when Cowboy Ramon Richards came up with a 59-yard pick-six to account for the final score.
* Now 8-0 but without a single win against a Top 25 team, Mike Gundy’s guys will host unbeaten and 5th-ranked Texas Christian this week.

#19 Mississippi 27,  Auburn 19
* With their team clinging to a one-point, fourth-quarter lead on the road against last-place Auburn, quarterback Chad Kelly hit standout receiver Laquon Treadwell with a 21-yard scoring strike to give the Rebels a much more comfortable eight-point cushion.
* Kelly threw for 381 yards, completing 33 of 51 throws with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
* Auburn was competitive but slipped to 1-4 in SEC play.  Ole Miss is 4-1 and remains in control of its own destiny in the brutal SEC West.

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