NEW YORK, Sporting Alert — Highlights and box scores from the college football games involving No. 2 Clemson and No. 8 Washington State who were both upset by unranked teams on Friday night.
SYRACUSE 27, NO. 2 CLEMSON 24
The first shock of the night came from the Carrier Dome where defending champion Clemson suffered a 27-24 defeat to Syracuse.
“This is truly one of the moments that you coach for. This is really special,” said Syracuse coach Dino Babers. “This is big.”
Quarterback Eric Dungey threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns and Cole Murphy kicked the go-ahead field goal with 9:41 left in the fourth quarter in the win for the Orange (4-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Dungey, who went 20 of 32 on passes and connected with Ervin Philips, Steve Ishmael and Dontae Strickland for scores, who the QB also ran for 61 yards on 21 carries.
Clemson’s push for a win on Friday night was dealt a blow when quarterback Kelly Bryant suffered a concussion in the final minute of the first half and did not return.
Before departing, Bryant went 12 of 17 for 116 yards with no touchdown pass and ran for minus-8 yards before he was replaced by Zerrick Cooper.
Bryant, who came into the game with a sprained left ankle from last week’s game against Wake Forest, was hit hard by defensive tackle Chris Slayton and lay on the turf for a couple of minutes before he was assisted to the locker room.
Travis Etienne and Tavien Feaster each ran for scores for Tigers (6-1, 4-1), who suffered their first loss since last November.
“It wasn’t our night tonight. They were better than us,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “There’s nothing we’re going to fix now.
“We’re not going to be 12-0, that’s for sure. That’s not going to happen. This is going to hurt, but you move forward.”
CALIFORNIA 37, NO. 8 WASHINGTON STATE 3
Also falling on Friday night was the eighth-ranked Washington State which was dominated 37-3 on the road against California.
The Golden Bears (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) jumped all over Cougars 6-1, 3 1) early and overwhelmed them in the signature win.
Ross Bowers went 21 of 38 for 259 yards and a touchdown and ran for another TD, while Vic Enwere carried the ball 22 times for 106 yards and a score for California in the win.
Meanwhile, Luke Falk was 28 of 43 for 286 yards, but was also picked off five times for Washington State
“There’s no bright spot. We were pathetic,” Cougars coach Mike Leach said. “We’re a bunch of pathetic front-runners.”