Top 25 college football roundup
Michigan State 14, No. 7 Michigan 10
Mark Dantonio has done what seemed improbable a decade ago and in the previous century, figuring out a way to help Michigan State have its way with Michigan on a consistent basis.
Brian Lewerke ran for a touchdown and threw for a score in the first half and the Spartans held on to beat the seventh-ranked Wolverines on Saturday night.
Michigan State (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) has beaten Michigan eight times in a 10-year stretch for the first time in a series that dates to 1898.
"I told our football team, every player that comes here, to dream big," Dantonio said.
The Wolverines (4-1, 1-1) had the ball late with a chance to drive for a go-ahead TD, but a heave from the Spartans 37 as time expired hit the turf near the goal line.
Michigan could not overcome many mistakes, including five turnovers and several costly penalties. John O’Korn, replacing injured starter Wilton Speight, threw three interceptions in the second half. Ty Isaac and Sean McKeon fumbled.
“When we got the momentum going, we turned it over," Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said.
The Wolverines opened with a 16-play, 64-yard drive that took nearly 7 minutes off the clock, but they had to settle for a field goal and a 3-0 lead. They didn't lead again against Dantonio, who has taken control of a rivalry that has historically been tilted in Michigan's favor. Despite the recent slump, the Wolverines are 69-36-5 in the series.
Lewerke scored a go-ahead TD on a 14-yard run late in the first quarter. He threw a 16-yard pass to Madre London to put the Spartans up 14-3 midway through the second quarter.
Michigan scored its only touchdown midway through the third quarter on Khalid Hill's 1-yard run to cut it to 14-10.
The Spartans didn't have a first down in the second half until their final drive of the game, a possession that started with 2:13 and ended with a punt from the Michigan 47 that went through the end zone with 34 seconds left.
Michigan began its last drive with 34 seconds and no timeouts left and picked up 30 yards on the first snap on a 15-yard pass to Karan Higdon and a 15-yard penalty on Chris Frey for tacking him out of bounds. The Wolverines wilted after that as Eddie McDoom dropped a pass and they had to back up 5 yards due to a delay-of-game penalty.
Lewerke was 11 of 22 for 94 yards and a TD and ran 15 times for 61 yards and another score.
Michigan State's Madre London, filling in for LJ Scott, had a 50-yard run and finished with 59 yards rushing on 10 carries and had a TD reception. O'Korn was 16 of 35 for 198 yards with three interceptions.
Michigan's Karan Higdon ran for 5.4 yards per carry, but was handed the ball just 12 times. Chris Evans also had 12 carries, but finished with just 27 yards rushing for the Wolverines. Michigan receiver Grant Perry led all receivers with five catches and 61 yards receiving.
No. 1 Alabama 27, Texas A&M 19
Damien Harris ran for 124 yards and a touchdown, and Jalen Hurts had a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Alabama remain undefeated.
The Aggies (4-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), who entered the game as 26 1/2 point underdogs, made the game interesting, but in the end freshman quarterback Kellen Mond was simply too inexperienced to help them topple a team as talented as Alabama.
Alabama (6-0, 3-0) had rolled past Vanderbilt and Mississippi by a combined score of 125-3 over the last two weeks, but got much more of a test from the young Aggies. Mond was 19 of 29 for 237 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for a touchdown and lost a fumble.
Hurts threw for 123 yards and ran for 56.
No. 2 Clemson 28, Wake Forest 14
Kelly Bryant threw for 200 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an ankle injury and Clemson beat Wake Forest to reach to 6-0 for a third straight season.
There was no immediate word on the severity of Bryant's injury. He left in the third quarter after Travis Etienne's 1-yard touchdown run put Clemson ahead 21-0. Trainers looked at Bryant's ankle and took him into the sideline medical tent. Bryant tested his legs with a few short jogs once he came out and remained on the sidelines with teammates. Bryant did not re-enter the game as Clemson (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat the Demon Deacons (4-2, 1-2) for a ninth straight time.
Bryant's 28-yard scoring pass to Deon Cain got the Tigers started. Etienne, a freshman, had 67 yards rushing along with his touchdown. Adam Choice added a rushing TD and Cannon Smith added a 13-yard touchdown catch from third-string passer Hunter Johnson.
No. 4 Penn State 31, Northwestern 7
Trace McSorley threw for 245 yards and a touchdown, Saquon Barkley ran for two scores in the second half for Penn State.
McSorley completed 25 of 34 passes. He threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to backup quarterback Tommy Stevens in the second quarter and added a 5-yard scoring run in the fourth.
Barkley scored on a 1-yard leap and 53-yard dash in the third quarter to make it 24-0. He finished with 75 yards rushing after being held to minus-1 in the first half.
Shaka Toney had two sacks, and the Nittany Lions (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) came away with an easy victory.
Clayton Thorson threw for 142 yards and two interceptions while getting sacked four times in another rough outing for Northwestern (2-3, 0-2).
No. 5 Georgia 45, Vanderbilt 14
Nick Chubb ran for two touchdowns and 138 yards, and Georgia routed Vanderbilt despite missing three players from the Bulldogs' stingy defense.
Georgia (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) is off to its best start since 2005 when the Bulldogs won their first seven games and longest winning streak since reaching the SEC championship in 2012. The Bulldogs also avenged a 17-16 loss to Vanderbilt last year by beating the Commodores for the 20th time in the past 23 games in this series.
Georgia ran through and over Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-3), piling up 423 yards. Sony Michel added 150 yards and a TD, while Elijah Holyfield scored his first career TD on a 15-yard run. Georgia set the tone on its opening drive, running all seven plays for 83 yards.
Chubb became only the eighth running back in SEC history to reach 4,000 yards rushing in his career.
No. 6 Washington 38, California 7
Freshman tight end Hunter Bryant had nine catches for 121 yards and a touchdown, Jake Browning threw for two scores and ran for another for Washington.
Bryant was a standout on an otherwise routine, late-night thumping by the Huskies. It wasn't a flashy performance full of major highlights for the Huskies (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12), yet was a thorough domination of the Golden Bears. Washington held California (3-3, 0-3) to 46 total yards in the first half and the Bears were under 100 yards of offense until late in the fourth quarter.
Browning was 27 of 40 for 215 yards passing and had a 21-yard touchdown run on a fourth-down option play in the first half. Myles Gaskin added touchdown runs of 8 and 7 yards, and even defensive players got in on the act for Washington. Sophomore defensive end Justiss Warren caught a 2-yard TD pass from Browning after lining up as a fullback.
No. 8 TCU 31, No. 23 West Virginia 24
Kenny Hill avoided a defender in the backfield and lunged forward through two more for a 3-yard touchdown run with 2:53 left and TCU remained the Big 12's only undefeated team.
Hill also threw a 45-yard touchdown pass and was on the receiving end of a 48-yard score for the Frogs (5-0, 2-0). His winning TD run came only five plays after an apparent interception was reversed on a replay review.
Will Grier threw for 366 yards and three TDs for West Virginia (3-2, 1-1), including two long catch-and-run scores in a span of about 2 1/2 minutes late in the third quarter. It was tied at 24 after Grier hooked up with David Sills V on a 64-yard scoring play and then Ka'Raun White for a 76-yarder.
After those two long West Virginia TDs, the Frogs used a little trickery to go ahead again. KaVontae Turpin took a handoff and swept to the right before stopping and throwing back to Hill, who sprinted down the left sideline for the score.
West Virginia got even at 31 on Sills' 4-yard TD catch with 9:50 left, a nice reaching grab in the back of the end zone. He had seven catches for 116 yards and now has nine TD catches this season.
No. 9 Wisconsin 38, Nebraska 17
Freshman Jonathan Taylor rushed for a season-high 249 yards and two touchdowns to lead a punishing ground game that helped Wisconsin wear down Nebraska.
The Badgers (5-0, 2-0) beat the Huskers (3-3, 2-1) for the fifth straight time and took sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West.
Taylor, who had his second 200-yard performance in five games, carried 25 times while recording the third-most rushing yards ever by a Nebraska opponent.
The Badgers went to the run almost exclusively on three straight scoring drives after Nebraska's Aaron Williams returned an interception to tie it 17-all early in the third quarter.
The Badgers ended Nebraska's 20-game win streak in home night games since 2008.
Devine Ozigbo had 112 yards on 23 carries for the Huskers.
No. 10 Ohio State 62, Maryland 14
J.T. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the first half, and Ohio State had its most dominant defensive effort in nearly 60 years.
The stingy Buckeyes (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) held Maryland (3-2, 1-1) to 66 total yards — their fewest yards allowed since yielding 60 against Indiana in 1960.
Barrett, a fifth-year senior and holder of most of the school's passing records, was 20 for 31 for 261 yards before taking a seat near end of the third quarter. Barrett threw scoring passes to Binjimen Victor, Austin Mack and Terry McLaurin.
Ohio State overwhelmed quarterback Max Bortenschlager, holding the Terrapins to 16 passing yards and only six first downs. Bortenschlager, who was promoted to a starting role after injuries to the Terrapin's top two QBs, was only 3-of-12 passing. He didn't complete a pass until the second quarter and was sacked four times before being shaken up and leaving the game in the third.
No. 11 Washington State 33, Oregon 10
Luke Falk threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns and Washington State held Oregon scoreless after the first quarter.
The Cougars (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) were on their first trip after quirky scheduling gave them their first five games at home. The team is off to its best start since winning seven to start the 2001 season.
Erik Powell contributed to the victory with field goals from 25, 52, 47 and 29 yards.
True freshman Braxton Burmeister made his first college start and threw for 145 yards and a touchdown for Oregon (4-2, 1-2). He also threw two interceptions.
Justin Herbert started at quarterback for the Ducks to start the season, but he broke his collarbone in Oregon's 45-24 victory over California last weekend.
No. 12 Auburn 44, Mississippi 23
Kerryon Johnson rushed for a career-high 204 yards and three touchdowns for Auburn.
Johnson and the Tigers (5-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) continued a recent tear with their third straight lopsided win over a league team. Johnson, who didn't play in the fourth quarter, has 11 touchdown runs during that hot streak after missing two games with a right hamstring injury.
Auburn's Jarrett Stidham completed 14 of 21 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns. That included a screen pass which Ryan Davis took 75 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, the Tigers' longest offensive play of the season.
The Rebels (2-3, 0-2) endured their second straight blowout in the state a week after losing 66-3 to No. 1 Alabama.
No. 13 Miami 24, Florida State 20
Malik Rosier threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Langham with 6 seconds remaining and Miami beat Florida State to end a seven-game losing streak in the series.
Rosier, who came into the game leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in passing efficiency, had a rough start as he completed only four of his first 16 passes. The junior found a rhythm in the second half and finished 19 of 44 for 254 yards and three touchdowns.
After Florida State (1-3, 1-2) took a 20-17 lead with 1:24 remaining on James Blackman' 20-yard pass to Auden Tate, Rosier drove Miami (4-0, 2-0) 75 yards in nine plays and 1:18. The junior found Langham in single coverage up the right sideline and he beat Tarvarus McFadden.
Blackman, who was 8 of 18 for 61 yards and two interceptions in the first three quarters, was 9 of 10 for 142 yards over the final 15 minutes. Cam Akers had his first 100-yard rushing game with 129 yards on 14 carries. Florida State is 1-3 for the first time since 1976, which was Bobby Bowden's first season, and has dropped consecutive home games for the first time since 2009. It also is the first time since 1974 that the Seminoles have dropped their first two home games of a season.
No. 14 Southern California 38, Oregon State 10
Sam Darnold threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns, Ronald Jones II ran for a touchdown and Southern California beat Oregon State.
Wide receiver Tyler Vaughns and tight end Josh Falo each caught their first career touchdown reception from Darnold as the Trojans (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12) were workmanlike in bouncing back from last week's 30-27 loss at Washington State. Jones, who had 79 yards rushing and two receptions for 17 yards, scored a touchdown from scrimmage in his 12th straight game.
The Beavers (1-5, 0-3) recovered a muffed punt at the USC 29 and Darnold's fumble at the Trojans 23 after the ball slipped from his hand while attempting a pass. But Oregon State failed to score on either possession after Jordan Choukair had a 46-yard field goal blocked by cornerback Jack Jones and missed a 37-yard try wide left. Choukair did make a 33-yarder in the second quarter.
No. 16 Virginia Tech 23, Boston College 10
Josh Jackson threw for 322 yards and a touchdown and Virginia Tech bounced back from a loss to defending national champion Clemson.
Sean Savoy had nine catches for 139 yards and a score after No. 1 receiver Cam Phillips went out with an apparent leg injury in the first quarter. Savoy went 53 yards on a slant pattern to open the scoring midway through the first quarter, and the Hokies (5-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed.
Travon McMillian ran 17 times for 88 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown that gave Virginia Tech a 17-3 lead midway through the second quarter. With 11 points — three field goals and two extra points — Joey Slye became the school's career scoring leader.
Anthony Brown completed 13 of 30 passes for 166 yards for BC (2-4, 0-2). He also caught a touchdown pass on a halfback option from former quarterback Jeff Smith.
LSU 17, No. 21 Florida 16
Danny Etling threw a short touchdown pass in the second half and LSU rebounded from a stunning home loss to beat Florida.
The Tigers (4-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) moved the ball well early with jet sweeps and then pounded it between the tackles late, doing just enough to upend the Gators (3-2, 3-1).
The difference was Florida's usually stout kicking game. Eddy Pineiro missed the first extra point of his career in the third quarter and never got a chance to atone for it. He had made 45 in a row.
LSU looked nothing like it did the previous week against Troy, a 24-21 loss that was the program's first at home against a non-conference opponent since 2000. The Tigers opened up a 14-point lead early in the third on Etling's 2-yard touchdown pass to Tory Carter.
Florida answered, getting the first of consecutive TD runs by Lamical Perine. Pineiro yanked the extra point left after the second one.
No. 19 San Diego State 41, UNLV 10
Rashaad Penny ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns for San Diego Stat.
It was the Rebels' first game since the mass shooting that killed 58 people on the Las Vegas Strip this week. First responders released balloons from the field during a moment of silence before the game.
Penny had his sixth straight 100-yard game to open the season, and the Aztecs (6-0, 2-0 Mountain West) beat UNLV (2-3, 1-1) for the 13th time in their last 16 meetings.
Juwan Washington added 95 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown for the Aztecs. They have won 27 of their last 30 games.
Christian Chapman threw for 172 yards and had a 14-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The Aztecs out gained UNLV 302-106 on the ground.
Stanford 23, No. 20 Utah 20
Bryce Love ran for 152 yards and a touchdown and Stanford handed Utah its first loss of the season.
Utah bottled up the nation's leading rusher for most of the night, but the Cardinal (4-2, 3-1 Pac-12) faithfully continued to give their star the ball. On his 18th touch, the 5-foot-10, 196-pound speedster made two defenders miss in the hole and ran away for a 68-yarder that put the Cardinal up 23-13 with 12:02 remaining.
Utah (4-1, 1-1) stormed down the field on the ensuing possession with Troy Williams hitting Darren Carrington for big gains, but an interception essentially ended the game.
The Utes had moved to the Stanford 30 and Williams was about to be sacked when he threw the ball up downfield. Quenton Meeks picked off the fluttering pass and allowed Stanford to work more time off the clock. Williams threw another interception to Justin Reid with 5:52 remaining.
No. 21 Notre Dame 33, North Carolina 10
Josh Adams ran for 118 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown dash for Notre Dame.
Deon McIntosh added 124 yards rushing and two scores for the Fighting Irish (5-1). They played without starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush due to a right foot injury.
Wimbush was on the sideline as the No. 2 QB behind Ian Book, though the Fighting Irish had no trouble surpassing the win total from a frustrating 2016 season.
Book threw for a score and had two interceptions. Notre Dame had 487 yards, 341 coming on the ground.
Chazz Surratt threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Ratliff-Williams before halftime in the only noteworthy offensive play for the Tar Heels (1-5).
No. 25 Central Florida 51, Cincinnati 23
McKenzie Milton threw a career-high five touchdown passes — four in the first half — and Tre'Quan Smith scored four times as UCF rolled to a storm-shortened victory in the Knights' first game as a ranked team since 2013.
UCF (4-0, 2-0 American Athletic) has opened the season with four wins for the first time since 1988, when the Knights were in Division II. They failed to win a game two years ago, and then went 6-7 in coach Scott Frost's first year.
Storms moved in with 4 seconds left in the third quarter and the game was called after a one-hour delay with more rain on the way.
The Knights have dominated each game, outscoring opponents 190-63. Cincinnati (2-4, 0-2) has dropped three straight in Luke Fickell's first season as head coach.
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