Clemson Survives Scare, Showing Championship Mettle In OT Win
Oct 18 2016 by Marjorie Miles
N.C. State's Kyle Bambard missed a 37-yard field goal wide right on the final play of regulation that would have ended several streaks for the Tigers, and perhaps their hopes of an Atlantic Coast Conference and national title.
But in Clemson's case, it proves that no matter how talented you are, you have to take care of the football or you're likely going to lose.
Shock Linwood's 4-yard score on the first play after a Kansas fumble was his 36th career rushing touchdown and broke a tie with Alfred Anderson for the most in school history.
Tigers leading rusher, junior running back Wayne Gallman, suffered a head injury in the first quarter and did not return.
With Gallman injured, the Tigers were forced to turn to the passing game - and had great success.
Watson is among the top quarterback draft prospects in the college game.
No. 1 Alabama 49, No. 9 Tennessee 10 • In Knoxville, Tenn., Jalen Hurts and Bo Scarbrough each ran for over 100 yards and Alabama again got points from its defense and special teams.
Alabama (7-0, 4-0 SEC) earned its 19th straight victory overall and its 10th consecutive win in this annual series. Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins had a 10-yard rush for a first down on a fake punt and later blocked a field goal.
It was the most lopsided victory by either team in this rivalry since a 51-0 Alabama victory in 1906. They will next play on Thursday, Oct.27 against Virginia Tech. "You've got to win games like that". It's also the first time since 2001 that Nebraska has won its first six.
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But some could - and probably will - make an argument to the opposite, saying that it's more of a reflection of how Clemson and Louisville (5-1, 3-1) have come back to earth. Mitch Trubisky threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns for North Carolina, while Bug Howard had 10 catches for 156 yards for North Carolina.
The Bears (6-0, 3-0) rolled up a 42-0 halftime advantage and cruised the rest of the way.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Travis Rudolph had a career-high 13 receptions for 238 yards and Florida State overcame three turnovers to beat Wake Forest. He's expected to play in Clemson's next game - an October 29 trip to Florida State.
NC State recovered the fumble and quickly hit a 38-yard pass two plays later for its second drive deep into Clemson territory. Ohio State had a scare against Penn State two years ago, needing two overtimes to close out the Nittany Lions on the road. They return to action against No. 13 Florida State on October 29.
WACO, Texas - Seth Russell passed for two touchdowns and ran for two as No. 11 Baylor crushed Kansas in Big 12 play. The Tigers totaled 117 yards while averaging just 3 yards per carry.
Clemson was drew all five flags thrown in the fourth quarter, to even out the disparity somewhat.
Gallman hauled in a swing pass from QB Deshaun Watson for 18 yards on the Tigers' opening drive, before NC State's Dravious Wright delivered a blow that left the Clemson running back splayed on the turf for several minutes before he was helped to the sideline by the training staff.
Gallman set Clemson's single-season rushing record with 1,527 yards a year ago.
The Tigers were leapfrogged by MI in Sunday's AP Top 25, moving down a spot to No. 4, while remaining third in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll.