Spartans roll past rival Wolverines 35-11 in Big Ten
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Jeremy Langford ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 8 Michigan State trounced rival Michigan again, 35-11 on Saturday.
The Spartans (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) have won six of their past seven games against the Wolverines, only the second time Michigan State has accomplished that in a series that dates to 1898.
The Wolverines (3-5, 1-3) are in danger of missing the postseason in Brady Hoke’s fourth year at the helm, and this game did little to ease Michigan’s descent in 2014. The Wolverines were held to zero yards rushing in the first half.
Michigan State has won 14 straight against Big Ten opponents. The Spartans have next weekend off before hosting Ohio State in a rematch of last year’s conference championship game.
No. 1 Mississippi State 45,
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Dak Prescott accounted for three touchdowns, Josh Robinson rushed for two TDs and top-ranked Mississippi State beat Kentucky 45-31 on Saturday.
Playing for the first time atop the rankings, the Bulldogs (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) showed no rust coming off a bye. That was a good thing in a game that resembled a shootout at times, which Mississippi State won with timely touchdowns that held off the stubborn Wildcats (5-3, 2-3).
Kentucky got within a touchdown four times, and Heisman Trophy hopeful Prescott and Robinson answered with TDs on three occasions. Prescott ran for TDs of 2 and 11 yards and hit Brandon Hill for an 8-yard TD.
Robinson’s 73-yard touchdown run early in the fourth for a 38-24 lead proved critical after Patrick Towles’ 4-yard TD dive with 2:31 remaining brought Kentucky within 38-31.
Christian Holmes’ 61-yard kickoff return TD nine seconds later provided the Bulldogs’ final answer.
No.22 WVU 34, Oklahoma St. 10
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Wendell Smallwood ran for a career-high 132 yards to help No. 22 West Virginia defeat Oklahoma State 34-10 Saturday.
Smallwood stepped in for Rushel Shell, who sat out with a foot injury suffered during a win over then-No. 4 Baylor last week.
Clint Trickett passed for 238 yards and two touchdowns and Mario Alford caught seven passes for a season-high 136 yards for the Mountaineers (6-2, 4-1 Big 12), who won their fourth straight and beat the Cowboys for the second straight year.
West Virginia won despite Kevin White’s off day. The nation’s leader in yards receiving per game was held to 27 yards on three catches.
Daxx Garman passed for 242 and James Washington had five catches for 87 yards for Oklahoma State (5-3, 3-2).
White’s nation-leading streak of seven straight games with at least 100 yards receiving was snapped, but little else went wrong for West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, who was Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator in 2010.