Second-ranked Ohio State was facing its biggest crisis of the season when Dimitrious Stanley’s spin move lifted the Buckeyes out of danger.
“I was thinking I wanted to do something to make a difference in this game,” Stanley said after turning a short hitch pattern into a 48-yard, go-ahead touchdown midway through the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 17-14 win over Wisconsin at Columbus, Ohio.
“Dimitrious Stanley is a winner,” Ohio State coach John Cooper said. “He’s one of the most underrated players around. His play today won the football game.”
Stanley took a short toss from Joe Germaine near the left sideline, spun away from defender LaMar Campbell, followed a block by tight end D.J. Jones and broke two tackles on his way to the end zone with 8:51 left.
“The defensive guy wasn’t going to let me go outside,” Stanley said. “So I cut inside and D.J Jones made a crushing block. I followed it and saw the opening.”
Even after Stanley’s catch and run, the Buckeyes still had to weather three Wisconsin possessions. The defense came up with interceptions by Antoine Winfield and Damon Moore, and the third drive ended as time expired with the Badgers’ Troy Simmons catching a pass at the Ohio State 42.
Ohio State (5-0 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) had just two turnovers in its first four games, but made three against Wisconsin (3-2, 0-2), which came in as a 27-point underdog.
The biggest turnover was Kevin Huntley’s 36-yard touchdown run with a Buster Tillman fumble, which gave the Badgers a 14-10 lead early in the final quarter. The Buckeyes also had a field goal blocked.
(10) Penn State 31, Purdue 14: At State College, Pa., Curtis Enis ran for TDs of 9, 3 and 2 yards and had 177 all-purpose yards as the Nittany Lions (6-1, 2-1 in the Big Ten) rebounded from their 31-point loss to Ohio State.
Enis had 23 carries for 83 yards and seven catches for 94 yards against the Boilermakers (2-4, 1-2).
Syracuse 55, Pittsburgh 7: Rob Konrad scored twice and Phil Nash returned a blocked punt for a touchdown as the Orangemen (3-2, 3-0 Big East) took advantage of early turnovers and beat the Panthers (2-5, 1-3) at Syracuse, N.Y.
Army 42, Rutgers 21: The Cadets ran for 546 yards - their third-best rushing game ever - and remained undefeated with a victory over the Scarlet Knights (1-5) at East Rutherford, N.J.
Bobby Williams scored on two short runs as the Cadets (5-0) matched their best start since 1985.
(8) Alabama 24, North Carolina St. 19: At Raleigh, N.C., Dennis Riddle ran for 154 yards and three TDs, but the Crimson Tide (6-0) still had trouble with the Wolfpack (1-4), which had 418 yards against the nation’s No. 2 defense.
(7) Tennessee 29, Georgia 17: At Athens, Ga., Peyton Manning threw for 371 yards and two TDs and the Volunteers (4-1, 2-1 SEC) broke open a defensive struggle by reaching the end zone on their first three drives of the second half to defeat the Bulldogs (2-3, 1-2).
(13) North Carolina 38, Maryland 7: At Chapel Hill, N.C., Chris Keldorf passed for 340 yards - second most in school history - and connected with L.C. Stevens for three first-half touchdowns to lead the Tar Heels (5-1. 4-1) over the Terrapins (2-4, 0-3).
(18) Auburn 49, Mississippi St. 15: At Starkville, Miss., Dameyune Craig (27 of 40) threw for 375 yards and four TDs as the Tigers (5-1, 3-1 SEC) tuned up to meet Florida next week.
Backup Jon Cooley added a 35-yard TD pass late in the game. The Bulldogs fell to 2-3, 1-2.
S. Carolina 25, Kentucky 14: At Lexington, Ky., senior Duce Staley rushed for a career-high 193 yards, including 58 on a touchdown with 8:17 left, as the Gamecocks (3-3, 2-2 SEC) snapped a three-game losing streak.
Staley, who also had a 1-yard TD run in the third quarter, has rushed for more than 100 yards in five games this season while gaining 862.
Kentucky (1-5, 0-3), suffering its third consecutive loss, led 14-3 at the half and appeared in control until Staley went work in the second half by rushing for 125 yards on 16 carries.
Va. Tech 38, Temple 0: Ken Oxendine ran for 163 yards and three touchdowns, including a 71-yard burst up the middle, as the Hokies (4-1, 3-1 Big East) defeated the Owls (1-5, 0-2) at Blacksburg, Va.
Clemson 13, Duke 6: Nealon Greene passed for a career-high 231 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown toss, to lead the Tigers (3-3, 2-2 ACC) over the winless Blue Devils (0-6, 0-3 ACC) at Durham, N.C.
(5) Nebraska 49, Baylor 0: At Lincoln, Neb., Damon Benning ran for three TDs and DeAngelo Evans added two more as the Cornhuskers (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) held the Bears (3-2, 0-2) to 117 total yards.
Scott Frost, who ran for a TD, was 8 of 15 for 178 yards as the Huskers built a 28-0 lead and then played the reserves.
(15) Northwestern 26, Minnesota 24: At Evanston, Ill., Darnell Autry ran for 189 yards on 41 carries to become the Wildcats’ all-time leading rusher, but Northwestern (5-1, 3-0 in the Big Ten) nearly blew a 23-0 halftime lead against the Golden Gophers (3-2, 0-2).
(22) Kansas St. 35, Missouri 10: At Columbia, Mo., Mike Lawrence (168 yards) ran for two TDs, and Mario Smith scored on a 100-yard interception return to lead the Wildcats (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) over the Tigers (2-4, 0-3).
Brian Kavanagh was 9 of 15 for 144 yards and a TD for Kansas State.
Boston College 24, Cincinnati 17: Kenyatta Watson caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck, and Omari Walker scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter as the Eagles (3-3) defeated the Bearcats (2-4) at Cincinnati.
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