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Indiana intercepted Justin Fields two times, sacked Fields two times and struck on a 68-yard finishing touch.

With the rating tied 7-7 in the second one quarter, the Hoosiers regarded able to pulling off a mammoth disenchanted within the Large Ten, one that will’ve stood as most likely the most efficient victory in program historical past — simply this system’s maximum essential victory in many years — and rewritten the Faculty Soccer Playoff debate simply days ahead of the choice committee meets to unveil the primary ratings of the common season.

Ohio State’s subsequent 3 drives: 24 performs, 244 yards and 3 ratings. The Buckeyes’ opening force of the second one 1/2 traveled 75 yards on six performs to make it 35-7.

Left within the mud, IU climbed again in the back of quarterback Michael Penix Jr., who threw for 495 yards and 5 touchdowns to strengthen a rising case for the Heisman Trophy, ahead of dropping 42-35. The Hoosiers are the primary Large Ten opponent to play OSU inside of 10 issues since Maryland on Nov. 17, 2018.

Justin Fields (1) celebrates his first-half landing run with Chris Olave (2). (Photograph: Joseph Maiorana, USA TODAY Sports activities)

There is also a number of groups within the Large Ten and somewhere else able to buying and selling blows with Ohio State for 1 / 4 or so — heck, even Nebraska drew even at 14-14 about halfway via the second one quarter ultimate month. An opponent who’s able to placing round for 60 mins is more difficult to search out.

The Hoosiers performed smartly. The operating recreation sputtered, because it has all season, however the offense took good thing about an Ohio State secondary that has failed to fulfill expectancies via 4 video games. Fields ended up tossing 3 interceptions, tying his occupation general throughout 476 makes an attempt heading into the weekend.

Maximum of all, IU was once now not intimidated via an opponent that has lapped the sphere within the Large Ten and owned the sequence for greater than a half-century. 

After all, Indiana had the ball with a possibility to tie at the recreation’s ultimate complete ownership. That is much less a observation on OSU, which continues to be the workforce to overcome within the convention and a favourite for the playoff, than a commentary to Indiana’s building beneath trainer Tom Allen and this system’s possibilities of making a big bowl for the primary time for the reason that 1967 season.

Listed here are the remainder of Saturday’s winners and losers:


Coastal Carolina

The Chanticleers scored the sport’s ultimate 12 issues and beat Appalachian State 34-23 to stay unbeaten and within the combine for the New 12 months’s Six bowl bid given to the most efficient workforce from the Workforce of 5. The victory additionally indicators a shift within the Solar Belt, which has been owned via Appalachian State. If now not the prettiest efficiency of his terrific freshman season, Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall threw for 200 yards, ran for 69 yards and accounted for 3 touchdowns.


Down 21-7 at halftime to Georgia Southern and trailing 27-21 after 3 quarters, Military scored the go-ahead landing with 8 mins left within the fourth and hung on for a 28-27 victory. That is via a ways the Black Knights’ very best win of the season, which ahead of Saturday consisted of victories in opposition to Heart Tennessee State, winless Louisiana-Monroe, Texas-San Antonio and 3 fighters from the Championship Subdivision. Military received regardless of making only one go strive, the fourth time this system has completed so beneath trainer Jeff Monken.


Credit score Central Florida for doing what no workforce had completed this season: make Cincinnati sweat. After weeks of boating previous overmatched festival, without a win of 7 coming via fewer than 14 issues, the Bearcats needed to pop out of 14-Three hollow on the finish of the primary quarter and a 25-22 deficit heading into the fourth to win 36-33. The matchup of an elite protection and an elite offense went the protection’s method: Cincinnati held UCF to 359 yards of offense, 260 yards underneath the Knights’ per-game reasonable heading into the weekend. The place the Bearcats will land is likely one of the maximum attention-grabbing subplots in Tuesday’s playoff ratings.


In beating Wisconsin 17-7, Northwestern grabs company keep an eye on of the West department and units up the opportunity of a winner-take-all matchup with Ohio State subsequent month to resolve the Large Ten identify and a playoff berth. Now not dangerous for a workforce recent off a Three-Nine end. However it isn’t like this 12 months’s luck will have to come as a marvel: Northwestern went Eight-1 in Large Ten play and reached the championship recreation simply two years in the past. (To not point out this system has been a postseason fixture all through trainer Pat Fitzgerald’s tenure.) The Wildcats’ protection held Wisconsin scoreless in the second one 1/2 and compelled 5 turnovers, probably the most for the Badgers in one recreation since committing 5 giveaways in a loss to Northwestern in 2015. 


Alabama confirmed no indicators of rust after a longer layoff via beating Kentucky 63-Three, the Red Tide’s 7th victory in as many tries this season via 17 or extra issues. Junior quarterback Mac Jones threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns whilst operating again Najee Harris added 83 yards and two ratings, one coming even because the Wildcats had been flagged for having an additional defender at the box.

Iowa State

The Cyclones took any other step towards securing a place within the Large 12 championship recreation with a 45-Zero thumping of rival Kansas State, which has now dropped 3 in a row in convention play. Working again Breece Corridor ran for 135 yards, his 8th instantly recreation cracking the 100-yard mark, and quarterback Brock Purdy performed his very best recreation of the season with 236 passing yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. 


Is it a competition if one aspect owns the sequence? Oklahoma’s 41-13 win in opposition to Oklahoma State was once this system’s 6th in a row in opposition to the Cowboys and drops longtime OSU trainer Mike Gundy to 2-14 in opposition to the Sooners. Redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler threw for 301 yards and 4 touchdowns, giving him 22 at the season, as OU received its 5th in a row and inches towards securing a place within the Large 12 identify recreation.


Now not for beating Mississippi State 31-24, since suffering to position away MSU is a nasty search for any workforce with New 12 months’s Six aspirations. However the Bulldogs will have to really feel very certain concerning the play of recent quarterback JT Daniels, who in spite of everything ascended to the beginning activity and threw for 401 yards and 4 ratings, changing into the primary Georgia quarterback to achieve the 400-yard mark since 2013. The Southern California switch adjustments all of the complexion of the offense. So the place has he been all season? The most secure assumption is that Daniels was once nonetheless running his long ago from ultimate 12 months’s knee harm and wasn’t bodily able to maintain the beginning activity.  



The Cornhuskers have hit a sequence of recent lows within the just about 20 years for the reason that program was once ultimate nationally related. Saturday’s 41-23 loss to Illinois is the most recent rock-bottom second for Nebraska and the transparent low level of trainer Scott Frost’s tenure, which 4 video games into his 3rd season is totally devoid of the hype and optimism that greeted his arrival. Without a id, a sputtering offense and a constantly underachieving protection, Nebraska’s quick long run appears to be like dim.

Nebraska trainer Scott Frost and the Cornhuskers reached a brand new low Saturday with a loss to Illinois. (Photograph: Nati Harnik, AP)

Justin Fields

The Buckeyes’ march to a Large Ten championship and see within the nationwide semifinals continues. What about Fields’ odds on the Heisman? They should not take an enormous hit after Saturday, however he did not assist his case via throwing the ones 3 interceptions. Now not that he performed poorly: Fields nonetheless had 378 yards of offense and 3 touchdowns. That is a deficient recreation most effective when in comparison to how the junior had regarded in wins in opposition to the Cornhuskers, Penn State and Rutgers.

Penn State

The Nittany Lions are Zero-Five for the primary time in program historical past after dropping 41-21 to Iowa. (Penn State soccer debuted in 1887, via the best way.) Any other unsightly tidbit: PSU has given up a minimum of 30 issues in six instantly video games after doing so simply as soon as within the earlier 16 video games. And the offense? There wasn’t a lot of 1. Again to alternating between quarterbacks Will Levis and Sean Clifford, the Nittany Lions received 62 yards dashing and averaged four.7 yards in line with play.


Beating Vanderbilt however dropping to Florida and Texas A&M to complete Three-7 is not most effective conceivable however possible at this level for Tennessee, which now sits at 2-Five after dropping 30-17 to Auburn. Suppose Penn State has it dangerous? Take into consideration this: Tennessee has misplaced 5 instantly via double digits for the primary time in program historical past. (This system began in 1891.) Even on this strange season when coaches are given extra leeway than ever — with former South Carolina trainer Will Muschamp the only exception — this 12 months looks like a big flop and ignored alternative for Tennessee, elevating the temperature on Jeremy Pruitt heading into 2021.