Sunday, December 17, 2017

Buckeyes cap a perfect season

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The only thing Urban Meyer lost during his first season at Ohio State was his cool — at the end of the last game.

Carlos Hyde ran for 146 yards and the No. 4 Buckeyes shut out No. 20 Michigan in the second half — forcing three turnovers along the way — for a 26-21 win Saturday that completed a 12-0 season.

Meyer got emotional in the final seconds, embracing his players. Too emotional, he said.

"I've got to keep a little more composure, I guess," he said sheepishly. "In the coaching manual, I think it's Chapter 13. It says, 'Keep cool.' I lost it there for a couple of minutes."

Meyer took over a program that went 6-7 in 2011. A month after his hiring, the NCAA banned it from the postseason for this season. But it became the first Buckeyes team to go unbeaten since the 2002 national title team and first team on probation to go unbeaten since Auburn went 11-0 in 1993.

"You get all the wins you can, especially against the Team Up North, especially at home on top of that," Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller said.

Ohio State still has a shot at finishing No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll. But it needs to be the nation's only unbeaten team then get help from voters.

"At this point in time, Ohio State can go and play with anybody in America," Meyer said. "I wouldn't say that five weeks ago. But you've seen the growth."

Michigan's Denard Robinson had a brilliant first half. The former quarterback now a running back scored on a 67-yard run. He totaled 122 yards on 10 carries but lost 2 yards on his four carries after halftime.

Devin Gardner was 11-of-20 for 171 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown, for the Wolverines. Michigan ran 26 plays for 219 yards in the first half but only 21 for a net of 60 in the second.

"We know the reason we lost the game," Robinson said. "We had three turnovers in the second half. That's not acceptable."

Sooner QB throws 71 times in OT win

NORMAN, Okla. — Landry Jones threw for 500 yards and three touchdowns, and Brennan Clay scored on an 18-yard run in overtime to give No. 14 Oklahoma a 51-48 win against No. 22 Oklahoma State.

Jones set school records with 46 completions and 71 attempts.

"What more do you want from the guy? The guy was, again, fabulous," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. "He threw the ball all over. He threw it well, throwing bullets everywhere."

Jones' backup and short-yardage specialist Blake Bell forced overtime with four seconds left on a 4-yard keeper on fourth and 1. The Cowboys settled for a field goal. Then Clay ended the first Bedlam series game to go to overtime on the Sooners' second play, breaking two tackles to reach the end zone.

In his final home game, Jones had his second straight 500-yard passing game to surpassed Texas Tech's Graham Harrell to become the Big 12's career passing leader. The senior also became the first Division I-A quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns four times.

"God blessed me so much to be able to go out like this," Jones said. "There's no better way to go out.

No. 5 Oregon 48, No. 16 Oregon St.: Kenjon Barner ran for 198 yards and two touchdowns despite missing time with an undisclosed injury as the visiting Ducks kept their faint national title hopes alive. It was Oregon's fifth straight win in the Civil War, which dates to 1894 and is the seventh-most contested rivalry in the nation, and came a week after a 17-14 overtime loss to Stanford. "You can let it define you, destroy you or strengthen you," Barner said of the loss. "With this team, every loss we've taken in the past, it's strengthened us. We knew what we had to do to get back on the winning track, and we did it."

No. 11 Stanford 35, No. 15 UCLA 17: Stepfan Taylor rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns as the visiting Cardinal clinched a Pac-12 title game berth. It faces UCLA again, this time at home. "I expect them to give us everything," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "It's going to be 10 times harder than this game was." Stanford has three straight 10-win seasons for the first time. Up 21-10 in the third, it scored twice in 13 seconds, Taylor's 1-yard run and a fumble return on the ensuing kickoff. "We have some things that we have to do to get better by Friday night," Bruins coach Jim Mora said. "We'll get right back to work."

No. 25 Utah St. 45, Idaho 9: Chuckie Keeton threw two touchdowns for the host Aggies, who won their first outright conference title since the Rocky Mountain Athletic in 1936. Utah State, which also won 10 games for the first time in the program's 116-year history, is the final champion of the WAC. The conference no longer will play football after this season due to defections, including Utah State to the Mountain West. "We definitely know we did something big," senior cornerback Will Davis said. "But I don't know if we understand the significance."

Around the nation

Penn St. 24, Wisconsin 21 OT: Sam Ficken made a 37-yard field goal then Kyle French missed a 45-yarder to give the host Nittany Lions the win. The Badgers' Curt Phillips hit Jeff Duckworth for a 4-yard touchdown with 18 seconds left to force overtime.

N'western 50, Illinois 14: Kain Colter threw three touchdowns for the host Wildcats. The Illini have lost 14 consecutive Big Ten games.

Mich. St. 26, Minn. 10: Le'Veon Bell ran for 266 yards for the visiting Spartans, who became bowl eligible.

Purdue 56, Indiana 35: Running back Akeem Shavers scored on catches of 73 and 26 yards and a run of 4 yards in a fourth-quarter span of 4½ minutes for the host Boilermakers.

Baylor 52, Texas Tech 45 OT: Glasco Martin scored on a 4-yard run in overtime then the Bears, who missed a field goal at the end of regulation, held in Arlington, Texas.

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