No. 8 Ohio State rallies in 2nd half to beat Nebraska
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.
Dobbins rushed for a season-high 163 yards – only his second 100-yard game this season. Running back Mike Weber added 91 yards on the ground.
Down 21-16 at half after the Cornhuskers (2-7, 1-5) turned two Ohio State fumbles into touchdown drives, the Buckeyes forced five straight punts and held Nebraska to a field goal when a drive stalled at the 1.
Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez bested Haskins, who was in the Heisman Trophy conversation a month ago. Martinez threw for 266 yards and a touchdown and rushed for two more.
No. 2 Clemson 77, Louisville 16: Travis Etienne ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns to help the host Tigers (6-0, ACC, No. 2 CFP) move to 9-0 for the third time in four years. The Tigers had five rushing touchdowns. Among those cracking the end zone were 350-pound defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, who had a 2-yard TD run. Louisville is 2-7, 0-6.
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. 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. 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 14-point outburst over the final 5:14 and the defense came up with big stops. Kellen Mond and the Aggies (5-4, 3-3) pushed the ball into Auburn territory on their final drive, converting a fourth-and-5. Then a holding call pushed them back across midfield and Mond’s desperation pass into the end zone was incomplete.
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 the Panthers 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).
Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins dives into the end zone over Nebraska defenders during Saturday’s first half in Columbus, Ohio.