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Knights take Terrapins to two OT before falling to freshman

ORLANDO — Maryland freshman quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome replaced starter Perry Hills and on his only play of the game raced 24 yards for the winning score in a 30-24 double-overtime win for the Terrapins over UCF on Saturday night.

UCF freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton, making his first career start, committed his sixth fumble of the night and fourth turnover to begin the second overtime, setting the stage for Pigrome's heroics at Bright House Networks Stadium.

The Knights tied the score at 17 early on Matthew Wright's 42-yard field goal with 12:04 left, the final score in regulation.

Milton started in place of UCF senior Justin Holman, who was injured last week at Michigan.

After struggling early in the first half, Hills and the Maryland offense settled down and began to capitalize on big plays. Hills 51-yard completion to receiver Teldrick Morgan helped set up Adam Greene's 33-yard field as time expired in the second quarter to give the Terps a 10-7 edge at halftime.

The Knights held a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter when Milton found running back Dontravious Wilson for a four-yard touchdown late in the second quarter. But Milton committed three first-half turnovers to let Maryland back into the game.

UConn 13, Virginia 10: Connecticut kicker Bobby Puyol sought out Virginia kicker Alex Furbank after the Huskies beat the visiting Cavaliers.

Puyol hit the winning field goal from 43 yards with 1:33 left, then watched from the sideline as Furbank, a walk-on playing in his first football game at any level, missed a 20-yarder for Virginia as time expired.

"I just told him, 'Man you're going to do a good job, you're going to get plenty more kicks,' " Puyol said. "Sometimes you make them, sometimes you don't."

It was the second winner this season for Puyol, who had three extra points blocked a year ago. His 37-yarder with 11 seconds left beat Maine in the 2016 opener.

On fourth down in the final seconds, the Cavaliers rushed the field-goal unit onto the field in time. But Furbank pulled the ball left.

"I know I rushed the kick a little bit and that's 100 percent on me," he said. The sophomore, who hit a 23-yard field goal earlier on his first football kick, played soccer at Division III Randolph-Macon before transferring to Virginia.

Navy 21, Tulane 14: Quarterback Will Worth rushed for 111 yards, including the winning touchdown in the final three minutes, as the visiting Midshipmen rallied. Worth, a senior out of Newsome High making his second start in place of the injured Tago Smith, scored on a 1-yard run then hit Toneo Gulley for a 2-point conversion with 2:57 left. Worth had eight carries for 58 yards on the winning 10-play, 72-yard drive. The Green Wave rook the lead on a 76-yard drive that ended with 36-yard touchdown run by Dontrell Hilliard with 19 seconds left in the third quarter.

Penn State 34, Temple 27: James Franklin hoped all week his team would start fast and play with the passion it hadn't found early in games this season. The usually subdued Penn State coach pushed the right buttons this time. Before the host Nittany Lions beat the Owls, Franklin hopped around inside Beaver Stadium trading shoves and screams with a handful of players before they took the field. "It's cool seeing coach Franklin get so pumped up," wide receiver Chris Godwin said. Trace McSorley completed 18 of 24 passes for 287 yards with one touchdown and rushed for another as Penn State's offense scored on three of its first five drives, then survived an Owls comeback. The Owls stunned Penn State 27-10 last season in Philadelphia to break a 31-game losing streak in the series.

Memphis 43, Kansas 7: Riley Ferguson threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns and Jake Elliot kicked three field goals — including a 50-yarder — as the host Tigers rolled. Ferguson completed 15 of 24 passes for Memphis, the bulk of his passing yards coming on an 84-yard completion to Anthony Miller for the game's first score. The Jayhawks, who lost their 39th consecutive road game, gained 314 yards but committed six turnovers.

Tulsa 58, N. Carolina A&T 21: Dane Evans threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns to Keevan Lucas in less than three quarters as the host Golden Hurricane rolled past its Division I-AA opponent.

SMU 29, Liberty 14: Braeden West rushed for 220 yards and two touchdowns, the second on a 66-yard dash, as the host Mustangs held of their I-AA foe.

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