No. 9 Ohio State survives in OT, beating Maryland
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, 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.
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, de- nied 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.
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 win.
No. 20 Kentucky 34, Middle Tennessee 23: Mike Edwards had two takeaways leading to Kentucky’s first two touchdowns and the Wildcats made several fourth-quarter defensive stops for a home win.
No. 21 Utah 30, Colorado 7: Jason Shelley threw for 221 yards and two touch- downs in the snow, bringing the visting 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 Northwestern turned three turnovers by Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan into 10 points on the way to a victory that stretched its program-record road win streak to eight games. No. 25 Mississippi State 52, Arkansas 6: Nick Fitzgerald threw for four touchdowns and ran for another score to lead Mississippi State at home.
No. 23 Boise State 45, New Mexico 14: Sean Modster caught a careerbest three touchdowns passes to lead Boise State to a road victory.
Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins stretches for a touchdown during Saturday’s first half.