Buck­eye blitz: No. 10 Ohio State blows out No. 4 Michi­gan

The Sun Herald (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

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