All Buck­eyes in show­down vs. Badgers

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

What was billed as a bat­tle of the na­tion’s top de­fenses turned into an­other rout for surg­ing Ohio State.

The No. 3 Buck­eyes’ matchup with No. 13 Wis­con­sin was sup­posed to be the big­gest chal­lenge of the sea­son for Ohio State, a test of met­tle against a Badgers de­fense that sta­tis­ti­cally was ranked the best in the coun­try.

In­stead, Ohio State run­ning back J.K. Dob­bins slashed Wis­con­sin for big gains and two touch­downs, and it was the Buck­eyes de­fense that put on a show. All-Amer­ica de­fen­sive end Chase Young was nearly un­block­able with four sacks as Ohio State romped to a 38-7 win in a steady rain Satur­day in Colum­bus, Ohio.

“I think in all hon­esty we could have put up 50,” said Ohio State quar­ter­back Justin Fields, who threw two touch­down passes to Chris Olave and ran for an­other score. “I think if the weather was dif­fer­ent, I think we could have (thrown) the ball more and put up way more points than we did.”

Dob­bins rushed for 163 yards against a Wis­con­sin de­fense that had lim­ited op­po­nents to 58.4 yards per game. He had 112 of those yards and scor­ing runs of 9 and 14 yards in the sec­ond half af­ter the rain let up some and Fields was able to loosen up the Badgers de­fense with some ef­fec­tive pass­ing.

“If you put all your at­ten­tion on one guy, they’ve got a lot of other ways to hurt you,” Wis­con­sin coach Paul Chryst said.

Wis­con­sin (6-2, 3-2) scored on a 26-yard TD pass from Jack Coan to A.J. Tay­lor early in the sec­ond half af­ter the Badgers blocked an Ohio State punt and started with a short field. That made it 10-7, but Ohio State im­me­di­ately an­swered with a TD drive and was never threat­ened again.

Dob­bins out­per­formed Wis­con­sin’s Jonathan Tay­lor, who came to town with plenty of Heis­man hype. Tay­lor could muster only 52 yards rush­ing against the Buck­eyes (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) af­ter av­er­ag­ing al­most 137 per game com­ing in.

Dob­bins’ team­mates teased him all week about the at­ten­tion be­ing heaped on his coun­ter­part at Wis­con­sin

“All the Jonathan Tay­lor stuff,” Dob­bins said. “He’s a great player, but I’m here to win games, win cham­pi­onships.”

Dob­bins on Satur­day passed the 1,000-yard mark for the sea­son, be­com­ing the first Ohio State player ever to rush for more than 1,000 yards in his fresh­man, sopho­more and ju­nior sea­son.

Young also looked like a Heis­man con­tender, ty­ing a school record for sacks in a game, in­clud­ing two strip sacks that led to lost fum­bles. He ex­tended his streak to 10 straight games with a sack.

Clem­son ex­tends streak: Travis Eti­enne ran for 109 yards and three TDs, re­serve WR Dion­dre Over­ton caught three scor­ing passes and No. 4 Clem­son blasted vis­it­ing Bos­ton Col­lege 59-7 for its 23rd straight vic­tory.

The Tigers (6-0 ACC) eas­ily ex­tended their pro­gram best streak and opened 8-0 for the fourth time in the last five sea­sons, jump­ing on the Ea­gles (4-4, 2-3) early and never let­ting up. Clem­son had the ball six times in the first 30 min­utes and scored each time — in­clud­ing Eti­enne’s TD runs of 3, 4 and 5 yards — to take a 38-7 lead by half­time.

TCU knocks off Texas: Fresh­man Max Dug­gan threw two touch­down passes, in­clud­ing a tiebreak­ing 44-yarder to Jalen Reagor the first play af­ter one of Sam Eh­linger’s ca­reer-high four in­ter­cep­tions, and host TCU beat No. 15 Texas 37-27.

Dug­gan fin­ished with a ca­reer-best 273 yards pass­ing against the Big 12’s worse pass de­fense and ran for a clinch­ing score late as the Horned Frogs (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) bounced back from con­sec­u­tive con­fer­ence road losses. Dug­gan led TCU with 72 yards rush­ing.

The Longhorns (5-3, 3-2) lost a third straight game in Fort Worth for the first time since the 1940s.

Go­phers still golden: Rod­ney Smith ran for 103 yards to be­come Min­nesota’s ca­reer leader in all-purpose yards, Seth Green had two touch­down runs and the No. 17 Golden Go­phers routed vis­it­ing Mary­land 52-10.

Tan­ner Mor­gan tossed two TDs to help the Go­phers (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) reach 8-0 for the first time since 1941. Min­nesota has the na­tion’s fourth­longest win­ning streak at 10.

The Go­phers were na­tional cham­pi­ons when they started 8-0 in 1941. The 5-0 start in con­fer­ence play is their first since 1961, the last year they earned a trip to the Rose Bowl.

App State wins 13th straight: Zac Thomas had a suc­cess­ful re­turn to his home state, pass­ing for 132 yards and a touch­down to help No. 21 Ap­palachian State beat host South Alabama 30-3 and run its win­ning streak to 13.

Ap­palachian State (7-0, 4-0 Sun Belt) put on an over­whelm­ing de­fen­sive per­for­mance. When the Moun­taineers took a 23-0 lead with 3:45 left in the third, South Alabama hadn’t run a play be­yond mid­field and had gained only 43 yards and one first down on 32 snaps.

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