Andrew Ford fired a 40-yard touchdown pass to Andy Isabella and Logan Laurent kicked three field goals to stake UMass to a 16-0 lead in Provo, Utah, and the Minutemen held on to post a 16-10 victory Saturday over BYU — earning a fourth win for the first time as an FBS school.
UMass (4-7) started playing FBS football in 2012 and never won more than three games nor won a road game against a team outside of the Mid-American Conference.
The victory ended both streaks.
Ford was 21 for 35 passing for 230 yards, connecting with Isabella seven times for 84 yards. Marquis Young rushed for 59 yards for the Minutemen, who were limited to 69 net yards on the ground.
Rhett Almond got BYU on the board with a 40-yard field goal with 1:35 left in the third quarter and Joe Critchlow hit Matt Bushman with a 6-yard TD pass in the final minute.
UMass recorded seven sacks and held the Cougars to 42 net rushing yards.
Alabama 56, Mercer 0 — Jalen Hurts passed for 180 yards and three touchdowns in a little more than a quarter as the No. 1 Crimson Tide (11-0, 7-0 SEC) routed the Bears (5-6, 2-4) in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Miami 44, Virginia 28 — Malik Rosier threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, and the No. 2 Hurricanes (10-0, 7-0 ACC) pulled off their biggest comeback in five years by beating the Cavaliers (6-5, 3-4) in Miami Garden, Fla., to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 15 games.
Jaquan Johnson had an interception return for a touchdown for Miami, which went on a 30-0 run in the second half. The Hurricanes erased a pair of 14-point deficits, and had lost 15 consecutive games in which they trailed at any point by such a margin.
Oklahoma 41, Kansas 3 — In Lawrence, Kan., Baker Mayfield threw for 257 yards and three TDs to lead the No. 3 Sooners (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) over the Jayhawks (1-10, 0-8).
Clemson 61, Citadel 3 — Kelly Bryant threw for 230 yards and three TDs and was out of the game before halftime as the No. 4 Tigers (10-1, 7-1 ACC) comfortably remained in the playoff race with a rout of the FCS Bulldogs (5-6) in Clemson, S.C.
Wisconsin 24, Michigan 10 — Alex Hornibrook’s 24-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Taylor in third quarter broke open a defensive slugfest, Kendric Pryor scored on an end-around, and the No. 5 Badgers (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten) stayed unbeaten by defeating the No. 19 Wolverines (8-3, 5-3) in Madison, Wis.
Auburn 42, Louisiana-Monroe 14 — Darius Slayton’s 50-yard scoring catch late in the first half gave the No. 6 Tigers (9-2) the lead over the Warhawks (4-6) before they pulled away in Auburn, Ala., to set up next week’s visit from No. 1 Alabama.
Kerryon Johnson, the SEC’s leading rusher, ran for 137 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.
Georgia 42, Kentucky 13 — Nick Chubb and Sony Michel led a dominant running game and the No. 7 Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1 SEC) bounced back from their first loss, topping the Wildcats (7-4, 4-4) in Athens, Ga.
Chubb rushed for 151 and two touchdowns, including a 55-yard burst down the sideline to seal the victory early in the fourth quarter. Michel rambled for 87 yards and three scores of his own, most notably a 37-yard TD that sent the Bulldogs into the half with a 21-6 lead.
Ohio State 52, Illinois 14 — The No. 8 Buckeyes (9-2, 7-1) scored on their first six possessions — including J.T. Barrett’s 100th career touchdown pass — and clinched the Big Ten title in a rout of the Illini (2-9, 0-9) in Columbus, Ohio.
Notre Dame 24, Navy 17 — Brandon Wimbush threw for 164 yards and two TDs and ran for a score as the No. 9 Fighting Irish (9-2) rallied in the rain and wind in South Bend, Ind., to beat the Midshipmen (6-4).
Wearing throwback uniforms with the name Rockne on the back of every player’s jersey and helmets designed to evoke the leather tops from the era of legendary coach Knute Rockne, Notre Dame kept its slim national championship hopes alive heading into its regular-season finale next Saturday at Stanford.
Kansas St. 45, Oklahoma St. 40 — Byron Pringle caught three TD passes and returned a kickoff for another score as the Wildcats (6-5, 4-4 Big 12) stunned the No. 10 Cowboys (8-3, 5-3) in Stillwater, Okla.
Oklahoma State nearly erased a 29-point deficit in the second half, but Kansas State held on to become bowl eligible for the eighth consecutive season.
TCU 27, Texas Tech 3 — Freshman quarterback Shawn Robinson ran for 84 yards and threw a key second-half touchdown pass in his first career start as the No. 11 Horned Frogs (9-2, 6-2) beat the Red Raiders (5-6, 2-6) in Lubbock, Tex., to stay in contention for a spot in the Big 12 championship game.
Penn St. 56, Nebraska 44 — Saquon Barkley broke Penn State’s career touchdown record with three scores and had 208 of 224 total yards in the first half as the No. 13 Nittany Lions (9-2, 6-2 Big 10) beat the Cornhuskers (4-7, 3-5) in State College, Pa.
Barkley passed Lydell Mitchell for the record with his 39th touchdown.
UCF 45, Temple 19 — McKenzie Milton threw four touchdown passes and ran for a score as the No. 14 Knights (10-0, 7-0 AAC) routed the Owls (5-6, 3-4) in Philadelphia to stay unbeaten heading into a showdown with rival USF.
Mississippi State 28, Arkansas 21 — Nick Fitzgerald threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Deddrick Thomas with 17 seconds remaining, and the No. 17 Bulldogs (8-3, 4-3 SEC) survived a lackluster performance and four fumbles to beat the Razorbacks (4-7, 1-6) in Fayetteville, Ark.
LSU 30, Tennessee 10 — Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams combined for 165 rushing yards and three touchdowns as the No. 21 Tigers (8-3, 5-2) beat the Volunteers (4-7, 0-7) in Knoxville, Tenn.
Michigan State 17, Maryland 7 — LJ Scott ran for 147 yards and a TD to lead the No. 22 Spartans (8-3, 6-2) to a snowy victory over the Terrapins (4-7, 2-6) in East Lansing, Mich.
Manhattan 73, Harvard 69 — Rich Williams scored 20 points and Calvin Crawford had 19 as the Jaspers (2-0) beat the Crimson (2-2) in New York.
Seth Towns scored 17 points, Chris Lewis and Bryce Aiken added 12 apiece to lead Harvard.
BU 7, Maine 0 — Shane Bowers scored a pair of goals to lead the 18th-ranked Terriers (6-7-1, 4-4-1 Hockey East) over the Black Bears (4-6, 3-3) in Orono, Maine.
BU also received goals from Jordan Greenway, Brady Tkachuk, Hank Crone, Bobo Carpenter, and Logan Cockrell. Jake Oetinger made 30 saves to record the shutout.