Buckeyes, Spartans Roll
West Lafayette, Ind. — Doran Grant picked off Purdue’s first pass, returning it for a touchdown, and Braxton Miller threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns as No. 4 Ohio State extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 21 with a 56-0 rout of Purdue on Saturday..
The Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) have not lost in 22 months. Coach Urban Meyer also won his 22nd straight game, tying a personal best established at Florida. Ohio State scored the most points and produced the most lopsided scoring margin in the 56-game history of this series. Both topped the marks set in Ohio State’s 49-0 victory in 2010.
No. 24 Michigan St. 29
No. 23 Michigan 6
East Lansing, Mich. — Shilique Calhoun, Ed Davis and the rest of Michigan State’s defense battered rival Michigan, and the Spartans remained unbeaten in the Big Ten.
Michigan State (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) has won five of the last six meetings with the Wolverines, and this was the Spartans’ most lopsided win in the series since 1967. They held Michigan (6-2, 2-2) to minus-48 yards rushing, the worst output in the Ann Arbor program’s history.
No. 8 Auburn 35, Arkansas 17
Fayetteville, Ark. — Gus Malzahn finally had his day in Fayetteville.
Tre Mason rushed for 168 yards and four touchdowns as No. 8 Auburn earned their first-year coach a 35-17 win in his return to Arkansas.
Mason scored on runs of 9, 4 and 5 and 12 yards as the Tigers (8-1, 4-1 SEC) won their fifth in a row in Malzahn’s first game in Fayetteville since leaving the Razorbacks as an assistant following the 2006 season.
Auburn’s Nick Marshall, returning from a shoulder injury, accounted for 177 yards of total offense, including an 88-yard touchdown throw to Sammie Coates.
No. 9 Clemson 59, Virginia 10
Charlottesville, Va. — Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score and Clemson (8-1, 6-1 ACC) broke the game open with three touchdowns in the last 4:18 of the first half.
No. 14 S.Carolina 34, Miss. St. 16
Columbia, s.c. — Connor Shaw threw for four touchdowns, Mike Davis ran for 128 yards to move past 1,000 yards this season and South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 SEC) tied a school record with its 15th straight home victory.
No. 21 N. Illinois 63, UMass 19
Foxborough, Mass. — Jordan Lynch ran for 119 yards and four touchdowns and threw for another in just over a half to help Northern Illinois (9-0, 5-0 MAC) stay unbeaten.
The Huskies scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and six of their seven drives in the first half.
No. 22 Wisconsin 28, Iowa 9
Iowa City, Iowa — James White ran for 132 yards and a pair of late touchdowns as Wisconsin won its third straight.
Joel Stave added two touchdown passes for the Badgers (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten), who are bowl eligible for the 12th year in a row.
Georgia 23, Florida 20
Jacksonville, Fla. — Todd Gurley scored twice in his first game in more than a month, helping Georgia (5-3, 4-2 SEC) beat rival Florida (4-4, 3-3).
Notre Dame 38, Navy 34
South Bend, Ind. — Tarean Folston scored on a 1-yard plunge with 3:47 left and Notre Dame (7-2) survived a back-and-forth game with Navy (4-4), holding on to beat the Midshipmen. Notre Dame improved to 11-1 in November in four seasons under Brian Kelly and clinched its fourth consecutive winning season.