Carlos Hyde rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns as fourth-ranked Ohio State University rallied twice in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 16 Northwestern University 40-30, extending college football’s longest winning streak to 18 games.
Fifth-ranked Stanford scored touchdowns in the first and final 12 seconds of the first half yesterday and withheld a late Washington surge in a 31-28 victory over the No. 15 Huskies.
In other games involving teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 10, it was top-seeded Alabama 45, Georgia State 3; No. 2 Oregon 57, Colorado 16; No. 3 Clemson 49, Syracuse 14; No. 6 Georgia 34, Tennessee 31 in overtime; No. 7 Louisville 30, Temple 7; No. 8 Florida State 63, No. 25 Maryland 0; and No. 10 Louisiana State 59, Mississippi State 26. No. 9 Texas A&M did not play.
In Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern opened an early 7-3 lead, the first time that Ohio State trailed this season, and stayed ahead for most of the first three quarters. The Wildcats were unable to hold fourth-quarter leads of 23-20 and 30-27 as Hyde scored twice in the final frame, including a seven-yard run with 5:22 remaining to put the Buckeyes up for good.
“It was a street fight, a 12-rounder,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said in a televised interview after the game. “Any time you go 12 rounds with someone and you survive it, it makes you tougher.”
Despite committing three turnovers to Northwestern’s one, the Buckeyes outgained the Wildcats 451 yards to 437 yards. Ohio State has not lost since the final game of the 2011 season, an 18-game winning streak that is the longest in college football’s top division.
In Stanford, the Cardinal took a 7-0 lead when Ty Montgomery returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. The Huskies cut the Stanford lead to three points four different times throughout the game, but were unable to take the lead on their final possession, which stalled on Stanford’s 49 yard line with 1:16 remaining.
Montgomery also caught three passes for 56 yards and a score, and rushed for 30 yards. Washington running back Bishop Sankey ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
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