With the biggest win in school history less than 3 yards away, North Dakota State went for two and failed.
The Bison earned the ball back though – and they finished off the program’s signature victory by running the ball right at Iowa.
Cam Pedersen kicked a 37-yard field as time expired and North Dakota State, of the FCS, rallied to beat No. 13 Iowa 23-21 on Saturday for its sixth straight win over an FBS opponent.
The Bison went for a 2-point conversion down 21-20 with 3:41 left, but couldn’t punch it in. North Dakota State’s defense then held, and quarterback Easton Stick’s 29-yard run put the Bison in position for the biggest win in school history.
(1) Alabama 48, (19) Mississippi 43: Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn’t know how many of these roller coaster rides he can take.
He watched his top-ranked squad fall behind by three touchdowns and then come roaring back. And when his Tide looked to be in control and leading the Rebels by 18 points in the fourth quarter, `Bama nearly blew it.
By the end of Alabama’s victory over Ole Miss in a Southeastern Conference showdown in Oxford, Mississippi, a weary, bleary-eyed Saban looked exhausted when the clock finally hit all zeroes.
(10) Louisville 63, (2) Florida State 20: Lamar Jackson shrugged off chants of “Heisman! Heisman!” from Cardinals’ fans and seemed satisfied knowing he had played a role in one of the program’s biggest wins.
A very big role worthy of all the adulation.
Jackson ran for four touchdowns and threw for another as the Cardinals poured it on Florida State, the most points ever allowed by the Seminoles.
(3) Ohio State 45, Oklahoma 24: Noah Brown tied a school record with four touchdown receptions, and the Buckeyes rolled past the Sooners in Columbus, Ohio. Brown caught five passes for 72 yards.
On his best grab, he reached around Michiah Quick and held onto Quick and the ball while falling out of bounds for a 21-yard touchdown reception with 6 seconds left in the first half. Brown entered the game with five catches and one touchdown in his career.
J.T. Barrett passed for 152 yards and four touchdowns for the Buckeyes (3-0).
(4) Michigan 45, Colorado 28: De’Veon Smith gave Michigan the lead with a 42-yard run early in the third quarter and the Wolverines pulled away to beat the Buffaloes in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The Wolverines (3-0) were behind 21-7 in the first quarter and by four points in the opening minute of the second half.
(5) Clemson 59, South Carolina State 0: The Tigers scored early and often in the first half against the visiting Bulldogs, and both coaches decided to shorten the game in what turned into a rout.
The game was such a mismatch that the Tigers (3-0) scored two touchdowns in the first quarter with no time running off the clock. An NCAA rule allows for games to be shortened by time if the coaches agree.
(7) Stanford 27, USC 10: Christian McCaffrey showed off his trademark versatility, slipping out of the backfield for a 56-yard touchdown reception and diving over the pile for a 1-yard score, and the Cardinal beat the visiting Trojans.
(9) Wisconsin 23, Georgia State 17: Backup quarterback Alex Hornibrook led the Badgers to three scoring drives in the second half, helping sluggish Wisconsin avert an embarrassing upset with a win over the Panthers in Madison, Wisconsin.
(12) Michigan State 36, (18) Notre Dame 28: Tyler O’Connor threw for two touchdowns, Gerald Holmes ran for two more, including a 73-yard score, and the Spartans took advantage of mistakes by the Fighting Irish for a victory in South Bend, Indiana.
(15) Tennessee 28, Ohio 19: Joshua Dobbs threw a pair of 20-yard touchdown passes to Josh Malone and ran for a third score as the Volunteers overcame injuries and a suspension to hold off the pesky Bobcats in Knoxville, Tennessee.
(16) Georgia 28, Missouri 27: Jacob Eason threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah McKenzie on fourth down with 1:31 seconds to play to give the visiting Bulldogs a victory over Missouri in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
After splitting time with senior Greyson Lambert in the Bulldogs’ first two games, Eason made his first collegiate start and played every snap, completing 29 of 55 passes for 308 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
(17) Texas A&M, 29, Auburn 16: Trevor Knight passed for 247 yards and Daniel LaCamera kicked five field goals to lead the visiting Aggies to a 29-16 victory over the Tigers.
(20) LSU 23, Mississippi State 20: Leonard Fournette returned from a bruised left ankle in powerful form, rushing for 147 yards and two touchdowns, and the Tigers withstood a late rally for a win over the Bulldogs in Death Valley.
(23) Florida, North Texas 0: The Gators likely will be without quarterback Luke Del Rio against Southeastern Conference rival and 15th-ranked Tennessee next week.
Del Rio injured his left knee in a victory against the Mean Green in Gainsville, Florida, a huge setback for the Gators and their championship hopes.
(24) Arkansas 42, Texas State 3: Austin Allen threw for 241 yards and a pair of touchdowns in less than three quarters of action as the Razorbakcs made easy work of the Bobcats in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
(25) Miami 45, Appalachian State 10: Brad Kaaya threw for 368 yards and three scores, Mark Walton ran for 130 yards and two touchdowns and the Hurricanes rolled to a win over the Mountaineers in front of a record crowd of 34,658 at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
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