Florida State Prevails In OT As Winston Sits;
Mississippi State Upsets LSU
Oregon Withstands Wazzu Upset Bid;
Indiana Upsets Missouri; Utah Wins at Michigan;
'Zona 36-Point 4th Quarter Sinks Cal
by Dave Congrove
September 21, 2014
A 12-yard run by Karlos Williams in overtime lifted Florida State to a 23-17 win over Clemson as Jameis Winston sat out under suspension.
Sean Maguire threw 2 picks in his first start, but also found a wide open Rashad Greene for a 74-yard touchdown and finished with 305 yards passing in his first collegiate start. His last pick came with under 2-1/2 minutes left in regulation and set up Clemson for a potential game-winning touchdown or field goal, but C. J. Davidson was stripped by Eddie Goldman two plays later and the 'Noles ran out the clock to get to overtime.
In the extra stanza, the Tigers came up a yard short of converting a 3rd-and-14 and elected to go for it on 4th-and-1. Again, the Seminole defense stepped up and dropped Adam Choice behind the line of scrimmage. FSU then got its OT chance and Williams ran for 13 yards on 1st down. With the ball on the left hash, everyone expected the 'Noles to rush the ball to the middle of the field to set up a the field goal, but Williams ran a counter to the left and went untouched into the endzone.
Winston had been suspended for the first-half when a Tuesday incident involved him jumping on a table near the Student Union and yelling an indecent phrase that has been sadly popularized on the internet but is very offensive toward women. The school decided on Friday night to lengthen the suspension to the entire game when, they claim, evidence surfaced that Winston had not been completely forthcoming about the incident. Public outcry may have also played a role, though, given the amount of time Winston has spent in the news for other missteps and a lengthy investigation for alleged sexual assault on a woman.
Other late Saturday night games saw Nebraska put down Miami 41-31 in Lincoln, and Oklahoma outlast West Virginia 45-33 in Morgantown.
Saturday also saw its share of upsets.
Mississippi State stunned LSU 34-29. The Bulldogs opened up a 34-10 lead early in the 4th quarter and held on for the win. Their first victory in Baton Rouge since 1991 snapped an overall 14-game losing streak to the Tigers.
An Indiana touchdown with 22 seconds lifted the Hoosiers to a 31-27 upset win at Missouri after Mizzou had just take the lead 1:58 earlier on a 40-yard FG. Last week, Indiana was beaten at Bowling Green. This week, Bowling Green went to Wisconsin and got clobbered 68-17.
While Indiana gave the Big Ten a win over an SEC team, the PAC-12 put the Big Ten back on its heels with Utah's 26-10 win at Michigan. The game was interrupted in the 4th quarter for several hours due to bad weather.
Late in the desert on Saturday night, Arizona staged a 4th quarter comeback for the ages. The Wildcats tallied 36 points in a furious rally that culminated in a 47-yard Hail Mary on the final play of the game to give 'Zona a 49-45 win over California. 19 of those points came in the final 3:30 of the contest after the Golden Bears had extended their lead to 45-30 with 5:21 left. In all, the teams combined for 50 points in the last period. Cal led 28-6 at halftime and 31-14 after the 3rd.
Also late on Saturday, Oregon managed to shake off the upset bid from Washington State, winning 38-31 in Pullman. The Cougars had an answer for every Ducks' score, but Oregon got the final tally with 5:33 left to stay undefeated.
East Carolina, coming off a 28-21 win at Virginia Tech last week, knocked off another ACC team. The Pirates bludgeoned visiting North Carolina 70-41. Virginia Tech, meanwhile, lost again as Georgia Tech kicked the game-winning field goal on the game's final play for a 27-24 upset in Blacksburg.
In one of the weekend's top marquee matchups, Alabama was able to wear down SEC rival Florida 42-21. The Crimson Tide rolled up the final 21 points of the game and overcame a 4-turnover performance.
In one of the weekend's most interesting finishes, Southern Miss blocked Appalachian State's PAT with 6 seconds left to preserve a 21-20 win.
FBS vs. FCS:
FBS schools went 10-1 in games vs. FCS schools this week and are now 87-6 (.935) for the year, 918-87 (.913) since 2003.
The lone FCS win this week was NW State (La.) over Louisiana Tech 30-27.
Here are the results of all the FBS losses to FCS schools this season:
8/30: Bethune-Cookman 14, FIU 12
8/30: North Dakota State 31, Iowa State 14
9/6: Eastern Kentucky 17, Miami (Ohio) 10
9/13: Indiana State 27, Ball State 20
9/13: Abilene Christian 38, Troy 35
9/20: NW State (La.) 30, Louisiana Tech 27
By this time last year, there were 14 wins by FCS teams over FBS schools.
North Dakota State's win over Iowa State on opening weekend was the 5th straight over a FBS team for the three-time defending FCS champions. Since 2010, NDSU has won road games at Kansas, Minnesota, Colorado State, Kansas State, and now Iowa State. Conversely, Iowa State has lost 2 straight to FCS schools after opening last season with a loss to Northern Iowa.
Bethune-Cookman's win over FIU on opening weekend was its second straight over the Golden Panthers.
This year, 103 FBS schools have scheduled a total of 108 games against FCS foes. Appalachian State, Army, Ball State, Buffalo and FIU each play 2 such games.
Florida State - 19-game winning streak (FBS longest), 14-game conference winning streak (FBS longest). Won 23-17 in OT at home over Clemson on Saturday.
Northern Illinois - 27-game home winning streak (FBS longest) in true home games (at own venue); 17-game road winning streak (FBS longest) in true road games (at opponent venue) was snapped in a 52-14 loss at Arkansas on Saturday.
LSU - Won 48 straight regular season nonconference games (FBS longest). Lost 34-29 at home to Mississippi State on Saturday.
Miami (Ohio) - Lost 20 straight (FBS longest). Lost 31-24 at Cincinnati on Saturday.
Kansas - Lost 25 straight road games (FBS longest). Won 24-10 at home over Central Michigan on Saturday.
Kentucky - Lost 17 straight conference games (FBS longest). Idle this week.