Buckeye blitz: No. 10 Ohio State blows out No. 4 Michigan
Dwayne Haskins threw five touchdown passes, freshman Chris Olave scored twice and blocked a punt that was returned for a TD and No. 10 Ohio State continued its mastery over No. 4 Michigan with a record-setting 6239 victory Saturday that sends the Buckeyes to the Big Ten championship game.
The Wolverines were two victories away from their first conference championship since 2004 and a trip to the College Football Playoff, facing an Ohio State team that has looked discombobulated on defense and one-dimensional on offense much of the season. Looking to snap a six-game losing streak against the Buckeyes (11-1, 8-1, No. 10 CFP) and get coach Jim Harbaugh his first victory in four tries in the rivalry known simply as The Game, the Wolverines (10-2, 8-1, No. 4 CFP) wilted.
The Buckeyes will face No. 20 Northwestern next week in Indianapolis with a chance to repeat as Big Ten champs. Bulldogs (11-1, No. 5 CFP) romped into the SEC championship game.
No. 13 Florida 41, Florida State 14: Feleipe Franks had three touchdown passes and the visiting Gators (9-3) used a punishing ground attack to end a five-game losing streak to Florida State. The Seminoles (5-7) suffered six double-digit losses.
No. 15 Penn State 38, Maryland 3: Trace McSorley had a hand in three touchdowns to lead the host Nittany Lions (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten, No. 12 CFP). No. 19 Syracuse 42, Boston College 21: Eric Dungey ran for three touchdowns and threw for 362 yards and three more scores to lead the visiting Orange (9-3, 6-2 ACC), which finished with nine wins for the first time since 2001. The Eagles (7-5, 4-4) finished with a three-game losing streak. No. 20 Northwestern 24, Illinois 16: Clayton Thorson accounted for three touchdowns, Isaiah Browser rushed for 166 yards on 18 carries and the visiting Wildcats (8-4, 8-1, No. 19 in CFP) got a seventh straight Big Ten win. Illinois (4-8, 2-7) lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Miami 24, No. 24 Pittsburgh 3: Travis Homer rushed for 168 yards and a long touchdown, DeeJay Dallas ran back a punt for one of his two scores and host Miami (7-5, 4-4 ACC) closed its regular season by holding Pitt to 200 yards. Pitt (7-5, 6-2) had already locked up a berth in next weekend’s conference title game against Clemson.
Ohio State receiver Johnnie Dixon, top, celebrates his touchdown against Michigan during Saturday’s first half in Columbus, Ohio.