Purdue shocks No. 2 Ohio State 49-20
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — D.J. Knox rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns, David Blough threw for three more scores and Purdue shook up the College Football Playoff chase with a 4920 blowout of No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday.
The Boilermakers (4-3, 3-1 Big Ten) won their fourth straight overall, their second in a row over a ranked team and pulled off their biggest upset since taking down then-No. 2 Ohio State 28-23 on Oct. 6, 1984. Purdue also set a school record for points scored against the Buckeyes, besting the previous mark of 41 in 1967.
Mistake-prone Ohio State (7-1, 4-1) had its 12-game winning streak snapped, fell out of the Big Ten East lead behind rival Michigan and now must fight away its way back into playoff position.
Blough outplayed Heisman Trophy candidate Dwayne Haskins Jr. on a night the Buckeyes didn’t reach the end zone until early in the fourth quarter.
Haskins completed 49 of 73 attempts for 470 yards and two TDs, but also had an interception that was returned for a touchdown.
NORTH CAROLINA ST. 7
Trevor Lawrence passed for a career best 308 yards including a 46-yard TD throw to Tee Higgins in his third college start as the No. 3 Tigers took quick control and pulled away against the No. 16 Wolfpack at Clemson, S.C.
Travis Etienne ran for three touchdowns, increasing his ACCleading total to 14.
The Tigers (7-0, 4-0) opened with seven straight wins for the third time in four seasons in topping the Wolfpack (5-1, 2-1) for the seventh consecutive season.
LSU 19, MISSISSIPPI ST. 3
The fifth-ranked Tigers intercepted Nick Fitzgerald four times and Cole Tracy kicked four field goals in a win over the No. 22 Bulldogs at Baton Rouge, La
ALABAMA 58 TENNESSEE 21
Tua Tagovailoa threw touchdown passes to four receivers and the No. 1 Crimson Tide rolled over the Vols at Knoxville, Tenn.
Tagovailoa went 19 of 29 for 306 yards before leaving midway through the third quarter with Alabama ahead 51-14.
Alabama (8-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) beat Tennessee (3-4, 1-3) for the 12th straight year.
WASHINGTON ST. 34 OREGON 20
Gardner Minshew passed for 323 yards and four touchdowns as the No. 25 Cougars upset the 12thranked Ducks at Pullman, Wash.
MICHIGAN 21 MICHIGAN STATE 7
Shea Patterson threw two touchdown passes and the No. 6 Wolverines had a victory over the No. 24 Spartans at East Lansing, Mich., snapping a streak of 17 consecutive losses to ranked teams on the road.
The Wolverines (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) had lost eight of 10 against their in-state rivals and those setbacks have led to them not winning a Big Ten title since 2004.
The Spartans (4-3, 2-2) struggled to move the ball, getting held to 94 yards.
KENTUCKY 14 VANDERBILT 7
Benny Snell Jr. rushed for 169 yards, including a 7-yard, goahead touchdown run with 8:04 remaining that helped the 14thranked Wildcats edge the Commodores at Lexington, Ky.
SOUTH FLORIDA 38 CONNECTICUT 30
Johnny Ford rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns to help the No. 21 Bulls shrug off a slow start in a win over the Huskies at Tampa, Fla. Ford also set up a field goal with a 78-yard run as the Bulls (7-0, 3-0 AAC) matched the best start in school history.
WASHINGTON 27 COLORADO 13
Jake Browning threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Fuller on fourth down with less than four minutes remaining, and the No. 15 Huskies held off the Buffaloes at Seattle.
Colorado quarterback Steven Montez threw for 144 yards, but the Buffaloes (5-2, 2-2) were shut out and held to 86 total yards of offense in the second half.
PENN STATE 33, INDIANA 28
Trace McSorley passed for 220 yards, ran for 107 and had a hand in three touchdowns in the No. 18 Nittany Lions’ win at Bloomington, Ind.
Penn State (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten) rallied to snap a two-game losing streak after Indiana (4-4, 1-4) took a 21-20 lead in the third.
CENTRAL FLORIDA 37 EAST CAROLINA 10
Darriel Mack Jr. stepped in for Heisman Trophy hopeful McKenzie Milton and rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown, and the No. 10 Knights forced five turnovers in beating the Pirates at Greenville, N.C., for their 20th straight victory.
IOWA 23, MARYLAND 0
Nate Stanley threw for 86 yards and a touchdown as the No. 19 Hawkeyes won at Iowa City.
TEMPLE 24 CINCINNATI 17, OT
Anthony Russo threw a tying 20-yard touchdown pass with 49 seconds left to Brandon Mack, and then a 25-yarder to Isaiah Wright in overtime for host Temple. Russo was 20 for 41 for 237 yards and three touchdowns for the Owls (5-3, 4-0 American). The No. 20 Bearcats fell to 6-1 and 2-1.
WISCONSIN 49, ILLINOIS 20
Jonathan Taylor rushed for 159 yards and Taiwan Deal ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns as the No. 23 Badgers won at home.
Purdue’s Rondale runs for one of his two touchdowns against Ohio State on Saturday night at West Lafayette, Ind.