College football: No. 19 Michigan beats No. 14 Iowa; No. 4 Ohio State runs past No. 25 Michigan State
Zach Charbonnet ran for a two-yard touchdown to give No. 19 Michigan an early double-digit lead and its defense did the rest against No. 14 Iowa, forcing four turnovers and tallying eight sacks in a 10-3 win Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Wolverines (4-1, 2-1 Big Ten) were held scoreless over the final three quarters because they could not run or pass effectively, scoring just three points off the Hawkeyes’ turnovers.
“A defensive masterpiece,” coach Jim Harbaugh said.
Iowa (4-1, 1-1) failed to take advantage of favorable field position on its final two drives with a chance to extend the game or possibly win it with a touchdown and two-point conversion. The Hawkeyes turned the ball over on downs at the Michigan 44-yard line with 37 seconds left after a penalty- and sack-filled drive forced them to punt with a fourth-and-36 at midfield on the previous possession.
Iowa running back Mekhi Sargent fumbled on his team’s first snap, giving up the ball at the Hawkeyes’ 18. Michigan, though, had to settle for a field goal after gaining just six yards. The Wolverines took a 10-0 lead on their next drive, which started with a 51-yard pass to Nico Collins and finished with Charbonnet’s two-yard run.
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Iowa avoided a shutout with Keith Duncan’s 22-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
Michigan’s Shea Patterson was 14 for 26 for 147 yards with an interception.
”We’re fortunate the defense came out and played they way they did,” Patterson said. “Kept us in the game.”
Iowa’s Nate Stanley was 23 of 42 for 260 yards with three interceptions, ending a 139-pass streak without getting picked off.
at No. 4 Ohio State 34, No. 25 Michigan State 10: Justin Fields threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, J.K. Dobbins rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown, and the Buckeyes overcame a sluggish start to roll over the Spartans.
Ohio State (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) had to work to figure out Michigan State’s defense to start after blowing out every opponent through the first five games. The Buckeyes gained just 16 yards on 16 plays in the first quarter but got unstuck and put away the Spartans (4-2, 2-1) with big plays.
Dobbins ran the ball 24 times, averaged more than seven yards per carry and had an electrifying 67-yard breakaway for a touchdown late in the first half.
Fields finished 17 for 25 for 206 yards and threw an interception for the first time in his first 175 pass attempts as a Buckeye. He also was sacked three times — twice by Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie.
Brian Lewerke was 20 for 38 for 218 yards and a touchdown for the Spartans.
No. 3 Georgia 43, at Tennessee 14: Jake Fromm threw two touchdown passes, Georgia’s defense delivered a dominant second-half performance and the Bulldogs recovered from a slow start to beat the Volunteers.
Georgia (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) scored the final 33 points to earn its 15th straight victory over Eastern Division opponent. Georgia capped the onslaught when Tae Crowder scored on a 60-yard fumble return with 4:39 left after Eric Stokes sacked Brian Maurer to knock the ball loose.
The Bulldogs haven’t lost to an SEC East team since falling 24-10 to Florida on Oct. 29, 2016.
Fromm went 24 of 29 for 288 yards. Rodrigo Blankenship made field goals from 50, 34 and 27 yards to improve to 11 for 11 this season. Brian Herrien and D’Andre Swift combined to run for 160 yards, and each had a one-yard touchdown run.
Tennessee (1-4, 0-2) has lost its last six matchups with Football Bowl Subdivision teams and is off to its slowest start since 1988, when it dropped its first six games.
at No. 5 LSU 42, Utah State 6: Joe Burrow became the first Tigers quarterback to eclipse 300 yards passing in four straight games when he threw for five touchdowns against the Aggies. Burrow completed 27 of 38 passes for 344 yards and was intercepted once on a tipped pass against Utah State (3-2) before being replaced by Myles Brennan on LSU’s second series of the fourth quarter. Burrow also rushed for 42 yards and touchdown.
Justin Jefferson caught two scoring passes for LSU (5-0). His second touchdown on a 39-yard throw was the completion on which Burrow surpassed 300 yards. Burrow’s other touchdown strikes went to Derrick Dillon, JaMarr Chase and tight end Thaddeus Moss.
No. 6 Oklahoma 45, at Kansas 20: Jalen Hurts threw for 228 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 56 yards and two more touchdowns, and added another line to his Heisman Trophy resume. Rhamondre Stevenson added 109 yards rushing and a score in just five carries for the Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12), who spotted the Jayhawks (2-4, 0-2) a touchdown lead before ripping off seven straight scores.
That allowed them to cruise to their 22nd straight true road win, the second-longest streak since at least World War II in major college football. Bud Wilkinson’s Sooners won 25 in a row from 1953 to 1958. Carter Stanley threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Stephon Robinson, while Pooka Williams followed a 252-yard rushing performance against the Sooners a year ago with 137 on Saturday.
Lamical Perine ran 88 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, Florida’s defense delivered another gem and the 10th-ranked Gators beat No. 7 Auburn 24-13 in the Swamp.
at No. 8 Wisconsin 48, Kent State 0: Jonathan Taylor had four rushing touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass, while Zack Baun had a career-high three sacks for the Badgers (5-0). Taylor had 19 rushes for 186 yards, eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the 27th time in 32 career games.
Baun’s three sacks led a Wisconsin defense that pitched its third shutout of the season. The Badgers, who entered the day with the nation’s top-ranked defense, held Kent State (2-3) to 124 yards of total offense. Chris Orr, the Big Ten defensive player of the week for his efforts against Northwestern, added two sacks for a unit that has allowed four touchdowns through five games.
at No. 9 Notre Dame 52, Bowling Green 0: Ian Book threw five touchdown passes and had only four incomplete passes in a little more than two quarters of work for the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame (4-1) had its way with the Falcons (1-4), a first-time opponent from the Mid-American Conference whose campus is just 164 miles away. The margin matched Notre Dame’s winning difference in a 66-14 victory over New Mexico this season and was the Irish’s first shutout since 2014.
Notre Dame had 573 total yards, with senior Tony Jones Jr. rushing for 102 yards on seven carries. The Irish limited the Falcons (1-4) to 228 yards. Book was 16 of 20 for 261 yards.
Dabo Swinney makes $9.3 million per year as coach of Clemson’s two-time national champion football team. So you might think he would like to see his players paid for their work. And they are, he says. With an education.
No. 11 Texas 42, at West Virginia 31: Sam Ehlinger threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores, and the Longhorns converted three turnovers into touchdowns.
Texas (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) beat the Mountaineers (3-2, 1-1) on the road for the second straight time.
The Longhorns had plenty of motivation for this one. Ehlinger and several Texas players were upset last year after several Mountaineers flashed “horns down” signs during West Virginia’s 42-41 victory in Austin. Ehlinger noted in a tweet that was later deleted: ”Do not think it will be forgotten.”
Ehlinger finished 18 for 33 for 211 yards. He threw just his second interception of the season, and West Virginia turned it into a third-quarter field goal.
at No. 12 Penn State 35, Purdue 7: Sean Clifford threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score for the Nittany Lions (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten), who were dominant on defense, with 10 sacks, one shy of the school single-game record. The Boilermakers (1-4, 0-2) were held to 104 yards. Playing without starting quarterback Elijah Sindelar and star wide receiver Rondale Moore, the Boilermakers didn’t cross midfield until their sixth possession midway through the second.
No. 16 Boise State 38, at UNLV 13: Hank Bachmeier threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, and the Broncos used a strong defensive effort to beat the Rebels.
Khalil Shaker caught seven passes for 111 yards and a touchdown and John Hightower had four catches for 105 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown reception that make it 14-0 with 13:38 left until halftime for Boise State (5-0, 2-0 Mountain West).
UNLV’s Kenyon Oblad, a redshirt freshman quarterback, made his first career start in place of Armani Rogers, who sprained a knee in last week’s 53-17 loss at Wyoming. Oblad was 24 for 55 for 262 yards passing and two touchdowns for the Rebels (1-4, 0-2). He had one interception.
at Texas Tech 45, No. 21 Oklahoma State 35: Jett Duffey passed for four touchdowns and ran for another in his first start of the season to lead the Red Raiders (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) to victory following a 55-16 loss at Oklahoma. Texas Tech won its second straight in the series after going 0-10-2 in the teams’ previous 12 meetings.
Duffey completed 26 of 44 passes for 424 yards with scoring passes to Erik Ezukanma (56 yards), T.J. Vasher (21), KeSean Carter (14) and Dalton Rigdon (eight). He ran for a 16-yard touchdown.
Oklahoma State (4-2, 1-2) committed five turnovers — three interceptions and two fumbles by redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders. Cowboys running back Chuba Hubbard ran for 156 yards and three touchdowns.
A look at the highlights of Saturday’s college football action, including Notre Dame’s huge halftime lead over Bowling Green in a tuneup for next weekend’s game against USC.
at No. 24 SMU 43, Tulsa 37 (3 OTs): Shane Buechele threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to James Proche in the third overtime, and the Mustangs beat the Golden Hurricane, coming back from a three-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter to win in their first game as a ranked team in 33 years.
After Tulsa missed its second field goal in overtime, Proche made a leaping catch in the front corner of the end zone over a defender and got a foot down before going out of bounds. The play was initially ruled incomplete before being overturned on replay review.
SMU (6-0, 2-0 American) this week moved into the Associated Press poll for the first time since October 1986, before NCAA sanctions that included the death penalty. The Mustangs didn’t field a team in 1987 and 1988.
Xavier Jones ran for 121 yards and scored two game-tying touchdowns for SMU before he fumbled in the second overtime. But Tulsa couldn’t take advantage when Jacob Rainey’s 43-yard field-goal attempt was wide left.
Tusla (2-3, 0-1) had the ball to start the third overtime and went to a different kicker after failing to get a first down. But Zack Long was wide left on a 42-yard attempt.
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