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Roundup: Michigan State defense dominates Michigan

Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun pulls down Michigan QB  Devin Gardner, one of seven sacks by the Spartans.

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Michigan State’s Shilique Calhoun pulls down Michigan QB Devin Gardner, one of seven sacks by the Spartans.

Shilique Calhoun, Ed Davis, and the rest of Michigan State’s defense battered rival Michigan on Saturday, and the No. 24 Spartans remained unbeaten in the Big Ten with a 29-6 victory over the 23d-ranked Wolverines in East Lansing, Mich.

Michigan State (8-1, 5-0) has won five of the last six meetings with the Wolverines, and this was the Spartans’ most lopsided win in the series since 1967. They held Michigan (6-2, 2-2) to minus-48 yards rushing, the worst output in the Ann Arbor program’s history.

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Connor Cook threw for a touchdown and ran for one, but this game belonged to Michigan State’s defense, which solidified its spot among the nation’s best with an overwhelming performance on a rainy afternoon at Spartan Stadium. Calhoun and Davis each had 2½ sacks.

Michigan State is ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense, and the Spartans dominated for most of the game. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner was sacked four times in the first quarter and it never got much better. The Spartans finished with seven sacks.

The Wolverines have now lost 10 straight road games against ranked opponents — the last victory was in 2006 at Notre Dame.

Cook’s 1-yard run in the fourth made it 22-6, and Jeremy Langford added a 40-yard TD run in the final minutes.

Ohio State 56, Purdue 0 — Doran Grant picked off Danny Etling’s first pass and returned it for a touchdown, and Braxton Miller threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns to lead the fourth-ranked Buckeyes to a record-breaking rout of the host Boilermakers.

Ohio State (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) kept its national title hopes alive by extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 21 — and the Buckeyes did it in a venue where they had lost three of their last four.

Coach Urban Meyer, who hasn’t lost in 34½ months, tied his personal best by winning a 22d straight game, a streak that includes his final victory at Florida.

Meyer also won 22 in a row with the Gators in 2008-09.

Ohio State won this one in dominant fashion, too, scoring the most points and producing the most lopsided victory in the history of the 56-game series. Both of the previous marks came in 2010 when Ohio State beat Purdue, 49-0. Miller was 19 of 23 despite not playing in the second half.

Purdue (1-7, 0-4) has lost six straight and endured a second straight shutout for the first time since 1953.

Auburn 35, Arkansas 17 — Tre Mason rushed for 168 yards and four touchdowns as the No. 8 Tigers earned first-year coach Gus Malzahn an easy win in his return to Fayetteville, Ark.

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

Auburn’s Nick Marshall, returning from a shoulder injury, accounted for 177 yards of total offense, including an 88-yard TD throw to Sammie Coates.

Jonathan Williams had 104 yards rushing and Alex Collins added 92 on the ground for Arkansas (3-6, 0-5), which has lost six in a row.

Missouri 31, Tennessee 3 — Maty Mauk threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, leading the No. 10 Tigers to a dominant win over the visiting Volunteers.

Missouri (8-1, 4-1 SEC) committed no turnovers in Mauk’s best game in three starts in place of injured James Franklin. Mauk had 114 yards on 13 carries, and threw TD passes to Dorial Green-Beckham, L’Damian Washington, and Marcus Lucas in the first half.

Tennessee (4-5, 1-4) has lost 19 in a row on the road and mustered only a 51-yard field goal by Matt Palardy in the second quarter.

Texas A&M 57, UTEP 7 — Johnny Manziel threw four touchdown passes and ran for two scores in less than three quarters to lead the No. 12 Aggies (7-2) to a lopsided win over the visiting Miners (1-7).

South Carolina 34, Mississippi State 16 — Connor Shaw threw for four touchdowns, Mike Davis ran for 128 yards to move past 1,000 this season, and the No. 14 Gamecocks beat the Bulldogs to tie a school mark with their 15th straight home win.

South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 SEC) won its seventh in row over the Bulldogs (4-4, 1-3) and tied the record for consecutive victories at Williams-Brice Stadium, equaling the mark set from 1978-80.

Oklahoma State 52, Texas Tech 34 — Clint Chelf threw for two touchdowns and a season-high 211 yards and ran for two more scores to lead the No. 18 Cowboys (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) past the No. 15 Red Raiders (7-2, 4-2) in Lubbock, Texas.

Desmond Roland ran for three touchdowns, a week after getting four, and Davis Webb was 45 of 71 for 425 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions for Texas Tech.

UCLA 45, Colorado 23 — Brett Hundley threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two scores, Devin Fuller scored three touchdowns, and the No. 17 Bruins (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12) shook off back-to-back losses by rolling past the host Buffaloes (3-5, 0-5), who dropped their 13th straight Pac-12 game.

Wisconsin 28, Iowa 9 — James White ran for 132 yards and a pair of late TDs as the 22d-ranked Badgers (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten) beat the host Hawkeyes (5-4, 2-3) for their third straight win.

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