Fitzgerald Toussaint scored a go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown with 2:49 left and No. 11 Michigan made a desperately needed stop on the final play to hold on for a 28-24 victory over Akron on Saturday.
Michigan (3-0) avoided getting upset at home - as it did against Appalachian State and Toledo – by a Mid-American Conference team with three consecutive one-win seasons that hasn’t won a road game in nearly five years and was expected to lose by more than five touchdowns.
“This is embarrassing for the University of Michigan football team,” offensive tackle Taylor Lewan said.
The Wolverines trailed twice in the second half - including with 4:10 remaining when Kyle Pohl threw a 1-yard TD - and allowed the Zips (1-2) to get to the Michigan 4 on the final drive of the game.
On the third straight snap inside the Michigan 5, Pohl was hurried and hit by Brennen Beyer and that led to an incomplete pass in the end zone as time expired.
NO. 4 OHIO STATE 52, CALIFORNIA 34
In Berkeley, Calif., Kenny Guiton threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first six minutes of his first career start and Ohio State rolled to its 15th consecutive victory.
Guiton, a fifth-year senior, got the start in place of injured Braxton Miller and there was no drop-off in performance for the Buckeyes, who are now 3-0.
NO. 5 STANFORD 34, ARMY 20
In West Point, N.Y., Kevin Hogan threw for three touchdowns, Tyler Gaffney had two touchdowns and 132 yards rushing, and Stanford (2-0) beat Army (1-2).
The Cardinal entered the game as 30-point favorites but had their hands full from the opening kickoff, falling behind 6-0 at the outset as the much smaller Black Knights challenged at every turn.
NO. 12 OKLAHOMA ST 59, LAMAR 3
In Stillwater, Okla., Jeremy Smith rushed for three first-half touchdowns as Oklahoma State routed Lamar.
In addition to Smith’s 40 yards on 10 carries, J.W. Walsh completed 17 of 30 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys.
NO. 14 OKLAHOMA 51, TULSA 20
In Norman, Okla., Blake Bell passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns in his first start as quarterback for Oklahoma and the Sooners (3-0) beat Tulsa (1-2).
Sterling Shepard caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
They were all career highs - and Jaz Reynolds had 109 yards receiving and one score for Oklahoma.
NO. 19 WASHINGTON 34, ILLINOIS 24
In Chicago, Keith Price threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, Bishop Sankey ran for a career-high 208 yards and Washington got a rare road win.
Josh Shirley added three sacks, and the Huskies came out on top after dropping seven of nine away from home.
NO. 21 NOTRE DAME 31, PURDUE 24
In West Lafayette, Ind., DaVaris Daniels made touchdown catches on two successive Notre Dame plays in the fourth quarter, and Bennett Jackson followed that flurry with a 34-yard interception return to lead Notre Dame past Purdue.
The Fighting Irish (2-1) have won six consecutive games in the series.