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Notre Dame leaves Michigan dramatics on shelf

Notre Dame kicker Kyle Brindza celebrates with teammates after his 39-yard field goal in the fourth quarter gives the Fighting Irish a 13-3 lead against Michigan. Notre Dame broke a three-game losing streak in the series against the Wolverines, who had beat the Irish in the final 27 seconds of all three of those games.

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Notre Dame kicker Kyle Brindza celebrates with teammates after his 39-yard field goal in the fourth quarter gives the Fighting Irish a 13-3 lead against Michigan. Notre Dame broke a three-game losing streak in the series against the Wolverines, who had beat the Irish in the final 27 seconds of all three of those games.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — This time, Notre Dame made sure Denard Robinson and Michigan had no shot at a last-minute victory.

Manti Te'o had two interceptions as the No. 11 Fighting Irish picked off five Michigan passes Saturday night and backup quarterback Tommy Rees sparked the Notre Dame offense in a 13-6 win over the No. 18 Wolverines.

Robinson, who amassed 948 yards of total offense in victories over the Irish past two years, wasn't as effective this time. He threw four interceptions in the first half, then lost a fumble at the Notre Dame 8-yard line on the first drive of the second half.

The Irish are 4-0 for the first time since 2002. UM has lost eight straight road games against ranked teams since beating No. 2 Notre Dame 47-21 in 2006.

Notre Dame ran out the clock after a 31-yard Brendan Gibbons field goal with 3:27 left in the game made it 13-6. Rees, who came in for an ineffective Everett Golson midway through the second quarter, hit Tyler Eifert on a 38-yard pass down the sideline on a critical third down. An 8-yard run by Theo Riddick on third-and-eight with a minute left salted the game away.

Beavers knock off another ranked team

PASADENA, Calif. — The attention entering the Oregon State-UCLA game was mainly on the Bruins' offense. The Beavers' duo of Sean Mannion and Storm Woods stole the spotlight.

Mannion passed for a career-high 379 yards and two touchdowns, Woods rushed for 96 yards and a TD, and underdog Oregon State put the clamps on No. 19 UCLA 27-20.

The victory was coach Mike Riley's 74th at Oregon State, matching the school record set by Lon Stiner, the Beavers' coach from 1933-48.

"It was a great job by our team, I just loved it," Riley said. "…When something bad happened, nobody blinked and somebody else made a play."

The Beavers' only other game was an upset over then-No. 13 Wisconsin, 10-7 on Sept. 8.

NO. 13 USC 27, CAL 9: Matt Barkley passed for 192 yards and threw two touchdowns to Marqise Lee for the host Trojans. Lee had 11 catches for 94 yards, and Silas Redd rushed for 158 yards and a score for USC in its 100th meeting with the Golden Bears. The Trojans lead the series 65-29-5 with one USC win vacated.

NO. 16 OHIO STATE 29, UAB 15: Despite its imperfect play, the Buckeyes are still unbeaten. Quarterback Braxton Miller ran for two touchdowns as host Ohio State overcame a lethargic, mistake-filled and enigmatic effort. Coach Urban Meyer narrowed the problems to "offense, defense and special teams," and said his players have to get dramatically better before opening Big Ten play at No. 21 Michigan State on Saturday.

NO. 21 MICH. ST. 23, E. MICH. 7: Le'Veon Bell rushed for a career-high 253 yards and a touchdown, but the host Spartans didn't feel much like celebrating. Michigan State trailed for most of three quarters in a tuneup for Big Ten play. It left coach Mark Dantonio repeating "Next question" at a contentious postgame news conference. "We need to be more consistent in what we're doing and execute better," Dantonio said. "And that's basically all around our football team."

NO. 25 NEB. 73, IDAHO ST. 7: Rex Burkhead, playing for the first time since spraining his left knee in the opener, ran for 119 yards and two TDs as the host Cornhuskers made quick work of the Division I-AA Bengals. "It was fun, just running around, getting more comfortable with the knee," Burkhead said. The senior, who wore a knee brace, said he felt 90 percent.

Elsewhere

C. MICHIGAN 32, IOWA 31: David Harman hit a 47-yard field goal with three seconds left for the visiting Chippewas, who scored nine points in the final 45 seconds. Central Michigan pulled within 31-29 on Ryan Radcliff's 13-yard TD to Titus Davis. The Chippewas failed on the 2-point conversion but recovered an onside kick and moved to the Iowa 30 in part because of a personal foul on Iowa.

N. ILLINOIS 30, KANSAS 23: The Huskies scored 17 straight fourth-quarter points to rally past the visiting Jayhawks.

WISCONSIN 37, UTEP 26: With Montee Ball out after sustaining a head injury early, James White rushed for two scores and Melvin Gordon sealed it with a 26-yard TD run late in the fourth for the host Badgers.

LA. TECH 52, ILLINOIS 24: Colby Cameron threw for 284 yards and four touchdowns for the visiting Bulldogs, who forced six turnovers to stun the Illini.

N'WESTERN 38, S. DAKOTA 7: Venric Mark ran for 117 yards and three touchdowns as the host Wildcats remained one of three Big Ten unbeatens, along with Minnesota and Ohio State.

Notre Dame leaves Michigan dramatics on shelf 09/22/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 23, 2012 1:17am]

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