Dwayne Haskins threw five touchdowns passes, and No. 10 Ohio State scored its most points in the 115-year history of the series, defeating No. 4 Michigan 62-39 on Saturday at Columbus, Ohio.
Nov 24, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
With the win, the Buckeyes (11-1, 8-1) took the Big Ten East Division and will play Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis on Dec. 1.
Michigan (10-2, 8-1) entered with the best defense in the nation, but Haskins was 19 of 30 for 318 yards. He has 41 touchdown passes, a single-season record Big Ten record.
Ohio State has beaten Michigan seven straight times. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is 0-4 vs. the Buckeyes, while Urban Meyer is 7-0 vs. the Wolverines.
No. 22 Texas A&M 74, No. 7 LSU 72 (7 OTs)
Kellen Mond’s two-point conversion pass to Kendrick Rogers in the seventh overtime gave the Aggies a wild victory over the Tigers in the highest-scoring game in NCAA FBS history at College Station, Texas.
Mond threw six touchdown passes, and LSU’s Joe Burrow threw three touchdown passes and ran for three more, part of a career-high 100 rushing yards. The Aggies (8-4, 5-3) ended a seven-game losing streak against the Tigers (9-3, 5-3) by beating them for the first time in six tries since joining the SEC. The two teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of offense and ran nearly 200 plays in the five-hour marathon.
The Tigers had the ball first in the seventh overtime. Burrow ran 10 yards for a touchdown, but his conversion pass was deflected and caught short of the goal line. Mond threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Quartney Davis, with whom he had teamed on a 19-yard touchdown as time expired in regulation to force the extra periods. After two penalties on LSU and one on A&M, Mond and Rogers teamed for the game-winner.
No. 1 Alabama 52, Auburn 21
Tua Tagovailoa threw five touchdown passes, three that went for at least 33 yards in the third quarter, and ran for a score as the unbeaten Crimson Tide finished off the Tigers in their annual Iron Bowl matchup at Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Tagovailoa went 25 of 32 for 324 yards for the Tide (12-0, 8-0 SEC), the champs of the conference’s West Division who have a date in the SEC title game next Saturday against Georgia.
Auburn (7-5, 3-5), which last year knocked off Alabama when the Tide were again the top-ranked team, trailed only 17-14 entering the third quarter Saturday before the game quickly turned, Alabama scoring two touchdowns on two drives that covered 144 yards and took nine total plays.
No. 2 Clemson 56, South Carolina 35
Trevor Lawrence passed for a career-high 393 yards and a touchdown, and Travis Etienne rushed for 150 yards and two scores as the Tigers overcame a career-best performance by Gamecocks quarterback Jake Bentley to win at Clemson, S.C.
Clemson improved to 12-0 for the third time in program history and remains on track for a fourth straight berth in the College Football Playoff. The Tigers will put their unblemished record on the line next Saturday against Pittsburgh in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game in Charlotte, N.C.
South Carolina’s Bentley passed for a career-high 510 yards and five touchdowns for the Gamecocks (6-5), but that wasn’t enough against a high-scoring Clemson team that amassed 744 total yards, including 351 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on the ground.
No. 3 Notre Dame 24, USC 17
Senior running back Dexter Williams dashed for the go-ahead, 52-yard touchdown in the third quarter, and junior quarterback Ian Book passed for two scores as the Fighting Irish completed an undefeated regular season with a win over the Trojans at Los Angeles.
Williams totaled 151 yards (97 rushing, 54 receiving), and junior running back Tony Jones Jr. scored on a 51-yard pass play for Notre Dame (12-0). Book completed 22 of 39 passes for 352 yards as Notre Dame recovered from a 10-point second-quarter deficit.
Freshman quarterback JT Daniels completed a school-record 37 passes while throwing for 349 yards and one touchdown on 51 attempts as the Trojans (5-7) lost for the fifth time in six games to finish with their first losing season since 2000.
No. 5 Georgia 45, Georgia Tech 21
The Bulldogs made quick work of the Yellow Jackets at Athens, Ga., and now turn their attention to top-ranked Alabama and a potential spot in the College Football Playoff.
Quarterback Jake Fromm enjoyed one of the best games of his young career. The sophomore tossed a career-best four touchdown passes, completing 13 of 16 passes for 175 yards. Running backs D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield each ran for a touchdown for Georgia (11-1), Swift notching his fourth 100-yard game of the season (14 carries for 105 yards).
The Yellow Jackets (7-5) had no answers for a tenacious Bulldog defense. Paul Johnson’s squad came into play as the nation’s leading rushing team with 353 yards per game, but managed just 128 on the ground, easily a season low.
No. 11 Florida 41, Florida State 14
The Gators thumped the Seminoles at Tallahassee, Fla., snapping a five-game skid against their rivals and ending Florida State’s NCAA-record 36-year bowl streak.
With the victory, Florida improves to 9-3 and could be selected for a coveted New Year’s Six bowl game. Florida State is 5-7, clinching its first losing season in 42 years.
Coming into Saturday, the Seminoles hadn’t missed out on a bowl game since 1981 or had a losing season since 1976.
No. 12 Penn State 38, Maryland 3
Trace McSorley had to do most of his damage on the ground, but the senior quarterback prevailed in his final home game, leading the Nittany Lions to an easy win over the Terrapins in icy rain at University Park, Pa.
Penn State (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten) won its third game in a row and fifth in the last six outings. McSorley rushed for 64 yards and a pair of touchdowns and also completed 12 of 22 passes for 230 yards and another score.
Maryland (5-7, 3-6) finished one victory shy of bowl eligibility, capping a disappointing finish that saw the Terrapins drop their final four games. The Penn State defense put the clamps on running back Anthony McFarland, who had rushed for 508 yards in the last two games. He was held to 12 yards on six rushes on the wet field.
No. 15 Kentucky 56, Louisville 10
The Wildcats picked up their ninth regular-season win for the first time since 1977, defeating the Cardinals at Louisville, Ky., to take a lead in the all-time series of the in-state rivalry.
Kentucky finishes the regular season 9-3, while Louisville, which fired coach Bobby Petrino three weeks ago, finishes at 2-10, including a nine-game losing streak to close the season. The win gave Kentucky a 16-15 advantage all time in the Governor’s Cup rivalry game.
Sophomore Terry Wilson had his best day at quarterback for the Wildcats with 261 yards passing and three touchdowns, along with 79 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Benny Snell Jr. gained 100 yards on 18 carries with two scores, and Asim Rose had a game-high 112 yards for the Wildcats.
No. 17 Utah 35, BYU 27
Armand Shyne’s 5-yard touchdown run with 3:02 left Saturday night allowed the host Utes to erase a 20-0 halftime deficit in beating their in-state rival Cougars for the eighth straight time.
The touchdown, Shyne’s second of the night, capped a 10-play, 70-yard drive. On Utah’s next possession, quarterback Jason Shelley ripped off a 33-yard scoring run on a zone-read play with 1:43 remaining to secure the win.
Shelley completed 19 of 28 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 61 yards on 11 carries. Utah (9-3) will play Washington on Friday night in Santa Clara, Calif., in the Pac-12 championship game. Freshman quarterback Zach Wilson completed 20 of 29 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns for BYU (6-6).
No. 19 Northwestern 24, Illinois 16
The Wildcats warmed up for their first Big Ten Championship Game appearance by holding on for a tight win over the Illini at Evanston, Ill.
West Division champion Northwestern (8-4, 8-1) will need to beat Ohio State next weekend to earn its first trip to the Rose Bowl in 23 seasons. The schools haven’t met since Oct. 29, 2016, and Northwestern hasn’t beaten Ohio State since 2004.
The Wildcats captured the Land of Lincoln trophy against their in-state rival for the fourth year in a row as they rushed for a season-high 261 yards — paced by freshman Isaiah Bowser’s 166 yards on 18 carries. Illinois (4-8, 2-7) outgained Northwestern 435-371 but wrapped up its seventh straight losing season.
No. 20 Syracuse 42, Boston College 21
Eric Dungey passed for 362 yards and accounted for all six touchdowns in his return to the lineup as the Orange beat the Eagles at Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Dungey, who left last week’s loss to Notre Dame with a back injury, passed for three touchdowns and ran for three more as the Orange (9-3, 6-2 ACC) won for the fifth time in their last six games.
An injury kept Dungey out of last year’s 42-14 home loss to Boston College, and speculation surrounding his availability in Saturday’s regular-season finale continued all week. However, the senior quarterback was sharp almost the entire game, finishing 21 of 34 against Boston College (7-5, 4-4) as he posted his 11th career 300-yard passing performance.
No. 23 Boise State 33, No. 21 Utah State 24
Junior running back Alexander Mattison rushed for a season-best 200 yards and scored three touchdowns as the host Broncos earned a spot in the Mountain West title game by dispatching the Aggies.
Mattison put the game away with a 1-yard dive with four seconds remaining for the Broncos (10-2, 7-1 MW), who won their seventh consecutive contest.
Senior quarterback Brett Rypien passed for 310 yards and one touchdown to post his 21st career 300-yard outing, breaking the mark he shared with BYU’s Max Hall (20, from 2007-09). Sophomore quarterback Jordan Love passed for 363 yards and three touchdowns with one interception for Utah State (10-2, 7-1).
Miami 24, No. 24 Pitt 3
DeeJay Dallas ran a punt back 65 yards for a touchdown, and Travis Homer scored on a 64-yard run as the Hurricanes upset the Panthers at Miami.
Miami’s defense was dominant throughout, forcing 12 punts, getting one stop on downs and recovering a fumble. Homer had eight carries for 168 yards and also had the huge block that sprung Dallas on the punt return.
Miami (7-5, 4-4 ACC) won its second straight game, clinching a winning season and avenging a loss at Pitt last year. Pitt (7-5, 6-2) had its four-game winning streak snapped. The Panthers, however, will still play Clemson next Saturday for the ACC title.
No. 25 Iowa State 42, Kansas State 38
The Wildcats scored 17 straight second-half points, but the Cyclones answered with 21 straight of their own to end their 10-game losing streak to Kansas State at Ames, Iowa.
After the Wildcats (5-7, 3-6 Big 12) took a 38-21 lead less than three minutes into the fourth quarter, Iowa State (7-4, 6-3) scored on a 3-yard scoring pass from Brock Purdy to Sam Seonbuchner, a fumble return for a score and David Montgomery’s 18-yard scoring run, his third touchdown of the game.
The question now turns to whether this was Kansas State coach Bill Snyder’s last game on the sideline. He just concluded his 27th season in two different tenures with the program, and there has been plenty of speculation that the 79-year old might retire at the conclusion of the season.
—Field Level Media