The Norman Transcript

October 7, 2012

Wolfpack stun No. 3 Seminoles


The Associated Press

NORMAN — Mike Glennon found Bryan Underwood for a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 16 seconds left, helping North Carolina State rally to beat third-ranked Florida State 17-16 on Saturday night.

The Seminoles (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) appeared poised to strengthen their grip on their division, leading 16-0 at halftime behind a dominating defensive performance. But the Wolfpack (4-2, 1-1) inched closer after halftime before coming up with a game-turning blocked punt by Mike Rose with 2:27 left, giving the ball back to Glennon at the FSU 43 with a chance to complete a stunning comeback.

Glennon marched the Wolfpack down the field and completed a pair of fourth-down passes, the second when he found Underwood alone over the middle to tie the game and take the lead on the ensuing point-after kick.

FSU drove near midfield in the final seconds, but the Wolfpack defense knocked down EJ Manuel’s desperation heave near the goal line to end it.

The play sent the Wolfpack players spilling onto the field in celebration, capping a stunning turn considering how overmatched they looked overmatched in the first half.

No. 10 Florida 14, No. 4 LSU 6: Mike Gillislee ran for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns, bringing Florida to life in the second half to beat LSU.

Led by Gillislee and a dominant defense, Florida’s grind-it-out victory provided a signature win for coach Will Muschamp in his second season in Gainesville. It was the program’s first win against a ranked team since beating rival Georgia in 2010.

The Gators (5-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) wore down the Tigers (5-1, 1-1) in the second half — no surprise because Florida has been doing that all season. Florida, which trailed 6-0 at halftime, also came from behind to beat Texas A&M and Tennessee on the road last month.

The Gators harassed quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who completed 11 of 25 passes for 161 yards, with an interception.

No. 9 Notre Dame 41, Miami 3: Cierre Wood and George Atkinson III gave Notre Dame its first 100-yard rushing duo in a decade, and Everett Golson came off the bench in what was a very tame sequel to the famed “Catholics vs. Convicts” rivalry.

Wood rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and Atkinson added 123 yards and another score. Golson, who sat the first series as punishment for violating team rules, completed his first six passes and finished 17 of 22 as Notre Dame improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2002.

No. 12 Ohio St. 63, No. 20 Nebraska 38: Braxton Miller rushed for 186 yards, zig-zagging 72 yards for one score and passing for another, to lead No. 12 Ohio State past No. 21 Nebraska on Saturday night before the largest crowd ever at Ohio Stadium.

Miller broke his own QB rushing mark at Ohio State (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten). Corey Brown returned a punt 76 yards for a TD, Bradley Roby brought back an interception 41 yards and Carlos Hyde scored on four runs before a raucous crowd of 106,102 in the Horseshoe’s 90th season.

No. 14 Oregon St. 19, Washington St. 6: Jordan Poyer had three interceptions, Sean Mannion passed for 270 yards and No. 14 Oregon State survived a shaky start.

Markus Wheaton had 95 yards receiving and a touchdown but it was the Beavers defense which kept the Cougars at arm’s length on the day when Mannion, who threw three interceptions, was more down than up.

Oregon State (4-0, 3-0 Pac-12) has surpassed its win total from all of 2011.

No. 15 Clemson 47, Georgia Tech 31: Tajh Boyd threw for a career high 397 yards and DeAndre Hopkins had 173 yards receiving to lead Clemson over Georgia Tech.

The Tigers (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) gained 601 yards, while the Yellow Jackets (2-4, 1-3) gained 483.

Boyd threw for two touchdowns, including a 35-yard touchdown to Hopkins that put Clemson up 38-31 with 10:29 left in the game.

No. 18 Stanford 54, Arizona 48, OT: Chase Thomas intercepted a tipped pass by Matt Scott in overtime, Stepfan Taylor ran for a 21-yard score two plays later and Stanford rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to stun Arizona.

Josh Nunes threw for a career-high 360 yards and two touchdowns and ran for three more scores for Stanford (4-1, 2-1 Pac-12) to offset Scott’s record-setting performance.

Scott completed 45 of 69 passes — both school records — for 491 yards and three touchdowns until Henry Anderson tipped his final pass in overtime that Thomas intercepted.

No. 20 Mississippi St. 27, Kentucky 14: Tyler Russell passed for two touchdowns and Mississippi State held Kentucky to just 228 yards on offense in the victory.

LaDarius Perkins carried 25 times for 110 yards, including a 31-yard score, and Devon Bell kicked field goals of 20 and 37 yards as Mississippi State moved to 5-0 for the first time since 1999. The Bulldogs are 2-0 in Southeastern Conference play.

No. 22 Rutgers 19, Connecticut 3: Jawan Jamison ran for 110 yards and Wayne Warren returned an interception 25 yards for a scores as Rutgers suffocated UConn to remain undefeated.

The Scarlet Knights (5-0, 2-0 Big East) are off to their best start since 2007, and they avenged a bitter loss to the Huskies that ended last regular season and kept Rutgers from sharing the conference title.

Penn St. 39, No. 24 Northwestern 28: Quarterback Matt McGloin scored on a 5-yard run with 2:37 left and Penn State rallied from 11 points down in fourth quarter to beat Northwestern.

The Nittany Lions scored three times in the final 9:49, starting with McGloin’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Allen Robinson as the receiver dragged along the back line of the end zone. Michael Zordich had a 2-point conversion run to get Penn State within 28-25 before McGloin’s scramble into the end zone sent the homecoming weekend crowd into a frenzy.

— AP

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