Hoping his Wolverines had one more magical play left, Michigan coach Brady Hoke went for a 2-point conversion with 32 seconds left that would have given his team a shocking upset win over No. 3 Ohio State.
But cornerback Tyvis Powell stepped in front of the intended receiver and intercepted Devin Gardner's pass, and the visiting Buckeyes were able to hang on for a 42-41 victory Saturday in one of the most thrilling games in the history of the storied Big Ten rivalry.
Gardner, who had four touchdown passes and threw for 451 yards, connected with Devin Funchess on a 2-yard score to pull the Wolverines (7-5, 3-5) to within one point in the final minute.
The Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0), behind a powerful rushing attack, won their 24th consecutive game. They face Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game next week.
Carlos Hyde had a career-best 226 yards rushing on 27 carries for Ohio State, while junior quarterback Braxton Miller had 153 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns. Miller also threw two touchdown passes.
No. 2 Florida State 37, Florida 7: Jameis Winston threw two touchdown passes to Kelvin Benjamin late in the second quarter to break open a defensive struggle as the Seminoles (12-0) topped the Gators (4-8).
Winston completed 19 of 31 passes for 327 yards in his seventh game of 300 yards or more this season. Benjamin caught nine passes for 212 yards. The two also connected on a 4-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, and a 56-yard pass play in the third quarter set up an 11-yard touchdown run by Devonta Freeman.
No. 5 Missouri 28, No. 21 Texas A&M 21: Henry Josey scored the game-winning touchdown on a 57-yard run with 3:34 to play, and the Tigers (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) punched their ticket to the SEC championship game with a win over the visiting Aggies (8-4, 4-4).
Josey rushed for 96 yards and the touchdown on 13 carries for Missouri (11-1, 7-1), which will face Auburn in the SEC title game. Johnny Manziel threw for only 195 yards for Texas A&M and rushed for 21.
No. 10 South Carolina 31, No.6 Clemson 17: The Gamecocks (10-2) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns after the Tigers (10-2) tied the score late in the third quarter as South Carolina extended its home winning streak to 18 games.
Connor Shaw rushed for a touchdown and passed for a score, and Mike Davis scored the go-ahead touchdown as the Gamecocks beat their in-state rival for the fifth consecutive season.
No. 8 Stanford 27, No. 25 Notre Dame 20: Tyler Gaffney rushed for 158 yards and one touchdown on 33 carries as the Cardinal (10-2) held off the visiting Fighting Irish (8-4).
Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Reese was 16-for-34 for 199 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
No. 9 Baylor 41, Texas Christian 38: Bears safety Terrell Burt intercepted a pass at the goal line with 11 seconds left to foil an upset attempt by the Horned Frogs (4-8, 2-7 Big 12) and keep Baylor (10-1, 7-1) in the hunt for a conference championship.
Lache Seastrunk returned after missing two games with a groin injury and rushed for 94 yards for the Bears, who need a win next week against Texas and an Oklahoma State loss to win the title outright.
Penn State 31, No. 15 Wisconsin 24: Quarterback Christian Hackenburg was 21-for-30 for 339 yards and four touchdowns as the Nittany Lions (7-5, 4-4 Big Ten) built a 17-point fourth-quarter lead and held on to upset the host Badgers (9-3, 6-1).
Eugene Lewis caught two touchdown passes, and Allen Robinson had eight receptions for 122 yards as Penn State defeated Wisconsin for the fourth time in the past five meetings.
No. 22 UCLA 35, No. 23 Southern California 14: The visiting Bruins (9-3, 6-3 Pacific-12) scored five rushing touchdowns — two by quarterback Brett Hundley — to defeat the Trojans (9-4, 6-3) at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the first time since 1997.
No. 24 Duke 27, North Carolina 25: Ross Martin kicked a 27-yard field goal with 2:22 remaining and DeVon Edwards sealed the victory with a last-second interception as the visiting Blue Devils (10-2, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) clinched a trip to the ACC championship game with the win over the Tar Heels (6-6, 4-4).Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun