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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Irish Impose Penance On Troubled Boston

BOSTON -- An upset would certainly have eased Boston College's pain. Notre Dame, however, would have none of it.


After a week in which 13 of its players were suspended for gambling, Boston College stayed with Notre Dame for nearly three quarters before losing 48-21 Saturday.


For a while, all the talk of suspensions and scandals quieted as the Eagles rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to tie it 21-21 in the third quarter. But Notre Dame got touchdown runs of 81 and 11 yards from Robert Farmer in a 2:15 span to help the Fighting Irish pull away.


Notre Dame (6-2) amassed 426 yards rushing, including 155 from Autry Denson and 98 from Farmer on only three carries. Marc Edwards had seven carries for 68 yards and a TD before leaving in the second quarter with torn knee ligaments.


Meanwhile, the Eagles (4-6) were hoping to put a tumultuous week behind them.


"We knew it was emotional,'' BC quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. "There were tears in guys' eyes when we came out there. I know there were tears in my eyes.''


When Farmer finally got in, he made the most of it. On third-and-three from the 19, he broke free around the right side and went 81 yards for the go-ahead score.


The next time Notre Dame got the ball, Farmer ran 11 yards for his second TD to give the Irish a 35-21 lead. With 11:02 left, Bert Berry forced Hasselbeck to fumble, and Alton Maiden ran it in from 20 yards.


The Irish added another TD with 5:52 left on Randy Kinder's one-yard run.


No. 1 Florida 28, Vanderbilt 21. At Nashville, the top-ranked Gators (9-0) clinched their fifth consecutive SEC Eastern Division title with their 20th straight conference victory, but not without a late scare from Vanderbilt (2-7, 0-6).


Danny Wuerffel's four TD passes helped Florida build a 28-6 lead, but Vanderbilt scored 15 unanswered points within four minutes in the middle of the second half.


No. 2 Ohio State 48, Illinois 0. At Champaign, Illinois, Joe Germaine threw three touchdown passes and tailbacks Pepe Pearson and Jermon Jackson scored two TDs each as the Buckeyes (9-0, 6-0) scored touchdowns on seven straight possessions against Illinois (2-7,1-5).


No. 3 Florida State 44, Wake Forest 7. At Orlando, Florida, freshman quarterback Dan Kendra threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns in his first college start as a fill-in for Thad Busby, out with a hairline fracture in his left wrist. The Seminoles (8-0, 7-0) clinched their fifth straight Atlantic Coast Conference title.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)











Trailing 21-10 at the half, the Eagles fought back to tie on John Matich's 41-yard field goal, a 16-yard TD run by Omari Walker and a 2-point conversion pass.