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Finn, Stuart lead Toledo to first MAC title since 2017 Playoff field set: Georgia vs. Ohio State; Michigan vs. TCU No. 2 Michigan beats Purdue 43-22 for Big Ten crown

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DETROIT – Dequan Finn passed for a touchdown and rushed for 86 yards on 18 carries as Toledo won their first Mid-American Conference championship since 2017, beating Ohio 17-7 on Saturday afternoon.

Finn completed 16 of 25 passes for 154 yards. Jacques Stewart ran for 93 yards on nine carries, including a 29-yard touchdown. Mika Kelly added 53 yards for the Rockets (8-5), who lost the last two games of the conference.

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“We’ve been through a lot in a year,” Finn said. “It was a roller coaster for us. Up and down, struggled with adversity and had a few rough patches. But in the end we stayed together as one.”

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Toledo is heading towards bowl play, but since MAC has no post-season pecking order, his appointment is unknown. The Arizona, Idaho Potato and Quick Lane bowls – the latter also at Ford Field in Detroit – are the most likely options.

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“That’s everyone’s goal,” Toledo coach. Jason Candle said about the conference championship. “That’s what everyone wants to do. Everyone here says they’re going to be. It’s one thing to get there. It’s another thing to win.”

Sieh Bangura ran for 56 yards on 20 carries and the only touchdown for the Bobcats (9-4), whose seven-game winning streak was snapped. CJ Harris completed 17 of 31 passes for 163 yards and was intercepted once.

Harris was making his second start after being named MAC Player of the Year. Curtis Rourke suffered a knee injury at the end of the season.

Ohio 0-5 in the MAC title game.

“My heart aches for our football team,” coach Tim Albin said. “It was about our journey, not the destination. I boldly said on MAC media day (pre-season) that I think we could win the championship. That’s what we did and it didn’t work out for us.”

The Rockets were leading 10-7 at halftime.

They drove 75 yards off the first kickoff and Stewart scored on his 29-yard run down center.

“Very efficient,” Candle said of the first possession. “It gave me the confidence to play effectively on offense until the end.”

Ohio tied Bangura’s 2-yard run midway through the second quarter, ending the run for 84 yards.

Thomas Klucky of Toledo hit for 44 yards from the field with 16 seconds left in the half.

The Rockets approached 10 Bobcats midway through the third quarter, but missed a field goal attempt and flipped the ball on a down.

Finn’s 16-yard goal pass DeMeer Blankumsee completed a methodical 16-game 90-yard drive that gave Toledo a 17–7 lead with 10:36 remaining.

Ohio was limited to 262 yards of total attack.

“The first seven players were in control, especially in the second half,” Albin said. “We had problems passing the ball between tackles and that made us one-dimensional.”


Toledo is now 4-3 in the MAC title game and its previous championships were in 2001, 2004 and 2017. Ohio’s long drought without a conference championship continued. The Bobcats have not won a MAC championship since 1968.


Both teams go to the bowling matches to be announced later on Sunday. Toledo are eligible for the cup for the 13th consecutive season.

Georgia, Michigan, TCU and Ohio State were selected Sunday to play in the college football playoffs, giving the Big Ten multiple four-team teams for the first time.

The defending national champion, fourth-place leaders Bulldogs and Buckeyes will meet on December 31 at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta. The second-place Wolverines and third-place Horned Frogs, the only ones to make it to the final four for the first time, will play the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona on the same day.

The national championship game is scheduled for Jan. 10 at Sophie Stadium in Inglewood, California, and could be a rematch between Big Ten rivals Ohio and Michigan. The rivalry dates back to 1902, but the Buckeyes and the Wolverines have never played outside of their annual regular season game.

With some drama, but without much controversy, the top four CFP selection committees took their places over the weekend of the championship. The most interesting part of the presentation was whether the committee would unite Michigan and Ohio in the semi-finals and whether Alabama could become the first playoff team to suffer two losses.

In the end, the commission brought no surprises.

Georgia (13-0) won the Southeastern Conference Championship in a rout, and Coach Michigan (13-0) also took the Big Ten title.

TCU (12-1) suffered their first loss of the season in the Big 12 Championship, losing in overtime to Kansas State. The loss made it a tough night for the Heisman Trophy contender. Max Duggan and the Horned Frogs, but in the end they’ve already amassed enough money from their incredible season to stay in the top four.

Ohio State (11-1) got a second life in the playoff race when Southern California lost the Pac-12 championship game on Friday night. One week after star guard CJ Stroud and Buckeyes lost at home to coach Jim Harbaugh and Michigan, they advanced to the final playoff berth, the best of an unsuccessful batch of contenders.

Alabama (10-2) finished fifth on the committee’s rankings, missing the CFP for only the second time in its nine-year history. Crimson tide with a little coach lobbying Nick Sabanhoped to be the first team to lose two games and advance to the playoffs.

Instead, the committee simply moved Ohio State from fifth last week to fourth this week, setting up a second matchup between the Bulldogs and the Buckeyes. The only time Georgia and Ohio State played was in the 1992 Citrus Bowl, a Buckeyes victory.

For Georgia, this is the second CFP performance in a row and the third in the overall standings. But this time the coach Kirby SmartThe Bulldogs were the No. 1 team and the clear favorite after a perfect season that won the national title last season.

Stetson Bennett and the Dawgs would attempt to become the first team to repeat their college football playoff title.

Ohio State makes the playoffs for the fifth time. The last time the Buckeyes were the fourth seed was in 2014 when they won their last national title.

Michigan is participating for the second time, again as the second seed after losing to Georgia in the Orange Bowl last season.

TCU becomes only the 13th school in this area in nine years. This lack of diversity is one of the main reasons CFP will expand to 12 teams for the 2024 season.

The Horned Frogs, whose only national title came in 1938, never played in Michigan.

INDIANAPOLIS – Donovan Edwards ran 185 yards and scored, Jay Jay McCarthy threw three touchdown passes and No. 2 Michigan beat Purdue 43–22 on Saturday night for a second consecutive Big Ten title and likely a playoff runner-up.

The most winning college football program has the first 13-win season in school history. Two more wins would give the Wolverines (13-0, No. 2 CFP) their first national championship since 1997.

And with a wounded star Choir of Blake due to a left knee injury at the end of the season, Edwards eclipsed everyone for the second week in a row.

After smashing an Ohio State opponent 216 yards and scoring two goals last week, Edwards opened the game with 60 yards in the first play of the second half to set up one score. He added a 27-yard TD sprint in Michigan’s next series to make it 28-13.

Purdue (8-5) never recovered from Michigan’s fast seven-game onslaught after he fell 14-13 at halftime.

But the protector Aidan O’Connell and wide receiver Charlie Jones helped Boilermakers keep it interesting for a while.

O’Connell was 32 for 47 with 366 yards and two interceptions after missing some practice earlier this week to mourn the death of his older brother. Jones, who lost to Michigan last year with Iowa, had 13 receptions for 162 yards.

It just wasn’t enough.

Michigan showed no sign of a hangover after last week’s debacle over the Buckeyes. Colston Loveland.

Perdue responded with Devin Mokoby’s 1-yard scoring run to equalize, then took the lead with a 33-yard field goal from Mitchell Fineran.

Michigan responded by taking advantage of an offside on fourth and sixth, starting the first down, picking it up and eventually turning the drive into a 7-yard TD pass from McCarthy to Luke the Cleaner. They never stretched again.

Edwards set up big runs Kalel MullingsA 1-yard TD jump before Edwards celebrated his hitting streak.

All Perdue could muster was three more field goals.

McCarthy was 11 of 17 with 161 yards and one interception.

On Saturday morning, Corum posted a message on Twitter saying that his knee surgery was a success.


Purdue: The Boilermakers’ magical season ended with a solid championship run, where they performed better than many expected. However, they have won the Wild, Wild West of the Big Ten, both trophies, and should be tied for a warm-weather bowl game.

Michigan: Yes, the Wolverines may already be in second place thanks to losses to Southern Cal and TCU. Michigan is now winning back-to-back conferences for the first time since 2003-04, although the difficult part remains – ending the national title drought.


Brom played one season in the now-defunct XFL and acknowledged that the experience helped him figure out how to bring personality and creativity to his playing calling. On Saturday, it was shown to the fullest.

A surprise finale secured Purdue’s first score, a fake punt helped save a second assist, and then Mockobee ran 25 yards on a fake flea flicker in the third quarter.


Purdue: Gets to know his bowl game, destination and opponent on Sunday.

Michigan: Looking forward to where he will go and who he will face in the national semi-finals.


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