PHILADELPHIA — DeShone Kizer hit wide receiver Will Fuller for the winning, 17-yard touchdown with 2:09 remaining as No. 9 Notre Dame rallied to defeat No. 21 Temple 24-20 Saturday night, denying the upstart Owls an upset bid in the biggest game in school history.
That score capped a six-play, 75-yard touchdown drive for the Fighting Irish. Kizer was 23-of-36 for 299 yards.
It was the first matchup of ranked teams in Temple football history, and the Owls had started 7-0 for the first time.
Running back Jahad Thomas had a 1-yard touchdown run on fourth down for Temple to tie the score in the fourth quarter, and Austin Jones' 36-yard field goal with 4:45 left gave the Owls a 20-17 lead.
No. 16 Memphis 41, Tulane 13: Paxton Lynch threw for 343 yards and a touchdown and ran for 43 yards for the host Tigers, who trailed 13-0 before answering with 41 straight points. Doroland Dorceus, Anthony Miller and Jarvis Cooper each ran for a score as Memphis won its 15th straight dating to last season. Only No. 1 Ohio State (21) and No. 5 TCU (16) have longer winning streaks. Tulane lost its fourth straight. The Green Wave led 13-0 within 16 minutes with redshirt senior quarterback Jordy Joseph making the first start of his career. Tanner Lee and Devin Powell are both out injured.
No. 18 Houston 34, Vandy 0: Greg Ward Jr. threw for a score and ran for another and the host Cougars forced four turnovers in a romp. Ward rushed for a 5-yard score with three minutes left in the first quarter, then found Demarcus Ayers for an 11-yard touchdown in the second as the Cougars led 20-0 at the half. Ward finished 15 of 23 passing for 221 yards as the Cougars reached 8-0 for the fourth time in school history and first time since 2011. The Cougars outgained the Commodores 371-185 as Houston got its first shutout since a 34-0 win over SMU on Nov. 29, 2013.
Tulsa 40, SMU 31: D'Angelo Brewer ran for 119 yards and a touchdown and Zack Langer scored on three short runs as visiting Tulsa handed the Mustangs their sixth straight loss.