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This week’s highlights: big wins by Clemson and UNC

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CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 01: Artavis Scott #3 of the Clemson Tigers reacts during the fourth quarter against the Louisville Cardinals at Memorial Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Clemson, South Carolina.
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Duke turned the ball over 6 times against UVa in a 34-20 loss. There’s only so much you can do after wasting so many possessions.

Clemson squandered an 18-point lead to Louisville, then came back and won with two late touchdowns. Deshaun Watson had four turnovers, but throwing for 5 touchdowns was enough to compensate. Lamar Jackson was responsible for a more reasonable amount of touchdowns (3) than in previous performances.

Mitch Trubisky threw for 400 yards for the third consecutive time and UNC’s Nick Weiler hit a 54-yard field goal to hold off a 4th quarter comeback by FSU. Dalvin Cook had 140 rushing and 106 receiving yards in the 37-35 loss.

Miami’s defense scored twice in three plays in a 35-21 victory over Georgia Tech. Those turnovers proved to be the difference in the game.

Notre Dame recovered with a 50-33 win over Syracuse. The two dynamic offenses produced five touchdowns (plus ND blocked and returned a PAT) in the first 4:54 of the game.

Boston College held Buffalo to 67 total yards of offense in a 35-3 win. Boston College racked up 400 yards, including 142 on the ground, in their last tune-up before hosting Clemson next week.

Pitt held off a late Marshall rally to win 43-27. They were close to giving up their third late loss, so it’ll be a confidence boost to know they can close out games. Side note: Marshall’s WR Michael Clark is six foot seven. That’s a terrifying matchup.

North Carolina State broke Wake’s winning streak, winning 33-16. The Wolfpack scored 16 unanswered in the first quarter, and put up 527 yards on Wake’s previously stout defense. NC State also amassed 144 penalty yards, which isn’t a good sign.

Around the FBS:

#13 Baylor scored 17 unanswered in the fourth quarter to avoid an embarrassing loss to Iowa State.

Indiana’s kicker missed two field goals but made the one that counted most in a 24-21 OT win over then-#17 Michigan State. South Alabama scored 21 unanswered in the fourth to upset then-#19 San Diego State, 42-24. Cal stopped then-#18 Utah at the one yard line to win 28-23.

Then-#22 Texas lost to Oklahoma State 49-31, in a game where the Cowboys blocked 3 extra points. On one, Vincent Taylor blocked and recovered the kick, then executed a perfect rugby-style pitch behind him to teammate Tre Flowers, who returned it the rest of the way.

Washington and Stanford met in a top-10 clash that the Huskies won handily, 44-6. Christian McCaffery had only 59 rushing yards and 30 receiving. He has not yet scored a touchdown in a true road game.

Ohio State and Auburn tied for High Point award with 58 each. They were challenged by Texas Tech and BYU with 55, Toledo with 53, Arkansas and Old Dominion with 52, Washington State with 51, and Notre Dame, Maryland, and Western Kentucky with 50.

Toledo and BYU actually were playing each other, making them the eighth pair of teams this year to reach 100 points combined.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, App State beat Georgia State 17-3 to win this week’s Offensive Offense award.