LINCOLN, Neb. — Briean Boddy-Calhoun ripped the ball out of Nebraska receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El’s hands at the Minnesota 2-yard line after Mitch Leidner scored the go-ahead touchdown, and the No. 25 Gophers overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat No. 23 Nebraska 28-24 on Saturday.
The Gophers’ big defensive stop kept alive their hopes in the Big Ten West.
The Cornhuskers, humiliated at Wisconsin a week ago, lost back-to-back conference games for the first time since 2009.
Nebraska led 24-14 in the middle of the third quarter. But Minnesota, with running back David Cobb on the sideline with his left leg heavily wrapped, churned out a couple of long drives to take the lead.
The Huskers started their final possession with 3:25 to play and drove to the Minnesota 30. Pierson-El caught Tommy Armstrong’s third-and-9 pass at the 2, but Boddy Calhoun stripped him of the ball with 1:19 left.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jalin Marshall returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown to give No. 6 Ohio State the lead late in the third quarter and added three late insurance scores to lead the Buckeyes past Indiana 42-27 Saturday, the Hoosiers’ sixth loss in a row.
The surprisingly tight game for most of the day could impact the playoff hopes of the Buckeyes (10-1, 7-0 Big Ten), who clinched the East Division title and a berth in the conference title game.
They trailed the 34-point underdogs 20-14 after Tevin Coleman sped 90 yards for a TD midway through the third quarter. A week after rushing for 307 yards, Coleman went for 228 yards on 27 carries for three scores for the Hoosiers (3-8, 0-7).
Marshall caught fourth-quarter scoring passes of 6, 15 and 54 yards to put the game out of reach.
The Hoosiers’ last chance at a tying score ended with Tyvis Powell picking off a pass from Zander Diamont with 4:25 left, deep in Indiana territory.
ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia scored two touchdowns on its first three snaps, including an 83-yard touchdown run by Nick Chubb, and the No. 10 Bulldogs rolled past Charleston Southern 55-9 on Saturday.
Hutson Mason played only the first half and threw three touchdown passes, including two to Chris Conley. Mason’s 35-yard scoring pass to Conley came on Georgia’s first play following a fumble recovery by Ramik Wilson. Mason added touchdown passes of 19 yards to Justin Scott-Wesley and 23 yards to Conley.
Chubb recorded his sixth consecutive 100-yard game, with 113 yards rushing and two touchdowns on only nine carries in the first half for Georgia (9-2). The Bulldogs, who have completed their Southeastern Conference schedule, would land in the SEC championship game if Missouri loses one of its final two games.
Charleston Southern (8-4), hoping for a spot in the FCS playoffs, was held to 211 total yards.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Jeremy Langford and Tony Lippett celebrated senior day in style as No. 11-ranked Michigan State smashed Rutgers 45-3 on Saturday for its 40th win in four seasons and 51st in five.
Langford, who played cornerback and wide receiver before returning to running back, rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns. That stretched his streak of 100-yard games in conference play to 15, the longest in the Football Bowl Subdivision in the past 10 years.
Lippett, another fifth-year player who switched positions multiple times, had five catches for 72 yards and his 10th score this season. He became the eighth receiver in school history to pass the 1,000-yard mark and also played well in a surprising stint at cornerback.
The Spartans (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) scored on five on their first six possessions and finished with a 520-234 edge in total offense, including 254 through the air from Connor Cook.
Quarterback Gary Nova threw for just 108 yards on 11-for-26 accuracy for the Scarlet Knights (6-5, 2-5), looking nothing like the player who had 404 passing yards in a win against Michigan.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jake Waters’ special night has No. 12 Kansas State back in a first-place tie in the Big 12.
Waters threw for a career-high 400 yards and a touchdown, Tyler Lockett returned a punt for a score and the Wildcats held on to beat sloppy West Virginia 26-20 on Thursday night.
Kansas State (8-2, 6-1 Big 12) rebounded from a blowout loss at TCU to move into a tie with the idle Horned Frogs with two weeks left in the regular season.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Taylor Kelly passed for four touchdowns in his final home game, D. J. Foster rushed for three and No. 13 Arizona State converted all five Washington State turnovers into touchdowns to beat the Cougars 52-31 on Saturday.
Arizona State’s Cameron Smith caught six passes for a career-best 131 yards and two touchdowns for the Sun Devils (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12), who can still win the Pac-12 South title with some help.
Redshirt freshman Luke Falk of Washington State (3-8, 2-6), passed for 601 yards but was intercepted four times and fumbled the ball away once. Vince Mayle caught 15 for 265 yards.
The Sun Devils scored 31 consecutive points in the second half before the Cougars managed a touchdown with 24 seconds to play.
NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma freshman Samaje Perine set a major college record by running for 427 yards in a driving rainstorm, scoring five touchdowns and leading the No. 21 Sooners past Kansas 44-7 on Saturday.
A week after Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon set the mark by rushing for 408 yards against Nebraska, Perine ran past him.
Perine broke the 7-day-old record on his 34th and final carry, a 42-yard run with 12:16 left in the fourth quarter.
Perine got off a fast start, running for a 49-yard TD on his first carry. He added TD runs of 33 and 34 yards in the second quarter and scored on runs of 66 and 27 yards in the third.
In a game that started 90 minutes late because of lightning, Perine shattered the school rushing record of 294 yards set by Greg Pruitt in 1971.