Ohio State victory tops exciting Saturday
Ohio State’s 62-39 win over Michigan headlined a thrilling day in college football.
Dwayne Haskins threw five touchdown passes, freshman Chris Olave scored twice and blocked a punt that was returned for a TD and No. 10-ranked
Ohio State continued its mastery over No. 4 Michigan with a record-setting 62-39 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 and get coach Jim Harbaugh his first victory in four tries in the rivalry, the Wolverines wilted.
In the 115th meeting between two of college football's most storied rivals, Ohio State scored more points than it ever had against Michigan — more points than any team has ever scored in regulation against Michigan. The previous high was 58 by Cornell in 1891.
NO. 1 ALABAMA 52, AUBURN 21: Tua Tagovailoa threw five touchdown passes and ran for a score to lead Alabama past rival Auburn.
Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide took over with an explosive third quarter, when the Heisman Trophy contender threw three long touchdown passes. He's the first Alabama player to have a hand in six TDs in a game and matched the school record with the five scoring passes.
Now, 'Bama heads to the SEC championship game against No. 5 Georgia with a guaranteed playoff spot on the line.
NO. 2 CLEMSON 56,
SOUTH CAROLINA 35: Trevor Lawrence threw for a career-high 393 yards, Adam Choice rushed for three touchdowns and Clemson capped a perfect regular season with a victory over South Carolina for its fifth consecutive rivalry win.
NO. 5 GEORGIA 45, GEORGIA TECH 21: Jake Fromm threw four touchdown passes, D'Andre Swift ran for 105 yards and Georgia romped into the Southeastern Conference championship game.
NO. 11 FLORIDA 41, FLORIDA STATE 14: Feleipe Franks had three touchdown passes and No. 13 Florida used a punishing ground attack to end a five-game losing streak to Florida State.
Lamical Perine had a 74-yard touchdown run, and Florida ran for 278 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Perine, a cousin of former Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine, ran for 129 yards, averaging 9.9 yards per carry.
The Gators halted Florida State's bowl streak, which began in 1982, and handed the Seminoles their first losing season since 1976 — Bobby Bowden's first season as coach.
NO. 19 NORTHWESTERN 24, ILLINOIS 16: Clayton Thorson accounted for three touchdowns, Isaiah Browser rushed for 166 yards on 18 carries and Northwestern beat Illinois.
Thorson completed 12 of 18 passes for 110 yards and two TDs. He also ran for a score, and Bowser posted his fourth 100-yard game of the season.
NO. 20 SYRACUSE 42, BOSTON COLLEGE 21: Eric Dungey ran for three touchdowns and threw for 362 yards and three more scores to lead Syracuse past Boston College.
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 Miami closed its regular season by knocking off Pittsburgh.
Ohio State defensive end Chase Young pressures Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson during the second half Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.