Will Grier threw four touchdown passes to four receivers — all in the first half — and No. 25 Florida crushed No. 3 Mississippi, 38-10, at home on Saturday night to give Coach Jim McElwain a signature win in his first season.
Grier, a redshirt freshman, battled a stomach virus for two days before the game, feeling so ill that the Gators (5-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) thought there was a chance Treon Harris might get the nod. But Grier started and was as sharp as ever against the Rebels (4-1, 2-1).
“It’s a game of adversity,” Grier said. “You’ve got to deal with adversity and move on.”
Grier completed 24 of 29 passes for 271 yards. He was poised in the pocket, precise with every throw and even closer to perfect than he was down the stretch against Tennessee last week.
McElwain became the first Florida coach since Steve Spurrier in 1990 to open his first season 5-0.
CLEMSON 24, NOTRE DAME 22 Deshaun Watson threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third, and Clemson’s defense stopped DeShone Kizer on what would have been a tying 2-point conversion as the No. 12 Tigers (4-0) held on for a home win over No. 6 Notre Dame (4-1).
Tigers linebacker B. J. Goodson had an interception and a fumble recovery to halt two fourth-quarter drives by the Fighting Irish. But the biggest stop was by defensive tackle Carlos Watkins, who brought down Kizer short of the goal line with seven seconds left. Clemson then recovered Notre Dame’s onside kick and closed out the victory.
Kizer rallied Notre Dame from a 21-3 deficit in the second half with two touchdown passes, the second one a 1-yard toss to Torii Hunter Jr.
ARIZONA STATE 38, U.C.L.A. 23 Mike Bercovici passed for 273 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score, and visiting Arizona State (3-2, 1-1 Pacific-12) got its season back on track by knocking off No. 7 U.C.L.A. (4-1, 1-1).
OHIO STATE 34, INDIANA 27 Ezekiel Elliott scored on touchdown runs of 55, 65 and 75 yards in the second half, and No. 1 Ohio State (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) used a final goal-line stand to escape with a road win over Indiana (4-1, 0-1). Elliott had a career-best 274 yards on 23 carries.
MICHIGAN STATE 24, PURDUE 21 L. J. Scott ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 2 Michigan State (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) held on through a lackluster second half to beat visiting Purdue (1-4, 0-1).
T.C.U. 50, TEXAS 7 Trevone Boykin threw five touchdown passes, four to the freshman KaVontae Turpin, and No. 4 Texas Christian (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) rode a 30-point first quarter to a rout of Texas (1-4, 0-2) in Fort Worth.
BAYLOR 63, TEXAS TECH 35 Seth Russell passed for 286 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two scores, and Shock Linwood rushed for two touchdowns and a career-high 221 yards as No. 5 Baylor (4-0, 1-0) began its pursuit of a third consecutive Big 12 championship with a victory over visiting Texas Tech (3-2, 0-2).
L.S.U. 44, EASTERN MICHIGAN 22 Leonard Fournette highlighted his third straight 200-yard game with a 75-yard touchdown run, and No. 9 Louisiana State (4-0), although shaky, beat visiting Eastern Michigan (1-4).
FLORIDA STATE 24, WAKE FOREST 16 Dalvin Cook had a 94-yard touchdown run before leaving with a left leg injury, and No. 11 Florida State (4-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) held on to beat Wake Forest (2-3, 0-2) on the road.
TEXAS A&M 30, MISSISSIPPI STATE 17 Kyle Allen threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 14 Texas A&M (5-0, 2-0 SEC) remain undefeated with a home victory over No. 21 Mississippi State (3-2, 1-2).
OKLAHOMA 44, WEST VIRGINIA 24 Baker Mayfield passed for 320 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 15 Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) defeated No. 23 West Virginia (3-1, 0-1) in Norman, Okla.
NORTHWESTERN 27, MINNESOTA 0 Clayton Thorson scored two touchdowns, Justin Jackson ran for 120 yards, and the Northwestern defense turned in another dominant performance as the No. 16 Wildcats (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) shut out Minnesota (3-2, 0-1) in Evanston, Ill.
IOWA 10, WISCONSIN 6 Jordan Canzeri ran for 125 yards, and visiting Iowa (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) capitalized on four turnovers by Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave to upset the No. 19 Badgers (3-2, 0-1).
OKLAHOMA STATE 36, KANSAS STATE 34 Ben Grogan made a 37-yard field goal with 32 seconds remaining to propel No. 20 Oklahoma State (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) past visiting Kansas State (3-1, 0-1).
MICHIGAN 28, MARYLAND 0 Desmond Morgan had nine tackles and an interception, part of a dominating defensive performance as No. 22 Michigan (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) routed host Maryland (2-3, 0-1). It was the second straight shutout for Michigan, which has given up a total of 14 points in its past four games.
CALIFORNIA 34, WASHINGTON STATE 28 Jared Goff got off to a shaky start but still threw for 390 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 24 California (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) past visiting Washington State (2-2, 0-1) in the Golden Bears’ first game as a ranked team in six years.