COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — JJ McCarthy threw three touchdown passes and ran for a goal, Donovan Edwards opened the game with two long TD runs in the fourth quarter and No. 3 Michigan beat No. 2 Ohio State by 45 on Saturday: 23 and took the Buckeyes down with breathtaking ease for the second straight season.
Blake Corum, Michigan (12-0, 9-0, No. 3 CFP) played most of the game without an injured star running back and still managed to beat Ohio State (11-1, 8-1, No. 2 CFP). Columbus for the first time since 2000.
The Wolverines advance to the Big Ten championship next Saturday and have hopes of a second straight playoff appearance firmly in their grip. The Buckeyes must hope to return to the CFP after collapsing again in their biggest game of the season.
Jim Harbaugh and Michigan went on an eight-game losing streak against their closest rivals last year. Now they have a two-game winning streak in The Game for the first time in 22 years.
McCarthy, the sophomore quarterback who won incumbent Cade McNamara’s starting job, played the game of his career when Michigan needed it most. His longest pass completion to date was 42 yards, but against the Buckeyes he threw three touchdown passes of at least 45 yards, the most-scoring passes of 45 or more in Rivalry game history.
NO. 1 GEORGIA 37, GEORGIA TECH 14
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Stetson Bennett threw two touchdown passes and Georgia ended a straight undefeated regular season for the first time in school history by overcoming a slow start to beat Georgia Tech.
Georgia (0-12, No. 1 CFP) was 7-0 down early and only led 10-7 at halftime over Georgia Tech. Then the Bulldogs overwhelmed the Yellow Jackets (5-7) with their running play to record 37 unanswered points and earn their fifth straight win in the state rivalry.
Kenny McIntosh and Kendall Milton ran for touchdowns. Georgia passed Georgia Tech 251-40.
The defending champions are in a good position to maintain their No. 1 finish in the college football playoffs and take on next week’s Southeastern Conference championship game against No. 6 LSU.
SOUTH CAROLINA 31, NO. 7 CLEMSON 30
CLEMSON, SC (AP) — Spencer Rattler threw for 360 yards and two touchdowns, Mitch Jeter hit the green field goal with 11 minutes left and South Carolina beat Clemson to nix playoff hopes of a second straight top-10 team make.
The Gamecocks (8-4, 3-2 SEC) were the talk of college football last week after their 63-38 win over then-5th-ranked Tennessee, ending the Vols’ hopes of a college football playoff berth.
South Carolina and Rattler, who threw for 438 yards and six touchdowns against Tennessee, ended every chance Clemson (10-2, 6-1 ACC, No. 8 CFP) had to make the CFP. The Gamecocks rebounded from 14-0 after 10 minutes to end Clemson’s seven-game, 40-home winning streak dating back to 2016.
JAMES MADISON 47, NO. 23 CAROLINA COAST 7
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Todd Centeio threw for four touchdowns and ran for a point as James Madison rampaged against Coastal Carolina in what the Dukes considered their postseason game.
JMU (8-3, 6-2 Sun Belt) earned a technical share of the league’s East Division title with the same conference record as the Chanticleers, but the Dukes are ineligible for a title due to their transition to the Bowl Subdivision.
The Chanticleers (9-2, 6-2) became the first visitors in the AP Top 25 to ever play at Bridgeforth Stadium, but without quarterback Grayson McCall. Their only score came on their second drive on Jarrett Guest’s 34-yard pass to Tyson Mobley.
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