ANNE ARBOR, Michigan. Michigan survived a couple of fears.
Jake Moody hit a 35-yard field goal with nine seconds left to lift third among the Wolverines before a 19-17 win over Illinois on Saturday.
Michigan (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten, No. 3 CFP) played most of the second half without star runners. Choir of Blakewho injured his left knee after being tackled shortly before halftime and had only one carry in the second half.
X-ray, however, gave the coach Jim Harbaugh and his players a sense of relief.
“Constructionally good, which is great news,” Harbaugh said.
The Wolverines will now focus on playing rival and No. 2 Ohio State on the road, where they haven’t won since 2000 as a place in the Big Ten championship game and college football playoff repercussions were at stake. .
“We have been preparing for this for a whole year,” the defender. Chris Jenkins said.
Fighting Illini (7-4, 5-3) took a 17-10 lead at the end of the third quarter on Chase Browntouchdown at 37 yards. But it was impossible to build on it.
With a chance to buy time and a one-point lead, they had to go to Michigan late in the game. The Illini failed to hold on and beat a top-three team for the first time since they knocked out Ohio State in 2007.
“Very angry. Very upset,” the coach said. Bret Bilemah said. “I think our kids have done a lot to win the football match and there is always something going against us which is very frustrating.”
Brown finished with a 140-yard rush and two points on 29 throws, choosing to play with an injured right leg he injured last week.
Illinois quarterback Tommy DeVitothe transfer from Syracuse was 21 of 30 for 178 yards.
With Corum out and the passing game over, the Wolverines had to content themselves with Moody hitting four field goals in the second half.
Jay Jay McCarthy was 18 of 34 for 208 yards, missing a few throws, and some dropped in the afternoon when there was a cold wind of 11 degrees and gusts hovered around 18 mph.
“There was a lot to fix, but it was great to go there, just get the win and be in those elements,” McCarthy said. “We’ve never been in a game where the wind was like this and it was great to get that kind of experience.”
Corum rushed for 108 yards and hit his 19th touchdown this season on 18 carries before watching almost two-quarters from the sideline without a helmet. The Heisman Trophy contender ran 100 yards in eight straight games to break the school record set by the current running coach. Mike Hartset the record in 2007.
Bilema took over his team two days after the death of his mother Marilyn.
“I made a decision during the day on Friday that this is what I’m going to do,” he said. “A very emotional time and I am still at the peak of the football match. It’s going to be a tough couple of days.”
JUST FOR FUN
Moody’s four field goals earned him a high school record of 65, breaking Garrett Rivas’ record set from 2003 to 2006 and equaling Remmy Hamilton’s Michigan one-game record set in 1994.
Along with Corum, Harbaugh expects any player who isn’t completely eliminated to face the Buckeyes.
“Anyone who’s on the edge, knowing our guys, they’re going to want to play,” Harbaugh said.
Receiver No. 3 Illinois, Pat Bryantmissed the game with a concussion.
Illinois: After two consecutive losses to Purdue and Michigan State, Bielema prepared his team for the game and made game changes to bring the game much closer than expected.
“I thought that our guys answered the phone and accepted the challenge,” he said.
Michigan: If Corum can’t play against the Buckeyes or is capped, his teammates will have a hard time winning next week.
Illinois: Playing in the Northwest.
Michigan: plays in Ohio State.
Southern California finished in the top 5 for the first time in five years in an Associated Press Sunday poll of college football.
Georgia received 62 of the 63 top-ranked votes in Regions Bank’s AP Top 25 as the top four teams retained their spots after playing varying degrees of intense games on Saturday.
Runner-up Ohio State came in second. Michigan again finished in 3rd place, followed by TCU.
The fifth-place Trojans are up two spots after a thrilling victory over UCLA rivals. USC last entered the top five in September 2017 when it started in 4th place, but spent most of the season among the teenagers before finishing 12th.
Lincoln RileyThe first season as USC coach produced one of the best results in the country, with the Trojans going from four wins to 10, with a regular season final against No. 13 Notre Dame and a Pac-12 championship game yet to come. .
“If you had told me at the end of last season that I would now be here with this group of guys and I could play for the championship, I would have called you a complete liar. To be completely honest.” – USC Receiver Year 4 Kyle Ford told reporters after the UCLA game. “I’m just so grateful to everyone on this team.”
LSU remained in 6th place. Clemson moved up two spots to 7th. Alabama held on to eighth and Tennessee dropped four places to 9th after being upset by a breakout in South Carolina.
In their 63–38 win, the Gamecocks scored more points against a top-five team as an unranked team than any other in the history of the AP Poll.
Oregon rounded out the top 10 after the Ducks beat Utah in another big Pac-12 game Saturday night.
Georgia set a school record for the 10th time in first place this season. The Bulldogs had nine firsts last year, the most in school history.
Georgia has been ranked first a total of 34 times, and Michigan has been ranked 12th in the history of the AP Poll, which dates back to 1936.
Southern California is in the top five for the 283rd time in poll history. It’s seventh, 13 behind Nebraska.
The top five are: Alabama (451), Oklahoma (430), Ohio (418), Notre Dame (318) and Michigan (306).
The No. 24 Longhorns, who started the season unranked, have made the top 25 four times. They did not manage to stay there for more than two weeks.
A flashy victory over Kansas put the Longhorns back in the rankings as they head towards the season finale against Baylor.
Oklahoma State lost a rival game with Oklahoma, dropping to 7-4 and being eliminated again.
Pak-12 – 6 (No. 5, 10, 12, 14, 17, 22).
SPK – 5 (No. 1, 6, 8, 9, 20).
AKK – 3 (No. 7, 16, 18).
American – 3 (No. 19, 21, 25).
Big Ten – 3 (Nos. 2, 3, 11).
Large 12 – 3 (No. 4, 15, 24).
Solar Belt – 1 (No. 23).
Independent – 1 (No. 13).
RANKED vs. RANKED
Highest stakes games on Rivalry Weekend:
– No. 19 Tulane to No. 21 Cincinnati, Friday. The winner hosts the AAC championship game.
– No. 10 Oregon at Oregon No. 22. Both rankings for the first time since 2012.
– No. 3 Michigan at No. 2 Ohio State. The best combined ranking between the two was also 2-3 ahead of 2016, determined in overtime by fourth place.
– Notre Dame No. 13 at USC No. 5. Both ranked for the first time since 2017.
PASADENA, California – Caleb Williams after passing a career-high 470 yards, Austin Jones rushed for a season-high 120 yards, and Southern California’s seventh seed clinched a spot in the Pac-12 championship game by defeating the UCLA No. 16 48-45 on Saturday night.
Williams also rushed for 32 yards and finished with 503 offensive yards. The Trojans (10-1, 8-1 Pac-12) posted a season-high 648 offensive yards and took advantage of the Bruins’ four losses.
Williams completed 32 of 43 passes with two touchdowns and an interception. His favorite target was Jordan Addisonwho had 11 receptions for 178 yards and a touchdown.
USC fell behind 14-0 before rallying. The Trojans scored on eight of the nine discs, including five in a row.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson he accounted for all six UCLA touchdowns, but also had three interceptions and a fumble.
UCLA received the ball with 2:21 left after forcing USC to hit. The Bruins (8-3, 5-3) moved into midfield, but their comeback hopes evaporated when Thompson-Robinson was knocked down Corey Foreman in midfield with 1:26 remaining.
Thompson-Robinson was 23 of 38 for 309 yards and threw for four touchdowns. He also ran for 75 yards and scored two points.
After Jones’ 8-yard run led the Trojans to a 21–17 record, UCLA got the ball and looked to score one last score before halftime—along with getting the ball early in the second half.
Everything didn’t go according to plan.
Thompson-Robinson was captured Mechs Blackmonwhich brought him back to UCLA 35. USC’s Denis Lynch missed his second field goal.
The Bruins got the ball back, but Shane Lee intercepted Thompson-Robinson at UCLA 47 with 14 seconds left. USC was able to convert that time when Lynch connected from 49 yards to take the Trojans 21-20 at halftime.
Nicholas Barr-Meara’s 46-yard field goal early in the second half extended the Bruins’ lead to four before Williams connected with Addison for a 35-yard TD to put the Trojans in first place 27–24.
The USC defense reached its third rotation in the middle of the third quarter when Tyrone Taleni fired Thompson-Robinson and forced a fumble which was reinstated Latrell McCutchin at UCLA 9. Two games later, Jones hit in the middle from 2 yards, pushing the Trojans’ lead into double figures.
USC: There were some concerns after Travis DaiA season-ending injury last week that would see the Trojans struggle in a running game, but Jones averaged 5.7 yards per carry and touched down twice.
UCLA: The Bruins defense has been having trouble over the past two weeks, especially stopping the opposition’s passing game. They allowed…