Top 25/nation football roundup: No. 2 Michigan escapes Maryland for program’s record 1,000th victory


Blake Corum scored twice in the first half, Mike Sainristil intercepted two passes, and No. 2 Michigan —- playing again without suspended coach Jim Harbaugh — became the first college football program to win 1,000 games, beating Maryland 31-24 Saturday in College Park.

The Wolverines (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten, No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings) remained unbeaten in their final tune-up before next weekend’s showdown against No. 3 Ohio State, but it wasn’t easy. Maryland (6-5, 3-5) rallied from a 23-3 second-quarter deficit and had the ball down five on multiple occasions in the fourth quarter.

No. 1 Georgia 38, No. 21 Tennessee 10: Carson Beck threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs (10-0, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) over the Volunteers (7-4, 3-4) in Knoxville.

Dillon Bell caught five passes for 90 yards and a touchdown, and also threw an 18-yard TD pass to Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint. Georgia became the first team to go unbeaten in the SEC three years in a row since the league went to an eight-game schedule in 1992.

No. 3 Ohio State 37, Minnesota 3: Hopewell native TreVeyon Henderson rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns and Kyle McCord passed for 212 yards and two scores ion Columbus.

Next for the Buckeyes (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten, CFP No. 2) is a trip to Ann Arbor to face second-ranked Michigan.

Henderson turned a 13-point halftime margin into a 20-point lead 12 seconds into the third quarter, scoring on a career-best 75-yard run on the opening play of the half.

After a turnover by Minnesota (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten), the Buckeyes scored again — 55 seconds later — when Marvin Harrison Jr. grabbed a 4-yard TD pass to extend the lead to 27-0.

No. 5 Washington 22, No. 10 Oregon State 20: Michael Penix Jr. threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Washington (11-0, 8-0, No. 5 CFP) clinched a spot in the Pac-12 championship game with a victory over the Beavers (8-3, 5-3, No. 11 CFP) in Corvallis, Oregon.

Played in a nearly constant rain, it was the final Pac-12 game at Reser Stadium as the conference currently stands. The Pac-12 collapsed over the summer, leaving Oregon State and Washington State as the lone remaining teams.

Rome Odunze caught seven passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns for the Huskies, who have won 18 straight games. Washington is departing for the Big Ten next season, along with Oregon, USC and UCLA.

Penix completed 13 of 28 passes for 162 yards. He has thrown for 30 touchdowns this season. Damien Martinez ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns for the Beavers.

No. 6 Oregon 49, Arizona State 13: Bo Nix threw for 404 yards and a career-high six touchdowns, Patrick Herbert and Troy Franklin both caught two touchdown passes, and the Ducks (10-1, 6-1 Pac-12) buried the Sun Devils (3-8, 2-6) with an avalanche of offense on the way to a 42-0 lead,

No. 7 Texas 26, Iowa State 16: Quinn Ewers passed for 281 yards and two touchdowns in Ames, Iowa. The win kept the Longhorns (10-1, 7-1, No. 7 CFP) alone atop the Big 12 and moved them closer to the conference championship game.

Ewers completed 23 of 33 passes and C.J. Baxter rushed for 117 yards, helping Texas extend its winning streak to five after an Oct. 7 loss to Oklahoma.

Rocco Becht threw for 323 yards and two touchdowns for Iowa State (6-5, 5-3), but the Cyclones netted only 9 yards rushing.

No. 8 Alabama 66, Chattanooga 10: Jalen Milroe passed for 197 yards and three touchdowns before sitting out the second half as Alabama (10-1, No. 8 CFP) routed FCS team Chattanooga (7-4) in Tuscaloosa.

No. 11 Missouri 33, Florida 31: Harrison Mevis kicked a 30-yard field goal with five seconds remaining for the host Tigers (9-2, 5-2 SEC, No. 9 CFP), and Brady Cook completed 20 of 34 passes for 326 yards and a touchdown.

Cody Schrader carried the ball 23 times for 148 yards and a touchdown, Luther Burden III caught nine passes for 158 yards, and Mevis converted all four of his field-goal attempts.

Montrell Johnson Jr. had 12 carries for 85 yards and Trevor Etienne ran 15 times for 82 yards and a touchdown as Florida (5-6, 3-5) gained 261 yards on 40 carries.

No. 12 Penn State 27, Rutgers 6: Kaytron Allen ran for two touchdowns, Alex Felkins kicked a pair of field goals and Penn State (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 12 CFP) pulled away from Rutgers at home after quarterback Drew Allar left with an apparent injury. Allar suffered an apparent injury on Penn State’s opening possession of the second half after taking a hard shoulder-to-shoulder hit from Rutgers defensive back Flip Dixon.

No. 13 Mississippi 35, Louisiana Monroe 3: Jaxson Dart threw for three touchdowns on three consecutive third-quarter series as Mississippi (9-2, 5-2 SEC, No. 13 CFP) used a strong second half to defeat ULM (2-9, 0-8) at home.

No. 14 Oklahoma 31, BYU 24: Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2 Big 12, No. 14 CFP) forced three turnovers and scored 21 points off those takeaways and edged BYU in Provo, Utah, despite playing the second half without quarterback Dillon Gabriel, who suffered a head injury just before halftime.

No. 15 LSU 56, Georgia State 14: Senior quarterback Jayden Daniels piled up 509 total yards, threw six touchdown passes and rushed for two more scores for the host Tigers against the Panthers (6-5).

Daniels continued to make his case for Heisman Trophy consideration, leading LSU (8-3, 5-2 SEC) on touchdown drives on all eight of his team’s possessions before being subbed out with less than four minutes to go in the game. He completed 25 of 30 passes for 413 yards. He also rushed for 96 yards on 10 carries.

Daniels role in eight total touchdowns in the game matched a school record set by 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow.

No. 19 Arizona 42, No. 16 Utah 18: Noah Fifita threw for two touchdowns and Arizona used a fast start to post its first five-game winning streak in nine years.

The Wildcats (8-3, 6-2 Pac-12, No. 17 CFP) manhandled the two-time reigning Pac-12 champion Utes (7-4, 4-4) from the opening drive, building a 28-0 lead by the first play of the second quarter.

The Wildcats intercepted passes by Bryson Barnes twice in their own end and forced a turnover on downs near midfield to beat four AP Top 25 teams in a season for the first time since 1989.

No. 17 Tulane 24, Florida Atlantic 8: Michael Pratt became the Green Wave’s career passing leader, throwing for three touchdowns in his South Florida homecoming to lead Tulane (10-1, 7-0, No. 24 CFP) to a victory over Florida Atlantic (4-7, 3-4).

No. 23 Kansas State 31, Kansas 27: Will Howard threw two touchdown passes and ran for the go-ahead score, and Kansas State took advantage of two special-teams blunders by rival Kansas in Lawrence as the Wildcats gained their 15th straight win in the Sunflower Showdown.

D.J. Giddens added 102 yards rushing and a score for the reigning Big 12 champions, who kept alive their chances of defending the title in part by turning a blocked extra point into a 2-point return and a muffed punt into the go-ahead TD with 10:22 to go.

The Wildcats (8-3, 6-2, No. 21 CFP) allowed Kansas (7-4, 4-4, No. 25) to march right back down the field, led by former walk-on Cole Ballard under center. But the Jayhawks’ drive stalled at the Kansas State 11, and Ballard was picked off in the end zone by Marques Sigle on fourth down to turn the ball over with just more than five minutes left.

No. 24 Oklahoma State 43, Houston 30: Alan Bowman threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns, Ollie Gordon II rushed for 164 yards and three second-half touchdowns, and Oklahoma State (8-3, 6-2) kept its hopes of reaching the Big 12 championship game alive with a road win.

Bowman completed 29 of 43 passes, including touchdowns of 23 and 21 yards. Brennan Presley caught a career-high 15 passes for 189 yards. His reception total was the second most in a game for an Oklahoma State player — Alex Lloyd caught 16 back in 1949.


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