College football’s best plays: Michigan lead Purdue; Kansas State upsets UCLA
Week 14 of college football The season features a handful of highly anticipated matches through to the end of the year. To open the day, #3 TCU lost its first game of the season, going down 31-28 to #10 Kansas State in overtime of the Big 12 Championship.
No. 1 Georgia defeated No. 14 LSU 50-30 in the SEC Championship in Atlanta, while No. 18 Tulane defeated No. 22 UCF 45-28 in the American Athletic Conference Championship in New Orleans.
Closing things down on FOX is the Big Ten game in Indianapolis, which pits Purdue against No. 2 Michigan, and No. 9 Clemson takes on No. 23 North Carolina in the ACC Championship Game.
Here are the best plays from Saturday’s list!
Purdue vs. No. 2 Michigan
Michigan D starts strong
Michigan’s defense showed its presence on the opening possession of the game. After forcing Purdue to play third and 13th, Purdue defensive quarterback Aidan O’Connell was sacked by Jaylen Harrell.
On the seventh play of Michigan’s opening drive, quarterback JJ McCarthy hit tight end Colston Loveland for a great 25-yard catch.
What a drive!
Purdue evened the score on their second drive of the game.
The campaign featured three receptions by wide receiver Charlie Jones and ended with running back Devin Mokobe punched into the score.
Fake gambling leads to FG
Purdue converted a fake punt on fourth-and-out from its own 44-yard line, with Payne Durham squeaking first. The drive ended with a 33-yard field goal, giving Purdue a 10-7 lead.
Michigan takes back the lead
Purdue was called for a sneak on a Michigan field goal attempt, which led to Michigan putting its offense back on the field and converting a fourth-and-1. Five plays later, McCarthy hit tight end Luke Schoonmaker for a 7-yard touchdown.
No. 9 Clemson vs. No. 23 North Carolina
UNC strikes first
After Clemson went three times to start the game, North Carolina put together an 11-game touchdown drive. Quarterback Drake Maye finished the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.
Clemson strikes back
Kid Klopnik scored at quarterback for Clemson and helped orchestrate a touchdown drive that ended with him hitting tight end Davis Allen for a goal line score.
Clemson benefits from the sales volume
Clemson recovered a fumble from May, and it took two games to turn it into points. After completing a 19-yard trick play to Klubnik, Phil Mafah ran it in for 4 yards. Clemson led 14-7.
Klopnik takes off
Shortly after blocking a North Carolina State field goal attempt, Clemson got his third touchdown of the game.
Klubnik hit wide receiver Cole Turner on a 68-yard touchdown catch, shown below, that set up a 1-yard Clemson quarterback’s run.
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No. 18 Tulane 45, No. 22 UCF 28
Tulane strikes early
UCF only picked up one first down on the game’s opening possession. Tulane’s first possession went very differently.
A nine-play drive was capped by quarterback Michael Pratt and hit wide receiver Shae Wyatt for a 10-yard touchdown, giving Tulane a 7-0 lead.
UCF is investing
Tulane failed to convert a fourth-and-1 from the 32-yard line, and UCF made them pay.
While it took eight plays, Xavier Townsend got the Knights on the board with a 5-yard rushing touchdown. The score cut Tulane’s lead to 10-7.
Tulane finds the end zone
On the fourth play of Tulane’s next drive, Pratt found wide receiver Lawrence Keys, who proceeded to run around the UCF defense for a 43-yard touchdown. The Green Wave led 17-7, which was the score at halftime.
Another long result
Tulane came out of the first half in style. After getting a first down on second-and-five, running back Tejay Spurs found a way to evade a series of UCF defenders and make his way into the end zone for a 60-yard touchdown run. The score gave Tulane a 24-7 lead.
You won’t go away
On the sixth play of the fourth quarter, RJ Harvey hit running back Hudson on a 49-yard touchdown run, his second score of the game.
down to one degree
UCF forced and recovered another Tulane fumble and took advantage. On the fourth play of the possession, UCF running back Isaiah Bowser ran it in for 10 yards, cutting the deficit to three.
Tulane does it again
On the fourth play of Tulane’s next drive, Pratt threw his fourth touchdown of the game. It was a 60-yard pass to White, who ran through the UCF defense on his second touchdown of the game.
Back to control
UCF turned it on downs, and it took Tulane four plays to make it pay. Pratt ran it in from 18 yards out, giving Tulane a 45-28 lead – that would be the final score.
No. 1 Georgia 50, No. 14 LSU 30
LSU went scoreless on the opening possession of the game, but its defense forced a Georgia three-and-out. On LSU’s next possession, the offense set up a 31-yard field goal attempt. Then chaos erupted.
Georgia blocked the field goal attempt, which was returned home by Chris Smith for the first score of the game.
I got it!
LSU quickly got that touchdown.
On the third play of the ensuing drive, quarterback Jayden Daniels hit wide receiver Kaishon Bote for 53 yards, evening the score at seven.
The Bulldogs scored their first offensive touchdown in the dying moments of the first quarter.
Quarterback Stetson Bennett hit tight end Brock Powers on passes of 15 and 32 yards in the early stages of the drive and connected again with a sophomore to close the drive on a 3-yard touchdown, giving Georgia a 14–7 lead.
Fluke’s play leads to a TD
Daniels threw a pass that bounced off a player’s helmet and was eventually intercepted by Georgia midfielder Ismail Mundon. One run later, Bennett hit wide receiver Ladd McConkey for a 22-yard touchdown.
The bulldog pulls away. Georgia got its fourth touchdown of the game when Bennett hit tight end Darnell Washington for a 14-yard score.
It was all bulldogs in the first half. Shortly before halftime, Georgia found the end zone for the fifth time when Bennett hit wide receiver Dillon Bell for a 3-yard score. An LSU field goal before halftime made it 35-10 at the break.
LSU recovered the Georgia fumble and made the most of the takeaway.
On the third play of the ensuing drive, quarterback Garrett Neusmayer, who had entered the game after Daniels suffered an injury, hit Nebras receiver Malik for a 34-yard touchdown.
Don `t give up
LSU’s offense has come up. A kickoff drive went out of bounds and 47 yards from Williams and ended in the end zone, where Noah Kane ran hard on a 1-yard score. LSU failed to convert the two-point conversion and trailed 42-23.
l can’t stop ’em
Georgia had its way with the LSU defense on this one. McIntosh scored his second TD of the night, which Georgia punctuated with a two-point conversion to make it 50-23.
No. 10 Kansas State 31, No. 3 TCU 28
Does TCU exist no matter what happens today?
No. 4 USC went down in the Pac-12 title game Friday night, losing 47-24 to Utah. After USC’s loss, many believe TCU is a lock to make the College Football Playoff with its 12-0 record.
The TCU’s dynamic duo are already connected
Quentin Johnston’s ankle looked good early as he caught a 53-yard pass from Max Duggan on TCU’s second play of the game.
TCU is on top first
The Horned Frogs completed their opening 13-game campaign with a touchdown pass from Duggan to Taye Barber.
Bold call leads to a big score
In the dying seconds of the first quarter, Kansas State elected to go to fourth down. The decision paid off as Will Howard found Ben Sinnott in the apartment while the play was taking place. Not only did Sinnott first down, he ran into the end zone for a 6-yard score to make it 7-7.
The Kansas State quarterback was able to get into the end zone with ease as the Cucumbers chipped away at the TCU defense and the Wildcats took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.
Tough TCU stops
Kansas State running back Deuce Vaughn was unable to get the required yard on fourth down as he hit a wall of the Horned Frogs, giving TCU the ball and good position late in the first half.
TCU brings it back again
Johnston looked like he was going to put the Horned Frogs into scoring zone by scoring 31 yards on his first play after a fourth down stop. However, the star receiver made an uncharacteristic error and fumbled the ball, giving the ball back to Kansas State.
TCU saved from security
An odd play occurred on the Horned Frogs’ opening drive in the second half when Dugan pumped a pass when a Wildcats defender knocked the ball out of his hand. The ball rolled into the end zone and was recovered by a TCU offensive lineman, giving Kansas State two points and a 16-10 lead.
However, the review determined that Duggan’s fake met the criteria for a throwing motion for a pass, and was therefore an incomplete pass and negated two points for Kansas State.
Kansas State is rising by double digits!
Wildcats still get their points anyway after the safety is revoked. Howard found RJ Garcia II on a 25-yard touchdown pass to give the Wildcats a 21-10 lead early in the second half.
TCU gets a break
After another offensive drive stalled, TCU was set to give the ball back to Kansas State by 11. However, the Wildcats put out the punt and seemed to put some momentum back into the Horned Frogs.
Kinder can not be processed
TCU took advantage of a stuffed Punt and Kendre Miller caught the Horned Frogs in the end zone on a 6-yard run to narrow Kansas State’s lead to 21-17.
Big hit but big win
Dugan was hit by a Kansas State fullback right after he threw the ball, but it had no effect on the play as Johnston was open to a 51-yard reception completion to launch TCU as it looked to take the ball. Leadership.
Duggan says “Oh!”
TCU was in a position to cut the lead to at least one, but Duggan’s pass on a fading path in the end zone fell short and was intercepted by Julius Brents.
Star Kansas State running back hit the Jets to score a 44-yard touchdown to help his team take a 28-17 lead and put TCU back down another two-score hole.
Along the way, Vaughn may have grabbed TCU defender’s ankles.
Take one for the team
Barber came out with a big grip on TCU in the fourth. It came at a price, however, as he was on the wrong end of a slam dunk, and was on the ground for a few moments before leaving the game.
TCU ended up kicking a field goal later on the drive to cut Kansas State’s lead to 28-20.
Dugan puts the team on his back
The TCU quarterback ran for 95 yards on one drive, including a 19-yard run on fourth and second, a 40-yard carry to reach the red zone, and an 8-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to two.
Duggan was gassed after the touchdown run, but gathered just enough to complete a pass to Jared Wiley on the two-point conversion to tie the game with 1:51 remaining.
Kinder cannot enter
TCU ends the opening round of overtime empty-handed after Miller’s fourth-and-goal run at the 1-yard line turned things around, allowing Kansas State to win the Big 12 with no points.
Kansas State wins!
Playing safe after the Horned Frogs were stopped in overtime, the Wildcats kicked a 31-yard field goal by Ty Zentner for the win.
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