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Top 25 roundup: No. 10 Oregon slams No. 19 Colorado

Top 25 roundup: No. 10 Oregon slams No. 19 Colorado

Bo Nix passed for three touchdowns and rushed for one as No. 10 Oregon relentlessly pounded No. 19 Colorado 42-6 in the Pac-12 opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Eugene, Ore.

Nix completed 28 of 33 passes for 276 yards and one interception as Oregon (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) handed Deion Sanders his first setback as Colorado coach. The Ducks have won 10 of the past 11 meetings with the Buffaloes.

Troy Franklin caught eight passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns for the Ducks. Casey Kelly caught a touchdown pass and Noah Whittington and Jordan James rushed for scores for Oregon, which had 522 total yards and 30 first downs.

Shedeur Sanders produced a season-low 159 yards and one touchdown on 23-of-33 passing for Colorado (3-1, 0-1). Sanders threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Michael Harrison with 2:51 remaining as the Buffaloes averted being blanked. The Buffaloes, who entered averaging 41.3 points per game, had just 199 yards and 13 first downs.

No. 6 Ohio State 17, No. 9 Notre Dame 14

Chip Trayanum scored on a 1-yard run with one second left as the Buckeyes stunned the Irish in South Bend, Ind.

Ohio State (4-0) drove 65 yards in 15 plays, with Kyle McCord's 21-yard pass to Emeka Egbuka on third-and-19 putting the ball at the 1-yard-line with seven seconds to play. McCord threw a pair of incompletions before Trayanum's score on third down.

Sam Hartman's 2-yard pass to freshman Rico Flores Jr. with 8:22 left in the game capped a 96-yard, 11-play drive to give Notre Dame (4-1) a 14-10 lead. It was Flores' first career TD catch.

No. 1 Georgia 49, UAB 21

Carson Beck accounted for four touchdowns and Brock Bowers made two scoring receptions as the host Bulldogs rolled over the Blazers in Athens, Ga.

Beck completed 22 of 32 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a rushing score. Bowers finished with team highs in catches (nine) and yards (120) and added scoring receptions of 41 and 10 yards. Tailback Daijun Edwards added two touchdowns rushing.

UAB quarterback Jacob Zeno passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 22 yards and a score on the ground. Blazers wideout Amare Thomas finished with nine grabs for 60 yards and a score.

No. 2 Michigan 31, Rutgers 7

Blake Corum rushed for two touchdowns, J.J. McCarthy passed for one and the Wolverines eased to a comfortable win over the visiting Scarlett Knights in a Big Ten matchup in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Corum carried the ball 21 times for 97 yards. McCarthy, a week after throwing three interceptions, completed 15 of 21 passes for 214 yards without a pick, while cornerback and captain Mike Sainristil returned an interception for a touchdown for Michigan (4-0, 1-0).

Rutgers quarterback Gavin Wimsatt completed 11 of 21 passes for 180 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He added a team-high 28 rushing yards. The Scarlet Knights (3-1, 1-1) were limited to 3-of-10 on third-down conversions and went 0-for-3 on fourth down.

No. 3 Texas 38, Baylor 6

Quinn Ewers passed for 293 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as the Longhorns dominated throughout against the Bears in Waco, Texas, in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

The game was the 113th meeting in the all-time series and the final scheduled between the two longtime Southwest Conference and Big 12 rivals as Texas moves to the Southeastern Conference beginning next season.

Ewers completed 18 of 23 attempts as the Longhorns (4-0, 1-0) have started the season with four victories for the first time since 2012. Sawyer Robertson threw for 203 yards and an interception for Baylor (1-3, 0-1).

No. 4 Florida State 31, Clemson 24 (OT)

Keon Coleman caught a 24-yard jump-ball touchdown pass in overtime as the Seminoles beat the Tigers in Clemson, S.C. On second down, Coleman went up over Tigers cornerback Jeadyn Lukus and pulled in the game winner to put the Seminoles (4-0, 2-0 ACC) ahead for the first time.

On fourth-and-2 on his team's OT series, Tigers quarterback Cade Klubnik threw errantly on fourth down as (Clemson 2-2, 0-2) lost for the first time in eight meetings with FSU.

FSU's Jordan Travis went 21 of 37 for 289 yards including two scores to Coleman. The Seminoles lead the series 21-15 and won for the first time in five games at Clemson. Tigers kicker Jonathan Weitz missed a tiebreaking 29-yard field goal inside the final two minutes of regulation.

No. 7 Penn State 31, No. 24 Iowa 0

Drew Allar threw for four touchdowns and the Nittany Lions limited the Hawkeyes to 76 total yards and four first downs in a Big Ten Conference blowout in University Park, Pa.

Allar overcame rainy, chilly conditions to complete 25 of 37 passes for 166 yards in an efficient, mistake-free performance. Penn State (4-0, 2-0) played a clean game with no turnovers and just four penalties for 45 yards.

Meanwhile, Iowa (3-1, 0-1) was just overwhelmed across the board. Cade McNamara completed only 5 of 14 passes for 42 yards and was sacked twice before being benched in the fourth quarter. The running game produced just 20 yards on 17 carries.

No. 11 Utah 14, No. 22 UCLA 7

Karene Reid's interception returned for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage set the tone for as the Utes' defense overwhelmed the Bruins en route to a Pac-12 Conference win in Salt Lake City.

Utah (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) held UCLA to just 243 total yards, an average of 3.6 per play, and went until late in the fourth quarter without surrendering a point.

UCLA (3-1, 0-1) leaned on the freshman quarterback Dante Moore with the run game rendered ineffective. The Bruins rushed for just 9 yards officially, a byproduct of Moore being sacked seven times.

No. 12 LSU 34, Arkansas 31

Jayden Daniels passed for 320 yards and four touchdowns, Damian Ramos kicked a winning 20-yard field goal with five seconds left and the Tigers edged the Razorbacks in an SEC shootout in Baton Rouge, La.

Daniels threw two touchdowns to Malik Nabers, who finished with 130 yards, and two more to Brian Thomas Jr. (133) for LSU (3-1, 2-0).

KJ Jefferson passed for 289 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to Luke Hasz (116 receiving yards), to lead Arkansas (2-2, 0-1).

No. 13 Alabama 24, No. 15 Ole Miss 10

Jalen Milroe returned from a one-game benching to pass for 225 yards and a touchdown as the Crimson Tide defeated the Rebels in the SEC opener for both teams in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Milroe, who completed 17 of 21 passes, was efficient except for one interception, and the Crimson Tide (3-1, 1-0 SEC) shut down a Rebels' offense that had averaged 52.7 points in three nonconference wins. Jase McClellan's 8-yard touchdown run gave Alabama a 24-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. He finished with 105 yards on 17 rushes.

Jaxson Dart passed for 244 yards and rushed for a touchdown for the Rebels (3-1, 0-1), who lost for the eighth consecutive time to their West division rival after rushing for just 56 yards.

No. 21 Washington State 38, No. 14 Oregon State 35

Cameron Ward threw four touchdown passes, three to Josh Kelly, and the Cougars (4-0, 1-0) held off the Beavers (3-1, 0-1) in Pullman, Wash., in a battle of the only Pac-12 schools who haven't announced their intentions to leave the conference after this season.

Oregon State's DJ Uiagalelei threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jack Velling with 1:12 remaining, but the Cougars recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock.

Ward was 28-of-34 passing for 404 yards. Kelly made eight receptions for 159 yards, and Kyle Williams had seven catches for 174 yards and a score.

No. 16 Oklahoma 20, Cincinnati 6

Dillon Gabriel threw for 322 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score as the Sooners defeated the host Bearcats.

It was the Sooners' final Big 12 opener, with Oklahoma set to move into the Southeastern Conference for next season, while it was the Bearcats' Power 5 debut after moving from the American Athletic Conference in the offseason. The Sooners' defense led the way, holding the Bearcats to 376 yards of total offense and to just 3 of 15 on third down.

The Sooners twice picked off Cincinnati quarterback Emory Jones and forced three turnovers on downs. Andrel Anthony led the Sooners (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) with seven catches for 117 yards. Jones was 22 of 41 for 235 yards passing for the Bearcats (2-2, 0-1).

No. 17 North Carolina 41, Pitt 24

Drake Maye ran for two touchdowns and threw a scoring pass left-handed as the Tar Heels breezed past the host Panthers.

Maye normally throws right-handed but he added a left-handed toss while draped by a defender as the Tar Heels (4-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won in their first true road game of the season. Alijah Huzzie had a first-half punt return for a touchdown and made a second-half interception for North Carolina, which benefited from the Panthers' three turnovers.

Pittsburgh (1-3, 0-1) couldn't keep up despite a kickoff return for a touchdown by Kenny Johnson. North Carolina lost in overtime in each of previous two visits to Pittsburgh.

No. 18 Duke 41, Connecticut 7

The Blue Devils' defense dominated and running back Jordan Waters ran for two touchdowns rout over the host Huskies in East Hartford, Conn.

Quarterback Riley Leonard threw for 248 yards on 23-of-34 passing with a touchdown as Duke (4-0) took control in the second quarter on the way to setting up a showdown with visiting Notre Dame next weekend.

UConn (0-4) had 203 yards of total offense, with 108 of those coming in the fourth quarter. Huskies quarterback Ta'Quan Roberson was 13-for-28 for 114 yards in the air, though he ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the waning seconds.

No. 20 Miami 41, Temple 7

Tyler Van Dyke tossed three touchdown passes and added the longest run of his college career, a 37-yarder, as the Hurricanes defeated the Owls on a rainy and windy afternoon in Philadelphia.

Henry Parrish Jr. rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 8.7 yards on his 16 carries, as Miami (4-0) defeated Temple (2-2) for the 14th straight time.

Temple, which hadn't played Miami since 2005, was led by quarterback E.J. Warner, who completed 22 of 39 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown. However, Warner, the son of former NFL star Kurt Warner, turned the ball over three times.

No. 23 Tennessee 45, UTSA 14

Tennessee quarterback Tennessee's Joe Milton III bolted 81 yards untouched to the checkered end zone on the game's first snap, sending the host Volunteers on their way to a blowout of the Roadrunners in Knoxville, Tenn.

Tennessee (3-1) thrived on the ground despite an injury to Jaylen Wright, who entered as the second-leading rusher in the SEC but sat out the second half after carrying for 16 yards on four rushes. Dylan Sampson carried the load in reserve, rushing 11 times for a career-high 139 yards and two touchdowns. Jabari Small added 61 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Milton had 89 on five carries.

Injury-riddled UTSA (1-3) was without its Heisman preseason candidate, quarterback Frank Harris (turf toe). The Roadrunners had the ball in Volunteers' territory only once in the first half and the drive ended at the Tennessee 19 on a fourth-down incompletion.

No. 25 Florida 22, Charlotte 7

Graham Mertz threw for 259 yards, Trey Smack kicked five field goals, but the defense was the story of the night as the Gators smothered the 49ers in Gainesville, Fla.

Coming off an upset of then-No. 11 Tennessee, the Gators (3-1) started fast, scoring on their first four possessions as Mertz completed his first seven passes. But the rest of the night was a struggle for the Florida offense.

Charlotte (1-3) stayed close as the 49ers repeatedly stopped the Gators when backed into their own territory, forcing Florida to settle for field goals. The Gators' defense ultimately paved the way, however, limiting the 49ers to 210 yards and 10 first downs.

No. 5 USC finally puts away Arizona State 42-28

No. 5 USC finally puts away Arizona State 42-28

Caleb Williams completed 20 of 31 passes for 322 yards and three touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, as fifth-ranked USC held off Arizona State 42-28 on Saturday in Tempe, Arizona.

USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) clung to a 27-21 lead until Williams evaded would-be tacklers and found Brenden Rice for a 29-yard touchdown pass with 10:31 remaining in the game.

It was Rice's second scoring catch of the night. The first covered 43 yards from Williams late in the first quarter. Rice led the Trojans with 133 yards on seven catches.

Williams struck again on USC's next fourth-quarter possession, answering Cam Skattebo's 52-yard touchdown catch for Arizona State with a 45-yard scoring pass to Tahj Washington. The play effectively ended any hopes of an Arizona State upset after the Sun Devils hung tough most of the way.

Arizona State (1-3, 0-1) struggled through its nonconference schedule, coming into its conference opener on Saturday off a shutout loss to Fresno State. The 28 points the Sun Devils scored against USC marked a season high, with Skattebo's 111 rushing yards and 79 receiving yards setting the tone.

Skattebo scored on a 15-yard carry in the first quarter, set up when Tate Romney recovered MarShawn Lloyd's fumble deep in USC territory.

Arizona State's Drew Pyne went 21 of 36 passing for 221 yards and threw two touchdowns, including a 25-yarder to Elijhah Badger in the third quarter. Skattebo ran for the two-point conversion, pulling the Sun Devils to within three points.

That was as close as Arizona State could get, unable to overcome the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Williams. Along with his three passing touchdowns, he rushed for a pair of 1-yard scores in the first half.

The Trojans averaged 7.3 yards on 29 rushes, led by Lloyd's 11 per carry. He finished with a game-high 154 yards.

Jamil Muhammad and Solomon Byrd paced the USC defense with three tackles for loss each. Calen Bullock made a leaping interception of a Pyne deep ball in the second half.

Michael Penix Jr., No. 8 Washington wallop Cal

Michael Penix Jr., No. 8 Washington wallop Cal

Michael Penix Jr. passed for 304 yards and four touchdowns and Rome Odunze accounted for three scores as No. 8 Washington rolled to an easy 59-32 victory over California in the Pac-12 opener for both teams at Seattle.

Odunze caught five passes for 125 yards for his fourth straight 100-plus-yard outing this season and also returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown for the Huskies (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12). Ja'Lynn Polk had eight receptions for 127 yards and two scores as Washington registered a season high for points.

Edefuan Ulofoshio returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown for the Huskies, who beat the Golden Bears for the 12th time in the past 16 meetings.

Ben Finley completed 17 of 32 passes for 207 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions for Cal (2-2, 0-1) before leaving late in the third quarter with an apparent lower back injury. Samuel Jackson V replaced Finley and was 10-of-14 passing for 156 yards and one touchdown.

Jadyn Ott and Ashton Stredick rushed for touchdowns and Jeremiah Hunter, Taj Davis and Trond Grizzell each had receiving scores for the Golden Bears.

Penix completed 19 of 25 passes and was intercepted once in less than three quarters for Washington.

The Huskies led 14-0 before the offense took the field for the first tim.

Finley threw a pass directly to Ulofoshio, who returned it for a score just 2:23 into the contest. The Golden Bears were forced to punt on their next possession and Odunze took it 83 yards to make it 14-0.

Cal got on the board on Finley's 7-yard touchdown pass to Hunter with 5:52 left in the quarter. The Huskies responded with Penix's 8-yard scoring pass to Polk, and Grady Gross tacked on a 41-yard field goal for a 24-6 lead before the period concluded.

Dillon Johnson's 3-yard touchdown run boosted Washington's lead to 25 with 11:27 left in the first half. Cal answered with Finley's 24-yard touchdown pass to Davis with nine minutes left.

Penix threw touchdown passes of 24 yards to Polk and 35 yards to Odunze later in the quarter en route to a 45-12 halftime lead.

Early in the third quarter, Penix connected with Odunze on a 13-yard scoring pass to boost the margin to 40. Later in the stanza, the Huskies cleared the bench and the Golden Bears scored three touchdowns over the final 16:49.

DJ Giddens' big game leads Kansas State past UCF

DJ Giddens' big game leads Kansas State past UCF

DJ Giddens rushed for 207 yards and four touchdowns as Kansas State defeated UCF 44-31 in the Big 12 Conference opener for both clubs Saturday night in Manhattan, Kan. Giddens had 107 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.

Kansas State (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) ran 84 plays compared to 59 by UCF.

Through the first three games, UCF (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) led the nation in total offense averaging 617.7 yards per game, but they were held to 407 yards, including 75 on their final drive.

Kansas State quarterback Will Howard, who was listed as questionable all week, went the distance, going 27-of-42 for 255 yards with an interception. He also picked up 64 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.

Timmy McClain completed 14 of 24 passes for 264 yards and three scores for UCF.

With the Knights trailing 21-17 at halftime, McClain found Kobe Hudson for a 46-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to take the lead. Chris Tennant's 30-yard field goal tied the game at 24-24 with 9:33 left in the third quarter.

Howard then gave the Wildcats a 31-24 lead with a 2-yard touchdown run, capping an 11-play, 85-yard drive that was aided by a pair of personal fouls on UCF.

The Knights' Colton Boomer missed a 52-yard field goal attempt with 10:06 left in the fourth quarter. It was his first career miss within 64 yards.

Kansas State responded with a 13-play, 65-yard drive that took 6:05 and ended with Giddens' 3-yard run for a 37-24 lead. Howard then iced it with a 31-yard touchdown. UCF scored with three seconds remaining.

Giddens punched it in from the 1-yard line on Kansas State's opening possession. UCF answered with a 28-yard Boomer field goal.

Howard threw an interception on the next drive, giving the Knights the ball at their own 43.

UCF converted a third-and-15 with a 27-yard touchdown pass from McClain to RJ Harvey down the right sideline for a 10-7 lead.

Giddens scored on a 9-yard run to give the Wildcats the lead.

Harvey fumbled on the Knights' next possession, and Giddens scored his third touchdown on an 18-yard run.

UCF drew within one score on a flea-flicker, 69-yard touchdown pass from McClain to Hudson, who was wide open at the Wildcats' 25-yard line. McClain handed off to Harvey, who ran into the line then pitched it back to the quarterback.

Drake Maye powers No. 17 North Carolina past pesky Pittsburgh

Drake Maye powers No. 17 North Carolina past pesky Pittsburgh

Drake Maye ran for two touchdowns and threw an unconventional pass for another touchdown as No. 17 North Carolina defeated host Pittsburgh 41-24 on Saturday night.

Maye normally throws right-handed but he added a left-handed toss while draped by a defender as the Tar Heels (4-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won in their first true road game of the season.

Alijah Huzzie had a first-half punt return for a touchdown and made a second-half interception for North Carolina, which benefited from the Panthers' three turnovers. The Tar Heels didn't commit a turnover and were charged with only three penalties.

Pittsburgh (1-3, 0-1) couldn't keep up despite a kickoff return for a touchdown by Kenny Johnson.

Maye completed 22 of 30 passes for 296 yards. Kicker Noah Burnette had third-quarter field goals from 43 and 48 yards.

Pittsburgh quarterbacks Phil Jurkovec and Christian Veilleux combined for 197 passing yards. Rodney Hammond Jr. gained 83 rushing yards on 14 carries.

The Tar Heels had plenty of highlights in building a 28-17 halftime lead.

Huzzie's 52-yard punt return for a touchdown gave the Tar Heels their first lead with 7:23 remaining in the first half.

After Ben Sauls' 44-yard field goal for Pittsburgh, the Tar Heels extended their margin.

Under duress, Maye's left-handed touchdown pass to Kobe Paysour covered 7 yards and came with one minute left in the first half.

North Carolina opened the second-half scoring with a 75-yard drive ending on Maye's 1-yard run.

Pitt used almost eight minutes on a game-opening touchdown drive that was capped by Hammond's 7-yard run.

That began a back-and-forth with the teams trading touchdowns. Omarion Hampton ran 3 yards for North Carolina's touchdown before Daniel Carter's 1-yard run for the Panthers.

Maye helped the Tar Heels tie it 14-14 on a fourth-and-1 touchdown run.

North Carolina lost in overtime in its last two visits to Pittsburgh but avoided drama this time.

South Carolina outlasts Mississippi State in aerial show

South Carolina outlasts Mississippi State in aerial show

South Carolina's Spencer Rattler flirted with aerial perfection Saturday night in the Gamecocks' 37-30 victory over Mississippi State in Columbia, S.C.

Rattler, who completed his first 17 passes, went 18-for-20 for 288 yards and three touchdowns for South Carolina (2-2, 1-1 SEC).

Xavier Legette had 189 yards on five receptions with two TDs. Trey Knox caught one.

Running backs Dakereon Joyner and Mario Anderson each found the end zone once.

By winning for the eighth time in the past nine meetings, the Gamecocks took a 10-7 series lead.

For Mississippi State (2-2, 0-2), Will Rogers was 30-for-48 for 487 yards -- third most in school history -- but he threw an interception and lost a fumble.

Lideatrick Griffin set a school record with 256 receiving yards on seven receptions with a TD.

Starting at the 2 following a punt, South Carolina went 98 yards in six plays, with most of the yardage coming on Rattler's 76-yard TD pass to wide receiver Legette for a 7-0 lead at 9:46 of the first quarter.

On the next drive from their 1, the Gamecocks strung together a 16-play series that took up nearly half of a quarter - 7:15 - and ended with Knox's 17-yard score early in the second.

The fireworks continued when Rogers hooked up with Griffin on a two-play, 14-second drive that went 65 yards that halved the deficit.

Rogers was set up to tie the game, but David Spaulding intercepted him inside the red zone on third down at 10:40.

However, the Bulldogs made it 14-all when Jo'quavious Marks scored from seven yards after Rogers set up the score by hitting Griffin for 60 yards.

After Joyner's TD run from three yards, the Gamecocks missed on a two-point conversion.

Bulldogs kicker Kyle Ferrie's 49-yard field goal at the half's end left the visitors down 20-17.

But on the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Rattler remained perfect with his 14th consecutive completion, a 75-yarder to Legette for a 27-17 edge.

At 10:26 of the third, Mississippi State backup quarterback Mike Wright scored on a 1-yard keeper. Ferrie tied it with a 23-yard boot with two minutes left in the third.

South Carolina kicker Mitch Jeter answered from 35 yards for a 30-27 lead at 12:35.

Anderson padded the lead at 9:36 with a 9-yard TD run.

Ferrie's third field goal, from 47 yards with 2:13 remaining, completed the scoring before a failed onside kick.

Northwestern storms back to stun Minnesota in OT

Northwestern storms back to stun Minnesota in OT

Ben Bryant threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Mangieri on Northwestern's first play of overtime, and the Wildcats rallied for a thrilling 37-34 win over visiting Minnesota on Saturday night in Evanston, Ill.

Bryant completed 33 of 49 passes for 396 yards and four touchdowns for Northwestern (2-2, 1-1 Big Ten), which erased a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Bryce Kirtz finished with 10 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns.

Athan Kaliakmanis completed 14 of 19 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns for Minnesota (2-2, 1-1). Darius Taylor finished with 31 carries for 198 yards and two touchdowns.

Minnesota's first possession of overtime stalled inside the 5-yard line. The Golden Gophers settled for a 20-yard field goal by Dragan Kesich to make it 34-31 ahead of Northwestern's first drive of overtime.

The Wildcats trailed 31-24 and had no timeouts with 2:07 remaining when they started their final drive of regulation. Bryant led them into the red zone for a last-ditch attempt to force overtime, and he made it happen by connecting with A.J. Henning with two seconds left on the clock.

Jack Olsen converted the point-after attempt to send the game into overtime at 31-all.

The final drive capped a furious second half by Northwestern, which outscored Minnesota 21-0 in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats trailed 24-7 at the half and 31-10 when the fourth quarter began.

Northwestern chipped into the halftime deficit with a 37-yard field goal by Olsen that made it 24-10 halfway through the third.

The Golden Gophers did not take long to respond. Taylor scored on a 43-yard run -- his longest gain of the freshman's career thus far -- to give Minnesota a 31-10 lead with 2:11 to go in the third quarter.

Again, the Wildcats clawed back. Cam Porter's 1-yard touchdown made it 31-17 with 12:01 remaining.

Northwestern scored again, a 17-yard strike from Bryant to Kirtz pulling the Wildcats within 31-24 with 9:46 to go. It was the second score of the game for Kirtz, who sneaked behind the secondary and raced for an 80-yard receiving touchdown in the first half.

Kaliakmanis threw a pair of touchdowns before halftime for the Golden Gophers. He found Le'Meke Brockington for a 9-yard score in the first quarter, and he connected with Daniel Jackson for an 18-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Taylor added a 1-yard touchdown run between Kaliakmanis' scoring passes.

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