Grant Haley returned a blocked field goal 60 yards for a touchdown with 4:27 left in the fourth quarter and Penn State upset No. 2 Ohio State 24-21 in State College, Pennsylvania, for the Nittany Lions’ biggest win in the post-Joe Paterno era.
Penn State (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) took its first lead when Marcus Allen leaped high to block Tyler Durbin’s 45-yard field goal attempt and Haley made the scoop and sprint to the end zone. The white out crowd of 107,280 at Beaver Stadium went nuts and Penn State’s defense closed out the Nittany Lions’ first victory against Ohio State since 2011 with two sacks of J.T. Barrett.
The Buckeyes (6-1, 4-1) had their 20-game road winning streak snapped and the Big Ten East race that looked like an inevitable march toward an Ohio State-Michigan showdown on Nov. 26 just took a detour.
Trace McSorley cut the Ohio State lead to 21-14 early in the fourth quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run, and on the next Ohio State possession Cam Brown blocked Cameron Johnson’s punt to set up Penn State at the Buckeyes 28.
Ohio State forced Penn State to settle for Tyler Davis’ 34-yard field goal with 9:33 to make 21-17.
The Buckeyes were driving to try to seal the game, but it stalled and instead of padding their lead, they gave it up to Penn State.
(1) Alabama 33, (6) Texas A&M 14: Jonathan Allen returned a fumble 29 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter to help the No. 1 Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 SEC) beat the sixth-ranked Aggies (6-1, 4-1) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
(3) Michigan 41, Illinois 8: Wilton Speight threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns in three quarters before watching the Wolverines (7-0, 4-0 Big 10) finish off the Illini (2-5, 1-3) in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
(7) Louisville 54, NC State 13: Lamar Jackson broke a school single-season record with four first-half touchdowns, Louisville had three interceptions and the Cardinals (6-1, 4-1 ACC) burst past the Wolfpack (4-3, 2-1) in Louisville, Kentucky.
(8) Nebraska 27, Purdue 14: Tommy Armstrong Jr. accounted for 303 yards of total offense and two touchdowns, and the Cornhuskers (7-0, 4-0 Big 10) came back from a four-point halftime deficit to defeat the Boilermakers (3-4, 1-3) in Lincoln, Nebraska.
(10) Wisconsin 17, Iowa 9: Corey Clement ran for 134 yards and a touchdown and the Badgers (5-2, 2-2) used a stout defense to beat the Hawkeyes (5-3, 3-2) in Iowa City, Iowa, snapping a two-game skid.
SMU 38, (11) Houston 16: Ben Hicks threw for three touchdowns and ran for another score and the Mustangs (3-4, 1-2) stunned the Cougars (6-2, 3-2) 38-16 in Dallas, for their first win over a ranked team in five years.
(12) West Virginia 34, TCU 10: Skyler Howard threw four touchdown passes and the Mountaineers’ (6-0, 3-0) improving defense held the Horned Frogs (4-3, 2-2) scoreless in the second half in Morgantown, West Virginia.
(21) Auburn 56, (17) Arkansas 3: Eli Stove broke free for a 78-yard touchdown run on Auburn’s first play, giving the Tigers (5-2, 3-1) momentum they never lost in a surprisingly dominant victory over the Razorbacks (5-3, 1-3) in Auburn. Alabama.
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