Top 25 roundup: No. 2 Bama rolls over No. 3 Georgia

Mac Jones threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns and the Alabama defense stiffened in the second half Saturday night as the No. 2 Crimson Tide knocked off No. 3 Georgia 41-24 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.In the biggest game of the college football season so far, Alabama (4-0, 4-0 SEC) trailed 24-20 at halftime but scored touchdowns on three consecutive possessions in the second half to take control of the game. Georgia (3-1, 3-1) was scoreless after the break, when Stetson Bennett IV threw two of his three interceptions, all of which Alabama converted into touchdowns.Jones completed 24 of 32 passes with one interception for the Tide. DeVonta Smith hauled in 11 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns, while Jaylen Waddle caught six passes for 161 yards and a score.Najee Harris balanced the Alabama offense with 152 yards on 31 carries, as the Crimson Tide rolled to 564 yards against the Bulldogs, who had entered with the nation’s second-ranked defense, allowing an average of 236.7 yards a game.No. 1 Clemson 73, Georgia Tech 7Trevor Lawrence passed for a career-high 404 yards and five touchdowns as the Tigers remained undefeated with a thumping of the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta.The Tigers (5-0, 4-0 ACC) stormed to a 52-7 halftime lead and coasted to their 26th consecutive victory against an ACC opponent. Clemson outgained Georgia Tech (2-3, 2-2) by a 671-204 margin.After the Tigers took a 7-0 lead with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Lawrence to Cornell Powell, Georgia Tech tied the score with a 59-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Sims to Jalen Camp. But it was all Clemson from there as the Tigers responded with a big play of their own — an 83-yard strike from Lawrence to Amari Rodgers that jumpstarted a 45-0 run to close the half.No. 4 Notre Dame 12, Louisville 7The Fighting Irish’s much-maligned defense allowed them to overcome some red-zone struggles as they posted a victory against the Cardinals at South Bend, Ind.Quarterback Ian Book scored ND’s lone touchdown on a 13-yard scramble as the Irish (4-0, 3-0 ACC) held on against the Cardinals (1-4, 0-4).Book passed for 106 yards and rushed for 47 yards. Kyren Williams rushed for 127 yards on 25 carries, including a 24-yard run late in the fourth quarter that allowed the Irish to run out the clock and secure the win.Florida State 31, No. 5 North Carolina 28Quarterback Jordan Travis ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the first half as the host Seminoles held on to knock off No. 5 North Carolina at Doak Campbell Stadium.North Carolina sophomore quarterback Sam Howell passed for 374 yards and nearly rallied the Tar Heels to the largest comeback victory in program history after his team faced two 24-point deficits in the first half.North Carolina (3-1, 3-1 ACC) pulled to within 31-28 on Howell’s 25-yard pass to Dyami Brown with 4:58 to play, but even though they got the ball back with two minutes remaining, their drive ended at the FSU 41 on a dropped pass. It was a gigantic win for Florida State (2-3, 1-3) and coach Mike Norvell, who had to miss the team’s game against Miami after he tested positive for COVID-19.No. 11 Texas A&M 28, Mississippi State 14Buddy Johnson and Aaron Hansford paced a dominating defensive performance as the Aggies cruised to victory over the Bulldogs in Starkville, Miss.Johnson and Hansford combined for 21 tackles and two sacks as Texas A&M (3-1, 3-1 SEC) limited the Bulldogs to 21 yards and 3.6 yards per play. The Aggies totaled six sacks, forced two turnovers, and blocked a punt that gave A&M the ball at the MSU 1-yard line.Hansford sacked Bulldogs quarterback K.J. Costello just prior to the blocked punt, with Aggies linebacker Chris Russell Jr. recording the block on Bulldogs punter Tucker Day. Aggies running back Isaiah Spiller, who capped an eight-play, 66-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter, added his second scoring run on the snap following the block.No. 13 Miami 31, Pittsburgh 19D’Eriq King fired four touchdown passes and overcame two costly interceptions to lead the Hurricanes over visiting Pittsburgh.

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