Utes rally, keep play­off hopes alive

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

Tyler Huntley threw for one touch­down and ran for an­other, Jay­lon John­son re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 39 yards for a score, and No. 9 Utah over­came an 11-point first-half deficit to beat Wash­ing­ton 33-28..

The Utes (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) kept alive their Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off hopes thanks to a defense that forced Wash­ing­ton quar­ter­back Ja­cob Ea­son into three turnovers and got just enough of­fense from Huntley to rally from an early 14-3 hole.

Huntley hit Zack Moss on a 9-yard TD late in the first half and added a 1-yard touch­down run early in the fourth quar­ter to give Utah its first lead, 26-21.

Huntley's TD run capped a drive that fea­tured a key third-and-12 con­ver­sion where Huntley was able to hit Jaylen Dixon for a 41-yard com­ple­tion.

Huntley fin­ished 19 of 24 for 284 yards. He also had a pair of key third-down con­ver­sions on Utah's fi­nal scor­ing drive, hit­ting Solomon Enis for 14 yards and Samson Nacua for 28 yards.

Moss capped the 84-yard drive with a 2-yard TD run with 4:52 left. He fin­ished with 100 yards on 27 car­ries.

Wash­ing­ton (5-4, 2-4) dropped its sec­ond straight af­ter los­ing to Ore­gon two weeks ago and lost for the third time at home this sea­son. Ea­son was 29 of 52 for 316 yards and four touch­downs.

Quick start spurs Michi­gan: Giles Jack­son re­turned the open­ing kick­off 97 yards for a touch­down to get things started for No. 14 Michi­gan, which used two first-half scor­ing runs by fresh­man Zach Char­bon­net to pull away in a 38-7 rout of Mary­land.

Seek­ing to build on a 45-14 rout of Notre Dame one week ear­lier, the Wolver­ines (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) went up 21-0 at half­time over the fad­ing Ter­rap­ins (3-6, 1-5).

Af­ter Mary­land won the coin toss and de­ferred the de­ci­sion to the sec­ond half, Jack­son picked his way through the Ter­rap­ins to give Michi­gan the lead for good with ex­actly 11 sec­onds elapsed.

“It’s a great way to start a game,” Michi­gan coach Jim Har­baugh said.

The Wolver­ines’ spe­cial teams con­trib­uted, too. In ad­di­tion to the kick­off re­turn, Michi­gan used a suc­cess­ful fake punt to set up Char­bon­net’s sec­ond TD, and a par­tially blocked punt led to a third-quar­ter touch­down run by Has­san Hask­ins for a 35-0 lead.

Mary­land has dropped six of seven un­der first-year coach Michael Lock­sley.

New­man pow­ers Wake: Jamie New­man re­turned from in­jury to throw for three touch­downs and run for two more as No. 23 Wake For­est rolled past North Carolina State 44-10.

Wake For­est (7-1, 3-1 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) said the 34-point mar­gin was its largest ever against an ACC op­po­nent at BB&T Field, where the De­mon Dea­cons be­gan play­ing in Septem­ber 1968.

New­man, who has missed one game and part of a sec­ond with a shoul­der in­jury, scored twice on first-quar­ter keep­ers, tak­ing a mo­ment to ex­tend his arms to the side in cel­e­bra­tion as he crossed the goal line on a 20-yard run that started the romp.

He also had the first of his three TD throws to Jack Freuden­thal in the first quar­ter, with Wake For­est scor­ing touch­downs on its first three drives and tak­ing a 24-0 lead early in the sec­ond.

New­man threw for 287 yards and ran for 30 more be­fore check­ing out late in the third.

N.C. State (4-4, 1-3) never had an an­swer, with its defense un­able to stop the De­mon Dea­cons and its of­fense un­able to sus­tain drives with first-time start­ing quar­ter­back Devin Leary.

The red­shirt fresh­man com­pleted 17 of 45 passes for 149 yards and a sec­ondquar­ter touch­down but had two in­ter­cep­tions.

Mus­tangs miss­ing Rober­son: No. 15 SMU was with­out top wide re­ceiver Reg­gie Rober­son Jr. for its show­down with No. 24 Mem­phis, ESPN.com re­ported.

Rober­son suf­fered a foot in­jury in the un­beaten Mus­tangs’ 34-31 win over Hous­ton on Oct. 24 and did not travel with the team to face the Tigers.

He en­tered Satur­day eighth in the na­tion in re­ceiv­ing yards with 803 and leads SMU (8-0) with an 18.7 yards-per­catch av­er­age.

Rober­son’s six re­ceiv­ing touch­downs are sec­ond on the team.

Clem­son runs streak to 24: Trevor Lawrence ac­counted for four touch­downs, Travis Eti­enne ran for 212 yards and two TDs and No. 4 Clem­son won its 24th con­sec­u­tive game, rolling over FCS op­po­nent Wof­ford 59-14.

Eti­enne, the reign­ing At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence player of the year, helped the Tigers (9-0) put the game away early with scor­ing runs of 47 and 86 yards in the first 15:12. Clem­son im­proved to 34-0 against FCS pro­grams. It was the Tigers’ sixth straight win over Wof­ford (5-3), which fell to 1-21 against FBS schools.

Eti­enne be­came Clem­son’s first rusher with three 200-yard games.

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