OHIO STATE, GE­OR­GIA AMONG TOP 25 TEAMS COM­ING OUT VIC­TO­RI­OUS,

The Island Packet (Sunday) - - Sports -

J.K. Dob­bins ran for three touch­downs and Dwayne Hask­ins Jr. passed for two more as No. 8 Ohio State ral­lied in the sec­ond half and held off Ne­braska 36-31 Satur­day.

Af­ter Ne­braska quar­ter­back Adrian Martinez threw a 17-yard touch­down pass to JD Spiel­man to pull within five with 3 min­utes left, Dob­bins pounded away for two first downs to run out the clock.

Be­fore the late Ne­braska score, Dob­bins broke through the right side and romped for a 42-yard touch­down with 5 min­utes left to give Ohio State (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten, No. 10 CFP) breath­ing room.

The Buck­eyes much­ma­ligned run­ning game and de­fense fi­nally showed up in the sec­ond half.

NO­TABLE

No. 6 Ge­or­gia 34, No. 11 Ken­tucky 17: D’An­dre Swift ran for a ca­reer-high 156 yards and two touch­downs on 16 car­ries against Ken­tucky’s vaunted de­fense and vis­it­ing Ge­or­gia (8-1, 6-1, No. 6 CFP) wrapped up its sec­ond straight SEC East­ern Divi­sion ti­tle. Ken­tucky ( 7-2, 5-2, No. 9 CFP) has never reached the SEC cham­pi­onship game, which has been played every year since 1992. Pur­due 38, No. 19 Iowa 36: Spencer Evans made a 25-yard field goal with 8 sec­onds left to give host Pur­due an up­set win. David Blough threw three touch­down passes to Terry Wright and topped the 300-yard mark for the fifth time this sea­son as the Boil­er­mak­ers (5-4, 4-2 Big Ten) moved within a game of the Big Ten West’s divi­sion lead. The Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-3) lost their sec­ond straight road game when their vaunted de­fense couldn’t come up with one fi­nal stop. No. 22 Syra­cuse 41, Wake For­est 24: Eric Dungey rushed for 119 yards and a touch­down and Jarveon Howard ran for two scores to help the vis­it­ing Or­ange ( 7-2, 4-2, No. 19 CFP) win their first game as a Top 25 team since the Dwight Freeney days in 2001. Dungey was 23 of 35 pass­ing for 157 yards and also ran for a 26-yard score. Sam Hart­man was 21 of 37 for 275 yards for the De­mon Dea­cons (4-5, 1-4). Auburn 28, No. 25 Texas A&M 24: Seth Wil­liams caught an 11-yard touch­down pass from Jar­rett Stid­ham with 1:41 left to help host Auburn (6-3, 3-3 SEC) rally. The Tigers sput­tered early on of­fense but fin­ished with a 14point out­burst over the fi­nal 5:14 and the de­fense came up with big stops.

FRI­DAY

Pitts­burgh 23, No. 23 Vir­ginia 13: Dar­rin Hall ran for 229 yards and three touch­downs for the vis­it­ing Pan­thers (5-4, 4-1 ACC), who moved into first place in the ACC’s Coastal Divi­sion. Bryce Perkins threw for 205 yards and a touch­down for Vir­ginia (6-3, 4-2, No. 23 CFP).

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