Michigan No. 3 beats Ohio State 45-23 for the second straight season
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — JJ McCarthy threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, Donovan Edwards ran for two long TDs in the fourth quarter and No. 3 Michigan retired to take a 45-23 win from No. 2 in Ohio State hopes to keep his national title firmly on course. McCarthy capitalized on holes in the Buckeyes’ second-degree standings to help Michigan record back-to-back wins against Ohio State for the first time in over two decades and leave Ohio Stadium with a win for the first time since 2000.
Caleb Williams drives USC No. 5 past Notre Dame 38-27
LOS ANGELES (AP) — No. 5 Southern California ended its stellar regular season under new coach Lincoln Riley by staying firmly in the college football playoff race with a 38-27 win over No. 13 Notre Dame. Caleb Willams improved his Heisman Trophy credentials with 232 passing yards and four total touchdowns, while the Trojans ended their first 11-win regular season since 2008 by ending their quadruple losing streak against their rival. Notre Dame’s Drew Pyne passed 318 yards and completed his first 15 throws in the fourth quarter. Michael Mayer, Deion Colzie and Logan Diggs all scored TDs for the Fighting Irish.
Messi leads Argentina to a 2-0 win over Mexico at the World Cup
LUSAIL, Qatar (AP) — Lionel Messi scored another crucial goal for Argentina in their 2-0 win over Mexico that sparked the team’s World Cup chances. Messi took a touch from Angel Di Maria’s pass across the face of the box and fired a low shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner in the 64th minute. Substitute Enzo Fernandez added a second goal in the 87th minute. Argentina bounced back from a shocking 2-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia in the opening game. The team are second in Group C ahead of their last game against Poland on Wednesday. Messi, 35, is likely to play at his last World Cup.
No. 22 Oregon State rallies to stun No. 10 Oregon 38-34
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Isaiah Newell ran for the go-ahead touchdown with 8:11 left, and No. 22 Oregon State took advantage of critical errors in No. 10 Oregon’s fourth quarter to rally for a 38-34 win. The Beavers were trailing 31-10 late in the third quarter and 34-17 early in the fourth, but the Ducks gave their rivals a small field on three straight possessions, resulting in touchdowns. Oregon can still make the Pac-12 title game but needs Washington State to beat rival Washington at No. 12. Oregon State rushed for 268 yards and five touchdowns, overcoming a lack of a passing game.
AP Top 25 Takeaways: Ohio State’s Day is now faced with doubters
Welcome to Jim Harbaugh’s past life, Ryan Day. That’s how things work at the top of the college football food chain. If you can’t win the most important game of your schedule, the question arises, are you the right man for the job? For the second straight season, the Michigan team beat Harbaugh Day and Ohio State. Day is 45-5 at Ohio State as a substitute for Urban Meyer but 1-2 against Michigan. It was only last year that Harbaugh failed to win the big one. No longer. Now he was on the verge of a second straight college football playoff with the Wolverines.
Kiffin stays with Ole Miss; Auburn is interested in Freeze
Mississippi football coach Lane Kiffin said he informed school officials he was staying. That puts an end to speculation that he was the front-runner for the head coaching position at Auburn. Kiffin told The Associated Press in a voice message, “We still have work to do.” He added that he has not signed a contract extension with Ole Miss. Kiffin, 47, is 23-12 in three seasons as Rebels coach. A person familiar with Auburn’s search told the AP that the school is interested in Liberty coach Hugh Freeze. The person spoke of anonymity because Auburn did not release details of his search.
Nebraska signs Matt Rhule to an 8-year contract as football coach
Nebraska have signed Matt Rhule to an eight-year contract as the Cornhuskers’ next football coach. The school said Rhule would be unveiled at a press conference on Monday and contract terms would then be announced. Rhule, 47, has been unemployed for less than two months since he was fired from the Carolina Panthers. Nebraska has lost six straight seasons and is more than 20 years from its heyday in the 1990s. Rhule took over ailing programs at Temple and Baylor and built them into conference contenders in three years. He was 11-27 with Carolina before being fired after a 1-4 start.
No. 4 TCU finishes undefeated regular season 62-14 loss
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kendre Miller ran for two touchdowns as fourth-ranked TCU ended the first undefeated regular season by a Big 12 team since 2009 with a 62-14 win over Iowa State. The win brought the 12-0 Horned Frogs closer to a four-team College Football Playoff. Max Duggan threw TDs to three receivers for the Frogs, who still have the Big 12 championship game to play next Saturday in coach Sonny Dykes’ first season against 15th-ranked Kansas State. But they will go into this match as one of only three remaining undefeated teams. Iowa State finished the game 4-8 after their most one-sided loss since the 2014 Finals at TCU.
South Carolina beats Clemson for second straight top 10 win
CLEMSON, SC (AP) — Spencer Rattler threw for 360 yards and two touchdowns and South Carolina beat a top-10 opponent for the second week in a row with a 31-30 win over No. 7 Clemson. The Gamecocks bounced back from 0 :14 in the first quarter, ending a seven-game losing streak. They also ended the Tigers’ 40-game home winning streak that stretched through 2016. Antwane Wells Jr. had nine catches for 131 yards, including both of Rattler’s TD throws. A week ago, South Carolina stunned then-fifth-ranked Tennessee 63-38.
Mbappe scores 2 points, France advances to KO round of World Cup
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Kylian Mbappe scored twice to propel defending champions France into the knockout rounds of the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Denmark. Mbappe put France ahead in the 61st minute and scored the winning goal with his right thigh in the 86th minute as Les Bleus advanced to the next round as the first team. Denmark’s full-back Andreas Christensen equalized for his team with a header in the 68th minute. Mbappe has scored three goals in Qatar so far. When France became world champions four years ago, he scored four goals.
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