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Watson TDs lift No. 5 Clemson to 42-36 win over Louisville


Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Browning avoids the rush by the Stanford Cardinals on Friday in Seattle. Jennifer Buchanan  USA Today Sports

BC finished the 2014 season ranked 11th in the nation, the 2015 season No. 1 and through the first five games of the 2016 season are sitting at the top of college football once again – meaning the Tigers will have to be prepared for a battle in Chestnut Hill on Friday night.

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BOISE, Idaho – Jeremy McNichols accounted for 226 all-purpose yards, including 132 yards rushing and a 61-yard touchdown reception, to lead No. 24 Boise State over Utah State.

NEXT UP: Ohio State (5-0) faces IN (3-1) on Saturday as Big Ten play continues.

Redshirt junior Marcus Edmond is a first-year starter in the secondary, but no one is going to forget his name after Saturday night’s performance. It was a game that repeatedly put one team or the other in challenging situations, backs against the wall, and in many cases, they responded. Clemson then outscored Louisville 28-3 over the remainder of the first half. Along the way, some of the conference’s top players have gained national recognition.

But the Atlantic Coast Conference showdown offers the most intrigue.

In a few months, when we look back on Saturday night’s thrilling Louisville-Clemson game, we will remember the outcome for a few different reasons.

Louisville is averaging 63.5 points to lead all Football Bowl Subdivision programs.

“Just an incredible game”.

The game figured to be a showcase – and Heisman Trophy showdown – for Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.

The Clemson quarterback, after struggling — relatively — through the first four games of the season, set season highs in passing yards (306), rushing yards (91) and total offense (397) in the 42-36 victory for the No. 3 Tigers. “Hurricain” Deon made a leaping catch in the corner of the end zone to cap off a Clemson drive after a turnover. “He’s the best player I’ve ever played against, maybe the best I’ll ever play against. This is what it’s all about and it doesn’t get much better than this”. No, it’s not 1991, but it just seems like it as the Huskies improved to 5-0 with an impressive 44-6 win over Stanford Friday. There are still many games to be played where they will get their chances to show the voters who should be the Heisman victor.

A six-point margin on the road against last year’s national runner-up is about as “good” a loss as a team can have, even though Louisville was favored and higher-ranked. The Badgers visit No. 4 MI this week. Wisconsin has a bye week before they face No.2 Ohio State at Home. Boulware had 13 tackles last season in a win against Boston College, so another big game could be in the offing, particularly against the Eagles’ run-heavy offense.

– Texas is gone after its second consecutive loss. While that might not sound like a big deal, remember that the Deacons beat IN – the same team that upset perennial top 15 team Michigan State on Saturday – last weekend.

Memphis had to replace its coach and quarterback as Virginia Tech hired away Justin Fuente and the Denver Broncos drafted Paxton Lynch in the first round.

They won that game 26-7 but added only a field goal in the second half after going to locker room at halftime up 23-0.

No. 16 MS 48, Memphis 28: OXFORD, Miss.

“We remembered how we found a way to win that Notre Dame game”.

The origin of #goacc goes back to the start of the hashtag movement on Twitter, but it is hard to pinpoint how it took off as the preferred method of snark on social media.

Kelly fired VanGorder on Sunday, the day after a 38-35 home loss to Duke.

And it’s not that it was all magically fixed Saturday. Trying to bottle the emotion of the moment is tough, especially when this Clemson team preaches consistency and attacks each game with a even-keeled focus.