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.
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.
The Buckeyes will face No. 20 Northwestern next week in Indianapolis with a chance to repeat as Big Ten champs and maybe even squeeze into the playoff.
No. 5 Georgia 45, Georgia
Tech 21: Jake Fromm threw four touchdown passes, D’Andre Swift ran for 105 yards and the host 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.
No. 6 Oklahoma 59, No. 12 West Virginia 56: Kyler Murray threw three touchdown passes and the visiting Sooners (11-1, 8-1, No. 6 CFP) scored two defensive touchdowns to clinch a spot in next week’s Big 12 championship game. The Sooners earned a rematch Dec. 1 against No. 11 Texas. Will Grier threw for a career high 539 yards for West Virginia (8-3, 6-3, No. 13 CFP).
No. 16 Washington 28, No. 7 Washington State 15: Myles Gaskin broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, and the visiting Huskies (9-3, 7-2 Pac-12) claimed the Pac-12 North. The Cougars (10-2, 7-2) should be in good shape for a New Year’s Six bowl.
Ohio State receiver Johnnie Dixon, top, celebrates his touchdown against Michigan during Saturday’s first half in Columbus, Ohio.