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Middle Tennessee uses big plays to stun No. 25 Miami, 45-31 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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MIAMI GARDENS, Florida – Chase Cunningham passed for 408 yards and three touchdowns, including a 98-yard one at DJ England-Chisholm, and Middle Tennessee State stunned No. 25 Miami 45-31 with their first win in 21 attempts against ranked opponents.

England-Chisholm caught two passes – the first was a 71-yard touchdown in the first quarter, the second was a 98-yard touchdown in the fourth – to help the Blue Raiders (3-1) seal the loss.

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Cunningham completed 16 of 25 passes for Middle Tennessee, including a 69-yard scoring shot for Elijah Metcalfe. Cunningham and Frank Peasant was also running for points for the Blue Raiders, with defenseman Zaylin Wood responding to an interception and a touchdown.

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Key’Sean Smith returned the kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown to Miami (2-2), who flipped the ball on the first three possessions and never escaped the early hole he dug. defender Tyler Van Dyke – Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year last season – Eliminated in the third quarter and replaced Jake Garcia.

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Van Dyke completed 16 of 32 passes for 138 yards, one touchdown Henry Parrish Jr., and two interceptions – those that occur in Miami’s first and third games of scrimmage. Garcia completed 10 of 19 passes for 161 yards for the Hurricanes, who heard many cheers from the fans who came to a stadium that wasn’t even half full; most of them left long before the final whistle.

Garcia entered the game in the middle of the third quarter and instantly ignited the spark. He engineered a five-play 72-yard touchdown fueled by 39-yard and 23-yard passes, Miami’s two biggest advances of the day to that point, and got the Hurricanes 31–17 on a Thaddeus Franklin 1-yard rush. .

It was the first of two touchdowns by Franklin, the second coming from the yard with 6:05 left to give the Hurricanes 45-31.

The victory waited a long time for the MTSU coach Rick Stockstill, who played American football in Miami’s rival state of Florida. The Seminoles went 0-2 in games Stockstill played against the Hurricanes in 1980 and 1981.

These games were close. This one wasn’t.

And while a breakthrough could have been expected with Miami emerging as the 25.5-point favorite, few, if any, would dare say it would be the Blue Raiders. It even made the bookmakers scramble; According to FanDuel Sportsbook, MTSU actually became the favorite to win by the middle of the second quarter.

It was 10-0 before Miami came on the board, 24-3 early in the second quarter when Cunningham scored a 9-yard dash. Until the end of the road, the Hurricanes never got close to 14 points.

Miami had a chance for a touchdown with the fourth goal from Middle Tennessee 1 in the first game of the fourth quarter; Paz Garcia failed to control in the tight end Will Mallorycausing turnover on the downs.

On the next play, England-Chisolm freed up the left sideline with the biggest pass ever allowed by the Hurricanes, two yards longer than Maryland’s 96-yard pass. Darrius Hayward Bay caught off Sam Hollenbach in 2006.

From there, it was only a matter of time before MTSU could really start the celebrations.


Middle Tennessee State: The Blue Raiders advanced to the top tier of college football, now called FBS, in 1999. On Saturday, they were 0-20 against the AP Top 25 when those games were played and lost 585 points, 868-283.

Miami: The Hurricanes became the first Power 5 school this season to have three losses in the first quarter, according to SportRadar. The last Power 5 school to accomplish this infamous feat was…Miami last season against Florida State.


For now, it’s all over for Miami. The Hurricanes finished 25th and will drop out of the ballot on Sunday. With the Hurricanes 2-2 down, it will be hard to take into account large numbers of voters again any time soon.


MTSU is now 3-0 against Miami all time, with other wins in 1931 and 1932. The Hurricanes never held the lead in either of those games.


Middle Tennessee State: hosts UTSA on Friday at the opening of the USA Conference for both clubs.

Miami: Farewell Week, then Atlantic Coast game kicks off October 8 at home against North Carolina.

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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