El­liott’s big day leads Ohio St. past In­di­ana 34-27

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Ezekiel El­liott had an elec­tri­fy­ing sec­ond half with touch­down runs of 55, 65 and 75 yards and fin­ished with a ca­reer-best 274 yards to help top-ranked Ohio State hold off In­di­ana 34-27 for its 18th win in a row in col­lege football on Satur­day.

It was hard day for sev­eral of the top-10 ranked teams in ac­tion.

Florida up­set No.3-ranked Mis­sis­sippi, Alabama re­asserted its na­tional ti­tle cre­den­tials with vic­tory over No.8 Ge­or­gia, No.2-ranked Michigan State sur­vived a scare from Pur­due, and Clem­son downed No.6-ranked Notre Dame.

Ohio State was made to work for its vic­tory at In­di­ana. Es­pe­cially at the end, when Buck­eyes cor­ner­back Eli Ap­ple bat­ted away a des­per­a­tion pass in the back of the end zone as time ex­pired.

From the start, the game was full of sur­prises. In­di­ana gam­bled twice on fourth down in the first half — in­clud­ing a fake punt from its 16 that failed. Ohio State fum­bled four times and wound up with three turnovers and eight ma­jor penal­ties.

The teams com­bined for four scor­ing runs — three from El­liott — that went for more than 50 yards dur­ing a 13-minute stretch in the sec­ond half.

The Buck­eyes also ex­tended their Big Ten reg­u­lar-sea­son record streak to 25 in a row — and could tie Ok­la­homa for the most weeks ranked No. 1 (101), if they can hold onto it.

Will Grier threw four touch­down passes to four re­ceivers — all in the first half — and No.25 Florida up­set third-ranked Mis­sis­sippi 38-10.

He com­pleted 24 of 29 passes for 271 yards for the Ga­tors. He was poised in the pocket, pre­cise with ev­ery throw and even closer to per­fect than he was down the stretch against Ten­nessee last week.

Jake Coker ran the of­fense to per­fec­tion, the de­fense turned in a dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance, and No. 13 Alabama even got a touch­down from its spe­cial teams in a 38-10 rout of Ge­or­gia that re-es­tab­lished the Crim­son Tide as a force in the na­tional race.

Com­ing of a home loss to Mis­sis­sippi two weeks ago, Alabama jumped ahead 24-3 at half­time and iced the vic­tory on Ge­or­gia’s first of­fen­sive play of the sec­ond half. Ed­die Jack­son in­ter­cepted Brice Ram­sey’s pass and re­turned it 50 yards for a touch­down.

Coker, with an as­sist from Lane Kif­fin’s play-call­ing, com­pleted 11 of 16 for 190 yards, passed for one touch­down, and ran for another.

LJ Scott ran for 146 yards and two touch­downs, and Michigan State held on through a lack­lus­ter sec­ond half to beat Pur­due 24-21.

The Spar­tans led 21-0 at half­time, but Pur­due had the ball near mid­field with a chance to tie or take the lead be­fore David Blough threw in­com­plete on fourth down with about a minute to play in the game.

Michigan State’s Con­nor Cook went 13 of 19 for 139 yards and a touch­down, and be­came the school’s ca­reer leader with his 28th vic­tory as the start­ing quar­ter­back.

Trevone Boykin threw five touch­down passes, in­clud­ing four to fresh­man KaVon­tae Turpin, and No.4-ranked TCU rode a 30-point first quar­ter to a sec­ond straight rout of Texas, 50-7.

Josh Doct­son broke the TCU record for re­ceiv­ing TDs with a pair of scores and the Horned Frogs won their 13th straight game, sec­ond na­tion­ally to Ohio State’s 18-game run.

Seth Rus­sell passed for 286 yards and four touch­downs and ran for two more scores, Shock Lin­wood ran for a ca­reer-high 221 yards and two touch­downs and fifth-ranked Bay­lor be­gan its pur­suit of a third con­sec­u­tive Big 12 cham­pi­onship with a 63-35 vic­tory over Texas Tech.

Corey Coleman caught touch­down passes of 24, 16 and 16 yards.

Deshaun Wat­son threw two touch­downs pass and ran for a score, and Clem­son stopped DeShone Kizer on a ty­ing 2-point con­ver­sion to help the Tigers hold off No.6 ranked Notre Dame, 24-22.

The No.12-ranked Tigers line­backer B.J. Good­son had an in­ter­cep­tion and a fum­ble re­cov­ery to halt two fourth-quar­ter drives by the Fight­ing Ir­ish. But the big­gest stop was by de­fen­sive tackle Car­los Watkins, who brought down Kizer short of the goal line with 7 sec­onds left.

Mike Ber­covici passed for 273 yards and two touch­downs and ran for another score, and Ari­zona State got its sea­son back on track with a vic­tory over sev­enth-ranked UCLA, 38-23.

Tim White and D. J. Foster caught scor­ing passes for the Sun Devils, as Ari­zona State built a 29-10 lead head­ing into the fourth quar­ter and then hung on.

Leonard Four­nette high­lighted his third straight 200-yard game with a 75-yard touch­down run, and No.9-ranked LSU beat Eastern Michigan, 44-22.

Four­nette had 233 yards and three touch­downs on 26 car­ries.

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