PITTSBURGH — Backup Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk bulled into the end zone from 5 yards in the second overtime to lift the 24th-ranked Blue Devils to a 51-48 win against Pittsburgh on Saturday.
The Blue Devils (7-1, 3-1 ACC) held Pitt to a field goal to start the second overtime then went 25 yards in four plays, with Sirk’s second touchdown of the day ending it.
The Panthers (4-5, 2-3) had a chance to win in regulation, driving 71 yards to set up Chris Blewitt for a 26-yard field goal attempt. The Blue Devils called two timeouts to make Blewitt think about it, and the kicker missed poorly to the left.
James Conner ran for a career-high 263 yards and three touchdowns for Pitt but didn’t touch the ball in the second overtime.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — If trailing Auburn by 18 last season in the BCS Championship game didn’t shake Florida State, a 21-0 first-half deficit to Louisville surely wasn’t going to, either.
Thanks to another remarkable comeback by the Seminoles and quarterback Jameis Winston, their hopes of competing for a second consecutive national championship remain intact.
Winston threw three touchdown passes to offset a three-interception start and Dalvin Cook had two long scoring runs to help second-ranked Florida State rally for a 42-31 victory against Louisville on Thursday night.
Florida States latest comeback for its 24th consecutive win might have saved the season.
Winston was 25-of-48 for 401 yards passing. Florida State outgained Louisville 574-488, including 374 in the second half.
AMES, Iowa — Oklahoma’s Trevor Knight became the first FBS player this season to throw three TD passes and rush for three touchdowns in a game and the 19th-ranked Sooners trounced Iowa State 59-14 on Saturday.
Knight had 230 yards passing, a career-high 146 yards rushing and six total scores for the Sooners (6-2, 3-2 Big 12). They gained a season-high 751 yards in beating the Cyclones for the 43rd time in their past 45 tries.
The Sooners had 480 yards and led 35-7 at halftime, a promising sign ahead of next week’s matchup with Baylor in Norman.
But star wide receiver Sterling Shepard was carted off with an apparent leg injury in the first quarter and did not return.
Sam Richardson had 239 yards passing for Iowa State (2-6, 0-5).
PHILADELPHIA — Kenny Harper rushed for two touchdowns and Temple forced five fumbles in beating No. 21 East Carolina 20-10 Saturday for its first victory against a ranked opponent since 1998.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Pirates (6-2, 3-1 AAC), who were whistled for 10 penalties worth 105 yards. The loss also spoiled East Carolina’s bid for the best eight-game start in school history.
Playing much of the game in a driving rain storm, Temple (5-3, 3-2 AAC) played relatively mistake-free and jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The victory was the Owls’ first against a ranked opponent at home.
Temple didn’t muster much offense. Harper led the way with two scores and 30 yards rushing on 12 carries.
East Carolina managed just three points in the first half. The Pirates were slowed by three fumbles by their running backs, including two by Breon Allen that led to Temple scores.