Michigan gets blown out by Ohio State

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COLUMBUS, Ohio --- It took five big plays to give Ohio State an unprecedented fifth win in a row over rival Michigan.

Noted Wolverines nemesis Chris "Beanie" Wells had two of those, including a 59-yard touchdown run, and 134 yards rushing to help the 10th-ranked Buckeyes beat their archrivals 42-7 Saturday, the first time in 105 meetings that they've strung together five wins.

Ohio State's margin was its biggest since Woody Hayes was prowling and growling on the sidelines in a 50-14 rout in 1968.

Freshman phenom Terrelle Pryor threw two TD passes and Dan Herron ran for two more scores to give the Buckeyes (10-2, 7-1) their third win in a row and a share of their fourth consecutive Big Ten title.

Coach Jim Tressel beat Michigan for the seventh time in eight meetings, and put a fitting cap on the worst season in Michigan's 129 years of intercollegiate football.

In coach Rich Rodriguez's first season, the Wolverines (3-9, 2-6) lost the most games in school history, missed a bowl trip for the first time in 34 years, and had the first losing season in 41 years.

Michigan largely held its own -- except for those five big plays.

Michigan quarterback Nick Sheridan, who struggled to throw the ball accurately all day, left briefly with an injury and was replaced by Justin Feagin, who was also ineffective.

Sheridan completed eight of 24 passes for 87 yards, and was sacked twice.

The Wolverines made life tough on Pryor early. Brown intercepted a weak pass in the left flat and returned it 34 yards, but the offense went backward and K.C. Lopata shanked a 35-yard field-goal attempt.

Pryor was sacked three times, including once on a violent blindside hit by Brandon Harrison, and never got loose running the ball. He finished just 5-for-13 for 120 yards and two TDs, and was held to minus-7 yards rushing.

NO. 9 BOISE STATE 41, NEVADA 34

In Reno, Nev., Kellen Moore threw for 414 yards and three touchdowns and Boise State kept the nation's best rushing offense in check to remain undefeated.

Moore threw for 319 yards by halftime, when the Broncos led 24-3.

Ian Johnson broke free for a 66-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for Boise State, which turned back a late Nevada rally to clinch its sixth WAC title in seven years.

The Broncos (10-0, 7-0 ) close the regular season Friday at home against Fresno State.

Colin Kaepernick passed for 241 yards and a touchdown and ran for 70 yards for Nevada (6-5, 4-3), which got the ball back with 1:34 left in the game near midfield and moved to Boise's 26 on Kaepernick's 28-yard pass to Chris Wellington with 28 seconds remaining.

But a delay of game penalty pushed the Wolf Pack back, Kaepernick's next three passes fell incomplete and on fourth-and-13, Brandyn Thompson and Kyle Wilson knocked down his throw to Marko Mitchell in the end zone as time expired.

NO. 15 TCU 44, AIR FORCE 10

In Fort Worth, Texas, Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores to give the Horned Frogs another 10-win season.

TCU (10-2, 7-1 Mountain West) has its fifth 10-win season in seven years. The senior class won its 40th game, matching the 1932-35 TCU squads for the most in a four-year period, with an undetermined bowl still to play.

If not for a 13-10 loss at Utah in their previous game 16 days earlier, the Horned Frogs could have been in contention for a spot in the Bowl Championship Series. But they rebounded strong.

Air Force (8-4, 5-3) was held to 150 yards rushing -- 110 of that coming on only two runs. The Falcons were averaging 279.7 yards per game, fourth-best among FBS teams.

TCU drove 60 yards on six plays on the opening possession and led for good after Luke Shivers scored on a 3-yard run only 2:22 into the game.

Dalton, who finished 21-for-27 passing for 321 yards, had scoring runs of 8 and 7 yards that sandwiched 22-yard TD passes to Bart Johnson and Walter Bryant to put the Frogs up 37-3 at the end of the third quarter.

NO. 21 OREGON STATE 19, ARIZONA 17

In Tucson, Ariz., Justin Kahut hit a 24-yard field goal as time expired, and the Beavers rallied to defeat Arizona and move within one victory of its first Rose Bowl trip since 1965.

Kahut nailed the winner just minutes after missing the potential tying extra point.

The Beavers (8-3, 7-1 Pac-10) can clinch a trip to Pasadena, Calif., with a victory over No. 24 Oregon in the Civil War on Nov. 29. They beat Southern California earlier this season.


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