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Mistake-free Michigan rolls

Michigan’s Devin Funchess, left, celebrates his 24-yard touchdown catch, which puts Michigan ahead for good at 14-7, with fellow tight end Jake Butt.

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Michigan’s Devin Funchess, left, celebrates his 24-yard touchdown catch, which puts Michigan ahead for good at 14-7, with fellow tight end Jake Butt.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michi­gan helped Devin Gardner cut down on mistakes.

Gardner didn't throw the ball until midway through the second quarter and played his first turnover-free game since becoming a starting quarterback as the No. 19 Wolverines defeated Minnesota 42-13 on Saturday.

"We're going to do what's working," Gardner said. "And that's what was working at the time. I was able to manage the game."

Gardner had seven turnovers over his previous two games, in which Michigan narrowly avoided upsets by Connecticut and Akron. Overall, he entered with 10 turnovers and interceptions in the nine games since replacing an injured Denard Robinson last season.

Saturday, he threw a 24-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass to Devin Funchess late in the first half and ran for a 2-yard score late in the game as the Wolverines turned a game that was close for a half into a rout.

Gardner, who did recover his own fumble, was 13-of-17 for 235 yards and ran seven times for 17 yards.

The Golden Gophers were without coach Jerry Kill for an entire game for the first time because of his epilepsy. He had a seizure Saturday morning, when he planned to travel, and remained home to rest. It was the fifth time he suffered a seizure during a game and fourth since 2011.

Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys served as coach, leading the team from the press box.

"We have been through a lot of battles together," he said. "We are all very well trained on our jobs and our responsibilities. We miss him here as a friend. We are all pretty much used to this and so are the kids."

Irish upset Sun Devils

ARLINGTON, Texas — Tommy Rees threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns to lead Notre Dame past No. 22 Arizona State 37-34.

Kyle Brindza made three second-half field goals, the go-ahead kick from 25 yards with 3:03 left. T.J. Jones had eight catches for 135 yards, including two first-down catches on the winning drive.

Notre Dame clinched the win when Dan Fox, who recovered a fumble to set up an earlier touchdown, returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown with 1:08 left.

Taylor Kelly threw for 362 yards and three scores for the Sun Devils, who failed to become the first team to beat USC and Notre Dame in consecutive weeks.

No. 2 Oregon 57, Colorado 16: Marcus Mariota threw for five touchdowns and ran for two while playing only 2½ quarters for the visiting Ducks. The Buffaloes led 10-8 after a 75-yard pass from receiver Paul Richardson off of a double-reverse and trailed only 15-10 with 2:08 left in the first quarter. Just 58 seconds later, they trailed 29-10. Mariota hit Bralon Addison down the sideline for a 75-yard touchdown. After an interception, Mariota hit Keanon Lowe from 17 yards. "We started off a little slow," Mariota said. "I'm proud of the guys for fighting through the adversity. It's going to make us a little better."

No. 11 Oklahoma 20, TCU 17: Brennan Clay's 76-yard touchdown run with 4:37 left helped the host Sooners hold on for their 10th consecutive Big 12 win. TCU went three-and-out on its first seven possessions. But after a field goal midway through the third, it recovered an onside kick and got Trevone Boykin's 2-yard touchdown run on the ensuing series. After Clay's score, Boykin's 8-yard touchdown run got the Horned Frogs again to within three. But Oklahoma ran out the final 2:26 of the game.

No. 20 Texas Tech 54, Kansas 16: Baker Mayfield, a freshman walk-on, threw for 368 yards for the visiting Red Raiders before leaving when he was hit in the right leg while throwing. Coach Kliff Kingsbury said his status hasn't been determined. Mayfield has started every game for the Red Raiders, who are 5-0 for the first time since 2008 under their first-year coach. He was 33-of-51 with one interception and led Texas Tech back after Kansas led 10-0 early. "Baker settled in and started finding guys," Kingsbury said. "The O-line played good the whole day." The Jayhawks have lost 22 consecutive Big 12 games dating to a win over Colorado on Nov. 6, 2010.

No. 21 Okla. St. 33, Kansas St. 29: J.W. Walsh hit Charlie Moore for a 6-yard touchdown with 4:13 left to lift the host Cowboys. Walsh was 24-of-38 for 245 yards for Oklahoma State, which rebounded a week after being upset by West Virginia. Down 29-23, Walsh was 4-of-5 during the 75-yard go-ahead drive. "We just put the ball in our playmakers' hands," Walsh said. "When we do that, good things happen." Daniel Sams accounted for three touchdowns but threw three interceptions and lost a fumble for the Wildcats, who lost their second straight and third overall a season after going 11-2.

No. 23 Fresno St. 61, Idaho 14: Derek Carr threw five touchdowns for the visiting Bulldogs, who have scored at least 40 in every game this season. Fresno State is 5-0 for the first time since 2001. It scored touchdowns on its first five series, but Carr said he didn't think about the overmatched Vandals. "My job is to get the team in the end zone," he said. "I promise you that is all I think about; whether it's running the ball or throwing it: what is the best option for getting the ball in the end zone."

Around the nation

Navy 28, Air Force 10: Keenan Reynolds ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns for the host Midshipmen. Navy can win its third straight Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, awarded to the winner of the round-robin series among the service academies, by beating Army on Dec. 14. Rey­nolds scored on a 3-yard run in the first quarter and runs of 2 and 10 yards 4:02 apart in the fourth to seal the victory.

Indiana 44, Penn St. 24: Nate Sudfeld threw for two touchdowns passes and Tre Roberson ran for two for the host Hoosiers, who ended a 16-game losing streak to the Nittany Lions.

Nebraska 39, Illinois 19: Ameer Abdullah ran for two touchdowns and a career-high 225 yards for the host Cornhuskers, who scored on 4 of 5 first-half possessions to lead 23-5.

Michigan St. 26, Iowa 14: Connor Cook threw for two touchdowns and a career-high 277 yards for the visiting Spartans, who allowed 23 rushing yards.

Wash. St. 44, Cal 22: Conner Halliday threw for 521 yards and three touchdowns for the visiting Cougars, who scored their most points in a Pac-12 game since a 55-16 win over Oregon in 2003.

Playoff committee: Tyrone Willingham, who coached Notre Dame, Washington and Stanford, is expected to be on the committee that picks the four playoff teams starting in 2014 while ex-Nebraska coach Tom Osborne was asked to be part of it, reported. Other names reported include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. An announcement isn't expected until after this season.

. Fast facts

The I-A unbeatens

American (2): Houston, Louisville

ACC (3): Clemson, Florida St., Miami

Big 12 (3): * Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas Tech

Big Ten (2): Michigan, Ohio St.

MAC (1): Northern Illinois

Mountain West (1): Fresno St.

Pac-12 (4): Oregon, * Stanford, UCLA, * Washington

SEC (2): Alabama, Missouri

* Played late Saturday

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