Ore­gon beats Wash­ing­ton

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EU­GENE, Ore.—C.J. Verdell scored on a 6-yard run in over­time and Ore­gon knocked off Wash­ing­ton, 30-27, in over­time on Sat­ur­day.

Verdell fin­ished with 111 yards but none were sweeter for the Ducks than the fi­nal 6, when he sprinted nearly un­touched on third-and-goal and set off a wild cel­e­bra­tion in the east end zone of Autzen Sta­dium.

The Ducks (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) were for­tu­nate to reach over­time af­ter Wash­ing­ton kicker Pey­ton Henry missed a 37-yard field-goal at­tempt on the fi­nal play of reg­u­la­tion. Henry’s kick was wide right.

Wash­ing­ton (5-2, 3-1) took pos­ses­sion first in over­time but had to set­tle for Henry’s 22-yard kick af­ter stalling in­side the 10. The Huskies had a chance to force a long field goal as Ore­gon faced thir­dand-11 af­ter a hold­ing call. But Justin Her­bert threw a strike to Dil­lon Mitchell for 17 yards and the Ducks had first-and­goal. Three plays later, Verdell sprinted into the end zone.

Her­bert didn’t have his best day, play­ing in front of a large gath­er­ing of NFL ex­ec­u­tives that in­cluded Den­ver Bron­cos GM John El­way. He was 18 of 32 for 202 yards and two touch­downs.

NOTRE DAME 19, PITTS­BURGH 14

SOUTH BEND, Ind.—Ian Book threw a 35-yard touch­down pass to Miles Boykin with 5:43 re­main­ing and Notre Dame re­mained un­beaten.

The Fight­ing Ir­ish are 7-0 for the first time since 2012, the year they went to the BCS ti­tle game.

Pitt (3-4) led 14-12 thanks to a long first-quar­ter touch­down drive and Mau­rice Ffrench’s 99-yard kick­off re­turn to start the sec­ond half.

Pat Nar­duzzi’s Pan­thers were look­ing to up­set an As­so­ci­ated Press top-five team for the third straight sea­son af­ter knock­ing off No. 3 Clem­son in Death Val­ley dur­ing the 2016 sea­son and No. 2 Mi­ami last Novem­ber in Pitts­burgh. But the Ir­ish, who were held to 80 yards rush­ing, pre­vailed be­hind Book, who is 4-0 as a starter since re­plac­ing Bran­don Wim­bush. Book threw two in­ter­cep­tions, and had 264 yards pass­ing.

Kenny Pick­ett was 19 for 28 for 126 yards, and was sacked by Khalid Ka­reem—Notre Dame’s only sack of the game—for a loss of 14 yards on Pitt’s fi­nal pos­ses­sion to set up a fourth-and-long the Pan­thers could not con­vert. Pitt also failed on a fake punt on its sec­ond-to-last drive.

MICHI­GAN STATE 21, PENN STATE 17

STATE COL­LEGE, Pa.—Brian Lew­erke threw a 25-yard touch­down pass to Fel­ton Davis with 19 sec­onds left to lift Michi­gan State past Penn State, mak­ing it two con­sec­u­tive sea­sons that the Spar­tans used a late score to hand the Nit­tany Lions a sec­ond straight loss.

Lew­erke com­pleted 25 of 52 passes for 259 yards with an in­ter­cep­tion and two touch­downs for the Spar­tans (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten). They were com­ing off a loss at North­west­ern.

Davis, who came back from an in­jury he sus­tained on the pre­vi­ous drive, fin­ished with eight catches for 100 yards. Miles San­ders ran for 162 yards and a touch­down for the Nit­tany Lions (4-2, 1-2). Trace McSor­ley com­pleted 19 of 32 passes for 192 yards with a touch­down to be­come the pro­gram’s ca­reer pass­ing yardage leader.

OHIO STATE 30, MIN­NESOTA 14

COLUM­BUS, Ohio—Dwayne Hask­ins threw for 412 yards and three touch­downs and Ohio State held off persistent Min­nesota.

The Buck­eyes (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) needed Blake Haubiel’s two sec­ond-half field goals and Hask­ins’ late touch­down pass from K.J. Hill to put away the Go­phers (3-3, 0-3).

Hill made the play of the game with a turn-around, one-hand grab that he turned into a touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter. He had a ca­reer-high nine catches for 187 yards.

For the sec­ond straight week, a heavy underdog came into Ohio Sta­dium and shut down the Buck­eyes’ run­ning game. The Go­phers held tail­backs J.K. Dob­bins and Mike We­ber to a to­tal of 86 yards, with­out a sin­gle carry longer than 11. Min­nesota’s Mo­hamed Ibrahim ran 23 times for 157 yards and two scores.

UCF 31, MEM­PHIS 30

MEM­PHIS, Tenn.—McKen­zie Mil­ton threw for 296 yards and ran for the go-ahead touch­down in the fourth quar­ter for Cen­tral Florida.

Mil­ton’s 7-yard touch­down with 12:14 left com­pleted a come­back for the Knights (6-0, 3-0 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence), who trailed 30-14 with 2:04 left in the first half. The vic­tory was UCF’s 19th straight—the na­tion’s long­est win­ning streak—but it was by far the tough­est game of the sea­son for the Knights, who de­feated their first five op­po­nents by dou­ble-dig­its.

Mem­phis (4-3, 1-3) seemed on the way to at least have a chance for a win­ning field goal as the Tigers moved to the UCF 31. Mem­phis botched clock man­age­ment in the fi­nal 30 sec­onds, get­ting hit with a mo­tion penalty that re­quired a clock runoff, and then Brady White com­pleted a 9-yard pass to Tony Pol­lard and the sec­onds slipped away. Dar­rell Hen­der­son, who leads the na­tion in rush­ing, had 199 yards and a touch­down on the ground on a ca­reer-best 31 car­ries for Mem­phis.

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