Con­tro­ver­sial call helps Ohio State edge Michi­gan

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Cur­tis Sa­muel swept in for a 15-yard touch­down af­ter Ohio State barely con­verted a fourth-and-1 and the sec­on­dranked Buck­eyes beat No. 3 Michi­gan 30-27 in dou­ble over­time.

Cur­tis Sa­muel swept in for a 15yard touch­down af­ter Ohio State barely con­verted a fourth-and-1 and the sec­ond-ranked Buck­eyes beat No. 3 Michi­gan 30-27 in dou­ble over­time Satur­day.

With Ohio State (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten, No. 2 CFP) fac­ing fourth-and-1 from the 16, coach Ur­ban Meyer de­cided not to kick a po­ten­tial ty­ing field goal with a kicker who had al­ready missed two short ones in regulation.

J.T. Bar­rett kept it on fourth down and slammed into the back of his blocker, A.J. Alexan­der, right at the line to gain. The first-down call stood up to video re­view. On the next play, Sa­muel, who had made a swerv­ing, change-of-di­rec­tion run to set up the fourt­hand-1, raced into the end zone to win it.

The first matchup to go to over­time in the 113game his­tory of the ri­valry likely elim­i­nated Michi­gan (10-2, 7-2, No. 3 CFP) from the play­off race and could have locked up a spot for the Buck­eyes. The Buck­eyes missed out on a spot in the Big Ten title game, with Penn State head­ing to In­di­anapo­lis in­stead to face Wis­con­sin.

Michi­gan could end up in the Rose Bowl, but the big­gest prizes are still elud­ing the Wolver­ines in their sec­ond year un­der coach Jim Har­baugh. He’s 0-2 against Meyer and the Buck­eyes.

Ohio State wiped out a 10-point third-quar­ter deficit and dom­i­nated the fourth quar­ter, but Tyler Durbin missed a 20-yard field goal that would have tied it with 7:01 re­main­ing. Bar­rett and the Buck­eyes gave him an­other chance, this time from 23 yards with a sec­ond left in regulation and Durbin nailed it.

Bar­rett scored on a quar­ter­back draw and Ohio State’s first pos­ses­sion of OT to give the Buck­eyes the lead, but Michi­gan tied it on a 5-yard touch­down pass on fourth down from Wil­ton Speight to Amara Dar­boh. game. He com­pleted 27 of 36 mostly short and mid-range passes and threw for two touch­downs. Alabama has won three straight Iron Bowls for the first time since 1990-92.

Hurts also ran for 37 yards and a touch­down, lead­ing two straight touch­down drives in the third quar­ter to all but put the game away af­ter a mis­take­filled first half. 11) ap­peared headed for a late go-ahead score when Jackson’s fum­ble at Ken­tucky’s 10 was re­cov­ered by the Wild­cats’ Courtney Love with 1:45 left. Stephen John­son led Ken­tucky (7-5) into po­si­tion for MacGin­nis’ win­ning kick.

Jackson’s desperation heave from deep in Louisville ter­ri­tory was in­ter­cepted by Mike Ed­wards, his sec­ond of the game. The Wild­cats ended a fiveg­ame los­ing streak in the series.

Jackson likely could have wrapped up the Heis­man with his record-set­ting day, but a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive loss might im­pact the race. The sopho­more struck a Heis­man pose af­ter a ty­ing touch­down in the fourth quar­ter. He had his school­record eighth 100-yard rush­ing game and broke the Louisville mark for rush­ing yards. He scored four times to break the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence sin­gle-sea­son record with 51. home game while USC (93, No. 12 CFP) per­se­vered through rain at the Coli­seum to claim the Jeweled Shil­le­lagh for the 11th time in 15 years.

Sam Darnold passed for 205 yards and two TDs, and Ron­ald Jones II rushed for 134 yards and an early score to keep the surg­ing Tro­jans in line for a New Year’s Day bowl berth. Josh Adams ran for 180 yards and DeShone Kizer passed for 220 yards and two scores for the Fight­ing Ir­ish (4-8).

JAY LAPRETE — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ohio State play­ers and fans cel­e­brate their win over Michi­gan on Satur­day.

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