No. 9 Ohio State sur­vives in OT, beat­ing Mary­land

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Ninth-ranked Ohio

State went to over­time to avoid one of the most stun­ning up­sets in this col­lege foot­ball sea­son, de­feat­ing Mary­land 52-51 Satur­day when the Ter­rap­ins failed to con­vert a 2-point con­ver­sion af­ter the po­ten­tial game-ty­ing touch­down.

Fa­vored by 141⁄ points,

2 Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP) trailed by two touch­downs in the third quar­ter and 45-38 with un­der two min­utes left be­fore ral­ly­ing to a piv­otal vic­tory.

Af­ter a 5-yard touch­down run by Dwayne Hask­ins gave the Buck­eyes the lead to start over­time, Tayon Fleet-Davis scored to get the Ter­rap­ins within a point. In­terim coach Matt Canada de­cided to end it right there, go­ing for 2, but Tyrrell Pi­grome’s pass to Je­shaun Jones was off tar­get.

The vic­tory kept the Buck­eyes in the hunt for the Big Ten ti­tle and a spot in the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off. Ohio State con­cludes the reg­u­lar sea­son next week in a game against Michi­gan that will de­cide the Big Ten East win­ner.

NOTABLE No. 1 Alabama 50, The Citadel 17:

Tua Tago­v­ailoa passed for 340 yards and three touch­downs but Alabama strug­gled for 30-plus min­utes be­fore putting away The Citadel at home.

The Crim­son Tide (11-0), which had coasted against South­east­ern Con­fer­ence op­po­nents, went into half­time tied 10-10 with the FCS Bull­dogs (4-6). No. 3 Notre Dame 36, No. 12 Syra­cuse 3:

Ian Book re­turned to the start­ing lineup for No. 3 Notre Dame and threw for 292 yards and two touch­downs as the Fight­ing Ir­ish routed No. 12 Syra­cuse at Yan­kee Sta­dium. No. 14 Utah State 29, Colorado 24:

Collin Hill’s ap­par­ent 34-yard touch­down pass to Pre­ston Wil­liams with no time left was negated by penalty, giv­ing Utah State a road vic­tory over Colorado State in a wild and stun­ning fin­ish to a game played in snow and freez­ing rain. The Rams, de­nied in their bid for their first win over a ranked team since 2002, were flagged for il­le­gal touch­ing af­ter it was de­ter­mined Wil­liams had stepped out of bounds and was the first to touch the ball when he came back in bounds and made the leap­ing catch be­tween two de­fend­ers in the end zone. No. 15 Florida 63, Idaho 10:

Feleipe Franks passed for 274 yards and three touch­downs – all in the first half – and Florida ran up 600 to­tal yards at home to rout over­matched Idaho.

Florida rolled to a 49-0 lead at half­time. No. 16 Penn State 20, Rutgers 7:

Trace McSor­ley threw two touch­down passes to tight end Pat Freier­muth and No. 16 Penn State’s de­fense set up two touch­downs with turnovers in a road vic­tory at Rutgers, send­ing the Scar­let Knights to their 10th straight loss. No. 20 Ken­tucky 34, Mid­dle Ten­nessee 23: Mike Ed­wards had two take­aways lead­ing to Ken- tucky’s first two touch­downs and the Wild­cats made sev­eral fourth-quar­ter de­fen­sive stops for a home win over Mid­dle Ten­nessee. No. 21 Utah 30, Colorado 7:

Ja­son Shel­ley threw for 221 yards and two touch­downs in the snow, lead­ing No. 21 Utah to a win at Colorado and bring­ing the Utes closer to their first Pac-12 ti­tle game ap­pear­ance. No. 24 Northwestern 24, Min­nesota 14:

Isa­iah Bowser rushed for 85 yards and two touch­downs, and No. 24 Northwestern turned three turnovers by Min­nesota quar­ter­back Tan­ner Mor­gan into 10 points on the way to a vic­tory that stretched its pro­gram-record road win­ning streak to eight games. No. 25 Mis­sis­sippi State 52, Arkansas 6:

Nick Fitzger­ald threw for four touch­downs and ran for an­other score to lead No. 25 Mis­sis­sippi State over Arkansas at home.

FRI­DAY No. 23 Boise State 45, New Mex­ico 14:

Sean Mod­ster caught a ca­reerbest three touch­downs passes to lead Boise State to a road vic­tory over New Mex­ico.

NICK WASS AP

Ohio State run­ning back J.K. Dob­bins stretches for a touch­down dur­ing the first half against Mary­land on Satur­day.

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