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College roundup: FSU falls to Clemson despite Dalvin Cook’s 194 yards

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A missed fourth-and-one play with 6:30 to go spurred the No. 3 ranked Clemson Tigers to a victory over FSU Saturday night.

The Seminoles were tied with Clemson at 13 at the time, but Shaq Lawson stopped Dalvin Cook on the biggest play of the game. From there, Clemson drove for the go-ahead field goal and later added an insurance touchdown in a 23-13 victory.

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher chose to go with quarterback Sean Maguire, who did not play well. Maguire hit only 16 of 29 passes for 165 yards. His counterpart, Deshaun Watson, threw for 297 yards and ran for 107 more. Wayne Gallman added 103 more rushing yards.

For FSU, Cook had 194 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown.

The victory clinched the Atlantic division of the ACC for Clemson.

Florida 9, Vanderbilt 7: The University of Florida capped a beautiful season in the ugliest of ways Saturday.

The Gators overcame four turnovers and beat Vanderbilt to win the SEC East title. A 43-yard field goal by Austin Hardin with 2:22 left gave Florida its winning points.

The entire day was a struggle for Florida. Quarterback Treon Harris threw for only 158 yards. But the going was even more difficult for the Commodores, which ran for 146 yards but passed for only 30.

Still, Vandy held a 7-6 late throughout most of the fourth period before Austin kicked the winning field goal.

Florida had been ranked ahead of only Vandy and Kentucky coming into the season, but the Gators went unbeaten in divison play. They now advance to the SEC title game.

Demarcus Robinson caught nine passes for 106 yards for the Gators.

Miami 27, Virginia 21: This time, there were no miracles and no controversy. This time, UM simply won a game that made it bowl eligible.

Quarterback Brad Kaaya returned after missing the Duke game with a concussion and threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Hurricanes to their victory. He hit  20 of 26 passes. Receiver Stacey Coley caught seven passes for 132 yards.

The Hurricanes put aside their emotional last-second win over Duke and the controversy that followed over whether their last-second kickoff return — or Duke’s drive just before that — should have counted.

Interim coach Larry Scott ran his record to 2-0. UM plays a strong North Carolina team  (8-1)Saturday.

USF 22, East Carolina 17: The Bulls closed to within one game of bowl eligibility Saturday night, but it wasn’t easy.

The Bulls started the game as if to blow the Pirates out of their own stadium, then blew their big lead, then came back to take the lead on Quinton Flowers’ 67-yard touchdown pass to Rodney Adams with 4:40 to play.

USF then choked off East Carolina’s last chance, finishing the game with a sack by Kevin Bronson and Zack Bulloch.

For USF, Flowers threw for 200 yards and two scores, and running back Marlon Mack ran for 117 yards. Adams caught four passes for 95 yards. USF had more than double East Carolina’s yardage: 442 to 220.

East Carolina rushed for only 62 yards and threw for only 158.

Tulsa 45, UCF 30: The winless Central Florida Knights showed a bit of life in their latest loss Saturday.

The Knights scored 27 points in the second half of their game against Tulsa, and quarterback Justin Holman threw for 293 yards. Receiver Tre’Quan Smith caught seven passes for 131 yards.

UCF plays against East Carolina in two weeks before wrapping up their schedule against USF.

FIU 48, Charlotte 31: The Panthers evened their record at 5-5 as Alex McGough threw for 284 yards against Charlotte. Clinton Taylor caught nine of his passes for 126 yards.

Despite the relatively close game, FIU was ahead for most of the game as McGough threw two of his three touchdown passes in the first half. The Panthers took a 24-10 lead and coasted.

FIU plays at Marshall next week and then plays host to Western Kentucky, the two teams that unbeaten (and 8-1 overall) in the Conference-UCA standings.

Western Kentucky 35, FAU 19: The Hilltoppers won comfortably over the Owls, as quarterback Brad Doughty threw for 273 yards and four touchdowns.

Western Kentucky ran up 513 yards in the win, breaking open a close game by outscoring FAU 21-6 in the second half. Anthony Wales added 135 yards rushing for Western.

The Owls fell to 2-7 on the year. They play Middle Tennessee next week.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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