What are the rules and are they the same in NCAA and NFL when it comes to stopping and starting the game clock when a player runs out of bounds with the football.

What I have found out is that according to the NFL Rule Book:

Anytime a player in possession of the ball goes out of bounds, the play clock stops. The clock is restarted once the officials spot the ball at the appropriate yard line on the field, except during the last two minutes of the first half or the last five minutes of the fourth quarter.

Is this correct and would that be the same for NCAA college football?

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College has no two minute warning. College clock doesn't stop on out of bounds in the last 2 minutes/5 minutes.
College clock does stop briefly to move the chains on first downs.

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    Citing the actual rules would help a lot here.
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    Dec 1, 2019 at 4:59

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