College football: Trick play helps Pitt upset No. 15 UCF


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PITTSBURGH — Wide receiver Aaron Matthews hit quarterback Kenny Pickett on a 3-yard, fourth-down touchdown pass with 56 seconds remaining and Pittsburgh stunned No. 15 UCF 35-34 on Saturday.

The Panthers (2-2) ended UCF’s 25-game regular-season winning streak on a play head coach Pat Narduzzi called the “Pitt Special” in a nod to the Philadelphia Eagles, who ran a similar play two seasons ago in their Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.

Pitt trailed by six when Pickett drove the Panthers to the UCF 3. Running back A.J. Davis took a direct snap with Pickett going in motion. Davis handed the ball to Matthews, who rolled to his right and hit Pickett in the end zone. UCF’s last-gasp drive went nowhere.

Pickett completed 25 of 47 for 224 yards with a touchdown despite leaving briefly with a right arm injury. Maurice Ffrench and Dontavius Butler-Jenkins caught touchdown passes for the Panthers, who bounced back from an emotional loss to rival Penn State last week by withstanding a 31-point outburst from the Knights (3-1) in the middle of the game.

Wilmington 42,

Ohio Northern 38

WILMINGTON — Ohio Northern rallied from a 35-17 third quarter deficit, but Wilmington scored with 28 seconds left to post a victory at Williams Stadium.

The Polar Bears (1-2 overall, 1-1 Ohio Athletic Conference) scored 21 unanswered points to go ahead 38-35 with 7:35 to play.

Northern’s defense got a stop and took over at its own 35, but punted the ball after a 3-and-out back to the Quakers (1-2, 1-1) with 2:12 left in the game.

Wilmington took over at its 11-yard line and marched 89 yards in 1:44 to score the go-ahead touchdown with 28 seconds left to take the lead.

Franklin 34, Bluffton 19

BLUFFTON — Franklin came up with a turnover late in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory.

SMU 41, No. 25 TCU 38

FORT WORTH, Texas — Shane Buechele threw for 288 yards with two touchdowns and ran for another score as SMU held on to beat TCU 41-38 on Saturday, ending a seven-game losing streak in the rivalry and improvin

No. 8 Auburn 28,

No. 17 Texas A&M 20

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Bo Nix threw a touchdown pass and JaTarvious Whitlow ran for a score as Auburn built a big lead and withstood a late charge from Texas A&M.

No. 21 Washington 45,

BYU 19

PROVO, Utah — Relentless defensive pressure and efficient offense blended together perfectly for Washington. The Huskies forced three BYU turnovers and scored a pair of touchdowns off those defensive plays.

No. 4 LSU 66,

Vanderbilt 38

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tigers’ aggressive approach paid off as Joe Burrow tossed four of his school-record six touchdown passes to Ja’Marr Chase and threw for 398 yards.

No. 23 California 28,

Mississippi 20

OXFORD, Miss. — California linebacker Evan Weaver tackled Ole Miss quarterback John Rhys Plumlee for no gain at the 1-yard line as time expired to preserve Cal’s victory.

No. 9 Florida 34,

Tennessee 3

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s Kyle Trask threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns in his first start in nearly seven years.

No. 2 Alabama 49,

Southern Miss 7

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Tua Tagovailoa passed for 293 yards and five touchdowns in just three quarters.

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