Friday, April 27, 2018

Penn State wins stunner in 4 OT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Bill Belton ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth overtime to lift Penn State past No. 18 Michigan 43-40 in maybe the biggest win in coach Bill O'Brien's two seasons with the Nittany Lions.

Penn State's Christian Hackenberg was sensational in regulation on the tying drive, completing passes of 29 yards to Brandon Felder and 33 yards to Allen Robinson to bring the ball to the 1 with 29 seconds left.

The freshman quarterback sneaked in for the first rushing TD against Michigan this season, tying the game at 34.

Brendan Gibbons kicked two field goals and missed two — one blocked — in OT for the Wolverines. Sam Ficken kicked two, but Penn State passed on even trying another on the last possession. Instead it converted on fourth and 1 from the 16 as Belton dove for 3 yards. Three plays later, he scored.

"Nothing should amaze you," O'Brien said. "There's going to be twists and turns. These are tough kids. They love Penn State. They love playing for each other. The locker room is such a great scene right now because these kids really believe in each other."

Still recovering from scandal, the Nittany Lions gave 107,884 fans at Beaver Stadium at long last a milestone celebration in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions mobbed O'Brien, and he led the charge toward the students in the stands to sing the fight song as fans stormed the field.

Texas silences critics

DALLAS — Mack Brown stood with his players in front of the Texas band cherishing a victory over Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry that few outside of Austin expected.

After the coach accepted the Golden Hat trophy that came with Saturday's 36-20 win over the No. 12 Sooners, Case McCoy and Texas' seniors especially enjoyed passing around the prize and taking turns wearing it for the first time.

"I didn't think I was very emotional at all. I thought I did a great, great job," Brown said. "Besides that, you all wanted me to be more emotional than I was in the past. I had 97 cameras in my face. … I thought I was appropriately really happy."

McCoy threw for two touchdowns, 295-pound defensive tackle Chris Whaley returned an interception 31 yards for a score and the Longhorns ended Oklahoma's three-game winning streak in the rivalry to give Brown at least a temporary reprieve from recent talk about his job security.

Brown insists he does his best to ignore that speculation. So do his players.

"It's wasn't something we talked about," said senior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, who had two sacks. "We know every game is important for Coach Brown."

Brown's 154 wins in 16 seasons are second most at Texas behind Darrell Royal (167).

Utah 27, No. 5 Stanford 21: The host Utes made a goal-line stand in the final minute and Dres Anderson scored twice in Utah's biggest upset ever at home. It was the first time the Utes knocked off a top-five program at Rice-Eccles Stadium. They beat No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl after the 2008 season. The fans rushed the field after the final gun. Kevin Hogan marched the Cardinal down to the 6, but on fourth down, amid heavy pressure, he overthrew his intended target. Stanford saw a 13-game winning streak end.

No. 15 Baylor 35, K-State 25: Baylor coach Art Briles knew his team would be tested at some point. In fact, he figured the step up in class would start at Kansas State. He was right, and his team answered the call as Bryce Petty threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns for the visiting Bears. Safety Ahmad Dixon made a critical interception late for Baylor, which had averaged more than 700 yards and 70 points a game. "We knew the way this season had gone, it wasn't going to continue like that," said Briles, whose team gained 446 yards, just a yard more than KSU.

Wis. 35, No. 19 N'western 6: Two big plays and a fierce defense made for a fun homecoming weekend for the Badgers. Melvin Gordon ran for a 71-yard touchdown and Chris Borland led a front seven that had seven sacks in stifling Northwestern's high-octane offense. Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis had a 63-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter before leaving with a head injury. Coach Gary Andersen said his top receiver looked okay and should be back next week to face Illinois.

No. 20 Texas Tech 42, Iowa St. 35: Davis Webb threw for three touchdowns and 415 yards in his first start in place of injured Baker Mayfield to lead the host Red Raiders. "We have some throws out there that he'd like to have back and some things he could have hit, but I like the way he handled himself and stayed composed," Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said of Webb, a freshman.

No. 23 N. Illinois 27, Akron 20: The host Huskies used defense and the kicking game to overcome an offense that went 1-for-15 on third-down conversions. Northern Illinois shut down two Akron drivers in the final 3:52 and Tyler Wedel added field goals to help extend the nation's longest current home winning streak to 23.

Around the nation

Michigan St. 42, Indiana 28: Jeremy Langford had four touchdowns for the host Spartans, who held the ball for 37:28 and recovered after IU's Tevin Coleman scored on a 64-yard run 61 seconds into the game.

Nebraska 44, Purdue 7: Ameer Abdullah ran for 126 yards and a touchdown and Imani Cross added 56 yards and two TDs for the host Cornhuskers, who allowed 32 rushing yards on 25 carries.

TCU 27, Kansas 17: Trevone Boykin ran for a score and threw for one as the host Horned Frogs overcame five turnovers including three lost fumbles.

Army record falls: Terry Baggett ran for a school-record 304 yards, most in Division I this season, as host Army defeated Eastern Michigan 50-25. Baggett had four TD runs, including a 96-yarder, in the first 300-yard rushing day in the Black Knights' 120 seasons. The junior broke Michael Wallace's mark of 269 yards set in 1999.

. fast facts

The I-A unbeatens

American (2): Houston, Louisville

ACC (3): Clemson, Florida State, Miami

Big 12 (2): Baylor, Texas Tech

Big Ten (1): Ohio State

MAC (1): Northern Illinois

Mountain West (1): Fresno State

Pac-12 (1): Oregon, * UCLA

SEC (2): Alabama, Missouri

* Played late Saturday

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