Michi­gan up­ends Michi­gan St.

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

EAST LANSING, MICH. >> Amara Dar­boh caught eight passes for a ca­reer-high 165 yards, and De’Veon Smith ran for two touch­downs to lift No. 2 Michi­gan to a 3223 win over ri­val Michi­gan State on Satur­day.

The Wolver­ines (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) scored ev­ery time they had the ball in the first half, beat­ing the Spar­tans (2-6, 0-5) for only the sec­ond time in the last nine meet­ings. Michi­gan avenged last year’s loss, in which the Spar­tans scored the win­ning touch­down on the fi­nal play when the Wolver­ines botched a punt.

Michi­gan State went on to a Big Ten ti­tle and a na­tional semi­fi­nal ap­pear­ance after that dra­matic vic­tory, but this sea­son it’s Michi­gan that’s in the na­tional ti­tle hunt. The Wolver­ines were heavy fa­vorites to win in East Lansing, and they trailed only briefly in the first quar­ter.

Michi­gan won the Paul Bun­yan Tro­phy for the first time since 2012.

“We came here ex­pect­ing to get it back,” Wolver­ines quar­ter­back Wil­ton Speight said.

Michi­gan led 30-10 in the fourth be­fore the Spar­tans scored a pair of touch­downs, the last of which came with only 1 sec­ond on the clock. Michi­gan State at­tempted a 2-point con­ver­sion and fum­bled, and Jabrill Pep­pers re­turned it the other way for a de­fen­sive con­ver­sion that en­abled the Wolver­ines to cap the win on a high note.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate it ended in a big cel­e­bra­tion for them,” Spar­tans coach Mark Dan­to­nio said.

Speight threw for 244 yards for Michi­gan. Michi­gan State, mean­while, did

not com­plete a pass in the sec­ond or third quar­ter. The Spar­tans have lost six in a row and need to win out to be­come bowl el­i­gi­ble. NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 32, VIR­GINIA 25 >> La­mar Jack­son floated a 29-yard touch­down pass to Jaylen Smith with 13 sec­onds left and Louisville sur­vived a fre­netic fin­ish.

Jack­son’s fourth touch­down pass kept the Car­di­nals (7-1, 5-1 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) in the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off picture, and couldn’t have hurt the Heis­man Tro­phy fron­trun­ner’s can­di­dacy. Vir­ginia (26, 1-3) scored with 1:57 re­main­ing and used a 2-point con­ver­sion to take a 25-24 lead.

Jack­son did not have one of his best days, get­ting sacked five times and turn­ing the ball over twice, but on the fi­nal drive, he ran for 18 yards, hit Cole Hiku­tini

in traf­fic for 5 yards on fourth-and-3 and ran twice more for 16 yards be­fore hit­ting Smith in the end zone. OKLAHOMA STATE 37, NO. 10

WEST VIR­GINIA 20 >> Ma­son Ru­dolph threw three touch­down passes and ran for a score for Oklahoma State.

Ru­dolph com­pleted 26 of 36 passes for 273 yards. James Washington had six catches for 117 yards, Chris Lacy caught two touch­down passes, and Jalen McCleskey matched a ca­reer high with 11 re­cep­tions for the Cow­boys (6-2, 4-1 Big 12). It the 100th ca­reer vic­tory for Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy.

West Vir­ginia’s Skyler Howard passed for 212 yards, but he threw two in­ter­cep­tions and lost a fum­ble for the Moun­taineers (61, 3-1). NO. 24 PENN STATE 62, PUR­DUE 24 >> Saquon Barkley ran for 207 yards and two touch­downs, Trace McSor­ley threw three scor­ing passes, and Penn State had a 24-point third quar­ter.

The Nit­tany Lions (62, 4-1 in the Big Ten) con­verted an in­ter­cep­tion, a fum­bled punt and a failed on­side kick into third-quar­ter touch­downs on their way to a fourth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory, They snapped a se­v­engame road los­ing streak dat­ing to 2014.

Tied at 17 through two quar­ters, the Nit­tany Lions outscored Pur­due (3-5, 1-4) 24-7 in the third. McSor­ley threw a 1-yard touch­down pass to Chris God­win and for 21 yards to Miles San­ders for an­other.

Barkley padded the lead with 13:56 left on a ca­reerbest 81-yard run along the right side­line. It was the long­est touch­down run by a Nit­tany Lion since Larry Johnson’s 84-yarder in 2002 against Illi­nois.


Michi­gan line­backer Jabrill Pep­pers (5) cel­e­brates after sack­ing Michi­gan State quar­ter­back Brian Lew­erke (14) on Satur­day in East Lansing, Mich. Michi­gan de­feated Michi­gan State 32-23.

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