College football

Top 25 roundup: Irish get past Michigan State

Notre Dame took advantage of a trick play that backfired, as well as four pass interference calls and a holding penalty that kept drives alive, to defeat Michigan State for the third straight time.

The mistakes led to all of Notre Dame’s points in Saturday’s 17-13 victory in South Bend, Ind., including two on the winning drive after a pass by Michigan State receiver R.J. Shelton led to an interception by Matthias Farley, setting up the go-ahead touchdown.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said he couldn’t ever recall so many defensive pass interference calls in one game.


‘‘I’ve been coaching 30-plus years, no. Never,’’ he said. ‘‘I guess that’s where we should stop.’’

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The costliest mistake, though, likely was the interception thrown by Shelton that shifted momentum Notre Dame’s way. Shelton threw into double coverage and Farley picked it off.

The Spartans (3-1) were called for two pass interference calls on the ensuing drive, allowing Notre Dame to maintain possession. The Irish scored moments later when Cam McDaniel ran 7 yards to give ND a 17-10 lead with 14:44 left.

The win gave the Irish 10 straight at home for the first time since 1999, when Bob Davie was coach.

Florida 31, Tennessee 17 — The second Jeff Driskel started waving for help, Florida coach Will Muschamp knew it was bad. It turned out to be the worst-case scenario.


 Driskel broke his lower right leg in the first quarter of the 19th-ranked Gators’ victory over the visiting Volunteers, a season-ending injury that thrust seldom-used backup Tyler Murphy onto the field for the most significant action of his four-year career.

 Murphy had a 52-yard touchdown throw to Solomon Patton and Florida (2-1, 1-0 SEC) won its ninth consecutive game in the series. Tennessee (2-2, 0-1) gave redshirt freshman quarterback Nathan Peterman his first career start but he committed three turnovers before being pulled at halftime.

Northwestern 35, Maine 21 — Damien Proby and Dean Lowry each had an interception return for a touchdown to help the No. 18 Wildcats (4-0) dodge an upset at the hands of the visiting Black Bears (3-1) of the FCS.

Marcus Wasilewski was 25 of 40 for 237 yards with two TDs for Maine, which had a 379-373 advantage in total yards. But his interceptions, at the end of the first half and beginning of the second, helped Northwestern pull away.

Alabama 31, Colorado State 6 — Kenyan Drake set up one touchdown with a blocked punt and scored on a 3-yard run, AJ McCarron threw a 30-yard touchdown to DeAndrew White in the fourth quarter, and the No. 1 Crimson Tide (3-0) pulled away to knock off the visiting Rams (1-3).


Ohio State 76, Florida A&M 0 — Kenny Guiton again starred in place of the injured Braxton Miller, setting a school record with six touchdown passes — all in the first half — to lead the No. 4 Buckeyes (4-0) past the visiting Rattlers (1-3).

Stanford 42, Arizona State 28 — Kevin Hogan passed for two TDs and Tyler Gaffney ran for a pair as the fifth-ranked Cardinal (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) built a 29-0 halftime lead and held off the No. 23 Sun Devils (2-1, 1-0) in Stanford, Calif.

LSU 35, Auburn 21 — Jeremy Hill rushed for a career-high 184 yards and tied a career high with three touchdowns to help sixth-ranked LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC) get past Auburn (3-1, 1-1) in Baton Rouge, La.

Louisville 72, Florida International 0 — Teddy Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes and the defense allowed a school-record 30 yards, helping the seventh-ranked Cardinals (4-0) blow out the visiting Panthers (0-4).

Georgia 45, North Texas 21 — Aaron Murray threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to lead the No. 9 Bulldogs (2-1) past the pesky Mean Green (2-2) in Athens, Ga.

Texas A&M 42, SMU 13 — Johnny Manziel accounted for 346 yards and three TDs in just more than a half to help the No. 10 Aggies (3-1) cruise past the visiting Mustangs (1-2). Manziel had 244 yards passing with a TD and ran for 102 yards and two more scores.

Washington 56, Idaho State 0 — Keith Price threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns in less than a half, Deontae Cooper scored his first career touchdown after three major knee surgeries, and the No. 17 Huskies (3-0) routed the FCS Bengals (2-1) in Seattle.

Baylor 70, La.-Monroe 7 — Bryce Petty threw for 351 yards with four touchdowns as the No. 20 Bears (3-0) became the first FBS team since LSU in 1930 to open with at least 60 points in three consecutive games, according to STATS.

Wisconsin 41, Purdue 10 — Melvin Gordon ran for three touchdowns and the No. 24 Badgers (3-1, 1-0) opened Big Ten play with a rout of the visiting Boilermakers (1-3, 0-1).

Texas Tech 33, Texas State 7 — Backup quarterback Davis Webb threw for two touchdowns and 310 yards to lead the No. 25 Red Raiders (4-0) over the visiting Bobcats (2-1).