No. 8 Ohio State ral­lies in 2nd half to beat Ne­braska

The News & Observer (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.

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.

NO­TABLE

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.

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 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).

JAY LAPRETE AP

Ohio State run­ning back J.K. Dob­bins dives into the end zone over Ne­braska de­fend­ers dur­ing Satur­day’s first half in Colum­bus, Ohio.

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