South Carolina’s Shane Beamer’s team ruin Clemson’s No. 8 playoff hopes – The Virginian-Pilot

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Spencer Rattler threw for 360 yards and two touchdowns, Mitch Jeter hit the green field goal eleven minutes from time, and South Carolina further dashed the playoff hopes of a second straight Top 10 team with a 31-30 win at No. 8 Clemson Saturday.

The Gamecocks (8-4) were the talk of college football last week after tearing down then-No. 5 Tennessee at 63-38 and ending the Vols’ hopes of a college football playoff berth.

South Carolina and Rattler, who threw for 438 yards and six touchdowns against Tennessee, ended every chance Clemson (10-2, 6-1 ACC) had to make the CFP. With legendary Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer looking on in the Death Valley stands, his son Shane’s Gamecocks rebounded 14-0 after 10 minutes to end Clemson’s seven-game, 40-home win streak that dated back to 2016 .

South Carolina’s Antwane Wells Jr., a former Highland Springs High and James Madison standout, had nine catches for 131 yards, including touchdowns of 4 and 72 yards.

The Tigers were up 30-21 midway through the third period, but Wells broke through behind the defense for a 72-yard scoring catch two games later.

#1 Georgia 37, Georgia Tech 14: Stetson Bennett threw two touchdown passes and Georgia ended a straight undefeated regular season for the first time in school history, overcoming a slow start to beat Georgia Tech in Athens.

Georgia (0-12) was 0-7 down early on and only led 10-7 at halftime against Georgia Tech. Then the Bulldogs overwhelmed the Yellow Jackets (5-7) with their running play to record 37 unanswered points and earn their fifth straight win in the state rivalry.

Kenny McIntosh and Kendall Milton ran for touchdowns. Georgia passed Georgia Tech 251-40.

Pittsburgh 42, Miami 16: Kedon Slovis threw three touchdown passes, all to Jared Wayne, and Israel Abanikanda rushed for two touchdowns as Pitt eliminated the host’s Hurricanes from bowl contention.

Miami (5-7, 3-5 ACC) had its worst season in 45 years, despite Jake Garcia throwing two touchdown passes.

Mario Cristobal, first-year coach of the Hurricanes, watched Miami lose more games (seven) than in his five years playing there (five).

Abanikanda now has 20 touchdown rushes this season and finished with 111 yards on the ground, his sixth straight 100-yard game for the Panthers (8-4, 5-3).

Duke 34, Wake Forest 31: Riley Leonard threw for a career-best 391 yards and four touchdowns, and Duke used a late touchdown to end the regular season with a home win over the Demon Deacons (7-5, 3-5 ACC).

Leonard, who completed 29 of 41 passes, linked up with Sahmir Hagans for the winner, a 20-yard reception with just two minutes left.

Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman completed 26 of 42 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns but was intercepted by Duke defenseman Darius Joiner late in the fourth.

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The Blue Devils (8-4, 5-3) went on a triple losing streak in their run and recorded their first eight-win regular season since 2014.

Kentucky 26, No. 25 Louisville 13: Will Levis passed for two touchdowns, including a 3-yarder against Barion Brown in the third quarter, and Matt Ruffolo had a career-best four field goals as the hosts Wildcats (7-5) celebrated their fourth straight Governor’s Cup win.

The Wildcats hobbled in with five losses in seven games but regrouped to overwhelm the Cardinals at all stages. Kentucky’s defense pressured Cardinal quarterbacks Brock Domann and Malik Cunningham, forcing a turnover from each, resulting in 10 points.

Levis was 11 of 19 for 188 yards while Chris Rodriguez Jr. rushed 24 times for 120 yards for Kentucky. Jawhar Jordan rushed 22 times for 145 yards for Louisville (7-5).

Syracuse 32, Boston College 23: Garrett Shrader completed 21 of 27 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and Syracuse (7-5, 4-4 ACC) scored 26 straight points to overcome an 11-point road deficit in the fourth quarter and end a five-game losing streak achieve.

Oronde Gadsden II caught six passes for 106 yards, Devaughn Cooper caught seven for 80 and a touchdown, and Damien Alford caught four for 83 yards and the go-ahead for the orange. Sean Tucker rushed for 125 yards and two TDs for Syracuse.

Emmett Morehead completed 29 for 38 passes for 252 yards for BC (3-9, 2-6), but he fumbled twice. Zay Flowers caught eight passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns, surpassed 3,000 yards in his career and set school records with his 11th and 12th TD catches of the season.