Miami squeaked by Wake Forest to remain undefeated and set up another marquee matchup in the Atlantic Coast Conference next week.
The seventh-ranked Hurricanes needed a late touchdown to beat Wake Forest 24-21 at home Saturday, and will head to Tallahassee, Fla., next week to face No. 3 Florida State.
Florida State beat North Carolina State 49-17.
The Hurricanes and Seminoles once regularly played huge games, but since Miami joined the ACC in 2004, only once have the rivals played with both teams ranked in the Top 10.
The Hurricanes came from behind for the second straight week to stay unbeaten. Last week, Miami rallied to beat North Carolina. This time it was Wake Forest giving the Hurricanes all they could handle.
Florida State is just a week removed from playing a top-five matchup against ACC rival Clemson. Keeping the Hurricanes undefeated also will help the Seminoles in the BCS standings as they jockey with Oregon for the second spot behind Alabama.
No. 1 Alabama 45, Tennessee 10
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — T.J. Yeldon scored on three 1-yard runs and AJ McCarron passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns to help Alabama continue to roll.
Landon Collins returned an interception 89 yards for another score for the Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference), which raced to a 35-0 halftime lead. Alabama has outscored its last six opponents 246-26.
The Volunteers (4-4, 1-3) dropped their seventh straight in the rivalry game, tying the most consecutive wins for either team. Coach Butch Jones turned to freshman quarterback Josh Dobbs in the second half in his first college action, replacing Justin Worley.
Worley was 8-of-15 passing for 120 yards and was intercepted twice.
McCarron completed 19 of 27 passes.
Kenyan Drake ran for 89 yards on 14 carries while Yeldon gained 72 yards. Kevin Norwood caught six passes for 112 yards.
No. 3 Florida State 49, North Carolina State 17
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Jameis Winston threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and Florida State scored 35 points in the first quarter.
Winston completed 16-of-26 passes with one interception and left the game after the opening series of the second half.
Rashad Greene topped 100 yards receiving for the third consecutive game with eight receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles (7-0, 5-0).
The Wolfpack upset the Seminoles in Raleigh, N.C., last season, but this year it was no contest as Florida State put on a show for its old coach. Hall of Famer Bobby Bowden was honored at Doak Campbell Stadium.
N.C. State (3-4, 0-4) had quarterback Brandon Mitchell back for the first time since breaking his foot in the season opener. He completed 17-of-33 passes for 129 yards with two interceptions.
No. 7 Miami 24, Wake Forest 21
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Duke Johnson ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the second a 1-yard plunge with 53 seconds left, as No. 7 Miami rallied twice to beat Wake Forest.
Johnson finished with 168 yards on 30 carries for the Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference),
Tanner Price’s 44-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Gibson with 4:02 remaining put Wake Forest on top, but the Hurricanes went 73 yards on their next 10 plays, with Johnson scoring to keep Miami unbeaten heading into next week’s showdown at No. 3 Florida State.
Wake Forest (4-4, 2-3) fell to 1-53 against Top 10 teams — the lone win coming exactly 67 years ago Saturday. The Demon Deacons trailed for less than 3 minutes against the Hurricanes, and still dropped their fifth straight in the series.
No. 9 Clemson 40, Maryland 27
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Tajh Boyd threw for a touchdown and ran for a score, Sammy Watkins had a school-record 14 catches for 163 yards and Clemson wore down injury-riddled Maryland.
Boyd went 28 for 41 for 304 yards with an interception and Roderick McDowell rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns to help the Tigers (7-1, 5-1 ACC) rebound from last week’s 51-14 defeat against Florida State.
Clemson ran 98 plays compared to 70 for Maryland (5-3, 1-3) and finished with a 551-364 advantage in total yardage. But the Tigers needed four field goals from Chandler Catanzaro to take a 19-13 lead into the fourth quarter.
After that, however, Maryland’s defense finally caved.
No. 14 Texas A&M 56, Vanderbilt 24
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Johnny Manziel threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns in less than three quarters, and Texas A&M bounced back from a loss last week.
Manziel showed no signs that the right shoulder he injured last week was bothering him. He threw three TDs in the first quarter to help A&M (6-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) build a 28-point lead. He tacked on another score before sitting down with 6 minutes left in the third quarter and the Aggies leading 42-17.
The Aggies rebounded from last week’s upset loss to Auburn despite playing a messy game where they had five turnovers.
Freshman Patton Robinette had a tough time in his first start filling in for the injured Austyn Carta-Samuels for Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-4). He threw two interceptions — one was returned for a score — and was sacked five times.
Duke 13, No. 16 Virginia Tech 10
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Anthony Boone ran for a touchdown, Ross Martin kicked two long field goals and Duke ended a long history of losing to ranked teams.
The Blue Devils (6-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat a ranked team for the first time since they stopped No. 13 Virginia in 1994, and beat one on the road for the first time since Stanford in 1971. And they did it without a third-down conversion all game, and a 2-to-1 time of possession deficit.
Virginia Tech (6-2, 3-1) had its six-game winning streak end as Logan Thomas threw four interceptions, the last on a deflected pass in the closing minutes that allowed Duke to finally run out the clock. The Hokies held the ball for 39:27 and outgained Duke 387-198, but still lost.
No. 18 Louisville 34, South Florida 3
TAMPA, Fla. — Teddy Bridgewater threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns and Louisville rebounded from its first loss of the season.
Charles Gaines returned a fourth-quarter interception 70 yards for a TD as the Cardinals’ defense reverted to the form that helped Louisville (7-1, 3-1 American Athletic Conference) climb into the top 10 before blowing a 21-point, second-half lead at home during a 38-35 loss to Central Florida.
Bridgewater completed 25 of 29 passes with no interceptions, hiking his totals for the season to 23 TDs with two picks. In three career games against USF (2-5, 2-1), the junior from Miami has gone 65 of 82 for 841 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions.
USF failed to score an offensive touchdown for the third straight game, all in conference play. The Bulls used three quarterbacks and were outgained 485 yards to 133.
No. 19 Oklahoma State 58, Iowa State 27
AMES, Iowa — Desmond Roland ran for a career-high 219 yards and four touchdowns and Oklahoma State won its third straight.
Quarterback Clint Chelf had 163 total yards in his second start of the season for the Cowboys (6-1, 3-1 Big 12), who ran for a season-high 342 yards.
Sam Richardson had 95 yards passing and a touchdown for Iowa State (1-6, 0-4) before leaving the game late in the first half after an apparent blow to the head.
No. 21 UCF 62, Connecticut 17
ORLANDO, Fla. — Blake Bortles threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as No. 21 UCF routed winless Connecticut.
Bortles completed his first eight passes of the game and ended his day early in the third quarter, connecting on 20 of 24 for 286 yards.
The junior ran for a TD as the Knights (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) scored on their first nine possessions of the game. They remain the favorite to claim the league’s BCS berth.
The Huskies (0-7, 0-3) have lost eight straight games dating to last season.
No. 23 Northern Illinois 59, Eastern Michigan 20
DE KALB, Ill. — Jordan Lynch threw four touchdown passes and caught another as Northern Illinois reached its best start as a major college football program.
The Huskies (8-0, 4-0 Mid-American Conference) never trailed on the way to a season-high in points and second-highest total offense (606 yards).
The Eagles (1-7, 0-4) lost their seventh straight.