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Nebraska stuns Northwestern with Hail Mary on final play


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LINCOLN, Neb. — Jordan Westerkamp caught Ron Kellogg III’s tipped desperation heave to the end zone with no time left Saturday, giving Nebraska a 27-24 victory over Northwestern on Saturday.

The Cornhuskers looked like they were finished after Northwestern took a three-point lead with 1:20 left. They started their final drive at their 17 with no timeouts.

Ameer Abdullah caught a short pass and stretched to convert a fourth-and-15. Then, with four seconds on the clock, Kellogg dropped back for a final play. The strong-armed Kellogg let fly a ball that was deflected into Westerkamp’s hands in the end zone. Westerkamp held on, bringing the entire Nebraska bench running onto the field in celebration. The play was confirmed on video review.

A crazy play,” said Westerkamp, who turned down a Northwestern scholarship offer.

Jeff Budzien had kicked a 21-yard, tiebreaking field goal with 1:20 left after defensive lineman Tyler Scott’s interception set up Northwestern inside the Nebraska 10.

Kellogg, who came into the season as the third-string quarterback, was backing up Tommy Armstrong Jr. in the absence of injured starter Taylor Martinez.

No. 4 Ohio State 56, at Purdue 0

Doran Grant picked off Purdue’s first pass, returning it for a touchdown, and Braxton Miller threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns as Ohio State extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 21.

The Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) have not lost in 22 months. Ohio State scored the most points and produced the most lopsided scoring margin in the 56-game history of this series. Both topped the marks set in Ohio State’s 49-0 victory in 2010.

No. 8 Auburn 35, at Arkansas 17

Tre Mason rushed for 168 yards and four touchdowns as Auburn earned first-year coach Gus Malzahn a win in his return to Arkansas.

Mason scored on runs of 9, 4 and 5 and 12 yards as the Tigers (8-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) won their fifth in a row in Malzahn’s first game in Fayetteville since leaving the Razorbacks as an assistant after the 2006 season.

No. 9 Clemson 59, at Virginia 10

Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score and Clemson broke the game open with three touchdowns in the last 4:18 of the first half.

Boyd became the Atlantic Coast Conference’s career leader in touchdown-making with a 33-yard pass to Sammy Watkins to start the scoring for the Tigers (8-1, 6-1 ACC). It broke a tie at 112 TDs with North Carolina State’s Philip Rivers.

At No. 10 Missouri 31, Tennessee 3

Maty Mauk threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, leading Missouri’s dominant and resilient effort in a victory over Tennessee.

The Tigers (8-1, 4-1 SEC) responded smartly a week after squandering a 17-point cushion in the fourth quarter of a double-overtime loss to South Carolina.

At No. 12 Texas A&M 57, UTEP 7

Johnny Manziel threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more scores in less than three quarters to lead Texas A&M (7-2) past UTEP.

Manziel threw touchdown passes of 44, 15, 17 and 26 yards and had TD runs of 10 and 49 yards before putting on his baseball cap with 7:39 left in the third quarter.

At No. 14 S. Carolina 34, Mississippi State 16

Connor Shaw threw for four touchdowns, Mike Davis ran for 128 yards to move past 1,000 yards this season and South Carolina tied a school record with its 15th straight home victory.

No, 18 Oklahoma St. 52, at No. 15 Texas Tech 34

Clint Chelf threw for two touchdowns and a season-high 211 yards and ran for two more scores to lead Oklahoma State (7-1, 4-1) past Texas Tech (7-2, 4-2). Desmond Roland ran for three touchdowns for Texas Tech.

No. 21 N. Illinois 63, Massachusetts 19

In Foxborough, Mass., Jordan Lynch ran for 119 yards and four touchdowns and threw for another in just over a half to help Northern Illinois (9-0) stay unbeaten.

At No. 24 Mich. St. 29, No. 23 Michigan 6

Shilique Calhoun, Ed Davis and the rest of Michigan State’s defense battered rival Michigan, and the Spartans (8-1, 5-0) stayed unbeaten in the Big Ten.

The victory was the Spartans’ most lopsided in the series since 1967. They held Michigan (6-2, 2-2) to minus-48 yards rushing.



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