College football scores, rankings, highlights: Oregon, Clemson barely survive upset bids

A year after losing a low-scoring heartbreaker to Cal, No. 9 Oregon got its revenge on Friday night with a 24-17 victory in a tense battle between Pac-12 North foes. Offense was hard to find for either team through three quarters before the Ducks scored the game's final two touchdowns. A last-second defensive stop cemented a much-needed victory for Oregon. 

Junior running back Travis Dye led the Ducks with 150 yards rushing and another 69 yards receiving as he took on a heavier workload than normal following the loss fellow running back CJ Verdell for the season. But it was the Oregon defense that saved the day, as a relentless pass rush, spearheaded by superstar edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux, forced an incompletion from Cal quarterback Chase Garbers on a fourth-and-goal play in the game's final seconds. Now 5-1 (2-1 Pac-12), Oregon will remain in the College Football Playoff conversation as well as the Pac-12 North title race.

The Ducks weren't the only team to squeak out an ugly victory on a busy Friday night in college football, as Clemson survived an upset bid from Syracuse to win 17-14. The much-maligned Tigers offense finished with just 314 total yards, needing a missed 48-yard field goal from Syracuse in the final minute to avoid a potential overtime situation on the road.  In the end, the Tigers improved to 4-2 and stayed in the race for the ACC Atlantic with another uninspiring victory. 

In other action, Marshall took care of North Texas 49 and No. 24 San Diego State needed two overtimes to outlast San Jose State. 

CBS Sports was here every step of the way to update you with the latest scores, highlights and storylines throughout the night. All times Eastern

College football scores, schedule: Week 7

Clemson 17, Syracuse 14 -- Recap
Marshall 49, North Texas 21 -- Recap
No. 9 Oregon 24, Cal 17  -- Recap 
No. 24 San Diego State 19, San Jose State 13 (2OT) -- Recap
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Aztecs need OT to outlast Spartans

It wasn't the prettiest game, but San Diego State will take a win every time. It just needed two overtimes to get there. After San Diego State and San Jose State failed to score a touchdown in regulation, the two offenses suddenly found the end zone in overtime. In the end, however, it was backup SDSU QB Lucas Johnson with the game-winning touchdown pass in the second overtime for the 19-13 win. Johnson hit two of his only three pass attempts, with both completions coming as touchdowns. 

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What a night

Don't let anyone tell you Fridays are for the high schoolers. Although some of the play we've seen tonight has hardly been better than high school level, it's been quality entertainment. Oregon somehow survives Cal, Clemson squeaks one out against Clemson and San Diego State is in OT with San Jose State. It's after 2 a.m. on the East Coast and the action rolls on. On a serious note, that Oregon pass rush was such a menace down the stretch. Easy to see why Thibodeaux is beloved by NFL scouts.

October 16, 2021, 6:11 AM
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Oregon goes up 24-17

Byron Cardwell became the first Oregon running back other than Travis Dye to register a carry on the series, but only because Travis Dye took a well-deserved one-play breather. In the absence of CJ Verdell, Dye has been an absolute workhorse tonight. Anthony Brown just made a nice TD run to put the Ducks ahead 24-17 with 4:50 left, but the credit for that drive goes to Dye, who has 150 yards rushing and 69 receiving.

October 16, 2021, 5:37 AM
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Kayvon Thibodeaux makes his presence felt

The Oregon star edge rusher and potential No. 1 NFL Draft pick made his presence felt on Cal's drive there. His sack on second down, followed by a hurry, forces a Cal punt that returns the ball to Oregon with 8:50 left in a tie game. Thibodeaux missed the first half because of a targeting call against Stanford, but in some ways that may be benefitting the Ducks now. He looks fresh and is causing a lot of trouble for the Bears in pass protection.

October 16, 2021, 5:30 AM
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Trading TDs

After a quarter+ of very little offense, Oregon and Cal trade touchdowns here to start the fourth quarter. It's 17-17 now as the Ducks even it up with 11:23 remaining. Impressive response by Anthony Brown and Oregon. A stop here and this game suddenly looks quite different than it did just a couple minutes ago. Time for Thibodeaux to make a game-changing play?? Perhaps.

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