Thursday, December 14, 2017
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What rivalry? Ohio State routs UM

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ezekiel Elliott ran through, around and past Michigan's defense a week after running his mouth.

Elliott had 214 yards rushing and two touchdowns, helping No. 8 Ohio State rout the No. 12 Wolverines 42-13 Saturday.

His performance came one game after he was held to 12 carries for 33 yards rushing against Michigan State, then publicly criticized the team's play-calling and declared he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

"I regret everything I said," Elliott insisted before being asked a question in Saturday's postgame news conference.

OSU has won 11 of the past 12 in what has become a lopsided series with UM. "This isn't a rivalry," tweeted former Buckeyes star running back Maurice Clarett. "We prefer Michigan State now."

In the second half, Ohio State fans at the Big House began chanting: "Go Penn State! Go Penn State!" But unfortunately for the Buckeyes, their hopes of making the Big Ten title game with a Penn State upset of Michigan State were dashed after the Spartans crushed the Nittany Lions 55-16 later in the afternoon.

Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett had 19 carries for a season-high 139 yards, helping his team run for 369 yards.

The Wolverines simply could not stop their rivals from running at will.

"The biggest thing is they were getting tired and they weren't getting lined up," Elliott said.

"I'm very proud of the team, the way they've worked and the way they've progressed," first-year Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. "We've closed a lot of ground. More ground to make up, but knowing our team, we will keep working hard."

Elliott, who has 3,812 yards rushing in his career, passed Eddie George for No. 2 on the school's all-time rushing list and trails only two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin.

Elliott had a 5-yard run that put Ohio State up 14-3 in the second quarter and a 10-yard run made it to 35-13 early in the fourth.

"We couldn't make tackles, especially on No. 15," Michigan defensive tackle Chris Wormley said. "A guy like that takes more than one person to tackle him."

Michigan trailed the entire game and pulled within four points twice in the first half.

When the game was out of reach in the fourth quarter, Wolverines quarterback Jake Rudock was sacked and slammed onto his left shoulder and left the game. Rudock was injured by former high school teammate Joey Bosa and was replaced by Wilton Speight. Rudock and Bosa played together at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

Cardinal upsets Irish

STANFORD, Calif. — Kevin Hogan threw four touchdown passes and drove No. 13 Stanford to the winning 45-yard field goal by Conrad Ukropina with no time left to give the Cardinal a 38-36 victory over No. 4 Notre Dame in a playoff elimination game. Hogan threw for 269 yards and led the winning drive in the final 30 seconds for the Cardinal, which kept its slim playoff hopes alive with the win. Stanford needs to beat USC in the Pac-12 title game next week, then get help in the other conference title games to make the four-team College Football Playoff. DeShone Kizer had given the Irish a one-point lead on a 2-yard scoring run with 30 seconds left.

NO. 17 N'WESTERN 24, ILL. 14: Justin Jackson rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown to guide the visiting Wildcats. Freshman Clayton Thorson threw for 146 yards and a score to help Northwestern avenge last year's home loss to Illinois and giving the Wildcats their fifth consecutive win, putting them in position for a Jan. 1 bowl game. A few hours before Illinois took the field, the school announced interim coach Bill Cubit had agreed to a two-year contract.

USC 40, NO. 22 UCLA 21: Cody Kessler passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the host Trojans won the Pac-12 South. Darreus Rogers and Taylor McNamara caught scoring passes as USC scored 20 consecutive points in the second half before raising the Victory Bell in the Coliseum. The Trojans improved to 5-2 under interim coach Clay Helton and snapped their three-year losing streak in the annual city rivalry game. USC faces Stanford on Saturday in the Trojans' first trip to the Pac-12 title game.

Elsewhere

FAU 33, Old Dominion 31: Greg Joseph's two fourth-quarter field goals saved the visiting Owls. Florida Atlantic (3-9, 3-5 C-USA) built a 24-3 lead just before halftime, but the Monarchs rallied for a 31-27 lead late in the third.

Indiana 54, Purdue 36: Nate Sudfeld passed for four touchdowns, ran for another and became the Hoosiers' career passing leader, making IU bowl eligible for the first time in eight years. Indiana opened the season with four straight wins, then lost six straight before winning its last two — on the road. The Hoosiers captured the Old Oaken Bucket for the third consecutive year, something that hadn't happened since they won four straight from 1944-47.

Grambling 34, Southern 23: The Tigers scored 28 unanswered points to roll in the Bayou Classic in front of 62,907 at the Superdome in New Orleans. The Jaguars led 20-3 with 12:08 left in the second quarter, but Johnathan Williams passed for three touchdowns and ran for one to give Grambling a 31-20 lead.

Wis. 31, Minn. 21: Dare Ogunbowale rushed for a career-high 155 yards and a touchdown as the visiting Badgers beat the Golden Gophers for the 12th straight time. Taiwan Deal rushed for 90 and two scores and Wisconsin kept Paul Bunyan's Axe, which goes to the winner of the most-played rivalry game (125 years old) in college football.

W. Va. 30, Iowa St. 6: Skyler Howard threw one touchdown pass and ran for another score as the host Mountaineers won their fourth straight.

So. Miss 58, La. Tech 24: Nick Mullens passed for three touchdowns and Ito Smith ran for three scores as the visiting Golden Eagles clinched the C-USA West Division title.

Late Friday: Trevone Boykin threw an 8-yard TD pass to KaVontae Turpin in the second overtime as No. 15 TCU beat No. 7 Baylor 28-21 on a rainy night, knocking the visiting Bears out of contention for their third straight Big 12 title. Boykin, playing with a heavily taped right ankle after missing a game, threw for 148 yards and two TDs, and ran for a 1-yard score in the first OT.

Bowl projections

See tampabay.com/sports for complete projections

St. Petersburg: C-USA vs. American, St. Petersburg, 11 a.m. Dec. 26, ESPN — USF vs. Louisiana Tech

Peach: At-large vs. at-large, Atlanta, noon Dec. 31, ESPN —Houston vs. Florida State

Cotton: CFP semifinal, Arlington, Texas, Dec. 31, ESPN — Alabama vs. Oklahoma

Orange: CFP semifinal, Miami, Dec. 31, ESPN — Clemson vs. Michigan State

Outback: Big Ten vs. SEC, Tampa, noon Jan. 1, ESPN2 — Northwestern vs. Georgia

Fiesta: At-large vs. at-large, Glendale, Ariz., 1 p.m. Jan. 1, ESPN — Notre Dame vs. Iowa

Citrus: Big Ten vs. SEC, Orlando, 1 p.m. Jan. 1, Ch. 28 — Florida vs. Michigan

Rose: Big Ten vs. Pac-12, Pasadena, Calif., 5 p.m. Jan. 1, ESPN — Ohio State vs. Stanford

Sugar: SEC vs. Big 12, New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. Jan. 1, ESPN — Ole Miss vs. Baylor

TaxSlayer: ACC/ND or Big Ten vs. SEC, Jacksonville, Noon Jan. 2, ESPN — Miami vs. LSU

National Championship: Glendale, Ariz., 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11, ESPN — Cotton winner vs. Orange winner

Jim Tomlin, Times staff writer

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