The Norman Transcript

November 30, 2013

Buckeyes stay unscathed

Associated Press
The Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Tyvis Powell intercepted Devin Gardner’s pass as Michigan went for a go-ahead 2-point conversion with 32 seconds left and Ohio State held on, 42-41, in one the most thrilling games in the history of the storied Big Ten rivalry.

Devin Gardner threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Devin Funchess to make it 42-41, but instead of kicking for the tie, Wolverines coach Brady Hoke went for the lead with his offense.

Gardner tried to zip a pass into traffic near the goal line, but Powell came up with it. Buckeyes cornerback Roby Bradley recovered the onside kick to seal Ohio State’s 24th consecutive victory and keep its national championship hopes alive.

Braxton Miller accounted for five touchdowns for Ohio State (12-0, 8-0) and Carlos Hyde ran for a 1-yard score with 2:20 left to make it 42-35.

Gardner threw four touchdown passes for Michigan (7-5, 3-5).

No. 2 Florida 37, Florida 7: GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes to Kelvin Benjamin, and Florida State moved a step closer to playing for the national championship with a 37-7 win over Florida.

The Seminoles improved to 12-0 for the first time since 1999 and likely will earn a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game by beating Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game next Saturday.

No. 5 Missouri 28, No. 19 Texas A&M 21: COLUMBIA, Mo. — Henry Josey broke loose for the go-ahead score on a 57-yard run with 3:34 to go and Missouri wrapped up the SEC East.

Missouri (11-1, 7-1 SEC) advances to the conference championship game against Auburn — a matchup of schools very lightly regarded before the season. Missouri has made a six-win improvement from its initial SEC season and fourth-ranked Auburn (11-1, 7-1) has topped last year’s total by eight after stunning No. 1 Alabama.

No. 10 South Carolina 31, No. 6 Clemson 17: COLUMBIA, S.C. — Connor Shaw threw for one touchdown and rushed for another as South Carolina won its record fifth straight over Clemson.

The Gamecocks (10-2) won their 18th straight at home, extending a school record set earlier this year. For Shaw, it capped the senior’s home career at a perfect 17-0 as a starter in the sweetest way possible.

The Tigers (10-2) had never lost five consecutive games to their rival in a series that began in 1896 — which they still lead 65-42-4 all-time. The loss also left record-setting quarterback Tajh Boyd 0-for-4 against the Gamecocks.

No. 8 Stanford 27, Notre Dame 20: STANFORD, Calif. — Wayne Lyons intercepted two passes from Tommy Rees late in the fourth quarter, and Stanford held off Notre Dame.

The Cardinal (10-2) overcame two interceptions from Kevin Hogan and a penalty that wiped away another touchdown to win their 16th consecutive home game.

No. 9 Baylor 41, TCU 38: FORT WORTH, Texas — Bryce Petty threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Baylor returned two interceptions for scores.

The Bears (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) scored 21 straight points on either side of halftime with just 1 yard from their high-powered offense and bounced back from a blowout loss at Oklahoma State to maintain their hopes for a share of the conference title.

No. 11 Michigan State 14, Minnesota 3: EAST LANSING, Mich. — Jeremy Langford ran for 134 yards and a touchdown, and Michigan State wrapped up an unbeaten regular season in Big Ten play.

The Spartans (11-1, 8-0) finished a perfect Big Ten regular season for only the third time.

Penn State 31, No. 14 Wisconsin 24: MADISON, Wis. — Christian Hackenberg threw for 339 yards and four touchdowns, and Penn State pounced on a slew of blunders before holding off a late rally to upset Wisconsin.

Hackenberg, a freshman, showed the poise of a veteran in dissecting a tough defense. Eugene Lewis caught two touchdowns, including a 59-yarder for a 17-point lead with 13 minutes to go.

No. 22 UCLA 35, No. 23 USC 14: LOS ANGELES — Brett Hundley passed for 208 yards and rushed for two touchdowns, leading UCLA past Southern California and winning the crosstown showdown for the second straight season.

Linebacker Myles Jack and defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes also rushed for touchdowns as the Bruins (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) earned their first win at the Coliseum since 1997, grinding out just their third victory over USC (9-4, 6-3) in 15 years.

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