SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — 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 the 17-13 victory, including two on the game-winning drive after a pass by Michigan State receiver R.J. Shelton led to an interception by safety 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.”
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he wasn’t surprised by the calls because of the number of long passes the Irish attempted.
The costliest mistake, though, likely was the interception thrown by Shelton that shifted momentum Notre Dame’s way after the Spartans were making progress against the Irish. Shelton threw into double coverage and Farley picked it off.
The Irish (3-1) also took advantage of another questionable pass interference in the first half that set up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Rees to TJ Jones, and a holding penalty that kept alive a drive that led to a 41-yard field goal by Kyle Brindza. The Spartans (3-1) had 10 penalties for 115 yards by the Big Ten officials.
Wisconsin 41, Purdue 10
MADISON, Wis. — Darrell Hazell’s coaching debut in a Big Ten game turned into a big bust.
Once again, Purdue got trampled by No. 24 Wisconsin.
Melvin Gordon ran for three touchdowns, James White added 145 yards rushing and a 70-yard score, and the Badgers’ 41-10 rout spoiled the conference opener for Purdue.
OSU 76, Fla. A&M 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio— 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 No. 4 Ohio State to a 76-0 victory against Florida A&M on Saturday.
It was the most lopsided Ohio State win since 1935.
The Buckeyes (4-0) needed a total of four offensive plays and 46 seconds to go up 21-0 in the opening 6 minutes and never looked back. It was an epic mismatch between a team with national-title aspirations and a Football Championship Subdivision member getting a $900,000 guarantee.
Florida 31, Tennessee 17
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After starting quarterback Jeff Driskel was lost for the season with a broken leg, Tyler Murphy led No. 19 Florida to five scores in a somewhat ugly game and helped the Gators open Southeastern Conference play with a 31-17 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.
Murphy had a 52-yard touchdown throw to Solomon Patton, a swing pass that went the distance, and made several plays with his legs as Florida (2-1, 1-0 SEC) won its ninth consecutive game in the series.