No. 8 Ohio State puts away Michigan State
Drue Chrisman kept Michigan State pinned back with a sensational second half of punting, and eighth-ranked Ohio State eventually pulled away for a 26-6 victory over the 24th-ranked Spartans on Saturday.
In a tight defensive struggle, the Buckeyes (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP) enjoyed a huge advantage in field position during the second half. Chrisman’s punts forced Michigan State (6-4, 4-3, No. 18) to start its first five drives after halftime from its own 5, 6, 3, 1 and 2-yard line.
On the fourth of those possessions, the Spartans had to punt from their own end zone. They took a safety that appeared intentional, giving Ohio State a 9-6 lead, but that did little to help flip the field position. The ensuing free kick went out of bounds, giving the Buckeyes the ball at the 50, and then Chrisman pinned Michigan State back again.
No. 1 Alabama 24, No. 18 Mississippi State 0: Josh Jacobs ran for a touchdown and caught a scor- ing pass and Alabama had its second straight shutout in a home victory over Mississippi State.
With quarterback Tua Tagovailoa still battling a gimpy right knee, the Crimson Tide (10-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 1 CFP) turned to defense for another vintage performance.
No. 4 Michigan 42, Rutgers 7: Shea Patterson threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns, Karan Higdon ran for a pair of 1-yard scores and No. 4 Michigan kept its national championship hopes intact with a road win over Rutgers.
No. 7 West Virginia 47, TCU 10: Will Grier threw three touchdown passes and West Virginia rolled to a home victory over TCU. West Virginia (8-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 9 CFP) had no trouble against the injury-riddled Horned Frogs (4-6, 2-5) as it pur- sues a possible berth in the conference championship game with two regular-season games left.
No. 10 Washington State 31, Colorado 7: Gardner Minshew II overcame a slow start and three fourth-down failures to lead No. 10 Washington State past nose-diving Colorado at Boulder, Colo.
No. 11 UCF 35, Navy 24: McKenzie Milton threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third, helping UCF extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 22 games with a home victory over Navy.
Tennessee 24, No. 12 Kentucky 7: Jarrett Guarantano threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Callaway on the final play of the first half and Darrell Taylor recorded four sacks as Tennessee trounced No. 12 Kentucky 24-7 on Saturday.
No. 19 Florida 35, South Carolina 31: Feleipe Franks silenced the home crowd twice after touchdown runs, seemingly sending a message after getting benched last week and booed earlier in the game, and Florida rallied to beat South Carolina at home to end a two-game losing streak.
No. 21 Penn State 22, Wisconsin 10: Trace McSorley tied Penn State’s record for wins by a quarterback with his 29th, and the Nittany Lions beat Wisconsin at home.
No. 13 Syracuse 54, Louisville 23: Moe Neal rushed for a career-best 159 yards and two touchdowns, quarterback Eric Dungey ran for two more scores and passed for another, and Syracuse took advantage of five Louisville miscues to win at home.
Boise State 24, No. 16 Fresno State 17: Brett Rypien threw for 269 yards and Alexander Mattison rushed for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Boise State to a home win over Fresno State.
Michigan State cornerback Josiah Scott stops Ohio State wide receiver Terry McLaurin during the second half Saturday.
Mississippi State wide receiver Osirus Mitchell is tackled by Alabama defensive back Patrick Surtain II (2) and linebacker Mack Wilson (30) during the second half of the Crimson Tide’s victory on Saturday.