Dwayne Haskins threw five touchdown passes and No. 10 Ohio State scored its most points in the 115-year history of the series when the Buckeyes defeated No. 4 Michigan, 62-39, at Ohio Stadium on Saturday.
The Buckeyes (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten East), whose powerful offense is led by former Manchester Central and University of New Hampshire quarterback Ryan Day, will play Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis on Dec. 1.
Michigan (10-2, 8-1) entered with the best defense in the nation but Haskins was 19 for 30 for 318 yards. He has 41 TDs, 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.
Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson was 20 for 34 for 187 yards, three TDs and an interception.
Ohio State outscored Michigan 17-0 in the third quarter to carry a 41-19 lead into the fourth, thanks to two miscues.
Chris Olave blocked a punt and it was returned 33 yards by Sevyn Banks to give Ohio State a 34-19 lead. After Jordan Fuller’s interception of Patterson on the next series, the Buckeyes needed two plays to go 22 yards, with Mike Weber scoring from the 2.
Patterson’s 12-yard TD to Nico Collins early in the fourth quarter immediately was countered by a 78-yard touchdown run by Parris Campbell to make the score 48-25.
Michigan withstood three first-half touchdown passes by Haskins and stunned the Buckeyes with two TDs in six seconds to trail 24-19 at the half.
Haskins had two scoring strikes of 24 yards to Olave and a 31-yarder to Johnnie Dixon in the first half, and Blake Haubeil added a 19-yard field goal as time exired in the half.
Patterson passed 23 yards to Collins for a 21-13 score with 47 seconds left, and Ohio State’s Demario McCall fumbled the kickoff that was recovered at the OSU 9 by Nate Schoenle.
Patterson then tossed a TD pass to Chris Evans, but the Wolverines failed on the two-point conversion to trail 21-19 with 41 seconds remaining.
Syracuse 42, Boston College 21: In Chestnut Hill, Mass., Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey passed for 362 yards and accounted for all six touchdowns in his return to the lineup as the No. 20-ranked Orange beatth Eagles.
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 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 as the Orange lost five straight to end a 4-8 campaign, and speculation surrounding Syracuse’s starting quarterback in Saturday’s regular-season finale continued all week.
However, the senior quarterback was sharp almost the entire game, finishing 21 of 34 as he posted his 11th career 300-yard passing performance.
Sean Riley, Jamal Custis and Taj Harris caught touchdowns for the Orange (9-3, 6-2 ACC), and Dontae Strickland rushed for 129 yards as Syracuse gained 559 total yards while finishing second in the ACC’s Atlantic Division.
Quarterback Anthony Brown fired TD passes to Jake Burt, Jeff Smith and Ben Glines for the Eagles (7-5, 4-4), who lost their third straight.
Florida 41, Florida State 14: In Gainesville, Fla., No. 11 Florida thumped Florida State to snap a five-game skid against their rivals and end the Seminoles’ chances at extending their NCAA-record bowl streak.
With the victory, the Gators, led by former Trinity High School quarterback Dan Mullen, move to 9-3 and could be selected for a coveted New Year’s Six bowl game. With the loss, Florida State finishes 5-7 and will see its 36-year bowl streak end while also 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.
Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks gets much of the credit for that. The sophomore, who grew up less than 30 miles from Florida State’s campus in Crawfordville, Fla., finished 16-of-26 for 254 yards and three touchdowns. Receivers Trevon Grimes, Van Jefferson and Josh Hammond all caught touchdown passes from Franks, while Grimes led the Gators with five catches for 118 yards.
Gators running back Lamical Perine also had a big game Saturday, rushing for 129 yards and one touchdown. Fellow running back Jordan Scarlett added 88 yards rushing and a late touchdown to put the exclamation point on the victory.
Florida hadn’t beaten Florida State since 2012 before Saturday’s win.
Seminoles quarterback Deondre Francois was 14-of-29 for 154 yards with one passing touchdown, one rushing touchdown and two interceptions in the loss. Receiver Tamorrion Terry led the Seminoles with three catches for 78 yards, but the Florida State offensive highlights were few and far between Saturday.
The Gators took a 13-7 lead into halftime behind field goals of 27 and 23 yards from kicker Evan McPherson and a long touchdown run by Perine, who busted through the Seminoles’ front-line defense and went 74 yards nearly untouched to the end zone.
Florida State got on the board five minutes before halftime when Francois found running back Cam Akers from 15 yards out. Akers made an acrobatic, one-handed catch to secure the touchdown.
It was actually the second hook-up of the game between Francois and Akers for a score, but the first one didn’t count.
After falling behind 10-0 in the second quarter, Florida State looked as if it had drawn the score to 10-7 when Francois hit Akers for a 72-yard touchdown. But it was called back because of an illegal-shift penalty on the Seminoles — their seventh penalty of the first half at the time.
Florida State was flagged 10 times for 60 yards total in the game.
The Florida defense was led by linebacker Vosean Joseph with eight tackles, while defensive backs Donovan Stiner and Trey Dean each had interceptions. Linebacker Jachai Polite added 2½ sacks in the win.
Florida State linebacker Jaiden Woodbey recorded a team-high 11 tackles.
With the win, the Gators now lead the all-time series against their in-state rivals 35-26-2.
Georgia 45, Georgia Tech 21: In Athens, Ga., It wasn’t much of a contest as No. 5 Georgia rolled past visiting Georgia Tech on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.
The Bulldogs (11-1) now turn their attention to next week’s SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where Georgia will challenge top-ranked Alabama for ultimate conference bragging rights, and more importantly, a 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.
Two of the scores went to wide receiver Riley Ridley while running backs D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield tallied a pair of scoring runs for the Bulldogs.
Swift tallied his fourth 100-yard game of the year (14 carries for 105 yards) for Georgia, which out-gained Georgia Tech 447-219.
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 against Georgia, easily a season low.
Georgia Tech’s only offensive touchdowns came on a 3-yard touchdown run by Qua Searcy and a 28-yard pass from TaQuon Marshall to Brad Stewart in the fourth quarter with the game already decided.
The Yellow Jackets’ only other score came on a 100-yard kickoff return by Juanyeh Thomas late in the first quarter.
Georgia’s victory also snapped a two-game winning streak at Sanford Stadium for Georgia Tech, which had beaten the Bulldogs in their home stadium in 2014 and 2016.
The victory was the Bulldogs’ largest over the Yellow Jackets since a 51-7 win in 2002. Georgia is now 18-6 against Georgia Tech since 2005.
All six of the Bulldogs’ possession to start the game resulted in points, with touchdowns coming on the first five.
The only thing that stopped it from being six touchdowns was the clock, as instead of taking one more shot from inside 10 with five seconds left, Georgia settled for a 25-yard field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship make it 38-7 at halftime.
Fromm completed 12 of 15 for 171 yards in the first half — threw a trio of touchdowns on throws of 5 yards to Ridley, 12 to Jeremiah Holloman and 44 to Mecole Hardman.
Swift and Holyfield punched a pair in on the ground, scoring from 1 and 8 yards out respectively, for Georgia. The Bulldogs piled up 343 yards of first-half offense compared to just 66 for Georgia Tech, which used Thomas’ 100-yard return to make the score 14-7.
Northwestern 24, Illinois 16: In Evanston, Ill., No. 19 Northwestern warmed up for its first Big Ten championship game appearance by holding on for a victory over Illinois.
West Division champion Northwestern (8-4, 8-1) will battle No. 10 Ohio State (11-1, 8-1) on Dec. 1 in Indianapolis, needing a win 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.
In his final home game, four-year starting quarterback Clayton Thorson completed 12 of 17 passes for 110 yards and two scores and also ran for a 1-yard touchdown.
Illinois (4-8, 2-7) wrapped up its seventh straight losing season despite outgaining Northwestern 435-371. Graduate transfer quarterback AJ Bush Jr. hit 23 of 39 passes for 281 yards and 1 touchdown in his final college game while junior running back Reggie Corbin rushed 13 times for 78 yards.
Bowser ripped off a 55-yard run on Northwestern’s first play from scrimmage, which triggered a 92-yard touchdown drive capped by Thorson’s 8-yard strike to junior wideout Bennett Skowronek.
Illinois responded with two drives deep into Northwestern territory, but settled for field goals of 21 and 29 yards by senior Chase McLaughlin. Spurred by Illinois’ move within 7-6, Northwestern struck for two more touchdowns before halftime to make it 21-6.
Thorson plunged in from 1 yard out with 3:43 left in the second quarter, then raced the Wildcats down the field during the two-minute drill and tossed a 5-yard TD pass to sophomore wideout Riley Lees with 17 seconds to go in the half.
Graduate student Jake Collins added a 25-yard field goal on the first drive of the second half to boost Northwestern’s lead to 24-6. Illinois had another red-zone assault halted by Northwestern, which led to McLaughlin’s 26-yard boot that cut the margin to 24-9 with 13:27 to play.
Illinois finally found the end zone on its next drive when Bush hit sophomore wideout Ricky Smalling for a 10-yard score with 7:57 to play.
Illinois pushed to Northwestern’s 17-yard line with 3:44 to play — its fifth march into the Wildcats’ red zone — but sophomore linebacker Paddy Fisher stopped a streak of six consecutive Bush completions with an interception. Northwestern converted a third-and-11 and ran out the clock.
Penn State 38, Maryland 3: In University Park, Pa., Trace McSorley had to do most of his damage on the ground, but the senior quarterback prevailed in his final home game, leading No. 12 Penn State.
Penn State (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten) won its third game in a row and fifth in the last six outings. McSorley rushed for two touchdowns among his 64 yards on the ground and also completed 12 of 22 passes for 230 yards and another score.
McSorley and the Penn State seniors improved to 38-14 the last four years and likely landed a spot in a New Year’s Day bowl.
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 Saturday on the wet field.The Nittany Lions outrushed Maryland 310 yards to 74.
Penn State led 17-3 at the half. McSorley hit KJ Hamler for 34 yards on the game’s first play, and Miles Sanders bulled 35 yards on the second play. Two plays later, McSorley scored from 3 yards at 13:24.
He added a 20-yard scoring run at 1:58 of the first quarter to make it 14-3.
The Nittany Lions went 86 yards in nine plays in the third quarter, with Ricky Slade scoring from 8 yards to make it 24-3 at the 9:10 mark. Sanders led Penn State on the ground with 14 carries for 128 yards.
Maryland’s Tyrrell Pigrome, making his third career start and second straight this season, completed 14 of 23 passes for a career-high 185 yards.
The loss brings the curtain down on a tumultuous Terrapin season after sophomore lineman Jordan McNair died in June after suffering a heatstroke at a team workout. Coach DJ Durkin was put on administrative leave and ultimately fired in October. The strength and conditioning coach and two trainers were also let go.
Matt Canada has served as interim coach since August, and his status and that of the rest of the staff has yet to be determined.
Penn State has won nine or more games the last three seasons and improved to 39-2-1 all-time versus Maryland, including four straight wins in the now annual series.
Alabama 52, Auburn 21: In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw five touchdown passes, including three that went for at least 33 yards in the third quarter, and ran for a score as the No. 1 Crimson Tide finished off the visiting Tigers in their annual Iron Bowl matchup.
Tagovailoa went 25 of 32 for 324 yards for the Tide (12-0, 8-0 in the SEC), the champs of the conference’s West Division, who have a date next Saturday against the East champion, No. 5 Georgia.
Auburn (7-5, 3-5 SEC) last year knocked off Alabama when it was again the top-rated team.
Stanford 49, UCLA 42: In Pasadena, Calif., K.J. Costello threw a career-best five touchdown passes, including the go-ahead score to Isiris St. Brown with 8:19 to play as Stanford outlasted host UCLA.
Costello, a junior, threw for 344 yards on 23-for-37 passing and JJ Arcega-Whiteside hauled in three TD passes for the Cardinal (7-4, 5-3), which will wrap up their regular season next week at California before heading to a 10th straight bowl.
Wilton Speight, a senior playing his final college game, passed for a career-best 466 yards and scored a 1-yard fourth-quarter touchdown on a run for the Bruins (3-9, 3-6), who finished up Chip Kelly’s first season as coach. UCLA lost nine games in a season for the first time since going 1-9 in the Pacific Coast Conference in 1940. Kelly is a former Manchester Central and UNH player and coach.