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No. 5 Clemson hangs on, tops No. 21 Wake Forest 51-45 in 2OT 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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WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina – Nate Wiggins broke up Sam Hartmanfourth pass in the end zone to help No. 5 Clemson hold off No. 21 Wake Forest 51-45 in double overtime on Saturday.

Wiggins was frequently targeted by Hartman and Wake Forest wide receivers, but managed to clear Hartman’s final ball. ET Perry. He dropped to the end zone turf and then jumped up to join his team in celebration after a wild shootout between the incumbent Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division Demon Deacons and the preseason favorite Tigers.

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DJ Wiagaleley threw for 375 yards and five touchdowns to give Clemson a 4-0, 2-0 ACC lead, including a halfway bounce to Davis Allen start the second overtime.

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Hartman threw for 337 yards and recorded six touchdowns in the Wake Forest program (3-1, 0-1), including two each for Jamal Banks and Donavon Green. But the Demon Deacons stopped in midfield in a potential winning attack to end the regulation and then failed to stop the Tigers in the first OT after starting with Hartman Perry’s TD shot.

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This marked Clemson’s 14th straight win in the series, with Wake Forest’s last win coming in 2008, which led to Tommy Bowden being fired as coach and current coach. Dabo Sweeney called temporary.


Clemson: That was the start of a two-week stretch that could give the Tigers control of the league’s Atlantic Division race. The Tigers took control early, scoring touchdowns on their first two attempts to take a 14–0 lead, only to see the Demon Deacon’s high-scoring offense spun, pushing the ball downfield. On this day, Wiagaleley and the offense had to keep coming up with big plays to stay on pace, and they did until Wiggins helped the Tigers to a clinch stop.

Wake Forest: The Demon Decons have achieved a lot under Dave Clawson, underscored by last year’s drive to set an 11-win program record and advance to the ACC Championship game. But Clemson continues to embarrass them: The last time Wake Forest won was in 2008, and only one of the previous 13 losses in a row was under 14 points. Wake Forest also fell to 1-65 all-time against top 10 teams in the Associated Press American Football Poll, with a single win over #4 Tennessee in 1946.


The Tigers are at the top of the AP Top 25 and have little room for improvement despite a tough road win. The Deacon Demons were unlikely to slide much, if at all, after giving the Tigers everything they could handle.


Clemson: The Tigers will host NC State No. 12 next Saturday in another division decider.

Wake Forest: The Deacon Demons are heading to Florida State next Saturday.

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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