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Achane leads No. 23 Texas A&M past No. 10 Arkansas, 23-21 Georgia Tech fires AD Todd Stansbury, head coach Geoff Collins AP Top 25: Tennessee, NC State join top 10; Florida State returns

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ARLINGTON, Texas – Devon Achane ran for 159 yards and a touchdown Demani Richardson ran the final 82 yards fumbled for another goal, and No. 23 Texas A&M beat 10th-seeded Arkansas 23–21 on Saturday night.

The Sharp Backs (3-1, 1-1 SEC) had a chance to take the lead with 1:30 left, but Cam Little’s 42-yard field goal from the left hashmark hit the top of the right post – and went to the ground in the end zone is no good. This drive came right after Aggie missed a longer field goal attempt.

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Texas A&M (3-1, 1-0) is winning straight over ranked teams after an embarrassing 17-14 home loss to Appalachian State two weeks ago. The conference opener for the Aggies came a week after a 17-9 victory over then No. 13 Miami, who then lost 12 spots and will now be unranked after a 45-31 home loss against Middle Tennessee State earlier Saturday.

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“We are far from where we need to be. We need to heal some of the self-inflicted wounds, we need to clean up the mess,” Coach Eggis said. Jimbo Fisher said. “But we beat two good football teams that didn’t play very well, weren’t at the top of our game, but played well at times, but still compete and play when they need to, which is very reassuring.”

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Arkansas led 14-0 after passing TD K.J. Jefferson on consecutive drives in the first quarter. He was the first to throw a screen, which Ketron Jackson turned into a 32 yard score before being found Warren Thompson wide open behind the secondary for a 56-yarder.

But after the Razorbacks responded to Max Johnsonpassing TD from 10 yards to Evan Stewart after driving 72 yards in 11 plays to 3, Jefferson for some reason tried to jump over blockers in 3 and lost the ball.

“It’s hard. Give A&M all the credit in the world, they fought back at 14.” Razorbacks Coach Sam Pittman said. “They had some big plays… and of course a big fumble recovery.”

Instead, Jefferson went straight up and the ball was cleared out of his hands by linebacker Chris Russell and the ball was picked up mid-air. Tyreke Chappellwho rushed in the other direction and found himself in the constant grasp of the running back Raheim Sanders around 20. But he passed the ball to Richardson, who took him into the end zone.

“A game with great momentum. It helped us a lot,” Achane said.

Fischer said he “didn’t know if it saved us, but it made it a lot easier to win.”

Despite Aggie failing to convert an extra point, this touchdown was part of a 23-point run. They took the lead for good on Achan’s 9-yard touchdown, which capped the start of the second half with a 20–14 lead.

Johnson, an LSU transfer, was 11 of 21 passes for 151 yards in his second A&M start. Jefferson completed 12 of 19 passes for 171 yards and ran for 105 yards 18 times. Jefferson hit for 6 yards with 10 minutes left in the game.


Texas A&M: The Aggie bounced back from their slow start on offense as they lost 3 times in their first four discs. They trailed 14-0 before getting their first down on Achane’s 63-yard run midway through the second quarter.

Arkansas: The Razorbacks missed a chance to start 4-0 in a row for the first time since 1988-89, with a couple more seasons to go before joining the SEC. The Hogs have not won their first two SEC games since 2006. They went 4-0 overall last year, beating the Aggie, who had won nine in a row so far in the series.


The Aggies will regain some of the positions they’ve lost since being sixth in preseason and during the first week, but they’re still a long way from returning to the top 10. Arkansas is definitely going down.


Arkansas will play Alabama No. 2 at home next Saturday.

Texas A&M will head to Mississippi State next Saturday for the second of four consecutive games away from Kyle Field.

ATLANTA – Jeff Collins resigned as Georgia Tech head coach, fired in the midst of his fourth season after failing an audacious plan to turn the Yellow Vests into a national powerhouse through branding and promoting the culture of the big city of Atlanta.

Collins was formally fired during an athletic association board meeting two days after a 27-10 loss to Central Florida left him with a 10-28 record at Georgia Tech.

Collins, whose team is 1-3 this season, finished with a winning percentage of just .263, the lowest among 13 full-time coaches in school history.

Bill Lewis was the only Yellow Vests coach to lose his job during the season. He retired after starting 1-7 in 1994 when it became clear he would be fired.

Collins became the third Football Bowl Subdivision coach to be fired in the first month of this season. Scott Frost in Nebraska and Herm Edwards in the state of Arizona.

Georgia Tech also fired athletic director Todd Stansbury, who hired Collins and provided continued support even as losses mounted.

Tennessee and North Carolina burst into the top 10 of the AP Top 25 poll, while Florida returned to the rankings for the first time in four years.

Georgia remained in first place and received 55 out of 63 votes ranked first in the Top 25 presented by the Regional Bank. No. 2 Alabama (four votes for first place), No. 3 Ohio State (four votes for first place), No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 Clemson took their places.

The sad loss of Oklahoma to Kansas State gave the opportunity to climb up, for example, Southern California to 6th place, and Kentucky to 7th.

Tennessee moved up three places to 8th place, its best finish since 2006 and its first appearance in the top 10 after weeks at ninth place in the first half of 2016. This was the last time the volunteers started 4-0. The Vols knocked Florida out of the rankings on a five-game losing streak in the rivalry.

Oklahoma remained in ninth place, while North Carolina moved up two spots to 10th. The Wolf Pack have the best ranking since they were 10th in 2002.

Texas and Miami dropped out of the rankings after losing to unranked teams and falling to 2-2. In the second half, the Longhorns took a 14-point lead to lose in overtime at Texas Tech. while Miami, who started the season at No. 16, was flipped by State underdog Middle Tennessee with four touchdowns.

While the Hurricanes and Gators were slipping away, Florida State’s No. 23 moved into place (4-0). The Seminoles have their best start since 2015 and for the first time since the start of the 2018 season. recording a streak of 69 consecutive unranked polls.


The drought in the Florida state polls was notable, given that the Seminoles have been a staple food since the late 1970s.

Florida State’s 211-week streak from 1989 to 2001 is the third longest streak in poll history, and its 42-season streak appearing in at least one poll from 1977 to 2018 is the fourth-longest of all time.

Prior to the current drought, Florida State hasn’t had a consecutive season unranked in at least one poll since 1973-77, which was the late Bobby Bowden’s first season as a coach.


Two other teams will debut in the top 25 this week:

– Minnesota at number 21 enters the rankings after defeating the state of Michigan on the road. The Gophers took first place after a short stint in 2020.

– No. 25 Kansas upset a top 10 team from Oklahoma for the third time in four seasons. The Wildcats have been briefly ranked in each of the last three seasons, up to a maximum of three weeks.


SPK – 7 (No. 1, 2, 7, 8, 14, 17, 20).

ACC – 5 (No. 5, 10, 22, 23, 24).

Large 12 – 4 (No. 9, 16, 18, 25).

Big Ten – 4 (Nos. 2, 4, 11, 21).

Pak-12 – 4 (No. 6, 12, 13, 15)

Independent – 1 (No. 19).


No. 10 NC State to No. 5 Clemson. The 87th meeting will be the first match of the top 10 teams.

No. 7 Kentucky to No. 14 Mississippi. The Wildcats and Rebels have played 44 times since 1944, and both ranked only once in 1958.

No. 2 in Alabama and No. 20 in Arkansas. The tide is 6-0 when both teams are ranked.

No. 9, Oklahoma, No. 16, Baylor. The Cowboys and Bears played ranked teams twice last season.

No. 22 Wake Forest at No. 23 Florida State. The only ranking meeting in 39 matches was in 2008, when Wake won.


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