Carlos Hyde ran for a career-high 168 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 4 Ohio State rallied to beat No. 16 Northwestern, 40-30, on Saturday night in Evanston, Ill., to extend the nation’s longest win streak to 18 games.
The Buckeyes (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) remained undefeated since Urban Meyer took over as coach last year. On a rain-soaked field and with a prime-time audience watching, they rallied from 10 down in the third quarter to take out a team aiming to show it could beat the best in the conference.
Two scoring runs by Hyde in the fourth quarter helped prevent that. He was credited with a 2-yard TD after a replay review early in the fourth to put Ohio State ahead, 26-23.
Then, after Northwestern’s Trevor Siemian connected with Cameron Dickerson on a 12-yard score, Hyde ran it in from the 7 with 5:22 left in the game. That made it 34-30. The Wildcats’ Kain Colter got stopped on fourth and 1 at the Ohio State 34 with 2:43 left after he picked up his own fumble, wiping out a late threat. The game ended with Northwestern lateralling and the Buckeyes recovering the loose ball in the end zone.
Michigan 42, Minnesota 13 — Devin Gardner threw a 24-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass to Devin Funchess late in the first half as the No. 19 Wolverines (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) routed the Golden Gophers (4-2, 0-2) in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Michigan relied on the running game to take the pressure off Gardner, who was 13 of 17 passing for 235 yards and didn’t throw an interception for the first time since making his first start as a quarterback in last year’s game at Minnesota.
Minnesota was without coach Jerry Kill for an entire game for the first time because of his epilepsy. He had a seizure Saturday morning, when he planned to travel to Michigan to coach, and remained home to rest in Minnesota.
The Wolverines have won 18 straight at home, the longest active streak among BCS conference schools and their longest since winning 28 in a row in Ann Arbor from 1969-73.
In place of Kill, defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys served as head coach from the press box. Kill had his fifth game-day seizure in three seasons at Minnesota, and the second this year. Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams insisted the players’ mood did not change when they were informed Saturday morning at the team hotel that Kill wouldn’t be on the sideline.
‘‘We know coach’s situation,’’ he said. ‘‘We have to be prepared and ready for anything. It didn’t really affect us.’’
Alabama 45, Georgia St. 3 — AJ McCarron completed 15 of 16 passes for 166 yards and four TDs in the first half and the top-ranked Crimson Tide (5-0) rolled over the Panthers (0-5) in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Alabama hasn’t allowed a TD in the past three games, giving up only three field goals. Georgia State, a first-year a first-year Football Bowl Subdivision team, ended Alabama’s bid for a second straight shutout with Wil Lutz’s school-record 53-yard field goal on the second half’s opening drive.
Oregon 57, Colorado 16 — Marcus Mariota threw five TD passes and ran for two scores as the No. 2 Ducks (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) routed the Buffaloes (2-2, 0-2) in Boulder, Colo.
The Ducks’ sophomore connected for two TDs each with Josh Huff and Bralon Addison, and played only 2½ quarters.
Louisville 30, Temple 7 — Teddy Bridgewater threw for 348 yards and two TDs as the No. 7 Cardinals (5-0, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) routed the Owls (0-5, 0-2) in Philadelphia.
Louisville receiver DeVante Parker, who has six TD catches this season, left in the first half with an injured right shoulder. Without one of his favorite targets, Bridgewater was still impressive, completing 25 of 35 passes. He threw a TD pass for the 17th straight game.
LSU 59, Mississippi St. 26 — Zach Mettenberger threw for 340 yards and two TDs, Odell Beckham Jr. had 179 yards receiving and two TDs, and the No. 10 Tigers (5-1, 2-1 SEC) routed the Bulldogs (2-3, 0-2) in Starkville, Miss.
Mettenberger connected on 25 of 29 passes, hooking up with Beckham for nine completions. LSU’s Jeremy Hill added 157 yards rushing and two TDs. The Tigers have won 14 straight over Mississippi State.
Oklahoma 20, TCU 17 — Brennan Clay broke a 76-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter as the No. 11 Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) held off the Horned Frogs (2-3, 0-2) in Norman, Okla.
Trey Millard had a TD run for Oklahoma and Michael Hunnicutt hit field goals of 39 and 32 yards. Oklahoma has won 10 straight Big 12 games, its third-longest streak in conference play since the league formed in 1996.
South Carolina 35, Kentucky 28 — Connor Shaw passed for a TD and ran for another as the No. 13 Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1 SEC), playing without defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (bruised ribs), held off the Wildcats (1-4, 0-2) in Columbia, S.C.
South Carolina again let a large lead slip away but once more was able to come away with a win. Kentucky rallied from 21-0 to pull within 27-21 on Jalen Whitlow’s 14-yard TD pass to Ryan Timmons with 11:50 remaining.
Baylor 73, West Virginia 42 — Bryce Petty threw for 347 yards with two TDs and had one of his team’s eight rushing TDs as the No. 17 Bears (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) routed the Mountaineers (3-3, 1-2) in Waco, Texas.
Baylor had 864 total yards, breaking the Big 12 record. They had 468 yards rushing and 396 passing.
Florida 30, Arkansas 10 — Solomon Patton turned two short receptions into TDs as the No. 18 Gators (4-1, 3-0 SEC) beat the Razorbacks (3-3, 0-2) in Gainesville, Fla.
Patton finished with six receptions for a career-high 124 yards.
Texas Tech 54, Kansas 16 — Freshman star Baker Mayfield passed for 368 yards but was helped off the field after twisting his right knee in the third quarter as the No. 20 Red Raiders (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) rolled over the Jayhawks (2-2, 0-1) in Lawrence, Kan. Mayfield, a true freshman walk-on who has started every game, was hurt at the end of the third quarter when hit while passing. He was 33 of 51 with one interception.
It’s the 22d straight Big 12 loss by Kansas. The Jayhawks have not beaten a conference foe since beating Colorado on Nov. 6, 2010, and have not won against anybody currently in the Big 12 since beating Iowa State on Oct. 10, 2009.
Oklahoma St. 33, Kansas St. 29 — J.W. Walsh found Charlie Moore for a 6-yard TD pass with 4:16 left in the fourth quarter to help the No. 21 Cowboys (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) rally past the Wildcats (2-3, 0-2) in Stillwater, Okla.
Walsh finished 24 of 38 passing for 245 yards for Oklahoma State, which narrowly avoided its second straight loss after a defeat at West Virginia last week. Daniel Sams had 299 yards of total offense and three TDs for the Wildcats, who lost their second straight game.
Notre Dame 37, Arizona St. 34 — Tommy Rees threw for 279 yards and three TDs, and the Fighting Irish (4-2) made it 5 for 5 in the traveling Shamrock Series with a victory against the No. 22 Sun Devils (3-2) in Arlington, Texas.
Kyle Brindza kicked three second-half field goals, the go-ahead kick from 25 yards with 3:03 remaining. He tied a Notre Dame record with a 53-yarder that matched the longest in a college game at the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Fresno St. 61, Idaho 14 — Derek Carr threw five TD passes as the No. 23 Bulldogs (5-0) pounded the Vandals (1-5) in Moscow, Idaho, scoring at least 40 points for the fifth time this season.
Auburn 30, Mississippi 22 — Nick Marshall ran for 140 yards and two TDs, Robenson Therezie scored on a 78-yard interception return, and the host Tigers (4-1, 2-1 SEC) held off the No. 24 Rebels (3-2, 1-2) for their first win over a Top 25 team in two years.
Auburn already has topped its win total from last season, when it finished 3-9 overall and 0-8 in the SEC. Ole Miss, coming off a 25-0 loss at No. 1 Alabama, has lost two straight.