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This frame from video shows a floor that collapsed during a party at an apartment near the campus of Clemson University early Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Clemson, S.C. (Jeremy Tester via AP)

This frame from video shows a floor that collapsed during a party at an apartment near the campus of Clemson University early Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Clemson, S.C. (Jeremy Tester via AP)


Police tape surrounds an apartment complex after a floor collapsed early Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, during a party in Clemson, S.C., near the campus of Clemson University. (Mollie Simon/The Independent-Mail via AP)


College Football Picks: ACC showcase could be first and last

By RALPH D. RUSSO

AP College Football Writer

Wednesday, October 17

The Atlantic Coast Conference has yet to have a big game this season and might not have another one after Saturday until its conference championship game.

No. 16 North Carolina State visits No. 3 Clemson in a matchup of the only remaining unbeaten teams in the ACC. It seems early to declare the winner of this game the ACC Atlantic champion, but it’s not so far-fetched.

The only other team in the division with less than two losses is Boston College, which has already lost to N.C. State and plays Clemson in mid-November. Over in the ACC Coastal, Virginia Tech is the lone undefeated team in conference play, but six of the seven members of the division have lost at least two games overall.

Duke (5-1) is the lone exception, but the Blue Devils’ lone loss was to Virginia Tech. This week is the first since Oct. 4, 2015, that the ACC has only two ranked teams. There is plenty of time for teams such as Miami, Virginia Tech, Boston College and Duke, all of which were ranked at some point in the first half of the season, to work their way back into the Top 25 and set up a few more marquee games.

But for now, N.C. State-Clemson is as good as it gets in the ACC and as good as it likely will get for at least a few weeks — if not longer.

The picks:

No. 1 Alabama (minus 28½) at Tennessee

Tide has won 11 straight meetings, and only two have been closer than 14 points … ALABAMA 45-20.

No. 2 Ohio State (minus 13) at Purdue

Boilermakers are one of six teams in the country averaging four plays of at least 30 yards per game. The Buckeyes are one of 21 teams to allow at least three 30-yard-plus plays per game … OHIO STATE 45-31.

No. 16 North Carolina State (plus 16½) at No. 3 Clemson

The Tigers’ defensive line has all the star power, but the Wolfpack’s offensive line has future pros, too, in LG Terronne Prescod, C Garrett Bradbury and LT Tyler Jones … CLEMSON 34-21.

No. 22 Mississippi State (plus 6½) at No. 5 LSU

Tigers are being talked about as a playoff contender while the Bulldogs are trying to avoid slipping out of the rankings, but believe the odds makers: These teams are not so different … LSU 23-18.

No. 6 Michigan (minus 7) at No. 24 Michigan State

Spartans have won four of five and eight of 10 meetings, and like nothing better than being the underdogs to the Wolverines … MICHIGAN 24-14.

No. 9 Oklahoma (minus 7½) at TCU

Horned Frogs and QB Shawn Robinson have regressed since Ohio State game … OKLAHOMA 34-23, BEST BET.

No. 10 UCF (minus 21) at East Carolina

Under-the-radar stellar season: Pirates DE Nate Harvey leads the nation with 16.5 tackles for loss … UCF 42-17.

No. 12 Oregon (plus 3) at No. 25 Washington State

Ducks lost freshman LT Penei Sewell, a budding star, for six week with an ankle sprain … OREGON 28-24, UPSET SPECIAL.

Vanderbilt (plus 11) at No. 14 Kentucky

Wildcats are 7-3 in their last 10 SEC home games, matching a school-best for a 10-game span set in 1974-77 … KENTUCKY 28-14.

Colorado (plus 15½) at No. 15 Washington

Midseason All-America WR Laviska Shenault Jr. (toe) is uncertain to play for the Buffaloes … WASHINGTON 31-14.

No. 18 Penn State (minus 16) at Indiana

Nittany Lions have lost just once to Indiana since joining the Big Ten, going 20-1 … PENN STATE 35-17.

Maryland (plus 10) at No. 19 Iowa

Hawkeyes are suddenly high-scoring and looking for a third straight 40-point game in Big Ten play for the first time in program history … IOWA 35-14.

No. 20 Cincinnati (plus 3½) at Temple

AAC East race could be fun with Bearcats and Owls mixing it up with UCF and USF … TEMPLE 22-20.

UConn (plus 32½) at No. 21 South Florida

Huskies are allowing 53.7 points per game, on pace to set an FBS record (Louisiana-Lafayette, 50.3 in 1997) … SOUTH FLORIDA 52-17.

Illinois (plus 25) at No. 23 Wisconsin

Badgers are in need of a get-well game and get the perfect opponent at home … WISCONSIN 48-21.

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Virginia (plus 7½) at Duke —Schmiidtyy

Important game in what could turn out to be a muddled ACC Coastal race … DUKE 24-20.

North Texas (plus 1) at UAB — Q_Brunk

First-place Blazers could open a commanding lead in Conference USA west with a victory … NORTH TEXAS 24-21.

USC (plus 6½) at Utah — ChadUtes24

It’s early, but the Trojans could put a vice grip on the Pac-12 South race by following up its victory against Colorado by beating the Utes … UTAH 27-21.

Last week: 11-9 straight; 10-10 against the spread.

Season: 116-40 straight; 82-72-2 against the spread.

Upset specials: 4-3 (straight up).

Best bets: 2-5 (against the spread).

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Dozens hurt in floor collapse at S. Carolina condo party

By Associated Press

Monday, October 22

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — The floor of a condominium clubhouse near Clemson University collapsed during a large private party early Sunday, hurtling dozens of people into the basement, authorities said.

About 30 people were taken to local hospitals after the center of the floor caved in at the clubhouse near the South Carolina university. Clemson City Police said nobody was trapped and none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

Video posted on social media shows a large part of the first floor falling as people danced, causing many of them to tumble to the floor below.

Clemson sophomore Larissa Stone told the Independent Mail of Anderson that the room was “packed” and a popular song was playing when the floor collapsed.

“So everyone was jumping. The beat was about to drop and literally the whole floor collapsed,” she said. “It happened so quickly. I stood up, and everyone was trying to climb out. People are under other people. People are hurt. People are bleeding. I had blood on my sneakers. It was really bad.”

Partygoers screamed, and those who didn’t fall stood around the remaining edges of the floor and stared below in shock. Some people standing on the sidelines pulled out their cellphones to record the floor collapse.

A witness who attended the party said people were jumping and he heard a sudden “boom.”

“All you seen was falling, everybody’s hands up in the air,” Franzie Pendergrass told WYFF News 4.

Leroy Pearson said he went to try to help injured people and saw what he thought looked like broken ankles and legs.

“It was crazy,” Pearson said.

Police said the clubhouse at The Woodlands, about three miles from Clemson, had been leased for a private party.

Property manager Tal Slann told The Associated Press that the condominium complex was built in 2004-2005. He said he could not comment on whether there was a limit on the number of people who were supposed to use the clubhouse at one time.

“I can tell you there was a party. I can tell you there was a floor collapse. There were injuries. They were not life-threatening. Nobody was trapped,” he said.

Police said they were called about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Ambulances rushed to the scene.

Slann sent residents of The Woodlands an email saying the floor in front of the clubhouse fireplace had collapsed during a party.

“The Clubhouse and pool area is OFF LIMITS to all,” said a copy of the email texted to the AP. “The clubhouse will be inspected by structural engineers as soon as possible. From there, the homeowner’s association will determine how to rebuild the clubhouse to make it safe for all residents. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who were injured and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

Associated Press writer Janet McConnaughey contributed to this report from New Orleans.

No. 24 Spartans have ‘chip’ back with No. 6 Michigan looming

By NOAH TRISTER

AP Sports Writer

Tuesday, October 16

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — After upsetting Penn State on the road last weekend, Michigan State feels it has a bit of its identity back.

Just in time for the annual clash with rival Michigan.

“Last week we brought the chip back and that’s just something you can never lose, and same thing with the underdog thing and how they think of us,” linebacker Joe Bachie said. “Never lose it. We understand what’s at stake. It’s a rivalry game.”

The “chip” is a reference to the chip on the Spartans’ collective shoulder — that feeling in East Lansing that Michigan State is constantly being disrespected. It’s a powerful emotion, especially when the Spartans take on Michigan, and No. 24 Michigan State could use any psychological boost it can get for Saturday’s showdown with the No. 6 Wolverines.

Historically, Michigan State has been overshadowed by the more storied programs in the Midwest, such as Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State. But under coach Mark Dantonio, the Spartans have won three Big Ten titles and made college football’s playoff in 2015. So there are times the chip on Michigan State’s shoulder seems a bit contrived — the Spartans came into this season ranked 11th in the country, three spots ahead of Michigan.

After an underwhelming start to the season, however, Michigan State was becoming an afterthought, especially following a home loss to Northwestern two weekends ago. Then the Spartans went to Penn State and knocked off the Nittany Lions on a last-minute touchdown.

“That loss honestly was one of the better things that could have happened to us, just to figure out what was wrong and figure out what we needed to fix,” quarterback Brian Lewerke said. “I think that kind of showed last week when we came out and got a big win on the road.”

Now Michigan State is in the type of situation the Spartans seem to relish. They’re coming off a confidence-boosting win, they’re playing Michigan at home — and yet they’re still underdogs against a team they’ve beaten in eight of the last 10 meetings.

How much any of that matters this year remains to be seen. It’s not just motivation that has helped Michigan State beat Michigan on a regular basis lately. The Spartans have simply been the better team in many of those seasons, and at times they simply overpowered the Wolverines. This week, that could be a tougher task. Michigan State is No. 1 in the nation in rushing defense, but Michigan is No. 1 in passing defense and No. 2 in total defense.

The Wolverines are coming off an impressive win of their own — a 38-13 rout of Wisconsin — and have won six straight since dropping their opener at Notre Dame.

The Spartans, however, are a dangerous team no matter how strong the opposition. The win over Penn State was Michigan State’s ninth victory over a team in the AP top 10 since 2013. Only Alabama and Ohio State have more.

“There’s a lot of things that go into this,” Dantonio said. “It’s belief system; it’s conviction; it’s commitment; it’s execution on the field; it’s mental toughness; it’s physical toughness. There’s a lot of that that goes into it.”

Michigan was in the top 10 a season ago when the unranked Spartans beat the Wolverines in Ann Arbor. Now both teams are in the Top 25 — and the last four times they’ve met when both were ranked, Michigan State won.

“People out in the media or whatever think of us maybe a little different than them, and that’s fine with us,” Bachie said. “We’ve got that chip back, and you know, we’re going to continue that this week.”

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Patterson-led No. 6 Michigan tops No. 24 Michigan State 21-7

By LARRY LAGE

AP Sports Writer

Sunday, October 21

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan had plenty of reasons to be motivated to beat Michigan State, barely defeating its in-state rival over the last decade and losing to every ranked team on the road for a dozen years.

The Wolverines, though, were even more fired up to win after a pregame spat with the Spartans.

Shea Patterson threw two touchdown passes and No. 6 Michigan earned a desperately needed 21-7 win over No. 24 Michigan State on Saturday, snapping a streak of 17 consecutive losses to ranked teams on the road.

The Wolverines (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) had lost eight of 10 against coach Mark Dantonio’s Spartans and those setbacks have led to them not winning a Big Ten title since 2004.

The matchup is always highly charged, but it was kicked up a notch well before kickoff, and emotions didn’t subside even after a 75-minute weather delay during the first quarter.

Michigan State’s team walked from one end zone to the other with their arms locked and a few Wolverines were stretching out in the middle of the field when contact was made and words were exchanged .

“Total bush league,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Apparently coach Dantonio was 5 yards behind, smiling.”

Dantonio disagreed with Harbaugh’s assessment.

“That’s B.S.,” Dantonio said.

Michigan linebacker Devin Bush, one of the players involved in what Harbaugh called “shenanigans ,” later dragged and kicked his cleats to rip up some of the grass under the Spartans’ white logo at midfield.

“I just got caught up in the moment with my emotions,” Bush said.

The Spartans (4-3, 2-2) struggled to move the ball, getting held to 94 yards and failing to convert any of its 12 third downs.

“Our defense was lights out,” Harbaugh said. “That’s a dream game.”

Michigan was good enough on offense to win, making some plays in the passing game and a lot on the ground against the nation’s top-ranked rushing defense.

Patterson’s 79-yard pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones put Michigan ahead late in the third quarter.

“Donovan, one-on-one coverage, good luck with that,” Patterson said. “I just threw it up to him.”

The mobile quarterback converted a fourth-and-2 from the Michigan State 41 early in the fourth, setting up Ben Mason’s 5-yard run that gave the Wolverines a 21-7 lead.

The Ole Miss transfer was 14 of 25 for 212 yards and made a successful debut in a series that has been tilted Michigan State’s way in part because of poor quarterback play. His 6-yard pass to Nico Collins broke a scoreless tie early in the second quarter and was Michigan’s first touchdown throw against the Spartans since 2011.

Michigan State needed a fumble deep in Michigan territory and a trick play to score once.

Chris Evans lost the football at the Wolverines 7 early in the third. Two plays later, quarterback Brian Lewerke caught a 4-yard pass from receiver Darrell Stewart off a reverse to pull the Spartans into a tie.

Michigan’s Karan Higdon had 144 yards rushing on 33 carries against a team that entered the game giving up a nation-low 62 yards on the ground.

“We didn’t have enough offense,” Dantonio said. “Credit Michigan’s defense. “

OFFENSIVE WOES

LJ Scott returned from a leg injury to play for the Spartans after a four-game absence and ran for just 25 yards on 10 carries.

Lewerke was 5 of 25 for just 66 yards with an injury-depleted corps of receivers, which now includes Felton Davis after he was carted off during the game with an Achilles tendon injury. The quarterback was banged up, too, with a shoulder injury that kept him out of practice Monday through Thursday.

“I don’t know whether it was the offense or him being dinged up or what,” Dantonio said. “I wanted to give him a chance to continue to play.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Michigan: Harbaugh needed the victory after entering the game 1-5 against rivals Michigan State and Ohio State. If the Wolverines beat No. 18 Penn State in two weeks, they will be set up for a showdown Nov. 24 at Ohio State.

Michigan State: Lewerke’s inconsistent play is slowing down an offense already hurt by ailments. His injury adds another obstacle to him bouncing back.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Wolverines should be moving up, especially after No. 2 Ohio State lost to Purdue. Michigan State is likely to be out of the rankings again.

UP NEXT

Michigan: Off until hosting Penn State on Nov. 3.

Michigan State: Plays Purdue at home.

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Defense leads No. 5 LSU past No. 22 MSU, 19-3

By BRETT MARTEL

AP Sports Writer

Sunday, October 21

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Boos rained down from the Tiger Stadium stands, even as quarterback Joe Burrow kneeled to close out No. 5 LSU’s latest convincing victory over a ranked opponent.

It was an unusual scene spawned by an unfortunate play that could carry considerable implications going forward.

Michael Divinity Jr.’s interception set up Nick Brossette’s short touchdown run, Cole Tracy kicked four field goals, and LSU beat No. 22 Mississippi State 19-3 on Saturday night. But the Death Valley crowd left angry after LSU’s top linebacker, Devin White, was ejected for targeting in the fourth quarter, meaning he will not be eligible to play in the first half of the Tigers’ upcoming showdown with unbeaten and top-ranked Alabama.

“As a defense, it is really tough knowing he is going to be out the first half against Alabama,” defensive back Kristian Fulton said.

White appeared to lower his head as he leveled quarterback Nick Fitzgerald a moment after he released a pass that was intercepted by Fulton.

“I’ve got to look at it. The call is the call. They reviewed it,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “That’s the rule. The rule is you can’t lead with your head.”

The targeting penalty wiped out the turnover, and LSU’s celebrations after the whistle also drew two flags for unsportsmanlike conduct, resulting in 45 yards in penalties on one play.

Safety John Battle’s interception prevented Mississippi State from scoring on the drive and virtually sealed the result. But fans continued booing officials until the end, keenly aware of how much the absence of White, even for just a half, could hurt the Tigers (7-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) against the Crimson Tide’s dynamic and prolific offense.

White’s penalty was the low-point of an otherwise banner performance by the Tigers’ defense, which intercepted Fitzgerald four times.

LSU safety Grant Delpit came through with several drive-stalling plays, including two interceptions and a fourth-down sack. Delpit has five interceptions and four sacks this season.

“He made a difference in the ball game when needed him and it looks like it comes easy to him,” Orgeron said. “He’s a great football player.”

Fitzgerald rushed for 131 yards for Mississippi State (4-3, 1-3), but completed just 8 of 24 passes for 59 yards.

“We’ve got to find a way to be productive in the passing game and we did not get that done,” Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead said. “I’m in charge of the offense. … I’m disappointed.”

Mississippi State’s defense, led by end Montez Sweat and tackle Jeffery Simmons, gave LSU’s offense fits for much of the game. LSU needed to run three plays to score the game’s lone TD after Divinity’s 31-yard return to the 3.

“The one touchdown they got was off a short field, so the defense was playing great,” Moorhead said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs’ inability to pass against LSU’s talented secondary made it tough for them to sustain drives. Although their running game was productive at times finishing with 201 yards, the Bulldogs often looked hopeless on third down, converting two of 14.

LSU: The Tiger’s defense was strong enough against the run to contain Fitzgerald and made the Bulldogs QB uncomfortable when he threw. Offensively, the Tigers needed almost the entire first half to figure out how to move the ball against the Bulldogs. They still struggled to find the end zone in the second half, but executed consistently enough to give their reliable kicker four field goal opportunities from 40 yards and in.

“It wasn’t a perfect game,” Orgeron said. “I’m not going to tear this thing apart. This is a good football team we just beat.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

LSU should move up at least one spot in the AP Top 25 Poll because of No. 2 Ohio State’s 49-20 loss to Purdue .

SELF-BLAME

Burrow blamed himself for the Tigers’ 15 yards of offense before they drove 64 yards for a field goal that made it 10-3 at halftime.

“That was the worst half of football I’ve ever played in my entire life,” said Burrow, who finished 16-of-28 passing for 129 yards and was intercepted in the end zone by Louisiana native Cameron Dantzler in the first quarter, squandering a scoring chance set up by Delpit’s diving interception. “I just threw the ball like a middle schooler, but they’re a really good defense, too.”

UP NEXT

Mississippi State hosts Texas A&M on Saturday.

LSU has a week off before hosting Alabama on Nov. 3.

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This frame from video shows a floor that collapsed during a party at an apartment near the campus of Clemson University early Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Clemson, S.C. (Jeremy Tester via AP)
https://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2018/10/web1_121616741-1bf4c3af3f73418aaae125430ae3f60c.jpgThis frame from video shows a floor that collapsed during a party at an apartment near the campus of Clemson University early Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Clemson, S.C. (Jeremy Tester via AP)

Police tape surrounds an apartment complex after a floor collapsed early Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, during a party in Clemson, S.C., near the campus of Clemson University. (Mollie Simon/The Independent-Mail via AP)
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