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Clemson holds off Orange after missed FG

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) DJ Uiagalelei passed for 181 yards and one touchdown, Kobe Pace rushed for 76 yards and another score, and Clemson held off Syracuse 17-14 on Friday night.

Clemson (4-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), coming off a bye week, played its first game as a team not ranked by the AP since Nov. 22, 2014, a 28-0 win against Georgia State, and held on for the victory after Syracuse place-kicker Andre Szymt missed a 48-yard field goal attempt with 38 seconds left.

"Until our offense grows up a little bit. We've got to find a way to win," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "Four one-possession games in a row, if that's who we are, that's who we are. We're just going to keep grinding."

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Franklin denies Penn St. faked injuries

Penn State's James Franklin denied any of his defensive players pretended to be injured during the Iowa game - detailing each one who went down - in response to Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz indicating he was suspicious of some of the stoppages in play.

"How does this strategy make sense against a huddle team?" Franklin said, referring to the methodical style of No. 2 Iowa's offense. "People use this strategy to slow people down. Spread offenses, tempo offenses. They huddle. So that strategy did not make sense in this situation."

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Riley still mum on Oklahoma QB for TCU

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Lincoln Riley fielded a steady stream of questions about Oklahoma's quarterback situation before pointing out the detail he considers most important.

The Sooners are winning.

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LSU CB Ricks to miss rest of season

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU starting cornerback Eli Ricks has decided to have season-ending surgery to repair an injury that has nagged him for much of the season, coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday.

The injury leaves LSU without its top two cornerbacks, with former All-America defensive back Derrick Stingley also sidelined indefinitely.

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QB Roberson on the spot for Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Since quarterback Sean Clifford arrived on campus, Penn State has never been without his services for an extended period.

Now, with their third-year starter nursing an unspecified upper-body injury, the No. 7 Nittany Lions might have to find a way to win without him. First, they need to figure out how to get the offense working again with backup Ta'Quan Roberson at the helm.

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Alabama loss leaves SEC West wide open

With one Small kick and a rather sizable upset, Texas A&M caused quite a shakeup in the Southeastern Conference Western Division.

The Aggies' 41-38 upset of then-No. 1 Alabama on Seth Small's field goal opened the door for the Crimson Tide's division rivals. It's not just a parade of teams lining up neatly behind 'Bama any more.

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No. 16 Wake emerges as ACC team to beat

Wake Forest began this season among the large group known as "everybody else" in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the label applied to teams projected to fall in line behind perennial favorite Clemson.

Imagining a different scenario would've been a stretch this summer considering the powerhouse Tigers were coming off a sixth consecutive league title and yet another appearance in the College Football Playoff championship. Meanwhile, the Demon Deacons were looking to improve from a 4-5 showing (3-4 ACC) in a pandemic-affected season and were picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Division by media.

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Wisconsin RB Allen, 17, breaks through

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen doesn't look like a typical 17-year-old.

He doesn't play like one, either.

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Miami QB King to miss rest of season

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami quarterback D'Eriq King needs surgery to repair his right shoulder and will miss the remainder of the season, a major blow to the reeling Hurricanes and their hopes of contending in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

King was injured in the second half of Miami's loss to Michigan State last month, a game that may end up marking the last appearance of his college career. He left the field after getting hurt, then returned and didn't miss a series but was clearly laboring.

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No. 11 UK loses DT Oxendine for season

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky defensive tackle Octavious Oxendine will miss the rest of the season with a lower leg injury sustained in the No. 11 Wildcats' 42-21 win over LSU.

Coach Mark Stoops wasn't more specific about Oxendine's injury on Monday but called it a "big loss" considering Kentucky (6-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) has already lost nose guard Marquan McCall in the win over Florida with what he described as a lower extremity injury. Senior Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald is listed as the starter for Saturday's East Division showdown at top-ranked Georgia.

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